Joe Biden wants you to believe that spending money on weapons is good for the economy.
That tired old myth - regularly repeated by the political leaders of both parties - could help create an even more militarized economy that could threaten our peace and prosperity for decades to come. Any short-term gains from pumping in more arms spending will be more than offset by the long-term damage caused by crowding out new industries and innovations, while vacuuming up funds needed to address other urgent national priorities.
The Biden administration’s sales pitch for the purported benefits of military outlays began in earnest last October, when the president gave a rare Oval Office address to promote a $106-billion emergency allocation that included tens of billions of dollars of weaponry for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan. MAGA Republicans in Congress had been blocking the funding from going forward and the White House was searching for a new argument to win them over. The president and his advisers settled on an answer that could just as easily have come out of the mouth of Donald Trump: jobs, jobs, jobs. As Joe Biden put it:
We send Ukraine equipment sitting in our stockpiles. And when we use the money allocated by Congress, we use it to replenish our own stores… equipment that defends America and is made in America: Patriot missiles for air defense batteries made in Arizona; artillery shells manufactured in 12 states across the country — in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas; and so much more.
It should be noted that two of the four states he singled out (Arizona and Pennsylvania) are swing states crucial to his reelection bid, while the other two are red states with Republican senators he’s been trying to win over to vote for another round of military aid to Ukraine
In response to a debate about Muslim ‘no-go areas’ in the UK, a Labour MP said there were “millions of white men” who “beat or murdered women this week”.
Tory MP Paul Scully is being attacked by the media and political class for saying there are ‘no-go’ areas in parts of Birmingham and London with large Muslim populations.
YouTuber Mayhar Tousi commented, “There are definitely “no-go” areas in London and Birmingham. It should not be a controversial comment.”
Blame all white men for that, are you?” she wrote.
Claire's Observations: Millions? MP Scully, from where are you getting those numbers, please, because I would really like to look at a valid statistical analysis to prove how very wrong you are.
When women intersect with any fundamentalist culture/religion which denigrates women, they are at risk of physical violence, or worse.
In the 21st century among a subset of Muslim followers, Imams are still writing tracts about how men should beat their wives, and female genital mutilation is still performed. The numbers for this horrific practice are going up in the UK.
This state of affairs cannot, and will not change regarding these issues, unless and until the culture itself adapts and assimilates into having a more tolerant view of women, which can only come with time.
And ladies, if there are "no-go zones" in your city; at least for the time being, please don't go there!!!!
Over 20 Republican attorneys general led by Kansas Attorney General Kris Kobach filed an amicus brief to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals expressing their support for Abbott’s efforts to keep the barrier in the river.
Pointing out that the Biden administration has failed in its responsibility of securing the border, the attorneys general argued that Texas has the right to defend itself.
Per The Daily Wire, the brief read in part, “The Constitution guarantees the States’ right to self-defense expressly and as a natural incident of the States’ status as sovereign entities. Here, however, the federal government has sought to disable Texas’s exercise of that right by claiming that it violates a federal law focused on the navigability of the nation’s waterways, a law that does not expressly limit the States’ ability to engage in self-defense.”
There are new developments in the Pennsylvania government's legal crusade against Amish farmer Amos Miller, who has been under attack for years because he grows, produces and sells food to the public outside the government control matrix.
Attorney Robert Barnes of Barnes Law LLP shared an update on X explaining that, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, all food is "illegal" – just as illegal as "illegal drugs," by the way – unless it is manufactured in a government-approved facility of the kind managed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
If a farmer in any way defies this by producing food without government approval, such as is the case with Miller, then said food can be destroyed at will by the government, according to the government.
See for yourself in the legal brief that Barnes shared what PA Agriculture says about who is "allowed" to produce food in America, and who is not (i.e., unapproved Amish farmers like Miller who sell, gasp, unpasteurized raw milk).
The Palestinian Authority's prime minister Mohammad Shtayyeh on Monday announced the resignation of his government, which rules part of the occupied West Bank, citing the "new reality" that has emerged as a result of the Israel-Hamas war. Israel's military presented a plan for evacuating areas of the Gaza Strip as Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said a ground invasion into Rafah was necessary for "total victory". Read our blog to see how the day's events unfolded.
Myanmar's opposition National Unity Government (NUG) supports the rebel groups that have been fighting the ruling junta since late last year. These groups "have regained almost 60 to 70 percent of the territory," opposition foreign minister Zin Mar Aung told FRANCE 24's Marc Perelman about the ongoing conflict.
Three years after the coup in Myanmar, the junta is facing an armed rebellion from ethnic groups, backed by the NUG. The junta are "losing on the ground" after already having lost popular support. "[They are] gradually losing practical control on the ground every day," Zin Mar Aung said.
The National Unity Government claims to control some parts of the country, but has not yet claimed a large city or major military base. "We estimate that almost 60 percent of Myanmar's territory is under the control of the ethnic armed organisations and NUG-controlled areas," she said.
The 18-year-old son of United States Representative Lauren Boebert has been slapped with 22 criminal charges in Rifle, Colorado with five of those being felonies. Among them are four first-degree criminal trespassing of an automobile, so it sounds like he might have been breaking into or entering unlocked cars without permission to steal valuables inside.
On the evening of February 27, the Rifle Police Department announced on Facebook the arrest and charges filed against Tyler Jay Boebert, who is the oldest child of Lauren Boebert and her ex-husband. He was arrested at about 2:30 pm with the police department saying the area has seen “a recent string of vehicle trespass and property thefts.”
U.S. Marines and sailors from the Okinawa-based 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and troops from Japan's 2nd Amphibious Rapid Deployment Regiment, have begun three weeks of amphibious training amid concerns of Chinese military moves around Japan and Taiwan.
The exercise, which ends March 17, involves 2,100 U.S. and Japanese personnel.
Japan in recent years has strengthened its amphibious capabilities in response to a rapid Chinese military build-up, aggression toward neighboring countries and a promise by Xi Jinping to unify Taiwan, by force, if necessary.
Four years later, Biden defeated incumbent President Trump in Michigan by a margin of 2.78%. Precincts with the highest percentage of Muslims and Arab American voters overwhelmingly supported Biden, with the Democrat receiving 83% of the vote.
Yet, in a stunning twist, Biden suffered a 17-point loss in Dearborn, Michigan, last night – home to the largest concentration of Muslims in the United States.
Israel is building a town exclusively for Jewish Israelis. To do so, it is building over homes it destroyed in Umm al-Hiran, a Palestinian Bedouin village in southern Israel.
In January 2017, security forces stormed the village to bulldoze homes and evict inhabitants. They killed a resident, Yaqoub Abu al-Qiyan, accusing him of attacking the forces with his car which spun out of control when they shot at it.
Russia's Investigative Committee is identifying all Ukrainian commanders who gave the order to shoot down the Il-76 plane carrying Ukrainian prisoners of war for exchange, the agency’s head, Alexander Bastrykin, told TASS in an interview.
"Investigation to identify individuals from among the Ukrainian military involved in this terrorist attack is ongoing," he said.
Bastrykin said that investigators and experts had already identified the type of weapons used to attack the plane. "They are MIM-104A anti-aircraft guided missiles of the US Patriot surface-to-air missile system," the top investigator said. He recalled that the missiles were launched from the village of Liptsy in Ukraine’s Kharkov Region. "Several hundred fragments of the victims' bodies were found at the crash site. The results of DNA tests allowed to make an unequivocal conclusion about the affiliation of the seized body fragments to the crew members, military police officers and 65 Ukrainian servicemen who died in the crash of the plane," the agency’s head added.
Remember that story last week about rogue groups with nuclear weapons? Well, sit down, pour yourself a few fingers of your favorite adult beverage, and read this story shared with us by D.P. (with our thanks):
Now, beyond the alleged fact that we're concerned with trafficking weapons grade nuclear fuels, there's something that really caught my eye in this story, and it probably did yours too, but just in case it didn't here it is:
Federal prosecutors in New York on Wednesday said they charged a Japanese Yakuza leader with conspiring to traffic nuclear materials from Burma to other countries in the belief that they would be used by Iran to make a nuclear weapon.
French President Emmanuel Macron wants to send NATO ground troops into Ukraine to defeat Russia.
Only a delusional fool could make such a crass proposal which goes to show that Macron is brain-dead. NATO troops deployed to fight Russian forces would mean an all-out war, which most likely would spiral into a nuclear conflagration.
Ironically, the French leader made headlines a while back when he labeled the US-led NATO alliance as being “brain-dead”. He’s now competing for the same epithet.
When Macron made those harsh remarks about NATO in an interview with the Economist in November 2019, some observers thought that he was being intelligently critical of the transatlantic military organization and how it was no longer fit for purpose in the modern age.
But, no, Macron wasn’t offering constructive criticism of NATO or American leadership. He was simply being a conceited charlatan, trying to promote himself as the “strong leader” of Europe and peddling his hobby horse of building up a European army by appearing to bad mouth NATO.
The Resistance seeks to maintain their calibratory control for attriting Israel, whereas Israel wants to move directly to its ‘Armageddon vision’.
Israel’s dual strategy for Lebanon is to exert pressure through direct raids to instil fear amongst the wider population, whilst deploying diplomatic pressure to purge Hizbullah – not just from the border, but from regions beyond the Litani River (some 23 kms to the north).
Only Hizballah doesn’t budge.
It remains adamant: It will not be displaced from its historic homelands in the south – and refuses to discuss the matter at all.
The signing of a security agreement between Paris, Berlin, and Kiev does not affect relations with Russia, which are at rock bottom, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told Sputnik.
"Referring specifically to Russia-Germany and Russia-France relations, I would like to emphasize that, unfortunately, at this stage there is little that could affect them for the worse. They are already at an unprecedentedly low level," she said.
According to Zakharova, "the former partners [Germany and France] havediscarded the voluminous baggage of large-scale, mutually beneficial bilateral cooperation [with Russia]accumulated over several generations."
"This is not our decision. For two years we have been watching how NATO countries, including Germany and France playing a particularly active role (with Berlin ranking second after the United States in terms of supplying arms and military equipment to the Kiev regime), have been pumping Ukraine with modern lethal systems, training soldiers, supplying intelligence, and contributing to the escalation of hostilities," Zakharova noted.
The problem with Macron is that he is a bank teller, Napoleon was an artillery officer. And he would do just fine if he would stay away from Russia, but no-o-o, he wanted it all and as a result Russians entered Paris in 1814. Russians do not want to enter Paris--there is nothing much to do there--St.Petersburg will do just fine, but if Macron wants the war with Russia, Russians may oblige. With France's 30 operational tanks and who knows how many... tens of Rafales flying--they will get a very warm reception.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent statement concerning the plan to evacuate civilians from Rafah and launch a ground operation to eliminate Hamas brigades in the city wasn’t received well by the Egyptian authorities. In fact, Israel’s military scenario has jeopardized the Camp David Peace Accords between Cairo and Tel Aviv. For the first time since they were signed in 1979, the agreements are in danger of being suspended.
On February 9, Netanyahu ordered his army to prepare a “plan for the evacuation” of the civilian population from Rafah, which is currently home to 1.5 million Palestinians displaced from other areas of Gaza.
“It is impossible to achieve the war goal of eliminating Hamas and leave four Hamas battalions in Rafah,” Netanyahu’s office said in a statement.
Shortly afterwards, the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation announced that Cairo had threatened to suspend the 1979 bilateral peace treaty if the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) launched a ground offensive in Rafah, which is located on the Egypt-Gaza border. The position of the Egyptian authorities was not expressed publicly, but is quite legitimate since the invasion would be a direct violation of the terms of the Camp David Accords.
The Egyptian Air Force has airlifted at least 50 tons of various kinds of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, the Al-Qahira Al-Ekhbariya TV channel reported citing senior Egyptian officials.
According to the channel, Egyptian aircraft successfully dropped ten tons of foodstuffs on northern Gaza. At least 45 tons of humanitarian aid were dropped, in addition to the northern areas, in the central parts of the enclave, with the active involvement of Jordan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Foodstuffs and urgent humanitarian aid are among the cargoes delivered to the Gaza Strip via the air bridge.
Egyptian officials have not yet commented on this information.
Konstantin Gavrilov, head of the Russian delegation to the Vienna talks on military security and arms control, stated that Russia has repeatedly warned NATO countries of the danger of their direct involvement in hostile actions against Russian armed forces.
Gavrilov explained, “We have repeatedly warned NATO countries, which use Ukraine as a sacrificial pawn against our country, of the danger of their direct involvement in hostile actions against Russian armed forces.”
Gavrilov pointed out that continuing to use Kiev against Russia will not weaken Russia but will only lead to sacrificing Ukraine.
Russia considers the supply of weapons to Ukraine to be a contradiction to the settlement.
The Houthi military spokesman has explicitly denied any intention to knock out undersea regional internet cables in a fresh Tuesday statement, however, he reiterated that the Iran-linked group's top goal is to block commercial shipping and supplies to Israel.
The full statement is as follows, cited in Al Mayadeen news: "We are keen to spare all cables and their services from any risks and to provide the necessary facilities for their maintenance. The decision to prevent the passage of Israeli ships does not include ships belonging to international companies licensed to carry out marine cable work."
Over the past two days there were widespread reports that up to four undersea telecoms cables in the Red Sea area between the Saudi city of Jeddah and the state of Djibouti were damaged. As we reported below, the operator Seacom reported connectivity problems, following reports which originated in Israeli media sources. Sky News Arabia had also picked up on the reports Monday.