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US finalizing plans to send approximately 30 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, two US officials say

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The US is finalizing plans to send approximately 30 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, two US officials familiar with the deliberations told CNN.

The Biden administration announcement to send the US-made tanks could come as early as this week, CNN reported earlier Tuesday. The timing around the actual delivery of the tanks is still unclear and it normally takes several months to train troops to use the tanks effectively, officials said.

The US will also send a small number of recovery vehicles, one of the officials said. Recovery vehicles are tracked vehicles used to assist in the repair of tanks on the battlefield or the removal from the battlefield for service and maintenance in a different location.

The pending announcement appears to break a diplomatic logjam with Germany about the provision of tanks to Ukraine. German officials had openly stated that they would only send their Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine if the US sent the M-1 Abrams tank, a system US officials had repeatedly stated was overly complex and difficult to maintain.

The US decision to provide Abrams tanks to Ukraine is an abrupt about-face from its stated position, one that allows Germany to send its tanks and to clear the way for the approval of other European countries to send in more of the German-made Leopard 2 tanks as well.

The German government announced on Wednesday it will send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, following weeks of diplomatic pressure to make the move.

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The war in Ukraine proves the Polish NATO-skeptics were right

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As the war in Ukraine approaches its one-year anniversary one of the few things that have remained constant is the Polish governments firm backing of the regime in Kiev. Along with the three Baltic states, Warsaw has exhibited a radical zeal for rejecting any form of compromise with Moscow, choosing instead to pursue a policy of further weapons shipments to Ukraine aimed at weakening Russia at any cost. This was confirmed in a recent report by the Polish edition of German "Die Welt". Based on discussions with Polish diplomatic sources that wanted to remain anonymous, "every day, Polish politicians say what the representatives of Germany or France usually do not dare to say, and thus formulate one of the goals of the war, that Russia must be unconditionally weakened as far as possible."

Comment: Poland has gone all in, banking on eternal support from the US. It hates Russia and is doing everything to antagonize Germany, browbeating Germany for not doing enough and bringing up war reparations against Germany to the tune of $1.3 trillion. Celebrating the sabotage of Nord Stream 2 didn't help friendly relations either. The day when the US no longer is a superpower with money or military to back up Poland, will be a day of reckoning for Poland as little help is likely from either its eastern or western neighbours.


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Goodbye empire? US sanctions are failing in the face of multipolarity

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin, right, reviews a military honor guard with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a welcoming ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, June 8, 2018.
Foreign Affairs, a highly influential US magazine - effectively a US empire house journal - has published an article detailing how sanctions are quickly losing their efficiency as a weapon in Washington's global arsenal.

Published by the Council on Foreign Relations NGO, Foreign Affairs provides space for officials within the US military industrial complex to communicate with one another on matters they believe to be of the utmost significance. Therefore, it is important to pay attention when the magazine makes major pronouncements on any issue.

It recently published an appraisal of US sanctions - the conclusion being that they are increasingly ineffective, have prompted Beijing and Moscow to create alternative global financial structures to insulate themselves and others from punitive actions, and that Washington and its acolytes will no longer be able to force countries to do their bidding, let alone destroy dissenting states, through such measures in the very near future.

Comment: It's been apparent for quite some time that when you sanction dozens of powerful countries which make up the global economic infrastructure, that these countries will then find alternatives to survive. It only takes basic common sense to see this, but wishful thinking and denial of reality are among the chief weaknesses among the powers that be.


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Yale geniuses say Russia not needed - Logic and common sense say otherwise

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What is the price of a Yale professor? If you wanted to buy one lock, stock, and barrel, depending on what you want to use one (or two) for, the cost could be pretty steep. More often than not, today's Ivy League know-it-all types seem like soap salespeople. Whoever supplies the grant money gets the squeaky brain grease.

Take the current superheated Russophobia as an example. Many of the western world's most successful and respected professors publish "research" that looks more like tabloid journalism. It's the trend. Or, I should say, outlandish analysis is now acceptable in any form as long as the desired "truth" is presented. A recent study at Foreign Policy entitled "The World Economy No Longer Needs Russia," is just dumb from the title to the summary. Yes, I just said Yale's Jeffrey Sonnenfel, and Steven Tian are both obtuse with reality. Or else they feel confident that we are. Let's take their high-profile genius analysis from the start, just to show you what I mean.

First, the two Yale scholars claim that Russia Vladimir Putin has been holding the global economy hostage until the world services his whims. It's a lie, of course. It was not Russia that blew up the Nordstream pipelines, and Putin has said gas is often available for all who will buy it. How can the Russian president possibly hold Europe or America, hostage, when both countries have the gun to their heads? These Ivy League chums of Biden are ridiculous. The authors spew about Europe's utter dependence on Russian natural resources, then bound off into never never land with this:
"Now, as we approach the one-year anniversary of Putin's invasion, it is apparent that Russia has permanently forfeited its erstwhile economic might in the global marketplace."
Take note. It's "Putin's invasion," but no mention that America and the Europeans lied about the Minsk accords to create a Ukrainian NATO base under the Russians' noses. Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel and France/s François Hollande just told the world the peace deal was a sham to give Ukraine time to rearm. The sinister nature of the whole Euromaidan affair, the eight years of hammering the separate eastern republics with artillery, and Joe Biden's insane "all-in policy" for arming Ukraine to death, it's like watching a lunatic asylum set loose in Washington.

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Aid to Ukraine exceeds cost of 2011 Afghanistan surge

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American aid to Ukraine has eclipsed the annual expenditure of "endless" wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

As the protracted war between Ukraine and Russia continues unabated, congressional lawmakers and President Joe Biden have appropriated $110 billion in military and economic aid to Ukraine.

Some pro-Ukraine advocates have contended that the costs of aiding Ukraine's fight with Russia amounts to "peanuts" in "grand strategy terms."

Trita Parsi, the executive vice president of the noninterventionist Quincy Institute, disputed the narrative from these pro-aid analysts.

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Border agents confirm 1.2 million 'gotaway' migrants under Biden administration

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US President Joe Biden speaks with a member of the US Border Patrol as they walk along the US-Mexico border fence in El Paso, Texas, on January 8, 2023.
U.S. border agents have confirmed that 1.2 million illegal migrants "got away" from authorities while crossing the border under President Biden's administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) sources told Fox News on Sunday.

CBP tracks hundreds of thousands of migrant encounters at the U.S.-Mexico Border every month, but that stat does not include the number of known "gotaways," or migrants who were detected by authorities but not apprehended. Since Biden entered office in January 2021, border crossings have exploded, and at least 1.2 million migrants successfully evaded authorities.

The first half of Biden's four-year term saw monthly border encounters rise from 101,000 in February 2021 to 251,000 in December 2022, according to CBP stats.


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Son of Democrat House Minority Whip Katherine M. Clark arrested for assaulting cop during Boston Antifa event

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The son of Democrat House Minority Whip Katherine M. Clark was reportedly arrested during an Antifa riot in Boston, Massachusetts after allegedly vandalizing personal property and charged with assaulting an officer while resisting arrest Saturday night.

According to the Boston Police Department, at about 9:30 pm officers responded to a protest at the Parkman Bandstand Monument located in the Boston Common. "Upon arrival officers observed an individual defacing the monument with spray paint. The tagging read 'NO COP CITY' and 'ACAB,'" authorities stated. The phrases are commonly utilized by anti-police Antifa activists, including the ones rioting in the Atlanta "autonomous zone."

The suspect was later identified as Jared Dowell, 23, of Melrose. AntifaWatch pointed out that the suspect is likely the child of the Democratic politician.

Comment: See also:


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Justin Trudeau SWARMED in Hamilton by protesters calling him a tyrant, demanding his resignation

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A tense scene unfolded in Hamilton Ontario as Justin Trudeau attempted to make his way to a bar for a function during his cabinet retreat.

Canadian freedom protesters waving maple leaf flags and carrying signs that read "F*ck Trudeau" yelled "You f*cking tyrant!" and "Resign!" at the embattled Prime Minister who has embraced division, authoritarianism and censorship during his tenure.

True North's Harry Faulker captured the scene on Twitter:


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Control Panel

A Hard-Edged Rock: Waging economic warfare on humanity

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W
hy is much modern food of inferior quality? Why is health suffering and smallholder farmers who feed most of the world being forced out of agriculture?

Mainly because of the mindset of the likes of Larry Fink of BlackRock - the world's biggest asset management firm - and the economic system they profit from and promote.

In 2011, Fink said agricultural and water investments would be the best performers over the next 10 years.

Fink Stated:
"Go long agriculture and water and go to the beach."
Unsurprisingly then, just three years later, in 2014, the Oakland Institute found that institutional investors, including hedge funds, private equity and pension funds, were capitalising on global farmland as a new and highly desirable asset class.

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Wave of top Ukrainian officials resign, huge corruption scandal reveals Western aid embezzled

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FILE PHOTO: US newspaper, citing NATO and Ukrainian officials, claims Zelensky wants to first secure some military victories against Moscow
The Ukrainian government on Tuesday confirmed the resignation of multiple high ranking officials amid large-scale corruption allegations, in what's being called the biggest mass resignation and graft scandal since the Russian invasion began.

Some dozen officials have quit their posts after a huge political shake-up over allegations and probes into cases ranging from bribery, to mismanagement of aid funds for purchasing food, to embezzlement, to driving expensive cars while common people suffer under wartime conditions.

A top presidential adviser and four deputy ministers - among these two defense officials, along with five regional governors were forced out of their posts. And among the regional governors to step down included officials overseeing regions which have seen intense fighting, including the Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions, where Russian forces have lately reported gains.

Comment: There are a number of signs that point to something significant coming up for NATO's proxy war against Russia in Ukraine:

Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Germany Sending Tanks to 'Save Ukraine' - WEF Meets to 'Save The Planet'


As well as the following analysis from The Duran, and then Colonel Macgregor: