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Leaked Crimean Bridge attack recording could deepen rift in NATO - WSJ

An event to announce a Joint Declaration of Support for Ukraine during the NATO Summit in Vilnius on July 12, 2023.
© Paul ELLIS / POOL / AFPAn event to announce a Joint Declaration of Support for Ukraine during the NATO Summit in Vilnius on July 12, 2023.
German officials reportedly spoke about the presence of foreign troops in Ukraine, something the West has denied

A leaked recording outlining the German military's alleged plans to help Ukraine use long-range missiles to attack the Crimean Bridge could cause a rift between Berlin and its NATO allies, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday.

On Friday, RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan released a Russian-language transcript of what was claimed to be a conversation between several high-ranking Luftwaffe officers, in which they discussed the operational and targeting details of Taurus long-range missiles - which Germany is currently debating whether to send to Ukraine - as though the delivery had already been agreed upon.

Comment: Does "a propaganda win for the Kremlin" for the Wall Street Journal include instances where it has to admit major western news agencies and governments were caught ignoring, silencing or lying about what Russia and informed people in many countries have been arguing for a along time?

The RT article says, "The leaked recording caused an uproar in Russia". This could be claimed to be signs of a propaganda win, but is "an uproar" not a fully justified reaction to the uninvolved easiness with which the US and its satellites play with fire that risk the lives of people also in their own countries?

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What is Operation Menai Bridge? All the plans in place for King Charles's death

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© GettyPlans for King Charles's death have already been put together, under Operation Menai Bridge.
King Charles ascended the throne on September 8, 2022, the day his mother Queen Elizabeth died.

The events surrounding her death went off without a glitch, including important events such as the moving of her coffin from Scotland to London, her lying in state and the grand state funeral on September 19.

This is because a great deal of planning went into every single detail under the plan named Operation London Bridge.

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US mulls plan to airdrop aid to Gaza after Israel blocks it on the ground

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© Sky NewsUS military has carried out its first airdrop of aid into Gaza, March 1, 23024
A former Obama administration official describes the plan as a "major policy failure"

The White House is said to be considering airdropping aid from US military planes into Gaza amid dire warnings of famine in the territory and following the failure of US officials to convince Israel to allow sufficient aid deliveries on the ground.

The move follows months of warnings from aid groups that Israel's war in Gaza is causing a humanitarian catastrophe on a scale that would be impossible to contain.

Jeremy Konyndyk, who led USAID's Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance during the Obama administration and oversaw humanitarian air drops to Nepal, the Philippines and Iraq, described the potential US plan to drop aid by air as a "major policy failure" on the part of the Biden administration.

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Best of the Web: There are chilling parallels between the suffering of Julian Assange and Gaza civilians

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© Rasid Necati Aslim/Getty ImagesJullian Assange supporter
By locking away one journalist and abetting the misery of an entire people, the West combines oppressive structure with disregard for law...

Recently, two of the defining injustices of the contemporary West have been the object of legal proceedings. And while one involves mass murder and the other the torture but not murder of a single victim (at least not yet), there are good reasons to juxtapose the two systematically. The suffering involved is different, but the forces that cause it are intricately linked and, as we will see, reveal much about the nature of the West as a political order.

In The Hague, the UN's International Court of Justice (ICJ) - also known as the World Court - has held extensive hearings (involving 52 states and three international organizations) on Israel's post-1967 occupation - or de facto annexation - of Palestinian territories. These hearings are connected to, but are not the same as, the genocide case against Israel also currently proceeding at the ICJ.

All of this is happening against the backdrop of Israel's relentless genocide of the Palestinians by bombing, shooting (reportedly including small children, in the head), blockade, and starvation. As of now, the constantly growing - and conservative - victim count stands at about 30,000 killed, 70,000 injured, 7,000 missing, and at least 2 million displaced, often more than once, always under horrific conditions.

In London, the Royal Courts of Justice have been the stage for Julian Assange's fight for an appeal against Washington's demand to extradite him to the US. Assange, an activist and publisher of investigative journalism, has already been in confinement - of one kind or the other - for more than a decade. Since 2019, he has been held in the Belmarsh high security prison. In fact, what has already happened to him is the modern equivalent of being locked away in the Bastille by royal "lettre de cachet" in absolutist, pre-revolutionary, Ancien régime France. Multiple observers, including a UN special rapporteur, have argued compellingly that Assange's treatment has amounted to torture.

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Best of the Web: If memes are illegal, all speech will become illegal

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The Biden administration has convicted a pro-Trump influencer for posting a meme. If this precedent stands, soon everything will be against the law, but the law will only apply to enemies of the state.

Thirty years ago, the incendiary columnist Sam Francis coined the term "anarcho-tyranny" to describe a state of affairs in which the government cannot or will not enforce laws against serious criminals and instead exerts excessive and often arbitrary force on ordinary citizens.

Francis's coinage, conceived against the backdrop of the crack epidemic and attendant crime wave of the late '80s and early '90s, was provoked by a series of feckless gun laws ostensibly designed to curb armed crime. But in practice, they were used to harass ordinary gun owners. The original column appeared in December 1992, a few months after an off-the-grid Vietnam vet was entrapped by an undercover ATF agent for the illegal sale of a shotgun, leading to a raid on his cabin in Ruby Ridge, Idaho, and the murder of his dog, son, and wife by federal agents.

Anarcho-tyranny is not an intentional conspiracy to subvert the rule of law. There are no smoke-filled rooms where the anarcho-tyranny white paper is passed around among policymakers. It is simply the natural devolution of a government undergoing a crisis of authority: As power slackens in one direction, it must tighten in another.

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The blob quivers

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© Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP/t.ifushaar.com/archive/saw-x/KJNRussian President Vladimir Putin • Warning!!!
"Russian meddling will eventually outstrip 'Saw X' as America's most exhaustively-mined sequel series" — Matt Taibbi
Did the Blob get vaxxed and boosted? Does that explain the severe neurological damage it displays now as its hologram of lies about Ukraine and Russia Russia Russia flickers out in the blinding daylight of reality? First, there was the gigantic New York Times article published last Sunday blowing open the decade-long secret shadow war by the CIA in a sprawling network of underground bunkers on and around the Russian border.

The story was a direct feed from Blob Central in Langley, VA, to Times errand boys Adam Entous and Michael Schwirtz, longtime RussiaGate hoaxers, and obviously intended to get ahead of the real news that the neo-con project to turn Ukraine into a NATO forward base against Russia has collapsed. Read closely, the Times story appears to be an effort by current CIA chief William Burns to hang-out-to-dry his predecessors John Brennan, Mike Pompeo, and Gina Haspel for the failed eight-year-long operation. Why? Because it looks like Russia is fixing to shut down the war ASAP, before its March 15 presidential election.

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Judge BLOCKS Texas law letting police arrest migrants who illegally enter the U.S. in dramatic move as Biden and Trump head to the border

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© Anadolu/Getty ImagesMigrants illegally cross the Rio Grande at Eagle Pass, Texas
A federal judge on Thursday blocked a new Texas law that gives police broad powers to arrest migrants suspected of illegally entering the U.S., a ruling that comes as President Joe Biden and Donald Trump are headed to the state for separate visits at the border.

The ruling is a victory for the Biden administration in its feud with Republican Gov. Greg Abbott over immigration enforcement.

The preliminary injunction granted by U.S. District Judge David Ezra pauses a law that was set to take effect March 5. Texas officials are expected to appeal.

Opponents have called the Texas measure the most dramatic attempt by a state to police immigration since a 2010 Arizona law that opponents rebuked as a 'Show Me Your Papers' bill. The U.S. Supreme Court partially struck down the Arizona law, but some Texas Republican leaders want that ruling to get a second look.

The lawsuit is among several legal battles between Texas and President Biden´s administration over how far the state can go to try to prevent migrants from crossing the border.

Comment: Biden and Trump at the bottom edges of the country: Cue the fireworks.


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Russia 'well aware' US, UK, French military operating in Ukraine, 'attacks on Russian cities' not possible without Western help - Lavrov

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© XinhuaRussian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov attends the Antalya Diplomacy Forum in Antalya, Turkey, on March 1, 2024.
Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov has revealed that military officers from the United States, United Kingdom, and France are present in Ukraine rather than only mercenaries from those countries.

"Before the coup d'etat [in Ukraine], hundreds of US citizens occupied seats in ministries, just as they now allegedly have their own mercenaries, but in fact there are military officers there — there are UK and French (officers)," Lavrov said Friday.

"We are well aware of this," he added.

Comment: Indeed, whilst direct Western involvement has been admitted by its propaganda outlets in the early days of Russia's SMO, and intermittently since, Russia, perhaps in the hope of bringing peace to the region, has been open with some evidence, but it certainly has also held some of the most revealing information back.

It seems that at least part of the reason the West is coming clean is because it feels compelled to escalate the situation: It's also notable how this increasing number of 'slips' from the West's leadership are occurring alongside an increasing number of significant military blunders - see the following link for a list: Embarrassing': German Navy Frigate Hessen MISFIRES two missiles which mistakenly target US drone over Red Sea




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Best of the Web: UK firebrand George Galloway WINS Rochdale by-election

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George Galloway has clinched a stunning victory in the Rochdale by-election after one of the most divisive and controversial contests in recent history
Controversial politician to make shock return to the Commons after his hardline pro-Palestinian stance brings victory amid Labour vote collapse - as he fires warning at Keir Starmer and says: 'This is for Gaza'

George Galloway has clinched a stunning victory in the Rochdale by-election after one of the most divisive and chaotic contests in recent history.

Local voters have chosen the firebrand politician as their new MP to replace Sir Tony Lloyd, following the death of the veteran Labour politician last month.

Mr Galloway, who put a hardline pro-Palestinian stance at the heart of his campaign, is now set to end his nine-year absence from the House of Commons.

Comment: Things are about to get very uncomfortable for the parliamentary class in the UK House of Commons. Galloway has never been reticent about voicing plain truths. And a post-election interview with a Sky News reporter. Must-watch!




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Best of the Web: Obama's CIA asked foreign intel agencies to spy on Trump campaign, thus launching Russiagate

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The Five Eyes countries are the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
The revelation that the U.S. intelligence community, under the Obama administration, sought the assistance of the "Five Eyes" intelligence alliance to surveil Donald Trump's associates before the 2016 election is a chilling reminder of the lengths to which the Deep State will go to protect its interests and challenge its adversaries. (The Five Eyes countries are the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.) This bombshell, reported by a team of independent journalists, exposes a dark chapter in American political history, where foreign intelligence services were reportedly mobilized against a presidential candidate.

The alleged operation against Trump and his associates, which predates the official start of the FBI's Crossfire Hurricane investigation, is a stark example of political weaponization of intelligence. The involvement of foreign allies in surveilling American citizens under the pretext of national security raises serious questions about the integrity of our democratic processes and the autonomy of our nation's intelligence operations.

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