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Endgame is going in Ukraine crisis

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Russian President Vladimir Putin
Basically, great power competition and the fight for hegemonic control between America on the one side and Russia and China on the other, is being fought on two fronts.

The one is Ukraine war with enlarging NATO engagement, the other front is financial with America facing a coordinated attack by Russia and China on its dollar hegemony. The Russians are planning a replacement trade settlement currency, which could unleash a flood of foreign-owned dollars onto the foreign exchange markets. In fact, the second front encases also the third front, the formation of global alliances. Ultimately, there is a competition of new world order and fight for global power (world hegemon).

All these topics have been analysed in various articles on this website and will be analysed also in the future but this article focuses again on military side of this subject, because there is, as the title indicates, endgame currently going. Some fundamental factors are now emerging for further analysis.

Heart - Black

Syria under the American whip: Sanctions that kill

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Some 83 years after being employed against Germany in 1940, economic sanctions have become the most widely-used tool in Washington's arsenal to coerce adversarial states. Sanctions have become a parallel or alternative policy to military invasions, especially after the dollar solidified as the world's dominant currency by being pegged to oil in 1975 - and further strengthened by the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

This US financial and economic weapon has caused Syria suffering for decades, but its impact has become lethal in recent years, particularly after 2019.

Sanctions negatively affect all vital sectors of the economy, from medicine to education, energy, communications, agriculture, and industry - all the way to dealing with emergency disasters, such as the earthquake that struck Syria and Turkiye in the early morning of 6 February, which has so far led to the death of 1,300 civilians, mass injuries, and the destruction of thousands of homes.

The impact of western sanctions and the US military occupation of Syria has crippled the nation's economy and undermined its ability to respond to major natural disasters of this kind. The situation issue pressing that the Middle East Council of Churches issued a demand on 6 February for the immediate lifting of sanctions on Syria so that Damascus can deal with the humanitarian fallout from the tragic earthquake.

Comment: Power hungry and delusional, the US gains nothing from sanctioning except a bully reputation and future isolation.


Target

The Hamilton 68 twitter op is more proof the managerial class opposes the American founding

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Washington Jefferson and Hamilton in the U.S. Capitol
The fact that the federal bureaucracy and Big Tech collaborated to usurp a democratically elected president should terrify Americans.

In recent days, Matt Taibbi's reporting exposed the bipartisan political operation known as Hamilton 68 that promulgated and perpetuated the myth of Russian control of American politics. Hamilton 68 was a collection of almost completely non-Russian Twitter users deceptively selected and then fed to reporters and members of Congress as data proving Russian influence in U.S. elections.

The uncovering of this op makes institutional rot in the United States more apparent than ever before. After all, Big Tech collaborated with this disinformation operation to delegitimize a democratically elected president while federal agencies — notably, the U.S. State Department — weaponized this disinformation against the American people.

These institutions are not independent, sentient monoliths whose politically motivated goals serendipitously overlap. The fact that the world's most advanced federal bureaucracy and the most powerful corporate entities to ever exist collaborated to usurp a democratically elected president should, indeed, terrify every American citizen.

But there is a darker truth beneath the surface: the people behind Hamilton 68 — members of the managerial elite — are trying to permanently reshape the American political and legal systems to do away with the remaining mechanisms of our democratic republic so permanently entrenched government and corporate bureaucrats can call the shots.

Star of David

Naftali Bennett's inconvenient 'recollection'

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Russian President Vladimir Putin • Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy
Former Israeli PM Naftali Bennett
On March 5, 2022, former Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett visited Moscow, where he held a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. According to the Kremlin read-out of the meeting, the two leaders "discussed various aspects of the situation in Ukraine in the context of Russia's special military operation to protect Donbass."

Soon after the meeting, Bennett's spokesperson told the press the Israeli prime minister made a phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Bennett traveled to Moscow at Zelensky's request to mediate a ceasefire between Russia, which initiated its special military operation on February 24, and the Ukrainian government. According to press reports at the time, Bennett coordinated his efforts with the United States, France, and Germany. Indeed, Bennet had spoken to French President Emmanuel Macron prior to leaving Israel for Moscow, and flew to Berlin after his meeting with Putin to discuss the issues with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

Bennett's diplomatic intervention came in the aftermath of two rounds of negotiation between Russia and Ukraine, one on February 28 and a second on March 3, in Gomel, Belarus.

According to Bennett, his diplomatic mission succeeded in getting Russia to drop its insistence on the "demilitarization" of the Ukrainian armed forces, while Zelensky pledged Ukraine would never join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

But recent disclosures by Bennett suggest there was another purpose to his Moscow visit — to secure a promise from Putin that Russia would not attempt to kill Zelensky.

Snakes in Suits

Former NATO Commander General Westley Clark's ties to Hunter Biden

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Former NATO Commander General Wesley K. Clark
Chief Executive Officer Karen A. Tramontano
Chief Operating Officer Sally A. Painter
Hunter Biden has received extensive media coverage of his involvement with Ukraine's corrupt Burisma and his Rosemont Seneca Technology Partner's investment in Metabiota, helping to fund and organize the clandestine Ukraine Biolabs. However, the deep-state players that aided and abetted In Hunter Biden's Ukrainian schemes have received little or no attention. So let's deep dive into Hunter Biden's deep state connections, which consists of three central casting characters specializing in statecraft.

Former NATO Commander Gen. Wesley Clark

Wesley Clark is a retired U.S. general four-star general and the former Supreme NATO Allied Commander. Unbeknownst to the general public, he served as strategic business development advisor for Rosemont Seneca Technology Partner. He can run but can't hide from the Wayback Machine.

General Clark is also a long-term director of the hawkish Atlantic Council, and his expertise is Ukraine geopolitics. The Atlantic Council is a notorious Washington D. C. think tank that is NATO-centric. Because of Clark's global stature and connections, one can reasonably assume his fingerprints are on Rosemont Seneca Technology's investment in Metabiota's Ukraine Biolabs and may have helped Metabiota secure tens of millions in U.S. Department of Defense contracts for Ukrainian Biolabs.

Comment: It's a small slice of the indemnified deep state network serving Hunter Biden's dad.


Chess

Kiev inching closer to conceding defeat - ex-Russian president

Medvedev
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Dmitry Medvedev
Discussions of a "Korean scenario" in Ukraine are a sign that Kiev is on the way to recognizing the reality on the ground and accepting its losses, former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has said. The idea of a Korean-style division of Ukraine has been discussed by current and former officials in Kiev, who claim that this is what Russia is pursuing.

The idea that Ukraine could be divided up the way Korea was after the war in the 1950s is "for domestic consumption" and constitutes "wishful thinking," Medvedev added, citing unnamed "propagandists" as peddling the notion.

What is notable is that "they coyly tested the statement that there can be no victory" and that "being split is the best-case scenario," the former president said. The 'Korean scenario' means that a smaller, US-backed Ukraine could eventually develop to the level of South Korea while maintaining its claims over lost territories, Medvedev explained.

"In essence, this is the first step towards accepting the realities on the ground," he said.

Vader

Means And Motive: How America Took Out The Nord Stream Pipeline

The New York Times called it a "mystery," but the United States executed a covert sea operation that was kept secret — until now
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The U.S. Navy's Diving and Salvage Center can be found in a location as obscure as its name — down what was once a country lane in rural Panama City, a now-booming resort city in the southwestern panhandle of Florida, 70 miles south of the Alabama border. The center's complex is as nondescript as its location — a drab concrete post-World War II structure that has the look of a vocational high school on the west side of Chicago. A coin-operated laundromat and a dance school are across what is now a four-lane road.

The center has been training highly skilled deep-water divers for decades who, once assigned to American military units worldwide, are capable of technical diving to do the good — using C4 explosives to clear harbors and beaches of debris and unexploded ordinance — as well as the bad, like blowing up foreign oil rigs, fouling intake valves for undersea power plants, destroying locks on crucial shipping canals. The Panama City center, which boasts the second largest indoor pool in America, was the perfect place to recruit the best, and most taciturn, graduates of the diving school who successfully did last summer what they had been authorized to do 260 feet under the surface of the Baltic Sea.

Last June, the Navy divers, operating under the cover of a widely publicized mid-summer NATO exercise known as BALTOPS 22, planted the remotely triggered explosives that, three months later, destroyed three of the four Nord Stream pipelines, according to a source with direct knowledge of the operational planning.

Two of the pipelines, which were known collectively as Nord Stream 1, had been providing Germany and much of Western Europe with cheap Russian natural gas for more than a decade. A second pair of pipelines, called Nord Stream 2, had been built but were not yet operational. Now, with Russian troops massing on the Ukrainian border and the bloodiest war in Europe since 1945 looming, President Joseph Biden saw the pipelines as a vehicle for Vladimir Putin to weaponize natural gas for his political and territorial ambitions.

Comment: So the Norwegians and the Danes were in on it, but it's also likely the Israelis, Brits and Germans were too. NATO is far more than a military alliance - almost all its member states are fully integrated components in a globalist franken-country we might term NATOstan or Westernia.

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Attention

Quake delivers earth-shattering blow to U.S.- led NATO hypocrisy

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A 7.8. magnitude earthquake hits Europe's southern neighbors Türkiye and Syria - and the NATO alliance does next to nothing in response. What sort of security organization is that?

Rather, it seems to be too busy trying to start World War Three by undertaking an unprecedented mobilization of resources and equipment in Ukraine against Russia. A mobilization that is completely unwarranted and indeed is an audacious gaslighting charade played on the Western public.

The United States-led North Atlantic Treaty Organization has an annual military budget that exceeds well over $1 trillion spread over its 30 member nations. One of those members is Türkiye.

What sort of priorities has NATO? Not rhetorical, theoretical, or presumed priorities, but real-life practical, demonstrable priorities.

On Monday morning this week, southern Türkiye and neighboring Syria were devastated by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake and multiple huge aftershocks. The death toll in both countries has risen to over 11,000 with tens of thousands injured and made homeless. With thousands of missing people trapped under rubble, the casualties will increase over the coming days.

Many countries were quick to send emergency rescue teams to the zone of havoc that straddles the border between Türkiye and Syria. Russia and Iran - experienced in such natural disasters - were among the first neighboring countries to send in aid and salvage crews.

By contrast, the apathetic response from the U.S.-led NATO bloc has been abject. What's even more incredible, Türkiye is a long-time prominent member of the organization and is considered a vital partner for the European Union.

Bad Guys

Ban on Russian media protects 'freedom of expression' - Borrell

Josep Borrell
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High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell talks to the press in Brussels on January 23, 2023
The EU's crusade against Russian media does not seek to curb free speech but in fact pursues the opposite goal, the bloc's top diplomat, Josep Borrell, said on Tuesday. His remarks triggered criticism from Moscow, with Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova saying that Russia viewed the media crackdown as a sign of dictatorship.

Speaking at a conference dedicated to the EU's response to foreign disinformation, Borrell said that the sanctions on Russian media "effectively banned them from operating" within the bloc.

"In doing that, we are not attacking the freedom of expression, we are just protecting the freedom of expression," he argued.

Borrell also noted that the EU is trying to support those media organizations that Russia has classified as 'foreign agents', a designation meaning that an entity is either funded from abroad or is under "foreign influence."

Comment: Orwell said it best, but Borrell is a close second. "War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength"


Dominoes

The fight for Ugledar: Why controlling a small town in southwestern Donbass is so important for the Russian military

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Russian servicemen are seen as they fire from 2A18 D-30 howitzers toward Ukrainian positions in the course of Russia's military operation in Ukraine, at the unknown location. Moscow is hoping it will be third time lucky as the first anniversary of its offensive approaches
After the successful capture of Soledar, Russia has continued to advance in Donbass, with battles ongoing. To the southwest, Ugledar - a small mining town a hundred kilometers north of Mariupol - has become the main contact point for Moscow's troops. If the Russians succeed in this offensive, it will be a significant blow to Ukraine. Potentially, a victory in Ugledar could change the balance of power in the Donetsk area and improve Melitopol's defenses.

Why is there such a focus on this area?

Another assault on Ugledar was launched on January 24 by Pacific Fleet Marines and special forces from the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR). Although Russia made some gains in the early days of the operation and Ukrainian forces suffered heavy losses, little progress has been made in terms of land.