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Henry Kissinger: Ukraine should give up territory to Russia to reach peace

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Henry Kissinger
Former secretary of state Henry Kissinger has said Ukraine should accept giving up part of its territory to reach a peace deal with Russia, and end the now three-month-long war immediately.

Talking at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, on Monday, 98-year-old Kissinger said that failing to restart negotiations with Russia and continuing to antagonize Moscow could have disastrous consequences for Europe's stability in the long term.
"Negotiations need to begin in the next two months before it creates upheavals and tensions that will not be easily overcome. Ideally, the dividing line should be a return to the status quo ante. Pursuing the war beyond that point would not be about the freedom of Ukraine, but a new war against Russia itself."
Kissinger, who served under the administrations of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford in the 1970s, warned against dragging on the war, and pressed for negotiations.

The former secretary of state said Russia has been an essential part of Europe for 400 years, acting as balancing power in critical times for the continent. Kissinger said Western countries should remember the importance of Russia in Europe and not get swept up "in the mood of the moment."

Comment: Kissinger advises to 'make a deal':




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Twenty-two House Republicans demand accountability on Biden's $40B war spending

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VP Kamala Harris and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
A cohort of Republicans, part of the dissenting vote on Biden's Ukraine war package, seeks oversight and specifics about the destination of U.S. money and weapons.

The House of Representatives, on May 10, approved President Biden's $33 billion package for the war in Ukraine, and then, on its own initiative, added $7 billion on top of it. That brought the new war spending authorization to $40 billion, on top of the $14 billion already spent just 10 weeks into this war, which U.S. officials predict will last years, not months. The House vote in favor was 368-57. All 57 NO votes were from GOP House members. All House Democrats, including the Squad, voted YES.

A similar scene occurred when the Senate, "moving quickly and with little debate," overwhelmingly approved the same war package. All eleven NO votes were from Senate Republicans. All Senate Democrats, including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), voted in favor, seemingly in direct contradiction to Sanders' February 8 op-ed in The Guardian warning of the severe dangers of bipartisan escalation of the war. Efforts by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) to delay passage of the bill so that some safeguards and accountability measures could be included regarding where the money was going and for what purposes it would be used were met with scorn, particularly from Paul's fellow Kentucky GOP Senator, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who condemned Paul as an "isolationist." Following the Senate vote, a jet was used to fly the bill across the world to President Biden in South Korea, where he signed it into law.

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Washington's anti-China economic framework offers nothing to prospective members

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Shipyard
On Monday, during his first official visit to Japan, US President Joe Biden announced the launch of a new project called the 'Indo-Pacific Economic Framework', which the White House claims to be an economic vision for Asia in an obvious bid to try and counter China. Thirteen countries have signed up to the agreement, including India, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and all of the ASEAN members, excluding Myanmar, Cambodia, and Laos (which are ostracized for being too pro-China).

But what exactly does this agreement mean? And what does it offer and consist of? That's a good question, and most people are wondering the same thing. The Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) is not a trade deal, is not an investment agreement, not a treaty, and not an institution; it is an American slogan at best, a slogan which is really just focused on indirectly attacking China, rather than actually offering any serious economic commitments, a recognition that they have long lost the economic debate in Asia, but nonetheless are unwilling to do much about it.

Comment: The US still thinks it can dictate terms and run the world. It's called delusion.


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Hungary's Orban says EU summit should not discuss oil sanctions next week

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European Council President Charles Michel • Hungarian PM Victor Orban
European Council headquarters in Brussels
The EU's proposed new sanctions against Russia, including an oil embargo, should not be discussed at next week's summit of the bloc's leaders, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in a letter to the President of the European Council.

In the letter, dated May 23rd and obtained by Reuters, Orban said it was unlikely a solution could be found by then, and that Hungary was not in a position to agree to the proposed EU sanctions until all outstanding issues are resolved.

The European Commission this month proposed new sanctions against Russia but they require the unanimous support of all 27 EU member states and Hungary has blocked them. Orban reiterated his stance that
"solutions must come before sanctions. Looking at the gravity of the issues still open, it is very unlikely that a comprehensive solution could be found before the special meeting of the European Council on 30-31 May. I am convinced that discussing the sanctions package at the level of leaders in the absence of a consensus would be counterproductive."

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Backlash against Pakistan's military, as political crisis worsens

Pakistan plummets into political chaos a month after Imran Khan's ouster. But this time the military cannot step in to arbitrate, as they are now a focus of public anger.

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While Pakistan's current and former prime ministers face off and the country slips into deep crisis, its military establishment loses trust across the spectrum.
A month after the ouster of former prime minister Imran Khan, Pakistan has plunged into political instability, with dire implications for national security, if left unresolved. This situation is a result of the acute failure of state institutions - primarily the military and supreme court - to manage the country's political fallout since parliament ejected Khan in April.

Numerous analysts have drawn parallels with the political crisis in Sri Lanka, suggesting that Pakistan could be heading in a similar direction i.e., a debt trap leading to insolvency and loss of sovereignty. However, if Islamabad re-establishes a political consensus that can safeguard its national interest, the Sri Lankan predicament can be easily avoided.

Currently, Pakistan's political disarray remains severe enough that no single state institution or political party is prepared to tackle or inherit the mess. The country, today, is essentially without a de-facto leadership.

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Russian Ambassador to UK: London pushing Kiev 'down warpath'

Russian Ambassador to the UK Andrey Kelin
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Russian Ambassador to the UK Andrey Kelin
London is continuing to push Ukraine "down the warpath" by providing military support and arms deliveries, Russian Ambassador to the UK Andrey Kelin claimed on Tuesday.

He added that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky "every other day," and apparently "does not let him to turn off this path."

"London has been driving Kiev down the warpath with all its might, this is important, and has not allowed it to turn away, voicing new initiatives. There are constant reports that new weapons are about to be delivered," the ambassador said in an interview with Rossiya 24 TV channel.

Meanwhile, London is trying to "isolate" Russian diplomats to make it more difficult for them to communicate Moscow's position, Kelin added, including in relation to the military conflict in Ukraine.

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Ex-Indian FM explains why Quad neglected Ukraine

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India "prevailed" in ensuring that a joint statement with the US, Japan, and Australia did not mention or condemn Russia over the conflict in Ukraine, former Foreign Minister Kanwal Sibal told RT. Sibal explained that the eyes of the 'Quad' should remain focused on the Indo-Pacific, and New Delhi has no quarrel with Moscow.

The leaders of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue issued a joint statement on Tuesday following a summit in Tokyo, Japan. The statement largely focused on security issues in the South China Sea and Asia more broadly, and Ukraine was briefly mentioned as a "tragic conflict" and a "humanitarian crisis," which all four leaders discussed their responses to.

The Quad leaders referenced "respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity," but did not condemn or even name Moscow.

Sibal, a veteran diplomat who served as India's foreign minister between 2001 and 2002, told RT on Tuesday that this was not an accidental oversight.

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Europol gears up to collect big data on European citizens after MEPs vote to expand policing power

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The European Parliament has voted to give Europol wide powers to collect and process data on individuals, including people not suspected of any crime, in a move that significantly widens the power of the European police agency.

MEPs voted on 4 May to widen the mandate of Europol to collect personal data from tech companies, including telecoms and internet suppliers and social media firms, and to collect and analyse data from countries outside the European Union (EU).

The proposals also give Europol the go-ahead to develop algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI) systems capable of making automated decisions and developing predictive policing models.

The Parliament's draft regulation effectively overturns an order by the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) in January 2020 that required Europol to delete swathes of personal data it had collected and processed unlawfully.

MEPs voted by 480 in favour of a significant expansion of Europol's role, with 142 against and 20 abstentions, in a move that will extend Europol's use of big data and artificial intelligence in criminal investigations.

Biohazard

Monkeypox: Technocracy's Next Wave Of Crimes Against Humanity

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I am currently traveling the country with Drs. Judy Mikovits, Richard Fleming and Reiner Fuellmich. Our one-day conference topic in nine cities focuses on the case for crimes against humanity having been committed by leaders of Big Pharma and the biosecurity cartel. Indeed, there are a multitude of potentially criminal violations at national and international levels. But now, meet monkeypox!

Our case is built from a forensic point of view examining the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic in hindsight: its conspiratorial beginnings, violations of international law and the Nuremberg Code and the massive coverup campaign to conceal criminal acts.

Suddenly, however, monkeypox has sprung forth upon the world stage, following the same playbook as SARS-CoV-2. As such, it is a "crime-in-progress" brought to us by the same people and in the same manner.

This time, the script is following a paper, Strengthening Global Systems to Prevent and Respond to High-Consequence Biological Threats, that was based on a "2021 tabletop exercise conducted in partnership with the Munich Security Conference." This scripted simulation of a bio-terror attack was based on an intentionally weaponized version of the monkeypox virus.

Produced by the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), the participants and contributors overlap those who sat in the Event 201 simulation that predicted SARS-CoV-2, its rollout and its policies: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome Trust, China CDC, United Nations, Merck, John Hopkins, U.S. Department of State, etc.

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From currency resets to limiting infinite growth

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A couple of weeks ago, RT ran a story purporting to explain the mystery behind the rise in exchange rate of the Russian ruble. It touched on a concept I've talked about vis a vis Russia for years: the disparity between nominal GDP which yields a number roughly the size of Canada and Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) GDP which puts Russia on par with Germany.

While everything quoted here I feel is worth considering seriously, that GDP disparity that is what is important.