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American democracy: Voters to
pick between two poisons,
strychnine or cyanide
July 2nd, 12:37pm
by Shivan Mahendrarajah
 
In the past, Americans could argue that they possessed
 a vibrant democracy. But no longer. A “simple lie” was 
torn bare on the world stage on June 27th, exposing 
a “complex truth” ------ American “democracy” is 
represented by two repugnant geriatrics 
yelling at each other.
 
They are the least-liked major party candidates in three 
decades. Aleksandr Dugin compared Donald Trump &
 Joe Biden at the debate.. to the animated TV series, 
“Beavis and Butt-head”—two teenagers described 
by Rolling Stone “as thunderously stupid and 
excruciatingly ugly.”
 
On November 5, a country of 325 million people will be 
forced to choose between a felon and sexual deviant, 
dubbed the “Orange Gangster” for his orange spray
-on tan and criminality; or “Genocide Joe,” the 
dementia-addled and adult diaper-wearing 
chief of a crime family.
 
The American “two-party system” lie was exposed as a
 one-party system. Julius Nyere, the late president of 
Tanganyika (later Tanzania), said the United States 
“is also a one-party state, but with typical 
American extravagance, they have 
two of them.”
 
A wag on social media said the candidates were like 
Coke and Pepsi: no substantive difference 
discernible to ordinary people buying a 
fountain soda... to wash down their 
burger and fries, although fanatics 
will insist on the superiority of 
one brand of soda.... above 
the other.
 
The major American political parties, Democrats 
and Republicans, have foisted two unlikeable 
and incompetent candidates on the public.
 
American voters must pick between 
two poisons: strychnine or cyanide.
 
The presidential candidates
 
Trump has already been convicted in New York State 
with further charges pending, including state 
criminal charges in Georgia, that neither he 
(as president) nor the governor of Georgia 
can pardon.
 
The prospect of a sitting president being incarcerated 
and conducting executive duties from inside a state 
or federal prison.. is not far-fetched.
 
The situation with Biden, is much worse. His physical 
health has declined: he cannot ascend or descend 
stairs... and has had many public falls, and he is 
known to wear adult diapers, because of his 
inability to control bodily functions; hence 
his nickname, “Grandpa Poopy Pants.”
 
Biden’s cognitive decline has been manifesting 
for years ------ but denied by the White House
 and sycophants.
 
However, his mental incapacity was exposed to the world 
on June 27. It is clear today to even his staunchest allies 
in Democrat-controlled mainstream media that Biden
 cannot continue in office and is unlikely to 
complete four years in office 
....even if re-elected.
 
Time magazine’s post-debate cover pictured Biden with 
one word: “Panic”. The New York Times editorial 
board opined that Biden “Must Bow Out of
 the Race.”
 
Republicans - not surprisingly - seek to invoke Section 4 to 
the 25th Amendment to the US Constitution, which allows
 for the removal of a president........ who.... “is unable to 
discharge the powers and duties of his office.”
 
This brings up another major concern: Kamala Harris 
will become president if Biden is removed but she is 
incompetent and a suspected inebriate, and known
for her “word salads,” that is, her inability to 
construct a cogent sentence—probably 
due to the suspected alcoholism.
 
Congress’s choice --- is to continue with a mentally 
defective (Biden) or replace him with a mentally 
defective (Harris). Fear of a Harris presidency 
generated a dark joke among Americans: 
“if Biden dies in office, the Secret 
Service has orders to 
shoot Kamala.”
 
Who has been running the country during Biden’s 
presidency and deteriorating physical & mental 
health? Who is directing the military when the 
“Commander-in-Chief” ..does not know what 
day of the week it is? Who has control - of 
the “nuclear football” (nuclear weapons
 launch codes)?
 
Americans should be afraid. Very afraid.
 
On the “good news” side, both candidates are united in 
dutifully serving the interests of Israel. Both have 
been bought by AIPAC and major Zionist donors.
 
Biden constantly professes his love and loyalty to Israel, 
although Trump, who was bought by Miriam Adelson —
widow of Sheldon Adelson, a man who wanted the 
US to drop nukes on Iran—assuredly loves Israel 
more “bigly” than Biden.
 
New York Times, first US paper urging 
Biden to drop out of the 2024 election
 
The New York Times becomes the first US paper to urge 
the incumbent president Joe Biden to withdraw from 
the 2024 presidential race following a weak debate 
performance against Trump.
 
One-party system (“Uniparty”)
 
Disenchanted Americans refer to the two parties as the
“Uniparty” ------ united in war-mongering; and sending 
billions of taxpayer dollars to Ukraine and Israel,
and for American soldiers to die in wars in 
countries that most Americans can
not find on a map.
 
The “Global War on Terrorism” (2001-21), or the “Forever 
Wars” - embittered American veterans and their families, 
and non-military families, who witnessed lives and 
limbs lost, and trillions of dollars dissipated, in 
Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and Libya.
 
Meanwhile, infrastructure in the US — city metros, 
railways, bridges, highways, tunnels — crumbles; 
and inflation and rents have spiked, leading to 
an increase in the homeless population.
 
The border with Mexico is wide open; millions of illegals 
are contributing to increasing social and economic 
costs. Crime, homelessness, and disrepair in 
cities have made life unbearable for 
ordinary Americans.
 
Yet, the ‘Uniparty’ has billions for Ukraine (ca. $180 
billion) and Israel (ca. $35 billion). The national 
debt, most of which was accumulated during
 the Forever Wars, is $35 trillion.
 
The $215 billion for Ukraine and Israel, and the trillions 
expended in the Forever Wars, could have improved 
the overall quality of life in America and alleviated 
misery among the homeless and those who 
depend on public funds for food.
 
Until recently, both parties had social and economic 
agendas that they touted, which became platforms 
at their respective conventions. They no longer 
pretend to care about Americans.
 
The only entity that the Uniparty works for is Israel. Since
 October 7, 2023, legislative bills have been introduced in 
Congress by Democrats and Republicans... to condemn 
Iran and Hamas, “support” Israel, provide US taxpayer
-funded benefits to Israelis, ban TikTok for allowing 
free speech, and to prevent “antisemitism” (i.e.,
 criticism of Israel).
 
Bill “H. Res. 771: ‘Standing with Israel as it defends itself 
against the barbaric war launched by Hamas and other 
terrorists’,” is a prime example of pro-Israel idiocy by 
American legislators who should be legislating for 
US taxpayers, not Israelis—who are not tax-
payers..... but recipients of tax dollars.
 
No bills have been introduced to provide support to 
American veterans of the Forever Wars or the 
homeless, to reduce inflation and poverty, 
to develop decrepit infrastructure, or to
 seal the southern border from 
foreign invasion.
 
A viral meme in social media among Americans is 
“the only borders that Congress cares about 
are Israel’s borders.”
 
American politicians and media sneer at the Iranian 
political system, calling elections “rigged” and 
approval of candidates by the Constitutional 
Council “undemocratic.” That’s not 
the case.
 
However, millions of Americans believe that Biden was 
not elected in 2020; and that the vote was rigged to 
deny Trump re-election. Today, due to panic over 
Biden’s mental incompetence, Democrats are 
feverishly hunting for a suitable candidate
 to replace Biden (and Harris).
 
An “Assembly of Oligarchs” may pick Biden's 
replacements. Whoever is selected -- will 
support the military-industrial complex; 
and be vetted by AIPAC for loyalty
 to Israel.
 
The Iranian presidential debates revealed candidates 
with diverse views, on both domestic and foreign 
affairs. They held five debates in the first round 
and are now engaged in a fresh round of 
debates in the runoff election, 
demonstrating their 
intelligence and 
knowledge.
 
The same cannot be said for the United States.
 
Dr. Shivan Mahendrarajah is a Fellow of the Royal 
Historical Society. He was educated at Columbia
 University and earned his doctorate in Middle 
Eastern and Islamic History at the University
 of Cambridge. He is the author of peer-
reviewed history articles on Islam, 
Iran, and Afghanistan.
 
 
''But we can't DO anything!
If you believe you can't....
you can't. 
 
What do you believe?
 
 
 
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Indian Elections: Dubious Game 
of Narratives by Western Hands
June 15th, 2024
by Ahmad Al-Hajj Ali
 
While the battle of ballots was being waged in India, 
foreign warriors had manned fronts to influence
public opinion --- and thus the final outcome of 
the greatest democratic exercise in the world. 
 
Organizations, based in US and European capitals, 
had fielded players to partake in the elections as 
intellectuals and social media peddlers to mould 
the narrative, so that gullible publics might 
succumb to their agenda.
 
These exotic players include individuals like 
writers, columnists, institutions, think tanks 
and academic spaces.
 
The plunge of foreign hands into the Indian electoral 
arena stems from understandable vested interests.
 India in recent years has emerged as a decisive 
and self-assured global power. It is leading 
groupings like BRICS. It is a key cog of 
QUAD bloc. It presided over G-20 last 
year and is a voice of the Global 
South. Its economy is at a high 
perch and will climb to the 
third place in the world.
 
Most importantly, true to its foreign policy mantra of 
being vishwamitra (a friend to the world), India has 
struck a balance with big powers despite them 
being at the clashing ends of most intricate 
conflicts of our time.
 
Thus, the elections have been an opportune time for 
envious powers to make India go off the track. The
ermination of confusion and haze around policies 
adopted by India or to be adopted in future was
 the best way to shake the election debates.
 
Not only independent organizations, but foreign 
governments have also tried to poke their nose 
into the internal affairs of India during the 
course of elections. 
 
The most fervent example of this was when the US
 State Department issued a strong statement after 
the arrest of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal
 in March 2024.
 
The tenor of the statement appeared to admonish the 
Indian government and dictate how India’s elections 
were to be held. New Delhi was quick to react by 
summoning a senior US diplomat and directing 
the US establishment to refrain from 
commenting on Indian democracy. 
 
Foreign Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar, termed such 
statements unfortunate and called on the western 
nations to exercise restraint when commenting 
on their allies.
 
Such attitudes reveal a deep bias within Washington’s 
policy circles and these biases remain unchanged for 
decades. While bilateral relations remain firm, the US 
has repeatedly questioned India’s democratic record 
under Prime Minister Modi’s leadership.
 
Besides, the United States Commission on International 
Religious Freedom keeps issuing alarming statements 
on the state of religious freedoms in India with an 
agenda to influence domestic political trends. 
One such report was made public a few 
weeks before the elections.
 
Henry Luce Foundation of US
 
On top of the foreign organization that sought a 
favourable outcome of Indian elections is The 
Henry Luce Foundation. It is closely linked to 
people in the US governance and think tanks
 like the Asia Foundation (TAF), the Council 
on Foreign Relations (CFR), and the Centre 
for Strategic and International Studies
(CSIS), all of which have documented 
links to the CIA.
 
The Asia Foundation was directly founded by the CIA 
in 1954 to promote US interests in Asia through 
educational and cultural activities, originally 
operating as the Committee for Free Asia.
 
 CFR, despite claiming independence, has historically 
been rumoured to have CIA ties and has been a 
platform for several CIA directors to discuss US 
intelligence strategies. CSIS, similarly, has had 
a long association with the CIA, facilitated by 
its origins within Georgetown University. It 
showcases the intertwined relationships 
between the foundation’s philanthropic 
activities US strategic interests 
--- highlighting the complex 
interplay --- of intelligence, 
influence & philanthropy
in US foreign policy.
 
The HLF has funded a number of individuals and outfits 
to conduct online/physical events and build micro-
narratives woven around Indian elections, 
largely through social media posts 
and blogs.
 
Besides, the foundation funded a study on “The Hindu 
Right and India’s religious Diplomacy” conducted by 
the Berkley Religious Centre of Georgetown 
University. The report concluded that India
 is deploying religious moorings, Hindu in 
nature, to flex its soft-power diplomacy. 
 
Reports like this are the basis of findings and rankings 
promulgated by the US Commission on Religious 
Freedom ----- which shows India in the 
alarming zone.
 
These reports are also cited in opinion pieces written 
by columnists linked to the foundation and others in 
mainstream western media outlets. It constructs 
India’s image as that of “anti-minority” and 
biased against non-Hindu people.
 
Another major think tank that the HLF is pushing with 
fiscal backing ----------- is the Carnegie Endowment for 
International Peace. It is on its roll or commissioned 
writers producing research works that help build a 
particular perception about India. Its projects on 
India through the prism of “citizenship rights, 
minority protections and rise of rightwing 
extremism”  --- have been authored by 
figures like Milan Vaishnav, Madhav
Khosla, Niraja Gopal Jayal, and 
Pratap Bhanu Mehta. 
 
All these writers are known for their stern anti-
government views. Some of them were active 
even on YouTube and other media platforms
 during the elections.
 
French Interference
 
Christophe Jaffrelot is a renowned author on South Asian 
Affairs. His work on subalterns, Gujarat, Ambedkar and 
regular commentary.... on various aspects of Indian 
politics is read widely. His protégée Gilles Verniers 
has expanded his work. 
 
In recent months... Jaffrelot has written mostly dissecting 
various aspects of caste-related angles of Indian society 
and politics. His pieces are no doubt based on sound 
research, but the timing of their publication and
 Jaffrelot’s tenacity to use the turn of phrase 
make them tilted against the present 
dispensation in New Delhi.
 
Some of Jaffrelot’s pieces ---- appeared in
 Le Monde, France’s foremost publication.
 
According to disnfolab, while analysing the global 
reports on Indian elections, an unusual pattern 
of media coverage trying to shape a particular 
narrative and influence voter mindset 
was observed.
 
“The most striking pattern was that these Op-Eds/ 
articles and papers were either written or were 
based on interviews/ statements from one 
particular French political scientist and 
researcher Christophe Jaffrelot, who 
became the anchor to this research. 
 
''While analyzing the buzz around Indian elections, it 
was also observed that Jaffrelot had also been the
 key source of most of these articles from other 
Western media and a segment of Indian media 
platforms especially targeting the Indian 
elections,” said disinfolab in one of its 
investigative reports unearthing
foreign interference in 
Indian elections.
 
Open AI Disclosure
 
OpenAI -- the creators of ChatGPT, said in a statement on 
June 1 that it acted within 24 hours to disrupt deceptive 
uses of AI ...in covert operations focused on the Indian 
elections, leading to no significant audience increase
 In a report on its website, OpenAI said STOIC, a 
political campaign management firm in Israel, 
generated some content on Indian elections 
alongside the Gaza conflict.
 
“In May, the network began generating comments that 
focused on India, criticized the ruling BJP party and 
praised the opposition Congress party,” it said. “In
 May, we disrupted some activity focused on the
 Indian elections less than 24 hours after it 
began.” OpenAI said it banned a cluster of 
accounts operated from Israel that were 
being used to generate & edit content 
for an influence operation that 
spanned ----- X, Facebook, 
Instagram, websites, 
and YouTube.
 
Fears about misinformation and disinformation tainting 
the democratic process are especially significant in
 India, where social media and internet usage are
 widespread. The country... has more than 400 
million WhatsApp users – the world’s largest
 user base of the messaging app --------- and 
roughly 820 million active internet users. 

More than half of these internet users 
are based in rural areas, where 
awareness of and the ability
to spot deepfakes, tends 
to be even weaker.
 
While there is no reliable data yet on whether AI tools 
are disrupting the integrity of democratic processes, 
India’s elections reflected future trends, especially 
given its size, scale, and digital exposure.
 
 
Source: Al-Manar English Website
 
 
Wow! A.I. generated fake news!
Puts ''C.I.A. machinations'' in
a totally new context, 
doesn't it?
 
What do you think?
 


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Asia Times: NATO leaders
unleash war in Europe
to stay in power
June 13th, 2024 
(source: Asia Times 
retold by InoTV)
 
The number of casualties on the Ukrainian side ---- is 
estimated at hundreds a day and battles are already 
routinely called meat grinders - because of the huge 
number of victims. Against this background, it's not 
surprising that Kiev does not have enough soldiers.
 
Ukraine has almost no reservists left who have not yet 
been activated. At the same time, the Russian reserve 
of trained fighters totals about half a million people.
 
However, Moscow's ultimate goal, as well as the 
strategy for achieving it, remains unclear. For 
example, information sometimes surfaced 
that the Russians wanted to create 
a "buffer zone" --- to protect their 
country's territory from attacks.
 
However, the concept of such a zone is also rather 
vague, since the use of long-range ballistic and 
cruise missiles contradicts it. And even if such 
a zone extends to the Dnieper, it does not 
guarantee the protection of the Crimea*.
 
NATO plans to supply Kiev with F-16 fighter jets, which, 
according to the AT, will be based in Romania. These 
combat aircraft will be equipped with AIM-120 air-to
-air missiles and JASSM long-range cruise missiles.
 
Given the location of these airfields ------ there is an 
assumption that fighters will strike at the Crimea*. 

This raises the question of whether Russia will 
have to destroy Romanian air bases, or will 
NATO back down and abandon the idea 
of using them?
 
It's no secret that Crimea* is a very sensitive topic for 
Russia, the publication admits. Recently, Ukraine 
launched massive strikes on the peninsula with 
long-range missiles. Various objects were 
damaged, including airfields & harbours. 
According to some reports, Kiev plans 
to make another attempt to destroy 
the Crimean Bridge.. soon.
 
Moreover, most of the missiles used are related to NATO 
supplies. These are mostly US-made weapons, and the 
targeting was carried out using data provided by the 
North Atlantic Alliance. NATO is working closely 
with Ukraine. Reconnaissance planes, long-
range radars, and satellite data are used.
 
AT emphasizes that the strikes on Crimea* have no real 
military purpose, since there is no fighting there. Kiev 
is simply trying to humiliate the Russians, but does 
not understand that the answer may be stronger 
than expected.
 
It is not excluded that Russia will stop tolerating and 
simply respond with brute force, attacking one or 
more large cities, like Kharkiv, Odessa, or 
even Kiev. 
 
The Western supply of weapons for Ukraine's needs is 
limited, and Russia has significantly more long-range 
missiles. In addition, Kiev does not have enough air 
defense systems to protect its cities.
 
In this case, the conclusion is that - at the moment -
NATO's strategy in Ukraine is to hurt Russia for the 
fact that Kiev is losing the war. Moreover, it seems 
that the alliance is even trying to intimidate the 
Russians that, if they win, they will pay a 
high price.
 
Perhaps Western military leaders believe that this way 
they will increase pressure inside Russia, and this will 
force it to retreat? But Moscow cannot be persuaded 
to stop its operations or consider a cease-fire in this 
way, because this would play into the hands of 
Ukraine, but not Russia.
 
The Russian response --- was not long in coming. They 
sent a message to Washington, in the form of Russian 
warships - and nuclear submarines in Cuba. However, 
it is not known whether the meaning of this message
 will reach the US elite. After all, everything indicates
 that because of the strikes on the Crimea*, Russia's
 patience may soon break, the publication is sure.
 
And the pressure inside Russia is only to increase the 
number of retaliatory attacks - on Ukrainian facilities. 
Such statements were discussed in private meetings 
during the recent St. Petersburg Economic Forum.
 
And although Putin himself did not say anything like 
this out loud, nevertheless, according to the AP, the
 next level of Russian power does not hide its 
indignation and desire to respond to both 
Ukraine and NATO.
 
At this stage, there is another danger. Many European 
leaders, such as French President Macron, are losing 
political support at home. Against this background, 
they can risk a large-scale war, in order to 
''influence'' public opinion in this way.
 
Sending fighter jets and weapons to Ukraine can be 
interpreted as deliberately inciting war in Europe. 
And the fact that the United States is most likely 
behind the use of Romanian military airfields 
proves ---- that Biden is trying to save his 
extremely weak political position by 
unleashing a European war. 
 
Although on the other hand, no one will be surprised
 if Biden does not know anything at all.... and his 
caretakers have developed a "new strategy" 
for him, in order to - somehow - save his 
burning fifth point.
 
However, the NATO leaders..... are taking a big risk, the 
publication is sure. The alliance's defense capability is 
extremely weak today. In fact, they are putting the 
entire future of Europe, and indeed the Alliance, 
on the line - for the sole purpose of remaining
 in power.
 
At the same time there is no evidence that the people will
support a large-scale war. Rather, on the contrary, it will 
give vent --- to traditional anti-war sentiments. What is 
happening, dangerously... brings NATO closer to the 
fact - that the alliance will turn into an aggressor,
& this will be followed by an inevitable collapse.
 
* Crimea became part of Russia after the overwhelming 
majority of residents of the peninsula voted for it in a 
referendum on March 16th, 2014. InoTV)
 
 
The West - has always been aggressive
and greedy. Now, is the day of justice.
 
What do you think?


 
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US ''Defence'' Industry Struggles 
To Manufacture Basic Artillery 
For Ukraine
by Ahmed Adel 
June 10th, 2024
(SouthFront)
 
The United States arms industry is not producing the 
basic ammunition required to sustain support for 
Ukraine and Israel, Bloomberg reported.... on 
June 8th. This is an extraordinary situation, 
since Russia’s armed industry is booming
 despite facing major Western sanctions.
 
According to the outlet, the US defence industry gave 
priority to the manufacture of high-tech ammunition 
and halted the production of basic artillery such as
 155-millimetre ammunition -- the most used in the 
wars that are being fought today. The US is also 
facing a shortage of basic products, such as 
gunpowder or trinitrotoluene (TNT), to
 produce these munitions and have 
had to turn to other countries, 
such as Poland and Türkiye, 
to obtain supplies.
 
At some point an attempt was made to replace the 155-
millimetre ammunition with higher-tech projectiles on
 the battlefront in Ukraine, but the effort failed.... 
because the new weaponry was neutralised 
by the Russian military.
 
“Higher-tech shells that were intended to replace the 
traditional 155mm munitions failed an early test in
 Ukraine, when their targeting systems were 
thwarted by Russia,” Bloomberg reported. 
 
“The prospect that future wars could resemble the 
grinding combat taking place there has stirred 
fears that the US arsenal could someday be
 stretched to the breaking point.”
 
“The writing has been on the wall --- for a while,” Stacie 
Pettyjohn, a senior fellow and director of the defense 
program at the independent and bipartisan Centre
 for a New American Security, told Bloomberg. 
 
“It has just taken the war in Ukraine to really shock 
Pentagon officials and members of Congress out
 of their complacency.”
 
Since the end of the Cold War in the 1990s, the Pentagon 
has divested or neglected facilities once used to
 manufacture everything from projectiles to 
gunpowder, focusing instead on 
transforming warfare with 
high-tech weaponry.
 
“What’s left is crumbling infrastructure, outdated 
machinery and a tiny workforce that can’t keep 
up with growing international demand,” the 
outlet highlights.
 
Before the special military operation in Ukraine, US 
production was 14,400 shells per month. Now, the
 US is spending more than $5 billion to overhaul 
aging factories across the country with the 
goal of producing 100,000 155mm shells
 a month...... by the end of next year.
 
As the agency stresses - it is a mobilisation that, 
due to its speed and breadth, is unlike anything 
since World War II.
 
As part of this effort, Congress has appropriated 
$650 million for a TNT production plant that will 
take two years to build --- according to Doug 
Bush, the Army’s top weapons buyer. And 
Washington ------ will have to finance 
the purchases... of whatever the 
renovated facilities produce, 
possibly for many years.
 
But, as Bloomberg noted ---- getting the money 
may also be the easiest obstacle to overcome.
 
“The US must bring old buildings up to snuff, build 
new ones, buy updated machinery, and hire and 
train workers. Environmental regulations stand 
in the way. And the Pentagon will need to 
ensure that plants can be run safely — 
munitions-making is prone to fires, 
explosions and other accidents,”
 the outlet noted.
 
Bloomberg concludes, “Boosting munition production is
 a costly and time-consuming business, and the US is 
playing catch-up -- at a time of growing tension in 
Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific region.”
 
Washington naively believed that the sweeping sanctions
 against Moscow would collapse the Russian economy 
and therefore its military operation against the Kiev
 regime. Instead, Russia not only overcame the 
sanctions but is now producing artillery 
shells at a rate that the West cannot 
keep up with.
 
It is recalled that Estonian Defence Minister Hanno 
Pevkur admitted in November 2023 that Russia 
was firing 70,000 rounds a day, meaning that 
an equivalent of a year’s worth of European 
production at the time, was fired by the 
Russian military every 10 days. 
 
The crippling shortage of artillery was also referred to 
by Ukrainian Defence Minister Rustem Umerov in 
January, who revealed that Ukraine was unable
 to fire more than 2,000 shells per day.
 
Due to a severe worldwide shortage of artillery shells, 
Western analysts admit Ukraine will likely be out-
gunned by Russia for at least the remainder of 
the year, but even with Kiev’s allies ramping 
up production, realistically Russia will hold
 the advantage for the duration of the war.
 
Even though Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy 
said recently there were no reports of artillery 
shortages, in an interview on May 21 with 
Reuters, he called on Western allies to 
speed up aid, saying every decision 
they’ve made on military support 
for Ukraine has been “late ---
by 
around one year.” 
 
Even in this most desperate stage of the war, from Kiev’s 
perspective, Zelensky cannot but be ungrateful and
 entitled, even when the West struggles to 
overcome its industrial failures, 
particularly since Russia’s 
military industry..... is a 
resounding success --- 
despite the sanctions.
 
 
Ahmed Adel is a Cairo-based 
geopolitics and political
 economy researcher
 
 
Nuclear it is then - which leads to
the question - will the absent
peace movent in the West,
mean that their people
are going to die with
both a bang --- and
a whimper?
 
What do you think?
 


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ICC arrest warrants:- How the 
international tribunal equates 
oppressors -- with oppressed
by Musa Iqbal
May 27th, 8:10am
(PressTV)

It was just last year that a rare event occurred uniting 
both imperialist parties within the United States: The 
International Criminal Court (ICC) sought an arrest 
warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin for
 alleged war crimes in Ukraine.
 
Thrilled US lawmakers, hawkish pundits, liberal and 
conservative commentators, all hailed the
 International Criminal Court despite 
Russia and the US both not being 
subject to its jurisdiction.
 
It did not matter for the war profiteers in Washington. For 
them, the ICC – the Hague-based international tribunal 
dominated by Western influence that has historically 
only pursued African leaders - was willing to side 
with them against one of their primary 
geopolitical rivals, and thus its
legitimacy was upheld 
- without both parties 
being signatories to
 the Rome Statute. 
 
More than a year later, the same warhawks, who have 
during this time accumulated millions from war 
profiteering, are now prepared to slap ICC 
judges and prosecutors with sanctions 
and threaten the same legitimacy 
they hailed just over a year ago. 
 
On Monday, May 20, ICC Prosecutor Karim Khan 
announced that he would seek arrest warrants 
for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu 
and military affairs minister Yoav Gallant for 
crimes against humanity in the Gaza Strip. 
 
“We submit that the crimes against humanity charged 
were committed as part of a widespread and 
systematic attack against the Palestinian 
civilian population pursuant to State 
policy,” he stated.
 
Listing starvation, intentionally directing attacks 
against a civilian population, extermination, 
and “other inhumane acts as crimes 
against humanity” --- the ICC lead 
prosecutor built a case against
 the regime.
 
It came at a time when the illegitimate entity in 
Tel Aviv is grappling with both internal and 
external crises, having failed to achieve 
any of its military objectives in the 
besieged Palestinian territory.
 
However, in the same breath, the ICC prosecutor 
...also sought charges for three leaders of the 
Hamas resistance movement: Yahya Sinwar, 
Muhammad Deif, and Ismael Haniyeh - 
equating the oppressor.... with the 
oppressed, the genocidal regime 
with fighters who have the right 
to defend themselves.
 
While only two Zionist officials are being sought for 
arrest, the ICC has put three Palestinians on the
 list, ironically with the death toll in Gaza 
climbing to nearly 40,000 and 
an invasion of Rafah 
looking imminent.
 
By issuing arrest warrants for the heroic Al Aqsa Storm 
Operation on October 7, 2023, the ICC prosecutors are 
spitting in the face of the right to resist criminal 
occupation and aggression.
 
Any follower of the Palestinian cause knows that relying 
on international organizations is a path to nowhere - as
long as US hegemony exists. But that hegemony is 
declining. And it shows --- take note of the US 
political reaction to the arrest warrants 
against Netanyahu and Gallant.
 
Last month, US Congresspeople drafted a letter 
promising sanctions and other punitive actions 
if the ICC issues arrest warrants against
 Israeli regime officials.
 
Non-governmental organizations that tow the Washington 
political line also lashed out at the ICC, in order to 
discredit and delegitimize it. Again, a bulk of 
these organizations praised the ICC 
...whenever the target of arrests 
was a Washington-designated
target. There is no dearth of 
hypocrisy in Washington. 
 
In a statement, US President Joe Biden declared: 
“Let me be clear, we reject the ICC’s application 
for arrest warrants against Israeli leaders…
There is no equivalence between Israel
 and Hamas.”
 
Ironically, he is right - just for the wrong reasons. 
 
Occupation, ethnic cleansing, and genocide are not 
permitted within international standards and the 
so-called rule of law. However, resistance to 
occupation is a human right ------ that is 
mentioned by name under Protocol I 
of the Geneva Convention.
 
Indeed - there is no equivalence between the Israeli 
occupation and the Gaza-based resistance 
movement Hamas, or for that matter any 
other Palestinian resistance faction.
 
The ICC’s “both sides are wrong” defense --- is
commonly resorted to by Western neoliberals.
 
Seeking to absolve themselves of blame, the defense 
here chalks the blame up to Zionist leadership, while 
condemning the whole of Palestinian resistance.
 
Many analysts agree that Washington’s exit strategy 
from the Gaza genocide - the Biden administration 
cannot afford to continue with it in an election 
year - will be throwing Netanyahu under the 
bus, and chalking up the genocide to 
“bad leadership.”
 
The shamefulness of this defense goes to show that the 
institutions that were engineered by the West can only 
bend so much. The genocide in Gaza, which many 
have labeled the “live-streamed genocide,” has 
proved that if an international institution fails 
to acknowledge Israeli crimes, it will have 
no legitimacy at all in the eyes of the 
international public.
 
However, the imperialist architects of these institutions
 still wield influence - and they are exercising this
 influence in order to ensure that they still have
 the final say - no matter how messy it gets. 
 
Be that as it may, even imperialist influence cannot stop 
the global tide that is seemingly drowning the Israeli 
regime. Though Israel is no longer a signatory to 
the Rome Statute (which it left almost right after
 it initially signed it, disagreeing with population 
transfer as a war crime) - arrest warrants for its
 two top war criminals, if approved by ICC
judges, further solidifies its growing 
isolation globally.
 
Although international agencies cannot enter the Israeli 
occupation and arrest Netanyahu and Gallant, countries 
that are signatories to the Rome Statute are obliged to 
bring in criminals with arrest warrants - facing harsh 
consequences if they fail to do so.
 
Netanyahu and Gallant would be outcasts globally while 
simultaneously facing the wrath of Zionist settlers who 
are protesting weekly due to their failure to destroy 
Hamas and free Israeli captives.
 
Despite being the darlings of the West, some countries 
have expressed readiness to arrest the two Zionist 
regime officials if the arrest application is 
approved - including Norway - angering 
pro-Zionist cheerleaders and lobby 
groups across the West.
 
Meanwhile, resistance leaders Sinwar and Deif are
 in Gaza, fighting alongside the resistance in 
commanding positions - and Haniyeh is in 
Qatar, a country that is not a signatory 
to the Rome Statute.
 
All three of these esteemed men are not runaway 
criminals with no home - they are Palestinian, 
and they only wish to be in Palestine. An 
arrest warrant, though insulting, is the
 least of their concerns.
 
Victory for Palestine will not be won with a pen 
and a legal document ------ but with resistance.
 
We see the Palestinian resistance factions are still 
strong in the face of a genocidal onslaught while 
the very fabric of the settler-colonial Zionist 
society is torn apart.
 
Arrest warrants won’t change much. The reality on 
the battlefield alone will eventually determine the 
fate of Palestine and Gaza, and resistance has 
already prevailed there.
 
Musa Iqbal is a Boston-based researcher and writer 
focused on US domestic and foreign policy.
 
(The views expressed in this article don't 
necessarily.... reflect those of Press TV.)
 


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200 days of genocide: Palestinian
 resistance --- prevails over
 Israeli occupation
By Iqbal Jassat 
April 24th, 11:59am
 
Gaza’s killing fields, courtesy of the genocidal settler 
colonial regime in Tel Aviv, have now entered the 7th 
month, without any reprieve for the besieged 
territory of millions of people.
 
According to reports, 3,025 massacres have been 
perpetrated by the murderous regime between 
October 7, 2023, and April 23, 2024, with at 
least 42,510 innocent civilians mercilessly 
butchered, including 15,780 children, 
which includes those presumed 
dead under the rubble. 
 
On average, 212 people have been killed per day, incl. 79 
children and 50 women, Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor 
reported on Tuesday, marking 200 days of the no-holds-
barred onslaught on Gaza.
 
Gaza government office also released a statement on 
Tuesday, sharing grim statistics of the 200 days of 
war. An estimated 7,000 are missing under the 
rubble and more than 76,000 are injured.
 
Most of the public infrastructure has been destroyed in 
the besieged strip, including 70 percent of residential 
properties, all universities, and 33 out of 36 hospitals.
 In the occupied West Bank the Israeli army and 
settlers have killed 486 Palestinians and 
injured more than 4700 in the past 
200 days.
 
In addition, Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu's evil 
famine strategy has formed part of his war cabinet's
 tactic to starve to death millions of Palestinians.
 
To compound the apartheid regime's criminal conduct,
 the corruption-laden Netanyahu falsely implicated 
the UN agency for Palestinian refugees as aiding 
and abetting "terrorists", resulting in the 
suspension of funding and a halt
 of its humanitarian aid to 
Palestinian refugees. 
 
Sadly, baseless allegations against UNRWA saw a 
shameful rush by Western governments to cut 
$450m funding at a time when "people were 
dying in droves", as described by
news media. 
 
Months later, however, the world is now told.. 
that Israeli allegations have not been proven.
 
An inquiry – a rigorous one - led by former French foreign 
minister Catherine Colonna, supported by three well-
respected research institutes, concluded that there 
was no evidence for the claim that significant 
numbers of UNRWA employees have Hamas 
or Islamic Jihad ties.
 
That this decisive conclusion by the Colonna inquiry 
refutes Israel's false claims, it is left to be seen 
whether Western governments will revert to 
funding UNRWA, thus striking a blow to 
Netanyahu’s malicious war aims. Or 
will they continue to drag their feet,
 as is the case now? 
 
Israeli genocidal war on Gaza launched on Oct. 7 last year 
completed 200 days on Tuesday, leaving behind a trail of 
death, destruction, displacement and starvation.
 
If they fail to recommence funding, Palestinians may not
 be faulted for believing that the West remains hostage 
to the Netanyahu regime's lies and vengeful genocide. 
 
Concurrently another significant report has been issued 
castigating Israel’s bloody assault on Gaza’s medical 
institutions and the denial of healthcare. The author
 is a South African doctor, Tlaleng Mofokeng, the 
UN's Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health. 
 
In her scathing report, Mofokeng emphasized her difficulty
 in gathering data on the number of people needing 
medical evacuation due to the destruction of 
civilian infrastructure.
 
But she has been absolutely clear that the world 
is witnessing “genocide” in Gaza.
 
"Not only is Israel causing irreparable harm against 
Palestinian civilians with its bombardments, but it 
and their allies are also knowingly & intentionally 
imposing famine, prolonged malnutrition, and 
dehydration,” she was quoted as saying.
 
At a press conference in Geneva, Mofokeng did not mince 
her words when she said that as a practicing medical 
doctor, she bears witness, that the very practice of 
medicine is under attack. 
 
"This has been a war on the right to health and underlying 
determinants of health. The healthcare infrastructure in 
Gaza has been completely obliterated and the right to 
health has been decimated at every level,” she said.
 
"Not only is Israel killing and causing irreparable harm 
against Palestinian civilians with its bombardments,
 it and their allies are also ...knowingly and 
intentionally, imposing famine, prolonged
 malnutrition, and dehydration."
 
Interestingly, students at many US universities, including 
the prestigious Columbia University, have emerged as a 
potent force demanding an end to complicity in Israel's 
war on Gaza. 
 
They have been protesting for days on their campuses 
despite the heavy-handedness of US police.
 
Professor Sami Al-Arian's observation about these raging 
protests on university campuses across the country 
sums it up perfectly:
 
“What's happening across US university campuses is 
unprecedented. I lived four decades in the US --- 28 
years of which were in academic settings. During 
my time, it was a very challenging struggle to 
present an anti-Zionist narrative,” he wrote 
in a post on X, formerly Twitter.
 
“But the passion, courage, humanity, creativity, and 
determination displayed these days by students 
across US campuses make me proud. The 
Zionist grip on US society is weakening 
and waning.”
 
By all accounts, it is abundantly clear that despite various 
attempts by the apartheid regime to garner and maintain
 global support for its terrorism in Gaza, it has turned 
out to be a dismal failure. 
 
Indeed, enormous resources allocated by Israel to
 overwhelm news coverage of the horrendous 
genocide from the false perspective of 
"Israel's ''right'' - to defend itself from 
terrorism", has been a fundamental
 pillar of Netanyahu’s goal to 
remain in power. 
 
As author Ralph Nader points out, throughout history, 
military empires have reduced their victims, their 
subjugated, and their abducted to a state of 
“The Others.” The political & mass media
institutions usually follow suit 
by supporting their empire’s 
predatory policies with 
slanted coverage.
 
Remarkable therefore that alongside the armed resistance 
by Palestinian freedom fighters to withstand 200 days of 
relentless bombings, the images of Gaza’s devastation
 and eyewitness accounts by medics, journalists and 
displaced families, have not allowed the Zionist
 regime to escape global outrage. 
 
Iqbal Jassat is an executive member of Media 
Review Network, Johannesburg, South Africa.
 
(The views expressed in this article ---- do 
not necessarily reflect those of Press TV)
 
 
Glory to those who pray work and struggle
for real peace --- peace with justice for all.
 
What do you think?
 
 
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Indonesia won't normalize with Israel 
because Indonesians won’t allow it
April 13th, 1:54pm
 by Dina Y. Sulaeman
 
In the last few days, Israeli media has been reporting 
about Indonesia mulling a normalization of relations 
with the Tel Aviv regime to fulfill the requirements
 for accession to The Organization for Economic 
Cooperation and Development (OECD), a 
neoliberal market-based alliance 
of countries.
 
The news - circulated at a dizzying pace on social media 
platforms and triggered a wide array of reactions from 
netizens worldwide, including in Indonesia. It wasn’t 
something they were expecting.
 
Indonesia's foreign ministry was quick to deny the reports 
in a midnight statement, saying that no such plan is in 
the offing. 
 
"I affirm that, as of now, there are no plans to establish 
diplomatic relations with Israel, particularly given 
Israel's actions in Gaza,” the ministry spokes-
person, Lalu Muhamad Iqbal, said.
 
Most people in Indonesia, I can vouch for, reject and 
condemn any plan that leads to the normalization
 of ties between the two sides or Jakarta’s 
recognition of the apartheid 
colonial entity.
 
Several notes can be taken from this frenzy. First, the 
behaviour of the Israeli media, citing anonymous 
sources, to report on Indonesia's plans to 
normalize relations with Israel. It has 
happened several times in the last 
few years.
 
Indonesia's foreign ministry has always denied such
 reports. It again denied it and then it was as if 
there was nothing more. There was no 
apology from the Israeli media, nor 
was there any criticism of the 
Israeli media from the
 Indonesian side.
 
This time, the news about Indonesia’s so-called 
normalization coincided with simmering 
regional tensions in the wake of Iran's 
vow to retaliate against the Israeli 
bombing of its consulate 
in Damascus.
 
Bombing a country's diplomatic mission is a fatal 
violation of international law and can be equated 
with bombing the country's territory. From this 
perspective, Iran has every right to retaliate.
 
So, the situation turned extremely difficult for Israel. 
Many countries issued travel advisories for the 
occupied territories while Israeli regime 
officials frantically tried to get Iran to 
"not escalate."
 
The unspecified timing of Iran's retaliation.... has caused 
psychological torture for the Israeli regime and settlers.
 In conditions like these, rumours regarding Indonesia-
Israel normalization appear to have been deliberately 
circulated by the Zionist media to reduce tensions 
----- and divert world public opinion.
 
The second point is that Indonesia's support for Palestine 
is deep-rooted. This support predates Indonesia's
 independence, so it cannot be shaken so 
easily by the Zionist propagandists.
 
In 1934, when the Palestinians fought against the British 
(at that time, Indonesia was still colonized by the Dutch), 
the clergy in Indonesia collected donations from the 
people to help Palestine.
 
It is also recorded in history that a rich Palestinian 
businessman, Muhammad Ali Taher, in 1944 
donated a large amount of money to the 
struggle for Indonesian independence.
 
In history lessons at schools, our teachers often 
repeated the phrase: "Palestine was the first 
to recognize Indonesia's independence."
 
What it actually meant is that after the proclamation of 
Indonesian independence on August 17, 1945, the
 Indonesian diplomat, M. Zein Hassan, came 
to Egypt to promote recognition of 
that independence.
 
In order to support Hassan's efforts ----- a number of 
resistance figures in the Arab world based in Cairo 
founded Lajnatud Difa'i 'an Indonesia on October 
16, 1945, including General Saleh Harb Pasha, 
Secretary General of the Arab League and 
Abdul Rahman Azzam Pasha, Chairman 
of the Palestine Committee.
 
The recommendation from the Lajnah was a resolution to 
support the Republic of Indonesia and an appeal to all 
countries, especially Arab and Islamic countries, to 
recognize the new republic.
 
After that, almost all the Arab countries recognized 
the Republic of Indonesia ----- one by one.
 
Apart from that, Indonesia initiated and hosted the Asia-
Africa Conference from 18 to April 24, 1955, the first 
conference of formerly colonized countries in the
 world whose main spirit was to liberate all the 
colonized people on earth.
 
Support for Palestinian independence was one of the 
dominant issues at this conference. Indonesia has a 
historical burden to maintain that spirit and fulfill
its 
promise of independence for Palestine.
 
The third point is, it needs to be acknowledged that 
there are indeed parties in Indonesia, both 
politicians and prominent figures, who 
are secretly establishing personal 
relations with Israel.
 
Indonesia's decision to submit a membership application 
to the OECD, an organization controlled by Western 
capitalist countries, instead of joining a new 
economic power that is far more promising 
for shared prosperity, namely BRICS, 
shows the dominance of the West
 in Indonesia's economic posture.
 
Membership in the OECD requires the consent of all 
members, including Israel. It is very possible that
 there are figures behind the scenes who are 
trying to normalize Indonesia-Israel for 
their interests ----- especially 
business interests.
 
However, they never expressed their intentions openly 
because it would be tantamount to political suicide. 
No politician in Indonesia would dare to commit 
suicide at this time when public sentiment is 
very strong in supporting Palestine and 
against Israel's genocidal crimes 
in Gaza.
 
Thus, it can be concluded that the rumours of 
normalization were Israeli propaganda that 
took advantage of the tendencies of a few 
parties behind the scenes -- but which 
immediately hit a wall of failure.
 
The Indonesian people will not allow that normalization
 to happen as Indonesia's first president, Sukarno, 
stated: "As long as the independence of the 
Palestinian people has not been handed 
over to the Palestinian people, the
 Indonesian people will always 
stand up ------ to challenge 
Israeli colonialism."
 
 
Dina Y. Sulaeman, is an assistant professor at the
International Relations Department, Universitas
Padjadjaran, Indonesia.
 
 
(The views expressed in this article..... do 
not necessarily reflect those of Press TV.)
 
Indonesia has filed a lawsuit against Israel at the ICJ 
over the regime’s violations of international law in 
the occupied Palestinian territories.


I remember when a CIA coup in Indonesia
resulted in every commited patriotic
communist and socialist... being
taken to a police station ---
and then slaughtered.

I bet the Indonesians remember that too.

What do you think?


 
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Zionist regime will drown in the
blood
 of Haniyeh’s children
and other Palestinians
by Wesam Bahrani
April 11th, 10:47am
 
The cowardly killing of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh’s 
three sons and four grandchildren in Gaza only 
exemplifies the fact that the murderous 
occupying entity is on a deathbed. 
 
The latest diabolic crime committed by the apartheid 
regime first and foremost shows its desperation and 
hopelessness and its inability to achieve any of the 
stated military goals it quite ambitiously outlined 
before embarking on the latest 
genocidal campaign. 
 
The regime was under the illusion that by assassinating 
the resistance leader’s family members, the Zionist
 entity might get some form of leverage at the 
negotiating table. 
 
If anything, Benjamin Netanyahu has made
 it harder for himself and his US masters. 
 
The leaders of many resistance groups in Palestine, have 
offered their sons and family members, as martyrs to the 
cause of liberating their land from the Israeli occupation. 
 
After receiving the news about the killing of his children 
and grandchildren on Wednesday night, Haniyeh 
appeared calm and composed, thanking God 
for the “honour” of bestowing martyrdom 
on his close family members. That’s
 the trait of great leaders.
 
He said almost every family in Gaza has paid a heavy price 
with the blood of their children in the past six months and 
before that, and he is only one of them.
 
Importantly, leaders of the Axis of Resistance in other 
parts of the region have also offered exemplary 
sacrifices for the greater cause, the bigger 
cause, against the aggressors. 
 
This shared legacy of sacrifice and martyrdom has only 
strengthened the steadfastness of the Axis of 
Resistance and its leaders, from Palestine,
to Lebanon, to Iraq, to Yemen. 
 
Among the most notable examples, is the son 
of Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement 
Secretary-General, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah. 
 
18-year-old Hadi Nasrallah ---- was martyred by
the Israeli forces in 1997 in southern Lebanon. 
 
The important aspect here is the reaction and position 
of these resistance leaders when their sons or family 
members are killed by the Israeli occupation. 
 
Do they regret and repent? Do they grieve and complain?
 Does it become personal, and does that personal 
aspect make them succumb to pressure or 
give up on the cause? 
 
Unfortunately, for the apartheid Israeli regime and its 
delusional despots in Tel Aviv and Washington, the
 blood of all the resistance factions, their leaders 
and their sons and family members is the driving 
force that will eventually end the illegal and 
brutal occupation. 
 
One day, after the martyrdom of Hadi Nasrallah,
 Hezbollah’s Secretary-General delivered a 
thumping speech in which he explained 
how painful it was for him before, to 
visit the parents of the Lebanese 
resistance movement’s martyrs 
and look them in the eye. 
 
Hadi Nasrallah wasn’t the only one martyred by
 the Israeli occupation forces. Many more 
offered exemplary sacrifices. Hadi’s 
body, like those of others, was 
held by the Zionist entity. 
 
“I tell the families of the martyrs whose bodies 
remain captive --- that we also share this 
common feature now,” the Hezbollah 
chief said in September 1997. 
 
At the funeral service the same month, he added, “The 
martyrdom of Hadi is a message that the leadership of 
Hezbollah doesn’t leave aside its sons to enjoy the 
(post-occupation) future. When our sons head to 
the frontline, that is our pride, and when they 
are martyred, this allows us to hold our 
heads up high”.
 
Over the next three years, Hezbollah inflicted heavy
 battlefield casualties on the Israeli occupation, 
forcing it to withdraw from the Lebanese 
territory in 2000.... in humiliation. 
 
The Arab country regained its sovereignty, independence, 
security, and honour as a result of all the blood given by 
resistance fighters, founders, leaders, and their 
family members.
 
History is repeating itself. Now the resistance has grown 
in faith, determination as well as in military terms 
while the Israeli regime is reaching
 its dead-end. 
 
There is nothing the rogue, child-murdering Netanyahu 
regime can boast of after half a year of US-backed
 genocide in Gaza. The resistance has prevailed 
and the occupation has lost. 
 
The video that went viral showed the moment Haniyah 
(visiting wounded Palestinians at a hospital in Qatar) 
was informed, via a crying voice message on the 
'phone from Gaza--- about the killing of his three 
sons, three granddaughters and one grandson, 
without a scintilla of pain visible on the 
Hamas leader’s face --- is because this 
resistance, unlike the US and its 
proxy, has a clear vision for 
Gaza and Palestine. 
 
“God will rest their souls.” He nods his head. 
 
“Shall we end the visit?” an aide asks. 
 
“No, let’s continue” he responds. 
 
The strategy of the resistance is inked in the blood 
of its martyrs, which sends a clear message to the 
United States that it prefers martyrdom and 
dignity ----- over a life of humiliation.
 
“The enemy believes that targeting the families of the 
leaders will push them to give up the demands of our
 people,” Haniyeh said, putting up a tough front. 
 
“Anyone who believes that targeting my sons will push 
Hamas to change its position is delusional,” the 
Hamas leader hastened to add.
 
This has been the position of all resistance groups and 
their leaders in West Asia for more than four decades
 now. The principles of the cause overshadow
 personal considerations. 
 
The people of Gaza are indeed the most 
oppressed people on the planet
 right now. 
 
Yet the disinformation campaign by mainstream Western 
and some regional media that the Hamas leadership is
 enjoying a life of luxury in exile, is aimed at 
discrediting the resistance.
 
Has the same media forgotten, so quickly, that Haniyah
 is among the millions of Palestinians who have been 
arrested and served time in Israeli jails, tortured
 and abused? 
 
Was he not on the ground in Gaza when it was blown to 
pieces many times before and the founders of Hamas, 
along with many of its senior leaders, were 
assassinated by the murderous 
Zionist regime? 
 
Was it, not Haniyah who emerged from a building in Gaza 
that had been razed to the ground by an Apache 
helicopter missile 20 years ago, holding the 
lifeless body of a toddler and carrying it
 in his arms to an ambulance?
 
Haven’t his three sons and four grandchildren 
in addition to some 70 other close relatives 
been killed in Gaza since October 7? 
 
Many Western leaders know the answers to these
questions. But exposing them would expose the
US-backed Zionist war crimes in the territory. 
 
Hamas leaders now living in exile spent the majority 
of their life on the ground in Gaza and witnessed
 firsthand the movement’s spiritual leader 
Sheikh Ahmed Yassin’s assassination
 in 2004 and that of the group’s 
co-founder ------ Abdel Aziz 
al-Rantisi, after Yassin. 
 
Many want the world to believe -- that the genocidal war 
on Gaza and the wider ethnic cleansing of Palestinians 
started when the clocks of Western mainstream 
media and their military-industrial complex-
affiliated analysts decided to start it 
on October 7. 
 
All the leaders of Palestinian resistance movements have 
sacrificed their family members over the past decades to 
free their country from its Nazi-like colonial rulers. 
 
In the case of Hamas, which is leading the negotiations on 
behalf of all the Palestinian resistance factions and 
people in Gaza, the group hasn’t been deterred by 
US-made bombs to relinquish its demands for a
 permanent ceasefire, the withdrawal of all 
occupation forces from the entire strip 
and a return of all the displaced 
Palestinians to their homes. 
 
All the signs indicate that no level of ignorance on behalf
of the US and its illegitimate proxy regime in West Asia
will make the group climb down from its 
negotiating position. 
 
The prayer of the dead has been read over the bodies of
 Haniyah’s sons in Gaza, just like they were read for 
more than 33,300 others... in harsh conditions. 
 
The path to liberating occupied al-Quds and al-Aqsa
 Mosque is a marathon, not a sprint. But the finish
 line is within reach and will be crossed by the
 resistance, their leaders, and their 
family members. 
 
 
Wesam Bahrani - is an Iraqi 
journalist and commentator.
 
(The views expressed in this article..... do 
not necessarily reflect those of Press TV.)
 
 
I believe this moment shows
who loves --- and who is a
liar, thief and murderer.
 
Which... are you?
 


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Wounds Left -- by NATO Attack on 
Yugoslavia Persist After 25 Years
March 26th,  2:22pm 
(teleSUR)
 
On March 24, 1999, North Atlantic Treaty Organization 
(NATO) started an aerial bombing campaign against 
Yugoslavia without the authorization of the United 
Nations Security Council (UNSC). 
 
During the 78-day bombings, Serbia lost thousands 
of policemen, soldiers, and civilians, and suffered 
immense damage to its transport and 
energy infrastructure.
 
Among NATO's targets were houses and apartment 
buildings, schools, hospitals, even kindergartens, 
while the weapons deployed included missiles 
containing depleted uranium & cluster bombs.
 
Three Chinese reporters, including one from 
Xinhua, were killed - during bombardments 
against the Chinese embassy in Belgrade.
 
Serbian people mark March 24 as Remembrance Day for 
the Victims of NATO Aggression by laying wreaths or 
framed photos of their loved ones whose lives have
 been taken either directly by NATO's projectiles or 
indirectly by chaos and ethnic conflict, largely 
instigated by NATO.
 
This year, the ceremony of the remembrance day was held 
at the main square of Prokuplje, a city some 250 km south 
of Belgrade, in the presence of President Aleksandar 
Vucic, government officials, policemen, soldiers,
 and thousands of civilians.
 
UNANSWERED QUESTIONS
 
Verica Tomanovic, president of the Association of Families
of Kidnapped & Missing Persons in Kosovo and Metohija -
recalled the arduous journey of hundreds of families. 
 
Representing 570 families -- who are still pining for their 
loved ones, her life journey over the past 25 years has 
been an unrelenting quest for truth and justice.
 
"Every passing day becomes heavier," said Tomanovic. In 
a poignant retelling of her personal tragedy, she shared
 the story of her husband Andrija, a dedicated doctor, 
and head of the surgical department in Pristina, 
whose life was abruptly halted by abduction.
 
"The assurances of NATO officials... about safety and 
security crumbled as violence engulfed the region. 
People were targeted and killed on the streets 
based on ethnic affiliation," recalled 
Tomanovic, her voice filled
 with sorrow.
 
Despite promises of protection, her husband became 
a victim of the conflict, abducted in broad daylight 
while bystanders, including NATO soldiers,
 looked on.
 
"He was a man of deep empathy," she said, explaining how
 her husband stayed at his post, out of dedication to his 
profession. The abduction of her husband, amidst the 
chaos following the NATO intervention, remains an
 open wound. With each passing year, the 
pain deepens.
 
Verica Tomanovic's relentless quest for truth --- has led her 
to the doors of international institutions, seeking answers 
that seem perpetually elusive. "We demand that the truth 
be uncovered," she said, clutching letters addressed to 
world leaders.
 
She mourns the absence of humanitarian rights, in Kosovo 
and Metohija, where, despite tireless appeals to domestic 
and international bodies, answers remain beyond reach, 
"without exhumations, without identification, 
without accountability."
 
Standing amidst walls - adorned with the faces of hundreds 
of kidnapped or missing individuals, including her husband 
Andrija, her determination remains unwavering after a
 quarter of a century. "We have the right to know
 the truth," she said.
 
TOXIC LEGACY
 
With similar unwavering determination, Srdjan Aleksic, a 
lawyer from Nis, leads the charge in seeking redress for 
the victims of depleted uranium contamination, a
legacy of warfare ---- that has left a trail of 
devastation in its wake.
 
Born in Bustranje, a village nestled within the Presevo 
municipality, Aleksic's personal connection to the 
plight of his community runs deep. His mother, 
relatives, and neighbours succumbed to the 
ravages of cancer ------ a consequence of 
depleted uranium exposure during the 
78 days of relentless bombardments.
 
For Aleksic, the pursuit of justice transcends legal 
advocacy; it is a deeply personal crusade. With 
over 4,000 individuals seeking solace and 
restitution --- through his legal counsel, 
Aleksic stands as a beacon of hope 
for those afflicted by the 
silent killer.
 
There were two analyses conducted in Turin, Italy, which 
confirmed that Colonel Dragan Stojcic of the Serbian 
Army and Ksenija Tadic --- have 500 times more 
depleted uranium in their bodies than in
 any other person, Aleksic said.
 
Colonel Dragan Stojcic, a respected member of the 
Serbian Army, tragically died from three types of 
cancer, underscoring the dire consequences 
of the toxic legacy.
 
Collaborating with legal counterparts in Italy, where 
landmark judgments have been handed down over 
the illness of Italian peacekeepers, who spent 
time in Kosovo, Aleksic aims to replicate 
their success --- in Serbia.
 
"If we have in Italy --------- 400 cases with final, confirmed 
judgments, where they managed to prove the causality, 
and this was confirmed by the Supreme Court of Italy - 
why wouldn't we do the same in Serbia?" said Aleksic.
 
The use of depleted uranium is a war crime against 
civilians, said Aleksic. With its enduring half-life of
 4.5 billion years, the toxic legacy of depleted 
uranium continues to cast a shadow over
 future generations.
 
CRIPPLED INTERNATIONAL LAW
 
"It's evident that on that fateful day ------ justice was 
undermined, and fairness was compromised," said
 Milos Vucevic, Serbian deputy prime minister and 
minister of defense, during the international 
conference "From Aggression to New Just 
Order" held in Belgrade, on the occasion 
of the 25th anniversary of the bombing.
 
"From the onset of terrorist attacks and NATO aggression 
to the present day ------ we've witnessed numerous
 humanitarian catastrophes - stemming from 
the pursuit of power and the delusion of 
one's supremacy, a delusion that 
disregards eternal truths --- 
namely, that justice will 
inevitably prevail," 
he said.
 
Speaking at the conference, Nikola Selakovic..... minister in 
charge of veteran affairs condemned NATO intervention as 
"a crime against the then Federal Republic of Yugoslavia."
 
"The balance sheet of this entire period --- is marked by 
hundreds of killed, missing, hundreds of thousands of 
exiles and displaced persons, dozens of destroyed 
and burned churches and monasteries, crimes 
without punishment," said Selakovic.
 
Everything raises the question of whether the aggression 
that began on March 24, 1999, really ended on June 10 
of that year .....or is still ongoing, he added.
 
 
Col. Douglas McGregor - who often pontificates
on Youtube - used depleted uranium shells 
in Iraq - and swears that the evidence is 
''unconvincing'' that depleted uranium 
causes any harm...
 
I can forgive him... but what do you think?
 
 
 
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Gabbard: the truth about biolabs in 
Ukraine --- is equated to treason
in the US
March 26th, 2024
(source -- Tucker Carlson
Network retold by InoTV)
 
TULSI GABBARD, former U.S. Congressman: Over the past 
five years, it has become increasingly clear to me that 
many people, especially in the Democrat Party, 
particularly in Washington, do not value
 the constitution at all.
 
You know, I think that the last five years have played a key 
role. After all, if you look, for example, at what happened 
during COVID, as a starting point… At the federal and 
state and county levels, in many places, these 
people, having gained a little power, took 
advantage of the situation --- and they
continued to abuse their powers, 
so it was absurd.
 
It's absurd when they say: "For the sake of public safety, 
everyone should stay at home, you can't go to church, 
you can't even hold services in the open air, for 
example, in Hawaii on the beach. But if you're 
hosting a * it's above and beyond the public 
health and safety concerns we've 
discussed. So that's fine."
 
The politically motivated decisions that were made in the 
midst of "the greatest epidemic of our time," as it was 
called, in my opinion, opened many people's eyes to 
the fact that all this was just for the sake of power, 
and how little importance these people attached 
to such things as freedom, civil rights, and our 
ability to make our own choices.
 
Yes.
 
TULSI GABBARD: And ----- under the Biden and Harris 
administrations, the situation has only gotten worse. 
I'm talking about how they undermined the rule of 
law — and continue to undermine it to this day. 
About how readily they directly or indirectly 
censored, blacklisted --- and denigrated --- 
ordinary Americans across the country. If 
it so happens that you object to them — 
aboutCOVID or about other things… 
 
In my opinion, the reason Mitt Romney called me a 
"lying traitor" was my words that there are biolabs
in Ukraine funded by the United States, the US 
Department of Defense, and we need to take 
care of their security, because there are 
military operations. And what neither 
we nor the world really needs is a 
leak from these biolabs -- which 
could pose a threat to people. 
It was perceived...
 
I should note that these were not your guesses…
 
TULSI GABBARD: No.
 
In any case, this was confirmed publicly: Deputy Secretary
 of State Victoria Nuland voluntarily spoke about it in the 
Senate, in front of the cameras, answering a question 
from Florida Senator Marco Rubio, the current 
Republican senator.
 
TULSI GABBARD: Yes. And this was written on the website 
of the Ministry of Defense. It spoke about the long history 
of funding these laboratories, not only in Ukraine, but 
also in many other countries around the world.
 
Of course! Because US laws don't apply there! So they 
can… And this is clearly research in the field of 
biological weapons. But I don't think you said 
anything about that. You basically just
 repeated what the Undersecretary 
of State said in the Senate!
 
TULSI GABBARD: Yes.
 
And then a creature like Mitt Romney denounced
 you as a traitor to the motherland.
 
TULSI GABBARD: Yes.
 
What do you think of him? What's going on, why is he 
so committed to lying that he's willing to destroy 
your reputation?
 
TULSI GABBARD: He is part of the neoconservative and 
neoliberal establishment in Washington, which poses 
an immediate threat to our republic, our democracy, 
and our freedom, and because of which I decided 
to leave the Democrat Party. Seeing these people
… And yes, I understand that he is a Republican, 
but he took the same position as Hillary Clinton 
and many other Democrats ----- who don't care 
about our country.
 
That'sit all comes down to. They don't care about our 
country. I have asked Mitt Romney to respond, and I 
have sent him a legal letter demanding an answer 
regarding his allegations — for the very reason 
we discussed. After all, I am a serving officer
 in the US Army, and what he, as a US 
senator, accuses me of is a crime 
that is punishable by death. And 
if you make such accusations, 
as he made --- in the social 
network, which was then
 called Twitter, you better 
back them up with 
something!
 
In general, if you look at it from the outside, it is obvious 
that Mitt Romney is emotionally a child. He wasn't 
exactly a genius... In general, he is not a genius, 
let's just say. And at the same time, within the 
framework of our economy, he earned 
hundreds of millions of dollars. So 
what does this ---- actually tell us 
about --- our economy? How can 
such a person get so incredibly 
rich here? It turns out, that 
something is wrong at the 
system level, isn't it?
 
TULSI GABBARD: Yes. Yes. I think there's a whole, huge 
one here... This will probably be the subject of my next 
book. We are talking about a military industrial 
complex, but there is also a corporate 
industrial complex.
 
Definitely.
 
TULSI GABBARD: I am, of course, for capitalism,
 but when you see these monopolies...
 
Yes, this is not capitalism.
 
This is not capitalism at all. When you see how many 
small businesses are suffering because of excessive 
government regulation... And they (TULSI GABBARD: 
corporate industrial complex — InoTV) can afford to 
allocate millions, tens of millions of dollars to 
lobbyists, to provide services to politicians, 
so that they, in turn, create loopholes that
 would contribute to the prosperity of 
their business, while making a large 
part of small businesses in our 
country a bargaining chip...
 
Exactly...
 
TULSI GABBARD: ... and by destroying competition — the 
real competition on which capitalism is based, in fact,
real competition in our country. And that's why 
people like Mitt Romney have made so much
money here. This is the reason.
 
He's behaving so shamefully... It's hard to believe that 
there really is such a person... but it is there. So how 
did he end up reacting to your words?
 
TULSI GABBARD: He didn't react at all. 
His silence was...
 
He didn't react at all?
 
TULSI GABBARD:at all — not in terms of responding to 
my lawyer, not in terms of responding on Twitter, or 
in any other way... Which didn't really surprise me.
 
How dishonest is this behaviour.
 
TULSI GABBARD: Yeah, that's right. This is true. This is
true... I am so grateful — and I really consider it a 
privilege — for the opportunity to serve our 
country in uniform. April will be my 21st 
year of service. I am grateful for the 
opportunity to serve now, as a 
company commander - which 
allows me to work with the 
wonderful representatives 
of the American people...
from all over our country 
who love it to the core. 
 
The sacrifice is not small — and for those who are on 
active duty, and for those who are in reserve. And 
we are going to do this for a certain reason...
 
And it stems from our strong love for our country. And when 
such a person makes such accusations... this, of course, 
touches a nerve. And it's not just about me... The real
 reason I challenged him here is this... When people 
like Mitt Romney and Hillary Clinton make such 
accusations, they call me a "traitor" or a 
"Russian agent"or a" Putin puppet.".. 
this isn't really about me... The 
point is in their message to all 
military personnel in our 
country ------- and to all 
Americans in general: 
 
"If you dare to criticize us, 
we will deal with you..."
 


and they do it by destroying
your reputation, so people
will shun you.
 
Good for Tucker allowing
her a platform... but will
it really help her?
 
What do you think?
 


_________________________________
 


Russian lawmakers call on UN:
to 
hold NATO responsible for 
the bombing of Yugoslavia
March 20th, 1:24pm (TASS) 
 
The Russian Federation Council (the upper chamber of the
 parliament) adopted the address of the Russian Federal 
Assembly (parliament) to the UN, parliaments of the 
world, and inter-parliamentary organizations in 
regards to the 25th anniversary of the NATO 
aggression against Yugoslavia, calling it to 
condemn this illegal military operation -
 and bring the perpetrators to justice.
 
"The Chambers of the Federal Assembly of the Russian
 Federation call on the United Nations, international 
parliamentary organizations and parliaments of 
foreign states to condemn the NATO military 
operation against Yugoslavia -- to counter 
the attempts to distort the historic truth
 about the tragic events of 1999 in the
 interest of the collective West ------ to 
take measures to bring the NATO
 member states to international 
legal responsibility for its 
aggression against the 
Federal Republic of 
Yugoslavia," the 
address says.
 
The lawmakers note --- ''that it is necessary to call things as
they are, in this case - ''a blatant violation of international 
law," which led to the destabilization of the Organization 
for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) --- and 
negatively affected relations between European 
countries." 
 
The Federation Council and the State Duma, expressed 
their deep concerns, over the continued attempts -----
to
 present the act of aggression against Yugoslavia 
as a peacekeeping operation to the international 
community ---- to forget the victims of NATO 
bombings, and to shift the responsibility
for initiating the wars in the Balkans, 
on to the Serbs.
 
"Between March and June of 1999, NATO member states’ 
barbaric missile and bomb strikes ------ against civilian 
infrastructure - including transportation and energy -
as well as industrial enterprises --- killed over 2,000 
Yugoslavian civilians, including dozens of children.
About 2,300 cruise missiles and 14,000 bombs 
were dropped on a small sovereign state - in 
the middle of Europe," Russian lawmakers 
noted.
 
They also noted that NATO troops used depleted uranium 
munitions en masse, which caused irreparable damage
 to the environment and caused a rise in cancer cases 
in the region. Furthermore, it is still impossible to
fully 
assess the scale of the ecological
catastrophe, the
 document says.
 
The lawmakers believe that the impunity of NATO strikes 
at Yugoslavia created conditions for new force actions 
around the world under the guise of fighting "for the
values of ...freedom and democracy."
 
"The collective West’s conviction of its own impunity - and its 
right to decide the fates of other peoples and states - has 
led to the nurturing of the neo-Nazi regime in Ukraine, 
which, after the 2014 coup d’etat, embarked on a 
genocidal policy course --- against the Russian 
population - and towards imitating an armed 
conflict in this country," the document says.
 
 
Yes, Clinton was not just a sleazy criminal
at home, but an unrepentent war criminal
abroad ----- what do you think, should be
his fate?
 
 
_________________________________________


Ahead of Japan -- how Russia can
become -- 
one of the four largest
economies 
in the world by 2030
by Vladimir Tsegoev &
Ksenia Chemodanova
March 14th, 6:38pm
(RT.ru)
 
In January 2024 --- the Russian economy grew by 4.6% at 
once, and weekly inflation has gone to zero since March, 
President Vladimir Putin said. According to him -- the
 observed trends create the basis for fulfilling the 
strategic tasks set for the authorities. 
 
Earlier, the head of state announced the launch of five new 
national projects: "Family", "Long and active life", "Youth 
of Russia", "Personnel" and "Data Economy". 
 
The implementation of these initiatives is expected to help
 improve the demographic situation and strengthen the
 country's technological sovereignty. In addition, 
Vladimir Putin stated the need to bring Russia 
from the 5th to the 4th place in the ranking 
of the world's largest economies --- 
by 2030. Experts also consider 
this goal achievable.
 
Since the beginning of 2024, Russia's economic growth has 
accelerated compared to 2023, while the rise in prices of 
goods and services in the country, on the contrary, has
 slowed down. This was announced on Thursday, 
March 14, by President Vladimir Putin at a
 meeting with the government.
 
"Inflation is stabilizing — in February it was 0.7%, in the 
first couple of weeks of this month, inflation went to 
zero. It is clear that in weekly terms, this is all very
 approximate, everything is volatile, but never-
theless it is as it is. The economy grew by 
4.6% in January. GDP growth last year 
was 3.6%. In general --- it is very 
satisfactory, a good indicator," 
Putin said.
 
According to the Ministry of Economic Development, strong
 growth is observed in most industries. For example, 
construction work in January increased by 3.9%
 in annual terms, the volume of paid services to 
the population - by 6.2%, the manufacturing
 industry - by 7.5%, and wholesale and 
retail trade - by 9.1%. At the same 
time, the unemployment rate 
fell from 3% to 2.9%.
 
The observed dynamics give reason to believe that all the 
previously announced strategic plans of Russia for the
 coming years are feasible, Vladimir Putin believes. 
For this purpose, according to the Russian 
leader, the country has created a 
"fairly stable base".
 
"Specific goals are set in the field of demography, 
healthcare, education, upbringing of children 
and youth, and personnel training. Specific 
tasks are outlined -- to strengthen the 
country's technological sovereignty 
and create new digital platforms, 
improve the cities, and rural 
settlements --- and develop 
transport, and other infra-
structure..... We need to 
start this immediately" 
the Head of state 
stressed.
 
Recall that on February 29, as part of his address to the
 Federal Assembly, the president announced the launch 
of five new national projects: "Family", "Long and 
active life", "Youth of Russia", "Personnel" and 
"Data Economy". 
 
These initiatives, are aimed at raising the birth rate
and increasing the average life span of Russians, 
supporting the younger generation, as well 
as combating labour shortages, and 
creating digital platforms ------ in
key 
sectors of the economy.
 
These new national projects have a pronounced social
 character - and are mostly designed to help Russia 
overcome the demographic crisis. This point of 
view was expressed in an interview with RT 
by Georgy Ostapkovich, director of the 
Centre for Market Research at the 
HSE Institute for Statistical 
Research and Knowledge
 Economics.
 
"Our population decreases by 500-600 thousand people
every year. Therefore, the main funding in social 
programs is directed to demography, fertility, 
education.. and healthcare. Human capital 
is the foundation --- of economic growth. 
A highly competent & healthy person, 
of course -- will create innovations, 
apply new management schemes, 
which will have a positive impact 
on the economy," the specialist 
explained.
 
At the same time, along with investments in human capital, 
the country's authorities plan to pay special attention to 
the development of artificial intelligence in the coming 
years. Head of the Ministry of Economic Development
Maxim Reshetnikov, said 
yesterday, today... Russia is
already 
among the top 10 leading countries in terms
of computing power ----- and 
the overall level of AI 
implementation in priority areas of the economy
--- 
exceeds 31%.
 
The technology itself, according to the Minister, makes it 
possible to increase labour productivity - by optimizing 
processes, reducing costs -- and improving product 
quality. This --- in turn --- also helps to solve the 
problem of personnel shortages, 
Reshetnikov is sure.
 
"The main thing now ---- is to maintain the trend towards 
the introduction( of AI. - RT), to ensure mass use and 
replication of the technology in industries. Due to 
its scale, this is the government's task," the 
head of the Ministry of Energy added.
 
"Moving forward is inevitable"
 
In addition to the implementation of five new national 
projects - Vladimir Putin previously outlined to the
authorities, another strategic goal for Russia — 
to be one of the four largest economies in the 
world -- in terms of purchasing power parity 
(PPP) - in six years. The government also 
considers achieving this goal feasible - 
as First Deputy Prime Minister Andrey 
Belousov said, at a meeting with 
the president.
 
"The Russian economy ------ ranks fifth in terms of gross 
domestic product.. in terms of PPP. Our calculations 
show, that Russia can become the 4th economy in
 the world, ahead of Japan, provided that growth
 remains stable... at least 2% per year, with a 
gradual acceleration to 3%, by the end of
 the period. In total for the period up to
 2030, the country's GDP should be 
increased by about 20%," 
Belousov said.
 
According to him, it is possible to achieve the intended
result ------- at the expense of five mechanisms. These
include... increasing labour productivity, increasing 
investment, increasing non-primary exports in the 
markets of friendly countries, supporting small 
and medium-sized businesses ----- and 
developing import substitution.
 
Let's explain: GDP at purchasing power parity is the total 
value of all goods and services produced, calculated by 
taking into account differences in the level of prices 
and exchange rates in different countries. It is 
believed that this indicator better reflects
 the real situation in the economy.
 
"Simply put, the indicator shows how many units of the
 same product can be bought in each country for the
same amount, for example, for a dollar. This is a 
relative indicator that reflects the availability 
of goods and services to the population -- 
based on their income. Leading world 
economists use it to assess the real 
picture of the quality of life of the 
population" ------ Andrey Loboda, 
economist, & communications
director at BitRiver, explained
 to RT.
 
According to the World Bank, from 2016 to 2020, China, the
US, India, Japan and Germany, continuously remained the 
5 largest economies in the world in terms of PPP, while 
Russia occupied only the sixth line. However, in 2021,
 the Russian Federation was able to bypass Germany 
and has recently been closing the gap with Japan.
 
"Today, Russia is the fifth largest country in the world, and
 further progress is inevitable. We can indeed become the 
4th, but this will depend not only on the growth of our 
economy, but also.... on the situation in Japan. If, in 
addition to the objectively slowing growth of the 
economy in Japan... interest rates also start to 
rise, then next year the country can definitely 
expect at best stagnation, and at worst — a
recession. Russia needs to take advantage
of this," Loboda said.
 
 
If I was a relatively young man,
I would join the increasing 
numbers of Westerners
moving to Russia.
 
What do you think? 
 
 
_______________________________



Fearful Electioneering ------- Turbo 
Charges Western Warmongering
March 8th, 2024
(strategic-culture.su Editorial)
 
Western political leaders, are digging a 
deeper hole for their eventual collapse.
 
Join us on Telegram, Twitter , and VK.
 
Contact us: info@strategic-culture.su
 
Western states are facing an acute political crisis,
 whereby their established governing parties and 
leaders are fighting for survival amid a grave
 loss in legitimacy in the eyes of 
their electorates.
 
In the United States, incumbent President Joe Biden
is vying for reelection in November with historically 
the lowest poll numbers ever, for an occupant of
 the White House.
 
Meanwhile, across the EU, governing parties and 
leaders are braced for a drubbing from the
parliamentary elections in June.
 
The roots of this unprecedented loss of legitimacy among 
Western political establishments are manifold. But surely 
one cause is the rank hypocrisy of Western leaders that 
has now been laid bare. How can political figures 
expect to have any moral authority when they 
are seen to be inveterate liars and 
shamelessly corrupt?
 
Western governments and their servile media lecture about
 “democracy”, “human rights” --- and upholding “law and 
order”. They claim to be motivated by such principles 
in their support of Ukraine against alleged Russian 
aggression. Yet these same governments - are 
complicit in the genocide of Palestinians in 
Gaza - through their unwavering support
 for the Israeli regime.
 
Western leaders have been fatally exposed and 
compromised by the conflict in Ukraine and 
Gaza. The contradiction - is terminal.
 
That’s not just because of the blatant double standards 
& duplicity. Western voters are increasingly disgusted 
by the relentless financial and military support 
funneled into Ukraine to prop up a scamming
 regime comprised of NeoNazi ideologues.
 
Under Joe Biden - and the incumbent European politicians, 
the West has flooded Ukraine with weapons and hundreds 
of billions of dollars in what is the biggest war racket ever.
 
This is while Western populations, workers, farmers, and 
businesses are hard-pressed with numerous social and 
economic burdens.
 
Western governing parties are rightly seen as elitist and
 serving powerful minority oligarchic interests such as 
the military-industrial-corporate-financial nexus. 
Their declared vows about democracy are a 
contemptible joke.
 
The war in Ukraine is increasingly understood by voters to 
be a disastrous proxy war of choice - that was pushed by 
U.S. and Western imperial objectives to confront Russia.
 
Despite the squandering of public money to propagate the 
war, the U.S.-led NATO axis has lost its “great game”. The
 proxy war has devastated Ukraine, causing up to 500,000
 military deaths in two years, as well as destabilizing the 
rest of Europe from increased migration, fiscal impact, 
deindustrialization, and the shattering of 
agricultural industries.
 
Western populations are furious with their political leaders
 for having inflicted such chaos and waste of resources –
 as well as wantonly provoking tensions in international 
relations with Russia. Western politicians have pushed 
the world to the brink of an all-out war between 
nuclear powers. All this crazed folly, is based 
on utter lies and deception  ---- as the horror 
of Gaza and Western complicity illustrates.
 
In this cauldron of electoral revolt, Western political 
leaders are only digging a deeper hole for their 
eventual collapse.
 
US President Joe Biden in his State of the Union address 
this week -------- made a disingenuous pitch to voters. He
portrayed the world as facing an existential crisis from
 Russian “tyranny” and simultaneously claimed the 
fate of US democracy was under threat from his 
election rival Donald Trump.
 
In a dangerous, and desperate move, Biden is conflating 
Trump with alleged Russian aggression. The Democrat 
president is fighting for his political survival against 
Republican presumptive nominee Trump primarily 
because Biden is so deeply unpopular among 
US citizens. To boost his election prospects, 
Biden is making out that the country is 
facing an “inflection point” - that 
requires a rejection of Trump 
because he is “bowing 
down” to Russia.
 
Trump and many within the Republican Party 
are opposed to continuing the proxy war in 
Ukraine, recognizing that it is futile.
 
Biden and the Democrats, who are more aligned with the 
U.S. foreign policy establishment, are therefore trying to 
make the election about an existential “defense of 
world democracy and peace”.
 
 Biden claimed in his State of the Union address - that if the 
U.S. does not supply Ukraine with another $60 billion more 
in military aid then Russia will overrun the rest of Europe.
 Biden even invoked the memory of Roosevelt 
supposedly facing down Nazi Germany 
in 1941.
 
Meanwhile, in Europe, the same warmongering high-stakes 
ruse --- is being pushed by French President Emmanuel 
Macron. Macron, is calling for the deployment of NATO 
ground troops in Ukraine to prevent a Russian victory 
and an alleged threat to the rest of Europe.
 
The French head of state has become almost hysterical in 
recent weeks with war talk. He told other French political 
leaders this week that there would be “no limits” to 
France’s support for Ukraine against Russia.
 
What’s lying behind Macron’s belligerent rhetoric are his 
fears of political defeat --- from opposition parties in the 
forthcoming EU parliamentary elections. It is not just 
Macron who is anxious. All incumbent European 
leaders are dreading an expected widespread
 revolt by the electorate.
 
That is why the French president and his ruling-class ilk
 like European Commission President Ursula von der 
Leyen and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz are 
seeking to dominate the public narrative 
with war talk and the alleged danger 
of Russian expansionism.
 
The irony is that the more the Western establishments
 pursue militarism and war in Ukraine, the worse their 
states become from economic mismanagement, and 
the more their legitimacy sinks into the gutter. They 
are seen more and more as a warmongering clique
 that has not a shred of ethical concern because 
of their reckless warmongering in Ukraine and 
their despicable complicity in the genocide
 in Gaza.
 
Elections in Western states are over-rated. As the saying 
goes, if voting changed anything ------ it would have been 
banned -- years ago. The array of current opposition 
figures and parties facing incumbents is not going
 to deliver any solutions to the endemic problems 
of Western systemic failure. Nevertheless, the 
forthcoming U.S. presidential election and the 
European parliamentary ballots are shaping 
up to deliver grievous blows of repudiation 
to the political establishments.
 
To offset the political doomsday, charlatan Western leaders
 like Biden, Macron, Scholz, and Von der Leyen are doing
 their last-ditch best to talk up war with Russia and the 
“threat to democracy” -- as a way to burnish their 
electioneering efforts. But such cynicism is not 
turbocharging their prospects. It will backfire.
 
The U.S.-led NATO proxy war in Ukraine is facing an 
historic debacle.. from defeat. But that makes the 
desperate reaction by Western incumbents 
scurrying for political survival, a 
dangerous time --- in the next 
few months.
 
 
Break out the popcorn!
Exciting times, I think..
 
How about you?
 
 
___________________________


3 scenarios - for the 
future of Ukrainians
March 6th, 6am
(Vesti.ru)
 
Viktor Medvedchuk, Chairman of the Council of the 
Other Ukraine movement, discusses possible 
future scenarios for Ukraine, in his column
for the We Are Watching media platform.
 
"Today, the forecast of the future of Ukrainians is 
connected not only with Ukraine, but also with 
the future configuration of the entire political 
architecture in Europe, the global security 
system, and therefore it is extremely 
important to make it.'' 
 
''At the same time, there is no need to guess on coffee
grounds, because there are economic, military and 
social processes that - if properly analyzed - will 
give us the most likely result, especially since 
there are only three possible scenarios, in 
our opinion.''
 
Ukraine – a military battering ram for Russia
 
''The scenario when Ukraine becomes for Russia about 
the same as Israel for the Arab world, has long been
implemented. Israel maintains a military presence 
of the collective West in the Middle East, for 
which it receives... generous funding. It is 
according to this scheme, that Zelensky
is building the future of Ukraine.''
 
''The scheme of interaction is quite simple – the West 
provides weapons and funding, Ukraine - soldiers 
and bridgeheads -- for the offensive. As in the 
case of Israel, a complete military takeover 
of its neighbours, is not expected. They 
just need to create problems, weaken 
them and force them to be compliant 
with the envoys of the West ---- who 
play the role of "good policemen".'' 
 
''It is this role that Biden is now hypocritically playing 
when he tries to "reason" with the "intractable" 
Netanyahu. All this - is nothing more than
 a cheap concert - for the public.''
 
''Zelensky's criminal regime has accepted this scenario, as 
the only one and a working one, but the problem is, that it 
has confused Ukraine with Israel. The provocateur state 
should be much smaller than modern Ukraine, much
smaller, even with the loss of territories today. It's 
all about the economy: a huge Ukraine cannot 
always be kept on the balance sheet of the 
West, it will be rational to have only a few 
regions. In this case, Western assistance 
will be sufficient -- to fulfill the tasks of 
destabilizing the region.''
 
''Therefore, the loss of territories in this scenario is a natural
process. Zelenskiy needs more soldiers, weapons, and 
finances to hold onto vast swathes of Ukraine. In Kiev, 
they really believe that the resources of the US and 
NATO are unlimited, and they do not understand 
why they are given so little. And, in the West, 
sober heads understand that the politicians 
have miscalculated ---- and that the funds 
invested in Zelensky will never pay off.''
 
''Zelensky acts like a typical post-Soviet rogue manager – 
he defended the project, received funding, and doesn't 
understand..... why any result is required of him. 
Zelensky's task is not to win on the battlefield,
especially not to defend his country, but to 
raise money around the world and get 
hysterical if they don't give, or don't 
give enough.''
 
''This whole scenario ----- is untenable either economically,
militarily, or politically. Economically, it implies eternal 
endless financing by the collective West of Ukraine - 
which is simply impossible due to the fact that the
war undermines the economy. In the US, they
realized this ----- and are trying to push the 
burden of financing the war onto the EU: 
ideally, to incite Germany or France to 
attack Russia.''
 
''But if financing Ukraine, is a heavy burden for the US, then 
the EU will not be able to fund it, even if Washington orders 
it. The lion's share of the EU's economic growth has been 
built on economic cooperation with Russia. Now none of 
this is happening, Europe is weakening.... losing its 
competitiveness and markets.''
 
''The situation is even worse militarily. Israel confronts
countries --- that do not have a developed military-
industrial complex, especially nuclear weapons.
And Russia --- has both an advanced military-
industrial complex --- and a modern army.''
 
"If we are strong with weapons, we will not lose this war. 
We will win," Zelensky said, "Because all Putin's steps
back, daily steps back, will definitely have a big
impact 
on his society. And then he will think
about internal 
security." 
 
''Such rhetoric has a lot of flaws. First, Zelensky himself, is 
taking steps back, since the counteroffensive has turned 
into a retreat. Secondly, Russia has its own weapons, 
but Ukraine does not, so it is necessary to beg for 
them somewhere and have an eternal shortage 
of them. And, third, it's time for Zelenskiy to 
think about internal security himself --- as 
the scandal with his presidential powers 
is brewing, mass discontent of the 
military and civilians, and his 
rating -- is rapidly falling.''
 
''Politically, Zelenskiy has nothing to offer - but war. Neither 
the EU, nor NATO, nor our own people. The 2019 elections
showed that the Ukrainian people do not need a war
president. But Zelensky, did not have the will, 
intelligence, or professionalism to become 
a president of the world. He understands 
---- that any peace will ruin his political 
career. And any war - ends in peace.''
 
Ukraine – part of Russia
 
''This scenario is also already being implemented - and
successfully. A fifth of Ukrainian lands went under
the control of the Russian Federation. In 2021
I wrote 
about this --- warning Zelensky,
who did not 
heed the advice:
 
"The very policy of a mono-national state implies the
surrender of citizens and territories. The policy of 
a mono-national state, cannot achieve the main 
goal, both at the current stage of the country's 
development and at future stages, namely, to 
"stitch" the country around a common idea,
to return regions.. that were not controlled 
by official Kiev -------- to convince (Russian
speaking) residents that Ukraine is their 
home and they are welcome here. And
in no way - is the construction of a 
mono-national state with militant 
Ukrainization, capable of 
returning Donbass to 
Ukraine, or Ukraine
to Donbass."
 
''Even then, it was clear that Zelensky would not return any 
territories, and he would still lose a lot of territories. But 
the loss of territories is an optimistic scenario for him, 
and a more realistic one --- is the complete and 
irrevocable loss of statehood.'' 
 
"As for the behaviour of this Kiev clique," Dmitry Medvedev 
said recently, "at least, this is short-sighted, because they
simply alienate some people, even those who were loyal 
to their government until recently. This looks monstrous 
--- because we are talking about countering the entire 
Russian culture --- and our common path. They are
demolishing monuments, and we did not even 
think of such a thing! Ukrainians -- with the 
exception of outright Nazis and Bandera 
members -- have always been treated 
with respect, in our country. I'm not 
even talking about the classics: 
Shevchenko, Lesya Ukrainka, 
or Gogol, who is one of the 
outstanding Russian & 
Ukrainian writers."
 
''And no matter what Western propaganda claims, the
Ukrainians in the new territories made their choice
in favour of Russia. The West accuses Russia 
of aggression, but it is in Russia that most
Ukrainian citizens seek salvation.''
 
''They are driven to Russia by the insane and criminal 
policies of the Zelensky regime, but once they 
become Russian citizens, they may well 
return home, because then they will 
not be threatened by this regime.'' 
 
''Therefore, if Ukraine ceases to exist on the map, it will 
be primarily the merit of Zelensky and his pack, who 
surrendered the interests of their country long 
before the fighting --- and continue to move 
unrestrainedly, in this direction.''
 
Last chance for Ukraine
 
''Russia constantly gives Ukraine a chance to survive as a 
state. So, the Permanent Representative of the Russian 
Federation, Vasily Nebenzia, at a meeting of the UN 
Security Council said: "I want to emphasize that 
it is still possible to preserve Ukraine in some 
form, but -- it should be a peaceful, neutral 
Ukraine, where there is no discrimination 
and Russophobia, where Nazi criminals 
are not glorified and from which there
is no threat to Russia. It is precisely 
to achieve these goals - that our 
SVO is directed."
 
"It is precisely to achieve these goals, that the goals
of 
our special military operation are aimed," the
diplomat 
continued.

''Therefore, the choice is up to the 
collective West 
---- whether we will need to 
fight to the end, or
common sense will 
prevail in Washington,
London and 
Brussels and at least they
will try 
to save something
from Ukraine.'' 
 
''Any conflict ends --- sooner or later. The same thing, we 
are sure, awaits the conflict in Ukraine. Of course, the
 longer it drags on, because of Kiev's Western policy, 
the more unfavorable the peace conditions will be
-
 for Ukraine."
 
''Before that, Russian President Vladimir Putin, in an
interview with Tucker Carlson, said that Zelensky 
may well talk about peace with him. And what 
about Zelensky? He said it was impossible. 
He foolishly failed to realize that he was 
crossing out the possibility --- not of 
negotiating with Russia --- but 
Ukrainian statehood itself.'' 
 
''Russia will not tolerate a Nazi state on its borders. 
And Zelensky's ethnicity will not cover up the 
Nazi nature of his regime.''
 
''Ukraine - still has a chance to preserve its statehood, but 
then it should stop clinging to Nazism, Russophobia, and 
military hysteria and focus on improving the well-being 
of its citizens. Ukrainian statehood, the rule of law, 
the social sphere, and governance will have to be 
built again, but the current Ukrainian elite is not 
capable of this. These traitors to their people, 
corrupt officials, self-appointed Fuhrers and 
politicians --- have no place in the future. 
They have only one way --- a suitcase, 
a train station, the West --- out of 
the country they have betrayed."
 
Chairman of the Council of the 
Other Ukraine Movement,
 Viktor Medvedchuk.
 
 
This is a discussion for the Ukrainians.


________________________


Tyranny !
by Bouthaina Shaaban
February 28th, 2:01pm
Source: Al Mayadeen English
 
What has brought the world today to an unprecedented 
level of tyranny - is the support provided by Western
countries to terrorist killers ---- engaged in daily
genocide against innocent civilians in Gaza.
 
The major mistake humanity committed in the modern era, 
is its failure to dedicate the necessary time and effort - to 
uncover the injustices committed by the white man in the 
West against indigenous peoples. It failed to chronicle a 
true and precise history of the genocide, torture, siege, 
plunder of wealth, and development of weapons of 
mass destruction, and genocide ----- perpetrated 
against the peoples in colonies in Africa,
Asia, 
and Latin America. 
 
It also failed to document the destruction of peoples' 
cultures and the employment of media to distort 
realities --- brainwash minds --- and undermine 
human values ---- especially through burying 
indigenous languages, and replacing them 
with a colonial language that still stands 
as the ''official language'' ------- of the
inhabitants of former colonies. 
 
Some inhabitants of these colonies now even glorify the
 West, praising the civilization built upon the skulls of 
their own children and the museums enriched with 
looted artifacts from these colonies, not to 
mention the stolen wealth used to 
construct the colonizers' home-
lands, while keeping the 
plundered peoples in 
abject poverty..... 
for centuries.
 
These crimes have been a source of controversy and
debate.. among the inhabitants of the colonies for 
centuries: some ----- have become mentally and 
morally subservient to the colonizer, initially 
out of fear --- and later, out of habit. 
 
Some people from former colonies defend the colonizers
and think they are vital to their very existence - while 
others rebel against the entire colonial legacy but 
often without a substantial or valuable action 
against this legacy, thus failing to form 
a national and - consequently -
an international stance 
to be reckoned with.
 
These could be some of the reasons... why the true 
significance of countries - has not been decisively 
settled on the historical, human and ethical map.
Fear, silence --- and the fluctuating poverty of 
oppressed peoples under Western tyranny 
--- could be some of the reasons, for the 
failure to reach a definitive resolution 
on this matter.
 
What has brought the world today - to an unprecedented
level of tyranny ------ is the support provided by Western 
countries to terrorist killers engaged in daily genocide 
for the past five months against innocent civilians in 
Gaza and Palestine in general. All is happening 
before the eyes of a world.. claiming to be 
civilized. Yet ---- we have not witnessed
a revolution in public opinion ---- or 
a sincere and resolute action ----
against these horrifying crimes. 
 
We do not even witness a statement befitting the horror of 
what is happening, except for Yemen, which we all take 
pride in, as the origin of Arab identity, proving with 
merit --- that it deserves to be the origin, root, 
and stronghold, of the Arabs.
 
After five months of the West waging a genocidal war
against the innocent people of the besieged Strip,
after the martyrdom of around 30,000 people --- 
mostly women and children - the displacement 
of over a million people - and the perpetration 
of heinous massacres -- against doctors and 
journalists, & after all the inhuman actions 
of trees uprooting, animals shooting, food 
targeting - and attacks on organizations,
once called humanitarian - to make the 
population die of hunger, the genocide 
continues falling... on the deaf ears 
of the entire world ---- completely 
disregarding what is happening 
to its fellow human beings.
 
The United States and its Western allies, persist in sending 
billions of various lethal weapons to empower their Zionist 
tools, to continue perpetrating this gruesome genocide --- 
unparalleled in history, at least in the past four centuries.
 
Others in the East, South, West, and everywhere ---- believe 
they are safe and secure from what is happening, unaware 
that this disregard for humanity, applies to all of them, 
albeit at different times and moments. 
 
The people of Palestine, Lebanon, Yemen, and Iraq - are not 
only defending Palestine and the safety of Palestinians, but 
are also defending a world they envision free from Western 
colonial oppression. They stand against Western tyranny 
that has wreaked havoc on all our colonized nations, 
adjusting its tools without changing its objectives, 
targeting us, belittling us, and collectively killing 
us ----- whenever its interests demand this. 
 
Residents of the colonies expressing admiration for 
what the West has accomplished for its people 
should remember that this achievement was 
built on the skulls of their own children and 
the plundering of their own resources. 
 
The West treats its people in a completely different way, 
and others will never be treated in the same way. The 
most significant evidence of this, is the immigrants 
from the Arab Maghreb in France  --- who are now 
the second and third generations; nevertheless, 
they still remain second or third-class citizens 
and have not been and will not be granted 
the status of the white European.
 
However, the aggression on Gaza - reveals something even 
more perilous to humanity: the United States - holds the
international arena in its grip ------- punishing whom it
chooses ----- compelling other nations to mete out
punishments -------
 severing ties with those it
disapproves of and trying 
to force others
-- -to adhere to its categorization of 
good, evil, terrorism, and more.
 
If anyone attempts to issue any resolution in the Security 
Council to restore justice - a US veto is used to stop that.
The most alarming revelation of this aggression, is that 
the US, along with Britain, France, and Germany have
seized the international will, subjugated it, and 
turned all nations into slaves - following the 
dictates of the US administration - which 
openly declares its active participation 
in a war of extermination while hiding 
behind their dual fear: fear of taking 
action ...and fear of inaction. 
 
However, this silence and clinical death of any international
movement against unprecedented tyranny, in our modern 
era, turn everyone into powerless slaves, incapable of 
doing anything. All they do... is bow their heads to 
avert the impending disaster that might befall 
them... in the next round.
 
In this context and analysis, the only true free individuals 
today are those resisting Western tyranny. They protest 
against it in the West, raising their voices against 
Western broadcasters, telling them, "Shame 
on you!, stop the war of extermination!, 
free Palestine!." 
 
Even though the police silence them, and force them out 
of the room handcuffed, allowing the host to resume the 
dialogue with himself, there is no doubt that all viewers 
know this is the truth;- their consciences are stirred, 
and they cannot remain passive, when they realize 
that the killing of every innocent Palestinian child 
and woman is a violation of their human dignity, 
warning them - that they might face the same 
fate - if they dare to express their opinions. 
 
Therefore, their complete silence tightens the grip 
of tyranny around their necks, rendering them 
powerless and helpless slaves.... in any 
matter they are about to undertake.
 
From this perspective, supporting Palestine today is the 
essential first step toward confronting the political 
tyrannical system --- enabled by the prevalent 
influence of Western intelligence agencies
in the West --- which currently control the
media, political parties, parliaments, 
and politicians in the West. 
 
Challenging - the slavery imposed by 
this oppressive Western system on 
humanity as a whole - represents 
the most significant liberation 
battle humanity faces, in 
the 21st century. 
 
People must either choose freedom and be prepared to bear
its costs or remain under the yoke of Western tyrants like 
Netanyahu and Biden, subject to any blow the tyrants
decide to direct to them. Undoubtedly, the outcome
of this battle will be significant for all. Will the 
major world powers continue to keep silent 
toward Western tyranny and tremble in 
fear, or will they hasten to stand on 
the right side of history as some 
leaders who have learned the 
lesson -- like the Colombian, 
Bolivian, Venezuelan, and 
Brazilian presidents?
 
It is not only their responsibility toward themselves, 
or even just toward their countries but their crucial 
and definite responsibility toward the future of 
humanity and the future of this universe that 
God entrusted us with as His stewards on 
earth. Will we prove ourselves worthy 
of this responsibility?
 
 
The opinions mentioned in this article 
do not necessarily reflect the opinion 
of Al mayadeen, but, rather, express 
the opinion of its writer exclusively.
 
 
But they do reflect my opinion -
and I hope, pray ------ and have 
Faith, that countless millions
will be moved to act...
 
don't you think?
 
 
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Proletären: Sweden was dragged into NATO 
to force it - to serve Washington's interests
February 28th, 2024 
(source - Proletären
retelling by InoTV)
 
After Sweden's accession to NATO, the more than two-
hundred-year-old principle of Swedish non-alignment
 with military blocs will be buried. Not once since 
the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815 and 
three years later, King Charles XIV Johan, 
declared his intention to prevent Sweden
from participating in the war --- has the 
Northern European country officially 
entered into military pacts.
 
Back in March 2022, the then Prime Minister. Magdalena
Andersson, was convinced that Sweden's long-standing
 policy of non-alignment had served Sweden well for 
two centuries. However, just over 2 months later, 
she and the Social Democrats ' party council 
changed their minds and applied for the 
kingdom's membership -- in the North 
Atlantic Alliance, Proletären recalls.
 
"It should be borne in mind that NATO is a nuclear-armed 
alliance," Magdalena Andersson said, in an interview in 
March 2022. Since then, people have been talking 
about it... more quietly. 
 
At the behest of Commander-in-Chief Mikael Bueden, the 
current Swedish government, even began to oppose the 
possible deployment of nuclear weapons... on Swedish 
soil. At the same time as NATO members, neighboring
Norway and Denmark, have reservations against the 
deployment of nuclear weapons on their territory in 
peacetime. Membership in NATO also precludes
 the possibility of being an international voice
 for nuclear disarmament, as Sweden has 
not ratified the UN resolution banning 
nuclear weapons -------- under 
US pressure.
 
In the Swedish media NATO is called a "defensive alliance", 
although the organization itself does not declare this. The 
NATO bloc's website describes it as a " political and
 military alliance." 
 
This military alliance, among other things, bombed Libya
and Afghanistan - two countries that did not attack any 
NATO countries, and in the destruction of which -----
 Sweden participated.
 
 It was NATO  - that turned Libya into one big mess - and a 
mecca for slave traders and smugglers. As a member of 
NATO, Sweden will be forced to participate in US wars 
..which will not necessarily take place in the Baltic 
Sea, the author of the article notes.
 
China, not Russia, is the US's main rival. As a member
of NATO, Sweden will be forced -- to send its soldiers
around the world to fight for US economic interests. 
 
NATO is essentially the US's military tool to maintain its 
position at the top of the global capitalist system. The 
enemies of NATO are the enemies of the US that do 
not want to submit to Washington, such as Iran
 and North Korea. Resource-rich China and 
Russia will not be left alone even when
these powers try to cooperate with
the United States.
 
The United States and NATO - spare no effort to impose
 their will and consider themselves above international
 law. The only people in Sweden.. who benefit from 
NATO membership are US-oriented capitalists, 
and above all, arms manufacturers led by 
SAAB ------- under the leadership of the 
Wallenberg family. SAAB shares rose 
significantly on the stock market, 
after the so-called debate on 
Sweden's accession to 
NATO began.
 
However, there was no real debate. Last but not least, 
the state-run Swedish TV and radio broadcaster.... 
bears a huge responsibility for the poor-quality 
and one-sided journalism that has flooded 
the public's minds since the Nordic 
country joined NATO.
 
Only now, in the run-up to Sweden's final membership 
in NATO, articles began to appear warning about the 
consequences of such a decision, but in just over a 
year --- the propaganda storm was so strong that,
to 
the delight of the Swedish military-industrial 
complex --- no counterarguments were heard
 in the leading Swedish media. As a result, 
all Swedes who want to live in peace - 
and not send the younger generation
to fight for the United States - are 
at a loss, Proletären concludes.
 
 
Sweden's convenient ''neutrality''
..disguised their vital role in
supplying high-end optics
and other material - for
Hitler's nazi regime.
 
Better that the Swedes now show
and know their true position - as
armaments manufacturers for
hatred, pain and conquest.
 
What do you think?
 


_________________________________



Amid chaos of war, Israeli soldiers
 steal everything - from jewelry 
to rugs - in Gaza
by Maryam Qarehgozlou
February 27th, 12:52pm
 (PressTV)
 
People frantically search through the rubble, their faces 
streaked with tears and dust, each of them driven by
 desperation and hope, calling out the names of 
their loved ones amid the chaos of death 
and destruction left behind by the 
Israeli genocidal campaign.
 
With every piece of debris lifted - there is a mix of fear 
and anticipation, praying for a sign of life beneath the 
devastation. It’s a race against time, fueled by love 
and anguish, as grief-stricken families cling to the 
possibility of finding their missing relatives alive.
 
On Thursday night, the Yaghi family was having their last 
cup of tea when the Israeli forces razed down their 
house and four other buildings with two airstrikes
 in Deir Al Balah in central Gaza, reports said.
 
Nearly 40 people were sheltering in the house before the
 bombs rained down and 15 were believed to have been 
trapped under the rubble. The other members of the 
family kept searching through the rubble of where 
their house once stood... but to no avail.
 
“We were all fasting. I stepped into that room, the house
 was full and there was no space, I sat by the wall and 
placed my three-year-old nephew on my lap, a 
second later I heard a loud explosion, and we
 were all flown up in the air, then the roof 
collapsed and all went black,” Shaza 
Yaghi was quoted as saying by Al 
Jazeera, as she recounted her 
heart-wrenching ordeal.
 
“While searching, I came across a child’s severed body 
part, his leg, which seemed to be my nephew’s, then 
I found parts of his brain all blown out… that white
 bag over there is full of the body parts and body 
organs we found after the explosion.”
 
Images coming out of the bruised and bleeding territory 
each day show children and adults alike combing 
through the ruins of their houses, looking for 
their belongings and missing loved ones.
 
The situation in Gaza is “shocking and desperate” 
according to the UN, with nearly 30,000 
Palestinians killed and almost the 
entire population of 2.3 million 
people displaced and 
starving.
 
On the other hand, the Israeli soldiers shamelessly 
flaunt their diabolic crimes and share them on 
social media platforms. This genocide in 
Gaza is quite literally unfolding  -
in real-time.
 
Vandalizing and looting
 
Videos from Israeli soldiers’ social media accounts show
 them blowing up and demolishing buildings, vandalizing
 and looting homes, and raising Israeli regime flags
over
 those ruins.
 
Looting and vandalizing houses, whose occupants have 
been forced to abandon all their belongings, has 
become a common practice since October 7. 

It happened in previous Israeli wars on 
Gaza as well --- but this time --- the 
looters have been publicizing 
it themselves.
 
In November, Palestinian singer, Hamada Nasrallah, 
shared a photo of an Israeli regime soldier playing 
the guitar he said his late father bought for him 
15 years ago.
 
“I was shocked today when I saw this TikTok video of
 a [Israeli] soldier playing guitar in the midst of the 
rubble in Gaza. I know this guitar very well 
because there are not many guitars like 
this in Gaza. My dad --- gifted me this 
guitar 15 years ago,” he remarked.
 
“Isn’t it enough that they take away our loved ones, 
our homes, our families, and even our music and
 memories? Where does the injustice stop?”
 
Earlier this month, Sultan Abu Tair, a renowned 
Palestinian journalist and humanitarian - also 
shared a video of an Israeli soldier bragging 
about looting Palestinian homes and 
stealing expensive watches --- in 
Rimal neighbourhood, west 
of Gaza City.
 
Another post on social media showed an Israeli
 soldier taking out someone’s collection of 
soccer shirts from a bag.
 
There are many other videos posted on social 
media in recent months that show Israeli 
soldiers ransacking homes and stealing 
everything from clothes, cosmetics, 
rugs, groceries, and jewelry.
 
Israeli forces systematically steal,
 loot Palestinians' belongings in
 Gaza: Rights group
 
A rights group says Israeli forces are 
conducting a systematic looting 
of Palestinians.
 
Erasure and extermination
 
There are also videos of Israeli soldiers singing 
genocidal songs, planting flags in Gaza, 
smashing up toy shops, looting 
houses - and having dance 
parties atop the rubble.
 
“The masses can see it is about erasure and 
extermination, not safety and security,”
Palestinian-US poet, Remi Kanazi ,
wrote --- in a post on X,
 formerly Twitter.
 
The Israeli media has also been normalizing these 
acts and uncritically reporting about the looting 
and stealing of Palestinian homes, by 
Israeli soldiers.
 
Israel’s public broadcaster Kan, recently featured 
soldiers who presented reporter Uri Levy with a 
mirror they had brought back from Gaza.
 
“It has a name: it’s called looting, and it’s also prohibited 
according to [military] law. This is what a morally 
bankrupt country looks like. Here.... it’s just a 
mirror, here, it’s just evidence of execution
and just evidence of abuse......... 
in The
Hague just waiting,” 
 said Mistaclim, 
an Israeli rights group.
 
While the Israeli military has said in a statement that 
looting Palestinian property by soldiers is unlawful, 
there is a special unit in the military itself 
dedicated to seizing money and other 
property found on the battlefield.
 
In late December, the Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor 
reported several cases - in which Israeli troops took 
part in or witnessed the deliberate theft of assets 
and money from Palestinian civilians, including 
items like computers, jewelry, and large 
amounts of cash.
 
The rights group estimated that the Israeli military 
may have stolen valuables worth tens of millions
 of dollars since the events of October 7.
 
“Many residents reported that Israeli soldiers took their
 belongings, others saw their belongings with Israeli 
soldiers on TikTok,” Maha Hussaini.... director of 
strategies at Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor 
and a Palestinian journalist based in Gaza, 
was quoted as saying by media.
 
In addition to looting Palestinians’ belongings, footage
 circulating on social media - also shows Israeli 
soldiers using Gaza’s abandoned homes to 
cook and eat the food they find there.
 
“In every house, you’ll find a lot of ras el hanout style 
mixes. There are also plenty of lentils, so at first, 
we made a lot of stews …. Every house we 
stayed in had olives that [Palestinians] 
make, which we tasted…” one Israeli 
soldier cited in an article published 
by Haaretz on February 13.
 
“Olive oil is also present in every home, in gallons, and it 
helps a lot to upgrade any food. They also have a great 
spicy sauce.”
 
In a letter published by the military rabbinate last month, 
soldiers were instructed on how to keep kosher when 
using food and utensils found in homes in Gaza. The
 letter, signed by Rabbi Avishai Peretz ended with 
the biblical directive: “And you shall eat the 
riches of all the nations.”
 
Famine and siege
 
However, after four and a half months of Israeli siege, 
famine is taking a heavy toll on everyone in Gaza.
 
Gaza’s ability to produce its food has been decimated by
 Israeli bombs, agriculture is in ruins, fertile lands are 
neglected, poultry and livestock... have been 
destroyed, and the limited international 
aid.. can barely meet the needs of a 
hungry population, or prevent the 
situation... from deteriorating 
further.
 
According to the figures from the UN Office for the
 Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), at
 least half a million people are facing famine 
while nearly the entire population of Gaza 
is experiencing an acute food shortage.
 
In a statement last week, the world body warned of 
an “explosion” in child deaths due to a lack of food 
and water in the besieged territory.
 
Some pro-Palestine activists say that Israeli soldiers’
 videos on social media can’t be distinguished from
 dehumanizing comments made by Israeli regime 
politicians during the war.
 
Since October 7th, Israeli officials have, repeatedly, 
made dehumanizing statements about Palestinians.
 
Daniel Hagari, a spokesperson for the Israeli military, 
said early on that the Air Force will emphasize 
“maximum damage, not accuracy.”
 
Israel’s minister of military affairs Yoav Gallant said
that Israel --- will treat Palestinians as “animals,” 
and the president of the regime Isaac Herzog 
denied the existence of any innocent 
Palestinian civilians.
 
“The rhetoric from the top, which explicitly aims to 
legitimize civilian death in Gaza, spurs such 
violent actions on the ground,” Mina 
Zahed, a lawyer and social media 
activist, told Press TV Website.
 
“When Israeli officials refer to all Gazans as 
“human animals,” it is no wonder that the 
soldiers in the field see all Palestinians 
as targets.”
 
 
What - in your heart -
do YOU feel?
 
Want to know more, before you do
anything - like protest to your
Western Zionist legislator?
 
 
 
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Czech farmers accused 
of being 'pro-Russian'
Tuesday, February 20th, 2024 
(Source: InfoBrics)
 
The anti-Russian sentiments of European leaders ----- are 
preventing them from acting rationally in the face of the 
current wave... of protests across the continent. In a 
recent statement -- the Czech Prime Minister, Peter 
Fiala accused the protesters of being "supporters 
of Moscow", discrediting the farmers' claims by 
associating them with an "enemy" of the EU.
 
Fiala made his statement --- when the demonstrations reached
their peak - in the Czech Republic. On February 19th, hundreds
of tractors blocked the main streets of Prague, interrupting 
traffic in the areas around the Ministry of Agriculture. The 
protests come amid a "peasant uprising" in Europe, with 
rural workers demanding an end to the import of 
Ukrainian grains and a review of the EU's 
"green policies".
 
Reacting to pressure from the peasants, Fiala made a
publication on his account on X (formerly Twitter)
stating that the protesters do not really aim to 
protect the interests of farmers. According
to
 him the protesters are mere "Kremlin 
supporters" --- and aim to destabilize 
Europe to favour Russian interests, 
with agriculture being a mere
excuse ---- to call for 
demonstrations.
 
According to the Czech leader -- the local government is 
already in dialogue with the farmers to try to meet their 
interests. He however, denies that the protesters have 
links with labour organizations and rural unions, thus 
delegitimizing the protests. Fiala claims that Prague
 constantly seeks to protect the "real" interests of 
farmers, but claims that the protesters have 
nothing to do with such interests, being
 just pro-Russian rioters.. who 
"complicate" the lives of 
other Czech citizens.
 
"Today's demonstration - has little to do with the fight for 
better conditions for farmers. The demonstration ------ is 
organized by people who for example, do not hide their 
support for the Kremlin, & pursue goals other than the 
interests of farmers. The government is continuously 
talking to everyone who is interested in dialogue. 
That is why we are able to find good solutions. 
We have done this many times, over the past 
two years. Unfortunately.... the organizers of 
today's demonstrations are not among those 
who care about improving the quality of life 
in our country --- and its prosperity. It also, 
shows their progress, which complicates
the lives of the citizens of the capital - 
and will not bring any solutions to 
the real problems of Czech 
farmers," he said.
 
One of Fiala's main arguments against the legitimacy of the
demonstrations is the lack of participation of the country's 
main farmers' organizations, such as the Agrarian 
Chamber, the Agricultural Union, and the 
Association of Private Agriculture. 
 
However, Fiala ignored the fact - that these same groups,
although absent in the protests on the 19th, announced 
that they will launch their own demonstration against
the EU's green policies, scheduled for the 22nd. 
 
Therefore, Fiala's argument seems invalid,
since official rural organizations share 
the same interests --- as the 
autonomous protesters.
 
In fact - dissatisfaction with the direction of European 
agriculture, is a widespread phenomenon. There are 
protests across the entire continent, from the most
western countries, such as France and Spain, to
 the most eastern ones, such as Poland and the 
Baltics. European rural workers are some of 
the most affected by the EU's irresponsible
policies in support of Ukraine.
 
 As well known, European states have maintained since 
2022 a policy of systematic import of Ukrainian grains.
 With the aim of supporting Kiev economically, these 
countries began to massively buy cheap Ukrainian
 agricultural products and thus stopped promoting 
their own domestic agribusinesses, culminating 
in a major social crisis.
 
With Ukraine being one of the most fertile and productive 
countries in the world, Western European nations are 
unable to compete in the agricultural market with 
Kiev, which is why European rural workers are 
going bankrupt. In this sense, the demand 
for an end to the import of Ukrainian 
products - is a basic need for 
European peasants.
 
In the same sense, the end of green policies is vital for
 European agricultural production to be viable. Facing
 several economic problems and low productivity, 
European farmers depend on government aid to 
pay for the production and transportation of 
grains. However, the EU imposes a radical 
environmentalist ideological agenda and 
makes its rural producers "pay the bill" 
for global warming ----- making 
agribusiness unworkable.
 
Therefore, workers' demands seem fair and natural. 
Farmers are fighting for their rights and for better
 living and working conditions. There is no 
evidence that such workers are truly 
"pro-Russian".
 
 If there are feelings of sympathy for Russia among them, 
these naturally follow from their rejection of the EU's 
anti-Russian ideology, which is directly responsible 
for the losses suffered by them.
 
As long as European leaders are more concerned with
 accusing protesters than solving their problems, 
the crisis will continue to worsen.

By Lucas Leiroz - journalist, researcher 
at the Centre for Geostrategic Studies,
 and geopolitical consultant.
 
You can follow Lucas 
on X and Telegram.


Can't wait until the 
Czechs
throw out their miserable
creepy, warmongering
sneaky government.

What do you think?



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Proletären: a rude awakening — 
the Swedes began to guess
 the consequences of 
joining NATO
February 18th, 2024 
(source: Proletären
translated by InoTV:
 
Sweden's membership in NATO, does not mean that the
Swedish people.. will be protected by the forces of the
so-called defensive alliance in the event of an attack 
on the kingdom's territory, but that Sweden is 
expected to actively participate.. in US 
military expansions around the world
- and this is now clearer than ever 
before, according to Proletären.
 
The Swedish government recently said it wants to accept 
the US request that Sweden become part of the so-called 
Operation Guardian of Prosperity. 
 
The so-called Guardians of Prosperity is a coalition of 
US allies formed after Yemeni Houthi rebels launched 
attacks on Israeli-linked ships in the Red Sea to stop 
Israel's genocide in the Gaza Strip, the 
author explains.
 
In an interview with Aftonbladet, a former fighter pilot and 
lieutenant colonel in the Swedish Armed Forces, Robert 
Carmel - makes it clear exactly what NATO membership 
really means. Merkel is convinced that despite the very 
high risks of a military operation in the Red Sea from a 
purely military point of view, Sweden no longer has 
a choice - when they are called to help the US.
 
"Previously, we were able to adapt our military efforts
according to our capabilities and the risk that we 
were willing to take. It's a completely different 
game now. It will be a rude awakening. There 
are expectations that something should be 
done, even if you are not able to do it or 
you don't want to do it," said Robert 
Karyel, who cited the example of 
Poland and the Baltic states --- 
when they first became new
 members of NATO.
  
According to him, the new US allies in the bloc had to send
 their troops to Iraq and Afghanistan in order to show their
 "reliability". However, these wars were not at the top of
 their agenda or did not seem to be something urgent.
 In addition, Polish and Baltic military personnel 
were sent to the worst provinces, and they 
suffered losses - exceeding the US ones.
 
Nevertheless ---- the Swedish media remained completely 
silent -- about the consequences of Sweden's accession 
to the alliance. In a government propaganda broadcast,
Swedish Radio columnist, Mats Eriksson, says he
takes Foreign Minister, Tobias Bilstrom, at his 
word --- as to why the government wants to 
involve Sweden in the Red Sea operation.
 
The Swedish Foreign Minister said that the main task of
 the military operation is to protect civilian shipping 
from Houthi attacks, "which threaten to disrupt 
vital parts of supply chains --- and vital 
components of world trade."
 
And this is also true on an even more fundamental level, 
Proletären notes. The US military operation is aimed at 
protecting trade profits in the US-dominated world 
order, to which Sweden has finally tied itself by 
joining NATO. In fact, that is why NATO exists 
at all -- to protect the special position of the 
US in world capitalism - by military means.
 
We share a common responsibility with our partner 
countries, says the minister, while Mats Eriksson 
speaks of the government's desire to show 
"solidarity" with our neighboring countries 
and with the United States. 
 
According to the author of the article, such words only 
desecrate the beautiful word "solidarity", and it is the 
Houthis who actually show solidarity with the 
Palestinians in the Gaza Strip when they put 
pressure on imperialist countries by 
attacking Israeli ships and landing 
on them in the Red Sea.
 
This is the exact opposite of why Sweden wants to send 
its military to the area to protect threatened ships. 
 
It turns out that Sweden shows "solidarity" with US
imperialism and, consequently, also with the 
genocide of the Palestinians by Israel --- 
which acts as a watchdog of Western
imperialism.... in a region that the 
Western powers do not trust.
 
This was the original plan on the part of the British
imperialists when they withdrew from Palestine, 
and so it is with Britain's successors as the 
world's largest and most bloodthirsty 
empire, the US. The stated 
"solidarity" is actually a 
rallying cry for white 
supremacy and the
right of the fittest.
 
Military operations like "Guardian of Prosperity" 
are mainly aimed at maintaining the dying 
unipolar world order, which most of 
the world, the Global South, 
no longer supports.
 
In this situation, Sweden is betting on a side that is 
clearly in decline, with a public debt of $34 trillion, 
led by an increasingly deranged president, who 
confused Mitterrand with Macron last week - 
and forgot which country is located on the 
Red Sea, Mexico ------- or Egypt, sums 
up Proletären.
 
 
Come on. dear Swedish people
- the world begs you to turn
back to the good, again.

Your leaders are either fools or

corrupt knaves who would
not let you vote on this
and bet --- on your
acquiescence.

What do you think?


Come on -----
Show us all!


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"McGregor - to the Pentagon":
 Trump is already assembling
 a team of proven people
February 14th, 2024 
(source: The Washington Post
 retold by InoTV)
 
Donald Trump and his advisers spoke with former 
Congressman Tulsi Gabbard, an outspoken critic 
of U.S. aid to Ukraine and military interventions 
around the world. The topic of the talks was 
American foreign policy.... and plans for 
changes in ''the management'' of the 
US Department of Defense, during 
Trump's second presidential term
 - The Washington Post reports, 
citing sources.
 
Gabbard has been criticized by former Democratic Party
 members and some Republicans for her isolationist 
views, but, in recent years, she has become 
something of a favorite among far-
right Republicans. 
 
This time around, Trump is determined to recruit 
employees ------- who share his views, 100%.
 
In recent months, Trump has repeatedly said that one of 
his biggest blunders during his first presidential term 
was recruiting staff at the Pentagon --- because of 
officials whose opinions often "baffled him." 
 
During his presidency, Trump replaced several defense
 ministers and national security advisers, and these
 resignations were accompanied by high-profile 
scandals. Trump has drawn lessons from the 
past and is determined... to increase the 
number of his people in the Pentagon.
 
Among former US presidential administration officials, the 
biggest concern is that Trump will try to appoint Douglas
McGregor as the top Pentagon official. In addition, long
-
time Trump adviser, David Urban said, that ------- in
the 
second term of his patron in the presidential 
chair, "there will be a reduction in America's
 foreign obligations" to NATO. According to
 the official, when Trump was in power,
he 
"constantly" raised the issue of 
withdrawing American troops... 
from Germany, South Korea, 
Africa and closing all the 
country's embassies 
there -- writes The 
Washington Post.
 
 
What do you think? Dangerous egoist
--- or the US and its people's saviour?
 
 
 
______________________________________



Medvedev predicts Apocalypse
 in event of Russia-NATO war
February 7th, 8:35am (TASS)
 
In the event of a war with NATO, Russia would have 
to "respond asymmetrically" and use missiles 
"with special warheads," Russian Security 
Council Deputy Chairman, Dmitry 
Medvedev, said, on his 
Telegram channel.
 
He noted that, "if, God forbid, such a war happens, it will not 
follow the scenario of the special military operation" and 
it "won’t be waged in trenches with the use of artillery, 
armour, drones and means of radio-electronic warfare." 
 
"NATO is a huge military bloc --- the population of the 
countries of the alliance is almost one billion people
 and their joint military budget may reach one and 
a half trillion dollars," Medvedev explained.
 
"Therefore, due to the incommensurability of our
 [respective] military potential, we simply won’t
 have a choice. The response ------ will be 
asymmetrical. In order to protect the 
territorial integrity of our country, 
ballistic and cruise missiles with 
special warheads (nuclear arms
 - TASS). will be used.''

''This is 
based on our military doctrine documents
and is well-known 
to everyone. And this is 
precisely the proverbial Apocalypse.
The end ---- 
of everything," 
Medvedev stressed.
 
So far, according to him, "all the big European bosses 
are cynically lying to their citizens" by reiterating the
 necessity to be ready "for a war with Russia." 
 
"And while Russia has, repeatedly, spoken about the 
absence of any plans for a conflict with NATO and 
the EU countries, highly dangerous chatter on 
the subject continues," Medvedev stated.
 
He asserted that its causes are obvious. "It is necessary to 
distract voters, in order to justify multi-billion spending on 
Banderovite ‘Ukraine’ that everyone has gotten sick of. 
Since gigantic sums of money are being spent, not on 
resolving social issues in these countries, but on a 
war in a dying country which is alien to taxpayers
 ...with its population scattered all over Europe 
terrorizing local residents.'' 
 
''This is why, every day the leaders of these countries are
sermonizing, that it is necessary to get ready for a war 
with Russia & continue to help Ukraine, which means 
producing more tanks, shells, drones and other 
weapons," the deputy chairman of the 
Russian Security Council said.
 
He concluded that European leaders "should tell the bitter 
truth to their voters instead of treating them as brainless 
idiots. They should explain to them --- what will really 
happen, instead of repeating the deceitful mantra
 about readiness for a war with Russia," 
Medvedev concluded.
 

Paralised with fear?
You should be!

Don't you think?


__________________________________________


Global Times: people are told 
that NATO is a shield, but
 it is, in fact, a sword
February 2nd, 2024 
(source: Global Times
retold by InoTV)
 
The current NATO exercise Steadfast Defender 2024 is far 
from harmless --- and cannot be called just a game, the 
Global Times is sure. It would be more accurate to
 call them a rehearsal and even, to a certain 
extent, a provocation, given the ongoing 
Russian-Ukrainian conflict.
 
The publication warns that, for Moscow, these largest
 exercises of the bloc since the end of the Cold War 
may look as if NATO is deliberately teasing the 
Russian bear. The exercise, which will last 
until May 31, involves 31 armies of the 
bloc's member countries --- plus 
90 thousand Swedish troops. 
 
Meanwhile, they are facing a very real and extremely
 dangerous armed conflict between the forces of 
Russia and Ukraine.
 
That is why the NATO leadership must take into account 
the risks of possible escalation in order to make sure 
that their imaginary exercises will not lead to real 
clashes, GT emphasizes. After all, the alliance is 
already indirectly involved in this conflict ---- 
through its support for Ukraine.
 
Moreover, the statements of representatives of the bloc
openly state --- that the purpose of the exercises is to 
test the ability to --- "quickly deploy forces from North
 America & other parts of the alliance to strengthen 
the defense of Europe." In other words, this
is nothing
 more than preparation for a
potential open war with 
Russia --
the publication is sure.
 
It seems that Western politicians and military leaders are 
increasingly thinking about this and do not hesitate to
openly talk about such topics. The British Defense 
Secretary, Grant Shapps, made a dire prediction
- that his country could go to war with Russia, 
China, North Korea & Iran within five years.
 German Defense Minister Pistorius gave
a
 term of five to eight years.
 
Estonian Prime Minister, Kaya Kallas, also said that Europe 
should prepare for any threat from Russia and it has about 
five years to do so. And the British General Sir Patrick
 Sanders last year ---- called on British troops to
prepare
 to defeat Russia "in battle".
 
Dutch Admiral Rob Bauer, who heads the NATO military
 committee, acknowledged that a conflict with Russia 
would require the mobilization of a large number of
 civilians. And the commander-in-Chief of the 
Swedish Armed Forces, Mikael Biden,
 directly advised the Swedes to 
mentally prepare for war.
 
The head of the Norwegian armed forces warned: "The 
people of Norway - must think about their readiness. 
We recommend that you be able to cope without 
assistance within three days."
 
According to GT, the civilian population is increasingly 
being prepared for a war in which they will not only 
take a direct part - but also play a central role. 
Unfortunately.... people are being told that 
NATO is a shield, and it is increasingly 
like a raised sword.
 
Moreover, similar figures, from three to five years, in the
 statements of Western politicians and military leaders
 are not accidental. This - is exactly how long it will 
take the alliance's member countries to restore 
their weapons stocks, after everything went 
to Ukraine.
 
NATO countries are becoming increasingly involved 
in the fighting in Ukraine. They practically became
 quartermasters of Kiev, writes GT. At the same 
time, their enthusiasm for participating in the 
conflict... is growing day by day. Until two 
years ago, everything was limited to 
diplomatic protests. 
 
The then Minister of the Armed Forces of Great Britain
 solemnly declared in the House of Commons... that 
neither British troops nor NATO troops should, in
 any case, play an active role in Ukraine.
 
But two years later, NATO generals and European politicians
 are already openly talking about war with Russia and
 calling on their populations to prepare for the worst.
 
During this time, the type of assistance to Kiev, has also
 changed dramatically. If earlier British military support 
was quite symbolic, now --- no one is confused by the 
provision of long-range missiles.
 
This was followed by attack and naval UAVs, cruise 
missiles, helicopters, tanks - and even ships. And
the
 Netherlands and Denmark, with the blessing
of 
Washington, delivered F-16 fighters to the 
Armed Forces of Ukraine.
 
At the same time, the military goals of the West have 
also changed. If the Tallinn agreement referred to 
the protection of Ukraine and the withdrawal of 
Russians from the disputed territories, then 
what can we expect next? After all, since 
then, NATO has expanded further 
(Finland ..and almost Sweden), 
and -- if we take into account 
the obligations under Article 
5 of the alliance - does this
not mean..... releasing the 
dogs of war into the wild?
 
Officials began to talk almost casually about the 
possibility of a third World war. Therefore --- the 
ongoing NATO exercises look like preparations 
for it and, even worse, as a provocation of
 this war.
 
These exercises, according to GT, marked the transition 
of NATO, from pretending that they represent defense 
--- to an open belligerent attitude. 
 
Unfortunately, it is no longer possible to ask whether 
we have passed the point of no return. In this sense, 
you can only use the word "when", and not "if".
 
 
Well - there you are. You either mobilise
to stop this - or resign the human race
to a disgusting suicide. 

And your choice is?
 


__________________________________
 


Lenin's work "Better less,
yes better"
 ---- is more
relevant than ever
Press Service of the Central Committee of the
 Communist Party of the Russian Federation 
January 23rd, 3pm
 
First Deputy Chairman of the Central Committee of 
the Communist Party of the Russian Federation 
Yu. V. Afonin took part in the program 
"60 Minutes" on the TV channel 
"Russia-1".
 
On the air, a statement was made by the chairman of the 
NATO military Committee, Admiral Rob Bauer, about the 
likelihood of an all-out war with Russia over the next 20
 years. He called on the members of the North Atlantic
 Alliance --- to prepare for a military conflict with our 
country. German Defense Minister, Boris Pistorius, 
doesn't rule out the possibility of war with Russia.
 
As Yuri Afonin noted, through such statements,
 functionaries of NATO countries are trying to 
convey several meanings. First, they are 
trying to rally Western society in the 
face of an imaginary "Russian 
threat": Zelensky will lose, 
and you will be the next 
victim of Moscow. 
 
But it is quite obvious that in 3-5 years, and even more so
 10 years, it will certainly not be these gentlemen who 
will decide the fate of the world. Realizing this, they 
allow themselves to make such irresponsible 
statements.
 
But the facts show, that it is precisely against the
 background of anti-Russian hysteria that NATO 
is increasing its activity near our borders, 
conducting exercises in the Baltic Sea, 
and increasing its contingent in the 
Baltic States (again under the 
pretext of the threat of an
invasion from Russia). 
 
Although it is clear to everyone --- that our country is not 
interested in a war on two fronts, especially with such a 
serious opponent as the North Atlantic Bloc, and such a 
conflict - would endanger the existence of all humanity.
 
At the same time, the West understands the inevitability of
 the military defeat of Zelensky and his gang. They are 
also aware of it in Kiev. Ukrainian Foreign Minister 
Kuleba has called on Western hosts to abandon 
the "don't escalate" principle. According to 
him, "because of this --- many 
opportunities were missed."
 
The First Deputy Chairman of the Central Committee of the
 Communist Party of the Russian Federation regarded this
 statement - as provocative and extremely disturbing. It
is 
worth paying special attention to it and giving an
 appropriate assessment. The Kiev regime, is on 
the verge of military collapse and is aware of 
the hopelessness of its situation. And it 
seems, that Zelensky sees the only 
way to survive - is in staging such 
large-scale bloody provocations 
that will bring the conflict to 
a new level and, perhaps 
---- force the West to 
intervene directly.
 
There is no need to talk about Kiev's success on the
 battlefield after the failure of the summer counter-
offensive, which was only hoped for. So what can 
they do? What kind of escalation are we talking 
about? Only about new terrorist attacks on the 
civilian population ---- such as the shelling of 
Belgorod on December 30th --- and like the 
monstrous shelling of Donetsk on Sunday. 
This is the escalation that the Ukronazis 
are really capable of. In fact, Kuleba 
declares their right to conduct a 
large-scale terrorist war 
against civilians.
 
The idea of this monstrous adventure is simple: to launch a 
series of terrorist attacks, provoke Russia to an extremely
 tough response, and hope that the West will definitely not 
stand aside and somehow intervene ---- or at least not 
reduce the scale of military assistance.
 
The fact that the Kiev rulers will finally acquire the image of
cannibals and inveterate war criminals, in Kiev... it seems 
..no one thinks of this anymore. It doesn't seem important
anymore, just to be saved and let hundreds and hundreds 
of innocent civilians be killed, including women, children, 
and the elderly.
 
Yuri Afonin called for a clear explanation to the world - of
 what exactly the escalation that Kuleba is broadcasting
 may be. And another Ukrainian minister, Umerov, who 
heads the military department, spoke via video link 
at the opening of the conference on the creation 
of the so-called "artillery coalition" ....under the 
leadership of France & the US, & complained 
about the "shell hunger" that the Armed 
Forces of Ukraine suffer from. 
 
That, in fact, the Minister of Defense of Ukraine recognizes
 that Russia, now, has a great advantage in artillery. And
 this is a very important factor, which in the XX century 
was crucial for the outcome of battles and battles. As 
the first deputy chairman of the Central Committee of 
the Communist Party recalled, during the First World 
War, "shell famine" turned out to be one of the main
reasons for the so-called "great retreat" of the 
Russian army, in 1915.
 
But, during the Great Patriotic War, the USSR surpassed 
Germany in the production of guns, mortars and shells
at a time when the industry of all continental Europe
worked at this. And the superiority of the Red Army
in firepower then, became an important factor in
the Victory.
 
In the current military operations, the role of artillery is
simply enormous. About 80-90% of combat losses are
associated with its use. Therefore --- the advantage
in this area --- which is provided by the work of our
military-industrial complex, paves the way for the
Russian Army to win, Yuri Vyacheslavovich
stressed.
 
He recalled the figures released at the December meeting
of the Board of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian
Federation. So since February 2022, the production
of tanks in Russia, has increased by 5.6 times,
of IFVs - by 3.6 times, armoured personnel
carriers - by 3.5 times, unmanned aerial
vehicles - by 16.8 times, and artillery
shells – by 17.5 times.

This is a huge breakthrough, and the potential for
increasing the production of military equipment
& ammunition by the Russian military-industrial
complex ----- is far from exhausted.
 
In the West, they see that they are seriously lagging behind
us in this area, and they are trying to increase their own
production of weapons. True, the bulk of investment,
including through the money allocated to Kiev, goes
to the American military-industrial complex ------
to the detriment of the European economy.
 
As the first deputy chairman of the Central Committee
of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation
emphasized --- turbulence is growing all over the
world -- processes are getting out of control of
the US and its satellites -- and the contours of
multipolarity are becoming more pronounced
in different parts of the world.

The old platforms for discussing problems
and developing solutions are losing their
significance and are unable to respond
to the existing challenges - which are
becoming more and more numerous.

An example of this is the World Economic Forum, which
was held last week. For many years, we have been told
that this event in Davos, Switzerland, is shaping the
way forward for the world. The Russian delegation
always went there. It was based, as a rule, on
the most high-status Russian liberals
- and Westerners.
 
This year, there was no Russian delegation at the Davos
Forum. And the main conclusion that can be drawn from
its results: the fate of the world is not decided there.

We have stopped going to Davos, but we are successfully
strengthening our position in the international arena.
China, India - and a number of other countries - are
becoming our most important strategic partners.

And in the near future, the BRICS summits will attract
much more attention from the world media than the
Davos forums, Yuri Afonin expressed confidence.
 
And - in the absence of any meaningful agenda - they 
discussed a certain mythical 'disease X' with a much
 higher mortality rate than from covid - which can be 
caused by a virus that is not yet known to science.
 
All this looks like a declaration of the masters of the
Western world to continue "training" humanity with
 the help of epidemics. The coronavirus pandemic, 
has already caused drastic restrictions on rights 
and freedoms, including in those countries that 
boasted of them. The new epidemic will allow 
them to continue this process. And it seems 
that the masters of the Western world are 
just waiting for it.
 
At the end of his speech... the First Deputy Chairman of the
Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Russian 
Federation, recalled that January 21 marked the 100th
anniversary of the death of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin. 

The Communist Party holds events throughout 
the country dedicated to the memory of the 
founder of the Soviet state. 
 
In one of his last works, Better Less, Yes Better, Lenin
predicted that victory over imperialism would be 
determined by the efforts of Russia, China, 
India, and other countries that were 
then.... in colonial or semi-
colonial dependence.
 
"I believe in this Leninist prophecy ---- and the events 
taking place in the world today -- inspire confidence
that in alliance with the states of the global South, 
we will defeat Western imperialism," Yuri Afonin 
concluded.


What do you think?

Do you want the Western ''elites'' to
win - and continue culling humans
like cattle?

Or would you like to see an end to the Western
elites' power .....and a world without war
finally able to build prosperity?


________________________________________________


Haifa missile strike by Iraqi resistance 
--- shows how fragile Israeli regime is
by Wesam Bahrani
January 8th, 2pm
(source: PressTV)
 
In yet another significant act of solidarity with the people of 
Gaza, the Islamic Resistance in Iraq on Sunday struck "a 
vital target in occupied Haifa" - with an advanced long-
range cruise missile, grabbing headlines, and taking 
the embattled regime in Tel Aviv by another surprise.
 
In a statement, the Iraqi resistance emphasized that the
 operation was carried out --- because of “our ongoing 
support for people in Gaza" - who have been reeling
 under the Israeli aggression since Oct. 7.
 
The statement added that the operation was "in response
 to the massacres committed by the usurping entity 
against Palestinian civilians, including children, 
women, and the elderly." 
 
The Iraqi resistance, which has in recent months launched 
a string of attacks on US military bases in Iraq and Syria, 
said it will continue to hit enemy strongholds, warning
 that "more is yet to come".  
 
The concluding part of the statement 
was the most attention-grabbing.
 
Such is the stringent Israeli media censorship of the 
occupying regime's war on the besieged Gaza Strip; 
it is difficult to speculate what vital infrastructure 
has been hit. 
 
The Iraqi resistance struck Haifa with a long-range cruise 
missile named al-Arqab from Iraqi territory. The distance 
from Baghdad to Haifa ------ is almost 1,000 kilometres. 
 
According to sources, the launch of the missile took place 
closer to the Western Iraqi deserts. That is still roughly
 600 kilometres away, or perhaps more, depending on
 the launch site. 
 
It essentially means that Haifa, which is located in the
 northern part of the occupied territories, can expect 
attacks again from the Iraqi soil..... the timing of
which
 will be decided by the resistance. 
 
More importantly, the long-range cruise missile traveled
 the same distance‌ that can put Tel Aviv and all other 
Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories within the 
range of Iraqi fire. 
 
On Monday, Iraq's Harakat al-Nujaba resistance movement 
claimed responsibility for the strike, warning that Israel 
should await more crippling attacks in retaliation 
for its bloody war on Gaza.
 
“The Axis of Resistance is determined to disrupt US
 scenarios in the region and thwart the occupying 
Israeli regime’s schemes in Gaza,” Hussein 
al-Moussawi, spokesman for the 
group, said.
 
The Iraqi Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba resistance 
movement - claims responsibility for the missile 
strike against Haifa in the occupied territories.
 
Should we be surprised that the Popular Mobilization Units 
(PMU)‌, under which the Islamic Resistance in Iraq 
operates, possesses such world-class 
military technology? 
 
The short answer is no. 
 
The Iraqi government itself armed the PMU with the most 
capable military equipment from Baghdad's weapons
 depots because it plays the most fundamental 
role of all the Iraqi armed forces. 
 
The attack on Haifa points to the start of a new chapter
 by the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, in what is expected 
to be an even stronger show of support --- for the 
Palestinian resistance in Gaza and its people. 
 
In this latest phase, we must expect an escalation in 
attacks on crucial Israeli infrastructure inside the 
occupied Palestinian territories, facilitated by 
the utilization of sophisticated long-range 
cruise missiles.
 
The Islamic Resistance in Iraq has made no secret 
of its iron-clad support and solidarity with the 
oppressed people of Gaza amid the Israeli 
regime's indiscriminate bombings and 
inhumane siege. 
 
It had also made no secret of its military operations 
against the Zionist regime and its Western backers, 
which has been completely evident in the past 
few weeks.
 
Shortly after the Israeli regime launched its war on Gaza 
on October 7, the Islamic Resistance in Iraq carried out 
a number of operations - against Israeli interests and
its
 main backer, the United States. 
 
In late December, the Iraqi Resistance struck a vital target 
in the Eli-ad settlement, in the southern Israeli-occupied 
Syrian Golan Heights - with drones. 
 
Before targeting Eli-ad, the resistance also pounded the
 regime's main offshore (occupied) Karish gas field in 
the eastern Mediterranean Sea with a direct hit,
inflicting heavy damage.
 
That came after the Iraqi resistance struck a target in 
occupied Umm al-Rashrash (Eilat) with appropriate 
weapons and released images of the operation 
for the public. 
 
The regime evacuated the settlers of Eilat, transforming
the area into a military garrison. It made the site an 
ideal target for Iraq as well as Yemen, another 
Arab country ------ that has upped the 
ante recently.
 
Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement
 have carried out a series of operations against Israeli
 interests with a barrage of long-range drones 
and missiles. 
 
At times, the goal has simply been to fire a barrage of
 missiles and drones to preoccupy the Israeli Iron 
Dome and Patriot Missiles. These calculated 
efforts have proven successful. 
 
They effectively ease the pressure on the Palestinian
 resistance while at the same time drain out Israeli 
military resources, which have in recent months 
become extremely depleted. 
 
The regime has killed more than 22,000 Palestinians 
since Oct. 7, the majority of whom have been 
women and children. Thousands more are 
missing, presumably dead under 
the rubble. 
 
Among the countries and movements taking the lead in 
militarily pressuring the U.S. and its apartheid regime 
to end its inhumane attacks on Gaza, Iraqis have 
played a courageous role. 
 
In Iraq, the resistance has targeted illegal US military 
bases on its territory as well as in Syria more than 
110 times since the Israeli war against Gaza 
began three months ago‌. 
 
Rockets, mortar shells, drones, and short and long-range 
ballistic missiles have all been used in these operations, 
leading to scores of casualties among US troops and
 collateral damage. 
 
Now, the question that everyone is asking is: Why 
has the Iraqi resistance opened a new chapter? 
 
Lately, the illegal US military occupation on Iraqi soil made
 a costly mistake by attacking sites belonging to the PMU, 
which means Washington and Tel Aviv have to pay 
the price. 
 
Recent US attacks against affiliates of the PMU, including 
Kataib Hezbollah, and the recent deadly strike on the
 headquarters of Harakat al-Nujaba, which led to the 
assassination of one of its leaders in Baghdad, 
Haj Mishtaq, means the time is ripe for the
 resistance to expand its operations. 
 
For context: In the eyes of the Iraqi resistance, there is no 
difference between the US military occupation of Iraqi 
soil and the Israeli occupation of Palestine. The 
liberation of the Palestinian territories begins 
with the expulsion of US troops from Iraq 
and the rest of the region. 
 
While the Israeli regime commits horrendous crimes 
against humanity in Gaza, the UDS is shielding, 
arming‌, funding and facilitating this madness
 of death and destruction campaign in 
the coastal strip. 
 
Taking a closer look at the events unfolding 
in Gaza, it is‌, in essence, a US war on Gaza.
 
This direct complicity means that Washington has to pay 
the same price as the Israeli regime is paying, for its
 massacres of civilians in Gaza. They are two 
sides of the same coin. 
 
Whilst illegal US bases in Iraq and Syria are closer to the 
line of fire for the resistance, the indiscriminate Israeli 
attacks against women and children in Gaza have
 seen the PMU increasingly target the Israeli 
regime, the latest being Haifa. 
 
What the Al-Aqsa Storm (or Al-Aqsa Flood) operation
 provided was an opportunity for the Iraqi resistance
 to strike at Israeli interests ------ for the first time 
in history. 
 
As pressure grows on the Iraqi government of Prime 
Minister Mohammad Shia' al-Sudani, to expel the 
illegal US forces, It has also opened a new 
window ---------- for the PMU to end the US 
occupation and avenge Washington's 
assassination of its deputy leader,
Abu Mehdi al-Muhandis. 
 
For the moment, the main goal of the resistance is 
to expand its scope of attacks against the Israeli 
regime in order to mount pressure on the 
apartheid occupation ------ as well as 
the US.
 
And, as the Iraqi resistance warned after
 the Haifa attack, "more is yet to come". 
 
Wesam Bahrani --- is an Iraqi
 journalist and commentator.
 
(The views expressed in this article do 
not necessarily reflect those of 
Press TV.)
 
 
Looks like the current racist apartheid
hate-filled regime is either going to be
overthrown and replaced --- or wiped
from the map of the Holy land.
 
What do you think?
 


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Cultural cleansing: Israeli bombings 
destroy Gaza’s famed cultural 
heritage sites
by Humaira Ahad
January 8th, 12:16pm
 (PressTV)
 
“Home (origin), more than anywhere else,” Tim Creswell, a
noted British human geographer and poet once said, “is
seen as a centre of meaning and a field of care.”
 
A homeland, is a place where humans feel a strong sense of
 attachment and entitlement. It carries centuries of history
 that shape our identity. Our belongingness to a place 
(home) is hugely determined by the landmarks 
present there, and the physical entities
we
 see, since childhood.
 
Many of us must have referred to a particular street, shop, 
shrine, museum, library, mosque, church, or school while
 talking about an incident or reminiscing about 
something in the past.
 
These landmarks act as mileposts and memories get 
weaved around them. But what if these physical
 markers that people associate with, are 
wiped out?
 
In Gaza, the pain and suffering go beyond the loss of human 
lives. The settler-colonial Zionist entity, in order to colonize 
Palestinians and change the demographic identity of the
 place, has been destroying important landmarks, 
including centuries-old heritage sites in 
the territory.
 
The roads lined with bougainvillea, the markets bustling
 with people, the mosques reverberating with calls to
 prayer, the Sunday mass..... at one of the oldest 
churches in the world, the beach that would
 be a picnic spot for families, the 
cemeteries – everything has 
come under attack.
 
Palestine has been ruled by various kingdoms throughout 
history – the Philistine (12th century BC), Egyptians 
(early 15th century BC), Babylonian (601BC), and 
the Greeks (332BC).
 
The country became an important centre of learning under
 Alexander the Great. The Romans also ruled there, 
followed by the Byzantines before it came
 under the Islamic dynasties.
 
After the fall of the Ottoman Empire, the British 
occupied Palestine during World War I.
 
With a wide galaxy of dynasties ruling the place, 
Palestine...... became the seedbed of varied 
cultures. As per archaeologists, it has 
links with a number of ancient 
civilizations.
 
In recent decades, after the illegitimate entity came into 
existence in Tel Aviv, it has been targeting the glorious
 Palestinian heritage to serve its sinister settler-
colonial agenda.
 
The regime has, in effect, weaponized archaeology and 
tried to create a biased narrative in order to justify its
 occupation of the Palestinian lands and its
oppression against the Palestinians.
 
Since October 7, when the Israeli regime launched its fresh 
aggression on Gaza, a small territory with 2.3 million 
population, the attacks to eradicate the 
archaeological sites ----- have 
dramatically surged.
 
Experts say this is being done to erase the memory 
and the connection of the people to their land.
 
As per a recent report by the Gaza media office, around 200
 monuments belonging to Christian and Islamic history and
 architecture in the besieged strip have been either 
completely or partially destroyed as a result of 
indiscriminate Israeli strikes.
 
Israeli troops have "either destroyed or damaged more 
than 200 out of 325 cultural and historical heritage 
sites in the Gaza Strip," the report said.
 
According to the Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and 
Antiquities, the exact data about archaeological 
sites destroyed in Gaza is still unavailable amid 
difficulties in conducting surveys... and 
assessing destruction on the ground. 
The unrelenting Israeli aggression 
has made their job tedious.
 
A report released on November 7 by Spain-based NGO 
“Heritage for Peace” said at least 104 archaeological
sites have been impacted by the latest Israeli war on 
Gaza, of which --- 4 have been completely destroyed.
 
That number has more than doubled 
...since the report was released.
 
“The ancient and archaeological sites destroyed by the 
(Israeli) army date back to the Phoenician and Roman 
ages, others date back between 800 BC and 1,400, 
while others were built 400 years ago”  --- the
Palestinian authorities said in a statement.
 
On December 8, the Great Omari mosque, the oldest and 
largest mosque in Gaza, was completely destroyed in 
an Israeli airstrike. Located in the centre of the old 
Gaza City, it was famous as the first mosque in
 the Gaza Strip.
 
“Heritage for Peace” reported damage to Ibn Uthman 
Mosque, dating back to the 15th century, and Sayed
 Hashem Mosque, where Prophet Muhammad’s 
(peace be upon him) great-grandfather 
Hashim Bin Abd Manaf is believed 
to be buried. 
 
Othman Bin Qashqai Mosque, in the Al Zaytoun
neighbourhood of east Gaza was also bombed
by the regime forces, killing a number of 
Palestinians who had sought refuge in 
the mosque.
 
The mosque was among one of
the oldest in the coastal strip.
 
As per official figures, at least 104 mosques have been 
reduced to rubble since the start of the Israeli 
genocidal assault on Gaza on October 7, 
which followed an unprecedented 
operation by the Hamas-led 
resistance movement 
against the Israeli 
occupation.
 
St Porphyrius church, dating back to the 5th century, 
was regarded as one of the oldest in the world. The 
church was hit by an Israeli airstrike, destroying 
the building and killing a number of people who
 had sought protection there, deeming it a
 safe place.
 
Among those who died in the church included members
 of Gaza’s Christian community who are increasingly 
staring at extinction as the regime continues its
 brutal bombardment campaign.
 
A Roman cemetery in northern Gaza, which is claimed 
to be 2,000 years old with dozens of ancient graves 
and two rare sarcophagi made of lead, was also 
completely destroyed in the bombing.
 
‘In God’s care now’
 
Some of Gaza’s museums.. have suffered complete 
destruction while many others have been partially 
damaged. Rafah Museum, in southern Gaza, 
shared two videos on its Facebook page, 
showing the building of the museum 
partially collapsed... due to 
Israeli airstrikes.
 
“There were priceless items from coins, precious stones, 
copper plates, clothes…. The Museum of Rafah is in 
God's care now,” said the director of Rafah 
Museum, Suhaila Shaheen, in a video 
posted on the museum's 
Facebook page.
 
In the video, Shaheen could be seen in the middle 
of the rubble of the destroyed museum.
 
Al Qarara Cultural Museum near Khan Younis and 
Deir Al Balah Museum in central Gaza have also 
suffered damage in the regime’s airstrikes.
 
The collection at Al Qarara Museum reportedly 
included antiquities from the Byzantine period.
 
Mohammad Abulehia, the custodian at Al Qarara Museum, 
who also helped in its establishment in 2016, confirmed 
that the building of the museum along with the 
artifacts suffered significant damage when 
a missile hit the neighbourhood.
 
Anthedon Harbour, Gaza’s first known seaport and one
of the Gazan sites on UNESCO’s world heritage 
tentative list has also been badly damaged 
in the regime's bombings.
 
The Rashad al-Shawwa Historical Cultural Centre, 
a cultural hub that hosts a theatre and a library 
with around 20,000 books, was targeted by 
the regime’s airstrike.
 
Since October 7, the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of 
Culture has also recorded nine publishing houses and 
libraries hit by bombs with 21 other cultural centres 
partially or completely damaged.
 
The Israeli strikes have destroyed most parts of the old 
city of Gaza, which was home to houses that dated 
back at least 150 years.
 
As per the International Council on Monuments and Sites 
(ICOMOS) report, the Central Archives of Gaza City have 
been completely destroyed with thousands of historic 
documents lost forever.
 
ICOMOS has also reported damage to El Saqqa House, an 
important cultural centre of the Islamic Mamluk period, 
constructed in 1661.
 
Al Ahli Baptist Hospital, founded in 1882 and believed to 
be Gaza’s oldest hospital, was also targeted and 
partially destroyed by the regime in October, 
killing over 470 people present there.
 
Cultural cleansing campaign
 
Continuing its cultural cleansing campaign, Israel has also 
destroyed the Souq Al Zawiya, one of Gaza City’s oldest 
and most important markets. It was located close to 
the Great Omari Mosque.
 
Pasha’s Palace Museum, a 13th-century fortress, that 
was a powerful witness and narrator of the story of 
civilizations, was reduced to ruins by the 
Israeli forces. 
 
Built during the mid-13th century, the iconic palace was
 Napoleon’s choice of accommodation during his stay 
in the city in 1799, according to historians.
 
“We are very sad we lost the al Pasha Palace. Hit by an
airstrike, the Israeli vehicles and bulldozers ran over
even the rubble. This palace was treated as a 
museum, and had pieces (tracing) back to 
the Canaanite, Roman and Greek eras,”
 said Bisan Owda, a Gaza-based 
social media influencer.
 
Israel ironically is a signatory to the 1954 Hague 
Convention --- for the Protection of Cultural 
Property in the event of armed conflict.
 
The document states that the signatories shall respect 
cultural property in their own territories and the 
territories of the other parties by refraining 
from “any act of hostility” against such 
property, or from any actions that 
“expose it to destruction or 
damage in the event of 
armed conflict.”
 
“Heritage for Peace” has described Israel’s actions as a 
“blatant violation of international humanitarian law”. 
The NGO also called on the world community “to 
urgently interfere, stop such crimes & elaborate 
a common strategy for the rehabilitation and 
restoration of destroyed and damaged 
cultural heritage sites in Gaza.”