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Trump 'not far away from truth' in suggesting US could end Ukraine conflict - Kremlin

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The Kremlin's press secretary says former US President Donald Trump has got it right in his observation regarding his successor's opposition to restoring peace in Ukraine.

Trump basically nailed it by suggesting that the White House could put an end to the Ukraine conflict in no time, Dmitry Peskov said at a media briefing on Friday.

Hours earlier, Trump had written on his social media platform, Truth Social, that if he "were president, the Russia/Ukraine war would never have happened." Even if it did and he was still US President, Trump said he "would be able to negotiate an end to this horrible and rapidly escalating war within 24 hours."


Comment: And that's one of the reasons why the election was rigged to stop him from becoming President.


Comment: See also: The Kiev Purge: What has spurred a wave of resignations among senior Ukrainian officials?


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Kim Jong-Un's sister says Western weapons in Ukraine will get turned 'into scrap', N. Korea will always stand 'in the trenches' with Russia

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Kim Yo-jong
Praising the fighting spirit and might of the Russian military, Kim Yo-jong also criticized the West's support to the regime in Kiev.

North Korean politician and diplomat Kim Yo-jong has announced that Pyongyang will continue to support Moscow amid the current crisis in Ukraine.

In a statement disseminated by North Korean media, the also sister of the country's leader Kim Jong-un said that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea will always be standing "in one trench" together with the people and the army of Russia who "rose up to defend the honor and dignity of [their] state, sovereignty and security of the country."

Comment: From early 2022: China, Russia veto new UN sanctions on North Korea, Beijing blames US for disregard of Pyongyang's 'reasonable concerns'


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Turkish officials call Pompeo a LIAR and say he had a 'meltdown' outside Erdogan's door

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) looks on as then-US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) walks past a family picture during a Peace summit on Libya at the Chancellery in Berlin, on 19 January 2020.
Senior Turkish officials on Thursday called former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a liar, branding the allegations in his new book misinformation, which they said he was using in an attempt to propel him to the presidency.

Pompeo wrote that in 2019 he tried to "break through" a locked door in Ankara's presidential complex to reach then-vice president Mike Pence, who was having a longer than expected tete-a-tete with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

In his memoir Never Give an Inch: Fighting for the America I Love, released on Tuesday, Pompeo says the Trump administration in October 2019 convinced Erdogan to sign a ceasefire deal in northern Syria following a Turkish military operation to seize areas formerly controlled by the US military.

Comment: The Turks seem to be losing patience with the US, and it's likely that the US-backed Istanbul terrorist bomb attack hasn't help matters:


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The Kiev Purge: What has spurred a wave of resignations among senior Ukrainian officials?

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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky
Turmoil in the capital and the regions may be a result of the West's dissatisfaction with how things are unfolding...

On January 23, in the course of his customary evening video address, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky announced major personnel changes in his government. The decision is linked both to his wish to demonstrate anti-corruption measures to the West and a rise in domestic political conflicts.

The resignations affected not only representatives of the Ukrainian elite, such as the Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, Kirill Tymoshenko, but also governors of regions near the front line. RT explores what led to the scandal, and the consequences of Ukraine's domestic policy changes in the middle of an armed conflict.

On the way out

The Kiev government has once again been shaken by staffing dramas. On January 24, three high-ranking officials resigned in one day: Deputy Head of the Office of the President Kirill Tymoshenko, Deputy Defense Minister Vyacheslav Shapovalov, and Deputy Prosecutor General Alexey Symonenko.

Four bosses of regional administrations were also dismissed -- in Dnepropetrovsk (Valentin Reznichenko), Zaporozhye (Alexander Starukh), Kherson (Yaroslav Yanushevich) and Sumy (Dmitry Zhivitsky). It's worth noting that all these areas are in close proximity to the front and the Russian border, which may indicate that the Ukrainian authorities are preparing for a new stage of hostilities.

According to local media, the list is not limited to the above-mentioned names. Resignations may affect other senior officials, including Prime Minister Denis Shmigal.

Comment: The purge: A bold move by Zelensky or a dictate from Biden?


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Russian media watchdog takes on CIA website

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The official websites of US intelligence agencies have been blocked in Russia after state media watchdog Roskomnadzor put them on a blacklist on Friday for spreading misinformation and discrediting Russia's armed forces.

The block affected the websites of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as well as the US State Department counterintelligence and counterterrorism platform.

When trying to access cia.gov, fbi.gov or rewardsforjustice.net from Russia, the browser returns a message stating that "the resource at this IP address has been blocked by decision of the state authorities" or simply informs the user that it is "unable to access the site."

In a statement to the TASS news agency, Roskomnadzor explained that the websites were found to be in violation of Russian Federal laws pertaining to information, information technologies and information protection.
"On the basis of Federal Law No. 149-FZ, Roskomnadzor restricted access to a number of resources belonging to state structures of hostile countries for the distribution of materials aimed at destabilizing the social and political situation in the Russian Federation."

Green Light

Mark Zuckerberg to end suspension of Donald Trump from Facebook and Instagram

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Former US President Donald Trump
Facebook (now known as Meta) will reportedly end former President Donald Trump's suspension from its main platform as well as Instagram following an announcement made at the beginning of January that it would decide on reinstating Trump "in the coming weeks."

The reported rollback on the former president's suspension comes two years after all the major platforms (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, etc.) booted him in response to the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill. Nick Clegg, the company's president of global affairs, announced that the former president will be able to resume usage on those platforms, "in the coming weeks" along with "new guardrails in place to deter repeat offenses." The decision comes several weeks after the company announced it would be considering reinstating Trump to its platforms.

Clegg said on the company's website that the guardrails will include
"heightened penalties for repeat offenses — penalties which will apply to other public figures whose accounts are reinstated from suspensions related to civil unrest under our updated protocol.

"In the event that Mr. Trump posts further violating content, the content will be removed and he will be suspended for between one month and two years, depending on the severity of the violation."

Comment: Status restored? Meta warned Trump could face repercussions for sharing content that seeks to delegitimize the 2024 election or is related to organizations such as QAnon.


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Israel said to rebuff US request for old anti-aircraft missiles to give to Ukraine

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US Hawk anti-aircraft missiles • 1991
Israel has in recent weeks refused requests from the US to hand over ten Hawk anti-aircraft batteries and hundreds of interceptor missiles for delivery to Ukraine, according to a Wednesday report.

Dror Shalom, who heads the Defense Ministry's political-Military Bureau, told the US Defense Department that Israel has not changed its policy of not sending weapons to Ukraine, and the defensive armaments are obsolete anyway, according to the Walla news site, citing three Israeli officials.

The weapons are mothballed in storage in Israel, the report said.

The officials told Walla the answer given to Washington was not genuine as the interceptor missiles, originally supplied to Israel in the 1960s, can be refurbished.

US officials told Walla that a similar request was made to other states that still use the Hawk system, and those that also have the system in storage.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin mentioned the request in a speech to the pro-Israel AIPAC lobby group earlier in January:
"Hawk systems helped to make Israel more secure throughout the Six Day War, the Yom Kippur War, and beyond. And as Russia has cruelly targeted Ukraine's cities and civilians, we are working with our allies and partners to provide the Hawk capability to the free government of Ukraine."

Comment: Israel serves one cause - its own.


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No shame: US official Vicky 'f*ck the EU' Nuland praises Nord Stream 2 destruction

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US Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland
The Biden administration is very happy to know the pipeline is "a hunk of metal at the bottom of the sea," Victoria Nuland said

US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland has expressed joy over the destruction of Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. She also argued that, even if the US had sanctioned the infrastructure weeks before the Ukraine conflict broke out, this would not have prevented hostilities.

During a Senate hearing on Thursday, Nuland was asked by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) whether his legislation aimed at sanctioning the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which was voted down in January 2022, could have stopped the conflict before it began.

Comment: What a hag. But what else can be expected from her when subverting Ukraine has been her pet project for the last decade? The icing on the cake is that Europe has been brought further under the heel of the Empire, as it is now dependent on the gas largesse of the U.S. Vassals indeed.


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'Doomsday clock': 90 seconds to midnight

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The Doomsday Clock, set by the US-based magazine Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, has been moved to 90 seconds to midnight.

That's the closest ever to total nuclear doom, the global catastrophe.

The Clock had been set at 100 seconds since 2020. The Bulletin's Science and Security Board and a group of sponsors - which includes 10 Nobel laureates - have focused on "Russia's war on Ukraine" (their terminology) as the main reason.

Yet they did not bother to explain non-stop American rhetoric (the US is the only nation that adopts "first strike" in a nuclear confrontation) and the fact that this is a US proxy war against Russia with Ukraine used as cannon fodder.

The Bulletin also attributes malignant designs to China, Iran and North Korea, while mentioning, only in passing, that "the last remaining nuclear weapons treaty between Russia and the United States, New START, stands in jeopardy".

"Unless the two parties resume negotiations and find a basis for further reductions, the treaty will expire in February 2026."

As it stands, the prospects of a US-Russia negotiation on New START are less than zero.

Now cue to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov making it very clear that war against Russia is not hybrid anymore, it's "almost" real.

"Almost" in fact means "90 seconds."

So why is this all happening?

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Warmongers 101 - Who is the Institute for the Study of War?

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Attention Students! Before we begin, that's not a typographical error in the title.

Whenever one investigates a "think tank," "study group," "not-for-profit," "non-governmental organization," or other such meddlesome troublemakers it needs to start with who rather than what.

The people involved make the difference betwixt a mere charity and a nefarious character.

As will be seen below, the folks at The "Institute" For The Study Of War are about as sinister as they get.

Why Does the Establishment Sound Familiar...

If you have any interest in the Ukraine Conflict at all - or even if you are actively trying to avoid news on the topic - your senses have no doubt been assailed by a report, recommendation or review of matters breathlessly covered by the local news...brought helpfully to you courtesy of The Institute For The Study Of War.