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Kremlin says US and Russia agree Ukraine must give Donbass special autonomous status as Nuland hails productive meeting in Moscow

Nuland and Kozak
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Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office Dmitry Kozak
US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland
Russia and the US have agreed to continue discussions on the situation in the east of Ukraine, with both parties seeing eye-to-eye on the need for Kiev to implement the controversial Minsk agreements to create peace in the region.

That's according to Dmitry Kozak, the Kremlin's deputy chief of staff, who spoke to the media after a meeting in Moscow with US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland. Nuland is in Moscow for a three-day working visit and has already met with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov and Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin. Nuland was previously banned from entering the country as part of counter-sanctions against Washington, but the Kremlin agreed to remove her from the blacklist to enable the short visit.

Kozak told news daily Kommersant:
"A thorough and constructive dialogue took place regarding the settlement of the conflict in south-east Ukraine. It was confirmed that the Minsk agreements remain the only basis for a settlement.

"During the talks, the US confirmed its position ... that significant progress towards the settlement of the conflict is unlikely without any agreement on future parameters of Donbass autonomy. In other words, giving the region a special status within Ukraine."
Nuland herself described the talks at the Kremlin as both "productive" and "useful."

Comment: It's been a long hard road to get to this degree of agreement, minus linchpin Kiev.

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Syringe

Moderna has no plans to share Covid-19 vaccine recipe, says chairman

N Afeyan
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Moderna chairman Noubar Afeyan
Moderna has no plans to share the recipe for its Covid-19 vaccine because executives have concluded that scaling up the company's own production is the best way to increase the global supply, the company's chairman and cofounder said.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Noubar Afeyan also reiterated a pledge Moderna made a year ago not to enforce patent infringement on anyone else making a coronavirus vaccine during the pandemic.
"We didn't have to do that. We think that was the responsible thing to do. Within the next six to nine months, the most reliable way to make high-quality vaccines and in an efficient way is going to be if we make them. We want that to be helping the world."
The United Nations health agency has pressed Moderna to share its vaccine formula.

Mr Afeyan said the company analysed whether it would be better to share the messenger RNA technology and determined that it could expand production and deliver billions of additional doses in 2022.

Asked about appeals from the World Health Organisation and others, Mr Afeyan contended that such pleas assumed
"that we couldn't get enough capacity, but in fact we know we can. We went from zero production to having one billion doses in less than a year."
Referring to the Massachusetts-based company's sprint to develop the vaccine and produce it in large quantities, he said:
"We think we will be able to go from one to three billion in 2022. We think we are doing everything we can to help this pandemic."

Comment: Sprinkle the holy water and man the vaccine...all strategies are in high gear, merely a poke away from back-patting success. And then, like the needle in this proverbial haystack of claims, there is pesky reality.

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Family

Gov. watchdog launches investigation into DOJ targeting of 'domestic terrorist' parents opposed to critical race theory

Parent protest
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Parents protest
Government watchdog Protect the Public's Trust (PPT) filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking records from the Department of Justice (DOJ) showing the timeline surrounding Attorney General Merrick Garland's decision to sic the FBI on parents opposed to Critical Race Theory.

Garland's directive was seemingly in response to a letter from the National School Boards Association (NSBA) deeming such parents "domestic terrorists."

Using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), PPT is also seeking corroborating records from the Department of Education and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in order to ascertain if these federal agencies colluded with the NSBA to achieve a political end.

As Breitbart News previously reported,
"Days after a national organization representing school board officials lamented to the Biden administration about 'hate groups' intimidating education officials, Attorney General Merrick Garland has directed the FBI to combat 'threats of violence' against administrators.

"The timing of the Attorney General's letter contributes to a public perception that the federal government is targeting parents who have spoken up against policies being advanced by the Administration's local union allies. Using domestic terrorism as the rationale has only heightened the perception that Americans' civil rights are being threatened for improper purposes."

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Star of David

Former Israeli Mossad chief admits Iran 'not even close' to getting the bomb

Yair Lapid  Jake Sullivan
© Shlomi Amsalem
Foreign Minister Yair Lapid meets with US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan in Washington, DC, on October 12, 2021.
Foreign Minister Yair Lapid is in Washington D.C. to meet with top Biden administration officials for talks centered on Iran as well as the Gaza Strip and other security-related matters. As expected, Lapid warned US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan that Iran is on brink of becoming a "nuclear threshold state".

Lapid's office issued this statement after the Sullivan meeting: "The foreign minister shared with the national security adviser Israel's concerns about Iran's race toward nuclear capabilities, as well as that Iran is becoming a nuclear threshold state," according to The Times of Israel. "Lapid also discussed with the national security adviser the need for an alternative plan to the nuclear agreement."

As nuclear talks between Tehran and world powers have remain stalled in Vienna, a key question at center of debate over whether the US should seek a restored JCPOA deal with Iran remains just how close is Iran to acquiring a nuke?

Comment: Why does everyone let Israel slide on condemning non-nuclear Iran, when it's clear Israel has nukes without being party to any agreements regarding them?


Wall Street

Hostile takeover: Wall Street's acquisition of nature advances with launch of new asset class

Intrinsic Exchange Group
A project of the multilateral development banking system, the Rockefeller Foundation and the New York Stock Exchange recently created a new asset class that will put, not just the natural world, but the processes underpinning all life, up for sale under the guise of promoting "sustainability."

Last month, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) announced it had developed a new asset class and accompanying listing vehicle meant "to preserve and restore the natural assets that ultimately underpin the ability for there to be life on Earth." Called a natural asset company, or NAC, the vehicle will allow for the formation of specialized corporations "that hold the rights to the ecosystem services produced on a given chunk of land, services like carbon sequestration or clean water." These NACs will then maintain, manage and grow the natural assets they commodify, with the end of goal of maximizing the aspects of that natural asset that are deemed by the company to be profitable.

Though described as acting like "any other entity" on the NYSE, it is alleged that NACs "will use the funds to help preserve a rain forest or undertake other conservation efforts, like changing a farm's conventional agricultural production practices." Yet, as explained towards the end of this article, even the creators of NACs admit that the ultimate goal is to extract near-infinite profits from the natural processes they seek to quantify and then monetize.

NYSE COO Michael Blaugrund alluded to this when he said the following regarding the launch of NACs: "Our hope is that owning a natural asset company is going to be a way that an increasingly broad range of investors have the ability to invest in something that's intrinsically valuable, but, up to this point, was really excluded from the financial markets."

Sherlock

'Hiding the ball': Hunter Biden complicates White House anti-corruption push

Biden Family
© Illustration by Raphaël Vicenzi
During the presidential campaign, liberals had plenty of reason to tune out the Hunter Biden story.

For one, it was being pushed by Donald Trump, whose administration was awash in ethics scandals of its own, and who failed to make a convincing case that Hunter Biden's work for a Ukrainian energy company influenced his father's actions as vice president. And it was unclear what to make of the alleged leak of material from Hunter Biden's laptop, especially after social media companies moved to restrict access to the story and a bevy of former U.S. intelligence officials dismissed it as likely "Russian disinformation."

Following the election, it seemed the whole Hunter Biden saga might fade away amid Trump's efforts to overturn the result, the storming of the Capitol and an ongoing pandemic. Instead, he has remained in the headlines.

Most recently, news broke this summer that Hunter Biden would begin selling paintings, with initial prices as high as $500,000. It was an extraordinary sum for a debut artist, and immediately invited concerns that people who wanted to ingratiate themselves with the president would overpay for his son's art.

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Chart Bar

Cleric Sadr wins Iraq vote, former PM Maliki close behind, record low turnout due to widespread apathy

Moqtada al-Sadr
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Iraqi Shia cleric and political leader Moqtada al-Sadr delivers the Eid al-Fitr sermon during the Muslim holiday's morning prayer at the Grand Mosque of Kufa near the central Iraqi shrine city of Najaf.
Shia Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's party was the biggest winner in an Iraqi election on Monday, increasing the number of seats he holds in parliament, according to initial results, officials and a spokesperson for the Sadrist Movement.

Former prime minister Nouri al-Maliki looked set to have the next largest win among Shi'ite parties, the initial results showed.

Iraq's Shia groups have dominated governments and government formation since the US-led invasion of 2003 that toppled Sunni dictator Saddam Hussein and catapulted the Shi'ite majority and the Kurds to power.

Comment: The US & its allies illegally invaded Iraq back in 2003, based on WMD lies, and in the process destroyed as much of Iraq's infrastructure as it could, including a factory that produces milk formula for babies and water purification plants; and, as with Afghanistan, despite 18+ years having passed, life for Iraqi's and instability in the region is many times worse:


Arrow Up

The political power of Facebook

Zuck currency
© The Verge/William Joel
Mark Zuckerberg
In the global imagination, Facebook would be a responsible social network that allows everyone to connect confidentially while censoring messages contrary to local laws. In practice, it is quite different. Facebook collects information about you for the NSA, censors your opinions and mints its own currency. In a few months, this company has become one of the most influential players in world politics.

FACEBOOK AS A SOCIAL NETWORK

The most important political player on the Internet is the social network Facebook. As of January 1st, 2021, it had 2.85 billion monthly active users and 1.88 billion daily active users worldwide. The social network routinely censors posts that include nude photos, sexual activity, harassment, hate speech, forgeries, spam, terrorist propaganda or violence using particularly crude and unfair artificial intelligence. It shuts down accounts that it deems dangerous, either because they have been censored several times or because they are linked to enemies of the United States.

Facebook is a huge company that includes Instagram, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Oculus, Workplace, Portal, Novi. It employs over 60,000 people.

FACEBOOK AS A BANK

Facebook now issues its own currency as a state, the Libra. It is backed by a basket of currencies composed of 50% dollars, 14% yen, 11% Serling pounds and 7% Singapore dollars [1].

By becoming a bank whose currency is progressively accepted by Internet sales sites, Facebook is building a parallel economy, both virtual and global, that is larger than the economy of many states.

Attention

'The Americans aren't listening to us,' Russia says as major Moscow talks between Biden's envoy and Kremlin's diplomats break down

Nuland
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US Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland in Moscow, Russia October 12, 2021
Relations between Russia and the US could worsen in the wake of long-awaited negotiations between the two countries that are making less progress than originally hoped, Moscow's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov has said.

The verdict comes after US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland arrived in the country on Monday to hold three days of talks with Russian officials. On Tuesday, local media reported that negotiations between Nuland and Ryabkov were floundering as the diplomats struggled to find common ground. Earlier this week, Moscow lifted sanctions on Nuland, which allowed the US undersecretary of state to enter the country for a summit with her Russian counterparts.

Despite Nuland saying that she is "glad to be back in Russia to deal with bilateral relations." Ryabkov said there is a high chance that the state of affairs will only worsen as a result.
"I cannot say that we have made great progress. The topics of visas, the operating conditions of diplomatic missions, the rotation of diplomatic staff, the overall normalization of the activities of Russian foreign missions in the United States and the United States in Russia retain a significant crisis potential, and it cannot be ruled out that some further exacerbations are possible in these areas. The positions of the parties do not fit well. Americans do not listen to our logic and our demands. But nevertheless, the conversation was useful."

Comment: The best way to stall out any progress between the US and Russia is to send in the neocon.

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Washington and Moscow drop some tit-for-tat sanctions to allow blacklisted Victoria 'f**k the EU' Nuland enter Russia for talks


Footprints

Migrant crisis could bring 1M people to US-Mexico border, Guatemalan activist warns

Harris and migrants
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Vice President Kamala Harris and unending throngs of migrants
Failure by the Biden administration to adequately address the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border could result in far greater numbers of people trying to enter the U.S., an anti-corruption activist in Guatemala is warning, according to a report.

"You will have 1 million people at the border," activist Manfredo Marroquin, who met with Vice President Kamala Harris when she visited Central America earlier this year, told the Los Angeles Times in a story published Wednesday.

To get a sense of what that would mean, the recent incident that strained local resources in Del Rio, Texas, after large groups of people gathered under a bridge, involved about 15,000 migrants.

Marroquin argued that the "root causes" of migration, which Harris has pledged to tackle in her role as the Biden administration's manager of the U.S. response to the migrant crisis, have only worsened since Harris' June visit, according to the report.


Comment: The trade off for migrants is one country's corruption for another. There should be no illusion: The US is not the lesser of this evil. It just disguises it bigger and better - at least until this administration...which begs the question: To where shall the Americans migrate as they leave Biden and Harris home alone?