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Democratic Party ‘Clans Clash’ in Wake of Biden’s Debate Performance (Sp.)
Get a Dog: The Political and Media Establishment Turns on Biden (Turley)
‘Blitz Primary’ Proposed as Democratic Insiders Dissatisfied With Biden (Sp.)
Biden Campaign Fed Questions For ‘I’m A Black Woman’ Interview (RT)
Biden Refuses To Believe Poll Numbers (RT)
President Biden Must Resign, or Be Impeached (Young)
Leftist Coalition Set For Shock Victory In French Election (ZH)
New French Governing Coalition Will Likely Be ‘Fragile’ (Sp.)
How ‘Putin Endorsed Le Pen’: Russiagate Comes To France (Amar)
A Nation In Pain: How Political Idealism Destroyed Ukraine (Glenn Diesen)
Orban’s Peace Mission Continues (Sp.)
Xi Jinping Welcomes Viktor Orban To Beijing (RT)
Israel Deliberately Killed Own Citizens on October 7 – Report (Sp.)
BRICS To Launch Independent Financial System – Moscow (RT)
Elon Musk Issues WhatsApp Safety Warning (RT)

 

 

 

 

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“..a lot of people don’t understand is that Barack Obama and the Clintons and Biden don’t have a great relationship..”

Democratic Party ‘Clans Clash’ in Wake of Biden’s Debate Performance (Sp.)

A Wall Street Journal poll conducted in the wake of Joe Biden’s debate against Trump – his first of the 2024 election cycle – showed that 80 percent of the nation’s voters think the Democrat is too old to run for a second term. Fissures are growing within the Democratic Party’s three leading clans as Joe Biden refuses to give in to demands to drop out of the 2024 race, the Financial Times has reported. An “already-fractured” Democratic Party is reportedly trying desperately to carry out damage control in the wake of the 81-year-old president’s debate against Trump. But the “historic crisis” that has led to increasing questions regarding his mental acuity has opened up “old wounds and rivalries,” noted the FT. The Democratic Party is described as witnessing a raging battle between “three leading clans,” while the Republican Party “has appeared ever more uniform” under Trump.

Some Democrats are ostensibly hoping Biden’s once boss, ex-president Barack Obama, could “usher Biden aside.” However, the outlet cites those from the inner Biden circle as warning that such a step would be “counterproductive.” The reason is that there is supposedly a lingering bitterness among the Bidens after Obama backed Hillary Clinton, and not vice-president Biden to be his successor in 2015. Clinton went on to lose that presidential bid to Trump in 2016. “I think the thing that a lot of people don’t understand is that Barack Obama and the Clintons and Biden don’t have a great relationship,” one Democratic lobbyist was cited as saying. As for Obama himself, during his debut stint as senator representing Illinois from 2005 to 2008 he inflamed the Clintons after he “had the audacity” to challenge Hillary Clinton for the party’s 2008 nomination, reminded the outlet. “There is no unity among Democrats because, basically, the Democratic coalition’s pieces do not share the same values,” party strategist Hank Sheinkopf was cited as saying.

The various degrees of resentment nursed overtly by the Bidens, Obamas and the Clintons come amid a flurry of Democratic politicians, donors, and other supporters calling for the removal of Biden as candidate. Biden – appearing to be confused and incoherent throughout his debate with the Republican frontrunner last Thursday – reinforced ongoing concerns about his cognitive abilities. The president has taken a defiant stance, claiming his debate performance was just a “bad episode.” But 80 percent of the nation’s voters insist that the Democrat is too old to run for a second term, according to a Wall Street Journal poll released on Wednesday. Amid a flurry of reports attempting to suggest possible replacements for Biden, a new campaign has been imploring him to “Pass the Torch.” Hours before Biden was interviewed by ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos, where he insisted that he will stay in the race, Democratic activists launched a grassroots campaign begging the president to step aside.

They urged him to act on a 2020 pledge to be a “transition” president. “Democrats need the strongest possible ticket to maximize our chances of winning in November. It has become very clear, based on both long-term polling and the recent debate, that Democrats’ current ticket is not the strongest one we can put forward,” said the campaign.

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“In a blink, he has gone from “the best Biden ever” to a type of “comatose but comfortable” defense. It is the political version of going from blue chip to junk bond status in a week.”

Get a Dog: The Political and Media Establishment Turns on Biden (Turley)

Fox host Shannon Bream reported this morning that her staff tried for an entire week to get a single Democrat to go on the show to defend President Joe Biden as the party’s nominee. Not a single Democrat was willing to do so. In the meantime, the New York Times is reporting that a senior White House official is calling for Biden to step down as the nominee due to his declining physical and mental condition. The media, which has long attacked those questioning Biden’s fitness, is now on board with the Democratic establishment in pushing the President to withdraw. The one constant in this ever-changing city is that self-interest alone drives policies and alliances. If you endanger the meal ticket of members of Congress, you are immediately persona non grata. Biden is now threatening Democratic control of both the White House and the Congress. The word is out that Biden has to go so the media is suddenly noticing what it long refused to see.

That goes for staffers too. For years, the staff has engaged in a dishonest effort to shield Biden from questions and to carefully script and choreograph his appearances. Figures like Karine Jean-Pierre and close political allies knowingly misled the public as to the President’s deteriorating condition. Even after telling the public to watch the President in interviews, it was revealed this weekend that the White House was feeding pre-written questions to favorable hosts. Indeed, the media is actually blaming conservatives for failing to reveal the President’s condition due to their effort to frame the news. The truth is now unavoidable. The President has continued to struggle with clarity, as when he recently declared “by the way, I’m proud to be, as I said, the first vice president, first black woman… to serve with a black president.”

In the case of this high-level White House staffer, he or she also said nothing for months, even as the White House attacked Fox News and other outlets for showing the President’s confusion at public events. They were denounced as “cheap fakes.” This staffer reportedly worked with Biden during his presidency, vice presidency and 2020 campaign. As with the media, however, the staffer now seems to have the green light to kick the President to the curb to strengthen Democratic chances in the upcoming election. The staffer revealed that Biden has repeatedly become confused and weakened in the course of the day. Somehow this is being portrayed as courageous despite the fact that the staffer remained silent as others were attacked for raising these issues and the White House actively hid the President’s declining condition.

As is often the case, everyone in Washington is jumping ship as the rats run for the poop deck. No one will be held responsible for months and months of misleading the public about the condition of the man who holds the nuclear launch codes. Just weeks ago, the media was heralding the brilliance and sharpness of the President. On MSNBC, Joe Scarborough stated “start your tape right now because I’m about to tell you the truth. And F— you if you can’t handle the truth. This version of Biden intellectually, analytically, is the best Biden ever. Not a close second. And I have known him for years…If it weren’t the truth I wouldn’t say it.” Now, the best that Biden can muster is MSNBC’s Joy Reid who declared “If it’s Biden in a coma, I’m going to vote for Biden in a coma. I don’t even really, in particular, like the guy. A lot of his policies? Don’t like them, [but] he’s not Donald Trump, right?”

Now there’s a roaring endorsement. The comatose POTUS pitch. Rep. Dan Goldman (D., N.Y.) threw in his own damning defense by saying that the public should just look at the people around the President, a type of figurehead rationale for keeping a possibly infirm president. As usual, it is the public that has been played as chumps by the establishment and the media. The public is expected to forget the years of shielding Biden and the many public testimonials of his wickedly sharp acumen. In a blink, he has gone from “the best Biden ever” to a type of “comatose but comfortable” defense. It is the political version of going from blue chip to junk bond status in a week.

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“..moderated by celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Taylor Smith and Michelle Obama..”

“Democratic Party luminaries are likely to continue to stick with Biden, maintaining their influence within the organization even if it means defeat in November.”

‘Blitz Primary’ Proposed as Democratic Insiders Dissatisfied With Biden (Sp.)

Two Democratic insiders have proposed a novel idea to address the “malaise and crisis” within the party amid questions over US President Joe Biden’s age and mental acuity. Ted Dintersmith, a wealthy party donor, and Rosa Brooks, a law professor and veteran of former President Barack Obama’s Defense Department, have proposed a whirlwind “blitz primary” to rapidly choose a replacement for the elderly party leader. The plan suggests Democratic Party leaders could choose six candidates, who would run brief “positive-only” campaigns putting forward their case for why they should be the party’s nominee. Weekly events would be held where the candidates put forward their ideas and vision, moderated by celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Taylor Smith and Michelle Obama in order to stir voter interest. After one month’s time the party leaders would vote to select a ticket from the group of contenders, making the decision before the start of the Democratic National Convention on August 19.

The insiders claim the ploy would reinvigorate interest in the party and revive its electoral chances, which suffered a steep decline after Biden’s widely-panned performance at June 27th’s televised debate. “We can limp to shameful, avoidable democracy-ending defeat,” Brooks and Dintersmith reason, “or Democrats can make this Our Finest Hour. While we hope for help from Lord Almighty, the Lord helps those who help themselves. We need to act. Now.” Observers suggest the idea is unlikely to gain traction as it would require the blessing of Biden, who has insisted he will continue his candidacy unless instructed otherwise by God himself. It would also require Kamala Harris to surrender her assumed right to top the ticket as the current Vice President. The appearance of the party passing over a Black and female presumptive nominee could cause lasting controversy among core Democratic Party constituencies, critics say.

What the plan has going for it, in the likely view of Democratic Party figures, is that it avoids the pesky issue of having to put the question to actual voters. Democratic Party delegates – the typically well-connected insiders chosen after state primaries or granted influence by virtue of their status in the party – would both choose the list of candidates and make the final decision once they are heard. Leaked emails published by Wikileaks after 2016’s contentious party primary revealed insiders intervened heavily to tilt the process in favor of former candidate Hillary Clinton and against Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. In 2020, when Sanders again appeared to be in a strong position to win the party’s nomination, former President Barack Obama reportedly intervened behind the scenes to encourage multiple candidates to drop out and throw their support behind Biden instead.

The sudden surge of publicity for Biden, and stern warnings over the consequences of choosing Sanders, convinced voters to turn towards the former Obama vice president after Sanders’ victories in the first three state primaries had made his victory appear inevitable. The heavy hand of insiders in the candidate selection process – and series of highly questionable excuses offered to supporters for Biden’s disastrous debate performance – suggest the Democratic Party hardly lives up to its name. If some DNC figures remain concerned over the electoral chances of Joe Biden, they are terrified of losing control of the party to its voters, who may choose to back a forbidden candidate. All of which suggests Democratic Party luminaries are likely to continue to stick with Biden, maintaining their influence within the organization even if it means defeat in November.

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“The US president’s team has claimed “it is not at all uncommon” for guests to share topics they would prefer to discuss with journalists..”

Biden Campaign Fed Questions For ‘I’m A Black Woman’ Interview (RT)

The first journalists to interview US president Joe Biden after his disastrous performance in the June 27 debate against Donald Trump have said that they were given lists of approved questions by his campaign staff. Biden made appearances on radio shows with largely black audiences in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania on Thursday, a week after his face-off with Trump, in which the 81-year-old president appeared frail and lost his train of thought on multiple occasions. The interviews were used to show Biden’s doubters, especially in his own Democratic Party, that he is mentally and physically able for a reelection campaign and capable of discussing his record and answering questions coherently. However, the radio appearances were marred with more gaffes, with the president, among other things, describing himself as a “black woman.” “By the way, I’m proud to be, as I said, the first vice president, first black woman… to serve with a black president. Proud to be involved of the first black woman on the Supreme Court.

There’s so much that we can do because… look, we’re the United States of America,” Biden said on The Earl Ingram Show on Wisconsin’s CivicMedia. Host Earl told AP on Saturday that the Biden campaign gave him five “exact questions to ask” ahead of the interview. “There was no back and forth,” he added. “I probably would never have accepted, it but this was an opportunity to talk to the president of the United States,” Ingram explained. A few hours earlier, Andrea Lawful-Sanders, the host of The Source, a program on WURD in Pennsylvania, told CNN that “the questions were sent to me for approval; I approved of them” ahead of the interview with Biden. The Biden campaign’s spokeswoman, Lauren Hitt, confirmed the radio hosts’ claims, saying in a statement that “it is not at all an uncommon practice for interviewees to share topics they would prefer. These questions were relevant to news of the day.”

“We do not condition interviews on acceptance of these questions, and hosts are always free to ask the questions they think will best inform their listeners,” Hitt stressed. A source within Biden’s team told CBS News that it “will refrain from offering suggested questions” to journalists in his future interviews. A poll by Reuters/Ipsos revealed that one in three Democrats believes that Biden should quit the race after his debate performance, while some key donors have reportedly demanded that the president be replaced on the party’s ticket. In his interview with ABC News on Friday, Biden rejected the possibility of stepping down, insisting that he was “the most qualified person” to defeat Trump.

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Everybody loves me!

Biden Refuses To Believe Poll Numbers (RT)

US President Joe Biden said he does not accept polling data showing a slump in support, speaking in a televised interview on Friday. During the sit-down, ABC host George Stephanopoulos said: Mr. President, I’ve never seen a president with 36% approval get reelected.” Biden replied: “Well, I don’t believe that’s my approval rating. That’s not what our polls show,” without specifying which polling data he was relying on. A New York Times/Siena College poll released on Monday found that 36% of likely voters approve of the way Biden is handling his job as president. On voter intentions, the same survey showed Trump leading Biden with 49% to 43%, widening the gap from a 3-point lead before the debate.

“Look, you know polling better than anybody. Do you think polling data is as accurate as it used to be?” the US leader parried when Stephanopoulos insisted that Biden was close but still behind Trump even before going into the debate. Biden insisted that there’s nobody “more qualified to be president or win this race than me” and said he would not drop out, even if top Democratic leaders asked him to, claiming that only “the Lord Almighty” could convince him to step aside. Biden is struggling to dispel concerns over whether he is mentally and physically capable of leading the country for another four years following his halting performance in a televised debate against Republican rival Donald Trump.

The oldest US president in history appeared so frail and confused throughout the encounter last week that a survey conducted by CBS News/YouGov shortly afterwards found that 72% of registered voters do not believe Biden has the “mental and cognitive health necessary to serve as president.” A Suffolk University/USA TODAY poll published on Tuesday found Trump beating Biden by 3 percentage points, while a survey conducted for CNN by SSRS put Trump 6 points in the lead. A separate Bloomberg News/Morning Consult tracking poll showed Biden narrowing the gap over the past week and now losing “by only 2 percentage points” in the critical swing states needed to win the November election. Overall, less than one in five respondents in those states thought the 81-year-old was the “more coherent, mentally fit or dominant participant” of the debate.

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“A president’s failure to use due care or be loyal is ground for impeachment..”

President Biden Must Resign, or Be Impeached (Young)

President Biden’s duty to the American people is to “faithfully execute” his office. As a public trustee, Biden took an oath to do what is right. He is a trustee of powers bestowed upon him by the Constitution in return for his promise to be dutiful. Like every agent and trustee, Biden owes fiduciary duties to those who are served by his decisions. He owes them two duties: the duty of always acting with due care; and the duty of giving them his absolute loyalty, always putting their interests above his own. A president’s failure to use due care or be loyal is ground for impeachment. Under our Constitution, impeachment for “high crimes and misdemeanors” is not a criminal proceeding. Rather, it is a civil proceeding to discharge from office one who has failed in his or her trusteeship.

John Locke put it this way: “Who shall be judge, whether the prince or legislative act contrary to their trust? … To this I reply, The people shall be judge; for who shall be judge whether his trustee or deputy acts well, and according to the trust reposed in him, but he who deputes him, and must, by having deputed him, have still a power to discard him, when he fails in his trust? If this be reasonable in particular cases of private men, why should it be otherwise in that of the greatest moment, where the welfare of millions is concerned, and also where the evil, if not prevented, is greater, and the redress very difficult, dear, and dangerous?”

More than 50 years ago, when the impeachment of Richard Nixon was under consideration in the House of Representatives, I researched the English parliamentary practice of impeaching high officers for “high crimes and misdemeanors.” The lead special counsel in the impeachment proceeding, John Doar, incorporated my conclusions into the articles of impeachment of Richard Nixon in these words: In all of this, Richard M. Nixon has acted in a manner contrary to his trust as President and subversive of constitutional government, to the great prejudice of the cause of law and justice and to the manifest injury of the people of the United States. Wherefore Richard M. Nixon, by such conduct, warrants impeachment and trial, and removal from office.

The same standard of abuse of fiduciary duties was later included in the articles of impeachment of Donald Trump: “In all of this, President Trump has acted in a manner contrary to his trust as President and subversive of constitutional government, to the great prejudice of the cause of law and justice, and to the manifest injury of the people of the United States.” As we saw last Thursday, President Biden is no longer capable of acting with due care as steward of the best interest of the American people. He appeared physically and cognitively inept. His answers to simple questions were nonsensical. Even Nancy Pelosi wondered aloud, “Is this an episode or is this a condition?”

For Biden to remain in office, he will not be faithfully executing it. Rather, he will be using the powers of the office for self-serving ends, depriving the American people of a vigorous defender of our rights and privileges. If Biden does not resign immediately, he has committed an impeachable offense by causing “manifest injury of the people of the United States.” Should Biden attempt to have his cake and eat it too, he might withdraw his candidacy for this year’s presidential election but not resign as president. If he affirms that he would not be qualified to execute the office of president in January 2025, then why is he qualified to serve in that office today? To withdraw from the presidential race but continue in office would be a violation of his duty of loyalty to the American people. Joe Biden made a choice when he took the oath of office to serve as our president. If he can no longer be loyal or serve with due care, then he must resign his office or be impeached.

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Very few saw that coming..

Leftist Coalition Set For Shock Victory In French Election (ZH)

Well, no one saw that coming… The last-minute-arranged broad left-wing coalition known as The New Popular Front (NFP), was leading a tight French legislative election Sunday, ahead of both President Emmanuel Macron’s centrists and Le Pen’s rightists, projections showed. Provisional estimates from four pollsters suggest the following seat projections: • Left Alliance Set for 170-215 Seats • Macron’s Group Set for 150-182 Seats • Le Pen’s Group Set for 110-158 Seats. It looks like the anti-National Rally front worked better than anyone expected, catching the polling companies by surprise. The projected results suggest that the co-ordinated anti-RN strategy, under which the left and center tactically withdrew their candidates from run-offs, had paid off. If confirmed in final voting tallies, the projections suggest that none of the three main blocs will be able easily to command a governing majority, potentially leaving France in a period of political gridlock.

There are some big barriers to that given that Macron himself has called France Unbowed – a big part of the left’s New Popular Front – an extremist party and some of his supports have called against voting for its candidates. AP reports that the French leftist leader,Jean-Luc Melenchon says elections are an “immense relief for a majority of people,” demands prime minister resign. Melenchon says the New Popular Front government would apply its program and nothing but the program as he refuses any negotiation with Macron’s party or any combination. As Bloomberg reports, that theoretically would mean some disruptive changes of economic policy, and by decree according to Melenchon: • Undoing the pension reform; • raising the minimum wage; • a 90% top marginal tax rate; • and freezing prices of some consumer staples. Not a pretty picture for French bonds either way.

Andrea Tueni, head of sales trading at Saxo Banque France: “This is a big surprise, it’s a real blow for the RN. That being said, it’s not necessarily good for markets: The Nouveau Front Populaire taking the lead could generate concerns due to their program which was the most poorly perceived by the markets.” French National Rally Leader Jordan Bardella warns this vote “has thrown France into the arms of the far-Left.” As @RUNews posted on X: “Macron now faces a total mess. He aimed to stop ‘Hitler’ party and mobilized Lenin (Mélenchon), but now he has both Lenin and Hitler, leaving him stuck in the middle.” Presumably all the globalist fear mongering over the so-called ‘Hitler-ite’ Le Pen pushed the French people back into the immigrant-loving arms of the Left? Or something else went down?

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If there is a coalition at all..

New French Governing Coalition Will Likely Be ‘Fragile’ (Sp.)

Assessing the results of the second round of the snap parliamentary elections in France, it can be assumed that the outcome will create a serious governance problem in the country. The future governing coalition will likely be fragile and society will be characterized by greater political polarization, chairman of Rome-based think tank Vision and Global Trends Tiberio Graziani told Sputnik. “Economic problems will worsen. It will be three years of political crisis,” he said. France is already going through a political crisis, both internally and within Europe. The elections show that the country is facing political, economic and social crises.

The same can be said about other European nations, like Germany, the expert added. Jean-Luc Melanchon’s left-wing New Popular Front coalition won the parliamentary elections, securing 182 seats (out of 577) in the French parliament. President Emmanuel Macron’s bloc gained 168 seats. Marine Le Pen and Jordan Bardelle’s National Rally got 143 parliamentary seats.

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And then she loses…

How ‘Putin Endorsed Le Pen’: Russiagate Comes To France (Amar)

It is perfectly predictable and yet a sorry spectacle every time it happens: the great big bad Russia panic whenever, and that’s frequently nowadays, Western liberals and Centrists are losing their grip. This time it’s the turn of France. With the far-right/right-populist National Rally (RN) under Marine Le Pen and Jordan Bardella succeeding at the polls as never before, French and other Western mainstream media are serving up the same stale old dish of fearmongering and, most importantly, blame shifting.Russiagate, or really Russia Rage (as in Road Rage), and its many copies, have been with us since Hillary Clinton and her cult were incapable of facing the fact that she lost the 2016 US presidential election because she is a dreadful person with no redeeming graces – and unlike her naturally gifted if shifty and immoral husband, a catastrophically incompetent politician.

And like every good form of insanity, Russia Rage is absolutely immune to both falsification and its own record of failure, even as a piece of demagoguery. We know that the only real scandal about “Russiagate” was that it was a hoax, the result of massive exaggeration, outright lying, and all-round manipulation by Democratic party operatives and their media allies. We also know that it did not even work on its own dishonest terms. Russia Rage was, in American journalist Matt Taibbi’s words, an “epic disaster.” Indeed, if it had any political effect, then to ultimately help – not damage – its target, Donald Trump: Almost a decade after the inception of the “Russiagate” hoax, Trump is back, stronger than ever and set to capture the American presidency again. And this time, his organization and plans are much more elaborate and ambitious, and, just now, obliging conservative judges at the Supreme Court have also equipped him with almost perfect legal immunity.

The other thing that Russia Rage did accomplish is, of course, to massively damage the credibility of US mainstream media. Not that they ever deserved any (ask the Iraqis, for instance, owners of non-existent WMDs and victims of an absolutely illegal and devastating war of aggression based on a big fat lie eagerly supported by those media). But Russia Rage brought the lying home in a way that woke up many Americans. By 2022, US media credibility was the lowest “among 46 nations, according to a study by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.” One year before, “83 percent of Americans saw ‘fake news’ as a ‘problem,’ and 56 percent – mostly Republicans and independents – agreed that the media were “truly the enemy of the American people.”

And yet, here we go again. In best Russia Rage style, the Washington Post, relying unquestioningly on French intelligence services and, of course, anonymous “sources,” is mapping out a whole “ecosystem” of Russian influence campaigns targeting, it maintains, the French election as well as the Olympics. And not only now but for about a year already. One wonders how those wicked Russians foresaw Macron’s bizarre decision to cap his EU Parliament election failure with a snap legislative election at home to make the fiasco complete. Or, perhaps, must we now assume that Macron is working for Russia as well? Who knows? The French paper of record Le Monde has been keeping up a steady, ominous drumbeat for months already, keeping its readers on edge with tales of Russian subversion and, always, of course, the National Rally as its tool. Perish the thought that this could have anything to do with the RN being the most popular and most dangerous challenger to the Macronist regime of extreme Centrism.

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” Idealists who seek to transcend power politics and create a more benign world thus find themselves intensifying the security competition and instigating wars.”

A Nation In Pain: How Political Idealism Destroyed Ukraine (Glenn Diesen)

Political realism is commonly and mistakenly portrayed as immoral because its principal focus is on an inescapable security competition, and it thus rejects idealist efforts to transcend power politics. Because states canot break away from security competition, morality for the realist entails acting in accordance with the balance of power logic as the foundation for stability and peace. Idealist efforts to break with power politics can then be defined as immoral, as they undermine the management of the security competition as the foundation of peace. As Raymond Aron expressed in 1966: “The idealist, believing he has broken with power politics exaggerates its crimes.”The most appealing and dangerous idealist argument that destroyed Ukraine is that it has the right to join any military alliance it desires.

It is a very attractive statement that can easily win support from the public, as it affirms the freedom and sovereignty of Ukraine, and the alternative is seemingly that Russia should be allowed to dictate Ukraine’s policies. However, arguing that Ukraine should be allowed to join any military alliance is an idealist argument, as it appeals to how we would like the world to be, not how the world actually works. The principle that peace is derived from the expansion of military alliances without taking into account the security interests of other great powers has never existed. States such as Ukraine that border a great power have every reason to express legitimate security concerns, but inviting a rival great power such as the US into its territory intensifies the security competition. Is it moral to insist on how the world ought to be when war is the consequence of ignoring how the world actually works? The alternative to expanding NATO is not to accept a Russian sphere of influence, which denotes a zone of exclusive influence.

Peace is derived from recognizing a Russian sphere of interests, which is an area where Russian security interests must be recognized and incorporated rather than excluded. It did not use to be controversial to argue that Russian security interests must be taken into account when operating on its borders. This is why Europe had a belt of neutral states as a buffer between East and West during the Cold War to mitigate the security competition. Mexico has plenty of freedoms in the international system, but it does not have the freedom to join a Chinese-led military alliance or to host Chinese military bases. The idealist argument that Mexico can do as it pleases implies ignoring US security concerns, and the result would likely be the US destruction of Mexico. If Scotland secedes from the UK and then joins a Russian-led military alliance and hosts Russian missiles, would the English still champion the principle of consent?

When we live in a realist world and recognize that security competition must be mitigated for peace, then we accept a security system based on mutual constraints. When we live in the idealist world of good states versus evil states, then the force for good should not be constrained. Peace is then ensured when good defeats evil, and compromise is mere appeasement. Idealists who seek to transcend power politics and create a more benign world thus find themselves intensifying the security competition and instigating wars.

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“Hungarian FM Warns EU Politicians Will Have to ‘Buckle Up”

Orban’s Peace Mission Continues (Sp.)

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto on Sunday suggested that European politicians “buckle up” ahead of Hungary’s further actions aimed at promoting peace. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban visited Russia on Friday to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Orban described his visit as a continuation of his “peace mission” after a visit to Kiev, which took place on Tuesday. He has also announced more surprising meetings next week. Orban’s activity, however, sparked criticism from the EU authorities. “We are not deterred or discouraged by these attacks [by the EU officials]. The peace mission continues and even intensifies, so I suggest that European pro-war politicians buckle up and follow closely next week as well,” Szijjarto said in a video address on his social media.

The criticism Hungary faced during this week showed that the crisis in the European Union is being fueled by politicians who are supplying Ukraine with weapons, mulling sending troops there, and talking about nuclear weapons, he added. Hungary’s six-month presidency of the EU Council, which started on July 1, will be dedicated to the country’s peace mission, the top Hungarian diplomat said. Budapest will do everything it can to put an end to the Ukrainian conflict and to get Europe out of its “suffocating military crisis,” he added.

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Orban behaves like a true EU leader.

Xi Jinping Welcomes Viktor Orban To Beijing (RT)

Chinese President Xi Jinping has held a meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who is in Beijing on what he has dubbed a “peacekeeping mission,” Xinhua reported on Monday morning. “China is a key power in creating the conditions for peace in the Russia-Ukraine war. This is why I came to meet with President Xi in Beijing, just two months after his official visit to Budapest,” Orban wrote in a post on X (formerly Twitter). Details of the meeting have yet to be revealed, but it follows Orban’s trips to Kiev and Moscow last week. The Hungarian prime minister called the Beijing trip a “peace mission 3.0” upon his arrival.

Orban embarked on an unannounced trip to Kiev last Tuesday, where he proposed a “quick ceasefire” to Ukrainian leader Vladimir Zelensky. Orban then traveled to Moscow to discuss the “shortest way out” of the conflict with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Moscow’s and Kiev’s positions remain very “far apart,” according to the Hungarian leader, who noted that Zelensky “didn’t like” his proposals. Meanwhile, Putin reiterated Moscow’s readiness to resolve the hostilities through negotiations, but said the Ukrainian leadership appears committed to waging war “until the end.” Orban’s meeting with Putin angered some fellow EU leaders, while Kiev expressed fury that the Hungarian leader had traveled to Russia “without approval or coordination with Ukraine.”

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Hannibal.

Israel Deliberately Killed Own Citizens on October 7 – Report (Sp.)

A report in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz has claimed the IDF invoked the controversial Hannibal directive during Hamas’ October 7 attack last year, deliberately killing Israelis to prevent them from being taken hostage by Palestinian fighters. “Documents and testimonies obtained by Haaretz reveal the Hannibal operational order, which directs the use of force to prevent soldiers being taken into captivity, was employed at three army facilities infiltrated by Hamas, potentially endangering civilians as well,” read an article in the liberal paper’s Sunday edition. “‘Not a single vehicle can return to Gaza’ was the order,” writes journalist Yaniv Kubovich. “At this point, the IDF was not aware of the extent of kidnapping along the Gaza border, but it did know that many people were involved. Thus, it was entirely clear what that message meant, and what the fate of some of the kidnapped people would be.”

The newspaper notes the exact number of Israelis killed by IDF fire is unknown. The report cites testimony from servicemembers up and down the IDF chain of command, including soldiers and mid- and senior-level officers. Highly controversial within and outside of Israel, the so-called Hannibal directive was devised in response to the threat of armed groups gaining leverage over the Israeli state through the taking of hostages. Palestinian forces took several Israelis captive during the 1970s and 80s, successfully negotiating the release of Palestinian prisoners in return. The notion Israelis were “better dead than abducted” led to the creation of the protocol, which allowed the use of deadly force. Claims of the invocation of the Hannibal directive on October 7 were made months ago when it was revealed an IDF brigadier general instructed a tank to shell a house in Kibbutz Be’eri with a number of Israelis and Hamas fighters inside, killing 13 Israeli captives.

But Sunday’s report is the most complete accounting to date of accusations of friendly fire. The allegations add to claims Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has deliberately placed Israeli citizens in harm’s way in order to pursue the Likud party’s vision of territorial maximalism. The response to Hamas’ October 7 attack was reportedly delayed for hours because Netanyahu had redeployed soldiers to support Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank. Netanyahu’s government received urgent warnings from Egyptian authorities in the months leading up to Hamas’ attack that the Palestinian group was likely planning a significant armed operation, it has been revealed. Israeli reconnaissance of the Gaza Strip, broadly considered “one of the most heavily surveilled places in the world,” showed Palestinian fighters were training in the use of hang gliders that were used to breach the enclave’s border fence.

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BRICS To Launch Independent Financial System – Moscow (RT)

Countries of the BRICS economic bloc are currently working on the launch of a financial system that would be independent of the dominance of third parties, according to the Russian Ambassador to China Igor Morgulov. The volume of Russia’s transactions in national currencies with fellow BRICS nations is constantly growing, the envoy said on Saturday in Beijing, speaking at the 12th World Peace Forum (WPF). Morgulov highlighted that Russia-China trade turnover had reached $240 billion and that 92% of settlements were being conducted in rubles and yuans. “We are leaving the dollar-dominated space and developing the mechanism and tools for a truly independent financial system,” the ambassador said, as cited by RIA Novosti.

Morgulov also said that introducing a new single currency is still some way off but stressed that the group – which recently expanded and now comprises Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, Ethiopia, Iran and Egypt – is “moving in this direction.” Last month, Russia’s Deputy Finance Minister Ivan Chebeskov told media that Russia was working on creating a settlement-and-payment infrastructure together with BRICS member states’ central banks. The senior state official specified that the economic bloc was working on launching the BRICS Bridge platform for settlements in national currencies. In addition, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov told Russian daily Vedomosti that BRICS Bridge could provide member states an opportunity to make settlements using digital assets of central banks linked to national currencies

Russia has been promoting its own domestic payment system as a reliable alternative to SWIFT, after many of the country’s financial institutions were cut off from the Western financial network in 2022. The Russian SPFS interbank messaging system ensures the secure transfer of financial messages between banks both inside and outside the country. Moscow has also accelerated efforts to move away from SWIFT by trading with international partners using their respective national currencies. The trend has been increasingly supported by members of the BRICS group, which have shifted from using the dollar and euro for trade settlements. The share of national currencies in Russia’s settlements with BRICS countries jumped to 85% at the end of 2023, up from 26% two years ago.

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“WhatsApp exports your user data every night. Some people still think it is secure..”

Elon Musk Issues WhatsApp Safety Warning (RT)

Elon Musk, owner of X (formerly Twitter), has again attacked WhatsApp over its handling of personal data. On Saturday, Musk commented on a post on X; one of the users had asked: “If WhatsApp messages are end-to-end encrypted, why do we see ads related to the things we discussed in our chats?” The entrepreneur offered a short answer to the question, saying: “WhatsApp is not secure at all.” Musk had already engaged in an online spat with WhatsApp, which is owned by Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta conglomerate, this May. At the time, he responded to another post on X, which claimed that “WhatsApp exports user data nightly, which is analyzed and used for targeted advertising, making users the product, not the customer.” “WhatsApp exports your user data every night. Some people still think it is secure,” the Tesla and SpaceX CEO said, referring to longstanding concerns about data sharing between WhatsApp and Meta’s other platform, Facebook.

The exchange was noticed by WhatsApp’s head, Will Cathcart, who tried to defend his platform’s conduct. “Many have said this already, but worth repeating: this is not correct. We take security seriously and that’s why we end-to-end encrypt your messages. They don’t get sent to us every night or exported to us,” Cathcart said in his post on X. However, security researcher Tommy Mysk, who also joined the debate, clarified that while messages on WhatsApp might be end-to-end encrypted, “user data is not only about messages.” “The metadata such as user location, which contacts the user is communicating with, the patterns of when the user is online, etc. This metadata according to your privacy policy is indeed used for targeted ads across Meta services,” he said. “So, Elon Musk is right,” Mysk, who had previously uncovered data vulnerabilities in TikTok, Facebook and Apple’s products, wrote.

In 2022, when he was still in the process of purchasing Twitter, Musk argued that Zuckerberg had too much control over social media due to Meta owning Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. He called Meta’s CEO “Mark Zuckerberg XIV” in reference to France’s “Sun King” Louis XIV, who apocryphally claimed to be the state itself and was known for his wealth and authoritarian power. In 2023, the two tech billionaires were on the verge of holding a cage match against each other, but the bout never happened. Relations between Musk and Zuckerberg deteriorated even further after Meta launched Threads last summer, with the platform, which offers a space for real-time online conversations, being seen as a direct competitor to Twitter. Threads garnered 100 million users in the first days after launch, but the public’s interest in the app quickly subsided.

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  • #163035
    Ian Graham
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    Why don’t you ever post commentary or analysis on RFKjr? you are clearly not covering the waterfront.
    https://x.com/i/status/1785732046926852306 on the 20,000 person poll that puts him first.
    https://x.com/i/status/1810106227101519960 on why the dogs don’t believe he’d eat one of them!

    #163036
    zerosum
    Participant

    When Biden packs his boxes, make sure that he only takes his secret pampers and not blackmail secrets.

    #163040
    John Day
    Participant

    What kind of dogs taste best in a stir fry?
    😮
    What cuts?

    Howsabout dat “long pig”. I hear it’s da bestest?

    ;-(

    #163041
    John Day
    Participant

    Just Desserts https://drjohnsblog.substack.com/p/just-desserts

    The Great Dessert: The Geopolitical – Financial Endgame​ [Thanks Michael R.]
    These 3 parts are well laid out and bullet-pointed, and fairly concise, a valuable overview to share around:
    Part I: Reviews
    …Fragility of the Global Financial Structure
    Fragility is built into the global financial system which is dominated by one privately held company: The Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC), which through its subsidiaries controls the markets, including:
    DTC: Central Securities Depository, CSD
    NSCC, FICC and Deriv/SERV LLC: Central Clearing Counterparty, CCP https://fadilama.substack.com/p/the-great-dessert-the-geopolitical

    Part II: The Transition
    2014 The Pivotal Year
    By 2014, thirteen years rather than five had already passed and none of Wesley Clark’s seven countries were “taken out.” The Empire’s armies had been defeated in Iraq, Afghanistan was a quagmire, and the Empire’s “Arab Spring” terrorist proxy war was heading for failure too. The G7 real economies had been shrinking since 2007, while the Russia, Iran and China (RIC) economies were growing robustly. The RIC’s global influence was expanding at the expense of the Empire. It was thus clear to the Empire by 2014 that total global dominance was out of reach and that an alternate geopolitical plan was needed…
    ..More significant to the Protected Class than hundreds of millions of deaths, is the fact that unlike previous global wars, the global financial structure that will emerge subsequent to this war will be developed by the Sovereigntist states with Russia, Iran, and China (RIC) at their core, ending a millennium of global financial domination, and it is this defeat that the Protected Class will avoid at all costs.
    The only feasible strategy for the Empire to preclude its capacity for domination from melting away completely would be to terminate the competition by splitting the world into two regions: the Western Realm over which the Protected Class has ironclad control, where “their rules” rule, and the Sovereigntist Realm, which is completely separated from it.
    It has been shown that the alternate plan is the establishment of “Two Worlds”: a Western realm and a Sovereign world of self-determining countries protected from the deteriorating Empire by the RIC core.[xii] The current global geopolitical turmoil reflects the transition phase towards the “Two Worlds”. The West’s objective in the current transition is to lock-in as many resource-rich countries of the Global South within the Western realm as possible. It is to this end that a hyper-crisis consisting of combined energy, food, economic, and monetary crises has been engineered by the Protected Class.[xiii]
    It is therefore posited that there will not be a global war. The current regional wars, and the hawkish war rhetoric of the Empire are merely intended to cement the ideological basis of the “Two Worlds”, namely RICophobia: Russophobia, Islamo-Iranophobia and Sinophobia.[xiv] https://fadilama.substack.com/p/the-great-dessert-the-geopolitical-0fe

    Part III: The End Game
    Realizing that the alternate plan is “Two Worlds”, a Sovereign World and the Western Realm, the end game for each differs.

    End Game for the Sovereigntist World
    A blueprint for the Sovereigntist World emerged from the President Xi – President Putin meeting of February 4, 2022.[i] From Why the West Can’t Win:[ii]
    As reflected in the diverse political and economic models of the RIC, the Sovereign World will see a variety of development models coming into existence, reflecting the civilizational diversity of the world. It is this civilizational diversity, where each civilization has its own unique fea­tures, that is the cornerstone of an egalitarian world and a key component of the right to self-determination. Inherent in civilizational diversity is the acceptance of the cultural and religious orientations of the different civilizations, hence an acceptance of the “others” as they are…

    ..End Game in the Western Realm
    The end game will be ushered by implosion of the extremely fragile global financial structure, the consequences of which are presented by David Webb:[iii]
    Comprehensive “collateral management” systems have been implemented which assure the transport of all securities cross-border through the mandated linkage of CSDs[iv] to ICSDs[v] to the CCPs[vi] (where the risk of the derivatives complex is concentrated), and on to the anointed secured creditors which will take the collateral when the CCPs fail, having assured for themselves that their taking of assets cannot be “legally” challenged.
    Once prices of essentially everything crash and all financial firms rapidly become insolvent, these collateral management systems will automatically sweep all collateral to the Central Clearing Counterparties (CCPs) and Central Banks.
    It is about the taking of collateral, all of it, the end game of this globally synchronous debt accumulation super cycle. Included are all financial assets, all money on deposit at banks, all stocks and bonds, and hence, all underlying property of all public corporations, including all inventories, plant and equipment, land, mineral deposits, inventions and intellectual property. Privately owned personal and real property financed with any amount of debt will be similarly taken, as will the assets of privately owned businesses, which have been financed with debt. If even partially successful, this will be the greatest conquest and subjugation in world history.
    Thus, the end game in the Western realm can be thought of as the Great Equalization, or Great Reset as labeled by Klaus Schwab and the WEF. Neoliberalism has resulted in historically unprecedented wealth concentration, with the top 10% of the population owning about 70% of wealth.[vii] The Great Equalization will go further down that path, further consolidating the wealth of the top 10% and concentrating it in the hands of the miniscule group that owns the major hedge funds.
    The Great Equalization can also be labeled the “Great Dessert” as expressed by David Webb:[viii]
    “If you are wealthy, you might assume that, because the system has allowed you to accumulate wealth, you will be protected in some way, that you are special. You are special. They’re saving you for dessert.” https://fadilama.substack.com/p/the-great-dessert-the-geopolitical-f48

    War has become NATO’s agenda – Orban
    In an op-ed published on the same day as his visit to Moscow, the Hungarian PM warned that the military bloc risks committing “suicide” https://swentr.site/news/600557-hungarian-pm-orban-nato-warmongering/

    #163042
    John Day
    Participant

    ​ ‘Kill-Crazy’ Foreign Mercs in Ukraine Bragged About Murdering Russian PoWs – Report
    ​ Foreign mercenaries fighting on the side of the Kiev regime reveled in executing Russian prisoners, the New York Times has reported.
    ​ The atrocious killings are believed to have been carried out by members of the so-called “Chosen company.” One incident in August 2023 was described to the outlet by a witness, the unit’s medic, a German called Caspar Grosse.
    ​ Grosse explained that a wounded and unarmed Russian soldier seeking medical help from his foreign captors was shot in cold blood. First one mercenary shot the Russian in the torso, and then, as he slumped still breathing, another soldier “just shot him in the head,” Grosse recalled.
    ​ According to several accounts, video footage and text messages exchanged by members of the unit and reviewed by the outlet, such “unwarranted killings” continued.
    In another episode, a Chosen company fighter “threw a grenade at a surrendering Russian soldier who had raised his hands, killing him,” the outlet stated, referencing reviewed drone footage. It was added that the Ukrainian military published a video of this episode, but edited out the surrender moment…
    ..Ryan O’Leary, the American who claims to be the de facto commander of Chosen company, denied to the outlet that his fighters had committed war crimes. However, after being contacted by The Times, O’Leary reportedly vowed in a group chat to “cast a wide net” to “snare the rabbit” who had been speaking to journalists.
    ​ Any footage showing the killing of a surrendering soldier should have triggered an investigation in the US, underscored the publication.
    As for the so-called “Chosen company,” the report described it as a motley band of “deserters, thrill seekers and aging soldiers.”​ https://sputnikglobe.com/20240706/kill-crazy-foreign-mercs-in-ukraine-bragged-about-murdering-russian-pows—report-1119264039.html

    ​ They all came out alive on the other side. Ukrainian soldiers swim across Dnieper River to surrender to Russia (VIDEO)
    ​ A group of Ukrainian soldiers have braved the waters of the Dnieper River in a bid to surrender to Russia, RIA Novosti reported on Sunday, citing security sources and sharing a video.
    ​ Black-and-white footage apparently taken from a drone at night shows the four men swimming to the opposite side of the river. The clip then shows them coming out of the water with their hands behind their heads as Russian soldiers are already waiting for them on shore.
    ​ According to RIA, the Ukrainians used makeshift rafts made of empty plastic bottles to cross the Dnieper. The sources told the news agency that the four soldiers surrendered in the Kherson Region.​ https://www.rt.com/russia/600588-ukrainian-soldiers-swim-dnieper-surrender/

    ​ Hungary’s Orban unexpectedly visits China, backs Xi’s peace plan​ ​
    Orban meets China’s Xi after Moscow visit stirs EU anger
    ​ Calls Beijing visit third leg of ‘peace mission’
    Hungary does not represent EU, says German vice chancellor
    https://www.reuters.com/world/china/hungary-pm-orban-arrives-beijing-talks-with-chinese-president-xi-2024-07-07/

    ​ Trump likely ‘sincere’ on Ukraine pledge – Putin
    ​ Donald Trump’s claims that he wants to end the Ukraine conflict deserve Moscow’s attention, Russian President Vladimir Putin told journalists on Thursday.
    ​ The former US president has accused the incumbent Joe Biden, his presumed Democratic rival in the November election, of having allowed hostilities between Russia and Ukraine to flare up in 2022. Trump has claimed on numerous occasions that this would not have happened if he were in office, and that, if elected again, he could end the fighting in 24 hours.
    ​ ”The remarks that Trump made in his capacity as a candidate, that he wants to stop the war in Ukraine – we take them quite seriously,” Putin said during a press conference in Astana, Kazakhstan.
    ​ ”I certainly don’t know what, exactly, his proposal would be and how he plans to achieve that. And that is the key question. But I don’t doubt his sincerity and we welcome” the sentiment, the Russian leader added.​ https://www.rt.com/russia/600495-putin-trump-ukraine-plan/

    ​ Netanyahu and his bet on Trump
    ​ It seems that the repercussions of the debate recently held between current US President Joe Biden and his rival, former US President Donald Trump, which caused a crisis for the former, fuelled a campaign led by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu against the current US administration, and aims, among other things, to hold it responsible for Israel’s failure to achieve absolute victory in its war against the Gaza Strip. In light of this campaign that those close to Netanyahu have continued to ignite over the past few days, we have come across two related features.
    ​ The first is accusing the Biden administration of being the one preventing Israel from achieving the “desired victory” in the war it has been waging against Gaza since 7 October by placing conditions on Israel and delaying arms shipments to it. Looking at what is written by those closest to Netanyahu, other suspicions arise before our eyes regarding that administration’s positions on Iran.​..
    ​..The second feature is publicly declaring Netanyahu’s bet on Trump’s return to the White House, after his victory in the upcoming elections. The two will then return to what has been described as the “golden era” of their relationship which prevailed during Trump’s presidency.
    ​ According to what an analyst wrote in the Israel Hayom newspaper, there are those who have begun to rub their hands with anticipation in Israel and expect Trump to be elected president. They believe that if he becomes president of the US, all the problems of arms shipments and humanitarian problems imposed by the Biden administration on Israel will disappear. On the other hand, it was stated in other analyses, especially by military analyst Ron Ben-Yishai, that it should be remembered that Trump has many reservations about Netanyahu. Likewise, Trump’s position on the war on Gaza was contradictory. At first, he supported it, then he said that Israel must end it. Now, he is back to supporting the continuation of the war and the destruction of Hamas.
    ​ Hence, the big problem with him is that he does not know which side he will wake up on every morning, and what decision he will make before drinking his coffee.​ https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20240705-netanyahu-and-his-bet-on-trump/

    #163043
    John Day
    Participant

    Israel and the enforced disappearance of Palestinian from Gaza
    Israel has used all means to target Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip, in addition to internationally prohibited weapons that wiped out people, trees and stones, Israeli forces have randomly arrested thousands of civilians including women and children, doctors, journalists from different areas of the Strip during the ground military operations since the beginning of the war. And the violations did not stop there, as they turned into enforced disappearances, with families left with no information about the fate of their loved ones.
    What is enforced disappearance?
    Enforced disappearance means making a person disappear beyond his or her will, and the International Convention for the Protection of all person from Enforced Disappearance defines it as “the arrest, detention, kidnapping or any form of deprivation of liberty carried out by state officials, or by persons or groups of individuals acting with or without permission support or approval by the state followed by a refusal to acknowledge the deprivation of a person’s liberty or concealment of the fate or whereabouts of the disappeared person this depriving him of the protection of the law.”
    It is a strategic method that dates back centuries and was a feature of dictatorships in Latin America and is used in wars to spread terror in society as a whole, but Israel claims it is arresting fighters or people connected to Hamas to investigate them. This is false. Israel’s first and primary goal is to violate the civil rights of Palestinian civilians and deliberately humiliate them, and undermine their freedom in a manner that violates humanitarian and legal standards. https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20240705-israel-and-the-enforced-disappearance-of-palestinian-from-gaza/​

    Israeli strike on UNRWA school kills 16 Palestinians in Nuseirat camp
    The Gaza Government Media Office says the Israeli occupation has bombed more than 17 schools and displacement centers in the Nuseirat camp since the beginning of the genocide.​ https://english.almayadeen.net/news/politics/israeli-strike-on-unrwa-school-kills-16-palestinians-in-nuse

    ​ ‘​Israel’ kills Palestinian detainees from Gaza after their release
    ​ Palestinian captives were murdered and many others were injured on Saturday after being struck with an artillery round in eastern Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, hours after being released by the Israeli occupation, Anadolu Agency reported.
    ​ Among those released was a survivor who informed Anadolu that the Israeli occupation freed about 15 Palestinians who were detained days ago while securing aid trucks.
    ​ “We were workers securing aid trucks and were arrested four days ago in the Gaza airport area, east of Rafah, while awaiting their arrival​”, the survivor who spoke on condition of anonymity narrated.
    ​ He explained that when they reached the main road in Rafah, the IOF “fired a shell at us, resulting in the deaths and injuries of approximately seven individuals. The other workers fled the area.”
    ​ Describing their treatment while imprisoned, he explained how the IOF “subjected us to physical torture and humiliation, throwing us on the ground, walking over our bodies, and even urinating on us.”​ https://english.almayadeen.net/news/politics/-israel–kills-palestinian-detainees-from-gaza-after-their-r

    ​ Report Confirms Israel Ordered ‘Hannibal Directive’ During October 7 Response​ (To murder a person and blame ​it on another is a “vicious black lie”​ in CIA parlance.)
    ​ The directive allows Israeli forces to prevent Israelis from being taken hostage, even if that means putting their lives in danger. The directive had historically only applied to soldiers, but it was also used on Israeli civilians during the October 7 response.
    ​ A “very senior” source in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) confirmed to Haaretz that the Hannibal directive was ordered on October 7. The report also cited documents and testimonies from soldiers and officers and found that the order was given multiple times throughout the day.
    ​ One of the orders came at 11:22 am, hours into the Hamas attack, which said, “Not a single vehicle can return to Gaza.” The report said that at this point in the attack, “the IDF was not aware of the extent of kidnapping along the Gaza border, but it did know that many people were involved. Thus, it was entirely clear what that message meant and what the fate of some of the kidnapped people would be.”

    Report Confirms Israel Ordered ‘Hannibal Directive’ During October 7 Response

    ​ Saudi Arabia calls for Western nations to sanction Israel over Gaza war crimes
    ​ Speaking on a panel at the European Council on Foreign Relations’ (ECFR) meeting in Spain’s capital Madrid this week, Saudi foreign minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan, stressed that Israeli forces are violating the “basic principles” of international humanitarian law every day in Gaza and highlighted how Western nations could easily impose measures to prevent such crimes from further taking place.

    Saudi Arabia calls for Western nations to sanction Israel over Gaza war crimes

    #163044
    John Day
    Participant

    ​ Hundreds of thousands march for Palestine in London
    ​ The streets of London witnessed a powerful display of solidarity on Saturday as hundreds of thousands gathered to march for Palestine. Organised by the Palestine Coalition, the march called on the government to take immediate action to stop the genocide in Palestine and to cease arming Israel.
    ​ The demonstration saw a diverse range of speakers who passionately addressed the crowd, urging for justice and peace. Among them was Jeremy Corbyn, the recently re-elected MP, who emphasised the urgent need for political action and support for Palestinian rights.​ https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20240707-hundreds-of-thousands-march-for-palestine-in-london/

    Iran: ​(Cardiothoracic surgeon and Iran-Iraq War veteran) President-elect Pezeshkian vows to ‘extend hand of friendship to everyone’​ https://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2024/07/06/728807/President-elect-Pezeshkian-vows-to–extend-hand-of-friendship-to-everyone—

    ​ Archbishop Vigano has steadfastly sought the truth: Vatican excommunicates a former ambassador to the US and declares him guilty of schism
    ​ The Vatican on Friday excommunicated its former ambassador to Washington after finding him guilty of schism, an inevitable outcome for Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano. The conservative had became one of Pope Francis ‘ most ardent critics and a symbol of the polarized Catholic Church in the United States and beyond.
    ​ While once enjoying support in the Vatican and U.S. church hierarchies, the Italian archbishop alienated many as he developed a fringe following while delving deeper into conspiracy theories on everything — from the coronavirus pandemic to what he called the “Great Reset” and Russia’s war in Ukraine.
    ​ The Vatican’s doctrine office announced the penalty after a meeting of its members on Thursday and informed Vigano of its decision on Friday.
    ​ It cited Vigano’s public “refusal to recognize and submit to the Supreme Pontiff, his rejection of communion with the members of the church subject to him, and of the legitimacy and magisterial authority of the Second Vatican Council.”​ (“No current Pope​” after the February 2013 globalist coup against the “last real pope”, Ratzinger (Benedict XVI). The current “pontiff” is the first Jesuit to ever “hold” that position.) https://apnews.com/article/vatican-vigano-schism-excommunicate-170df099cd1fe2cf556485c8a3acd072

    ​ Joe Biden’s Former Stenographer Speaks Out About Biden’s Diminishing Capacity “He Can’t Say Afghanistan Anymore.” Thinks He Will Choose Hillary As VP And Offer To Bow Out Later​ (“Dat’s OK, Joe, I can’t say “Chebroray”) https://celiafarber.substack.com/p/joe-bidens-former-stenographer-speaks

    ​ Team Biden Goes On Monday Offensive, Declares “Firmly Committed To Staying In This Race”
    ​ “I want you to know that despite all the speculation in the press and elsewhere, I am firmly committed to staying in this race, to running this race to the end, and to beating Donald Trump,” Biden ‘wrote’ in a Monday letter to congressional Democrats, undoubtedly penned by his cabal of unelected officials who can’t fathom releasing the ring of power.​ https://www.zerohedge.com/political/team-biden-goes-monday-offensive-declares-firmly-committed-staying-race

    #163045
    John Day
    Participant

    ​ I’m waiting here by the fan. “The Sh*t Is Going To Hit The Fan On Monday”: DC In Turmoil As Biden Says Only ‘Act Of God’ Will Dislodge Him
    ​On one hand, the Bidens now say it will take an ‘act of God’ (so, the CIA) to remove him from the race.
    On the other hand, seven major news organizations have staged a mockingbirdian PR coup against the man for whom they’ve spent five years running cover. https://www.zerohedge.com/political/democrats-turmoil-quit-vs-stay-list-grows-biden-says-only-act-god-will-dislodge-him

    ​ Philly Radio Station Cuts Ties With Host Who Admitted Being Fed Questions By Biden Admin
    ​It appears telling the truth about Democratic Party shenanigans remains verboten in America’s media still.
    ​ Philly radio station WURD announced Sunday they would be cutting ties with host Andrea Lawful-Sanders after she revealed she asked President Biden interview questions sent earlier by his campaign for her approval.​ https://www.zerohedge.com/political/biden-campaign-gives-list-approved-questions-two-radio-interviews

    Revolt Strengthens: In Private Meeting, Senior House Dems Say Biden Must Quit​ https://www.zerohedge.com/political/revolt-strengthens-private-meeting-senior-house-dems-say-biden-must-quit

    ​Celia Farber: Walgreens Sends Out Grooming Texts To Customers Inviting Them To Offer Up Their Children To A Moderna Funded Study For A NEW Covid Vaccine: K. Paul Stoller, MD Asks: At What Point Do We Accept… the Overwhelming Evidence Of Covid As Mass Occult Event? Children Are 4,423% MORE Likely To Die If Injected With These Serums https://celiafarber.substack.com/p/walgreens-sends-out-grooming-texts

    ​ Covid-Vaxxed Children 4423% More Likely to Die Than Unvaxxed
    ​The admission was buried in an official report compiled using data from the UK government’s Office for National Statistics (ONS).
    ​ The data shows that children who received the shots are 4423%/45x more likely to die of any cause than unvaccinated children.
    Additionally, vaxxed children are 13,633%/137x more likely to die of COVID-19 than those who didn’t receive an mRNA injection.​ https://slaynews.com/news/covid-vaxxed-children-more-likely-die-unvaxxed/

    #163046
    John Day
    Participant

    Doctors Warn of ‘Alarming 3000% Increase in Unexplained Child Deaths’
    A group of prominent Canadian medical doctors and scientists has just held a press conference to warn the public about a staggering spike in child deaths.
    ​ The doctors issued an emergency warning over an “alarming 3000% increase in unexplained child deaths.”
    The press conference featured Dr. Byram Bridle, Dr. William Makis, Darrell Komick, Dr. Chris Shoemaker, Dr. David Speicher, and Dr. Mark Trozzi.
    ​ The doctors took questions from reporters about the surge in child deaths which emerged after the Covid mRNA shots rollout started in early 2021.​ https://slaynews.com/news/doctors-warn-alarming-3000-increase-unexplained-child-deaths/

    “Cardiovascular, Neurological Damages from Transfusions with Blood of Vaccinated People”​, Warning from a Disturbing Research by Japanese University Hospitals​ https://www.vtforeignpolicy.com/2024/06/explosive-study-cardiovascular-neurological-damages-from-transfusions-with-blood-of-vaccinated-people/

    ​ Meryl Nass MD, Negative COVID vaccine efficacy. When the remedy becomes the poison
    These vaccines poison in multiple ways, but here I am confining the evidence to the vaccine-caused increase in susceptibility to the infection it was intended to prevent​ https://merylnass.substack.com/p/negative-covid-vaccine-efficacy-when

    ​Meryl Nass MD, How do you know the FDA is a captured agency? Just have a look at its home page. Why were these topics chosen? Prepare to laugh. https://merylnass.substack.com/p/how-do-you-know-the-fda-is-a-captured

    “That just means the vaccine is working.” Euthanasia Soars Among Covid-Vaccinated​ https://slaynews.com/news/euthanasia-soars-among-covid-vaccinated/

    #163047
    John Day
    Participant

    ​ Meryl Nass MD, Raw Milk ‘containing bird flu’ has made nobody sick, to the dismay of our federal agencies
    Who are spending hundreds of millions (so far) on unnecessary vaccines for the exaggerated bird flu plague.​ https://merylnass.substack.com/p/raw-milk-containing-bird-flu-has

    ​ Bill Gates launches “maggot milk” to replace dairy products
    ​Gates announced a new food-like liquid product called “EntoMilk” that he says can replace milk from animals. EntoMilk, by the way, is made from crushed up maggots.
    ​ This “dairy alternative” is made from either maggots or “black soldier fly larvae.” Once blended and processed, the result is a “rich and creamy liquid which looks and acts just like dairy.”
    ​ “It’s got a very creamy mouthfeel,” said someone in the promotional video for EntoMilk below.
    According to Gates, EntoMilk is necessary because traditional dairy milk comes from farms that he claims are destroying the planet.
    ​ “The world needs alternatives to survive,” the below promo further claims. “Insects are vital for the future of food because they require very little land and they don’t damage the environment like livestock. They don’t produce greenhouse gases.”​ https://www.naturalnews.com/2024-07-07-bill-gates-maggot-milk-replace-dairy-products.html

    #163048
    tboc
    Participant

    Vigano’s real apostasy is for calling out pedophilia. Pope mastercard, who has invited the money changers back into the temple, can’t have that.

    The hidden agendas since Vatican II are coming home to roost. The ritual re-romaniztion of the Church is not going well in some diocese.

    The Church is in the pews, not in The Vatican. The Truth will out.

    #163049
    Oroboros
    Participant

    An old expression:

    “A dying mule kicks the hardest”

    Pedo Jo-jo is a dying jackass, does that count?

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    #163050
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Patriotism, Make Duh’merica Great Again

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    #163051
    Oroboros
    Participant
    #163052
    Oroboros
    Participant

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    #163053
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Homo Sapien sapian

    The Wise Wise Ape

    Next new under the sun, 5000 year ago hieroglyph nailed it

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    #163054

    “Imagine the Excitement if Democrats Held a Mini-Primary This Summer”
    Ezra Klein, columnist NYT (today)
    Delegate from South Carolina: “…it would be fantastic for the party, I mean, people would watch it. It would get the ratings: it has the drama that people would pay attention to…”

    btw- thank-you, DBS.

    #163055
    WES
    Participant

    The Right Price:

    Bidens are haggling with the DNC over the right price to leave.

    For sure the DNC will throw in their standard book deal!
    Speaking tours for Joe might be a bit of a problem since Joe can’t speak straight!
    Maybe a speaking tour for Dr Jill instead?

    I wonder how the DNC are going to find enough Dem donors willing to fill Jill’s bank account?
    Since Joe was never running anything, why would any donors want to pour their money down Biden’s toilet?
    Maybe the deep state can enforce the necessary donations from the Republicans?

    Joe doesn’t need immunity as he has dementia.
    The Biden family would like absolute immunity for past, present, and future crimes.
    This shouldn’t be much of a problem for the Uniparty and this costs them nothing.

    I think big bucks will be a problem as the Uniparty won’t want to waste more money on the Bidens.
    The Biden’s 10% for the big guy should be enough already.

    I suspect Jill is over valuing the Biden’s crime family assets.
    Certainly she will get more than theiy are worth!

    Maybe Jill can get any White House’s dinner ware that Hillary didn’t already steal!

    #163056
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Ukronaziland receiving Kosmic Karma

    Massive strikes on Kiev and other major Ukrainian cities via cruise and ballistic missiles

    Factories and with them Nazilensky”s economy and industrial production approaching Zero

    https://www.bitchute.com/video/qUDViNhZqtGz

    #163057
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    Oh, Germany: … the military situation for Germany is not just bad, it’s a catastrophe after the failed NATO proxy-war against Russia in Ukraine.

    F.S.

    #163058
    jb-hb
    Participant

    Gun owners are a disease?

    I asked Ai

    It said

    More than 250,000 people die every year from medical errors, making it the third-leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer. Some reports claim the numbers to be as high as 440,000.

    Hey Ai, what about gun deaths?

    45,222 firearm deaths in the US in 2020

    Some of those deaths, quite a lot of them, were criminals bent on theft, assault, murder, and rape You hate self defense. Why do you hate women?

    And half are suicides – you think people who have decided on a gun as a dependable, quick method OF suicide instead of jumping off a building or swallowing pills constitutes “disease”??!?

    like, suicide in general is ok – we doctors recommend that as a treatment for everything including for suicidal thoughts! – ohhh but gun and ammunition companies, not pharma and doctors, make money off the suicide!!!!!!! I get it.

    Didn’t we justify all those VAERS injuries and deaths as worth it because it prevents even more harm?

    Take a look at countries with gun control. They have nice periods but go nuts every 40-70 years. You accept having about the same number of deaths as TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS to prevent oh, 150 million deaths from being unarmed.

    Fix the 400,000 coming FROM YOU, doctor, fix THAT DISEASE, the one IN YOUR MIRROR, before you fix the 40,000 coming from dead criminals and suicides for the most part.

    #163059
    zerosum
    Participant

    Spending money that we must borrow

    2% of GDP spent on war for NATO will get you peace. ( NATO IS SUPPOSE TO BE FOR DEFENSE)

    https://www.pbo-dpb.ca/en/publications/RP-2223-010-S–canada-military-expenditure-nato-2-spending-target–depenses-militaires-canada-objectif-depenses-2-otan

    In order for Canada to reach the 2% of GDP benchmark suggested by NATO, the government would need to spend between $13 and $18 billion more per year over the next 5 years. (if our GDP does not grow)

    #163060
    jb-hb
    Participant

    If only we had some sort of ray gun that would teleport criminals into the Surgeon General’s house when shot instead of killing them, we could have this “disease” announced as cured BY the Surgeon General tomorrow! Every criminal is sacred, every criminal is good… %$&@ing criminals shot by POLICE are part of “gun violence” he wants to “cure”

    #163061
    jb-hb
    Participant

    When Reagan went senile, they CONCEALED IT.

    I had no idea, as a kid, there was a senility problem in the White House. And he was senile for YEARS. They shielded him, concealed him, in every way humanly possible. His TEAM that wanted to continue managing things did this.

    Just look at Reagan compared with Biden

    They keep shoving him out there and he keeps going error 404 over and over and over.

    Reagan’s team would have – did – pull him out of public exposure.

    They work with him, they see EVERY time he has been very, very obviously not right in the head FOR YEARS and still they put him out there.

    This makes me consider that it could be an act. If it is OR isn’t… what the fuck?

    But PLEASE do not go ALONG WITH the pantomime of this simply being a president who is going senile and needs to admit it. Look at Reagan. That’s how that works. His team shoving him out there to be very obviously out of his mind continually for years is NOT such a scenario at all. Stop pretending

    #163062
    jb-hb
    Participant

    I’m starting to think all the Boeing issues are pre-conditioning for being able to kill anyone in a Boeing regardless of collateral damage. The public “Oh yeah, he was in a Boeing. Those things are always falling apart.”

    #163063
    aspnaz
    Participant

    “There is no unity among Democrats because, basically, the Democratic coalition’s pieces do not share the same values,” party strategist Hank Sheinkopf was cited as saying.

    Ha ha, as if the first thing a politician sells is not his values; politicians have no values, they are prostitutes, they will fuck anyone over for a bit more power. But I like the way this person uses values as a way of implying that these people have too much integrity to do something they do not sincerely believe in. Shows that the entire shit-show of politics is full of bullshitters who just lies to themselves and others endlessly, they are greedy for power and they will do anything to get it.

    The Democrats are not run from inside the party, they depend on money from outside the party, this shit show is not a decision making process, it is an education process, everybody is learning what the people in charge are going to do. Watch all the politicians sitting on the fence, waiting to be told which side to fall.

    One other thing to consider is that it would not surprise me if the money men also did not know that Biden was in bad shape. Arse kissers tend to avoid passing bad news on to the boss, so they may have been told that Biden is okay, but then discovered on the TV that he is not okay. So the bosses are also dragged into the media lies, the lies they pay for to fool the stupid people. Ha ha, I hope this is true, unfortunately I doubt it as all money men also have people who’s job it is to find out the bad news, the news their suited arse-kissers will not reveal.

    As for black jesus, sure the money men would like him back, he was obedient, happy to murder people for Israel, could speak well, all the things the money men like in a POTUS. The only question is that black jesus went from nothing to a multimillionaire in his time in office, he is now comfortable, so would he be quite so hungry next time? Probably best to go with someone who is still hungry, like Newsom the American woman’s dream man – that’s half the vote secured already.

    #163064
    citizenx
    Participant

    Once in a while you get shown the light….

    Archbishop Vigano has steadfastly sought the truth: Vatican excommunicates a former ambassador to the US and declares him guilty of schism

    What? the child grooming raping Catholic Church objects to the Cardinal truthing the Institutions corruption ?

    …in the strangest of places…

    Anyone willing to take an honest look ?

    A Nation with Dementia
    A.J. SMUSKIEWICZ • JULY 7, 2024 •

    Of course, those Americans would have known the truth years before that debate, if they had only had enough intellectual curiosity to look at alternative media sources or even mainstream conservative news outlets, which have been reporting on Biden’s deteriorating cognitive condition since at least 2019.

    The American people are easy. They are easy to lie to and easy to convince that stinking bullshit flies as the beautiful bird of truth. Americans are delusional.

    Americans are too delusional to comprehend the worldwide evil that is committed in the name of their glorious red, white, and blue country, which they have been propagandized since childhood to believe is a deeply moral and ethical nation.

    Americans are too demented to understand that their “main ally” and the “only democracy” in the Middle East is an evil, colonial/settler, genocidal pseudo-state that has been using American money and weapons to persecute, dispossess, and murder hundreds of thousands (millions?) of innocent people for the past eight decades. If Americans were to be made aware of such a perspective, they would refuse to believe it—just like Biden refuses to believe various realities.

    Americans have already seemingly forgotten about how the government and media lied to them about COVID—all the nonsense about protective vaccines and masks and social distancing and getting fired from jobs because of a fascist mandate . . .

    https://www.unz.com/article/a-nation-with-dementia/

    Intellectual curiosity, truth seeking, simple honesty ?
    Nope- as I’ve asserted for years, Liberals hate Truth and Republicans can’t be bothered by it when they too are in power and profiting. While the average American is now a bumbling retarded addict .

    A reminder from Art, Truth and Politics Nobel Lecture by Harold Pinter 2005

    Hundreds of thousands of deaths took place throughout
    these countries. Did they take place? And are they in all cases
    attributable to US foreign policy? The answer is yes they did take
    place and they are attributable to American foreign policy. But you
    wouldn’t know it.

    It never happened. Nothing ever happened. Even while it
    was happening it wasn’t happening. It didn’t matter. It was of no
    interest. The crimes of the United States have been systematic,
    constant, vicious, remorseless, but very few people have actually
    talked about them. You have to hand it to America. It has
    exercised a quite clinical manipulation of power worldwide while
    masquerading as a force for universal good. It’s a brilliant, even
    witty, highly successful act of hypnosis.

    …if you look at it right.

    #163065
    jb-hb
    Participant

    “What The Heck?!”: United Airlines Boeing 757 Loses Wheel After LAX Takeoff
    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/what-heck-united-airlines-boeing-757-loses-wheel-after-lax-takeoff

    Boeing Shares Drop After FAA Orders Inspection Of 2,600 737 Jets For Oxygen Mask Issue
    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/boeing-shares-drop-after-faa-orders-inspection-2600-737-jets-oxygen-mask-issue

    #163066
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant
    #163067
    aspnaz
    Participant

    On MSNBC, Joe Scarborough stated … “If it weren’t the truth I wouldn’t say it.”

    Yeah right. You lie for your entire career then claim integrity? No self awareness.

    #163068
    citizenx
    Participant

    When Reagan went senile, they CONCEALED IT.

    True and good reminder. Of course “they” had Bush Sr CIA scum calling the shots who then became Pres after Cowboy Ronnie-

    The current Dem “they/them” have dick sucking word salad Kamala on all fours – just as or perhaps more embarassing than Brandon- Hopefully Brandon has vax damage and continues to be propped up on stage to be mocked unmercifully – it’s not like he has blood in his mouth, rape on his hands, or tyranny in his policies- ? oh wait.

    At this stage, I truly want to see Trump back in office- not because I like the narcisist ass klown- because Liberals are scum and watching them become hysterical bitches is far more rewarding. To hell with the ‘democratic party’ trash- they had and lost their opportunity to actually be honest and decent- thanks to Obama the trans jogger pos.

    #163069
    jb-hb
    Participant

    https://i0.wp.com/www.barnhardtmemes.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/img_5555-1.jpg?w=768&ssl=1

    #163070
    aspnaz
    Participant

    President Biden’s duty to the American people is to “faithfully execute” his office. As a public trustee, Biden took an oath to do what is right. He is a trustee of powers bestowed upon him by the Constitution in return for his promise to be dutiful.

    Wow, there are still people out there who believe this shite, as if the potus has ever been anything other than someone helping vested interests, not helping the people. The image of America the indispensible nation, indispensible because it is so morally upright, just cannot leave the heads of these people; what potus in power would “do what is right” and be “dutiful”. Genocide Joe has to do the dutiful thing, like murdering thousands of Palestinians? Head up arse syndrome.

    #163071
    jb-hb
    Participant

    https://i0.wp.com/www.barnhardtmemes.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/img_5511-1.jpg?resize=768%2C704&ssl=1

    #163072
    citizenx
    Participant

    Massive strikes on Kiev and other major Ukrainian cities

    Dayum, impressive.

    When the Galacia SS Division gets re-mobilized with help from Justine Turdo, watch out then, Because our media reported that “Ukraine is winning but has not won yet, and Russia is losing but has not lost yet”

    Zelensky the Jew will be begging for moar soon- along with Bibi the Jew beggar- A cry for all Jews- give us moar weapons AND cash so we can murder, rape, steal, torture and WIN in the name of Jews and America- Yay !

    Jew Nazis,… you fucking retards started this shit, with a little help from your Retarded American ‘friends’ – you can all burn together assholes.

    #163074
    jb-hb
    Participant

    https://i0.wp.com/www.barnhardtmemes.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/img_5428-1.jpg?w=538&ssl=1

    #163075
    aspnaz
    Participant

    ” Idealists who seek to transcend power politics and create a more benign world thus find themselves intensifying the security competition and instigating wars.”

    Haven’t noticed that in China, maybe it is a western thing, the excuse for invading other countries, under the flag of idealism. Sure, countries have to defend themselves, but they can approach that by first being good neighbours, like China, or by being bad neighbours, like Israel. Or, they can approach it by proclaiming themselves as world policeman, in which case they get to be good and bad; they beat up anyone they want to, idealistically of course, like a cop raiding your house in the middle of the night and ending up murdering you, idealistically of course.

    #163076
    jb-hb
    Participant

    https://i0.wp.com/www.barnhardtmemes.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/img_5377-1.jpg?resize=768%2C761&ssl=1

    #163077
    jb-hb
    Participant

    https://i0.wp.com/www.barnhardtmemes.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/06/img_5288.jpg?w=520&ssl=1

    #163078
    TAE Summary
    Participant

    Joe

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