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US Navy detains ship from Iran carrying cargo for Yemen's Houthi's

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© CC BY 2.0 / Official U.S. Navy Page / USS Sterett (DDG 104)
The vessel was transporting 40 tonnes of fertiliser, which could potentially be used to create explosives. The American Navy has detained a ship in the Gulf of Oman with cargo for the Houthi rebels in Yemen.

The Navy said in a statement that its guided-missile destroyer, the USS Cole, and patrol ships had stopped and searched the sailboat that was en route to war-hit Yemen last Tuesday.

About 40 tonnes of urea fertiliser, known to be a key ingredient in homemade improvised explosive devices, were hidden on board
, according to the statement. The Iranian authorities have not commented on the matter yet.

Comment: See also: Pepe Escobar: Iran-Russia hit maximum strategy


Biden says elections might not be legitimate if reform bills aren't passed

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President Biden on Wednesday said the legitimacy of the upcoming midterm elections could depend on Democrats passing voting rights legislation.

"I'm not saying it's going to be legit. The increase in the prospect of being illegitimate is in direct proportion to us not being able to get these reforms passed," Biden said during his second solo press conference at the White House, referring to the 2022 election.

He added that he hasn't given up on passing voting rights legislation to counteract new voting laws being implemented by Republicans at the state level.

Comment: 'If our voting reform bill doesn't pass then the election is illegitimate.' How do people fall for this?

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Mr. Potato

Ukrainian troops train for missile launches near Crimea

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Kiev dispatched BM-21 'Grad' rocket systems for practice runs in its southern Kherson region
Kiev has conducted tests of units manning the BM-21 'Grad' system, a Soviet-designed, truck-mounted multiple rocket launcher, near its southern border with Crimea, according to an announcement by the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

On Friday, officials stated that personnel had moved the weapons to Kherson Oblast, just north of the disputed peninsula. Once the Grad systems had been delivered to the testing range, troops conducted exercises designed to practice using the rocket launchers to destroy enemy forces and equipment, without conducting launches.

According to the statement, the weapons completed the tests successfully.

Comment: See also: 'Russian troops dismember the armed forces of Ukraine': how a war between Moscow & Kiev could play out, and why it won't happen

And check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Kazakhstan on Fire: Why US vs Russia 'Great Game' Could Spark Global Economic Collapse


Dems plot to prosecute Trump over January 6 to prevent him running in 2024

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Former US President Donald Trump
Senate Democrats are plotting to have Attorney General Merrick Garland prosecute Donald Trump over January 6 in a bid to block him from running for president in 2024.

Several Democrat lawmakers believe there is a "good chance" the Department of Justice will act to prosecute Trump, knocking him out of the race before his campaign can even begin. The move is being plotted despite there being no evidence that Trump (unlike certain federal agents) orchestrated or encouraged the January 6 raid on the Capitol.

"They have all of the evidence at their disposal," claimed Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), asserting that "federal statutes that are very much implicated" by Trump's apparent attempt to stop the certification of the election.

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) claimed there was "a lot of evidence that he was complicit" in fueling the January 6 riot (without citing any).
"I think anybody who it's proven had a role in the planning of [the Jan. 6 attack] should be prosecuted, not just the people who broke in and smashed the window in my office and others."

Comment: The 2024 election debacle has begun.

Arrow Up

How did Fox News become the voice of reason?

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Tucker Carlson
Imagine traveling back in time 20 years and explaining the current US geopolitical predicament to someone in 2002. They'd easily believe the country's leadership is barreling headlong into a war it can't win for reasons it hasn't adequately explained.

But the American of 2002, if you could pry him away from 'CSI: Miami,' would find it shocking to flip on the news networks and find the sole anti-war message at prime time coming from Fox News, and the loudest pro-war shrieking coming from the liberal CNN and MSNBC.

As the Biden administration seriously entertains the prospect of war with Russia over Ukraine (the latest bright idea from the White House is to funnel arms to Ukrainian paramilitaries, Syria style), that's exactly what's happening.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson opined at length on Tuesday night against going to war over Ukraine, arguing that such a conflict would be "incredibly destructive." Carlson's guest, analyst Clint Ehrlich, expounded on this, stating that bringing Ukraine into NATO - the plan that triggered the current descent toward war - would not serve US strategic interests, nor those of NATO itself.

Light Saber

Serbia scraps planned Rio Tinto lithium mine after protests

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Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic speaks during a press conference in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022.
Trying to defuse large protests by environmentalists, Serbia's populist government said Thursday that it was canceling all licenses for mining giant Rio Tinto to open a lithium mine in the Balkan country.

"We have fulfilled all the requests of the environmental protests and put an end to Rio Tinto in the Republic of Serbia," Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said in a televised address. "Everything is finished. It's over."

Used in batteries for electric cars, lithium is considered one of the most sought-after metals of the future as the world shifts to more renewable energy sources.

Comment: Indeed, Rio Tinto has an awful track record, both with labor and the environment.


Russia-US security talks close with both sides citing major differences

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Flags are prepared before a meeting of Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Jan. 21, 2022, in Geneva, Switzerland.
As tensions flare between Moscow and Washington, their top diplomats have held the latest round of talks in an effort to secure a deal

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his American counterpart Antony Blinken have met for crunch talks in the Swiss city of Geneva to discuss rising tensions between the two nations and Moscow's proposals to limit NATO expansion.

Following the head-to-head talks, each diplomat gave his account to journalists about the outcome of their discussions, with tensions remaining strained between Washington and Moscow. The meeting finished early, lasting only around an hour and a half, with the two sides having briefed that the chances of a breakthrough were slim.

Comment: How much clearer can Moscow be? It is facing a Cuban Missile situation on its borders, but the 'exceptional nation' thinks that's just the way things should be. As Moscow once remarked, during the various negotiations over Syria:
the Americans were "недоговороспособны". What that word means is literally "not-agreement-capable" or unable to make and then abide by an agreement. While polite, this expression is also extremely strong as it implies not so much a deliberate deception as the lack of the very ability to make a deal and abide by it.


Congress's 1/6 Committee claims absolute power: It will investigate citizens with no judicial limit

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US Representatives Elaine Luria, Adam Schiff, Liz Cheney, Jamie Raskin, Adam Kinzinger and Chairman Bennie Thompson, speak to the media following testimony during the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the US Capitol
In its ongoing attempt to investigate and gather information about private U.S. citizens, the Congressional 1/6 Committee is claiming virtually absolute powers that not even the FBI or other law enforcement agencies enjoy. Indeed, lawyers for the committee have been explicitly arguing that nothing proscribes or limits their authority to obtain data regarding whichever citizens they target and, even more radically, that the checks imposed on the FBI (such as the requirement to obtain judicial authorization for secret subpoenas) do not apply to the committee.

As we have previously reported and as civil liberties groups have warned, there are serious constitutional doubts about the existence of the committee itself. Under the Constitution and McCarthy-era Supreme Court cases interpreting it, the power to investigate crimes lies with the executive branch, supervised by the judiciary, and not with Congress. Congress does have the power to conduct investigations, but that power is limited to two narrow categories: 1) when doing so is designed to assist in its law-making duties (e.g., directing executives of oil companies to testify when considering new environmental laws) and 2) in order to exert oversight over the executive branch.

Comment: Not only are the investigations of the committee out of control, the treatment of those already swept up in the FBI's dragnet is appalling.


80% of all US dollars in existence have been printed by the Federal Reserve in just the last two years

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Since March of 2020, Americans and the world alike have watched from the sidelines as power hungry politicians have ushered in draconian lockdowns, shutdowns, police state measures, and brought the economy to its knees. While governments around the planet used their central banks to devalue their currencies by printing money to fund their tyranny, the US led the way down this road to fiscal horror.

Thanks to the trillions of dollars the Federal Reserve has printed over the last two years, America is currently in an inflation crisis. One need only look at the price of groceries over the last two years to realize just how bad of a crisis we are currently experiencing.

As the Biden Administration blames high prices on greedy industries, this is little more than a distraction from the actual perpetrator. Nevertheless, the left continues to attribute soaring costs on businesses making "too much profit."

While these corporations are not innocent in this debacle, the role of America's central bank is far more insidious. As government spending has skyrocketed over the last two years, they have financed their massive expenditures by stealing value from your savings by printing more money through the central bank.

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Germany blocks Estonia from transferring its weapons to Ukraine, US & UK sending multiple shipments

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Germany is blocking NATO ally Estonia from giving military support to Ukraine by refusing to issue permits for German-origin weapons to be exported to Kyiv as it braces for a potential Russian invasion, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

Earlier this week, the U.S. State Department cleared Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to send U.S.-made missiles and other weapons to Ukraine as President Joe Biden predicted Russia would move on Ukraine.

Many other NATO allies, including Britain and Poland, also agreed to export weapons directly to Ukraine, but the German government declined to do so.

Comment: ZeroHedge reports:
It was very noticeable when this week British military flights delivering weapons to Ukraine deliberately avoided German airspace - so much so that Berlin issued a statement clarifying that the German government had not demanded this ahead of time, saying it has "not denied access to its airspace as the UK did not submit a request, there has been no dispute between the UK and Germany on this issue."

On Thursday the Biden administration authorized US-made arms to be "rushed delivered" via third party countries to Kiev in order to deter any possible 'Russian aggression' - namely from the Baltic allies of Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia - this raised the question of whether German would allow for the same indirect weapons transfers.

Ukraine's Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov confirmed German's "hesitation" to deliver arms. This also as German government spokesman reaffirmed "The principle governing arms exports" which "is always the same — whether they come directly from Germany or from third countries — and no permission has been issued at this stage."

At the same time, it's been revealed that Germany's chancellor turned down a request to meet with President Joe Biden on Ukraine, saying it was too "short notice" - though there's speculation it was again more about not angering Russia and avoidance of getting too deeply involved at his intense moment of the Russia-Ukraine standoff.
Russia has repeatedly stated that it has no intention to invade Ukraine. However one can see from the above that it has every reason to be concerned, and to prepare for a number of eventualities.

The Ukrainian government, with its repeated violations of the Minsk agreement, its war crimes against the people of the breakaway republics of Donbass and Lugansk, its blatant ties to neo-Nazi groups, has proven itself to be a liability to regional stability, and, despite all of this (or because of it), the West is brazenly arming and training them: Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Kazakhstan on Fire: Why US vs Russia 'Great Game' Could Spark Global Economic Collapse