"Are we at last brought to such an humiliating and debasing degradation that we cannot be trusted with arms for our own defense? Where is the difference between having our arms under our own possesion and under our own direction, and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?" -- Patrick Henry

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The Washington Post published a report on Sunday with a dramatic claim: The relationship between Joe Biden and Benjamin Netanyahu is terrible. From the Post (emphasis mine): “President Biden and his top aides are closer to a breach with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu than at any time since the Gaza War began, no longer viewing him as a productive partner who can be influenced even in private, according to several people familiar with their internal discussions. The mounting frustration with Netanyahu has prompted some of Biden’s aides to urge him to be more publicly critical of the prime minister over his country’s military operation in Gaza, according to six people familiar with the conversations, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.”

“Closer to a breach” than “at any time since the Gaza war began,” you say? “Mounting frustration,” is it? The average reader could only assume that some big shift in the American approach to Israel’s assault on Gaza is on the way.

Well, let me amend that. The average reader who has never read a single story about Gaza before this Washington Post report could only assume that some big shift in the American approach to Israel’s assault on Gaza is on the way.

The average reader who has been following Gaza coverage for the past few months, however, would recognize what has become one of the more thuddingly predictable and infuriating genres to emerge post–October 7: the “Biden is really mad at Netanyahu behind the scenes” story. There’s a problem with these pieces: They have virtually nothing to do with how Biden has actually handled the war.

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During Mr. Obama’s second term in office (2013-2017), it had become clear that the terms of the public policy debate were undergoing a radical and worrying transformation. In the space of a very short time, certain ideas and policy proposals were being ruled as out of bounds not on the grounds that they were unwise, impractical, or inefficient, but on the grounds that they were products of “disinformation” campaigns on the part of foreign intelligence agencies.

To take one example: Those few who publicly expressed reservations with regard to Mr. Obama’s policy toward Russia and Ukraine found themselves branded not as merely unwise or wrongheaded but as nefarious tools of a foreign disinformation campaign.

The late Obama years witnessed a proliferation of OSNIT (open-source intelligence) outfits helmed by inane YouTube sleuths like Eliot Higgins, a figure with little in the way of formal education and absolutely zero experience in intelligence gathering who somehow became a public figure virtually overnight (Gosh, how did that happen?).

It can hardly be a coincidence that Bellingcat and its imitators sprung up at exactly the same moment that the US foreign policy establishment embarked upon a new and more dangerous cold war (one that has both Russia and China as its target).

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Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich is blocking a US-funded flour shipment into Gaza that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu previously vowed would be allowed into the Strip, Axios reported on Tuesday.

Officials said that Netanyahu personally made the commitment to President Biden several weeks ago and that the Israeli war and security cabinets approved the delivery to be made through Israel’s Kerem Shalom crossing into Gaza, where Israelis have been protesting against humanitarian aid shipments into Gaza.

Smotrich’s office says he blocked the shipment because it’s going to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). Israel recently accused 12 UNRWA employees of participating in the October 7 Hamas attack on southern Israel, but the intelligence dossier the allegations were based on provides no evidence for the claim, according to media outlets that obtained the document.

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While Europe is getting faster at making artillery shells, orders placed for Ukraine still take a year or more to reach the country, according to the Estonian defense ministry. 

“If we would go under contract today, then it’s 12 to 18 months" for 155mm delivery, Kusti Salm, Estonia's permanent secretary, said in a Friday interview at his country's embassy in Washington, D.C.

Last year, the French parliament cited delivery times of 10 to 20 months.

Ukraine has reported shortages of 155mm shells since November, as Russia presses an offensive in the eastern city of Avdiivka. 

“In a year, we will have something that we ordered today,” Salm said, referring to 155mm shells. “And if we don't do it today, then there's another year we don’t have it.”

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected an outline for a potential hostage deal with Hamas that was drawn up by Israel’s Mossad spy agency, the Shin Bet security agency, and the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).

According to The Times of Israel, the proposal was put together by Mossad chief David Barnea, Shin Bet chief Ronen Bar, and Maj. Gen. Nitzan Alon, an IDF officer in charge of intelligence efforts to find Israeli hostages in Gaza.

Details of the outline are unclear, but it was likely a response to Hamas’s recent counteroffer for a 135-day truce to facilitate the release of Israeli hostages and Palestinian prisoners and a permanent ceasefire.

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While these sanctions intended to hamper Russia’s war effort and foment domestic economic and political instability, most have not achieved these objectives. Russia has maintained its military activities in Ukraine while recent IMF forecasts predict growth of 2.6 percent in 2024 — at a time when many EU countries are heading toward recession amidst significant political uncertainty in 2024 — a pivotal election year in many Western democracies.

Perhaps the greatest achievement has been reinforcing Russia’s trade pivot to the East and the Global South and away from the European Union.As a result, Russia's trade turnover reached $530.2 billion in the first nine months of 2023. Exports reached $316.9 billion, while imports reached $213.3 billion. Russian exports to Asian countries reached $226.6 billion, an increase of 10.3% year on year, while imports amounted to $139.7 billion, increasing 39.5%.

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Ah, yes, this Atlantic Ocean thingy and prepositioning of forces. Here is this teeny-weeny news. 


Zvezda shipyard floats overhauled Ikrutsk nuclear submarine. The upgraded Irkutsk will carry over 30 hypersonic Zircon missiles and over 30 Phisik-2 torpedoes. MOSCOW, February 7. /TASS/. The Zvezda Shipyard in the Far East has floated the Irkutsk nuclear submarine of project 949AM of the Pacific fleet, which it overhauled and upgraded, a defense industry source told TASS. "The modernization continues at the berth," he said adding the submarine was floated in 2023.

SSGN K-132 Irkutsk is a Pacific Fleet asset, but being nuclear sub she is limited only by the endurance of her crew and food supplies. Usually multi-purpose subs in Russia spend around 90 days at combat patrols--more than enough to deploy anywhere in the world. But that is not it--Irkutsk is a pilot in the program of modernizing this giants into 3M22 Zircon, 3M14M Kalibr and P-800 Onyx carriers. The next in line, is another Pacific Fleet boat K-442 Chelyabinsk, which will be turned into the Zircon carrier. And then there is recently repaired and updated active duty K-266 Orel and K-410 Smolensk of the Northern Fleet and other active hulls. 

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Joy Behar told her co-hosts Tuesday on ABC’s “The View” that if former President Donald Trump is elected president, Russian President Vladimir Putin will invade Europe, and the United States will have to bring the military “draft back.”

Behar said, “On one hand you have Biden. How old is he 81? He stammers. He’s had a stammer all his life. That’s part of the reason why he looks a little doddering. He’s trying to get the words out. The guy has accomplished a lot. I don’t want to repeat all the things he’s done for Americans already. On the other hand, you have a 77-year-old criminal who only cares about getting out of jail. Okay?”

She continued, “And, and I wasn’t here yesterday because all weekend I was ruminating about what he said about getting us out of NATO. I don’t think people understand what that means. You know, I saw this video of all these young MAGA guys celebrating Trump and you know what, you guys will be draft age. You want to start up with Russian, the Russians going into Ukraine and then to Crimea and then to Poland? What’s next, France, Germany, Italy? You think Americans are not going to be involved in that kind of a war. That’s what you’re looking at with this guy.”

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Hundreds of tractors blockaded the Port of Antwerp in Belgium on Tuesday as farmers continue their fight against the green agenda and free trade policies of Brussels ahead of the European Parliament elections.

Business at Europe’s second-largest seaport was serverly impacted as around 500 tractors blocked off access on the roads surrounding the Port of Antwerp in northern Belgium to protest the environmental and agricultural policies imposed on them by their own government and Eurocrats thirty miles to the south in Brussels.

The protest forced the leader of the local Flemish government, Jan Jambon, to cancels his scheduled trip to Barcelona to try to come to a deal with the farmers. Speaking ahead of the protest, Jambon said per Dutch public broadcaster NOS: “I don’t think anyone would like to see the blockade of the port of Antwerp happen, but it is up to everyone to take their own responsibility. I hope that people will be reasonable tomorrow. ”

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Axios is out with a damning report.

Apparently in January of 2023, President Biden completely lost his shit on Air Force One, "exploding" with rage at his team during a discussion on immigration because they couldn't produce obscure data on demand.

The key takeaway is that, "infighting, blame-shifting and indecision" has gotten in the way of fixing the migrant crisis (they created).

In short, Biden and his temper are to blame for the border crisis, and his team is a bunch of morons.

Biden's fury subsided, and aides scrambled for the information he wanted. People in the meeting later told others in frustration that his winding process and irritability were making it more difficult to reach decisions about the border. -Axios

What's more, "The rolling chaos along the border has grown to the point that Biden now is embracing immigration policies he ran against in 2020 — such as restricting asylum laws and suggesting he'll "shut down" the border — as the crisis threatens his re-election."

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The IDF assaults carries out raids in West Bank cities of Ramallah and Qalqilya, Al Mayadeen reports.

According to Al Jazeera, the Israeli troops assault the outskirts of the medical complex in Ramallah, one of the largest medical institutions in Palestine.

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Mistakes that the US leadership might make amid the ongoing difficult and nervous domestic political situation in the country, may cost a lot for the rest of the world and lead to a global catastrophe, Russian Security Council Deputy Secretary Mikhail Popov said in an interview for Izvestiya.

"In the overall difficult and nervous internal political situation in the US that has emerged recently, the price of a management mistake, committed by the national leaders, either deliberately or involuntarily, has increased significantly," he said. "And there won’t be much distance to a global catastrophe."

In this regard, he reminded that, in mid-1970s, Major Harold Hering was discharged from the US Air Force after asking if there is any way for him to make sure that a potential nuclear missile launch order comes from "a sane president."

"Now, 50 years later, this question sounds even louder and more relevant. Especially so after the recent publication of the report by Special Counsel Robert Hur, who was appointed to investigate the case of classified documents that Joe Biden and his entourage took out of the White House," the security official said.

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Israeli jets have attacked using cruise missiles the Nayrab airport in Syria's Aleppo from the territory of Lebanon on February 12, Rear Adm. Vadim Kulit, deputy head of the Russian Defense Ministry's Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria, said on Tuesday.

"Two F-16 tactical fighter jets of the Israeli air force launched an air strike with two cruise missiles at Nayrab International Airport in the Aleppo province from the territory of Lebanon without entering Syrian airspace on February 12," the official told a briefing, adding that as a result of the strike three civilian airport employees were injured.

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Lebanon’s resistance movement Hezbollah has warned it would expand the anti-Israel front in the south if the occupying regime escalated it acts of aggression against the Lebanese territory and the Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah made the remarks in a televised speech at a ceremony held by the Lebanese resistance movement in honor of Lebanon’s wounded and captured resistance fighters. The speech was broadcast live from the Lebanese capital city of Beirut on Tuesday.

Nasrallah praised the sacrifices of resistance fighters and said, “The wounds and blood have generated real achievements for our people and our country.”

“Our responsibility is to preserve these achievements.”

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A large blast has ruptured a natural gas pipeline in central Iran, the Mehr News Agency has reported, citing local officials. Evaluation teams have been dispatched to survey the damage.

The explosion erupted in the early hours of Wednesday near the city of Borujen, some 64km (39 miles) south of the provincial capital of Shahr-e Kord, according to Mehr, which cited the city administration and fire officials.

”The terrible sound and then the fire was caused by the explosion of the main gas transmission line of the country (line 65) between Halvai pass and Beldaji highway, and fortunately, until this moment, no one was injured or injured. There were no casualties,” Ismail Yazdani, the commander of Borujen’s fire department and security services, was quoted as saying.

Webmaster addition: Sabotage?

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In the aftermath of the pandemic, wealth inequality in the United States has intensified, according to reports from the New York Fed and Reuters. This outcome aligns with expectations, given the surge in financial assets that largely exclude those with minimal net worth. Individuals without exposure to these assets rely solely on earnings growth to accumulate wealth, further widening the economic gap.

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The House of Representatives on Tuesday evening impeached Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas by a single-vote margin.

The vote comes amid widespread criticism of Mayorkas’ Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for its role in the Biden administration’s unprecedented crisis at the nation’s southern border.

Axios reported that the chamber “impeached Mayorkas on two counts, ‘willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law’ and ‘breach of public trust.’”

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Tony Bobulinski, a former business associate of Hunter Biden, is scheduled to provide a private testimony as part of the impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden on Tuesday.

In his preliminary statement, Bobulinski expressed his relief that Americans would finally be exposed to the "facts and evidence" he has been attempting to present for over four years. He emphasized that these facts, supported by emails, texts, documents, records, and pictures, are "important for America’s national security."

Bobulinski's prepared opening statement made it clear that, in his direct personal experience and subsequent understanding, Joe Biden was the 'brand' being marketed by the Biden family. He stated, "His family’s foreign influence peddling operation — from China to Ukraine and elsewhere — sold out to foreign actors who were seeking to gain influence and access to Joe Biden and the United States government."

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The Foundation to Battle Injustice collected unique evidence of the involvement of the Ukrainian government and a shadowy U.S. arms dealer in organizing and directing criminal schemes to resell Western weapons on the black market. According to former Ukrainian Defense Ministry informants, the Foundation to Battle Injustice identified which NATO weapons are being resold by the Ukrainian government and revealed the scale and routes of the “bloody business.”

The Ukrainian Armed Forces and Defense Ministry have begun to use and dispose of hundreds of thousands of weapons and military equipment worth tens of billions of dollars. Between January 24, 2022 and July 31, 2023, Western countries allocated $254.36 billion to Ukraine, of which $98.74 for military needs.

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One of Ukrainian servicemen is drugged, given a walkie-talkie loaded with a beacon. His comrades point him a direction to go. They send him to the Russian positions, telling that they are Ukrainian ones. Such operations are launched at night, when the kamikaze has a chance not to come under fire and reach the destination

The drugged servicemen approaches Russian positions and flashes his torch, signaling, as he thinks, to his Ukrainian comrades about his arrival. Immediately after he is captured by the Russians, Ukrainian artillery is shelling the are, using the signal from the beacon of the kamikaze.

This is the way the Ukrainian military attempts to discover the well-camouflaged Russian positions. The lives of Ukrainian servicemen are not a high price to pay for the Kiev regime.

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At the center of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) lies 3 major problems that disregard foreign policy and international law, an opinion piece in Common Dreams by Jeffrey Sachs revealed. 

According to Sachs, the CIA's aims and tactics, along with its covert methods and deceptive strategies, ensure a lack of accountability.

He calls Congress a "doormat" and notes that the agency's objectives are whatever the CIA and president determine at the time, irrespective of international and domestic law.

Sachs recalls Mike Pompeo's comments when he admitted, as CIA director, that the agency "lied, cheated, and stole."

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According to a commentary from The Intercept by John Schwarz, former Navy Seal and founder of mercenary firm Blackwater Erik Prince has called on the United States to "put the imperial hat back on" and control massive parts of the globe again.

Erik Prince is a former US Navy SEAL who was behind the revival of the private security industry. 

He also calls himself "Kingfish".

Notoriously known for Blackwater and his involvement in the Iraq War, he established another private military company called Reflex Responses – or R2 – after he sold Blackwater to investors as an escape from controversy. The UAE secretly hired both companies, Blackwater and R2, to go to Yemen. 

Blackwater, which has massacred scores of Iraqis and is despised in Iraq more than the US soldiers themselves, has taken pride in employing Colombians and other Latin American military personnel, from soldiers to commanders. 

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It is no surprise the city of Mariupol became the destination of choice for Big Pharma's tests on psychiatric ward patients as such testing is forbidden in Western countries, experts told Sputnik.

Major Western pharmaceutical companies tested rheumatological drugs on patients, including infants, in a psychiatric ward of a hospital in the city of Mariupol alongside Ukrainian officials for several years, according to documents obtained by Sputnik.

The tests were carried out when Mariupol was under Kiev’s jurisdiction - until May 2022, when Russia seized control of the city.

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