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  • The EU’s New Emperor

    01/14/2022 11:14:31 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    The Spectator (Australia) ^ | 8 January 2022 | Jonathan Miller
    What would Macron’s second term look like?Emmanuel Macron, with eagle eyes, is staring at Europe like stout Cortez. Elected president of France almost five years ago aged just 39, he dreams beyond the renewal of his lease on the Élysée Palace in the April election. Now Angela Merkel has left the world stage, Macron’s ambition is to replace her as Europe’s de facto leader and to father a European federation, a United States of Europe, with France and himself at its centre. On New Year’s Day, France assumed the rotating six-month presidency of the European Council, the supreme institution of...
  • Ukraine hit with cyberattack, a tactic it "expected" to precede a "full invasion" by Russia

    01/14/2022 6:51:55 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 8 replies
    CBS News ^ | 1/14/22 | Margaret Brennan, Camilla Schick, and Tucker Reals
    Ukrainian government servers were hit by a "massive cyberattack" overnight that saw government websites taken down, including the homepage for the Foreign Ministry, which temporarily displayed a message warning Ukraine's people to "be afraid and expect the worst." Just hours before the latest digital sabotage, Ukraine's ambassador in Washington told CBS News that her country believed a cyberattack would precede any major military action by Vladimir Putin's forces. There was no claim of responsibility for the cyberattack, but Ukraine has blamed groups with links to the Russian government for similar previous sabotage.
  • Russia says Ukraine talks hit 'dead end', Poland warns of risk of war

    01/14/2022 5:07:01 PM PST · by McGruff · 89 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 13, 2022 | Thomas Escritt and Tom Balmforth
    Poland's foreign minister said on Thursday that Europe was at risk of plunging into war as Russia said it was not yet giving up on diplomacy but that military experts were preparing options in case tensions over Ukraine could not be defused. In Washington, the White House said the threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine remained high with some 100,000 Russian troops deployed and the United States would make public within 24 hours intelligence suggesting Russia might seek to invent a pretext to justify one. "The drumbeat of war is sounding loud, and the rhetoric has gotten rather shrill,"...
  • If the U.S. and Russia are Implacable Foes, Then All Lines of Inquiry Lead to NATO

    01/14/2022 3:04:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    American ^ | January 14, 2022 | Alexander Markovsky and Ted Belman
    In 1961, as a young academic Henry Kissinger had an opportunity to interview President Harry Truman. He asked the former president what in his presidency had made him most proud. Truman replied, “That we totally defeated our enemies and then brought them back to the community of nations.” Unfortunately, the U.S. chose not to emulate Truman’s achievement in the years that followed. With the disintegration of the Warsaw Pact, the military threat to Western Europe had ended, but NATO alliance did not disband itself. Mission accomplished was not good news for the military alliance — it needed new enemies and...
  • Russia was called to withdraw troops from Kazakhstan, and the special forces of the Russian Federation occupied infrastructure facilities

    01/13/2022 3:42:22 PM PST · by · 9 replies ^ | 12.01.2022 | Andrey Lisitsyn
    Russia was called upon to withdraw troops from Kazakhstan within 10 days. But the Russian military continues to report on the seizure of infrastructure and telecommunications centers under control against the backdrop of statements in the Russian media, allegedly a "Russophobe and nationalist" was appointed Minister of Information in Kazakhstan. Read more in the InformNapalm material. "Russia, let's go!" On January 11, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev announced that the beginning of the withdrawal of CSTO forces, led by the Russian Federation, from the territory of Kazakhstan should begin on January 13 and foreign troops should leave the territory of the...
  • Don't Drag Nord Stream 2 Into Conflict Over Ukraine, German Defmin Says

    01/13/2022 1:16:13 PM PST · by RomanSoldier19 · 23 replies ^ | Jan. 13, 2022 | By Reuters
    German Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht on Thursday warned against drawing a link between the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, meant to transport natural gas from Russia to Germany, and the differences with Moscow over Ukraine. "We should not drag (Nord Stream 2) into this conflict," Lambrecht told the broadcaster rbb in an interview. "We need to solve this conflict, and we need to solve it in talks - that's the opportunity that we have at the moment, and we should use it rather than draw a link to projects that have no connection to this conflict."
  • Financial Times Says “Anti-Vax Sentiment” in the West Being Fueled by Russia & China: Advocates governments using “psychological operations” against their own people

    01/13/2022 10:09:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Summit News ^ | 01/13/2022 | Paul Joseph Watson
    In a report that advocates governments using “psychological operations” against their own population, the Financial Times asserts, with no proof, that Russia and China are responsible for pushing “anti-vax sentiment” and criticism of lockdown measures in the west.The article quotes Mikael Tofvesson, head of the Swedish Navy’s new Psyops division, who says “foreign aggressors” are trying to “sow division by targeting areas of public concern such as crime, Covid vaccinations, the government’s response to the pandemic, and immigration.”“The most important task in psychological defence is to inoculate the population against believing false information,” states the article, which is written by...
  • The Catastrophe of Nord Stream 2

    01/12/2022 3:11:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    American ^ | January 12, 2022 | Todd Royal
    There is a real possibility that the European Union (EU) will endure major fuel shortages this winter. Record-high electricity prices are currently the norm with no end in sight. Russian president Vladimir Putin astutely understands that the EU heavily relies on Russian natural gas, which the Nord Stream 1 and now 2 (NS2) natural gas pipeline will provide. This $11 billion line to the German coast spanning 764 miles under the Baltic Sea will double the capacity of Russian natural gas and be used as a geopolitical leverage point against Ukraine, Poland, NATO, the EU, and most of all Germany,...
  • 'Gross Misuse': UN Helmets Worn By Kazakh Troops During Crackdown

    01/11/2022 1:47:18 PM PST · by bgill · 9 replies
    Radio Free Europe ^ | Jan. 11, 2022 | Amos Chapple
    Surprising photos of soldiers in Almaty wearing UN peacekeeping helmets spark a response from the United Nations. Images released by the Associated Press on January 8 show several soldiers in Kazakhstan's largest city, Almaty, wearing helmets with "UN" stenciled on them in the unmistakable colors of United Nations peacekeeping forces. The photos, made by photographer Vladimir Tretyakov and shared by independent journalist Jake Hanrahan, have added to questions over what exactly is happening in the restive Central Asian country.
  • Bets Are Rolling In Again for $100 Oil

    01/10/2022 10:28:56 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 24 replies
    Barrons ^ | Jan. 10, 2022 11:52 am ET | By Avi Salzman
    To say investors are bullish on oil again would be an understatement. In a year that has begun with serious uncertainty—largely about the path of interest rates and tech stocks — a positive call on oil is as close to a consensus opinion as it gets. In fact, traders are making bets again that U.S. oil prices will rise above $100. It would take a major surge to get there. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures, the U.S. benchmark, were down 0.2% on Monday to $78.72 per barrel. There are several reasons for the resurgent bullishness. For one thing, oil...
  • Biden: We'll Follow IS to the Gates of Hell

    09/04/2014 3:21:28 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 50 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/9/14 | Ben Ariel
    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday issued a sharp warning to the Islamic State group, saying after the United States is done grieving the death of two American journalists, their killers will have to answer for their actions. "They should know we will follow them to the gates of hell until they are brought to justice," he forcefully told an audience at an event on the New Hampshire-Maine border, according to CNN. "Because hell is where they will reside. Hell is where they will reside." Biden opened his remarks in memory of Steven Sotloff, the journalist who was beheaded...
  • The Energy Crisis Is Sending Shockwaves Through The UK Economy

    01/08/2022 10:06:51 AM PST · by george76 · 50 replies
    Oil price ^ | Jan 08, 2022 | City A.M -
    Skyrocketing gas prices are sparking major concerns in the UK, with households bracing for higher bills and food prices. The energy crisis has already hit millions of Brits, but is set to hit more still. The UK is highly dependent on consumer spending to generate output, indicating the economy could still be in the mire heading into the spring. A wave of concern over the swelling cost of living is sweeping across Britain. While households are bracing for higher tax bills and are already being stung by food prices leaping, it is swelling energy costs that will hit hardest in...
  • 'What the f*** did I just hit?': Shocking moment Russian hunter-killer submarine crashed into Royal Navy warship that was stalking it in the Arctic Circle

    01/07/2022 3:26:33 AM PST · by DFG · 64 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 01/06/2022 | David Averre
    The Royal Navy has admitted one of its warships collided with a Russian hunter-killer submarine in the north Atlantic in what is believed to be the first collision between Russian and British vessels since the Cold War. The Russian submarine was lurking 200 miles north of Scotland in 'late 2020' when the crew of HMS Northumberland was dispatched on a 48-hour mission to hunt it down amid fears it would try to tap into or cut undersea cables essential for communication and the internet. The Royal Navy's Type 23 frigate sailed into the region where the sub was believed to...
  • The Secretive U-2 Spy Plane Missions Flown Out Of Norway’s Bodø Airbase

    01/06/2022 6:55:55 PM PST · by texas booster · 15 replies
    The ^ | Jan 6 2022 | Thomas Newdick
    As the historic Norwegian airbase at Bodø, located within the Arctic Circle, closes down today as a fighter jet station, it’s a good time to look back at one of the more secretive aspects of the base. It played the role of a vital node in the early days of the U-2 spy plane. Ultimately, this little-known chapter in aerial espionage came to an end on May 1, 1960, when a U-2 flown by Francis Gary Powers was shot down by a surface-to-air missile deep over Soviet territory. Powers had been due to complete his flight by landing at Bodø,...
  • Biden demands from Zelensky to distance himself from Kolomoisky and fulfill Minsk agreements ----- US president called his Ukrainian colleague two days after talks with Putin

    01/05/2022 11:57:13 AM PST · by elpadre · 35 replies ^ | January 2, 2022 | Vitaliy Zhuravsky
    On January 2, Biden called Zelensky at 16:00 Washington time (23:00 Kyiv time). Biden called Zelensky two days after talks with Putin, where Ukraine was the main topic. A symbolic element of the American president's genuine attitude to Zelensky. If such a call had taken place before the conversation with the Russian leader, then one would think that the Americans adhere to the principle "nothing about Ukraine without Ukraine." And so these are empty words. Unfortunately, Ukraine remains an instrument in the confrontation between the great powers. Judging by the statements of Washington and Kyiv, the two presidents approve of...
  • Russia-led alliance sending peacekeepers to Kazakhstan

    01/05/2022 5:47:03 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 32 replies ^ | January 5, 2022 | JIM HEINTZ
    A Russia-led military alliance said Thursday that it will dispatch peacekeeping forces to Kazakhstan after the country’s president asked for help in controlling protests that escalated into violence, including the seizure and setting afire of government buildings. Protesters in Kazakhstan’s largest city stormed the presidential residence and the mayor’s office Wednesday and set both on fire, according to news reports, as demonstrations sparked by a rise in fuel prices escalated sharply in the Central Asian nation. Police reportedly fired on some protesters at the residence in Almaty before fleeing. They have clashed repeatedly with demonstrators in recent days, deploying water...
  • Putin lashes out at Germany for 'sawing the branch they sit on' during EU gas crisis

    01/05/2022 2:58:47 AM PST · by blueplum · 5 replies
    The Express UK ^ | 31 December 2021 | ANTONY ASHKENAZ
    ...Normally the Yamal-Europe, which is Europe's longest gas pipeline, transports Russian natural gas overland to Germany and Western Europe. However, in the past week, it has been redirecting gas from Germany to Poland to make up for a shortfall of fuel as temperatures drop to -10C and Russia cuts gas supplies. On Sunday, German network operator Gascade claimed Russia sent the fuel back to Poland for a sixth straight day – a huge blow to the EU, where gas prices have been skyrocketing. The ownership of Gascade — part Russian, part German — suggests the issues are the result of...
  • Kazakhstan government resigns after mass protests over fuel prices

    01/04/2022 11:38:03 PM PST · by blueplum · 13 replies
    NBC ^ | 04 January 2022 | NBC/Reuters uncredited
    In a rare show of dissent, protests reached the authoritarian country’s biggest city, Almaty, after officials lifted price caps on liquefied petroleum gas. ALMATY, Kazakhstan — Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev accepted the government’s resignation on Wednesday, his office said, after violent protests set off by a fuel price increase rocked the oil-rich Central Asian country. Police used tear gas and stun grenades late on Tuesday to drive hundreds of protesters out of the main square in Almaty, the former Soviet republic’s biggest city, and clashes went on for hours in nearby areas. The protests shook the former Soviet republic’s image...
  • German FM Heads to U.S. As New Chancellor Reportedly Seeks Reset With Putin

    01/04/2022 5:31:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 4, 2022 | 4:10am EST | Patrick Goodenough
    Germany’s new foreign minister heads to Washington this week for talks likely to be dominated by the Russia-Ukraine crisis, amid reports that her boss, Chancellor Olaf Scholz, is looking to reset strained relations with Moscow and plans to meet with President Vladimir Putin this month. Germany has just assumed the rotating presidency of the G7 for 2022, and any disunity within its three-party coalition government over confronting challenges posed by Russia or China could have far-reaching implications. Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, co-leader of the Greens, favors a tougher approach to Moscow and Beijing than does Scholz of the center-left Social...
  • Putin fears Kremlin insider extradited from Switzerland to US may have DEFECTED: Russian tech tycoon is thought to know secrets of 2016 Democratic Party hack and election manipulation attempts

    01/04/2022 9:18:25 AM PST · by elpadre · 34 replies ^ | January 3, 2022 | Geoff Earle
    A wealthy Russian businessman indicted in Boston late last year on hacking and insider trading charges could have access to documents and information about the 2016 election hacking in the U.S. Vladislav Klyushin was extradited to the U.S. from Switzerland late last month and charged with overseeing a multinational scam that pried privileged documents that companies were filing with U.S. regulators before they were public, then trading on the information. Among his employees, and also named in the indictment, is Ivan Yermakov – who was among a dozen Russian military intelligence officers former special counsel Robert Mueller indicted in 2018...