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Stoltenberg urges alliance to allow Ukraine to use NATO weapons for attacks inside Russia

NATO OTAN
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Ukraine should also be able to strike targets in Russia with the use of weapons donated by NATO countries. This is what the secretary general of the Atlantic Alliance suggested, Jens Stoltenberg, in an interview with the British weekly "The Economist".

"The time has come for NATO member countries to consider whether they should lift some of the restrictions on the use of the weapons they donated to Ukraine," she said. "Denying Ukraine the ability to use these weapons against legitimate military targets on Russian territory makes it difficult for them to defend themselves especially now that there is a lot of fighting going on in the Kharkiv region, near the border," Stoltenberg explained.

Comment: Ukraine is already attacking inside Russia, and many, if not most, of these targets are civilian: Belgorod, The New Donetsk: Report From Russian City Where Ukraine Targets Civilians

It appears that, along with Israel, the West is becoming increasingly desperate, and reckless, and should it cross Russia's stated red lines and partake in direct attacks on Russian soil, Moscow may be forced to retaliate by neutralising the installations and command centres of the guilty parties in the West:


Ice Cube

G7 ministers to release roadmap for using frozen Russian assets

G-7 meetup
© Gabriel Bouys/AFPG7 Finance Ministers Meeting in Stresa, Italy • May 24, 2024
Washington and its allies will discuss "potential schemes" to get the money to Kiev, Bloomberg reported.

Finance ministers from the G7 economies will release a joint communique on Saturday expressing their support for using the revenue generated by roughly $300 billion in frozen Russian assets to aid Ukraine, Bloomberg reported on Friday.

The finance ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK, and the US will discuss Ukraine at a meeting on Saturday in the Italian town of Stresa, ahead of a summit of G7 leaders in June.

In the runup to the meeting, the US has been pressing its European allies to use future profits from immobilized Russian funds as a guarantee for a multibillion-dollar loan to Kiev. While Washington initially advocated the outright seizure of this money, the Europeans objected, citing legal issues and potential damage to the West's financial credibility.

Comment: Putin orders American Express bank to liquidate:
Russian President Vladimir Putin has granted American Express bank the right to 'voluntary liquidate' its business in Russia, according to a document published on the portal of legal acts on Wednesday. The order did not specify how and when exactly the liquidation process will take place.

According to the document, the decision comes in accordance with a decree signed by Putin in August 2022 concerning special economic measures in the financial and energy sectors in connection with the 'unfriendly actions of some foreign states and international organizations'.

In October 2022, Putin approved a list of 45 foreign-owned credit institutions, including American Express, transactions in the shares or share capital of which were banned without the president's special permission.

American Express announced in March 2022 that it was suspending all operations in Russia and Belarus in light of Western sanctions over the Ukraine conflict. The decision followed a similar move by fellow US payments firms Visa and Mastercard.

Since then, globally issued AmEx cards no longer work in Russia, while cards issued locally in Russia don't work outside the country on the American Express global network. American Express had been operating in Russia since 2008, as part of the American Express Global Corporate Payments business division.



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'A waste': Biden admin's costly Gaza Pier already plagued by setbacks, 'logistical' problems

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© U.S. Central Command/Getty ImagesGaza Pier
Though it hasn't even been operational for a full week, the Biden administration's floating pier to deliver aid to Gaza is already beset with setbacks that point to fundamental issues with the scheme itself.

The newly constructed Joint Logistics Over-The-Shore (JLOTS) pier, with a price tag of $320 million, aims to serve as a vessel to transport humanitarian aid from a floating pier to the shores of Gaza. But just a few days after its launch, delays, security concerns and logistical delays have hampered the pier's success.

Only two-thirds of the aid from the pier is going or has gone to the Palestinians, White House National Security Council Advisor Jake Sullivan told reporters on Wednesday.

Security concerns onshore present a challenge to ensuring aid is properly distributed to the Palestinians. Crowds overwhelmed and looted several trucks carrying aid that was delivered to the causeway on Saturday, with people stripping resources from 11 of the 16 trucks en route to warehouses set up for proper distribution. The UN is now evaluating alternatives to the pier.

Comment: And yet they starve... In no time this semi-useless protrusion will be repurposed.
See also:


USA

US plans to be 'very involved' in post-war Gaza - Politico

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© Hani Alshaer/Anadolu/Getty ImagesFood distribution by charities in Rafah, Gaza
Washington reportedly wants to maintain influence in the enclave through a "civilian adviser" to new regional security forces.

The US wants a "prominent" role in Gaza after Israel's military operation in the Palestinian enclave ends, Politico has reported. Washington expects a joint Palestinian-Arab force of several thousand troops to take charge of security in Gaza after the current conflict.

On Thursday, Politico reported details of discussions within the administration of US President Joe Biden about what a post-war settlement should look like, citing four officials and a leaked document from the Department of State.

The US reportedly wants to retain a "civilian adviser" to any future security force, likely based in Egypt or Jordan. American forces, however, would "never enter Gaza itself" in order to avoid the impression that Washington was "dictating the future of the territory."

A classified document from March envisioned an American filling the role of a "director-general" of the future security mission, according to the outlet. Under that proposal, the force would consist of roughly 2,000 Palestinians and 1,000 troops from Arab-speaking nations. It would be commanded by an officer from Israel, the Palestinian Authority, or "ideally" Egypt.

Comment: 'US involved' has become a well-known curse.


Whistle

'New evidence' that 'proves' Hunter Biden lied under oath three times during deposition released by Republicans

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© Getty ImagesHunter Biden
House Republicans have released new documents from IRS whistleblowers Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler that they say proves Hunter Biden lied in his interview with congressional investigators on at least three occasions.

The House Ways and Means Committee voted in closed-door session to make the information public.

Instead of impeaching President Joe Biden, lead Republicans are now focused in on criminal referrals to the Justice Department for prosecution.

They say Hunter lied about using his last name to help business partners with visa issues, his association with a company that was taking in massive foreign payments and threatening a Chinese businessman over WhatsApp.

Ways and Means Chairman Jason Smith said in a statement:
'Lying during sworn testimony is a felony offense that the Department of Justice has prosecuted numerous individuals for in recent years, and the American people expect the same accountability for the son of the President of the United States.

'Hunter Biden's lies under oath, and obstruction of a congressional investigation into his family's potential corruption, calls into question other pieces of his testimony. The newly released evidence affirms, once again, the only witnesses who can be trusted to tell the truth in this investigation are the IRS whistleblowers.'

Comment: Hunter lied. Did anyone expect anything else?


Star of David

'Israel intensifies attack on Rafah despite new ICJ order to stop immediately' - UN Special Rapporteur

Francesca Albanese
© FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via GettyUnited Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the Rights Situation in the Palestinian Territories, Francesca Albanese speaks at a press conference during a session of the UN Human Rights Council, in Geneva, on 27 March, 2024
The UN's special rapporteur on Palestine on Saturday urged member states to impose sanctions on Israel along with an arms embargo until it stops "this madness," Anadolu reports.

"Let's be clear. As the ICJ orders Israel to stop its offensive in Rafah, Israel intensifies its attacks on it," Francesca Albanese said on X.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in its latest ruling ordered Israel to immediately halt its military offensive in Rafah, a city in southern Gaza where more than 1.5 million displaced Palestinians had sought refuge.

"The news I am receiving from the people trapped therein are terrifying," she said.

Comment: One gets the impression that, whilst indeed Israel is brazen, what with the developments on the world stage, such as the efficacy of the student protests, the recognition of Palestine as a state, as well as the ICC warrant for Netanyahu, Tel Aviv's pathocrats may also be getting rather desperate: Wave of resignations among senior Israeli army officers - Israeli media

Footage of the ICJ order and of the attacks that followed:






Journalist Abby Martin recently interviewed Albanese regarding her UN report:
Abby Martin is joined by Francesca Albanese, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestine, to discuss the mounting legal case against Israel, ICC issuing arrest warrants, and her UN report "The Anatomy of a Genocide" that compiled the evidence of genocide in Gaza.




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Best of the Web: Biden judicial nominee okayed secret search of journalist's emails over Ashley Biden's diary

Judge Sarah Netburn
© U.S. SenateJudge Sarah Netburn
A few years before she was nominated by Joe Biden to a lifetime judicial appointment, Judge Sarah Netburn signed off on an order that compelled Google to secretly hand over to criminal investigators information from the email account of the journalist who had obtained Ashley Biden's diary.

Netburn has been eviscerated by Republican senators for alleged partisanship during her confirmation hearings this week, chiefly for allowing a repeat sexual offender to be housed in a female prison because he said he was a woman. Senators including Texas' Ted Cruz have accused her of putting ideology over jurisprudence.

Unmentioned, however, have been her actions in 2020. Netburn as a federal magistrate judge in New York signed the order compelling Google to provide information from a Project Veritas journalist's personal email account, court records show. Project Veritas purchased the diary after a woman said she found it when she moved into a room previously occupied by Ashley Biden.

Comment: Netburn's decision to allow the illegal snooping into private correspondence regarding Ashley's diary is entirely in keeping with her politics of protecting sexual predators. She never should have been allowed on any judicial bench.




USA

Of men and myths

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"Donald Trump doesn't trust women. I do. " — "Joe Biden" on "X"

There comes a time when the rigors and exertions of being insane just aren't worth it anymore. You end up in a deadly Pareto distribution in which 80 percent of your energy gets wasted on hallucinating and the rest is barely enough to get yourself dressed, comb your purple hair, and choke down a granola bar.

Verging on a long, hot summer, the party behind "Joe Biden" looks like a 1950s horror movie, complete with lurching ghouls, evil scientists in white lab coats, and the sore beset denizens of Anytown USA screaming down the streets. Only it's the actual life of our nation now, and it looks like an awful lot of the people who live here lawfully have had enough of it.

The mysterious cabal in power knows that they must ditch the old stumblebum pretending to run for president, and time is running out to get the dastardly deed done. They are staring down a month of dread days that lead to the proposed great debate between the major party candidates, which is doomed to play like a combo of the classic horror movie endings — the unmasking of the phantom with a wooden stake driven through his heart, with Donald Trump cast as Prof Van Helsing. Can our resourceful intel blob instead maybe find a way before that to make it look like the "president" passed away peacefully in his slumber? Or perhaps it would suffice to just leak the voice recording of his interview with Special Counsel Robert Hur and allow people to compare what's in it with the already-released printed transcript.

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Blinken's blunders epitomize the bankruptcy of U.S. power and diplomacy

Psycho Blinken!
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As the Iranian nation mourned the tragic death of President Ebrahim Raisi this week, the United States could not even muster a respectful offer of condolence.

The U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, officially that country's top diplomat, made a crass remark that the Iranian people would be "better off". This as the Islamic Republic had declared five days of mourning for the late president whose funeral in the city of Mashhad was attended by millions of Iranians.

President Raisi was killed in a helicopter crash along with the country's much-respected Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and several other dignitaries who were also on board the aircraft. The fatal crash happened in treacherous weather over a mountainous region in northwest Iran as the president's entourage returned from a visit to Azerbaijan.

Most of the world expressed shock and grief over the loss. The UN General Assembly held a minute's silence and at the funeral, 68 nations were represented including officials from Russia and China.

The United States and Iran have been staunch adversaries for more than half a decade following the Iranian revolution in 1979. Nevertheless, it is a basic matter of diplomacy and etiquette for countries to show a token of sympathy at such a time of national mourning.

The disgraceful and cheap comments about the death of Iran's president show how inadequate Blinken is as the supposed U.S. primary diplomat. But the failure is not merely a personal matter, it epitomizes the general collapse of Washington's political quality and international standing. The United States presumes to be a world leader but it evidently has no class. Biden, the president and Blinken's boss, is a foul-mouthed crank who regularly insults other leaders with ignorant prejudice.

On Blinken's insult over the Iranian president's death, Russia's presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov expressed the disgust of many observers around the world when he said: "It is hard to believe that a diplomat — let alone a high-ranking official of a country such as the United States — would make such a clumsy remark, to say the least. In essence, it was an insult directed at an entire nation."

USA

'We're next!' US senator warns about ICC

FILE PHOTO: US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina).
© Kevin Dietsch / Getty ImagesFILE PHOTO: US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina).
A group led by Lindsey Graham has urged sanctions against The Hague-based court

If the International Criminal Court is willing to go after the Israeli leadership, it won't hesitate to go after US lawmakers, according to Senator Lindsey Graham. The South Carolina Republican has united with Democrats in calling for sanctions on the Hague court.

ICC prosecutor Karim Khan has requested arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, arguing there were "reasonable grounds to believe" that they were guilty of "war crimes and crimes against humanity" in the Gaza conflict. Khan has also sought warrants for three senior members of Hamas.

Comment:
1) The US threatened Karim Khan and he responded by letting the cat out of the bag:


If the ICC is an instrument for the West to go after people they don't like, then it can not have been an instrument to uphold justice as much as an instrument to maintain tyranny.

2) Regarding the position of US Senator:
He argued that the US needs to impose sanctions against the ICC "to not only help our friends in Israel but protect ourselves over time, "noting that the court "tried to come after our soldiers in Afghanistan, but reason prevailed."
Was it reason that prevailed or the power to influence, and dictate?

3) As a commentary to the kind of justice being promoted by the US, here is a map with estimates of how many lives have been ended by the US military interventions, and that does not count all that have become invalids, or those that were killed by proxies.
Victims of Military Aggression
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Update:
Here is a clip that shows what Senator Lindsey Graham said:


And to leave out any doubt of mishearing or misunderstanding, here is another: