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Malaysia moving to join BRICS - PM

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© unknownPetronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malasia
Malaysia has decided to apply for BRICS membership and will start filing the official paperwork soon, Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim has said.

The 77-year-old leader of the Southeast Asian nation mentioned the decision in an interview with the Chinese outlet Guancha published on Sunday.
"We have made our policy clear and we have made our decision. We will start the formal process soon. We are waiting for the final result and the feedback from the South African government."
Anwar also mentioned bringing up the subject in a recent meeting with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. The organization was founded in 2006 by Brazil, Russia, India and China, with South Africa joining in 2011. In January, BRICS officially admitted Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), but decided to keep the current name.

Kuala Lumpur's potential membership in the organization would be of strategic significance, as one of the world's most important shipping lanes - the Malacca Strait, connecting the Pacific and the Indian Ocean - is located between Malaysia and the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

Big Bomb

Israeli jets bomb southern Lebanon

Israeli fighter jets
The IDF has reportedly approved plans for a ground operation against Hezbollah

Israel Defense Forces (IDF) jets have bombed several Hezbollah targets in southern Lebanon, West Jerusalem announced on Tuesday evening.

Earlier in the day, Hezbollah released a video of what it says are its spy drones flying over northern Israel and filming the port of Haifa, apparently untouched by air defenses or interceptors.

The IDF announced it had "successfully intercepted a suspicious aerial target in the coastal area of Gesher HaZiv," a kibbutz near the Lebanese border.

"[Israeli Air Force] fighter jets struck a number of Hezbollah terror targets in southern Lebanon, including several terror infrastructure sites in the areas of Taybeh, Odaisseh, and Jibbain, as well as a military structure in the area of Ayta Ash Shab," the IDF said on Telegram, alongside two videos of the airstrikes.

Comment: In a total war (barring nukes) Israel would get its arse handed to it by Hezbollah, and they both know it. Today's organization is magnitudes of order more powerful than the one which defeated Israel in 2006.




Snakes in Suits

MI5 accused of leaking 'Chinese spy' story to distract from Boris Johnson partygate scandal apology

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Lawyer Christine Lee with Barry Gardiner
A former Labour minister who received more than ยฃ500,000 from a lawyer accused of spying for China has claimed MI5 issued an alert about the suspected operative to distract from partygate.

Christine Lee is suing MI5 after the domestic intelligence agency issued the alert notice in 2022, warning MPs that she was a suspected Chinese agent.

The alert said she may have engaged in "political interference activities" on behalf of a branch of the Chinese Communist Party.

On Monday, a tribunal heard that Barry Gardiner, the former Labour MP for Brent North who is seeking re-election, sent a text message to a friend of Ms Lee suggesting the notice may have been issued to "detract attention" from Boris Johnson's apology over partygate, which he had made the day before.

Comment:


Star of David

Best of the Web: Leaked doc reveals Israeli military KNEW of Hamas plan to raid and take hostages 2 weeks before Oct 7, Israeli news reports

Israeli Brigadier General Barak Hiram hannibal directive Oct 7
FILE: Israeli Brigadier General Barak Hiram ordered an Israeli tank to fire on a house full of Israeli hostages taken captive by Hamas in Kibbutz Be'eri on Oct 7, 2023
The Israeli military knew about Hamas' plans to attack southern Israel weeks before October 7 โ€” even how many hostages the militant group planned to capture, according to a report from Israeli public broadcaster Kan.

The Israel Defense Force's Gaza Division reportedly distributed an internal intelligence document on September 19, 2023, outlining the details of Hamas' planned raid, according to Kan.

The document, which Kan reportedly saw, states that the IDF had observed Hamas conducting a series of trainings where militant fighters practiced attacking both Israeli military stations and civilian kibbutzim communities.

The IDF also knew, according to the document viewed by Kan, that Hamas trained its units on how to capture hostages and how to guard them once they were taken back to the Gaza Strip.

Comment: The Jerusalem Post reports:
IDF knew of Hamas's plan to kidnap 250 before October 7 attack - report

[...]
The document's revelations came in the wake of widespread criticism over the failure to anticipate and prevent the October 7 attack, which resulted in significant casualties and hostages.


Indeed. And so is this leak an attempt to excuse its ostensible failings as being simply a result of the overconfidence and negligence of the otherwise all knowing and capable IDF?

Notably this reasoning could also be used to claw back its mythical status, whilst also deflecting scrutiny over the other highly suspicious events of that day.

Regardless of the spin, we can take this as an admission that Israel knew of an impending attack and that it did nothing to stop it.


Warning signs were not acted upon

The IDF had precise information about Hamas's intentions, but due to prevailing conceptions within the security establishment and possible negligence by senior officials, the warning signs were not acted upon.

"Israeli intelligence officials who monitored the exercise detailed in the document the next steps after breaching into Israel and taking over the posts, determining that the instruction is to hand over the captured soldiers to the company commanders. The expected number of hostages, it states, is between 200 and 250 people," Kan News reported.

The general staff investigation team is expected to present initial findings from this failure to the Chief of Staff in the coming weeks, as the country seeks to understand how such a lapse in security could occur despite having detailed advance knowledge of the enemy's plans.

During the massacre, more than 1,200 Israelis and foreign nationals were murdered, including over 350 in the Re'im music festival and hundreds of Israeli civilians across the Gaza border communities.
This follows a recent report by the UN that Israel killed its own civilians on Oct 7, likely under its Hannibal Directive, as well as previous revelations that it issued a stand down order on the day itself.

Altogether the available evidence supports the theory that not only was Israel hoping to provoke Hamas into an incident akin to Oct 7, but it also knew some of what Hamas intended to do, and that it was more than capable of stopping it from occurring.

The most reasonable explanation for why Oct 7 occurred seems to be that Israel chose to let it happen, and it actually sought to make the events of the day even worse; because it then had what it considered to be justification for its acceleration of its genocide of Palestinians, as well as, ultimately, an expansion of its terrorism in the Middle East, in order to further its Greater Israel project:


Arrow Down

How (and why) Bird Flu is about to enter the 'Mass Testing' phase

Bird Flu
© Off-Guardian
Hello everyone and welcome to the latest edition of Bird Flu Digest, formerly known as OffGuardian.

The wall-to-wall coverage of Bird Flu is getting wallier-to-wallier with each passing week, to the point it's almost hard to keep up with the waves of hot takes and chilling insights. But if you're going to try, the best place to do it is right here, where I spend a good portion of my time reading very similar articles in very similar papers all about the danger of a pandemic they're about to pretend is happening.

Not a dream of mine growing up, but life's like that.

Anyway...bird flu.

In our last bird flu update, we pointed out that the "bird flu death" in Mexico was very likely no such thing, and that reporting it as such was right out of the Covid playbook.

Since then the head of Mexico's Health Ministry has criticized the WHO for calling it a bird flu death at all.

But the big bird flu news is that former head of the US CDC Robert Redfield has gone hysterical, telling NewsNation:
I really do think it's very likely that we will, at some time, it's not a question of if, it's more of a question of when we will have a bird flu pandemic."
This story was naturally picked up and spread everywhere, but Redfield is hardly alone in this hysterical panic-fueling nonsense.

Last week, The Conversation headlined:
An ounce of prevention: Now is the time to take action on H5N1 avian flu, because the stakes are enormous
USA Today echoes the tone:
Concerns grow as 'gigantic' bird flu outbreak runs rampant in US dairy herds
Apparently a new study has found something scary - Americans "have little to no pre-existing immunity to the H5N1 avian flu". Frightening stuff.

Dollar

No more 'endless' payments to Zelensky - Trump

Donald Trump
© AFP / Scott OlsonDonald Trump speaks at a roundtable discussion at the 180 Church in Detroit, Michigan, June 15, 2024
Former US President Donald Trump has said that he would stop handing over tens of billions of dollars to Ukrainian leader Vladimir Zelensky, promising to have the situation in Ukraine "settled" if he is re-elected this year.

"I think Zelensky is maybe the greatest salesman of any politician that's ever lived," Trump told supporters at 'The People's Convention', a conservative conference held by Turning Point Action in Michigan on Saturday.

"Every time he comes to our country, he walks away with $60 billion," Trump said of the Ukrainian leader. "So now here's the beauty. He just left four days ago with $60 billion, and he gets home and he announces that he needs another $60 billion or else it never ends, it never ends."

The US and other G7 nations on Thursday announced a $50 billion loan for Ukraine, which would be backed by revenue generated by roughly $300 billion in frozen Russian assets. While Zelensky did not ask for "another $60 billion" after leaving the G7 gathering in Italy, he has repeatedly chided his Western backers for not handing over sufficient quantities of cash and weapons, and intensely lobbied Republican lawmakers in Washington to approve a $61 billion military aid package in April.

Comment: Trump won't be allowed to stop the Ukraine gravy train. The question is, how will they stop him from stopping it?


Stop

Court rejects Trump's gag order appeal

Donald Trump
© Jon Cherry/Getty ImagesFormer U.S. President Donald Trump.
Former US President Donald Trump remains banned from speaking about his criminal case in Manhattan, even after the jury's verdict, the New York Court of Appeals said on Tuesday.

Judge Juan Merchan imposed the gag order on Trump during his trial on 34 counts of "falsifying business records," which District Attorney Alvin Bragg alleged had somehow violated campaign finance laws and improperly influenced the 2016 election. The jury found the former president guilty on all counts at the end of May.

Trump's lawyers have protested the gag order from the start, pointing out that it directly impacts his 2024 presidential campaign. The appeals court has ruled that "no substantial constitutional question is directly involved," so the order can stay in place.

"The Gag Order wrongfully silences the leading candidate for President of the United States, President Trump, at the height of his campaign," Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung said on Tuesday, adding that the president's attorneys will "continue to fight" against the "unconstitutional" measure.

Comment: They're trying every dirty trick in the book and he's still leading in the polls.


Magic Wand

Confused Biden clips are 'deepfakes' - White House

Joe Biden
© Getty Images / Alessandra Benedetti; CorbisU.S. President Joe Biden
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has claimed that recent videos showing US President Joe Biden looking confused at public events have been manipulated, describing them as "cheap fakes."

Jean-Pierre's comments come after several videos of Biden have gone viral on social media in recent weeks. In one clip, the president could be seen having trouble sitting down during a D-Day memorial event in France. A number of commenters suggested that the US leader was "completely lost" or having "some kind of episode."

Another video showed Biden standing together with G7 leaders in Italy watching a skydiving demonstration. At one point, the US president turned away and wandered off from the group, before Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni took him by the hand to guide him back to the other members.

In another clip from an LA fundraising event with former President Barack Obama and late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, Biden appeared to freeze up as he was waving goodbye to the crowd. Obama could then be seen taking Biden by the hand and patting him on the back while leading him off stage.

A clip from a White House Juneteenth concert also appeared to show the 81-year-old president awkwardly frozen as everyone around him danced to the music.

Comment: Ignore the obvious, it's not what you think. Everything is fine. Nothing to see here... How utterly absurd.


No Entry

Ukraine will never join NATO - Moscow

Sergey Ryabkov
© Sputnik / Vladimir AstapkovichFILE PHOTO: Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov
Ukraine will never become a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov has said, while warning the US-led military bloc against repeating past mistakes.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated last week that "there is no membership issue to be discussed" unless Kiev defeats Moscow on the battlefield. "We need to ensure that Ukraine prevails, that's an absolute minimum for Ukraine to become a member of the alliance," he said.

"This means this will never happen," Ryabkov told TASS news agency on Tuesday. "I hope Mr. Stoltenberg understands this."

The Russian diplomat said Stoltenberg should be aware of what happened after NATO announced at its Bucharest summit in 2008 that Ukraine would eventually become a member.

Magnify

Reuters Exposes Washington's Global Disinformation Campaign: The Rest of the Story

Reuters
In a recent article, Reuters confirms what many knew for years, that the United States government and its various departments and agencies have been conducting global disinformation campaigns targeting nations it seeks to undermine, and whose governments it seeks to overthrow.

Washington was Deliberately Harming American "Allies"

The article titled, "Pentagon ran secret anti-vax campaign to undermine China during pandemic," admits:
At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. military launched a secret campaign to counter what it perceived as China's growing influence in the Philippines, a nation hit especially hard by the deadly virus.

The clandestine operation has not been previously reported. It aimed to sow doubt about the safety and efficacy of vaccines and other life-saving aid that was being supplied by China, a Reuters investigation found. Through phony internet accounts meant to impersonate Filipinos, the military's propaganda efforts morphed into an anti-vax campaign. Social media posts decried the quality of face masks, test kits and the first vaccine that would become available in the Philippines - China's Sinovac inoculation.
The article reveals that the campaign was not conducted only in the Philippines, but across the rest of Southeast Asia and far beyond.


Comment: What is of interest is not that the US makes these psyop campaigns to undermine any country it considers its enemies, but rather that Reuters is reporting it.


Comment: Thailand did have their experiences with Pfizer during the 'pandemic' and a Thai princess suffered severe side effects after the Pfizer jab.
The narrative is collapsing: Thailand drops a BOMBSHELL on Pfizer