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Media report: Russia quietly evacuating its embassy in Ukraine

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The Russian Embassy in Kiev, Ukraine
With tensions rising on the Russian border with Ukraine, Moscow has started to remove its diplomats and their families from its embassy in Kiev and consulate in Lvov, the New York Times has claimed, citing anonymous officials.

In a report published on Monday, the newspaper claimed that 18 people, primarily children and wives of Russian diplomats, left Ukraine on January 5. A further 30 people allegedly left in the two weeks following that, and diplomats from two other Russian consulates (Kharkov and Odessa) had reportedly been told to prepare to leave the country.

In response, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported that "The Russian embassy in Kiev is working normally," but did not deny any downsizing.

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Bullseye

Mr. Xi plays Davos Man

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A collective West "led" by unspeakable mediocrities looks at the Russia-China strategic partnership as if it was something like a double-headed Anti-Christ. Xi, for his part, seems not to be impressed.
The virtual, special address by President Xi Jinping to the World Economic Forum's 2022 Davos Agenda exhibits all the elements of a riddle inside an enigma.

At first, it certainly could be interpreted as a simultaneous message to the Empire of Chaos and global public opinion.

Much more than prescribing "effective doses against unilateralism, decoupling and ideological antagonism" - not so subtle allusions to the usual suspects - Xi most of all positioned China as the indispensable driver of Globalization 2.0.

The address was simultaneous to the announcement of China's GDP growth at 8.1% in 2021 and commodity trading reaching new highs: the center of global manufacturing is the world's biggest exporter for the 8th consecutive year.

Comment: Indeed, whilst the Pathocracy seem to have a nefarious end game in mind, the contrived coronavirus crisis shows us that they're also opportunists, and so how their schemes actually play out is subject to change. We also know that the establishment is blinded by arrogance and so it may be that the controlled demolition doesn't go quite as planned: Also check out SOTT radio's:



Bullseye

In Dutch Parliament, speaking truth to power

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Gideon van Meijeren
As with other European Union countries, the Dutch government has been reveling in the power COVID bestowed on it. In response, the Netherlands has seen huge and violent protests against those draconian strictures. I'm betting that some of those protesters were among the people who voted for Gideon van Meijeren, a young man newly elected to the Dutch Parliament. This young man, during his first appearance on the floor, managed in just two minutes to completely humiliate Prime Minister Mark Rutte. Watching the video will make your day.

For a long time, the Netherlands has had some of the most restrictive COVID measures in Europe. In November, the Netherlands was one of the countries that announced that the unvaccinated were banned from most public places. The restrictions escalated when the Netherlands, a country in which 85% of the adult population was vaccinated, had an upsurge in COVID cases. These restrictions included putting a curfew on all bars, restaurants, and most stores from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. Immediately after the new year, the government also made it clear that, within a few months, vaccination certificates will be considered void without a booster.


Comment: It's time to replicate this young man's initiative and forthrightness - all over the world.


Attention

What many on the right still don't understand about 'Trump Populism'

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The January 6 anniversary last week drew a lot of opinions. Liberals solemnized the occasion as the new 9/11 and delivered maudlin speeches about how the circus-like crowd almost ended democracy. Conservatives, for the most part, avoided the cringe and either ignored the "celebration" or tried to challenge the prevailing narrative surrounding the day. Many attempted to explain the anger of the protestors who walked into the Capitol.

Liberals say the crowd were terrorists driven into a frenzy by "misinformation" over the FREEST and FAIREST election in human history. The crowd showed Trumpism as it truly is: a fascist and nativist movement that wants to overthrow democracy.

Revolver readers know this is ridiculous, but this is the common view among New York Times readers. The paper of record, however, did deign to offer a contrary opinion on what motivated Trump supporters that day. It was provided by former New York Post editor Sohrab Ahmari, an aspiring "post-liberal" intellectual. Ahmari argues that Trump supporters weren't motivated by hatred for democracy — they were inspired into action by economic anxiety.

While less ridiculous than liberal explanations, this argument also fails to understand the national populist moment. Trump supporters are not primarily outraged over Big Tech monopolies or the gig economy. They're upset over losing their country and becoming strangers in their own land.

Arrow Up

Lessons to be learned from Nicaragua's recognition of Beijing

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People's Republic of China Embassy in Nicaragua
China reopened its embassy in Nicaragua on New Year's Day after it was closed for over thirty years since 1990 following that country's mistaken recognition at the time of the Taiwan Province's rogue authorities. This move follows Managua's pragmatic decision last month to reverse that decision, which was undertaken after realizing that its prior policy was completely counterproductive. There are some lessons to be learned from this development, which will be explained in the present piece.

First, Nicaragua broke with Beijing in 1990 after the US succeeded in orchestrating a superficially democratic regime change in that formerly war-torn country. For background, Washington armed anti-government fighters popularly called "contras" and even broke its own laws by doing so during the infamous Iran-Contra scandal of the 1980s. The US-provoked conflict, which was more of an externally waged hybrid war than the civil war that some claimed, influenced Nicaragua's electoral processes.

Recognizing Taipei was clearly a favor to that new government's US patrons, but it didn't result in any benefits for the Central American nation. It remained the hemisphere's second-poorest country behind Haiti even though it obtained access to the US marketplace through the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR). Quite clearly, after removing former President Daniel Ortega and ruining Nicaragua's relations with China, the US didn't care about Nicaragua anymore.

Stop

All plan B Covid restrictions, including mask wearing, to end in England

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British PM Boris Johnson
PM says plan B measures will stop on 26 January and compulsory self-isolation for people with Covid on 24 March.

Boris Johnson has announced the end of all Covid measures introduced to combat the Omicron variant - including compulsory mask-wearing on public transport and in shops, guidance to work from home and vaccine certificates - from next week.

The prime minister told the Commons that the legal requirement on people with coronavirus to self-isolate would be allowed to lapse when the regulations expired on 24 March, and that date could be brought forward.

To cheers from some on the Conservative benches, Johnson also announced an immediate end to the need for pupils to wear masks at secondary schools.

While Johnson's statement will please a number of his backbenchers, it prompted concern from teaching and nursing unions, while one director of public health said the move felt motivated more by politics than evidence.

Responding for Labour, Keir Starmer said he would back the change as long as it was supported by evidence, saying Johnson must "reassure the public he is acting to protect their health, not just his job".

Comment: Truth or placation? It wouldn't be the first time Johnson rallied hope to show how much he cares - then dashed those promises to show how much he cares. Perhaps this time...
Johnson said while cases are likely to continue rising in primary schools, "our scientists believe it is likely that the Omicron wave has peaked nationally".

The Office for National Statistics latest figures show one in 20 people in England were infected with covid, a drop from one in 15 on the previous week.

Mr Johnson added: "This week the World Health Organisation said that while the global situation remains challenging, the United Kingdom can start to see 'light at the end of the tunnel'.



Light Saber

'Poland is sovereign and won't antagonize China to appease US' say officials, President confirms attendance of winter Olympics

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Poland's President Andrzej Duda arrives for the NATO summit at the Alliance's headquarters, in Brussels, Belgium, June 14, 2021.
Poland's President Andrzej Duda will attend the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and meet Chinese President Xi Jinping, a top aide confirmed to Reuters on Tuesday, as a number of Western countries call for a diplomatic boycott of the Games.

A U.S. boycott to protest against China's human rights record has been joined by Australia, Britain, Canada and Japan.


Comment: There's no evidence that China is guilty of the 'human right abuses' as claimed by the West.


"Poland is a sovereign nation and decides its own politics towards China. ... Poland is an ally of the United States but Poland also has a very friendly relationship with China," Duda's foreign affairs advisor Jakub Kumoch told Reuters.

Comment: It's notable that numerous officials in Poland have made some rather bold moves to reassert their country's sovereignty despite the increasing pressure from both the EU and US to submit to the globalist agenda: Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Why You Should Question Media Reports About China 'Causing Covid' And 'Invading Taiwan'




Easter Egg

Washington's $800 Billion stimulus program failed terribly and mostly benefited the wealthy, MIT economist finds

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About 75 percent of the benefits went to the top 20 percent of earners.

The federal government has spent an astounding $42,000 per federal taxpayer on so-called "stimulus" efforts since the pandemic began. Where did all that money go? Well, as it turns out, one of the biggest stimulus programs, the Paycheck Protection Program, failed miserably.

At least, that's the finding of a new study from MIT economist David Autor and nine coauthors. They examined the $800 billion Paycheck Protection Program, which gave "loans," most of which won't have to be paid back, to businesses. It was created by Republicans and Democrats in Congress alike in hopes of helping businesses preserve their employees' jobs for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis.

The study tracks the money to see where it ended up and what it achieved. The results... aren't pretty.

The analysis shows that even though 93 percent of small businesses received loans from the program, only between 2-3 million jobs were preserved. The program spent an astounding $170,000-$257,000 for each job it helped preserve! That's, erm, a lot more than most of those jobs even pay.

Comment: Consistent with the above research is this:

New Harvard Data (accidentally) reveal how lockdowns crushed the working class while leaving elites unscathed


USA

The United States is the primary source of world terrorism

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In a fervor of cross-partisan struggle and in pursuit of a bombshell, the New York Times was forced to publish hundreds of secret Pentagon records on innocent civilians that died due to reckless airstrikes conducted by the US military in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. Flawed and handicapped US intelligence is a notion that the rest of the world is now getting used and alludes to when speaking about the intelligence agencies of the most "democratic" but also the most aggressive nation in the world.

The never seen before documents, obtained by the newspaper, shows (other than deeply flawed intelligence), how the rushed and often imprecise targeting by warplanes or drones in West Asia occurred during the attacks and the murder of thousands of innocent civilians, many of them children. More than 1,300 secret reports are in the hands of the paper (more than 5,400 pages in total) and the timeframe dates between September 2014 to January 2018.

The newspaper says it has conducted independent research of its own, and the results closely match much of the basic information from the Pentagon documents, but it found significant discrepancies and oversights by the Pentagon, including the location of the strikes or the number of people killed or injured following the attacks. The unveiled data on failed intelligence, faulty targeting, many civilian deaths and bare-bones paperwork is at odds with boisterous Pentagon reports, which proves that in this case the US servicemembers had committed crimes falling under the jurisdiction of international law.

Arrow Up

North Korea's successful flight test of Mach 10 hypersonic missile

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attends a test-fire of hypersonic missile conducted by the Academy of Defense Science of the DPRK.
North Korea said Wednesday its leader Kim Jong Un oversaw a successful flight test of a hypersonic missile he claimed would remarkably increase the country's nuclear "war deterrent."

The state media report came a day after the militaries of the United States, South Korea and Japan said they detected North Korea firing a suspected ballistic missile into its eastern sea.

The Korean Central News Agency said Tuesday's launch involved a hypersonic glide vehicle, which after its release from the rocket booster demonstrated "glide jump flight" and "corkscrew maneuvering" before hitting a sea target 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) away. Photos released by the agency showed a missile mounted with a pointed cone-shaped payload soaring into the sky while leaving a trail of orange flames and Kim watching from a small cabin with top officials, including his sister Kim Yo Jong.

Comment: See also: And check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Kazakhstan on Fire: Why US vs Russia 'Great Game' Could Spark Global Economic Collapse