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America's domestic political turmoil is making world unstable & fueling conflicts with its main adversaries - Iran, China & Russia

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FILE PHOTO. The White House.
America's internal political battles have smothered consensus and led to Washington being asleep at the wheel in foreign affairs for many years now. The lack of US strategic clarity only fuels uncertainty and instability globally.

The Afghanistan Papers, published by the Washington Post in 2019, revealed that the US has for many years been aware that it cannot win the war in Afghanistan, yet it has been reluctant to accept defeat and withdraw.

US policy has been defined in indecisiveness, as neither victory or defeat has been an option. The continued waste of money and blood has merely resulted in a corrupt government in Kabul dependent on the influx of US funding, a hardened and militarized opposition, and neighbouring states frustrated with the unpredictability of the enduring US presence.

Comment: The fruits of US involvement in all of these affairs seems to be chaos creation, perhaps because that's partly the objective? And also just a reflection of the ponerized state of the US administration?

Is it any wonder Russia and China have openly stated that the US has 'lost its mind, morals and credibility'?


Attention

David Cameron and the Greensill scandal is just the tip of the fatberg

David Cameron
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Former UK PM David Cameron
It is in danger of becoming received wisdom that the Greensill affair is an example of "Tory sleaze" similar to that which polluted the party's reputation in the late 1990s. They do not compare. I had a ringside seat for the seedy death throes of John Major's government. The scandals of those years mainly involved hitherto obscure politicians being caught with their peckers out or their snouts in the trough. The tabloids discovered various Conservative MPs in bed with people who were not their wives, often a career-busting transgression then, but now so accepted that Boris Johnson can be prime minister. There were also some notorious cases of Tory backbenchers taking undeclared payments - "cash for questions" - to promote business interests in parliament. This swelled the public's feeling that the Conservatives had been corrupted by a long stretch in power and contributed to their landslide defeat at the 1997 election, but none of it threw into question the integrity of government itself.

The Greensill affair is several orders of magnitude more serious. A former prime minister is at the heart of this scandal that points to something rotten about how we are governed and is now embroiling not just politicians, but also the civil service.

Comment: Indications are politicians in high places plan and set in motion their post-ministerial landings long before their terms end. The more seamless this transition scenario, the better. Any hope for this to change? The 'next in line' has already been compromised.


Stop

How Russian Intel foiled CIA military coup and assassination of the President of Belarus

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President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko
The Russian and Belarusian intelligence have officially revealed how they foiled CIA backed color revolution and an attempted military coup to topple the Belarusian government as well as the assassination of the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko. It was Lukashenko who last year exposed how the World Bank forced sovereign governments to impose strict lockdowns for coronavirus aid.

Soon after coming to power, Alexander Lukashenko started a crackdown on George Soros Foundation slapping a $3 million fine for currency violation. The same year George Soros left Belarus. Since then, Belarus has been a target of constant Color Revolutions aimed at overthrowing Lukashenko.

In February this year, GreatGameIndia reported how Lukashenko announced his victory over the coup organized by globalists like George Soros to overthrow him. However, details of the operation were not made public and are only now being shared with media. Russian FSB and the Belarusian security services have revealed that the assassination of the Belarusian President was sanctioned by the CIA.

Comment: The CIA is hiding in plain sight these days.

See also:
Lockdown skeptic President Magufuli of Tanzania suddenly drops dead from heart attack aged 61, 'rumored to have had Covid-19'


Beaker

As chemical weapons watchdog's credibility crumbles, OPCW member states strip Syria's voting rights

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Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
Syria has been stripped of most of its rights at the global chemical weapons watchdog for alleged breaches. The OPCW stands accused of suppressing facts reported by its own inspectors in Syria for political purposes.

The vote to penalize Syria took place on Wednesday at the conference of the states that are parties to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague. Syria was punished for allegedly violating the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), of which the OCPW is the guardian, based on reports by the special Investigation and Identification Team (IIT).

The penalties were imposed at the proposal of France and backed by Western nations who helped pass it overwhelmingly by 87 to 15, with 34 abstentions out of 136 countries taking part.

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Calendar

Trump 'very seriously' considering running in 2024

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Former US President Donald Trump • Fox News host Sean Hannity
During an interview on Fox News with host Sean Hannity on Monday, former President Donald Trump said he was "very seriously" considering running in 2024.

Trump said regarding taking back control of Congress for the Republicans:
"We are going to help with the House. I think we have a really good chance. I'm working with everybody including Kevin McCarthy in taking back the House. I think we have a really good chance in doing it. Likewise, the Senate's going to be a little bit tougher."

Comment: Trump, free to say what he wants, advises: 'Getting along with Putin is a good thing!'
Former US President Donald Trump believes that maintaining a good relationship with Russian leader Vladimir Putin is in America's national interests. He warned that the alternative will see Moscow becoming closer to China.

Speaking to Fox News on Monday, Trump claimed that "nobody was tougher on Russia" than him, while also stating that he and Putin had a "very strong" personal relationship.
"Frankly, getting along with Vladimir Putin is a good thing, and I got along with him very well.

"We should be doing business with Russia. We should be getting along with Russia instead of forcing Russia to go into the hands of China. The worst thing you could do is put China and Russia together, and they're together, and they get forced together."
In the Fox interview, he also pointed the finger at the current president, Joe Biden, noting that many of today's foreign policy issues were not a topic during his tenure as leader. In particular, Trump said that Russia "never encircled Ukraine," and the US didn't need to send warships to the Taiwan Strait.



Bizarro Earth

Boris Johnson sets major new climate target to slash UK emissions 78% by 2035

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British PM Boris Johnson to cut emissions by 78%
Boris Johnson has announced steeper cuts to the Britain's carbon emissions. The Prime Minister will commit to slashing emissions by 78% by 2035 compared with 1990 levels. It comes as the UK prepares to host the COP26 international climate change summit in Glasgow in November.

It marks a significant step forward on the current UK commitment to cut emissions by 68% by 2030 - already one of the most ambitious plans among developed nations. The UK's share of emissions from international aviation and shipping will also be included for the first time, making the target even harder to meet.

The announcement comes before a major US summit on Thursday where President Joe Biden is expected to set out a new US target for reducing emissions.

The new target is in line with the recommendations of the Climate Change Committee, published last year, for the Government's sixth carbon budget. The Sixth budget limits the volume of greenhouse gases emitted over a five-year period from 2033-2037.

The government claims it would take the UK "more than three-quarters of the way to reaching net zero by 2050."

Comment: Zero will be how much net life is left on the planet. Stone Age, here we come...again.


Map

White House formally backs bill to grant DC statehood

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Washington, D.C.
The White House on Tuesday formally declared its support for a House bill that would grant statehood to Washington, D.C., saying it would provide the residents of the District with "long overdue full representation in Congress." The Office of Management and Budget said, in a statement of administration policy:
"Establishing the State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth as the 51st state will make our Union stronger and more just. Washington, D.C. has a robust economy, a rich culture, and a diverse population of Americans from all walks of life who are entitled to full and equal participation in our democracy."
The statement further called for Congress "to provide for a swift and orderly transition to statehood for the people of Washington, D.C."

White House press secretary Jen Psaki previously said President Biden is in favor of giving statehood to D.C. The District is home to roughly 700,000 full-time residents, which is more than Wyoming or Vermont.

The House is scheduled to vote this week on legislation to make D.C. the country's 51st state, after Democrats pledged to prioritize it during Biden's first 100 days in office. The bill passed out of committee last week in a party-line vote.

Comment: By overturning the founding reasons District of Columbia is not, and never has been a state, Dems hope to increase their share of senators and representatives in Congress. They believe this action would presumptively secure their domination for several elections going forward.


Die

Czechs exclude Rosatom from nuclear tender amidst absurd accusations against Russia

Czech nuclear power Dukovany
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The cooling towers of the Czech nuclear power plant are seen at Dukovany, 125 miles (200 kilometers) east from Prague, March 15, 2011.
The Czech government will not invite Russia's Rosatom to take part in security assessments before a planned tender for a new unit at the Dukovany nuclear power plant, Industry Minister Karel Havlicek said on Monday.

The decision, which effectively excludes Russia from the multi-billion dollar tender, was announced two days after Prague expelled 18 Russian embassy staff, saying it suspected Russian intelligence was involved in explosions at an ammunition depot in 2014.

Russia has dismissed the accusation as absurd.

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Wolf

Hypocrite: Mad Maxine had the nerve to demand a police motorcade, escort before calling for violence at anti-police event

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Rabble-rouser Maxine Waters requested a police presence before traveling to Minneapolis
Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters of California requested an armed police escort to an anti-police protest in a Minneapolis suburb this weekend, reported Townhall. While at the event, Waters called for riots if former police officer Derek Chauvin is not found guilty for the murder of George Floyd.

U.S. Capitol police reportedly put in the request for police to accompany Waters on her trip to Minnesota to rile up demonstrators and urge them to "get more confrontational."

Waters, who plans to stay in Minnesota through when the jury delivers a verdict, also encouraged rioters to "stay on the street" and "get more active."

Comment: The New York Post clarified but also derided Water's request:
Waters, 82, flew from Dulles International Airport to Minnesota-St. Paul International Airport on Saturday and demanded a guilty verdict for the former officer "or else."

The document published by the outlet lists the "requesting organization" as the US Capitol Police and the "name of the primary protectee" as Waters, who was flying on Delta.

"Police escort In & Out" is listed as a special request on the document, which describes the "risk factor" as "moderate."

A law enforcement source with the Capitol Police told The Post on Tuesday that the request posted by the outlet was for an escort to the gate at Dulles, not for protection in Minnesota.

The official said the request is commonplace among members of Congress departing from DC — and added that he was unaware of what protection Waters got in Minneapolis, if any.

Efforts to reach Waters' office were unsuccessful early Tuesday.

Waters stood alongside demonstrators in Brooklyn Center on Sunday morning — breaking a curfew set by police — to encourage them to make their voices heard following the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright and ahead of the closing arguments in Chauvin's trial.

"We've got to stay in the streets, and we've got to demand justice," she urged the crowd, who earlier had been chanting, "No good cops in a racist system!," "F-k your curfew!" and "No justice, no peace!"

"We're looking for a guilty verdict" in the Chauvin case, Waters said. "And if we don't, we cannot go away, we've got to get more confrontational."

House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to hold Waters accountable for her remarks and vowed that he would "bring action" if he had to.

The judge in Chauvin's murder trial also slammed Waters, saying her statements could lead to the whole case "being overturned."
Voices in Washington added to the chorus of condemnation:
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is leading the efforts on a measure to formally condemn Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) calling on protesters to "get more confrontational" if former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is acquitted of murder charges in the killing of George Floyd.

The California Republican could force a floor vote on the measure as soon as Tuesday.
Unfortunately, Waters was able to skate on the condemnation due to the Democrats' absolute majority in the House. She then crowed about it on TV:


But Tucker Carlson still has her number:





Snakes in Suits

Ukraine's Zelenskiy invites Putin to meet in war-torn Donbass

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has invited his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for talks in the country's war-torn eastern region amid escalating tensions between the two nations .

"I am ready to go even further and invite you to meet in any part of the Ukrainian Donbass where war is ongoing," Zelenskiy said in an address to the nation.

He added that Russian and Ukrainian negotiators had discussed plans to travel to the trenches to assess the situation.