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US hypocritically condemns foreign military involvement in Libya

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Russia has been helping Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA)
The United States has said it is "deeply troubled" by growing violence in Libya and called on foreign powers to end their proxy war in the troubled North African nation.

"We strongly oppose foreign military involvement, including the use of mercenaries and private military contractors, by all sides" in Libya, White House national-security adviser Robert O'Brien said in a statement on August 4.

The U.S. military has accused Moscow of supplying Russian mercenaries and military hardware to Libya in an attempt to gain a foothold in the North African country.

Comment: See also: US signs deal with Kurdish-led rebels to steal Syrian oil


Brace yourselves: Biden campaign announces largest multi-media ad buy ever by a presidential candidate

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Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden
Pretty soon it'll be hard to escape Joe Biden on your television. Or your radio. Or your phone.

The Biden campaign on Wednesday is announcing what it says is the largest TV ad buy ever by a presidential candidate, with $220 million set aside for commercials to air through the fall and another $60 million budgeted to reach audiences digitally on social media or gaming platforms.

Biden's team is planning to reach voters in at least 15 states, with messages that feature the former vice president speaking directly to camera about the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic fall.

Signaling the states they see as most competitive, the Biden campaign said their ads will target: Pennsylvania, Michigan, Florida, North Carolina, Arizona, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, Colorado, Virginia, Georgia, Iowa, Ohio and Texas.

Comment: But will it help in the end? Hillary had the same strategy.

Light Saber

Ouch. Russian ambassador tells Britain: You exaggerate your political importance & London has become a haven for Russian criminals

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If you live in Britain, Russia looms large in political discourse, but for those in Moscow, the UK barely registers. Now Russia's envoy to London has delivered a few home truths: he says his country has bigger fish to fry.

"I feel that Britain exaggerates, very much, its place in Russian thinking," Andrei Kelin told the Daily Mail. "The scope and place of Great Britain in Russian politics is not that big. We have other problems of much larger magnitude," the ambassador said.

The ambassador also dismissed the UK media narrative about nefarious Russian 'oligarchs' doing the Kremlin's bidding in London. Kelin pointed out that, in reality, the British capital has turned itself into a haven for wealthy Russians trying to evade justice back home.


Star of David

Haaretz: 'Beirut blast shockwaves will be felt by Hezbollah for a long time'

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Firefighters douse a fire after an explosion took place in Beirut, Lebanon, August 4, 2020.
Massive damage could reopen public debate on storing weapons in population centers as port shutdown comes at a time when Lebanon needs every dollar. Cellphone videos of horrifying scenes from Tuesday's explosion at the port of Beirut predictably fueled speculation about who was behind the incident and why.

Initially, the story was that a warehouse containing several tonnes of fireworks slated for use in festivities had blown up.

Then official military sources said the warehouse housed flammable or explosive material, further specifying that it was ammonium nitrate, which was stored in a warehouse for six years.

But even as the Lebanese authorities were feverishly investigating, some of the public were quick to suggest that this wasn't the result of an accident or negligence, but a terror attack reminiscent of the bombings that rocked Lebanon in the 1980s, or the huge bombing that killed Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005 as he traveled in a guarded convoy. The implication was that it was a bombing perpetrated by Lebanese actors.

Fingers were also pointed at Israel, accompanied by the explanation that the bombing at the port was part of Israel's campaign against Iran. Lebanese pundits cited the fire that erupted on Iranian ships in the Persian Gulf port of Bushehr a few weeks ago, an incident attributed to Israel, as well as other recent fires in Iran.

Star of David

Israel threatens to return Lebanon to the 'Stone Age'

Yisrael Katz
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Former Israeli Intelligence Affairs Minister Yisrael Katz
Mounting threat of Iranian arms influx to Hezbollah won't end well for Lebanon, warns Israeli minister.

In a rare interview with Saudi Arabian media, a top Israeli government minister last week threatened to return neighboring Lebanon "to the Stone Age."

Israel Intelligence Affairs Minister Yisrael Katz was speaking to the Saudi online newspaper Elaph when he was asked about the threat of increased Iranian arms supplies to Lebanon's Hezbollah terrorist militia.

"The more accurate that Hezbollah's missiles get, the stronger and wider Israel's strike will be," Katz warned. "What happened in 2006 will be a picnic compared to what we can do. I remember a Saudi minister saying they will send Hezbollah back to their caves in south Lebanon. I am telling you that we will return Lebanon to the Stone Age."


Dr. Michael Callahan: DARPA's man in Wuhan

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Dr. Michael Callahan
Dr. Michael Callahan was given a leave of absence from his senior executive role at United Therapeutics (UTHR) in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China; sent there to assist colleagues handling mass infections of the novel coronavirus under his joint appointment at a Chinese sister hospital of the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, where he has maintained a faculty appointment since 2005.

Soon, Callahan would be poring through thousands of case studies emerging from the epicenter of the outbreak in Wuhan, examining patients in Singapore and briefing U.S. officials on the location of the next likely outbreak, according to NatGeo. The doctor marveled at the "magnificent infectivity" of the disease, which sits "like a little silent smart bomb in your community".

The doctor's strange fascination with viral infections and morbid titillation might well be attributed to the fact that he has dedicated his life to studying these microscopic killers. "Triple boarded" in internal medicine, infectious diseases and tropical medicine, Callahan, nevertheless also has a strong entrepreneurial streak, that drove him to launch no less than 11 companies and develop 8 patents.

Snakes in Suits

'He'll be there' - Jill Biden says slow Joe will show up to the three scheduled debates

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Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, confirmed Tuesday that her husband will show up to all three scheduled presidential debates.

In an appearance on Fox News' "The Daily Briefing" with Dana Perino, Biden's wife was immediately asked if her husband would show up and take on President Donald Trump at the three scheduled presidential debates following speculation they could be canceled.

"Oh yes," Biden said. "He will. I think it's three debates that they decided on. Yeah. He'll be there."

The question comes as Democratic strategists and supporters of Biden have said he should not debate Trump.

Comment: The Dems are understandably worried about their walking disaster of a candidate making live televised appearances of any kind - but standing toe to toe with Trump?! This is likely to be quite the show if Biden actually shows up.


Star of David

Israel says Iran smuggles dual-use items for Hezbollah arms by sea into Beirut port

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Above: Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon speaks to the Security Council in New York, July 23, 2019 showing Iran's alleged transfer of weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon. Below: PM Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the General Assembly UN on September 27, 2018 holding a placard detailing alleged Hezbollah missile sites in Beirut.
Israel's ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday accused Iran of exploiting civilian companies and maritime channels to smuggle weapons manufacturing equipment to its Lebanese proxy group, Hezbollah.

In the quarterly meeting on the Middle East, Ambassador Danny Danon told the Security Council that Israeli intelligence has uncovered evidence showing Iran's Quds Force has been using the port of Beirut to ship items to the terror group since last year.
"In the years 2018-2019, Israel found that dual-use items are smuggled into Lebanon to advance Hezbollah's rocket and missile capabilities. Iran and the Quds Force have begun to advance the exploitation of the civilian maritime channels, and specifically the Port of Beirut. The Port of Beirut has become the Port of Hezbollah."
In a statement, the Israeli mission said "Syrian agents" purchased the dual use items from foreign companies under false pretenses, and handed it over to the terrorist group after picking up the shipments from the port.

Danon presented the Security Council with a map of the Hezbollah transfer routes that included major hubs at the Damascus airport, Beirut's port and airport and the official border crossings between Syria and Lebanon, such as the Masnaa crossings.

Comment: The above article came out on July 23, 2020 for Israeli readership and perception management.

It includes Hezbollah's reported 'Friday' statement (from more than a year ago): "growing pressure from US sanctions on Tehran could trigger such a conflict sooner rather than later." (see above for inaccuracies)

And this, actually presented in 2018 (not last year): "Hezbollah was hiding precision missile production facilities underneath Beirut. He [Netanyahu] revealed satellite photos purporting to show the secret facilities, located within close proximity of Beirut's international airport."

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Black Magic

NATO'S appalling failure in Afghanistan has fueled a drug explosion across Europe

Kandahar province
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Kandahar province
I recently spent 12 months in Kabul as an adviser on policing. After seventeen years of NATO's mission to bring peace and security, it's sad to say that the country's probably in a worse state than ever.

Our terrible failure in Afghanistan, with lives wasted despite billions spent, has produced only one winner: organised crime. A senior Hungarian career detective friend of mine recently told me there has never been so much cheap, pure heroin in Budapest. Another Turkish Police colleague of mine told me a similar thing about Istanbul this week.

Last year, I worked in Afghanistan with a small number of International Police Experts. My US, German, Australian, Hungarian, Turkish colleagues, like me, each had 30 or more years' experience, and many had years of extra experience in Afghanistan and in other conflict zones.

But just like in our home countries, the many politicians, military leaders, diplomatic staff and NGOs there would not listen to us experts in policing. NATO, just like the Soviet Union before it, has been resoundingly beaten in Afghanistan, and the country will almost certainly continue in chaos. The story is little different to the West's failures in Iraq and Libya, and, probably before too much longer, Mali and a few other places in Africa.

Comment: The West's bogus "war on terror" was the justification for occupying and infesting Afghanistan with its corrupt and corrupting personnel. What the article doesn't mention is that it is the Western intelligence agencies, and their allies, who are quite likely the ones profiting from the massive growth in heroin production and distribution coming out of the plagued Middle Eastern country.

Control Panel

The true face of Covid-19: Fear and "shock therapy" to impose a totalitarian society

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"Fear is only reverse faith; it is faith in evil instead of good.
" Florence Scovel Shinn

After several months of the COVID-19 crisis, relevant elements of analysis of this crisis are becoming clearer.

1. The enormous pressure to convince 7 billion people of the need to be vaccinated against a virus [1] whose mortality has been inflated [2] and which is said to be ubiquitous while it is disappearing or has even disappeared.

It reminds us of the 2009 operation, with the fake H1N1 pandemic [3]: same tactics, same complicity (media, political, government), same "experts", same scenarios, same narratives with an emphasis on fear, guilt, haste and always the same stench of this omnipresent money in the form of huge profits on the horizon for the Big Pharma vaccine producing industry.

It is as if the H1N1 episode of 2009 has been used as a rehearsal.

This time, the COVID-19 episode of 2020 is poised to turn the trial into a success?