Ukraine war: Satellite images reveal Russian defences before major assault – BBC News

A beach resort bristling with fortifications. A major road lined with anti-tank ditches. Satellite analysis by BBC Verify has uncovered some of the extensive defences built by Russia as it prepares for a major Ukrainian counter-attack.

Authorities Should Look Into Biden Family Corruption Instead of Hunter’s Tax Shenanigans | Aletho News

By Andrei Dergalin – Sputnik – 27.05.2023

As new revelations about the IRS probe into Hunter Biden’s tax affairs are being brought forth, a former US state senator suggests that the Department of Justice and the FBI should probably focus their attention on more serious matters related to the US president’s family.

An IRS whistleblower named Gary Shapley dropped a bombshell this week related to a tax probe into the shady affairs of Hunter Biden, son of US President Joe Biden.

Shapley, who supervised Hunter’s tax probe since January 2020, has alleged he discovered signs of the investigation being “slow-walked” prior to him taking over, and that the Department of Justice tried to interfere with and thwart his probe.

Commenting on this development, former Colorado State Senator Ted Harvey told Sputnik that Shapley’s surprise about how long the investigation has been taking likely stems from the fact that the latter has never previously worked on a case involving a president’s son or an “elite Democrat operative.”

“Everybody that’s part of the Democrat machine never has their day in court because the machine protects them. And this shouldn’t be a surprise to anybody,” he explained while speaking on Sputnik’s Fault Lines podcast.

Harvey did note, however, that he would rather have the FBI look into the “actual criminal behavior of the Biden family” and into how said family allegedly put the US national security at risk, adding that, he does not particularly care about “any tax evasion from the president’s son.”

“I want the FBI and the Justice Department to look into the real issues with the Biden family and the corruption that we’ve seen there,” he added.

Meanwhile, Steve Gill, attorney and CEO of Gill Media, observed that while mainstream American media used to like whistleblowers, that same media now appears rather critical of them due to the media’s job essentially being to “protect the Biden family at all costs.”

He also pointed to allegations of foreign governments “dishing millions of dollars to the grandchildren of Joe Biden,” telling Sputnik’s Final Countdown podcast that it would be interesting to find out “exactly what these under-age grandchildren were doing to generate income from foreign governments.”

Is this a War? | Aletho News

Comment by tonytran2015: People who are willing to give up freedom for the sake of short term security, deserve neither freedom nor security, Benjamin Franklin.

Resetting the relationship between The State and The Citizen


I’ve been wondering for quite some time about whether we are in a War and the resolution of my thoughts on the subject has recently improved.

Oddly enough, I have some standing on the subject.

I lived in Iraq between 1981 to 1991, a period that covered almost all of the Iraq/Iran War and all of the Gulf War, the original, not the sequels.

It was an old school type of war, with two parties fighting over territory and trying to redraw a border. A lot of people died over 8 years and the border stayed the same. But weapons were sold, and internal power was consolidated.

That’s really what war is about, territory. You have something that I want, and I will fight you for it.

So, if this is a war, who are the warring parties and what is the fight over?

The war is between “the state” and “the citizen”. The latter is YOU and ME and it’s easy enough to understand (sort of), but THE STATE is not straightforward anymore and I’ll cover that later.

The border between these two parties is being redrawn. The relationship between the State and the Citizen is being RESET.

When you hear about The Great Reset, that is what “Reset” really means.

Think back to your life, last year in Feb 2020. Think back to how you thought, what you did, what degree of intrusion the State had in your life and what level of control you had over your life and choices.

In Feb 2020 there was a border, a fairly large circle that you stood in the centre of. Everything within that circle was your domain, your freedoms, and your sovereignty…

This makes Watergate look like a parking ticket: Rob Schmitt – YouTube | Truth2Freedom’s Blog

Rob Schmitt examines the many investigations linked to Joe Biden, how the Department of Justice may be covering for their boss and more on NEWSMAX’s Rob Schm…

BBC fighting ‘fake news’ with fake Twitter accounts — RT World News

24 May, 2023 00:25

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BBC fighting ‘fake news’ with fake Twitter accounts

The state-funded UK broadcaster operates several “sockpuppet” identities representing different political views

A journalist with BBC Verify, the British broadcaster’s new fact-checking spinoff, has admitted to deploying multiple fake Twitter accounts to combat “disinformation.”

In a segment broadcast on Saturday, BBC “disinformation correspondent” Marianna Spring warned the audience that “mistruths can cause really serious harm to societies and the people in them.” She then revealed she had set up multiple “undercover accounts” on Twitter for the BBC’s America broadcast, each one representing different political views so as to better “interrogate” the viewpoints of the network’s target audience.

While the deception was portrayed as an attempt to “understand polarization online” by observing a cross-section of what kind of content social media platforms are recommending to different demographics, all three “characters” were white women. Emma, a 25-year-old atheist graphic designer with a “live-in partner” based in New York City, hails from the “progressive left.” Britney, a recently-divorced 50-year-old mother of three living in Houston, comes from the “populist right” and works as a school secretary. Gabriela, 44, a married mother of three who moonlights as a nanny, is cast as a “stressed sideliner.”

China calls on Israel to ‘stop encroaching’ on Palestinian land | Aletho News

Comment by tonytran2015: This kind of actions will add more support to China and remove from zombied occupied USA. “The United States is squandering international prestige and goodwill and intensifying global anti-American terrorism by unofficially condoning or abetting the Israeli confiscation and colonization of Palestinian territories.” Jimmy Carter.

MEMO | May 26, 2023

China has called on Israel to “stop encroaching” upon Palestinian territory and resources, as Tel Aviv continues to allow and approve the construction of illegal Jewish settlements in the Occupied Territories.

Speaking to the United Nations Security Council yesterday, Geng Shuang, China’s deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, stated that “since the beginning of this year, Israel has continued to advance unilateral actions on approving returns, building new settlements and legalising settlements”.

Emphasising that such settlement building and activities violate international law and UN Security Council Resolution 2334, he expressed Beijing’s stance to “urge Israel to immediately halt these actions and stop encroaching upon the land and resources of the Palestinian people”.

Shuang also stressed that “the historical status quo of religious holy sites in Jerusalem must be respected and upheld”, saying that Israeli National Security Minister, Itamar Ben-Gvir “caused renewed tensions” by storming the Al Aqsa Mosque compound for the second time this year and proclaiming Israel’s alleged ownership of the Islamic holy site.

“On the issue of religious holy sites, Israel must stop its provocations, guarantee the right to worship of Muslim worshipers, uphold the peace and tranquillity of religious holy sites, and respect the custodianship of Jordan”, he asserted.

Shuang also drew attention to the fact that tensions and clashes between the Israeli occupation and Palestinian Resistance groups “have been repeating themselves over the past few years, fully demonstrating that a long-stalled peace process is not sustainable, that piece-meal crisis management will not last, and that a comprehensive and just solution is irreplaceable”.

He indicated China’s increasing role in the issue, as with others in the region, and the possibility of surpassing the United States as a mediatory force and hegemon. Supposedly referring to the US, he stated that “the country with major influence on the parties concerned should make concrete efforts to advance the Middle East peace process and should not unjustifiably prevent the Security Council from arriving at the minimum consensus on the Palestine-Israeli issue”.

The Chinese diplomat’s remarks came as the Israeli government yesterday approved the proposed state budget for 2023-2024, which allocates around 3.5 billion Israeli shekels ($941 million) for the illegal settlement projects and the upgrading of their infrastructure.

Current estimates report that there are around 700,000 illegal settlers living in 164 settlements and 116 outposts in the Occupied West Bank and Occupied East Jerusalem, with that set to expand as Tel Aviv frequently approves thousands of more settlement units.

Could Ronnie Be A Useful Idiot OR Just A Ruthless Opportunist? You decide. (feel free to comment with your own thoughts re DeSantis) – Trump:The American Years

The following article is more than a year old. It’s exactly what i was hoping to find;  older, rather than more current, insight on DeSantis and the 2024 race.

There’s some points that need highlighted. Let’s look at those.

 “DeSantis increasingly looks to be positioning himself for a run at the White House in 2024”

Sabato cautions that Trump could still be a factor in whether DeSantis, who will seek a second term in the Tallahassee governor’s mansion in elections next year, will announce his candidacy”

It’s a liberal making the comments so take some of language in stride-just get the gist of his comments.

“In fact, he would provoke the ire of Trump and his family and his cult forever.”  How true has that turned out to be and take into account Ron did it anyway. Can you blame us? (We’re not a cult but that’s to be expected from a Democrat although some Republicans have been trying it out on us).

Now this is interesting and we know it to be true having witnessed it in real time...

Thanks To Sanctions, The US Is Losing Its Grip On The Middle East

Authored by Ryan McMaken via The Mises Institute, Last Friday, members of the Arab League welcomed the Syrian regime back to the organization. Representatives from several Arab member states shook Syrian leader Assad’s…

Rein In The FBI: Put An End To Their Gestapo Tactics | ZeroHedge News | Truth2Freedom’s Blog

…Whether 50 years ago or in the present day, the treatment being doled out by the government’s lethal enforcers has remained consistent, no matter the threat. The FBI’s laundry list of crimes against the American people includes surveillance, disinformation, blackmail, entrapment, intimidation tactics, harassment and indoctrination, governmental overreach, abuse, misconduct, trespassing, enabling criminal activity, and damaging private property, and that’s just based on what we know. Whether the FBI is planting undercover agents in churches, synagogues and mosques; issuing fake emergency letters to gain access to Americans’ phone records; using  intimidation tactics to silence Americans who are critical of the government;  recruiting high school students to spy on and report fellow students who show signs of being future terrorists; or persuading impressionable individuals to plot acts of terror and then  entrapping them, the overall impression of the nation’s secret police force is that of a well-dressed thug, flexing its muscles and doing the boss’ dirty work of ensuring compliance, keeping tabs on potential dissidents, and punishing those who dare to challenge the status quo. As I make clear in my book  Battlefield America: The War on the American People and in its fictional counterpart  The Erik Blair Diaries,  it’s time to rein in the Federal Bureau of Intimidation’s war on political freedom. 

Oath Keepers leader gets 18 years for US Capitol riot — RT World News

25 May, 2023 21:10

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Oath Keepers leader gets 18 years for US Capitol riot

Prosecutors claimed that Stewart Rhodes organized an armed insurrection on January 6, 2021

A federal judge in Washington, DC sentenced Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes to 18 years in prison on Thursday, calling him an ongoing threat to the US. It was the longest sentence yet in the matter of the January 6 riot at the US capitol, and the first on charges of seditious conspiracy.

“You, sir, present an ongoing threat and a peril to this country, to the republic and to the very fabric of our democracy,” Judge Amit Mehta told Rhodes at the sentencing. “You are smart, you are compelling, and you are charismatic. Frankly, that is what makes you dangerous.”

Rhodes replied that he was a “political prisoner” and that he felt like the lead character in Franz Kafka’s ‘The Trial,’ whose guilt was foreordained. “My goal will be to be an ‘American Solzhenitsyn’ to expose the criminality of this regime,” he told the court.

Prosecutors sought at least 25 years, describing the January 2021 riot as a “brazen attack” that threatened the “most important and vulnerable part of American democracy.” Mehta agreed with their claim that Rhodes had been a leader of the “insurrection” and agreed to classify his actions as terrorism, which drastically increased the length of the sentence.

“What we cannot have – we absolutely cannot have – is a group of citizens who because they didn’t like the outcome [of the election] were then prepared to take up arms in order to foment a revolution,” Mehta told Rhodes. “That’s what you did.”

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An FBI informant embedded in the Oath Keepers had recorded Rhodes saying the group should have come to the Capitol armed and hanged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “from the lamppost.” 

The Indian-born Mehta, appointed by the Democrat president Barack Obama in 2014, has so far handed out the longest sentences in relation to the January 6 riot. Earlier this month, he sentenced Peter Schwartz to 14 years in prison for pepper-spraying police officers at the Capitol, calling the Kentucky man a “soldier against democracy.”

Democrats insist that events of January 6 amounted to an “insurrection” against the US government, a term last used for the Civil War in the 1860s. Thousands of protesters, who supported then-president Donald Trump and believed the 2020 election was ridden with irregularities, objected to Congress rubber-stamping the electoral college results that proclaimed Democrat Joe Biden the winner. At one point, some of the protesters broke through the security fence and into the Capitol building, disrupting the joint session of the House and the Senate for several hours.

A month after the riot, Time magazine revealed that Democrats had told their activists to stay away from the Capitol and avoid trouble, having previously “fortified” the election.