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Donald Trump appeals $454M civil fraud judgement

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© Shannon Stapleton/AP/FileFormer US President Donald Trump • Lawyers Christopher Kise and Alina Habba
Closing arguments in civil fraud trial • NY Supreme Court, Manhattan, NY • January 11, 2024
Donald Trump has appealed his $454 million New York civil fraud judgment, challenging a judge's finding that he lied about his wealth as he grew the real estate empire that launched him to stardom and the presidency.

The former president's lawyers filed notices of appeal Monday asking the state's mid-level appeals court to overturn Judge Arthur Engoron's Feb. 16 verdict in Attorney General Letitia James' lawsuit and reverse staggering penalties that threaten to wipe out Trump's cash reserves.

Trump's lawyers wrote in court papers that they're asking the appeals court to decide whether Engoron "committed errors of law and/or fact" and whether he abused his discretion or "acted in excess" of his jurisdiction. A notice of appeal starts the appeals process in New York. Trump's lawyers will have an opportunity to expand on their grievances in subsequent court filings.

Trump wasn't required to pay his penalty or post a bond in order to appeal, and appealing won't automatically halt enforcement of the judgment.

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Putin defeated US plan for Russia - Nuland

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© Eranga Jayawardena/APVictoria Nuland speaks to reporters in Colombo, Sri Lanka, February 1, 2023
The arch-neocon has told CNN that Washington wanted a compliant leader installed in Moscow...

Vladimir Putin's Russia is "not the Russia that we wanted," Acting US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland has told CNN. Nuland explained that Washington wanted a compliant leader in the Kremlin who would "westernize" the country.

Nuland told CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Thursday:
"It's not the Russia that, frankly, we wanted. We wanted a partner that was going to be westernizing, that was going to be European. But that's not what Putin has done."
Putin's predecessor, Boris Yeltsin, enjoyed Washington's support as he oversaw the rushed privatization of the Russian economy in the 1990s. Yeltsin's reforms saw the rise of the so-called 'oligarchs', who amassed huge fortunes selling Russia's natural resources to Western buyers, while the majority of the population dealt with declining life expectancy, soaring crime and homicide rates, and the collapse of the ruble.

Putin, who first took office in 2000, is widely credited with taming the oligarchs, imposing public order, and reversing the economic and social decline of the 1990s. Putin initially sought friendly relations with the West, telling American journalist Tucker Carlson earlier this month that he asked then-US President Bill Clinton whether Russia could one day join NATO, only to be rejected.

Comment: Wishful thinking is not reality. All the rest is window dressing.


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Best of the Web: Russian Defense Minister: 440,000 Ukrainian troops have been 'lost' since the launch of the SMO

Russian defense minister announces the liberation of several residential settlements in Donbass, discloses Kiev attempts to prevent the collapse of the front
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The Ukrainian army has lost over 444,000 troops since the beginning of the special military operation and has been daily losing over 800 troops and 120 various armaments since the beginning of 2024, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu told the Defense Ministry's board meeting.


Comment: 'Losing' troops presumably means both killed-in-action and wounded-in-action. For comparison, the Russian military death toll in the SMO is estimated at just under 45,000, according to a joint Russian (anti-Putin) media estimate.


He reported the liberation of several residential settlements in Donbass, disclosed Kiev attempts to prevent the collapse of the front, and announced plans to rearm the Eastern and Central Military Districts.

Military operation

Since the liberation of Avdeyevka, the Russian forces have been improving the situation in the Donetsk and Kupyansk directions and seizing new strongholds and positions of Ukrainian troops.

Since the beginning of the year, Russia has liberated close to 327 square kilometers in Donbass and Novorossiya (317 square km a week ago). "In the past week, the Ukrainian armed forces were ousted from the settlements of Pobeda, Lastochkino, Severnoye in the Donetsk People's Republic," Shoigu said.

Comment: That casualty toll for Ukrainian soldiers is probably ballpark-accurate. This is why European heads of head convened in Paris on Monday to discuss what to do next: they're at another cross-roads and are considering sending regular NATO forces to fight Russia in Ukraine because their proxy Ukrainian forces are spent.


Explosion

No plans to send Western troops to Ukraine - Scholz

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© Christoph Schmidt/Getty ImagesGerman Chancellor Olaf Scholz

The German chancellor has commented after French President Emmanuel Macron said the deployment of soldiers cannot be ruled out


Western troops will not be deployed to Ukraine, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has insisted, after French President Emmanuel Macron suggested that this possibility cannot be ruled out. According to Scholz, it was clear from a meeting in Paris on Monday that fellow European leaders have no appetite to send soldiers to support Kiev.

Speaking at a press conference following a gathering of Kiev's backers in the French capital on Monday, Macron had stated that "we cannot exclude anything," despite there being "no consensus today to send, in an official manner, troops on the ground [to Ukraine]." He further argued that a Russian victory in the conflict would be a major blow for European collective security. That assessment was later echoed by French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal.

Comment: Looks like Macron has gone off-script. Everyone else seems to be in agreement. Pay and send decommissioned weapons, YES - send troops, NO.


Better Earth

Best of the Web: The new multipolar world system and the end of an era

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The irreversible decline of Western supremacy, under the leadership of the United States, will not be a peaceful process, and it would be naive to think so.

Current diagnoses assert that the international system is going through a period of epoch-making changes. The tectonic plates on which the world geopolitical chessboard rests have shifted, unleashing profound modifications in the structure of the system and in the nature of its main players. This is true, but only if it is recognized that this journey has already reached a point of no return and that the trends that have been operating in recent years have matured to the point of producing an irreversible result: the configuration of a global geopolitical chessboard marked by the emergence of multiple actors endowed with different power capacities that put an end to five centuries of Western supremacy over all nations. Multipolarism has arrived and it is here to stay.

Comment: Indeed the hegemon will not go quietly; as Pepe Escobar said in his recent article:
The fact is we are already immersed in a World War that is both existential and civilizational. As we stand at the crossroads, there is a bifurcation: either escalation towards overt "kinetic military action," or a multiplication of Hybrid Wars across several latitudes.
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Briefcase

OSCE violating its mandate - Moscow

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© Global Look Press / Sopa Images / Omar MarquesFILE PHOTO.
Statements by the organization no longer reflect the consensus of its members, the Russian Foreign Ministry has said

The leadership of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), as well as some of its executive bodies, have deviated from their mandate, Russian Foreign Ministry officials told RIA Novosti on Sunday. In particular, the body has been "turning a blind eye to blatant violations" committed by Ukrainian authorities and their Western backers, the ministry said.

The comments follow reports about a possible suspension of Russian participation in the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. In early February, Moscow's permanent representative to the organization, Aleksandr Volgarev, told the OSCE Permanent Council that Russia would not take part in the assembly's winter session. It was held on February 22-23 in Vienna.

Comment: If one takes a look at the list and map of OSCE countries, the dominant countries are NATO countries. Perhaps there was another plan back in 1992. From the same source there was an article:
Putin defeated US plan for Russia - Nuland
"It's not the Russia that, frankly, we wanted," Nuland told CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Thursday. "We wanted a partner that was going to be westernizing, that was going to be European. But that's not what Putin has done."

Putin's predecessor, Boris Yeltsin, enjoyed Washington's support as he oversaw the rushed privatization of the Russian economy in the 1990s. Yeltsin's reforms saw the rise of the so-called 'oligarchs', who amassed huge fortunes selling Russia's natural resources to Western buyers, while the majority of the population dealt with declining life expectancy, soaring crime and homicide rates, and the collapse of the ruble.

Putin, who first took office in 2000, is widely credited with taming the oligarchs, imposing public order, and reversing the economic and social decline of the 1990s. Putin initially sought friendly relations with the West, telling American journalist Tucker Carlson earlier this month that he asked then-US President Bill Clinton whether Russia could one day join NATO, only to be rejected.

Putin nevertheless reached out to Clinton's successor, George W. Bush, with a proposal that the US, Russia, and Europe jointly create a missile defense system. While Bush's team initially expressed interest, Putin said that "in the end they just told us to get lost."

A combination of NATO expansion, American support for jihadist groups in the Caucuses, and Nuland's orchestration of the coup d'etat in Ukraine in 2014 made it clear that the US and its allies were not interested in cooperation, Putin told Carlson.

Nuland told Amanpour that Putin has "destroyed his own country" by intervening in Ukraine, and that the US will "continue to tighten the noose on him," presumably by supplying Kiev with weapons and imposing additional economic sanctions on Moscow.
Below are some headlines related to the the OSCE over the last few years:


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France creates coalition to arm Ukraine with long-range weapons

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© CopyrightMacron is in a hurry to get some more missiles to Ukraine. Here he is seen running at the French agricultural expo in Paris.
The aim is to enable Kiev to "carry out deep strikes" amid flagging US support, President Emmanuel Macron has said

France is leading a new coalition that aims to provide Ukraine with "medium and long-range missiles and bombs," President Emmanuel Macron has announced. He has also not ruled out deploying ground forces to support Kiev in future.

Macron made the remarks following a summit of Ukraine's backers on Monday, intended to demonstrate unwavering support for Kiev amid the suspension of American aid.

According to the French leader, the newly established coalition seeks to enable Ukraine to "carry out deep strikes." There is a "broad consensus to do even more and faster together" to support Kiev, Macron added.

The move comes as continued US aid to Ukraine remains in doubt. President Joe Biden's latest package, which envisages an additional $60 billion for Kiev, has been in limbo for months due to opposition from Republicans in the House of Representatives. Lawmakers have made clear they will only relent if the White House agrees to tighten US border controls and stems the flow of illegal migrants from Mexico.


Comment: So as Ukraine is losing ground every day, the EU wants to commit even more money and weapons into the black hole which Ukraine is fast turning in to.


Comment: Russia will call the bluff of these grand speeches by Western leaders and will not bend to a globalist West. The goals of the SMO was to denazify and demilitarize Ukraine. Those goals have not changed but it has become clear that the West could also be in great need of denazification. That task might be left to the farmers and the general population of the West if enough wake up to the anti human agenda which their leaders are trying to implement. Chaos is on the cards.

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Vader

Two years on... Ukraine conflict a historic watershed exposing Western imperialism's dead-end

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The emerging multipolar world order led by Russia, China, and the Global South is pushing the old Western arrogant order into historical oblivion.

This week marks the second anniversary of Russia's special military operation in Ukraine that began on February 24, 2022. President Vladimir Putin ordered the intervention of Russian forces for two reasons: to protect the Russian-speaking population of the Donbass region which had endured eight years of NATO-backed aggression; and, secondly, to denazify the regime that the Western powers had illegally installed with a coup d'état in Kiev in 2014. The tenth anniversary of that coup on February 22 was also marked this week.

Two years on, the first objective has been substantially achieved. Russian forces control most of the Donbass region, as well as Kherson, Zaporozhye, and Crimea. These regions are now legally part of the Russian Federation following historic referenda. In sum, Ukraine has lost about 20 percent of its pre-conflict territory to Russia. The concerned populations contend that they have rejoined Mother Russia.

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Dig

Colorado Dems kill bill to have harsher penalties for child prostitution crimes

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© Getty ImagesA female prisoner in handcuffs at jail.
Colorado Democrats killed a bill this month that would have created a mandatory minimum sentence of four years for child prostitution. Under the current law, people who commit sex offenses against children can be charged with probation-eligible offenses.

"Probation-eligible offenses" refers to crimes for which a judge has the discretion to sentence the offender to probation instead of incarceration.

House Bill 1092 was postponed indefinitely in the House's State, Civic, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee — dubbed the "kill committee" by state lawmakers — by an 8 to 3 party-line vote. Postponing a bill indefinitely is a legislative tool used to terminate the main motion without taking a direct vote.

Comment: They reveal themselves through their actions.

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'Russia must win this war' - Canada's Trudeau

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© Sergei GAPON / AFPCanada's prime minister Justin Trudeau looks on during a joint press conference with Poland's prime minister in Warsaw on February 26, 2024.
The PM made a Freudian slip during a pro-Ukraine speech in Poland.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday urged NATO countries to raise their military spending and send more weapons and ammunition to Ukraine, but seemed to herald a Russian victory in the conflict in an apparent slip-up.

Trudeau spoke in Warsaw after meetings with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and President Andrzej Duda - both of whom are vocal supporters of Ukraine, but are political opponents at home.

Comment: In the end, the truth gets out.

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