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Kazakhstan's President warned of terrorist threat his nation faced

President Tokyaev

President Tokyaev
The present piece will analyze some of the most important parts of President Tokayev's speech in the context of the Hybrid War of Terror on Kazakhstan that prompted the Russian-led CSTO's limited peacekeeping mission.

President Tokyaev addressed his people on Friday in a speech that exposed details of the terrorist threat facing his nation. The Saker republished the English version sourced from the ColonelCossad (Boris Rozhin) Telegram channel that can be read here. The present piece will analyze some of the most important parts of his speech in the context of the Hybrid War of Terror on Kazakhstan that prompted the Russian-led CSTO's limited peacekeeping mission.

The first point of importance is that he authorized the army to shoot to kill without warning. This shows that the state is serious about neutralizing the terrorist threat. Previous attempts to have them surrender have largely failed since these radicals chose to fight to the death instead. Precisely because of the fact that they're terrorists is why President Tokayev refuses to negotiate with them like he claimed some foreign forces have called upon him to do.

Comment: One of Russia's policies is to ban or neutralise Western-backed NGO's that serve as a cover for their hybrid warfare activities.

Below the BBC reports on one of these 'schools for revolutionaries':


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NPC

AOC catches Covid after maskless party

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The progressive congresswoman recently partied bare-faced at a drag bar despite pushing mask mandates.

Democratic New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is fully vaccinated and boosted, has tested positive for Covid-19 just a week after she was spotted partying without a face mask in Florida.

Ocasio-Cortez's office announced the news on Sunday evening and revealed that the congresswoman was experiencing symptoms for the virus and was "recovering at home."

Comment: We're so many layers deep in irony here it's hard to tell if this is even ironic.

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Bullseye

A tale of two authoritarians

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'Dick'
Former Vice President Dick Cheney visited the House of Representatives yesterday. He and his daughter Liz were the only two Republicans present at a moment of silence commemorating the events of last January 6th. It was a touching scene, which perfectly described why the surviving anti-Trump Uniparty of the political mainstream is at least as much of a threat to democracy as the "insurrectionists" they never stop wailing about.

In a story entitled "Dick Cheney returns to the House and receives a warm welcome . . . from Democrats," the Washington Post wrote that
"Democrats put aside their fierce and lasting policy divides with the Cheneys to thank them for condemning the attack and Trump's continued effort to undermine the 2020 presidential election results with his false claims of fraud."
(News writing has become a pre-fab profession, like assembling IKEA furniture. All you need is an Allen wrench and a list of the latest clichés. "Trump's efforts to undermine the 2020 election" has replaced "Trump's efforts to coordinate with the Russian government in its election interference activities," and "Trump's false claims of fraud" has replaced "Trump's false claims of 'fake news.'" Part of the significance of January 6th is that it updated popular propaganda stock, which had grown stale.)

Stop

When that ol' mojo stops workin'

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What you're actually seeing, in the rhetorical hoo-ha over the January Sixth capitol riot, is the main cattle-prod driving mob madness — fear of Covid-19 — losing its power to terrorize the public. The Party-of-Chaos put on a grand opera of lamentation Thursday to celebrate its unity in victim-hood — we wuz so traumatized by the riot! — but in the background, they can see their dearer dream of total vaccination — and total control of the population — fade in the winter mists.

This is the crisis of a managerial class that has lost its ability to manage anything, including all of us. Thus, the hysteria in the blue precincts of America, where they are concentrated. And, as I've averred before, the madness probably has its roots in the slow-motion train wreck of our techno-industrial economy. The managerial class can surely sense it and see it coming, but they don't have a clue what to do about it. So, in desperate need of some signifying ritual, they're left performing a grand-scale Chinese fire drill like drunken sophomores of yore — a flurry of pointless, attention-seeking activity.

You see, this total vaccination fantasy is meant to compensate for that inability to govern in a time of epic turbulence. It provides an illusion of control. But the obvious insanity of it stands out in the demonstrable facts that the vaccinations don't work, and that they are racking up an impressive record of harming people. These two facts must be ignored by the vax-happy Blue Team, even as the immunizing and pretty harmless Omicron variant spreads speedily across the land conferring superior natural immunity on those who survive it — which is, functionally, everyone.

Green Light

NATO 'never promised' not to expand, US claims

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US State Secretary Antony Blinken
NATO has never promised not to admit new members, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken claimed on Friday, labelling Russia's demands of the bloc inadmissible. However, long-declassified Western documents suggest otherwise.

"NATO never promised not to admit new members," The top American diplomat told journalists during Friday's press briefing, as he commented on Moscow's proposals to the bloc on security guarantees, ahead of upcoming NATO-Russia meetings next week.

"It could not and would not - the 'open door policy' was a core provision of the 1949 North Atlantic Treaty that founded NATO," Blinken added. He then pointed to the fact that both Mikhail Gorbachev - the Soviet leader who'd allegedly received the guarantees of non-expansion from the Western leaders - and the former US Secretary of State James Baker, who allegedly provided them, among others - denied anything like that ever happened.

"There was no promise that NATO wouldn't expand," Blinken concluded, adding that, instead, Moscow had itself recognized every European nation's right to choose its own path in the field of security by joining the Istanbul Charter for European Security in 1999.

Comment: Bets are off on any breakthroughs coming from the Biden-Putin meetings. No surprise.
"I don't think we're gonna see any, any breakthroughs in the coming, in the coming week," Blinken told co-anchor Jake Tapper on CNN's "State of the Union."

"We're going to be able to put things on the table, the Russians will do the same, both directly with us at NATO at the [Organization for Security and Cooperation] and we'll see if they're grounds for moving forward," he added.

Blinken on Sunday reiterated that the U.S. pulling some troops out of Eastern Europe and ruling out expanding NATO to include Ukraine are both off the negotiating table.

Asked by Tapper if the U.S. has ruled out moving heavy U.S. weaponry out of Poland and moving it further west, moving missiles or limiting the scope of U.S. military exercises, Blinken did not directly respond. The secretary of state did, however, assert that there will be "confrontation and massive consequences for Russia" if it renews aggression against Ukraine.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov earlier on Sunday said it is possible that the talks between the U.S. and Russia break down quickly. He specifically said conversations could end after the first meeting.
While Blinken is evasive, at least assessments by Ryabkov are pragmatic.


Bullseye

US military leaders sanctioned

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US General Mark Milley
Iran has sanctioned 51 Americans, including some of the US' top military officials, that it blames for the killing of Qassem Soleimani two years ago. The sanctions come amid simmering nuclear tension between Tehran and the West.

The sanctions were announced by the Iranian Foreign Ministry on Saturday, less than a week after the second anniversary of the killing of General Soleimani, the prominent Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commander killed by the US in a drone strike in Baghdad, Iraq.
The ministry said:
"The individuals on the list of sanctions participated in the decision-making, planning, organisation, financing, and support, as well as in the leadership or implementation of the terrorist act against Soleimani and his companions."
First on the list of sanctioned military officials is General Mark Milley, commander of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Central Command commander Kenneth McKenzie, former National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien, and Robert Greenway, a National Security Council official responsible for the Trump administration's sanctions policy on Iran, were also named.

Comment: The US would rather hold the world hostage than accept a compromise that benefits millions and harms none. There is only so much power a clenched fist can hold. (An open hand, however...)


Eye 2

How US state media rebrands Nazi collaborators as freedom fighters

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Activists of Ukrainian nationalist parties take part in a rally to mark the 112th anniversary of the birth of Stepan Bandera, one of the founders of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), in Kiev, Ukraine.
In an effort to redefine the roots of Ukrainian statehood, Stepan Bandera's war crimes are being whitewashed

The Ukrainian language channel of US state-run broadcaster RFERL is making a concerted effort to rehabilitate the life and legacy of WWII-era Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera, widely held by historians to have been a war criminal.

A video posted by the broadcaster, registered as a "foreign agent" in Russia, earlier this month argued that Ukrainians are deeply divided about whether the wartime leader was a hero or a villain - while leaning heavily in favour of the hero narrative. RFE/RL is part of the US Agency for Global Media, a government controlled organisation, with an annual budget of over $800 billion, which is charter bound to promote the "foreign policy objectives of the United States."

Comment: Neo-nazi Ukraine nationalists were also settled in Canada, where they have captured the foreign policy department of that country.


Light Sabers

Russia says it will not make concessions to deescalation proposal under pressure from US

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Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov
Russia harbors no illusions and does not expect "swift progress" from this week's security talks with the US and NATO, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov has said, adding that the collective West does not understand Moscow.

"We have realistic expectations," he told Interfax, on Sunday, adding that it would be "naïve" to believe the negotiations would lead to visible - not to mention "swift" - progress.

"There is a good chance that ... we will face the US and NATO's unwillingness to understand what we really need," Ryabkov replied to a another question from RIA Novosti. He also called "signals" coming from Western capitals ahead of the encounters "disappointing."

Comment: It seems that the US is hellbent on goading Russia in the hopes that it can illicit a response that can be used to justify the complete isolation of Russia, whilst at the same time, amidst the increased chaos, blame it for the enforcement of further restrictions at home:


Yoda

Rand Paul: The arrogance of Anthony Fauci

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Dr. Anthony Fauci listens during a meeting with the White House COVID-19 Response Team on the latest developments related to the Omicron variant White House Campus in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022.
On my very first day in medical school, the dean gave a lecture on serendipity and scientific discovery, highlighting Penicillin as the most famous example of a scientist stumbling upon a discovery he hadn't originally intended to make.

Serendipity requires an environment with the freedom to think outside the box and to innovate without excessive central control. When science is made rigidly uniform by placing power in 'omniscient men,' the fortuitous finds of individual scientists may be left undiscovered.

The classical liberal economist Friedrich Hayek foresaw this debate when he wrote:
"Most scientists realize that we cannot plan the advance of knowledge, that in the voyage into the unknown — which is what research is — we are in great measure dependent on the vagaries of individual genius and of circumstance, and that scientific advance, like a new idea that will spring up in a single mind, will be the result of a combination of conceptions, habits, and circumstances brought to one person by society, the result as much of lucky accidents as of systematic effort."

Gear

Petition to have Tony Blair stripped of his knighthood gathers pace - UPDATE: Petition gathers more than 1M signatures and counting

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Former Labour prime minister Tony Blair was awarded a knighthood in the New Year's honours list.
A petition to have Tony Blair stripped of his knighthood is rapidly gathering support.

The former Labour prime minister was given the highest ranking of knighthood in the New Year's honours list by the Queen.

The announcement has seen fierce backlash, with Green MSP Ross Greer saying Blair "deserves a trial at the Hague rather than a knighthood".

Comment: Update 3 January 2022: It's now over 400K signatures...

See also: UPDATE 08/01/2022: Sky News reports:
More than one million people have signed a petition calling for Sir Tony Blair to have his knighthood removed.

The former Labour prime minister, who was in office between 1997 and 2007, was appointed a Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter in the New Year Honours list.

However, there has been opposition to the appointment due to Sir Tony's record while in 10 Downing Street, including the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

In the petition on the Change.org website, which was started by 55-year-old Angus Scott from Norfolk, it is stated that Sir Tony "caused irreparable damage to both the constitution of the United Kingdom and to the very fabric of the nation's society".
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More than one million people have signed the petition calling for Sir Tony Blair to be stripped of his knighthood
"He was personally responsible for causing the death of countless innocent, civilian lives and servicemen in various conflicts," the petition adds.

"For this alone he should be held accountable for war crimes.

"Tony Blair is the least deserving person of any public honour, particularly anything awarded by Her Majesty the Queen.

"We petition the prime minister to petition Her Majesty to have this honour removed."
As of Friday night, almost 1,019,000 people had so far signed the online petition.

Mr Scott previously told supporters that for the petition "to have any chance of having an effect, we must all unite to push it over one million signatures".