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Putin speaks to massive crowd celebrating new territories

Celebration for the beginning of the process to incorporate four former Ukrainian regions that voted overwhelmingly to join Russia.
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The former Ukrainian regions made the choice to be with their "historical motherland," the Russian leader claimed.

Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed thousands of people gathered on Moscow's Red Square on Friday evening, celebrating the beginning of the process to incorporate four former Ukrainian regions that voted overwhelmingly to join Russia.

Putin's emotional speech came just hours after he signed treaties on the inclusion of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics, as well as Kherson and Zaporozhye Regions, into the Russian Federation. The signing ceremony marked the start of the formal process of accession, which will entail the treaties being reviewed by the Constitutional Court and both chambers of parliament.

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Bad Guys

US denies 'preposterous' claim they 'sabotaged' Nord Stream 2 - as Trump shares video of Biden promising to 'bring an end' to pipeline

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The US government is denying 'preposterous' allegations that it is behind a gas leak in the Baltic Sea on Wednesday.

It comes as Donald Trump suggested that 'World War III' could be near while sharing a video of President Joe Biden threatening to stop Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

Mysterious and alarming leaks were found in both Nord Stream pipelines this week, prompting the European Union to call it the result of a 'deliberate act.'

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The October Surprise — Ask not what the Kremlin will do, but what the US will do next

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The official Russian reaction to the Nord Stream attack is to identify it as a US military operation, and to wait for an investigation to produce the evidence. That means wait, delay. No retaliation.

"How will we respond?" Foreign Ministry spokesman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday in the most detailed briefing so far from Moscow. "We will respond with an investigation. This is a must, and our law-enforcement bodies have already launched it. This [the gas pipelines] is our property, resources, and infrastructure."

"I would like to believe that the international investigation of what happened on the gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea will be objective... We will seek to conduct an honest and objective investigation... I hope that someone in the United States, or maybe someone in Europe — although, unfortunately, Europe in this case can no longer be counted on — someone from the independent investigators will have the desire to clarify the involvement of the United States, the special services and all other bodies in what happened on 25-27 September of this year in the Baltic Sea."

This means that the Russian Government is waiting, delaying. There will be no retaliation for the time being.

The reason is that Russian officials suspect the Biden Administration of preparing an October Surprise just ahead of Election Day, November 8: an attack on domestic US infrastructure - the electricity grids, for example - which will be reported as the Russian retaliation that won't be.

The Nord Stream attacks were a military operation of the US, Poland, Denmark, and Sweden, with additional NATO air surveillance support from bases in Italy. Politically, they were an attack on Germany, but the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has yet to say publicly what he knew in advance, what he knows now.

Who then knows what will come next except that there is now war in Europe, outside the Ukraine. Will the October Surprise begin war inside the United States?

President Vladimir Putin has been accused of threatening escalation to nuclear weapons. Zakharova addressed this with the record of who threatened nuclear war first.

"They are the ones who raised the issue of nuclear weapons. Take [President Vladimir] Zelensky's statement in February 2022, which was promoted by Washington; the statements made by then Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, and other statements by Zelensky and [former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia] Tymoshenko, who said that nuclear weapons must be used against Russia. Many Ukrainian officials and Western politicians made such statements. They keep talking about it, and they are doing this openly. I wonder if they understand what they are talking about. I don't think all of them do. Washington never stopped them; on the contrary, it encouraged them."

Read Truss's nuclear war threat at the Conservative Party convention in August. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves De Drian issued his threat on February 24.

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NewsReal: NordStream Sabotage And The End of The (Western) World

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What a week - A nationalist wins election in Italy, 'someone' blows up NordStream, Russia formally annexes 4 regions of Ukraine, and Putin delivers a speech for the ages!

This week on NewsReal, Joe and Niall discuss the brazen ecological/economic terrorism of blowing up Europe's primary energy source amidst an ecological/economic crisis, the Russian 'loss' in Ukraine of welcoming four new regions into Russia (we know, that's illogical, but such is Western groupthink these days!), and the global rallying call from Putin in his historic speech denouncing Anglo-American imperialism and its crimes against humanity.


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Arrow Down

Slouching toward endgame

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Breugel's prophetic depiction of id 21st Century daily life in Euroland
"There is a dark craving for rot... as if decay were an escape from the limits, the oppressive fears and the pains of an individual existence." — Eric Hoffer
Since "Joe Biden" flat-out promised last February to "bring an end to the Nord Stream pipeline" — and let's assume he meant both NS 1 and 2 — why seek further to unravel a fake mystery? Is our apparitional "president" not a man of his word? Of course, the machinery behind "Joe Biden" so far denies any credit for the consequential act, but who in this land is unaware that the US government's default setting these days for answering anything is to lie?

The purpose of the act was likewise simple, plain, and obvious: to foreclose any possibility of Germany negotiating a separate peace with Russia around the financial and economic sanctions imposed by the USA over the Ukraine operation. Don't you suppose it was clear to any German with half a brain that NATO's joining of the sanctions was nothing less than a one-way ticket to Palookaville for Euroland? That it would mean goodbye to its advanced manufacturing economy and then goodbye to a comfortable, modern standard of living?

Dominoes

Washington split over Ukraine's NATO bid - Politico

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Zelensky's unexpected demand to fast-track membership talks has reportedly been met with a mixed reaction. Ukraine's bid for accelerated accession to NATO caught Washington off-guard, driving a wedge between a number of US lawmakers, Politico reported on Friday.

When the outlet asked US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi if she supports Kiev's demand to join NATO, she stopped short of unequivocally endorsing the move, saying:
"The US is very committed to democracy in Ukraine. Let's win this war. But I would be for them having a security guarantee."
Democratic Party colleague Representative Mike Quigley (D- Illinois) said that Washington should support Ukraine's NATO bid:
"Ukraine's fight is the reason we formed NATO in the first place. An authoritarian regime cannot be allowed to wipe out a democratic country."
On Friday, following the start of the formal accession of four former Ukrainian regions to Russia, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky demanded that the procedure for joining NATO be fast-tracked. This apparently came as a surprise to the Biden administration, according to two US officials cited by the outlet.

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Washington's attempts to incorporate Ukraine into NATO after the collapse of the Soviet Union were not prudent, former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said on Friday.

Speaking to the Council on Foreign Relations, a non-partisan US think tank, the 99-year-old veteran diplomat argued that Washington tried to indiscriminately include all former members of the Soviet bloc under its umbrella after the Berlin wall fell, and that the
"whole region between the center of Europe and Russian border became open to restructure. From the Russian point of view, the United States then attempted to integrate this whole region, without exception, into an American-led strategic system. This development basically removed Russia's historic safety belt. It was not a wise American policy to attempt to include Ukraine into NATO."
Kissinger does not believe, however, that this justifies attempts by Russian President Vladimir Putin to re-incorporate Ukraine into Moscow's sphere of influence by a "surprise attack."


Ukraine was warned multiple times, and in no uncertain terms, that continuing on its trajectory would incur consequences.


Kissinger said he does not know if it is possible to make peace with the Russian leader, but stressed that the West "must seek an opportunity for an arrangement that guarantees Ukrainian freedom" and keeps the country part of the European system.

Moreover, Kissinger opined that in a way, Russia has "already lost the war" because its capacity to threaten Europe with conventional attacks, which it had enjoyed for decades or even centuries, "has now been demonstrably overcome."

Despite that, the former secretary of state signaled that sooner or later, the West and Russia must engage in dialogue:
"Some dialogue, maybe on an unofficial level, maybe in an exploratory way is very important. In the nuclear environment, such an outcome is preferable to a 'battlefield decision'."
Arguing that Washington has rejected traditional diplomacy, in early August, Kissinger warned that the US had found itself
"at the edge of war with Russia and China on issues which we partly created, as it has been "seeking to convert or condemn their interlocutors rather than to penetrate their thinking."
Germany's reaction to NATO bid:
Germany will do everything to avoid NATO becoming a direct party in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has said. Her remarks came after Kiev requested to become an official member of the US-led military bloc.
"We have made it clear from day one that we have a responsibility to ensure that the war does not spread to other countries, that NATO does not itself become a party in the war. And that remains true today. We are doing everything we can to ensure that other countries and NATO are not drawn into this war.

"Berlin will continue to support Ukraine, including by [sending] heavy weapons, in its right to self-defense."
German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said the decision on Ukraine's membership would ultimately be made jointly by all NATO members. "Germany will not do it alone," she stated.

Ukraine formally applied to join NATO on Friday. President Vladimir Zelensky argued that Kiev and the bloc's members are already "de facto allies" and asked for accelerated admission.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the bloc supports Ukraine's right to choose its alliances, but the issue of its membership will be decided by a consensus of all 30 existing member states.



Snakes in Suits

Biden lies at the United Nations

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US President Biden speaks at the UN podium • September 21, 2022
U.S. presidents routinely violate international law and the United Nations Charter. Yet every year they appear before that body and proclaim American innocence.

It takes a special kind of hubris for a president of the United States to speak at the United Nations, the place where international law is supposed to be upheld and defended. Yet the representative of the worst violator of international law predictably shows up every September when the United Nations General Assembly holds its annual session.

The late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez got it right when he spoke in 2006:
"Yesterday, ladies and gentlemen, from this rostrum, the president of the United States, the gentleman to whom I refer as the devil, came here, talking as if he owned the world. Truly. As the owner of the world. I think we could call a psychiatrist to analyze yesterday's statement made by the president of the United States. As the spokesman of imperialism, he came to share his nostrums, to try to preserve the current pattern of domination, exploitation, and pillage of the peoples of the world."
Chavez is no longer with us, and Joe Biden is the third man to serve as U.S. president since George W. Bush was compared to the devil. But the words are as true now as they were then. This year Biden's speech was replete with the usual drivel about the United States being some sort of guarantor of peace. Among other things, he said that permanent members of the Security Council should "...refrain from the use of the veto, except in rare, extraordinary situations, to ensure that the Council remains credible and effective."

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Decoding the Pentagon's online war against Iran

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From a click of a button in the US to violence on the streets of Tehran, the latest protests in Iran are being engineered and provoked from outside

The civil unrest in Iran in response to the recent death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini while she was waiting at a Tehran police station, although rooted in legitimate grievances, also bears the hallmark of a western-sponsored covert war, covering multiple fronts.

Mere days after the protests erupted on 16 September, the Washington Post revealed that the Pentagon had initiated a wide-ranging audit of all its online psyops efforts, after a number of bot and troll accounts operated by its Central Command (CENTCOM) division - which covers all US military actions in West Asia, North Africa and South and Central Asia - were exposed, and subsequently banned by major social networks and online spaces.

The accounts were busted in a joint investigation carried out by social media research firm Graphika, and the Stanford Internet Observatory, which evaluated "five years of pro-Western covert influence operations."

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Al Jazeera's 'Labour Files' has blown a hole in the British media's Corbyn narrative

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Labour Party logo • Labour Party conference • 26 September 2022
In the years leading up to the 2019 general election, the British media ran a powerful and unremitting campaign that questioned the fitness for office and motivation of Jeremy Corbyn. The most damaging claim was that he turned a blind eye or tolerated antisemitism inside the Labour Party.

This narrative often dominated front pages for days on end, and occasionally led coverage on the BBC and other news channels. There is little doubt that these charges inflicted real and lasting damage on the Labour leader, and played an important role in his crushing defeat in the last general election.

Over the past week, the Qatar-based media network Al Jazeera has challenged conventional wisdom about the Corbyn years by broadcasting a three-part documentary series alleging that many of the claims made against Corbyn's Labour Party were either false, fabricated or twisted against him. At the same time, it vindicates those around Corbyn against claims that they were lax in dealing with antisemitism.

No-one, least of all Corbyn, denies this was a problem inside Labour at the time. But the overriding message of the Al Jazeera series is that a great deal of British media reporting during the Corbyn era was false, particularly the terrible claim that members of the Labour leader's inner team intervened in disciplinary processes to protect friends and allies from antisemitism charges.

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Arrow Up

Trump scores another win in Mar-a-Lago case

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Federal courthouse in West Palm Beach, Florida
Former President Donald Trump on Thursday scored a major win in the ongoing court battle pertaining to the FBI's seizure of documents from his Mar-a-Lago estate in early August. U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon in the Thursday ruling, wrote:
"There shall be no separate requirement on Plaintiff at this stage, prior to the review of any of the Seized Materials, to lodge ex ante final objections to the accuracy of Defendant's Inventory, its descriptions, or its contents,"
Special Master Raymond Dearie, whom Cannon appointed to independently review the documents the bureau seized, had sought to require that Trump substantiate his claims that the FBI planted evidence during the raid. Trump repeatedly suggested such on social media posts but his lawyers stopped short of making the claims in formal court filings.

Trump's legal team submitted Dearie as a candidate to fill the role of special master. The DOJ agreed that he was a qualified choice and Judge Cannon appointed him earlier this month. File Cannon special master review ruling

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