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West needs to listen to Global South - UK Foreign Secretary

Leaders in developing countries feel ignored as Ukraine takes center stage, said James Cleverly
James Cleverly
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UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly
Leaders of the Global South are growing irritated by what they perceive as lecturing by the West, the UK's Foreign Secretary James Cleverly told The Guardian on the sidelines of the UN general assembly.

The official warned that "the West will be in trouble unless it learns to listen better to the Global South" and stated that many foreign ministers from those countries feel that all they hear Western leaders talk about is "Ukraine, Ukraine, Ukraine."

"We have got to be sensitive to that," he stressed.

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Intel-linked UK Official Pushing Censorship of Russell Brand

The author of letters to social media companies demanding the financial punishment of Russell Brand is a British lawmaker implicated in London's war on Covid-19 and Ukraine dissenters. Her husband was a commander in the Army's psy-ops division.
77th brigade

"All quiet beneath the watchful eyes..."
Allegations of sexual impropriety and abuse by comedian and podcaster Russell Brand by the British media prompted YouTube to demonetize the star's popular channel on September 20.

The Grayzone can now reveal that YouTube's financial censorship of Brand is the result of an effort waged by a former British government minister who was responsible for London's crackdown on dissent during the Covid-19 pandemic. Her husband has also participated in that campaign of state repression as deputy commander of 77th Brigade, the British Army's psychological warfare division.

YouTube justified its demonetization of Brand on the grounds that he violated its "creator responsibility policy." This marks the first time a content creator has been financially punished by the company for reasons other than the videos published on the site. A spokesperson has claimed, "if a creator's off-platform behaviour harms our users, employees or ecosystem, we take action."

The allegations against Brand date from betwee 2006 and '13, and have yet to be proven in court. There is no indication the charges are being investigated by law enforcement in Britain or the US, where the offenses allegedly occurred. Brand has vehemently denied accusations of abuse and rape.


Governments start calling for price controls - rationing and CBDCs come next

Last month in the middle of the surreal "Bidenomics" hype I published an article titled 'Nothing Is Over: Inflation Is About To Come Back With A Vengeance.' I outlined the misconceptions surrounding CPI and how it is not an accurate model for the effects of inflation. I also noted that the index had been manipulated downwards by Joe Biden as he flooded the market with oil from the strategic reserves. Because so many elements of the CPI are connected to energy, Biden had created an artificial drop in CPI using this strategy.

I argued that as the strategic reserves ran out and Biden lost his leverage, CPI would rise again and prices on a number of necessities would climb. This is happening now, with the biggest jump in CPI in 14 months and gas prices clawing back towards all-time highs.

Inflation is not going away anytime soon, but the bigger issue at hand is who benefits most from inflation and rising prices? The answer might be obvious to some but many people are oblivious to the root cause of inflationary dysfunction and often see it as a consequence of random economic chaos rather than a product of clever engineering. The truth is, banking oligarchs and political authorities revel in the inflationary tidal wave because it is a perfect opportunity to institute far reaching socialist controls over resources.

Eye 1

Neil Oliver: '...will they come for you next?'

Neil Oliver

Neil Oliver
'...we're back in the world of witches, witchcraft & the mob.... never forget the rights our ancestors learned and shed blood to defend...'

Black Magic

Rebooted Clinton Global Initiative licks chops over Ukraine 'humanitarian' aid

The now-revived Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) has found a new grift - Ukraine.

But first - a short review. The Clintons, through their foundation, fleeced Haiti to the tune of Billions following the 2010 earthquake which killed an estimated 220,000 people.

Bad Guys

Kremlin: Azerbaijan is acting 'in its territory' in Nagorno-Karabakh

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Azerbaijani soldiers patrol at a checkpoint on a road outside the town of Shushi (Susa) Nagorno-Karabakh, November 26, 2020
Moscow has rejected claims that Russian peacekeepers have failed in their duty amid the crisis

The Kremlin considers the escalation of violence in Nagorno-Karabakh as military action conducted by Azerbaijan within its own territory, spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said.

The remark came on Wednesday in response to complaints from Armenia that Russian peacekeepers deployed in the region were not doing their job properly.

Peskov explained that Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan recognizes Azerbaijan's borders to be the same as the administrative borders of Soviet Azerbaijan at the time of the nation's dissolution in 1991. Nagorno-Karabakh was part of the republic at the time.

Comment: It's widely held that Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan wants to 'unload' the disputed territory, blaming Russia in the process, in order to clear the way for Armenia to join the European Union, which would not be possible if the country is involved in an armed conflict. The Armenians living in Nagorno-Karabakh rightfully feel abandoned by their neighbor without any consultation whatever.


Rishi's bonfire of costly green pledges: PM Sunak to ditch 2030 ban on new petrol/diesel cars; slow phaseout gas boilers; hit Net Zero by 2050

PM Rishi Sunak
Rishi Sunak is poised to ditch the 2030 ban on new petrol and diesel cars as he scales back costly green pledges.

In a dramatic policy shift, he is set to delay the switch to electric vehicles and slow the phasing-out of gas boilers. Pushing back the petrol and diesel ban from 2030 to 2035 would be a victory for the Mail's campaign to rethink the deadline.

The Prime Minister will set out the changes in a speech in which he will recommit to hitting 'net zero' carbon emissions by 2050, a target enshrined in law. But he will argue that the goal can be met with a more 'pragmatic' approach that does not force onerous changes on the public. Ministers believe the plan could help transform Tory fortunes and assist households struggling with the high cost of living.

Last night Mr Sunak said:
"Governments of all stripes have not been honest about costs and trade-offs. Instead they have taken the easy way out, saying we can have it all. This realism doesn't mean losing our ambition or abandoning our commitments. Far from it. I am proud that Britain is leading the world on climate change.

"We are committed to net zero by 2050 and the agreements we have made internationally - but doing so in a better, more proportionate way. Our politics must again put the long-term interests of our country before the short-term political needs of the moment."
The Prime Minister confirmed that he had planned a speech in which he is expected to point out the UK is already a world leader in cutting emissions and argue that further changes must be 'realistic and pragmatic'.

Arrow Up

Global debt hits all-time high

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The figure is 50% higher than a decade ago, according to a leading trade body...

The global debt pile soared by $10 trillion to a record high of $307 trillion in the first half of 2023, the Institute of International Finance (IIF) reported on Tuesday. It added that the US, UK, and Japan are among the markets driving the rise.

The high interest rate environment seen across most economies has sent the figure surging, making the current debt stock $100 trillion higher than it was a decade ago, according to the IIF.

"After witnessing declines of seven consecutive quarters, the global debt-to-GDP ratio has resumed its upward trajectory in the first two quarters of this year, now hovering around 336% - up from 334% in Q4 2022," the report stated.

Over 80% of the debt buildup came from mature markets, with the US, Japan, the UK, and France registering the largest increases. In emerging markets, the rise has been more pronounced in China, India, and Brazil, the IIF said.

The report also warned that domestic government debt is at "alarming levels" in many emerging market countries. Meanwhile, "consumer debt burdens remain largely manageable in mature markets, allowing additional room for further central bank tightening should inflationary pressures persist," the IIF stated.

Comment: Case in point:
Britain will face one of the highest inflation rates of any major developed economy this year, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) revealed on Tuesday.

UK inflation, which only recently fell to single digits for the first time since last summer, will average 7.2% this year, the Paris-based organization said in its latest Economic Outlook report.

The rate of price growth in the UK was the fastest among the Group of Seven (G7) major industrialized nations and the third fastest across the Group of Twenty (G20). Economists attributed this to fuel price fluctuations.

The OECD downgraded the UK's growth forecast for 2024 from 1% to only 0.8%, pointing to the "significant risks" the country is facing.

The UK's economic outlook has dimmed since June, following fourteen consecutive interest rate hikes by the Bank of England that have squeezed the country's output. Even with a moderate rebound next year, the OECD predicted that Britain will be lagging behind the vast majority of the G20 countries.

The report said:
"Activity has already weakened in the euro area and the United Kingdom, reflecting the lagged effect on incomes from the large energy price shock in 2022 and the comparative importance of bank-based finance in many European economies."
The OECD maintained its estimated 0.3% growth in British GDP this year, which, if realized, would be the second worst economic performance among the G7 after Germany, which has already entered a recession.
Like dominoes falling.

Bad Guys

Why Russell Brand is unlikely to face impartial justice

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Russell Brand leaves the Troubabour Wembley Park theatre in north-west London after performing a comedy set on September 16, 2023
Trial by media and public opinion leaves no room for the accused to defend himself - and that's the whole idea

Last week, the controversial comedian and movie star Russell Brand became the latest high-profile target of the #MeToo movement.

This should not come as a complete surprise, given his celebrity status and sordid history of self-confessed promiscuity. Brand has been a potential target in waiting for some years - and it was probably just a matter of time before the movement zeroed in on him.

The attack on Brand followed the well-rehearsed, standard #MeToo modus operandi. A number of anonymous women, none of whom could ever hope to attain the celebrity status of their male target, have accused Brand of various kinds of sexual misconduct - including, most seriously, rape.

These alleged acts occurred some years ago, and none were reported to the police at the time they supposedly occurred. Nor have these acts been reported to the police even now.


Cow Skull

Pentagon-funded study warns dementia among US officials poses national security threat

Mitch McConnell freeze

Sen Mitch McConnell freezes during a press conference
Sens. Mitch McConnell and Dianne Feinstein, who have access to top-secret information, recently had public health episodes.

As the national security workforce ages, dementia impacting U.S. officials poses a threat to national security, according to a first-of-its-kind study by a Pentagon-funded think tank. The report, released this spring, came as several prominent U.S. officials trusted with some of the nation's most highly classified intelligence experienced public lapses, stoking calls for resignations and debate about Washington's aging leadership.

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who had a second freezing episode last month, enjoys the most privileged access to classified information of anyone in Congress as a member of the so-called Gang of Eight congressional leadership. Ninety-year-old Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., whose decline has seen her confused about how to vote and experiencing memory lapses — forgetting conversations and not recalling a monthslong absence — was for years a member of the Gang of Eight and remains a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, on which she has served since 2001.

The study, published by the RAND Corporation's National Security Research Division in April, identifies individuals with both current and former access to classified material who develop dementia as threats to national security, citing the possibility that they may unwittingly disclose government secrets.

Comment: Time for them to retire. They've all made enough money.