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The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Tuesday his attempt to broker a deal to protect Ukraine's Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant was still alive, and that he was adjusting the proposals to seek a breakthrough.
Rafael Grossi, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, spoke to Reuters a day before he is expected to travel to Europe's largest nuclear power station in the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia region of southeastern Ukraine.
Grossi has been pushing for a safety zone to be created at the plant to prevent a possible nuclear disaster as Moscow and Kyiv have accused each other of shelling the site of the power station since Russia invaded Ukraine in February last year.
Protests and strikes against unpopular pension reforms kicked off again Tuesday across France, with police security ramped up amid government warnings that radical demonstrators intended “to destroy, to injure and to kill”.
Concerns that violence could mar the demonstrations prompted what Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin described as an unprecedented deployment of 13,000 officers, nearly half of them concentrated in the French capital.
After months of upheaval, an exit from the firestorm of protest triggered by President Emmanuel Macron’s changes to France’s retirement system looked as far away as ever. Despite fresh union pleas that the government pause its hotly contested push to raise France’s legal retirement age from 62 to 64, Macron seemingly remained wedded to it.
House Republicans plan to deliver a subpoena to Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday for classified cables related to the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, marking an unprecedented effort to force the release of sensitive documents to Congress.
Rep. Mike McCaul, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told The Associated Press on Monday that he had spoken with Blinken earlier in the day when he was notified the agency would not be turning over a so-called dissent cable written by diplomats at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul shortly before the August 2021 withdrawal.
“We have made multiple good faith attempts to find common ground so we could see this critical piece of information,” McCaul, R-Texas, said in a statement. “Unfortunately, Secretary Blinken has refused to provide the Dissent Cable and his response to the cable, forcing me to issue my first subpoena as chairman of this committee.”
The July 2021 communication warned Blinken about the potential fall of Kabul via a special “dissent channel," which allows State Department officials to issue warnings or express contrarian views directly to senior agency officials, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz has sent an invitation letter to Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi asking him to pay a visit to Riyadh.
“We will also send a similar invitation to the King of Saudi Arabia,” Amir Abdollahian told Al Jazeera on Monday.
Tehran and Riyadh reached an agreement in early March to resume diplomatic relations after years of hostility. The talks were brokered by China.
According to the National, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday that his country is ready to support a follow-up process between Saudi Arabia and Iran to restore diplomatic relations.
Politicians of South Asian Heritage seem to be having a moment in the British Isles, with politicians claiming Indian and Pakistani history holding several of the most powerful political offices in the islands.
Humza Yousaf was elected the leader of Scotland’s ruling left-separatist Scottish National Party (SNP) on Monday, and on Wednesday will be sworn in as First Minister. In doing so, the Pakistani-heritage politician will join several other South Asians dominating the top of British politics, an impressive achievement in a country claimed by some to be stricken by considerable levels of institutional racism, and where by the latest count over 80 per cent of full-time residents are white.
As First Minister, Yousaf will lead Scotland’s devolved government — roughly equivalent to a U.S. State government — which is one of four constituent home nations in the United Kingdom. The Prime Minister of the whole United Kingdom, Rishi Sunak, also has South Asian heritage and was born in England to parents of Indian Punjabi heritage, a region on the India-Pakistan border.
The edifice of American imperial power has never been challenged at its foundation. It is now.
Russia and China are determined to hold the American perpetrators of the Nord Stream sabotage to account. Uncle Sam’s days – indeed decades – of wanton criminality are over. There’s going to be hell to pay as the imperialist tyranny in Washington hits a wall of reality.
Several weeks have gone by with the United States and its Western lackeys stonewalling at the United Nations Security Council, squirming and resisting calls from Moscow and Beijing for an international criminal investigation into the sabotage of the Baltic Sea pipelines that were blown up in September.
NATO’s Ukrainian campaign is an abomination, as much an abomination as was Hitler’s destruction of Berlin and the hundreds of thousands of innocents he and his cronies threw on its pyre.
Those Ukrainian generals in a position to overthrow Clown Prince Zelensky should read Hanz Guderian’s Achtung – Panzer! (Beware – the Tank!), which formed the basis for Blitzkrieg, the Third Reich’s concept of lightning war, where the concentrated use of tanks, with infantry and air force in close support, would quickly overwhelm the enemy.
What would you venture is the most diabolical weapon that could possibly be wielded against a human being?
Toxic chemicals like the vinyl chloride released during the Ohio train derailment that can cause fatigue, nervousness, disorientation, and even memory loss when inhaled? Fluoride in the water supply that lowers IQs? A rapid-progression, fatal neurodegenerative disease that could be caused by an mRNA “vaccine”?
What all these harmful agents — and potential weapons — have in common is that they don’t aim to immediately kill, they are invisible to the naked eye, and they impair mental as well as physical functioning.
If chemical and biological agents can affect the brain, is it possible that these and other means can be weaponized to more precisely attack our very thoughts, our perception, our emotions — some of the most precious and intimate parts of ourselves — in ways that can powerfully drive decisions, and thereby threaten, at least in the eyes of those who wield such weapons, the very seat of our autonomy, our will?
This very scenario is not mere science fiction but is “science fact,” according to senior Pentagon advisor Dr. James Giordano.
There are moment in time that change the world. Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941 was one of those. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941 was another as was 9 November 1989, when the wall in Berlin, Germany, erected by the Soviets, was torn down. And you have witnessed another one today, with Russia and China signing historic, unprecedented agreements.
Prior to 1642, Russia and China had no diplomatic or military interaction.
From 1652 to 1689, China’s armies drove the Russian settlers out, but after 1689, China and Russia made peace and established trade agreements.
In the intervening 334 years, China and Russia never established a de facto alliance. At times that were at odds and, during the last 50 years, U.S. policy made it a priority to keep a wedge between Moscow and Beijing. That is over. China and Russia are now allies, with China being the largest industrial power in the world and Russia the largest supplier of critical commodities. Their political union marks the end of Pax Americana and the U.S. domination of the international order.
The horror of today’s mass shooting at a Christian school in Tennessee by a transgender weirdo has thrown a major wrench into the woke state’s agenda with respect to gun control and transgender rights. For those living in a cave, here are the critical details.
A 28 year old woman, Audrey Hale, showed up at her former elementary school with two long guns and a semi-automatic pistol and killed three children and three adult staff members before police ended her life with gunfire. Turns out that Audrey Hale thinks she is a man. Yes, Audrey is a transgender monster.
If Audrey had attended the recent Trump rally in Waco and was wearing a scarlet MAGA cap, you can bet your last dollar that the media and the pundits would be screaming for Trump’s blood and demanding that all Trump supporters be treated as terrorists. (Come to think of it, the woke left is doing exactlly that.)
The cretins at the Biden White House did not waste a minute in trying to gin up a lynch mob by insisting this mass killing was the fault of Republicans.
The United States needs to understand that Israel is an independent country and "not another star on the US flag," National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir said on Wednesday morning in response to US President Joe Biden's comments on judicial reform.
On Tuesday night, the US president said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not be invited to the White House in the near future, and urged him to drop the judicial reform plan.
"Like many strong supporters of Israel, I am very concerned. I am concerned that they get this straight. They can not continue down this road. I have sort of made that clear," Biden said to reporters.
The British Security Service (MI5) has raised the threat level in Northern Ireland from domestic terrorism to "severe," its second-highest category, meaning that attacks are highly likely.
Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris announced the decision, based on an MI5 intelligence assessment, on Tuesday, saying that the terror level in Northern Ireland had been increased from "substantial" to "severe."
The threat for the British-controlled territory had been held at severe since the system was introduced in 2010. It was lowered to substantial for just over a year in 2022.
The move came after recent attacks on police offices and weeks ahead of a meeting by political leaders due to be held in Belfast to celebrate the 25th anniversary of a 1998 peace deal that largely put an end to three decades of violence in Northern Ireland.
Heavy losses of equipment in battle mean that Ukraine’s military needs more tanks, artillery and air defenses, as well as maintenance for them, according to a letter from the German treasury to the parliament revealed by Der Spiegel on Tuesday.
Finance Minister Christian Lindner wrote to the Bundestag on Monday, and the parliamentary budget committee met on Tuesday in secret to consider his request, according to the German outlet. He is asking for €3.2 billion ($3.47 billion) more this year and another €8.8 billion ($9.54 billion) for “ongoing commitments,” on top of €2.2 billion ($2.39 billion) already spent on Ukraine.
“Due to the high material losses of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, new supplies of material are required,” the treasury wrote, further arguing that a number of procurement and maintenance contracts for “needs-based sustainable equipment” of Kiev’s military need to be concluded immediately.
French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin has ordered 13,000 police officers into the streets of France’s major cities as protests against the government’s controversial pension reforms continue. Darmanin said that he is expecting “radical activists” from abroad to instigate violence at the demonstrations.
Darmanin announced the deployment on Monday night, adding that 5,000 of the mobilized officers would be stationed in Paris ahead of marches on Tuesday.
“Our services anticipate that there will be significant disruption to public order,” he said, warning that “more than 1,000 radical activists, some arriving from abroad, may join the protests in Paris, Nantes or Rennes.”
France will double the number of 155mm rounds it supplies to Ukraine to 2,000 per month starting March, Defense Minister Sebastien Lecornu has announced.
These rounds are compatible with French-made Caesar and German Pzh 2000 self-propelled howitzers supplied to Ukraine by NATO allies. Ukraine has been unleashing "industrial quantities" of these shells at the territories controlled by Russia, Le Figaro daily reported.
Lecornu told Le Figaro in an interview that Paris would "deliver land-based equipment needed for Ukraine's counteroffensive. That means we are doubling deliveries of 155mm rounds to bring their number up to 2,000 per month starting late March.
The Senate is expected to vote on an amendment this week introduced by Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) that would appoint a special inspector general to oversee the over $113 billion that has been authorized to spend on the war in Ukraine.
Hawley said the ideal candidate for the position would be John Sopko, who has served as the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction since 2012 and has issued scathing reports on US policy and waste in Afghanistan.
“He’s done a terrific job – maybe he’d like to do this job. I mean, he already knows how to do it. And that’s winding down,” Hawley said of Sopko in comments to Fox News Digital. “Maybe he’d like to shift over to Ukraine. I think that would probably be my first choice, but somebody like him, who’s been tough, tenacious, and independent.”
The residential areas of Donetsk are often heavily shelled in the evening, when people return to their homes. The Kiev regime continues to follow this criminal tactics aiming to kill as much civilians as possible.
On March 27, the Kalininsky district was heavily shelled yb Ukrainian Nazis. At least one civilian was killed. As a result of the attack by HIMARS MLRS, civilian houses were struck, the building of the Druzhba Sports Palace was destroyed. The school and kindergarten buildings were also damaged.
The President of the USA Joseph Biden has repeatedly visited the USSR and Russia during his almost half-century political career. On January 15, 1988, a meeting was held between Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR Andrei Gromyko and American Senator Biden in the Kremlin. It was mainly devoted to the upcoming ratification of the Soviet-American treaty on the elimination of intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles.
The Russian state media covered the meeting, emphasizing the Kremlin’s position on the signing of the treaty:
The claim that sanctions, the ICC arrest warrant against President Putin, and other unfriendly actions by the West have had no effect on Russian political reality is fundamentally false.
After the collapse of the USSR, the new economic elites of Russia aligned themselves firmly with the West. Flattering themselves that they would be whole-heartedly embraced by the Western global aristocracy, they felt little solidarity with their less-fortunate compatriots, and were happy to enable the merciless colonial exploitation of Russia that prevailed in the last decade of the 20th century. The country plunged into chaos, and the poverty of the ordinary people became a stark contrast to the glitter of the oligarchy.
It could not go on like this for long. The excesses of the exploiters provoked the rise of a new political class, determined to restore the nation’s sovereignty, and, after Putin came to power, the country began the long hard crawl back to self-respect. Amongst the first signs of this was a new determination to rein in the most odious oligarchs, some of whom were forced to relinquish the assets acquired so cheaply during the mis-managed privatizations. Some even left the country, bitterly complaining that the times had turned against them.
The UN Security Council’s decision not to support the Russian-Chinese resolution on an international investigation into last year’s sabotage attacks on the Nord Steam pipelines is creating a dangerous precedent, Russian Ambassador to Denmark Vladimir Barbin has said.
"Efforts of Western countries have created a dangerous precedent. Instead of consolidating the international struggle against terrorism and crime, they have set a course towards differentiating it on the basis of nationality, devaluing related international documents and political agreements," he said in an interview to Denmark’s Ritzaus Bureau news agency, published on Tuesday.
"Supported by the international law and the existing diplomatic mechanisms, Russia will continue to press for a comprehensive, transparent and unbiased investigation into all aspects of the sabotage acts, including identification of its perpetrators, their sponsors, organizers and abettors," the Russian diplomat added.
The US administration is doing its best to prevent an independent investigation that would reveal the truth about last year’s sabotage attacks on the Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 pipelines, the Russian Embassy in the United States said in a statement on Wednesday.
"We took note of yet another round of statements by US Administration regarding alleged sufficiency of the ‘independent’ national investigations, conducted by European countries into the explosions of the ‘Nord Stream’ gas pipelines," the embassy said. "We see in this an obvious attempt by the authorities to hide behind the backs of the allies, to do everything possible to undermine efforts to find out the true circumstances behind the act of sabotage."
Washington also intends "to stop the circulation of information by respected journalists about possible US intelligence agencies’ direct involvement into the organization of this ‘crime of the century’ against critical infrastructure in the Baltic Sea," Russian diplomats said.
"The Administration’s assurances of full confidence in the ‘thorough’ investigations by allied states are not trustworthy, especially taking into account the refusal to grant to our country - the owner of the gas pipelines - access to these proceedings and, in fact, blocking of the joint appeal by Russia, China, and Brazil at the UN Security Council to launch a full-fledged international investigation," the embassy’s statement continues.
A large-scale command-and-staff exercise of Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces, involving more than 3,000 servicemen, began in Russia on Wednesday, the Russian Defense Ministry told journalists.
The exercise will involve the Omsk Missile Formation and the Novosibirsk Missile Formation, equipped with mobile Yars launchers.
"Overall, the exercise will involve over 3,000 servicemen and about 300 items of military hardware. A commission of the Strategic Missile Forces’ command will assess cohesion among the personnel fulfilling their tasks," the ministry said.
The exercise is carried out in line with the 2023 combat training schedule.
Maneuvers will take place on the territory of three Russian regions.
TRN wrote they "do not claim to know the individual or have access to their inner thoughts and feelings" but they "do know that life for transgender people is very difficult, and made more difficult in the preceding months by a virtual avalanche of anti-trans legislation, and public callouts by Right Wing personalities and political figures for nothing less than the genocidal eradication of trans people from society."
The Republican lawmaker overseeing the House investigation into the ongoing banking crisis told an influential bank lobbying group last week that it was "hackish" to blame deregulation for recent bank failures — including the collapse of an institution that’s been his top individual source of campaign cash.
Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), who has received $275,000 in donations since 2013 from executives at Signature Bank, will lead the House Financial Services Committee’s first hearing on Wednesday looking into the sudden failures of Signature Bank and Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) earlier this month.
One key factor in Signature Bank’s collapse was its decision to aggressively pursue cryptocurrency companies’ deposits before the crypto market imploded. McHenry, who benefited last election cycle from nearly $170,000 in spending by a pro-crypto super PAC, has been an avid supporter of the industry, which is built around digital money or assets.
Gorsad Kyiv is a collective of photographers that collaborates with the world’s largest brands. Apparently, everybody’s ignoring the fact that their work revolves around the graphic abuse and sexualization of children. Even worse, some of these “models” appear to be actual victims of child trafficking. Here’s a look at Gorsad Kyiv.
Warning: This article contains disturbing pictures. Gorsad Kyiv is a photography collective consisting of three artists: Viktor Vasiliev, Maria Romaniuk, and Ulik Romaniuk. Based in Kyiv, Ukraine, the group has collaborated with many galleries, magazines, musicians, and brands such as I-D Vice, Dazed & Confused, Skim milk, Hood by Air, Ariel Pink, and others. In 2022, Gorsad Kyiv was named in PhotoVogue’s list of “100 Next Great Fashion Image Makers”.
The trial for the murder of a protester during the 2020 Black Lives Matter riots in the United States began on Monday in Austin, Texas.
Army Sergeant Daniel Perry, who was stationed at Fort Hood during the riots and protests, is facing charges for shooting and killing 28-year-old Garrett Foster, who was armed with an AK-47.
The United Nations Human Rights Counsel says that there are human rights violations happening in Libya, according to a new report. The report describes a "generalized practice" of arbitrary detention, murder, torture, rape, slavery and forced disappearance in the country since 2016. Who is doing this? The report points the finger at the European Union and its member states for "directly or indirectly, [providing] monetary and technical support and equipment, such as boats, to the Libyan Coast Guard and the Directorate for Combating Illegal Migration that was used in the context of interception and detention of migrants." The report does not mention the Obama administration's role in destabilizing Libya and backing the overthrow of Moammar Gaddafi.