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From "Event 201" to "Cyber Polygon": The WEF's Simulation of a Coming "Cyber Pandemic"

BI.ZONE CEO Dmitry Samartsev
BI.ZONE CEO Dmitry Samartsev presents at the first Cyber Polygon session at the World Economic Forum annual meeting, January 2020.
Last year, the World Economic Forum teamed up with the Russian government and global banks to run a high-profile cyberattack simulation that targeted the financial industry, an actual event that would pave the way for a "reset" of the global economy. The simulation, named Cyber Polygon, may have been more than a typical planning exercise and bears similarities to the WEF-sponsored pandemic simulation Event 201 that briefly preceded the COVID-19 crisis.

On Wednesday, the World Economic Forum (WEF), along with Russia's Sberbank and its cybersecurity subsidiary BI.ZONE announced that a new global cyberattack simulation would take place this coming July to instruct participants in "developing secure ecosystems" by simulating a supply-chain cyberattack similar to the recent SolarWinds hack that would "assess the cyber resilience" of the exercise's participants. On the newly updated event website, the simulation, called Cyber Polygon 2021, ominously warns that, given the digitalization trends largely spurred by the COVID-19 crisis, "a single vulnerable link is enough to bring down the entire system, just like the domino effect," adding that "a secure approach to digital development today will determine the future of humanity for decades to come."

Comment: Only a few months ago, President Putin personally gave Schwab and the whole WEF a major tongue-lashing (however diplomatically) for their short-sighted neoliberal ways. Putin will also be making another major speech about the direction Russia is moving towards in coming days.

It's possible that part of the reason for Russia's participation in Cyber Polygon 2020 was to gather intelligence not only about how its tech industry may position itself to respond to such an attack - but to get a sense of how an attack of this nature is likely to go down from those likely affilated with the WEF Great Reset agenda itself.

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Ukraine claims Russia ignoring call for crunch talks to avert all-out war in Donbass, but Moscow says it never received an invite

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© Sputnik / Sergey Averin; (inset) Volodymyr Zelensky REUTERS / Kevin Lamarque; Vladimir Putin Sputnik / Alexei Druzhinin / Kremlin via REUTERS
House in the village of Veseloe, Donetsk region, damaged during the hostilities in the DPR.
The Kremlin has denied ignoring requests from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to hold a crisis summit after days of bloody escalations in the war-torn Donbass region, insisting it hasn't actually been invited to take part.

On Monday morning, a government spokeswoman in Kiev claimed that an appeal for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin had gone unacknowledged. Yulia Mendel told journalists from Reuters that "we have not received an answer yet and we very much hope that this is not a refusal of dialogue."

However, later that day, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that he was unaware of the request, and had not seen any such contact from Ukrainian officials in recent days.

Comment: Clearly the situation is heating up and it would seem that it is Ukraine, with the full backing of the West, that is fanning the flames:

Bad Guys

Pelosi 'unloads' on The Squad, mocks AOC in new biography - does anyone care?

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) reportedly bashes members of "the Squad" in a new biography by USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page.

Pelosi spoke ten separate times with Page for the book, scheduled for release April 20. During the interviews, Pelosi took shots at several prominent members of her own party including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. She mocks Ocasio-Cortez specifically for her youth and apparent ignorance, according to Axios:


Republican house judiciary members witness border crisis: This is 'Biden's mess; America has become 'Sanctuary Nation'

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House Judiciary Committee reports to the public
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) led several Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee on a two-day visit to McAllen this week where they witnessed the ongoing border crisis, and all the members — as they recapped their visit — said the Biden administration was at fault for surging numbers of illegal migrants.

Border Patrol agents apprehended nearly 170,000 migrants crossing the southern border illegally in March, a 72 percent increase from February. As Breitbart News reported, in the first two full months of President Joe Biden's time in office, February and March, apprehensions were at a combined total of nearly 210,000, while in the last four months of former President Donald Trump's tenure, apprehensions were at a combined total of just over 280,000.

Jordan, the ranking Republican member on the Judiciary Committee, gathered from speaking with Border Patrol agents that the Trump-era Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program, also known as Remain in Mexico — which Biden's Department of Homeland Security (DHS) suspended on his first day as president — is imperative to reinstate as a first step in controlling the migrant influx.

Comment: Pulling no punches, quite a damning bunch of observations are presented by the House Judiciary Committee - worth a viewing. It's scathing!

Comment: Stowaways run high risks to illegally enter the US:
Del Rio Sector Border Patrol agents found a group of migrants packed into three grain-hopper railcars near Uvalde, Texas. Migrants attempting to sneak past Border Patrol agents frequently risk injury or death by utilizing railcars for transportation into the U.S. interior after illegally crossing the border from Mexico.

About a month ago, Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents found a group of 16 migrants locked inside a conex box loaded on a railcar near Hebbronville, Texas, approximately 50 miles inland from the U.S.-Mexico Border.

Monkey Wrench

Apple's quiet war on independent repairmen

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Apple Innards
In the past, a Goliath's strength would be gauged in height measured in cubits, the brass of the helmet, the coat of mail with a weight in thousands of shekels in bronze and a spear's head weighed in hundreds of shekels of iron. Nowadays, a Goliath corporation can just hire another Goliath, such as the law firm Kilpatrick Townsend, with its 650 lawyers and 19 offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. The firm boasts that "5 of the 10 world's most valuable brands turn to Kilpatrick Townsend to grow and defend the value of their products and businesses." One of those "5 of the 10 world's most valuable brands" was interested in a video made by YouTuber Louis Rossmann.

When Rossmann was contacted by Kilpatrick Townsend on behalf of Apple he felt as if the grim reaper was knocking at his door. An owner of a small business, an Apple devices repair store, a few years back Rossman had started a YouTube channel to cover all things that interested him: Apple device repairs, business advice, personal advice, and occasionally, though more so of late, social or political commentary. The video that had gotten the attention of Apple was one in which Rossmann had showed a schematic of an Apple device and proceeded to show his viewers how they could fix their own device if they faced the same issue. For Apple, the act of showing the schematic on YouTube was a violation of its intellectual copyright. They wanted Rossmann to quietly make the video disappear. Rossmann hired a lawyer, and the lawyer advised that the request was sensible, there was no lawsuit, and thus the reasonable thing was to comply; besides, a genuine effort had been made to butter up Rossmann — the word came that both Kilpatrick Townsend and Apple liked his work. Rossmann thought about the option that he was given. Then he fired his lawyer.

Comment: We've all been there. They've done that.


US needs Turkey for its al-Qaeda and ISIS links

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Members of Syrian Democratic Forces hold a flag of the Islamic State militants
Raqqa, Syria • October 4, 2017
Turkey's manipulation of 'Islamist terrorists' as geopolitical tools in Syria will come in handy for US-led regime change in Afghanistan.

Exactly a decade after the United States sought a pioneering role for Turkey by launching the regime change project in Syria, it has solicited help from Ankara for another political transition in the Greater Middle East - in Afghanistan.

Analogies never hold 100% in politics or diplomacy but the similarities are striking.

If in Syria the project involved the overthrow by force of the established government of President Bashar al-Assad, in Afghanistan the agenda is somehow to ease out the elected government led by President Ashraf Ghani and have it replaced by an interim government that includes the militant Islamist group the Taliban.

Both situations narrow down to co-opting jihadi groups who masquerade as "liberation movements."

Comment: Turkey rode the diplomatic fence between East and West to serve its needs, especially regarding al-Qaeda - a manipulatable opportunity of which Biden and Obama were more than passingly aware.


Veteran intelligence officials issue letter to Biden urging to avoid war in Ukraine

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Scene from Ukraine conflict
Dear President Biden,

We last communicated with you on December 20, 2020, when you were President-elect.

At that time, we alerted you to the dangers inherent in formulating a policy toward Russia built on a foundation of Russia-bashing. While we continue to support the analysis contained in that memorandum, this new memo serves a far more pressing purpose. We wish to draw your attention to the dangerous situation that exists in Ukraine today, where there is growing risk of war unless you take steps to forestall such a conflict.

At this juncture, we call to mind two basic realities that need particular emphasis amid growing tension between Ukraine and Russia.

First, since Ukraine is not a member of NATO, Article 5 of the NATO Treaty of course would not apply in the case of an armed conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

Second, Ukraine's current military flexing, if allowed to transition into actual military action, could lead to hostilities with Russia.

We think it crucial that your administration immediately seek to remove from the table, so to speak, any "solution" to the current impasse that has a military component. In short, there is, and can never be, a military solution to this problem.

Your interim national security strategy guidance indicated that your administration would 'make smart and disciplined choices regarding our national defense and the responsible use of our military, while elevating diplomacy as our tool of first resort.' Right now is the perfect time to put these words into action for all to see.

Comment: Though an impressive list of signatories, collective wisdom and excellent advice, it will take more than a letter to change the Biden trajectory.

Blue Planet

How Eurasia will be interconnected

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International transit route 'Lapis Lazuli'
The extraordinary confluence between the signing of the Iran-China strategic partnership deal and the Ever Given saga in the Suez Canal is bound to spawn a renewed drive to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and all interconnected corridors of Eurasia integration.

This is the most important geo-economic development in Southwest Asia in ages - even more crucial than the geopolitical and military support to Damascus by Russia since 2015.

Multiple overland railway corridors across Eurasia featuring cargo trains crammed with freight - the most iconic of which is arguably Chongqin-Duisburg - are a key plank of BRI. In a few years, this will all be conducted on high-speed rail.

The key overland corridor is Xinjiang-Kazakhstan - and then onwards to Russia and beyond; the other one traverses Central Asia and Iran, all the way to Turkey, the Balkans, and Eastern Europe. It may take time - in terms of volume - to compete with maritime routes, but the substantial reduction in shipping time is already propelling a massive cargo surge.

The Iran-China strategic connection is bound to accelerate all interconnected corridors leading to and crisscrossing Southwest Asia.


'Accident' hits Natanz nuke site: Top Iranian official blames 'sabotage' UPDATES

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Aerial shot of Iran's Natanz nuclear facility located south of Tehran, January 2020.
A spokesman for Iran's civilian nuclear program said Sunday an "accident" has struck the electrical distribution grid of the country's Natanz nuclear facility, without elaborating. Behrouz Kamalvandi made the comment Sunday, saying there were no injuries or pollution caused by the incident, adding that "electricity was affected at the Natanz facility."

Malek Shariati Niasar, a lawmaker who serves as spokesman for the Iranian parliament's energy committee, wrote on Twitter that the incident was "very suspicious," raising concerns about possible "sabotage and infiltration." He said lawmakers were pursuing details of the incident as well. The cause was being investigated, Kamalvandi told Iran's semi-official Fars news agency.

A spokesman for the UN nuclear watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency said by email: "We are aware of the media reports. We have no comment at this stage."

Comment: All roads lead to Israel, according to Iran and Israeli news:
Iran's Vice-President Ali Akbar Salehi has announced that Tehran is treating today's incident involving Natanz nuclear plant's power grid as an act of "nuclear terrorism":
"Iran condemns this heinous attack and reminds the international community and the [International Atomic Energy Agency] of the need to combat such acts of nuclear terrorism."
The vice-president added that the Islamic republic reserves the right to respond appropriately to whoever Tehran finds is guilty of the attack. At the same time, Salehi described today's incident at the nuclear plant as "evidence" that Iran's enemies were "failing" to impede the country's success in the sphere of nuclear energy and in negotiations, by which he presumably meant talks between the US and Tehran on their both returning to the JCPOA.

A member of Iran's parliament, Malek Shariati Niasar said that Tehran also suspects an act of "sabotage" caused the incident at the nuclear facility. He noted that the power grid incident took place on Iran's National Nuclear Technology Day and also amid attempts to return the US to complying with the Iran nuclear deal and lift its sanctions.

Stuxnet Virus Strikes Again?

Ahead of Vice-President Salehi's announcement, The Jerusalem Post issued a report, claiming that the 11 April incident at Natanz was not an "accident", but the result of a cyberattack, and resulted in greater damage to the facility than Tehran is ready to admit [and] alleged that Israel might be behind the purported cyber intrusion.

If the report true, this will be at least the second time Natanz is hit with a cyberattack in its history. Several cybersecurity companies reported that a virus called Stuxnet ... infected the machines operating the centrifuges, reportedly forcing them to spin at extreme speeds and in effect ripping themselves apart.

Several media reports suggested that Stuxnet was developed jointly by Israeli and American specialists, and released by Tel Aviv against the Iranian nuclear facility. Neither Washington nor Tel Aviv confirmed or denied the report.
Update 11/4/2021: Israeli radio cites intel claiming Mossad hit Iran's Natanz nuclear facility with cyberattack:
An unspecified incident occurred at the electricity distribution network of the Shahid Ahmadi Roshan facility in Natanz earlier in the day. Israeli state broadcaster, Kan Radio, has announced, citing anonymous intelligence sources, that the country's intelligence service, Mossad, had targeted Iran's Natanz nuclear facility with a cyberattack. The announcement did not specify where the intelligence data came from.

Iran's vice-president and atomic energy chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, later in the day told Iranian television that the incident was an act of "nuclear terrorism" but that "opponents of negotiations on lifting sanctions against Iran... had failed."

On Saturday, Iran launched new uranium enrichment centrifuges.
See also: Update: 12/4/2021: The incident has been assessed as a deliberately planned explosion' by sources within US/Israeli intelligence:
What was earlier suspected by some to be a cyber attack, appeared to be a powerful explosion that has destroyed the well-guarded internal energy system that fed the underground centrifuges that enrich uranium. Citing sources, the newspaper claimed that the Natanz incident was a "classified Israeli operation".

The explosion is reportedly a devastating blow to Iran's ability to enrich uranium and it could take at least 9 months to resume work in the facility.

The NYT also noted that it is unclear whether the Biden administration was aware of the alleged Israeli operation. Washington has seen "reports of an incident", but the US "had no involvement, and said "we have nothing to add".
Update: 12/4/2021: Iran makes an accusation:
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has blamed Israel on Monday for the sabotage of the Natanz nuclear site:
"The Zionists want to take revenge because of our progress in the way to lift sanctions ... they have publicly said that they will not allow this. But we will take our revenge from the Zionists. Israel has publicly announced that it will not allow us to make progress in lifting restrictions, and it believes that it has succeeded in it."
Zarif went on to say that this "sabotage act" at the Natanz nuclear power plant will not weaken Tehran's position in the negotiations.
"The negotiating parties [in Vienna] should know that the Natanz reactor will henceforth be equipped with advanced centrifuges with high [uranium] enrichment capabilities."
Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh later said that the Natanz attack was aimed at affecting JCPOA negotiations, as IR-1 uranium enrichment centrifuges were damaged in the incident.
"If the Natanz attack was aimed at slowing down our nuclear production, it failed. Israel will face a response in due time and place. Iran will replace the damaged uranium enrichment centrifuges with more advanced ones."
Update: 12/4/2021: A person involved in the attack is identified:
The identity of the person who disrupted the operation of the power grid at Natanz, as a result of which the electricity supply to a hall was interrupted, has been established and efforts to detain the malefactor is ongoing.
Update: 12/4/2021: How long ago was this attack in the planning?
The attack on Iran's Natanz nuclear facility was plotted "long before" the start of the ongoing meeting of the joint commission of the remaining members of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal, and was aimed at weakening Tehran's negotiating position at the meetings, The Jerusalem Post has reported, citing sources.

The paper's sources indicated that the attack's planners were uncertain whether Iran and the US would return to serious negotiations about Washington's possible rejoining of the nuclear accord. JPost's sources also gave the outlet the impression
"that the covert war against Iran is ongoing and constant and focused on preventing it from getting close to the nuclear threshold regardless of the world powers' specific policy on the issue at any given moment."
It could take at least nine months for work to resume at the facility.

Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country would not be bound by any possible revival of the nuclear deal, warning Israel's "closest friends" in America that "a deal with Iran that threatens us with annihilation will not obligate us."
Update: 12/4/2021: True to his colors in broken record fashion, the Israeli PM said what we would expect:
Netanyahu, in a joint news conference following talks in Jerusalem with US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, said:
"In the Middle East, there is no more serious threat than Iran. Iran has not abandoned its desire to possess nuclear weapons and has not stopped calling for the destruction of Israel. As Prime Minister of Israel, I will never allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons to carry out genocide against Israel. Israel will continue defend yourself."

Light Saber

Gaetz denies report on Trump refusing to meet him, demands CNN issue retraction

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Matt Gaetz with Donald Trump
​Rep. Matt Gaetz, who faces allegations of sexual misconduct, pushed back at CNN for claiming that former President Donald Trump refused to meet with him — calling the report a lie and demanding a retraction.

"This is a total lie. I am on a pre-planned vacation with my fiancée. I was welcomed at Trump Doral days ago," Gaetz posted on Twitter Sunday evening.

"No such meeting was denied nor sought. ... When can we expect a retraction?" he continued.

Comment: Has the Democrat machine has had enough of Matt Gaetz, and is now employing one of the time-honored methods to take him down? How is he the target of a howling outrage mob when Hunter Biden's misdeeds are shrouded in media silence?