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Attention

MSM signaling a change in the Russia-Ukraine narrative?

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Two major incidents in the last week suggest we might be about to see a change in the narrative surrounding the Russian war in Ukraine.

First we saw Piers Morgan interviewing economist and former US diplomat Prof. Jeffrey Sachs.

Sachs is noted for his eloquent and historically literate takes on the history of NATO and Russia and his persistent warning on the danger of World War III, all of which he repeated during an interview where Morgan's essentially just let Sachs talk:


Why? The people who run Morgan's show know exactly what Sachs was going to say - not least because he said it all in an 3 hour interview with Tucker Carlson last month - so why did they invite him on?

Guests on high profile programs like that are vetted to the max, and if they might say something the producers don't want their audience to hear they don't get invited on.

Taboo opinions are simply never given a platform, it is the first and most effective form of censorship.

Light Sabers

Ukrainization of Georgia will not happen - prime minister

FILE PHOTO: Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Kobakhidze.
© Davit Kachkachishvili / Anadolu via Getty ImagesFILE PHOTO: Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Kobakhidze.
Tbilisi is right to protect its political system from foreign influence, Irakly Kobakhidze has insisted

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Kobakhidze has vowed to resist pressure from political forces that seek to "Ukrainize" the country, insisting that his government will not allow that to happen.

Kobakhidze lashed out at the United National Movement (UNM), linked to former Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, for stirring public discontent over a law that requires NGOs and media outlets that receive foreign funding to declare their sources.

Kobakhidze claimed that the UNM is trying to instigate mass protests similar to those that toppled the Ukrainian government in 2014.

Comment: The latest statements show that the Georgian struggle for independence from Western meddling is not yet over, otherwise, would there be no need to talk about it. For a West that wants to defeat Russia, there is a significant benefit from relentlessly trying to get a country like Georgia involved. Even if nothing happens, it destabilizes, divides the people, and puts pressure on the country and its administration

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Attention

A new multipolar security system based on 'Pax Rossiya'

Putin and Kim
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For several years now, Russia, China and other members of the expanding BRICS alliance have been formulating progressive trade and financial relations of the emerging multipolar world order. That order is based on mutual respect and partnership grounded in international law and the UN Charter.

The BRICS concept is rightly the zeitgeist of our time. It is rallying more nations to its fold especially those of the so-called Global South which for decades have been subjected to the unilateralism of Western hegemony.

The trouble is that for a new world order based on equality and fairness to succeed in practice, it needs to be secure from arbitrary military aggression and imperialist tyranny. In other words, a new security architecture is required to underpin the development of a multipolar world.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been advocating for a new indivisible international security system. This week saw the plan for a new security arrangement put into action.

The Russian leader embarked on state visits to North Korea and Vietnam during which he signed new strategic partnership and defense accords.

Ahead of his trip to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Putin outlined the integrated vision thus: "We are also ready for close cooperation to make international relations more democratic and stable... To do this, we will develop alternative mechanisms of trade and mutual settlements that are not controlled by the West, and jointly resist illegitimate unilateral restrictions. And at the same time - to build an architecture of equal and indivisible security in Eurasia."

The concept of indivisible security is by no means limited to Eurasia. Russia has signaled the same principles apply to Latin America, Africa and indeed every other corner of the world.

Briefcase

Dems suing RFK Jr. over Nevada presidential bid: Not really 'independent,' wants to 'play spoiler'

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© Associated PressUwe Rockenfeller and Francisco Morales named Kennedy, his running mate Nicole Shanahan and Nevada Secretary of State Francisco Aguilar as defendants.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is not a political independent under Nevada law and should be disqualified from Silver State ballots, two voters allege in a lawsuit filed in state court Thursday.

Uwe Rockenfeller and Francisco Morales named Kennedy, his running mate Nicole Shanahan and Nevada Secretary of State Francisco Aguilar as defendants.

They want the Kennedy-Shanahan ticket disqualified from the state ballot.

After ending his Democratic primary challenge to President Biden, the complaint alleges, Kennedy "claims that he is an 'Independent' candidate for President of the United States while simultaneously seeking the nominations of at least six separate political parties in six other states."

Better Earth

Russia's mutual defense pact with North Korea is a geopolitical game-changer

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© UnknownRussian President Vladimir Putin • North Korea's Kim Jong Un
Russia and North Korea just clinched a mutual defense pact during President Putin's trip to Pyongyang, which followed his counterpart Kim Jong Un's visit to Vladivostok last September that was analyzed here. This agreement is a geopolitical game-changer for three fundamental reasons:
- it raises the stakes in the US' dangerous game of nuclear chicken with Russia in Ukraine;
- accelerates the US' "Pivot (back) to Asia"; and
- could thus trap China and the US in an escalation spiral that moves the New Cold War out of Europe.
To explain, the first outcome can be interpreted as one of Russia's promised asymmetrical responses to the West arming Ukraine. If Russia achieves a military breakthrough across the front lines that's exploited by some NATO members as the pretext for commencing a conventional intervention which provokes a Cuban-like brinkmanship crisis in Europe, then North Korea might provoke its own such crisis in Asia in order to remind the US about the principle of "Mutually Assured Destruction" (MAD).

Comment: New script, new threats, redirected war machines...grab the popcorn and don't bypass the credits.


Russian Flag

Russia will 'never' withdraw troops - Putin

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© Kristina Kormilitsyna/SputnikRussian President Vladimir Putin during an approach to representatives of the Russian media at Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi • June 20, 2024
Ukraine's unrealistic demand is intended to make peace talks impossible, the Russian president has said.

Ukraine's demand for the withdrawal of Russian troops is only designed to perpetuate the conflict, because that's the only way the current Kiev government can stay in power, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said.

Putin was speaking at a press conference in Hanoi following his meetings with the leadership of Vietnam on Thursday. Among other topics, he addressed the Ukraine conflict. Putin told reporters:
"If negotiations are linked to the withdrawal of our troops, about which the Kiev regime dreams, then this will never happen."

"Because the Kiev regime does not want to relinquish power, does not want to hold normal elections according to the Ukrainian constitution, they will forever drag out the ceasefire talks. This means that Kiev has an interest in our troops remaining there, because they don't want to hold elections."
As for attempts to "beat back" Russian troops from Kharkov, Putin said that Kiev's orders to achieve a victory on the battlefield "at all costs" will mean it is Ukraine that will suffer. Kharkov, he said, is a tactical operation, which Ukraine is trying to portray as strategic.

Eye 1

NATO installing permanent envoy to Ukraine, while not letting it join the club

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© US President Joe Biden • Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky at NATO summit in VilniusUS President Joe Biden • Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky • NATO Summit in Vilnius
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is planning to install a permanent special envoy to Kyiv as a new envoy post. This has to do with "institutionalizing" some of "the bilateral support that has flowed to Ukraine", says US ambassador to Kyiv, Julianne Smith. At the same time, last week, Biden made it (again) abundantly clear that Ukraine is not to become a NATO member.

One should keep in mind that back on 21 December 2022, during a joint press conference in Washington, when Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited the US, Biden had already been clear enough on the limits of Washington's willingness to be there for Ukraine. The American's replies must have been a cold shower to his Ukrainian counterpart: when asked about sending more powerful weapons to Kyiv, Biden said that doing so "would have a prospect of breaking up NATO", and "breaking up the EU and the rest of the world." Moreover, according to him, his Atlantic Alliance allies were "not looking to go to war with Russia. They're not looking for a third world war." Then, he went on to "reassure" the Ukrainian president right next to him, by telling that "as I said, Mr. President, you don't have to worry — we are staying with Ukraine as long as Ukraine is there", in an unintendedly amusing remark that inadvertently almost paraphrased the famous cruel joke about Americans being willing to fight "to the last Ukrainian".

Green Light

Dutch leader Mark Rutte clears a big hurdle to becoming NATO chief after Hungary lifts objections

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© Omar Havana/APNetherland's PM Mark Rutte addresses the media at EU summit in Brussels • June 18, 2024
Hungary on Tuesday lifted its veto on Mark Rutte becoming the next head of NATO after the outgoing Dutch prime minister gave written guarantees that he would not force the country to take part in the military alliance's new plans to provide support to Ukraine.

Rutte's assurances, contained in a letter to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, remove a major obstacle to him becoming the next NATO secretary-general — the organization's top civilian official.

It could also allow NATO to put on a major show of unity and demonstrate solidarity with war-ravaged Ukraine when U.S. President Joe Biden and his counterparts meet in Washington on July 9-11. The summit is to mark NATO's 75th anniversary.

At talks in Budapest last week, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, who is due to step down in October, clinched a deal with Orbán to ensure that Hungary would not block NATO's plans for Ukraine.

Stop

Hungary 'won't ride NATO war train' - Orban

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© Pier Marco Tacca/Getty ImagesHungarian PM Viktor Orban
The US appears intent on continuing to fight Russia in Ukraine and hopes to win, but Hungary is acting to counter this destructive policy, Prime Minister Viktor Orban has said.

The vocal opponent of the Western approach to the Ukraine conflict expressed fresh criticism during a weekly interview on Kossuth Radio on Friday. Orban claimed:
"It appears that the Western world, led by the Americans, wants to defeat Russia, with the Germans playing the role of extras."
He described the strategy as "hopeless," adding that it is disastrous for the Ukrainians and Russians dying on the battlefield and is potentially escalatory.

The Hungarian leader claimed, however, that "we have already slowed the train to war," citing the outcome of the recent European Parliament elections in which his party enjoyed success while some pro-Ukrainian groups suffered setbacks.

The Hungarian government has secured assurances from both outgoing NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and his presumed successor, Mark Rutte, that Budapest will not be dragged into a "mission" that the US-led bloc is establishing in Ukraine, the prime minister said. Hungary will not contribute troops, weapons, or money to the plan, Orban vowed.

"I can pull the emergency brake. The train will stop, and we Hungarians will get off this train. And if we become very strong and the stars are lucky, we will convince the driver not to go any further."

Comment: Boiling frogs...Orban sees it.
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Bizarro Earth

UK election rivals attack Farage for saying West provoked Ukraine war

Nigel Farage
Nigel Farage
Nigel Farage has been criticised for suggesting the West "provoked" Russia's invasion of Ukraine by expanding the European Union and Nato military alliance eastwards.

The Reform UK leader told the BBC that "of course" the war was President Vladimir Putin's fault.

But he added that the expansion of the EU and Nato gave him a "reason" to tell the Russian people "they're coming for us again".

Former Conservative Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, who is not standing in the election, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme Mr Farage was like a "pub bore we've all met at the end of the bar".

Comment: Farage sounds like the only sane, thinking person in a field of dangerous ninnies.