Any attempt by China to change the status quo in the Taiwan Strait will cause “severe consequences” for regional and global security, NATO’s secretary general said Wednesday.

In an interview with Nikkei Asia in Tokyo, Jens Stoltenberg said the bloc is concerned about China’s threatening rhetoric and “coercive behavior” in the Taiwan Strait. He stressed that preventing Beijing from using military power was crucial.

Tags: CHINA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Feb 02 09:51

The United States made a strategic mistake as they actually provoked a conflict with two nuclear powers, namely Russia and China, Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov said speaking on Russia’s Channel One television.

"It seems to me that the United States made an important strategic mistake," Antonov said. "They have, in fact, started a conflict with two nuclear powers, or putting it into simple words - they are trying to fight on two fronts."

"One should take a look at news reports delivered by Pentagon via major US media outlets in which they state that Washington prepares for war with China over Taiwan," he noted. "Once again, red lines were mentioned there, however there are no red lines, and frankly speaking, I can hardly imagine how Americans will start direct hostilities with China over Taiwan."

"At the same time, Americans keep reiterating that they are committed to their policy of One China [principle]," the Russian ambassador said.

Tags: CHINA, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Feb 02 09:48

Hundreds of demonstrators marched through the streets of Nuremberg on Monday to rally against sending German-made Leopard tanks and other arms shipments to Ukraine.

Footage shows the anti-war protesters marching with a large banner reading 'We are the red line', beating drums and chanting as they marched to the city’s 'Street of Human Rights'.

"No war must go through Germany, neither with arms deliveries nor anything else, because otherwise, Germany will be in the middle of it again. Which ultimately only America wants," a protester said.

Tags: GERMANY, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Feb 02 09:43

On January 30-31, Oleg Serebrian, Moldova’s Deputy Prime Minister for Reintegration visited Georgia where he met with the Prime Minister of Georgia, the State Minister of Georgia for Reconciliation as well as the Minister of Health, and Parliament officials. Moldovan Deputy PM’s discussions with the official Tbilisi included topics related to bilateral cooperation and the countries’ reforms agenda. Serebrian also visited the village Odzisi in the vicinity of the occupation line and discussed the developments regarding the occupied territories of Georgia and Moldova.

[B]oth sides underscored the importance of peaceful conflict resolution and both leaders reaffirmed their strong mutual support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of each other’s countries.

“The conversation also touched on the process of EU integration of the Associated Trio member states. Attention was paid to the implementation of the European Council’s recommendations, steps taken so far, and plans for the future,” the Government Administration reported.

Tags: EUROPE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Feb 02 09:41

 The West’s intellectual property is now fair game for retaliation against the ongoing sanctions, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday on his Telegram channel.

"All that remains is to adopt rules on the use of their [Western - TASS] intellectual property. Without any licenses and payment of royalties. Among other things, these will be our retaliatory sanctions against their property rights. On everything, from movies to industrial software," Medvedev commented.

Further lampooning the West, Medvedev sarcastically commended "developers of various programs for the unlicensed use of their expensive intellectual products," saying this is "the unlicensed use under conditions of personal sanctions."

"So what, a la guerre comme a la guerre," he argued.

Tags: ECONOMY, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
Posted on: Feb 02 09:40

The COVID data that I’ve read through and analyzed this week is so shocking that I had to check my math twice. I must have made a mistake, I thought. Out of the 1,195,000 active duty military members in the USA and the 778,000 reserve troops, 863,013 developed nervous system diseases in the six-month period between August of 2021 and this past January. That’s 43% of the troops.

That’s according to data from an attorney named Thomas Renz, who just presented the military vaccine data to a US Senate committee. Renz has also put the US government on notice with a warning: All COVID vaccine mandates from the US government must end immediately.

Renz presented the data to Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) this past week. He’s the attorney representing 30 US Navy sailors in Florida, who are suing the lawless Biden regime over the vaccine mandates. A few days ago, I wrote about one of Renz’s whistleblowers who is a US Army flight surgeon, Dr. Theresa Long. Dr. Long broke down and cried on the stand last week as she testified about how thousands of her fellow soldiers have been permanently harmed by the COVID vaccines.

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Feb 02 09:37

The US government has a well-documented history of backing extremist groups as part of a panoply of foreign policy misadventures, which inevitably end up blowing up in the American public’s face. In the 1960s, the CIA worked with Cuban anti–Fidel Castro radicals who turned Miami into a hub of terrorist violence. In the 1980s, the agency supported and encouraged Islamic radicals converging in Afghanistan, who would go on to orchestrate the September 11 attack. And, in the 2010s, Washington backed Syria’s not-so-“moderate” rebels who ended up cutting a swath of atrocities through civilians and the Kurdish forces that were meant to be US allies.

Based on a new report, it looks like we may soon be able to add another to that list of fatally unlearned lessons: Ukrainian neo-Nazis.

According to a recent Yahoo! News report, since 2015, the CIA has been secretly training forces in Ukraine to serve as “insurgent leaders,” in the words of one former intelligence official, in case Russia ends up invading the country. Current officials are claiming the training is purely for intelligence collection, but the former officials Yahoo! spoke to said the program involved training in firearms, “cover and move,” and camouflage, among other things.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
Posted on: Feb 02 09:37

As the conflict between Ukraine and Russia continues to escalate and dominate the world’s attention, the increasing evidence that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is and has been working to create and arm an insurgency in the country has received considerably little attention considering its likely consequences. This is particularly true given that former CIA officials and a former Secretary of State are now openly saying that the CIA is following the “models” of past CIA-backed insurgencies in Afghanistan and Syria for its plans in Ukraine. Given that those countries have been ravaged by war as a direct result of those insurgencies, this bodes poorly for Ukraine.

Yet, this insurgency is poised to have consequences that reach far beyond Ukraine. It increasingly appears that the CIA sees the insurgency it is creating as more than an opportunity to take its hybrid war against Russia ever closer to its borders. As this report will show, it appears the CIA is determined to manifest a prophecy propagated by its own ranks over the past two years. This prediction from former and current intelligence officials dates from at least early 2020 and holds that a “transnational white supremacist network” with alleged ties to the Ukraine conflict will be the next global catastrophe to befall the world as the threat of Covid-19 recedes. 

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Feb 02 09:36

Russian Kornet, Vikhr and Ataka anti-tank missiles as well as 125 mm Mango armor-piercing shells can effectively destroy German-made Leopard 2 main battle tanks set to be delivered to Ukraine, Russia’s state tech corporation Rostec told TASS on February 1.

“The Leopard 2 is a modern and well-protected vehicle but cannot be called invulnerable. Combat experience has shown that these tanks can be obliterated even with old man-portable anti-tank missile systems that are considerably inferior by their performance to weapons operational in the Russian Army, in particular, Kornet anti-tank missile systems,” Rostec told the Russian news agency.

The corporation was likely referring to the tank’s bad experience in Syria, where at least eight Leopard 2A4s of the Turkish military were destroyed by ISIS terrorists with Soviet-made Fagot and Konkurs guided missiles in 2016.

Compared to Russian tanks, the Leopard 2s lack explosive reactive armor (ERA), which will make them more vulnerable to high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) guided missiles and tank-fired armor-piercing fin-stabilized discarding sabot (APFSDS) shells.

Tags: GERMANY, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Feb 02 09:35

Apparently, being in favor of peace in Europe is reason enough for the Ukrainian neo-Nazi regime to threaten the someone’s life. After criticizing the German Foreign Minister’s irresponsible pro-war remarks and emphasizing the importance of peace with Russia for European stability, Croatian President Zoran Milanovich has been added to Myrotvorets, the Ukrainian government’s public kill-list. The case shows how the Ukrainian regime deals with its own international “allies” – since Croatia is a member of NATO and EU.

Croatian President Milanovich “disappointed” Ukrainian and Western leaders with his realistic statements. He has long asserted that Moscow is an important point for European stability and supported talks that take Russian interests into account. Recently, he criticized Annalena Baerbock’s pro-war statements, saying: “The German foreign minister says we must be united, because I quote, we are at war with Russia. I didn’t know that, Maybe Germany is at war with Russia, but then, good luck. Maybe this time it turns out better than 70-odd years ago. If we are at war with Russia, then let’s see what we need to do. But we won’t ask Germany for its opinion”.

In the last week of January, Milanovich’s name appeared on the website of the “Myrotvorets” group, in the “list” section, which is intended to expose the data of the people the Kiev regime wants to kill. The site also informs the groups that helped it to obtain the data of the listed. The information is provided by various intelligence agencies, both Ukrainian and Western ones, including American institutions such as the CIA and FBI. In the case of Milanovich, this was provided by Ukraine’s GRU.

Tags: ASSASSINATION, EUROPE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
Posted on: Feb 02 09:34

Another video from the front line somewhere in the Donbass showed the storming of the positions of the Ukrainian military by Russian servicemen. According to reports, the video was shot by a group of Russian soldiers who were mobilized several months ago and recently arrived at the front line.

The footage once again confirmed the attitude of Russian servicemen to their enemies. All Ukrainian servicemen remained alive, none of them were wounded. They were asked to lay down their weapons and lie down on the ground. After they submitted, the Russians promised not to harm them.

On the other hand, the video reportedly shows the first experience of mobilized Russian servicemen storming a Ukrainian stronghold. Russian kindness posed a great threat to their own safety. Instead of throwing a grenade into the trenches, they entered the stronghold and began asking the enemy to come out. There is no necessary control over the surrendered Ukrainian soldiers.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Feb 02 09:33

Redacted as learned that the same Blackwater mercenaries responsible for war crimes in Iraq are now operating in Ukraine under Pentagon funding. They've changed their name, but the players are the same.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
Posted on: Feb 02 09:32

My  long-standing commitment is to “the value of human life”,  “the criminalization of  war” , “peaceful co-existence” between nation states and “the future of humanity” which is currently threatened by nuclear war.

I have been researching nuclear war for than more 10 years focussing on its historical, strategic and geopolitical dimensions as well as its criminal features as a means to implementing what is best described as “genocide on a massive scale”.

What is presented below is the history of nuclear war: a succession of U.S. nuclear war plans going back to the Manhattan Project and the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945.

Unknown to the broader public, the first U.S. Doomsday Blueprint of a nuclear attack directed against the Soviet Union was formulated by the US War Department on September 15, 1945 when the US and the Soviet Union were allies.

There is an element of political delusion and paranoia in the formulation of US foreign policy. The Doomsday Scenario has been on the drawing board of the Pentagon for more than 70 years.

Numerous US nuclear war plans have been formulated from the outset, leading up to “The 1956  Strategic Air Command SAC Atomic Weapons Requirements Study” (Declassified in December 2015) which consisted in targeting 1200 urban areas in the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe and China.

Much of what is presented below is the object of media censorship. It is either trivialized (casually compared to the imminent dangers of CO2), or it goes unreported.

Tags: CHINA, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
Posted on: Feb 02 09:30

The next time you hear a retired U.S. General who commanded U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan belittle and dismiss the Russian military as incompetents, remind yourself of two uncomfortable facts — Afghanistan and Ukraine are almost the same size in terms of land mass and the U.S. failed to defeat a bunch of Afghani goat herders who had no air power or artillery. The United States and NATO poured billions of dollars into Afghanistan and failed to vanquish the Taliban, who easily took control of Kabul in August 2021. These clueless generals remind me of Kevin Kline’s character in the film, A Fish Called Wanda:

In Ukraine, Russia continues to advance from the east and the south, chewing up Ukrainian brigades and steadily advancing against stiff fortifications, despite fighting a de facto NATO force that is flooding Ukrainian forces with NATO munitions, artillery and armored vehicles. Moon of Alabama provides an excellent summary of NATO performing hara kiri, er I mean, “its disarmament mission.”

France to send an extra 12 powerful Caesar howitzers to Ukraine

French Defence Minister Sebastien Lecornu’s announcement that France will send 12 additional Caesar howitzers to Kyiv is “clearly important for the Ukrainians, particularly the Caesar artillery system”, said FRANCE 24 Chief Foreign Editor Robert Parsons.

“They’ve been very successful in Ukraine, so the Ukrainians will be delighted, I am sure, to get another 12. I think that brings that total to over 40 now, closing on 50 Caesars in Ukraine.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Feb 02 09:27

For two solid years now, the liberal media has been breathlessly referring to the J6 Trump supporters as insurrectionists and domestic terrorists.

They had no problem with these people being treated like domestic terrorists and described that way.

Now that members of Antifa have been arrested in Atlanta, Georgia and are being charged as domestic terrorists, the folks at NBC News are deeply concerned about such ‘dangerous overreach.’

What changed?

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Feb 02 09:19

Massachusetts Democrats have a bold new proposal for prisoners: donate your organs or bone marrow, and get as little as a couple of months off of your sentence. The legislation, which has attracted five cosponsors in the state House, raises major bioethical concerns for the 6,000-plus people currently held in the Bay State’s prisons. In essence, the bill would ask prisoners which is more important to them: their freedom, or their organs and bone marrow.

The bill appears to go significantly beyond other organ-donation policies for prisoners. The Federal Bureau of Prisons says that prisoners may donate their organs while incarcerated, but only to immediate family members. In 2013, the state of Utah allowed organ donation from prisoners who died while being incarcerated. Most other states do not allow organ donations from prisoners at all.

Tags: SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Feb 02 09:18

Another power grid attack?

Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday afternoon went completely dark after suffering a power outage.

Webmaster addition: Occam's Razor : The power grid has been neglected too long and is starting to fail. 

Tags: ECONOMY
Posted on: Feb 02 09:16

In the United States, dozens of food processing plants suspiciously caught fire over the past year. Remarkably, no one was present at the time of the fires. The Eco Health Alliance whistleblower, bioterrorism expert, military veteran, and scientist Dr. Andrew Huff has a possible explanation for the food supply fires. 

Huff has access to government information about simulating a food supply attack. The information comes from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Food and Agriculture Sector Criticality Assessment Tool (FASCAT). This also includes which places are particularly at risk.

According to Huff, who authorities have harassed due to the nature of his work since 2019, the U.S. government coordinated the attacks on the food facilities. But, in addition, something remarkable happened: the hard disk with the FASCAT data disappeared.

Since then, there have been about 200 food factory attacks around the world, most of them in the U.S., he explained.

Huff had another backup and analyzed the attacks. It turned out that the attacks exactly matched the most critical systems in his data set. He reported this to the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI but never received a response.

Webmaster addition: Looking for confirmation on this.

Tags: ECONOMY
Posted on: Feb 02 09:08

Pakistan continues to face what some call a national security crisis.

Recently, in northwestern Pakistan, a suicide bomb resulted in a massacre at a mosque. The body count continues to rise from the horrific incident; now, it’s at least 100. CNN reports, “Police suspect that a suicide bomber used 12 kilograms (26.5 pounds) of explosives, Inspector General of Peshawar Police Moazim Jah Ansari said. The attack left 217 injured, Ansari added.”.

Tags: PAKISTAN/ INDIA
Posted on: Feb 02 09:07

A lawsuit challenging Rutgers University’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate policy is likely headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, the attorney representing Children’s Health Defense (CHD) and 13 Rutgers students in the case told The Defender.

CHD earlier this month appealed a New Jersey district court’s dismissal of the lawsuit, filed in August 2021.

Rutgers has 30 days to respond to CHD’s brief, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit. CHD will have 21 days to file a final response after that. The court will then set up a panel that may hear oral arguments. The court can rule anytime after that.

The appeal seeks to demonstrate the court failed to accept the plaintiffs’ allegations as true, which is the legal standard in a motion to dismiss, said Julio C. Gomez of Gomez LLC, lead counsel in the case.

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Feb 02 09:04

OpenAI's ChatGPT is programmed to spew woke talking points and fight "hate."

Webmaster addition: ChatGPT's opinion of me is clearly from the leftist point of view. This proves the GIGO law of computers. Garbage in? Garbage out!

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Feb 02 09:02

At the recent annual gathering of global elites in Davos, Saudi Foreign Minister Mohammad Al-Jaddan suggested that the kingdom was open to selling its energy exports to China in Renminbi. 

This got the attention of petroleum economists and central bankers alike as both know that, for the last 48 years, Saudi Arabia and the other Persian Gulf Arab states have been pricing and selling their crude exports exclusively in U.S. dollars. 

Indeed, it was Richard Nixon’s Treasury Secretary William Simon who struck what was then a secret plan with the Saudis to essentially bankroll America’s widening trade deficits by pricing their oil sales in greenbacks and thereby increasing the amount of dollars in circulation and enhancing the dollar’s position as the global reserve currency. In return, Saudi Arabia would have unique access to U.S. military assistance and equipment. 

This bargain made a lot of sense when the United States was the world’s largest importer of Saudi crude. This is no longer the case today, however, as it has been supplanted by China. In fact, China is not only the largest importer of crude and petrochemicals from the kingdom, it is also the largest purchaser of crude and petroleum products from all the Persian Gulf countries. 

Tags: CHINA, ECONOMY
Posted on: Feb 02 08:54

The past month has been nothing less than traumatic for the Palestinian people. 

The massacre in Jenin, ongoing invasions, arrests, home demolitions; 36 people have been killed, eight of them children. Adam Ayyad, 15, was aware that a Palestinian under Israeli apartheid is always a potential target. The handwritten will he carried in his pocket the day he was shot began with the following words: “There were a lot of things I wished I could do, but we live in a country where realizing your dreams is impossible.”

Palestinians are enduring the rise to power of one of the most brazenly racist and brutal governments in the Israeli state’s history. 

As soon as Prime Minister Netanyahu had received congratulations from Italy’s fascist prime minister Georgia Meloni and Hungary’s far-right prime minister Victor Orban, who encouraged him that “hard times require strong leaders […] It’s time to do big things,” and had sent condolences to his “dear friend,” India’s Prime Minister and hindutva strongman Narendra Modi, the government went straight to work against Palestinians.  

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE
Posted on: Feb 02 08:53

The 1619 Project is back in the news with the release of the six-part Hulu series built around the claim that “nearly everything that has made America exceptional grew out of slavery.” Progressives have canonized the Nikole Hannah-Jones-led New York Times effort, which is being taught in more than 4,500 classrooms. But the project is riddled with faulty assumptions and factual errors that have been debunked across the ideological spectrum.

The 1619 Project’s most harebrained idea is that the American Revolution was fought to preserve slavery. Slavery was barbaric, especially in the more southern states. But there was little slavery in the northern colonies, and they would not have risked their lives for its preservation.

The 1619 storyline could not have passed the laugh test unless many Americans were clueless on the British brutality that sparked the war.

Arthur Schlesinger Jr., President John F. Kennedy’s court historian and a revered liberal intellectual, declared in 2004, “Historians today conclude that the colonists were driven to revolt in 1776 because of a false conviction that they faced a British conspiracy to destroy their freedom.” But the British imposition of martial law, suspension of habeas corpus and censorship were not simply deranged fantasies of Thomas Jefferson.

Slavery did help spark the revolution, but it was “slavery by Parliament” — a common derisive phrase in founding-era America. The Declaratory Act of 1766 announced that Parliament “had, hath, and of right ought to have, full power and authority to make laws and statutes of sufficient force and validity to bind the colonies and people of America, subjects of the crown of Great Britain, in all cases whatsoever.”

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, ENTERTAINMENT
Posted on: Feb 02 08:52

A HIGH-DOLLAR INVESTOR in New York who generously supported George Santos’s congressional campaigns and related committees also bankrolled a group in Los Angeles seeking to oust the city’s progressive prosecutor.

Andrew Intrater, a Republican donor based in New York, has given more than $221,000 to George Santos’s congressional campaigns and related groups. In 2020, Santos claimed that Intrater was a client of his. Intrater also put more than half a million dollars into Santos’s previous employer, a company called Harbor City Capital that the Securities and Exchange Commission accused of operating a Ponzi scheme in 2021.

The mendacious New York House member, though, wasn’t Intrater’s only political interest. His focus apparently also includes local politics in California, where he gave $25,000 in seed money to a political action committee opposing Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Feb 02 08:50

THE MEMPHIS POLICE Department unit that beat 29-year-old Tyre Nichols during a January 7 traffic stop was part of a division that operated with an annual budget of more than $28 million a year from the time of its creation in 2021 until it was disbanded over the weekend.

The department shut down the unit the day after police released body-camera footage of members of the unit beating Nichols to near the point of death. The father, skateboarder, and photographer died three days later in the hospital from injuries inflicted by the police.

The Memphis police unit, Street Crimes Operation to Restore Peace in Our Neighborhoods, or SCORPION, is part of a trend in policing in which highly armed groups of police are dispatched to “high-crime” areas that tend to be home to Black and brown residents.

The specialized units have been popping up all over the country, proposed in response to reports of rising violent crime. Some of the anti-crime units have been accused of excessive force; in the killing of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor by Louisville, Kentucky, police in 2020, that force was deadly. In addition, the units, as in the case of SCORPION in Memphis, are expensive to maintain, rekindling a national debate about the funding of police departments.

“The SCORPION unit is what ‘fund the police’ rhetoric looks like in reality,” Working Families Party National Director Maurice Mitchell said in a statement to The Intercept. “Instead of pouring more money into militarized forces that brutalize, terrorize, and even murder, we should fund libraries, after-school programs, good jobs, and other investments proven to keep us safe.”

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Feb 02 08:48

A FILING IN FTX’s bankruptcy proceedings is shedding light on the true extent of the crypto-trading powerhouse’s influence-peddling operation. Last week, FTX filed its creditor matrix, a document that lists former vendors and investors to the company.

The list includes nearly a dozen public relations experts — specialists who generate positive spin in the media on behalf of clients — as well as political consultants, think tanks, and trade groups.

Sometimes, the money went directly to political operations; Majority Forward, a dark-money group designed to elect Senate Democrats, received cash. In some cases, the hired guns, such as PR firms, were paid directly for their services. In others, the groups that received donations maintain that they are independent, but had interests aligned with FTX.

The filing, for instance, listed a donation to the Center for a New American Security, a prominent national security-focused think tank in Washington, D.C., that has worked to shape crypto regulations.

Tags: ECONOMY, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Feb 02 08:47

Washington and Manila are close to inking an agreement that would see four new American installations opened in the Philippines. The new sites are part of an American military buildup in the Indo-Pacific to prepare for war with China.

According to The Washington Post, negotiations are ongoing but a deal between Manila and Washington is nearing completion. Once completed, American forces are expected to have new sites at four Philippines bases.

Two of the new facilities will be located in Luzon, in the northern half of the country. The military sites are expected to be used in a future war between Washington and Beijing. The bases “could give U.S. forces a strategic position from which to mount operations in the event of a conflict in Taiwan or the South China Sea,” the Post reported.

In 2012, then-President Barack Obama adopted a more aggressive policy for China, the “pivot to Asia,” the largest military build up since World War II. Under the strategy, Washington has authorized billions of dollars for new bases, ships and weapons to be deployed to the Asia Pacific. The Pentagon aims to encircle China with two thirds of all U.S. air and naval forces.

Tags: ASIA, CHINA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Feb 02 08:43