Shared as the "drawing of the day" on its Twitter account, the cartoon by artist Juin showed a damaged building, a toppled car and a heap of rubble with the caption: "No need to send tanks."
Former Marine Corps intelligence officer Scott Ritter answers his critics who accuse him of being a “Russian stooge”.
Former Marine Corps intelligence officer Scott Ritter answers his critics who accuse him of being a “Russian stooge” and an “anti-American traitor” owing to his trenchant criticism of U.S. involvement in the Ukraine war with Russia.
Ritter says, “they can go to hell!” He adds, “my job is to tell the truth based on fact-based analysis”.
“I do not serve the U.S. government, I serve the people and the Constitution,” says Ritter.
Ritter explains what guides his military and geopolitical views – “fact-based analysis”. He says this truth-telling has always got him in trouble with the Pentagon, the CIA and the U.S. government. He recounts how in his past career he had major scrapes with military and political superiors while working as a U.S. weapons inspector based in the Soviet Union and later as an intelligence officer during the First Gulf War in Iraq in the early 1990s.
The Israeli government announced plans to construct a new illegal settlement in the Negev desert area near the besieged Gaza Strip, a decision immediately denounced by the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted on 5 February, “We decided today during a cabinet session to develop a new settlement adjacent to the Gaza Strip in conjunction with the Minister of Construction and Housing, Yitzhak Goldknopf.”
Israel’s far-right National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir threatened to shower 50 missiles on Gaza in response to each missile fired from the Strip, Israeli media reported.
According to the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, Ben-Gvir said the Israeli response to Palestinian Resistance attacks must be comprehensive.
Ben-Gvir added that he hopes the government will implement his vision of responding to Hamas rockets, adding that he is optimistic and believes this will materialize.
Israeli forces killed 42 Palestinians since the beginning of 2023, including nine children and an elderly woman.
Unable to stop Russia’s advance on the front line, the Ukrainian military continues daily shelling of civilians in the regions they have lost. Every day, people are killed by Ukrainian artillery in the city of Donetsk and other settlements of the DPR and LPR.
On February 7, one of the Ukrainian attacks hit the Kievsky district of Donetsk located in the south-western part of the city. Ukrainian Nazis intentionally targeted a bus station on Semashko Avenue.
In his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Biden took aim at China and said winning the “competition” with Beijing should “unite all of us.”
“Before I came to office, the story was about how the People’s Republic of China was increasing its power and America was falling in the world. Not anymore,” the president said.
Biden insisted that he made clear to Chinese President Xi Jinping that he seeks “competition, not conflict.” But the president said he makes “no apologies” for the fact that the US was investing in “industries that will define the future, and that China’s government is intent on dominating.”
Part of President Biden’s strategy to compete with China is through harsh sanctions that intend to cripple China’s semiconductor industry. As part of this effort, his administration is pressuring Japan and the Netherlands to also limit chip exports to China.
Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad has highlighted Syria’s need for humanitarian assistance after the recent devastating earthquake, warning that the US sanctions have worsened the circumstances as the illegal bans have prevented the delivery of everything to the country.
Mekdad made the remarks in an interview with Lebanon's al-Mayadeen television network on Tuesday after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake rattled Turkey and Syria, leaving more than 7,800 people dead and thousands of others injured in the two neighboring countries.
“The catastrophe of the earthquake that struck Syria is great, and what has increased its depth is the difficult circumstances that the country has been going through for the past 12 years as it is fighting terrorism and its supporters,” Mekdad told al-Mayadeen television network.
“What exacerbated the tragedy and catastrophe was the sanctions imposed by the United States and Western countries on Syria,” he added, reiterating his appeal to all the world countries to provide the required assistance to the Syrian people to confront the humanitarian catastrophe.
A controversial Israeli regime minister from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's extreme-right cabinet vows that the regime's illegal settlement activities in the occupied West Bank will continue unabated.
"There will be no construction freeze in Judea and Samaria period," a statement from Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich's Religious Zionism party said on Tuesday, referring to the West Bank.
The remarks by Smotrich -- who has raised eyebrows before on many occasions through his incendiary remarks -- came less than a week after the UN announced that the regime had either demolished, forced owners to demolish or confiscated 88 Palestinian-owned structures throughout the occupied territory within an interval of about three weeks last month.
The report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Palestine offered the grim data in its biweekly Protection of Civilians report that covered the period between January 10 and 30.
Let us take Biden at his word (though one can reasonably argue he does not comprehend what he is saying most of the time) — World War III has started. We have not seen a comparable back flip like Biden’s reversal on sending M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine since Nadia Comaneci wowed the World with her performance at the 1976 Olympics.
Will Biden double down and answer President Zelenskyy’s impassioned calls for American-made F-16s? If past performance predicts the future then the answer is yes. But sending F-16s (or any other combat aircraft) to Ukraine is a real problem. Don’t take my word for it. Listen to Professor Justin Bronk, Editor of the RUSI Defence Systems:
First and foremost is the problem of Russia’s dense and highly lethal network of ground-based surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems. The skies over the frontlines in Ukraine are covered by multiple layers of air defence threats from large, long-range systems like the infamous SA-21 ‘Triumf’ (known in Russia as the S-400) to more numerous and mobile medium-range SAMs like the SA-17 ‘Buk’ and short-range SA-15 ‘Tor’.
The US has supplied significant numbers of the AGM-88 High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM) to the UkrAF. . . . but HARM has not come close to removing the threat from Russia’s air defences against Ukrainian jets.
This matters because any western jet that might plausibly be supplied to Ukraine will face the same major threat from Russian SAMs. Even the full might of Nato air power would require a serious campaign at scale to degrade Russia’s integrated air defence systems, and would take losses doing so. . . .
However, in the largely flat terrain of eastern and southern Ukraine there is a limit to how effective terrain masking can be, and in any case flying at very low altitudes would seriously reduce the effectiveness of combat aircraft in many key missions.https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/why-the-west-is-reluctant-to-give-ukraine-f-16s/
In other words, Ukraine needs the equivalent of the U.S. Air Force if it hopes to weaken Russia on the battlefield. That is not going to happen. If Ukraine succeeds in getting the planes and flying them in combat the most likely outcome is an astronomical cost in terms of air frames and pilots.
A deadlock in negotiations on restoring the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran’s nuclear program may lead to "uncontrolled escalation," Russian Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov said on Wednesday.
"The deadlock at the Vienna Talks on restoration of the JCPOA is fraught with uncontrolled escalation," the Russian diplomat wrote on his Telegram channel.
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said earlier Iran’s stance on a number of issues complicates the process of reaching an agreement on JCPOA.
In 2015, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the "Iran Nuclear Deal," with Tehran, which was supposed to help address the crisis around Iranian nuclear developments. Former US President Donald Trump decided to withdraw from this agreement. The current US leader Joe Biden has repeatedly signaled the readiness to bring Washington back into the nuclear deal.
Part three of the documentary series “Never Again” by Children’s Health Defense warns that the “extraordinarily evil” ideology behind Nazi Germany is manifesting today in biotech- and surveillance-enabled control of humanity.
In the third segment of her docuseries, Holocaust survivor Vera Sharav and the now-deceased Dr. Vladimir Zelenko, known for his successful COVID prophylaxis protocol, both caution that eugenics, the root of the Holocaust’s genocide, is still alive today, having only been “dormant” for a few decades, according to Zelenko.
Sharav suggested that eugenics ideology, which categorizes human beings as “inferior” or “superior,” threatens to ravage society through the use of transhumanist technology. While such technology is touted as enhancing our natural abilities, it is already expected that “mind reading” devices, for example, will be used to monitor brain activity in the workplace, triggering concerns that the tech will enable brain-based discrimination. Sharav pointed out that in theory transhumanist technology allows humans to be “totally” controlled.
“You’ve got biotechnology and surveillance technology, and when the two get together, that’s lethal. That leads to genocide,” Sharav warned.
Starting in 2002, select nations could fly unarmed spy planes over America’s military bases, including its nuclear weapons sites. Under the Open Skies Treaty, any signatory nation could begin an overflight with as little as 72-hours’ notice. The aim was to reassure parties to the treaty that none were preparing a surprise attack.
“If we’re going to attack,” the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark A. Milley, told Red China’s top general in 2020, “I’m going to call you ahead of time. It’s not going to be a surprise.” China then had only Milley to reassure it because China never signed the Open Skies treaty. But Russia did. Between 2002 and 2020, Russia made dozens of flights over the United States.
President Trump pulled out of the Open Skies treaty in 2020 after Russia refused the United States flights over Russian bases in Kaliningrad and Georgia. Enter Joe Biden. Notoriously pro-China and anti-Russia along with the rest of the leftist Western regime, how would he and his administration have viewed a request by China to overfly military bases in the continental United States?
The U.S. Navy’s Diving and Salvage Center can be found in a location as obscure as its name—down what was once a country lane in rural Panama City, a now-booming resort city in the southwestern panhandle of Florida, 70 miles south of the Alabama border. The center’s complex is as nondescript as its location—a drab concrete post-World War II structure that has the look of a vocational high school on the west side of Chicago. A coin-operated laundromat and a dance school are across what is now a four-lane road.
The center has been training highly skilled deep-water divers for decades who, once assigned to American military units worldwide, are capable of technical diving to do the good—using C4 explosives to clear harbors and beaches of debris and unexploded ordinance—as well as the bad, like blowing up foreign oil rigs, fouling intake valves for undersea power plants, destroying locks on crucial shipping canals. The Panama City center, which boasts the second largest indoor pool in America, was the perfect place to recruit the best, and most taciturn, graduates of the diving school who successfully did last summer what they had been authorized to do 260 feet under the surface of the Baltic Sea.
Last June, the Navy divers, operating under the cover of a widely publicized mid-summer NATO exercise known as BALTOPS 22, planted the remotely triggered explosives that, three months later, destroyed three of the four Nord Stream pipelines, according to a source with direct knowledge of the operational planning.
In an internal memo warning employees to be wary of “anti-science activists,” Pfizer acknowledged that an individual caught on video telling an undercover journalist damaging things about the company did indeed work with the pharmaceutical giant.
Last month, Project Veritas released a video in which Jordon Trishton Walker, identified as a director of research and development for strategic operations and mRNA scientific planning at Pfizer, told an undercover reporter that COVID-19 has been a “cash cow” for the company and said it may be looking into creating mutant strains of the virus in order to “preemptively develop new vaccines” though that’s “not what we say to the public.”
“Promise you won’t tell anyone,” Walker asks in the video, going on to dispute the politically explosive “gain of function” label (which denotes intentionally strengthening viruses to better study their potential effects) in favor of “directed evolution,” which he insists is a sufficiently “slow” form of exploration. “The way it would work is that we put the virus in monkeys, and we successively cause them to keep infecting each other, and we collect serial samples from them,” he says.
Pfizer responded with a statement that it conducts “in vitro work (e.g., in a laboratory culture dish) to identify potential resistance mutations to” its COVID drug Paxlovid, and that “[m]ost of this work is conducted using computer simulations or mutations of the main protease – a non-infectious part of the virus. In a limited number of cases when a full virus does not contain any known gain of function mutations, such virus may be engineered to enable the assessment of antiviral activity in cells.”
Dr. Robert Malone, a mRNA technology pioneer and prominent COVID-19 establishment critic, called the “word salad” statement “like renaming a child kidnapping and claiming it was an impromptu adoption.”
Command senior enlisted leaders from U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, NATO Allied Air Command, the Royal Danish, Royal Norwegian, Finnish, and Swedish Air Force participate in Nordic Regional CSEL Engagement to Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland, Jan. 16-28, 2023.
The two-week engagement enabled a platform for the CSELs to discuss agile combat employment across the Nordic nations, explore multinational professional military education exchange opportunities and discuss the operational environment in the High North.
…“The visit will provide an important steppingstone in developing and strengthening relationships and partnerships in the region.
An angry group of trans activists swarmed the Oklahoma State Capitol to protest a bill that would ban mutilating gender surgeries for children.
“Transgender activists swarmed the Oklahoma State Capitol Monday to protest proposed bills that would prohibit gender reassignment surgeries for minors,” the Washington Free Beacon reported.
Videos show the group shouting “Trans lives matter!” and claiming “This is our house!” and “We are Oklahoma!”
Senate Bill 129, known as the Millstone Act, would “prohibit Oklahoma doctors from providing gender transition procedures or referral services relating to such procedures to anyone under the age of 26.”
“Four short years ago when I received the honor to serve in the Oklahoma State Senate, I could not have imagined that it would be necessary to file a bill to protect children in our state from being legally sexually mutilated, yet we find ourselves in that very situation. Surgical and chemical genital mutilation has been occurring in our great state, and it must be stopped,” said Sen. David Bullard when he filed the bill.
Joe Biden will likely travel to Poland near the end of the month, NBC News reported on Monday night, citing three people familiar with the plan.
The sources noted that the visit was not final until the White House confirmed it and the plans could change, Polish state news agency reported.
NBC reported last month that Biden was considering a trip to Europe…highlighting Ukraine’s resilience in the face of the invasion and emphasising America’s solidarity with the Ukrainian nation, according to officials.
John Healey will call on the UK to keep arming Ukraine and produce weapons and ammunition to replenish the military’s own depleted stockpiles.
The government must secure the UK’s position as the leading European nation in NATO and halt further cuts to the army, Labour’s shadow defence secretary will say.
John Healey will also call on Rishi Sunak to crank up British industry to produce weapons and ammunition to replenish the military’s own depleted stockpiles and to keep arming Ukraine.
“The next government will inherit the Ukraine conflict and Russia’s wider aggression,” he will say in a speech at the Royal United Services Institute think-tank in London on Tuesday.
Amid the heavy battles, the Russian advance continues on the northern front lines of Donbass, while in the south the front has stabilized.
Russian troops are developing an offensive in the Kupyansk region. Assault units initiated battles and reached the village of Sinkovka. Street to street battles broke out in the village. To the north, Russian units are entrenched in Tavolzhanka and near Gryanikovka.
The advance of Russian forces was also reported in the Liman direction, where motorized units took control of several dominant heights in the area of Zhuravka.
They also advanced towards Seversk near Belogorovka.
In case of further success, Russian forces may soon begin the battle for the city of Seversk, which they are approaching from three directions. Army units are staging from the east and south-east, where the settlements of Spornoe and Zolotarevka are under their control. Wagner units are coming from the south.
The main fighting in this area is going on near Razdolovka and Vesele.
Last week, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and the Philippines’ National Defense Secretary Carlito Galvez announced plans to accelerate the implementation of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA)…granting US rotating forces access to four additional military bases, bringing the total number of EDCA sites to nine. It’s the latest example of the Biden administration’s strategy to harness the United States’ “unmatched network of allies and partners” in competing with China. While the US-Philippines announcement is getting plenty of air time, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s visit to South Korea and Japan last week is not – but it deserves equal attention. Indeed, of the two, the latter development could prove to be more consequential.
[T]he United States already has access to five air bases, including the Antonio Bautista Air Base in Palawan…as well as Cesar Basa Air Base and Fort Magsaysay near Manila on Luzon Island….
The strategic implications of Stoltenberg’s visit to Seoul and Tokyo….While diplomatic relations between the two northeast Asian countries and the Alliance are nothing new – both South Korea and Japan have been members of NATO’s “partners across the globe” for more than a decade – Stoltenberg’s visit shows that the transatlantic Alliance’s strategic approach to the Indo-Pacific is entering a new phase.