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Estonia invites NATO troops to deploy in country, near Russian border

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FILE PHOTO: NATO troops in Estonia from exercise in 2018. It is about withdrawing foreign troops, equipment and weapons, as well as about other steps aimed at restoring the 1997 configuration of those countries who weren't NATO members at that time
Estonia is ready and able to host a contingent of up to 5,000 troops from NATO's rapid response force if the order to deploy them is given, Tallinn has said, despite Russian concerns over the US-led bloc's forces near its border.

Speaking on Monday to state-broadcaster ERR, the Estonian Ministry of Defense's Permanent Secretary Kusti Salm announced that the Baltic nation was prepared to accept a detachment of soldiers at an army base in the northeast of the country, around 110km (69 miles) from the frontier with Russia.

"Estonia has everything ready in case a NATO rapid reaction force of up to 5,000 troops arrives," the top official said. "There is an area in Tapa to receive allies, where equipment and weapons can be stored and distributed to units so that forces can move from there."

Comment: Russia wouldn't be too happy about that, and that's kind of the point: the West and its vassals are pulling out all the stops to try to trick or force Russia into responding in such a way that Russia can then be blamed for any fall out.

However, the deployments have not yet happened, and one wonders what the citizens of these Baltic states think of their leaders endangering their safety and risking their livelihoods, all to appease the addled establishment in the West? Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Kazakhstan on Fire: Why US vs Russia 'Great Game' Could Spark Global Economic Collapse


Reality bites: Biden's Jim Crow 2.0 tour collides with the fact that Blacks strongly support voter ID

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Biden wags his finger at those who believe voter ID is not racist
With drama and fury, President Joe Biden declared to the nation on Martin Luther King Jr. Day that state laws requiring voter ID or banning mass mailing of absentee ballots amounted to an "assault on our freedom to vote," especially for minority Americans.

Four days earlier, a poll in Michigan told a different story: Three-quarters of the battleground state voters supported ballot ID requirements, with black voters expressing the highest support at 79%.

Those findings have been confirmed in national polls as well, exposing a dilemma for Democrats in Washington who are making a last-ditch effort to pass legislation gutting many state and local controls of elections in favor of federal standards.

Those standards — like banning voter IDs, imposing no excuse absentee voting and making it harder to clean outdated voter rolls — are not what the majority of Americans are seeking.

Comment: Hopefully the sane voices in the black community will begin to drown out the elitists they decry. Rasmussan is not the first firm to get the same result. Candace Owens points out the obvious: Conservative activist Candace Owens: 'Voter ID racist, but vaccine ID not a problem?'

Eye 1

UK's "draconian" protest bill defeated at House of Lords - for now

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The bill has sparked nationwide 'kill the bill' protests
The government will have to draw up a new bill to bring in "draconian" protest laws backed by Priti Patel, following a series of humiliating defeats in the House of Lords.

Peers stripped some of the most controversial clauses out of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts (PCSC) Bill after the government attempted to add them at a late stage of scrutiny.

Comment: A rather sinister, albeit increasingly common, tactic by those in power trying to drag democracies towards the dystopian agenda.

Defeated plans to give police the power to stop and search peaceful protesters without suspicion, make "looking on" an offence and create protest banning orders that had not been debated by MPs.

Comment: As we saw in France in April 2021 with their equally alarming 'Global Security Bill, another draconian bill will be written up and rammed through Parliament soon enough, and then the establishment have not only made it legal for themselves to commit any and all crimes, but they can then 'legally' target citizens that they consider to be 'interfering' with their nefarious schemes.

And, just in time, too, because the pushback against the governments fearmongering, lies, coercion, and the destruction of people's lives, is growing: HUGE protests erupt across Europe against Covid vaccine mandates & lockdowns

For a clearer overview of just what those in Parliament tried to slip past democratic debate, see: UK govt stuffs "stunningly draconian" anti-protest powers into new 'policing' bill, rushes it through parliament

Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Collapsing Narratives: Medical Misinformation Now Indistinguishable From The Science!

Snakes in Suits

The Othering of Unvaccinated Persons by The Political Class

In my teaching, I prepare undergraduate students to become high school history teachers. In one course, teacher candidates prepare and deliver mock lessons. Their peers play the role of high school students, and I observe and give feedback following these practice lessons. Whether coincidence or a reflection of the times, this fall a good number of mock lessons covered the rise of totalitarianism. In one excellent lesson, a teacher candidate had his students examine the contexts that gave rise to totalitarianism. He accompanied this lesson with an excerpt from a world history textbook listing characteristics of totalitarianism.

This lesson hit on the true purpose for including totalitarianism in high school curricula. That purpose is not to honor the likes of Hitler, Stalin, or Mussolini. Nor is that purpose to provide the methods of totalitarianism as an instructional manual to follow. Rather, the purpose of teaching on totalitarianism is to deliver a warning: heed well the conditions that yielded totalitarianism, so you can recognize and avoid them. As I observed this teacher candidate's lesson, I could not help but think about that purpose in the context of our present time.

One passage from the lesson's textbook concerned me the most: "Totalitarian leaders often create 'enemies of the state' to blame for things that go wrong. Frequently these enemies are members of religious or ethnic groups. Often these groups are easily identified and are subjected to campaigns of terror and violence. They may be forced to live in certain areas or are subjected to rules that apply only to them" (pg. 876).

Snakes in Suits

Echoes of McCain in Maidan: Large group of senators travel to Kiev in "message" to Russia

Senators Travel To Kiev
In a move that echoes and recalls scenes of the late John McCain visiting the Maidan protests over a half-decade ago which eventually overthrew the prior elected Russia-friendly Ukrainian government, a large group of senators traveled to Kiev this week in order to show support and solidarity with Ukraine's leaders amid the ongoing showdown with Russia, which has amassed troops near the border.

"A bipartisan group of senators is traveling to Ukraine this week to meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky and other Ukrainian officials amid escalating tensions between Kyiv and Moscow," The Hill confirms Monday. "Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) announced the trip on Monday. They said they are traveling to Ukraine and holding discussions "to reaffirm the U.S.' commitment to Ukraine, which continues to face an increasingly belligerent Russia."

Comment: The mindless US political/managerial class has been - and continues to - execute a full court press of propaganda, belligerence and provocation towards Russia. Thankfully, Russia has maintained a steadfast determination to not be bullied, and continues to fight for its sovereignty and for a future that isn't subjected and oppressed by Western diktats. The Eastern nation stands as stark example of what true and lawful statehood and geopolitical strength looks like.

Eye 2

UK sends 'defensive weapons and small number of British troops' to Ukraine whilst also inviting Russia for diplomatic talks

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© AP / Andriy Dubchak
FILE PHOTO: A Ukrainian marine at a fighting position on the line of separation from pro-Russian rebels, Donetsk region, Ukraine, January 7, 2022.
"We have taken the decision to supply Ukraine with light anti-armour defensive weapon systems," Defence Secretary Ben Wallace told lawmakers on Monday, adding initial shipments had already arrived in the country hours prior.

Despite the growing enmity, Wallace said he invited his Russian counterpart, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, to meet in London sometime in the coming weeks to work through the issue, adding "the current gap is wide but not unbridgeable," and that he remains "hopeful that diplomacy will prevail."

Comment: That's the UK's idea of diplomacy...

While the official did not provide details about the number or type of arms sent, he said they are "not strategic weapons and pose no threat to Russia," and are to be used by Ukrainian forces "in self-defence" only. A "small number" of British troops will also train local soldiers on how to use the new gear.

Comment: See also:

Russia orders snap inspection of troops' readiness for rapid deployment

And check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Kazakhstan on Fire: Why US vs Russia 'Great Game' Could Spark Global Economic Collapse


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

Abu Dhabi airport

A fire broke out at an extension of Abu Dhabi airport, police said
At least three people were killed and six others were wounded after three oil tankers exploded in Abu Dhabi. Drones are believed to have caused the blast. Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi group claimed responsibility.

A fire broke out at an extension of Abu Dhabi airport, police said

Drones sparked an explosion on three oil tankers in Abu Dhabi and may have caused a separate fire at an extension of Abu Dhabi Airport, police said on Monday.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) state-run news agency said that the suspected drone attacks killed three people and injured an additional six.

Comment: Sputnik reports on the Saudi-led retaliation:
Arab Coalition Announces Start of Strikes on Sanaa After Houthi Attack on UAE - Reports"The coalition air force is conducting a round-the-clock operation in the skies over Sanaa," the statement says. "We urge civilians to stay away from military camps and Houthi gatherings for their safety."

F-15 aircraft attacks were said to have destroyed "two ballistic missile launchers that were used on Monday to strike the territory of the UAE."Al-Masirah, a Yemeni TV channel owned by the Houthi rebels, reported that four people were killed and five were injured as a result of the coalition attacks.

The Houthi movement confirmed it had carried out strikes with mined drones on airports in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, threatening new attacks on strategically important objects in the UAE. According to spokesman of the Yemeni Armed Forces Yahya Sare'e, five ballistic missiles and a large number of drones were used to perform the attack.

Shortly after the attack, UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah Bin Zayed asked US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to reinstate the Houthis' status as a terrorist organization, Axios reported. President Biden, who removed the movement from the US Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs) list last year, has argued that the designation hinders the delivery of humanitarian assistance for Yemen, as the country is hit by the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

Yemen has been engulfed in an armed conflict between the government forces, led by President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, and the Houthi rebels for over six years. The situation was further aggravated after the Saudi-led coalition, working in cooperation with Hadi's forces, joined the conflict in 2015 and began conducting occasional air, land and sea operations against the Houthis.
See also: Pepe Escobar: String of pearls: Yemen could be the Arab hub of the Maritime Silk Road


West no longer considering cutting Russia off Swift, considers sanctions instead

Western governments are no longer considering cutting Russian banks off from the Swift global payments system, Germany's Handelsblatt newspaper reported, citing German government sources.

Handelsblatt reported that, according to its government sources, economic sanctions targeting major Russian banks were being considered as an alternative.

The Russian rouble gained on the report.

Comment: The West clearly dropped the SWIFT threat because it's one sanction that they themselves can't afford to enforce, and this is likely because Russia and China foresaw this avenue of attack long ago and set up a viable alternative: Putin and Xi plot their SWIFT escape

Mr. Potato

Plans for Kazakhstan 'regime change' announced by Kazakh financier convicted of murder & fraud, appeals to Macron & West for help

Mukhtar Ablyazov

Mukhtar Ablyazov
Mukhtar Ablyazov, a Kazakh financier and political activist who has been living abroad for the past decade, told RIA Novosti that he is planning to return to the Central Asian nation, despite having been convicted in absentia for ordering the murder of a business partner in 2004.

"We have made a plan, we will achieve regime change," Ablyazov said in an interview published on Monday. "I'm going to fly in and will lead a temporary government of Kazakhstan for half a year. After that we will hold elections. If our party wins those elections, then I will become the legitimate prime minister. There will be no such thing as the president. We will liquidate that office."

The banker claimed that this could take place in the near future, and added that he plans to appeal for help from Western governments.

Comment: With his track record of alleged murder, fraud and embezzlement, he certainly has all the qualifications to be the West's regime change stooge in Kazakhstan. However, considering the West's recent failures in Venezuela with Guaido, and in Belarus, the odds are against Ablyazov, save for some significant (manufactured) crisis: Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Kazakhstan on Fire: Why US vs Russia 'Great Game' Could Spark Global Economic Collapse


Pentagon Fails Trillion Dollar Audit (Again!)

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That's what should have been the biggest news of 2021.

Instead, the story, which broke on November 17, was largely ignored or buried. The nation's two main newspapers, the Washington Post and the New York Times, have simply ignored it. Other news organizations stenographically quoted Pentagon officials as admitting that they "failed again" but saw "progress," and as promising that they would achieve a "clean" audit by... get this ... 2027.

The Pentagon, with some $3 trillion (give or take a trillion but who's counting?) in assets and a record current 2021 budget of $738 billion, has for the third year in a row failed its audit. An army of 1400 auditors hired by us taxpayers for $230 million and borrowed from some of the biggest auditing firms in the country, spent the past year poring through the books and visiting hundreds of operations of the government's largest and geographically vastest single agency, and came back with word that they couldn't give it a pass.

They couldn't even figure it out.

Think about that for a minute. The US military, which each year sucks up close to half of the nation's now $1.6-trillion discretionary budget, is a financial black hole! Nobody in the White House Budget Office, the Congressional Armed Services or Budget Committees, the General Accounting Office, or in the Pentagon itself, can say with a straight face how much the Pentagon spends of all the funds it is allocated by Congress each year, where that money gets spent, of even where all the equipment it buys — planes, ammunition, bombs, ships, etc. — are currently.

Comment: What a good and informative article until the author makes reference to the events of Jan 6, 2021 with his bunch of "fascist yahoos" line. The author appears to be very well informed on some things - and others not so much.

Still, the major points made here are important, and the implication dire - and that is that the US Military Industrial Complex very almost runs a big part of the show. And there's not a darned thing anybody can do about it.