As a young Indian herder growing up in the Himalayas, Tsering Angchok would let his prized goats graze on a meadow north of Pangong Lake’s crystalline waters — until China and India fought a battle there in 1962. Today, the lakeshore is home to a Chinese military base and, U.S. experts believe, new radar facilities and a base housing artillery emplacements for the People’s Liberation Army.
Angchok, now in his 70s, lives about 50 miles north of the lake. Here, too, the feeding ranges where villagers take their goats in winter have recently been put off-limits. Since this summer, the area has become part of a two-mile-wide buffer zone between Indian and Chinese troops.
Two years after India and China clashed in a series of border skirmishes, the recent establishment of buffer zones in the Himalayan region of Ladakh has been hailed as a significant step toward containing tensions between the two giant neighbors.But India’s steady withdrawal from its historically claimed areas has taken precious pastures away from the Changpas, a semi-nomadic Tibetan people famed for producing Pashmina cashmere wool — the “soft gold” once favored by Mughal royalty and Empress Josephine, Napoleon’s wife.
Foreign Minister Eli Cohen said on Monday that the Palestinian leadership should be on trial instead of Israel, accusing the Palestinian Authority of incentivizing terror attacks on Jews.
“The international community must send a clear message to the Palestinian leadership,” said Cohen in his inaugural address to Foreign Ministry diplomats and workers in Jerusalem. “Enough incitement in educational institutions and funding the murderers of Jews.”
Cohen made his remarks shortly after meeting his predecessor Yair Lapid, whose tenure as foreign and prime minister came to an end last week. According to the Foreign Ministry, the two discussed Israel-US ties, the Iranian threat and expanding the Abraham Accords.
On December 16th, 2022, the Japanese government led by Fumio Kishida issued new “defense guidelines” that will give the country the ability to launch offensive attacks on enemy bases overseas for the first time since its Asian empire was crushed in 1945 by the combined might of the United States and the Soviet Union.
The guidelines, fervently backed by the U.S. government and the DC think tanks representing the military industrial complex, are the last nails in the coffin of Japan’s Peace Constitution, which only allows Japan to take military action in self-defense. That document was imposed by U.S. Occupation forces after the war and has been in the cross-hairs of both the Pentagon and Kishida’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party since the 1970s.
The new “National Security Strategy of Japan” was spelled out in three key defense documents, and departs from the past in three critical areas. First, it declares that China is now Japan’s number one threat and poses “the greatest strategic challenges ever seen” in Tokyo. North Korea, which has traditionally been mentioned first as a hostile state, now represents a “severe and imminent threat.”
Ukraine has a new Western backer. It’s not a nation-state, or a military contractor. It’s the financial firm BlackRock.
Ukraine announced Wednesday that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had a video teleconference with BlackRock Chief Executive Officer Larry Fink. The pair apparently struck a deal to coordinate investment efforts to rebuild the war-torn nation.
A readout of the meeting on the Ukrainian president’s website boasted BlackRock’s involvement, calling the firm “one of the world's leading investment managers” and noted that it “manages client assets worth about 8 trillion dollars.”
“Venezuela is ready, totally ready, to take steps towards a process of normalization of diplomatic, consular and political relations with the current administration of the United States and with administrations to come,” Maduro said.
Maduro’s comments came after Venezuela’s opposition voted to dissolve the US-backed “interim government” and removed Juan Guaido as the “interim president.” Guaido declared himself president in 2019, and he received the full backing of the US, which supported him in a failed coup attempt against Maduro.
Two days ago Denise George the AG for the Virgin Islands filed a lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase. In it she claims, “alleges that the bank should have known about Epstein’s illegal activity, and as part of its anti-money laundering procedures, should have reported their client to authorities. Instead, George accuses the bank of turning a blind eye to the sex trafficking operations that went on on Epstein’s private island in the USVI, Little St. James. “
Governor Albert Bryan fired the A.G. Of course he claims this had nothing to do with her lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase. Yet no justification for why she was fired was given.
Webmaster addition: That kind of juice only reinforces the theory that Epstein's Island was an intelligence operation.
Israel's extreme-right firebrand Itamar Ben-Gvir visited Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound Tuesday for the first time since becoming national security minister, his spokesman said, enraging Palestinians who see the move as a provocation.
"Our government will not surrender to the threats of Hamas," Ben-Gvir said in a statement published by his spokesman, after the Palestinian militant group warned such a move was a "red line".
The Palestinian foreign ministry said it “strongly condemns the storming of Al-Aqsa mosque by the extremist minister Ben-Gvir and views it as an unprecedented provocation and a dangerous escalation of the conflict".
The Ynet news website carried pictures of Ben-Gvir touring the site under heavy security.
The news from Israel is that the job of explaining Israel to America — hasbara, Hebrew for propaganda– just got a lot harder.
That’s because Israel swore in a government filled with messianic rightwing Zionists, two of them convicted criminals, and newly-returned prime minister Netanyahu, himself on trial for taking bribes, declared the new government’s basic principle is, “The Jewish people have an exclusive and unquestionable right to all areas of the Land of Israel,” including “Judea and Samaria.” Palestinians– you’re just interlopers here.
Israel’s friends here are struggling with the hasbara job. Stay calm; Netanyahu will control the extremists, some assure us. While Haaretz reports that leading American pro-Israel groups are trying to maintain a business-as-usual approach but are worried about what will shake loose. “Our love and commitment to the Jewish state transcends any one government, any one point in time, and any particular policy or statement,” the Jewish Federations said– in expressing “concerns.” While Israel Policy Forum fretted the extremists in the government will “stress U.S.-Israel relations” and “create rifts with North American Jewry.” Today Americans for Peace Now held a protest at the Israeli embassy.
If you were not aware how much the Uniparty hates you, Nebraska RINO Congressman Don Bacon just told you out loud. This audacious aggression against squish Kevin McCarthy will not stand and he wants conservatives to pay a catastrophic price unless GOP McCarthy opponents bend the knee.
Russia is committed to furthering its strong relations with the Kurdistan Region and supports the desires of the Region’s citizens to live in peace, the country’s consul told Rudaw while praising Kurdish authorities for their “positive” stance towards Moscow’s war in Ukraine.
“The relations between Russia and the Kurdistan Region and the Kurdish people are excellent, historic, and positive. Russia was always committed to Middle Eastern affairs and specifically Kurdish affairs and was always understanding to the interests of the Kurdish people and their desire to live in their lands with prosperity and peace,” Maxim Rubin, the Russian Consul General to Erbil, told Rudaw’s Nwenar Fatih late last month.
Rubin lauded the Region’s stance for what Moscow calls a “special military operation” against Ukraine, noting that Kurdish authorities have refrained from blindly siding with the West.
In 2020: a beautiful, agriculturally self-sufficient island nation full of tea and tourists and holder of the highest “Environmental, Social, and Governance” (ESG) investor rating in the world.
And then, as part of the larger “green” effort spurred on by international Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), woke capital, and, seemingly, a desire to sit at the big table at the various and sundry global initiative conferences, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa banned the use of manufactured fertilizer in order to create a more climate-friendly sustainable farming sector. In April, 2021, the country went all-organic overnight.
What could possibly go wrong?
prices for food (especially rice) and fuel and other daily basics skyrocketed, the tea crop – and the hundreds of millions it earns in international trade – was decimated. The nation defaulted on its foreign debt, had rolling power blackouts, the tourists are staying away in droves, and Sri Lanka, already wracked by corruption and COVID, spiraled out of control.
The public’s response? Even though the fertilizer ban had already been partially rolled back, just last month Rajapaksa’s presidential palace was stormed by thousands of everyday Sri Lankans and he had to flee the country – last word was that he was holed up in Singapore.
The curtain is coming down on the brutal 11-year old Syrian conflict, which former US President and Nobel Laureate Barack Obama initiated, as the Arab Spring swept through West Asia two decades ago. The United States has suffered yet another big setback in West Asia as the year 2022 draws to a close. The unfolding Turkish-Syrian reconciliation process under Russian mediation is to be seen as a saga of betrayal and vengeance.
Ankara came under immense pressure from the Obama Administration in 2011 to spearhead the regime change project in Syria. Obama blithely assumed that Turkiye would gleefully serve as the charioteer of “moderate” Islamism for the transformation in West Asia. But Ankara took its time to calibrate its foreign policies to adapt to the Arab Spring before responding to the shifting landscape in Syria.
Erdogan was caught unprepared by the uprising in Syria at a juncture when Ankara was pursuing a “zero-problems” policy with Turkiye’s neighbours. Ankara was unsure how the Arab Spring would play out and remained silent when the revolt first appeared in Tunisia. Even on Egypt, Erdogan made an emotional call for Hosni Mubarak’s departure only when he sensed, correctly so, that Obama was decoupling from America’s staunch ally in Cairo.
Syria was the ultimate test case and a real challenge for Erdogan. Ankara had invested heavily in the improvement of relations with Syria within the framework of the so-called Adana Agreement in 1998 in the downstream of Turkish military’s massive showdown with Damascus over the latter harbouring the PKK [Kurdish] leader Ocalan. Erdogan initially did not want Bashar al-Assad to lose power, and advised him to reform. The families of Erdogan and Assad used to holiday together.
In Ashrafieh, the wealthy Christian neighborhood in east Beirut, there is a group of 300 young, muscular, and bearded men patrolling the streets from 6 pm. to 6 am. as part of Neighborhood Watch, but they have an extremist Christian ideology which many have termed neo-fascist. They call the group the Soldiers of God, and its members refer to themselves as the Guardian Angels.
According to an investigation carried out by Lebanese army intelligence, the Soldiers of God participated in the October 2021 massacre of 7 people, and the injury of 32 others who were Hezbollah and Amal supporters in Tayouneh, a neighborhood in Beirut. The report specified the names of the Soldiers of God members who participated and their connection to the Societe Generale Bank Group (SGBL). The report also stated the person in charge of coordinating the massacre was Lebanese Forces (LF) leader Samir Geagea’s head of security, Simon Musallam.
While many want to concur with Professor Emily Oster‘s request for pandemic amnesty, those that are aware of what has been happening in our country since 2020 refuse to give up on those that may be in a slumber to the work that is ahead to expose The purveyors of propaganda and misinformation. 2020 will be a year that will live in infamy. A year that a medical condition was so hyper-politicized that it forced the country to take political sides as it pertains to a medical condition. Who could’ve seen that one coming?
In 2020 we were inundated with daily death counts on CNN and Fox News. Still, even though the death count has continued to rise after the introduction of the COVID-19 vaccine, for some reason, the CNN and Fox News Covid death ticker has stopped notifying the American public that more have died since the vaccine was introduced. Why is the American public silent on matters like this? The experts appointed by the Trump administration have become commonplace names to American citizens, but will we ever know all that went on behind closed doors that have been kept from the public?
Everyone seems to want to blame Donald Trump for everything that’s happened in this pandemic, but didn’t he hire the presumed ‘best and brightest’ to bring us, as American citizens, the most expert advice he believed was available? Donald Trump got Covid, took recommended early treatment protocols, and even got the risky remdesivir antiviral treatment, and was still able to run the country from Walter Reed Memorial Hospital back in 2020, but two years later, his predecessor Joe Biden who wears masks all the time, and had been vaccinated four times, and, still got Covid, and only took the FDA drug Paxlovid, and got rebound Covid. Yet, the American public is left in the dark about the truth surrounding the failed vaccines, and the failed FDA approved drug causing rebound Covid.
The Swiss government has turned down the idea of adding a “third gender” or “no gender” as an option on official government forms in the country.
The Daily Wire reported that Switzerland decided that it would not join up with the gender identity ideology that has swept many others parts of the planet.
The country has decided that it will only allow people to choose whether they are male or female and that there is no in-between. The Associated Press reported on the court ruling in Switzerland, saying:
“The binary gender model is still strongly anchored in Swiss society,” the Swiss Federal Council said in response to two proposals from parliament.
The traditional London New Year fireworks display last night was dedicated to a dead queen and neo-Nazis on the endangered list in Ukraine.
Let’s call it what it is—a perverse acclamation for a dead monarch and genocidal maniacs in Ukraine.
No word how much this gaudy tribute of support for mass murder and war crimes will cost the average Briton. The state is focused on spending stacks of money on bombs and bullets to be sent to psychopaths in Ukraine. It is far less concerned with the welfare of its own citizens.
“Poverty is deeply rooted in the UK, with a decade of cuts meaning millions of families across the country are struggling through financial hardship,” reports Big Issue. “Many more are being pushed below the breadline as the cost of living crisis hits low-income households the hardest.”
Over 14 and a half million people—more than one in five—live in poverty in the UK, including 4.3 million children, according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
The cost of living crisis will worsen poverty rates, with more than one million people set to be plunged into poverty this winter. Many will struggle to afford the basics to live and rely on food banks, and the newly established warm banks, to survive as temperatures plummet.
General Michael Flynn is taking a radically different perspective on the Russia/Ukraine war than the controlled corporate media and the corrupted political class of the West.
Flynn, who was President Trump’s national security adviser before becoming the victim of a deep state conspiracy, appeared on Steve Bannon’s “War Room” podcast where he described why he believes Russia is winning the war against Ukraine.
“Russia has achieved all of their objectives, and they’ve always called them limited objectives, and they’ve achieved them, and they’re now exposing…biological labs that have been in there for a long long time, and sadly they’re all sponsored or supported by the United States of America,” he said.
“One of the things we have got to come to grips with is that this situation in the Ukraine is not going to end well. It is not in our favor right now,” Flynn added.
Twitter CEO Elon Musk is calling for an investigation into billionaire George Soros for controlling information.
George Soros has been a topic of discussion recently, as various liberal organizations have written a letter urging major American corporations such as Coca-Cola, Disney, and Kraft Foods to boycott Twitter.
Interestingly, some of these same groups are financially supported by Soros himself. In light of this, Elon Musk tweeted about the need for a thorough investigation into these organizations.
Bacon represents Omaha in Congress and has a 65% lifetime rating from Heritage Action. The moderate Republican explained in an op-ed for the Daily Caller why he would work with Democrats if the five Republicans who have opposed McCarthy continue to refuse to budge.
Public-health experts are sounding the alarm about a new Omicron variant dubbed XBB that is rapidly spreading across the Northeast U.S. Some studies suggest it is as different from the original Covid strain from Wuhan as the 2003 SARS virus. Should Americans be worried?
It isn’t clear that XBB is any more lethal than other variants, but its mutations enable it to evade antibodies from prior infection and vaccines as well as existing monoclonal antibody treatments. Growing evidence also suggests that repeated vaccinations may make people more susceptible to XBB and could be fueling the virus’s rapid evolution.
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One of the world’s foremost Egyptologists says that recent hieroglyphics discoveries in King Tut’s tomb give further credence to a theory he put forth more than seven years ago: that Queen Nefertiti’s body is inside a hidden chamber next to that of her stepson, King Tutankhamun.
Nicholas Reeves, an Egyptologist and former curator at the British Museum, realized that cartouches—carved oval or oblong tablets that enclose a group of Egyptian hieroglyphs—showing Tutankhamun being buried by Ay, his successor, had been painted over other cartouches that showed Tutankhamen burying Nefertiti, according to the Guardian.
“I can now show that, under the cartouches of Ay, are cartouches of Tutankhamun himself, proving that that scene originally showed Tutankhamun burying his predecessor, Nefertiti. You would not have had that decoration in the tomb of Tutankhamun,” he told the Guardian.
Almost half of US adults believe side effects from the COVID-19 vaccines may have caused “unexplained” deaths, according to a Rasmussen poll released Monday.
The survey polled 1,000 American adults via telephone or online over the period of Dec. 28 to Dec. 30, with a margin of error of +/- 3%.
Nearly half of Americans, 48%, said there are genuine reasons to be concerned about vaccine efficacy, while 37% said people who are concerned are spreading conspiracy theories.
More than a quarter (28%) of Americans polled said they personally knew someone whose death may have been caused by side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine, with 61% saying they did not know anyone and 10% saying they weren’t sure if they did.
A solid majority of the population is vaccinated against COVID-19. According to the poll, 71% said they have received the vaccine, while 26% said they have not. The majority of unvaccinated Americans, 77%, expressed concerns about vaccine safety, while 38% of those who received the shot said unexplained vaccine deaths were somewhat likely.