05/29/24

Permalink Surveillance and interference: Israel’s covert war on the ICC exposed

Yuval Abraham and Meron Rapoport | Top Israeli government and security officials have overseen a nine-year surveillance operation targeting the ICC and Palestinian rights groups to try to thwart a war crimes probe, a joint investigation reveals. | For nearly a decade, Israel has been surveilling senior International Criminal Court officials and Palestinian human rights workers as part of a secret operation to thwart the ICC’s probe into alleged war crimes, a joint investigation by +972 Magazine, Local Call, and the Guardian can reveal.  The multi-agency operation, which dates back to 2015, has seen Israel’s intelligence community routinely surveil the court’s current chief prosecutor Karim Khan, his predecessor Fatou Bensouda, and dozens of other ICC and UN officials. Israeli intelligence also monitored materials that the Palestinian Authority submitted to the prosecutor’s office, and surveilled employees at four Palestinian human rights organizations whose submissions are central to the probe.  According to sources, the covert operation mobilized the highest branches of Israel’s government, the intelligence community, and both the civilian and military legal systems in order to derail the probe.

Revealed: Israeli spy chief ‘threatened’ ICC prosecutor over war crimes inquiry (The Guardian)


05/28/24

Permalink Revealed: Israeli spy chief ‘threatened’ ICC prosecutor over war crimes inquiry

Mossad director Yossi Cohen personally involved in secret plot to pressure Fatou Bensouda to drop Palestine investigation, sources say | According to accounts shared with ICC officials, he is alleged to have told her: 💬 “You should help us and let us take care of you. You don’t want to be getting into things that could compromise your security or that of your family. One individual briefed on Cohen’s activities said he had used “despicable tactics” against Bensouda as part of an ultimately unsuccessful effort to intimidate and influence her. They likened his behaviour to “stalking”.  The Mossad also took a keen interest in Bensouda’s family members and obtained transcripts of secret recordings of her husband, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the situation. Israeli officials then attempted to use the material to discredit the prosecutor.  The revelations about Cohen’s operation form part of a forthcoming investigation by the Guardian, the Israeli-Palestinian publication +972 Magazine and the Hebrew-language outlet Local Call, revealing how multiple Israel intelligence agencies ran a covert “war” against the ICC for almost a decade.

Ex-Mossad head threatened ICC chief to abandon IOF war crimes probe (Al Mayadeen)


Permalink EU officials demand Israel comply with ICJ order

As Israel continues to massacre Palestinian civilians across the Gaza Strip, European diplomats are finding it increasingly difficult to support the genocidal war | EU diplomats on 27 May urged Israel to comply with an order from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to “immediately halt” its offensive in Rafah, as attacks on shelters for displaced civilians have killed hundreds of Palestinians over the past three days.  Speaking ahead of a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels, the bloc's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said, “Everybody agrees that the rulings of the International Court of Justice are binding, and they have to be implemented.”  These comments were echoed by German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and her Spanish counterpart José Manuel Albares, who said the European ministers would discuss how to “take the right measures to enforce that decision.” [Editor's comment: This will take forever. These people are all bark, no bite.]

Türkiye accuses U.S. of ‘enabling genocide’ in Gaza (Daily Sabah)


Permalink NATO Training for Nuclear Strike on Russian Territory - Top Border Security Official

The head of the Border Service of the Russian Federal Security Service told Sputnik about NATO's nuclear drills near Russia's borders and explained how guards regularly thwart Ukrainian attempts to infiltrate Russia. | NATO is training to strike Russian territory with nuclear weapons near its borders, the head of the border service of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), Vladimir Kulishov, told Sputnik. 💬 "Near the Russian border, NATO's reconnaissance activities are increasing, the intensity of operational combat training of the alliance's troops is growing, during which scenarios for conducting combat operations against the Russian Federation, including the launch of nuclear strikes on our territory, are being worked out," he said. The top official added that the situation requires "taking appropriate steps to protect and secure our borders."

NATO training for nuclear strike on Russia – general (RT.com)


Permalink Italy rebukes NATO call for more strikes on Russia

The head of the US-led military bloc should clarify his remarks or resign, deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said | Stoltenberg claimed last week that the “time has come” for members of the US-led military bloc to reconsider their policies and let Ukraine use Western weapons to launch strikes deep into Russian territory.

💬 “I don’t know why Stoltenberg said such a thing, I think we have to be very careful,” Meloni told Italy’s Rai 3 TV channel on Sunday. The Italian prime minister stressed that “NATO must remain firm, not give the signal that it is giving in,” but advised “greater caution.”  “There are many questionable statements,” Meloni added, recalling how she rebuked French President Emmanuel Macron over his remarks on potentially sending troops to Ukraine.

Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini told an election rally on Sunday that Stoltenberg...

💬 “...cannot speak on behalf of the Italian people.”  “NATO cannot force us to kill in Russia, nor can anyone force us to send Italian soldiers to fight or die in Ukraine,” Salvini said, arguing that Rome is sending Kiev weapons only to “defend itself,” not to “fight, strike and kill outside its territory.”  “This gentleman should either ask for forgiveness, rectify his remarks or resign,” Salvini added.

NATO falling into ‘wartime ecstasy’ – Kremlin (RT.com)
Latvia’s leader sees 'no reason' to prevent Ukrainian attacks on Russia (TASS)
Moscow reacts to NATO chief’s call for attacks deeper inside Russia (RT.com)(05/27/24)
Madrid doesn’t want to let Kiev use NATO weapons to hit targets in Russia — PM (TASS)
Orban Foresees Dire Consequences If EU Militarism Continues Unchecked (Sputnik News)
Giving Ukraine Missiles to Shoot Into Russia Is a Declaration of War (05/27/24)
NATO chief supports Ukraine’s use of Western weapons to attack Russia (05/25/24)
So calculate well the range of what you allocate to the Nazis, gentlemen (Dmitry Medvedev)(05/19/24)


05/27/24

Permalink EU state’s president pledges to bring Russia ‘to its knees’

Alar Karis urges the West to keep up the pressure on ordinary Russian citizens, to force political “change” in Moscow | Estonian President Alar Karis has claimed that meaningful discussions on ending the Ukraine conflict can only take place when Moscow is fully subdued [sic], while calling on Western nations to push for political change in Russia.  In an interview with the news website Yle on Sunday – ahead of Finnish President Alexander Stubb’s state visit to Tallinn, which began on Monday – Karis expressed skepticism over whether Russia can “change” quickly enough to “respond to our [Western] understanding of democracy.”

Moscow reacts to NATO chief’s call for attacks deeper inside Russia (RT.com)
Madrid doesn’t want to let Kiev use NATO weapons to hit targets in Russia — PM (TASS)
Orban Foresees Dire Consequences If EU Militarism Continues Unchecked (Sputnik News)
NATO chief supports Ukraine’s use of Western weapons to attack Russia (05/25/24)


Permalink Giving Ukraine Missiles to Shoot Into Russia Is a Declaration of War

Mike Whitney | Congressman calls for direct strikes on Russia | In a desperate attempt to stave off a humiliating defeat in Ukraine, “Secretary of State Antony Blinken has reportedly asked President Biden to greenlight Ukrainian missile strikes on targets deep inside Russia.” The change in policy will have no material impact on the ongoing ground war in Ukraine, although it could trigger a response that would put NATO in direct conflict with Moscow. In short, Washington’s looming defeat in Ukraine has compelled administration decisionmakers to implement a strategy that could precipitate a Third World War.

👉 US strike on Russian targets would be ‘start of world war’ – Medvedev (RT.com)
Member of British Parliament: "We are already at war with Russia" (05/24/24) VIDEO
Inside the White House, a Debate Over Letting Ukraine Shoot U.S. Weapons Into Russia (05/23/24)
Ukraine seeks to spark direct NATO-Russia clash – Moscow (RT.com)
Give Ukraine long-range missiles to hit Russian targets, German minister says (05/22/24)
So calculate well the range of what you allocate to the Nazis, gentlemen (Dmitry Medvedev)(05/19/24)


05/26/24

Permalink Biden again makes offensive speech against Putin

American leader called russian president "a brutal tyrant" | US President Joe Biden again gave himself permission to offensive speech against Russian leader Vladimir Putin.  Washington continues supplying arms to Kiev and train the Ukrainian military, Biden noted when speaking in front of graduates of the US Military Academy at West Point.

💬 "There are no American soldiers in the war in Ukraine. I'm determined to keep it that way," he said.  "But we are standing strong with Ukraine and we will stand with them. We're standing against a man whom I've known well for many years, a brutal tyrant. We may not, we will not walk away," the US President continued.

Biden dishonors all Russians by insinuations against Putin — Russian Ambassador (TASS)


Permalink Algeria, France sign agreement on memory, retrieval of colonial archives

Algeria and France signed an agreement concerning the memory and retrieval of Algerian archives from the period of French colonization (1830 - 1962), according to media reports | The Algerian History and Memory Committee, represented by its chairman, historian Lahcen Zeghidi, signed the agreement and joint memorandum with the French Truth and Memory Commission, represented by historian Benjamin Stora, Algeria International Radio reported.

💬 "The signing ceremony, which took place in the capital, Algiers, followed the conclusion of the fifth meeting of the Algeria-France Joint Commission on History and Memory," it said.​​​​​​​  The agreement aims to "retrieve the Algerian archives from the colonial era and possessions of immeasurable historical value to the hearts of the Algerian people."

The fifth meeting of the joint Commission began last Monday in Algiers, which Zeghidi previously described as "procedural and practical" without revealing details. No additional information was provided about the content of the agreement.


05/25/24

Permalink NATO chief supports Ukraine’s use of Western weapons to attack Russia

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has made a statement that Ukraine should be able to strike military targets located on the internationally recognized Russian territory. 💬 "The time has come for allies to consider whether they should lift some of the restrictions they have put on the use of weapons they have donated to Ukraine," Stoltenberg said in an interview with the Economist. "Especially now when a lot of the fighting is going on in Kharkov, close to the border [with Russia], to deny Ukraine the possibility of using these weapons against legitimate military targets on Russian territory makes it very hard for them to defend themselves."  "We don’t have any intention to send NATO ground troops into Ukraine," he said. "We will not be party to the conflict."

US Announces $275Mln Weapons Package for Ukraine, Including HIMARS Ammunition - Blinken (Sputnik News)
Ukraine attacked key element of Russia’s nuclear umbrella (RT.com)
NATO ‘preparing for war’ with Russia – Orban (RT.com)
Let Ukraine freely strike Russia with Western arms – NATO chief (RT.com)

Member of British Parliament: "We are already at war with Russia" (05/24/24) VIDEO
Inside the White House, a Debate Over Letting Ukraine Shoot U.S. Weapons Into Russia (05/23/24)
Ukraine seeks to spark direct NATO-Russia clash – Moscow (RT.com)
Give Ukraine long-range missiles to hit Russian targets, German minister says (05/22/24)
So calculate well the range of what you allocate to the Nazis, gentlemen (Dmitry Medvedev)(05/19/24)


05/24/24

Permalink Member of British Parliament: "We are already at war with Russia; They won't tell the people until July or August"

Member of British Parliament: "We are already at war with Russia; They won't tell the people until July or August" | VIDEO BELOW shows British MP Andrew Bridgen confirming on a radio show today: "We are actually at war with Russia now... They're not going to tell the people probably until July or August; maybe later."

💬 ‘Rishi wants out..um…we are actually at war with Russia now …they just haven’t told you.’  "The whole thing's a pantomime in Parliament... It's not a race between the blue and the red team to see who crosses the finish line. This is a baton handover on all the big issues: Net Zero, Covid response, the WHO, the trans agenda."

We have a natural right to defend ourselves from the people doing these things, that are going to get us bombed, our families killed or injured, our way of life, destroyed.. It is our right, it is our DUTY to take action.


Permalink Suspect in Slovak PM shooting cites Ukraine policy as motive: Court

The suspected shooter, identified by Slovak media as 71-year-old poet Juraj Cintula, has been accused of premeditated attempted murder and was detained pending trial following a hearing on Saturday. | The individual accused of shooting and causing serious injuries to Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico stated that he carried out the act in opposition to the government's policy towards Ukraine, as per a court document obtained by AFP on Thursday.  Slovakia was shocked last week when Fico was shot four times while greeting supporters in the central town of Handlova.  After being swiftly taken to the hospital, he underwent two extensive surgeries at a nearby facility in Banska Bystrica. The hospital reported on Thursday that he is still in a "serious but stable" condition.  The suspected shooter, identified by Slovak media as 71-year-old poet Juraj Cintula, has been accused of premeditated attempted murder and was detained pending trial following a hearing on Saturday.

Slovak Media Explores Ukrainian Link to Fico Assassination Attempt (05/22/24)


Permalink 'Attempt to legalize theft': Russia slams EU decision to use profits from its frozen assets

The European Union will feel the "full measure" of Russian retaliation over its plan to use income from frozen Russian assets to help Ukraine, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday. | Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Thursday slammed the EU decision to use revenues from Russian frozen assets as "an attempt to legitimize theft."  The 27-member bloc has formally agreed to use windfall profits from roughly $300 billion frozen Russian assets to buy arms for Kyiv. The assets were frozen soon after Moscow launched its "special military operation" in Ukraine in 2022.  Zakharova, in response to a question by Anadolu during a news conference in Moscow, said such actions of European politicians demonstrate that the continent cannot be considered as "reliable entity" for foreign investors anymore.

💬 "Is this the first time the collective West has done this? Of course not, but this once again confirms that the European Union can no longer be considered as a reliable legal entity for foreign investors, whose investments can be confiscated or looted at any moment under one pretext or another," she stressed, and rejected claims that revenues from assets are not their part.  She said many investors have started withdrawing their assets from Western jurisdictions, and after the EU's "unprecedented lawless decision" on Russia this process will accelerate significantly."

Putin signs decree allowing use of U.S. property in Russia as compensation (aNews)


05/23/24

Permalink Inside the White House, a Debate Over Letting Ukraine Shoot U.S. Weapons Into Russia

After a sobering trip to Kyiv, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken is urging the president to lift some restrictions on how Ukraine can use American arms. | Since the first American shipments of sophisticated weapons to Ukraine, President Biden has never wavered on one prohibition: President Volodymyr Zelensky had to agree to never fire them into Russian territory, insisting that would violate Mr. Biden’s mandate to “avoid World War III.”  But the consensus around that policy is fraying. Propelled by the State Department, there is now a vigorous debate inside the administration over relaxing the ban to allow the Ukrainians to hit missile and artillery launch sites just over the border in Russia — targets that Mr. Zelensky says have enabled Moscow’s recent territorial gains.

Ukraine seeks to spark direct NATO-Russia clash – Moscow (RT.com)
Give Ukraine long-range missiles to hit Russian targets, German minister says (05/22/24)
So calculate well the range of what you allocate to the Nazis, gentlemen (Dmitry Medvedev)(05/19/24)


Permalink US threatens action against NATO applicant

Western officials claim that Georgia’s crackdown on foreign influence “undermines democracy” | The US is looking into how it could punish Georgia over a ‘foreign agents’ bill which was recently passed in the country's parliament, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a congressional hearing on Wednesday.  Georgia’s Transparency of Foreign Influence Act would require non-profit organizations, media outlets, and individuals which derive more than 20% of their funding from abroad to register as entities “promoting the interests of a foreign power” and disclose their income and sponsors or face fines of up to $9,500.  The legislation ignited weeks of violent protests and clashes across the country, which is an applicant to both the EU and NATO.  Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili vetoed the bill on Friday, but the gesture is considered to be largely symbolic, as the Georgian Dream party has a majority in parliament and is expected to overrule it.

Еврокомиссар назвал упоминание инцидента с Фицо вырванным из контекста (TACC.ru)
“You see what happened to Fico, and you should be very careful.” (RT.com - Telegram)
Georgian PM accuses EU of ‘blackmailing’ him with assassination threat (RT.com)
The Shameless Hypocrisy of Clown World (Theodore Beale)


05/22/24

Permalink Give Ukraine long-range missiles to hit Russian targets, German minister says

Amid heavy Russian attacks on Kharkiv, the West must send long-distance missiles, said Annalena Baerbock. | Ukraine’s armed forces need more long-range weapons to be able to hit targets deep behind the frontline, Germany’s foreign minister has said, as Russia makes gains on the battlefield.  Speaking on the sidelines of a meeting of European foreign ministers in Strasbourg, Annalena Baerbock described the military situation in north-east Ukraine as “highly dramatic” amid reports that Vladimir Putin’s forces are making significant advances of up to 10 kilometers in one place. [...] Germany is now Ukraine's second-biggest arms supplier, after the Americans, but Scholz has balked at giving Ukraine Taurus missiles, fearing that to do so would draw Germany deeper into the war. The U.S. has also placed restrictions on weapons it supplies, telling Kyiv they must not be used to strike inside Russia.

Let Ukraine use US weapons to strike inside Russia – Nuland (05/21/24)
War in Ukraine: Washington no longer rules out its weapons being used to strike Russian soil (Le Monde - 05/16/24)
Kyiv can use British weapons inside Russia - Cameron (BBC - 3 May 2024)
Ukraine using British weapons for terror attacks – Moscow (05/11/24)
Dissecting [sic] Russia into smaller nations not a bad thing — Estonian PM (05/21/24)
NATO state’s PM calls for breakup of Russia (05/21/24)
So calculate well the range of what you allocate to the Nazis, gentlemen (Dmitry Medvedev)(05/19/24)


Permalink Slovak Media Explores Ukrainian Link to Fico Assassination Attempt

Last week, Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico was shot four times after a gunman fired five shots in his direction. He was rushed to the hospital where he remains in stable but critical condition. He is expected to survive. | Writing in SIA News, columnist Lucas Leiroz called for an investigation into outside involvement. 💬 “It is necessary to investigate whether there was international involvement and whether foreign agents financed the attack or influenced it in any way. Knowing that there are groups interested in removing Fico, it is possible that there is a large conspiracy behind the cause,” Leiroz wrote (translated from Slovak), noting the terrorist attacks suspected of being linked to Ukraine, like the Crocus City Hall massacre and the bombing of Russia’s embassy in Brazil. Leiroz also notes that world leaders who have opposed funding Ukraine have found themselves on the notorious “Mirotvorets” Ukrainian kill list, including Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

CIA/MI6/Mossad/Mirotvorets Kill List: "West Left Its Own People to Mercy of Ukraine's Gestapo" (Sputnik News)


Permalink Norway recognizes Palestinian state

The two-state solution is the only way to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Oslo has said | Norway has officially recognized Palestine as a state, the Nordic country’s government has said. The decision comes into force on May 28, it added.  Oslo is the tenth European capital to recognize Palestinian statehood. Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia did so in 1988, with Sweden joining them in 2014. [...] Oslo is making the move amid the conflict in Gaza, in which “tens of thousands [are] killed and injured,” Store stressed. The aim is to “keep alive the only alternative that offers a political solution for Israelis and Palestinians alike: Two states, living side by side, in peace and security,” he said. Shortly after the announcement by Norway, Ireland also said it is recognizing Palestinian statehood.

Ireland, Norway, Spain recognize Palestinian state, Irish PM says (Al Mayadeen)
Ireland confirms imminent recognition of Palestine (RT.com)
Norway moves to recognize Palestinian state (TASS)
Что известно о признании независимости Палестины (TACC.ru)


05/21/24

Permalink “At the Edge of the Abyss”


Permalink Let Ukraine use US weapons to strike inside Russia – Nuland

Kiev needs permission to use American weapons without restrictions, the veteran diplomat believes | The US must allow Kiev to use its weapons to strike “Russian bases” deep inside the country, former senior Department of State official Victoria Nuland believes.  American military aid has been provided to Ukraine on the condition that it would not use the weapons to attack targets on what the US considers Russian soil, as opposed to territories contested by Kiev. Nuland, who for decades directed Washington's foreign policy in Europe, has called for the limitation to be lifted.

💬 ”They need to be able to stop these Russian attacks that are coming from bases inside Russia,” she told ABC News on Sunday. “The United States and our allies ought to give them more help in hitting Russian bases, which heretofore we have not been willing to do.”  “Those bases ought to be fair game, whether they are where missiles are being launched from or where they are where troops are being supplied from,” Nuland added.

British Foreign Secretary David Cameron similarly suggested this month that Ukraine “has the right” to strike targets inside Russia with UK-provided weapons. Moscow in response warned that if such an attack was to happen, it would consider any British military assets, be they on Ukrainian soil or elsewhere, fair game for retaliation.

So calculate well the range of what you allocate to the Nazis, gentlemen (Dmitry Medvedev)(05/19/24)


Permalink Vladimir Zelensky: No mandate, no election. So what now?

Dmitry Drize | With his term in office having reached its expiry date and the conflict going badly for Kiev, the Ukrainian leader is in a very difficult situation | On May 20, Ukrainian president Vladimir Zelensky’s political powers officially expired. He retains his position, however, because no elections can be held in the country, reportedly due to the current state of martial law.  Responding to a question last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin's most recent comment on the situation was to the effect that peace agreements can only be signed with legitimate leaders. Putin added that the Ukrainian legal system should draw the necessary conclusions.


Permalink NATO state’s PM calls for breakup of Russia

It is not a bad thing when a big power becomes much smaller, Estonia’s Kaja Kallas has said | The conflict between Moscow and Kiev should end with the defeat and breakup of the Russian Federation, Estonia’s Prime Minister Kaja Kallas has proposed.  Kallas made the suggestion on Saturday during a debate in the country’s capital, Tallinn, at an event dedicated to supporting Ukraine.

💬 "Russia’s defeat is not a bad thing because then you know there could really be a change in society,” the prime minister told the 17th Lennart Meri Conference.  "I think if you would have more like small nations... it is not a bad thing if the big power is actually [made] much smaller,” Kallas said.  "Fear keeps us from supporting Ukraine. Countries have different fears, be it nuclear fear, fear of escalation, fear of migration. We must not fall into the trap of fear because that is what [Russia’s President Vladimir] Putin wants,” she said.

The Russian Federation is comprised of “many different nations” and suggested that they should become separate states after the end of the conflict between Moscow and Kiev, she argued.  The Constitution of the Russian Federation describes the polity as a multinational state. According to the 2020-2021 census, the country’s population speaks 155 different languages, with Russian being the most common.


05/19/24

Permalink So calculate well the range of what you allocate to the Nazis, gentlemen

Dmitry Medvedev (Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council) (Дмитрий Медведев) |If it goes on like this, the guaranteed sanitary zone will be somewhere on the border with Poland...Or in Poland itself | After all, the retarded NATO strategists sincerely want Russia to control almost all of Ukraine. That is why they are giving the Banderite authorities more and more long-range weapons.  And it is not the first time that President Putin has said that to live peacefully our country will have to create a sanitary zone, within which the neo-Nazi regime will not be able to attack objects on the territory of Russia (including, of course, all the lands returned to our state). It is not difficult to calculate that if the Kyiv regime uses Storm Shadow/SCALP-EG missiles with a range of at least 550 kilometers and with a distance of 429 kilometers between Belgorod and Kyiv, practically the entire central and a significant part of the western territories of former Ukraine will fall within such a sanitary zone. Ukraine falls within such a sanitary zone. In other words, there should be Russia everywhere (550 km plus another 70-100 km to be sure).  Otherwise, the safety of our towns and villages cannot be ensured. Even if we imagine that some document has been signed with Kyiv (or rather - with Washington), any new Bandera half-wit with missiles is quite capable of violating it. The consequences are obvious.  If it goes on like this, the guaranteed sanitary zone will be somewhere on the border with Poland. Or in Poland itself. And this is quite dangerous. All the more so because non-strategic nuclear weapons, which our country has announced exercises with, are a very broad term. Such weapons (tactical or non-strategic), as everyone knows, include nuclear charges significantly exceeding the power of Little Boy and Fat Man.  So calculate well the range of what you allocate to the Nazis, gentlemen.(Translation: DeepL + Grammarcheck: Grammarly)

Ukraine SitRep: Kharkiv Incursion Forensics - Attacks On Russia And Russian Revenge (Moon of Alabama)


Permalink Georgian president vetoes the foreign agent bill passed by parliament

Georgian parliament passes ‘foreign agent’ bill, prompting US anger, new protests | After passage on third reading, the bill now goes to President Salome Zourabichvili, who has said she will veto it, but her decision can be overridden by another vote in parliament, controlled by the ruling party and its allies. The law would require organisations receiving more than 20% of their funding from abroad to register as agents of foreign influence, imposing onerous disclosure requirements and punitive fines for violations.


Permalink Slovak PM’s condition ‘remains very serious’ UPDATE: 19 May, 2024 02:06

Robert Fico was hospitalized with gunshot wounds on Wednesday | Fico was attacked on Wednesday in the central Slovak city of Handlova. When he approached a group of spectators, one person pulled out a handgun and shot the politician several times at close range. Fico was rushed to the hospital, and the assailant was detained on the spot.  Kalinak, who also serves as defense minister, spoke to the news channel TA3 outside the Roosevelt Hospital in Banska Bystrica, where Fico is being treated. He remained cautiously optimistic about the prime minister’s recovery.

💬 “He is in stable condition, but the four gunshot wounds have caused extensive injuries,” Kalinak said. He added that Fico had undergone additional surgery, and that there still could be complications. “In any case, his condition is very serious.”

UPDATE: 19 May, 2024 10:00: Fico’s condition ‘no longer life-threatening’


05/18/24

Permalink Slovakian premier in serious condition, undergoes another surgery: Defense minister—Update 18.05.2024

Robert Fico was shot multiple times on Wednesday while engaging with supporters in town of Handlova | Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico underwent another operation after a shooting and remains in serious condition, said Defense Minister Robert Kalinjak on Friday. "The operation lasted about two hours, and the doctors tried to move the patient's condition to a positive prognosis," Kalinjak told journalists in front of the hospital in Banska Bystrica where Fico has been undergoing treatment since Wednesday after the assassination attempt. [...] Slovakia President-elect Peter Pellegrini said Thursday that the medical council at the hospital will probably meet on Monday, May 20, when it should decide on the further treatment of Fico.

Russophobia Rears Its Head: Mere moments after Slovakian PM shot & in critical condition (05/16/24)
Slovak PM Fico shot (05/15/24)


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