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Europe cannot agree on 
what the price ceiling 
on Russian oil and 
gas should be
November 26th, 2:34pm
https://en.news-front.info/
 
How strange it is! EU diplomats said.... that most 
European countries, led by France and Germany, 
supported a price ceiling on Russian oil and gas. 
They have not yet accepted it, but simply 
because they cannot agree... on what 
the ceiling should be.
 
The only thing they are concerned about is whether
they will be able to comply with it. It has to be
respected… They are not worried about EU 
energy prices, cutting down trees, about 
36 000 elderly people froze to death in 
England last year --- because there
was
n't enough money for high 
temperatures in their 
homes (this is not 
propaganda, the 
BBC has it).
 
Some in the EU are straightforwardly convinced that 
we should make the ceiling no higher than $30 and
 it will surely punish Russia, hurt it. Obviously,
that
 is what individuals from the countries
of 
limitrophs think – the Baltic states,
plus 
Poland, but they are really
discussing 
it with them.
 
Erdogan is starting to build a gas hub; Qatar sent them
 and signed a long-term contract with China; Algeria is
 asking to join BRICS; the U.S. says bluntly: sorry, we 
will not have much gas. But stupidity is like 
space – limitless.
 
These freaks in the European Parliament, in the 
leadership of individual countries, the entire 
European Commission, do not learn history, 
and their knowledge is fragmentary. They 
even have all sorts of Ph.D. degrees or 
some J.D., but to explain to this Ph.D. 
that regulating gas and oil prices... 
is impossible.
 
The funny thing is, in the short term oil prices, for
 example, will fall. They will fall, because there 
will be a recession in the world, demand will 
go down and prices will go down with it. And
 then these idiots will decide -- why not limit 
prices on everything and end inflation? For
 Russian fertilizers, wheat, and then they 
will decide to regulate the prices of
not 
only Russian products…
 
And maybe we, as humanitarian aid, should unload
 their stupid macroeconomics textbooks, with 
which we have been brainwashed? By the 
way, one of the authors, is economist 
Jeffrey Sachs, ---once one of the 100 
most influential people in the world, 
who has now, incidentally, had an 
epiphany and says that the US is 
the main Mordor… Everything is 
mixed up…
 
 
What do YOU think?
 
Are you mixed up too?
 
 
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 ‘Is Washington Our Ally or Not?’: 
EU Officials Accuse US 
of Profiteering Off 
Ukraine Crisis
November 25th, 6:41pm
(Sputnik)
 
The allegations come as temperatures across Europe
 continue to drop, and amid the bombshell revelation
 by former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson this
 week that the UK’s European allies recognized the 
economic fallout which would accompany a long 
Russia-Ukraine conflict, and sought its speedy
 resolution in the spring.
 
European Union officials and diplomats have accused
 Washington of profiteering off the Ukraine crisis via
 energy and weapons sales -- and warned that the 
mood is shifting against the US among its allies 
on the other side of the Atlantic.
 
“The fact is, if you look at it soberly, the country that
 is most profiting from this war is the US because 
they are selling more gas, and at higher prices, 
and because they are selling more weapons,” 
one senior European official told a German-
owned media group --- on condition 
of anonymity.
 
“We are really at a historic juncture…America needs
 to realize that public opinion is shifting in many EU
 countries,” the official added, warning --- that
 skyrocketing energy costs & transatlantic 
tensions over trade, risk fracturing the 
Western bloc.
 
An unnamed US official dismissed these concerns,
 assuring that American energy companies “have 
been transparent & reliable suppliers of natural 
gas to Europe,” that prices are set by market
 considerations, and that resellers, not US 
exporters, skim much of the profits off 
energy deliveries destined for Europe.
 
European officials expressed similar concerns
 regarding America’s profiteering from arms 
sales, with one EU diplomat saying “the 
money they are making, on weapons” 
should help Washington realize: that 
the profits they’re making from gas 
deliveries may be “a bit too much” 
...and that a discount for fuel to 
Europe could “keep united.. 
our public opinion.”
 
“It’s not good, in terms of optics, to give the
 impression... that your best ally is actually 
making huge profits out of your troubles,” 
the anonymous diplomat complained, 
citing concerns in Brussels that 
building up depleted weapons 
stocks could take “years” 
to achieve.
 
Another official complained about the Inflation
 Reduction Act (IRA), a controversial law 
passed in August, designed to curb
 inflation and ramp up domestic 
energy production and clean 
energy, but which Brussels 
has condemned.. for its 
discrimination against
European goods ---- in 
violation of WTO rules.
 
The IRA “changed everything” and has 
prompted questions in Europe to the 
effect of:  “is Washington still our 
ally or not?” the EU official said.
 
One French Foreign Ministry official complained 
that the law amounts to.... “discriminatory 
subsidies that will distort competition.”
 
A US official assured... that the IRA was not aimed at 
undermining European industry or competitiveness. 
“This is not a zero-sum game,” the official said. 
“The IRA will grow the pie for clean energy
 investments, not split it.”
 
Open Acrimony
 
The exchange of anonymous comments... by officials
 and diplomats to media comes against the backdrop 
of harsh back-and-forth remarks by officials on both
 sides of the Atlantic in public regarding the IRA and
 energy, with French President, Emmanuel Macron..
 leading the increasingly angry rhetoric.
 
“Their costs of energy are so much lower, as they are
 producers. They sell their gas for 3-4 times less than
 we have to pay, and they have also great subsidies
 from the state in some areas, up to 90 percent. 
That is unfair. These are double standards,” 
Macron complained, in October.
 
“The United States produces cheap gas that they sell
 to us at a high price, and on top of that, they have
 taken massive state aid measures in certain 
sectors that are completely outside our 
market projects,” Macron expanded,
 earlier this month. 
 
Paris estimates that the IRA could cost France alone
 up to eight billion euros in investments if companies
 shift operations to the US to take advantage of
 the subsidies.
 
Hundreds of European companies, including steel and
 chemical manufacturers, carmakers, pharmaceutical 
companies, and food producers have already shifted 
operations to the US to take advantage of lower
 energy costs and state incentives, threatening 
the European Union with deindustrialization
 and widespread job losses.
 
European officials appeared to have been cognizant of
 the threat the Ukraine crisis posed to their economic
 well-being, as far back as the spring, with Boris
 Johnson revealing this week, that there were 
“sound economic reasons” for Germany to 
seek a swift Russia-Ukraine peace 
agreement to prevent the crisis 
from turning into a long, 
drawn-out conflict.
 
Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly
 warned French, German...  and other European 
leaders of the folly of their anti-Russia policy, 
characterizing EU sanctions on Russian 
energy as “suicidal” and stressing that
 the loss of cheap and dependable 
Russian oil and gas - would strip 
the bloc of its global economic
 competitiveness.
 
 
Rhondda Records believes in
fighting for better leadership.
 
What do YOU believe in?
 

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Journalist-Run, Intelligence-Linked 
Operation That Warped British 
Pandemic Policy
by Kit Klarenberg
November 23rd, 2022
(Strategic Culture Foundation)
 
Presented as an independent voice for “unbiased”
 scientific advice --- iSAGE provided a channel for 
media spinmeisters, spies & psy-op specialists 
to influence Britain’s pandemic policy without 
accountability. Leaked internal emails show 
members fretting over its unethical methods.
 
Throughout Britain’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, 
a lobbying group... known as the Independent 
Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies 
(iSAGE) served as a key driving force 
behind the government’s most 
draconian lockdown policies.
 
While it presented itself..... as a non-governmental 
organization composed of forward-thinking health
 experts, The Grayzone can reveal iSAGE not only
 maintains an array of ties to the British security 
state, while relying largely on political, rather 
than scientific, considerations when crafting 
policy recommendations.
 
With Winter ahead in Europe and calls for the
 reimposition of COVID-19 restrictions... 
growing once again — not least from 
iSAGE itself - the outfit’s endeavours 
provide a disturbing look at the role 
of the security state and the main-
stream media -- in corrupting 
British public health policy.
 
Nearly three years since the world first heard of
 COVID-19, societies across the globe, are still 
reeling: from prolonged lockdowns and harsh 
social restrictions which many governments 
implemented in order to supposedly “stop 
the spread” of the virus. Britain is no 
exception, and while the full long-
term impact of such measures 
remains unknown, some 
grueling effects are 
already painfully 
apparent.
 
Patients receiving care for cancer, cardiovascular, and
 respiratory disease were prevented from accessing
 routine treatment; rates of clinical depression, and
 mobile phone addiction among university students
 skyrocketed; adults of all ages report worsening
 mental health conditions; and the number of 
Britons seeking help for drug addiction
 increased by 81% between 2020
 and 2021.
 
Meanwhile, school closures exposed Britain’s youth, 
to food insecurity and increased likelihood of falling
 victim to domestic abuse, while a rapid digitization 
of education, further widened learning gaps 
between wealthy and low-income 
students in the country.
 
“We were mesmerized by the once-in-a-century scale
of the emergency -- and succeeded only in making a
crisis even worse. In short, we panicked,”
lamented 
Professor Mark Woolhouse,
an Edinburgh 
University epidemio-
logist, in
January 2022.
 
As with many contemporary critics of the British
 government’s initial “Zero COVID” strategy,
 Woolhouse argued a targeted response to 
protect the most vulnerable members of 
society, such as the elderly, would have 
done more to curb Britain’s death toll 
than blanket, nationwide lockdowns.
 
“This was an epidemic crying out for a precision
 public health approach and it got the opposite,” 
he explained.
 
Behind some of the most socially destructive
 pandemic policies implemented by the British 
government was iSAGE, a shady organization 
...founded by a Russia-obsessed Guardian 
pundit, and advised by spies, behavioral 
psychologists and media influencers,
 without backgrounds in science 
or medicine.
 
Founded in May 2020, by David King, a former chief
scientific adviser, to Labour Prime Ministers, Tony 
Blair and Gordon Brown, iSAGE initially set out to
agitate for greater transparency around state 
health policy, while providing “robust, 
unbiased advice”... to the public and
government. It rapidly transformed 
into a powerful, wholly unaccount-
able lobbying group, aggressively 
pushing for “Zero COVID”
 measures.
 
For almost two years, iSAGE members were a fixture 
in both British and international media. Senior
 politicians and pundits effusively endorsed 
the group’s pronouncements... on the 
pandemic, and its weekly YouTube 
briefings, racked up tens of 
thousands of views.
 
 Its representatives used their popular platforms
to
 call for extensive control and suppression 
measures, including contact tracing, mass
 testing, border quarantines, lockdowns, 
and the implementation of mitigation 
software... in order to stop the
 transmission of COVID-19.
 
Confusion regarding iSAGE’s name, given its obvious
 similarity to the British government’s official 
Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies 
(SAGE) --- only increased the group’s 
prominence. Very quickly after its
 launch, iSAGE began to not only 
work in parallel with its govern-
ment namesake, but supplant
it 
in the public mind.
 
Despite its enormous influence.... iSAGE and its 
members have largely avoided public scrutiny. 
Little is known about the forces guiding and 
shaping its activities, or whether its 
representatives.. are advancing an 
ulterior agenda at odds with their 
stated commitment to providing 
“unbiased” scientific advice.
 
iSAGE pushes lockdowns “without sufficient 
scientific expertise or scientific evidence
 to inform it”
 
It was on iSAGE’s official launch date in May 2020 that
 its founding objective... of securing publication of the
 identities of SAGE, and its papers, was achieved. 
 
Previously, the body’s composition, and the evidence
 underpinning its decisions was entirely hidden from
 public view - which stoked significant controversy, 
particularly given its initial heel-dragging over the 
implementation of protective COVID-19 measures.
 
Emboldened by this immediate success, former iSAGE
 member, Allyson Pollock, claims the group “rapidly
 moved away” from its initial transparency agenda 
“to wanting to make policy” itself. Unknown to
the public at the time, iSAGE’s transformation
 from government watchdog project into the
premier public health policy-making 
activist group, prompted an
 internal revolt.
 
“Often, [iSAGE] ended up advocating things... when it
 hadn’t sufficiently thought through the uncertainties
 in the evidence and the potential for harm,” Pollock,
 who worked as a clinical professor of public health 
at Newcastle University, alleges. She cites 
“prolonged lockdowns, school closures, 
and mass testing,” as examples 
of iSAGE’s misguided 
recommendations.
 
According to Pollock, the group offered policy advice 
“sometimes without sufficient scientific expertise or
 scientific evidence to inform it.”  She expressed 
vehement opposition  when the group officially
 adopted its “Zero COVID” position in July 2020,
 believing it lacked any basis in science. Two 
months later, the group declined to renew 
her membership.
 
iSAGE’s push for Zero COVID appeared.. oddly timed,
 and the group itself acknowledged total eradication
 of a disease --- had only ever been achieved once in
 history, in the case of smallpox. Britain was at that 
point, beginning to reopen after a four-month lock-
down, in line with SAGE advice. In theory though, 
as iSAGE was an entirely separate entity from 
SAGE --- it was free to advocate for whatever 
mitigation strategies it deemed appropriate.
 
In practice though, an overlap in the membership 
of both bodies as well as their virtually identical
 names, blurred lines between the two groups. 
British government chief scientific advisor 
Patrick Vallance claims he explicitly 
warned iSAGE founder David King 
against using any derivation of 
“SAGE” for the title of his new 
group, believing it would 
puzzle and mislead
 the public.
 
Despite apparently pledging to not emulate the name, 
King did so anyway. The “Independent” prefix was
 even more problematic, as it clearly implied that 
SAGE was not a trustworthy, autonomous
 organization.... while iSAGE issued 
impartial, more credible advice,
 by contrast.
 
iSAGE gathers influence by fueling confusion
 
As predicted, the two groups’ duplicate names 
muddied the waters on public and government 
messaging around COVID-19, leading to 
numerous troubling -- if not outright 
dangerous -- blunders on the part 
of journalists, pundits, and 
elected lawmakers alike.
 
SAGE member, Ian Boyd, claims such chaos was
 intentional. In October 2021, he told The British
 Medical Journal the 2 groups’ names “created 
confusion... and was a device used by those 
organising [iSAGE] to set up unnecessary 
friction.” In the same article, another 
academic, suggested iSAGE’s title 
implied the body was “somehow 
more authoritative than it 
actually is.”
 
Public disorientation was compounded by the fact that 
several members of SAGE also moonlighted as iSAGE
 experts. Take the example of Susan Michie --- a left-
wing political activist and self-styled “behavioural 
change” expert, who served with both iSAGE and
 SAGE, advising the secretive governmental SPI-B
council of behavioral psychologists, that fear
-mongered the public into compliance with 
official pandemic policy. Media reports on 
Michie almost universally referred to her 
simply as a “SAGE scientist,” creating 
the impression that her comments
 represented the British 
government’s official
 position.
 
Michie became a symbol of iSAGE’s advocacy for a
 permanent biomedical security state. During a 
June 2021 interview, she argued that social 
distancing and mask mandates should 
“continue forever.”
 
Susan Michie says we will need to wear masks and
 socially distance from our fellow human beings ‘for
 ever’. Remember she is a member of SAGE and 
‘Independent’ SAGE. https://t.co/ewuzyvNozV
 
— Neil Clark (@NeilClark66) June 10, 2021
 
At no point did the mainstream British media
 acknowledge that Michie’s background did 
not necessarily qualify her to recommend 
policy for a public health crisis. Rather,
clinical psychologist represented 
precisely the type of character 
who could be called upon to 
manipulate the public into 
accepting extreme
 lockdowns.
 
Michie was not the only iSAGE representative that
 news outlets presented as a “scientist” despite 
an apparent lack of relevant credentials in 
epidemiology, virology -- or public health 
management. Another long-time media 
favorite was...  iSAGE mathematician 
Christina Pagel, who was promoted 
as a credible expert, despite her 
routinely misreading and 
misrepresenting data.
 
On the flip side, mainstream media wrongly
 characterized members of iSAGE who were 
not part of SAGE as representatives of the 
latter on numerous occasions. Similarly, 
the press erroneously presented iSAGE
 recommendations as official SAGE 
advice more than once.
 
In May 2020, Labour party deputy leader Angela
 Rayner, mistakenly declared that SAGE had 
warned against the planned June the 1st 
reopening of schools as “too soon,”
 implying the British government 
was recklessly ''discounting'' 
recommendations from its 
own in-house scientific 
advisors. She was in 
fact referring to a 
report produced 
by iSAGE ----
 not SAGE.
 
Conversely, SAGE’s own research cautioned that 
blanket school closures would result in children
 experiencing “a shock to their education which 
will persist and affect their educational and 
work outcomes for the rest of their lives.”
 It predicted that extended periods of home
 learning would gravely deepen inequalities 
between pupils, and leave early-stage
learning and behavioral disorders 
undetected.
 
As scheduled, England began to reopen schools
 in September 2020 ----- although they were shut 
down once again that December. Independent 
SAGE representatives then steadfastly 
opposed mass reopenings in Spring 
2021, and regularly criticised the 
move for months thereafter.
 
In October that year, a United Nations report
 concluded countless children worldwide had 
been harshly impacted emotionally and 
psychologically, by school closures, 
leading to greatly increased “fear 
and stress, anxiety, depression, 
anger, irritability, inattention” 
as well as “irregular physical 
activity and sleep patterns.”
 
A total confirmation of SAGE’s
 initial warnings --- against 
blanket school closures.
 
The UN’s withering judgement may explain why iSAGE
 representatives have since deleted social media
 posts in which they  aggressively advocated for
 keeping children out of classrooms until COVID
-19 was completely eradicated. Still, some 
evidence of their advocacy remains 
extant today, including a July 2020 
livestream on mask mandates ---- 
billed as a “public consultation.”
 
“I don’t believe schools should be opened until we’ve
 approached Zero COVID. This is a big challenge,”
 David King declared in that discussion. “It means,
 over to the government, ‘please lock us down, 
manage the disease, bring it right down to 
roughly a level of one in a million people,’ 
and we’ll manage to open schools
much
 more safely.”
 
Not-so-Independent SAGE riddled 
with conflicts of interest
 
It was not until July 2021 the British media began
 probing into the scientific collective with any 
critical scrutiny. That month, The Daily 
Telegraph revealed.. a shadowy outfit 
called The Citizens was responsible
for establishing iSAGE.
 
The Citizens was itself led by Carole Cadwalladr, the
 Russia-obsessed Guardian columnist who won a
 series of high profile awards for reporting 
claiming the data firm SCL-Cambridge 
Analytica served as a channel ----- for 
Russian meddling in the Brexit vote. 
As Alex Rubinstein reported for The 
Grayzone, Cadwalladr’s reporting 
was comprehensively discredited 
by a 2020 British parliamentary 
report that found no evidence 
whatsoever of Russian 
involvement in Brexit.
 
Not the first time Facebook has had a fake
 whistleblower! https://t.co/AvoRlHPtEQ
 
— Alex Rubinstein (@RealAlexRubi) October 6, 2021
 
In response to the revelation that The Citizens had
 spawned iSAGE, Cadwalladr insisted The Citizens’
connection to the group had been publicly stated 
on iSAGE’s website since its launch. Though her 
claim was technically accurate, the link had 
never been acknowledged in media 
appearances by iSAGE members, 
let alone by Cadwalladr herself. 
 
What’s more, the relevant passage on iSAGE’s 
website merely refers to The Citizens as a 
“small support team, helping Independent 
SAGE with its public events and 
media activities.”
 
This characterization significantly downplays the 
scale and nature of the relationship between The
 Citizens and iSAGE. It was around the time of the
 Telegraph exposé that Cadwalladr updated her 
own Twitter profile to describe herself as a 
“cofounder” of The Citizens, the “parent” 
of iSAGE. Meanwhile, The Citizens’ 
Twitter characterizes itself as
 iSAGE’s “founder and 
producer.”
 
Official records of a June 2020 meeting of iSAGE’s
 ‘Behavioural Advisory Group’ show the organization
 received significant direction and assistance from
 another unacknowledged source. Zack King, 
representative of PR firm Firstlight Group, 
took a lead role in proceedings,
 introducing “the work of 
Independent SAGE to 
date,” and leading a 
dedicated discussion 
on press relations.
 
Along the way, King stressed that he and Cadwalladr
“handled press issues,” and iSAGE “can use both of
them” if the organization’s behavioral scientists
wanted to “involve” the media in its activities.
 
“Zack and Carole work together on press side.
Most press relations are undertaken via Zack
and his PR firm,” the minutes state.
 
In January the next year, a blog titled, “Holding the
 government to account” was published on Firstl-
ight’s website, laying out the “ambitious media 
plan” the company pursued in order to “build 
the group’s profile as quickly as possible” 
and “grow the group’s influence” upon 
launch. The proposal called for 36 
weekly media and public briefings
 and “countless one-to-one inter-
views and bylines.”
 
Within six months, iSAGE was “agenda-setting,”
 Firstlight boasted --- “and this publicity 
empowered them --- to drive change,”
 including its “Zero COVID” approach 
“being adopted by parts of the Welsh, 
Scottish & Northern Irish devolved 
governments.” At no point was it 
disclosed that Zack King is the 
son of iSAGE chief David King, 
a fact the former is keen 
to conceal.
 
Leaked iSAGE communications reviewed by The
 Grayzone, indicate Firstlight was rewarded
 handsomely, for its media manipulation. In
 late May 2020, when Cadwalladr proposed
 starting a crowd-funder for the operation, 
iSAGE member Allyson Pollock, said she
was
 growing uneasy about the initiative.
She 
was “extremely anxious” re seeking 
such finance for a “short-term project,”
 and proposed raising funds, via other 
non-public means, even offering to 
contribute to expenses herself.
 
Pollock’s concerns were extensive. There was no
 clarity, on what the money was needed for “and 
how much and how long and exactly who for,” 
she complained, especially given that iSAGE
 members were working pro bono. Further, 
the group had collectively decided to 
recruit resident academics with 
stable incomes plus volunteers 
living off guaranteed govern
-ment financial support.
 
“Everyone on the committee is in employment and
 some of us are on very good salaries. So, should 
we not be contributing if we need to, that would 
be public spirited and in the spirit of what we
are 
doing,” Pollock fretted. “The public are
very hard
 pressed at the moment and I
don’t feel at all 
comfortable
crowdfunding.”
 
David King attempted to reassure Pollock that any 
sums received would not be used to enrich iSAGE
 members, but to instead cover invoices to the 
PR firm, Firstlight. Remuneration for 
“professional expertise” would be
 solicited elsewhere, he promised.
 
Cadwalladr also weighed in, remarking that Pollock
 “won’t be aware.. of the behind-the-scenes work 
that has been involved... in getting the project 
this far,” including “the unavoidable expense
 involved particularly in handling the media.” 
What services those costs would have 
covered in the midst of a national 
lockdown remains unclear.
 
That June, The Citizens launched a dedicated 
crowdfunder for iSAGE which raised £60,000. 
An accompanying blurb was vague on how 
donations would be spent, merely stating 
it would help the organisation yo “keep 
following the science.” No mention 
was made.. of bankrolling a wide-
ranging media blitz, courtesy of 
the son of iSAGE’s founder.
 
The Citizens rakes in donations from
 regime change cut-out Omidyar
 
The decision by iSage to launch a fundraising
 campaign, while the British public suffered 
widespread unemployment, hardship, and 
financial uncertainty – and despite wholly 
reasonable & legitimate internal dissent 
is rendered all the more perverse, given 
The Citizens has received hundreds of
 thousands of dollars from Luminate.
 
As Grayzone editor Max Blumenthal documented in 
an investigation with Alex Rubinstein, Luminate is 
an integral component of intelligence-linked US
 oligarch, Pierre Omidyar’s global propaganda 
and regime change network.
 
The 2018-2022 strategic plan of @Pierre Omidyar’s
 @luminategroup lists “counter[ing]” Russia and 
China & “provid[ing] critical support” to groups
 in “countries in transition” as top priorities.
 
That’s code for supplementing US regime 
change operations. https://t.co/
AXFBhAduCR pic.twitter.com/
gwPmC9da2s
 
— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal)
 September 9, 2020
 
In 2020, Luminate gifted The Citizens $150,000 to
 develop the “Real Facebook Oversight Board”,
 and $300,000 ostensibly to produce “impact 
journalism to hold government and big tech
 to account.” Cadwalladr also claims... the 
CIA-connected Ford Foundation provided
 some support, although no record of the 
donation is recorded on the 
Foundation’s website.
 
A 2016 report on Omidyar Network activities in West
 Africa underlines how the billionaire’s media assets
 are used to further his commercial interests. One
 passage refers to “converting passive readers to
 active citizens” by sponsoring the publication of 
“politically opportunistic” content, in order to
 “motivate citizens and government to act.” 
The report went on to cite “recent, major 
successes” the billionaire’s network had
 enjoyed in Nigeria, where Omidyar 
effectively owns the local 
tech sector.
 
“With the spectre of potential citizen mobilization
 looming in politicians’ minds, media outlets also 
have the potential to elicit government response
 directly,” the report boasted. “In some cases…
government was motivated to act in order to
 prevent citizen action [emphasis added], 
instead of in response to it.”
 
Between March and July 2020, Omidyar’s personal
 wealth grew by $9 billion, in no small part due to
 the “Covid-proof” business interests he had 
fostered around the globe. These included 
expansive investments in ed-tech, digital 
health & online content, which became
 major growth industries.... due to 
lockdown policies.
 
By contrast, it’s difficult to identify how The Citizens
 put its lavish Luminate grants to work. Omidyar was
 clearly happy with the results, however, giving the
 organisation another $300,000 in 2021.
 
Today, the Real Facebook Oversight Board consists 
of an infrequently updated Medium blog with 225 
followers. There is no sign either of any “impact
 journalism” from The Citizens, save for a long-
dormant Substack, and legal action against 
the British government ...over its purported 
failure to investigate Russian interference 
in elections.
 
Despite their lavish Omidyar financing, Cadwalladr’s
 group again turned to crowdfunding for that effort, 
raising tens of thousands from the public before 
its legal push was thrown out by a High Court 
judge as the case was “inarguable.”
 
Discredited former MI6 agent Christopher
S
teele advises iSAGE
 
The Citizens’ website, which has been ''in construction”
 for most of its existence, once featured a dedicated
 profile of disgraced former MI6 spy and former FBI
 contractor Christopher Steele. And The Citizens
 founder Cadwalladr --- has been a fervent fan of
the
 intelligence huckster, lionizing him despite 
his ‘Trump-Russia’ dossier having been
 comprehensively exposed as a fraud - 
compiled with rumours and tall tales
 fed to him by a single dubious 
source --- for cash.
 
Orbis Director Christopher Steele.... moderated a 
fascinating panel discussion following a special
 screening of #TheGreatHack hosted by
 @liviafirth and @firthcom. Thank you to 
@carolecadwalla, @edwardlucas and 
Mike Lerner @roastbeeftv for your 
participation. pic.twitter.com/
ZQ49ZzG1rU
 
— Orbis Business Intelligence 
(@OrbisBIOfficial) January 
7th, 2020
 
In email exchanges with The Grayzone, Zack King,
 the PR agent and son of iSAGE’s founder, initially 
contended The Citizens “drew on a wide and 
diverse collection of unpaid advisors before 
it launched.” Christopher Steele was among
 them, though according to King, he “never
 played any active or other role” in The 
Citizens or iSAGE.
 
Requests for details on the services Steele provided
 for The Citizens before its public inauguration were
 ignored. When asked why the group’s website
 featured his profile... if he was no longer 
involved in any capacity,  King revealed
 Steele was actually part of “a network 
of pro-bono advisors we can call upon 
as needed.” He therefore implied
the 
former spook could provide 
indeterminate support at any
time, to The Citizens, 
and perhaps iSage,
 as well.
 
Steele’s intimate but mysterious involvement with an
 influential outfit that shaped government policy and 
public perceptions on COVID-19 is troubling, given 
the power grab --- that British security and 
intelligence services carried out, under 
cover of pandemic prevention.
 
Britain’s security state merges with the public 
health sector under cover of tracking Covid
 
In May 2020, the same month iSAGE was launched, 
London rolled out an initiative called the Joint 
Biosecurity Centre (JBC). The JBC... was 
advertised as a state-of-the-art system 
providing “evidence-based, objective 
analysis to inform local and national 
decision-making in response to 
COVID19 outbreaks.”
 
 Purportedly tracking the virus’ spread, in real-time, its 
coronavirus “alert level” was directly modeled on the
 Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre’s “traffic light” 
system, established in 2003.
 
JBC was first led by Tom Hurd, a veteran intelligence
 official who months earlier had been put forward as
 the likely next MI6 chief. Hurd... soon returned to 
running counter-terrorism for the Home Office, 
however, and was replaced by senior GCHQ
 operative Clare Gardiner. Her appointment 
reportedly came at the behest of Cabinet 
Secretary Simon Case, GCHQ’s former 
Director of Strategy.
 
At the time, concerns were rising... about the growing
 role of intelligence service personnel --- in managing 
the pandemic - particularly given their abject failure
 to sound any alarm on COVID-19 before it circulated 
among the general public. But any resistance to the
 integration of the security state with the public 
health sector -- was comprehensively shunted 
aside, when the British government replaced 
Public Health England, with the Health 
Security Agency, of which, the JBC 
became a subdivision.
 
Despite the body’s enormous and constantly
 expanding power, the opaque JBC, has 
entirely eluded scrutiny from British 
media since its launch. 
 
Its membership, the minutes of its meetings, data,
 analysis, and arguments, all remain a secret,
while it maintains the power -- to impose 
restrictions if not outright lockdowns
 -- without explanation or warning 
at any time.
 
In October 2020, as Britain edged towards a second
 national shutdown, parliamentarians demanded the
 publication of JBC’s deliberations, evidence 
sources, and key personnel be published. 

On each point -- they were shut down by 
the government. In justifying its refusal 
to disclose members’ identities, 
Downing Street... claimed the 
Centre is “largely staffed by
 civil servants,” meaning it 
was “not appropriate” to
 name them.
 
Given that the veteran GCHQ spy Clare Gardiner was
 merely referred to as a “senior civil servant”.. in an
 official press release announcing her appointment
 to lead JBC, the question must be asked: is the 
centre “largely staffed” by intelligence 
operatives?
 
Gardiner left her post in mid-June 2021 without any
 official announcement, and the position has been
 vacant ever since. At least, no replacement has
 been publicly mentioned, and no one has asked 
officials for clarity.   Given the enormous clout 
exerted by the body to this day it's staggering 
that not one single journalist or campaigner 
...has demanded answers.
 
Indeed, contrary to their professed, principled
 commitment to scientific transparency, and 
their initial calls to break the wall of official 
silence surrounding the British government’s
 scientific advisory group’s composition, and
 thinking, iSAGE and The Citizens have made
 no attempt to pressure the government to 
release any information on the JBC or 
Health Security Agency.
 
As we will see in further installments in this
 investigation, leaked emails absolutely 
debunk the stated commitment by 
iSAGE and The Citizens to 
“following the science.”
 
thegrayzone.com
 
The views of individual contributors do not 
necessarily represent those of the 
Strategic Culture Foundation.
 
[or Rhondda Records]
 
Murky, eh? What 
....do YOU think?
 
 
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Raids at Kiev-Pechersk Lavra 
point to Kiev regime’s moral 
degradation — HRC
November 22nd, 5:47pm (TASS)
 
Conducting raids at Kiev-Pechersk Lavra monastery,
indicates a complete moral degradation of the Kiev
regime, according to the head of the permanent
committee on international cooperation in the 
sphere of human rights of the Presidential 
Council for the Development of Civil 
Society and Human Rights, 
Kirill Vyshinsky.
 
"The image of the Lavra as a pillar of spirituality.. has
 always been a beacon for people during the hardest 
times. And when it is being brazenly dragged into
 politics, and pummeled with absurd accusations, 
this testifies to a complete moral degradation of 
the Kiev regime. It is clear that the SBU would
not have dared to do so without a 
presidential order," he said, as 
quoted by the HRC press 
service on Tuesday.
 
Vyshinsky added that Ukrainian nationalists have
 always wanted to take possession of the Kiev-
Pechersk Lavra. According to him, slogans to 
take over the oldest monastery were voiced 
during the Maidan events in 2004 and 2014.
 
"Yet I will reiterate that there have always been the
 devout who defended the Lavra from adversaries.
 I hope to God, there will be some now as well," 
he added.
 
Earlier, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), 
confirmed it was conducting searches at the 
Kiev-Pechersk Lavra; explaining them by the 
need to protect residents from provocations 
and terror attacks. On November 13th, the 
SBU opened a criminal case over chants 
about Russia being performed at one of
the churches of the Kiev-Pechersk 
Lavra of the Ukrainian Orthodox 
Church. 
 
The SBU also reported that its members were 
inspecting the premises of two Ukrainian 
Orthodox monasteries, in Rovno region.


What do you think?
Moral degredation
or much ado...?


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The West is preparing 
an invasion of Belarus
November 20th, 9:19am
https://en.news-front.info/
 
Svetlana Tikhanovskaya publicly declares that her 
victory in the presidential election in Belarus, was
stolen by Alexander Lukashenko & Vladimir Putin.
 
Authorities have been talking about possible foreign
 invasion of Belarus since 2020. Today, the threat of
 intervention has begun to take real shape. A not
 inconsiderable role is being played here by the
 fugitive Belarusian opposition.
 
By now, it is not only about the incessant military
 exercises of the NATO countries near the borders 
of Belarus and Russia. Poland --- and the Baltic 
states have already started to form a bridge-
head for a future intervention. 
 
This is evidenced... by the modernization of Polish and
Baltic airfields, the reconstruction of training centres 
and firing ranges, and the increases in the number of 
armed forces stationed near the Belarusian border. 
 
Poland is planning to increase its army to 300 000 men
 and arm it with 1 500 modern tanks and BMPs, 1 200
 mobile artillery units and several thousands of light 
armoured vehicles. Tanks, helicopters and HIMARS 
are to be bought from the United States, and 
howitzers and artillery rockets from 
South Korea.
 
 It is planned to expand the presence of US troops on 
the borders of Poland with Belarus, primarily the 
101st Airborne Division, which can become 
the strike fist of the invasion.
 
However, it is impossible to organise an intervention 
without a political and ideological justification. This 
is what a runaway Belarusian opposition... is
 needed for.
 
First, we are talking about Svetlana Tikhanovskaya
 and her entourage. Over the last month the fugitive
 opposition activist made several trips to European
 countries where she was welcomed on an official
 level. In early November, Tikhanovskaya went to
 Strasbourg for the first meeting of the contact 
group of the Belarusian opposition and the 
Council of Europe (CoE). 
 
After that, she was welcomed in Iceland, which now
 chairs the Council of Europe and will preside over 
the Nordic Council from 2023. In Reykjavik, 
Tihanovska was met by the Prime Minister, 
the head of the Foreign Ministry and 
members of parliament. The hosts 
heard from the guest a request for 
assistance in raising her inter-
national status. 
 
In particular, she suggested initiating “the launch of
 projects to support civil society & prepare reforms
 within the framework of the Contact Group under 
the Council of Europe”, inviting “representatives 
of Belarusian political organizations and parties 
to PACE as observers”, “to initiate an 
investigation of the Lukashenko 
regime crimes in international 
institutions in one of three 
areas: crimes against 
humanity, aiding... to 
military aggression, 
migration crisis”.
 
On 14 November, Tikhanovska spoke to the EU foreign
 ministers on the sidelines of a meeting of the Council 
of the European Union for Foreign Affairs. There she
 demanded to “put Belarus back on the agenda”, 
“institutionalise relations with democratic forces
 in the European Parliament following the 
example of the Council of Europe”, and 
“support Belarusian activists, 
volunteers and volunteers
 in Ukraine”. 
 
Two days later, Tikhanovska could be 
seen in Prague, where she met with 
representatives of the 
Czech parliament.
 
The crowning feature of Tikhanovska’s ideological
 work was her article in Politico “I am the elected
 president of Belarus, and together we will win”. 
In it Tihanovskaya proclaimed herself 
“president”, claiming that her victory 
had been stolen ---- by Alexander 
Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin.
 
She accused the Russian president of sending
 “propagandists to Belarus and preparing 
forces for an invasion”, securing from 
the Belarusian leader “support for 
armed aggression against 
Ukraine”.
 
The purpose of Tikhanovska’s surge is to justify a
 Western invasion of Belarus. The rhetoric of the
 Belarusian opposition has increasingly referred 
to the “occupation” of the republic by Russia 
and the need for Western support for the 
“national liberation movement”. 
 
Representatives of the Kiev regime have already
 addressed international institutions with a 
proposal to declare Belarus an “occupied”
 territory. All this resonates in the EU. 
 
Thus, at the beginning of November, a member of the
 Polish Sejm Pawel Kowal stated that Brussels and 
Washington should “recognize Tihanowska as the
 president of Belarus, recognize her government, 
recognize them as members of the anti-Putin 
coalition”, unless Lukashenko refuses to 
support Russia.
 
In parallel, work is underway to destabilise the
 situation in the republic -- under the Peramoha 
(Victory) plan. According to Franak Viachorko, 
advisor to Tihanova, “guerrillas” are already 
operating in Belarus and the plan itself has
 been restructured - “to fight the Russian
 occupiers”. According to him, there is 
a large “underground” in the republic, 
structures are being prepared and 
“at the right moment”, will be 
mobilized for a coup, and 
tens of thousands... of 
“volunteers”, transmit
information about the 
movement of the 
Belarusian and 
Russian military.
 
According to Sergei Terebov, first deputy chairman 
of the Belarusian State Security Committee, the
 opposition ''has one goal: to delegitimize the 
incumbent authorities and justify terrorist 
acts and sabotage.'' 
 
Among the main activities of Lukashenko’s opponents
 in the coming winter, the KGB calls the work in the
 ''student and teaching environment.'' It is known
 that the administrations of some Telegram 
channels set tasks to their subscribers
 ''to equip hiding places... for tools, 
construction, and other special
 equipment, that can be used
 in riots and for subversive 
purposes.'' 
 
Meanwhile, the fugitive opposition, which previously 
denied any such allegations, is now making no 
secret of the fact that it is preparing the 
ground for an armed coup.
 
According to the “joint transition office” of
 Tikhanovska, their nearest plans include 
“the establishment of cooperation with
 the units of the Belarusian volunteers 
in Ukraine,” “raising the capacity of 
power units to the level necessary
 to perform key tasks”  --- and ''the 
establishment of stable working 
relations, with the Ukrainian 
state authorities --- with the 
aim of jointly counteracting 
the Russian aggression and 
de-occupation of Belarus.''
 
The main intention is to create a situation in the
 country that would allow the West to declare 
the need for a “peacekeeping” or “de-
occupation” mission in the republic. 
 
Groups of trained fighters, such as the “Kastus
 Kalinovsky regiment”, will be used as the first 
wave to cover a full-scale invasion of Belarus.
 
 Minsk cannot fail to understand this. This means 
that the Belarusian authorities will strengthen 
their control over the situation as soon as 
possible, and the regional grouping of the
 Union State forces will be increased and
 re-equipped with modern weapons.
 
Igor Novitsky, FSC


Scaremongering?
Yellow journalism?
 
Or a warning to stop.
What do you think?
 
 
___________________________________


 
Borrell’s ideas instilled inside EU
provoking Europe’s prolonged 
split — Russian diplomat
November 19th, 10am (TASS)
 
The ideas that EU top diplomat Josep Borrell
disseminates among member states of the
European Union show no sign of the bloc’s
strategic vision on the Russian track and 
provoke a new prolonged split in Europe, 
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman 
Maria Zakharova said in a commentary 
on Saturday.
 
"Unfortunately, the ideas that EU top diplomat Borrell 
spreads among member states of the European 
Union do not contain, as before, any hint at the
EU’s strategic vision on the Russian track and 
only provoke Europe’s new prolonged split.'' 
 
''They offer no recipes for resolving accumulated
problems, as if Russia and the European Union 
as geographical and civilizational neighbours 
can get away from each other," the diplomat 
said, commenting on Borrell’s six-point 
proposals on the EU’s common 
approaches to relations with 
Russia... amid the 
Ukraine crisis.
 
Hence the conclusion: that the goal of the current
EU leaders, is to be quick to give a reasonable
explanation to the attempts at bringing the 
relations with Russia to the state of 
political confrontation, depriving 
them of their common history 
and their economic base, 
Zakharova pointed out.
 
"There can be seen the desire... to limit the
opportunities for future politicians to find 
a way out of this profound crisis. Beyond 
any doubt --- most of European society 
shows the need for quite the opposite
 in the current conditions," the 
spokeswoman said.
 
Borrell - apparently - does not abandon the desire: 
to write his name into world and European history 
with dubious initiatives, the diplomat pointed out.
 
"However, the Spaniard has, so far, distinguished
himself ---- as the EU’s most confrontational high-
level official for all time who will be remembered 
for his belligerent calls for ‘the war must be won 
on the battlefield’ and racist pronouncements 
about the ‘European garden’ and ‘the jungle’ 
besetting Europeans," the spokes-
woman recalled.
 
It is still early to talk about the results of the
discussions within the EU on the bloc’s 
relations with Russia --- as these 
discussions continue --- but 
Moscow has no illusions 
on this score ------ the 
diplomat stressed.
 
Six-point proposal
 
Commenting on the essence of Borrell’s six-point proposal,
the Russian diplomat said this was 
evidence that the
Ukraine problem with the 
2014 state coup inspired
by the West --- had 
been artificially created as an
ideological 
cover-up for the political, economic, 
technological and humanitarian containment
of Russia 
to ensure the West’s hegemony
in Europe 
and the world as a whole.
 
"This is why, there is not a word in J. Borrell’s
proposals on settling the Ukraine crisis 
through negotiations and, generally, 
on ensuring security in Europe,"
 Zakharova pointed out.
 
Brussels has staked on "destabilizing" the internal
political situation in Russia, cleansing the EU’s 
information space from alternative viewpoints,
securing the Western Balkans as the sphere 
of the EU’s influence, transferring rivalry 
with Moscow to the post-Soviet space, 
imposing West-centric "rules" and 
"isolating" Russia, the diplomat
 pointed out.
 
"The latter...   is the obsessive idea, that has become a
real goal in itself for the EU - a futile intent that bears 
solely costs for European Union countries and their
citizens ---- who have to pay for their politicians’ 
strategic blunders from their own pocket,"
 Zakharova added.
 
"Indicatively most world capitals are unready to follow
the EU’s Brussels - which, by its mediaeval logic -
returns the world.. to the time of the split, high 
walls and besieged fortresses. Using present 
day terminology, it can be said that the EU 
leadership that has - apparently - been 
infected by some abnormal political 
virus... has decided to self-isolate 
from Russia," the spokeswoman 
went on to say.
 
Moscow believes that the practical relevance of
the results of intra-EU discussions will largely 
depend on accepting new realities.. "on the 
ground" and the awareness of the need to 
build security on the common European 
continent together with Russia, as the 
option that has no alternative, the 
ability of European capitals.. to 
protect --- relying on their own 
sovereignty --- the interests of 
their citizens...  and the EU as 
a whole, "without turning into 
the secondary instrument of 
the geopolitical expansion 
of the United States and 
NATO," the Russian
diplomat stressed.
 
 
What do you think?
 
If Russia is strong
and good, why are
we being told that
it's evil and weak?



____________________________________________



The U.S. has started talking about
 rights to some Russian territories
November the 11th, 10:11am
https://en.news-front.info/
 
The US has recalled its claims to part of Chukotka, 
Yakutia and Kamchatka. However, these claims 
show that the Russian-American convention on
the cession of Alaska was invalidated in 1881.
 
The Wall Street Journal in New York has published
another provocative piece. It urged the Biden
administration to “return” the Wrangel and 
Herald islands, which supposedly, since 
1881 “belong” to the United States, 
and since 1924 are “held” 
by Russia.
 
Note: The Wall Street Journal is a “business”
publication that specializes in information
provocations. The purpose of these 
provocations is to attract attention 
and engage in discussion. 
 
Therefore, there is no point 
in parsing the publication.
 
Another thing ---- our citizens 
should remember some facts.
 
Wrangel Island is a large island in the Arctic Ocean, 
named after the 19th century Russian navigator
 Ferdinand Petrovich Wrangel. It is located 
north of the coast of Chukotka and is 
administratively part of the Chukchi 
Autonomous District of Russia. To 
the east, the tiny Russian island 
of Geralda adjoins it.
 
The existence of Wrangel Island was known to 
Russian navigators long before there was a US
of A. It was first mapped by Russian explorer,
 Ivan Lvov. This happened no later than 1707. 
 
Later, Mikhail Lomonosov recorded the island’s name, 
Doubtful, on a map. The first documented description 
of Doubtful was left by “geodesy sergeant” Stepan
 Andreev. In 1764, he observed it from a distance 
of 20 versts. Andreev called the island the Land 
of Tykegen. According to the ‘Siberian Herald’ 
of 1823, even at that time the land of Tikene 
had a permanent population of Russians 
and ‘natives’.
 
At that time, the internationally recognised eastern
 borders of the Russian Empire extended to the
 territory of present-day Canada. Thus, the 
Land of Tikene (Doubtful) was within the 
territorial waters of Russia and 
belonged to it.
 
In 1867 the Russian Empire signed a convention with
the US, ceding Alaska. Russian America was ceded 
to the States. According to the convention, the new
 state border between the two countries was drawn 
on the middle line between Ratmanov and 
Krusenstern islands.
 
Both were situated opposite each other in the Bering
Strait: one east of Chukotka, the other, west of 
Alaska. To the north, the boundary was drawn 
from the midpoint between Ratmanov and
Kruzenshtern islands in a straight line to
the North Pole. Thus the Wrangel and
Herald Islands, remained under 
Russian jurisdiction.
 
However, as early as 1881, the States broke this
 agreement. An expedition of the American 
explorer George De Long landed on 
Henrietta Island and declared it, 
as well as neighbouring Bennett, 
as US territory. The Americans 
planted their flag on Henrietta. 
 
Both islands are west of Wrangel Island. They are
 located north of the coast of Yakutia and are 
part of the Novosibirsk group of islands, 
which are now administratively part of 
the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).
 
Soon the De Long expedition suffered a catastrophe.
 It was then rescued by the American steam cutter 
Thomas Corwin. Passing by the Wrangel and 
Herald Islands, Captain Calvin Hooper 
landed a search party. But instead of
 searching for traces of De Long’s 
stay, the Americans declared the
 islands… US territory.
 
 Hooper’s subordinates did not search for any more 
of their compatriots. The members of De Long’s
expedition... died of hunger and cold. Their 
remains were later found by the Russians 
and handed over to the States.
 
The violations of the 1867 convention 
did not stop there.
 
In 1921, at the height of the Russian Civil War, 
an expedition by anthropologist Wiljalmur 
Stefansson landed on Wrangel Island. 
 
The US citizen raised Canadian and British 
flags before declaring the local territory 
the possession of the United Kingdom. 
 
At the same time, reindeer herder Carl Loman 
landed on neighbouring Herald Island and 
declared the local territory “possession 
of the United States”. The invaders 
were not expelled until 1924, when 
the gunboat “Krasny Oktyabr” 
arrived on the islands and 
planted the Soviet
 flag there.
 
In order to prevent new provocations once and for 
all the Soviet government in 1926 officially 
reminded all countries of its jurisdiction 
over Wrangel and Herald islands.
 
It should be added that after the collapse of the USSR, 
the US again violated the 1867 convention. In the 
1990s, the parliaments of the states of Alaska 
and California demanded that the U.S. 
government “return” Wrangel, Herald, 
Bennett, Henrietta and Medny from 
the Commander Islands... 
(Kamchatka) to the US. 
 
All these territories, according to the 1867 
convention, were under Russian jurisdiction. 
 
Now the Americans have completely lost their way. 
They have gone so far as to make fun of those who
 have exercised their will. In particular, they refer 
to the fact that they deceived Mikhail Gorbachev 
when they were discussing the Beringia project. 
 
The Beringia Project is a project to create an
 international biosphere park comprising the 
Seward Peninsula (Alaska, USA), the Bering 
Strait and Chukotka, together with Wrangel 
and Herald Islands. The initiative was 
proposed in 1990 by George Bush Sr. 
and Mikhail Gorbachev. 
 
The project provided for the creation of a demilitarized 
zone on the territory of Chukotka and its adjacent 
islands. The “park” was to be managed jointly. 
That is why even at the time when Beringia 
was being discussed, in the USSR, there 
were fears that under the guise of 
creating a “park”, the US wanted 
to establish a Russian-American 
condominium over Chukotka. 
 
At the time, the US government gave “guarantees” 
of the inviolability of Russian borders. Now the 
Wall Street Journal says that at the time the
“guarantees” were given, reservations 
were made ------ that render the 
“guarantees” meaningless.
 
It is yet another lesson for those who expect ever 
to negotiate with the West. Any agreement with
 the West is not worth the paper it is signed on.
The Anglo-Saxons understand only one 
language – the language of force.
 
One last thing. The Frontier Clause was an integral 
part of the Russian-American Convention on the
 Cession of Alaska. It was violated in 1881. 
 
Since then, the 1867 convention
 has been null and void.
 
Yuri Gorodnenko, RenTV
 
 
Wow... so... at one time,
Russia owned Canada!
 
Do you know better?
 
 
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Berlin Goes to Beijing: 
The Real Deal
by Pepe Escobar
November 4th, 2022
(Strategic Culture Foundation)
 
The Scholz caravan went to Beijing to lay down the
preparatory steps...  for working out a peace deal 
with Russia, with China as privileged messenger.
 
With his inimitable flair for economic analysis steeped
 in historical depth, Professor Michael Hudson’s latest 
essay, originally written for a German audience,
 presents a stunning parallel, between the 
Crusades and the current “rules-based
 international order” imposed by 
the Hegemon.
 
Professor Hudson details how the Papacy in Rome 
managed to lock up unipolar control over secular
 realms (rings a bell?) when the game was all 
about Papal precedence over kings, above 
all the German Holy Roman Emperors. 

As we know, half in jest, the Empire 
was not exactly Holy, nor German 
(perhaps a little Roman), and not 
even an Empire.
 
A clause in the Papal Dictates provided the Pope with
 the authority to excommunicate whomever was “not
 at peace with the Roman Church.” Hudson sharply
 notes, how US sanctions are the modern 
equivalent of excommunication.
 
Arguably there are Top Two 
dates in the whole process.
 
The first one would be the Third Ecumenical Council
 of 435: this is when only Rome (italics mine) was
 attributed universal authority (italics mine). 

Alexandria and Antioch, for instance, were 
limited to regional authority within the 
Roman Empire.
 
The other top date is 1054 – when Rome and
 Constantinople split for good. That is, the 
Roman Catholic Church split from 
Orthodoxy, which leads us to 
Russia, and Moscow as The 
Third Rome ------ and the 
centuries-old animosity 
of “the West” against 
Russia.
 
A State of Martial Law
 
Professor Hudson then delves on the trip by “Liver
 Sausage” Chancellor Scholz’s delegation to China 
this week to “demand that it dismantle its public
 sector and stops subsidizing its economy, or 
else Germany and Europe will impose 
sanctions on trade with China.”
 
Well, in fact this happens to be just childish wishful
 thinking -- expressed by the German Council on 
Foreign Relations in a piece published on the 
Financial Times (the Japanese-owned 
platform in the City of London).
 
 The Council, as correctly described by Hudson,
 is “the neoliberal ‘libertarian’ arm of NATO: 
demanding German de-industrialization 
and dependency” on the US.
 
So the FT -- predictably -- is 
printing NATO wet dreams.
 
Context is essential. German Federal President
 Frank-Walter Steinmeier, in a keynote speech 
at Bellevue Castle, has all but admitted that
 Berlin is broke: “An era of headwinds is 
beginning for Germany – difficult, 
difficult years are coming for us. 
Germany... is in the deepest 
crisis since reunification.”
 
Yet schizophrenia, once again, reigns supreme, 
as Steinmeier, after a ridiculous stunt in Kiev
– 
complete with posing as a unwitting actor 
huddled in a bunker – announced an 
extra handout: two more MARS 
multiple rocket launchers and 
four ''Panzerhaubitze 2000'' 
howitzers to be delivered 
to the Ukrainians.
 
So even if the “world” economy – actually the EU – is 
so fragilized that member-states cannot help Kiev
 anymore without harming their own populations, 
and the EU is on the verge of a catastrophic 
energy crisis, fighting for “our values” in 
Country 404 ---- trumps it all.
 
The Big Picture context, is also key. Andrea Zhok,
 Professor of Ethical Philosophy at the University 
of Milan, has taken Giorgio Agamben’s “State
of
 Exception” concept to new heights.
 
Zhok proposes that the zombified collective West is
 now... completely subjugated to a “State of Martial
 Law” – where a Forever War ethos is the ultimate
 priority for rarified global elites.
 
Every other variable – from trans-humanism to
 depopulation -- and even cancel culture -- is
 subordinated to the State of Martial Law, 
and is basically inessential. The only 
thing that matters, is exercising 
absolute, raw control.
 
Berlin – Moscow – Beijing
 
Solid German business sources completely contradict
 the “message” delivered by the German Council on
 Foreign Relations on the trip to China.
 
According to these sources, the Scholz caravan went
 to Beijing --- to essentially lay down the preparatory
 steps for working out a peace deal with Russia, 
with China as privileged messenger.
 
This is – literally – as explosive, geopolitically and
 geoeconomically, as it gets. As I pointed out in
one of my previous columns, Berlin and 
Moscow were keeping a secret 
communication back channel
 – via business interlocutors – 
right to the minute the usual 
suspects, in desperation, 
decided to blow up the 
Nord Streams.
 
Cue to the now notorious SMS from Liz Truss’s 
iPhone to Little Tony Blinken, one minute 
after the explosions: “It’s done.”
 
There’s more: the Scholz caravan may be trying to
start a long and convoluted process of eventually
 replacing the US with China, as a key ally. One 
should never forget that the top BRI trade/
connectivity terminal in the EU, is 
Germany (the Ruhr valley).
 
According to one of the sources, “if this effort is
 successful, then Germany, China and Russia, 
can ally themselves together and drive the 
US out of Europe.”
 
Another source provided the cherry on the cake: “Olaf
 Scholz is being accompanied on this trip, by German
 industrialists who actually control Germany and are
 not going to sit back...... watching themselves 
being destroyed.”
 
Moscow knows very well what the imperial aim is
when it comes to the EU.... reduced to the role of 
totally dominated - and deindustrialized - vassal,
exercising zero sovereignty. The back channels, 
after all, are not lying in tatters on the bottom
of 
the Baltic Sea. Additionally, China has not 
provided any hint... that its massive trade 
with Germany and the EU, is about 
to vanish.
 
Scholz himself, one day before his caravan hit Beijing,
 stressed to Chinese media --- that Germany has no
 intention of decoupling from China, and there’s
 nothing to justify “the calls by some
to
 isolate China.”
 
In parallel, Xi Jinping and the new Politburo are very
 much aware of the Kremlin position, reiterated 
again and again: we always.. remain open for
 negotiations.. as long as Washington finally
decides to talk about the end of unlimited 
NATO expansion.... drenched 
in Russophobia.
 
So, to negotiate, means the Empire signing on the
 dotted line of the document it has received from
 Moscow on December 1st, 2021, focused on
 “indivisibility of security”. Otherwise,
there’s nothing to negotiate.
 
And when we have Pentagon lobbyist Lloyd
 “Raytheon” Austin advising the Ukrainians 
on the record to advance on Kherson, it’s 
even more crystal clear - there’s nothing 
to negotiate.
 
So could this all be the foundation stone of 
the Berlin-Moscow-Beijing trans-Eurasia
 geopolitical/geoeconomic corridor? 
That will mean Bye Bye Empire. 
 
Once again: it ain’t over - till the 
fat lady goes Gotterdammerung.


What about that, then!
Stranger things have
occurred - what do
YOU think?
 

________________________________________


 
US rapidly losing 
supporters in 
Islamic world
October 18th, 8:28am
https://en.news-front.info/
 
Just last Monday, Joe Biden signed a new US National 
Security Strategy in which he named Russia and 
China as major threats to which America will 
respond, by strengthening its alliances and 
partnerships around the world. And after 
just two days, the US president has 
made notable progress on this 
important issue.
 
Speaking in California at a meeting with local
 Democratic Party activists, Biden said he 
had spent more than 225 hours in direct 
consultation with leaders of other NATO 
allies and EU members. So much effort 
had to be expended, he said, “just to 
keep the coalition of countries 
together” on issues of support 
for Ukraine.
 
 Clearly --- rallying against the “Russian threat” requires a 
lot of effort -- the cost to Europe (and not just financially)
 of breaking with Russia is too high. It has to be stressed
all the time that the Russians are
 threatening everyone
with a nuclear bomb --- 
exacerbating already
growing tensions. 
 
Biden has been talking recently about Putin’s possible
 use of nuclear weapons, while there are persistent
 bogeymen.. about Iran’s nuclear programme (the 
deal to control it is now off the table) ...and the 
DPRK is expected to resume its nuclear tests.
 
 More generally, the prospect of a nuclear threat never 
left Biden in California – and he blurted out, “I think
 that Pakistan may be one of the most dangerous
 nations in the world. Nuclear weapons 
without any cohesion.”
 
The phrase itself was a political nuclear explosion: the
 head of a superpower declaring that the world’s fifth
 most populous and sixth most nuclear-capable 
country poses a threat to peace! Moreover, 
Pakistan is the only Muslim country that 
possesses nuclear weapons, and other 
Islamic countries treat Pakistan’s 
nuclear bomb as an Islamic 
patrimony. 
 
While Pakistan’s very emergence of nuclear weapons
 was a response to India’s related programme. In the
 1960s, before the bomb was made, Zulfikar Bhutto 
stated it was wrong that Christians, Buddhists, 
Jews and soon to be Hindus had atomic 
weapons, while Muslims did not have 
them. As a result, by the end of the 
twentieth century, Pakistan gained
 its own nuclear weapons, despite 
all the displeasure from the West.
 
 And now the US is calling it one of the most dangerous 
countries in the world – that is, putting it on a par with
 “terrible” Russia and hostile North Korea?
 
Islamabad was, to put it mildly, very surprised by the 
American president’s words – Prime Minister 
Shehbaz Sharif said his country was a 
“responsible nuclear state”:
 
“We are proud that our nuclear assets have the best
 safeguards as required by the IAEA. We take these
 safeguards seriously. Let there be no one in any 
doubt about this.
 
The US ambassador was summoned to the Foreign
 Ministry, where he was formally protested to, and
 Washington immediately tried to keep things quiet.
 
 “The US is confident in Pakistan’s resolve to protect 
nuclear assets,” the State Department said... and 
Biden’s spokeswoman said the president “views 
a safe and prosperous Pakistan as critical to 
US interests.”
 
Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari (grandson of
 Bhutto, the man behind the nuclear project) said, 
“Let`s consider this a misunderstanding arising 
from a misunderstanding of our regional 
problems,” but the residual effect was 
devastating.
 
Yes, Pakistan’s situation is not only complicated
 externally, but also internally – especially in the
 last 6 months, after Prime Minister Imran Khan 
was ousted. Who has bluntly accused the US 
of both plotting against him and seeking to 
subjugate Pakistan – and is now fighting 
to regain power by demanding snap 
elections. Either way, Imran Khan 
has a good chance of returning
 to power --- sooner or later.
 
But inter-clan and political infighting is commonplace
 in Pakistan, and this in itself could not justify such
 an alarmist statement by Biden. The more so 
because only the day before General Qamar 
Bajwa, the strongest man in the Islamic 
Republic and the head of the army that 
controls not only nuclear weapons but 
also the state itself (Pakistan’s army 
has a key influence on power and 
political processes), had been 
received in Washington.
 
What, then, is the reason for Biden’s surprise
 statement? There is no way that one can 
put it down to age-related problems, as 
Biden sometimes forgets and speaks 
out loud about things that are not 
meant for public discourse. It is 
very serious, so there must be 
some clear reason. 
 
And there it is: the United States realises that it 
is losing the Islamic world. Yes, not individual 
countries, but the Islamic world as such. 
This has been evident for a long time, 
but this year the process has come
 to the surface.
 
Problems with Turkey (escalating after the failed coup
 attempt in 2016), tensions with Saudi Arabia (which 
last week escalated to the point of promising
 consequences and intending to review
 relations with it), misunderstandings 
with Pakistan. And these three 
countries are not just ordinary 
Islamic countries; they are 
three key states in the 
Muslim world ------- of a 
billion & a half people. 
 
Turkey is a member of NATO; Saudi Arabia is the leader 
of the Arab world and the richest Islamic country; 
Pakistan is the only nuclear weapon state and 
the second most populous. Although relations
 within the Ankara-Riyadh-Islamabad triangle 
are not always smooth (there is rivalry 
between Erdogan and the Saudis, but 
Pakistan has close ties with both 
countries), the simultaneous 
deterioration of atmosphere 
with all three is absolutely 
disadvantageous to the
Americans. However, 
that is exactly what
 is happening.
 
Not because the “collective Biden” is doing it
 deliberately; they are just nervous to find 
that not only the initiative, but also control
 of the geopolitical game is slipping out of
 their hands. Although they pay lip service 
to the fact that we have rallied the world 
against “aggressive” Russia and are 
ready to fight back against 
revisionist China, in reality 
the situation is exactly
 the opposite.
 
From the start of our special operation, the Islamic
 world refused to side with the West – as did key
 Muslim countries (and Pakistani Prime Minister 
Imran Khan was, by sheer coincidence, in the
 Kremlin just on February 24th). The longer it 
goes on, the more noticeable it has become, 
and the recent OPEC+ decision to cut oil 
production (despite US requests) was 
only confirmation of this.
 
And Pakistan, formerly one of the closest military
 partners of the United States (it was from its 
territory that they waged war against the 
USSR in Afghanistan) -- has been looking 
more and more intently towards Moscow
 in recent years. 
 
The growth of the closest Pakistani-Chinese ties has
 not helped the Americans to maintain their position 
either. The inglorious end of the American 
occupation of Afghanistan strengthened 
the mood in Pakistan for a turn away 
from the Anglo-Saxons.
 
Of course, the US and UK positions in Pakistan are still 
very strong, especially in the same Pakistani army. 
But the generals are well aware of how things are 
changing – not only in the region, but also in the 
world. Now Russia is selling arms to Pakistan 
(as a response to increase of US shipments 
to our main partner India), now Pakistan is
 a member of Russia-China SCO (together
 with India), and the project of building 
Pakistani Stream gas pipeline (going 
from southern ports to the north of
 the country) is getting closer to 
realization. 
 
And the issue of pipelines from Russia via Central Asia 
to Pakistan will be solved sooner or later as soon as
 joint efforts are made to establish peaceful life in
 Afghanistan (and this will require inter alia cutting 
off the possibility for Anglo-Saxons to provoke the 
inner-Afghan contradictions). In other words, 
Pakistan has the most serious arguments in 
favor of rapprochement with Russia, as do 
quite a large part of the Islamic world.
 
Therefore, despite the change of power in Islamabad,
 Putin has met with Pakistani prime ministers three
 times this year: in addition to meeting with Imran 
Khan in Moscow in February, he met with 
Shehbaz Sharif twice in the past month
 (a separate meeting in Samarkand in 
September, and later they 
communicated on the
 sidelines of the 
Astana Summit).
 
 That is, Pakistan’s interest in Russia does not depend
 on domestic politics – and the two nuclear powers 
have common interests and projects.
 
Not to mention the fact that the Americans call both 
of our countries “the most dangerous countries in 
the world”: in the current conditions of global 
transformation it sounds like a compliment 
from the mouth of the US to the rest of the
 world. Because everyone understands 
what they really mean – ‘dangerous to 
the world’ in the American way.
 
Peter Akopov, RIA


What do YOU think?

Kadirov will LOVE it!


__________________________________


 
US scared of armageddon
October 14th, 8:53am
https://en.news-front.info/
 
“Armageddon” is probably the most popular word in the 
Western media space right now. And not only because
 the local media came up with this nickname for 
General Sergei Surovikin, who was recently 
appointed commander of the combined 
group of Russian troops in the zone
of 
a special military operation.
 
The word was uttered last week by US President Joe
 Biden, at a cocktail party with Democratic Party
 donors that the world has never been closer to
 nuclear Armageddon than it has been since 
the Cuban Missile Crisis of the 1960s. And 
since then he has been accused of
 excessive alarmism.
 
Biden has been attacked on all sides --- by Democrats,
 Republicans & even European leaders who normally
 look into the mouth of the US president. Not to 
mention the fact that even French President 
Emmanuel Macron criticized his overseas 
boss for the remark, describing it as 
“political fiction”.
 
The Wall Street Journal, in an editorial, felt that Biden
 had dealt a blow to US interests, with his statement. 
“His comments unnecessarily frightened Americans
 and may have undermined containment policy,” the
 newspaper, usually loyal to Democrats, proclaimed.
 
And The Washington Times accused its president 
of “reviving old fears”. The chief sin of Biden, 
according to the editorial board, was to “give
 the impression.. that the United States is no 
longer a superpower”. If they can’t confront 
a nuclear-armed Russia, then what kind of 
superpower can it be!
 
Obviously, the Republicans are trying especially hard.
 Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Biden’s 
remarks “put the American people at terrible risk”. 
And former US Presidential National Security
 Adviser John Bolton opined that Biden had
 “exaggerated the seriousness of 
the situation”.
 
It should be noted that the American leader did say 
some pretty silly things that day. For example his
 remark about Vladimir Putin: ''He is not joking 
when he talks about possible use of tactical 
nuclear, biological or chemical weapons.''
 
Of course Putin has never threatened anyone with
the use of biological or chemical weapons that 
Russia destroyed long ago. And regarding 
nuclear weapons our president stressed 
that it could only be a response to a 
threat to our country and nothing 
else – this essential point is
 assiduously left out... in
 the West.
 
But the point is that Biden is not being accused of
 outright lying about Putin’s statements – this has
 become commonplace in the Western 
establishment.
 
The White House master is being crucified... for using 
a word “Armageddon” to describe the consequences 
of nuclear war. In particular, for the phrase: “I don`t 
think it`s possible to use tactical nuclear weapons 
and not end up in armageddon”.
 
That is, from the point of view of Biden’s critics, by his
ill-considered statement, he undermines the morale of
Americans and Europeans, who are assured that they
can and must -- defeat Russia. But how can they win, 
with the end of the world around them? So the word
“Armageddon” ..scared the average American. So 
much so, that the White House had to clarify the
words of its chief separately, by saying that no 
new information about Russia’s intention to 
use nuclear weapons, has emerged. 
 
And Biden himself even had to arrange a short
 interview this week for CNN, a faithful servant 
of the common cause of the Democratic Party. 
Judging by the content of the performance, 
which was remembered more for the 
obsequious presentation of a cheat 
sheet that fell out of Biden’s sleeve 
by a flattering journalist, it was a 
special occasion to explain the 
pithy word “Armageddon”.
 
The speech had no other 
informational function.
 
And all the establishment’s beef with Biden ---- was
 expressed in a statement and follow-up question 
by CNN host Jake Tapper: “When people hear 
the word ‘armageddon’ coming out of the 
mouth of the American president, they 
get scared. Don’t you think that by 
doing so our European allies will 
be even more frightened by a 
confrontation with Putin?” 
 
That’s what Biden’s supporters are really outraged
about: that he has inadvertently revealed to the
Western community, the real horrors of a 
nuclear war with Russia. And to do that,
is by no means an option, say all of the
supporters of increased confrontation.
 
This is precisely why Biden was
forced to make excuses for 
predicting nuclear 
armageddon.
 
After all, with just one word, just by assuming there will 
be no winners in a nuclear confrontation between the
 West and Russia, Biden crosses out the years-long
 efforts of anti-Russian propagandists who have 
been painstakingly preparing public opinion...
for 
the possibility of such a confrontation. 
 
One may recall how, at the beginning of the special 
operation, The New York Times - angrily - criticised 
those who warned that NATO’s direct intervention 
in the Ukrainian conflict, could escalate into a 
third world war. In the newspaper’s opinion, 
such a formulation of the issue itself is 
“a manifestation of weakness”.
 
The Western public... has long been persuaded 
that threats of a nuclear war with Russia are 
exaggerated and that the term “nuclear 
winter” is an invention of the KGB, 
which ran a brilliant information 
operation in the 1980s to 
intimidate the West.
 
The result of the lengthy public opinion warfare was
complete silence on direct calls for a pre-emptive
nuclear strike on Russia -- even from the lips of
American legislators, as was the case with 
Senator Roger Walker’s statement.
 
American citizens have been persuaded, that a nuclear 
conflict... will not affect their country at all. The same 
Tapper, questioning Biden, spoke of “Putin’s threat to
 use nuclear weapons in Ukraine” (as if the Russian
 president had ever said or meant it). The White 
House, when attributing the “nuclear threat”
to 
Putin, constantly stresses --- that it is
about war........ 
in Europe. 
 
That -- is why the Americans so calmly and benignly 
discuss how they will bomb Russia in case it uses 
tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine. The only 
question they have, is whether to first nuke 
the desolate Russian Arctic and Siberia or 
to immediately bomb the Black Sea Fleet, 
as the adventurous General Ben Hodges 
has suggested... many times before.
 
And the fact that Russia would be forced to respond
 with a strategic nuclear strike against the invading 
states and alliances, is not even considered – it 
cannot be discussed, as the story with the 
carelessly uttered word from the mouth 
of the US President... has shown.
 
This is why the Western media is much more emotional 
about this word than the far more dangerous statement 
by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg about the 
alliance’s actual involvement in the war against Russia. 
 
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, he said, bluntly and 
openly: “If Putin wins, it will not only be a great defeat 
for the Ukrainians, but it will be a defeat and a danger 
for all of us.” And so.. this scandalous tirade about
 NATO’s direct involvement in the conflict against 
Russia caused no resonance at all in the West –
 everyone is engrossed in condemning Biden 
for warning about the consequences of 
nuclear war.
 
British newspapers all rushed to interview the retired
 General Richard Shirreff, former deputy commander 
of NATO forces in Europe, who 6 years ago became
 famous --- for his scandalous as well as talentless 
book “2017: War with Russia”. In it, he described 
an utterly insane scenario for a nuclear war that 
would begin with the murder of two American 
military trainers in Kharkiv and a Russian 
attack on Donbass and Latvia.
 
The book certainly says a lot about the mental state of
 Western officers commanding NATO forces. But it was
 just that kind of fiction ---- “political fiction”, to use
 Macron’s term. 
 
And now this fantasy general is openly calling for a
 nuclear war with Russia, saying that the West and
 NATO “should by no means hesitate” to do so.
 
“If we promise massive retaliation, one way or 
another, we must prepare for the worst-case 
scenario, and the worst-case scenario, is 
war with Russia. There will be no peace 
in Europe as long as either Putin or the 
Putin regime sits in the Kremlin,” 
declares Shirreff emphatically. 
 
And this, is all printed in Britain’s leading newspapers. 
And all this does not meet with the slightest criticism 
--- which Biden got for the word “armageddon”.
 
In fact, the US President’s words (even if carelessly
uttered over a cocktail party) are a useful and 
timely reminder to the West of the threat 
of nuclear catastrophe. 
 
Duma member Oleg Morozov made a very good point: 
“I am calm about the dialogue going on between us 
and the collective West about the nuclear threat. 
When we say: ‘Guys, don’t even think! <…> – 
they should be afraid of that. Even if it is at 
the level of rhetoric, but let this fear sits in 
their brain. They have to understand:  we 
will not let them win this war, even when
 they are rattling their nuclear suitcases.''
 
Fear of a global nuclear threat has been holding the
planet back from a third world war ---- for decades. 
 
Dulling this fear could - indeed - lead to irreversible
consequences. It is this threat that Vladimir Putin
warns the overseas adventurers about. That is
why it is very important to remind those 
Stoltenbergs, Hodges, Shirreffs, 
Wickers & other warmongers 
of the global nuclear war 
between the West and 
Russia ---- that there 
will be no winners
in it.
 
 
Vladimir Kornilov, RIA
 

 What do you think?
Has your fear been
dulled enough that
you never protest?


____________________________



Everything for the front, 
everything for victory!

Statement by G. A. Zyuganov, 
Chairman of the Central 
Committee of the 
Communist Party 
of the Russian
 Federation.
October 9th, 12:43pm
(Press Service of the Central Committee of the
Communist Party of the Russian Federation.) 
 
The situation in the war zone in Ukraine has changed
dramatically - recently. The neo-Nazi regime's army
launched a counteroffensive. The terrorist attacks 
on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, the Crimean 
Bridge, and the daily shelling of the Zaporizhia 
nuclear power plant, show that globalists will 
stop at nothing --- to destabilize our country. 
 
Now there is not a special military operation, but a war
of the United States and its allies against Russia --- 
by the hands of Bandera fascists.
 
Western countries provide the criminal regime in
Ukraine, with the most modern weapons. They 
provide funding and training for newly formed 
units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Their
headquarters plan and monitor neo-Nazi 
militant operations --- and provide them 
with intelligence. They also determine 
targets -- for strikes against Russian 
troops, cities and towns in Russia.
 
NATO experts sit at the control panels of precision
weapons systems. Thousands of mercenaries are
directly involved in the fighting. The US and its
satellites have assumed... almost full 
financing of the Bandera regime 
in Ukraine.
 
Information, propaganda and economic warfare are
being waged against Russia as an integral part of 
modern hybrid war. The latest terrorist attacks 
are undoubtedly the work of the American 
and British special services, which have
long specialized in such crimes.
 
The undisguised entry of NATO into the armed struggle
against Russia is a fundamentally new phenomenon
that requires a change in the strategy and tactics 
of the state and army leadership and the transfer 
of the entire country, to the needs of ensuring 
victory. Given the fact that the LPR and DPR, 
as well as the Kherson & Zaporizhia regions 
have returned to Russia, today, we are 
fighting, not in Ukraine, but on our 
own lands. And this, is also a 
new phenomenon. 
 
But we must understand that the task of liberating 
the people of Ukraine from the neo-Nazi regime ---
is not removed from the agenda.
 
The Russian Armed Forces face difficult challenges.
Many mistakes and miscalculations were made. 
There is an underestimation of the enemy's 
forces. The promises... of the Russian 
military leadership --- to strictly stop 
the supply of Western weapons to 
the front line... remain unfulfilled. 
 
Society is asking a natural question: why? By the 
way, even our opponents are surprised by this
circumstance. Varnishing the situation, as it 
has been so far, has never worked out well.
The problems that arose were not solved, 
but were hushed up, or blurted out. This 
position led to the fact that precious 
time was lost.
 
However, it would be completely wrong to blame all
these problems only on the current leadership of 
the Armed Forces. They require all possible 
support and assistance. And we must give 
an objective and harsh assessment to 
those who have been destroying 
Russia's defense capability...
for many years.
 
We are talking, first of all, about the former Minister of
Defense of the Russian Federation, Serdyukov and his
team. It was under his command that famous military 
units, academies and colleges, with a centuries-old
history - were destroyed. They were brought to the 
brink of destroying the system of military medicine 
and science. Due to an actual defeat of military
enlistment offices, the system of mobilization
readiness was undermined. Because of the 
elimination and plundering of strategic 
reserves, the army was, largely, left 
without the most necessary things 
in the midst of the struggle.
 
The defense industry and science were severely
weakened. Thoughtless and often downright 
wrecking privatization... has led to the 
liquidation of many strategically 
important industries. 
 
By the way, the process of deliberate 
bankruptcies of such enterprises, 
continues at the present time.
 
The solution to so many problems of supplying the
fighting army was forced to be taken by society. 
Honour and praise to the millions of patriots in 
all corners of the country who have taken on
themselves, the purchase and delivery of 
various equipment, food, clothing, night 
vision devices, UAVs, medicines... and 
medical equipment to the active army. 
 
But this is a direct responsibility of the state and its
relevant bodies. In 1941-1945, a stream of parcels 
to Red Army soldiers also came to the front from 
the rear. But the army was fully supplied with
everything necessary by the state.
 
In recent years, a number of measures have been taken
to restore the Armed Forces and the defense industry.
However the damage caused by liberal "reformers", 
and the "5th column" is so great that it takes years 
to overcome it. Our society expects that the 
perpetrators of the current - most serious -
problems of our army, who treacherously 
undermined its defense capability, will 
be severely punished.
 
Huge damage to Russia's combat readiness, has been
inflicted by those who shape public opinion. The long-
term policy of suppressing patriotism, instilling 
Western "values" that are alien to our people, 
as well as stealing elections, could not but 
lead to serious consequences in the form 
of... thousands of young people evading 
mobilization. We must blame... not only 
them, but also those who deliberately 
turned our youth into cosmopolitans, 
without a family or tribe.
 
The destruction of the system of pre-conscription 
initial military training, the transformation of 
DOSAAF into a commercial enterprise,
contributed to the reduction of the 
country's defense capability.
 
In the face of a military clash with a vile insidious
enemy, it becomes even more obvious, how 
threatening problems, such as corruption 
and low wages, have become; including 
in the areas of ensuring our security. 
 
The corrupt and impoverished are the best targets 
forbribing and inducing treachery for self-interest. 
Today, it is actively used by those who fight 
against us... through bandit terror 
and sabotage.
 
The escalation of hostilities, the open entry of NATO
into the war with Russia --- revealed the presence of
 forces that thoughtlessly or deliberately hinder the
 solution of the tasks facing the country and the
 army. Part of the bureaucracy, especially in the
 economic and financial spheres, behaves so 
calmly, as if there is no special military 
operation, there is no transformation 
of the CBO into a NATO war against
Russia. This is already beginning 
to border on sabotage.
 
It is necessary to adopt a law in the near future 
on punishing this, including for the inaction 
of officials in situations where urgent 
responsible decisions need to 
be made.
 
Today, when hundreds of thousands of our soldiers
are in mortal danger fighting at the front, the red 
tape of officials in the rear, means direct or 
indirect complicity with our enemies. It is 
high time for the authorities to recall the 
most serious consequences of defeats
in the Russo-Japanese and World War
I, at the beginning of the XX century. 
We must avoid previous mistakes, 
achieve victory, and protect our 
state from turmoil and 
destruction.
 
In the face of the growing military threat to the country,
 the unity of society is vital. It is not just necessary to
 mobilize military reserves. It is impossible to blame 
the tasks of fighting the world's largest military, 
economic and political bloc solely on the army.
 It is necessary to mobilize all the productive, 
spiritual and creative forces of the country
 to support the fighting army.
 
It is not the army that is at war, but the country. The
slogan of all and everyone, should be the motto of 
our great ancestors: "Everything for the front, 
everything for victory." However, a true 
consolidation of social forces can be 
achieved ---- only if the course is 
changed to a socially oriented 
one. Justice, collectivism and 
mutual assistance --- are the 
cornerstones of our society. 
 
It is necessary to immediately introduce 
a progressive tax scale ...and to cancel 
decisions to raise the retirement age.
 
The battle must be waged not only with external
enemies, but also with Russia's main internal
opponents – with the management crisis, 
economic backwardness, mass 
impoverishment, and blatant 
social division. 
 
With the criminal greed and thievish irresponsibility 
of the oligarchy. With the Russophobic and anti-
Soviet machinations of the "fifth column" in the 
fields of culture, education and propaganda. 
This battle in the XX century was brilliantly 
won by Soviet Power, having carried out 
the Leninist-Stalinist modernization in 
the shortest possible time. Ending the
exploitation, poverty, unemployment,
and illiteracy; which carried out a
rapid industrialization of the 
economy. 
 
Outstanding peaceful feats of socialism became the
foundation of our victory over Hitler's brown plague.
It is time for everyone to understand the meaning 
of this historical lesson, and realize that new 
victories are possible, only if the course is
fundamentally changed --- towards 
socialism, justice, equality and 
genuine responsibility of the 
authorities and citizens for 
their country.
 
Our experience shows - the need for a maximum 
concentration of resources for decent provision. 
In the last victorious war, the Headquarters of 
the Supreme High Command was created --- 
then the State Defense Committee, which 
became the main management bodies.
This experience shouldn't be ignored. 
 
In the face of German Nazism in World War II, even 
such a thoroughly liberal country as Great Britain, 
took thepath of nationalizing key sectors of the
economy. In the current difficult conditions, 
vital areas of the national economy must 
return to the control of the state.
 
Nationalization of strategic sectors of the economy,
maximum support for its innovative development,
the dissemination of the experience of national
enterprises, the social protection of citizens, 
free, high-quality medicine and education - 
these are the core of our initiatives 
and proposals. 
 
This -- is the victory program that needs to be adopted 
at the state level. Without this, it is impossible to give 
a crushing rebuff to those who seek to destroy the
Russian world and wipe out the state born of it,
from the face of the earth.
 
At a time when the country has risen up to defend its
sovereignty and independence, when hundreds of
thousands of young people are sent to the front,
everyone should make every effort to defeat 
neo-Nazism and Bandera, behind which, the 
United States and its NATO satellites stand.
 
The Communist Party of the Russian Federation and 
the left-patriotic forces of Russia are convinced of 
the victory of our people over the same enemy 
that came to us in June 1941 – the united 
forces of the aggressive West. 
 
Then these forces were led by Hitler's Germany.
Now it is the United States, Great Britain and 
their vassals. The success of this struggle 
requires a full concentration of all our 
resources and spiritual forces. The 
Russian leadership is obliged to 
take exhaustive measures,
for this.
 
Chairman of the Central Committee
of the Communist Party of the 
Russian Federation
 
G. A. Zyuganov.
 
 
What do you think?
 
Is Putin's Achilles heel his
refusal to accept that he
needs more than calls
for a holy war? 
 
 
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SCO goes to replace UN
October 2nd, 1:21pm
https://en.news-front.info/
 
The UN is not dying a natural death, it is being
 deliberately and methodically finished off by 
the United States. The reason is the veto 
power of Russia and China in the UN 
Security Council.
 
America is clinging to the status of a world hegemon,
 when all attributes of power, primarily economic and
 financial, are steadily slipping from its hands and 
going to Asia. And in view of the energy crisis 
provoked in the West, by the same States,
 they are moving to Eurasia.
 
In this connection, the strategic task of the United
States is to replace the UN with a new mechanism 
of international governance. But, to create such a
body artificially without taking into account new
economic and political as well as military 
realities in the world, is an occupation 
that can come up... only to a new 
cohort of Western politicians -- 
who're devoid of real political 
thinking ---- and who made 
their careers on the basis
of cronyism, corruption,
or a certain “cinematic”
way ------ “through the 
couch to the screen”.
 
We know how the first attempt to create a new world
 governance mechanism on an ideological, rather
 than an economic basis, ended.
 
Do you remember how the League of Democracies 
was founded --- and what it was like?
 
And it was the USA’s plan to create it, to replace the 
UN, and they decided not to let Russia, China and 
a number of other countries, to participate in it.
 
Frankly speaking, I remembered that there was such
 creep... because it was quite recently, but the exact
 name of this idealized abracadabra, didn’t come to 
mind for a long time because after some artificial 
informational splash --- a full silence followed.
 
But as we know, nature abhors a vacuum. Since the UN
 is being deliberately destroyed by the US by cutting
 funding and denying visas to diplomats from 
unwanted countries, and since the centre 
of economic, political and financial life 
is meanwhile shifting more and more
to Eurasia --- a new mechanism of 
international governance should 
appear there, too, in any case.
 
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is emerging as
 such a centre, created at the initiative of GDP. Initially 
(in 1996) it was founded by the heads of Russia, China, 
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan, to establish
 confidence building measures in the military field 
in the area of joint borders.
 
In 1997, in Moscow they signed an Agreement on
a mutual reduction of armed forces in the border 
area. This established a mechanism of mutual
confidence in the military field in border areas
-- which contributed to the establishment of a 
true partnership between the countries 
concerned.
 
Gradually the range of issues decided upon between 
the SCO member states expanded into foreign policy, 
the economy, environmental protection, including 
water management, thereby fostering mutual 
trust and good-neighbourliness. The issues 
of the joint provision, and maintenance of, 
peace, security & stability in the region, 
ways of creating a democratic, just & 
rational international political and 
economic order... started to 
be discussed.
 
Contacts that take place on the margins of the annual
 SCO summits enable the countries to conclude
 agreements among themselves that deal 
mainly with economic cooperation.
 
The SCO summit held on 15th-16th of September in 
Samarkand demonstrated that a new international
 organisation --- regionally more authoritative and
 effective than the United Nations, has emerged
 in “Greater Eurasia”. It demonstrated... the 
direction in which international relations 
should evolve, among countries that 
seek cooperation without the West.
 
In spite (or even, it seems, thanks to) Western
 sanctions, a new model of cooperation, 
based on equal rights and multipolar 
world principles, is successfully 
emerging. 
 
Experts emphasise that this model will allow 
the members of the Shanghai Cooperation 
Organisation to cooperate without the 
dictate of the dollar. To this end the 
summit adopted a road map: to 
gradually increase the share 
of national currencies in 
mutual settlements.
 
The model of inter-state relations proposed by the SCO,
 where states may not be afraid of threats from the US
 and its sanctions policy, has become extremely
 attractive to many countries.
 
Egypt, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the Maldives
 are ready to join the SCO, while Belarus is next in
 line... and Iran has signed a memorandum of 
membership. It will become a full member, 
after adopting some domestic legislation 
necessary for membership of the 
international organisation.
 
At least 10 other applications, are on the desk 
of member state leaders, representing a wide 
geographical spectrum from Eastern Europe
 --- to the Arab East.
 
For many countries, the opportunity to work together 
to stop aggression from Western countries is very
 attractive. Further cooperation in the field of
 international security was discussed on the 
margins of the recent summit by CSTO 
Secretary, General Stanislav Zas, and 
SCO Secretary General Zhang Ming.
 
A declaration was signed at the summit that 
cemented the agreements reached in the 
defence and security sphere.
 
Observers say the Samarkand summit was a verdict 
on a unipolar world. Some observers compare the 
SCO to the G7 for the Eurasian region, and the 
latter’s expansion... is evidence of 
the organisation’s growing 
international popularity.
 
Geopolitically important is the member states’ support 
for the de-dollarisation policy. It is seen as an
 unqualified success of Russia and China 
and their leaders personally, who 
initiated this policy.
 
The world is watching with great attention how the
 increasingly aggressive international policy of the
 United States --- and its pressure on Russia and 
China -- will affect Russian-Chinese relations. 
 
The SCO summit demonstrated that America’s ill-
considered policies have only led to a further
rapprochement   ...between the Russian 
Federation and the People’s Republic 
of China. 
 
The ‘patriarch’ of US diplomacy, Henry Kissinger,
 warned that this would inevitably happen, if the 
US applied pressure on Russia and China.
 
Some politicians in the West hope to either destroy
 Russia altogether or use it as a counterweight to 
China. Regarding plans to pit Russia against 
China, V. Putin, in one of his speeches, 
categorically stated: “They will
not
 wait for it”.
 
The remarks by Chinese leader Xi Jinping, who during 
his meeting with Vladimir Putin on the margins of the
 Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit praised 
Russia’s position on the Taiwan issue and called for
 strengthening Russian-Chinese coordination in the 
SCO and BRICS, were also revealing. According to
 him, China and Russia are ready to play a leading 
role in the world, to put the countries on the 
trajectory of sustainable development.
 
Based on the remarks of the Russian and Chinese
 leaders, observers conclude that Russia and 
China have come to full agreement on the 
Ukraine issue... and the SCO's 
development plans.
 
For the West, however, the Samarkand summit was a
 real shocker. It shows that the plan to isolate Russia
 completely failed. Moreover, observers began to 
speak that now there is a new pole of counter-
action against the conditional West.
 
However, politicians both in Europe and overseas 
are concerned, not only about Russia’s historic
 rapprochement with China, but also about 
growing Russian-Turkish ties and 
the further development of a 
comprehensive relationship 
between Russia and India.
 
France 24... conducted a live poll of experts on the
 outcome of the Samarkand summit. Jean-Vincent
Brisset, Academic Director of the Institute for 
International and Strategic Studies, said: 
 
“The countries represented in the Shanghai
 Cooperation Organization make up half 
the world’s population. In a way, this 
could be called a counter-summit”.
 
And the German business daily Handelsblatt admits
 that Russia does manage to reshape the old rules
 (probably referring to its own rules, with which 
the West seeks to replace the foundations of 
international law). 
 
“For Putin, the meeting was another opportunity to 
demonstrate that his country is far from being as 
isolated internationally as the West would like it
 to be. His message was that India and the other 
SCO countries, which account for about 40% of 
the world’s population, are creating a serious
 alternative to the West,” the paper said.
 
And only the White House, completely ignoring reality,
 reacts according to the Russian proverb “spit in his 
eyes – that’s God’s dew!”: “Mr Putin has no friendly
 allies there at all --- because of what he is doing in
 Ukraine. He is simply isolating himself... more and 
more from the international community. We don’t 
think this is the time to do any business with 
Russia,” says John Kirby, the White House 
National Security Council’s Strategic 
Communications Coordinator.
 
The FT immediately backed Kirby, saying that the Indian 
prime minister was “criticising Putin for the Ukraine
 conflict”. Meanwhile, Indian leader Modi wrote on 
US social media about the talks: “Had a great 
meeting with President Putin.     We had an 
opportunity to discuss further cooperation
between India and Russia in sectors
such as trade, energy and defence.”
 
Russia’s inevitable pivot to the East is watched with
 particular concern in Europe in the context of the
 significant development of energy ties between 
Russia and Asian countries, where more and 
more Russian gas... is going. And less and 
less of it remains for European countries. 
China, observers note, is displacing 
Germany as the main importer of 
Russian energy.
 
Everyone paid attention -- that President Erdogan of
Türkiye stated -- immediately after the SCO summit 
that Ankara has a desire to become a full member.
 He stated that Türkiye aims to join the SCO as 
early as 2023, at a summit to be hosted 
by India.
 
Facing criticism from the EU over his participation in 
the SCO summit, Erdogan, according to the Turkish 
newspaper Yeni afa, told PBS television: “Ankara 
does not intend to answer to the European Union 
for its participation in the Shanghai Cooperation
 Organization summit… The European Union will
 hold us back for 52 years, will not allow us to 
approach it and then will ask: why did it meet
 with this country ....why... did it meet with 
another? I will negotiate. By conducting 
these negotiations... we are not 
accountable to the European 
Union at the moment.”
 
The issue of Türkiye’s future membership of the SCO 
was clearly discussed - during Putin’s meeting with
Erdogan. The VVP stated afterwards that there is 
a close working relationship between Moscow 
and Ankara on key international policy issues, 
and promised to welcome Türkiye’s work 
within the SCO, in every possible way.
 
And given the increased emphasis on security issues 
in the work of the SCO, Türkiye’s simultaneous
 participation in the SCO and NATO, is some-
thing of a double-edged sword. Does this 
mean... that we can expect Türkiye to 
leave NATO -- in the near future? This
 is the question.. many politicians in 
the West and in the East are asking 
themselves. And GDP and Comrade 
Xi probably know the exact answer.
 
No, it was not in vain that Vladimir Vladimirovich saved
 Erdogan from an assassination attempt organised 
against him, by the US and NATO. Nor can it be 
ruled out, that Putin, together with Xi Jinping, 
has billed Erdogan and Türkiye as a regional 
leader in the Asian region among Muslim 
countries. Of course, if Türkiye’s 
activities correlate with SCO 
foreign policy.
 
The situation is very ambiguous. Today, many Russian
 observers in endless political talk-shows wonder how
 Russia should behave...  in the Azerbaijani-Armenian
 confrontation. Armenia.. is a member of the CSTO, 
but under the current president looks increasingly 
towards America, while Azerbaijan is not in the 
CSTO, but is sharply criticized by the US and
has established... close contact with an
increasingly friendly Türkiye. And the 
latter has deployed a significant 
military contingent... on the 
border with Armenia.
 
Meanwhile, the answer to this “sacramental” question
seems quite obvious. The CSTO --- according to its
charter, has to stand up for its member  ---  if it is 
attacked militarily. The fight between Azerbaijan
and Armenia, is over Nagorno-Karabakh, which 
is not legally recognised as Armenian territory. 
In this case the CSTO should not intervene 
militarily in the situation.
 
And why should any member of the CSTO intervene
 militarily at all, if during the fighting in Nagorno-
Karabakh no mobilization has even been 
announced in Armenia? Instead, 
Pashinyan called on Russia and 
the West to defend his country.
 
The U.S. immediately responded by sending Grandma
 Pelosi, a full-time international provocateur and
third person in the U.S. power hierarchy, to 
Yerevan. She clearly stated, that the US is 
on Armenia’s side against Azerbaijan and 
that she intends to provide Yerevan with 
military assistance. She did not specify 
what kind of assistance and how it will 
be delivered to Armenia.
 
For Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Yerevan there was a
demonstration there, demanding withdrawal 
from the CSTO (since Russia does not want 
to fight for Armenia instead). If this does 
happen and the country leaves the 
CSTO, Russia.. will breathe a sigh 
of relief, and Armenia will be left 
alone with Azerbaijan & Türkiye
 
The US is unlikely to get involved in the conflict itself. 
It is true that Iran is in favour of the Armenians, who,
following Türkiye, have deployed troops on the
Armenian border.
 
The Americans would like to make a mess of the
 Ukrainian scenario, at Russia’s borders in
 Transcaucasia. However....  the only real 
arbiter in this situation is Russia, which
 has the ability to influence both Türkiye
 & Iran. Of course, it will do everything 
possible to avoid bloodshed also in the 
Caucasus. However, N. Pashinian must
draw the necessary conclusions from 
this situation, instead of playing with 
fire, threatening Russia to defect to
 America and leave the CSTO.
 
If Russia turns its back on Armenia - and leaves Baku
& Yerevan to sort out their historical contradictions 
on their own - it will be tantamount to a death 
sentence for Armenians in the Caucasus 
(and... there are fewer of them living in 
their historical homeland than abroad).
 And the fate of many Armenians, 
scattered around the world,
will 
not be well affected.
 
Yes, the Samarkand summit of the SCO, which saw the
 rethinking of relations between many countries, the
 formation of new political alliances ---- and the 
destruction of old ones, does seem historic, 
but we seem far from knowing all its 
historical decisions --- and their 
implications for the emerging
 new multipolar world.
 
Sergey Kuznetsov, IA Alternative


What do YOU think?

Does the author really
believe that the SCO
will take over from
the UN? Or, has it
begun already.
 
 
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Americans --- Find Gangsters 
Suitable to Lead the Country
by Eric Zuesse
September 30th, 2022
 
On November 13th, in 2019, the U.S. President said,
regarding Syria, “We’re keeping the oil, we have 
the oil, the oil is secure, we left troops behind 
only for the oil.”
 
That was at a press conference, and none of the
reporters asked him any question about that 
statement. They certainly thought it to be 
unremarkable and not surprising, to hear 
a US President say --- that our country is 
stealing oil -- from a country that we've 
invaded & still are militarily occupying 
--- despite having no legal authority to 
position any troops there — publicly 
admitting to international gangster-
ism, in the very boldest way, (yet 
without surprising anyone there).
 
That statement, had followed a U.S. ‘Defense’ 
Department’s statement, on 25 October 2019, 
saying --- with more tact --- that, “The United 
States will maintain a reduced presence in 
Syria, to deny ISIS access to oil revenues 
as the next phase of the defeat-ISIS 
campaign.”
 
It was tactful because it lied to claim this is to be done
(and no reference to stealing anything) “to deny ISIS
access to oil revenues” ------ the false, underlying
assumption being conveyed that the oil is ISIS’s 
& NOT Syria’s, so that even IF that oil is being
stolen from ISIS (which wants to overthrow 
Syria’s Government, just as much as does 
the U.S. Government, though for different 
reasons), then it still is being done for a 
reason that America’s voters... would 
approve of: conquering ISIS.  In other 
words the U.S. ‘Defense’ Department 
was tactful enough to misrepresent 
what the reason for these ongoing
international thefts is.
 
On 10 August 2022, when that President’s successor
was (and still is) in office ----- The Cradle news-site
headlined “Washington steals over 80% of Syria’s 
oil output per day: The losses incurred by the 
trafficking campaign --- surpass $100bln, 
according to Syria’s oil ministry”, and 
they presented a stunning brief aerial
-shot video (perhaps from Russian 
drones) showing the long strings 
of tanker-trucks, hauling away 
that oil from Syria. Though the 
US President now was from a 
different U.S. political Party, 
the U.S. foreign policy....
remained unchanged.
 
That President’s successor, though of the opposite
political Party, continued these thefts. The thefts 
were started by a President of this President’s 
Party.. back in 2012, who was working with its
European 'partners' perhaps as early as 2009, 
& definitely wanted “regime-change” in Syria 
at that time, but definitely by no later than 
2012 he decided to support Al Qaeda in 
Syria, against Syria’s existing Govern-
ment at that time, late in 2012, and 
the planning for this overthrow of 
Syria’s Government was already
 functioning in June of 2011. 
 
The U.S. Government was doing this overthrow-
operation not for any legitimate reason — Syria 
had never threatened nor posed any threat to, 
the United States. It presented no national-
security risk to the US whatsoever — and 
never had. This was purely an inter-
national-gangland operation ---, in 
order to benefit the billionaires 
who control (buy the winning 
politicians in)  ....each of its 
participating Governments. 
 
All members of this international gang settled upon
their plan “behind closed doors, at the sidelines
of 
the Atlantic Council’s Energy Summit in
Istanbul, Turkey,on November
22 – 23, 2013.”
 
 The Atlantic Council... is NATO’s chief PR organization. 
Furthermore, allegedly, ISIS’s “two heads ----- are the 
royal family of Saudi Arabia & the CIA headquarters
 in Langley, Virginia, U.S.A.” Lots more evidence 
along the same lines --- was given in the U.S.' 
magazine Homeland Security Today, on 18th
March 2019, interviewing “ISIS Ambassador
to Turkey”, who, for some reason, seems
to 
have left ISIS. 
 
One of the U.S. gang’s mainstream news-media, TIME
magazine, presented this operation - as if the U.S.
Government were debating within itself pro-and-
con about it, instead of fully committed to it 
(which the U.S. Government had been ever 
since 1949). 
 
They headlined about it, “Syria’s Opposition Hopes to
 Win the War by Selling Oil” - as if “Syria’s Opposition” 
were anything more than Al Qaeda in Syria, and 
Kurdish separatists in Syria’s northeast — 
America’s proxy-forces, to overthrow 
Syria’s committedly secular Govern-
ment and replace it with a govern-
ment that would be controlled by
 the Saud family.
 
On 29 September 2022, Steven Sahiounie headlined at 
The Duran, “Cholera and US sanctions killing Syrian
 civilians”, and reported that...
 
The deadly outbreak has claimed 39 lives in Syria, with
thousands of suspected cases across the country. In
areas under the Ministry of Health, in Damascus, 23 
deaths were reported recently, 20 of them in 
Aleppo, and at least 253 cases.
 
In the northeast region of Syria controlled by the US-
backed SDF — a [separatist] Kurdish militia… — are 
a reported 16 deaths --- and 2,867 cases, since 
September 5. The US occupation forces there
are controlling the main oil fields in Syria to 
prevent the Damascus government from 
using the oil to provide electricity for 
people’s homes, water pumping 
stations, and gasoline for 
their cars. …
 
Health authorities tested the Euphrates and found the
bacteria causing cholera. The river is polluted by raw
sewage and oil spills from the US-occupied oil wells 
at Deir Ez Zor. …
 
According to the UN, nearly two-thirds of water
 treatment plants, half of the pumping stations, 
and one-third of water towers, have been 
damaged by more than a decade of war.
 
Last winter, Syrians died in their homes without heating.
 … Diesel fuel is used in Syria for home heating, but it is
 expensive and often in short supply because of the US 
occupation of the oil wells in the northeast and the US 
sanctions preventing importing fuels. Most Syrians get
 about one hour of electricity because the fuel used to
 generate electricity is taken by the US troops.
 
Sahiounie says that because of the heavy paperwork
that is required by the U.S. sanctions in order for 
Syrians to buy foreign medicines, hospital treat-
ments for the cholera victims are impeded.
 
Here are some of the top agents in this U.S.-headed
gang, agents of U.S. billionaires. These individuals
don’t even need to worry about elections, such as
politicians do; they remain in office for as long as
they want, if they do what America’s billionaires 
want them to do. Like the politicians, they are
answerable only to the billionaires, and a few 
centi-millionaires who fund their careers, but 
their jobs are easier than for publicly elected 
officials --- who are constantly competing 
against one another, to win over those 
big-dollar donors.
 
In fact, some of these agents had formerly been
successful politicians, U.S. office-holders, but 
then ‘retired’ upstairs, where it’s far easier to
remain in their jobs, not only because of the 
constant competition for mega-buck donors, 
but because, constantly fooling their voters,
is hard work not so easy as being a lobbyist
is. These agents are ONLY agents, but they 
are all extremely well rewarded financially, 
for their services to the gangsters who own
them - who have funded the wealth or their 
lobbyists and other agents. And you see... 
there, some of the U.S. mega-corporations 
that fund these peoples’ careers on behalf 
of those corporations’ controlling stock-
holders. But, of course, the names of the 
billionaires themselves aren’t shown there. 
The billionaires generally stay behind the 
scenes -- because they don’t want to be 
the people who will get blamed for the 
resulting Government.
 
Of course, the same things were true of this gang’s
operations to take over Iraq, and are true today, of 
the gang’s operations to retain control of Ukraine, 
which they had won in 2014. The American people 
find it acceptable to be constantly lied to & to be 
ruled by, the agents of international gangsters — 
billionaires’ agents. It has been going on now -- 
blatantly, since at least 9 December  2020, and 
actually ever since at least 25 July 1945, when
this gang, these gangsters, America’s super-
rich, took over the country, and have 
continued to hold control over 
America’s Government.
 
The majority of Americans vote for these gangsters’
stooges, instead of do anything to rebel against and
replace virtually all of these stooge-officials -- who 
occupy congressional seats and the White House.
 
So, the promises that are made to the public remain 
unfulfilled, while the promises that are privately 
made to the mega-dollar donors get turned into
government-policies & laws. Even at the level 
of state governments --- “Politicians Don’t 
Actually Care -- What Voters Want”. But, 
apparently, Americans find gangsters 
-- agents of the billionaires -- suitable
to lead the country (on behalf of their 
funders — NOT of their voters). And 
those agents of billionaires then 
get to choose whom our judges 
will be. And, that’s okay. Or: 
Is it? Is it democracy, at all?
 
Investigative historian Eric Zuesse’s new book, 
America’s Empire Of Evil: Hitler’s Posthumous 
Victory, and Why the Social Sciences Need to 
Change, is about how America took over the
world after World War II in order to enslave 
it to U.S.-and-allied billionaires. Their 
cartels, extract the world’s wealth, 
by control of not only their ‘news’ 
media but the social ‘sciences’ 
— duping the public.
 
(Source SouthFront)
 
 If you are American... do you think
the rest of the world likes this...
...and will let this continue?


Tell us what YOU think.

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The West will learn to take 
Russia’s words seriously
September 28th, 11:17am
https://en.news-front.info/
 
With more than two decades of Vladimir Putin in power,
 it is long overdue for the West to answer its own
 question, “who is Mr Putin?” and start 
assessing the man’s moves seriously. 
A growing understanding is likely in 
the near future.
 
The West will learn to take Russia's words seriously
For now, let’s just say that if it were necessary to 
single out Putin’s main message to “the city and 
the world”, the message of his “life”, it would 
undoubtedly be the word “stability”.
 
Putin came to power at a time of great turbulence, and 
the first big thing he did - was to stop the country from
falling apart: he pacified Chechnya, stopped the terror
 and rampant banditry, ended the cold “civil war”, and 
reconciled, albeit with great reservations, the people
 and the elites. Finally, it forced the elites themselves
 – their divergent “towers” – to follow the rules.
 
Then it was time to rebuild. Which was also incredibly
 difficult – given the diametrically opposed interests 
of the elites. Nevertheless, the checks & balances
 model worked and by expelling the most odious 
from the system & sharply reinforcing the most 
active ones we managed to do just that: raise 
the standard of living, restore the army, and
 fill the treasury.
 
And without any ideology, without any mobilization,
without any alignment whatsoever, apart from the
 natural laws and guarantees of normal life. And.. 
it was much later that these natural positions of 
life.. were cautiously substituted not even with 
ideology - but with some necessary basis of 
“reasonable conservatism”. 
 
That is, again, preservation of stability (without crazy
 gender experiments, culture of cancellation, etc.).
 
So – stability. Whence came another important quality
 of style – the apparent absence of any personal
 initiative. Putin, in contrast to the rulers we are 
used to, did not call him to build communism, 
develop glasnost, or move into other bright 
lands, but only constrained the centrifugal 
forces, not allowing the “planets” to jump 
out of their orbits. He himself... remained 
at a kind of absolute rest. And so, being 
in the very centre of differently directed 
vectors, he kept them: the system from 
collapse, the people from poverty, the 
elites from eating each other. And so 
it remains a fundamental tuning fork.
 
It has long been a commonplace to talk about Putin’s
 philosophy of using his partner’s energy against 
himself in a duel. It really is. Forcing Putin into 
action is no easy task. The “partner” must 
exhaust himself in provocations before he 
gets a response. Which will be nurtured 
so long and carefully that the most 
patient will fall into despair. 
 
Only when the most patient give in and say: that’s it, no
 more hope, all is lost – the reality will suddenly resolve
 itself with an answer: always unexpected, lightning-
fast and precisely calculated. And, as a rule,
confounding. (The return of Crimea... for 
example, was such a lightning bolt. The 
liberation of Donbass was awaited for 
eight long years). This has always 
been the case, and it is still
 the case.
 
One must well understand - what Putin has conveyed to
 the West by the referendums in the liberated territories,
 the announcement of partial mobilization and other
words and actions of recent days --- and what will
 probably be clarified until the counterpart learns:
 if an escalation is not stopped by him, we will be 
forced to actually demonstrate the realities of
 a changing “wind rose”, forcing the Ukrainian 
regime to capitulate. That is, we'll bring the 
conflict to a situation that clearly exceeds 
the West’s desire to be involved in it. 
 
This was clearly demonstrated in the early days of the
 conflict, when the Ukrainian regime was likely to fall
 and the Americans simply fled from their embassies. 
The regime held out then. But only because we were
 unwilling to escalate escalation unnecessarily. But
 now that both the regime and its handlers have 
shown their true face, we are determined to 
do so. This is a crucial moment that our 
former esteemed partners will have to 
take seriously, perhaps... by going 
through all the necessary stages,
from denial - to acceptance of 
the inevitable.
 
Finally, Putin, I think, is not only addressing the West, 
but also the rest of the world. Also, of course, 
watching developments -- with extraordinary 
attention. This world China, India, Pakistan, 
Iran, the Middle East, the Pacific, Central 
Asia, Latin America, Africa – is 2/3, if
not
 3/4, of the world’s population. 
 
But Russia is looked upon with great sympathy, 
remembering the policy of the Russian tsars, 
and later the USSR, which behaved in the 
“third world” very differently from the 
way the first behaved. 
 
The USSR.. was the real alternative to rapacious
financier capitalism, which is well remembered
 there --- carefully reading the signs Putin 
sends out.
 
People like strong leaders. We are not talking about
 ghettoised Europeans back home, who are not 
allowed to be proud of their culture and are 
only allowed to think about gender 
reassignment --- and/or sexual 
education for their children. 
 
We are talking about normal people. And what kind of
 leaders do they see in the stunted beds of democratic
 regimes and the faded emblems of eastern despotism
 today? None. The real face of politics today is one in
 which the great shadows of the past rise again. And
 the third world remembers the shadows of its great
 ancestors and respects them… Today -- only Orban, 
desperately fighting for a small crusading Hungary, 
and Erdogan, restoring the former greatness of the
 Ottoman Empire with oriental sagacity, can shade 
the “monumental power”. On whom else can the
 ordinary people of the world pin their hopes? 
 
Let’s leave the poor, battered white population of the
 West alone. In the rest of the world Putin’s stock is
 rising faster  ...than gas prices on European stock
 exchanges. So is... the rapidly gaining weight, of 
the SCO as a real alternative to the global order.
 
Judging by cautious, inarticulate mutterings from
 Western leaders, the signals are received and 
taken into account. Well, the West will have 
to learn to take Russia’s words seriously.
 
Vladimir Mozhegov, VZGLYAD
 
 
__________________________________________________
 
 
 
Why the US wants to 
create a fund to
 arm allies
September 28th, 10:56am
https://en.news-front.info/
 
A group of US senators, has come up with an initiative
- aimed at speeding up the process of supplying allies
 with ammunition without involving the arsenal of the 
US. The prepared bill proposes the creation of a
 separate structure ----- which would deal with 
such needs of military and political partners.
 
“(The bill. – RT) would ensure, that the US has enough
 critical ammunition, to support allies and partners in 
a crisis without depleting US military supplies,” said 
Jeanne Shaheen of the Democratic Party, one of the 
bill’s sponsors, in a statement on its website. – The
 Protecting Overseas Contingency Preparedness 
and Emergency Response Enhancement Act
 (PROCURE) would establish a Critical 
Munitions Acquisition Fund (CMAF) 
that would allow the secretary of 
defense to --- more effectively 
manage industrial production 
lines and maintain production 
of certain munitions of para-
mount importance  ---  to US 
national security interests.”
 
It is emphasized that the authority under CMAF 
will help the Pentagon improve the agency’s 
purchasing power and reduce government 
spending, as well as better anticipate 
production chain needs.
 
For his part, the document’s co-author, Republican 
Tom Tillis, acknowledged that the situation with 
US-organised arms shipments to Ukraine “has 
exposed serious flaws regarding the current
 ammunition stockpile”.
 
“Our PROCURE bill, supported by both parties, is
 needed to improve America’s ability to quickly 
arm its allies in potential future conflicts with-
out depleting its own ammunition stockpiles, 
which will seriously enhance our national 
security and combat readiness,” the 
senator said.
 
It should be noted that since President Joe Biden 
came to power, the USA has allocated about 
$15.8bn worth of military assistance... to 
Ukraine. In total, since 2014, according
 to the Pentagon, Kiev has received
 from Washington, $17.9bn for its
security needs.
 
As of mid-September.. the United States transferred to
 Ukraine over 1,400 Stinger man-portable air defence
 systems, over 8,500 Javelin anti-tank missile 
systems, over 700 Switchblade kamikaze 
drones, 126 155-mm howitzers and over 
805,000 shells, 20 Mi-17 helicopters, 
as well as 16 HIMARS rocket 
launchers with ammunition 
and other weapons.
 
Kiev’s demands
 
Meanwhile, Kiev continues to demand increased
 supplies of western arms, using any means to 
do so. In particular, President Volodymyr 
Zelensky --- from the rostrum of the UN 
General Assembly, on September 21st, 
appealed to partners -- to supply more
weapons, especially long-range ones.
 
“We need defence support: weapons, equipment and
 shells. In offensive weapons – long-range enough to
 liberate our land. And in defence systems, 
especially air defence,” he said, adding 
that the country also needs 
additional funding.
 
The country’s foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, also
 demanded a redoubling of efforts to support 
Ukraine from the West on Twitter. “More 
sanctions against Russia. More weapons
 for Ukraine. More solidarity with 
Ukrainians,” he wrote.
 
He called on Western countries to provide Kiev with
 more effective weapons and equipment, advisor to
 the head of the Ukrainian presidential office 
Mykhaylo Podolyak, in an interview with 
Germany’s Tagesschau.. on September
the 24th. Armoured vehicles and tanks 
are expected from partners, he said.
 
“But these should not be ineffective Soviet tanks –
 neither T-55s, nor T-64s, not even T-72s. That is 
why we say to our partners, in particular 
Germany: if you want to take the 
leadership role… then give us 
the Leopard 2,” he stressed.
 
For his part, the country’s Deputy Defence Minister
 Vladimir Gavrilov suggested at the National 
Defence Industrial Association conference 
in Texas that foreign arms manufacturers 
should test their designs during the 
ongoing conflict.
 
“If you have any ideas or pilot projects that need to 
be tested before mass production, you can send
 them to us and we will explain how to do it,” 
he said.
 
Europe’s doubts
 
It is noteworthy that Europe, despite its declared
 support for Kiev, is in no hurry to increase arms
 supplies even in the context of the “counter
attack” announced by the Ukrainian 
authorities. In particular, Bloomberg 
news agency drew attention to this 
on September 26, citing information
obtained from sources in the 
European Union.
 
“We should hardly expect a serious increase in arms
 flows or new violations of taboos on their types … 
as the US is cautious and Europe’s own stock-
piles of key weapons are running out,” the 
publication quoted one of its sources 
as saying.
 
According to the agency, the EU fears 
a further escalation of the conflict.
 
“There are no indications that European governments
 are taking any steps to provide Kiev with a new batch
 of heavy weapons,” Bloomberg claims, citing sources
 close to the supply process.
 
There is a particularly heated debate -- between
 European countries over the transfer of German
 Leopard tanks to Ukraine. Apart from Germany 
itself, the tanks are in service in Spain, the 
Netherlands, Norway, Greece, Turkey and 
Finland, which cannot hand them over to
 Kiev without Berlin’s sanction.
 
Military assistance to Ukraine is also receding in 
Italy due to budget deficits and the internal 
political struggle. According to sources 
familiar with the situation, the flow of 
weapons supplied by the country to 
Kiev, has already decreased.
 
The Politico newspaper also noted that France and
 Germany were not as enthusiastic about supplying 
weapons to Kiev. Its columnist John Denis pointed 
out that the actions of the leaders of the two 
countries “do not correspond to their own 
rhetoric”. For example, Berlin has been 
delaying for months the shipment of 
military equipment provided to 
Ukraine by other allies. 
 
Paris “deliberately reduces its assistance to Ukraine
 in the hope of playing the role of a mediator after
 the end of hostilities,” the journalist said.
 
It is worth noting that the FRG has been criticised by
 Kiev more than once, because of its supply policy.
 
“Signals from Germany are disappointing at a time 
when Ukraine needs Leopard and Marder… Not a 
single rational argument why these weapons 
cannot be provided, only abstract fears and 
excuses. What is Berlin afraid of that Kiev
 is not?” Kuleba was indignant on Twitter.
 
His criticisms did not go unanswered by the German
leadership. As The New York Times noted on
September 25, the Ukrainian minister’s 
claims caused displeasure with the
German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz.
 
“Being a leader does not mean doing what people ask
 you to do. Being a leader is about making the right 
decisions and being incredibly resilient. That’s 
what I do,” he told the publication.
 
At the same time, Scholz stressed that Berlin is
 already doing a lot for Ukraine: in particular,
 giving it all kinds of weapons.
 
Support with a cost
 
In the opinion of the associate professor of the
 Academy of Labour and Social Relations, 
candidate of political sciences Pavel 
Feldman, the US senators, when 
proposed the new law on the 
defence sector, care about 
the military-industrial
complex of the USA,
and not about the 
interests of allies.
 
“U.S. senators openly lobby the interests of defense
 giants, on whose money both Republicans and
 Democrats exist. They perceive Ukraine as a 
testing ground where they can test the 
novelties of their military industry 
without risking the lives of NATO 
soldiers. Arms manufacturers 
are interested in escalating 
and prolonging the conflict,
 as it promises them large
 government contracts. 
 
The depletion of the US budget is of little concern to
 the merchants of death and those behind them,” 
the expert explained in a conversation with RT.
 
Meanwhile, Vladimir Vinokurov, professor at the
 Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign 
Ministry, believes that the capabilities of 
the Western military industrial complex 
are not unlimited – the protracted 
conflict in Ukraine... has 
shown this.
 
The “almighty” United States is now forced to admit
 that it has big problems with stocks of military
 equipment and other weapons, which have 
been depleted by endless deliveries. The 
same is true in Europe, whose arsenals 
are much smaller than those of the US. 
 
The Western military-industrial complex is not ready
 today to uninterruptedly meet Kiev’s needs, as
 representatives of, for example, US defence 
companies themselves say directly,” the
 expert said.
 
He also expressed the opinion that the trend towards
 reduction of supplies among Western countries will
 grow over time as Europe’s commitment to assist
 Ukraine empties its own arsenals, which 
weakens the defence capabilities of 
EU countries.
 
For his part, RISI expert Sergei Yermakov stressed that 
European elites will continue supporting Ukraine with 
weapons only if they believe that this conflict may 
spill over into the territories of their countries. In 
particular, the USA is playing on this, which is 
trying to strengthen the EU in the idea that 
the defeat of Ukraine would put the whole 
of Europe at risk, and therefore all means 
should be thrown to Kiev’s aid, the 
analyst added.
 
“However, the EU should understand: despite all their
 claims of non-participation in the conflict, they are 
still being dragged into it. Whether they are 
supplying weapons - training the Ukrainian 
military, helping financially. Further involve
-ment in the fate of Ukraine is fraught with 
increasing costs for Europe. But common 
sense has not yet prevailed. The solution 
to the EU’s current problems lies in 
reconsidering its policy of 
obediently following the
 U.S. course. 
 
Otherwise, Europe is doomed to continue 
participating in conflicts unleashed by