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UK's anti-fraud minister quits over Treasury's 'desperately inadequate' handling of £77 billion Covid loans

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Lord Agnew had served as Treasury and Cabinet Office minister since February 2020 and was responsible for efforts to counter fraud.
A minister has resigned at the despatch box after criticising the government's record on tackling fraud in the coronavirus business schemes.

Lord Agnew, who was both a Treasury and Cabinet Office minister, dramatically quit his role in Boris Johnson's government in the House of Lords on Monday afternoon, saying the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy had shown a "lamentable" oversight of COVID loan schemes which has resulted in large amounts of fraud being committed.

The peer told the chamber that the Treasury "appears to have no knowledge or little interest in the consequences of fraud to our economy or our society", adding that a mix of "arrogance, indolence and ignorance freezes the government machine".

Comment: As the PPE scandals revealed, some MPs and their associates have profited the most from the contrived coronavirus crisis and the lockdowns: Also check out SOTT radio's: MindMatters: How Psychopaths Infect and Destroy Hierarchies of Competence


Yemen warns of 'military op deep in UAE & Saudi Arabia' as its missiles are downed over UAE

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January 24, 2022 Supporters of Yemen's Huthi rebels march in the capital Sanaa carrying a mock rocket on January 21
Two ballistic missiles fired by Yemeni rebels were intercepted and destroyed over the UAE capital Abu Dhabi on Monday, officials said, the latest attack in a sharp escalation in the seven-year long war.

The attack on the UAE, a week after the Iran-backed rebels launched a deadly assault on Abu Dhabi, came as two people were wounded by a missile fired into southern Saudi Arabia, where another projectile was also destroyed.

Nobody was hurt in the attack on the United Arab Emirates, where witnesses saw bright flashes arcing across the night sky in the early hours, before scattering debris over Abu Dhabi.

Comment: Pepe Escobar reveals some of the reasons why the Saudi's are hell bent on installing a puppet government in Yemen: String of pearls: Yemen could be the Arab hub of the Maritime Silk Road

See also: Saudi-led Arab coalition resumes airstrikes on Yemen following Houthi drone attack on UAE airports & oil depot


Mali demands Denmark 'immediately' withdraw its special forces that it deployed "without consent" of gov't

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File photo taken on August 20, 2021 of a soldier at the headquarters of the Takuba force in Gao, Mali.
Mali's military government on Monday called on Denmark to "immediately" withdraw its roughly 100 recently arrived special forces troops deployed in the troubled Sahel country.

The junta, which came to power in a coup in August 2020, said in a statement on state TV and published on social media that "this deployment was undertaken without consent".

"The government of Mali notes with astonishment, the deployment on its territory of a contingent of Danish special forces within the Takuba force," the government said in a statement.

Comment: Europe claims to be concerned about the deployment of one private Russian mercenary group, whilst at the same time 9 European countries have deployed their military in the region, some entirely uninvited, with others accused of war crimes:


US Democrats are rushing through a massive Ukraine 'defense' bill


FILE PHOTO: The House of Representatives is looking to skip markup and hold a floor vote as soon as next week.
Democrats in the House of Representatives are planning to expedite a massive bill that would dramatically increase U.S. security assistance to Ukraine and lay the groundwork for substantial new sanctions on Russia — hastening a war-friendly posture without opportunity for dissent as concerns over a military invasion abound.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told members on a caucus call Tuesday that she's looking to skip marking up the bill and move it straight to the House floor, setting up the possibility of a vote as soon as early next week, two congressional sources told The Intercept. The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity because they're not authorized to talk to the press. Pelosi's office did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

"This is how the space for nonmilitary options gets slowly closed off in Washington, without any real debate," one of the sources, a senior Democratic aide, told The Intercept.

Comment: For a better idea as to what kind of leader and government the US has installed and continues to prop up at the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars to the US tax payer, see: From peacemaker to warmonger: Tragic downfall of Ukraine's Vladimir Zelensky

See also: NATO on standby, deploys some jets & ships, Russia responds with 20 warships in Baltic

And check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Ukraine Gambit - US Attempting to Destroy Russia


A little sanity... Ukrainian defense minister sees no threat of Russian invasion in near future

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Alexey Reznikov said that a scenario of a Russian attack in the near future was also unlikely

Ukrainian Defense Minister Alexey Reznikov said early on Tuesday he had received no information so far indicating the possibility of Russia's invasion of his country in the near future.

"As of today, the armed forces of Russia created no strike groups, indicating they were ready to launch an offensive tomorrow," he told Ukraine's ICTV television channel, adding that a scenario of a Russian attack in the near future was also unlikely.

When asked about the likelihood of Russia attacking Ukraine on February 20, the final day of the Olympic Games in Beijing, the minister said the probability was "low."

The West and Kiev have recently been spreading allegations about Russia's potential 'invasion' of Ukraine. Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov castigated these claims as "empty and unfounded," serving as a ploy to escalate tensions, pointing out that Russia did not pose any threat whatsoever to anyone. However, Peskov did not rule out the possibility of provocations aimed at justifying such allegations and warned that attempts to use military force to resolve the crisis in southeastern Ukraine would have serious consequences.

Comment: In the meantime, however, US/NATO military forces are behaving as though an invasion by Russia is imminent!
The United States has heightened the readiness of some 8,500 U.S. troops amid tensions between Russia and NATO over a potential invasion of Ukraine, but no decisions have been made yet to deploy them.

"Secretary Austin has placed a range of units in the United States on a heightened preparedness to deploy, which increases our readiness to provide forces if NATO should activate" the NATO National Response Force, said Pentagon press secretary John Kirby on Monday.

The NATO NRF is a multinational rapid response force comprised of land, air, maritime and Special Operations Forces.

"The United States is deeply concerned about the current situation in Europe," Kirby said. "We remain keenly focused on Russia's unusual military activities near the Ukrainian border, including in Belarus, and consulting extensively with our transatlantic allies and partners. The department continues to support diplomatic efforts to deescalate the situation.

"Now, as the president has said, even as we continue to prioritize diplomacy and dialogue, we must also increase readiness in support of its obligations to the security and defense of NATO and the security of its citizens abroad," he continued.

The Pentagon's announcement comes the same day that NATO said that it will send fighter jets and ships to Eastern Europe.

Denmark is sending a frigate to the Baltic Sea and four F-16 fighter jets to Lithuania. Spain is also sending ships to join NATO naval forces in the region and is considering sending fighter jets to Bulgaria, the statement read. France said it is open to sending troops to Romania, and the Netherlands also said it will send two F-35 fighter aircraft to Bulgaria in April.

Last week, U.S. officials told Fox News that the State Department is ordering families of U.S. Embassy staff in Kyiv, Ukraine, to begin evacuating, and that they will encourage Americans to leave the country on commercial flights while they remain available.

Moscow has massed tens of thousands of troops along the Ukraine border, prompting fears of invasion.
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From peacemaker to warmonger: Tragic downfall of Ukraine's Vladimir Zelensky

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visits the front-line positions of Ukrainian military in Donbass, Ukraine on December 06, 2021. The president of Ukraine came to power calling for peace, but continued his predecessor's militaristic policies.
Something truly amazing happened in Ukraine in 2019. A country traditionally split into two practically equal parts almost uniformly chose the same president, casting 73.22% of the votes for famed comedian Vladimir Zelensky of the Kvartal 95 Studio. By electing the entertainers, the Ukrainian people showed that they were tired of career politicians and, most importantly, wanted peace for the Donbass region.

His predecessor Petro Poroshenko was tied to the civil war in the eastern regions of the country, while showman Zelensky was a fresh face who dropped a few flashy lines, painted a couple of vivid pictures, and was able to convince the people that he was a peacemaker. However, to quote a Ukrainian saying, "it didn't turn out the way they thought it would." While in office, the 'kind clown' turned into a real-life warmonger who is even tougher than Poroshenko in some respects. How and when did this happen?

Comment: See also: And check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Ukraine Gambit - US Attempting to Destroy Russia

Life Preserver

Our species is being genetically modified. Are we witnessing humanity's march toward extinction? Viruses are our friends, not our foes

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Virus evolution
Preface [excerpts]

When the alleged "pandemic" was declared in March of 2020, I, like millions of other people around the world, was paying close attention to politicians and public health officials as well as to bureaucrats from the Rockefeller Foundation-created World Health Organization (WHO), all of whom announced, in almost perfect synchronicity, "This is the new normal until a vaccine can be developed."

How odd, I thought. Why is it that the immediate default position is a vaccine? And why is it that a single coronavirus is being blamed for causing people to fall ill in every corner of the earth? [...]
  • Why was it that natural immunity, which has been a key component to human health and survival for over 200,000 years, was suddenly being treated as if it didn't exist anymore?
  • Why was no one in charge urging us to eat a healthy, nutritionally balanced, organic diet, low in sugar content?
  • Why did no one mention the importance of getting enough sleep?
  • Why were we not being encouraged to go outdoors and exercise?
  • Why was no one suggesting we increase our zinc and vitamin D intake? After all, scientists have known for over fifty years that vitamin D, either absorbed naturally from the sun or taken orally in tablet form, is extremely beneficial to the human body in many ways, especially in building a strong innate immune system.
All of the preceding points, if taken seriously, could have helped us improve our immune system and given us an opportunity to combat the negative effects of the syndrome known as COVID-19.

Comment: The above is a sampling of the important concepts in this four-chapter mini-book. To read the whole content, go here. Opinion: well worth the entire read (including the skips in Chapter 1 above).
Chapter I: The Microbiome and The Virome
In this chapter, we will discover that, contrary to what Western allopathic medicine has been teaching us for over a century, viruses are not here to attack our cells or harm us in any way. In fact, rather than being our mortal enemies, viruses are actually our friends. Does this assertion sound too outlandish to be true? If your answer is "yes," I wouldn't be surprised. But I believe if you were to study the intricate ecosystem of microorganisms that make up the microbiome and delve into the fascinating world of the virome, you would come to the same realization I finally did: We are literally swimming in a vast sea of viruses, which, from the beginning of time, have been essential for life to form and flourish on this precious earth. The information communicated by these viruses helps all species of life survive — even thrive.

Chapter II: Our War against Nature
In this chapter we will explore how our own reckless behaviour is destroying the environment, thereby moving us toward the sixth mass extinction. By that I mean, I will be covering the real environmental catastrophe, not the billionaire-funded "global warming/climate change" hoax initiated by the Club of Rome and further promulgated by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

The species known as Homo sapiens is the only one on this planet that is actively seeking to eradicate itself and its habitat. All of the earth's life support systems — soil, water, and air — are in decline as a direct result of our current economic activity, which is geared to extract as much from the sacred earth as possible without any regard for the consequences that ensue.

Chapter III: What Happened in 2020
We will now examine how this real environmental devastation has contributed to the "pandemic" that was rolled out in 2020 — a "pandemic" that led to the mass experimental injection of unknown substances into human "subjects" in 2021 and that has no foreseeable end. (Throughout this book, I have been putting quote marks around "pandemic" because of its fraudulent character. Indeed, it is more accurately and aptly described as a plandemic, a scamdemic, a pseudo pandemic or any other term indicating fakery.)

Chapter iV: Ignoring the Wreckage
Instead of coming to terms with how we are destroying our habitat, instead of learning the lessons nature has been trying to teach us over the past twenty months, most of us have ignored the wreckage and have refused to be taught. If anything, humanity has only intensified its war against nature during the past year's pseudo pandemic.

Cell Phone

ASPI - The gov't-funded conspiracist think tank now controlling your social media feed

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That ASPI is now partially in charge of Twitter's moderation, influencing what hundreds of millions of people see daily, is a grave threat to the free flow of information, as well as to the chances for a peaceful 21st century.

Social media giant Twitter raised many eyebrows recently when it announced that it had partnered with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) in its fight against disinformation and fake news. ASPI, Twitter revealed in a blog post, had helped identify thousands of accounts that "amplified Chinese Communist Party narratives" around China's treatment of Uyghurs in Xinjiang. These accounts have now been permanently deleted.

This is of concern because the ultra-hawkish Australian think tank is actually the source for many of the most incendiary claims about China and its foreign policy, and, as Australian journalist and filmmaker John Pilger told MintPress, has been a driving force in the ramping up of tensions between China and the West, something he explored in his 2016 documentary, The Coming War on China. Pilger stated that:
"ASPI has played a leading role - some would say, the leading role - in driving Australia's mendacious and self-destructive and often absurd China-bashing campaign. The current Coalition government, perhaps the most right-wing and incompetent in Australia's recent history, has relied upon the ASPI to disseminate Washington's desperate strategic policies, into which much of the Australian political class, along with its intelligence and military structures, has been integrated."
Importantly, neither ASPI nor Twitter claimed that the deleted accounts were fake or operated by the Chinese state, strongly implying that merely agreeing with Beijing or questioning bellicose Western narratives was reason enough to be banned.

Brick Wall

US asks Russia to prove a negative

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Geneva, Switzerland, January 2022
The US Secretary of State has urged Moscow to 'convince the world' it has no plans to attack its neighbor.

During talks on Friday in Geneva with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken asked his counterpart to prove a negative.

The diplomat urged Moscow to move troops, stationed on its own territory, away from the Ukrainian border so as to "convince the world" it harbored "no aggressive intent" toward its neighbor.

Blinken said the other step Russia could take was to engage in dialogue and diplomacy, "which is what we did today." He warned Lavrov of a "united, swift, and severe response," should Moscow "pursue aggression against Ukraine," adding that, while he had expected no breakthroughs, the two nations were "now on a clear path to understanding."

Referring to Russia's calls for NATO to give guarantees that Ukraine would not become part of the military alliance, Lavrov stressed that Moscow was seeking "concrete answers to our concrete proposals." He expressed cautious optimism, as Washington has promised to provide Russia with written answers to all those points next week.

According to Lavrov, American calls for de-escalation at the Ukrainian border have, by now, turned into a mantra, much like its arguments about countries having the right to freedom of choice with respect to joining any alliance. The foreign minister said Moscow had furnished the US and NATO with multiple documents that clearly stipulate that such options cannot be exercised at the expense of other nations' security.

Comment: Rules for you, not for me: This irrational exchange is sad commentary on the one-track bully mentality of the US.


Biden Admin warns it 'will not be in a position to evacuate US citizens from Ukraine

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US President Joe Biden to US Citizens: Find your own way out!
Democrat President Joe Biden's administration has reportedly indicated that it will not be able to evacuate U.S. citizens from Ukraine amid rapidly deteriorating conditions as Russia appears likely to invade at any moment.
"Given that the President has said military action by Russia could come at any time, the U.S. government will not be in a position to evacuate U.S. citizens."
Biden's State Department said, according to Fox News correspondent Jennifer Griffin:
"So U.S. citizens, currently present in Ukraine should plan accordingly."