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NewsReal: Trump, Musk and Free Speech: Who Decides?

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Elon Musk has reinstated Trump's Twitter account, and Trump has declared his candidacy for the 2024 US presidential election. With the US mid-term votes not yet fully 'counted', and the Brazilian government cracking down on mass demonstrations against their 'free and fair' presidential election, what way forward for 'free speech' and democrats (actual ones - not to be confused with Democrats)?

Elsewhere in this week's NewsReal run-down of events in Clown World, Joe and Niall take in more strange 'jungle' analogies from European leaders lecturing Asian and African audiences, violent riots in Iran where 'mystery snipers' are targeting both protesters and security forces, and the Turkish government blaming the US government for last week's terror attack in Istanbul. An outrageous claim, surely?...


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War Whore

US Empire views Ukrainians and Russians as lab rats for weapons testing

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin welcoming Ukraine President Volodymr Zelensky to a meeting at the Pentagon, Aug. 31, 2021.
In addition to advancing longstanding U.S. geo-strategic aims, it seems the proxy war in Ukraine is also being used to sharpen the imperial war machine's claws for a looming hot war with China and/or Russia.

A surprisingly frank article by The New York Times titled "Western Allies Look to Ukraine as a Testing Ground for Weapons" describes how the imperial war machine is capitalising on the US proxy war to test its weapons for future use.

"Ukraine has become a testing ground for state-of-the-art weapons and information systems, and new ways to use them, that Western political officials and military commanders predict could shape warfare for generations to come," write's NYT's Lara Jakes.

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Biohazard

Judicial Watch: Defense Department records reveal US funding of anthrax laboratory activities in Ukraine

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Judicial Watch announced today it received 345 pages of records from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), a component of the U.S. Department of Defense, revealing that the United States funded anthrax laboratory activities in a Ukrainian biolab in 2018. Dozens of pages are completely redacted, and many others are heavily redacted. The records show over $11 million in funding for the Ukraine biolabs program in 2019.

The records were obtained in response to a February 28, 2022, Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency for records regarding the funding of Black & Veatch involving work of any manner with biosafety laboratories in the country of Ukraine.

Three phases of work are discussed in the records, several of which are indicated to have occurred "on site" at the Ukrainian labs.

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Clipboard

In this untold story of poll worker data, Chinese servers and scandal, only the FBI knows the truth

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FBI Director Christopher Wray
While we do not know who is speaking the truth in this messy story, the FBI does — and its silence is horrifying.

Developments over the last month in two cases, one criminal and one civil, involving the election-management software company Konnech and its CEO Eugene Yu, reveal the FBI remains mired in malfeasance.

Either the FBI has abandoned multiple confidential human sources and discarded an 18-month investigation into evidence that Yu maintained the personal information of tens of thousands of American election workers on a server in China, or the bureau has allowed Yu to be arrested for crimes he did not commit and permitted the innocent American to be branded a felon and traitor.

While at this point the public cannot tell which scenario is true, the Department of Justice and the FBI know, and their failure either to charge Yu (or provide the L.A. district attorney's office with confirmation of the alleged crimes) or to clear him represents another blot on the disgraced agency's name.

Here's what you need to know to understand the brewing scandal.

Arrow Down

Meat for me, bugs for thee - Climate summit boasts opulent beef, seafood menu despite spearheading anti-meat initiatives

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World leaders and officials attending the United Nations COP27 climate conference can spend up to $100 per entree to eat red meat, seafood and other gourmet menu items. However, the UN has previously discouraged red meat consumption due to the carbon emissions that beef farming creates.

Delegates who arrive at Egypt's beachside resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh to discuss ways to mitigate the "climate crisis" are able to enjoy COPGourmet's $100 Angus beef medallion which is served with mushroom sauce and sauteed potatoes, according to screenshots obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation. However, the UN aims to "minimize emissions per calorie" and to reduce meat consumption in order to prevent the planet from overheating, according to a COP27 food security document.

"The menu on offer is yet another example of the staggering disconnect between so-called leaders and the people they represent," Nathan McGovern, a spokesperson for the animal and climate activist group Animal Rebellion, told the Daily Caller News Foundation. "It is hypocritical for delegates at COP27 to be dining on the destruction of our natural world, whilst simultaneously claiming to be trying to protect it."

Although many Egyptian dishes, including its national dish Koshary, are vegan, not one main dish on the VIP menu is vegan, and the $20 pesto and cheese ravioli represent the sole vegetarian entree on offer. A plant-based diet is healthy and can help reduce individuals' environmental impact as meat farming produces significant amounts of carbon emissions, according to the UN.

"It was amusing to hear about how Angus beef and sea bass was being served to certain officials, while at the same time, side events at COP27 were championing the idea of going vegan and eliminating red meat," Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow President Craig Rucker told the DCNF.

Snakes in Suits

'We are not involved': KJP says Biden Admin won't 'politicize' DOJ after Trump special counsel announcement

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White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre declared Friday that the Biden Administration does not "politicize the Department of Justice" after Attorney General Merrick Garland's announcement of a special counsel for former President Donald Trump.

"I will say this and I've said this many times before, we do not politicize the Department of Justice. That is something that the president said during the campaign, that is something the president said in his early days of being in the White House and that continues to be true. We were not involved in this particular issue ... we are not involved in criminal investigations that are done independently by the Department of Justice," Jean-Pierre stated.

Oil Well

Son of Saad Almadi, American jailed by Saudis, rips Biden 'hypocrisy' over MBS immunity

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Ibrahim Almadi (left), posing with his father, Saad, before Saad was sent to jail by Saudi Arabia.
The son of a US citizen jailed by Saudi Arabia for tweeting slammed President Biden for demonstrating "the definition of hypocrisy" after the administration said Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has immunity for his role in the 2018 murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

The Justice Department and State Department said Thursday that the crown prince, commonly known by his initials, MBS, cannot be sued in US courts because of his role as Saudi prime minister, a post he assumed Sept. 27 in what critics call a ploy to avoid legal accountability.

Ibrahim Almadi told The Post on Friday that he had planned to follow in the steps of Khashoggi's fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, and sue MBS in an effort to hold the de facto Saudi leader responsible for detaining his father, Saad Almadi, 72, who has been detained since a 2021 trip to the kingdom in order to sell family assets.

Comment: It's all about the oil. MBS has complete freedom to do what he wishes, imprison or kill who he wants to, without consequence because he's got the oil.

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Eye 1

FBI director, DHS secretary grilled on tech censorship collusion, targeting everyday Americans as terrorists

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Republican Senators Joh Hawley and Rand Paul took the heads of the FBI and the Department Of Homeland Security to task Thursday, with Hawley at one point directly telling Christopher Wray that he should have been fired a long time ago.

Hawley also targeted Wray for previously leaving a committee hearing early so he could go on a vacation.

"You were at the Senate Judiciary Committee. You remember that I think so. We had to cut that hearing short. We're supposed to do two rounds of questions. You said you had to be somewhere, so we cut it short. Republicans were not able to ask second round as we had been informed we would," Hawley noted.

Comment: While it's great to see Wray Mayorkas getting grilled by the senate committee, is anything going to change as a result?

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Popcorn

Dutch Trade Minister says US can't dictate its China export policy - The Netherlands is a key semi-conductor manufacturer

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The US shouldn't expect the Netherlands to unquestionably adopt its approach to China export restrictions, a senior Dutch official warned, signaling a potential obstacle to the Biden administration's trade fight.

"The Netherlands will not copy the American measures one-to-one," Dutch Foreign Trade Minister Liesje Schreinemacher said in an interview with newspaper NRC published on Friday. "We make our own assessment -- and we do this in consultation with partner countries such as Japan and the US."

The comments marked the first time Dutch officials have publicly outlined their stance on the issue. The Biden administration is pushing for a multilateral agreement to impose restrictions on China, aiming to keep advanced chip technologies away from the country -- and its military.

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Red Flag

A false flag over Poland?

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Missile hit in Poland
Apparent conspiracy to drag NATO into the Ukraine conflict is a direct threat against every human being on the planet

As the saga surrounding the arrival of a Ukrainian S-300 surface-to-air missile on the soil of Poland, tragically taking the lives of two Polish civilians, unfolds, several narratives emerge. First is the hair-trigger Pavlovian response on the part of certain NATO nations (Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and the Czech Republic) to jump to conclusions, announcing that this incident was a clear-cut case of Russian aggression against a NATO member requiring a NATO response inclusive of extending air defense coverage into Ukraine, as well as the establishment of a no-fly zone over parts of Ukraine. The second is the confusion that reigned at the highest levels in Ukraine regarding this incident, up to and including the refusal on the part of the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, to acknowledge that the missile in question was of Ukrainian origin.

It appears that those NATO nations calling for the invocation of Article 4 of the NATO charter in the aftermath of the missile incident were primed to do so ahead of the fact. It also appears as if the actual launch of the missile was done without the knowledge and authority of the Ukrainian high command, including Zelensky and his top military advisors.

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