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Mali Massacre: Police marksmen had British backing via EU scheme despite Brexit

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Mali’s anti-terrorist "Forsat" unit received UK-funded training
Britain supported a €30 million European Union aid package for an armed police unit in Mali that has since killed 14 protesters, Declassified has found.

Foreign Office staff "overrode parliamentary scrutiny" to approve an aid deal that would benefit the unit in December 2017 - 18 months after the Brexit vote. Alan Duncan, who was a foreign minister at the time, had to apologise to parliament's European Scrutiny Committee - admitting the deal was "not handled in the correct manner" and that there were "regrettable errors."

Duncan's staff had agreed Britain would extend its support for an EU capacity building project known as EUCAP Sahel Mali, which trains security forces in west Africa. Britain contributed approximately 15% of its €30 million annual budget until around January 2019. According to an EU document, the project specifically "supported the creation and operationalisation" of Mali's Force Spéciale Antiterroriste (a Special Anti-Terrorist Force known as Forsat).

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Biden's DOJ reverses Andrew McCabe's firing, restores full pension and benefits

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Former FBI Director Andrew McCabe
The Justice Department has reversed former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's firing, charging that the Trump administration unlawfully terminated him on the eve of his retirement for political purposes.

According to the New York Times, the 53-year-old McCabe will be granted full retirement, allowing him to receive his pension and other benefits as well as $200,000 in missed pension payments. The Times noted:
"In addition, the department agreed to expunge any mention of his firing from F.B.I. personnel records. The agreement even made clear that he would receive the cuff links given to senior executives and a plaque with his mounted F.B.I. credentials and badge."
Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired Andrew McCabe in 2018 for allegedly lying to investigators about releasing unauthorized information to the Wall Street Journal regarding Hillary Clinton's use of a private email servers. The firing occurred just one day prior to McCabe's retirement, a firing his lawyers argued was politically motivated due to his role in the Russian collusion investigation.

Comment: Biden is reassembling The Team.

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Ahead of talks, Putin claims IS has 2K fighters in Afghanistan

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FILE PHOTO: Russia will practically seek after carbon neutrality of its economy," the Russian leader noted
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the Islamic State (IS) militant group has thousands of fighters in northern Afghanistan, as Moscow prepares to host international talks next week on the situation in the country.

"According to our intelligence, the number of (IS) members alone in northern Afghanistan is about 2,000 people," Putin said on October 15 during a video address to the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) summit of ex-Soviet states.

The Russian leader claimed the alleged IS fighters planned to move between ex-Soviet Central Asian countries disguised as refugees, in order to stir up religious and ethnic discord. He did not give details. Earlier this week, Putin warned of the threat of veteran fighters from Iraq and Syria with IS links crossing into Afghanistan, while the Russian Foreign Ministry urged the Taliban rulers to deal with the threat.

Putin's special envoy to Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, said on October 15 that next week's talks would focus on trying "to work out a common position on the changing situation in Afghanistan."

The United States, China, and Pakistan will join talks scheduled for October 19, Kabulov said, adding that the Taliban and other regional actors will join the meeting a day later.


Hunter Biden illustrates how to become a leading artist in America

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Hunter shows off his art
U.S. President Biden's son, Hunter Biden, is one of America's top artists. That means he has become able to sell his paintings to the largest number of America's richest people at the highest prices: his artistic patrons are millionaires, centi-millionaires, and billionaires, who know that the Biden Family operation splits its money among all of its members, including the "Big Guy", U.S. President Joe Biden, who could benefit when such a buyer pays money to Hunter for a painting. They operate as a family business (or, actually, businesses), and everybody (including "the 'Big Guy'," and including "H" or Hunter, and also James Biden, Joe's brother) gets a cut in it.

This fact was reported by the Wall Street Journal, on 23 October 2020, whose sources were the corporation's CEO (Bobulinski), who owned half, and "corporate documents reviewed by the Journal." However, the American "true"/"false" news-rating firm PolitiFact dismissed that report, by alleging "there is no smoking gun" because
"Credible news organizations have found no evidence to corroborate Bobulinski's claims about a role in the proposed venture for Joe Biden. Joe Biden's financial documents show no indication of any income related to the venture."

Comment: Human Events reports that the White House itself is running interference for this latest influence-peddling scheme:
Joe Biden's son Hunter has suddenly found himself in the art world after selling at least five paintings for a whopping $75,000 each.

According to a source familiar with the matter, the prints were sold at a "pop-up" presentation in Los Angeles on October 1.

As reported on CharlieKirk.com, this week, White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked about one of the attendees at last week's opening, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

"Should we expect to see more people who seek jobs in this administration attending events like this in the future?," CBS News Radio reporter Steven Portnoy asked.

To no surprise, Psaki deflected: "Again, the gallerist has spoken to - we've spoken to the specifics of what the gallerist has agreed to and what recommendations were made. I've done that several times. I don't have additional details for it from here. I'd point you to them."

Hunter is also having an upcoming gallery show in New York. Per the New York Post, "a leading ethics expert told The Post that Biden's recent schmoozing with attendees at this debut exhibition showed that a White House attempt to prevent influence-peddling by keeping buyers anonymous won't work and should be scrapped in favor of a 'Plan B.'"

It's allegedly a process to get into the Biden show. You have to call the gallery and be vetted through a team of lawyers.

Richard Painter, President George W. Bush's chief ethics lawyer, said the Los Angeles opening, where Hunter schmoozed with 200 guests, "illustrates how this veil-of-secrecy idea is not happening."

He added there should be full transparency of the buyers' identities and Biden, along with his appointees, should sign "recusal pledges" to ensure they "can't get access to the White House."

Black Cat

Report says Biden may be pulled into FBI probe of his son Hunter

Hunter Joe Biden

New book, 'Rigged: How the Media, Big Tech, and the Democrats Seized Our Elections', bashes Twitter and Facebook crushing Hunter Biden story. The New York Post published the story claiming it had obtained Hunter's laptop that contained salacious and damning emails, photos and texts
President Joe Biden could become embroiled in an FBI investigation of Hunter's finances, experts say, as emails reveal the father and son shared accounts and paid each other's bills.

Emails recovered by DailyMail.com from Hunter's abandoned laptop between Hunter and Eric Schwerin, his business partner at consultancy Rosemont Seneca, show Schwerin was working on Joe's taxes, discussing the father and son paying each other's household bills, and even fielding requests for a book deal for the then-vice president, as well as managing the donation of Joe's senate papers to the University of Delaware.

It is unclear why Schwerin had this intimate role in the vice president's affairs rather than government officials in the Office of the Vice President.

Comment: Never fear though, there are always workarounds for the well-connected:

'Sounds very ethical and anonymous!': Hunter Biden WILL meet potential art buyers, fueling accusations of influence-peddling


The green agenda or how this energy crisis is different from all others

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The price of energy from all sources conventional is exploding globally. Far from accidental, it is a well-orchestrated plan to collapse the industrial world economy that has already been weakened dramatically by almost two years of ridiculous covid quarantine and related measures. What we are seeing is a price explosion in key oil, coal and now especially, natural gas energy. What makes this different from the energy shocks of the 1970s is that this time, it is developing as the corporate investment world, using the fraudulent ESG green investment model, is dis-investing in future oil, gas and coal while OECD governments embrace horrendously inefficient, unreliable solar and wind that will insure the collapse of industrial society perhaps as early as the next months. Barring a dramatic rethinking, the EU and other industrial economies are willfully committing economic suicide.

What only a few years ago was accepted as obvious was that ensuring an abundant, reliable, efficient and affordable energy defines the economy. Without efficient energy we cannot make steel, concrete, mine raw materials or any of the things that support our modern economies. In the past months the world price of coal for power generation has doubled. The price of natural gas has risen by almost 500%. Oil is headed to $90 a barrel, highest in seven years. This is a planned consequence of what is sometimes called the Davos Great Reset or the Green Agenda zero carbon madness.

Some two decades ago Europe began a major shift to mis-named renewables or Green Energy, mainly solar and wind. Germany, the heart of EU industry, led the transformation with former chancellor Merkel's ill-conceived Energiewende, where Germany's last nuclear power plants will close in 2022 and coal plants are rapidly being phased out. This all has now collided with the reality that Green Energy is not at all able to deal with major supply shortages. The crisis was entirely predictable.


Hypocrisy at its finest: Facebook whistleblowers are feted, while Julian Assange is jailed

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© (L) Julian Assange REUTERS / Peter Nicholls; (R) Frances Haugen REUTERS / Matt McClain
The very contrasting treatment of whistleblowers willing to testify against Facebook with that of the imprisoned WikiLeaks founder shows us that the Establishment's support of those 'spilling the beans' is highly selective.

All whistleblowers are equal, but some are more equal than others. Or, we could more specifically say, whistleblowers whose revelations aid ruling-class agendas are put in front of Congress and handed the mic, while those whose revelations expose ruling-class agendas are persecuted and end up in maximum-security jails.

This week we learnt that a second Facebook whistleblower, one Sophie Zhang, was willing to testify before Congress less than two weeks after we had Frances Haugen with her revelations.

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Bizarro Earth

The 'final solution' is full digitization: "The QR codification of the world"

Mr. Antonio Guterres,
Imagine humanity would one day - very soon - decide to stop wearing masks. In unison. Not in the streets, not in restaurants, not in shops, not in sports events - simply nowhere. Against all orders of a good portion of the 193 UN member governments, or at least the western governments. And, indeed, against the entire UN system - against the orders of Mr. Antonio Guterres, himself. Yes, indeed. Many of the UN agencies, not all yet, have started mandating vaxxing for their staff... or else.

How come, it hasn't occurred to everyone yet, that there is something wrong? Badly wrong. Can it be that it is simply cognitive dissonance? You know that there is something horribly wrong, but your comfort zone doesn't allow you to admit it? That was the case in the Third Reich - that brought forward Hitler's tyranny. The rest is history.

The alternative to imagine would be that all those who have decided not to get vaxxed - stick to it and make it public. They defy the totally illegal and unconstitutional orders of the government, the UN system which gets their marching orders from the dark invisible cult, that threatens with death, those who don't comply.

But just imagine, nobody would listen to these absurd and anti-constitutional orders, not even the police, nor the military - both law enforcement bodies would side with the people - with the very people, whose rights they have sworn to defend.

Actually, the latter has happened more than once already around the globe, where police brutality used to be particularly strong, suddenly a group of front-line police have taken off their helmets and marched with the people - in France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and elsewhere. Lately, a similar trend may be crystallizing, in Australia's State of Victoria, where people of Melbourne have been in a lockdown literally for month.


Afghanistan risks becoming hotbed for terrorists from Syria and Iraq, pose potential new threat to region, Putin warns

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Taliban fighters get out of a vehicle as they take a day off to visit the amusement park at Kabul's Qargha reservoir, at the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan October 8, 2021.
Terrorists from Iraq and Syria are increasingly on the move to Afghanistan following the takeover of the country by the Taliban, potentially posing a threat to the whole of Central Asia, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said.

On Wednesday, ahead of a meeting of heads of states of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), made up of former Soviet nations, Putin announced that concerns around the growing presence of terrorists in the region will be discussed. This, he said, will concentrate on how to avoid destabilization in neighboring countries.

The summit, which is taking place on Thursday, brings together leaders from nine separate nations, including Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, which border the troubled nation.

Comment: Note that the terrorist threat mentioned above isn't considered to be coming from the Taliban, but instead it's thought that it will likely come from terrorist groups moving in from elsewhere; many of whom the West has been actively supporting in its wars on the Middle East over the last two decades. It's telling that these terrorist groups are attacking the Taliban and the relative safety they managed to create, and it's the Taliban that will lose out if terrorist groups gain power in the country: And check out SOTT radio's:

Star of David

Warmongering: FM Lapid says Israel claims 'right' to strike Iran 'at any moment' to prevent it from obtaining nukes

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Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, accompanied by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyanin, speaks at a press conference in Washington, October 13, 2021.
Israel reserves the right to attack Iran at any time of its choosing, under the pretext of stopping it from acquiring a nuclear weapon, Tel Aviv's FM Yair Lapid said after meeting with his American and Emirati counterparts.

Addressing reporters after a sit-down with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed in Washington on Wednesday, Lapid insisted that Tehran must not be allowed to obtain the bomb, saying the issue was at the "center" of his visit. Though Iran has long maintained it has no interest in developing nukes, Lapid vowed that Israel would stop its supposed "race to the bomb" by any means necessary.