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Turkey has followed suit with its NATO allies and Russia in suspending an arms treaty that imposed limitations on conventional military equipment in Europe.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed a decree on April 4 to suspend Ankara's duties under the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe.

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In November last year, Washington and NATO members withdrew from the European arms-limiting pact after Russia made the same move. 

"The CFE Treaty was concluded at the end of the Cold War, when the formation of a new architecture of global and European security based on cooperation seemed possible, and appropriate attempts were made," Russia's foreign ministry said, adding, "Even the formal preservation of the CFE Treaty has become unacceptable from the point of view of Russia’s fundamental security interests."

The move by Ankara signals warming ties between Turkiye and the US before a planned meeting between Erdogan and US President Joe Biden in Washington next month.

Diplomacy between the US and Turkey has improved significantly since Ankara approved Sweden's NATO entry, ending a more than 20-month wait period. This move by Turkey also saw the US sign off on a $23 billion sale of F-16 warplanes, missiles, and bombs.

"I think this is a moment of significant momentum for the U.S.-Turkey partnership," U.S. Senator Chris Murphy said in February during a trip to Turkey following Sweden’s acceptance

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You can’t know with one-hundred percent certainty when a disaster will strike. In all probability, at least one disaster will occur in your lifespan. That disaster can range from natural to manmade. Often, one disaster will lead to another, and a cascading effect can occur that can lead to a prolonged grid-down situation. We hardly even stress anymore when the power goes out for a day or the water company issues a boil order, but what if these instances were wider in scope both geograpically and impacting an entire population? If services are restored in the first 72-hours, it’s just a lesson we can learn from and prepare better for it next time. Most won’t. If it lasts for a week or more and no help is on the horizon, you will see chaos and lawlessness in the streets — stores looted and crime and violence like you have never seen before. If it lasts for two to three months, you may never see normal civil society restored in your location. All along the way, you have to continually evaluate your seven major preps. In this article, we will examine each of these preps, explain how they break down after SHTF, and how you should align your prepping to compensate and overcome their loss. You cannot overlook any of these seven fundamentals if you plan to survive, and you have to know not only how they will impact you but how the masses around you will react.

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A Washington, D.C., jury convicted a 71-year-old woman of four federal misdemeanor charges on Thursday related to her participation of the Jan. 6, 2021 protests at the U.S. Capitol.

Rebecca Lavrenz of Falcon, Colorado, known on social media as the “J6 Praying Grandma,” faces up to a year in prison and more than $200,000 in fines for entering the Capitol and praying for 10 minutes.

Lavrenz’s crimes were entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct in a restricted area, disorderly conduct in the Capitol Building, and parading, demonstrating or picketing in the Capitol, according to court documents.

The Justice Department did not accuse her of engaging in violence or destroying any property.

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Latin American governments, including regional heavyweight Brazil, rallied around Mexico on Saturday after its embassy in Ecuador was raided to arrest a controversial politician who had been granted asylum by Mexican authorities.

The late Friday night seizure of Jorge Glas, Ecuador’s former vice president who was detained on graft charges, triggered a suspension of relations with Quito by Mexico City, with the government of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador blasting the unusual diplomatic incursion and arrest as an “authoritarian” act as well as a breach of international law and Mexico’s sovereignty.

The government of Ecuador’s President Daniel Noboa had argued asylum protections were illegal because of the corruption charges Glas is facing.

Still, under international law, embassies are considered the sovereign territory of the country they represent.

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Authored by Brandon Smith via Alt-Market.us,

If you’re getting the feeling like the globalists are really pushing hard for WWIII these days, you’re not alone.

In the past few months there has been multiple instances of European and US officials hinting at the possibility of a new military draft, the EU has talked openly about boots on the ground in Ukraine, NATO officials have stated unequivocally that they WILL NOT accept a loss in Ukraine to the Russians and the Kremlin has warned once again that nuclear weapons are on the table if western troops enter the war. The US government has recently asserted that Ukraine will be joining NATO, a red line in the sand for Russia.

Then there’s Israel and Gaza. I warned months ago in my article ‘It’s A Trap! The Wave Of Repercussions As The Middle East Fights “The Last War”’ that the war in Gaza would expand into a multi-front conflict that would probably include Iran. I also warned that it would be to Israel’s benefit if Iran entered the war because this would force the US to become directly involved. To be sure, Iran has already been engaging in proxy attacks on Israel through Lebanon, but Israel’s attack on the Iranian “embassy” or diplomatic station in Syria basically ensures that Iran will now directly commit to strikes on Israeli targets.

In other words, much like WWI, the situation is being escalated by the political elites despite the fact that the general public in the west is increasingly opposed to participating in the conflict. The globalists want to send us to war whether we like it or not.  Every decision they have made so far makes peaceful resolution impossible.

One saving grace that is perhaps new in the entire history of geopolitics is that the public is far more awake and aware of the fact that it’s not necessarily their “duty” to blindly go fight when their government calls on them to do so. Social media has also given a platform for people to widely voice their concerns about war, whereas in the past objectors felt isolated.

Obviously, some of this is based purely on fear – A large percentage of Gen Z is unequipped mentally or physically to go to war, which is why more than 70% of potential military recruits today are rejected before they even get to boot camp. These are many of the same young people who post Ukrainian flags to their social media profiles and jump headfirst into anti-Russian rhetoric, but now that they are faced with the possibility of having to sacrifice themselves for Ukraine they are angry and terrified.

However, there is also a large contingent of capable (and mostly conservative) men with the background and the aptitude for combat that still want nothing to do with Ukraine. The reason is simple: They believe that far-left western governments and globalists want to use them as cannon fodder to get rid of them. Once they are used up in war, there will be no one left to oppose the leftist takeover at home.

For most of us in America, Ukraine is irrelevant and we grow tired of wars in the Middle East. Whether left or right, we have no interest in fighting for them. But that’s not going to matter much, at least in terms of preventing a global war.

The basis for mobilization of troops from Europe is “domino theory” propaganda. We’ve heard some of it here in America but nowhere near the same level as the EU populace. Governments assert that Russia’s goal is to clear Ukraine as a pathway to invade the rest of Europe. This is the same claim used as justification for the US war in Vietnam: “If we let one country fall to the enemy, all the surrounding countries will fall also.”

Both Ukrainian and NATO leadership suggests that war must continue in Ukraine in order to contain it. There has been no serious discussion of diplomacy, which is utterly bizarre considering the stakes involved. A peace proposal should have been broached the moment the war kicked off and there should have been ongoing efforts to come to an agreement. Instead, even limited peace talks have been thwarted before they truly begin.

Claire's Observations:  I hope like heck this guy is utterly wrong, but the pace and tempo of this buildup toward war, can only be NOT seen by people living under a rock right now.  Alliances are both forming, and dissolving, as heads of countries choose up sides for alignment, and cast their allegiances accordingly.

This country is absolutely NOT ready for such a war; we don't have the troop strength; the weaponry; the money; or the manufacturing to insure a victory in such a conflict.   But please remember your history; during wartime, so far, Americans have never chosen the party NOT in power at that moment, to lead the country.  I don't know the bookies' Vegas odds on an election NOT happening in November of this year, but I would put the odds of that happening this year to be extraordinarily high.

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The European Union is under pressure is deal with a new migrant crisis that has besieged Cyprus in recent months. Cypriot interior minister Constantinos Ioannou said the country was issuing a "cry for help" to Brussels. He urged the EU to give millions to Lebanon to help control the exodus of mainly male Syrian asylum-seekers from the Middle Eastern country. More than 2,000 people arrived in Cyprus by sea in the first three months of 2024, compared to just 78 in the same period last year. Last week alone, 800, mostly young men, made the dangerous ten-hour journey from Lebanon to Cyprus.
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Three parent leaders in New York City have filed a lawsuit against education officials who they say have been punishing conservatives who will not bow to left-wing ideologies.

Deborah Alexander, Maud Maron and Noah Harlan sued President Tajh Sutton and Vice President Marissa Manzanares of the Community Educational Council for District 14 (CEC 14), alleging that the officials have used their power to assert dominance and infringe upon the liberties of the parents who disagree with their political beliefs.

David Banks, the Chancellor of New York Public Schools (NYPS) and Nina Mickens, the NYPS equity and compliance officer, are also listed as defendants in the federal lawsuit, filed on March 26.

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A Russian ambassador had harsh words for Finland on Saturday, warning that the country would retaliate against the new member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) if nuclear weapons were placed on Finnish soil.

Finland is one of the newest European countries to join the military alliance, being officially welcomed into the fold in April 2023. The Nordic nation was spurred to seek membership by Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 and its increased threats of aggression against other nations. Sweden is the latest country admitted to NATO for this reason, joining on March 7.

Both nations announced that they were considering applying for membership in May of 2022, only a few months after the start of the Russia-Ukraine war.

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Minnesota Senate Democrats rejected an amendment that would have required foods containing insects to be labeled.


The moves comes after the Senate this week passed an omnibus agriculture policy bill called S.F. 4225.

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New York Attorney General Letitia James is building doubts around former President Donald Trump’s $175 million bond deal in his civil fraud case, as she questions whether the company covering the bond is capable of fulfilling its obligation.

Trump posted a $175 million bond on April 1, averting a situation where James can seize his asset while his appeals on Judge Arthur Engoron’s ruling plays out.

Knight Specialty Insurance Company underwrote the former president’s bond, pledging to cover the full bond amount should Trump lose his appeal and fail to make payment. In order to obtain Knight Specialty Insurance Company’s coverage, Trump paid the company a fee and pledged collateral.

However, in a Thursday court filing, James questions whether the company can cover the full amount of the bond.

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Turkey has followed suit with its NATO allies and Russia in suspending an arms treaty that imposed limitations on conventional military equipment in Europe. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed a decree on April 4 to suspend Ankara's duties under the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe. In November last year, Washington and NATO members withdrew from the European arms-limiting pact after Russia made the same move.
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Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. busts Democrats claims on the events of Jan. 6, 2021. According to Kennedy, many prosecutions of the non-violent protesters at the U.S. Capitol were excessive and there is “little evidence” of an actual insurrection, like Democrats have claimed.

“January 6 is one of the most polarizing topics on the political landscape. I am listening to people of diverse viewpoints on it in order to make sense of the event and what followed. I want to hear every side,” the Independent candidate began in a statement on Friday.

“It is quite clear that many of the January 6 protestors broke the law in what may have started as a protest but turned into a riot,” he continued. “Because it happened with the encouragement of President Trump, and in the context of his delusion that the election was stolen from him, many people see it not as a riot but as an insurrection. I have not examined the evidence in detail, but reasonable people, including Trump opponents, tell me there is little evidence of a true insurrection. They observe that the protestors carried no weapons, had no plans or ability to seize the reins of government, and that Trump himself had urged them to protest ‘peacefully.’”

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Authorities have arrested an illegal immigrant for stabbing his wife and attempting to decapitate her in front of their daughters. The incident, which occurred just two weeks after the suspect illegally crossed the border, left law enforcement officers in shock.

According to Fox News, the suspect —identified as Baltazar Perez-Estrada— turned himself in on Monday morning when he entered the Carol Stream Police Department in Illinois and informed authorities that he had stabbed his wife, Maricela Simon Franco, 26.

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Free speech is under attack all across the world. High-profile conservatives are being dragged into situations where governments want to jail them for exercising their God-given rights.

Scotland, once a bastion of independence, free thinking, and defiance of government oppression, has devolved into a ruling class of elitists. They believe their woke ideology should be forced on anyone who dares to disagree with them.

One of the most successful authors in history, J.K. Rowling, was targeted under Scotland’s new Hate Crime and Public Order Act that was activated on April 1. The law is anything but foolish as Rowling, author of the “Harry Potter” book series, dared authorities to arrest her for free speech.

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For decades Democrats took for granted key voting blocks during national elections. They have depended on minority voters casting ballots their way without question.

What has changed this presidential election cycle is that these key demographics that once easily propelled Democrats toward victory have been crushed under Joe Biden’s economy. People are suffering financially despite what the Biden administration says, and they plan on voting accordingly.

One of the most faithful voting demographics for Democrats in the past has been Hispanic voters. But that has changed, and a Hispanic Republican warned that Democrats are in trouble especially after the International Transgender Day of Visibility debacle.

From the Daily Caller:
“This whole issue of Trans Awareness Day over Easter would not bode well, especially in the community, of which I so proudly represent – which is largely Catholic and Christian,” Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL) said. “So when they do this, it’s intentional. They are losing the Hispanic American vote in droves. I’m happy to say, because of that I do believe Trump will be winning in November.”

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According to European Pravda, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz reacted with anger to French President Emmanuel Macron’s idea of potentially having allied troops stationed in Ukraine voiced at a summit of European leaders.

Macron first expressed his idea on the possibility of Western partners stationing their military in Ukraine at a closed meeting in Paris at the end of February, where he gathered approximately 20 allies to discuss support for Ukraine.

According to sources familiar with the discussion at the meeting, the leaders spoke in raised tones. Reportedly, the most emotional reaction came from Olaf Scholz, who, like the majority of participants, was taken aback by the proposal. Scholz was allegedly enraged.

He accused Macron of “trying to drag everyone into World War III,” the sources noted.

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The US has picked up intelligence on what an Iranian retaliatory strike for the alleged Israeli strike on the Iranian consulate in Damascus in which a senior member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards was eliminated, will look like, CBS News reported on Friday.

According to the report, the American intelligence indicates that Iran is planning a retaliatory attack that would include a swarm of Shaheed loitering drones and cruise missiles.

Officials quoted in the report say the timing and target are unknown, but a proportional response to the Damascus attack would be to hit an Israeli diplomatic facility.

The attack is likely to come between now and the end of Ramadan next week, according to CBS News.

Another important unknown is where the drones and missiles would be launched — from Iraq or Syria, which could prompt a thin claim of deniability by Tehran — or from Iranian territory.

Webmaster addition: Telegraphing the coming false flag?

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A recent report reveals that former president and presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump has plans to fight back against discrimination against White Americans if he wins a second term in the White House.

The controversial Republican, who is the last remaining candidate to receive the party’s presidential nomination ahead of the 2024 election, is reportedly working to counteract certain laws that are designed unjustly for White citizens.

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Dancing outside the concentration camp,
rave music pounding through our bones like bombs.
A disco at the genocide, baby.
A disco at the genocide.

Twerking outside the open-air prison.
Raving while Gaza asphyxiates.
Twirling glow sticks while a Final Solution is planned.
Just an innocent bit of fun.

Chill out and dance outside the concentration camp.
What could possibly go wrong?
We’ve got the IDF looking after us.
They’d never let anything bad happen.

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Opposition to the slaughter in Gaza appears to be getting more mainstream, which is obviously great, but when political impulses go mainstream it means there’s going to be a massive and concerted effort to funnel public sentiment in a direction that doesn’t damage the interests of the empire.

They’re going to try to blame this all on Netanyahu.

They’re going to insist that Israel itself is fine and the only thing that went wrong was a fluke incident in which an aberrational right wing faction briefly got into power.

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China has been put on notice as the United States will hold joint naval exercises with three of its top allies in the South China Sea.

The U.S. Navy will partner up with Japan, the Philippines and Australia over the weekend for a series of exercises, including anti-submarine warfare training.

The drills come at a time of heightened tensions between China and other regional actors – especially the Philippines – amid a heated sovereignty dispute over the South China Sea.

In a joint statement announcing the drills, the four countries's defense chiefs said the exercises will show their commitment to safeguard "the rule of law that is the foundation for a peaceful and stable Indo-Pacific region."

While China was not mentioned in the statement, the four partners reiterated a 2016 international arbitration ruling had found Beijing's claims over the South China Sea on historic grounds were invalid.

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Israel has put all of its embassies around the world on high alert and warned officials to avoid going out in public as they fear Iranian retaliation.

Itay Blumental, reporter for local Israeli media outlet Channel 11, announced the news on social media platform X. He claimed Israeli representatives in embassies around the world were evacuated to "alternate locations".

He added that they had also been cautioned to avoid public events as concerns over an Iranian strike on any one of the embassies grows.

He wrote: "As part of the assessments for an Iranian response, we published this evening: the alert level in Israeli embassies around the world has been raised to the maximum level.

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I’m deeply troubled that the Biden administration continues to approve the transfer of thousands more bombs to Israel.

Not only does this further our moral complicity in the bloodbath in Gaza, but it gives away whatever bargaining leverage the Biden administration might have to stop Benjamin Netanyahu from further death and destruction in Gaza.

One need not take sides in this war to be horrified by the killing of tens of thousands of innocent civilians.

Of course Hamas deserves condemnation for seeking the obliteration of Israel and for the inhumanity it wrought on October 7. The Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu deserves condemnation for killing over 30,000 Palestinians living in Gaza, a large percentage of them children. By May, the World Food Program and others suggest that half the population of Gaza may be on the verge of catastrophic starvation.

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Newly-elected MP George Galloway has sparked fury after inviting an Islamic extremist on to his TV talk show who urged Britons to join up with terrorists fighting Israel.

The Left-wing firebrand, who won the Rochdale by-election in February, is hosting a new programme called Have It Out With Galloway on the Iranian regime's propaganda channel Press TV.

One of his first guests last week was Lebanese activist and commentator Dr Marwa Osman, who called on UK citizens to become part of the 'axis of resistance' by joining the terrorist group Hezbollah, which has been firing rockets into Israel almost daily since the October 7 Hamas attacks.

Hezbollah has been proscribed by the British Government since 2019. Joining it, or even publicly supporting it, carries a potential jail term of up to 14 years.

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President Volodymyr Zelensky’s chief of staff said this week that there will be no “compromises” with Russia despite fears that Moscow will seek to capture more territory after the failures of the counteroffensive last year.

Andriy Yermak, one of the most powerful figures in the Zelensky government, told POLITICO that Kyiv will not accept any terms in which the lines of conflict are frozen and that Ukraine will not accept any agreement that infringes upon its borders.

“The Russians are not interested in any negotiations. They want the capitulation of Ukraine. But it will never happen — all of us who are in Ukraine, we will not accept any compromise on our independence, on our territorial integrity, on our freedom. And this president will never agree to anything like the Minsk agreements or a frozen conflict. No, I’m sure about that,” Yermak said.

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A former advisor to President Emmanuel Macron has warned that if France continues down the same path with the green agenda, the country will likely face a “social revolt” far greater than the Yellow Vest movement or the recent bout of farmer protests.

“It’s going to end very badly,” warned David Djaïz in an interview this week with the Paris-based conservative news magazine Le Point.

The left-wing public intellectual and Emmanuel Macron’s former rapporteur for the government’s National Council for Refoundation (CNR) accused the government and political elites in France of being “content to manage the decline”.

Djaïz, an ardent believer in the need for a green transition of the economy in France and in Europe as a whole, argued that there is a “deficit of strategic thinking” in the halls of power, saying: “I saw from the inside how intellectually and operationally the state was exhausted.”

“This is going to end very badly. France could experience a huge public finance crisis, or a social revolt compared to which the Yellow Vests and the farmers are appetizers,” he warned.

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