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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky have signed a security pact under which Berlin will supply Kiev with military and economic aid for another ten years.

Inked on Friday, the agreement commits Germany to providing “unwavering support for Ukraine for as long as it takes in order to help Ukraine defend itself” and restore its 1991 borders. In addition to retaking the regions of Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson, and Zaporozhye, this feat would also involve the seizure of Crimea from Russia, which some American officials and Kiev’s former military chief view as next to impossible.

On top of military aid, the plan binds Germany to training Ukrainian police officers, transferring weapons manufacturing technology, paying for green energy projects, and a range of other efforts to help the Ukrainian government “continue providing services to its people”

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Presidents Emmanuel Macron of France and Vladimir Zelensky of Ukraine have signed an agreement on guarantees and security of the sphere of security between their countries.

The signing ceremony was aired by the press service of the Elysee Palace.

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A negotiated settlement to end the conflict between Ukraine and Russia is both possible and desirable, a report published by the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft said.

Former CIA analyst George Beebe and Eurasia expert Anatol Lieven, the authors of the 43-page paper, believe that it is possible to reach a compromise by diplomatic means.

"Conventional wisdom holds that a negotiated end to the Ukraine war is neither possible nor desirable. This belief is false. It is also extremely dangerous for Ukraine’s future," the US think tank highlighted in the report.

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On February 16, Alexei Navalny, widely known as a Russian opposition politician, died in the colony in Siberia. The official cause of death has not yet been announced, the investigation is ongoing; but the West has already apointed its culprit. 

According to official reports from the colony, the prisoner suddenly felt ill during a walk. Navalny “almost immediately lost consciousness,” medical workers were sent to him, and “an ambulance crew was also called.” The doctors carried out “all the necessary resuscitation measures, which did not give positive results.” The doctors who arrived pronounced him dead. According to preliminary data, the cause of death could be a thrombus.

The infamous politician Navalny was a flamboyant figure widely touted in the West by the MSM as the “main freedom fighter” in Russia. In fact, the oppositionist was imprisoned several times not for his political struggle, but for ordinary financial fraud, non-compliance with court requirements and violations of the criminal code.

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The US does not believe Russia poses a direct threat to NATO’s eastern flank in the near future, White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told Polish news outlet Interia on Friday.

Kirby was asked about the possibility of a full-scale war between NATO and Russia, after recent Western claims of Moscow’s supposed threat to the US-led bloc.

“We do not see such an imminent threat at the moment,” Kirby said. “Now, of course, Russia is focused, not to say trapped, in Ukraine. We do not see a direct threat to NATO, to the eastern flank, we do not see it at the moment.” 

At the same time, Kirby noted that Moscow opposes the strengthening and expansion of NATO, and that Russia treats the Ukraine conflict as a confrontation with the West and the US in particular. “That is why we are consistently strengthening our presence on NATO’s eastern flank. The president [Joe Biden] has sent an additional 25,000 [American] troops to Europe,” the spokesman stated.

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A New York judge has temporarily barred former US President Donald Trump from running his businesses in the state and ordered him and his organization to pay $354 million in fraud damages for submitting false business reports.

Friday’s civil court ruling by Judge Arthur Engoron includes a three-year ban on Trump serving as an officer or director of any New York business, including the Trump Organization. Trump and his company were also barred from applying for any bank loans in New York. The monetary damages were imposed on the ex-president and other Trump Organization executives, including his two eldest sons.

Trump and his business associates were accused of using exaggerated asset valuations to obtain favorable terms on loans and insurance policies. Engoron acknowledged in his ruling that all of the loans in question were paid back in full and on time, but he argued that the absence of a victim “does not extinguish the harm that false statements inflict on the marketplace.” He added, “The next group of lenders to receive bogus statements might not be so lucky.”

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Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission president, has some disturbing skeletons in her family wardrobe.

Her political roots in Nazi Germany account for the insane war-driven agenda of the European Union toward Russia under her stewardship and her total subservience to the U.S. imperialist objective to defeat Moscow.

Author Evan Reif explains how her politician-father Ernst Albrecht packed his regional government with unreconstructed Nazis and former Wehrmacht officers when he was governor of Lower Saxony in the 1980s.

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The last few years have been years of miscalculation for the West. Big things have been planned and put into action, and failed. All the wars, all the sanctions, all domestic and economic ‘initiatives’, and all responses to what the adversaries have done are failing or have already failed. In fact, the failure of any venture by the West has become almost guaranteed. This has a lot of people scratching their heads – they simply can’t fathom how this can happen.

At the same time the real goals of the western political class have come under increased scrutiny. Everything they do seems to be designed to make things worse for western societies on all levels, including economic, social, health, and so on and so forth. Why, exactly, is that?

It is like incompetence and malice have conspired to create the worst situation imaginable.

Recently I wrote a piece where I suggested that the western ruling class undergoes a filtering process to ensure that they have the right personality and attitudes for their task of deconstructing western societies. I furthermore suggested that this filtering process results in a pool of ruling elites who are either narcissists or forced to behave as such to keep their jobs. This depressing article can be found here:

https://gaiusbaltar.substack.com/p/what-is-wrong-with-the-western-political

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Russian President Vladimir Putin explained in an interview with US journalist Tucker Carlson that Moscow had exhausted the reserve of kind gestures towards the West and the normalization of relations now no longer depended on the Russian side, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov pointed out, commenting on the possibility of restoring relations with the Western countries.

"As for the restoration of relations, the president mentioned it, too," Lavrov told the conference Euromaidan: Ukraine's Lost Decade. "Relations will be restored someday. When this will happen does not depend on us. This is their problem. We have made many concessions and gestures of goodwill, as the president recalled, and the reserve of these gestures has already been exhausted."

"We have seen some very different gestures in response to our goodwill moves," Lavrov stressed. He also recalled that Putin had urged the West to recognize its mistake and try to find some convenient way out, provided that the problems around Ukraine were resolved with due regard for Russia’s interests.

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Assistant Secretary of Health Rachel Levine has claimed that climate change 'disproportionately effects' the mental and physical wellbeing of black Americans.

Levine, 66, made the contentious statement while speaking in a video aiming to enhance health awareness for black communities during Black History Month.

The transgender Biden official declared: 'Climate change is having a disproportionate effect on the physical and mental health of black communities.'

Levine continued: 'Black Americans are more likely than white Americans to live areas in housing that increase their susceptibility to climate related health issues.'

The video has since gone viral on X, formerly Twitter , as social media users slammed the federal official for making wild claims about climate change.

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The entire western political-media class are currently rending their garments about the prison death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, and are being joined by the propaganda-addled citizenry of the western empire. Meanwhile Julian Assange’s last-ditch effort to appeal against extradition to the United States is coming up in a few days with a tiny fraction of the attention.

I really could not have a lower opinion of people who would rather talk about Navalny’s persecution in a far away country that has nothing to do with them than Julian Assange being persecuted at the hands of their own government. It’s the most pathetic, bootlicking behavior imaginable.

Ooh yeah, you’re so brave self-righteously shaking your fist at some country on the other side of the planet which has zero power over your own country while refusing to oppose the power structure you actually live under as it slowly kills a journalist for exposing its war crimes. Groveling, power-worshipping bootlicker. Absolutely sickening.

If you’re in a country whose government has had a hand in the persecution of Julian Assange, then you can go ahead and shut the fuck up about Navalny. Whenever I see people screaming about the persecution of journalists and political prisoners in other countries when they themselves live in a nation whose government is persecuting Julian Assange, I can’t help but think of Matthew 7:4–5,

“How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

What could be Assange’s final appeal effort against US extradition happens February 20th and 21st in London. Free Julian Assange.

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In a recent development, CNN legal analyst Michael Moore expressed skepticism over the testimony of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.

Willis had testified on Thursday that she had always reimbursed her former romantic partner in cash, a claim that Moore found dubious.

The testimony was part of a hearing to determine whether Willis should be disqualified from her election interference case against former President Donald Trump. The disqualification is being considered on grounds of alleged financial impropriety related to the appointment of special prosecutor Nathan Wade. Both Willis and Wade maintained that cash was used for reimbursements related to vacations and outings, leaving no paper trail. Moore, speaking on "CNN This Morning," described this as "convenient."

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I can’t stand this global warming bullshit anymore.

I just can’t take it. I can’t think about it. It makes me sick.

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The European Parliament’s LIBE Committee passed a new migration pact earlier this week. The plan for mass migration into the continent is being called “the Soros plan” and “the suicide of Europe.”

Evidently, US politicians are not alone in their quest for national suicide. It’s the entire Western civilized world.

This video “With open gates: the forced collective suicide of European nations,” was released 8 years ago during the Obama migrant invasion of Europe. The video was taken down by YouTube and Liveleak.

The video took the internet by storm. It was labeled racist by the left to show actual footage of the invasion of Europe.

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AIPAC is poised to spend $100 million this election cycle, as they look to oust the few House members who criticize Israeli policy on a regular basis.

In Missouri a new poll (commissioned by the GOP firm Remington Research Group) shows incumbent Rep. Cori Bush down by 22 points to St. Louis prosecutor Wesley Bell.

Bush is probably the second strongest critic of Israel in the House, behind Rep. Rashida Tlaib. She was one of the House members to call for a ceasefire, pushing legislation on the issue back in October.

Bell is backed by AIPAC and his policy positions reflect that. Asked by a constituent about Palestine defending itself against a genocide last fall, Bell said, “It is offensive to me that you would say that Israel defending itself is genocide. Genocide is intentionally trying to wipe out a people. And no reasonable person would say that is Israel’s intention.”

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In the early morning of Thursday, January 25, Israeli forces withdrew from the city of Jenin in the northern occupied West Bank following the army’s destruction of the city’s infrastructure and monuments of martyrs that lined the streets. Shortly after the withdrawal, an Israeli special forces unit raided and besieged a home in the small village of Bir al-Basha, south of Jenin, leading to clashes between the invading forces and a 20-year-old Palestinian man inside the house. 

People in the village initially believed that the raid was a routine operation to arrest the young man, a former prisoner named Wisam Khashan. However, after Khashan was killed, the true narrative of the ambush emerged. Unbeknownst to his family, the martyr was, in fact, a resistance fighter who had been part of numerous armed confrontations attempting to repel Israeli army incursions into Jenin in recent months.

Earlier that day, prior to his assassination, Khashan had headed into the city as the army began its raid. There, he confronted Israeli military vehicles, firing a hail of bullets towards the army convoy. According to a local source, after the forces withdrew, Khashan returned to his village, just 15 kilometers (~9 miles) outside the city. On his way back, he was followed by an Israeli drone that tracked his movements up until the moment he returned to his house. Shortly after he arrived home, Israeli special forces raided his house and assassinated him.

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Conspiracies do exist; they arise in pursuit of specific objectives. Usually, the greater the objective, the more people must be organized to carry out the plan. The organization will shape up in some form of command and control hierarchy. People at the top of that hierarchy, those who originated and planned the conspiracy are usually the only ones who know what the plan is about. Lower rungs of the hierarchy must include individuals who may not know what the plan is about, but whose competence and operational capabilities are essential to the plan's success. In addition to competence however, these individuals must be willing to carry out the tasks necessary for the plan's execution. To make sure that they’re willing, conspirators regularly deceive them.

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Last month, Foreign Policy published a report that stirred the debate on U.S. Middle East policy. It claimed “the Biden administration is reconsidering its priorities” in Syria and may conduct “a full withdrawal of U.S. troops.” Now, legacy media is debating the future of American involvement in Syria.

Missing from this discussion is the suffering that involvement has caused.

Writing for the New York Times, retired general Kenneth McKenzie warns “it’s not time for our troops to leave” Syria. Mere talk of a withdrawal (let alone actually withdrawing), he argues, is “seriously damaging to U.S. interests.” It “gives hope to Tehran” that Iran might rival American influence in the Middle East — which is bad, supposedly. Why Iran has less of a right to influence its own region than people thousands of miles away is unclear.

McKenzie also argues that American troops must remain to “secure the prisons holding ISIS fighters.” Without boots on the ground, militants might escape and the Islamist group could “rejuvenate itself.” McKenzie doesn’t believe the Syrian government could prevent prison breaks on its own, or even with Russian and Iranian support.

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The Washington foreign policy establishment is on the precipice of making yet another strategic blunder.

The Senate is poised to ram through the Rebuilding Economic Prosperity and Opportunity (REPO) for Ukrainians Act. This legislation will provide the president the authority to confiscate Russia’s frozen sovereign assets in the United States and transfer them to Ukraine for its reconstruction.

Confiscating Russia’s sovereign assets is an act of economic war. Seizing and transferring these assets to Ukraine may make Washington feel virtuous, but it will not bring peace. Passage of this bill will only reinforce the view of hardliners in Moscow that Russia’s war lies not just with Ukraine, but really with the United States and the West. Any hope that the United States and Russia could work toward stabilizing or improving relations will subsequently be destroyed.

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On Friday morning, the House Education and the Workforce Committee revealed on social media platform X that it is serving subpoenas to Harvard Corporation Senior Fellow Penny Pritzker, Interim President Dr. Alan Garber, and Harvard Management Company's Chief Executive Officer N.P. Narvekar "for failing to produce priority documents related to the Committee's antisemitism investigation." 

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A host of European nations, led by Latvia and the United Kingdom, have joined a coalition committed to producing and supplying Ukraine with one million drones, as the war with Russia approaches its third year.

Latvia first announced it would lead the coalition last month, but plans advanced Wednesday when the Baltic nation signed a letter of intent to build out the project with Ukraine, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Estonia, Sweden, Denmark and Germany.

No timeline for the delivery of the drones has been issued and it remains unclear if or when that number will be matched. The European Union was forced to admit last month that it would not hit its target of supplying Ukraine with one million 155mm artillery shells by March 2024.

“[The] Drone Coalition intends to deliver 1 million drones to Ukraine,” said Latvia’s MoD in a Thursday statement.

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