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West has doubled military presence on Belarus, Russia borders since 2020

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© Sputnik / Viktor TolochkoServicemen are pictured during the joint military drills between Belarus and Russia at the Obuz-Lesnovsky training ground, in Belarus.
The West has increased the number of personnel and tanks on the borders with Russia and Belarus by 50% to 100% in the past four years, Belarusian Defense Minister Viktor Khrenin said on Thursday.

"Look [on the map]: here is 2020 and here is 2024. I will not voice the figures, but you can see the changes in personnel alone. There is a 1.5 to 2 times growth. Even in terms of tanks: there were 69, now there are 129.... These groupings are not static, we also see them very well," Khrenin said in an interview with the Rossiya 24 broadcaster.

He cited the Pabrade military range in Lithuania, located 15 km (9.3 miles) from the border with Belarus, as an example. Khrenin said that the US promised to form the battalion temporarily, but it is still there.

Comment: Meanwhile the West has convinced a great many people that it is Russia that's preparing to storm through Europe: Korybko: Russia's Avdeevka win will reverberate across Europe and accelerate geostrategic shifts


Satellite

US militarizes space while accusing Russia of doing so

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Recently, the U.S. began spreading rumors about alleged Russian space-based nuclear weapons. According to American intelligence, Moscow is developing a powerful anti-satellite weapon to be deployed in space, thus violating international norms that prohibit the militarization of Earth's orbit.

Mike Turner, head of the House Intelligence Committee, formally asked for the declassification of documents concerning the investigation on the "space-nukes", stating that a deliberation on the case in the National Congress is necessary. According to Turner, American parliamentarians need to discuss this serious "threat" to U.S. national security, having therefore the requirement to fully release data obtained by intelligence on the subject.

Subsequently, the White House stated that there was no imminent threat to the country's national security according to the information obtained so far. Spokespersons confirmed they are monitoring the possible existence of a Russian nuclear space program, but denied the existence of any evidence of a high-risk threat at the moment. As a result, once again American officials made contradictory statements, discrediting the image of U.S. authorities.

Bandaid

Kiev's sponsors should hold 'discreet' talks with Moscow - Ukrainian ambassador

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Ukrainian ambassador to Brazil Andrey Melnik, who called chancellor Scholz for a liver sausage, when he was ambassador to Germany.
Kiev's foreign backers should contact Russia behind the scenes to find out its conditions for peace with Ukraine, former Ukrainian ambassador to Germany Andrey Melnik, who now represents the country in Brazil, has said.

In an interview with the German newspaper Tagesspiegel, Melnik was asked to comment on a poll which revealed that, given the failure of Ukraine's counteroffensive last year and gains by Russian forces in recent months, 64% of Germans now believe that Kiev has lost the conflict with Moscow.

The diplomat called the results of the survey "bitter" and acknowledged that "our partners have the right to say: 'okay, we tried, we helped, but now it doesn't work anymore.'" However, he insisted that Ukraine's defeat would "be a threat to Germany's security." According to Melnik, Berlin must now focus on what else it can do to help Kiev, including supplying "Taurus [missiles], fighter jets, more anti-aircraft defenses and ammunition."

The ambassador suggested that considering how things stand at the moment, "it would at least be wise if our allies could discreetly contact Moscow to find out whether there's real willingness to compromise. Under what conditions and guarantees, for example, would the Russians be ready to withdraw from the occupied territories."

"It's not about lazy compromises or restoring a false calm on the global stage, but about leaving no stone unturned," he said, adding that "conducting exploratory talks doesn't mean giving up one's interests."


Comment: These people while talking about compromise, still call for more weapons to fight Russia. It is delusional to think that Russia will take them seriously under such circumstances. It will be a matter of surrender and accepting the terms set by Russia.


Георгиевская ленточка

West is 'isolated' - Moscow

Dmitry Polyansky, First Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation at the United Nations.
© Michael M. Santiago/Getty ImagesDmitry Polyansky, First Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation at the United Nations.
'Tunnel-vision' and a lack of flexibility on Ukraine has alienated the region from the Global South, a Russian envoy to the UN has said.

Russia does not feel isolated in the international arena over its ongoing conflict in Ukraine thanks to the stance of the so-called Global South, Russia's deputy envoy to the UN has said.

Dmitry Polyansky made the remarks in a special interview with media outlet RTVI on Wednesday, when he talked about the role of the UN in the Ukraine conflict, among other issues.

It is rather the West that is facing global isolation due to its uncompromising position on Ukraine, Polyansky told the outlet. Out of the 193 UN member states, only around 75 support all anti-Russian initiatives, he explained.

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Trump's shortlist for vice president — some potential running mates are surprising

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© Associate PressFormer President Donald Trump pointing to the audience during a town hall in Greenville, SC on Feb. 20, 2024. 7
Former President Donald Trump gestures to the audience during his town hall in Greenville, SC, on Feb. 20, 2024.
Former President Donald Trump acknowledged Tuesday that at least five high-profile Republicans and one former Democrat are on his shortlist for potential running mates in the general election — including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and onetime Democratic presidential primary candidate Tulsi Gabbard.

The GOP presidential front-runner confirmed his shortlist after Fox News host Laura Ingraham rattled off a list of names at a town hall event in Greenville, SC, which she said audience members deemed good choices for him to tap for the vice presidency.

The names included Gabbard, DeSantis, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.), biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem.

Star of David

Shameless new Israeli report alleging 'systematic and intentional rape' by Hamas relies on debunked Western media reports

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© CNNCNN punts Zionist propaganda like the good little mouthpiece it is.
The contents of the Israeli Association of Rape Crisis Center's paper alleging "systematic" Hamas rape derive largely from discredited second-hand testimonies and debunked media reports. Among its most heavily cited sources is a dubious NY Times article that triggered a staff revolt at the paper.

Western media outlets are hyping a new report by the Israeli government-affiliated "Association of Rape Crisis Centers" (ARCC) which maintains that Hamas combatants carried out a campaign of "systematic and intentional" rape on October 7.

"Israeli report finds evidence of 'systematic' rape and abuse during 7 October attack," a Guardian headline blared. "Report shows systematic rapes, murder of women in Israel on October 7," Germany's DPA screamed. Meanwhile, the Jerusalem Post shrieked, "Hamas terrorists forced families to watch loved ones get raped at gunpoint."

Warning

Monkey with a grenade: Why nukes in EU hands would be a nightmare

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Scared of being abandoned by the US under Trump, European officials are floating the idea of the bloc's own nuclear force...

With its farmers rebelling, its economy declining, and its traditional parties decaying, you'd think the European Union has enough to worry about at home. Yet its thoroughly detached elites love to think big. And what's bigger than nuclear weapons? That's how they have ended up falling for one of Donald Trump's typically blunt provocations. The former - and likely future - American president has warned that NATO members not spending enough on defense won't be able to count on US protection on his watch.

Eminently sensible - why do declining but still comparatively wealthy EU states keep behaving like defense beggars? - Trump's threat has triggered various predictable meltdowns. The White House archly tut-tutted about the "appalling and unhinged" rhetoric of a man who is not, unlike the current president Joe Biden, overseeing a genocide together with Israel. Go figure, as they say in the US. On the other hand, many Republicans have displayed demonstrative insouciance, if not outright agreement. And that is certain to reflect what many ordinary Americans think as well; that is, if they think about Europe at all.

And as if the Big Scary Orange Man hadn't done enough damage yet, next came the Pentagon, which (sort of) revealed that Russia - that famous gas station sending out its shovel-wielding soldiers to capture German washing machines - is building, if not a Death Star, then at least something equally sinister out there in space: Sputnik déjà vu all over again, as America's greatest philosopher might have said. All of that, of course, against a background of incessant NATO scaremongering, which, it seems, has succeeded in spooking NATO most of all.

Comment: Who has the red button this week?


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The 'Biden Doctrine' for Mideast peace

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© Crush Rush/ShutterstockUS President Joe Biden
The Middle East is in a state of turmoil today. Amidst the competing visions of how the involved parties should be positioning themselves to find a lasting solution to the many problems they are collectively confronting, there is a single point of agreement: The Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel has forever changed the geopolitical landscape of the region. And while the various actors in Israel, Gaza, Lebanon, Iran, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and elsewhere all have a view on how this crisis will play out, one other reality has emerged. Despite the emergence of a multipolar world where Russia, China and the so-called "Global South" have come together to challenge the supremacy of US unilateralism, in the Middle East, the US remains the "indispensable nation" when it comes to charting a path toward peace in the region. Whether or not the US is up to this task is another question.

One noted observer of the Middle East, Thomas Friedman, has opined that the administration of President Joe Biden is in the process of unveiling what he calls a "Biden Doctrine" that meets "the seriousness and complexity of this dangerous moment." A careful examination of this emerging "doctrine," however, shows that it offers nothing new or bold but rather is a rehash of the same failed policies that led to the present situation.

Comment: There are no realistic solutions coming from the Biden Administration. Joined at the hip, it is too heavily committed to doing Israel's bidding.


Tank

Ukraine can't maintain advanced US-supplied weapons - Pentagon

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© Marek M. Berezowski/Getty ImagesA Bradley vehicle supplied by the US • Avdeevka • December 4, 2023
The US reportedly rushed vehicles to Kiev without factoring in necessary repairs...

The US has no plan in place to maintain, service or repair tanks, armored vehicles and air defense systems Washington has given to the Ukrainian military, Pentagon Inspector-General Robert P. Storch has admitted. The failure to plan "puts at risk Ukraine's ability to fight effectively using the US-provided equipment, as well as the DoD's readiness to address other national security threats if needed," he added.

Storch revealed in two redacted reports released to the public on Tuesday that the US has delivered 186 Bradley and 189 Stryker Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV), 31 Abrams main battle tanks, and an unspecified number of Patriot air defense systems to Ukraine.

Washington's Department of Defense "had not developed or implemented a plan" to maintain any of them, according to the inspectors cited in the reports, who warned that there is nothing to suggest the weaponry could be sustained past October 2024.

All of the weapons systems were taken from the US military's own stocks "without limits," under the Presidential Drawdown Authority, according to the reports. If this practice continued, it "may require the [Department of Defense] to choose between the readiness of [Ukrainian] units or the readiness of US Army units," one official told the inspectors.

Explosion

UK to consider suspending arms exports to Israel if Rafah offensive goes ahead

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© Amir Cohen/ReutersIsraeli soldiers work with tanks during a military drill.
As situation in Gaza worsens, diplomatic pressure is mounting on UK to follow other countries and suspend arms sales to Israel.

The UK government will consider suspending arms export licences to Israel if Benjamin Netanyahu goes ahead with a potentially devastating ground offensive on the Palestinian city of Rafah in southern Gaza.

As the humanitarian situation in Gaza has worsened, diplomatic pressure has been mounting on the UK to follow other countries and suspend arms exports to Israel.

Ministerial sources said that while no decision had been made about a suspension of arms export licences, the UK had the ability to respond quickly if the legal advice to ministers said that Israel was in breach of international humanitarian law.

The UK has joined other allies in pressuring Israel to avoid a ground offensive in Rafah. In a letter to the foreign affairs select committee about arms export controls to Israel published on Tuesday, David Cameron, the foreign secretary, said he could not see how an offensive in Rafah could go ahead without harming civilians and destroying homes.