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Did the Iranian president's helicopter crash or get shot down?

Raisi Funeral
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There is a significant difference between the terms "crashed" and "downed" regarding the incident involving the modern US-made Iranian presidential helicopter carrying the late Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, his Foreign Minister, and their six companions. They were on a flight from the border with Azerbaijan to the city of Tabriz. Security officials must consider all hypotheses before making a final announcement about the cause of the accident, including the possibility of sabotage.

The terms "falling" and "downed" describe different circumstances and causes of a helicopter. "Downed" usually indicates that external forces, such as enemy fire, missiles, drones, electronic interference, remote sabotage, or other forms of attack, intentionally brought the helicopter down. This implies that the helicopter appropriately operated until it was attacked or encountered a hostile or sabotage act that forced it to make an emergency landing or crash. This term is commonly used in military or combat operations.

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Georgia does not want to become second Ukraine - PM

Police Special Forces block the Parliament area while demonstrators protest against the approval of the 'Foreign Agent Bill' on May 14, 2024 in Tbilisi, Georgia
© Nicolo Vincenzo Malvestuto / Getty ImagesPolice Special Forces block the Parliament area while demonstrators protest against the approval of the 'Foreign Agent Bill' on May 14, 2024 in Tbilisi, Georgia
Irakli Kobakhidze says his country needs protection from external forces that want to launch a 'Georgian Maidan'

Georgia needs its recently passed 'foreign agents law' to curb external influence and avoid repeating the fate of Ukraine, which the West has turned into a battle front against Russia, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Kobakhidze said on Wednesday.

The divisive legislation, entitled the 'Transparency of Foreign Influence Act', would require NGOs, media outlets, and individuals receiving more than 20% of their funding from abroad to register as entities "promoting the interests of a foreign power" and disclose their donors. The bill sparked weeks of protests in the Georgian capital Tbilisi, with critics arguing that it could be used to crack down on the opposition.

Comment:
1) Concerning:
Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili has vetoed the legislation, but parliament is likely to override her decision
The French Wiki of Salome Zourabichvili is very extensive and she is without doubt very capable. For some main points, here is a Tweet:

The English Wiki has:
During an interview with DW News in May 2022, Zourabichvili stated that Georgia was in full compliance with the international financial sanctions on Russia and wanted a "quicker and shorter path towards integration" into NATO and the EU. She remarked that both France under Macron and Germany under Scholz had shifted their stance which ante-dated the August 2008 Russo-Georgian War and now embraced expansionary policies.[32]
2) From the same source, there is:
23 May, 2024 13:21
Georgian PM accuses EU of 'blackmailing' him with assassination threat
The bloc is trying to intimidate Georgia over its foreign agents law, Irakli Kobakhidze has said

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Kobakhidze has claimed that a European commissioner told him he could end up suffering the same fate as Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico, who survived an assassination attempt last week.

In a Facebook post on Thursday, Kobakhidze said that the unnamed commissioner warned him during a recent phone call that the West would take "a number of measures" against him if his government pressed ahead with a law requiring foreign NGOs in Georgia to disclose their funding.

"While listing these measures, he mentioned: 'you see what happened to Fico, and you should be very careful'," he wrote.

Fico was shot multiple times as he met with supporters outside a government meeting in the town of Handlova on May 15. He was rushed to hospital, underwent emergency surgery, and is currently recuperating from his injuries. His would-be assassin - a 71-year-old poet who allegedly disagreed with Fico's suspension of military aid to Ukraine - has been charged with attempted murder.

Georgia's parliament passed the 'Transparency of Foreign Influence Act' last week. The law requires NGOs, media outlets, and individuals receiving more than 20% of their funding from abroad to register as entities "promoting the interests of a foreign power" and disclose their donors.

While the act has been vetoed by Georgia's pro-Western president, Salome Zourabichvili, parliament is expected to override the veto.

Despite similar yet more stringent foreign influence laws existing in the US, UK, and other Western nations, Georgia's foreign agent law has been strongly condemned by US and EU officials, with Washington considering unspecified "actions" against Tbilisi and multiple EU members weighing sanctions, according to media reports.

"We have long been accustomed to this kind of insulting blackmail," Kobakhidze wrote. "The parallel drawn with the attempted assassination of Robert Fico reminds us that in the form of the Global War Party, we are dealing with an extremely dangerous force that will do anything to bring chaos to Georgia."

In an interview with Georgia's Channel 1 on Wednesday, Kobakhidze argued that without a transparency law, foreign-funded NGOs operating in the country could easily foment a revolution akin to the US-backed 'Maidan' coup in Ukraine in 2014. "We want transparency... we don't want to leave muddy water in this country, because a 'Georgian Maidan' could lead our country to very serious consequences, to its 'Ukrainization'. We cannot agree with this," he said.
When the PM quotes the commissioner as saying: 'you see what happened to Fico, and you should be very careful', it leaves the impression that the conflict with Ukraine keeps spreading to involve other countries, at the moment still at a low but persistent level of intensity, but where will it end?

3) From the same source there is also:
23 May, 2024 01:28
US threatens to punish NATO applicant
Western officials claim that Georgia's crackdown on foreign influence "undermines democracy"

The US is looking into how it could punish Georgia over a 'foreign agents' bill which was recently passed in the country's parliament, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a congressional hearing on Wednesday.

Georgia's Transparency of Foreign Influence Act would require non-profit organizations, media outlets, and individuals which derive more than 20% of their funding from abroad to register as entities "promoting the interests of a foreign power" and disclose their income and sponsors or face fines of up to $9,500.

The legislation ignited weeks of violent protests and clashes across the country, which is an applicant to both the EU and NATO.

Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili vetoed the bill on Friday, but the gesture is considered to be largely symbolic, as the Georgian Dream party has a majority in parliament and is expected to overrule it.

"We are looking very hard at what we can do in response to that, and I anticipate we will take actions, the EU is looking at the impact on the accession process for Georgia, so I would anticipate that there will be things to come because of the impact this law may have," Blinken told US lawmakers in Congress.

Blinken said the US is "very concerned" about the legislation, which he described as "right out of Moscow's playbook," and which "clearly counters" the Georgian public's desire for "EU integration."

Despite criticism that the legislation could be used to target the political opposition, the bill does not provide for criminal prosecutions, unlike the US' Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), which has been in effect since the 1930s.

The bill was described as "undermining of democracy" by US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs James O'Brien on a visit to Tbilisi last week. He warned Georgia of "restrictions coming from the US," and potential sanctions on lawmakers that were involved with the legislation.
3) See also:
Georgia fight against US subversion and its implications worldwide
Georgia accuses NATO countries of trying to orchestrate coup
Georgia accuses Washington of trying to spark 'two revolutions'


Broom

Russia arrests FOURTH senior defence official

Vadim Shamarin
Vadim Shamarin accused of taking 'particularly large bribe' as series of security figures dismissed or held
Head and shoulders shot of Vadim Shamarin in uniform
A court in Russia has ordered a senior general to be held in pre-trial detention on corruption charges as President Vladimir Putin shakes up his security team.

Vadim Shamarin, head of the communications department of the Russian general staff, faces up to 15 years in prison for allegedly receiving a "particularly large bribe", the court said on Thursday.

Shamarin is the fourth senior defence figure arrested in the past month, more than two years after Putin ordered the full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Dmitry Peskov, Putin's spokesman, on Thursday told reporters that "the fight against corruption [ . . .] isn't a campaign, it's work that is always ongoing".

Comment: As noted by the FT, and in the reports below, it looks like Russia is cleaning up shop:


Cardboard Box

US Gaza pier is 'not working', NO aid has been delivered and is instead being stored in warehouse - Pentagon

us gaza aid pier
© US Army Central/ReutersA truck carries humanitarian aid across Trident Pier, a temporary pier to deliver aid, off the Gaza Strip, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, near the Gaza coast, on May 19, 2024.
None of the aid that has been unloaded from the temporary pier the US constructed off the coast of Gaza has been delivered to the broader Palestinian population, as the US works with the UN and Israel to identify safe delivery routes inside the enclave, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.


Comment: How can delivery routes be considered safe when Israel has repeatedly targeted convoys and drop off points with airstrikes and snipers?


Several desperate Gazans intercepted trucks delivering aid from the pier over the weekend, leading the UN to suspend the delivery operations until the logistical challenges are resolved.

The US is working with Israel and the United Nations to establish "alternative routes" for the safe delivery of the 569 tons of aid transported to Gaza since last week, Pentagon spokesperson Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder said on Tuesday.

Comment: The US has, however, managed to set up weapon systems on the pier: The Gaza 'aid pier': a US geopolitical ploy?




Light Saber

'Strong punishment': China starts two days of Joint Sword military drills around Taiwan

A Chinese warship
© Thomas Peter/ReutersFILE: A Chinese warship takes part in a military drill off the Chinese coast near Fuzhou, Fujian Province, across from the Taiwan-controlled Matsu Islands, China, April 11, 2023. Exercises begin three days after William Lai Ching-te took his oath as president of the island China claims as its own.
China has started two days of military drills in the water and airspace around the self-governing island of Taiwan, according to Chinese state media.

The state-run Xinhua news agency said the Eastern Theatre Command of the People's Liberation Army started the drills at 7:45am (23:45 GMT) on Thursday in the Taiwan Strait, the north, south and east of Taiwan, as well as areas around the islands of Kinmen, Matsu, Wuqiu and Dongyin.

Military spokesman Colonel Li Xi said the joint exercises involving the army, navy, air force, and rocket force were a "strong punishment for the separatist acts of 'Taiwan independence' forces and a stern warning against interference and provocation by external forces", according to a post on China's Weibo messaging platform.

Comment: Meanwhile in Taiwan's parliament: Lawmakers exchange blows in bitter dispute over parliament reforms

And over in Russia: Russia begins 'non-strategic' nuclear weapons drills

Footage of the drills:



Chinese Foreign Ministry representative Wang Wenbin on the PLA Joint Sword 2024A exercise around Taiwan

The exercise is being conducted to protect national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and is also a signal to separatist forces seeking "Taiwan independence" and a warning to outside forces.

Taiwan is an inalienable part of Chinese territory, which is both a historical fact and a real status quo that will never change. "Taiwan independence" is a dead end.

The Chinese people are unwavering in their determination to protect national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

All separatist actions aimed at "Taiwan independence" will be met head-on by over 1.4 billion Chinese.

We warn that the United States must stop condoning and supporting pro-Taiwan independence forces and interfering in China's internal affairs.

Any action that threatens China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity will be met with a firm and decisive response from Beijing.



Radar

Germany opposes Ukraine 'no fly zone'

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
© Getty Images / Uli Deck; picture allianceGerman Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz has warned such a move would place NATO in direct conflict with Russia.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has dismissed a proposal tabled by former NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen and the Ukrainian government to establish a no-fly zone over the country as dangerous talk.

His comments came after Rasmussen and Kiev officials presented a ten-page paper which suggested binding Kiev to NATO by implementing an air defense shield over the western part of the country.

Such a move would "protect NATO from Russian missile and drone strikes, but also Ukrainian civilians and military infrastructure in a well-defined area of responsibility inside western Ukraine." This, in turn, would allow Kiev to move air defense systems to the frontline in the east to protect key cities such as Kharkov and Dnepr.

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Game of Drones: Mossad, MI6 and the art of non-negotiation

Eagle
© iStock/proxy image/KJNThe Fantasy
Only honest actors like Iran, Russia and Hezbollah should negotiate on the one side and NATO, with its alphabet soup of intelligence agencies and their front media groups, should be got to negotiate, for their first time ever, in good faith.

This article's purpose of throwing light on recent "peace" overtures in Gaza and Ukraine necessitates a number of detours, the most pivotal of which is the negotiations British Field Marshal Montgomery engaged in on 4 May 1945 with the German High Command on Lüneburg Heath where he baldly dictated terms of unconditional surrender to them. In this deleted Downfall scene, the Soviets relay the same message regarding Berlin of Germany's total and unconditional surrender to Krebs.

Although kindergarten business books like Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal might think all negotiations are as uncomplicated as those facing the Germans in May 1945, that is not the case. Even there, Dönitz, who had succeeded Hitler as head of state, had tried to get some wriggle room by sending generals to "negotiate" with Montgomery rather than going in person. We see much the same process in Lawrence of Arabia where British puppet Prince Faisal plays the role of sovereign king at the time of Albion's Sykes-Picot doublecross.

Comment: Sides have been taken. Mindset is a closed circuit unable to create, unable to revise.


Dollars

US military aid to Ukraine is 'grift' - Blackwater founder to Tucker Carlson

cargo
© Christoph Soeder/Global Look PressAmmo for Ukraine loaded on a cargo plane • Rzeszow-Jasionka airport, Poland • April 5, 2023
The equipment Washington sends to Kiev will never change the tide of battle, Eric Prince has said.

US weapons shipments to Ukraine are senseless since they are not capable of changing the course of the conflict, Eric Prince, the founder of private American military contractor Blackwater, told journalist Tucker Carlson in an interview published on Tuesday.

The military aid to Ukraine is nothing but a "massive grift paid by the Pentagon," Prince stated, adding that the latest major aid package worth $61 billion approved by Congress and signed by President Joe Biden in April will end up lining the coffers of US defense industry giants. Prince, himself a former Navy SEAL officer, resigned and divested from his company after the 2007 Iraqi massacre scandal.

The Blackwater founder said:
"Most of that money goes to five major defense contractors to replace at five times the cost the weapons that we have already sent the Ukrainians. It does not change the outcome of the battle.

"The Biden administration believed that all this American weaponry would have saved the day. It has not."

Comment: The US self serves by means of death and destruction, be it ally or foe. Population and war equipment eliminations are the prerequisites. NATO is the cover. Ukraine is the current excuse. Last country standing is the goal.


Stop

Federal judge blocks Biden ATF rule expanding gun background checks

Garland
© Getty ImagesUS AG Merrick Garland
A federal judge temporarily blocked the Biden administration from fully enforcing a gun background check rule Sunday night.

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the rule covering background checks for firearms purchases April 10, claiming it was based on bipartisan legislation passed in the wake of a deadly school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

United States District Judge Matthew J. Kacsmaryk of the Northern District of Texas issued a temporary restraining order blocking the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives from enforcing the rule against the state of Texas and certain gun organizations until June 2.

The rule would dramatically expand the definition of when someone is "engaged in business" as a gun dealer subject to background check regulations, thereby expanding the number of who must submit to background checks.

Gun Owners of America Senior Vice President Erich Pratt said:
"President [Joe] Biden and his anti-gun administration have aggressively pursued an agenda meant to harass, intimidate, and criminalize gun owners and dealers at every turn. This ruling is a compelling rebuke of their tyrannical and unconstitutional actions that purposely misinterpreted federal law to ensure their preferred policy outcome."
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and other Republican state attorneys general sued to block the rule May 1.

Comment: More than a third of the country joined this suit.


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Best of the Web: Norway, Ireland and Spain Recognize Palestinian State - Israel livid

Pro Palestinian Protestor
© AFP 2023 / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU
In late March, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said that Madrid had reached an agreement with Ireland, Slovenia and Malta to take the first steps toward recognizing the State of Palestine to promote the peace process.

Norway, Ireland and Spain have announced they are officially recognizing Palestinian statehood.
"The Norwegian Government has decided that Norway will recognise Palestine as a state. In the midst of a war, with tens of thousands killed and injured, we must keep alive the only alternative that offers a political solution for Israelis and Palestinians alike: Two states, living side by side, in peace and security," said Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre on Wednesday.
He added that the Palestinian people have a fundamental right to self-determination.
"Both Israelis and Palestinians have a right to live in peace in their respective states. There will be no peace in the Middle East without a two-state solution. There can be no two-state solution without a Palestinian state. In other words, a Palestinian state is a prerequisite for achieving peace in the Middle East," said the PM.
Ireland's taoiseach Simon Harris has also confirmed at a press conference that Ireland will recognise a Palestinian state, with a similar move announced by Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez.Palestinian movement Hamas has welcomed statements from Norway, Ireland and Spain on the recognition of Palestine as a state.


Comment: RT adds that Israel has recalled its ambassadors from all three countries:
The development comes more than 30 years after the first Oslo agreement was signed in 1993. Since then, "the Palestinians have taken important steps towards a two-state solution," the Norwegian government said.

It said that the World Bank determined that a Palestinian state had met key criteria to function as a state in 2011, that national institutions have been built up to provide the population with important services.

"The war in Gaza and the constant expansion of illegal settlements in the West Bank still mean that the situation in Palestine is more difficult than it has been in decades," the Norwegian government said.
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israel bomb palestine
© AFP via Getty ImagesSmoke is seen billowing over Palestinian territory following Israeli bombardment on May 21, 2024.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said that his country will recognize a Palestinian state also on May 28. Sánchez, Spain's Socialist leader since 2018, made the expected announcement to the nation's Parliament on Wednesday.

Sánchez has spent months touring European and Middle Eastern countries to garner support for the recognition of a Palestinian state, as well as a possible ceasefire in Gaza.




He has said several times that he was committed to the move.

Earlier this month, Spain's Foreign Minister José Albares said he had informed US Secretary of State Antony Blinken of his government's intention to recognize a Palestinian state.

The fast-moving developments drew Israel's condemnation. Israel's Foreign Minister Israel Katz ordered Israel's ambassadors from Ireland and Norway to immediately return to Israel, as Norway said it would recognize a Palestinian state and Ireland was expected to do the same.

"Ireland and Norway intend to send a message today to the Palestinians and the whole world: terrorism pays," Katz said.

He said that the recognition could impede efforts to return Israel's hostages being held in Gaza and makes a cease-fire less likely by "rewarding the jihadists of Hamas and Iran."

He also threatened to recall Israel's ambassador to Spain if the country takes a similar position.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed Norway's recognition of a Palestinian state and called on other countries to follow.

In a statement carried by the official Wafa news agency, he says Norway's decision, announced Wednesday, will enshrine "the Palestinian people's right to self-determination" and support efforts to bring about a two-state solution with Israel.
Ooh, Netanyahu is big mad now.


So is little Ben Shapiro apparently. Scott Ritter delivers a well-deserved smack-down:


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