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Webmaster addition: There is something weird about this election. Marine La Pen's party got the most votes, but somehow wound up in third place!

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South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol has announced that he plans to discuss a security topic which is somewhat unusual for NATO when he travels to the NATO annual summit in Washington D.C. this week. 

He plans to present info on the 'distinct threat' North Korea poses to Europe at a moment leaders Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin are deepening their ties, including on the defense cooperation front.

"Military co-operation between Russia and North Korea poses a distinct threat and grave challenge to the peace and security on the Korean peninsula and in Europe," Yoon told Reuters. Last month Putin in a rare visit to Pyongyang signed a pact with Kim wherein the two agreed on mutual military assistance.

Of course, South Korea is not in NATO and the question of Pyongyang's threat to the Western military alliance is typically not a front and center topic.

President Yoon had become the first South Korean leader to ever attend a NATO summit in 2022. Four Asia-Pacific allies of NATO will join this week's summit, also including Australia, Japan, and New Zealand.

Claire's Observations:  It looks to me as though the world's countries are choosing up sides as to with whom they wish to be aligned, in the coming world war.

Via AP


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Any potential ceasefire deal in Gaza must allow Israel to resume fighting until all of its war objectives are met, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday. One of the main goals repeatedly voiced by the PM is the complete elimination of the Hamas militant group.

Netanyahu’s statement comes after Hamas approved a US proposal for a phased ceasefire deal, dropping a key demand for Israel to first commit to a permanent ceasefire before signing the deal, according to a Reuters source.

Hamas expects to end hostilities through talks during the first six-week phase of the deal aimed at settling the conflict in Gaza, the outlet said.

However, the Palestinian militant group wants written guarantees from international mediators that Israel will continue to negotiate a permanent ceasefire when the first phase of the deal comes into effect. The hostage issue will also be addressed after the first phase is implemented.

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Russia has found evidence that Ukraine has violated the Chemical Weapons Convention, a top military commander stated on Monday. 

Lieutenant General Igor Kirillov, who leads Russia’s chemical and biological defense forces, said engineering troops had discovered a laboratory that was apparently used to produce hydrogen cyanide – an extremely dangerous and highly toxic agent used as a chemical weapon during World War I.

The facility is located near Avdeevka, a fortified Donbass town liberated by Russia in February, the general claimed. The improvised laboratory itself was found inside a partially destroyed building in an industrial area, which also had a chemical processing plant. The facility had a rotary evaporator and several chemical reactors. Protective clothes, including US-made gas masks and Polish hazmat suits, were allegedly found at the site. 

According to Kirillov, samples taken from the facility and analyzed in Russian military laboratories contained traces of sulfuric acid and sodium cyanide, which can be used to produce hydrogen cyanide. Traces of cyanide anions – poisonous chemical compounds of the cyano group – were on multiple equipment, the general claimed. 

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Ahead of the NATO summit, which will be held in Washington on July 9-10, Politico published an article revealing that leaders and diplomats from member countries privately expressed concern about Biden’s health and his almost zero chances of winning the November elections.

The article is based on the comments of 20 people connected with NATO or the organisation of the summit and claims that all these officials admitted to having “quiet reservations” about Biden’s candidacy since before “his catastrophic debate” against Trump. However, after the televised duel, where the president exhibited signs of a noticeable cognitive and physical decline, they now feel “dismay and fear that Biden may be too frail to defeat Trump and lead a global superpower.”

“It doesn’t take a genius to see that the president is old. We’re not sure that, even if he wins, he can survive four years more,” said an official from a European NATO country, according to the article published on July 6.

“It was painful to watch, let’s be honest,” another EU official said of the US presidential debate. “We all want Biden to have a second term to avoid dealing with Trump again, but this isn’t really reassuring.”

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The Russian military launched several massive waves of strikes on Ukrainian military and industrial facilities across the country. The Russian Ministry of Defense confirmed the strikes, claiming that ‘the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation have launched a group strike with high-precision long-range weapons at the facilities of the military industry of Ukraine and the air bases of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in response to the attempts of the Kyiv regime to inflict damage to Russian energy facilities and economy’.  The Russian military concluded that ‘the objectives of the strikes were achieved. The assigned targets were hit.’

Today’s Russian attack was one of the most massive ones on the Ukrainian rear regions in the recent months. There were several waves of strikes launched at night, in the morning and in the afternoon.

On the night of July 8, sirens sounded in all Ukrainian regions. According to local sources, as a result of the combined Russian attack, targets were hit in the central, southern and eastern parts of the country. At about 3 a.m. explosions thundered in the capital Kyiv, as well as in the Zhitomir, Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Odessa, Dnepropetrovsk, Sumy, Poltava, Kherson, Zaporozhie regions.

The massive strikes resumed in the morning. The Russian military used various drones and missiles, including Iskanders and Kinzhals, in order to identify the targets, reveal the areas of deployment of air defense forces, destroy the targets and confirm the damage. In the afternoon, more Russian strikes destroyed targets in the Dnepropetrovsk and Mykolaiv regions. The strikes are likely to continue all day long.

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There really are no limits to the Kiev regime’s incessant military demands. Ukraine is now asking the West to deliver submarines in order to escalate military operations in the Black Sea. In fact, this measure could seriously worsen the conflict, but it would not help Ukrainian forces achieve any useful military results.

The head of the Ukrainian Navy, Admiral Aleksey Neizhpapa, recently stated that Ukraine urgently needs to receive Western submarines to reinforce its military positions in the Black Sea. According to him, only by deploying submarines will it be possible to improve Ukraine’s strategic capabilities and effectively damage Russian forces in the Black Sea.

Neizhpapa does not believe that Ukraine can achieve a military “victory” in the Black Sea without the use of submarines, which is why he calls on Western partners to quickly meet this strategic demand. He emphasizes that large submarines are useless in the region, given the local geographical conditions. However, he believes that small submarines are necessary to make the Ukrainian Navy capable of “spreading” itself across the sea, expanding the field of activity against the naval and coastal positions of the Russian Federation.

“We are thinking about it, submarines are necessary for us, they should be part of the navy (…) Locating only near Odessa means having nothing, we should look further, spread the fleet throughout the Black Sea and use its entire area (…) [Thus, Ukraine may turn] from a coastal state into a maritime power,” he said

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In this engaging conversation with former CIA analyst Ray McGovern, we dive into the current geopolitical tensions and explore the pressing question: Will Putin attack Poland? Join us as we analyze the historical context, strategic interests, and potential outcomes of this critical issue. Don't miss this insightful discussion on global politics and security.

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Authored by Paul Joseph Watson via Modernity.news,

The BBC has chosen a “racially diverse cast” to play the characters in its upcoming historical drama about the Battle of Hastings, which occurred in 1066, leading one historian to decry the “bizarre notion that there were black earls in Anglo-Saxon England.”

The eight-part series King and Conqueror, which is a CBS Studios co-production, will feature numerous non-white characters, including one taking the role of a real 11th-century leader.

Black actor Jason Forbes will play the fictional character Thane Thomas, “with the “thanes” being a layer of nobility in the ethnically homogeneous society of Anglo-Saxon England,” reports the Telegraph.“(Elander) Moore, of Trinidadian descent, will play the real historical figure of Morcar, an Earl of Northumbria who fought against Viking and Norman invaders, before being subdued by William after the battle of Hastings.”

Historian Dr Zareer Masani, who has worked with the BBC, lambasted the decision, asserting, “Some of us, including people of colour, grew up thinking actors ought to look like characters they played.”

He warned that the BBC’s approach is “hugely confusing and downright misleading,” adding that it was “absolutely crazy that they’ve applied this colour-blindness to a period when Britain was at its least multicultural, before even the Norman Conquest.”

While it’s acceptable to depict Anglo-Saxons as black or mixed race, apparently it’s no longer politically correct to even acknowledge that white Anglo-Saxons existed, given a recent decision by The Cambridge University Press to change the name of its ‘Anglo-Saxon England’ journal to ‘Early Medieval England and its Neighbours.

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by Tyler Durden

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is in Warsaw on Monday, where he signed a new security agreement with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk.

Given that the sought-after admission into NATO has been on hold, Zelensky has been inking separate defense pacts with individual G7 and NATO countries, including Germany, the US, UK, France, and the EU. But there's a key and unprecedented provision in this newest pact with Poland, centered on authorization for Polish forces to intercept inbound Russian missiles over Ukrainian territory

According to the agreement, Ukraine has formally given its permission for such anti-air intercepts in the scenario where Warsaw believes a Russian rocket is headed toward Polish territory.

Ukraine and Poland agreed to further develop political, military, and economic cooperation, and "cooperate closely in the reconstruction of Ukraine as a sovereign and democratic state."

During the joint press conference with Tusk, Zelensky thanked Poland for the "special agreements" in the document.

Claire's Observations:  Poland is a NATO member.  And in fact, in March of this year, the following article appeared: https://www.armscontrol.org/act/2024-03/news-briefs/missile-defense-system-poland-could-be-operational-summer. The article stated the following;  

"The U.S. Navy has taken official control of the Aegis Ashore missile defense system in Poland with the aim of making the system fully functional under NATO command as early as this spring.

U.S. Navy and other personnel at the Aegis Ashore missile defense system facility construction outside the town of Redzikowo, Poland, in June 2019. The facility could become fully operational this spring. 

The Aegis system was deployed to the Redzikowo Air Base in the north of Poland, about 93 miles from the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, and transferred to the control of the Navy on Dec. 15. The base originally was intended to begin operating in 2018, but the project experienced delays.

The acceptance of the Aegis Ashore site in Poland, like its sister site in Romania, is an important step in our efforts to get [the system] ready to protect against the growing threat posed by ballistic missiles launched from Iran,” U.S. Naval Forces in Europe said in a Dec. 18 statement.

The system represents a significant development in NATO's missile defense capabilities. It is part of the structure to protect NATO allies from ballistic missile threats called the European Phased Adaptive Approach, which was conceived during the Obama administration."

"... ballistic missiles launched from Iran"?!?!?!?!?!  Are these people serious?!?  

Why in the name of sanity, would leadership of Iran do this, when they know the NATO response would be to do its best to obliterate their country into seas of radioactive glass?!?  

The short answer is, they would not.  The Iranian leadership is many things, but stupid .... is not one of them.  They have more pressing problems closer to home, like the Israeli genocide of Palestinians in Gaza, and its coming incursion into Lebanon, "scheduled" to start the middle of this month.

OK, having looked at this, let's consider the NATO Charter.  It states that an attack against one NATO country, is an attack against them all.  IF Poland's interceptors do NOT work as hoped against Russian rockets, and a Russian bomb actually lands inside Poland, rather than in Ukraine, we're off and running in a major, and dangerous escalation of this conflict.  

Neither NATO or the US has the weaponry; the troop strength; the manufacturing, or the money necessary to win a war against Russia right now, no matter how much many Neocons are feverishly hoping to get this conflict inflamed before the US elections in November (because according to historical numbers, US voters NEVER have left the party in power for the other party during a war). 

Perhaps they see their chances escalating with these agreements.

 What I see from these agreements, is a pretty wretched outcome for the people living in those countries with which such agreements have been signed to protect Ukraine.

And please remember: these leaders have their bunkers; a full stash of medical supplies;  their caviar, and their champagne, while the rest of their citizens may well rot in a thermonuclear hell.

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The United States unemployment rate has risen to 4.1%, the highest in three years, which is also significantly higher than the level seen in 2019. In June, a 70,000 increase in government jobs boosted payroll employment by 206,000. One-third of job creation is public sector jobs paid with more debt. Both the employment-to-population ratio and the labour force participation ratio are below the pre-pandemic level and immigrants account for all the labour force growth since the pandemic, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Ned Davis Research.
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In the ever-evolving landscape of American media, recent headlines paint a stark picture of turbulence and uncertainty. From Vice discontinuing its online publication to Deadspin laying off its entire editorial team, the industry is grappling with profound challenges that echo the upheavals of the 2008 housing crisis.
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Now that he has already gotten the ball rolling on eliminating and replacing all meat products for the slave classes, billionaire eugenicist Bill Gates is now going after milk and dairy.
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Actress and "professional lesbian" Lea DeLaria, 66, uploaded a hate-filled video speech to Instagram calling on Joe Biden to take advantage of the ruling by assassinating Donald Trump, whom she described as a genocidal dictator.
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The employment situation in temporary help services has seen a significant decline. Since reaching a record high of 3.2 million jobs in April 2022, this sector has lost 515,000 positions, which amounts to a 16% decrease—the largest decline among all sectors.
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Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian refugees are claiming American Social Security benefits. The information has been verified. President Biden has made it legal for Ukrainian immigrants to receive SSI checks. DHS estimates 537,000 Ukrainian refugees have entered America. Sources include the Social Security Administration, Office of Refugee Resettlement, Uniting for Ukraine program, and immigration lawyer Charles Cook.
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At least 98 people have been shot, 17 fatally, in gun violence across Chicago since Wednesday evening during the extended Fourth of July holiday weekend, police said.
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The paper, called "A Critical Analysis of All-Cause Deaths during COVID-19 Vaccination in an Italian Province," examines death rates among different groups of people, including unvaccinated, one-dose injected, two-dose injected, and three- or more-dose injected. Those who get the most shots are the most likely to die, is the short of it.
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