Monday 11th of December 2023


no evidence shall suffice.....

The head of Australia’s national intelligence agency has said that the Canadian government’s claims of possessing evidence of India’s involvement in the killing of a Sikh separatist leader near Vancouver this past June are credible – even without Ottawa providing any evidence to back up its accusations, which are denied by New Delhi.  

The director of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), Mike Burgess, told ABC News that he had “no reason to dispute what the Canadian government has said in this matter.”  

the aggressive pentagonists decide, the politicians follow, the populace believes....

WASHINGTON — The highest ranking general of the U.S. Army in the Pacific stressed the importance of joint exercises with allies in the region to keep deterring China after the Israel-Hamas war erupted.

Gen. Charles Flynn, the commanding general of the U.S. Army Pacific, told Medill News Service on Thursday that the Army would keep conducting international training exercises, including through the Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Center.

After the strikes around Gaza attracted worldwide attention, some U.S. allies worried that aggressive regimes would take advantage of the distraction caused by the Middle East conflict.

the pigs in charge of the piggery.....

The Biden administration’s proposal to put the World Bank in charge of a fund that would pay poorer countries suffering irreversible climate damage is threatening to rattle U.N. climate talks that begin next month in Dubai.

Zeitschrift für Sozialforschung... internationalism vs globalism....

By 1923, in most of Europe at least, the gunfire had ceased. Yet in Germany, a group of young academics felt that the social upheaval following World War I still had the potential to produce catastrophe — and believed that an institute for social research was a necessary step to meet this challenge.




we are NOT a mickey mouse parliament....

A French train that was chartered by the European Parliament to transport MEPs and other officials on Monday, briefly ended up at the Disneyland Paris stop. Trains reserved exclusively for MEPs are regularly contracted by the European Parliament to shuttle legislators between its split seat in Brussels, Belgium and Strasbourg in eastern France.

The train, operated by French railway company SNCF took an unscheduled turn, heading towards the French capital and ending up at the Marne-la-Vallee station, which services Europe’s Disneyland theme park. The detour, apparently caused by a track-switching error, resulted in a 45-minute delay.

we’re about to experience a propaganda war?... since the crusades? since the romans?...

A year after the capture of Jerusalem by the Crusaders, the Latin kingdom of Jerusalem was established (Christmas Day, 1100). Thereafter there was no effective check to the expansion of the Crusaders’ power until the capture of their stronghold at Edessa (modern Şanlıurfa, Turkey) by the atabeg (governor) of Mosul, ʿImād al-Dīn Zangī ibn Aq Sonqur, in 1144.


a time in history.... as remembered from a giles cartoon...

Margaret Thatcher's courting of the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was a complex diplomatic affair involving accusations of violence, unannounced visits and a strained Marxist joke, according to a top secret file released on Friday.

Preparations for Gorbachev's first official visit to the UK in 1984 reveal the significance attached by Downing Street to improving personal relations with the man expected to be the next Soviet head of state.

boris — the suave slavic lover and killer of ukrainians.....

Boris Johnson remains an avowed Russophile despite his record of opposing the Russian government, the former British prime minister has told Ukrainian media.

The politician was confronted about his love for Russian culture during an interview with the state news channel Rada TV last week. The host wanted to know whether his attitude to Russians changed “after all that has happened.”

“I am still a Russophile. I am still fascinated with Russian language, culture, Russian civilization. Only a fool would not be,” he said, according to a translation of the televised interview.

sledging not allowed.....

Former US President Donald Trump will not be allowed to criticize the special counsel, the court, or any of their staff members or families, Judge Tanya Chutkan announced on Monday. The gag order also applies to any witnesses and the substance of their testimony.

Chutkan stopped short of banning Trump from criticizing the US Department of Justice, President Joe Biden, or the fact that the trial is taking place in the District of Columbia, over 90% of which voted for the Democrats in 2020.

“This is not about whether or not I like the language Mr. Trump uses. This is about language that presents a danger to the administration of justice,” Chutkan said, justifying the ruling which granted the government a partial gag order.

prostitution that can't afford peace.....

US Treasury secretary Janet Yellen said on Monday that Washington can “certainly” afford to support wars on two separate fronts, saying that its coffers are in good shape to continue backing US interests overseas in its support for Ukraine and amid ongoing tensions in the Middle East.

“America can certainly afford to stand with Israel and to support Israel’s military needs and we also can and must support Ukraine in its struggle against Russia,” Yellen said in a Monday interview with UK broadcaster Sky News in advance of a meeting with Eurogroup finance ministers in Luxembourg.

working twice as hard to rob the west and russia, while killing ukrainians.....

Securing financial support is becoming more difficult for Kiev as the country's Western backers shift their focus to domestic matters and geopolitical tensions, the Ukrainian finance minister told Reuters on Saturday.

Speaking on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank meetings in Marrakech, Sergey Marchenko said Kiev is having to make “twice the effort right now to convince our partners to provide us with support compared to the last annual meetings” in spring.

I see a lot of tiredness, I see a lot of weakness among our partners, they would like to forget about the war but the war is still ongoing, full-scale,” the minister said, referring to the conflict with Russia.


Americans face a heightened threat from “lone wolf” terrorists inspired to replicate aspects of Hamas’ recent assault on Israel on US soil, FBI Director Christopher Wray told an audience of law enforcement officers at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference in San Diego on Saturday. 

Claiming there was “no question we’re seeing an increase in reported threats,” Wray warned his law enforcement colleagues, “We’ve got to be on the lookout, especially for lone actors who may take inspiration from recent events to commit violence of their own” – a reference to Hamas’ attack on Israel last Saturday.

History has been witness to antisemitic and other forms of violent extremism for too long,” the FBI director continued, vowing to “continue confronting those threats.” 

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