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'Threat of Russian invasion is no more than last year' says Ukrainian parliament leader

Arakhamia

David Arakhamia
Western media outlets are driving rumors that Russian troops are planning to wage an offensive across the border into Ukraine, a close political ally of President Volodymyr Zelensky has claimed, as tensions remain high on the shared border.

Speaking on Wednesday to the Ukrainian outlet Focus, David Arakhamia, the head of the "Servant of the People" faction in parliament, said that such claims of an invasion are not a recent phenomenon. The party was founded by Zelensky in 2017 ahead of his bid to become president, and is named after the popular comedy show he starred in before embarking on his political career.

"There is always a threat from the outside. But! Remember the escalation last spring? Today's situation is no worse than that - it's roughly in the same range," said the official, who also is a member of the Verkhovna Rada's National Security, Defense and Intelligence Committee.

Comment: Whilst it may be true that Russia has no more intention to 'invade Ukraine' this year than previous years, it's also true that the US and NATO are escalating its provocations in the hopes that Russia will, and notably Arakhamia makes no mention of this. One wonders whether Arakhamia is downplaying the West's belligerence, as Zelensky did last year, in the knowledge that the West is simply using, and would willingly sacrifice, Ukraine if the situation heats up: Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Kazakhstan on Fire: Why US vs Russia 'Great Game' Could Spark Global Economic Collapse




Quenelle

'Furious' journalists walk out of Macron's EU Presidency conference after he refuses to take questions

Macron European Parliament
After Emmanuel Macron's speeches in the European Parliament on January 19, he invited journalists for a press briefing. Except that one of them, working for the Financial times, explained on social networks, video in support, that "journalists [sont] sort[is] a Macron-Metsola press conference [présidente du Parlement européen]", since the Head of State "will not answer questions from the media".

This journalist lamented in a second tweet that "after more than five hours of [Emmanuel] Macron in plenary, see [Roberta] Metsola and repeating press releases to him without asking questions is a waste of time." According to her, this appointment was "designed solely to ensure that the new president of the [Parlement européen] get her photoshoot with [Emmanuel] Macron [et] beautiful flags.


Comment: That sums up how politicians view journalists these days, they're the servants of the establishment, not of truth nor of the people. In a way this is understandable, because over the last decade and more, but particularly over the last 21+ months, journalists have done little but parrot the mainstream narrative, rather than do any investigative work and hold power to account.


Comment: Yahoo reports:
Jillian Deutsch, a reporter for Bloomberg, said that journalists present were "furious" as they had been waiting for an hour before they were told the leaders would not take questions. She said that "when someone shouted about it as they took to the podium," Macron pointed at his watch.

She said that "having Metsola and he [Macron] repeat press statements with no questions is a waste of time."

The press conference was held after a debate in Strasbourg on the priorities of France's Presidency of the Council. Metsola was announced as the next President of the European Parliament the day before.
Now these journalists know how their Russian compatriots feel, because both Biden and Macron have banned them from press conferences, ostensibly because they're from Russian media, but actually because they're much more likely to ask questions that threaten to expose the propaganda narrative.

Yet again this also highlights just how unusual President Putin is on the world stage, because he regularly holds press conferences where all news outlets are welcome to ask questions, uncensored; he also holds annual Q&As where the people of Russia are able to question, and sometimes even confront, him directly: See also:


Eye 1

Fear mongering for funding: Bill Gates warns of worse pandemics in future

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The billionaire calls for massive government investments to prepare for potential outbreaks that could be deadlier than Covid-19.

Software magnate Bill Gates has raised the specter of future viruses that could be more lethal than Covid-19, saying rich countries should ramp up vaccine funding to brace for potentially catastrophic outbreaks.

The Microsoft co-founder made his comments while announcing a new $150 million pledge by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI). He noted that while Covid-19's Delta and Omicron variants were among the most transmissible viruses ever seen, the world could have been hit with a more virulent pathogen, killing far more people.

Comment: The way one should prepare for future pandemics comes down to individual responsibility. Get yourself healthier! Fix your diet, get yourself in good physical shape, get your immune system in a state where it can take on onslaughts, no matter how unpredictable. A healthy populace doesn't need massive vaccination programs.

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Control Panel

Why the corporate state doesn't target the American left

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When Biden's executive branch sets its internal security apparatus sights on "domestic extremists" (intelligence jargon for any group or individual who deviates from the corporate state narrative), The Daily Bell was among the first independent media to sound the alarm.

However, we didn't rigorously assess why the populist Right, and not the Left, poses an existential threat to the ruling class.

The "establishment" references the conglomeration of dominant interest groups that sits atop the political food chain.

In a past era (in the Western context, before the original Industrial Revolution), the establishment was a landed aristocracy in collusion with the Church and militaries that ruled nation-states.

In the 21st century iteration of feudalism, the ruling class is a consortium of multinational offshore corporate elite.

Theoretically, regardless of who occupies power, any social group outside of the establishment is a latent threat - hence the oppressive apparatuses of state throughout history from the Red Guards of the Mao era to the Stasi of East Germany.

In a rough 99% vs. 1% breakdown, if the vast majority or the "ruled" rose up against the tiny minority of "rulers," their days perched atop the social hierarchy would be finished.

Family

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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© Strategic Culture/REUTERS/Aly Song
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'.