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SOTT Focus: NewsReal: How Serious Are Western Leaders About Full-on War With Russia?

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We heard last week that some EU leaders, notably French president Macron, want to send Western armed forces into Ukraine in order to 'stop Russia from winning'. We know that their armed forces ARE already in Ukraine, but the implication of recent fighting-talk is that they're considering escalating the current 'proxy war' to 'the next level'.

How serious ARE Western leaders about doing this? They sound convinced that there is no other way, but are they just 'posturing'?

We may soon find out because, in the meantime, unless SOMETHING changes, Trump and other populists' victories are going to end Western hegemony and thus profitable war-making. What better way to stave off revolution at home than by sending would-be revolutionary males off to a bloody war...


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SOTT Focus: NATO Troops MIGHT Deploy to Ukraine? They're Already There, And Getting Killed

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French President Emmanuel Macron caused a furor this week by speculating that NATO troops may end up being deployed in Ukraine. Hold it. They have been for over a decade, that's why the war in that country erupted two years ago.

It was comical - if not pathetic - to see the French leader speaking out of turn, trying to project a tough-guy image with his delusions of grandeur as if he was Napoleon or De Gaulle reincarnated.

Macron puffed out his boyish chest and declared Russia "must not win the war in Ukraine"; and he suggested that in order to prevent that assumed dreadful outcome Western soldiers would get their marching orders to enter the conflict. (Note the unbridled arrogance and how the logic of such false assertions is not even remotely explained or justified. It's total diktat.)

Immediately, however, the American and European counterparts balked at Macron's troop talk and hurried to deny their support for Macron's willingness to deploy NATO battalions. Notably, even the usually hawkish British and Polish quickly quashed the French proposal.

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SOTT Focus: Aaron Bushnell Burned Himself Alive To Make You Turn Your Eyes To Gaza

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I watched the uncensored video of US airman Aaron Bushnell self-immolating in front of the Israeli embassy in Washington while screaming "Free Palestine". I hesitated to watch it because I knew once I put it into my mind it's there for the rest of my life, but I figured I owe him that much.

I feel like I've been picked up and shaken, which I suppose was pretty much what Bushnell was going for. Something to shake the world awake to the reality of what's happening. Something to snap us out of the brainwashed and distracted stupor of western dystopia and turn our gaze to Gaza.

The sounds stay with you more than the sights. The sound of his gentle, youthful, Michael Cera-like voice as he walked toward the embassy. The sound of the round metal container he stored the accelerant in getting louder as it rolls toward the camera. The sound of Bushnell saying "Free Palestine", then screaming it, then switching to wordless screams when the pain became too overwhelming, then forcing out one more "Free Palestine" before losing his words for good. The sound of the cop screaming at him to get on the ground over and over again. The sound of a first responder telling police to stop pointing guns at Bushnell's burning body and go get fire extinguishers.

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SOTT Focus: 'Free Gaza, Free Palestine!' 25-Year-Old US Airman Aaron Bushnell Dies in Self-immolation Protest at Israeli Embassy in Washington DC


Comment: Ynet reports that Bushnell has since died from his injuries, but other media outlets state that he has survived...

UPDATE 18:00 CET

New York Post confirms that Bushnell succumbed to his wounds in hospital. RIP.


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© (Screenshot via Talia Jane on Twitter).Washington, D.C. emergency services took the man to a hospital with "critical life threatening injuries."
A man wearing a U.S. Air Force uniform set himself on fire outside the Israeli embassy in Washington, D.C. today.

The District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department confirmed to Task & Purpose that they received a report about a man on fire outside the embassy just before 1 p.m. Eastern Time and dispatched emergency services. The fire had been extinguished by uniformed members of the Secret Service. EMS took the man to an area hospital, saying he was suffering from "critical life threatening injuries."

The incident appears to be in protest of Israel's war in Gaza. Independent journalist Talia Jane obtained video of the self-immolation, although it has not been posted online.


Comment: It has actually, Bushnell livestreamed the whole thing on Twitch, which has removed it for 'content violation'. We won't be surprised if this becomes widely censored. They know it's damning for Israel. Here's the full video (Bushnell is blurred from the moment he catches fire):



Note the Israeli embassy guards training their weapons on him rather than helping him.

On X, former known as Twitter, Jane reports that the man in Air Force uniform said he was "an active duty member of the U.S. Air Force and I will no longer be complicit in genocide." He then set himself on fire and shouted "Free Palestine."

Comment: An extraordinary act of courage. Aaron Bushnell has since been reported as having died in Israeli media, although US and UK media states that he 'remains in critical condition'.

As the above article briefly mentions in its final paragraph, this is not the first time an American protester has self-immolated in protest at American military support for Israel's genocide in Gaza. A young woman did so outside the Israeli consulate in Atlanta on December 1st last year, but the US police and media covered it up so that her name remains unknown.


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SOTT Focus: NewsReal: Ukraine War 2-Year Anniversary: The West is Still Losing

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Following their breakthrough in Avdeyevka outside Donetsk city, the Russians are advancing on multiple points along the contact line in territory formerly known as Ukraine. Volodymyr Zelensky continues whining about insufficient funds and weapons, despite bleeding Western armories and treasuries dry. As we pass the two-year mark since Russia stunned the world with its lightning-quick assault deep in to Ukraine, existential desperation is seeping from every pore of Western leadership.

Also in this NewsReal, the Houthis are successfully hitting multiple US-UK cargo ships, warships and tankers (and Israel's economy has shrunk by 20%), Trump is all but guaranteed to win the US election (unless he's assassinated?), Google's woke AI is launched (and deservedly panned for being idiotically racist), and French president Macron is practically chased out of an agricultural fair by farmers angry at, among other thing, Ukrainian grain flooding the market.

It's Clown World, and we're all condemned to suffer it!


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SOTT Focus: The End of Democracy: "What I'm Describing is Military Rule"

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If you wish to understand how democracy ended in the United States and the European Union, please watch this interview with Tucker Carlson and Mike Benz. It is full of the most stunning revelations that I have heard in a very long time.

The national security state is the main driver of censorship and election interference in the United States. "What I'm describing is military rule," says Mike Benz. "It's the inversion of democracy."

Comment: See also:


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SOTT Focus: Sergey Poletaev: As The Second Anniversary Of The Russia - Ukraine Conflict Approaches, Who Has The Upper Hand?

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© Stanislav Krasilnikov/SputnikRussian servicemen serve a BM-21 Grad multiple rocket launcher
The forthcoming second anniversary of Russia's military operation in Ukraine is a symbolic date, but hardly a cause for celebration. In fact, events have to be studied from a considerable remove in order to see the big picture.

Positional deadlock

Any discussion of a breakthrough on the front and military defeat of the Ukrainian Armed Forces (AFU) has long been met with the counter-argument:
Let us take Avdeevka (a key Donbass stronghold) first, and then we will talk.
On Saturday, that goal was officially achieved.
So what now? In order to crush the enemy and impose our will, we need an effective strategy, a plan for successful combat operations.

By last year, such a system was well established on the defensive side - in the absence of a multiplier advantage, neither side is yet able to break through the front with its own means and conduct successful offensive operations.

Back in the autumn, Avdeevka was described as a kind of test for the Russian Army. The Avdeevka operation began with an attempt to cut off the city and create a ring of encirclement 10km in diameter.

On October 10, after massive artillery preparations, mechanized attacks were launched in two directions - across the railway north of the Avdeevka chemical plant and from the south, from the village of Vodyanoye. Like the enemy's attacks on Rabotino in the summer, these efforts faltered, and our command - relying on artillery, attack drones, and small assault groups - shifted the center of gravity right into the city itself.

And now, after a fifth month of fighting, the Avdeevka epic has concluded.

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SOTT Focus: MindMatters: The Woke Psychopathology Taxonomy with David Abramowitz

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David Abramowitz joins us once again, this time to discuss Michael Shellenberger and Peter Boghossian's Taxonomy of Woke Psychopathology. With Andrew Lobaczewski's Political Ponerology as inspiration, the taxonomy summarizes how certain Woke topics and causes express Cluster B personality disorder dynamics. While the topics themselves may not be pathological, the manner in which they're presented is, expressing such features as attention-seeking, grandiosity, emotional dysregulation, excess and lack of empathy, victimhood ideology, impaired reality testing, and splitting.

Join us as we take a broader look at political causes, the pathocratic function of ideology, and its role in creating a worldview that makes sense to the Cluster B personality. Pathocratic personalities then attempt to force everyone else to conform to the world they have created.



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SOTT Focus: NewsReal: Western Obsession With Russia: Carlson's Putin Interview, Navalny's Death and the Ukraine War Racket

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Well over a billion views later, the Tucker Carlson interview with Vladimir Putin has been overshadowed in global media coverage by the sudden death this week of Russian political opposition figure Alexey Navalny, and the US 'national security leak' about... Russian space nukes?

Meanwhile, the Russian military captured the Ukrainian military stronghold of Avdeevka outside the city of Donetsk, sending Western governments into deeper delirium about 'sending more billion$' and 'signing eternal security contracts' with the Kiev regime.

Their obsession with Russia is apparently an incurable condition!


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SOTT Focus: On President Putin's Interview With Tucker Carlson...

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Something somewhat historical happened just two days ago, though it is unclear how many Americans will understand its significance...

Tucker Carlson traveled to Moscow for a 2 hour, unedited, unfiltered, interview with President Putin.

This is already unprecedented.

It is unprecedented in that several million Americans will be actually listening to President Putin expressing his thoughts (not to mention several millions more of the western world).

Let us be honest with ourselves here, most Americans have not actually heard President Putin speak a full thought. Rather the internet is bombarded with diluted and villainized impressions - with no shortage of unflattering photos taken of him in mid-speech like this is to serve as some sort of replacement for actually listening to what he has to say.

The majority of Americans have a bit of a bad habit of desiring to make quick judgements and impressions of things without taking too much time to understand what it is they are looking at. The whole world looks at Americans this way, as a fast consumerist society that treats its politics not too differently from its fast food choices. If Americans do not like this characterization of themselves, then the best way to counteract this is to actually have the attention span to watch this interview and engage in a serious discussion about it. Since what President Putin thinks, whether Americans like it or not, clearly also affects the welfare of American lives at this point, let alone the economy of the United States.