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Hungary blocks EU plan to give stolen Russian money to Ukraine

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© Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesViktor Orban, Hungary's prime minister, speaks to journalists as he arrives at a European Union (EU) leaders meeting in Brussels, Belgium, on June 24, 2021
Budapest is obstructing the bloc's efforts to militarily support Kiev, the paper's sources claim

Hungary has blocked legislation that would allow the EU hand over profits earned on frozen Russian assets to Ukraine, the Financial Times reported on Saturday, citing sources.

The West froze around $300 billion in Russian sovereign assets when the Ukraine conflict escalated, trapping around $280 billion in the EU. While the bloc stopped short of confiscating the assets outright due to legal concerns, earlier this week it approved the use of interest generated from the assets to provide military aid to Kiev. The annual revenue is estimated to be around $3 billion.

Comment: A few sane voices trying to make themselves heard:


The Fed's "Doomsday Book" has been revealed

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Back in 2011, shareholders of insurance giant American International Group (AIG) filed a $40 billion class action lawsuit against the US government over the terms of its controversial bailout of AIG during the 2008 financial crisis.

In 2014, the trial case came to focus on an intriguing oddity. In cross-examination, the plaintiffs learned of a set of documents that the New York Fed — the heart of America's Federal Reserve central bank and the primary wheeler-dealer in the chaotic days of the global financial collapse — dramatically refers to as its "Doomsday Book."

This book, it was discovered, contained the various legal opinions and memoranda that the Fed used to determine what power it has to manipulate the financial system in the event of a large-scale crisis. And, it seemed, there was a good chance that the central bank broke its own rules with all its bailout shenanigans and financial sleight-of-hand during the 2008 collapse.

However, the plaintiffs' reasonable request to see the book and examine these supposed emergency powers was immediately rebuffed by the Fed. New York Fed lawyer John S. Kiernan, for example, was adamant that the Fed would not open up the book for the court. He told the United States Court of Federal Claims:
"Of the tens of thousands of documents that we have produced in this case, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York has sought to retain confidentiality because of the internal sensitivity of only this one."
The court was eventually able to pry the relevant documents out of the Fed's clutches, but the Doomsday Book has remained under court seal for years . . . until now.

Late last year, an enterprising researcher managed to get his hands on a copy of the elusive book. And what that book contains should shock you (if you're paying attention).

Comment: The Federal Reserve: Thieves in the night.


Trump vows to stop 'Biden's march to WWIII'

© Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesFormer US President Donald Trump addresses Libertarian Party National Convention • May 24, 2024 • Washington DC
The presumptive Republican nominee pledges to end US involvement in "other people's wars".

Former US President Donald Trump has reiterated his promise to swiftly end the Russia-Ukraine conflict if re-elected in November. The Republican frontrunner argued that by financing "other people's wars" the US is increasing the likelihood of a global war, and promised to end such funding.

Speaking at the Libertarian Party's national convention in Washington DC on Saturday, Trump claimed that under the current leadership, the US is turning into a "failed nation" and promised to restore "peace and stability" if he returns to the White House.

He named the main priorities as ending the border crisis, stopping the waste of US taxpayer dollars on funding foreign militaries, and protecting "American sovereignty from the creeping hands of global government."

Trump told the cheering crowd:
"We will say freedom, prosperity, and capitalism in America. And before I even arrive at the Oval Office shortly after we win the presidency, I will have the horrible war between Russia and Ukraine settled so we quit spending hundreds of billions of dollars to fight other people's wars and so that we start immediately saving thousands and sounds of lives.

"I am committed to restoring peace and stability and to stopping Joe Biden's march to World War Three."

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Neil Oliver: '...they're laughing in our faces!'

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'...we must rid ourselves of these corrupt political bad actors... these
psychopathic parasites!'

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Best of the Web: 'Holocaust': Israel launches 60 air raids on Rafah 48hrs after ICJ stop-order, incinerates tent-camp burning dozens of people alive

MAY 26: Fire rages following an Israeli strike on an area designated for displaced Palestinians
Israel continues to ignore orders from the International Court of Justice (ICJ), including the Court's most recent ruling. This ruling requires Israel to halt its military assault on the Rafah Governorate in the southern Gaza Strip and reopen the Rafah border crossing to facilitate the movement of people and humanitarian aid. In the 48 hours that followed the ICJ's ruling on Friday 24 May, however, Israel conducted more than 60 air raids on Rafah.

Furthermore, dozens of artillery shells and constant gunfire were fired in areas of Rafah where the Israeli military was encroaching. Israel's ground incursion began at dawn on 7 May and has since spread to the west and central parts of the city, mostly along the border strip. It has already impacted a significant portion of the city.

Thirteen Palestinians were killed in the 48 hours following the Court's ruling, including six members of the Qishta family, an elderly mother and three of her children — two girls and one boy — and an adult son and his two children. The victims were killed when Israeli planes bombed their home on Saturday 25 May in Khirbet Al-Adas, north of Rafah, an area not included in the Israeli evacuation orders.

Comment: Al Jazeera reports on the bombing of the camp:
'Heinous massacre': Israel's attack on Rafah tent camp widely condemned

Several countries and global organisations have condemned the Israeli air attack on tents housing displaced people in Gaza's southernmost city of Rafah that killed at least 40 Palestinians, including many children.

The Palestinian presidency on Monday accused Israel of deliberately targeting civilians, joining a chorus of worldwide condemnation following the attack.

"The perpetration of this heinous massacre by the Israeli occupation forces is a challenge to all international legitimacy resolutions," the Palestinian presidency said in a statement, accusing Israeli forces of "deliberately targeting" the tents of displaced people.

In a statement on X, the United Nations Palestinian refugee agency (UNRWA) said the images from Rafah are yet another testament that Gaza is "hell on earth".

Senior Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri called the attack a "massacre", holding the United States responsible for aiding Israel with weapons and money.

Israel's top military prosecutor described the attack as "very grave" and said an investigation will be conducted. "The details of the incident are still under an investigation, which we are committed to conducting to the fullest extent," Major-General Yifat Tomer Yerushalmi told a news conference, adding that the Israeli army "regrets any harm to non-combatants during the war".

Palestinian witnesses and Al Jazeera's fact-checking agency Sanad said the camp sheltering civilians in Rafah's Tal as-Sultan area was deliberately targeted.

The Wafa news agency, citing the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS), said the dead included women and children, with many "burned alive" inside their tents.

Just a month or so ago, the IDF used tanks to literally crush families alive in tents whilst they were sleeping.

One of the residents who arrived at the Kuwaiti Hospital in Rafah said the "tents were melting and the people's bodies are also melting" after the attack.

Here are some reactions from governments and other officials from around the world:

'Deliberate bombardment'
  • Qatar condemned the Rafah attack as a grave violation of international laws that will aggravate the humanitarian crisis in the besieged Gaza Strip. It said the attack could hinder mediation efforts to reach a ceasefire and hostage exchange deal, according to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Qatar, alongside the US and Egypt, has been engaged in months of talks aimed at securing a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.
  • Egypt condemned the "deliberate bombardment". In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on Israel to "implement the measures ordered by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) concerning an immediate cessation of military operations" in Rafah.
  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country would do "everything possible" to hold "barbaric" Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to account over the deadly strikes. "We will do everything possible to hold these barbarians and murderers accountable who have nothing to do with humanity," he said.
  • Spain's Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares said the bombing of Rafah was "one more day with innocent Palestinian civilians being killed". He said the gravity of the attack "is even larger" because it comes after the ICJ order directing Israel to halt its operation in Rafah and the rest of Gaza.
  • Ireland's Foreign Minister Micheal Martin described the attack as "barbaric". "One cannot bomb an area like that without shocking consequences in terms of innocent children and civilians. We would urge Israel to stop, to stop now, in terms of the military operation in Rafah."
  • Norway's Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide said the attacks are a "material breach of the decision of the highest court of the world". He added: "We've had a compulsory order from the International Court of Justice ordering Israel to stop its attack in Rafah. It is compulsory. It's binding."
  • The European Union's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Israel must abide by the ICJ ruling to stop its offensive in Rafah as EU foreign ministers met their Arab counterparts in Brussels hours after Israel's deadly attack on Rafah.
  • Before the EU ministers' meeting on Monday, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said, "International humanitarian law applies for all, also for Israel's conduct of the war."
  • Jeremy Corbyn, the former leader of the United Kingdom's Labour Party, labelled Israel's bombing of the Rafah camp a "monstrous failure of humanity". In a post on X, he said, "Palestinian children should wake up feeling excited to go to school and play with their friends. Instead, for those murdered in Rafah, their last moments on this earth were filled with unimaginable fear as bombs rained down on their tents."
'Children dismembered, burnt alive'
  • Humza Yousaf, the former first minister of Scotland, posted on X: "Days after the ICJ orders Israel to halt its military offensive in Rafah, the Israeli Government bombs displaced people living in tents. Innocent men, women & children dismembered and burnt alive. Bear witness to the images and ask yourself, are you on the right side of history?"
  • In one of the strongest criticisms Italy has made so far, Defence Minister Guido Crosetto said the Israeli attacks were no longer justifiable. "There is an increasingly difficult situation, in which the Palestinian people are being squeezed without regard for the rights of innocent men, women and children who have nothing to do with Hamas and this can no longer be justified," he said. "We are watching the situation with despair."
  • Jagmeet Singh, a Canadian legislator and leader of the New Democratic Party, posted on X: "The world is failing the people of Gaza. Canada is failing the people of Gaza."
  • US House Representative Ro Khanna, a Democrat, urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to "immediately halt" the assault on Rafah. "The horrific loss of innocent lives today with the bombing of a refugee camp underscores the moral urgency of stopping the Rafah campaign," he said.
  • Aida Touma-Sliman, a Palestinian citizen of Israel and member of the Israeli Knesset, denounced the Netanyahu government for its "madness and vindictiveness". Writing on X, Touma-Sliman said, "This bloody government refuses to obey all orders of the tribunal, and is taking the madness and vindictiveness to a new criminal level."
  • Francesca Albanese, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territory, described Israel's attack on the tent camp in Rafah as "unacceptable". In a post on X, she wrote, "The #GazaGenocide will not easily end without external pressure: Israel must face sanctions, justice, suspension of agreements, trade, partnership and investments, as well as participation in int'l forums."
'Monstrous atrocity'
  • Balakrishnan Rajagopal, the UN special rapporteur on the right to housing, called for action against Israel in the wake of its latest attack. Writing on X, he said, "Attacking women and children while they cower in their shelters in Rafah is a monstrous atrocity. We need concerted global action to stop Israel's actions now."
  • Chris Gunness, former spokesperson for UNRWA, said the three judges at the pre-trial chamber at the International Criminal Court (ICC) "are as horrified as the rest of the world" about the Israeli attack on Rafah. "There is no exception to the Genocide Convention. There are no excuses. This is the crime of crimes," he said.
  • In a statement on X, charity Doctors Without Borders (known by its French initials MSF) said it was "horrified" by the attack, which "shows once again that nowhere is safe." It added: "We continue to call for an immediate and sustained ceasefire in Gaza."
  • ActionAid humanitarian group says it was "outraged and heartbroken" by the "inhumane, barbaric" attack on the Rafah camp. "The images coming from our partners of burned bodies are a scar on the face of humanity and the global community, which so far has failed to protect the people of Gaza," it says, adding that one of its colleagues narrowly escaped, having left the shelter just a day before the attack.
  • Triestino Mariniello, a lawyer with the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCGR), said the attack on a designated safe zone shows that Israel is still ignoring the ICJ. "These horrible images that arrive from Rafah show that the Israeli authorities are completely disregarding the binding, provisional measures issued by the International Court of Justice."
  • In her post on X, Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of the US-based think tank DAWN, asked Secretary of State Antony Blinken: "Does burning people in refugee tents count as a 'serious offensive that fails to protect civilians' in Rafah?"
  • Dalal Mawad, an award-winning Lebanese journalist, also weighed in, writing on X: "In 1996, I saw a decapitated newborn baby in the Qana massacre perpetrated by Israel in a UN displaced camp in the south of Lebanon. I never recovered from that sight. Last night, the same crime was committed again. Impunity means history will always repeat itself."
More footage and commentary from X, which includes the Orwellian reporting from Western outlets; depraved commentary from Israeli journalists and IDF; and footage of protests that erupted in Turkey in response to the massacre:

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US strike on Russian targets would be 'start of world war' - Medvedev

Deputy head of Russia's Security Council and chairman of the United Russia political party Dmitry Medvedev.
© Sputnik/Ekaterina ShtukinaDeputy head of Russia's Security Council and chairman of the United Russia political party Dmitry Medvedev.
The former president's warning comes after Poland said Washington would hit Russian targets if Moscow were to use nukes in Ukraine.

Any US attack on Russian targets in Ukraine would automatically trigger a world war, former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has warned.

The official, who currently serves as Deputy Chair of Russia's Security Council, made the remarks after Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski claimed Washington had threatened to conduct such a strike should Russia use nuclear weapons in Ukraine.

In a post on X (formerly Twitter) on Sunday, Medvedev suggested that Sikorski "apparently, has decided to scare his masters." He noted that Washington, unlike Warsaw, has so far refrained from making any such threats publicly "because they are more cautious" than the Poles.
"Americans hitting our targets means starting a world war, and a Foreign Minister, even of a country like Poland, should understand that," Medvedev added.

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SOTT Focus: NewsReal: Georgia Dream - Empire of Lies to Open Second Front Against Russia?

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It's sure shaping up that way in Russia's Caucasus neighbor, where the government in Tbilisi is facing a veritable battering ram of Western NGO-activated protests in response to its move to rein in thousands of... those same foreign-funded NGOs. So, Kiev's Maidan movement redux? The country's PM fears this to be the case, telling media that NATO seeks to open a 'second front' against Russia.

Meanwhile, multiple 'hits' and plots against various countries' leaders suggest intense interest on the Empire's part to force regime change in 'wrong' leadership. Was the would-be assassin of Slovakia's PM Robert Fico acting alone? And who organized the failed military coup in the Congo? In that context, was the death of the Iranian president and foreign minister just a tragic accident?

The apparent 'quickening' of geopolitical, social and environmental events is undoubtedly connected to Russia's advances on the battlefield in Ukraine, where Zelensky now rules as dictator and his regime is teetering. The Western Powers are confident they'll walk away from this as Lords of Western Ukraine, but will Russia accept such a 'deal'?

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Europe is fading away and becoming a 'lost continent'

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The world's center of gravity is shifting, and the Old World is losing its relevance

Europe remains an important strategic focus for Russia, but it's no longer the main topic of discussion. Today, many see it as a "lost continent," where the Western half has stopped acting based on its own interests and finds it difficult to even define them. States are increasingly losing their autonomy and succumbing to pressure from the US.

The growing presence of NATO on Russia's western borders worries our country. There are signs of the US-led bloc's transition from hibernation to preparations for a major military confrontation in Europe. The path of increasing escalation and pressure on Russia is a dead end: Moscow takes the NATO threat seriously and has the means to deal with it. The militarization of the Baltic states, the strengthening of the bloc's influence in the Black Sea and near the Russian border will increase the number of episodes in which our interests collide and keep us in constant tension.

Russia has no aggressive plans against the Baltics - this is a threat invented by Washington and Brussels. However, if NATO chooses the path of escalating tensions, Moscow will not shy away from this challenge. I believe that this path is a fool's errand for Western Europe - it becomes a hostage to the American desire to isolate the EU's main economies from Russia.


Downfall: the empire's destiny

As impressive as empires appear in their zenith, without exception, they all collapse.
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© Alex Krainer's TrendCompassThis painting by Joseph-Noël Sylvestre depicts The Sack of Rome by the Barbarians in 410.
I was recently introduced to The Great Red Dragon, by L. B. Woolfolk, published in 1890. In broad strokes, the book documents the takeover of the American economy by British banking interests. Their methods entailed periodically flooding the economy with credit and generating a boom. Then, when the bankers' nets were full and everyone was in debt, the bankers would abruptly withdraw credit. The practice was simply predatory.

The triggering event usually involved a high-profile bank failure, which would cause an economy-wide avalanche of bankruptcies. Large, politically connected banks would then take over choice businesses, farmland and real estate for pennies on the dollar. Within our lifetimes, the Lehman Brothers' failure in 2008 would have been a typical example of this, but Covid pandemic response in 2020 served the same predatory purpose.


Has America finally had it with Joe Biden?

© UnknownUS President Joe Biden: A glass most empty
Joe Biden's personal approval rating is at historic lows; almost all his policies do not poll fifty percent. He is behind Trump in almost all the swing states. And now he lies serially even to sympathetic interviewers. In short, finally Biden has been exposed for what he always was and represented.
Senator and Vice President Joe Biden was always sort of a buffoon. He is by nature a grandstander who handsomely profited from his office while posing as good ole Joe from Scranton.

He is a blowhard meddler, one who proverbially has been "wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades (Robert Gates)," from dissenting on the Bin Laden raid to his trisection of Iraq scheme.

He is a fabulist who believes that the more animated he misleads and slurs ("semi-fascists" "fat", "lying dog-faced pony soldier", "chumps", "dregs of society", etc), the more likely he is to get away with it. He is a confessed plagiarist. And he has also invented much of his biography, from would be star, college-scholarship athlete and brilliant law student to semi-truck driver and jailed civil rights activist. His uncle, we are instructed, was eaten by cannibals. Joe assures us that he was the first in his family to go to college.

Comment: 'Success' for Biden: When all believe all lies are true.