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Ultranationalist organizations are radicalizing Ukraine's youth and Kiev is footing the bill

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© REUTERS/Maksim Levin
Participants take part in a practice hand-to-hand combat, during a military patriotic game of survival for youth, at the place of fighting between the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) and the Soviet NKVD secret police troops in April 1944, in Ternopil region, Ukraine, May 1, 2017
An RT investigation has revealed how a far-right group has used Ukrainian taxpayer funds to teach ultranationalist ideas to thousands of young people, with one opposition leader accusing the government of "brainwashing."

Every year, at the end of the summer, more than a hundred young Ukrainians are bussed out to the leafy wilderness around the Derman-Ostrog National Park, in the Rivne region, for three days of survival skills, first aid and physical activity.

But while experiences just like this are shared by teenagers across the whole of Central and Eastern Europe, this weekend away has a darker side. Known as the Gurby-Antonivsti Games, the trip is organized by the youth wing of Ukraine's most notorious ultranationalist group and commemorates a bloody battle that took place in those same forests in 1944, between local right-wing partisan fighters and Soviet forces pursuing the retreating army of Nazi Germany.

Comment: Ukraine is broke, so we know who is actually paying for indoctrinating Ukraine's children.


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What's there to fact check? USA Today covers for Biden Press Secretary Jen Psaki wearing a hammer-and-sickle hat

Then-State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki poses with her Russian counterpart Maria Zakharova, US Secretary of State John Kerry, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, in Paris, January 13, 2014.
© US State Department
Then-State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki poses with her Russian counterpart Maria Zakharova, US Secretary of State John Kerry, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, in Paris, January 13, 2014.
Anyone wondering how protective the legacy media will be of Joe Biden's incoming administration got a good indication on Tuesday, when USA Today fact-checked a photo of his Press Secretary Jen Psaki wearing a Soviet souvenir.

There was no allegation that the photo, posted on Twitter by Donald Trump campaign spokesman Matt Wolking, was altered or fraudulent. There was no assertion made by Wolking that might be considered false or misleading. His tweet merely described the picture, showing Psaki wearing the pink ushanka hat while posing with her then-boss, US Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and her Moscow counterpart Maria Zakharova.

Comment: Social networks and mainstream media censor everything that does not fit their agenda




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Trump outlines election fraud allegations in WH Speech: Our country needs somebody to say 'you're right'

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President Donald Trump promised to protect a voting system that is "under siege" in a pre-recorded speech alleging election fraud released by the White House on Wednesday. In the unannounced speech that dropped on Facebook late Wednesday afternoon, Trump outlined claims of fraud declaring the election "rigged." The president said he is not opposed to conceding to President-elect Joe Biden.

"On top of everything else, we have a company that's very suspect," Trump said. "It's name is Dominion, with the turn of a dial or the change of a chip, you could press a button for Trump and the vote goes to Biden. What kind of a system is this? We have to go to paper, maybe it takes longer. But the only secure system is paper."

"This election is about great voter fraud, fraud that has never been seen like this before," Trump said in the speech. "It's about poll watchers who were not allowed to watch. So illegal. It's about ballots that poured in, and nobody but a few knew where they came from. They were counted, and they weren't for me. It's about big leads on election night, tremendous leads, leads where I was being congratulated for a decisive easy victory. All of a sudden, by morning or a couple of days later, those leads rapidly evaporated. It's about numbers of ballots that were sent that nobody know where they came from. It's about machinery that was defective, machinery that was stopped during certain parts of the evening, miraculously to open with more votes."

Comment: For the transcript of the speech, see: As Not Reported in The Media: Trump Gives 50-minute Address to The Nation on Election Fraud





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Ted Cruz calls on SCOTUS to take up Pennsylvania election challenge

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) speaks to media in the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 28, 2020.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal of a ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that dismissed a GOP lawsuit challenging no-excuse mail-in voting, and either seeking to block the state from certifying the election or directing the general assembly to choose its own electors.

Cruz, in a statement on Dec. 1, said, "This appeal raises serious legal issues, and I believe the court should hear the case on an expedited basis."

The appeal, which comes in the form of an emergency petition to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito (pdf), asks the high court to prohibit the Pennsylvania governor and secretary of state from "taking official action to tabulate, compute, canvass, certify, or otherwise finalize the results of the election." If such actions have taken place, the petition asks for an injunction that would nullify them and "restore the status quo" prior to certification.

Comment: See also:


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As Not Reported in The Media: Trump Gives 50-minute Address to The Nation on Election Fraud

Trump speech election fraud
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The media won't report this - not even in passing - so it's left to independent sites like ours to do so. Here are some key points from Trump's speech, where he at last makes a coherent and full explanation of the election fraud that was 'Election Month 2020':


Syringe

Clinton, Bush, Obama willing to take COVID-19 vaccine live on TV once it's 'deemed safe'

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Former President Barack Obama, center, former President Bill Clinton, left, and former President George W. Bush, right.
America's three most recent former presidents have reportedly all said they would publicly take a COVID-19 vaccine once one is approved to help promote the drug's safety.

Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton told CNN of their intentions — while former President Barack Obama said in an interview set to air Thursday he may end up taking a COVID-19 vaccine on TV.

Bush has even reached out to White House coronavirus task force members Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx to volunteer to help encourage US citizens to take the vaccine, the former president's chief of staff, Freddy Ford, told CNN.

"First, the vaccines need to be deemed safe and administered to the priority populations. Then, President Bush will get in line for his, and will gladly do so on camera," Ford told the outlet.

Comment: The question is, 'deemed safe' by who and for who? Most likely whatever they're getting won't be the same as what the public will receive.


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Putin orders Russia to begin large-scale COVID-19 vaccinations next week

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© kremlin.ru; (bottom left) | AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko; (bottom right) | REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva
President Vladimir Putin ordered a large-scale voluntary vaccination programme against COVID-19 to begin next week across Russia, saying teachers and doctors should be first in line to get the country's flagship Sputnik V vaccine.

Putin gave the order during an online meeting with ministers on Wednesday, a day when Russia, which has the fourth highest number of recorded infections in the world, registered 589 new daily deaths from the coronavirus.

Putin said Russia will have produced 2 million vaccine doses within the next few days.

Sputnik V, one of two Russian-made vaccines to have received domestic regulatory approval so far despite clinical trials being incomplete, requires two injections. A third vaccine is in also in the works.

Russia said last month that the Sputnik jab was 92% effective at protecting people from COVID-19 according to interim results.

Comment: RT further reports:
Participation will be voluntary, and Russian citizens will receive the shots free of charge.

[Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova] Golikova has asked heads of Russian regions to provide reports on their capacity to distribute 'Sputnik V.' Moscow will determine the volume of supplies based on the availability of necessary equipment, storage conditions, the number of trained personnel and the establishment of vaccination points.

Earlier on Wednesday, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu told the president that four more medical centers had been built by the military to help combat coronavirus. They have already been handed over to the local authorities in the southern Astrakhan Region and the cities of Pskov and Severomorsk. One such facility in Pskov is designed to treat children diagnosed with Covid-19 and is able to host up to 60 patients simultaneously.

Putin said that both military and civilian construction workers deserved "an excellent mark" for their work in the past months, as the building of medical facilities had proceeded 24/7 and was concluded on time. The military has erected a total of 29 medical centers across Russia since the start of the pandemic.



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Gantz says Israeli Blue and White party will vote to dissolve Knesset, setting stage for new elections

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© Elad Malka/Blue and White
Blue and White chief Benny Gantz announces his party will vote to dissolve the Knesset, December 1, 2020.
Says Blue and White will back preliminary bill Wed. to disband parliament; Netanyahu, by refusing to pass budget, 'decided to break up the coalition and drag Israel to elections'

Blue and White party leader and Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Tuesday that he can no longer support the government headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and his party will vote Wednesday in support of a preliminary reading of a bill to dissolve the Knesset and call early elections.

Describing Netanyahu as "a serial breaker of promises" in a prime-time televised address, Gantz accused the prime minister of lying to the public when he agreed to form a unity coalition between Likud and Blue and White, an agreement in which Netanyahu promised to hand over the premiership to Gantz in November 2021.

Comment: Gantz also accused Netanyahu of pursuing re-election in order to avoid long-standing criminal charges:
Gantz also took aim at the premier's ongoing corruption cases, which are still winding through the courts, saying the political impasse "is happening for a single reason... Netanyahu is only working to save himself from his trial." In an explosive announcement last month, Gantz said he would launch a probe into one set of allegations implicating people close to Netanyahu, a purported bribery scheme known as the "submarine affair." However, the defense minister backed off from the nascent investigation at the request of Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, who said Gantz's probe should only come after a criminal inquiry is completed.

After several delays, the next stage of Netanyahu's corruption trial is set to begin in February, which will see prosecutors present evidence against the prime minister, who has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. He has been charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust in three separate cases.

Gantz's pledge to vote for the dissolution of parliament comes after three successive elections in Israel over the last two years, which finally secured a unity government in March, led by Netanyahu's Likud Party and Blue and White. The coalition was formed on the condition that the premiership would rotate from Netanyahu to Gantz after 18 months, as well as assurances that Likud would back the two-year budget plan now at the heart of the parliamentary dispute.

However, the Blue and White chief said a new election - the country's fourth since 2019 - could be avoided if Netanyahu agreed to pass a budget before a deadline of December 23. While it remains to be seen whether the two sides will achieve a deal, on Tuesday the prime minister insisted "this is not the time for an election," pointing to "political and security challenges" Israel is facing.

"Benny, what needs to be done now is to take a U-turn from politics for the benefit of the citizens of Israel," he added.



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EU criticizes UK's emergency authorization of COVID-19 vaccine

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© REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration
The European Union criticised Britain's rapid approval of Pfizer and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, saying its own procedure was more thorough, after Britain became the first western country to endorse a COVID-19 shot.

The move to grant emergency authorisation to the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has been seen by many as a political coup for UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has led his country out of the EU and faced criticism for his handling of the pandemic.

The decision was made under an ultra-fast, emergency approval process, which allowed the British drugs regulator to temporarily authorise the vaccine only 10 days after it began examining data from large-scale trials.

Comment: Irrespective of the EU-UK power plays, drug and vaccine evaluation usually takes much more time than either of them are proposing. But what this does clearly expose is that the vaccine is little more than an experiment with UK citizens as the guinea pigs: And check out SOTT radio's:


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Afghan government, Taliban reach breakthrough deal as calls grow for a ceasefire

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Doha hosts intra-Afghan talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban
Afghan government and Taliban representatives reached a preliminary deal on Wednesday to press on with peace talks, their first written agreement in 19 years of war and welcomed by the United States as a chance to halt the violence.

The agreement lays out the way forward for discussion but is considered a breakthrough because it will allow negotiators to move on to more substantive issues, including talks on a ceasefire, even as Taliban attacks on Afghan government forces have continued unabated.

"The procedure including its preamble of the negotiation has been finalised and from now on, the negotiation will begin on the agenda," Nader Nadery, a member of the Afghan government's negotiating team, told Reuters.

The Taliban spokesman confirmed the agreement on Twitter.