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Russia condemns Israel's 'vicious, provocative' airstrikes on Damascus airport

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FILE PHOTO: People stand on the door of a plane at the Damascus International Airport on the outskirts of Syria's capital on Oct 1, 2020.
Syria's ally Russia on Monday (Nov 27) condemned Israeli air strikes on Damascus International Airport, describing them as provocative and dangerous.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Sunday's strikes could aggravate tensions in the region, already inflamed by the Gaza war.

"We strongly condemn Israel's latest provocative attack on an important Syrian civilian infrastructure facility," Zakharova said in a statement.

Comment: What 'cease fire'? Although, to be fair to the pathocrats in Israel, they never did say they would desist with their war crimes elsewhere, and Israel never has properly observed any ceasefire it has agreed to, and for a few years now they attacked Syria with impunity. And, since Israel's escalation of their genocide in Gaza, they're now regularly attacking Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine - and sometimes launching airstrikes on each country in the same day. Moreover, this is just part and parcel of the Western-backed campaign to destabilise the Middle East.

However, whilst just a year or so ago these attacks mostly when unnoticed by the general public, with Israel's crimes against humanity galvanising an ever increasing number of people on the planet, and with Israel coming under increasing scrutiny and criticism from international bodies, and even the mainstream media, Russia's condemnation of their airstrikes in Syria may, now, receive the attention that it deserves, as well as highlighting just which nations are on the right side of history.

The time is coming where attacks like these may also provide the multipolar alliance with the exposure it needs to ultimately hold Israel to account:


Germany in 'serious crisis' - Bavarian leader

Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Soeder
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FILE PHOTO: Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Soeder
Chancellor Olaf Scholz's government is "completely helpless," head of Bavaria Markus Soeder says

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and his cabinet have led Germany into a "serious national crisis," Markus Soeder, the prime minister of the nation's most populous state, Bavaria, told journalists on Saturday. Berlin can now hardly find a way out of this predicament, the politician warned, adding that the government's "budget emergency" would likely turn into another burden for ordinary Germans.

In another article there was, Germany today could do what Hitler did but faster - Hungary's top MP
Speaker Laszlo Kover....
"We have no reason to be happy that the Germans are destroying themselves and are doing so with a whirlwind speed, perhaps faster than Hitler did," Kover asserted.

Hitler needed 12 years to accomplish this, those who are now [in Berlin] do not even need 12 years to send Germany to the ground in every sense, economically and socially.
Those who have followed German politics might recall, that warnings that a deterioration would happen from some of the implemented policies have not been missing.

The quality of the German Government is exemplified by the German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock. From Ukraine will 'strengthen EU' - German FM there is:
Speaking at the Green Party Conference in Karlsruhe on Saturday, Baerbock insisted that the EU and NATO will continue to back Kiev because they view such support as geopolitically critical.

"It's in our own geopolitical interest that Ukraine joins the European Union, which is why we will not only continue our support for Ukraine, but also strengthen it in the EU and NATO," she said, stressing that "Europe is our life insurance and that's what is important and geostrategically crucial."

"Today it is clear that Ukraine will strengthen the EU in the foreseeable future," she stressed.

Last month, Baerbock said that Ukraine's future "lies in" the EU, including regions that were incorporated by Russia in 2022 but are still claimed by Kiev. "[The EU] will soon stretch from Lisbon to Lugansk," Baerbock told journalists on the sidelines of the EU foreign ministers' meeting in the Ukrainian capital.
Such words are more for encouraging Ukraine to fight on, and not concerned about the problems for the German people, but then there have been many other indications: While one can blame the German Government, it is also a US vassal state, as evident from the weak response from Germany to the Nord Stream sabotage in September 2022: In short, there is more to German politics than what the German politicians say. And moving from Germany to the EU, the situation is not much better:

'F**k the EU': Nuland's decade-old Maidan quip has never been more true

A weak Europe could help the US to get a stronger foot inside Europe. A video from the Hindustan Times offers a perspective on the intention to strengthen the military across EU borders.

NATO's Logistics Boss Panics Over Russia's War In Ukraine; Warns Europe | 'Military Schengen Needed'

Arrow Up

The Gaza truce is a sign that Hamas can't be defeated

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Palestinian prisoners cheer after being released in exchange for hostages freed by Hamas
Gaza • November 24, 2023
Israel has been unable to achieve any meaningful victories against the Palestinian militants...

After repeatedly rejecting a truce with Hamas and labeling the idea "ridiculous", Israel agreed to a four-day cessation of hostilities in Gaza and a prisoner exchange. Six weeks of death and destruction, which Israeli and Western leaders declared should have led to the destruction of Hamas, have now bolstered the Palestinian movement's image throughout the Arab world and beyond.

The four-day truce that was implemented this Friday provided a sigh of relief for those most affected by the war in the Gaza Strip, but has in many ways spelled disaster for the Israeli government. As women and children, held captive by both Hamas and Israel, are being reunited with their families, the threat of further warfare looms. Although the loved ones of those released are now celebrating, the next steps will be crucial in determining the final outcomes of the 46-day battle that has now been placed on pause. At this time, it appears that the idea that "Hamas must go" is no more than a pipe dream.

On October 27, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution to the sound of overwhelming applause, calling for a truce to stop the fighting in the Gaza Strip. Although the non-binding resolution passed with a majority of 120 votes in favour, Israel and the United States outright rejected it. Tabled by Arab nations, the call for a truce was labeled as a "defense of Nazi terrorists" by Gilad Erdan, Israel's ambassador to the UN. This came after Hamas released four Israeli civilian hostages without conditions, for what the group said were humanitarian reasons.

Comment: May it be so.


Israel has damaged Israel's reputation far worse than its enemies ever have

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Israel raging at Hamas for killing Israelis is like a man raging at his shadow for darkening his floor. It's maddening to see grown adults acting like Hamas are these foreign invaders who attacked Israelis out of the blue because of a hatred for Jewish people, like they're internet-radicalized neo-Nazis from eastern Europe or something.

Hamas attacked Israel because Israel is a murderous and tyrannical apartheid regime who butchers children and makes lives miserable for the Palestinian people. The violence on October 7 was the echo of the violence Israel has been inflicting on Palestinians for generations. Only a fool gets angry at his echo for talking back to him.

Israel has done more to damage Israel's image in the last seven weeks than anti-semites did in the last seven decades.

If you've ever wondered why society's most famous and influential voices all have dogshit status quo politics, just look at the current purge of pro-Palestine actors in Hollywood. If your own elite class interests and having loyalty to your rich friends isn't enough to keep you supporting the empire's information interests, you'll just get thrown out.

The influence which comes with celebrity status means you'll become a threat to the establishment power structure if you start sharing ideas and information which go against its interests. That's why there are so many safeguards in place to prevent that from happening. If you're forcefully critical of US foreign policy you won't be permitted to rise to celebrity status by the Hollywood gatekeepers who are responsible for US cultural hegemony and propaganda, and if you manage to sneak past the gatekeepers they'll throw you right out on your ass when you make it clear you're not a trustworthy empire loyalist.

Comment: Caught up in headlines and minutia, we are reminded of the big picture and what role we play.

Arrow Down

War in Ukraine is lost - retired US colonel

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Douglas Macgregor
Ukraine and its Western backers have already lost the conflict with Russia, former Pentagon adviser Douglas Macgregor claimed on Friday. The retired US Army colonel and decorated veteran urged Washington and Kiev to enter peace negotiations with Moscow as soon as possible.

Macgregor's comments came at a time of depleting Pentagon funds available for Ukraine, after President Joe Biden's administration failed to push a $105 billion spending package through Congress, a significant part of which was supposed to go to Kiev. The president was forced to sign a stopgap spending bill instead, which only included funding for domestic government agencies.

In a post on X (formerly Twitter), Macgregor claimed the US has "sent almost all of our war stocks, weapons systems and ammunition to Ukraine," adding that Washington does not "have a great deal left."

"The war in Ukraine is lost," he concluded, calling on the "fools" to "Make Peace."


Team Biden's war on cigarettes will only end in tears

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One of the most enduring lessons of American history is that the banning of liquor sales and consumption ("the noble experiment") was a colossal failure. Drinking didn't go down much, but the profits ended up going not to legitimate businesses but bootleggers and the mob, while the murder rate soared to all-time highs in American history. It was the policy that made America's most famous gangster, Al Capone, famous -- and rich.

I was reminded of this when I saw recently that the Biden administration's Food and Drug Administration wants to ban menthol cigarettes. Menthol flavorings account for approximately 37% of cigarette sales. That demand will not disappear but it will be driven underground, creating more significant risks to consumers.

Ninety years after the failure of Prohibition, we are going to try it again with smokers. Ironically, many of the same liberals who campaigned for three decades for the legalization of marijuana and other soft drugs (something I generally support) now want to effectively ban smoking.


Biden admin to lift nearly every restriction on Israel's access to US weapons stockpile

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U.S. Air Force personnel unload a KC-135 Stratotanker at an undisclosed location, designated by the military as within the U.S. Central Command “area of responsibility,” on Oct. 23, 2023.
By easing virtually all limits on Israel's use of the stockpile, Biden could undercut U.S. military preparedness and congressional oversight.

The White House has requested the removal of restrictions on all categories of weapons and ammunition Israel is allowed to access from U.S. weapons stockpiles stored in Israel itself.

The move to lift restrictions was included in the White House's supplemental budget request, sent to the Senate on October 20. "This request would," the proposed budget says, "allow for the transfer of all categories of defense articles."

The request pertains to little-known weapons stockpiles in Israel that the Pentagon established for use in regional conflicts, but which Israel has been permitted to access in limited circumstances — the very limits President Joe Biden is seeking to remove.

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NewsReal: Dublin Riot, Mass Migration, and Israel's Final Solution

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This past week saw election victories for 'right-wing populists' in two Western countries, a premeditated mass stabbing by a Muslim migrant in Ireland which prompted a 'far-right' riot, and ongoing genocide in Gaza bringing the death toll to 20,000 Palestinians. On this NewsReal, Joe and Niall provide context for the worst rioting seen in Ireland's capital in a generation, note the obnoxiously pro-Israel stances of Argentina's new leader Javier Milei, and the Netherlands' (likely) new leader, Geert Wilders, and ponder what next for the 'final solution' in Palestine...

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This Israel has no future in the Middle East

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Israeli soldiers manoeuver armored military vehicles along Israel's border with the Gaza Strip, in southern Israel, on Monday, Nov. 20, 2023
The Gaza war may turn out to be the beginning of the end, but not for Palestine.

Israel's sadistic war on Gaza, the culmination of a long series of criminal policies, may well prove suicidal in the long term and lead to the demise of the mighty "Jewish State".

Indeed, Israel's deliberate, industrial-scale murder of the Palestinian people under the pretext of "self-defence" won't enhance its security or secure its future. Rather, it will produce greater insecurity and instability, further isolate Israel and undermine its chances for long-term survival in a predominantly hostile region.

In truth, I never thought Israel could have much of a future in the Middle East without shedding its colonial regime and embracing normal statehood. For a short while in the early 1990s, it seemed as if Israel was changing direction towards some form of normalcy, albeit dependent on the United States. It engaged the Palestinians and Arab states in the region in a "peace process" that promised mutual existence under favourable American auspices.

Bad Guys

Argentina - A political earthquake

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Javier Milei, president elect of Argentina
On Sunday, 19 November, the extreme neoliberal Javier Milei won the run-off elections with 56% against 44% for the present Peronist (center left) Minister of Economy, Sergio Massa. This is more than a surprise. On 23 October, during the first-round vote, Massa had a 36% to 30% lead. Massa is an experienced economist and well-versed politician. Milei is neither.

However, Milei boasts he will drastically reduce Argentina's inflation, currently more than 140%, get rid of the Argentine Central Bank and adopt the dollar as the national currency, replacing the Peso. This is just one of his radial neoliberal measures he plans for Argentina.

Introduction of the US dollar as the national currency is the most drastic measure Milei announced way ahead of the elections - and it would be more than surprising if Argentinians just 22 years after the economy totally collapsed (2000-2002), precisely because then-President Carlos Menem's dollarized Argentina in 1991 by pegging the Peso 1:1 against the dollar. Already then, the argument was "fighting inflation."

Comment: How much suffering do the Argentinian people need to undergo before they can spot the scam? Joining BRICs could have been a lifeline, giving them space to reorganize and access to huge, fair-trading markets. But electing a demagogue loon seems to have scuttled that positive future.