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‘I Did Not Ask Netanyahu For Ceasefire’: Biden (Cradle)
How The Western Media Are Protecting The Israelis (Helmer)
Houthis Brush Off US Threats, Vow to Intensify Anti-Israeli Ops (Sp.)
Biden’s Attack On Nord Stream Was Aimed At Germany – Seymour Hersh (RT)
Putin Now Serious About Negotiating End To War: Diplomats (ZH)
Ukrainians Face A ‘Terrible Winter’ – Retired French General (RT)
Time To Find ‘Another Way’ To Resolve Ukraine Conflict – Italy (RT)
Moscow Hits Out At ‘Caveman Russophobia’ (RT)
‘Color Revolution’ Being Attempted In Serbia – Vucic (RT)
Serbia Thanks Russian Spies For Warning About Color Revolution Attempt (RT)
Polish President Blocks Budget Over State Media ‘Takeover’ (RT)
Biden Rains on Trump’s Immunity as Trial Faces Delay (Sp.)
Trump To Be on All Ballots or None: Minnesota Secretary of State (Sp.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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He proudly stated…

‘I Did Not Ask Netanyahu For Ceasefire’: Biden (Cradle)

US President Joe Biden told reporters on 23 December that he did not ask for a ceasefire during his latest call with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “I had a long talk with Netanyahu today, and it was a private conversation,” the president said, adding that he “did not ask for a ceasefire.” The White House said Biden and Netanyahu discussed the Israeli war on Gaza and its “objectives and phasing.”The US president “emphasized the critical need to protect the civilian population, including those supporting the humanitarian aid operation, and the importance of allowing civilians to move safely away from areas of ongoing fighting,” according to the White House statement.

Biden’s phone call came one day after the UN Security Council passed a barebones resolution that called for increased humanitarian aid but failed to demand an immediate ceasefire. The Security Council had been trying to draft a resolution for several days but was forced to tone down the language at the insistence of US officials who opposed a call for an “urgent and sustainable cessation of hostilities.” The US and Russia abstained from the UNSC vote. Washington has vetoed two previous resolutions calling for a ceasefire. “This resolution has been watered down to the point that its impact on the lives of civilians in Gaza will be nearly meaningless,” said Avril Benoit of Doctors Without Borders.

On Saturday, Israel’s Broadcasting Authority revealed Tel Aviv is planning to switch to a new phase of the war in the coming weeks, bringing to an end to ground operations and shifting the focus to continued heavy airstrikes on the Gaza Strip. While Washington has been calling for a switch to lower-intensity operations to “protect civilians,” maintaining air raids of Gaza is expected to keep the staggering death toll on the rise. Young voters in the US have increasingly shown support for the Palestinian cause, plunging Biden’s approval ratings. A poll earlier this month showed that 53 percent of US citizens “disapprove of the president.”

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“..the Houthis have yet to make a mistake in spotting and hitting Israeli ships..”

How The Western Media Are Protecting The Israelis (Helmer)

From the minute after the US Central Command (CENTCOM) and the UK Maritime Trade Organisation (UKMT) learned that the oil tanker MV Chem Pluto had been hit by an exploding drone in the Indian Ocean 1,600 kilometres east of the Red Sea and Yemen coast, they also knew why. Through a joint venture between a Japanese and a Singapore holding company operating through a Dutch management cutout, the vessel is owned by Idan Ofer, an Israeli shipping magnate. The Chem Pluto strike is the second by a drone against one of Ofer’s vessels in the Indian Ocean. The first strike was on November 24, when the container carrier CMA CGM Symi was targeted in the northeastern sector of the Indian Ocean. The Symi is owned by Ofer’s Eastern Pacific Shipping in Singapore.

On December 18, drone strikes were reported by CENTCOM against the Swan Atlantic oil tanker and the bulker MV Clara. The first vessel is owned by a Norwegian company but management, with hidden equity, belongs to the Israeli Zodiac group, owned by Idan Ofer’s brother, Eyal Ofer. The second vessel, the Clara, is owned and managed by a German company, Johann MK Blumenthal; no Israeli trace has been found to date, but the Houthis have yet to make a mistake in spotting and hitting Israeli ships. On November 19 they did more than that. On that day an Israeli-owned car carrier, Galaxy Leader, was captured by Houthi commandos in the Red Sea. Follow their operation as they filmed it; here is the vessel now receiving tourists at anchor off Al-Salif port, Yemen. Ownership by the Israeli Abraham Ungar was concealed behind by a Japanese ship management entity and a company registered under the Isle of Man-headquartered Ray Car Carriers, which in turn is owned by a Tel Aviv company called Ray Shipping.

Houthi political and military spokesmen have repeatedly made clear they are attacking Israeli shipping, as well as vessels of any nationality trading in and out of Israel’s ports. “Israeli ships are legitimate targets for us anywhere… and we will not hesitate to take action,” Major General Ali Al-Moshki, a Houthi military official, said on the group’s television station on November 20, following the capture of the Galaxy Leader. “If Gaza does not receive the food and medicine it needs, all ships in the Red Sea bound for Israeli ports, regardless of their nationality, will become a target for our armed forces,” a Houthi press statement declared on December 9. CENTCOM and Pentagon releases to the press have also claimed to have intercepted Houthi drone and missile attacks on US warships in the Red Sea attempting to protect the Israeli-owned or Israel-bound shipping.

Less successful in hitting Israel’s Red Sea port of Eilat, the Houthi campaign has been effective in cutting off the port by striking at vessels in the Red Sea, and then extending the range of strikes to the eastern Indian Ocean. Eilat accounts for 45% of car imports to Israel and 5% of all the goods imported to Israel by sea. The Houthi campaign has cut Eilat’s port revenue by 80% since October 7. The impact has expanded to all shipping in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, and Indian Ocean if their management and ownership are based in the US and the European states allied with Israel in the Gaza war, and also with the US in the war against Russia in the Ukraine. It is this coalition of states which US Secretary of Defense General Lloyd Austin attempted to rally for naval convoy and counter-threat operations on December 18, calling the plan OPERATION PROSPERITY GUARDIAN.

This operation is now coming apart in recriminations because commercial vessel owners in France, Spain, and Italy have accepted that if they negotiate Israel-boycott deals directly with the Houthis, they can continue to operate through the Red Sea. They resent the commercial competition from Russia and China which are operating oil tankers and dry-cargo carriers without hindrance or threat. The obviousness of the targeting by the Houthis, and of Houthi deal-making by the Russians and Chinese, are being concealed, however, in the US and UK maritime industry media and the mainstream press. They are advocating maximum use of force by the Israel and US-led operation in the region to attack both Houthi and Iranian targets.

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That coalition fell apart in record time. Or did Austin just make it up to begin with?

Houthis Brush Off US Threats, Vow to Intensify Anti-Israeli Ops (Sp.)

The Houthis have dismissed the US-led military coalition being assembled against them, warning that they have “multiple options” to continue targeting Israel if the IDF’s operations in Gaza aren’t halted. “If the Zionist regime does not stop its assaults on Gaza or anywhere else across the Palestinian lands and doesn’t lift its siege, our forces will exercise more options,” Maj. Gen. Mohammad Nasser al-Atifi, the Houthi-led government of national salvation’s defense minister, warned in a speech before other militia leaders late Friday. “Our eyes are monitoring and closely following the movements of the [Israeli] entity worldwide,” al-Atifi added. “The recent decisions by foreign military forces and their regional mercenaries have put many tasks before us, the most daunting of which is the exercise of vigilance and watchfulness,” the senior Houthi official said, referring to the US-led coalition.

Brig. Gen. Youssef al-Madani, commander of the 5th Military Region – situated to the east of the Red Sea along the coastal Al Hudaydah governorate, said his forces are fully cognizant of the “sensitivity” of the current phase of Houthi operations, emphasizing that the militias are “prepared, vigilant and eager to confront the Zionists and those who are fighting with them.” Al-Atifi stressed that the Houthis are fighting for the sake of the national security of the Arab and Islamic World, and that their actions “serve the interests of countries working to liberate themselves from the domination of the Zionist entity and the United States on a global scale.” “There are countries that cannot even consider using force because the situation requires brave and strategic decisions. The leader of the nation, Sayyed Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, possesses courage, audacity and independent decision-making,” Al-Atifi said. He went on to slam the international community for failing to adopt an “appropriate” stance on Israel amid the ongoing Gaza crisis.

The Houthis managed to effectively shut down the Red Sea to Israeli-owned and Israeli-bound maritime traffic via a spate of hijackings, missile and drone attacks on commercial carriers over the past month, starting with the seizure of the Israeli-owned ro-ro car carrier Galaxy Leader on November 19. The unrelenting attacks prompted international shipping giants including Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd, MSC, and CMA CGM to suspend operations through the Red Sea, adding billions of dollars to shipping costs as vessels are forced to find alternate routes. Israeli ports have faced particularly heavy losses from the Houthis’ actions, with the nation’s Eilat Port facing an 85 percent drop in activity, and Israeli cargoes facing skyrocketing insurance costs. The US began amassing warships in the region last week, and on Monday Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin announced Operation Prosperity Guardian, “an important new multinational security initiative under the umbrella of the Combined Maritime Forces and the leadership of its Task Force 153, which focuses on security in the Red Sea.”

Austin listed ten nations he said were participating in the coalition, including the US, the UK, Canada, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Bahrain and the Seychelles. The Pentagon upped the number to “over 20 nations” on Friday, but did not elaborate on which countries specifically are involved. But part from the ships of US Task Force 153, which includes between three and five US destroyers, the British HMS Diamond missile destroyer and a Greek Navy frigate, the coalition is shaping up to include only a handful of troops from US-allied countries, including the Netherlands (which is sending two officers), Norway (10 officers), Australia (11 troops), Canada (three officers), and Denmark (one officer). France and Italy have each indicated that any naval forces they have in the region will remain under national command, while Spain said it will not take part in any military operation unless it is under the direction of NATO or the EU.

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“..The idea that a sitting US president would deliberately destroy a vital source of energy and of a close ally has been, as Freud would say, taboo..”

Biden’s Attack On Nord Stream Was Aimed At Germany – Seymour Hersh (RT)

The attack on the Nord Stream pipelines commissioned by US President Joe Biden was primarily aimed at Germany rather than Russia, investigative reporter Seymour Hersh has claimed. The decision to destroy the key pipelines was prompted by US fears that Berlin might not follow Washington’s lead amid the Ukraine conflict, Hersh wrote in a new article on the affair on his Substack blog on Friday. The sabotage of the pipelines was ordered weeks before the conflict between Russia and Ukraine began in February 2022, Hersh wrote, adding that the American operatives assigned to it believed it was meant to deter Moscow. The attack on the pipelines was ready by late May, but “the plan was called off on short notice by Biden,” the journalist claimed. Instead, the team was tasked with planting explosives on the pipelines, which could be detonated remotely at a later date, he said.

The timing of the attack, which ultimately occurred in late September 2022, appeared to be aimed at Berlin rather than Moscow. “Biden’s timing seemed aimed at Chancellor [Olaf] Scholz. Some in the CIA believed that the president’s fear was that Scholz, whose constituents were lukewarm in their support for Ukraine, might waffle with winter coming on and conclude that keeping his people warm and his industries prosperous was more important than backing Ukraine against Russia,” Hersh wrote. The destruction of the pipelines played a major role in Germany’s economic hardships – the country, which once “dominated the world’s markets with its luxury cars and industrial machinery… is now in a process of what some have called rapid deindustrialization,” Hersh said.

Apart from this, Germany has experienced a surge in popularity of right-wing parties, including Alternative for Germany (AfD), and its economic woes have contributed to this. However, Washington’s “most controversial factor in Germany’s recent hard times” – the Nord Stream sabotage – remains largely ignored in the West, according to the journalist. “In the ten months since I published my first account of the Nord Stream sabotage the German government and media, as in the United States, have either ignored or provided alternate accounts of the how and why the pipelines were destroyed. The idea that a sitting US president would deliberately destroy a vital source of energy and of a close ally has been, as Freud would say, taboo,” Hersh wrote.

The veteran journalist provided his first detailed account on the pipeline attack on February 8, 2023, publishing a lengthy article relying on anonymous sources “with direct knowledge of the operational planning.” The allegations prompted strong denials from Washington, with US National Security spokesman John Kirby dismissing the report as a “completely false story” at the time. Russian President Vladimir Putin said in March that he “fully agrees” with Hersh’s findings, suggesting the attack only benefited Washington to reinforce its position as a competing gas supplier to Europe.

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Dumb legacy media propaganda to climb back from earlier assertions. Not terribly impressed with how Tyler covers it.

Putin hasn’t changed his views or goals one bit. That is not true of the west. But then, they lost.

Putin Now Serious About Negotiating End To War: Diplomats (ZH)

In a fresh weekend report The New York Times says that President Vladimir Putin is ready to negotiate an end to the nearly two year-long ‘special operation’ in Ukraine, at a moment most of the territory which forms the four ‘annexed’ oblasts remains firmly under Russian military control. However, to some degree, Putin has consistently held open the chance to negotiate… it’s just that “negotiate” in the Kremlin context would be on the basis of Crimea and the Donbass being fully recognized as Russian Federation territory. Until recently, the West considered this an impossibility, but US and European officials have more recently quietly admitted Moscow has more or less ‘won’. The NY Times quotes Putin in the following: Buoyed by Ukraine’s failed counteroffensive and flagging Western support, Mr. Putin says that Russia’s war goals have not changed. Addressing his generals on Tuesday, he boasted that Ukraine was so beleaguered that Russia’s invading troops were doing “what we want.”

“We won’t give up what’s ours,” he pledged, adding dismissively, “If they want to negotiate, let them negotiate.” But in a recent push of back-channel diplomacy, Mr. Putin has been sending a different message: He is ready to make a deal. The report cites Russian diplomatic sources who say Putin has for the first time been open to ceasefire which would include a freezing of all frontline fighting. American officials say the same, per the report: “In fact, Mr. Putin also sent out feelers for a cease-fire deal a year earlier, in the fall of 2022, according to American officials.” “That quiet overture, not previously reported, came after Ukraine routed Russia’s army in the country’s northeast. Mr. Putin indicated that he was satisfied with Russia’s captured territory and ready for an armistice, they said.” Very obviously, Ukraine’s leadership and society has been fracturing under the strain of the invasion and immense death toll, with Kiev officials recently admitting monumental problems with manpower and ammo supply.

But the reality is that Russian society is likely facing deep fractures and uncertainty too, though it’s far less evident. Countless mothers, fathers, and families are grieving and dealing with the loss of loved ones killed in action. Conservative estimates have said at least 50,000 Russian troops have died in the war (and that is based just on data as of mid-summer). US officials have claimed a figure in the hundreds of thousands, but there are reasons to be doubtful of this. Angry families of fallen soldiers have increasingly formed the locus of a small but increasingly visible Russian anti-war movement, suggesting broader quiet societal angst concerning the direction of the war in Ukraine. They don’t want Ukraine to be Russia’s “endless war”.

[..] According to more in the NYT report on Putin’s supposed new-found readiness for serious negotiations: Mr. Putin’s repeated interest in a cease-fire is an example of how opportunism and improvisation have defined his approach to the war behind closed doors. Dozens of interviews with Russians who have long known him and with international officials with insight into the Kremlin’s inner workings show a leader maneuvering to reduce risks and keep his options open in a war that has lasted longer than he expected. While deploying fiery public rhetoric, Mr. Putin privately telegraphs a desire to declare victory and move on. “They say, ‘We are ready to have negotiations on a cease-fire,’” said one senior international official who met with top Russian officials this fall. “They want to stay where they are on the battlefield.”

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So pump more weapons into it?!

Ukrainians Face A ‘Terrible Winter’ – Retired French General (RT)

A retired French general and former NATO commander has painted a chilling picture of Ukraine’s prospects over the next several months in its conflict with Russia, saying the best that Kiev and its Western sponsors can hope for is to avoid losing further ground this winter. “The Ukrainians are going to experience a terrible winter,” Jean-Paul Palomeros, ex-chief of staff for the French Air Force, said on Friday in an interview with online broadcaster Franceinfo. “We must not hide our eyes. At best, they will be able to defend the positions they currently have. We must not hope for better.” Palomeros, who served as one of NATO’s two strategic commanders after leaving the French Air Force in 2012, argued that European nations must boost their aid to Ukraine.

“Europeans must invest better and more if they want to be able to support the war effort in Ukraine,” he said. “For the moment, this is not the case.” The retired general made his comments as French President Emmanuel Macron visited France’s troops in Jordan, where he vowed to continue supporting Ukraine. “We cannot let Russia win,” the French leader said. However, Macron admitted in an interview on Wednesday with broadcaster France 5 that the US and its European allies had failed to cripple Russia’s economy through sanctions. He also acknowledged that an uncertain political situation in the US was clouding the outlook for Ukraine’s prospects. The latest round of European aid for Ukraine failed to pass earlier this month at the EU summit in Brussels, as Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban voted down the bloc’s €50 billion ($54 billion) pledge.

Meanwhile, a $60 billion US aid proposal for Kiev has stalled in Washington, where Republican lawmakers have opposed giving more money until Kiev and its backers come up with a clear victory strategy. US President Joe Biden’s administration has warned that without congressional approval, funding for Washington’s aid to Ukraine will run out at the end of this month. Palomeros lamented the increasing struggles in the West to provide Ukraine the support that it needs. “The message is clear,” he said. “Now we must match words with actions.” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg conceded in an interview earlier this month that Ukraine had failed to achieve any battlefield breakthroughs during its long-awaited counteroffensive. “We have to be prepared for bad news,” he said of the outlook for Kiev. “Wars move in phases, but we must stand by Ukraine in good and in bad times alike.”

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“..while the West had succeeded in ensuring Ukraine’s “preservation,” its other goals remain unfulfilled..”

Time To Find ‘Another Way’ To Resolve Ukraine Conflict – Italy (RT)

It is time for all countries involved in the Ukraine conflict to start looking for a political solution to the crisis, Italian Defense Minister Guido Crosetto said on Saturday. The defense chief noted, as quoted by the ANSA news agency, that as the fighting between Moscow and Kiev is about to enter its third year, “it is important to take paths that lead to a political solution.” He stressed, however, that these efforts must coincide with continued military support for Ukraine. The minister pointed out that while the West had succeeded in ensuring Ukraine’s “preservation,” its other goals remain unfulfilled. “What cannot be achieved militarily… can be achieved by opening a diplomatic and political front to try to achieve the same result through peace talks,” he said.

Crosetto also highlighted that “what existed before the war must be restored, and what could not be done with weapons must be done in another way.” NATO member states, including the US, which has emerged as Kiev’s main backer, have insisted that they would continue their support for Ukraine “as long as it takes” while taking steps to bring the embattled country closer to the bloc’s military standards. Russia, which has historically seen NATO’s expansion toward its borders as a threat, has said the Ukraine’s push to join the bloc was one of the key reasons behind the conflict. The Italian defense minister already warned in early October that the hostilities between Moscow and Kiev were unlikely to be resolved on the battlefield.

At the time, he explained that the “more time passes, the more the possibility of helping Ukraine with resources that are not unlimited decreases,” while pointing to serious problems Kiev had encountered in its unsuccessful attempts to push back Russian troops. Kiev launched a much-hyped counteroffensive in early summer but has failed to gain any significant ground while suffering heavy losses both in manpower and Western-supplied equipment. Moscow has estimated Ukrainian casualties since the start of the offensive at around 160,000 troops. While President Vladimir Zelensky signed a decree banning talks with the current leadership in Moscow last autumn after four former Ukrainian regions overwhelmingly voted to join Russia, Moscow has repeatedly said it is ready for peace talks with Kiev.

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“..not at all surprised by Reinsalu’s statement, which goes in line with the ‘caveman’ Russophobia characteristic of modern EU politicians and the ‘collective West’ in general.”

Moscow Hits Out At ‘Caveman Russophobia’ (RT)

The Russian Foreign Ministry has called out what it called “caveman Russophobia” after ex-Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu suggested that EU member states should prevent Russian embassies from opening polling stations for next year’s presidential election. The vote is slated for a three-day period from March 15 to 17, with the winner to be inaugurated in May. Speaking to RIA Novosti on Sunday, a Foreign Ministry representative said that Moscow is “not at all surprised by Reinsalu’s statement, which goes in line with the ‘caveman’ Russophobia characteristic of modern EU politicians and the ‘collective West’ in general.” It was also noted that the former Estonian minister’s proposal runs counter to the West’s professed adherence to the principles of democracy, with the right to vote being among its cornerstones.

“We see in this nothing but an attempt to introduce one more discriminatory measure against compatriots living in Estonia,” the ministry added. Russian officials also pointed out that the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations does not oblige embassies to apply for the host nation’s permission to open polling stations on their premises – contrary to what Reinsalu appeared to suggest. The latter argued that it would be “absurd if European countries allow polling stations to open in Russian embassies on their territory in March.” Reinsalu later clarified to the media outlet Postimees that Moscow would have to request permission from the Estonian Foreign Ministry, which could refuse.

On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin officially filed papers to register as an independent presidential candidate with Russia’s Central Election Commission. If victorious, he would serve a fifth term in office. Several major Russian parties, including the Communist Party, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR), and New People have also signaled they will put forward candidates. Furthermore, a number of public figures and politicians have also announced their intent to run as independents.

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Maidan 2.0.

‘Color Revolution’ Being Attempted In Serbia – Vucic (RT)

Pro-Western demonstrators have attempted to break into government buildings in Belgrade in what Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has called an attempted “color revolution.” Vucic claims he was tipped off about the plot beforehand. Thousands of opposition protesters gathered outside the Belgrade City Assembly on Sunday to protest the victory of Vucic’s Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) over the pro-EU Serbia Against Violence (SPN) coalition in parliamentary elections last week. The protest turned violent with a group of demonstrators attempting to batter down the doors of the building, until they were dispersed by police. “There is no revolution underway,” Vucic said in a public address. “Nothing will go their way,” he continued, referring to the protesters. “Those who swear to fight against violence have shown that they are real thugs.”

The SPN coalition emerged out of anti-government protests following a pair of mass shootings in May. While the protest movement initially demanded the resignations of Interior Minister Bratislav Gasic and intelligence chief Aleksandar Vulin, it soon called for the fall of Vucic’s government. Vucic claimed that the protest was sponsored by Western powers who wanted him removed from office over his cordial relations with Russia and refusal to abandon Serbia’s claim to Kosovo, citing reports from foreign intelligence services. He reiterated these allegations in Sunday’s address, thanking unnamed “foreign services” for letting his security services “know exactly what the thugs were preparing.” The term ‘color revolution’ describes a protest movement funded and organized by a Western government – usually the US.

Aimed at toppling leaders opposed to US interests, these revolutions are typically backed by American intelligence agencies, and organized by a panoply of US-funded NGOs. While the term became widely known following the 2003 ‘Rose Revolution’ in Georgia, the first successful use of color revolution tactics took place in Yugoslavia in 2000, when a US-backed student movement forced the resignation of Slobodan Milosevic. The anti-Milosevic movement began with claims that the Yugoslavian leader had engaged in fraud in that year’s election, claims bolstered by Western-funded ‘election monitors’ who were brought in. “Serbia is fed up with your revolutions,” Vucic said during the initial ‘anti-violence’ protests earlier this year. “Serbia is fed up with the arrival of those under foreign influence and the destruction of everything that is Serbian.”

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“When we shared that information with everyone else, they said: ‘Well, that’s Russian disinformation, that’s spreading fake news.’”

Serbia Thanks Russian Spies For Warning About Color Revolution Attempt (RT)

Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic has expressed gratitude to the Russian security services, which alerted Belgrade to plans for riots in the capital. Pro-Western demonstrators attempted to break into government buildings in Belgrade on Sunday evening, in what Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic called an attempted color revolution. While Vucic initially thanked unnamed “foreign services” for letting his security services “know exactly what the thugs were preparing,” Brnabic later revealed that Belgrade was tipped off by Moscow. “I feel that it is important, especially tonight, to stand up for Serbia and to thank the Russian security services who had that information and who shared it with us,” Brnabic told TV Pink on Sunday night. “I can only say thank you, and it probably won’t be popular with those from the West,” the prime minister said, adding, “When we shared that information with everyone else, they said: ‘Well, that’s Russian disinformation, that’s spreading fake news.’”

Anti-government protests erupted in Serbia on Monday, with the opposition accusing the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) of “vote theft” during last week’s parliamentary elections, in which the party defeated the pro-EU Serbia Against Violence (SPN) coalition. Vucic dismissed the allegations as “lies,” claiming that the protests were sponsored by the West, which wants him removed due to his relations with Russia and refusal to abandon Serbia’s claim to Kosovo. Following the unrest in Belgrade, Vucic is expected to host Russian Ambassador Aleksandr Botsan-Kharchenko at his residence just across the square from the assembly where the protest took place, local media reported, citing the presidential press service. Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic has also scheduled a meeting with the Russian envoy.

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“Poland’s state media, which include the TV station TVP, Polish Radio, and the PAP news agency, are the sole source of news for the approximately one-third of Poles who lack access to private media..”

Polish President Blocks Budget Over State Media ‘Takeover’ (RT)

Polish President Andrzej Duda vetoed a 2024 budget bill on Saturday in protest at the newly elected government’s controversial overhaul of the country’s state media outlets. Prime Minister Donald Tusk’s new cabinet revealed on Wednesday that it had fired the top executives at government-run TV and radio stations and news agency and appointed new management boards in their place, citing a need to restore “impartiality.” In a post on X (formerly Twitter) Duda explained that he could not consent to the bill, which included 3 billion zlotys (€690 million) earmarked for public media, “given the blatant violation of the Constitution and the principles of a democratic state of law.” “An attempt to finance public media through a budget related law (by the parliamentary majority) is in the current situation unacceptable,” he continued, vowing to send his own version of the budget through parliament “immediately after Christmas.”

This version will include the spending commitments promised by the ruling coalition led by Tusk. Duda urged the leaders of both houses of parliament to call sessions and adopt his draft before the year’s end. The new government would have fulfilled several of its electoral promises with the budget, which included a 30% pay raise for teachers and a 20% increase for public sector workers. The controversial overhaul came just a day after parliament approved a resolution calling for “all state authorities to immediately take action aimed at restoring constitutional order in terms of citizens’ access to reliable information and the functioning of public media,” seemingly fulfilling Tusk’s campaign pledge that he would “change the system of public media” in the space of 24 hours if elected.

The former European Council president and his allies had accused the government-run media properties of acting as propaganda mouthpieces for the Law and Justice (PiS) party previously in power by attacking its political enemies and fomenting anti-EU sentiment. Tusk’s predecessor, Mateusz Morawiecki, denounced his replacement’s “illegal actions,” charging that the new coalition government intended to violate the law “at every step” and vowing to resist accordingly. “We will not allow for a dictatorship to be built in Poland,” the PiS politician wrote in a social media post on Wednesday. The party, which lost power to Tusk’s coalition in October’s elections, has pointed out that the management of public media properties can only be fired by the National Media Council. Poland’s state media, which include the TV station TVP, Polish Radio, and the PAP news agency, are the sole source of news for the approximately one-third of Poles who lack access to private media, according to the BBC.

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“Biden confirmed on Wednesday that Trump “certainly supported an insurrection..”

Biden Rains on Trump’s Immunity as Trial Faces Delay (Sp.)

US President Joe Biden has said he sees no reason for presidents to enjoy absolute immunity from criminal prosecution, a position vehemently advocated by his predecessor Donald Trump. The statement came in response to a reporter’s question as President Biden left the White House for Camp David, where he plans to spend the Christmas holiday. The Supreme Court’s decision on Friday not to expedite a ruling on Trump’s immunity case was a setback for federal prosecutors seeking to begin a trial related to the former president’s alleged efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election. Trump maintains that his actions leading up to the events of January 6, 2021 were within the scope of his official duties.

The riot saw his supporters violently storm the US Capitol in an attempt to disrupt lawmakers’ certification of Biden’s victory.The trial, scheduled to begin on March 4, was delayed after Independent Special Counsel Jack Smith sought an expedited resolution from the nation’s highest court to ensure the scheduled start date. With the Supreme Court granting the expedited request, a lower federal appeals court will now consider the immunity claim, raising the possibility that the trial could extend into the heart of the upcoming general election or beyond. Looking ahead to the 2024 race, Biden’s campaign plans to frame the upcoming contest, which will likely feature a rematch with Trump, as a replay of the 2020 showdown, but with even higher stakes.

Last week, Biden’s campaign circulated a memo characterizing Trump as a significant threat to US democracy, citing his behavior leading up to the January 6 events and his alleged threats against political opponents. While Biden confirmed on Wednesday that Trump “certainly supported an insurrection” on January 6, he stopped short of endorsing a Colorado Supreme Court ruling that could bar the former president from appearing on the state’s ballot. When asked, Biden said, “That’s up to the court.” The January 6, 2021 incident occurred when a mob of Trump supporters broke into the US Capitol in an attempt to stop the Electoral College vote count following Trump’s election loss, claiming it was rigged. Since the riot, more than 1,200 people have been charged with crimes related to the breach.

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“We’re never going to have a situation in this country where one or some cluster of states decides that Donald Trump is not on the ballot and everyone else decides he is..”

Trump To Be on All Ballots or None: Minnesota Secretary of State (Sp.)

Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon said on Saturday that the Supreme Court will likely decide if former US President Donald Trump is allowed on all or none of the ballots in the 2024 Presidential election. Simon’s comments come after the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that Trump will not be allowed on the ballot in that state because it determined that he is responsible for the riot on January 6, 2021, and therefore had engaged in an insurrection or rebellion and is not eligible to hold office under the 14th Amendment. Trump has not been charged with insurrection or rebellion. The Colorado court stayed its order, expecting Trump’s legal team to appeal to the Supreme Court. Simon told US media in an interview on Saturday that the highest court in the land will “have to” take up the appeal.

“We’re never going to have a situation in this country where one or some cluster of states decides that Donald Trump is not on the ballot and everyone else decides he is,” Simon explained. “He will either be on the ballot everywhere or nowhere, and the US Supreme Court is going to make sure of that.” However, just because Simon is confident that the Supreme Court will ensure Trump’s inclusion on ballots nationwide will be all or nothing, he is not as confident that they will decide on the issue of whether the 14th Amendment applies to Presidents or if Trump engaged in an insurrection. “There’s so many different ways that the Supreme Court could go, there are multiple off ramps for them, for example, to decide the case without deciding the ultimate issue, which is, did Donald Trump engage in or help an insurrection?” Simon said. “They don’t have to decide that. There are a number of ways they can dispose of the case and get an outcome without deciding that question.”

Lawsuits in several states had tried to remove Trump from the ballot, but most were thrown out of court and were seen as longshot cases. The Colorado ruling surprised many. Officials in several Democrat-controlled states have argued the same could be done there, including California Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis, who on Wednesday, asked California Secretary of State Shirley Weber to “explore every legal option” to remove Trump. Recent polling shows that Trump is leading his likely opponent in the 2024 election, President Joe Biden in seven swing states, which means he’d likely beat Biden if the election were held today. After the Colorado ruling, Trump took to his Truth Social, saying “I’m not an Insurrectionist.”

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    Velázquez The Immaculate Conception 1619   • ‘I Did Not Ask Netanyahu For Ceasefire’: Biden (Cradle) • How The Western Media Are Protecting The I
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle Christmas Day 2023]

    #149125
    Formerly T-Bear
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    Fuck Israel. Restore Palestine and its People in their entirety.

    A Christmas message for the day

    #149126
    EoinW
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    No worries, the Red Sea coalition is solid. It still has Canada’s 3 naval officers. Gilligan, the Skipper and the Professor are all onboard the SS Minnow. Full steam ahead!!!

    #149127
    tboc
    Participant

    A Light Shines

    #149128
    tboc
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    The darkness does not understand.

    #149129
    zerosum
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    Prospective. Introvert/extrovert.

    I’m lucky for what I don’t have.
    I’m thankful that I don’t have Hate in my heart.
    I’m grateful that my environment is not producing physical or mental pain/anguish/grief.
    I’m fortunate that I don’t need to be prepared, to be vigilant, or to need to confront danger.
    I don’t need to fight and to kill.
    I don’t lust for weaIth and power.
    Idon’t need to be grieving and dealing with the loss of loved ones.
    I’m grateful that I’m not an elite, a snob, a manipulator, an influencer, a politician, and that I’m a greyman and I’m ignored.
    ———–
    I don’t understand the explanations of what is democracy.
    That’s Russian disinformation, that’s spreading fake news.

    On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin officially filed papers to register as an independent presidential candidate with Russia’s Central Election Commission. If victorious, he would serve a fifth term in office. Several major Russian parties, including the Communist Party, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR), and New People have also signaled they will put forward candidates. Furthermore, a number of public figures and politicians have also announced their intent to run as independents.

    Lawsuits in several states had tried to remove Trump from the ballot, but most were thrown out of court and were seen as longshot cases. The Colorado ruling surprised many. Officials in several Democrat-controlled states have argued the same could be done there, including California Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis, who on Wednesday, asked California Secretary of State Shirley Weber to “explore every legal option” to remove Trump. Recent polling shows that Trump is leading his likely opponent in the 2024 election, President Joe Biden in seven swing states, which means he’d likely beat Biden if the election were held today. After the Colorado ruling, Trump took to his Truth Social, saying “I’m not an Insurrectionist.”

    ———-
    For Xmas, I can virtually serve you a virtual plater/dish of joy for your virtual breakfast in bed.
    🙂

    #149130
    Noirette
    Participant

    Happy Holidays to All, let love of the living flourish, no matter what we can enjoy good meals and fun times with all the nice kiddos., without losing respect for the dead.

    #149131
    Noirette
    Participant

    UKR. The US has now admitted that UKR with US-poodle-W support cannot ‘beat Russia (R)’ *It is time to wind the conflict down, negotiate* is the message. (No more billions from the US, etc.)

    The pref. US-W solution is a frozen conflict, where the loosing party isn’t seen to be loosing but in stasis, upholding ‘what is right’ but not venturing further for ‘humanitarian’ – ‘moral’ or ‘strategic’ or even ‘supremacist’ reasons, oh! it is all ‘complicated history’ etc.

    Mega US-+ Cos. and affiliates already own a lot of land / biz interests / Gvmt. officials in UKR, so are keen to do ‘rebuilding’ with funds from x,y, investment into a,b.

    I expect R, which will decide the outcome, may let the loosers save face somewhat, although Putin is publically furious about the duplicitous Minsk Accords — surely he didn’t believe in them to begin with, after one year. The EU -> Merkel and Hollande admitting they never intended to implement them will go down in history as one of the craziest moves ever. It probably isn’t even true, in Merkel’s case. Why alienate the super mega neighbor who actually (in Germany’s case) controls the economic power of the country? What pressure was applied from where?

    R will not try to hold territory where the ppl are not ‘Russian’ and ‘pro-R’, as it doesn’t want to be a dominating occupier. R’s problems are more in the ‘too much territory’ – hard to defend – too low population – category. Which is why after 2014 it has done everything to encourage UKRs to emigrate to R, and paid to change the Edu. system in the Donbass to R.

    So, what happens to the remainder of UKR that R will not want? Kharkiv and Odessa are often mentioned as R ‘aims’? Maybe…but then not further…?

    Putin ‘+’ have repeatedly ‘warned’ / ‘hinted’ that Poland, natch, Hungary and Romania, want to re-claim Trad. ‘lands’ (in order, Galicia, Trans-Carpathia, Bukovina) and even Bulgaria has piped in (Bessarabia.) All 4 are EU countries, and their expansion would be subject to EU approval (> unelected leaders, etc.) The USuk might like to shelve this problem region onto the EU, so maybe. Other: a Rump UKR. with no military, no sea access, no good industry (etc.) a kind of no man’s land, might be acceptable to R and the US.

    These options are being discussed, imho. Other outcomes are more apocalyptic.

    #149132
    jo6pac
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    Putin Now Serious About Negotiating End To War: Diplomats

    More propaganda by the west.

    #149135

    Merry Christmas!

    #149137
    Noirette
    Participant

    Jo6: Putin Now Serious About Negotiating End To War: Diplomats.

    Yeah, that just signals W’s hopes, delusions, grasping at straws.

    Russia will decide and enforce everything and the W will try to put out some lame weak narrative to ‘explain it all’ and pretend ‘no loss.’

    See for ex. NATO’s Stoltenberg: ‘Putin has lost Ukraine forever’

    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said that he believes Russia “has lost Ukraine forever” as a result of the war, and will not be able to achieve its war aims despite a massive military effort since the invasion in February last year.

    https://news.yahoo.com/natos-stoltenberg-putin-lost-ukraine-104350240.html

    🙂 !

    #149138
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Merry Christmas!

    Pedo Charles gives Nazilensky the present of a tank from the Sheeple of Britain.

    Gifts for Everyone!

    .

    #149139
    Dr. D
    Participant

    For Christmas doing Christmas movie, “Klaus”. Well worth the watch. In it, we have the origin story of Santa, set in the farthest north Scandinavia, where like in Shakespeare, we have an epic eternal feud among the two families who live there.

    As it opens, there has been war, beatings, cruelty, loneliness, and with it, great cold, poverty, hardship, and hate, so long as anyone can remember. Each day, made anew with the ringing of the bell and 5 minutes of hate (and beatings) in the public square just to keep the feud warm.

    Well, as it happens, one guy gives a gift, of something he already had, to a child. This child the first, then shares and makes known that there CAN be toys, to another child, who also asks. Even at this point the great families are drawn in council, how do we Stop, STOP this love? This utter contempt for our sacred traditions of Hate?

    But, slowly, and on the sly, more gifts, more toys get out, which leads to more requests, which leads to hopeful good behavior to be on the list for more toys and gifts. Slowly, and starting with their children, the children – who they can’t disown and also can’t know better – pick a way to make life better, in hopes that something good will happen. Before long, people are talking to each other, and not to be miserable, fixing their house, their town, their clan.

    Then, as it comes, they begin to even help the NEXT family and the OTHER clan. Soon, the battles in the town square peter out, whittled down to a few stalwarts and die hards keeping the faith. Everyone else in theory is still feuding, but in their day lives, no longer bothers, wastes time on it.

    As they can work together, and everything isn’t wrecked each day, before long there is a market. An economy. Prosperity. They begin to clean up their yards and fix their things, find other, happier pursuits. Music. Art. To learn to write better letters, there is school, where children want to attend to become capable, functional individuals with their own goals and plans. In fact, despite being a poor place at the ends of the earth, like Reykjavik, it’s become as pleasant and helpful a place as it can really be. And why not? Even at the ends of the earth, you can make life harder on yourself, with hate and division, or easier with cooperation and work.

    Well, clearly, “This aggression shall not stand!”–Lebowski Being in a safe, happy, prosperous town, the remaining family fathers get to work, framing up Santa, his helpers, and stopping the toys, such that a prosperous and consuming war can lift and empower them from pointlessness and irrelevance to all their former glory. And get back the grey, dismal, impoverished, hateful, ruined town of their fathers.

    And it would have worked too, if it hadn’t been for those nosy kids! Happy ending as a Christmas movie, milk and cookies all around.

    Now why do I bring this up? This is EXACTLY the plan of OUR leading families, from 1950-2030, just run the entire movie in reverse. We want to START a division that barely exists, then FABRICATE a feud no one knows about. After that, we destroy cooperation, sow distrust, and impoverish the lands. Soon there is no economy, remove the toys, and therefore more hardship than charity and gifting. As the dark closes in there is not even one’s own family to trust, rely on, and share with, not a spark of light to puff into flame.

    And they would have got away with it? What’s your choice on the matter, this Christmas year? Hate for “The Other” and a collapsing economy, or cooperation, forgiveness, forbearance, and love? Do you want to go from 1950 to 2020 and forward, or from 2020 BACK into “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “34th Street”?

    There are only two polarities, such as our world is built: are you headed for and backing the one, or is it the other? No judgment, this is a “Who are you” test. You will get exactly according to what you choose.

    Me? Having had it I think poverty sucks. Why would you not want work, abundance, and cooperation? Do you really hate money enough to sit in the cold and dark for it, like Ebenezer Scrooge, your moneybags frozen in the corner? Your choice, man. I’ll be over here.

    #149140
    Dr. D
    Participant

    I have no idea what they’re doing. Putin as ALWAYS ending the war, and never wanted to fight it in the first place. His initial, since they didn’t backup or negotiate, was to intimidate Kiev and hope for an easy settlement of merely upholding Minsk. Easy-peasy. The West didn’t want that, which they openly bragged. Not picking on them, but demonstrates Putin wanted serious diplomacy and an overnight ceasefire BEFORE DAY ONE. And every day since, as we say several times, but the sides were too far apart or else openly and proudly sabotaged, along with their own pipeline.

    So…wtf is even one of these article reporting here? Everything they say is false from “Go”.

    And the NPR writers at Sputnik, wtf are these guys? Why are they even on payroll?

    “But the reality is that Russian society is likely facing deep fractures and uncertainty too, though it’s far less evident. Countless mothers, fathers, and families are grieving and dealing with the loss of loved ones killed in action. Conservative estimates have said at least 50,000 Russian troops have died”

    I don’t see “Russian society facing deep fractures”. Yes, they are debating, but collegiality, as we did in 1959, with full support of Russia, the Duma, the President, and signing up by the tens of thousands for war. THat’s SO easy to find, impossible not to know, that what they’re stating and suggesting is just a lie.

    I think maybe they are so used to ANY disagreement being fatal, like if you’re not censoring and shooting someone, they are therefore your perfect ally, defended even to their pedophilia extremes, that if they ever knew, they’ve long forgotten what “Discussion” and “Disagreement” looks like. That is: THEY ARE INSANE. They no longer know or recognize what “normal” is, thinking it queer and demented. That’s my only explanation for it. Do they have hot debates and disagreement on Russia TV, as our own Redneck and Chooch used to post? You be they do. AND SO SHOULD WE. And SO WE DID, once upon a time when we had what are called “Men” within our borders. Now the very idea is unthinkable.

    “My Party, Right or Wrong”. It’s either Hatfields, or McCoys. Anything WE do is by definition perfect, anything THEY do is by definition wrong. Simple. Thanks NPR, I’m sure we all got smarter reading that.

    “The riot saw his supporters violently storm the US Capitol in an attempt to disrupt lawmakers’ certification of Biden’s victory.”
    NPR Sputnik again. IS that what happened? Really? So 100k people, how many were there, walked through the doors? Of that group, say 30k would be daily carriers of handguns. How many handguns were found to “Disrupt the certification”? WAS the certification disrupted, or did it happen? For that matter, WAS there a certification, that is, Pence has no power whatsoever and has no choice or function except to say yes, or could he call for a review if people have reservations? Do we usually “Violently Storm” a place where the police spend 20 minutes escorting the most flamboyant fellow through each and every room, followed by many camera crews, where as Babylon Bee, any time any police asked to leave, they simply and immediately did? What kind of “Violently Storm” is it where, like a Python sketch, they say, “Oh please sir, we ask, it’s a bad day for us, you think you could not “storm” and land on Normandy today and perhaps pop off to Calais ’til tomorrow? And all the landing parties go “A-Right then! Reverse, March!” and swim back into the Channel?

    I means seriously, what the f–k? You sirs, are each and every, all mentally, mentally ill. And I’m supposed to take ANYTHING you, or your paper say seriously? What you’re saying is joke, so you are likewise a joke. Like papers who are caught lying every day, papers who are literally insane every day, and think they woke up and are a cockroach, so decide to go to work, are not to be read nor bothered with.

    ““it is important to take paths that lead to a political solution.”

    Again, as they are perfectly insane, they openly admit they have NOT been pursuing any “political” solution, that is, any path or solution aside from WAR. They are 100% war, nothing but war, never BEEN anything but war, since 2022 or 2014. That’s literally the translation here. Yes, I know. But YOU are supposed to LIE about it and not tell us all the quiet part out loud.

    #149141
    Oroboros
    Participant

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    #149142
    Oroboros
    Participant

    It really was an Immaculate Conception

    #149143
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Lawyers, ya gotta love’m

    Immaculate Deception

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    #149144
    John Day
    Participant

    Knowing Christmas Better https://drjohnsblog.substack.com/p/knowing-christmas-better

    Cyd Ropp presents a pre-Nicene view of Christmas, and it is one of many, but one that does not serve the interests of the Roman Emperor. In the early Christian Churches, there was a stream of teaching that the intention of Jesus incarnating as a human baby, and living, then dying as a human, was to find the path of harmony of human forms and Divine Consciousness, so that other humans could follow that same path, and live as both Divine and human, as he had worked out.
    Saint Valentine was one of the teachers of this “Gnostic” path of directly knowing and living the union of Divine and human.
    The Gnostic Christmas Story​ , Alleluia! Christ brings the 3rd Order Powers to Earth
    https://cydropp.substack.com/p/the-gnostic-christmas-story

    ​ ‘Operation Al-Aqsa Flood’ Day 80: Israel kills at least 100 Palestinians in Christmas Eve attacks​ (“Love your enemies”, said somebody.)
    ​ At least 100 Palestinians were killed in Israeli attacks on Khan Younis and Al-Maghazi refugee camp, as a new Euro-Med Monitor report documents brutal Israeli crimes against civilians sheltering in Palestinian schools, including executions.

    ‘Operation Al-Aqsa Flood’ Day 80: Israel kills at least 100 Palestinians in Christmas Eve attacks

    ​ I​sraeli O​ccupation F​orces killings of Palestinian children in West Bank occur with impunity​
    Following the incident where Israeli soldiers “mistakenly” killed three unarmed Israeli captives waving white flags, the Israeli military allegedly initiated a review, claiming that the occurrence was “against our rules of engagement.”
    ​ However, human rights organizations argue that there is minimal accountability, if any, when Israeli occupation forces are responsible for the killing of Palestinian children in brutal raids on the West Bank, as reported by CBC News.​..These organizations warn that Israeli authorities are not adhering to international protocols designed to safeguard children during what they call “military operations”.
    ​ According to Ori Givati, the advocacy director at Breaking the Silence, an organization initiated by IOF veterans opposing “Israel’s” occupation of Palestinian territories, holding an IOF member accountable following the killing of Palestinian civilians is “very rare”.
    ​ Givati, a former combat soldier, remarked that the IOF consistently find justifications for their actions, often categorizing them as “operational errors” or claiming they were “not intentional.” He added that the absence of tangible consequences for the killings or mistreatment of Palestinians has cultivated a permissive environment, enabling the use of lethal force against civilians, including children.
    ​ ‘Israel’ just kills children and blames it on ‘counterterrorist activity’​.
    https://english.almayadeen.net/news/politics/iof-killings-of-palestinian-children-in-west-bank-occur-with

    ​ Israeli air strikes kill dozens, Gaza officials say, in Christmas bloodshed
    ​ Israeli air strikes that began hours before midnight persisted into Christmas Day, Palestinian officials said at least 78 people were killed
    Israel says five Gaza hostages found dead in tunnel. Israel’s chief military spokesman, Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari, said postmortems were pending​.
    https://www.scmp.com/news/world/middle-east/article/3246183/israel-says-5-gaza-hostages-found-dead-tunnel-circumstances-being-investigated

    #149145
    John Day
    Participant

    ​ WaPo investigation reveals no proof of Hamas using Al-Shifa Hospital
    ​ An analysis by The Washington Post has revealed that many of “Israel’s” claims regarding Al-Shifa being used as a Hamas command and control center were false and came with no evidence.
    ​ IOF spokesperson Daniel Hagari had come out with what he claimed was “concrete evidence”, implicating 5 hospital buildings in Hamas operations during a briefing on October 27.
    ​ This led the IOF to raid the hospital on November 15 and open fire indiscriminately toward its windows and sections, cutting off all communications to the hospital. Dozens of Israeli soldiers also stormed the emergency department at Al-Shifa, leading to the martyrdom and severe injury of scores of Palestinians, including babies.
    https://english.almayadeen.net/news/politics/wapo-investigation-reveals-no-proof-of-hamas-using-al-shifa

    ​ Defense Minister Yoav Gallant is at the top of the dossier of 40 commanders that Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN) submitted to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.​
    As the Palestinian death toll from Israel’s obliteration of Gaza topped 20,000 — mostly women and children — a U.S.-based advocacy group this week published a list of 40 Israeli military commanders it says are “prime suspects” for international war crimes investigation.​..
    ​..“These 40 IDF commanders who have been responsible for planning, ordering, and executing Israel’s indiscriminate bombardment, wanton destruction, and mass killing of civilians in Gaza should be prime suspects in any ICC investigation,” DAWN Executive Director Sarah Leah Whitson said in a statement on Tuesday. “While Israel has done its best to conceal the identities of many of its officers, they should be put on notice that they face individual criminal liability for the crimes underway in Gaza.”

    Israeli Commanders Reported to ICC

    ​ Over 576,600 people in Gaza face ‘catastrophic hunger’: UN report
    ​ The report said that 26% of Gazans, which is about 576,600 people, have “exhausted their food supplies and coping capacities and face catastrophic hunger (IPC Phase 5) and starvation.”
    ​ Cindy McCain, the WFP’s executive director, said: “WFP has warned of this coming catastrophe for weeks. Tragically, without the safe, consistent access we have been calling for, the situation is desperate, and no one in Gaza is safe from starvation.”
    https://www.aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/over-576-600-people-in-gaza-face-catastrophic-hunger-un-report/3089345

    According to a UN IPC report, by February 7, half of the population will be in the “emergency” phase, which includes severe acute malnutrition and excess mortality.
    https://english.almayadeen.net/news/politics/all-of-gaza-faces–crisis-or-worse–hunger-level–un

    ​ French Foreign Affairs Ministry official killed by Israeli bombardment in Gaza
    ​ Ahmed Abu Shamla, an employee of the Gaza consular office for over 20 years, died on Saturday. Part of his family had been evacuated from Gaza, but he had chosen to stay with his adult children.
    https://www.lemonde.fr/en/international/article/2023/12/18/french-foreign-affairs-ministry-official-killed-by-israeli-bombardment-in-gaza_6354377_4.html#

    #149146
    John Day
    Participant

    ​ In shadow of Gaza, Christmas is canceled in Israel this year
    Arab Israeli municipalities — including in Nazareth, Jerusalem and Haifa — canceled all grand Christmas celebrations.
    https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2023/12/shadow-gaza-christmas-canceled-israel-year#ixzz8MvEAyFwU

    ​ ‘I did not ask Netanyahu for ceasefire’: Biden​ , Despite continued calls for Tel Aviv to ‘protect’ Palestinian civilians, the US has continued to ship large quantities of weapons and munitions to fuel the carpet bombing of Gaza
    https://new.thecradle.co/articles/i-did-not-ask-netanyahu-for-ceasefire-biden

    ​ An Israeli commander has pledged that the “entire” Gaza Strip will be razed to the ground.
    ​ Yair Ben David, a commander in the 2908th Battalion, said in a video posted on social media, that they had “entered Beit Hanoun and did there as Shimon and Levi did in Nablus,” referring to the biblical story in which all the male inhabitants of the city were massacred.
    ​ “The entire Gaza should resemble Beit Hanoun,” he added, referring to the ruined city in northern Gaza.
    “Gaza must look like Beit Hanoun today.”
    ​ David said that the destruction was “only the beginning” and would instil “fear among the nations around us, in the cities of Lebanon, in the cities of Judea and Samaria (the West Bank), and among all those sitting around us who think it’s possible to harm the dignity of the people of Israel.”
    https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/war-gaza-israeli-commander-vows-flatten-entire-gaza-strip

    ​ War on Gaza: After Palestinians, Zionism’s next victim is the Jewish faith​ , Amanda Gelender
    Israel’s use of religious symbols in its genocide of Palestinians is an affront to Judaism and has robbed Jews of a faith practice divorced from nationalist barbarism.
    Israel has stolen and appropriated Jewish symbols we hold dear, politicising them as markers for state-sponsored genocide. Palestinians continue to suffer for western empire’s spoils, under the guise of safeguarding the Jewish people.
    https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/war-on-gaza-after-palestinians-zionism-next-victim-jewish-faith

    ​ US pressuring Switzerland to ignore Israeli war crimes
    ​ The Biden administration is preparing measures to push Switzerland to reject a request for a conference on violations of the Geneva Conventions from Palestine and friends.
    ​ While “Israel” continues to massacre civilians unpunished, US State Department officials are discreetly attempting to impede efforts to increase global pressure on the occupation.
    ​ State Department documents obtained by HuffPost indicate how US diplomats are finalizing a démarche to Switzerland that Washington hopes will cancel the preparations for an event to discuss Israeli violations of the Geneva Conventions in Palestine.
    ​ Formal rulings that “Israel” breached the treaties in its US-backed war in Gaza would be a severe worldwide condemnation of both parties and would support the accusations of human rights groups that have amassed evidence that stands as proof of such violations.
    https://english.almayadeen.net/news/politics/us-pressuring-switzerland-to-ignore-israeli-war-crimes

    #149147
    John Day
    Participant

    7 Ukrainian mercenaries fighting in ranks of Zionist occupation killed in Gaza
    https://en.ypagency.net/314080

    ​ Sanaa to respond to states that open airspace against Yemen: Al-Houthi
    ​ Yemen’s Supreme Political Council member, Mohammad Ali al-Houthi, says the maritime routes through the Red Sea are safe for any vessel except those belonging to “Israel” or heading for its ports.
    https://english.almayadeen.net/news/politics/sanaa-to-respond-to-states-that-open-airspace-against-yemen

    ​ Houthis Say US Warship ‘Firing Hysterically’ Nearly Hit Tanker in Red Sea​ [carrying Russian oil to India]
    ​ Earlier, US Central Command alleged that a Houthi drone nearly hit a Gabonese oil tanker with 25 Indian crew members onboard traveling through the Red Sea from the Russian Baltic Sea port of Ust-Luga, and said that a US warship was deployed to respond to the ship’s distress call.
    ​ A Houthi spokesman has sought to set the record straight regarding the US’s claim that the Yemeni militia had targeted a Gabonese oil tanker.
    https://sputnikglobe.com/20231224/houthis-say-us-warship-firing-hysterically-nearly-hit-tanker-in-red-sea-1115789509.html

    Houthi Red Sea Blockade Could ‘Starve’ Western War Machine of Oil​ Yes, the US SPR is badly drained, but this will hit Europe much harder.
    https://sputnikglobe.com/20231222/houthi-red-sea-blockade-could-starve-western-war-machine-of-oil-1115751663.html

    ​ Pentagon’s Operation Prosperity Guardian “Falls Apart” As Spain, Italy, France Reject Request
    ​ Australia is the latest country to reject a request from the United States to send warships to the Red Sea under the command of the Pentagon’s Operation Prosperity Guardian to protect commercial vessels along the critical maritime trade route from Iran-backed Houthi.
    ​ Defense Minister Richard Marles told Sky News that Australia’s military would not send a “ship or a plane” to the Red Sea but would triple the number of troops for the US-led maritime force.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/pentagons-operation-prosperity-guardian-falls-apart-spain-italy-france-reject-request

    #149148
    John Day
    Participant

    ​ Iran Denies Involvement in Red Sea Attacks, Says Houthis Have Their ‘Own Tools’
    ​ Amid a flurry of drone and missile strikes by Yemeni armed forces loyal to the Ansar Allah movement (dubbed the Houthis in the West) on cargo ships linked to Israel in the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea, the Pentagon claimed on Saturday that an unmanned aircraft vehicle allegedly fired from Iran had struck a tanker off India’s coast.
    https://sputnikglobe.com/20231224/iran-denies-involvement-in-red-sea-attacks-says-houthis-have-their-own-tools-1115782168.html

    ​ Iranian forces take delivery of new ‘smart’ missiles , Tehran’s navy has unveiled a new long-range weapon that can switch targets after being launched
    ​ The Iranian navy has upgraded its firepower with the addition of domestically produced missiles that have a range of more than 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) and can be redirected to other targets after being launched.
    https://www.rt.com/news/589620-iran-unveils-new-missiles/

    (NATO member) Estonia Ready to Extradite Draft-Age Ukrainian Men – Interior Minister​ To near-certain death.
    https://sputnikglobe.com/20231223/estonia-ready-to-extradite-draft-age-ukrainian-men—interior-minister-1115763822.html

    ​ Filipino American nurse wins $41 million retaliation lawsuit against Kaiser​
    Maria Gatchalian filed a lawsuit against Kaiser, claiming retaliation for raising concerns about patient safety
    ​ The court’s rule: On Monday, the Los Angeles Superior Court panel ruled in favor of Gatchalian and awarded her $11.49 million in compensatory damages, including $9 million for emotional distress and $30 million in punitive damages.
    ​ What happened: After three decades of service as a registered and charge nurse for the Woodland Hills Kaiser Permanente Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Los Angeles, Gatchalian was terminated in 2019 over a minor policy violation.
    ​ Gatchalian filed a lawsuit in April 2021, asserting that her termination was in retaliation for raising concerns about the quality of care and patient safety, primarily due to alleged understaffing at Kaiser.
    https://nextshark.com/filipino-american-nurse-retaliation-lawsuit-kaiser

    ​ A Worrisome Drop In The Number Of Young Nurses​ (They are too frustrated​ and overworked, unable to provide good patient care.)
    ​ New data here, covering the entirety of 2021, show the total supply of RNs decreased by more than 100,000 in one year—a far greater drop than ever observed over the past four decades.
    ​ Analyzing these losses by age, the decrease stemmed not as much from RNs older than age 50 but rather primarily from younger RNs.
    https://www.healthaffairs.org/content/forefront/worrisome-drop-number-young-nurses

    #149149
    John Day
    Participant

    ​ Bobby Kennedy’s assassination was the impetus for the creation of Secret Service protection for presidential candidates.
    This is a clear political message.
    ​ Exclusive: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. denied Secret Service protection for 3rd time
    https://www.deseret.com/2023/12/22/24012984/exclusive-robert-f-kennedy-jr-denied-secret-service-protection-for-third-time

    ​ Biden Rains on Trump’s Immunity as Trial Faces Delay
    ​ Last week, Biden’s campaign circulated a memo characterizing Trump as a significant threat to US democracy, citing his behavior leading up to the January 6 events and his alleged threats against political opponents.
    ​ While Biden confirmed on Wednesday that Trump “certainly supported an insurrection” on January 6, he stopped short of endorsing a Colorado Supreme Court ruling that could bar the former president from appearing on the state’s ballot. When asked, Biden said, “That’s up to the court.”
    https://sputnikglobe.com/20231224/legal-tempest-biden-rains-on-trumps-immunity-as-trial-faces-delay-1115783647.html

    ​I dares ya to do it, Joe 😀
    ​ A White House proposal to seize frozen Russian funds and use them to help Ukraine is not only illegal, but also incredibly dangerous, as it could shatter the entire global financial system, according to Konstantin Kosachev, the vice speaker of Russia’s upper house of parliament. The senator’s comments come after the New York Times reported on Friday that the Biden administration had intensified talks with US allies to requisition over $300 billion in Russian foreign exchange reserves frozen after the start of the Ukraine conflict. Writing on Telegram on Friday, Kosachev called the initiative “crazy,” and said it did not have a single leg to stand on in legal terms.
    https://swentr.site/russia/589570-bidens-crazy-russia-assets-seizure/

    CIA Loses Bid to Throw Out Lawsuit for Violating Rights of Julian Assange’s Visitors at Ecuadorean Embassy
    Case Sets Stage for Exposing CIA Clandestine Surveillance of Attorneys and Journalists
    https://www.laprogressive.com/law-and-the-justice-system/cia-slammed-for-violating-rights

    ​ Tucker Carlson has finally released the interview with Julian Assange that took place on November 2, 2023.
    ​ Within the prologue, and after interviewing Julian Assange, Tucker Carlson references the extremely important DNC email issue and states unequivocally, “democrats claim the emails had been hacked by the Russian government. But they hadn’t been, that was a lie. The emails had been leaked from within the DNC itself, almost certainly by a disgruntled employee.”​ [​”Bernie Bro.” Seth Rich, RIP]

    51 Days Later, Tucker Carlson Releases Interview With Julian Assange

    #149150

    Oroboros- that’s a mighty fancy lego tank set Charles is giving to Z.

    #149151
    Oroboros
    Participant

    It called a “Challenger” so I guess the name says it all!

    #149152
    oxymoron
    Participant

    Raul – thank you for yesterday’s comment. I’ve been a lurker lately – not much to say but I will say this. You have provided an incredible service to us all here on TAE – relentlessly consistent – day after day.

    I am excited to have another year coming of good information, good comments and good intentions – of which I think every single commenter here and those simply reading without comment also have.
    I may disagree with some opinions, though only at times – but I believe everyone here to have an incorruptible heart and an insatiable desire to learn and discover – to the the critical thinkers – I salute!

    A final note and I make it about Jesus because it’s Christmas and why the heck not?

    Jesus to me is an idea. It is an idea of a state of consciousness that is universal and identified with the all. Therefore being all – simply using the body as a communication tool. Not a self. Not an end. An instrument to communicate with all of us who feel seperate as ‘selves’ that we are simply asleep or dreaming or insane. Jesus is a lighthouse and we are on the choppy and dangerous seas of our mind.
    Jesus reminds me that when I have seen enough of my world of ego and all it’s twists and turns and it’s little deaths that a choice is always there to make.

    I could see Peace instead of this.

    From the love in me to the love in you all – I wish you Peace.

    Merry Xmas to Bill Gates, Bibi, Gandhi, Eddie Murphy, Dr D, Barbie, Prince, flowers, coffee, pornstars, cable ties, oil spills, comets, horse books, children…

    #149153
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Don’t forget that Vivek Ramaswamy’s history is with WEF and Soros. He is saying all the right things, but, judging by his own history, he is funded by unscrupulous sponsors who are not on our side, but who want to get him elected to their own reasons which will be detrimental to us.

    #149154
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    Following will most likely ring a bell for Dr. Day!

    Postcards from the End of [the] America[n Empire]

    California COVID Nurse exposes deadly COVID-19 Hospital Protocols (Remdesivir), and flood of COVID-19 Vaccine Injuries

    http://linhdinhphotos.blogspot.com/2023/12/california-covid-nurse-exposes-deadly.html

    F.S.

    #149155
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant
    #149156
    chooch
    Participant

    The alternative to death is life. We’ve partaken of the tree that leads to death. Therefore, we carry evil in spite of the good we may do. If we do not come to see the rottenness of our ways, we merit the results.

    Job was a do gooder and had done good all his life.

    Then Job replied:

    Even today my complaint is bitter;
    his hand is heavy in spite of my groaning.
    If only I knew where to find him;
    if only I could go to his dwelling!
    I would state my case before him
    and fill my mouth with arguments.
    I would find out what he would answer me,
    and consider what he would say to me.
    Would he vigorously oppose me?
    No, he would not press charges against me.
    There the upright can establish their innocence before him,
    and there I would be delivered forever from my judge.
    But if I go to the east, he is not there;
    if I go to the west, I do not find him.
    When he is at work in the north, I do not see him;
    when he turns to the south, I catch no glimpse of him.
    But he knows the way that I take;
    when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.
    My feet have closely followed his steps;
    I have kept to his way without turning aside.
    I have not departed from the commands of his lips;
    I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.

    But this wasn’t about goodness, but the most important lesson a human can learn.

    Eventually Job sees.

    I have heard of thee [God] by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

    If not north or south, east or west, then where did Job find thee?

    #149157
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    Jesus, Gaza, and the Murder of Useless People
    https://www.unz.com/article/jesus-gaza-and-the-murder-of-useless-people/

    … The different stories of his birth, told by Mathew and Luke in the New Testament, which are the bases for Christmas, are not filled with sugar plum fairies and sleighs filled with useless, unnecessary consumer goods.[…]

    … Mathew and Luke’s birth narratives are replicated again and again throughout history, presently and most conspicuously in Gaza and the West Bank, as the massacre of the innocents continues under today’s King Herod, Benjamin Netanyahu, the client king of Washington, not Rome, while U.S. politicians, including Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., who claims to be a defender of children and opposed to U.S. war policies, support this genocide with rhetorical justifications that the Trappist monk Thomas Merton called the unspeakable:

    It is the void that contradicts everything that is spoken even before the words are said; the void that gets into the language of public and official declarations at the very moment when they are pronounced, and makes them ring dead with the hollowness of the abyss. It is the void out of which Eichmann drew the punctilious exactitude of his obedience . . .

    #149158
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    I wonder who fronted Nurse Gatchalian the several million dollar inducement to a law firm to take up her case. In the at-will work state, the employee and the employer can separate from each any reason and no reason whatsoever.
    It’s hard to imagine The Nursing supervisor ever firing Nurse Gatchalian to undermine patient AND providing her with prima facie evidence for retaliation.
    Gatchalian’s case sounds much like Neurosurgeon Newell’s case from Seattle’s Swedish around the same time. Newell was probably the unnamed whistleblower against another neurosurgeon Johnny Delashaw where nurses made up stories about Johnny’s behavior, spit or threw a phone, manufactured drama.
    WA MQAC ruined Delashaw after the MQAC used a veterinarian to perform the investigation of Delashaw associated with very public humiliation.
    Amidst the drama, neurosurgeon Newell was fired for soliciting a prostitute. Newell successfully sued for wrongful termination and won approximately $18 million. Newell gets MQAC ‘d too but doesn’t receive the severe punishment administered Delashaw.

    Nurses do and don’t get fired all the time for making and not making mistakes. Sounds like THE KAISER nurse had insider help.

    Nurses usually don’t make twice as much as neurosurgeons.

    Neurosurgeons should expect to be fired for publicly embarrassing their employer and the medical profession by soliciting a prostitute AND being stupid enough to get caught. The neurosurgeon never should be hired again because he couldn’t tell the difference between a genuine lady of the night AND the Seattle Cop he solicited.
    What court other than one run by and solely for God’s chosen people would take a case like Newell’s under consideration?
    Khazarian?

    #149159
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    I wonder who fronted Nurse Gatchalian the several million dollar inducement to a law firm to take up her case. In the at-will work state, the employee and the employer can separate from each other for any reason and no reason whatsoever.
    It’s hard to imagine The Nursing supervisor ever firing Nurse Gatchalian to undermine patient safety AND providing her with prima facie evidence for a retaliation claim. The RN had inside assistance?
    Gatchalian’s case sounds much like Neurosurgeon Newell’s case from Seattle’s Swedish around the same time. Newell was probably the unnamed whistleblower against another neurosurgeon Johnny Delashaw where nurses made up stories about Johnny’s behavior, spit or threw a phone, manufactured drama.
    WA MQAC ruined Delashaw after the MQAC used a veterinarian to perform the investigation of Delashaw associated with very public humiliation. Ritual defamation of character, scapegoating, blacklisting.
    Amidst the drama, neurosurgeon Newell was fired for soliciting a prostitute. Then Newell successfully sued for wrongful termination and won approximately $18 million. Newell GOT MQAC ‘d too but DIDN’T receive the severe punishment administered Delashaw. Go figure the MQAC thinks false accusations manufactured by nurses supersedes in severity a doctor soliciting a prostitute.

    Nurses do and don’t get fired all the time for making and not making mistakes. Sounds like THE KAISER nurse had insider help.

    Nurses usually don’t make twice as much as neurosurgeons.

    Neurosurgeons should expect to be fired for publicly embarrassing their employer and the medical profession by soliciting a prostitute AND being stupid enough to get caught. The neurosurgeon never should never be hired again because he couldn’t tell the difference between a genuine lady of the night AND the Seattle Cop he solicited.
    What court other than one run by and solely for God’s chosen people would take a case like Newell’s under consideration?
    Khazarian?

    #149173
    aspnaz
    Participant

    Figmund Sreud said

    while U.S. politicians, including Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., who claims to be a defender of children and opposed to U.S. war policies, support this genocide

    Obviously RFK knows that he cannot be an American politician without the help of the genocide Jews. It obviously goes against everything he believes in, but he is willing to sacrifice his principles if it means more for him, more for his ego. In other words, he has no principles, he has no red lines, he only has marketing themes which he uses to construct an image of himself, a totally false image. Our glimpse behind the images shows us that this man will not do what he promises to do if he ever gains power.

    #149177
    zerosum
    Participant

    Life “is a tale / Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, / Signifying nothing.” – Shakespeare
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