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Russia is in the right: The West promised not to enlarge NATO & these promises were broken

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Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin
With Russia challenging Western unilateralism in a way not seen since the end of the Soviet Union, two major issues keep coming to the fore. Both, it seems, are centered on America's flagship military bloc, NATO.

First, there is Moscow's claim that there was a Western promise not to expand NATO beyond its Cold War area. Second, there is a Western claim that NATO cannot, let alone will not, put an end to admitting new member states.

This is no mere rhetoric; these are crucial points. Russia's insistence on a thorough review and comprehensive, bindingly codified reset of post-Cold War security relations with the West hinges on its claim that prior Western assurances were broken. Talk and informal promises, the Kremlin says, are not enough anymore because they have turned out to be unreliable. On the other side of the quarrel, the West is rejecting a Russian key demand — to stop NATO expansion — by entrenching itself behind its claim that NATO simply must keep the door open to new members.

Both claims can be verified. Let's take a look at the facts. Moscow is right in its assertion that the West has broken its promises.

Comment: Russia suffered for more than a decade due to its naivety about the true nature of the West's political goals. It's a mistake they will not repeat.


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Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's interview on Channel One's "The Great Game" political talk show, Moscow, January 13, 2022

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Russian FM Sergey Lavrov
Vyacheslav Nikonov: We are not in the usual studio in Ostankino but in the Foreign Ministry's historic mansion on Spiridonovka Street. This is where the Limited Test Ban Treaty banning nuclear weapon tests in the atmosphere, in outer space and under water was signed and the first G8 summit took place in 1996.

We are discussing the problems of 2022, which had a most unusual beginning. Everyone expected the year to get off to a rapid start, but not quite in the way it happened. Sergey Lavrov, one of the most influential politicians and diplomats in our country and the world, is at the centre of these events. Dimitri Simes joins us live from Washington.

Now all attention is focused on the European security talks that your deputies conducted in Geneva and Brussels and today in Vienna. Judging by everything, our Western partners have not grasped the imperative character of the Russian proposals expressed in a draft treaty on security with the United States and an agreement with the NATO countries. They are used to talking on their own terms, not as equals. What could you say about these talks? Are they a success or a failure? Are they going better or worse, or about as you expected? What will come next?

Red Flag

US accuses Russia of preparing 'false flag' operation to attack Ukraine

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Russian President Vladimir Putin
The U.S. claims to have information indicating that Russia has "already prepositioned a group of operatives to conduct a false-flag operation in eastern Ukraine," laying the groundwork for a potential pretext to invade, according to a U.S. official.

Why it matters: Diplomatic talks between the U.S., its European allies and Russia failed to produce a breakthrough this week, raising fears that Moscow will invade Ukraine and unleash a devastating new war.

What they're saying:
- "The United States is concerned that the Russian Government is preparing for an invasion into Ukraine that may result in widespread human rights violations and war crimes should diplomacy fail to meet their objectives."

- "As part of its plans, Russia is laying the groundwork to have the option of fabricating a pretext for invasion, including through sabotage activities and information operations, by accusing Ukraine of preparing an imminent attack against Russian forces in eastern Ukraine."

- "The Russian military plans to begin these activities several weeks before a military invasion, which could begin between mid-January and mid-February. We saw this playbook in 2014 with Crimea."

Comment: US foreign policy can be summed up in two words: Accusations and Demands.


Bullseye

Tulsi Gabbard blasts Joe Biden: 'He has betrayed us all'

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Former Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard
President Joe Biden has "betrayed us all," Tulsi Gabbard said on Friday, accusing the president of going back on his promise to unite the country. Gabbard, who ran against Biden in the 2020 Democrat presidential primary, admitted that she supported him after dropping out of the race. She said in a statement at the time in March 2020:
"I know Vice President Biden and his wife and am grateful to have called his son Beau, who also served in the National Guard, a friend. Although I may not agree with the Vice President on every issue, I know that he has a good heart and is motivated by his love for our country and the American people."
On Friday, she said in the video:

Light Saber

Defying US Caesar Act, China admits Syria into BRI

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Syria is now the eighteenth Arab state to join the ambitious Chinese Belt and Road Initiative
Marking a major boost to Sino-Syrian relations, on 12 January, Syria joined the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China's ambitious infrastructure development strategy stretching from East Asia to Europe.

For analysts with an eye on Syria, the development was expected. In November 2021, President Bashar discussed his country gaining membership in the BRI with his counterpart in Beijing, Xi Jinping, following high-level meetings between officials of both states in previous months.

The move will likely help Syria deepen its cooperative and economic ties to other countries in the BRI, and enable it to circumvent the effects of harsh US sanctions on the country.

Comment: It seems that both China and Russia see that the West is becoming increasingly desperate, and dangerous, and that the time to make serious moves to neutralise them as best they can has arrived: And check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Why You Should Question Media Reports About China 'Causing Covid' And 'Invading Taiwan'




Recycle

England to dump 'hundreds of thousands' of Covid boosters due to overstocking & amidst increasing number no shows

Boris Johnson

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has apologized to Queen Elizabeth for hosting two parties during the pandemic lockdown, the night before the Queen attended her husband’s funeral
It is not known exactly how many vaccines will be discarded but it is likely to be "hundreds of thousands", sources told the Health Service Journal (HSJ), which obtained the memo.

The memo, sent on Thursday from NHS England's vaccination team to officials managing the 3,000 vaccination sites around the country, said some stocks would reach their expiry dates without being used. It urges them to try to use them up until the last minute before they have to be thrown away.


Comment: The unnecessary risks associated with all the jabs in even the most ideal situations not withstanding, the mRNA jabs are particularly unstable and, coupled with the obvious hysteria and disorganisation in this situation, the probability of people being exposed to 'bad batches' will likely be increased: 3 children DEAD & 120 hospitalized in just 1 week due to Pfizer jab, Vietnam province suspends batch but 'may use it later on adults'


It said: "There is a quantity of vaccine in the system, which was released in December to support the booster campaign, that will potentially reach its expiry date within the next couple of weeks before it can be fully used. All sites must ensure they make every effort to use this ... and prioritise it for all vaccination events coming up until expiry, as per our previous communications."

Comment: Pharmaceutical companies are making tens of billions from these jab deals, and this 'error' will actually add to their profits as the government orders more to replace those that were wasted: Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: New Year, Same 'New Normal': Mass Formation Psychosis & Crowd Psychology




Attention

Nancy Pelosi's son was involved in FIVE companies probed by the feds, connects him to a slew of fraudsters and convicted criminals

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While Paul Pelosi Jr.'s mother once pledged to lead 'the most honest, most open, most ethical Congress in history', her son has a staggering wake of criminal colleagues, fraudulent companies and federal investigations.
Nancy Pelosi's son was involved in five companies probed by federal agencies - but has never been charged himself, a DailyMail.com investigation reveals.

A shocking paper trail shows Paul Pelosi Jr.'s connections to a host of fraudsters, rule-breakers and convicted criminals.

His years-long repeated business dealings raise two troubling questions Nancy's son has been unable to answer: why did he get mixed up with such unsavory characters over and over, and how involved was he with the criminal investigations into his fraudster colleagues?

Comment: Young Pelosi is either the most gullible idiot ever to get involved in business or he's knowingly using his clout and image to lend legitimacy to criminals, much more likely the latter. The fact that he's always gotten off scott-free while all those around him burn for their crimes, not only shows how his family connections are likely working in his favor, but should be a warning to all the scammers looking to hook up with him!

And in case this article tempts one to think mamma Pelosi is squeaky clean, and it's her son that's the bad egg, see:


X

The age of intolerance: Cancel culture's war on free speech

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Cultural Marxism
"Political correctness is fascism pretending to be manners." — George Carlin

Cancel culture — political correctness amped up on steroids, the self-righteousness of a narcissistic age, and a mass-marketed pseudo-morality that is little more than fascism disguised as tolerancehas shifted us into an Age of Intolerance, policed by techno-censors, social media bullies, and government watchdogs.

Everything is now fair game for censorship if it can be construed as hateful, hurtful, bigoted or offensive provided that it runs counter to the established viewpoint.

In this way, the most controversial issues of our day — race, religion, sex, sexuality, politics, science, health, government corruption, police brutality, etc. — have become battlegrounds for those who claim to believe in freedom of speech but only when it favors the views and positions they support.

"Free speech for me but not for thee" is how my good friend and free speech purist Nat Hentoff used to sum up this double standard.

This tendency to censor, silence, delete, label as "hateful," and demonize viewpoints that run counter to the cultural elite is being embraced with a near-fanatical zealotry by a cult-like establishment that values conformity and group-think over individuality.

Hammer

Biden calls for tighter censorship of Covid-19 content

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Biden speaks to reporters January 13, 2022.
President urges social media platforms and news outlets to "deal with misinformation and disinformation"

US President Joe Biden's latest "surge response" to fight the spread of Covid-19 includes an appeal for Big Tech and media companies to block allegedly false pandemic-related claims. He said on Thursday:
"I make a special appeal to social media companies and media outlets. Please deal with the misinformation and disinformation that's on your shows. It has to stop."
Biden made the comment as he announced a series of new measures to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, including plans for free masks, more free tests, and additional deployments of military medical teams to help hospitals cope with rising patient loads. He didn't specify what constitutes misinformation or disinformation in the pandemic age.
Biden urged a crackdown immediately after chiding people who have chosen not to get vaccinated by saying they were "standing in the way" of the fight against the virus.

Comment: Definition is where the truth lies. Consider 'COVID' a soft holocaust.


Pistol

Disgraced FBI No. 2 Andrew McCabe tells UChicago students the feds should be weaponized against conservatives

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Andrew McCabe
Have you ever wondered what disgraced former deputy FBI directors do after trying to stage a coup and lying under oath? Apparently, they give talks about "protecting democracy" at top-rated institutions of higher learning. Indeed, this last Thursday the University of Chicago Institute of Politics invited former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe to join a panel of partisans to discuss the Jan 6 "insurrection."

McCabe was fired as the deputy FBI director for leaking sensitive information about an investigation into the Clinton Foundation and then lying about it under oath. He also took part in spying on the Donald Trump campaign through a secret warrant granted by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court.

The dossier he used to obtain the surveillance warrant was funded by Hillary Clinton's campaign and, in an ironic twist, was itself the product of Russian disinformation. McCabe and his allies in corporate media justified all sorts of similar illegal and undemocratic tactics to discredit and attempt to unseat President Trump.

Of course, neither the University of Chicago nor McCabe acknowledged the irony in him discussing the integrity of "democracy" in America on Thursday evening. In fact, what McCabe said at the University of Chicago event on Jan. 6, 2022 is even more shocking than his invitation to speak in the first place. Below are four of the most appalling assertions and policy proposals McCabe made at the public event: