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Stormtrooper

Arms maker BAE reporting record profits amid West's proxy war in Ukraine, and Israel's Gaza genocide

Typhoon fighter jet
© Chris Ratcliffe/BloombergPictured: A BAE Systems Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jet. FTSE 100 company says global instability is making government focus on defence spending
Increased military spending prompted by Russia's war on Ukraine and the Israel-Gaza conflict helped the British weapons manufacturer BAE Systems to record profits last year, with further growth expected in the year ahead.

The FTSE 100 company made underlying profits before interest and tax of £2.7bn on record sales of £25.3bn in 2023.

Shares in weapons manufacturers have surged in the past two years after Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 made governments reassess their plans for military spending.


Comment: A variety of 'mishaps' highlight that, despite spending record sums, competence is plummeting: British nuclear submarine missile MISFIRES and 'plops' into the ocean, 2nd such incident amid a myriad of other Navy fails


Comment: And the UK's energy suppliers and supermarkets are also reporting record profits; it's rather telling as to the warped state of the Western world that, as the suffering of people increases, so do the profits of mega-corporations: UK food shortages 'alarmingly likely' next year, University of Belfast warns - malnutrition cases tripled in 10 years

Despite the hype, the more rapacious the West becomes, the more glaring its failings: Russian arms production has Europe's warmongers worried


Hourglass

For Putin foe Alexey Navalny, Ukraine has long been a volatile issue

Russian opposition activist Alexey Navalny, whose mother is Russian and whose father was born in Ukraine
© Andrey Smirnov/AFP/Getty ImagesRussian opposition activist Alexey Navalny, whose mother is Russian and whose father was born in Ukraine, has a complicated relationship with Ukraine.
The following article is adapted from "The Dissident: Alexey Navalny, Profile of a Political Prisoner," which was released by Twelve, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, on Oct. 31.
“The Dissident: Alexey Navalny, Profile of a Political Prisoner”
© The Washington Post, (Courtesy of Twelve Books)“The Dissident: Alexey Navalny, Profile of a Political Prisoner”
He is the imprisoned opposition leader who more than any other Russian political figure has challenged Vladimir Putin's rule. He has condemned Russia's invasion of Ukraine and said that Moscow must withdraw its troops and pay reparations. He is half-Ukrainian.

And yet Alexey Navalny is widely distrusted, if not despised, in Ukraine.

For Navalny, like millions of other Russians with Ukrainian roots, Putin's war has been a blood-soaked tragedy. It has also put him in political quandary — compelled to change and clarify earlier statements that appeared to deny Ukrainian nationhood as he espoused the idea that Russians, Ukrainians and Belarusians are all one people, and that Crimea, annexed by Putin, was an integral part of Russia wrongfully given to Ukraine by a Soviet leader.

Comment:

1) Alexey Navalny passed away on 16 February 2024: NATO stooge Alexei Navalny dies in prison following brief illness
In his political career he went through stages: From Russian far-right nationalist agitator to darling of Western liberals: Who was Alexey Navalny?
Between 2000 and 2007, Navalny was a member of the liberal Yabloko party, before co-founding an ethnic nationalist movement called 'Narod.' He appeared in two notorious YouTube videos for the group, one advocating for gun rights to fight "flies and cockroaches" (attached to images of Muslim insurgents from the southern Caucasus), and another comparing immigrants from Islamic regions to tooth decay.
2) See also: 3) Regarding the comment from Navalny:
"Recognizing our history and traditions, we must be part of Europe and follow the European path of development. We have no other choice, nor do we need any."
The European path of development is not straight forward: An Anti-Russian Europe Is a Europe That Destroys Itself!
West using 'Russia threat' as pretext to destabilize Europe: Lavrov
German FM says EU ready to hit Russia with new round of sanctions
Why NATO's 'Military Schengen' evokes memories of Nazi Germany's anti-Russia past
Scholz and lackeys dig grave for Germany
Paper tiger Ukraine signs 'security pacts' with paper tigers Germany and France
Germany gives timeframe for possible Russian 'attack' on NATO
World leaders no longer working toward peace - Serbian president

4) We live in a world with many political changes, and while conflicts can take up attention and seem scary, there are changes in other spheres: From that perspective, much of what Navalny was about could also be seen as a distraction.


TV

CBS faces uproar after seizing investigative journalist Herridge's files

Catherine Herridge
© X/@FaceTheNation - ScreenshotVeteran national security reporter Catherine Herridge
"Anyone who isn't confused really doesn't understand the situation." Those words, from CBS icon Edward R. Murrow, came to mind this week after I spoke with journalists at the network.

There is trouble brewing at Black Rock, the headquarters of CBS, after the firing of Catherine Herridge, an acclaimed investigative reporter. Many of us were shocked after Herridge was included in layoffs this month, but those concerns have increased after CBS officials took the unusual step of seizing her files, computers and records, including information on privileged sources.

The position of CBS has alarmed many, including the union, as an attack on free press principles by one of the nation's most esteemed press organizations.

Comment: From Assange on down, free speech and the ability to hold leaders to account is under attack.

Paramount exec conveniently axes award-winning CBS investigative reporters amid layoffs


Cell Phone

US AT&T customers hit by nationwide cellular outages

at&t building
© Mike Blake / ReutersAT&T
AT&T's network suffered widespread outages across the country Thursday morning with cellular service and internet down, according to the tracking site Downdetector.

Some Verizon and T-Mobile customers also reported outages, though both companies said those affected had been trying to contact AT&T users.

Over 32,000 AT&T outages were reported by customers at about 4 a.m. ET on Thursday. Reports dipped then spiked again to more than 50,000 around 7 a.m., with most issues reported in Houston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and Atlanta, according to the site.

Comment: It may be a sign of America's increasingly deteriorating infrastructure, and/or it may be notable in light of the following:


Magnify

'Well being' of Europeans deteriorated following outbreak of war in Ukraine - study

well being europe
© Nature Communications (2024) DOI: 10.1038/s41467-024-44693-6.Number of experience-sampling measurements in European countries between January 24 and March 27, 2022.
The outbreak of Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine almost two years ago led internationally to a collective downturn in people's sense of well-being — irrespective of age, gender, political views or any other attributes which the people questioned had.


Comment: 'Russia's war of aggression' is a propaganda narrative pushed solely by the rapidly shrinking 'international community' of the West and its vassals.


However, individual personality traits play a decisive role as regards the issue of recovering from the shock.

These are the results of a study carried out by an international team of researchers headed by psychologists Julian Scharbert and Prof. Mitja Back from the University of Münster. The study was based on around 45,000 individual surveys taking in 1,300 people from 17 European countries, with over 50 researchers involved. The results of the study have been published in Nature Communications.

Comment: People in Russia and Ukraine likely have been subjected to more stressors, but one wonders whether there's a greater resilience due to having suffered significant societal unrest in their recent histories.

Furthermore, by comparison, Russian society hasn't been subjected to other fracturing issues, such as weaponised mass migration; the enforcement of ideologies like the Green Agenda, LGBTQ+; to name but a few of the differences: Over 80% of Russians are 'happy' - poll

Either way, the report doesn't bode well considering the establishment appears determined to directly involve Europe in a war of some kind with Russia: Korybko: Russia's Avdeevka win will reverberate across Europe and accelerate geostrategic shifts


Yellow Vest

Traffic chaos in Madrid as Spain's farmers vow to continue with protests, dismiss EU concessions as 'deception'

farmer protest spain
© EPA-EFE/JP GANDULThe nationwide protests, which began on 6 February and have seen convoys and roadblocks set up across the country, are calling for changes to the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy and for local and national governments to take action to ensure fair incomes amid rising production costs.
Over 500 tractors from several regions descended on the Spanish capital, where they vowed to continue their struggle until Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and his left-wing coalition implement concrete measures to secure the sector's viability.

ASAJA President Pedro Barato assured that farmers' associations nationwide will continue their demonstrations until the government changes its policies for the beleaguered sector, Euractiv's partner EFE reported.

"We have to mobilise to tell the public authorities what they have done wrong, which they could have done well", he said, referring to issues such as the relaxation of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) or the import of products from third countries that do not meet all EU standards.

COAG Secretary General Miguel Padilla vowed that the "fight will go on".

Comment: Whilst a number of European governments have made overtures about concessions in an attempt to placate producers, the establishment's brazen attack on farmers, and these protests, seem to have brought to the fore how government's have created conditions whereby farmers are at the mercy of subsidies for their survival, and should government's ever decide to withdraw them, farmers can be easily and quickly be thrown out of business.

See also:


Stock Down

Superstition and taboo: Germany retreats into the Middle Ages as its economy declines

A traditional Walpurgisnacht celebration (Night of the Witches) on the Domplatz.
© globalmoments/Getty ImagesA traditional Walpurgisnacht celebration (Night of the Witches) on the Domplatz.
An abandonment of reason is among the symptoms of a nation suffering from a collapse in the prevailing narratives.

Bloomberg recently foretold the end of Germany's days as an industrial power in an article that begins with a depiction of the closing of a factory in Dusseldorf. Stone-faced workers preside with funereal solemnity over the final act - the fashioning of a steel pipe at a rolling mill - at the century-old plant. The "flickering of flares and torches" and "somber tones of a lone horn player" lend the scene a decidedly medieval atmosphere.

Intentional or not in their inclusion of such evocative detail, the Bloomberg writers offer potent imagery for Germany - not only because the country is regressing economically but because its elites are increasingly guided by an atavistic force: the abandonment of reason.

As hard economic realities lay bare the futility of its utopian energy plan and the consequences of numerous terrible decisions mount, Germany is experiencing what Swedish essayist Malcom Kyeyune calls "narrative collapse." The peculiar offspring of this, Kyeyune argues, is a turn toward ritual, superstition, and taboo. It is a malaise afflicting the entire West, but Germany is suffering a particularly acute case.

Kyeyune defines this as an occurrence "when social and political circumstances change too rapidly for people to keep up, the result tends to be collective manias, social panics, and pseudo-religious revivalist millenarianism."

Comment: See also:


Che Guevara

Adieu, colonizer: France's malign influence still hangs over Africa, and that needs to change

EFF supporters marching to the French Embassy on May 25, 2022 in Pretoria, South Africa.
© Alet Pretorius/Gallo Images via Getty ImagesFILE PHOTO: EFF supporters marching to the French Embassy on May 25, 2022 in Pretoria, South Africa.
The unity of the continent built on regional integration will help strengthen the economic and political autonomy of its states

France's historical presence in Africa dates back to the 16th century with the beginning of the exploration and colonization of the continent by Europeans. Over the centuries, France extended its influence in many regions of Africa, establishing colonies and protectorates, and imposing its language, culture, and institutions on local populations.

There are several reasons for France's presence in Africa. On the one hand, France sought to expand its colonial empire in order to rival other European powers, particularly England and Germany. It was also motivated by economic interests, such as the exploitation of African natural resources, including rubber, ivory, wood, minerals, and later, oil. Thus, France established colonies in West Africa (Senegal, Ivory Coast, etc.), Central Africa (Congo, Gabon, etc.), and North Africa (Algeria, Tunisia, etc.).

Comment: African Black Defense League/Black African Defense League, founded by Egountchi Behanzin/Sylvain Afoua in French LDNA, "Ligue de défense noire africaine", does since 2021 no longer exist as an registered organization in France according to the Wiki, but continues as a social network on different platforms with Egountchi Behanzin as the prime mover. From this perspective, one could say that the author represents a small group, but if one looks around many others express similar ideas, even if there is less of an attempt to present an overview than in this article. Below are some links to earlier SOTT articles, not all about France, there is more to the story than a tale about French imperialism. To begin, the Wiki about the French colonial empire has a map that shows where France once administered.
French colonial empire
© 2019 Creative CommonsThe First (light blue) and Second (dark blue) French colonial empires
It has been a long process, for just a few headlines:


Bad Guys

American totalitarian "crypto dollar" may come before the election

cryptoworld
Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) threaten to replace the cash we use with programmable, trackable, and censorable tokens controlled by governments. Your financial choices could be suppressed, and privacy eliminated. Based on what I've learned and experienced directly, this could happen before the 2024 election. The best way to stop it is through direct action, not through politics.

In my 30 years as a serial entrepreneur and liberty activist, I have never encountered a more significant or urgent threat to human freedom and liberty than CBDCs. My direct experience with cryptocurrency, insights from researching my book about the threat of CBDCs called The Final Countdown, and an understanding of the political realities regarding CBDCs from my experience running in the 2024 Republican Presidential primary, have propelled me to dedicate 100% of my time and attention to sounding the alarm on this issue. We are at DEFCON 1.

Propaganda

No, the Palestinians did not vote for more terrorism in the 2006 elections

gaza children
Is this statement true or false: Israel is justified in flattening Gaza because the Palestinians elected Hamas in 2006 which proves they support terrorism.
  1. True
  2. False
The answer is "2". The 2006 elections do not prove that the Palestinians support terrorism. Quite the contrary. What the polling data shows is that the majority of people voted on issues completely unrelated to terrorism. Here's what they voted for:
  1. Safety and Security (37%)
  2. Decreased Corruption (25%)
What a surprise, eh? So, the Palestinians want the same thing that people want everywhere; More security and less corruption.

No one — and I mean no one — voted for Hamas because they thought the group would instigate more bloody confrontations with Israel. The fact that "safety and security" were the Number 1 issue, shows that there's no appetite for more conflict at all. Palestinians — at least the majority of Palestinians — want peace. That's what all the surveys tell us. Unfortunately, the media has tried to convince people that the opposite is true, that the people of Gaza voted for Hamas because they still cling to the idea of "pushing the Jews into the sea." But that's just not true. See for yourself: