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The US will only allow Türkiye to return to the F-35 fighter jet program if it agrees to ditch Russia’s S-400 missile defense system, Acting Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland has said. The American official also suggested that Washington may even lift sanctions on its NATO ally if Ankara is more amenable.

Speaking with CNNTurk television on Monday, Nuland said Ankara could be brought in from the cold on the F-35 project if it resolved the spat, after Türkiye was booted from the program in 2019 over its acquisition of the S-400 from Russia.

“If we could get through this S-400 issue, which we would like to do, the US would be delighted to welcome Türkiye back into the F-35 family,” she stated. “If we can get through this issue, then the CAATSA issue will go away, and we can get back into an F-35 conversation,” Nuland added, referring to US sanctions which target Türkiye’s arms industry.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, TURKEY, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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The United States is not planning to withdraw its military from Syria, Acting US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland has said.

Several Arab and international media have reported that the US is considering full withdrawal of its forces from Syria but the final decision is not yet taken.

“Well, first let me set the records straight, the United States is not withdrawing from Syria,” Nuland told CNN Turk.

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The statements regarding the very legitimacy of US military presence in Syria have been resurfacing against the backdrop of multiple drone and missile attacks targeting US bases in the Middle East.

Tags: TAXES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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For the first time, the world is witnessing a crime against humanity live on television. The United States and Israel, who have long since joined forces, will both be held responsible for the mass massacres in Gaza. Everywhere except Europe, Washington’s allies are withdrawing their ambassadors from Tel Aviv. Tomorrow, they will do the same in Washington. Everything is happening as it did when the USSR broke up, and it will end the same way: the American Empire’s very existence is threatened. The process that has just begun cannot be stopped.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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E. Jean Carroll’s recent and gross appearance on the Rachel Maddow show where she fantasized about spending Trump’s money was an instructive moment.

It showed just how depraved the anti-Trump left can be as Carroll seemed to be celebrating with Maddow and guests joining in.

Megyn Kelly thinks it plays right into Trump’s hands.

Webmaster addition: Here is where this whole charade falls apart. When Trump denied the rape and said E. Jean Carroll was a liar, it's only defamation if the rape did happen. BUT ... the jury concluded there had been no rape, therefore there was no defamation!

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Former President Donald Trump recruited several major Republican donors to support his presidential campaign on Saturday, and he is set to make a strong play for more megadonors in the days and weeks ahead, according to a report.

Politico’s Alex Isenstadt first reported Tuesday that three large donors on Saturday agreed to financially back Trump’s White House bid while meeting with him in Las Vegas, Nevada:

And while in Las Vegas on Saturday, he met with several Republican megadonors — hotel executive Don Ahern, casino billionaires Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta and aerospace tycoon Robert Bigelow, who was Ron DeSantis’ biggest donor in the primary. The former president has secured financial commitments from each, according to those familiar with the discussions and granted anonymity to speak freely.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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French farmers are threatening to take their tractor protests to the heart of the European Union and impose a blockade on Brussels as they have done to Paris in opposition to the green agenda favoured by globalists like President Emmanuel Macron.

The farmer uprising in France continued to grow this week, as an estimated 12,000 farmers in over 6,000 tractors enacted roadblocks in at least 120 locations throughout France on Tuesday, including access points to major cities such as Paris, Lyon and Marseilles. However, some are calling for the protests to set their sights on the EU government.

“The next step is Brussels, that’s for sure,” a grain grower from Loiret told the Le Figaro newspaper, with another adding: “We are able to go to Brussels, that doesn’t scare us.”

Tags: CLIMATEGATE, ECONOMY, EUROPE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION
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Two fraudsters linked to Nancy Pelosi's son are set to be sentenced over a money laundering and mail fraud scheme, DailyMail.com can reveal.

It is the seventh federal case that Paul Pelosi Jr., the 55-year-old son of the former House Speaker, has been embroiled in, documented in an extensive investigation by DailyMail.com.

The charges leveled by federal prosecutors against fraudsters Bill Garlock and Gina Rodriguez, include shady dealings over a San Francisco flop house that Pelosi Jr. claimed to own.

Garlock and Rodriguez have cut a plea deal and are scheduled to be sentenced in March.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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The US says they’re not responsible for the actions of the Ukraine, so I don’t see how Iran can possibly be held responsible for the actions of allied militias in Iraq.
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Claire's Observations:  folks, this is utter insanity, writ large.  Biden and his handlers just don't know what to do, so bombing targets in Iran;l Syria, and Iraq, just HAS to be the thing to do, by cracky!!   

But at this point, I would very much like to remind you a statement made by a Pentagon Spox just this morning, as featured in an article by antiwar.com: I am asking you to please, keep a copy of this article somewhere you can find it, because I will bet you right now that the following will "disappear" very quickly from any media.

Pentagon Admits It Has No Evidence Iran Was Behind Drone Attack That Killed 3 US Troops in Jordan

The Pentagon on Monday said Iran “bears responsibility” for the drone attack in northeastern Jordan that killed three US troops but admitted it has no evidence that Iran was directly involved.

Pentagon spokeswoman Sabrina Singh said the responsibility fell on Iran due to its support for Iraqi Shia militias the US believes carried out the attack.

“In terms of attribution for the attack, we know this is an [Iran]-backed militia. It has the footprints of Kataib Hezbollah, but [we’re] not making a final assessment,” Singh said at a press conference. “Iran continues to arm and equip these groups to launch these attacks, and we will certainly hold them responsible.”

When asked if the US knew Iran and Iranian leaders were “actually behind this attack, as in planned, coordinated, or directed it,” Singh admitted the US had nothing to show that."

 

So the bottom line here, is that the US is blaming Iran for this attack against US Service People, but cannot validate or find evidence to prove this is true,  but is attacking it anyway.  Singh made the observation that the attack had "... all the footprints oi Kataib Hezbollah..."  Ms, Singh, this attack could have come from  a LOT of people who, perhaps, have numerous reasons not to particularly like Israel or the US, and if there is no evidence Iran did this, the logical response, would be for the US military to collectively "hold their fire" against Iran, and not attack it, but actually figure out who did this, to determine against whom a retaliation should be made; of course, that..... would be logical.

Biden's handlers keep him regurgitating the phrase that he "doesn't want a larger Middle Eastern war,. when they know that such an act will most likely force Iran into this war, front and center, which is precisely what Israel and the US want to see happen. Of course, there is a question which no one in DC wants to ask out loud, but should be asked and answered by every member of Biden's Inner Circle, and every responsible member of the US military; when Iran DOES join the fray here militarily,  what please will Russia and China do?!?  Hold hands and sing, "Kumbyah"?!?  I think not!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

Tags: CHINA, CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, TURKEY, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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This new policy is reminiscent of the Fed’s actions during the 2007 financial crisis, where financial authorities encouraged large banks to tap into the discount window, taking loans directly from the Federal Reserve, to make it easier for distressed banks to do the same. The hesitancy from financial institutions to tap into this source of liquidity is justified. If the public believes a bank needs support from the Fed, it is rational for depositors to flee the bank. The Fed’s explicit aim is to provide cover from at-risk banks, trying to hold off bank runs that are an inherent risk in our modern fractional reserve banking system.

By strong-arming healthy banks to comply, the Fed is escalating moral hazard and leaving customers more vulnerable. They are deliberately trying to remove a signal of institutional risk.

The regulator’s concerns about bank fragility are justified. The Fed’s low-interest rate environment meant financial institutions seeking low-risk assets bought up US treasuries with very low yields. As inflationary pressures forced rates upward, the market value of these bonds decreased in favor of new, higher-yield bonds. It was this pressure that sparked the failure of Silicon Valley Bank last year.

Additionally, the state of commercial real estate is a further stress for regional banks, which are responsible for 80 percent of such mortgages. In the previous low-interest rate environment, investors viewed commercial real estate as “a haven for investors in need of reliable returns.” Unfortunately, this same period experienced major changes in consumer behavior. Online shopping, remote work, and shared office space increased at the expense of traditional brick-and-mortar locations. Covid lockdowns only further amplified these trends.

As a result, commercial real estate debt is viewed as one of the most dangerous financial assets out there today, sitting right on the balance sheets of regional banks across the country

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, ECONOMY
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Campaign ‘24

The recent ballot access challenges, political investigations, and canceled primaries are just an extension of a phenomenon we should have seen coming twenty years ago

In the summer of 2004 Theresa Amato, campaign manager of presidential candidate Ralph Nader, took out a notebook in preparation for an important phone conference.

Her candidate, Nader, had already been subject to an extraordinary — and extraordinarily underreported — campaign of litigious harassment at the hands of the Democratic Party. John Kerry told Nader he had 2,000 lawyers at his disposal and would do “everything within the law” to win. In Arizona, Nader opponents filed a 650-page challenge to his attempt to get on the ballot, forgetting social justice concerns long enough to complain that one of Nader’s petition-circulators was a felon. They demanded ten samples of Nader’s own signature, hired a forensic examiner to call others into question, and challenged residents of a homeless shelter. The Democratic state chairman, Jim Pederson, said outright, “Our first objective is to keep [Nader] off the ballot,” because “we think it distorts the entire election.”

Now, Amato’s candidate was set to talk with Democratic National Committee chairman (and future Virginia governor) Terry McAuliffe. A high-energy, Clintonesque schmoozer in public, McAuliffe in private was curt and to the point: he didn’t mind Nader running in noncompetitive places, but had an “issue” with 19 states where “a vote for you is a vote for [George] Bush.” He shifted with impressive nonchalance to offer a bribe.

“If you stay out of my 19 states,” he said, “I will help with resources in 31 states.” McAuliffe then made a show of pretending to ask an assistant about other ballot challenges against Nader, saying he “supported them” but wasn’t funding them, a statement ultimately contradicted in court testimony by Maine’s State Democratic Party chair. This was just one of countless instances in which Democrats hurled billable hours at anyone deemed a “threat” to votes they considered theirs.

Claire's Observations:  Sometimes, history doesn't necessarily repeat itself; but it does rhyme!!!!

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, HIDDEN HISTORY, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, VOTE FRAUD, WHITE HOUSE
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