"The first casualty of war is truth." -- Rudyard Kipling

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State Duma deputy Andrei Gurulev, on the air of the “Sunday Evening” program with Vladimir Solovyov, proposed considering the possibility of launching a nuclear strike on the Netherlands. This statement caused a wide resonance in society and political circles. Gurulev noted that about 50-60% of Europe's hydrocarbon supply is located on the coast of the Netherlands, which makes this country an important strategic target. 
 

Tags: EUROPE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WMD
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The ways of war are changing. Artificial intelligence is used to bomb families in Gaza. Flying drones are deployed to track down refugees on the US-Mexico border.

But the biggest change is the one we talk about the least: the privatization of war. From Yemen to Sudan, Syria to Nigeria, tens of thousands of guns for hire now fight on behalf of foreign powers.

Tags: WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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By Tsvetana Paraskova of OilPrice.com

A subsidiary of China’s energy giant Sinopec has signed a $1.3-billion deal with Saudi Aramco to procure and build pipelines for an expansion of the Kingdom’s natural gas distribution network, the Chinese firm said on Thursday.

Under the turn-key fixed-price contract worth $1.3 billion (5.17 billion Saudi riyals), Sinopec International Petroleum Services Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sinopec Oilfield Service Corporation, will be responsible for the in-country procurement and construction of Packages 6 and 7 of the Phase 3 Pipeline Project Clusters of the Master Gas System.

Mechanical completion of the project is expected by May 31, 2027, under the contract, Sinopec said in a filing with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

The project, Phase 3 Pipeline Project Clusters of Saudi Aramco MGS, is the third phase of the development of Aramco’s commodity natural gas pipeline project, Sinopec says.

The Saudi oil giant has in recent years expressed its intention to boost its natural gas production and sales in the Kingdom, to deliver gas to more customers and replace part of the crude that is currently being burnt for power generation in Saudi Arabia.

After scrapping oil capacity expansion plans earlier this year, the Saudi state oil giant Aramco is now poised to boost natural gas output by 60% by 2030, executives said earlier this year.

In the third quarter of last year, Saudi Arabia made two significant natural gas discoveries in two fields in the Empty Quarter, along with the discovery of five reservoirs in previously discovered fields. 

Demand for gas is seen increasing significantly amid a global energy transition, which has prompted Saudi Arabia to move more quickly to open up the development of unconventional natural gas fields. Global LNG demand is expected to grow by 50% by 2030.   

Aramco has also entered the international LNG market and is reportedly in discussions with U.S. LNG developers to buy a stake in one planned project and sign a long-term LNG offtake deal from another proposed export facility

Claire's Observations:  China has the intellectual capital and the physical know-how to make this work well for Saudi Arabia; it was a very intelligent, and reasonable move by the House of Saud and its oil subsidiary.

Tags: CHINA/TAIWAN, ECONOMY, ENERGY, SAUDI ARABIA
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Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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To the International Olympic Committee:

"As citizens from across the world, we call on you to ban Israel from the Olympic Games until their government ceases its assault on innocent civilians in Gaza."Next month, the world will turn its eyes to the Olympics in Paris.

36,000 of those who could be watching with us from Gaza are dead. Children who once dreamed of competing have had their limbs torn from them. 

And unless something changes, the Israeli government will still be bombing Gaza as athletes compete in its name: Israel has just announced its willingness to continue the war for seven more months.
 

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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An Israeli rabbi urged the killing of women and children in the Gaza Strip and said he considered it a response to the teachings of halakha, or Jewish law.

It came from Eliyahu Mali in a video that was widely circulated Thursday on social media.

Mali heads the Shirat Moshe religious school in Jaffa in central Israel, where students serve in the army.

“In our mitzvah (holy) war, in our situation in Gaza, according to what the law says, ‘Not every soul shall live,’ and the logic of this is very clear: if you do not kill them, they will kill you,” said Mali.

He claimed that those described as "vandals" in today's war are “the children of the previous war whom we kept alive, and in reality, it is the women who produce terrorists.”

“This means that this rule (do not keep alive every soul) is very clear in its concept, either you or them," he said. “Whoever comes to kill you, kill him first.”

“Whoever comes to kill you with this concept does not only include the young man aged 16, 18, 20, or 30 who is now pointing a weapon at you, but also the future generation (the children of Gaza), and those who produce the future generation (women of Gaza), because there is really no difference,” he said.

The leader of the opposition Labor Party, Merav Michaeli, condemned the rabbi's comments.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Israel must stop begging to be judged fairly by whatever standards the current hegemon has decreed we all agree upon. We need to look for standards from within our tradition to set a moral example for the whole world, while making it more practically possible to defend our homeland.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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In my current series of articles, I’ve taken apart the Ebola and Zika hoaxes.

Now I take you back to the summer of 2009, when the CDC and the World Health Organization were hyping the “deadly H1N1 Swine Flu pandemic.”

They were, of course, also urging people to take the new Swine Flu vaccine. On that subject, here is an excerpt from Robert Kennedy Jr.’s Children’s Health Defense (3/27/20):

“For example, [Dr. Anthony] Fauci once shilled for the fast-tracked H1N1 influenza (‘swine flu’) vaccine on YouTube, reassuring viewers in 2009 that serious adverse events were ‘very, very, very rare.’ Shortly thereafter, the vaccine went on to wreak havoc in multiple countries, increasing miscarriage risks in pregnant women in the U.S., provoking a spike in adolescent narcolepsy in Scandinavia and causing febrile convulsions in one in every 110 vaccinated children in Australia—prompting the latter to suspend its influenza vaccination program in under-fives.”

However, that is only half the Swine Flu story. The other half—which involves an astounding hoax—was surely something Fauci was aware of at the time.

Fauci was, in fact, recommending a highly dangerous vaccine for protection against AN EPIDEMIC THAT DIDN’T EXIST AT ALL.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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Tags: CUBA, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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Yemen's Houthi group on June 6 claimed to have attacked ships at Israel's Haifa port. Houthi military spokesperson Yahya Saree said two joint operations with the Islamic Resistance in Iraq were carried out. Meanwhile, the Israeli Army denied claims about a direct attack at Haifa port.

Tags: IRAQ, ISRAEL, MIDDLE EAST, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Several girls who participated in the HPV vaccine trials, including some in the placebo group, suffered chronic disabling symptoms, raising questions about the toxic effects of the adjuvant, according to a new study published in the International Journal of Risk & Safety in Medicine.
Tags: SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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A Reform UK spokesman said 7,500 people have paid the £25 fee to sign up as a member for a year since Mr Farage's announcement.
Tags: GREAT BRITAIN/ UK, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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The 81-year-old US president has been at the centre of several embarrassing moments in the run-up to November's US presidential election. Now, the Wall Street Journal has published a detailed account suggesting Biden struggles with memory issues, confusion over policy details, and often speaks so softly that aides find it difficult to hear him. The report is based on interviews with 45 insiders and notes that Biden sometimes closes his eyes for long periods during meetings. The Wall Street Journal report also described Biden as increasingly reliant on notes and assistance from aides.
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, WHITE HOUSE
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He told the reporters: "If someone thinks it is possible to supply such weapons to a war zone to attack our territory and create problems for us, why don't we have the right to supply weapons of the same class to regions of the world where there will be strikes on sensitive facilities of those countries? That is, the response can be asymmetric. We will think about it."
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
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Hundreds troops jumped into a rural drop zone which was used on D-Day 80 years ago. However, they hit the ground, they were greeted not only by cheers from a nearby crowd but French passport officials. The clip then shows them having their documents stamped at a desk in a field. The irony was not lost on Mr Farage, who was in Normandy himself yesterday for a D-Day commemoration. Sharing a clip via X, he commented: “The French Border Force stop our D-Day paratroopers, who are re-enacting, but are happy to let 4,000+ boats cross the Channel. “Why do we pay them all this money?”
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, FRANCE, GREAT BRITAIN/ UK
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Researchers from France published a study in the journal Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety revealing that three out of five sperm samples collected from a French infertility clinic showed high levels of glyphosate, the world's most commonly used weedkiller. "The new research also found evidence of impacts on DNA and a correlation between glyphosate levels and oxidative stress on seminal plasma, suggesting significant impacts on fertility and reproductive health," reported The Guardian (United Kingdom) about the paper.
Tags: SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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In February, two Swedish researchers published their study of plant megafossils in the Swedish Scandes and determined that Sweden was 2-3oC warmer between 6,000-16,800 years ago. While there has been warming in this region recently, the warming is within natural Holocene climate variability and poses no threat to these landscapes. Instead, warming may enhance biodiversity in this region.
Tags: CLIMATEGATE, EUROPE
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Dear Normal People: Disney freakin hates you, especially if you’re a Star Wars fan. Please tell me you are not actually paying for Disney+. Please-please-please tell me you are not funding billions of dollars in propaganda designed to only do two things: 1) annihilate your child, and 2) piss you off.
Tags: ENTERTAINMENT
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On Monday, the Sunday Times ran an article questioning the decision of Reform U.K. to propose a public inquiry into COVID-19 excess deaths and “controversially” —its words — “vaccine harms”. The article’s author, a prominent political editor, writes, “I ask Tice [then-leader of Reform] whether these pledges risk legitimising dangerous conspiracy theories at a time when Britain is experiencing a resurgence in measles.” Both the comment, and the apparent assuredness with which it was penned, struck me as curious. Barely 10 days ago, British front pages were awash with the report of the Inquiry into the U.K.’s contaminated blood scandal.
Tags: GREAT BRITAIN/ UK, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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The Met Office claims that May – which everyone knows was damp and chilly – was the “warmest on record”. What kind of junk statistics produce this blatant gaslighting?
Tags: CLIMATEGATE, GREAT BRITAIN/ UK
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Back in March, the Government announced new rules to put an end to 'debanking'. But it seems the Conservatives never got round to actually bringing them into force – and now the election has killed them off.
Tags: DICTATORSHIP, ECONOMY, GREAT BRITAIN/ UK
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