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14:51 [ europarl.europa.eu ]

Iran: MEPs want EU to sanction officials responsible for Mahsa Amini’s death

(today)

Parliament condemns the death of Mahsa Amini in Iran and asks for EU sanctions against her killers and those involved in quashing the ensuing street protests.

In a resolution adopted on Thursday, Parliament takes stock of developments in Iran following the death of 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini at the hands of the country’s morality police and the outbreak of subsequent street demonstrations against the hard-line clerical regime.

14:42 [ Haaretz ]

‚Sensitive‘ Israeli Intelligence on Iranian Nuke Program Shifting the Tide, Israeli Official Says

(12.09.2022)

According to a diplomatic source, Prime Minister Yair Lapid presented the Germans with intelligence that ‚proves the Iranians are cheating as we speak,‘ claiming the Americans‘ hardened their stance in response to the information

14:30 [ Reuters.com ]

Germany steps up pressure for EU to impose sanctions on Iran

(29.09.2022)

The bloc last agreed human rights sanctions on Tehran in 2021. No Iranians had been added to that list since 2013, however, as the bloc has shied away from angering Iran in the hope of safeguarding a nuclear accord Tehran signed with world powers in 2015. Those talks have now stalled.

04.10.2022 - 18:09 [ Haaretz ]

Obama Charges Netanyahu as a World Leader Who Fueled ‚Putinism‘, Report Reveals

„What I worry about most is, there is a war right now of ideas, more than any hot war, and it is between Putinism — which, by the way, is subscribed to, at some level, by [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan or Netanyahu or [former Philippines President Rodrigo] Duterte and [former U.S. President Donald] Trump — and a vision of a liberal market-based democracy that has all kinds of flaws and is subject to all kinds of legitimate criticism, but on the other hand is sort of responsible for most of the human progress we’ve seen over the last 50, 75 years,“ he told reporters in off-the-record comments first published by Bloomberg.

03.10.2022 - 15:54 [ theGuardian.com ]

Petraeus: US would destroy Russia’s troops if Putin uses nuclear weapons in Ukraine

Petraeus said that he had not spoken to national security adviser Jake Sullivan on the likely US response to nuclear escalation from Russia, which administration officials have said has been repeatedly communicated to Moscow.

03.10.2022 - 15:50 [ theHill.com ]

Petraeus predicts US would lead NATO response to ‘take out’ Russian forces if Putin uses nuclear weapon

(02.10.2022)

During an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” Petraeus told co-anchor Jonathan Karl that western powers have to take Russia’s nuclear weapons threats seriously, noting National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan’s recent remarks that US officials have warned the Moscow of “catastrophic consequences” if the Kremlin deploys nuclear weapons.

02.10.2022 - 15:02 [ Haaretz ]

Pro-Israel Democrat Warns Netanyahu: Far-right Coalition Will Damage U.S. Ties

Democratic Senator Robert Menendez raised ’serious concerns‘ about the possibility of Netanyahu establishing a coalition with far-right Religious Zionism after the next Israeli election, according to a report from news site Walla

02.10.2022 - 14:41 [ Haaretz.com / Nitter ]

“Do you know what I talk about with Merkel regarding the submarines”? Netanyahu’s account in Israel’s submarine affair revealed

(26.09.2022)

02.10.2022 - 14:32 [ ChinaDaily.com.cn ]

China thwarts proposal on legitimizing AUKUS’s nuclear submarine deal at IAEA meeting: envoy

In September 2021, the U.S., the UK and Australia established the AUKUS alliance, under which the U.S. and the UK will assist Australia in acquiring nuclear-powered submarines. China and many other countries have repeatedly expressed concerns over the transfer of nuclear weapon materials involved in the trilateral pact.

26.09.2022 - 18:33 [ Rosa Luxemburg / Leipziger Volkszeitung / marxists.org ]

Peace Utopias

(May, 6/8 1911)

During these fifteen years we had this: in 1895 the war between Japan and China, which is the prelude to the East Asiatic period of imperialism; in 1898 the war between Spain and the United States; in 1899-1902 the British Boer War in South Africa; in 1900 the campaign of the European powers in China; in 1904 the Russo-Japanese War; in 1904-07 the German Herero War in Africa; and then there was also the military intervention of Russia in 1908 in Persia, at the present moment the military intervention of France in Morocco, without mentioning the incessant colonial skirmishes in Asia and in Africa. Hence the bare facts alone show that for fifteen years hardly a year has gone by without some war activity. (…)

Only were one suddenly to lose sight of all these happenings and manoeuvres, and to transfer oneself back to the blissful times of the European concert of powers, could one say, for instance, that for forty years we have had uninterrupted peace. This conception, which considers only events on the European continent, does not notice that the very reason why we have had no war in Europe for decades is the fact that international antagonisms have grown infinitely beyond the narrow confines of the European continent, and that European problems and interests are now fought out on the world seas and in the by-corners of Europe.

Hence the “United States of Europe” is an idea which runs directly counter both economically and politically to the course of development, and which takes absolutely no account of the events of the last quarter of a century.

That an idea so little in accord with the tendency of development can fundamentally offer no progressive solution in spite of all radical disguises is confirmed also by the fate of the slogan of the “United States of Europe.” Every time that bourgeois politicians have championed the idea of Europeanism, of the union of European States, it has been with an open or concealed point directed against the “yellow peril,” the “dark continent,” against the “inferior races,” in short, it has always been an imperialist abortion.

And now if we, as Social Democrats, were to try to fill this old skin with fresh and apparently revolutionary wine, then it must be said that the advantages would not be on our side but on that of the bourgeoisie. Things have their own objective logic. And the solution of the European union within the capitalist social order can objectively, in the economic sense, mean only a tariff war with America, and in the political sense only a colonial race war. The Chinese campaign of the united European regiments, with the World Field Marshal Waldersee at the head, and the gospel of the Hun as our standard – that is the actual and not the fantastic, the only possible expression of the “European State Federation” in the present social order.

25.09.2022 - 18:16 [ UkraineFrontlines.com ]

Kamikaze drones serial production has started in Ukraine

(14.08.2022)

Earlier, Yuriy Kasyanov wrote that a serial production of attack drones will start in Ukraine without the participation of the state. People believed, gave money, gave furniture, machine tools, tools, hoods, soldering irons, oscillographs.

Serial production of kamikaze drones. 8 pieces were made, 10 pieces are under production, components were purchased for 38 pieces.

According to the plan, up to 100 pieces can be produced in September, 2022.

25.09.2022 - 18:12 [ NavalPost.com ]

Russian Navy Ships Get More Powerful with Kamikaze drones

(October 30, 2021)

As previously reported by the Ministry of Defense, an exercise was staged in Kamchatka in October, during which they rehearsed providing fire support for troops arriving on the coast. Unmanned kamikaze and unmanned aircraft were employed for the first time during the maneuvers. Their assistance destroyed the conditional enemy’s personnel and equipment. In addition, certain kinds of Russian hovering munitions have already been tested in the field.

The Cube and Lancet drones, in particular, were deployed in Syria. Bekkhan Ozdoev, industrial director of Rostec’s weapons complex, stated that kamikaze drones have proven to be successful tools on the battlefield due to their advantages in Syria

25.09.2022 - 18:08 [ Newsweek ]

How Bigger Kamikaze Drones Expected From U.S. Could Boost Ukraine’s Fight

(22.08.2022)

A U.S. research and development contract for 10 larger, long-range Switchblade 600 kamikaze drones is expected to be awarded within the next 30 days, according to a Monday Defense News report citing Pentagon spokeswoman Jessica Maxwell. The U.S. has already supplied Ukraine with hundreds of smaller Switchblade 300 and Phoenix Ghost drones, which are able to „loiter“ in an area and conduct surveillance for hours before reaching a target and detonating.

25.09.2022 - 18:04 [ RepublicWorld.com ]

What are Kamikaze drones? All about ‚Suicide Drones‘ which US might transfer to Ukraine

(2022-03-16)

US President Joe Biden is considering sending US-made Kamikaze drones, also dubbed as suicide or killer drones, to war-hit Ukraine as part of $1 billion security assistance. According to reports, Biden is considering sending lightweight and ultramodern Kamikaze drones, which can fly up to 40 minutes then bomb a target.

‚Switchblade‘ drones will likely placate Ukrainian President Zelenskyy as the US has repeatedly opposed his calls for a no-flight zone over Ukraine, fearing that it could spread the war.

25.09.2022 - 17:35 [ Times of Israel ]

Report: Zelensky received PR advice from Netanyahu aides

(04.05.2022)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky consulted in recent weeks with a pair of public relations advisers to Israeli opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu in a bid to galvanize military support for his country as it defends itself from Russia’s invasion, according to a report Tuesday.

Walla news said Zelensky received advice from Srulik Einhorn, who was a senior adviser for Netanyahu’s Likud party during the last election. He also reportedly consulted with Jonatan Urich, a longtime Netanyahu aide who continues to serve as the former prime minister’s spokesman.

25.09.2022 - 17:26 [ LawfareBlog.com ]

Covert Military Information Operations and the New NDAA: The Law of the Gray Zone Evolves

(December 10, 2019)

Section 1631(b) expressly affirms that the Defense Department can conduct “military operations” in the information environment, “including clandestine operations,” for certain purposes. I’ll have more to say about that reference to “clandestine” below. First, let’s note the broad list of purposes.

The military’s role comes into play in three scenarios. First, defense of the United States itself. Second, defense of allies. Third, defense of the “interests” of the United States. The statute notably does not clarify what nature or degree of threats to these objects count, and so the invitation can only be described as quite broad.

25.09.2022 - 17:00 [ Washington Post ]

Pentagon opens sweeping review of clandestine psychological operations

(September 19, 2022)

The measure, known as Section 1631, allows the military to carry out clandestine psychological operations without crossing what the CIA has claimed as its covert authority, alleviating some of the friction that had hindered such operations previously.

“Combatant commanders got really excited,” recalled the first defense official. “They were very eager to utilize these new authorities. The defense contractors were equally eager to land lucrative classified contracts to enable clandestine influence operations.”

25.09.2022 - 16:54 [ Max Blumenthal / Nitter ]

After Congress passed Section 1631 allowing the military to conduct covert online propaganda, the Pentagon created droves of accounts spreading fake news against designated enemies, including one claiming Iran was harvesting organs in Afghanistan

(20.09.2022)

13.09.2022 - 08:47 [ Haaretz ]

Blinken Says Iran’s Demands Make Nuclear Deal ‚Unlikely‘ for Now

„What we’ve seen over the last week or so in Iran’s response to the proposal put forward by the European Union is clearly a step backward and makes prospects for an agreement in the near term, I would say, unlikely,“ Blinken said in a visit to Mexico City.

13.09.2022 - 08:41 [ Haaretz ]

‚Sensitive‘ Israeli Intelligence on Iranian Nuke Program Shifting the Tide, Israeli Official Says

According to a diplomatic source, Prime Minister Yair Lapid presented the Germans with intelligence that ‚proves the Iranians are cheating as we speak,‘ claiming the Americans‘ hardened their stance in response to the information

12.09.2022 - 15:50 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Lapid, on Germany Visit, Calls to Continue Fight Against Iran’s Nuclear Program

The official added that he believes that the agreement might only come to fruition after the midterm election in the United States in November. Israel is now working, mainly behind the scenes, with senators and Congress members in an attempt to persuade them to support its positions on the matter.

12.09.2022 - 15:45 [ JNS.org ]

Lapid: Israel conducting ‘successful’ campaign to thwart Iran nuke deal, but still ‘long way’ to go

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Sunday described as “successful” his government’s diplomatic offensive against a revival of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. However, he conceded that there was a “long way” to go to ensure that Tehran does not benefit to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars should an accord be reached.

12.09.2022 - 15:29 [ Prime Minister of Israel / Nitter ]

PM Lapid: „I thank France, the United Kingdom, and Germany for their strong position on this matter. In recent months, we held a discreet and intensive dialogue with them, and presented them with up-to-date intelligence information about Iranian activity at nuclear sites.“

(11.09.2022)

12.09.2022 - 15:18 [ diplomatie.gouv.fr ]

Iran – Joint statement by France, Germany and the United Kingdom (10 September 2022)

Our position remains clear and steadfast. Iran must fully and, without delay, cooperate in good faith with the IAEA. It is up to Iran to provide technically credible answers to the IAEA’s questions on the whereabouts of all nuclear material on its territory. The JCPoA can in no way be used to release Iran from legally binding obligations that are essential to the global non-proliferation regime.

Given Iran’s failure to conclude the deal on the table we will consult, alongside international partners, on how best to address Iran’s continued nuclear escalation and lack of cooperation with the IAEA regarding its NPT safeguards agreement.

12.09.2022 - 14:53 [ Tehran Times / Nitter ]

On Thursday, Mossad Director David Barnea concluded a “security-diplomatic” visit to Washington whose main goal was to dissuade the Biden administration from signing the JCPOA.

(09.09.2022)

11.09.2022 - 19:40 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

09.09.2022 - 14:10 [ Laura Rozen / Substack ]

Israel believes Iran deal unlikely before November

“In my estimation, it’s not going to happen in the very near future, not in the next few weeks,” one source, speaking not for attribution, said Sept. 6. “I think we’ll see continuation of a dialogue, very low key, until after the midterm elections.”

The assessment comes as the head of Mossad was the latest senior Israeli official to arrive for consultations in Washington this week.

However, Mossad director David Barnea has canceled earlier plans to brief the Senate Intelligence committee on Israeli objections to the Iran deal, sources said, and a committee spokesperson confirmed.

09.09.2022 - 14:02 [ BNN Newsroom / Nitter ]

Barnea has completed a series of meetings with Burns, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and other top US national security officials.

During those meetings, he presented „sensitive intelligence“ to highlight the Islamic Republic’s lies.

09.09.2022 - 13:53 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Mossad chief Barnea flies to Washington to try to halt Iran nuclear deal

(06.09.2022)

Mossad Director David Barnea left on Monday for Washington DC to hold a series of meetings with top officials from the White House, CIA Director William Burns, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Pentagon and the State Department to try to halt the reportedly impending Iran nuclear deal.

05.09.2022 - 15:10 [ Times of Israel ]

Netanyahu congratulates Liz Truss on succeeding Boris Johnson as UK PM

“I am sure that under your leadership the deep friendship between Britain and Israel will be further strengthened in all fields,” tweets Netanyahu.

The former prime minister also adds his thanks to outgoing PM Boris Johnson “for his valued contributions to the excellent relations between our two countries.”

05.09.2022 - 13:03 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

New Prime Minister LIVE: Liz Truss on course to be named next Tory leader at 12.30PM after brutal six-week battle with rival Rishi Sunak to succeed Boris Johnson

Follow updates here as the next Prime Minister is revealed as the winner of the Tory leadership contest is announced at Westminster’s Queen Elizabeth II Centre:

03.09.2022 - 20:22 [ Haaretz ]

Amid Tensions With U.S., Israel | Iran Installs Civil Defense Systems in Dozens of Cities

„These days, depending on the strength of countries, the form of battles has become more complicated,” said Farahi, adding that hybrid forms of warfare including cyber, biological and radioactive attacks, have replaced classical wars.

He did not name the countries that could threaten Iran.

03.09.2022 - 20:16 [ Haaretz ]

Turkish Warship Docks at Israeli Port for NATO Drill

A U.S. missile destroyer ship, the USS Forrest Sherman, also docked at the northern port about as an hour earlier as part of a NATO drill

03.09.2022 - 20:11 [ Jerusalem Post ]

The Israeli call for action against Iran is coming from inside the house

In a surprising turn of events, the call for more aggressive action against an Iran deal is coming from inside the house, or at least the Prime Minister’s Office.

Lapid briefed foreign journalists last Thursday that Israel successfully convinced the US to insist on certain points in the Iran deal, contributing to Washington’s “no” response to much of Tehran’s latest demands.

29.08.2022 - 12:54 [ economictimes.IndiaTimes.com ]

Indian, Chinese troops to take part in military exercises in Russia: Chinese Defence Ministry

(Aug 17, 2022)

As per the annual cooperation plan between the Chinese and Russian militaries and the consensus of the two sides, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will send some troops to Russia to participate in the military exercise in the near future, Chinese Defence Ministry said in a press release.

India, Belarus, Tajikistan, Mongolia and other countries will also participate in the drills, it said.

29.08.2022 - 12:21 [ GlobalTimes.cn ]

US‘ old warships sailing through Taiwan Straits can’t deter PLA at all, only confirms US‘ hostility toward China’s reunification

The US Navy has conducted similar actions many times in the past with the aim to implement so-called „freedom of navigation“ in the Taiwan Straits and the South China Sea, while as long as the US vessels follow the rules of „innocent passage“ to keep low profile and pose no harm, turn off weapons and fire-control radar system, and bring no actual threat to China’s security, the PLA would just follow and monitor, said experts, noting that there is no big difference this time as the US also doesn’t want to put its old warships in danger.

28.08.2022 - 14:57 [ Haaretz ]

The U.S. Is Listening to Israel, but the Deal With Iran Is Done

The weekend saw reports of attempts by Israel to persuade the United States to harden its positions in the nuclear negotiations, exchanges of blows between Iranian proxies and the United States in Syria, the removal of a Russian air-defense system from Syria and Hezbollah raising its alert level against the backdrop of the imminent renewal of talks over the maritime border between Israel and Lebanon.

28.08.2022 - 14:44 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

28.08.2022 - 14:39 [ Washington Post ]

Assad must go, Obama says

(18.8.2011)

As Obama issued his statement, the leaders of France, Germany and Britain joined him in calling on Assad “to face the reality of the complete rejection of his regime by the Syrian people and to step aside.”

Obama had spoken to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron over the past two weeks to discuss calling for Assad’s resignation and to coordinate steps on sanctions.

28.08.2022 - 14:29 [ Washington Post ]

Fighting between U.S. troops and militias draws scrutiny to Syria role

(27.08.2022)

President Biden’s order to strike targets belonging to Iranian-backed groups reflects a decision to act — “to protect and defend the safety of our personnel, to degrade and disrupt the ongoing series of attacks against the United States and our partners, and to deter the Islamic Republic of Iran and Iran-backed militia groups from conducting or supporting further attacks on United States personnel and facilities,” the president said in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

Since Army Gen. Michael Erik Kurilla took over U.S. Central Command in April, there has been a push to ensure that Iran cannot carry out attacks against U.S. forces and assets with impunity, according to a person familiar with planning, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

28.08.2022 - 14:25 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Hillary Clinton: Muammar Gaddafi ‚must go now‘

(02.03.2011)

Testifying before the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, Clinton called for an end to the violence in Libya.

She also added that the United States had reserved all its options as it considered additional steps that might be needed to stop Libyan forces from attacking civilians.

28.08.2022 - 14:09 [ CNN ]

At least 32 people dead following violent clashes between rival militias in Libyan capital of Tripoli

Libya has been split between warring factions since 2014, following the 2011 NATO-backed uprising against Moammar Gadhafi.

28.08.2022 - 12:00 [ CNN ]

US sends two warships through Taiwan Strait, in first transit since Pelosi trip

The guided-missile cruisers USS Antietam and USS Chancellorsville were on Sunday making the voyage „through waters where high seas freedoms of navigation and overflight apply in accordance with international law,“ the US 7th Fleet in Japan said in a statement.

It said the transit was „ongoing“ and that there had been „no interference from foreign military forces so far.“

24.08.2022 - 16:48 [ Daily Sabah ]

US carries out strike against Iran-backed groups in eastern Syria

„At President (Joe) Biden’s direction, U.S. military forces conducted precision airstrikes in Deir el-Zor, Syria today. These precision strikes are intended to defend and protect U.S. forces from attacks like the ones on Aug. 15 against U.S. personnel by Iran-backed groups,“ a statement by the U.S. Central Command said.

22.08.2022 - 06:47 [ Politico.eu ]

Iran drops ‘red line’ IRGC demand for nuclear deal: Report

Tehran did not demand in its response to a proposed agreement drafted by the EU that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) be removed from a U.S. list of terrorist organizations, the news agency reported late Friday, citing a senior Biden administration official. Former President Donald Trump put the Guard on the list in 2019, after pulling out of the last nuclear accord — an action that imposed numerous sanctions on the military group.

22.08.2022 - 05:42 [ Matthew Plaza / Nitter ]

Aleksandr Dugin’s daughter was just incinerated in an apparent assassination attempt in Moscow. In this video you can see Dugin struck with grief at the sight of the burning car. Regardless of their thoughts or actions no parent deserves to see their child die. This is horrific.

22.08.2022 - 05:32 [ RT.com ]

NATO members pushing to brand Russia a ‚terrorist state‘ tells us that the US and its allies lack self-awareness

Perennial American Russophobes from opposite sides of the political spectrum, Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Sen. Lindsey Graham, are now agitating members of Congress to include Russia in Washington’s list of ‘state sponsors of terrorism,’ which presently includes North Korea, Iran, Cuba and Syria.

22.08.2022 - 05:13 [ RT.com ]

Western media’s favorite Russian philosopher: Who is Aleksandr Dugin, whose daughter was killed in a Moscow car bombing?

Dugin has been dubbed ‘Putin’s brain’ and ‘Putin’s Rasputin’ by the anglophone press for his supposed influence on the worldview of President Vladimir Putin and the country’s ruling elite. Foreign Policy magazine included him in its 2014 ‘Global Thinkers’ list “for masterminding Russia’s expansionist ideology.”

However, the reality is that he’s not influential in the Kremlin. Nor is he even a mainstream figure in Moscow. Instead, he’s become a totem for ultra-nationalist campaigners, most of whom believe President Vladimir Putin is too moderate in his foreign policy.

Thus, Dugin has become a curious anomaly: famous in the West, but a fringe figure at home.

22.08.2022 - 05:05 [ ]

Car blast kills daughter of Russian known as ‚Putin’s brain‘

In this handout photo taken from video released by Investigative Committee of Russia on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2022, investigators work on the site of explosion of a car driven by Daria Dugina outside Moscow. Daria Dugina, the daughter of Alexander Dugin, the Russian nationalist ideologist often called „Putin’s brain“, was killed when her car exploded on the outskirts of Moscow, officials said Sunday. The Investigate Committee branch for the Moscow region said the Saturday night blast was caused by a bomb planted in the SUV driven by Daria Dugina.

20.08.2022 - 06:10 [ Youtube ]

Yitzhak Rabin – The Last Speech (English Subtitles)

The last speech of prime minister and minister of defense Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated by right-wing Israeli radical on November 4th 1995 in Tel Aviv.

20.08.2022 - 06:04 [ Jerusalem Post ]

The JCPOA Nuclear Deal 2.0 is coming any day now – opinion

The “new” deal will maintain the original JCPOA’s rotten sunset clauses; will whitewash all of Iran’s nuclear program violations to-date (like enriching uranium to the 60% level); allow Iran to keep its nuclear enrichment infrastructure and other military weaponization projects; will not guarantee “anytime and anywhere” inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of Iranian nuclear installations; and will not allow for the “snapback” of Western sanctions.

18.08.2022 - 04:11 [ Haaretz ]

Iran Setting the Ground for Signing Nuclear Deal Despite Unresolved Issues, Israeli Officials Say

After several months during which Israel offered contradictory assessments regarding Iran’s intention to sign a new agreement, in the past two days senior Israeli officials have voiced similar assessments: Since Tehran conveyed its reply to the draft agreement last Monday, the chances of a treaty have increased significantly, even if still not great.

15.08.2022 - 08:46 [ @PeoplesParty_US / Nitter ]

How dare they put their countries so close to our military bases!

15.08.2022 - 08:23 [ GlobalTimes.cn ]

US keeps provoking tensions in Straits with lawmakers‘ sneaky visit, to face ‚firm countermeasures‘

Just 12 days after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the island of Taiwan, a delegation of US lawmakers made a sudden visit to the island on Sunday, further proving that the US is the one that makes repeated provocations and keeps tensions from easing, said Chinese experts.

They stressed that China will definitely impose sanctions on the visiting lawmakers as a countermeasure, as the country has always been firmly opposed to any collusion between the US and Taiwan secessionists.

14.08.2022 - 21:49 [ Haaretz ]

Uninvolved: These Are the 36 Palestinian Civilians Killed During Israel’s Gaza Op

6:45 pm IDT

Forty-nine Palestinians have been killed as a result of the latest military escalation between Israel and Islamic Jihad, which lasted three days. They include five girls, 11 boys and four women.

Thirty were killed during Israeli strikes. Of those, 17 were civilians, among them three girls, a boy and four women. Botched launches of Palestinian rockets killed 19 non-combatants, including 12 children.

14.08.2022 - 21:20 [ Fox News ]

Critics call for Biden to ‚immediately end‘ Iran nuclear talks following attempted murder of Salman Rushdie

The attempted murder of author Salman Rushdie prompted social media users, including several members of Congress, to voice criticism of the Biden administration’s pursuit of a nuclear deal with Iran in light of the country’s past support of a fatwa against Rushdie’s life.

09.08.2022 - 15:17 [ Newsweek ]

Israeli Defense Minister Refutes Report That Netanyahu Urged Trump to Strike Iran After Losing Election

Benny Gantz, a retired Israeli army general and the country’s minister of defense, told a local media outlet yesterday that a New Yorker report which said Netanyahu encouraged U.S. action against Iran was likely „not what happened.“

„I don’t know of this story and I assume this is not what happened,“ Gantz said in an interview, according to the Jerusalem Post.

09.08.2022 - 15:07 [ NewYorker.com ]

Inside the War Between Trump and His Generals

The biggest fear was that Iran would provoke Trump, and, using an array of diplomatic and military channels, American officials warned the Iranians not to exploit the volatile domestic situation in the U.S. “There was a distinct concern that Iran would take advantage of this to strike at us in some way,” Adam Smith, the House Armed Services chairman, recalled.

Among those pushing the President to hit Iran before Biden’s Inauguration, Milley believed, was the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. On December 18th, the same day that Trump met with Flynn to discuss instituting martial law, Milley met with Netanyahu at his home in Jerusalem to personally urge him to back off with Trump. “If you do this, you’re gonna have a fucking war,” Milley told him.

09.08.2022 - 14:40 [ Haaretz ]

Top U.S. General Warned Netanyahu: ‚You’re Gonna Have a Fucking War‘ With Iran

„Among those pushing the president to hit Iran before Biden’s inauguration, Milley believed, was the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. On December 18, the same day that Trump met with [Michael] Flynn to discuss instituting martial law, Milley met with Netanyahu at his home in Jerusalem to personally urge him to back off with Trump,“ wrote Baker and Glasser in an excerpt published in the New Yorker.

“If you do this, you’re gonna have a fucking war,” Milley told him, according to the excerpt. The Israeli prime minister’s official Twitter account noted „the two discussed regional threats, especially the Iranian aggression“ in its readout of the meeting.

08.08.2022 - 12:43 [ GlobalTimes.cn ]

Secessionists must not spoil the word ‚peace‘: Global Times editorial

The current situation is entirely caused by Pelosi and American politicians. China has made the utmost diplomatic efforts before, repeatedly warning the US of the seriousness and danger of Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. However, the US turned a deaf ear, went its own way, and even deliberately ignored China’s emphasis – „Those who play with fire will perish by it“ – as no more than an often-used metaphor. Now they are manipulating the public opinion by complaining maliciously about China’s „overreaction,“ doesn’t the move come from their previous serious underestimation of China’s determination and will?

It is both ironic and absurd that the key points of Washington’s current accusations against China are only appropriate for the US itself, as if the US thinks of these wordings when looking in the mirror.

07.08.2022 - 07:48 [ Glenn Greenwald / Nitter ]

Bernie doesn’t even pretend any more to have anything resembling a left-wing foreign policy or any minimal divergence from the neocon-driven Dem Party’s foreign policy dogma. Opposing NATO expansion was long a mainstream liberal view. Now only Hawley & Paul will get near it:

07.08.2022 - 07:24 [ GrandTheftWorld.com ]

Bernie Turns Pro-War & Votes To Expand NATO

The United States Senate has voted 95-1-1 to approve the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO, further engorging the ever-growing “defensive” alliance – this despite the fact that NATO was formed as a pact among nations to protect one another from the Soviet Union, a country that hasn’t existed for more than 30 years. Even onetime peace activist Bernie Sanders voted in favor, showing that the Vermont Senator has essentially given up any semblance of independence and is a good Democrat who will never cross the party leadership on substantive matters.

07.08.2022 - 06:52 [ dotheordersstillstand.blogspot.com ]

Do The Orders Still Stand?

(Monday, September 12, 2011)

Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta was in the Presidential Emergency Operation Center with Vice President Cheney as Flight 77 approaced Washington, D.C. This plane was unidentified and flying in restricted airspace for over 45 mintues since the second tower was attacked and it was not intercepted by the Airforce. In fact, two fighters were launched but were sent out over the Atlantic searching for Russians.

On May 23, 2003 in front of the 9/11 Commission, Secretary Mineta testified:

„During the time that the airplane was coming in to the Pentagon, there was a young man who would come in and say to the Vice President, „The plane is 50 miles out.“ „The plane is 30 miles out.“ And when it got down to „the plane is 10 miles out,“ the young man also said to the Vice President, „Do the orders still stand?“ And the Vice President turned and whipped his neck around and said, „Of course the orders still stand. Have you heard anything to the contrary?“

Watch Mineta’s Testimony To The 9/11 Commmission on CSPAN:

07.08.2022 - 06:22 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

07.08.2022 - 05:28 [ Blomberg ]

China Relationship Is Casualty of Truss-Sunak Battle to Lead UK

Britain’s next prime minister is guaranteed to be a China hawk no matter who wins.

06.08.2022 - 20:42 [ Times of Israel ]

Report: Zelensky received PR advice from Netanyahu aides

(04.05.2022)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky consulted in recent weeks with a pair of public relations advisers to Israeli opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu in a bid to galvanize military support for his country as it defends itself from Russia’s invasion, according to a report Tuesday.

Walla news said Zelensky received advice from Srulik Einhorn, who was a senior adviser for Netanyahu’s Likud party during the last election. He also reportedly consulted with Jonatan Urich, a longtime Netanyahu aide who continues to serve as the former prime minister’s spokesman.

06.08.2022 - 20:32 [ Yahoo.com ]

Russia sees military coordination with Israel on Syria continuing

(February 26, 2022)

Following the 2015 Russian intervention in the Syrian civil war, Israel set up a „deconfliction mechanism“ with the big power to prevent them clashing inadvertently during Israeli strikes against Iranian deployments and arms transfers in the neighbouring Arab state.

„Our military officials discuss the practical issues of this substantively on a daily basis. This mechanism has proven to be useful and will continue to work,“ the Russian embassy in Israel said in a statement.

06.08.2022 - 20:25 [ Haaretz ]

Rights Groups Demand Israel Stop Arming neo-Nazis in Ukraine

(Jul. 9, 2018)

A group of more than 40 human rights activists have filed a petition with the High Court of Justice, demanding the cessation of Israeli arms exports to Ukraine.

They argue that these weapons serve forces that openly espouse a neo-Nazi ideology and cite evidence that the right-wing Azov militia, whose members are part of Ukraine’s armed forces, and are supported by the country’s ministry of internal affairs, is using these weapons.

06.08.2022 - 19:53 [ Christopher Miller, World and national security reporter @politico / Nitter ]

President Zelensky urges @StateDept to designate Russia a terror state. “Formal legal recognition of Russia as a terrorist state, in particular, recognition by the US Department of State, is need not as a political gesture but as an effective defense of the free world.”

(31.07.2022)

06.08.2022 - 19:47 [ @creativelytired / Nitter ]

For one thing if it were labeled terrorism then Biden could arguably use the still in effect 2001 AUMF to commit US forces to Ukraine without the US having to declare war.

(08.04.2022)

06.08.2022 - 19:25 [ @tvtoront / Nitter ]

In response to a decision of the Russian Federation to recognize „Azov“ as a „terrorist organization“, the regiment itself called on the US State Department and authorized bodies of other states to recognize the Russian Federation as a terrorist state.

(02.08.2022)

05.08.2022 - 13:51 [ Washington Post ]

The U.S.-China crisis over Taiwan was wholly predictable

As Jeffrey Bader, President Barack Obama’s top adviser on Asia, has noted of the Biden team: Despite having criticized Trump’s foreign policy bitterly, “when it comes to the greatest foreign policy challenge facing the United States — how to deal with the rise of China — [Biden officials] have continued and mimicked Trump’s destructive approach.”

Bader added, “This has prompted glee among departed Trump officials, who proudly declare themselves innovators and the Biden administration unimaginative and dutiful implementers.”

Ryan Hass, another top Obama China expert, argued that “communication channels for managing tensions have collapsed.”

05.08.2022 - 13:34 [ News.cn ]

China decides to impose sanctions on U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

BEIJING, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) — In response to Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi’s egregious provocation, China decides to adopt sanctions on Pelosi and her immediate family members in accordance with relevant laws of the People’s Republic of China, a foreign ministry spokesperson announced Friday.

04.08.2022 - 22:43 [ EarthEmpaths / Rumble.com ]

The Coming War with China | John Pilger

The Coming War on China is John Pilger’s most recent film – his 60th documentary and arguably his most prescient. Completed in the month Donald Trump was elected US President, the film investigates the manufacture of a ‘threat’ and the beckoning of a nuclear confrontation.

04.08.2022 - 22:39 [ IMDB.com ]

The Coming War on China

(2016)

From award winning journalist John Pilger, reveals what the news doesn’t – that the world’s greatest military power, the United States, and the world’s second economic power, China, both nuclear-armed, may well be on the road to war.

04.08.2022 - 21:55 [ theAmericanConservative.com ]

America’s Coming War with China

(Jun 8, 2021)

Given the rise in anti-Chinese sentiment spawned by the off-shoring of America’s production base to China, the impact of COVID-19, and hyperbolic rhetoric in Washington regarding China’s alleged malevolent aspirations, any number of observers of American politics might easily conclude that Washington is on the precipice of blundering into another war—this time with China. After all, a similar climate of deep-seated paranoia and military hysteria steered the world’s great powers blindly into war in 1914.

04.08.2022 - 21:18 [ John Menadue ]

Canberra wants a new arms race in Asia

(Jul 22, 2022)

On his first visit to Washington, Australia’s new Defence Minister Richard Marles has warned the region is facing a military build-up “at a rate unseen since World War II” and is part of an “intensification of major power competition”.

What to do when we see a dangerous escalation? Well, escalate some more! Bring in as much military hardware as you can! Arm to the teeth, that’s what I take Marles to say. Not only does the United States need to commit even more military resources to the region, he urges, Australia itself must take “greater responsibility for its own security,” including enlarging its defence capabilities. “This will include capabilities such as longer-range strike weapons, cyber capabilities and area denial systems tailored to a broader range of threats.”

04.08.2022 - 20:44 [ CovertActionMagazine.com ]

UNCLOAKED: Canada’s “Jekyll-and-Hyde” Masquerade as Nation that Supposedly Supports Pacifism and Progressive Principles

The only solution at this time is for American and Canadian peace activists to link up to challenge the military-industrial complex in both countries.

Detailed plans are needed to convert the U.S. and Canadian economies away from militarism and retrain workers and engineers who currently work in the defense sectors.

Restrictions on lobbying and foreign military sales should also be an urgent policy demand along with abolishing NORAD and NATO.

04.08.2022 - 20:14 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

The US Military Was Just Used To Help A Dementia Patient Try To Start WW3

Here is a transcript of what Nancy Pelosi’s brain said:

“In our earliest days at our founding of our country, Benjamin Franklin, our presidency, said, freedom and democracy. Freedom and democracy, one thing, security here. If we don’t have- we can’t have either, if we don’t have both.”

Of course Benjamin Franklin was neither a president of the United States nor a “presidency”, and the quote Nancy’s floundering brain was reaching for was “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” These are not difficult things to remember or articulate for someone with functioning gray matter.

This is right up there with other famous neural malfunctions by the speaker, like her “Bernie loves hearing” gibberish from last year or her bizarre “Good morning, Sunday morning” restart in the middle of an interview a couple of years ago, and it calls to mind a DC pharmacist’s casual remark in 2017 that he had filled prescriptions to treat Alzheimer’s disease for some powerful decision makers on Capitol Hill.

02.08.2022 - 19:28 [ Disclose.tv / Nitter ]

NOW – Pelosi has arrived in #Taiwan despite China’s stark warnings.

(2 hours ago)

02.08.2022 - 16:59 [ Reuters ]

Chinese warplanes take to skies, US warships on move before expected Pelosi visit to Taiwan

Chinese warplanes buzzed the line dividing the Taiwan Strait on Tuesday shortly before the expected arrival in Taipei of U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi for a visit that has pushed friction between Washington and Beijing to a new level.

The Chinese leadership has repeatedly warned against Pelosi, a long-time critic of Beijing, making a trip to self-ruled Taiwan, which China claims as its own.

02.08.2022 - 16:14 [ FCNL (Quakers) / Nitter ]

Congress has not approved the use of military force in Somalia. Yet the Biden admin. has justified sending troops there under the outdated 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force. Our endless wars won’t end until this AUMF comes off the books.

(18.07.2022 / no specific date)

02.08.2022 - 15:35 [ DefenseOne.com ]

House’s ‘Irregular Warfare’ Provision Risks Unintended War

Under both 127e and 1202, the use of proxy forces must support “authorized” U.S. military operations. The Defense Department has cited two sources of authority for engaging in combat through and with 127e proxies: the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, or AUMF—the authority for the United States’s endless “war on terror”—and the president’s constitutional prerogative to engage in “self-defense,” defined expansively by executive branch lawyers.

The Defense Department could cite similar authorities for the use of 1202 proxies. Although no AUMF was designed to counter Iran, North Korea, Russia, or China, the executive branch believes it has the authority to engage these countries militarily.

02.08.2022 - 06:24 [ GlobalTimes.cn ]

PLA is not afraid to fight for defending sovereignty and security: Global Times editorial

The Chinese army has not fought a war for nearly 40 years. Such a long period of peace has been won by the joint efforts of the Party, the government, the PLA and all Chinese people. It has created basic conditions for China’s comprehensive and rapid development and is worthy of being cherished and safeguarded.

But at the same time we need to keep reminding ourselves to maintain distance and vigilance against the naive mind-set that wishes for absolute pacifism. We must avoid the situation in which people no longer know how to fight after living in peace for so long. For a major country like China, the consequence of having a relaxed mentality on national defense construction is unthinkable.

02.08.2022 - 05:04 [ StraitsTimes.com ]

China’s military marks 95th anniversary as US Speaker’s potential Taiwan visit looms

„We would like to tell the United States once again that China is standing by, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army will never sit idly by, and China will take resolute responses and strong countermeasures to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity,“ he said during a regular press briefing.

As to what exactly the measures will be, the world should „wait and see“, he added.

Over the weekend, various nationalistic commentators had alluded to supporting a military response.

02.08.2022 - 04:37 [ New York Times ]

U.S. Warns China Not to Turn Pelosi’s Expected Trip to Taiwan Into a ‘Crisis’

“There is no reason for Beijing to turn a potential visit consistent with longstanding U.S. policy into some sort of crisis or conflict, or use it as a pretext to increase aggressive military activity in or around the Taiwan Strait,” John F. Kirby, a National Security Council spokesman, told reporters. “Meanwhile,” he added, “our actions are not threatening and they break no new ground. Nothing about this potential visit — potential visit, which oh, by the way, has precedent — would change the status quo.”

01.08.2022 - 17:32 [ GlobalTimes.cn ]

Chinese FM spokesperson urges Biden not to allow Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan

Zhao reiterated at Monday’s press conference that China has repeatedly expressed to the US its serious concerns and solemn position that it firmly opposes Pelosi’s visit to the island, as it could cause serious consequences. China also believes that the US must have been fully aware of the strong and clear message delivered by the Chinese side.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Joe Biden spoke via telephone for over two hours on Thursday, during which Xi emphasized that it is the firm will of the 1.4 billion Chinese people to resolutely safeguard China’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity on the Taiwan issue. „Those who play with fire will perish by it,“ Xi warned Biden.

01.08.2022 - 17:19 [ CNN ]

Pelosi expected to visit Taiwan, Taiwanese and US officials say

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to visit Taiwan as part of her tour of Asia, according to a senior Taiwanese government official and a US official, despite warnings from Biden administration officials, who are worried about China’s response to such a high-profile visit.

27.07.2022 - 16:10 [ Newsweek ]

Exclusive: Inside the Military’s Secret Undercover Army

(17. May 2021)

No one knows the program’s total size, and the explosion of signature reduction has never been examined for its impact on military policies and culture. Congress has never held a hearing on the subject. And yet the military developing this gigantic clandestine force challenges U.S. laws, the Geneva Conventions, the code of military conduct and basic accountability.

27.07.2022 - 16:00 [ theGuardian.com ]

Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media

(17 Mar 2011)

The discovery that the US military is developing false online personalities – known to users of social media as „sock puppets“ – could also encourage other governments, private companies and non-government organisations to do the same.

The Centcom contract stipulates that each fake online persona must have a convincing background, history and supporting details, and that up to 50 US-based controllers should be able to operate false identities from their workstations „without fear of being discovered by sophisticated adversaries“.

27.07.2022 - 15:36 [ @BethLynch2020 / Nitter ]

If you’re gonna spend a trillion dollars on the military, pursue GOP’s wet dreams in China, hand 10s of billions to cops and corps, keep Trump’s tax cuts, while also not delivering on debt relief, higher wages, HC, or protecting any of our rights, why does voting for you matter?

24.07.2022 - 18:20 [ @Windmill128 / Twitter ]

Russia attacks Odessa port a day after signing grain deal, Ukraine says – The Washington Post this really isn’t surprising to anyone is it????? Disgusting!😡

24.07.2022 - 17:52 [ RT.com ]

Moscow reveals target of strike on key Ukrainian port

The Russian Ministry of Defense has confirmed striking targets in the major Ukrainian port of Odessa on Saturday, revealing that its missiles hit military infrastructure and arms stockpiles.

23.07.2022 - 19:30 [ Haaretz ]

The Problem of Censorship

The military censor operates as a veil behind which anonymous security and intelligence sources can hide after “advising” the censor when to make use of his authority. In fact, these sources dictate the policy of censorship and exposure without any transparency or public responsibility. The time has come for the new chief censor, Brig. Gen. Kobi Mendelblit, to internalize the High Court of Justice ruling that censorship is only justified in cases of “certainty of clear damage to state security.”

23.07.2022 - 19:27 [ RT.com ]

Ukraine claims Russia targeted major port city

Moscow has so far remained silent on the latest claims from Kiev.

23.07.2022 - 19:23 [ Washington Post ]

Russia attacks Odessa port a day after signing grain deal, Ukraine says

Air raid warnings rang at about 11 a.m. with the sounds of explosions echoing across the city. The military’s southern command reported no casualties. It said air defense systems shot down two other missiles in the attack, which the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine described as “outrageous.”

The strike threatens an agreement that diplomats had hailed less than 24 hours earlier as a breakthrough after months of negotiations.

20.07.2022 - 15:42 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

19.07.2022 - 19:27 [ Yahoo.com ]

Russia sees military coordination with Israel on Syria continuing

(February 26, 2022)

Following the 2015 Russian intervention in the Syrian civil war, Israel set up a „deconfliction mechanism“ with the big power to prevent them clashing inadvertently during Israeli strikes against Iranian deployments and arms transfers in the neighbouring Arab state.

„Our military officials discuss the practical issues of this substantively on a daily basis. This mechanism has proven to be useful and will continue to work,“ the Russian embassy in Israel said in a statement.

19.07.2022 - 19:14 [ Jerusalem Post ]

‚Israel, Russia to coordinate in air, sea, and electromagnetic arena‘

(OCTOBER 27, 2015)

In Russia, Eisenkot met with his Russian counterpart, General Valery Vasilevich Gerasimov – the first time chiefs of staff from Russia and Israel held a direct meeting in Moscow. Eisenkot also participated in part of the meeting held between Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Afterward, the two sides agreed to set up a joint working group led by the deputy chiefs of staff from each country.

19.07.2022 - 09:50 [ Tehran Times ]

That Iran is on nuclear threshold is not secret, says top Iranian politician

He added “Iran has the capability to build nuclear bomb but it has no decision” to do so.

Enriching uranium to 20 percent was “more difficult” but increasing it to 60 percent was done in 2-3 days.

Therefore, he said, it will not be difficult to enrich uranium to purity of 90 percent.

“We’re a screwdriver’s turn away from reaching the 90% purity,” Kharrazi remarked.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei has banned production of nuclear arms.

The former foreign minister reiterated Iran’s long-held policy, saying nuclear weapon “contravenes” Iran’s religious “beliefs” and its „security exigencies“.

However, he added, mastering the nuclear technology and having the capability to build nuclear arms is “deterrent”.

15.07.2022 - 17:39 [ Nina Turner, Former Ohio State Senator, Professor / Nitter ]

The House just voted to approve an $840 billion military spending bill. Not one person asked how we’d pay for it.

14.07.2022 - 12:39 [ Reuters ]

Biden to sign joint pledge with Israel to prevent Iran going nuclear

U.S. President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid will sign a joint pledge to deny Iran nuclear weapons on Thursday, closing ranks after long-running disputes between the allies over global diplomacy with Tehran.

11.07.2022 - 13:43 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Rishi Sunak ‘dirty dossier’ sent around Tory WhatsApp groups as leadership race turns nasty

The memo circulated on Tory WhatsApp group reportedly attacks the former chancellor personally and accused him of having a “big tax and big spend agenda”.

According to The Telegraph, which first reported the “mucky memo”, the 424-word anti-Sunak missive was written by someone on the Thatcherite right of the party.

11.07.2022 - 13:37 [ inews.co.uk ]

Tory right battles to stop Rishi Sunak reaching No 10 as challengers row over tax, Brexit and trans rights

Jeremy Hunt, Sajid Javid, Grant Shapps and Mr Zahawi all promised to cut the tax burden on Sunday, while Mr Sunak has insisted it would be irresponsible to do so while the UK is still running a large budget deficit.

Ministers who are close to Mr Johnson have publicly denounced Mr Sunak’s track record and warned that he will reverse the achievements of the Government.

Jacob Rees-Mogg told Channel 4: “I will not be supporting Mr Sunak.” He has previously referred to him as “the socialist Chancellor” because of the pandemic spending he introduced.

04.07.2022 - 04:48 [ i24news.tv ]

Lapid invites Netanyahu for security briefing amid dispute over procedure

The preference is for Netanyahu to receive the security updates, usually a routine matter, only from Israel’s military secretary, Brigadier General Avi Gil, instead of both Lapid and Gil being present in the room.

03.07.2022 - 08:07 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Downs Unarmed Hezbollah Drones Believed to Be Heading for Gas Rig

Israeli military sources say …

03.07.2022 - 08:05 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election: Netanyahu’s Party Is Counting on Gantz

(Jul 1, 2022)

The second consensus – which is both more important and more interesting – is that absolutely no one in Likud, from the most junior member to the most senior, failed to cite Kahol Lavan Chairman Benny Gantz, the current defense minister, as the person they are counting on to complete the tally of 61 Knesset seats that Netanyahu needs to form a government.

01.07.2022 - 10:54 [ Haaretz ]

Travel Warning: Israel’s Election Will Be Long and Dirty

It capped a week that symbolized everything that was bad about it during the little over a year it was in power: a fractured coalition, too many of whose heads were convinced they were destined to be prime minister and waged an endless campaign, mainly against one another; a coalition with too few responsible adults and too many opportunists. Above all, however, it was a coalition faced with an opposition the likes of which we have never seen: violent, vulgar, brutal, cynical, without a drop of empathy for human suffering, no matter where; that spits on the general public, including its own voters. An opposition without any red lines but with a personality cult; that is captive to a single person who seeks to escape his trial and who along the way turns every stone and scorches every bit of earth in order to completely destroy the young experiment known as Israeli democracy.

30.06.2022 - 03:12 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Lawmakers to Vote to Dissolve Knesset; Lapid to Become PM

The wording of the approved bill sets November 1 as the date elections will be held.

If the vote passes, Lapid will assume the position of prime minister on Thursday at midnight, replacing his coalition partner Naftali Bennett, who on Wednesday evening announced that he would not run in the upcoming election.

27.06.2022 - 20:29 [ Rappler.com ]

NATO to have over 300,000 troops at higher readiness – Stoltenberg

(27.06.2022)

BRUSSELS, Belgium – NATO will massively boost the number of troops on high readiness to over 300,000, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday, June 27, with allies set to adopt a new strategy describing Moscow as a direct threat four months into the Ukraine war.

26.06.2022 - 10:39 [ Veterans for Peace ]

Veterans For Peace Statement on Ukraine

Veterans For Peace (VFP) unequivocally condemns Russia’s horrific invasion of Ukraine. VFP opposes western militarism and increased US military spending, and we are deeply concerned about even the possibility of nuclear warfare.

26.06.2022 - 09:05 [ theGrayzone.com ]

British security state collaborator Paul Mason’s war on ‘rogue academics’ exposed

(21.06.2022)

Amidst his campaign to neutralize the UK antiwar left, Paul Mason declared in an email to several academics willing to inform on and undermine their own colleagues: “the far left rogue academics is who I’m after… The important task is to quarantine their ‘soft’ influencers and expose/stigmatise the hard ideologists.”

Mason’s fishing expedition was conducted in apparent coordination with Andy Pryce, a senior British intelligence official involved in a series of malign information warfare and censorship initiatives.

26.06.2022 - 08:58 [ theGrayzone.com ]

Paul Mason’s covert intelligence-linked plot to destroy The Grayzone exposed

(07.06.2022)

Leaked emails reveal British journalist Paul Mason plotting with an intel contractor to destroy The Grayzone through “relentless deplatforming” and a “full nuclear legal” attack. The scheme is part of a wider planned assault on the UK left.

25.06.2022 - 21:00 [ Jonathan Weintraub / Nitter,net ]

Oslo peace accords led to the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin.

25.06.2022 - 06:37 [ YnetNews.com ]

Zelensky says Israel not doing enough to support Ukraine

He also said he expects Israel to join the sanctions imposed by the West. „Unfortunately, we haven’t seen Israel joining yet,“ he said.

14.06.2022 - 06:47 [ Yahoo.com ]

Russia sees military coordination with Israel on Syria continuing

(February 26, 2022)

Following the 2015 Russian intervention in the Syrian civil war, Israel set up a „deconfliction mechanism“ with the big power to prevent them clashing inadvertently during Israeli strikes against Iranian deployments and arms transfers in the neighbouring Arab state.

„Our military officials discuss the practical issues of this substantively on a daily basis. This mechanism has proven to be useful and will continue to work,“ the Russian embassy in Israel said in a statement.

14.06.2022 - 05:59 [ @Podolyak_M, Adviser to the Head of the Office of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy ]

Being straightforward – to end the war we need heavy weapons parity: 1000 howitzers caliber 155 mm; 300 MLRS; 500 tanks; 2000 armored vehicles; 1000 drones. Contact Group of Defense Ministers meeting is held in #Brussels on June 15. We are waiting for a decision.

13.06.2022 - 18:52 [ France24.com ]

Macron calls for French budget defence boost in ‚war economy‘

Speaking at Eurosatory, a weapons industry fair, Macron said Europe needed „a much larger defence industry“ to avoid relying on suppliers elsewhere for its equipment needs.

29.05.2022 - 16:18 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Military, Mossad Chiefs Visited Saudi Arabia in Last Decade

A number of senior Israeli officials secretly visited Saudi Arabia over the past decade, including Defense Minister Benny Gantz when he was the Israeli army’s chief of staff, signalling deepening covert relations between Israel and the Kingdom, the Israel Hayom daily reported on Sunday.

Ex-Mossad intelligence agency head Tamir Pardo, and former directors of the National Security Council Yossi Cohen and Meir Ben-Shabbat also travelled to the Gulf monarchy.

24.05.2022 - 05:11 [ Algemeiner.com ]

Pentagon, CENTCOM Deny Reports US Refueling Planes Took Part in Israel Iran-Strike Drill

(23.05.2022)

According to Buccino, the fuel tankers simulated refueling two US F-15s and four Israeli F-16s. The timing of the refueling exercise was coincidental, Buccino said.

“There is no direct US military involvement in that exercise,” Buccino said, referring to “Chariots of Fire.”

Pentagon spokesman Maj. Rob Lodewick also denied that the Department of Defense was “directly participating” in the exercise, according to the report.

“A small number of personnel from across US Central Command are observing portions of the exercise,” Lodewick added.

24.05.2022 - 04:56 [ Times of Israel ]

Report: In 1st, US refuelers to take part in major Israeli drill for strike on Iran

(17.05.2022)

According to the unsourced report, the US Air Force will serve as a complementary force, with refueling planes drilling with Israeli fighter jets as they simulate entering Iranian territory and carrying out repeated strikes.

The unprecedented Israel- US aerial collaboration in a drill simulating a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities is seen as a potential message to Iran amid long-stalled negotiations in Vienna over a return to the 2015 nuclear deal, a possibility Israel has repeatedly voiced its objection to, warning it would lead to “a more violent, more volatile Middle East.”

24.05.2022 - 04:53 [ Times of Israel ]

Israeli military to hold large-scale drill simulating widescale strike on Iran

(17.05.2022)

Gantz is slated to meet with his American counterpart, Lloyd Austin, on Thursday at the Pentagon in Washington. Meanwhile, Michael Kurilla, head of the United States Central Command (CENTCOM), arrived in Israel on Tuesday for his first official visit.

24.05.2022 - 03:59 [ Haaretz ]

A Warning From Israel’s Left

We shouldn’t downplay the threat posed by a return to power by Netanyahu, a criminal defendant who caused great damage to the fabric of Israeli life, undermined its democratic institutions, eroded its values and is willing to cooperate with Kahanists to regain power. But this threat should not obscure the substance of Rinawie Zoabi’s arguments, which deserve serious attention. Not every abomination can be koshered by citing Netanyahu, Itamar Ben-Gvir and Bezalel Smotric

24.05.2022 - 03:42 [ theHill.com ]

Pentagon working on plans to send troops to protect US Embassy in Kyiv

“Some of the things that may have been out there in the media, those are planning efforts that are underway at a relatively low level,” Milley told reporters at the Pentagon, seeming to refer to the Journal’s report.

Such plans “have not yet made it to [Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin] or myself for that matter, for refinement of courses of action and what’s needed,” he noted.

24.05.2022 - 03:38 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Pentagon Weighs Deploying Special Forces to Guard Kyiv Embassy

President Biden has yet to be presented with the proposal.

21.05.2022 - 11:45 [ World Economic Forum ]

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting: List of confirmed Public Figures

Heads of State and Government 50
Foreign Affairs 30
Finance / Economy 43
Trade / Commerce / Industry 27
Central Bank 7
International Organizations 36
Digital / Information, Communication and Technology 11
Energy and Resources 11
Environment 17
Health 6
Labor / Social Affairs / Education 6
Transport and Infrastructure 5
Defence and Intelligence Chiefs 3
Others 58

18.05.2022 - 05:23 [ Radio Sweden ]

Finland and Sweden to walk „hand-in-hand“ into NATO

At a joint press conference in Stockholm, prime minister Magdalena Andersson and Finland’s President Sauili Niinistö spoke about the long historic relations and co-operation between the two countries, and the importance of taking this step together.

16.05.2022 - 19:38 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

16.05.2022 - 19:06 [ Radio Sweden ]

PM: Seeking NATO membership is historic shift for Sweden

With general elections just a few months away, the government could change between now and when the process is complete. Ulf Kristersson, leader of the conservative Moderates, said, „NATO is above party politics.“

16.05.2022 - 19:03 [ Interfax.com.ua ]

Ukraine will develop like Israel as country always ready for war – expert

(today)

Oleksandr Komarov, the president of the Kyivstar mobile operator, believes that even under the best scenario, Ukraine will develop like Israel, becoming a country always ready for war.

„My vision of the future is this: even in the best scenario, Ukraine will develop like Israel, becoming a country always ready for war. And this factor should be taken into account in planning. We do not invest for a year, our horizon is 7-10 years. And therefore, all these factors must be taken into account.

16.05.2022 - 18:53 [ Times of Israel ]

Report: Zelensky received PR advice from Netanyahu aides

(04.05.2022)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky consulted in recent weeks with a pair of public relations advisers to Israeli opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu in a bid to galvanize military support for his country as it defends itself from Russia’s invasion, according to a report Tuesday.

Walla news said Zelensky received advice from Srulik Einhorn, who was a senior adviser for Netanyahu’s Likud party during the last election. He also reportedly consulted with Jonatan Urich, a longtime Netanyahu aide who continues to serve as the former prime minister’s spokesman.

16.05.2022 - 18:47 [ Yahoo.com ]

Russia sees military coordination with Israel on Syria continuing

(February 26, 2022)

Following the 2015 Russian intervention in the Syrian civil war, Israel set up a „deconfliction mechanism“ with the big power to prevent them clashing inadvertently during Israeli strikes against Iranian deployments and arms transfers in the neighbouring Arab state.

„Our military officials discuss the practical issues of this substantively on a daily basis. This mechanism has proven to be useful and will continue to work,“ the Russian embassy in Israel said in a statement.

16.05.2022 - 18:38 [ Haaretz ]

Rights Groups Demand Israel Stop Arming neo-Nazis in Ukraine

(Jul. 9, 2018)

A group of more than 40 human rights activists have filed a petition with the High Court of Justice, demanding the cessation of Israeli arms exports to Ukraine.

They argue that these weapons serve forces that openly espouse a neo-Nazi ideology and cite evidence that the right-wing Azov militia, whose members are part of Ukraine’s armed forces, and are supported by the country’s ministry of internal affairs, is using these weapons.

16.05.2022 - 18:26 [ Haaretz ]

The Truth About Israel, Iran and 1980s U.S. Arms Deals

(Nov. 26, 2010)

In the aforesaid period Netanyahu served as deputy to Moshe Arens, when he was Israel’s ambassador to Washington, D.C. (1982-83 ).

(…)

The recently revealed documents deal with an operation dubbed „Tipped Kettle,“ involving weapons the Israel Defense Forces looted from the Palestine Liberation Organization during Operation Peace for Galilee in Lebanon, and their transfer to the Contras – opponents of the socialistic Sandinista regime in Nicaragua.

(…)

Part II was patently illegal – a blatant effort by the White House to violate a Congressional order and to cook up a strange deal involving the sale of American weapons (originally supplied to the IDF ) to anti-American Iran, for use in its war with Iraq; the release of Western hostages being held in Lebanon by Iranian-controlled Hezbollah; and the financing of Contras‘ activities thanks to the difference between the sum paid by the Iranians and the true value of the weapons – minus a profit for those engaged in the deal.

(…)

The CIA had direct intelligence connections with the Mossad, but in the affair of the captured weapons the American agency preferred to hide behind the Pentagon.

16.05.2022 - 17:17 [ Sevim Dagdelen., Abgeordnete im Bundestag / Nachdenkseiten ]

Wie ein Verhandlungsfrieden im Ukraine-Krieg torpediert wird

Inwieweit die Verbrechen in Butscha die Verhandlungen entscheidend beeinflusst haben, vermag ich nicht zu beurteilen. Diese Kriegsverbrechen müssen dringend durch eine internationale unabhängige Untersuchung aufgeklärt werden.

11.05.2022 - 09:51 [ AfricaNews.com ]

Sergei Lavrov: Wagner in Mali and Libya on a „commercial basis“

(03.05.2022)

In an interview with Italian television Mediaset, Lavrov reiterated Moscow’s position that Wagner „has nothing to do with the Russian state“.

Wagner, which is reputedly close to President Vladimir Putin, is accused of employing mercenaries who have committed abuses in Mali, Libya and Syria.

07.05.2022 - 10:21 [ Yonhap - yna.co.kr ]

(4th LD) N. Korea fires apparent SLBM off east coast: S. Korean military

North Korea fired an apparent submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) in waters off its east coast Saturday, South Korea’s military said, in the recalcitrant regime’s latest saber-rattling that comes three days before President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol’s inauguration.

07.05.2022 - 10:18 [ TaiwanNews.com.tw ]

Taiwan reports 18 ADIZ intrusions by Chinese military aircraft

A total of 18 Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) Friday (May 6), according to the Ministry of National Defense.

The planes included six J-11 fighter jets, six J-16 fighter jets, two Xi’an H-6 bombers, two KJ-500 airborne early warning and control aircraft, one Shaanxi Y-8 anti-submarine warfare plane, and one Shaanxi Y-8 electronic warfare aircraft, CNA reported

07.05.2022 - 09:44 [ DW News, We really know Germany / Twitter ]

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has invited German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier to visit Kyiv on May 9, the day Russia marks the victory of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany in World War II.

04.05.2022 - 15:25 [ Yahoo.com ]

Russia sees military coordination with Israel on Syria continuing

(February 26, 2022)

Following the 2015 Russian intervention in the Syrian civil war, Israel set up a „deconfliction mechanism“ with the big power to prevent them clashing inadvertently during Israeli strikes against Iranian deployments and arms transfers in the neighbouring Arab state.

„Our military officials discuss the practical issues of this substantively on a daily basis. This mechanism has proven to be useful and will continue to work,“ the Russian embassy in Israel said in a statement.

01.05.2022 - 10:58 [ John Oberlin / Twitter ]

It’s like Putin is going out of his way to encourage Sweden and Finland to join NATO as rapidly as possible.

01.05.2022 - 10:54 [ bnonews.com ]

Sweden says Russian plane violated airspace as NATO application looms

(30.04.2022)

A statement from the Swedish Armed Forces said the aircraft, an Antonov An-30, was first located when it was east of Bornholm and flying towards Swedish territory. It briefly violated Swedish airspace before leaving the area.

“Swedish fighter jets followed the incident and photographed the plane,” the defense ministry said.

01.05.2022 - 10:50 [ Radio Sweden ]

Linde: No decision yet on Nato membership

(29.04.2022)

Foreign minister Ann Linde says Sweden has not come to a conclusion yet on Nato membership.

She was speaking at a press conference in Helsinki following a bilateral meeting with her Finnish counterpart Pekka Haavisto.

01.05.2022 - 10:44 [ Radio Sweden ]

Sweden’s former UN ambassador on Nato membership: „don’t rush decision“

(29.04.2022)

Sweden is moving too fast on discussions whether to join Nato or not, says the former UN ambassador and veteran Social Democrat, Pierre Schori.

Schori believes that Sweden would lose some of its credibility on several serious issues, including when it comes to nuclear disarmament.

01.05.2022 - 10:39 [ Radio Sweden ]

Left party demands referendum on NATO membership

(28.04.2022)

Party leader Nooshi Dadgostar told Swedish Radio News on Thursday morning that most voters voted for parties who promised not to join the military alliance, and if politicians are going to change their stances, that needs to be put to the voters.

27.04.2022 - 19:37 [ @bigrussianshop / Twitter ]

Minister for European Affairs and Property Management Tyutti Tuppurainen – on payment for Russian gas: „We have made a decision in the government committee on economic policy that Finland will not accept ruble payments.“ 94% of Finland’s gas comes from Russia.

27.04.2022 - 13:27 [ PeoplesParty.org ]

Disband NATO to End the War in Ukraine

To end the war in Ukraine, stand with its people, avert escalation and future wars, and create a more peaceful and collaborative world, we support getting to the origins and heart of the conflict and taking these actions when we are in government:

1. Disband NATO and its military bases
2. Recognize the UN as the global security authority
3. Disband permanent membership and veto power on the UN Security Council
4. Recognize Ukraine as an independent and militarily neutral country

5. End all wars of aggression, regime-change wars and resource wars
6. Ban funding and arming Nazis
7. Ban Congress and government officials from war profiteering and insider trading
8. Cut the US military budget in half and invest those resources into guaranteeing jobs, health care, housing and college at home

27.04.2022 - 11:14 [ Interfax.com.ua ]

Gazprom halts gas supply to Poland, Bulgaria over failure to conduct settlements in rubles

„As of the end of the business day on April 26, Gazprom Export did not receive payment for the gas supplied in April from these two companies, Bulgargaz (Bulgaria) and PGNiG (Poland) in rubles, as required by Russian presidential order No. 172 dated 31.03.2022. Gas supplied since April 1 must be paid for in rubles by means of new bank details, which counterparties were timely informed about,“ the company said.

15.04.2022 - 05:30 [ Fox News ]

Netanyahu warns Iran could ‚take the entire world hostage‘ if West approves new nuke deal

(March 20, 2022)

In an interview airing Sunday on „Life, Liberty & Levin“, former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned against the U.S. potentially empowering the terrorist-supporting regime in Tehran by going ahead with approving a new nuclear deal.

Netanyahu told host Mark Levin that when the regime currently led by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Ebrahim Raisi is armed with nuclear weapons, they can threaten anyone they want while also having the boosted defense capabilities that nukes provide:

14.04.2022 - 06:24 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli-U.S. Billionaire Saban Donates $1 Million to AIPAC’s Super PAC

Long-term AIPAC supporter Haim Saban is the biggest individual donor to the super PAC since its establishment late last year. His contribution came weeks before the pro-Israel lobby’s traditional PAC endorsed Republican election deniers

14.04.2022 - 05:50 [ Fox News ]

McConnell says Democrats ‚headed toward a pretty good beating’ in midterms

(April 10, 2022)

„His policies have not worked, beginning with the precipitous and ill-advised withdrawal from Afghanistan, which became kind of a metaphor for the incompetence that’s been on full display during this administration,“ the senator said. „None of the policies they have pursued have worked out well.“

14.04.2022 - 04:43 [ Kavan Lamy / Twitter ]

Iran committing suicide right here, extremely foolish.

(12 March, 2022)

14.04.2022 - 04:29 [ Jim Banks / Twitter ]

Iranian MPs should know… once the GOP takes back the House we will do everything in our power to overturn Biden’s restoration of JCPOA and reimpose max pressure sanctions.

12.04.2022 - 17:57 [ Times of Israel ]

Hearings in submarine affair probe to be open to public, despite state’s request

(15 March 2022)

The state commission of inquiry, approved by the cabinet in January, will consist of five panelists headed by former Supreme Court president Asher Grunis.

It is tasked with examining a murky $2 billion deal to purchase submarines from the German shipbuilder Thyssenkrupp. More specifically, it will attempt to evaluate the procedures and decision-making employed by the political echelon related to the sensitive procurement, conducted under the government of former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

12.04.2022 - 16:11 [ Washington Post ]

Will Israel Ever Move Past the Netanyahu Era?

(April 6, 2022)

Netanyahu has been relatively quiet on Ukraine, which would put him at odds with the current administration and key parts of the U.S. Republican Party. In the past he has seen Putin as a partner in fighting Iranian influence in Syria and in the effort to keep Iran from supplying Hezbollah and Hamas with cash and weapons. That is similar to Bennett’s policy, though it is hard to imagine Bibi trying to mediate the conflict or allowing his foreign minister to call Putin a war criminal, as Lapid is now doing.

12.04.2022 - 15:33 [ AlArabiya.net ]

Russia sees military coordination with Israel on Syria continuing amid Ukraine crisis

(26 February ,2022)

Russia sees its military coordination with Israel over Syria continuing, the Russian embassy said on Saturday, after Moscow signaled displeasure with Israeli statements about the Ukraine crisis.

Following the 2015 Russian intervention in the Syrian civil war, Israel set up a “deconfliction mechanism” with the big power to prevent them clashing inadvertently during Israeli strikes against Iranian deployments and arms transfers in the neighboring Arab state.

12.04.2022 - 15:18 [ Haaretz ]

Rights Groups Demand Israel Stop Arming neo-Nazis in Ukraine

(Jul. 9, 2018)

A group of more than 40 human rights activists have filed a petition with the High Court of Justice, demanding the cessation of Israeli arms exports to Ukraine.

They argue that these weapons serve forces that openly espouse a neo-Nazi ideology and cite evidence that the right-wing Azov militia, whose members are part of Ukraine’s armed forces, and are supported by the country’s ministry of internal affairs, is using these weapons.

11.04.2022 - 11:10 [ Rep. Barbara Lee, Mitglied des US Repräsentantenhauses / Twitter ]

NEW: A national survey from @UMDPublicPolicy found that majorities of Democrats AND Republicans favor repealing the 2001 #AUMF. That authorization has been abused for years. It is far past time Congressional war powers be restored.

(31.03.2022)

11.04.2022 - 11:03 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

05.04.2022 - 19:59 [ Antiwar.com ]

US Weapons Makers See Longer-Term Benefits of War in Ukraine

Raytheon, Lockheed Martin and other companies will profit from arming Ukraine and Europe’s increased military spending

30.03.2022 - 04:48 [ theTimes.co.uk ]

Iron Dome plan to shield German skies

Germany is looking to create an “Iron Dome” protection shield, similar to the one used by Israel, to protect against Russian missiles.

“That is certainly among the things that we are discussing, and for good reasons,” Olaf Scholz, the chancellor, told the state television channel ARD. “We need to be aware that we have a neighbour who is prepared to use violence to enforce their interests.”

28.03.2022 - 18:34 [ ]

Summit to Become Regular Forum, Unity Will ‚Deter Iran,‘ Israel’s Lapid Says

Decrying terror and envisioning peace, the foreign ministers of Israel, Morocco, Egypt, Bahrain, the U.S. and the United Arab Emirates seek to counter Iran through ’new regional architecture‘

28.03.2022 - 08:08 [ Central Intelligence Agency / JFKlancer.com ]

CIA Document 1035-960 – Concerning Criticism of the Warren Report

(01. April 1967)

1. Our Concern. From the day of President Kennedy’s assassination on, there has been speculation about the responsibility for his murder. Although this was stemmed for a time by the Warren Commission report, (which appeared at the end of September 1964), various writers have now had time to scan the Commission’s published report and documents for new pretexts for questioning, and there has been a new wave of books and articles criticizing the Commission’s findings. In most cases the critics have speculated as to the existence of some kind of conspiracy, and often they have implied that the Commission itself was involved. Presumably as a result of the increasing challenge to the Warren Commission’s report, a public opinion poll recently indicated that 46% of the American public did not think that Oswald acted alone, while more than half of those polled thought that the Commission had left some questions unresolved. Doubtless polls abroad would show similar, or possibly more adverse results.

(…)

Innuendo of such seriousness affects not only the individual concerned, but also the whole reputation of the American government. Our organization itself is directly involved: among other facts, we contributed information to the investigation. Conspiracy theories have frequently thrown suspicion on our organization, for example by falsely alleging that Lee Harvey Oswald worked for us. The aim of this dispatch is to provide material countering and discrediting the claims of the conspiracy theorists, so as to inhibit the circulation of such claims in other countries. Background information is supplied in a classified section and in a number of unclassified attachments.

3. Action. We do not recommend that discussion of the assassination question be initiated where it is not already taking place. Where discussion is active [business] addresses are requested:

a. To discuss the publicity problem with [?] and friendly elite contacts (especially politicians and editors), pointing out that the Warren Commission made as thorough an investigation as humanly possible, that the charges of the critics are without serious foundation, and that further speculative discussion only plays into the hands of the opposition. Point out also that parts of the conspiracy talk appear to be deliberately generated by Communist propagandists. Urge them to use their influence to discourage unfounded and irresponsible speculation.

b. To employ propaganda assets to [negate] and refute the attacks of the critics. Book reviews and feature articles are particularly appropriate for this purpose. The unclassified attachments to this guidance should provide useful background material for passing to assets. Our ploy should point out, as applicable, that the critics are (I) wedded to theories adopted before the evidence was in, (I) politically interested, (III) financially interested, (IV) hasty and inaccurate in their research, or (V) infatuated with their own theories.

(…)

4. In private to media discussions not directed at any particular writer, or in attacking publications which may be yet forthcoming, the following arguments should be useful:

a. No significant new evidence has emerged which the Commission did not consider. The assassination is sometimes compared (e.g., by Joachim Joesten and Bertrand Russell) with the Dreyfus case; however, unlike that case, the attack on the Warren Commission have produced no new evidence, no new culprits have been convincingly identified, and there is no agreement among the critics. (A better parallel, though an imperfect one, might be with the Reichstag fire of 1933, which some competent historians (Fritz Tobias, AJ.P. Taylor, D.C. Watt) now believe was set by Vander Lubbe on his own initiative, without acting for either Nazis or Communists; the Nazis tried to pin the blame on the Communists, but the latter have been more successful in convincing the world that the Nazis were to blame.)

27.03.2022 - 14:11 [ Haaretz ]

Egypt to Join Summit With Blinken, FMs of UAE, Bahrain and Morocco in Israel

Egypt will be joining a historic summit of Middle Eastern foreign ministers in Israel next week, alongside U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the senior diplomats of the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco.

27.03.2022 - 14:02 [ theHill.com ]

Blinken tries to calm allies ahead of Iran nuke deal

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday tried to soothe the fears of Israel and its Gulf Arab allies ahead of the possible renewal of global powers’ international nuclear deal with Iran.

Blinken made the comments shortly before joining his counterparts from Israel and four Arab countries at a special gathering where the Iranian nuclear deal was expected to top the agenda.

26.03.2022 - 12:02 [ theAsianIndependent.co.uk ]

US will introduce new UNSC resolution to strengthen sanctions on N.Korea: Envoy

(today)

It was however, not immediately clear when the US plans to introduce the new UNSC resolution

26.03.2022 - 10:36 [ Olivia Dalton / Twitter ]

During today’s #UN Security Council meeting on North Korea’s ballistic missile launches, @USAmbUN Linda Thomas-Greenfield announced that the United States will be introducing a Chapter VII Security Council resolution to update and strengthen the sanctions regime.

26.03.2022 - 10:18 [ Reuters ]

U.S. urges China and Russia to send strong message to North Korea after missile launch

(25.03.2022)

China and Russia should tell North Korea to avoid more „provocations“ after it resumed intercontinental ballistic missile testing this week, U.S. State Department spokesperson Jalina Porter said on Friday.

24.03.2022 - 19:50 [ YNA.co.kr ]

Seoul, Washington react sternly to provocative North Korean ICBM firing

Pyongyang’s show of force, the 12th this year, means an end to its self-imposed moratorium on nuclear and a long-range missile testing.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said that it detected the launch from the Sunan airfield in Pyongyang at 2:34 p.m. and the missile flew some 1,080 kilometers at a top altitude of over 6,200 km.

24.03.2022 - 13:41 [ Tomislav Sokol, Member of European Parliament / Twitter ]

On 10.3 a Russian made drone crashed in the center of Zagreb, about fifty meters from the dormitory where several thousand students are staying. Before entering the Republic of Croatia, the aircraft spent 43 minutes in the airspace of Romania and Hungary. This cannot be!

24.03.2022 - 13:18 [ CNN ]

Drones flying into NATO territory have forced the alliance to decide how to respond — if at all — to incidents inside its borders

(17.03.2022)

Last week, a drone flew more than 350 miles beyond Ukraine’s western border before crashing in Croatia, a NATO member country. The drone was carrying a bomb, Croatian officials said, and it’s still not clear whether it belonged to Ukrainian or Russian forces.
Another drone recently entered the airspace of Romania, south of Ukraine. And on Tuesday, Ukraine’s military said it shot down a Russian drone that had reentered Ukraine through Polish airspace.
The trio of drone incidents has amplified concerns that …

20.03.2022 - 13:30 [ NBC News ]

Oil, weapons and realpolitik: Why some countries want to stay on friendly terms with Russia

India relies on Russian-made weapons, Israel needs Russia’s cooperation to strike inside Syria and Gulf Arab states look to Russia to help manage the oil market.

13.03.2022 - 17:43 [ @MattBoxer94 / Twitter ]

The JCPOA is dead

13.03.2022 - 17:33 [ Kavan Lamy / Twitter ]

Iran committing suicide right here, extremely foolish.

13.03.2022 - 17:21 [ Middle East Eye ]

Erbil missile attack: Iran’s Revolutionary Guard claims responsibility

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on Sunday claimed responsibility for a ballistic missile attack on Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, saying it was targeting an Israeli „strategic centre“.

Around a dozen missiles rained down on the city at 1am on Sunday morning.

13.03.2022 - 10:50 [ theGuardian.com ]

Missiles land near US consulate in northern Iraq city of Erbil

“We condemn this terrorist attack launched against several sectors of Erbil, we call on the inhabitants to remain calm,” Kurdistan prime minister Masrour Barzani said in a statement.

The attack comes several days after an Israeli strike near Damascus, Syria killed two members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.

12.03.2022 - 17:17 [ Mostafizur Rahman / Twitter ]

After Kunduz Hospital bombing, Pentagon stated that it was not war crime. War crimes are comitted only by the ‚others‘.

12.03.2022 - 16:43 [ Researchgate.net ]

Democracy and propaganda – NATO’s war in Kosovo

(June 2008)

Although democratic theorists recognize an independent media as central to the proper functioning of democratic institutions, democratic governments often exploit their citizens‘ faith in that independence to generate popular support or at least acquiescence for government policies. This article uses the examples of Operation Horseshoe and the fighting at Račak and Rugovo during the Kosovo conflict of 1998 and 1999 to illustrate how democratic governments in the US and Germany attempted to manipulate public perceptions of the Kosovo conflict to justify the 1999 war. The study reviews over 100 newspaper articles, found in the Lexis-Nexis database, and numerous scholarly articles to trace the development of these specific narratives. The article shows the construction of two illusions: the illusion of multiple sources and the illusion of independent confirmation. In the end, these `truths‘ and frameworks filter into scholarship, as many scholars begin to base their interpretations on these `facts‘.

12.03.2022 - 16:34 [ Democracy Now! / Youtube ]

How False Testimony and a Massive U.S. Propaganda Machine Bolstered George H.W. Bush’s War on Iraq

(Dec 5, 2018)

As the media memorializes George H.W. Bush, we look at the lasting impact of his 1991 invasion of Iraq and the propaganda campaign that encouraged it. Although the Gulf War technically ended in February of 1991, the U.S. war on Iraq would continue for decades, first in the form of devastating sanctions and then in the 2003 invasion launched by George W. Bush. Thousands of U.S. troops and contractors remain in Iraq. A largely forgotten aspect of Bush Sr.’s war on Iraq is the vast domestic propaganda effort before the invasion began. We look at the way U.S. media facilitated the war on Iraq with journalist John “Rick” MacArthur, president and publisher of Harper’s Magazine and the author of the book “Second Front: Censorship and Propaganda in the 1991 Gulf War.”

10.03.2022 - 13:16 [ White Swan / Twitter ]

4. Busted! We’ve found the ‚wounded‘ pregnant patient of the ‚bombed‘ maternity hospital in #Mariupol. Yes, she is pregnant, but she wasn’t there of course, she’s a local beauty-blogger Marianna Podgurskaya instagram.com/gixie_beauty, photographer was instagram.com/evgenymaloletka

10.03.2022 - 13:09 [ Alarabiya.net ]

Russia sees military coordination with Israel on Syria continuing amid Ukraine crisis

(26 February ,2022)

Russia sees its military coordination with Israel over Syria continuing, the Russian embassy said on Saturday, after Moscow signaled displeasure with Israeli statements about the Ukraine crisis.

Following the 2015 Russian intervention in the Syrian civil war, Israel set up a “deconfliction mechanism” with the big power to prevent them clashing inadvertently during Israeli strikes against Iranian deployments and arms transfers in the neighboring Arab state.

10.03.2022 - 12:43 [ Haaretz ]

Rights Groups Demand Israel Stop Arming neo-Nazis in Ukraine

(Jul. 9, 2018)

A group of more than 40 human rights activists have filed a petition with the High Court of Justice, demanding the cessation of Israeli arms exports to Ukraine.

They argue that these weapons serve forces that openly espouse a neo-Nazi ideology and cite evidence that the right-wing Azov militia, whose members are part of Ukraine’s armed forces, and are supported by the country’s ministry of internal affairs, is using these weapons.

07.03.2022 - 13:00 [ Researchgate.net ]

The „Snipers‘ Massacre“ on the Maidan in Ukraine

(September 2015)

Conference: Annual Meeting of American Political Science AssociationAt: San Francisco

The massacre of almost 50 Maidan protesters on February 20, 2014 was a turning point in Ukrainian politics and a tipping point in the conflict between the West and Russia over Ukraine. This mass killing of the protesters and the mass shooting of the police that preceded it led to the overthrow of the pro-Russian government of Viktor Yanukovych and gave a start to a civil war in Donbas in Eastern Ukraine, Russian military intervention in Crimea and Donbas, and an international conflict between the West and Russia over Ukraine. A conclusion promoted by the post-Yanukovych governments and the media in Ukraine that the massacre was perpetrated by government snipers and special police units on a Yanukovych order has been nearly universally accepted by the Western governments, the media, and many scholars. The Ukrainian government investigation identified members of the special company of Berkut as responsible for killings of the absolute majority of the protesters, but did not release any evidence in support, with the exception of videos of the massacre. The question is which side organized the “snipers’ massacre.” This paper is the first academic study of this crucial case of the mass killing. It uses a theory of rational choice and a Weberian theory of instrumental rationality to examine actions of major actors both from the Yanukovych government, specifically various police and security forces, and the Maidan opposition, specifically its far right and oligarchic elements, during the massacre. The paper analyzes a large amount of evidence from different publicly available sources concerning this massacre and killings of specifics protestors. Qualitative content analysis includes the following data: about 1,500 videos and recordings of live internet and TV broadcasts from mass media and social media in different countries (some 150 Gigabytes) , news reports and social media posts by more than 100 journalists covering the massacre from Kyiv, some 5,000 photos, and nearly 30 gigabytes of publicly available radio intercepts of snipers and commanders from the special Alfa unit of the Security Service of Ukraine and Internal Troops, and Maidan massacre trial recordings. This study also employs field research on site of the massacre, eyewitness reports by both Maidan protesters and government special units commanders, statements by both former and current government officials, estimates of approximate ballistic trajectories, bullets and weapons used, and types of wounds among both protesters and the police. This study establishes a precise timeline for various events of the massacre, the locations of both the shooters and the government snipers, and the specific timeline and locations of nearly 50 protesters’ deaths. It also briefly analyzes other major cases of violence during and after the “Euromaidan.” This study includes two video appendixes. This academic investigation concludes that the massacre was a false flag operation, which was rationally planned and carried out with a goal of the overthrow of the government and seizure of power. It found various evidence of the involvement of an alliance of the far right organizations, specifically the Right Sector and Svoboda, and oligarchic parties, such as Fatherland. Concealed shooters and spotters were located in at least 20 Maidan-controlled buildings or areas. The various evidence that the protesters were killed from these locations include some 70 testimonies, primarily by Maidan protesters, several videos of “snipers” targeting protesters from these buildings, comparisons of positions of the specific protesters at the time of their killing and their entry wounds, and bullet impact signs. The study uncovered various videos and photos of armed Maidan “snipers” and spotters in many of these buildings. The paper presents implications of these findings for understanding the nature of the change of the government in Ukraine, the civil war in Donbas, Russian military intervention in Crimea and Donbas, and an international conflict between the West and Russia over Ukraine.

07.03.2022 - 12:52 [ BBC ]

False flags: What are they and when have they been used?

(18 February 2022)

As the conflict in eastern Ukraine intensifies, Britain and the US suspect Russia of planning „false flag“ attacks to create an excuse for an invasion.

Russian-backed separatists have already accused Ukraine’s military of a series of highly dubious attacks and are now calling for civilians in the occupied areas to leave.

03.03.2022 - 12:46 [ theMoscowTimes.com ]

She Signed an Open Letter Calling for Peace. Then Got Fired.

“I didn’t waver over signing it and I don’t regret it. But I didn’t expect that it would result in forced dismissal,” Dolinina said in an interview.

“I knew, as somebody working in a cultural institute connected to the government, that if I was detained at a protest or posted something aggressive on social media I could get fired. But I never guessed it would happen for signing an open letter calling for peace.”

“But that’s a sign of the new world we’re all living in now.”

23.02.2022 - 07:34 [ AsiaTimes.com ]

China takes rare earth aim at Raytheon and Lockheed

Early this month, Washington approved a deal for the two firms to provide maintenance services to Taiwan’s missile defense systems worth US$100 million. The latest round of Chinese sanctions marks its third salvo, with previous punitive measures imposed in 2019 and 2020.

State media said without Chinese rare earth minerals, the two US firms’ production would be seriously disrupted.

21.02.2022 - 22:09 [ theGuardian.com ]

Putin’s absurd, angry spectacle will be a turning point in his long reign

This was not a politician convening his team for discussions, this was a supreme leader marshalling his minions and ensuring collective responsibility for a decision that, at minimum, will change the security architecture in Europe, and may well lead to a horrific war that consumes Ukraine.

Putin appeared genuinely angry and passionate in his speech, which he almost certainly wrote himself.

21.02.2022 - 21:24 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Putin paves way to invade as he signs decree officially recognising independence of two rebel-held territories in eastern Ukraine to let him send in troops to ‚defend them‘ – while Boris condemns move as ‚very ill omen and a very dark sign‘

– Vladimir Putin will recognise Ukraine’s eastern regions as independent and sign a degree to that effect shortly
– Move would pave the way for Russian troops to roll in, on basis of ‚defending‘ them against Ukrainian ‚threats‘
– Mr Johnson said Putin’s decision to recognise the two separatist Ukrainian republics was an ‚ill omen‘ and a ‚dark sign‘ that things are moving in the wrong direction
– Putin spoke after an hours-long meeting of Russia’s security council, with aides laying out the case for war
– Having spent days staging what are widely thought to be false flag attacks and blaming them on Kiev, Kremlin officials presented them as ‚evidence‘ that ethnic Russians are at risk of ‚genocide‘ and must be protected
– All eyes will now turn to Ukraine’s border regions, where Russian tanks have been spotted in ‚battle formation‘

21.02.2022 - 21:15 [ Kyiv Post ]

Ukraine seeks urgent UN Security Council meeting over Russia threat

“On President (Volodymyr) Zelensky’s initiative I officially requested UNSC member states to immediately hold consultations under article 6 of the Budapest memorandum,” Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted, citing the landmark 1994 deal, also signed by Russia, the United States and Britain.

21.02.2022 - 20:06 [ Washington Post ]

Kremlin says Moscow will see two Ukrainian regions as independent, a potential pretext for war

The Kremlin announced Monday that Moscow will recognize the independence of two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine, a move that Russia could use to justify an attack in those areas.

21.02.2022 - 03:53 [ Times of Israel ]

‘Turned diplomacy into a religion’: Israel officials said to lash Biden on Iran deal

As reports swirl of an imminent new Iran nuclear deal, Israeli officials on Sunday lashed out at Washington, according to a TV report.

“The Biden administration has turned diplomacy into a religion, and the agreement the US will sign with Tehran is meaningless,” officials quoted by Channel 13 news said.

18.02.2022 - 09:30 [ Logan Ratick / Twitter ]

Members of Congress attending the Munich Security Congress this weekend.

14 Senators (8 D’s, 6 R’s)

Democrat Reps. (not on this list) also attending: Speaker Pelosi, Adam Smith, Schiff, Deutch, Lee, McCollum, Himes, Keating, Maloney, Swalwell, Gallego, Moulton, Khanna, Kim

18.02.2022 - 09:22 [ The Recount / Twitter ]

VP Kamala Harris on the way to the Munich Security Conference, where she will meet with NATO’s president on Friday and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky this weekend for the first time.

18.02.2022 - 08:59 [ Haaretz ]

Pelosi Headed to Israel With Iran, Ukraine on the Agenda

(Feb. 14, 2022)

Pelosi will head the congressional delegation set to visit the Knesset on Wednesday, over two years since her last official visit to Jerusalem, with the Iran talks in Vienna sure to be on the agenda. She will be accompanied by key lawmakers related to foreign relations, appropriations and intelligence — including Reps. Adam Schiff, Ted Deutch, Barbara Lee, Bill Keating, Eric Swalwell, Ro Khanna and Andy Kim.

17.02.2022 - 16:34 [ RT.com ]

Ukraine and Donbass accuse each other of heavy shelling

Kiev has been locked in a civil war with the two breakaway territories since 2014, when separatists declared independent republics following the ousting of then-President Viktor Yanukovych during mass street protests. Ukrainian officials, along with Western countries, have accused Russia of supporting the rebels and fueling the conflict.

14.02.2022 - 06:11 [ Gale.com ]

The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil

In The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil, Philip Zimbardo theorizes that people discount situational influences when judging the actions of others. In particular, he recounts in detail the events of the 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment (SPE), which he designed and directed: He replicated a prison block in a Stanford building and assigned male undergraduate volunteers to act the part of guards and prisoners.

The experiment, which was originally planned for two weeks, grew so dangerously out of control that Zimbardo was forced to shut it down after less than a week.

Drawing on his experience as an expert witness for the court-martial hearings on Abu Ghraib, Zimbardo presents a body of research evidence to suggest that the military as well as the Bush administration fostered a situation that turned ordinary soldiers into torturers and abusers. Zimbardo also suggests, however, that the power of situations can be used to promote good behavior and turn ordinary people into heroes. The Lucifer Effect is at times unbalanced and disjointed but well worth reading to remind us that where we are may affect us as much as who we are.

09.02.2022 - 05:20 [ theGuardian.com ]

Emmanuel Macron’s remarks on Russia set alarm bells ringing

Domestic critics of Emmanuel Macron, Nato hardliners and the leadership in Ukraine will be suspiciously examining the French president’s late-night remarks at his Moscow press conference on Monday for signs of freelancing.

07.02.2022 - 07:46 [ Democrcacy Now ]

Seymour Hersh: “We’ve Been Taken Over by a Cult”

(26.01.2005)

„There’s a lot of anxiety inside the — you know, our professional military and our intelligence people. Many of them respect the Constitution and the Bill of Rights as much as anybody here, and individual freedom. So, they do — there’s a tremendous sense of fear. These are punitive people. One of the ways — one of the things that you could say is, the amazing thing is we are been taken over basically by a cult, eight or nine neo-conservatives have somehow grabbed the government. Just how and why and how they did it so efficiently, will have to wait for much later historians and better documentation than we have now, but they managed to overcome the bureaucracy and the Congress, and the press, with the greatest of ease. It does say something about how fragile our Democracy is. „

04.02.2022 - 08:24 [ PBS.org ]

U.S. intel suggests Russia is plotting false flag attack in Ukraine as pretext for invasion

(Feb 3, 2022)

The plan for the fake attack on Russian territory or Russian-speaking people was revealed in declassified intelligence shared with Ukrainian officials and European allies in recent days. It is the latest allegation by the U.S. and Britain that Russia is plotting to use a false pretext to go to war against Ukraine.

The White House in December accused Russia of developing a “false-flag” operation to create pretext for an invasion.

04.02.2022 - 08:20 [ Forbes ]

U.S. Intelligence Says Russia Is Planning ‘False-Flag’ Operation To Justify Ukraine Invasion

(Jan 14, 2022,)

Friday morning, multiple Ukrainian government websites were affected by a “massive cyber attack” launched by an unknown actor, a foreign ministry spokesperson said. The affected websites were taken offline and hackers reportedly left messages warning the Ukrainian public to “prepare for the worst.” Ukrainian officials noted Russia has a “long record” of cyberattacks against the country.