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'Hell on earth': UN warns world is facing 'perfect storm' of food shortages

UN assembly grain
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An image of the 'Brave Commander' ship carrying grain from Ukraine is displayed on screens as Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the 77th session of the General Assembly at United Nations headquarters Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022.
The U.N. food chief warned Thursday that the world is facing "a perfect storm on top of a perfect storm" and urged donors, particularly Gulf nations and billionaires, to give a few days of profits to tackle a crisis with the fertilizer supply right now and prevent widespread food shortages next year.


Comment: Developing nations are already suffering food shortages, its probably the developed world he has in mind.


"Otherwise, there's gonna be chaos all over the world," World Food Program Executive Director David Beasley said in an Associated Press interview.

Beasley said that when he took the helm of WFP 5 1/2 years ago, only 80 million people around the world were headed toward starvation. "And I'm thinking, 'Well, I can put the World Food Program out of business,'" he said.

But climate problems increased that number to 135 million. The COVID-19 pandemic, which began in early 2020, doubled it to 276 million people not knowing where their next meal was coming from. Finally, Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, sparking a war and a food, fertilizer and energy crisis that has pushed the number to 345 million.

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Ivan Timofeev: The EU's von der Leyen is completely wrong about anti-Russia sanctions, and here's why

Ursula von der Leyen
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Ursula von der Leyen
The bloc's joint figurehead claims Moscow is presiding over an economy in 'tatters,' but we have heard that before.

European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen has, as could be expected, called for new sanctions against Russia in connection with the forthcoming referendums in Donbass and two regions of Ukraine. These concern the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics - which have been de-facto self-governing since 2014 - and the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions.

In her opinion, the penalties already imposed on Russia are having an impact. "The sanctions have been very successful. If you look at the Russian economy, its industry is in tatters," the politician asserted.

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Black Magic

Child rape is the gender ideology end game: Spanish government's Minister of Equality says children have the right to have sex with whoever they want

Irene Montero  Minister of Equality  Podemos Spain

Screenshot: Irene Montero
Irene Montero, a Communist who is the Minister of Equality in the left-wing Podemos government in Spain, says the quiet part out loud: that equality means children have the right to have sex if they want to. Here's the clip, in Spanish, but with English subtitles (turn on the CC on the YouTube frame):

Comment: Whilst the predatory establishment across the West have thus far gotten away with previously unbelievable corruption of children's lives, it's only a matter of time before the inevitable backlash:






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Kremlin has always been open to talks with Ukraine but Kiev abandoned negotiations months ago - Peskov

UN Russia Turkey meeting
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FILE PHOTO: Military delegations from Turkey, Russia, Ukraine and UN officials attend a meeting on July 13, 2022
There are no prospects for dialogue now, however, since Kiev abandoned negotiations months ago, spokesman explains

Negotiations between Russia and Ukraine will eventually be needed, but there are no signs that such a dialogue could resume in the near future, Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said on Friday. He also pointed out that Kiev backed out of talks some months ago.

Speaking to reporters, Peskov was asked whether Moscow believes that engagement is warranted under the current conditions. President Vladimir Putin's spokesman signaled that dialogue is "of course needed."

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Blast rocks Melitopol ahead of vote on joining Russia

The aftermath of an explosion in Melitopol, Ukraine, September 22, 2022.
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The aftermath of an explosion in Melitopol, Ukraine, September 22, 2022.
Kiev is behind an explosion that took place in the city of Melitopol on Friday morning, just as Moscow-controlled areas of southern Ukraine began to vote on whether they want to officially join Russia, a local official has said.

Melitopol is located in Zaporozhye Region, large chunks of which are held by Russian forces.

A senior Russian-appointed official, Vladimir Rogov, said the culprits threw an explosive device out of a moving vehicle. The blast, which occurred around 7am local time, damaged a house. Rogov blamed Ukraine for the "terrorist act."

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As democracy dies in the EU, Von der Leyen reveals its sins

EU Crumbling
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It's no secret at this point that the EU is an anti-democratic organization. The leadership isn't elected, but selected from a pre-determined pool of candidates from within the Party structure.

Everyone with the power to make a decision was placed there not by popular vote but by backroom collusion.

As we approach this weekend's Italian elections there is real despair in the air that there is any light out of this dark time. That no matter what decisions we try to make, they are only in service of those that seek total dominion.

And yet all you hear from these Eurocrats is that we are in a "war of Democracy versus Autocracy," as EU Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen put it in her hellish EU state of the union address to the European Parliament recently.

Cloaking herself in the inverse of the EU flag's colors to show solidarity with another anti-democratic regime, Ukraine, Von der Leyen and her merry tribe of vandals in Brussels cast themselves as the protectors of the sacred right of a 'democracy' they deny to anyone who disagrees with her.

The same can be said for nearly every major government in Europe. Every time an 'election' rolls around the local system is gamed to ensure a particular outcome. The political establishment always coalesces around maintaining the status quo, freezing out any possibility of an 'unworkable' or 'representative' coalition.

Any outcome they can't overcome that lies outside the scope of the EU's values is either laden with poison pills, immediately put under pressure by the EU's Byzantine rules, and eventually forced out of office.

There is no better example of this anti-democratic structure made flesh than Italy.

For more than a decade Italians have been saddled with mostly-unelected technocratic governments who, at best, stymie any populist/sovereigntist impulses within Italy's electorate or, at worst, advance the EU's centralization agenda under the false rubrics of Climate Change and "European Values."

European Values is a phrase that is synonymous with the phrase "rules-based order." We make the rules, they say, and you abide by them. We're allowed to break those rules because 1) we can and 2) we are the goodies.

Light Saber

Al Jazeera releases new bombshell documentary exposing Israel lobby's role in UK Labour Party

Israel lobby UK Luke Akehurst  Luke Stanger al jazeera documentary
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Labour national executive member and Israel lobbyist , Luke Akehurst left, intervened to protect suspended right-wing activist Luke Stanger, also pictured, despite credible claims of abuse and harassment.
A new cache of leaked Labour documents shows how Israel lobby operatives worked against former leader Jeremy Corbyn from within the UK's main opposition party.

Israel lobbyist Luke Akehurst intervened to help save suspended right-wing Labour activist Luke Stanger from expulsion - despite a series of complaints of harassment and intimidation.

The leaked files also detail how Palestine solidarity activists and left-wingers were investigated, suspended and expelled from the party, while right-wing pro-Israel members were protected by senior party figures.

The documents were revealed on Thursday in the first episode of The Labour Files, a new three-part series by Al Jazeera's investigative unit - the same team behind the 2017 series The Lobby and the censored 2018 series The Lobby - USA.

Quenelle - Golden

Hungary explains Russian energy sanctions are its 'red line', wants nothing to do with the war

Peter Szijjarto

FILE PHOTO: Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto. Budapest doesn't want its people to pay the price for a conflict they have "nothing to do with," foreign minister says.
Hungary is against imposing new sanctions on Moscow, especially in the energy sector, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Friday after a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, in New York.

According to the minister, energy sanctions are "a clear red line" for Hungary as Europe is grappling with soaring gas prices.

"Our position is very clear. We see no reasonable reasons to discuss a new package of sanctions, especially when it comes to energy," Szijjarto outlined.

Comment: Serbia too, apparently:




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Putin was pushed into special operation in Ukraine - Berlusconi

Berlusconi
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The 85-year-old billionaire at the centre-right rally in Rome on 22 September. Berlusconi has long been close with the Russian president.
Russian President Vladimir Putin was "pushed" into invading Ukraine and wanted to put "decent people" in charge of Kyiv, former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi has said, drawing fierce criticism just ahead of Italy's election.

The Italian leader, whose Forza Italia party belongs to a right-wing coalition expected to win Sunday's parliamentary election on Sunday, is a long-time friend of Putin and his comments are likely to alarm Western allies.

"Putin was pushed by the Russian people, by his party, by his ministers to come up with this special operation," Berlusconi told Italian public television RAI late on Thursday, using the official Russian wording for the war.


Comment: As Putin said himself, he had little choice, Russia was backed into a corner by the West and to do nothing would have meant its destruction.


Comment: Indeed, those regions are, despite threats of shelling by Kiev, going to the voting booths, and, if they vote to join Russia, Russia will have a legitimate mandate to protect them with its military:








USA

America's Open Wound

Biden
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US President Joe Biden gives address in Independence Hall, Philadelphia, PA
"Better that right counsels be known to enemies than that the evil secrets of tyrants should be concealed from the citizens. They who can treat secretly of the affairs of a nation have it absolutely under their authority; and as they plot against the enemy in time of war, so do they against the citizens in time of peace."
Baruch Spinoza
It hasn't been a month since President Biden mounted the steps of Philadelphia's Independence Hall, declaring it his duty to ensure each of us understands the central faction of his political opposition are extremists that "threaten the very foundations of our Republic." Flanked by the uniformed icons of his military and standing atop a Leni Riefenstahl stage, the leader clenched his fists to illustrate seizing the future from the forces of "fear, division, and darkness." The words falling from the teleprompter ran rich with the language of violence, a "dagger at the throat" emerging from the "shadow of lies."

"What's happening in our country," the President said, "is not normal."

Is he wrong to think that? The question the speech intended to raise — the one lost in the unintentionally villainous pageantry — is whether and how we are to continue as a democracy and a nation of laws. For all the Twitter arguments over Biden's propositions, there has been little consideration of his premises.