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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




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Jeffrey Epstein's lawyer tried to get workers to declare they never saw Bill Clinton on private island ahead of 2016 election

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Jeffrey Epstein's attorney contacted the couple who managed Jeffrey Epstein's private island in 2016 to request that they sign an affidavit saying that former-President Bill Clinton did not visit Little St. James, Epstein's private island.

According to the Daily Mail, lawyer Darren Indyke contacted the couple, Miles and Caty Alexander, asking them to state that Clinton had not been on seen on the island, and that Clinton had not been on the island while the couple was absent from the island.

"It was during the 2016 presidential campaign which was won by Trump. There was a worry that the link between Epstein and Clinton and in particular the island could be used against Hillary," a source told the Mail.

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Wolf

Israel's finance minister calls for cancellation of 'illogical' Covid vaccine 'Green Pass'

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A man displays the Green Pass on his cellphone in Jerusalem, October 4, 2021.
Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman calls for an end to the widespread usage of the "Green Pass" proof of COVID vaccination to enter certain locations.

"There is no medical or epidemiological logic in the Green Pass, many experts agree," says Liberman. "There is, however, direct harm to the economy, to daily operations and a not insignificant contribution to daily panic among the public."

Liberman says he is working with "all the authorities" in order to get rid of the Green Pass and "maintain a normal life routine for all of us."


Comment: The authorities, everywhere, have no intention of allowing people to go back to what, some of them have been rather sinisterly calling, the 'before times'.


Comment: Israel's leadership have proven themselves to be some of the most pathocratic of the lot, and so it's unlikely that this minister is having a sudden change of heart solely because of concerns about the economy, which has already sustained incalculable damage over the last 21+ months.

Instead what we appear to be witnessing both in Israel and across much of the planet are signs that the establishment are satisfied with what they have achieved with the contrived coronavirus crisis and the tyrannical and nonsensical lockdowns. They've proven that a sufficient portion of the population are sufficiently programmed that they will behave in all manner of ways, that go against their best interests and reason, and that they will turn on those that don't comply.

And it seems that, for the establishment, the time has now come to move on to the next stage of the nefarious agenda, which looks to include inciting Russia to war - although it's unlikely to come to actual war - in the hopes Russia will respond in such a way that it can be blamed for the coming chaos and clamp down, and that, finally, it can be completely excluded from the international community: Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Collapsing Narratives: Medical Misinformation Now Indistinguishable From The Science!




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

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Small businesses and low-income workers suffered the most under covid lockdown policies
Founding father and the second president of the United States John Adams once said that "Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." What he meant was that objective, raw numbers don't lie — and this remains true hundreds of years later.

We just got yet another example. A new data analysis from Harvard University, Brown University, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation calculates how different employment levels have been impacted during the pandemic to date. The findings reveal that government lockdown orders devastated workers at the bottom of the financial food chain but left the upper-tier actually better off.

The analysis examined employment levels in January 2020, before the coronavirus spread widely and before lockdown orders and other restrictions on the economy were implemented. It compared them to employment figures from March 31, 2021.

The picture painted by this comparison is one of working-class destruction.

Blue Planet

What is Macron's real goal in Africa?

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French President Emmanuel Macron
As the world's bread basket, Africa has long fed the coffers of French industry, from defense to natural resources. Paris has traditionally considered itself to be a privileged partner of the continent, and particularly of its former colonies. With France itself being relatively resource poor, the relationships are considered critical to France's own sovereignty. If France can call the shots with its African partners, then it doesn't need to hunt for resources on less friendly grounds over which it has much less leverage and control. And now it also gets to call the shots for Europe - at least temporarily. And Macron certainly isn't going to let that opportunity go to waste.

So when Macron took over the six-month rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union on January 1, 2022, he turned his sights straight to Africa. The first event organized by the French government in this role was a meeting on identifying the priorities for EU members in their relationship with the African Union ahead of a February summit between the two. During a press conference on January 11, Macron said that he wants Europe to be "stronger in the world" and to "to build a new alliance, to rebuild our European Union-African Union partnership."

While Macron may wax poetic in public about investing in "green infrastructures" and "supporting prosperity and peace" in Africa, one can catch a glimpse of another agenda behind his platitudes.

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Kremlin identifies 'red line' in NATO-Russia relations

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NATO's "gradual invasion" into Ukraine has brought the US-led bloc right up to Moscow's "red line," the Kremlin has told CNN. President Vladimir Putin's spokesman says the situation poses an imminent threat to European security.

In an interview aired on Sunday, Dmitry Peskov cited documented Western promises, which, he noted, have never been "fixed in a legally binding way," that NATO would not expand further eastwards into the former Soviet bloc. In contrast to these pledges, over the past few years, NATO has used its 'open door policy' to absorb several former Warsaw Pact countries.

Moscow has drawn the line at Ukraine, Peskov told the American broadcaster.
"First, there were just words but with time we have seen the gradual invasion of NATO into Ukrainian territory, with its infrastructure, with its instructors, with supplies of defensive and offensive weapons, teaching [the] Ukrainian military and so on."
Putin's long time spokesman went on to say that these moves have brought NATO directly "to the red line," creating a situation which constitutes a "real threat" both for Russia and for the whole "European [security] architecture." Russia has a 3,000-km border with Ukraine, which, until the Ukrainian war broke out in 2014, was almost completely unfortified. These circumstances, which Moscow "couldn't tolerate anymore," prompted Putin's team to come up with a set of proposals to improve collective security, Peskov said.

Comment: According to the playbook: Create the scare tactic, make it untenable, offer it to the weak or undecided and get invited in.
Estonia is ready and able to host a contingent of up to 5,000 troops from NATO's rapid response force if the order to deploy them is given, Tallinn has said, despite Russian concerns over the US-led bloc's forces near its border.

Speaking on Monday to state-broadcaster ERR, the Estonian Ministry of Defense's Permanent Secretary Kusti Salm announced that the Baltic nation was prepared to accept a detachment of soldiers at an army base in the northeast of the country, around 110km (69 miles) from the frontier with Russia.
"Estonia has everything ready in case a NATO rapid reaction force of up to 5,000 troops arrives. There is an area in Tapa to receive allies, where equipment and weapons can be stored and distributed to units so that forces can move from there."
According to him, Tallinn is willing to accommodate soldiers in special containers and tents if there is not enough room for them in existing army quarters.
"The allies will not travel to us to sleep in barracks if they are required to come here in order to strengthen military power. If NATO troops have to stay in Estonia for a long mission, new barracks will be built for them. In terms of a containment policy, the Baltic region should be strengthened. There are clear plans on how to do this if necessary."
Prime minister Kaja Kallas said that Estonia, alongside Latvia and Lithuania, has begun discussions to beef up the presence of NATO soldiers on its territories due to a perceived Russian threat. Kallas remarked that
"if you look at the map, the Baltic states are a NATO peninsula and, therefore, we have our worries."
NATO initially bulked up its troop presence in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Poland in 2014, in the wake of Russia's reabsorption of Crimea.



Arrow Up

Extinction Rebellion donor leads world's top-performing hedge fund

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Chris Hohn runs the Children’s Investment fund and paid himself $152m last year.
The world's 20 top performing hedge fund managers earned a record $65.4bn ($48bn) profit for their clients in 2021 after bets placed on rising stock markets paid off.

The biggest winner was TCI, the fund run by British billionaire Sir Chris Hohn, which made a gain of $9.5bn last year, according to the annual rankings by LCH Investments.

TCI, which manages about $44bn of assets and is known in the City and on Wall Street as one of the most aggressive activist investors, made a gain of 23.3% in 2021. TCI, which stands for the Children's Investment fund, has made total gains of $36.5bn since it was set up in 2003.

Hohn, a philanthropist and climate crisis activist, paid himself $152m last year, less than a third of the $475m he received the previous year.

He has pumped more than £4bn into his personal children's charity and in recent years has taken on a second cause: the climate crisis, promising to use TCI's $44bn of investments to "force change on companies who refuse to take their environmental emissions seriously".

Oil Well

White House helpless as oil prices climb higher

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When President Joe Biden announced plans to release up to 50 million barrels of oil from the strategic petroleum reserve to lower retail fuel prices, many analysts warned that any effect this move would have would be short-lived. Indeed, prices dropped for a very short while and are now on the climb again, with the number of three-digit price forecasts growing.

The strategic reserve release was already a desperate attempt to put a lid on gasoline prices, pushed up by crude oil prices, themselves the result of a faster rebound in global demand and production constraints among OPEC members. The Omicron variant of the coronavirus, like the SPR release plans, had a transitory negative effect on benchmarks, but before long, they were once again on the rise.

Morgan Stanley expects Brent crude to reach $90 per barrel later this year. This is also the price forecast of Goldman. JP Morgan recently said that crude could reach and exceed $100 this year, noting the decline in OPEC spare production capacity. The latest to join the bullish choir is Vitol, whose head for Asian operations told Bloomberg last week that oil had further up to go because of tight supply.

What this means for the Biden administration and its efforts to keep gasoline affordable for voters ahead of the midterms is nothing good. Perhaps more SPR releases could be organized, but that would have little more effective than the first announcement: like plenty of analysts have explained, oil prices are influenced by global rather than local factors, even a major oil-producing country such as the United States.

Comment: Offering fictions, ignoring facts, shutting down options, Biden's big plan runs on 'empty'.


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Estonia invites NATO troops to deploy in country, near Russian border

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FILE PHOTO: NATO troops in Estonia from exercise in 2018
Estonia is ready and able to host a contingent of up to 5,000 troops from NATO's rapid response force if the order to deploy them is given, Tallinn has said, despite Russian concerns over the US-led bloc's forces near its border.

Speaking on Monday to state-broadcaster ERR, the Estonian Ministry of Defense's Permanent Secretary Kusti Salm announced that the Baltic nation was prepared to accept a detachment of soldiers at an army base in the northeast of the country, around 110km (69 miles) from the frontier with Russia.

"Estonia has everything ready in case a NATO rapid reaction force of up to 5,000 troops arrives," the top official said. "There is an area in Tapa to receive allies, where equipment and weapons can be stored and distributed to units so that forces can move from there."

Comment: Russia wouldn't be too happy about that, and that's kind of the point: the West and its vassals are pulling out all the stops to try to trick or force Russia into responding in such a way that Russia can then be blamed for any fall out.

However, the deployments have not yet happened, and one wonders what the citizens of these Baltic states think of their leaders endangering their safety and risking their livelihoods, all to appease the addled establishment in the West? Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Kazakhstan on Fire: Why US vs Russia 'Great Game' Could Spark Global Economic Collapse