Serbia has denied reports of a military build-up along the border with Kosovo, alleging a “campaign of lies” against his country in the wake of a shootout a week earlier that killed four people and fuelled tensions in the volatile Balkan region.
“A campaign of lies … has been launched against our Serbia,” Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said in a video posted on Instagram on Sunday.
“They have lied a lot about the presence of our military forces …. In fact, they are bothered that Serbia has what they describe as sophisticated weapons.”
Earlier this week, the United States urged Belgrade to pull its forces back from the border with Kosovo after detecting what it called an “unprecedented” Serbian military build-up.
Serbia deployed sophisticated tanks and artillery on the border after deadly clashes erupted at a monastery in northern Kosovo last week, the White House warned. The European Union also expressed similar concerns.
Select members of Congress were informed of the agreements on Wednesday during a closed-door briefing with Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso, who was in Washington to sign the deals.
The State Department did not publicize the agreements, but a State Department official confirmed the deals were signed in comments to the Examiner. The maritime deal will allow the US Coast Guard to patrol waters off Ecuador’s coast, an area where Colombian cartels transport cocaine.
The second agreement outlines the terms by which the US troops could be deployed to Ecuador, known as a status of forces agreement. The details of the agreement are not known, and it’s also unclear if it means a US troop deployment is imminent.
“That doesn’t mean we’re doing it, but it means we can, and it means that they’re making a very clear signal to us that they want more us involved,” said Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), an ultra-hawk who favors military intervention against drug cartels.
Muhammad Jibril Rummaneh, 17, was killed by Israeli occupation forces at the entrance to the illegal settlement of Pegasot, near the city of Al-Bireh.
A Palestinian teenager was killed and another wounded on Friday night after Israeli occupation forces opened gunfire at a vehicle near the city of Al-Bireh, in the occupied West Bank, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.
According to local sources, Israeli troops set up an ambush for the vehicle at the entrance to the illegal settlement of Pegasot before they opened fire at the two young men who were inside the vehicle.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in a speech released on Sunday that nothing would weaken his country's fight against Russia, a day after the U.S. Congress passed a stopgap funding bill that omitted aid to Ukraine.
Defense Minister Rustem Umerov said separately he had received reassurances about further military assistance in a telephone call with U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.
"Secretary Austin assured me," he wrote in a post on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, using flags in place of country names, that U.S. support to Ukraine "will continue" and that Ukrainian "warriors will continue to have a strong back-up on the battlefield."
A Ukrainian foreign ministry spokesperson said Kyiv was working with its American partners to ensure a new budget decision would include funds for the country, and that U.S. support was intact.
Webmaster addition: Zelenskiy has to be blackmailing Biden!
Cavazos (formerly Fort Hood) is located not far from Killeen, Texas, and is the home to the Army’s 1st Cavalry Division, with over 34,5000 uniformed personnel and 48,500 family members. It is a city unto itself. And it can’t feed its residents.
The Military Times reported that the sprawling base had only two of its 10 major dining options open every day for junior enlisted personnel.
While the hot Texas summer rolled through central Texas, the base wasn’t able to provide its men and women in uniform with convenient dining, leaving thousands to spend an hour on the road traveling to and from a dining hall just to eat.
Although many enlisted have cars, many do not. Those who do not have a private car or could carpool with mates were left to find transportation via shuttle. Shuttles were available. Just one problem – that information wasn’t generally knowns to hungry soldiers. . . .
China’s property sector has yet to see the worst of the crisis that has cast a pall over the nation’s economy and helped drive an exodus of global funds from the world’s second-largest stock market.
That’s the view from nine of 15 respondents in an informal Bloomberg News survey of analysts and money managers based in Hong Kong and mainland China. Six of them listed housing woes as the biggest risk for equities for the final quarter of 2023, followed by geopolitical tensions.
The results are a reflection of the worsening malaise in China’s real estate industry, as policymakers appear reluctant to undertake more aggressive stimulus measures lest they may fuel long-term financial risks. Sentiment worsened last week as worries about liquidity and weak housing demand intensified, sending a Bloomberg Intelligence gauge of property stocks to its lowest level in 12 years.
Morgan Stanley US equity strategist Michelle Weaver joins a growing number of Wall Street analysts warning about deteriorating conditions for consumers. Weaver wrote in a recent note to clients that travel companies exposed to "lower-income consumers" are beginning to experience "demand weakness."
"A significant proportion of US Consumers have drawn down their Covid era excess savings and our US Economics team estimates that lower-income households have fully exhausted their excess savings, while middle- and higher-income households are less willing to spend their excess savings on consumption," Weaver told clients.
Her note was published after the Fed's latest beige book that warned: "Some Districts highlighted reports suggesting consumers may have exhausted their savings and are relying more on borrowing to support spending." And a period when credit card growth wanes, and the consumer has never been in worse shape.
Voters are now more likely to see the Republican Party as capable of governing, tackling big issues and keeping the country safe compared with the Democratic Party.
By a 9-point margin, voters also see the Democratic Party as more ideologically extreme than the GOP.
The trends against the Democratic Party are largely driven by worsening perceptions among its own voter base, which suggests that the party will have to rely more than ever on negative partisanship to keep control of the White House.
Those are not my thoughts. That’s what the latest Morning Consult poll shows.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is taking Canada down a dangerous path of censorship to regulate streaming services and social media platforms. The next regulation phase comes as some podcasters will soon have to register with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.
The Online Streaming Act, formerly Bill C-11, goes into effect on Nov. 28, meaning any online streaming service that operates in Canada and generates revenue of more than $10 million in a given year will have to register with CRTC.
The Canadian government pitches the new rule as a "modern broadcasting framework that can adapt to changing circumstances. To do that, we need broad engagement and robust public records." It requires those podcasters to register with CRTC 'only once' and "collects basic information" from them, such as:
"First, the CRTC is setting out which online streaming services need to provide information about their activities in Canada."
So what's with the government creating a database of prominent podcasters?
One potential reason could be for the Liberal government to censor unapproved government narratives quickly. Having a registry of podcasters and the type of content they create makes it much easier for those in the government's censorship department.
"The CRTC now wants to regulate podcasts," Toronto Sun's Brian Lilley posted on X, adding, "Here is my simple message to them. Go to hell."
Federal prosecutors have urged the federal judge to impose a gag order on former President Donald Trump in the 2020 election interference case, citing the "prejudicial extrajudicial statements" he made on social media.
The special counsel team filed the request for a gag order against Mr. Trump on Sept. 15 to restrict him from making "intimidating" comments about witnesses, lawyers, and other people involved in the criminal case.
Prosecutors said on Sept. 25 that Mr. Trump continued to wage "a sustained campaign of prejudicial public statements regarding witnesses, the court, the district, and prosecutors" even after the proposed order.
"The defendant should not be permitted to obtain the benefits of his incendiary public statements and then avoid accountability by having others—whose messages he knows will receive markedly less attention than his own—feign retraction," they said in a court filing (pdf).
"No other criminal defendant would be permitted to issue public statements insinuating that a known witness in his case should be executed; this defendant should not be, either," it added.
They referred to recent posts on his social media platform, Truth Social, including one on Sept. 22 in which Mr. Trump accused departing Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley of committing treason.
On Thursday it was announced that the southern Irish state would roll out Flu jabs to all schoolchildren under its jurisdiction, despite the fact that children are an age group at absolute minute risk of becoming seriously ill from seasonal illnesses such as Flu and colds. This comes less than three months after an effectively identical announcement was made by the British government, regarding the rollout of the Flu jab to upwards of three million children in English schools.
A similar announcement was made by the British government in October 2019, however that plan was scrapped due to lack of supplies. AstraZeneca, the manufacturer of the nasal-spray that was to be given to schoolchildren in England, blamed this on a hold-up of an analysis of that year’s Flu season by the WHO, which was to be then given to pharmaceutical firms in order to determine how many products were to be developed.
The timing of this announcement in 2019, and the new announcements that Flu jabs would be rolled out to schoolchildren in Ireland and Britain, arouses suspicion.
On the 18th of October 2019, the same day it was announced that plans had been scrapped to provide schoolchildren in England with Flu jabs, Event 201 was held in New York. Organised by John Hopkins University, in conjunction with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Economic Forum, Event 201 was a simulation exercise which envisaged a coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe, the effects of which could only be mitigated by even greater integration between the public and private sector worldwide, including giving social media outlets sweeping powers to deal with what the exercise termed ‘disinformation’ amidst the hypothetical pandemic .
In December, Energy Secretary Granholm announced that the administration had taken 110 actions on energy efficiency standards in 2022 alone...and are moving forward with rules impacting dozens more appliances.
The Joe Biden administration continues to use executive authority to regulate popular household appliances at an unprecedented level, with claims that their changes will save consumers money and help slow climate change and its alleged effects on the environment.
Though the latest set of restrictions the administration is mandating is for gas powered furnaces, that is only the latest and far from the last.
“According to the current federal Unified Agenda, a government-wide, semiannual list that highlights regulations agencies plan to propose or finalize within the next 12 months, the Biden administration is additionally moving forward with rules impacting dozens more appliances,” according to Fox News.
“Over the last several months, the Department of Energy (DOE) has unveiled standards to make various appliances…more efficient, and experts have said this would worsen product quality and lead to higher prices,” according to Fox Digital.
Electrical conductors, reminiscent of those in the “Terminator” films, which can guide brain activity, have been successfully grown inside the brains of fish and worms. This advancement could set the stage for innovative treatments for neurological conditions, including Alzheimer’s, according to researchers.
These minuscule electrodes are fabricated from an injectable, viscous gel enriched with enzymes that serve as “assembly molecules.” This technology was cultivated within the tissues of zebrafish and medicinal leeches.
“Contact with the body’s substances changes the structure of the gel and makes it electrically conductive, which it isn’t before injection,” says Dr. Xenofon Strakosas, the study’s lead author and a researcher at Lund University, in a media release. “Depending on the tissue, we can also adjust the composition of the gel to get the electrical process going.”
It’s noteworthy that the zebrafish, despite its simplicity, shares considerable genetic and cellular similarities with humans, even boasting a brain that operates similarly to ours. The transparency and size of this fish offer a unique insight into the workings of the organ.
The UK is scrambling to respond after its new Defense Secretary voiced support for plans to deploy British troops to Ukraine to train Kiev's forces.
But even though many in the Western media are starting to admit that Ukraine isn't winning this war, or coming anywhere close to accomplishing Zelensky's goals of domination over Crimean and the Donbass, that hasn't stopped the UK from targeting an independent journalist with a caution for 'Malinformation' over his videos about the war and the West support for it.
In August 1996, the San Jose Mercury News initiated an extended series of articles linking the CIA’s “contra” army to the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles. Based on a year-long investigation, reporter Gary Webb wrote that during the 1980s the CIA helped finance its covert war against Nicaragua’s leftist government through sales of cut-rate cocaine to South Central L.A. drug dealer, Ricky Ross. The series unleashed a storm of protest, spearheaded by black radio stations and the congressional Black Caucus, with demands for official inquiries. The Mercury News‘ Web page, with supporting documents and updates, received hundreds of thousands of “hits” a day.
While much of the CIA-contra-drug story had been revealed years ago in the press and in congressional hearings, the Mercury News series added a crucial missing link: It followed the cocaine trail to Ross and black L.A. gangs who became street-level distributors of crack, a cheap and powerful form of cocaine. The CIA’s drug network, wrote Webb, “opened the first pipeline between Colombia’s cocaine cartels and the black neighborhoods of Los Angeles, a city now known as the ‘crack’ capital of the world.” Black gangs used their profits to buy automatic weapons, sometimes from one of the CIA-linked drug dealers.
CIA Director John Deutch declared that he found “no connection whatsoever” between the CIA and cocaine traffickers. And major media–the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post–have run long pieces refuting the Mercury News series. They deny that Bay Area-based Nicaraguan drug dealers, Juan Norwin Meneses and Oscar Danilo Blandon, worked for the CIA or contributed “millions in drug profits” to the contras, as Webb contended. They also note that neither Ross nor the gangs were the first or sole distributors of crack in L.A. Webb, however, did not claim this. He wrote that the huge influx of cocaine happened to come at just the time that street-level drug dealers were figuring out how to make cocaine affordable by changing it into crack.
Taking a significant stride towards the surveillance state, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) disclosed its plans to back a colossal health endeavor with a hefty sum of over $260 million. The objective is an unprecedented aggregation of individual and community data leading to a predictive model. However, some critics contend that the initiative entails a serious threat of potential misuse.
The colossal investment targets at setting up a wide-ranging “public-private” network. Harnessing the prowess of artificial intelligence (AI), the sophisticated overlay of technology will assimilate unprecedented amounts of data and engender algorithms that anticipate disease outbreaks. These intricate and futuristic models with predictive abilities could then guide local, state, and national cohorts in establishing suitable “control measures” for disease outbreaks.
The plan unveiled last week reports about an estimated funding of $262.5 million spread over five years that aims at creating 13 forecasting and analytics centers for infectious diseases across the U.S. This network will channelize the coordinated effort to predict and control disease outbreaks.
The United States Supreme Court has agreed to review the legitimacy of two landmark laws from Texas and Florida aimed at preventing tech giants from censoring content posted on their platforms. This decision has been rightly hailed as potentially resulting in a pivotal constitutional judgment on how the rights enshrined in the First Amendment apply to tech dominions in an increasingly digital world.
Undeniably, social media platforms and tech companies have morphed into modern-day gatekeepers of information flow, with an immense capability to influence global dialogues. The legislations enacted by Texas and Florida in 2021, specifically Texas House Bill 20 (HB 20) and Florida Senate Bill 7072 (SB 7072), strive to curb such unmonitored power and have rightly been celebrated as harbingers of accountability in the virtual world. Both pieces of legislation afford users the legal means to challenge allegations of political censorship by social media platforms, which has sparked passionate debate on the fine line between moderating content for the sake of propriety and downright censoring diverse opinions.
Suffice to say, should these laws pass the supreme scrutiny, they could serve as blueprints for similar legislation in other states, underscoring the urgent need to prevent technocratic monopolies from suppressing innovative and differing viewpoints.
Last year Sweden witnessed its highest death toll from shootings on record, at more than 60 killed, with this year on track to possibly surpass that as the country’s gang violence continues spiraling out of control.
At a moment scenes of illegal migrants flooding southern Europe from across the Mediterranean continue unabated, even mainstream publications like FT haven’t hesitated to identify what’s fueling the crime and turning Sweden’s streets into war zones: “Police chiefs have said that Sweden is facing its most serious domestic security situation since the second world war as immigrant drug gangs engage in a bloody conflict,” FT writes.
And there’s even “child soldiers” in the heart of Scandinavian Europe: “Police believe the gangs are increasingly using children to commit the crimes, as those under 18 often go unpunished or receive low sentences from the courts.”
Webmaster addition: Already the media is blaming human-caused global warming, rather than admit New York City, already struggling with a flood of illegal immigrants, has allowed its infrastructure to decay!
Americans will soon be able to add shrimp to the list of high-risk meat products getting slipped into the increasingly toxic United States food supply, thanks to an Israeli company that just raised $8.25 million from a group of venture capitalists to start administering oral, RNA-based "vaccine" drugs to the marine life food chain.
Since shrimp are bottom feeders, everything that eats them, including humans, will end up intaking these RNA chemicals through the muscle tissue, or meat, of these animals. Once ViAqua, as the Israeli venture capital operation calls itself, gets its RNA-based vaccine product into ocean life as planned, Americans and the world will have one less safe meat product to consume.
According to reports, ViAqua's RNA-based vaccine, which is still in development, uses ribonucleic acid interference (RNAi) to manipulate the genetic profile of shrimp, essentially turning the sea creatures into living genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
This is an evolving guide with emerging information on how to clear viral and vaccine-induced spike proteins from the body. The lists of herbal and other medicines and supplements have been compiled in a collaboration between international doctors, scientists, and holistic medical practitioners.
On Saturday, Jessica Mann, the lawyer representing Dayjia Blackwell, also known as "Meatball," claimed that the media criticism of her client live-streaming herself and others looting in Philadelphia was racist.
In an open letter to the media posted on her Instagram account, Mann wrote, "I write this open letter with a profound sense of outrage and frustration over the unjust portrayal of my client, Dayjia Blackwell."
Webmaster addition: Actually, it's an assault on looters!
Ivan Dodosov, a tank battalion commander, recently awarded the title of Hero of Russia, has been fighting to protect the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics since February 2022. But it was the creative thinking and level-headedness his group demonstrated during the tank duel near the town of Popasnaya, that covered his unit in glory. They achieved the impossible, breaking through the enemy’s defences that had been considered impenetrable.
The conflict in Ukraine may lead to World War III because of the “idiots” occupying leading roles in the West, former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev has warned.
“The number of high-ranking morons is rising in NATO member states,” he wrote on Telegram on Sunday. Medvedev, who currently serves as the deputy head of Russia’s Security Council, was responding to statements from London and Berlin the previous day.
The former president labeled the UK’s newly appointed Defense Secretary Grant Shapps a “freshly minted cretin” over his idea of sending British military instructors to Ukraine to train local troops for the conflict with Russia.
If this happens, the UK servicemen would become a “legitimate target” for Russian forces, Medvedev warned.
Scores of UK retail leaders have written a letter to the government, sounding the alarm about rising crime levels targeting their businesses, including abuse of retail workers and shoplifting.
The letter's signatories were 88 British retail leaders, including the bosses of Tesco, Sainsbury's, and Marks & Spencer retail stores, who pleaded with Home Secretary Suella Braverman to take a decisive action to curb this phenomenon.
The letter came after the British Retail Consortium (BRC) said its 2023 crime survey shows that incidents of violence and abuse towards retail workers have almost doubled compared with pre-COVID levels to hit 867 incidents every day in 2021 and 2022.
The consortium urged mayors, police, and crime commissioners across the UK to improve retail workers’ protection measures.
The US occupation forces used dozens of tankers to smuggle a new consignment of crude oil from the country’s northeastern province of Hasakah to their bases in northern Iraq last week, footage shows.
The convoy of tankers, as seen in the footage, looted Syrian oil from the city of Qamishli in Hasakah through the Semalka border crossing into Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.
“New footage from 26 September [is] showing a US convoy, roughly 2 kilometers long, looting Syrian oil near Qamishli, moving east towards the Semalka border crossing and heading for Iraqi Kurdistan,” said the online news magazine The Cradle in a post on X (formerly Twitter).
Fewer Europeans fully back the continued financial and humanitarian support of Ukraine by the European Union than at the start of the conflict, the latest Eurobarometer data revealed.
The collection of pan-European public opinion surveys conducted regularly on behalf of the bloc showed support is waning among EU citizens for the conflict in their own backyard, which continues to show few signs of easing.
In April last year, a majority of Europeans said they “totally agreed” with opening the borders for Ukrainian refugees, providing humanitarian aid to those who remained in the war-torn country, and imposing economic sanctions against Russia following its invasion of Ukraine two months prior.
However, a mood check in August 2023 shows none of these efforts now have the total support of a majority of EU citizens.
Those who fully approve of providing humanitarian support to people affected by the war have dropped from 64 percent in April last year to 47 percent. Support for welcoming Ukrainian refugees into the European Union has decreased from 55 percent to 36 percent, while unequivocal support for the continuation of economic sanctions against Moscow has dropped from 55 percent to 46 percent.
Update (1146ET): House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Sunday responded to a threat by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) to oust him from the Speakershp, telling CBS News' "Face The Nation" that it's "personal" for the Florida lawmaker.
"That’s nothing new, he’s tried to do that from the moment I ran for office," said McCarthy, adding "I’ll survive, you know this is personal with Matt."
"Matt voted against the most conservative bill to protect our border…secure border," McCarthy continued.