12/22/22

Permalink Swedish FM to visit Turkey, discussing NATO bid: Ankara

Sweden’s foreign minister will visit Turkey on Thursday to discuss with Turkish officials the Nordic country’s bid to enter NATO, announced the Turkish foreign ministry on Wednesday. The trip comes days after Stockholm blocked the extradition of a journalist to Ankara. | The Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement that Sweden foreign minister Tobias Bilistrom and his Turkish counterpart will discuss bilateral relations and “Sweden’s NATO membership process as well as regional and international developments.” Bilistrom’s office is yet to confirm the visit.  Sweden and Finland made bids to enter NATO after Russia launched a major military offensive against Ukraine in February. Both Scandinavian countries were already close partners of NATO but by joining it they would gain the support of 30 member countries if attacked by their foe, Russia, or any other country. The military alliance makes its decisions by consensus, meaning that both countries require the blessing of all 30 countries. Only Turkey refused to vote for the bids.


12/15/22

Permalink GLOBAL LEADER APPROVAL RATINGS

Morning Consult Political Intelligence is currently tracking the approval ratings of government leaders and country trajectories in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. This page will be updated weekly with the latest data for all 22 countries, offering real-time insight into the shifting political dynamics across the globe.Current Approval Ratings: The latest approval ratings are based on data collected from December 7-13, 2022. Approval ratings are based on a seven-day moving average of adult residents in each country, with sample sizes varying by country. MORE


12/12/22

Permalink 'Twitter Files' Part 4 Shows How Company Execs Built Case For Post-Jan. 6 Trump Ban

A fourth batch of the so-called “Twitter Files" has been released by best-selling author Michael Shellenberger. | The first installment of what has been dubbed the “Twitter Files” dropped on December 2 via investigative journalist Matt Taibbi. Since then, batches two and three were also made public after the company’s chief executive, Elon Musk, armed Taibbi and his colleague Bari Weiss with further illuminating data.  The latest installment of the treasure trove of data that Twitter CEO Elon Musk vowed would shed light on “free speech suppression” pertains to the social media platform’s actions leading up to the ban on former President Donald Trump instituted on January 8, 2021 after the events at the US capitol on January 6. Like in the case of the preceding batches, the insider information was given to journalists and authors by the tech billionaire to post on their Twitter accounts.

Ex-Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Facing Perjury Charges for Lying to Congress about ‘Shadow-Banning’ (Slay)


11/10/22

Permalink Midterms Roundup

Moon of Alabama | The midterm election did not come with the red wave some had expected. The reasons for that are manifold. | That the Trump brand has lost some of its shine is one. Trump has always been bad at picking people. In the case of this election he supported some particular bad candidates. They obviously did not perform as he had hoped for.  Biden is not liked much. But he is - in general - also not disliked much. He has managed to bribe the voters first through the large spending programs he had moved through Congress and then through the huge releases from the strategic petroleum reserve. The prices fell at the pump and that typically counts for a lot.  Abortion seems to have played a role and Democrats said they would do something about that. But the Supreme Court judgment pushed the issue back to the states. I doubt that the Democrats will do anything about that. They have no incentive and no means to change that ruling.  So the Democrats may keep the Senate though barely. The Republicans will likely take the House but also with only a thin majority. That means that U.S. policies, internally but especially on foreign issues, will not change one bit.  As the saying goes: 'If elections would change anything they would not be allowed.'


11/08/22

Permalink Analyst Warns “There Probably Won’t be an Election” in 2024

Martin Armstrong claims the United States won’t exist after 2032. | Analyst Martin Armstrong has warned that there may not be an election in 2024 and that “the United States will not exist after 2032” due to massive societal upheaval and financial collapse. Armstrong, who correctly predicted numerous previous major events, including the 2008 financial collapse, made the comments during an interview with Greg Hunter.  According to the analyst, future elections are in severe doubt of even taking place due to rampant corruption and cheating, along with the likelihood that neither side will accept defeat. 💬 “The cheating in the midterm election next week is going to be so great that it is almost impossible to make a prediction. . . . In a fair midterm election, the Republicans would win the House and the Senate,” said Armstrong.  Revealing that he has received emails from people in Canada saying they had been delivered voting ballots for Pennsylvania, Armstrong is predicting utter chaos.


11/07/22

Permalink US to cut or stop aid to Kiev if Republicans win — newspaper

It is noted that Ukraine should not count on support either, considering that Congress has already greenlit up to $60 billion in aid and Kiev is persistently asking the West to increase the amount of aid | The US may reduce or stop aid to Kiev altogether if Republican Party representatives succeed in the November 8 midterm elections to Congress, the Washington Post reported on Monday.  The newspaper quoted Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene, who said that under the Republicans 💬 "not another penny will go to Ukraine. Her party is poised to make significant gains in Tuesday’s midterm elections and possibly revamp the United States’ whole approach to supporting Ukraine’s resistance. A Republican-led House is expected to, among other things, turn up the heat on the [US President Joe] Biden administration over its handling of the US withdrawal of Afghanistan, as well as step up political pressure on Iran," the newspaper stressed.  According to its estimates, Ukraine should not count on support either, considering that Congress has already greenlit up to $60 billion in aid and Kiev is persistently asking the West to increase the amount of aid. On the eve of the election, various candidates and legislators from the Republican Party pointed out that the funding should be stopped.


11/06/22

Permalink Outraged Activists Denounce Obama as “War Criminal”

Speaking at a campaign rally for Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer on October 29 in the Renaissance High School Gym in Detroit, Michigan, former U.S. President Barack Obama was heckled by two activists, Anastasia and Stewart Battle. They indicted Obama for helping to spearhead the February 2014 coup d’état in Ukraine and for escalating tensions with Russia that have raised the prospect of nuclear war.  Obama stopped his speech to address the hecklers, stating: 💬 “Come on, this is what I mean, we are having a conversation. Right now, I’m talking, you’ll have a chance to talk sometime later.”  Obama continued: 💬 “We like each other, we don’t have to shout each other down—it’s not a good way to do business. You wouldn’t do that in the workplace. We wouldn’t just interrupt people having a conversation. It’s not how we do things.


10/31/22

Permalink Lula Defeats Bolsonaro in Brazilian Election

Former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva clinched victory over his right-wing rival Jair Bolsonaro in a tightly contested second round of the Brazilian election on Sunday. The country’s election authority announced Lula’s narrow win with 50.9% of the vote to Bolsonaro’s 49.1%. 💬 “This isn’t a victory of mine or the Workers’ Party... It’s the victory of a democratic movement that formed above political parties, personal interests and ideologies so that democracy came out victorious,” Lula told a cheering crowd of supporters in Sao Paulo on Sunday night.  The president-elect acknowledged that following such a tight race a challenge to his future mandate will be “immense,” and stressed that 💬 “it is necessary to rebuild the very soul of this country, recover generosity, solidarity, respect for differences and love for others.”  Lula, who is set to take office on 1 January 2023, promised to be a president for all 215 million Brazilians, not just those who voted for him. 💬 “There are not two Brazils. We are one country, one people – a great nation.”  Bolsonaro has yet to publicly concede defeat. The incumbent repeatedly warned during his campaign that he would contest the results if he were to lose by a narrow margin, calling into question the reliability of Brazil’s electronic voting system.  After polls closed nationwide at 5pm local time (8pm GMT), initial results showed Bolsonaro ahead. However, just as in the first round, his lead eventually narrowed as more votes from da Silva’s strongholds were counted. In the first round on October 2, da Silva received over 48% of the vote, which was not enough to claim immediate victory.  Lula da Silva, who represents Brazil’s Workers’ Party, has focused his campaign on overcoming social inequality and alleviating poverty. Among the measures he proposes are raising taxes on the rich, widening the social safety net, and increasing the minimum wage.


10/26/22

Permalink People Are Furious’: Jayapal Withdraws Letter on Ukraine Policy Amid Democratic Anger

A House progressive leader abruptly withdrew a letter pushing the Biden administration to pursue diplomacy in Russia’s war with Ukraine, an about-face following furious internal backlash from Democrats who felt blindsided by the move just two weeks before the November midterms.  The move by Rep. Pramila Jayapal, the head of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, came after she released a letter – initially signed in June – from 30 liberals calling for more diplomacy, a move that appeared to undercut their party’s resolute support for Ukraine. Releasing the letter this week was not endorsed by most of the members, and some said they would not sign it now given how the war has turned in recent days.

The 'Progressives' In Congress Are Useless Wimps (Moon of Alabama)
Congressional Progressive Caucus Withdraws Letter That Tepidly Called for Diplomacy in Ukraine
In Humiliating Climbdown, Democrats Withdraw Diplomacy Letter (Noah Carl)
"Russia Already Defeated, Split Up!": US Congressmen Offer Biden the Perfect Excuse for Ending War in Ukraine
Thirty US Democratic Lawmakers U-Turn Within Hours After Urging Biden To Change Tack on Ukraine (10/25/22)


10/25/22

Permalink EU Lawmaker Quits After Suspension Over Ukraine Stance

Dutch MEP Marcel de Graaff has publicly quit Identity and Democracy, the right-wing parliamentary group that last week handed him a three-month suspension due to his “outrageous” comments against Western involvement in Ukraine on social media, he announced on Monday, denouncing the group’s “attempt to silence me about NATO/Ukraine.”

💬 “There is no room for a different opinion in the ID group,” de Graaff lamented in a press release posted to Twitter. “Members are now forced to follow the position of the parties ruling in their own countries. They have sacrificed their principles for power, but I am not prepared to do that.”  “I am in favor of de-escalating the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and I distance myself from the extremely belligerent position of the ID group,” he said. “We are waging a war that is not ours and our citizens are paying the price.”

The FVD (Forum for Democracy) member’s tweets regularly skewer fellow EU nations and the US. In his infamous “Go Putin!” post, he takes the bloc and its overseas ally to task for their alleged role in building a “communist world dictatorship where citizens are digitally controlled.” The rest of the world, he wrote, is cheering for the demise of the US empire.  De Graaff has also accused the US of blowing up the Nord Stream pipelines, and NATO of plotting a nuclear first strike.

Sputnik News | EU Officials Blackmail Nations to Crush Alternate Views, Hungarian Justice Minister Says |The European Union was attempting to strengthen itself by advancing a neo-liberal, "progressive" ideology that included the elimination of regional and national differences and the weakening of the institutions of the traditional nation state of its constituent member countries. 💬 "The European Union is building a union of hegemony of opinion. But we say diversity is as important as unity. There cannot be only one ideology in the European Union."


10/24/22

Permalink Rishi Sunak to Become the Next UK Prime Minister as Rivals Quit Race

Rishi Sunak will become British prime minister on Monday after other candidates quit the race to lead the Conservative Party, leaving him with the task of steering a deeply divided country through an economic downturn set to leave millions of people poorer.  Sunak, one of the wealthiest politicians in Westminster, will be asked to form a government by King Charles, replacing Liz Truss, the outgoing leader who only lasted 44 days in the job.  He defeated centrist politician Penny Mordaunt, who failed to get enough backing from lawmakers to enter the ballot, while his rival, the former prime minister Boris Johnson, withdrew from the contest saying he could no longer unite the party.  "This decision is an historic one and shows, once again, the diversity and talent of our party. Rishi has my full support," Mordaunt said in a statement as she withdrew from the race just minutes before the winner was due to be announced.

'The Third Prime Minister in a Matter of Seven Weeks' (BBC)(VIDEO)
Rishi Sunak to Become Prime Minister as Penny Mordaunt Pulls Out of Tory Leadership Race (iNews)


Permalink Colonelcassad: US Midterm Elections Are 2 Weeks Away. Background:

1. The threat of a "dirty nuclear bomb" somewhere in Ukraine. This is no longer conspiracy, but the subject of discussion at the highest level.
2. Threat of explosion of the Kakhovska hydroelectric power station and flooding of large areas of the south of Ukraine and Russia.
3. Rumours of the Russian Armed Forces withdrawing from the right bank behind the Dnieper.
4. Increasing blows to the Ukrainian energy sector.
5. Significant groups of mobilised in Russia sent to the front and talk of a new wave of mobilisation in Ukraine.
6. In Britain, Liz Truss's cabinet has fallen. The favourite to win the election is City protégé Rishi Sunak.
7. In China, Xi Jingping's triumph ended the 20th CPC Congress. The course for the return of Taiwan is secured.
8. The likelihood of a resumption of the nuclear deal is declining. Iran is reportedly stepping up drone and missile deliveries to Russia.
9. The Biden administration is stepping up the sale of the US strategic fuel reserve to keep gasoline prices down before the election. The oil market will be hot after the US election.
10. Rallies intensify in Europe demanding something be done about the deteriorating economic situation. (DeepL.com)


10/23/22

Permalink Key Shifts in China’s Political Leadership. Beijing Validated Its Way to Us-free World Order

The 20th Communist Party Congress was held in China: more than 2,000 delegates from all over the country attended the meeting. The Party Congress adopted a series of landmark decisions on the further development of Chinese society on the basis of “21st century Marxism with Chinese characteristics”. | Xi Jinping proclaimed the completion of the first centenary goal, namely, achieving a moderately prosperous society, and reiterated the previously outlined two-step strategic plan (2020-2035 and 2035-2049) to transform China into a great modern socialist country—the second centenary goal.  Among other changes to the CPC statute were the tasks of transforming the country’s army into one of the strongest in the world, as well as provisions to oppose the independence of Taiwan. For China’s modern political system, this is not just a show of intent, but a clear Party task that must be fulfilled at all costs.  A public demonstration of the new course was the incident with former Party General Secretary Hu Jintao, who was forcibly escorted out of the hall just before the end of the event. The politician only looked around in confusion, but found no support from his colleagues.  Hu Jintao advocated maintaining good relations with the U.S., and was also an opponent of a military solution to the Taiwan issue. Such a former CPC Chairman’s escorting out of the hall is a clear demonstration of the renewed anti-Western foreign policy of Beijing, which, apparently, is ready for any measures, defending its sovereignty and the role of a superpower in the modern world.


10/20/22

Permalink UK PM Liz Truss Resigns – The Shortest-Lived UK Prime Minister in History

UK Prime Minister Liz Truss announced her resignation on Thursday after spending just 45 days in post, a new record for the shortest-lived British Prime Minister | Speaking outside 10 Downing Street Thursday, Truss said because she was unable to deliver the programme she had been elected to: reforming the United Kingdom into a low-tax, high-growth economy. Truss said:

💬 “…I recognise though given this situation I cannot deliver the mandate on which Iw as elected by the Conservative party. I have therefore spoken to His Majesty the King to notify him I am resigning as leader of the Conservative Party. This morning I met the Chairman of the e1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady. We have agreed there will be a leadership election to be completed within the next week.  This will ensure we remain on a path to deliver our fiscal plans to maintain our country’s economic stability and national security. I will remain as Prime Minister until a successor has been chosen. Thank you.”

DISCUSS: Bye Bye Liz (Off-Guardian)
Liz Truss announces resignation as UK prime minister (Reuters)


10/17/22

Permalink Biden's Rating Hits Rock Bottom as Poll Finds Only 1/3 Would Reelect Him

Senior Democratic officials began hinting publicly at the need to replace Joe Biden as the party’s candidate for president this summer, citing concerns over his mental fitness, his stalled agenda, economic and inflation woes, and fears that he could sink the party if matched up against Donald Trump. Biden has promised to run again.  Just 33 percent of Americans would vote to reelect President Biden if the presidential election were held today, a poll of 1,206 registered voters conducted for Fox News by Beacon Research and Shaw & Company Research has found.

💬 33 percent of Americans told pollsters that they would vote to reelect the incumbent, while 54 percent said they would pick "someone else." Biden’s showing is the lowest among any of the past three presidents, with Donald Trump hitting a 35 percent reelect rating low point in January 2018, and Barack Obama suffering a "reelect" low of 39 percent in September 2010, before rebounding and defeating his Republican rival Mitt Romney in 2012.


10/15/22

Permalink Líz Truss Continues To Be The Bad Prime Minister Everyone Had Expected Her To Be

In late September I stated that Liz Truss is the bad prime minister everyone expected her to be. The chaos her chancellor's mini budget caused continues to endanger pension funds. To recap:

As soon as the deceased queen was buried Truss went to work. Chancellor Kwarteng announced a 'mini-budget' that will lower taxes for people with high incomes while increasing the deficit to cover the promised energy cost subsidies:    [...]  As soon as the 'mini budget' was announced the British pound sterling tanked. This not only against the overvalued U.S. dollar but also compared to the rather weak Euro.  Interest rates on British government bonds (Gilts) increased sharply.  After two days the British central bank, the Bank of England, had to intervene to prevent a Lehman like crisis that would have killed many British pension funds. The bank, which had just increased its interest rate to tighten money supply, reverted to quantitative easing by buying gilts in the open market. This will further increase the already runaway inflation.

On October 3 Truss had to trash her plans to lower taxes for rich individuals:

In a major U-turn, Prime Minister Liz Truss said Monday that the proposal to scrap the 45 percent rate for people earning more than 150,000 pounds ($168,000) had become a “distraction.”  Reacting to the news of the reversal, the pound rebounded Monday morning against the U.S. dollar, returning to where it was before the government’s tax-and-borrowing plan sent it plunging.


10/12/22

Permalink Tulsi Gabbard quits ‘warmongering’ Democrats

The one-time US presidential candidate also accused her party of ”stoking anti-white racism” | Former US Congresswoman and 2020 presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard has announced her departure from the Democratic Party, arguing that it has fallen under the control of “an elitist cabal of warmongers.” Establishment Democrats have long called on Gabbard to leave the party and declare herself a Republican.

💬 “I can no longer remain in today’s Democratic Party that is now under the complete control of an elitist cabal of warmongers,” Gabbard declared in a video message on Tuesday. President Joe Biden’s party colleagues, she continued, are “driven by cowardly wokeness, who divide us by racializing every issue and stoking anti-white racism…who are hostile to people of faith and spirituality…who believe in open borders, who weaponize the national security state to go after their political opponents, and above all, who are dragging us ever closer to nuclear war.”

Gabbard did not declare herself a Republican, despite sharing many of the views of the anti-interventionist, ‘America First’ wing of the GOP. While the Democratic Party has – with the backing of establishment Republicans – voted almost unanimously to send more than $52 billion to Ukraine in recent months, Gabbard has condemned Biden for “exploiting this war to strengthen NATO and feed the military-industrial complex.”


09/26/22

08/29/22

Permalink Newt Gingrich Predicts DOJ Will Attempt to Indict President Trump Using a DC Grand Jury, “They are Playing for Keeps”

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich knows a thing or ten about the DC Deep State, and he appeared on television with Mark Levin to deliver a stark opinion about the current course of action by a comprehensively corrupt and politicized DOJ and FBI. {Direct Rumble Link From the perspective of Mr. Gingrich the institutional system within Washington DC is “playing for keeps” with “no interest in the law,” in their effort to keep Donald Trump from challenging the corrupt system now controlling the U.S. government. Unfortunately, I agree with the prediction.  As soon as the Washington DC FBI sent agents to Florida, everything changed. If you stand back and look at the national political events from an objective perspective, the connections between the executive agencies and the national political apparatus starts taking on a new clarity.  Additionally, when you overlay the tepid initial response from a newly managed Florida Governor, then look at his national rollout, you can see a specifically constructed series of events intended to give an alternative for the MAGA outrage vote.


08/21/22

Permalink FBI Agent Pleads Guilty to Destroying Evidence to Frame Pro-Trump Political Prisoner

Former Arkansas State Senator Jon Woods was the first elected official in the state to endorse President Trump in 2016. Two years later U.S. District Judge Timothy L. Brooks of the Western District of Arkansas sentenced Woods to serve 18 years in federal prison, in addition to three years of supervised release and ordered Woods to pay $1.6 million in restitution. Yesterday, the lead FBI Agent in his case plead guilty to destroying exculpatory evidence that could have proven Woods’ innocence.


08/13/22

Permalink Russian public’s confidence in Putin surpasses 81%, poll reveals

The level of Russian citizens' confidence in President Vladimir Putin has increased by 0.5 percentage points to 81.3% over the week, according to a poll by the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center published on Friday.  "When asked about [their] confidence in Putin, 81.3% of the Russians polled answered positively (+0.5 percentage points over the week). The level of approval of the Russian president’s activities was 78.3% (+0.2 p.p. over the week)," the results of a survey conducted among 1,600 Russian adults from August 1 to August 7 showed.


Permalink FBI PLACED PEN REGISTERS AND LISTENING DEVICES IN TRUMP MAR-A-LAGO - VIDEO

The same federal Magistrate Judge who signed the search warrant allowing FBI Agents to raid President Trump, also signed a second Warrant the same day allowing FBI to install "Pen Registers" on Trump computers and electronic eavesdropping devices in Trump's home.

The same federal Magistrate Judge who signed the search warrant allowing FBI Agents to raid President Trump, also signed a second Warrant the same day allowing FBI to install "Pen Registers" on Trump computers and electronic eavesdropping devices in Trump's home. US Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart signed both Warrants on August 5 as shown above in a screen shot of the Court Docket Records.  Trump attorney Alina Habba appeared on Fox News with Jesse Watters. She said that they had been cooperating with the National Archives over the records and that this was completely “unconstitutional.” “Our country should be terrified—I am terrified,” Habba exclaimed. She said the FBI went in when he wasn’t even there, and then told his attorneys to leave, that they couldn’t watch or be there. “That doesn’t sound good to me,” she declared.  Habba said the agents came in wearing backpacks, and she was concerned that they could have planted things since they were trying to get the attorneys out of there. Habba said she believed this was all part of the effort to try to take Trump down, and that people were “working in tandem” with other efforts.


08/11/22

Permalink Latvian Parliament declares Russia a "state sponsor of terrorism"

Latvian Parliament declares Russia a "state sponsor of terrorism" - The Parliament of Latvia (the Saeima) has declared Russia a state sponsor of terrorism, the parliament said in a statement published on its official website on Thursday.  On August 11, the Saeima adopted a statement, which recognizes activities of Russian troops in Ukraine as terrorism and declares "Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism."

China threatens Lithuania with response - China has denounced the visit of a Lithuanian official to Taiwan and vowed a resolute response to the move, which it describes as an affront to the ‘One China’ principle, according to a statement by a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Thursday.  Last week, Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that Lithuanian Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications Agne Vaiciukeviciute had arrived at the self-governing island along with an 11-person delegation for what is expected to be a five-day visit.  The visit comes shortly after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi traveled to the island on August 2, a move that sparked a fierce reaction from Beijing but was nevertheless celebrated by the government in Vilnius.


Permalink Simple Question Breaks Anti-Trump Protester's Brain - VIDEO

Protester: "I don't know any other former president that had committed this many PROVABLE criminal acts."
Reporter: What are the provable criminal acts?
Protester: ... "I'm Done Talking"


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