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Israel must face international court - Erdogan

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
The military's attacks in Gaza are "unlawful," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres...

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on Israel to be brought to an international court over its actions in Gaza amid the continued escalation between West Jerusalem and Hamas. The Israeli military continues to violate international law in full view of the international community, he told UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in a phone call on Tuesday.

The two officials spoke ahead of the UN Security Council meeting on Gaza scheduled for Wednesday. The conversation was focused on solutions to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Palestinian enclave and ways to achieve "lasting peace" in the region, the Turkish president's office said in a statement on X (formerly Twitter).

Erdogan also maintained that Israel "continues to blatantly trample on the international law, the law of war and the humanitarian law," the statement said, adding that the Turkish leader demanded West Jerusalem "be held to account before the international law for the crimes committed."

Comment: Erdogan: Benjamin Netanyahu, the 'Butcher of Gaza'
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has committed in Gaza one of the worst atrocities of the century, making his mark in history a bloody one, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said during a parliamentary group meeting on Wednesday. In his televised speech, he spoke out against the Israeli military operation in the Palestinian enclave.

Erdogan blasted "human rights violations and acts of war in Gaza" and the "apathy of most Western nations," stating that Türkiye "will exhaust all efforts to hold the Israeli government accountable under international law and moral responsibility."

Erdogan expressed his view that Netanyahu's actions in Gaza and the press they have elicited are "fueling anti-Semitism and endangering the safety of all Jews along with the Israeli people."


Western education systems degrading - Putin

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Vladimir Putin attends a meeting in Moscow, Russia, November 27, 2023
Schools and universities in the West have abandoned the liberal arts in favor of gender studies and other "pseudosciences," Russian President Vladimir Putin remarked in a speech on Tuesday.

"In the West, they are now practicing not only the policy of 'cancel culture', but also the actual abolition of liberal arts education," Putin told a gathering of the World Russian People's Council in Sochi.

"As a result, both [Western] culture and education are becoming primitive," he continued. "Many classical subjects are simply thrown out of Western curricula, replaced by some kind of gender and similar sciences - pseudosciences, of course."

The phenomenon highlighted by Putin has also been extensively condemned by Western conservatives, who have decried attempts by left-wing academics to cancel the study of ancient Greece and Rome over the so-called "whiteness" of these ancient societies, and to insert transgender ideology into the fields of medicine, archaeology, and psychotherapy, among countless other examples.

Ornament - Blue

Lacking integrity and holiday spirit: White House Christmas tree toppled by wind

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A giant gust of wind reportedly toppled the U.S. National Christmas tree on Tuesday, just days before its scheduled lighting ceremony with President Joe Biden.

Reports showed that a giant crane had been employed to put the toppled tree back into its upright position. Typically, the trees are in the ground but, according to @rawsalerts, they had to be cut down this year due to a fungal outbreak.

"The National Christmas Tree, where President Joe Biden was scheduled to deliver the Christmas tree lighting, has been toppled over after a significant gust of wind occurred, according to the National Park Service," said @rawsalerts on X. "The incident on the White House Ellipse, and crews are actively working to carefully lift and secure the tree back into place. The National Park Service is currently evaluating the condition of the National Christmas Tree. Officials at the National Park state that the show will still go on as scheduled on Thursday."


No chance for renewal of nuclear accord with US - Moscow

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A Sarmat ICBM test launch from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in Russia.
The breakdown in the relationship with the US makes contacts even on an issue as vital as the strategic balance of power nearly impossible, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov has told the Izvestia newspaper. The last surviving bilateral nuclear arms reduction treaty is likely to expire, leading to a possible arms race, he predicted in an interview published on Wednesday.

New START, the latest iteration of a series of agreements that limited Moscow's and Washington's nuclear arsenals, was last renewed 'as is' in January 2021, days after Joe Biden was inaugurated as US president. Moscow suspended its participation in the agreement in February, citing US involvement in the Ukraine conflict and Kiev's attacks on Russian air bases hosting strategic bombers.

At this point, there is "no option" to continue New START or replace it, after it expires in February 2026, Ryabkov said.


Pentagon struggling to pay for Middle East buildup

F/A-18E Super Hornet  USS Gerald R. Ford Eastern Mediterranean Sea
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An F/A-18E Super Hornet launching from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, October 12, 2023.
The US military has to make do with a stopgap budget that freezes defense funding at the previous year's levels

The Pentagon is scrambling to find money to pay for a military buildup in the Middle East amid the Hamas-Israel conflict due to gridlock in the US Congress, which has so far been unable to approve full defense funding, Politico reported on Tuesday.

The US Department of Defense, along with many other federal agencies, is now operating under a stopgap funding bill which was signed by US President Joe Biden earlier this month to avert a potential government shutdown. The measure, which did not satisfy Biden's request for additional money for Israel and Ukraine, also freezes other types of defense spending at the previous year's levels.

Comment: Yet here's Janet Yellen saying it's all good:

Russia and China just have to sit back and watch the Empire implode.

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Western nations request meetings with Russia at OSCE, agree to open sanctioned-airspace for Lavrov to travel


Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
Russia said on Monday there would be no meeting between Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken at an OSCE meeting in North Macedonia this week.

Lavrov had said earlier he would join the foreign ministers of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which includes Canada and the United States, in Skopje if Bulgaria opened its air space for him. He said some Western countries had requested meetings with him.

Since President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian troops into Ukraine in February 2022, the West has sought to isolate Russia, and face-to-face meetings between senior ministers have been rare.

Comment: Investigative Journalist Kit Klarenberg had this to say:

See also: Wife of Ukraine's spy chief & several military intel officers poisoned with heavy metals


A planned US-Israeli attack on Iran is contemplated

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The U.S. led War on the People of Palestine and the Middle East is a Criminal Undertaking


We stand in Solidarity with Palestine. But we must recognize that the United States Military and Intelligence apparatus is firmly behind Israel's genocide directed against the People of Palestine.

And this must be part of the solidarity campaign, namely to Reveal the Truth regarding Washington's insidious role, which is part of a carefully planned military agenda directed against Palestine and the broader Middle East. Netanyahu is a proxy, with a criminal record. He has the unbending support of Western Europe's "Classe politique".

The U.S. led War on the People of Palestine and the Middle East is a Criminal Undertaking

Israel and the Zionist lobby in the U.S. are NOT exerting undue influence AGAINST U.S. Foreign Policy as outlined by numerous analysts.

Quite the opposite. The Zionist lobby is firmly aligned with U.S. foreign policy, and Vice Versa. It targets those who are opposed to war, who call for a cease fire. It exerts influence in favour of the conduct of the U.S. military agenda in support of Israel. The US military-intelligence establishment in coordination with powerful financial interests is calling the shots in regards to Israel's genocidal intent to "Wipe Palestine off the Map".


Wife of Ukraine's spy chief & several military intel officers poisoned with heavy metals

Marianna Budanova

Marianna Budanova. Earlier on Tuesday, the Ukrainian news website Babel said Budanov's wife had been poisoned with heavy metals.
The wife of Ukraine's military intelligence chief Kirill Budanov and several employees of the Ukrainian Main Intelligence Directorate (GUR) have been diagnosed with heavy metal poisoning, the Ukrainska Pravda online media outlet reported, citing a senior Ukrainian security official.

According to the official, Budanov's wife, Marianna Budanova, "has most likely been given poisoned food" as she "complained of feeling unwell" and her poisoning had been confirmed after tests.

In turn, the RBC-Ukraine news agency requested information about the condition of Budanov himself from Ukraine's special services. According to an intelligence official, Ukraine's spy chief "is feeling well" and no signs of his poisoning have been found.

Comment: It's likely a sign of just how rapidly the Kiev-junta is deteriorating when even the spy chief's wife and staff are being poisoned.

Note that this comes just a few weeks after a rather dubious incident wherein a top aide to the military commander received a birthday present of 6 hand grenades, one somehow exploded, killing him and seriously injuring his son:


'The Horror! The Horror!', Revisited in Palestine

Destroyed Gaza
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"Mistah Kurtz - he dead."
Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

Joseph Conrad once said that before he had been to the Congo he was a simple animal. It was in one of those lands partially mapped out by the cruelty and hypocrisy of the imperial ethos that Conrad discovered European colonialism in its undiluted, most terrible incarnation, duly depicted in Heart of Darkness - one of the great consciousness-raising epics in the history of literature.

It was in the Congo that Conrad, an ethnic Pole born in what is still known today as "Ukraine", then controlled by Poland, and who only started to write in English when he was 23, forever lost any illusion over the civilizing mission of his race.

Other eminent Europeans of his time seamlessly experienced the same horror - participating in Conquest Atrocity Spectaculars; helping the Metropolis to hack and plunder Africa; using the continent as backdrop to their - murderous - juvenile adventures and rites of passage; or only testing their mettle while "saving" the souls of the natives.

They went through the savage heart of the world and made their fortune, their reputation or their penitence just to come back to the sweet comfort of unconsciousness - when they were not shipped back in a coffin, of course.

To dominate assorted "primitive" peoples, Britannia replaced the iron and the sword with trade. Like any monotheistic faith, they believed there was only one way to be; one way to drink your tea; one way to play the game - any game. Everything else was non-civilized, savage, brute, at best providing raw materials and acute headaches.

Bad Guys

The Jews and Boris Johnson: Zelensky's top political ally looking for scapegoats as Ukrainian elites begin to accept the war is lost

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Leader of the Servant of the People's Political Party of Ukraine David Arakhamia talks to the media as he arrives for the Renew Europe Leader's pre-summit meeting, in Brussels, on June 29, 2023.
David Arakhamia, the head of Vladimir Zelensky's parliamentary faction, admits his nation's dependency on the West and the lack of a coherent strategy

A few days ago, President Vladimir Zelensky's most important political ally, David Arakhamia, gave a long interview to TV presenter Natalya Moseichuk. Both are heavyweights of Ukraine's public sphere, with widespread recognition and significant influence.

Moseichuk's main platform is the television channel 1+1. Arakhamia heads the parliamentary faction of the 'Servant of the People' party, which is Zelensky's machine and, as such, controls Ukraine in a de facto authoritarian manner.

Bound to attract attention, the interview has done more: Due to Arakhamia's unguarded (or deliberately revealing?) account of real yet missed opportunities to reach an early peace agreement in the full-scale war between Moscow and Kiev (and its Western sponsors and exploiters), it has caused a sensation.