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The AUKUS issue is not over

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Well, then I might as well address it. I am talking about this whole AUKUS affair and France losing huge contact on submarines for Royal Australian Navy. At this stage I am not interested in technical minutiae of this whole scandal, because it is useless anyway to concentrate on technical details of something which may change many times before, and if, it comes to fruition. I am, however, as always, interested in fundamental factors defining the framework. Le Drian and anyone in France' political top can express their frustration and play geopolitical games whatever they want, such as running to India:
On Friday, France recalled its ambassadors from Washington and Canberra after Australia scrapped a major submarine program with France in favor of acquiring nuclear-powered submarines with the help of the US and UK. Paris furiously protested the new arrangement between Australia, the US and UK, known as AUKUS. Le Drian called the ditching of French-Australian submarine program "a stab in the back."

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Network

Tehran's in a tough position with the Taliban

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The Taliban's lightning-fast takeover of Afghanistan last month put Iran in a very difficult position. On the one hand, the Islamic Republic has traditionally been opposed to the self-declared "Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan" (IEA), especially after some of its members killed Iranian diplomats in 1998 and the group's prior rule of the country saw it oppressing the Shiite minority. On the other hand, however, Iran has little choice but to acknowledge the group's de facto leadership of Afghanistan and thus pragmatically engage with it in the interests of peace, security, and development.

Tehran cannot realistically extend military support to anti-Taliban elements there like it did during their prior period of rule from 1996-2001 because the Taliban controls all of the country's international borders for the first time in its history. The modern-day iteration of this movement also claimed to have changed its ways by moderating its previously strict policies in light of changed domestic and international conditions even though observers have yet to see many tangible manifestations of this. Nevertheless, these promises add credibility to those countries like Iran that are pragmatically engaging with the Taliban in the hopes that it'll keep its word.

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Sherlock

Top aide to Ukrainian president survives assassination attempt amidst crackdown on country's oligarchs

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An investigator examines bullet holes in the car on Wednesday.
A top adviser to the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has survived an assassination attempt that officials suggest is tied to a political battle with criminal and corrupt interests, including the countries' oligarchs.


Comment: Criminals have all accrued even more power since the US-backed coup in the country.


At least 10 bullets struck the car of Serhiy Shefir, an aide and longtime friend of Zelenskiy, on Wednesday as he travelled through the village of Lesnyky toward the capital, Kyiv.

The driver was struck three times and is undergoing surgery. Shefir was not hit by the gunfire, which reportedly came from a forested area along the road.

Comment: Whilst Zelensky claims to be pushing for change on behalf of the people, the country is showing all the signs of a descent into lawlessness - both in government and outside - and its economy appears to be scraping by on Western hand outs:


Eye 1

Far reaching 'counter-terrorism' bill passes in New Zealand, will be fast-tracked into law despite opposition & rushed reading

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Legislation that will introduce a new offence - planning a terrorist attack - is a step closer to becoming law.
Legislation that will introduce a new offence - planning a terrorist attack - is a step closer to becoming law.


Comment: Surely 'planning a terrorist attack' is already a criminal offence elsewhere on the law books? Since it likely is, one wonders what else has been added to this bill.


The Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill passed its second reading in Parliament this afternoon.

ACT, the Greens and Te Pāti Māori opposed it.

Following the LynnMall attack the prime minister announced the bill would be fast-tracked through the house.

Comment: As is the case elsewhere, and it's particularly blatant in the US, these new 'security' bills are written in such a way that they will essentially be used to restrict the rights and freedoms of the average citizens and at the same time they'll legitimising the demonisation of those that would dare protest their increasingly draconian government. It's certainly no coincidence that governments across the planet are enshrining into law this unprecedented power grab: Also check out SOTT radio's:



Hiliter

9/11 and Afghanistan post-mortems: Lessons in safe logic

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In the wake of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the 20th anniversary of the mass murders of September 11, 2001, the corporate mainstream and alternative media have been replete with articles analyzing the consequences of 9/11 that resulted in the US invasion of Afghanistan and its alleged withdrawal after two decades of war.

These critiques have ranged from mild to harsh, and have covered issues from the loss of civil liberties due to The Patriot Act and government spying through all the wars "on terror" in so many countries with their disastrous consequences and killing fields.

Many of these articles have emphasized how, as a result of the Bush administration's response to 9/11, the US has lost its footing and brought on the demise of the American empire and its standing in the world. Some writers celebrate this and others bemoan it. Most seem to consider this inevitable.

This flood of articles has been authored by writers from across the political spectrum from the left through the center to the right.

All were outraged in their own ways, as such dramatic events typically manage to elicit much spilled ink informed by the writers' various ideological positions in a media world where the categories of left and right have become meaningless.

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Ron DeSantis' Biden-bashing is looking like a 2024 preview

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
Ron DeSantis took his offensive against Joe Biden on the road this past week, appearing at a fundraising event in Nebraska to give what has the makings of a 2024 stump speech, according to Politico. DeSantis may be up for reelection next year in Florida, but his focus was national as he escalated tensions with Biden over his state's COVID-19 surge. DeSantis declared:
"My message from Florida is this: When Joe Biden violates the Constitution, when Joe Biden attacks the jobs of Floridians and Americans, when Joe Biden targets the livelihood of Florida families and American families, I am fighting back against him."
The Florida governor was not the only Republican leader to show face at the event, which was held in a Nebraska town that conveniently borders Iowa--traditionally the first state that every presidential hopeful has to trudge through en route to the White House. Mike Pence and Ted Cruz, who edged out Trump in Iowa in 2016, gave anti-Biden speeches of their own at the annual steak fry hosted by Nebraska governor Pete Ricketts.
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Florida Senator Ted Cruz • Former VP Mike Pence • New Jersey Governor Chris Christy

Comment: In comparison to all hell breaking loose in the global community, the focus on Biden is immaterial - a venting, an insignificant distraction, a mumble in the wind. Except for Trump, would anyone want this presidency?


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House Dems remove Iron Dome funding from spending bill amid pressure from progressives

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House Democrats removed funding for Israel's Iron Dome defense system from the short-term government spending bill yesterday, in what activists hailed as "an unprecedented moment for Palestinian rights." The move came in response to pressure from progressive Congress members.

An eleventh hour request was tacked onto a bill that has to be passed in order to avert yet another government shutdown. It would have given Israel $1 billion to replenish its Iron Dome system, on top of the $3.8 billion in military aid that it already gets from the United States government.

According to Politico, the aid was opposed by the same group of House Democrats that tried to block a Biden administration arms sale to Israel back in May. This would include Rep. Ocasio Cortez, Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI). It's currently cosponsored by Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO), Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) , Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WI), and Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN).

A member of Congress told The Times of Israel that Ocasio-Cortez and McCollum pushed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to remove the funding with mediation from Rep. Rosa Delauro (D-CT).

House Republicans weren't expected to back the spending bill with or without the funding, but that didn't stop many of them from denouncing the move. House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said that Democrats were capitulating "to the antisemitic influence of their radical members."

Comment: The Squad has managed to horrify and incite the wrath of Israel's American puppets:
Israeli occupation Foreign Minister Yair Lapid on Tuesday night spoke with US House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, slamming the Progressive Democrats pressuring on the Party to remove $1 billion for Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system from a must-pass funding bill to avoid a government shutdown.
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Israeli FM Yair Lapid • House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer D-Md
Hoyer claimed that the move was a "technical delay" related to discussions over the US debt ceiling and that the defense funding would be approved at a later date, Israeli foreign minister said in a statement. Hoyer also claimed that it was a view shared by the White House and Democrat House and Senate leaders, while pledging that the Iron Dome funding would soon be allocated.
"It is my intention to bring to this floor a suspension bill before the end of this week that will fund fully Iron Dome. I was for that. I'm still for it, we ought to do it. I talked to the foreign minister, Mr. Lapid, just two hours ago and assured him that bill was going to pass this House."
The extra $1 billion for Israel's Iron Dome was supposed to be in addition to the nearly $4 billion the US government already sends to the Israeli occupation forces every year.

Since World War II, the United States has given Israel $146 billion in aid, mostly for weapons.

The United States and Israel have an agreement under which the US government will allocate $38 billion from fiscal 2019 through 2028, including $5 billion for missile defense.



Dollars

'10 for the big guy': Politico confirms Hunter Biden's China, Ukraine emails are legit

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John Paul Mac Isaac • Hunter Biden
Several emails from Hunter Biden's laptop have been confirmed as legitimate, according to Politico, citing claims in a new book, along with emails released by a Swedish government agency.
Ben Schreckinger's The Bidens: Inside the First Family's Fifty-Year Rise to Power, out today, finds evidence that some of the purported HUNTER BIDEN laptop material is genuine, including two emails at the center of last October's controversy.

A person who had independent access to Hunter Biden's emails confirmed he did receive a 2015 email from a Ukrainian businessman thanking him for the chance to meet Joe Biden. The same goes for a 2017 email in which a proposed equity breakdown of a venture with Chinese energy executives includes the line, "10 held by H for the big guy?" (This person recalled seeing both emails, but was not in a position to compare the leaked emails word-for-word to the originals.)

MORE: Emails released by a Swedish government agency also match emails in the leaked cache, and two people who corresponded with Hunter Biden confirmed emails from the cache were genuine. -Politico
Recall that news of Hunter Biden's laptop was broken by the New York Post shortly before the 2020 election - resulting in a multi-week Twitter ban on the outlet, and a baseless claim spread throughout the MSM and by notable Democrats including Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) that it was Russian disinformation.

Comment: Raise your hand if you thought there was even a remote chance Hunter's laptop was a fake...not anybody?


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Libya's parliament withdraws confidence from unity government

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Libyan PM Abdul Hamid Dbeibah
Libya's House of Representatives on Tuesday withdrew confidence from the unity government of Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh.

The parliament decided to withdraw confidence from the government by a majority of 89 out of 113 lawmakers who attended today's session, parliamentary spokesman Abdullah Belhaiq said on Facebook. He did not give further details.

The High Council of State criticized the move, with its spokesman Muhammad Abdel Nasser tweeting that it
"rejects the procedure of withdrawing confidence from the national unity government, and considers it void for violating the constitutional declaration and the political agreement, and considers everything that results from them null."
There was no comment from the unity government on the move.

Meanwhile, 38 lawmakers signed a petition in opposition to parliament withdrawing confidence from the government, local Al-Ahrar TV channel reported. Also, mayors of 65 out of 116 municipalities in Libya announced their rejection of the motion, saying it lacks constitutional or legal basis and "aims only to sow chaos."

Yoda

New proof emerges on the Biden family emails: A definitive account of the CIA/Media/BigTech fraud

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CNN's Wolf Blitzer warns that emails and other documents reported on by The New York Post about Joe Biden's activities in Ukraine and China may be "Russian disinformation," Oct. 16, 2020.
An axis of the CIA, Big Tech and the DNC-allied wing of the corporate media spread an absolute lie in the weeks before the 2020 election. We now have definitive proof.

A severe escalation of the war on a free internet and free discourse has taken place over the last twelve months. Numerous examples of brute and dangerous censorship have emerged: the destruction by Big Tech monopolies of Parler at the behest of Democratic politicians at the time that it was the most-downloaded app in the country; the banning of the sitting president from social media; and the increasingly explicit threats from elected officials in the majority party of legal and regulatory reprisals in the event that tech platforms do not censor more in accordance with their demands.

But the most severe episode of all was the joint campaign — in the weeks before the 2020 election — by the CIA, Big Tech, the liberal wing of the corporate media and the Democratic Party to censor and suppress a series of major reports about then-presidential frontrunner Joe Biden. On October 14 and then October 15, 2020, The New York Post, the nation's oldest newspaper, published two news reports on Joe Biden's activities in Ukraine and China that raised serious questions about his integrity and ethics: specifically whether he and his family were trading on his name and influence to generate profit for themselves. The Post said that the documents were obtained from a laptop left by Joe Biden's son Hunter at a repair shop.