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Chaotic scenes in Parisian politics last week as French president Emmanuel Macron, the moment EU parliament election results were announced, called a snap election 'to defeat the far-right'. But given the trouncing his party received in the former, how can he expect to fare better in the latter? Our hot take: Macron will remain in the Élysée, refusing to take the hint that the people want him gone.

Meanwhile, the stand-off between the West and Russia over Ukraine remains as tense as ever. Putin has stated his terms for a settlement, and the West has rejected it out of hand, promising instead more and bigger weapons deliveries to Ukraine. Serbian president Aleksandar Vučić is predicting 'major war in 3-4 months', and the signs all certainly seem to point that way.

But will some global 'reality shift' intervene - a new pandemic? An economic crisis? Natural disasters? All this and more on NewsReal!

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Biggest danger to EU is the US - Putin

© Leon Neal/Getty ImagesPresident of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen • US President Joe Biden
The main threat to Europe doesn't come from Moscow but from a critical dependence on the US, the president said.

Western Europe needs to maintain good relations with Moscow if it wants to retain its status as one of the centers of world development, Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested on Friday, during a meeting with the country's top diplomats.

Putin stressed that Russia is prepared to work together with the EU and insisted that Moscow bears no ill intent, pointing out that all the recent statements made by Western officials about a supposed Russian attack are "nonsense."

The president emphasized that the biggest "threat" to the bloc today is not posed by Russia but by its own increasingly critical dependence on the US in "military, political, technological, ideological and informational spheres."
"Europe [sic] is increasingly being pushed out to the margins of global economic development and is being plunged into the chaos of migration and other pressing problems."
Putin added that European nationals are also being deprived of international subjectivity and cultural identity.

Comment: Indoctrination and mindset are difficult to change. Numerous countries in lockstep - glued to beliefs void of rational thinking compounded by fears of faux annihilation - never look for 'the man behind the curtain'. It is easier to 'kill the messenger'.

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War on Gaza: The day the West defined 'success' as a massacre of 270 Palestinians

© ReutersPalestinian mourns over the victim of an Israeli strike • Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital • Deir Al-Balah central Gaza Strip • June 9, 2024
Israelis dance in the streets, White House hails a 'daring' operation, Sunak says he's relieved. How carnage in Gaza has become the new normal.

Israel hasn't just crossed the Biden administration's pretend "red lines" in Gaza. With its massacre at Nuseirat refugee camp at the weekend, Israel drove a bulldozer through them.

On Saturday, an Israeli military operation to free four Israelis held captive by Hamas since its 7 October attack on Israel resulted in the killing of more than 270 Palestinians, many of them women and children. The true death toll may never be known. Untold numbers of men, women and children are still under rubble from the bombardment, crushed to death, or trapped and suffocating, or expiring slowly from dehydration if they cannot be dug out in time.

Many hundreds more are suffering agonising injuries - should their wounds not kill them - in a situation where there are almost no medical facilities left after Israel's destruction of hospitals and its mass kidnap of Palestinian medical personnel. Further, there are no drugs to treat the victims, given Israel's months-long imposition of an aid blockade.

Israelis and American Jewish organisations - so ready to judge Palestinians for cheering attacks on Israel - celebrated the carnage caused in freeing the Israeli captives, who could have returned home months ago had Israel been ready to agree on a ceasefire.

Videos even show Israelis dancing in the street.

Comment: See also: Biden's war on Gaza is now a war on truth and the right to protest

Green Light

"Human rights NGOs" and the corruption of civil society

The organisations operating under the banner of "human rights non-governmental organisations" (NGOs) have become key actors in disseminating war propaganda, intimidating academics, and corrupting civil society. The NGOs act as gatekeepers determining which voices should be elevated and which should be censored and cancelled.

Civil society is imperative to balance the power of the state, yet the state is increasingly seeking to hijack the representation of civil society through NGOs. The NGOs can be problematic on their own as they can enable a loud minority to override a silent majority. Yet, the Reagan doctrine exacerbated the problem as these "human rights NGOs" were financed by the government and staffed by people with ties to intelligence agencies to ensure civil society does not deviate significantly from government policies.

The ability of academics to speak openly and honestly is restricted by these gatekeepers. Case in point, the NGOs limit dissent in academic debates about the great power rivalry in Ukraine. Well-documented and proven facts that are imperative to understanding the conflict are simply not reported in the media, and any efforts to address these facts are confronted with vague accusations of being "controversial" or "pro-Russian", a transgression that must be punished with intimidation, censorship, and cancellation.

I will outline here first my personal experiences with one of these NGOs, and second how the NGOs are hijacking civil society.

Comment: There is a plan. We the Clueless have become the chosen vehicle for the political cartel.

Better Earth

World leaders to gather in Swiss resort in attempt to forge Ukraine peace plan

© UK NewsBurgenstock resort outside Lucerne, Switzerland • Ukraine Summit
More than 100 leaders at two-day conference to discuss Kyiv's proposals to end war - but Russia and China absent.

More than 100 leaders, including the US vice-president, Kamala Harris, and the presidents or heads of the EU, South American, Middle East and Asian countries, will gather in Switzerland on Saturday for one of the most ambitious attempts yet to forge a peace plan for Ukraine.

The summit comes as G7 leaders gathering in Italy clinch a new deal for a €50bn loan for Ukraine, securitised through use of the windfall profits from the interest on Russian central bank assets frozen by the EU and other western nations after the 2022 invasion of Ukraine.

The two-day peace conference, which will take place at the luxury Bürgenstock resort outside Lucerne, will discuss Kyiv's proposed 10-point plan to end the war along with three other themes: the nuclear threat, food security and humanitarian needs in Ukraine.

It follows the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, on Friday demanding that Kyiv cede more land, withdraw troops deeper inside its own country and drop its Nato bid in order for him to end his war in Ukraine - proposals that were rejected by Ukraine, the US and Nato.

Comment: Two thumbs down. Without Russia and China, the rest is back patting and re-convincing the pre-convinced.


China willing to improve ties with India - Beijing

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Beijing is willing to work with New Delhi to improve relations following Narendra Modi's election for a third consecutive term as Indian prime minister, a spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy has said. The statement comes a day after Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said that resolving long-standing issues with neighboring China and Pakistan will be among New Delhi's foreign policy priorities.

In a post on X (formerly Twitter) on Wednesday, the spokesperson for Beijing's embassy in New Delhi stated that "A sound and stable China-India relationship is in the interest of both nations and conducive to peace and development in the region and beyond. China is willing to work with India to push forward bilateral relations in the right direction."

A day earlier, Chinese Premier Li Qiang congratulated Modi on his third term as prime minister, conveying that the steady development of ties between the two countries not only benefits people, but "injects stability and positive energy into the region and the world," Xinhua reported.

Comment: Is this rapprochement related to Foreign Minister Wang Yi's recent statement at the BRICS foreign ministers' meeting:
The expanded group should create a "just" multilateral global governance system, Foreign Minister Wang Yi has said.

The BRICS countries should work together to promote peace and prevent the onset of a new Cold War, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has said.

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Netanyahu denounces IDF's 'tactical pauses' in Gaza fighting to allow aid in

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© REUTERS/Marko DjuricaA man is detained during a demonstration against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government and a call for the release of hostages in Gaza, amid the Israel-Hamas conflict, in Tel Aviv, Israel, June 16, 2024.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized plans announced by the military on Sunday to hold daily tactical pauses in fighting along one of the main roads into Gaza to facilitate aid delivery into the Palestinian enclave.

The military had announced the daily pauses from 0500 GMT until 1600 GMT in the area from the Kerem Shalom Crossing to the Salah al-Din Road and then northwards.

"When the prime minister heard the reports of an 11-hour humanitarian pause in the morning, he turned to his military secretary and made it clear that this was unacceptable to him," an Israeli official said.

The military clarified that normal operations would continue in Rafah, the main focus of its operation in southern Gaza, where eight soldiers were killed on Saturday.


CNN finalizes rules on mics, muting, notes, for first Biden vs. Trump debate; RFK Jr. could still qualify

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© Getty ImagesJoe Biden, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., and Donald Trump

President Biden (L), independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (C), and former President Donald Trump (R).
The 90-minute debate is slated to take place June 27 in Atlanta

CNN has finalized the rules for the first presidential debate of the 2024 election cycle, which is less than two weeks away.

The campaigns of President Biden and former President Donald Trump have agreed to the rules, CNN said on Saturday, noting that it is not "impossible" for independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to join the pair on stage.

To qualify for the CNN showdown, a candidate must have received 15% support in four separate national polls, and be on the ballot in enough states to reach 270 electoral college votes. Currently, Kennedy is on the ballot in six states, totaling 89 potential Electoral College votes.

Comment: More details from the Washington Examiner:
President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump have already agreed to the 90-minute debate rules, and will be allowed two breaks amid their likely verbal combat. As for the other details, muted mics was a stipulation included in a 2020 debate, and Trump has pushed for the candidates to stand at podiums, in a likely assumption Biden will be more uncomfortable, against the Biden campaign's suggestion to sit.

There will be at least one more presidential debate as ABC is hosting a debate on Sept. 10, not long before early voting begins in the general election. Trump leads by 1.1% in 538's national polling average.


Best of the Web: Serbian President Vucic warns of looming world war: 'No one can stop it'

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Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic gave a video interview to the the Swiss German-language publication Die Weltwoche, posted on June 8, in which he discussed in stark terms the danger of global conflict the world currently faces. "The train has left the station, and no one can stop it," he said, speaking in English. (Subtitling for this video was available in Serbian, German and English.) Some relevant excerpts of his remarks follow:

"I believe that we are getting close to the last days of possible rethinking and reconsidering in Ukraine. If those big powers don't do anything in a short period of time, yes, I'm pretty much certain that we'll face a real disaster."

In reference to the Western rhetoric claiming that Putin is bluffing: "If you bet on the fact that someone is bluffing, it means that you have no better cards. That you just believe that the other side has weaker cards. But you don't know and you didn't see his or their cards...."

Comment: Note that Slovakia's PM Fico who also spoke with such honesty, suffered from an assassination attempt; and Vucic himself was threatened just a few weeks ago:


The BRICS weigh in on Palestine

The gravity around the newly-enlarged BRICS constellation is drawing in Arab, Muslim, and Global South adherents to the influential group's message on international law, Palestine, and halting forever wars.
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MOSCOW - Something of extraordinary magnitude happened in Moscow on 23 May. Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa personally asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to help organize a peace conference on Palestine, at which Russia would be the first non-Arab nation invited.

Al-Khalifa and Putin had two rounds of discussions - one of them closed - during which the main focus was always Palestine. The Bahraini monarch noted that in a rare show of unity, the Arab world had finally come together in agreement to end the war in Gaza. It was implied that Russia was subsequently chosen as the most reliable mediator to end the brutal conflict.

Bahrain - and the Arab League - recognize that the Russian position centers around what Putin had previously defined as the "UN formula": an independent Palestinian state with its capital in East Jerusalem.

That happens to be the position of the BRICS-10 nations and virtually the whole Global Majority. Crucially, it is also the common position of China and the Arab world, reaffirmed in Beijing only one week after the Russia-Bahrain meeting.

The problem is how to implement the "formula" when the US hegemon, Israel's unconditional ally, has a virtual stranglehold on the United Nations.

By 2020, as Tel Aviv was openly announcing the inevitable annexation of the West Bank, the Abraham Accords were smashing a major Arab taboo on openly supporting Israel, via the normalization agreements signed in Washington DC by Bahrain, the UAE, Morocco, and Sudan.

Nine months ago, Palestine was virtually isolated, and destined to extinction via quiet Israeli policies to incrementally force expulsion. But never underestimate the power of a genocide committed in broad daylight, on video. Today, the Russia-China strategic partnership, BRICS, and the Global Majority have been mobilized to enshrine Palestine as a sovereign state - faithful to the recent super-majority UN General Assembly vote to accept Palestine as a UN member.

It will be a long, winding, and thorny road that has the potential to split the world in two.