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The hypocrisy of sanctions and the piousness of following orders

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Some days ago, Belgian Energy Minister Tinne Van der Straeten requested the European Union to reduce importing Russian gas and get rid altogether of fossil fuels by 2027. This after the Global Witness NGO released data showing that Belgium is currently the third-largest importer of Russian liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Belgium accounts globally for 17% of Russia's exports, behind only China and Spain.

Later in an interview with the Financial Times, Van der Straeten said she was "not happy" about the fact that Russian gas kept flowing into Europe. She then understated Belgium's share of Russian gas, indicating it was merely 2.8% of Europe's imports that remained in Belgium, the rest was "in transit". How wrong or misleading her statement was is revealed by the Global Witness NGO.

She admitted, though Belgium supports sanctions on Russian fuel, it was unlikely to happen. It would require the unanimous support of all EU members.


Canada saluting a Ukrainian Nazi was no accident

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky (C) and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (C, R)
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Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky (C) and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (C, R) in the House of Commons in Ottawa on September 22, 2023
Ottawa has a history of covering for far right extremists, from World War II to present-day Kiev

The stomach-churning scene of the Canadian parliament giving a standing ovation three days ago to a former Waffen SS Nazi has by now made the rounds on the internet.

During Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky's visit to Canada, and following his predictably bombastic pan-handling speech, House Speaker Anthony Rota went on to gush praise over a Ukrainian-Canadian in parliament that day: Yaroslav Hunka, a World War II-era Nazi, calling him "a Ukrainian hero, a Canadian hero" and thanking him for his service.

Two days later, Rota issued an apology for lauding the man, saying he had "recognized an individual in the gallery" and had subsequently become aware of "more information which causes me to regret my decision to do so."

Just to be clear - since Rota was not - the individual he meekly referred to was Yaroslav Hunka, and the information which made Rota remorseful was that Hunka had been a voluntary member of 1st Galician Division of the Waffen SS - you know, the one accused of mass murdering Poles, Jews and Ukrainians in Ukraine and Poland, as well as committing other atrocities.

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'CIA cutouts', big money grants and biolabs: The depth of US interference in Armenia explained

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USAID Administrator Samantha Power (L) and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan meet in Yerevan, Armenia, September 25, 2023
Within days of the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh, US Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power touched down in Yerevan with promises of "support for Armenia's sovereignty." RT explores how USAID is attempting to reshape the country with the aid of its pro-Western prime minister.

How did we get here?

In the face of a military onslaught by Azerbaijani forces, the ethnic Armenian leadership in the disputed province of Nagorno-Karabakh agreed last week to lay down arms and allow the territory to be subsumed into Azerbaijan.

Although Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan accused Russian peacekeepers of failing to prevent the Azerbaijani attack, he had already recognized the territory as Azerbaijani, and sought to distance himself from his traditional allies in Moscow and ingratiate himself with the US by holding military exercises with American forces and sending aid money to Ukraine.

Black Magic

Moscow: Armenian leader Pashinyan 'making huge mistake' in turning towards the West

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Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Russian President Vladimir Putin
It is Yerevan's "inconsistent" and "irresponsible" approach that has led to the escalation in Nagorno-Karabakh, the Russian Foreign Ministry has said

The political course outlined by Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in his Independence Day address is deeply flawed, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday, a day after the speech was published. The prime minister's remarks were merely an attempt to avoid responsibility for his government's mistakes by blaming them on Russia and flirting with the West, the ministry added.

On Sunday, Pashinyan questioned the "goals and motives of the Russian peacekeeping contingent in Nagorno-Karabakh" amid a recent escalation in the disputed region that saw Azerbaijan take control over it in a swift military operation.

Pashinyan also accused "the allies we relied on for many years" of "setting a goal of exposing our weakness and justifying the Armenian people's inability to have an independent state," without mentioning any specific nation. He also said that the escalation in Nagorno-Karabakh and the dangers faced by the ethnic Armenians there "have nothing to do" with his government.

Comment: The West has been working towards this result for quite a while. What will Armenia do when it wakes up and realizes it cannot rely on its Western "friends" (who are too far away to project any real power into the area) and has alienated all its neighbors?


NATO blames its failure to protect children from sex trafficking on Chinese social media apps

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As part of the EU's drive to make Big Tech march in lockstep with it, the Vichy Ireland regime recently fined TikTok an impressive €345m for not sufficiently protecting children with its algorithms. As this is the same American controlled Irish regime which refused to collect €13 billion, plus interest, in unpaid Irish taxes Apple owed them, one can only conclude it is one rule for the American-owned Apple outfit, and another for Chinese firm TikTok.

Though that Sinophobia first attracted me to the story, it is the faux concern for children the fine represents that particularly concerns me. Although TikTok and similar social media platforms are particularly addictive to children, children's autonomy is being undermined so much on line and in schools and other gatherings that it is hard to believe our EU and U.S. bosses think of them as anything else but lambs to their psychological and sexual slaughter.

According to America's National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, there are close to one million registered sex offenders in the United States, with creepy Joe Biden's power base of Wilmington, Delaware having an astounding one sex offender for every 107 residents.


NYT says 'evidence suggests' Ukrainian missile misfire to blame for market tragedy

Missile strike in Kostiantynivk
Missile strike in Kostiantynivk
The New York Times has published a report suggesting a deadly bombing at an outdoor market in eastern Ukraine earlier this month was likely caused by an errant missile fired by Ukraine's armed forces.

Kyiv rejected the September 19 report by the U.S. daily, again stating that the September 6 blast in Kostyantynivka that killed at least 15 people and injured 30 more was caused by a Russian missile.

The report cites "evidence collected and analyzed by The New York Times, including missile fragments, satellite imagery, witness accounts and social media posts, strongly suggests the catastrophic strike was the result of an errant Ukrainian air defense missile fired by a Buk launch system."

It shares security footage appearing to show a missile flying at the market "from the direction of Ukrainian-held territory, not from behind Russian lines," and images of scarring on the ground near the impact.

Brick Wall

Hunter Biden's prosecutor worried about lack of help from other federal prosecutors, IRS official says

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Hunter Biden departs the J. Caleb Boggs Federal Building on July 26, 2023, in Wilmington, Del. |
In closed-door testimony, the IRS official described how jurisdictional friction complicated the decision of whether to charge the president's son with tax crimes.

Potential tax charges against Hunter Biden hit a snag last year when the top federal prosecutor in Delaware didn't get help from his counterparts in other jurisdictions, an IRS law enforcement official told congressional investigators.

The official, director of field operations Michael Batdorf, described in closed-door testimony how federal prosecutors in California and Washington, D.C., declined to assist U.S. Attorney David Weiss of Delaware in charging the president's son. The lack of cooperation caused Weiss, who has long overseen the Hunter Biden investigation, to fret about how to move forward, according to a transcript of Batdorf's testimony obtained by POLITICO.



Poland no longer arming Ukraine, says PM Morawiecki; Defense Minister issues warning to Ukrainian oligarchs over grain supplies

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Polish Minister of National Defense Mariusz Blaszczak
Poland says it will no longer arm Ukraine and will instead focus on its own defense, as the two allies clashed at a key moment in Kyiv's fightback against invasion by Russia. In a mounting row over grain exports from Ukraine, Poland summoned the Ukrainian ambassador on September 20 to protest remarks at the UN by President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

The Ukrainian leader said some countries were only pretending to support his nation. Asked about the dispute, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said, "We are no longer transferring weapons to Ukraine, because we are now arming Poland with more modern weapons."


A year of lying about Nord Stream

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A screen grab from Danish Defense shows the gas leak from the exploded Nord Stream pipelines September 30, 2022
I do not know much about covert CIA operations — no outsider can — but I do understand that the essential component of all successful missions is total deniability. The American men and women who moved, under cover, in and out of Norway in the months it took to plan and carry out the destruction of three of the four Nord Stream pipelines in the Baltic Sea a year ago left no tracesnot a hint of the team's existence — other than the success of their mission.

Deniability, as an option for President Joe Biden and his foreign policy advisers, was paramount. No significant information about the mission was put on a computer, but instead typed on a Royal or perhaps a Smith Corona typewriter with a carbon copy or two, as if the Internet and the rest of the online world had yet to be invented. The White House was isolated from the goings-on near Oslo; various reports and updates from the field were directly provided to CIA Director Bill Burns, who was the only link between the planners and the president who authorized the mission to take place on September 26, 2022. Once the mission was completed, the typed papers and carbons were destroyed, thus leaving no physical trace — no evidence to be dug up later by a special prosecutor or a presidential historian. You could call it the perfect crime.

There was a flaw — a gap in understanding between those who carried out the mission and President Biden, as to why he ordered the destruction of the pipelines when he did. My initial 5,200-word report, published in early February, ended cryptically by quoting an official with knowledge of the mission telling me: "It was a beautiful cover story." The official added: "The only flaw was the decision to do it."

This is the first account of that flaw, on the one-year anniversary of the explosions, and it is one President Biden and his national security team will not like.

Comment: Hersh reveals how missing logic, hidden motives, accurate analysis, precise timing and telltale markers point to Biden's real target and who benefits.

Take 2

Slouching towards Beelzebub

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'Lord of the Mask'
"Using the #FauciLiedPeopleDied trend is a great way to show your friends you're a conspiracy theorist."
- Dr Anthony Fauci
So, here's what you might have learned over the weekend if you ventured into the thickets of alt news: in April and May of 2021, the president ("Joe Biden"), the whole White House Covid Response Team (Andy Slavitt & Co), and everyone in the WH communications office, the US Surgeon General (Vivek Murthy), senior officials of the CDC including director Rochelle Walensky, Francis Collins, head of NIH, and Dr. Anthony Fauci of NIAID were all freaking out, holding crisis meetings, and sending blizzards of emails among each other after being informed by a Pfizer safety report that the miraculous new mRNA Covid vaccines produced significant cases of myocarditis and blood-clotting abnormalities.

All these officials proceeded to craft a campaign to tell the public that this myocarditis was mild, extremely rare, and self-resolving (it wasn't), and urged all Americans over twelve to keep taking the vaxx shots. Later, they expanded the vaccine program to include children down to six months old. By 2022, all of US public health officialdom had to know that the vaxxes were also ineffective at preventing infection and transmission of Covid. Rochelle Walensky kept pushing the vaccines as "safe and effective" until she resigned in June, 2023. Her replacement, Mandy K. Cohen, is still pushing the latest mRNA booster shots in the face of reports (mainly from the UK and other foreign countries) of a shocking rise in all-causes deaths and disabilities from heart and blood disease, neurological injury, and cancers. The CDC refused this month to release updated information on case numbers of myocarditis and pericarditis in the USA.