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Merkel admits Minsk peace accords were instead signed 'to give Ukraine' cover to prepare for conflict with Russia

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Angela Merkel • Pyotr Poroshenko • 2019
German ex-Chancellor Angela Merkel reveals that in 2014, the Minsk agreements aimed to give Ukraine time to get stronger and for NATO to increase its support to the country in the face of Russia.

The Minsk accords were signed to "give Ukraine time" to strengthen itself, according to ex-German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was in office from 2005 to 2021, in an interview published on Wednesday in the Zeit newspaper.

Merkel said "The 2014 Minsk agreement was an attempt to give time to Ukraine. It also used this time to become stronger as can be seen today. The Ukraine of 2014-2015 is not the modern Ukraine."

Comment: TASS reports:
Merkel's confession provides a solid basis for a tribunal

Maria Zakharova
© Russian Foreign Ministry/TASS
According to Maria Zakharova, the ex-Chancellor's confession "says the horrible: fraud as modus operandi of the West - machinations, manipulations, all kinds of distortion of truth, law and justice imaginable"Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova
"A lot is being said today about the legal assessment of the situation around Ukraine, about some tribunals and all kinds of that thing," she noted. "This, however, is a solid bid for a tribunal. The things that Merkel said in her interview - this is a testimony of a person, who stated it directly that everything that was done in 2014 and 2015 had only one goal: to divert the global community's attention from the real problems, to buy some time, to pump the Kiev regime with weapons and to lead the situation to a large-scale conflict."

According to Zakharova, the ex-Chancellor's confession "says the horrible: fraud as modus operandi of the West - machinations, manipulations, all kinds of distortion of truth, law and justice imaginable."

"They [Western representatives - TASS] knew it back then, in 2015, already, when they held hours-long talks, they knew that they would never implement it, that they would pump the Kiev regime with weapons," the diplomat underscored. "They had no mercy for anyone: women, children, civilians of Donbass and Ukraine in general. They needed conflict, and they were ready for it back then already, back in 2015."



Dollars

EU lacks 'critical defense capabilities' - Borrell

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EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell.
The EU must begin to take more responsibility for its own security, its foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has told a conference, announcing that total expenditure by member states will grow by €70 billion over the next three years.

Speaking at the 'Investing in European Defence' forum on Thursday, Borrell, who also heads the European Defence Agency (EDA), called on European nations to cooperate more on upping defense capacities in the common interest of bloc security. They should also look past the current conflict in Ukraine and anticipate "future threats."

Borrell said states' spending on defense had surpassed the €200 billion-level in 2021 for the first time, though they're still playing catch-up.

"After the Cold War, we shrunk our forces to small-size armies without coordination ... We lack critical defense capabilities," he said. "We have to compensate for years of underspending."

Comment: Just how EU governments are supposed to get the money for this increase in spending when they're economies are faltering due to their own poor decision making is not quite clear. But be sure the taxpayer will feel the squeeze all the same.


Newspaper

Study reveals George Soros' global media ties

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Billionaire George Soros
Billionaire George Soros has financial ties to at least 253 media organizations worldwide, helping him to mold public opinion and insulate himself from criticism, a new study by a conservative US watchdog group has found.

The 92-year-old, America's biggest donor to Democratic political candidates and leftist causes, has built connections with press outlets and activist media organizations by bankrolling them through his not-for-profit groups, the Media Research Center (MRC) reported on Tuesday. The recipients of Soros' money reach readers, viewers and listeners in virtually every corner of the world and in many languages. The MRC said:
"Soros once told the New York Times that he was working to bend the arc of history in the right direction. He means it."
Tuesday's report was the first in a three-part series that will reveal the extent of the media influence that Soros wields. The second and third installments will lay out how much money the Hungarian-born activist has funneled into media organizations and will identify the establishment outlets that have ties to the "propaganda czar," the watchdog group said.

Briefcase

US court tosses out suit against Saudi crown prince over Khashoggi killing

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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
A United States federal judge has tossed out a lawsuit that was brought against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in response to input from the Biden administration that claimed he is immune in his newly appointed post as prime minister.

The court, under separation of powers, must yield to the executive branch despite its "uneasiness, then, with both the circumstances of bin Salman's appointment and the credible allegations of his involvement in Khashoggi's murder", wrote United States District Judge John Bates in a filing in Washington.

Ms Hatice Cengiz, Mr Khashoggi's fiancee and plaintiff in the lawsuit, accused Saudi Arabia of trying to manipulate US courts by appointing the Crown Prince as head of government only six days before the Justice Department's deadline to weigh in on the case.

Light Saber

Maligned in Western Media, Donbass Forces are Defending their Future from Ukrainian Shelling and Fascism

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© courtesy of Eva Bartlett
The author, Eva Bartlett, with Pyatnashka commanders at outpost near Avdeevka, Donetsk People's Republic.
America is widely understood to be a key instigator behind conflict in Ukraine that has pitted brother against brother

Smeared, stigmatized, and lied about in Western media propaganda, the mostly Russian-speaking people of the Donbass region were being slaughtered by the thousands in a brutal war of "ethnic cleansing" launched against them by the neo-Nazi regime in Kyiv, which the U.S. installed after the CIA overthrew Ukraine's legally elected president in a 2014 coup.

Although the Donbass people had been pleading for Russian military aid to defend them against the increasingly murderous military assaults by the Ukraine government forces, which killed more than 14,000 of their people, Russian President Vladimir Putin declined to intervene. Instead, he tried to broker a peace agreement between the warring parties.

But the U.S. and Britain secretly colluded to sabotage peace negotiations, persuading president Zelenksy to ignore the Minsk 2 peace agreement that the Ukraine government had previously signed, and which had been countersigned by Russia, France and Germany.

Realizing that the U.S. and its NATO allies would never permit peace negotiations to succeed, Putin finally sent troops into Ukraine on February 24. Russian troops went in to support and reinforce the outnumbered and outgunned Donbass Special Forces who had been defending their land against attacks by the Kyiv government for nearly eight years.

Arrow Down

The mother of all crashes is coming in April 2023

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© Alt-Market.us
The signs of the coming economic contraction are already both present and obvious, but the overall economic picture probably won't be acknowledged in the mainstream until the situation becomes much worse.

It's a problem that arises at the onset of every historic financial crisis - mainstream economists and cable-news commentators deliberately mislead the public about the severity of the challenges and the chances of recovery. They feed their audiences false reassurances in the hope of lulling people back to sleep.

Even now with inflation pummeling the average American family, they tell us that there is nothing to worry about. The Federal Reserve's "soft landing" is on the way.

Consider the Great Financial Crisis

I remember in 2007, right before the epic derivatives collapse that took down Lehman Brothers and Bear Sterns, when media pundits were applauding the U.S. housing market and forecasting even greater highs in both sales and in valuations. A "permanent plateau," which would generously spread wealth across the nation.

I had only been writing economic analysis for about a year at the time, but I remember thinking that all this overt optimism felt like compensation for something. It seemed as if they were trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the public in the hopes that, if people just believed hard enough that all was well, then the fantasy could be manifested into reality. Science has even developed a term for this: the Tinkerbell effect.

Unfortunately, that's not how economics works.

Here's some free advice most people learn the hard way: the more your financial future depends on hope, rather than basic economic principles, the more likely it is to disappoint you.

The fundamental forces that make markets, supply and demand, debt and credit, money velocity and inflation - these cannot be ignored.

If the system is out of balance, it will fall apart and there's nothing anyone, including central banks, can do about it. (In fact, there are times when they deliberately engineer collapse - though they don't call it that.)

Black Cat 2

German MP says 'coup plot' just an example of government's diversionary tactics

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German special police are seen during an anti-terror raid on December 7, 2022, Bad Lobenstein, Germany
AfD party's Eugen Schmidt said the arrest of alleged conspirators is a smokescreen amid the energy crisis

A lawmaker from the right-wing Alternative for Germany party, Eugen Schmidt, has called into question the authorities' claims that a group of QAnon followers had been plotting a coup to overthrow the German government. The MP alleged that the powers-that-be in Berlin arranged the arrest of dozens of people on Wednesday merely to divert Germans' attention from an increasingly acute energy crisis.

Speaking to Russia's Izvestia media outlet on Wednesday, Schmidt pointed out that the vast majority of the suspects are in their 60s or even 70s. He noted that the elite troops who officials say were part of the conspiracy had served before 1990, when the German Democratic Republic was still around, and added that these soldiers are "long past their prime."

Attention

The Constitution has already been terminated

Torn Constitution
© A Government of Wolves
"That was when they suspended the Constitution. They said it would be temporary." — Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale
If there is one point on which there should be no political parsing, no legal jockeying, and no disagreement, it is this: for anyone to advocate terminating or suspending the Constitution is tantamount to a declaration of war against the founding principles of our representative government and the rule of law.

Then again, one could well make the case that the Constitution has already been terminated after years on life support, given the extent to which the safeguards enshrined in the Bill of Rights — adopted 231 years ago as a means of protecting the people against government overreach and abuse — have been steadily chipped away at, undermined, eroded, whittled down, and generally discarded with the support of Congress, the White House, and the courts.

Consider for yourself.

We are in the grip of martial law. We have what the founders feared most: a "standing" or permanent army on American soil. This de facto standing army is made up of weaponized, militarized domestic police forces which look like, dress like, and act like the military; are armed with guns, ammunition and military-style equipment; are authorized to make arrests; and are trained in military tactics.

We are in the government's crosshairs. The U.S. government continues to act as judge, jury and executioner over a populace that have been pre-judged and found guilty, stripped of their rights, and left to suffer at the hands of government agents trained to respond with the utmost degree of violence. Consequently, we are at the mercy of law enforcement officers who have almost absolute discretion to decide who is a threat, what constitutes resistance, and how harshly they can deal with the citizens they were appointed to "serve and protect." With alarming regularity, unarmed men, women, children and even pets are being gunned down by the government's standing army of militarized police who shoot first and ask questions later.

We are no longer safe in our homes. This present menace comes from the government's army of bureaucratized, corporatized, militarized SWAT teams who are waging war on the last stronghold left to us as a free people: the sanctity of our homes.

Info

Russia and US swap prisoners Viktor Bout and Brittney Griner

Brittney Griner, Viktor Bout
© Kypros;Chumsak Kanoknan/Getty Images
(L) American basketball player Brittney Griner; (R) Russian entrepreneur Viktor Bout
Russia and the US have conducted a high-level prisoner swap, involving businessman Viktor Bout and WNBA star Brittney Griner.

On Thursday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that the two individuals has been exchanged in Dubai. Bout had been in a US prison for 11 years serving a 25-year term, while Griner was sentenced to a penal colony in Russia on drug smuggling charges.

The swap took place at Abu Dhabi airport in the United Arab Emirates, following lengthy negotiations between the two countries, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry .

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Binoculars

The COP27 meeting and the recipe for globalist tyranny

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Award-winning journalist Alex Newman, author of the popular books "Deep State" and "Crimes of the Educators," says Deep State globalists had a two-week conference in Egypt called COP27 that outlined the plan to enslave the planet with a New World Order globalist agenda. It was a huge conference in mid-November that most Americans knew nothing about because the Lying Legacy Media (LLM) would not cover it. Why did the LLM lie by omission and not show Americans what was going on when the entire world covered this conference? Newman, who attended COP27, contends,
"This is an incredibly significant story, and anywhere else in the world you would have seen very extensive coverage in the press, in the fake news media as we call it. There were thousands of journalists there. I call them the cheerleading section from all over the world. Conspicuously absent, though, was the American media. . . . If Americans knew what was going on . . . they would put a stop to it almost immediately. So, there was almost total radio silence in the U.S. This was very, very significant because you had 125 prime ministers, kings, dictators and presidents, including Joe Biden, show up. I actually ran into John Kerry there, and he was not very talkative. . . . It was just Americans that were kept totally in the dark about this. This was the most significant thing going on in the world until the G-20 started. . . . There were world leaders from all over the planet. We are talking about wealth redistribution. We are talking about stealing money from middle-class and poor Americans and redistributing that to the very wealthy, uber elites and the kleptocrats who have kept the third world impoverished."