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    Post  Kiko Sat Nov 05, 2022 6:02 pm

    Zakharova on the resolution against neo-Nazism: "It can only be questioned by the immoral". 11.05.2022.

    Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, called the vote of Western countries against the UN General Assembly resolution on combating the glorification of Nazism a political hypocrisy.

    "The essence of the same [resolution] can only be questioned by the immoral," the diplomat wrote on her Telegram channel.
    He also recalled that "last year, the EU countries abstained from voting on the same text of the UN General Assembly draft resolution against the glorification of Nazism." This year, Western countries voted against it. "Both those who supported fascism in the twentieth century and those who suffered from it and almost disappeared," Zakharova stressed.

    According to the spokesperson, this is a "political hypocrisy".

    In turn, political analyst Dmitry Solonnikov stressed that Italy, Austria and Germany at the UN General Assembly voted against the resolution for the first time in history, as Europe began to have ambiguous attitudes regarding the situation around Ukraine, which is dangerous for European politicians.

    He recalled that earlier these countries had assured that it was impossible to vote against a resolution opposing Nazism. However, according to Solonnikov, for Italy, Austria and Germany the important thing is the current policy, so their opinions are changing.

    "They see that even in Europe there is already an ambiguous attitude towards the situation in Ukraine. The Russian position is beginning to become popular among the inhabitants of the European continent. This is dangerous for current politicians," the political scientist noted.

    For his part, the Russian Foreign Ministry's special envoy for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, Grigory Lukyantsev, said that in the case of Italy, Germany and Austria who had never opposed the initiative, "apparently, political considerations prevailed."

    He stressed that, "even when in 2011 there was a split in the ranks of the EU, and part of the member states of the union voted against and others abstained, the representatives of Germany, Italy and Austria swore that, in principle, they could never vote against a document condemning the glorification of Nazism."

    On November 4, the third committee of the UN General Assembly adopted the draft resolution on "the fight against the glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to reinforcing contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and similar forms of intolerance."

    This resolution has been approved by the UN General Assembly every year since 2005, and this 2022, 106 countries voted in favor, including, as always, Israel. However, this year the document was opposed not only by the USA and Ukraine (as in recent years): among those who did not support the project were Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Japan, Italy, Georgia, the Baltic States and Hungary.

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    https://sputniknews.lat/20221105/zajarova-sobre-la-resolucion-contra-el-neonazismo-solo-puede-ser-cuestionada-por-los-inmorales-1132174436.html

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    Post  GarryB Sun Nov 06, 2022 3:39 am

    Which basically means that the USA and Ukraine, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Japan, Italy, Georgia, the Baltic States and Hungary all support the glorification of nazism and contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and similar forms of intolerance.

    How do they explain that to their populations?

    It is anti Russia so it is OK and necessary... we can't let them have a win even when we agree completely... or do we?

    Maybe this all isn't about attacking Russia... maybe it is about regrowing the seed of nazism in europe again to see what happens this time around...

    This time of course Russia saw what was happening and has reacted much faster and more decisively...

    Funny that this thread is about Russias enemies, but the west is becoming an enemy to humanity and human history...

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    Post  JohninMK Sun Nov 06, 2022 11:27 am

    What follows is from a KimDotCom thread and sums the World situation up pretty well. Buckle up, Ukraine is just for starters.

    What’s the root cause of the US proxy war in Ukraine?

    Most people don’t have a clue. Let me explain.

    It all started after the 2007-2008 financial crisis that originated in the US.

    The reliability of the US Govt as a partner in global financial affairs was destroyed.

    In 2009 Russia hosted the first BRICS summit to establish a better international financial system with China, India, Brazil, South Africa and later with future BRICS+ partners. In short a new “multipolar order”. BRICS is challenging the US Dollar reserve currency status.

    That started a new Cold War with Russia and China. US National Debt is now at $31 trillion, total US Debt is at $92 trillion and total US unfunded liabilities are at $172 trillion and all of that without any US Govt surplus to pay for any of it. Only more Debt and money printing.

    The US Govt knows that without the reserve currency status it is bankrupt. Without money printing on the backs of other nations it’s simply Game Over for the US. But not just for the US. The EU and most western democracies followed the US model of endless Debt and money printing.

    That’s why they stand with the US and support the escalating actions that seem totally illogical to most people. Why is the EU sacrificing prosperity for a US proxy war in Ukraine? Because if the US is collapsing they collapse too. Their alliance is glued by the fear of failure.

    BRICS+ was on track to launch its new global financial system by 2030. Ukraine is the tool for conflict with Russia and Taiwan is the tool for conflict with China. Eventually the US and NATO will be at war with Russia and China. They simply don’t seem to have another choice.

    It’s either war with Russia and China to stop BRICS+ or the financial collapse of the US, EU and the entire Debt and money printing circus. It was never about the people of Ukraine. Ukraine is a sideshow.

    The main event is yet to come. The two options are poverty or nuclear war.

    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1588970921272172544.html

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    Post  JohninMK Sun Nov 06, 2022 11:30 am

    Then we have this take on the German/Chinese trip

    ZH has the latest up from Pepe Escobar with the quote ending of it below. https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/escobar-berlin-goes-beijing-real-deal


    Berlin – Moscow – Beijing
    Solid German business sources completely contradict the “message” delivered by the German Council on Foreign Relations on the trip to China.

    According to these sources, the Scholz caravan went to Beijing to essentially lay down the preparatory steps for working out a peace deal with Russia, with China as privileged messenger.

    This is – literally – as explosive, geopolitically and geoeconomically, as it gets. As I pointed out in one of my previous columns, Berlin and Moscow were keeping a secret communication back channel – via business interlocutors – right to the minute the usual suspects, in desperation, decided to blow up the Nord Streams.

    Cue to the now notorious SMS from Liz Truss’s iPhone to Little Tony Blinken, one minute after the explosions: “It’s done.”

    There’s more: the Scholz caravan may be trying to start a long and convoluted process of eventually replacing the US with China as a key ally. One should never forget that the top BRI trade/connectivity terminal in the EU is Germany (the Ruhr valley).

    According to one of the sources, “if this effort is successful, then Germany, China and Russia can ally themselves together and drive the US out of Europe.”

    Another source provided the cherry on the cake: “Olaf Scholz is being accompanied on this trip by German industrialists who actually control Germany and are not going to sit back watching themselves being destroyed.”

    Moscow knows very well what the imperial aim is when it comes to the EU reduced to the role of totally dominated – and deindustrialized – vassal, exercising zero sovereignty. The back channels after all are not lying in tatters on the bottom of the Baltic Sea. Additionally, China has not provided any hint that its massive trade with Germany and the EU is about to vanish.

    Scholz himself, one day before his caravan hit Beijing, stressed to Chinese media that Germany has no intention of decoupling from China, and there’s nothing to justify “the calls by some to isolate China.”

    In parallel, Xi Jinping and the new Politburo are very much aware of the Kremlin position, reiterated again and again: we always remain open for negotiations, as long as Washington finally decides to talk about the end of unlimited NATO expansion drenched in Russophobia.

    So to negotiate means the Empire signing on the dotted line of the document it has received from Moscow on December 1st, 2021, focused on “indivisibility of security”. Otherwise there’s nothing to negotiate.

    And when we have Pentagon lobbyist Lloyd “Raytheon” Austin advising the Ukrainians on the record to advance on Kherson, it’s even more crystal clear there’s nothing to negotiate.

    So could this all be the foundation stone of the Berlin-Moscow-Beijing trans-Eurasia geopolitical/geoeconomic corridor? That will mean Bye Bye Empire.

    Posted by: psychohistorian | Nov 6 2022 4:56 utc | 113 on MoA

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    Post  ALAMO Sun Nov 06, 2022 12:12 pm

    Considering that neoliberals here already started whining about how it was outrageous, and how Schultz declined the interests of a huge part of the German middle level business aligning with the big one only - the story can be more or less true Laughing Laughing

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    Post  GarryB Mon Nov 07, 2022 2:11 am

    Personally I hope Russia and China play the long game and wait till the US has destroyed the EU because the EU as it is is like the US as it is... broken fundamentally flawed systems run by colonial white rich men.

    If they ever decided to actually live up to their own morals and ethics they would be worthy of respect, but they don't and they are not.

    Perversely they use their morals and ethics to judge their rivals they have made enemies, to portray them as bad or even evil... which is ironic because measured by such a yard stick they themselves are much much worse in every regard.

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    Post  flamming_python Mon Nov 07, 2022 3:38 am

    JohninMK wrote:Then we have this take on the German/Chinese trip

    ZH has the latest up from Pepe Escobar with the quote ending of it below. https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/escobar-berlin-goes-beijing-real-deal


       Berlin – Moscow – Beijing
       Solid German business sources completely contradict the “message” delivered by the German Council on Foreign Relations on the trip to China.

       According to these sources, the Scholz caravan went to Beijing to essentially lay down the preparatory steps for working out a peace deal with Russia, with China as privileged messenger.

       This is – literally – as explosive, geopolitically and geoeconomically, as it gets. As I pointed out in one of my previous columns, Berlin and Moscow were keeping a secret communication back channel – via business interlocutors – right to the minute the usual suspects, in desperation, decided to blow up the Nord Streams.

       Cue to the now notorious SMS from Liz Truss’s iPhone to Little Tony Blinken, one minute after the explosions: “It’s done.”

       There’s more: the Scholz caravan may be trying to start a long and convoluted process of eventually replacing the US with China as a key ally. One should never forget that the top BRI trade/connectivity terminal in the EU is Germany (the Ruhr valley).

       According to one of the sources, “if this effort is successful, then Germany, China and Russia can ally themselves together and drive the US out of Europe.”

       Another source provided the cherry on the cake: “Olaf Scholz is being accompanied on this trip by German industrialists who actually control Germany and are not going to sit back watching themselves being destroyed.”

       Moscow knows very well what the imperial aim is when it comes to the EU reduced to the role of totally dominated – and deindustrialized – vassal, exercising zero sovereignty. The back channels after all are not lying in tatters on the bottom of the Baltic Sea. Additionally, China has not provided any hint that its massive trade with Germany and the EU is about to vanish.

       Scholz himself, one day before his caravan hit Beijing, stressed to Chinese media that Germany has no intention of decoupling from China, and there’s nothing to justify “the calls by some to isolate China.”

       In parallel, Xi Jinping and the new Politburo are very much aware of the Kremlin position, reiterated again and again: we always remain open for negotiations, as long as Washington finally decides to talk about the end of unlimited NATO expansion drenched in Russophobia.

       So to negotiate means the Empire signing on the dotted line of the document it has received from Moscow on December 1st, 2021, focused on “indivisibility of security”. Otherwise there’s nothing to negotiate.

       And when we have Pentagon lobbyist Lloyd “Raytheon” Austin advising the Ukrainians on the record to advance on Kherson, it’s even more crystal clear there’s nothing to negotiate.

       So could this all be the foundation stone of the Berlin-Moscow-Beijing trans-Eurasia geopolitical/geoeconomic corridor? That will mean Bye Bye Empire.

    Posted by: psychohistorian | Nov 6 2022 4:56 utc | 113 on MoA

    Wishful thinking as always

    Kept hearing all about this Beijing-Moscow-Berlin axis for years now

    Nothing ever came of it and nothing ever will, until there is an outright anti-Western revolution in Germany. Which I don't see any prospects of. Because this country is not fully sovereign, and to the extent that it is - it's firmly in the Western camp not in the Eurasian one. And it has done very well for itself in the Western camp. That prosperity is a thing of the past now of course, but it will take them many more years to realize it.

    Forgot who mentioned it, maybe on Alexander Mercouris's channel - but the core problem was that the German elite wanted to have their cake and eat it too. In that they wanted to keep expanding east and orchestrating colour revolutions to bring to power anti-Russian nationalist regimes; while at the same time having all that cheap Russian energy and Siemens taking all the juicy contracts in Russia, etc...
    And in fact they managed it - up until the point when they themselves sanctioned their own companies and Russia's own energy supplies, and screwed their own industrial economy over
    Can't make this up.

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    Post  ALAMO Mon Nov 07, 2022 6:02 am

    flamming_python wrote:
    Wishful thinking as always
    Kept hearing all about this Beijing-Moscow-Berlin axis for years now
    Nothing ever came of it and nothing ever will, until there is an outright anti-Western revolution in Germany. Which I don't see any prospects of. Because this country is not fully sovereign, and to the extent that it is - it's firmly in the Western camp not in the Eurasian one. And it has done very well for itself in the Western camp. That prosperity is a thing of the past now of course, but it will take them many more years to realize it.
    Forgot who mentioned it, maybe on Alexander Mercouris's channel - but the core problem was that the German elite wanted to have their cake and eat it too. In that they wanted to keep expanding east and orchestrating colour revolutions to bring to power anti-Russian nationalist regimes; while at the same time having all that cheap Russian energy and Siemens taking all the juicy contracts in Russia, etc...
    And in fact they managed it - up until the point when they themselves sanctioned their own companies and Russia's own energy supplies, and screwed their own industrial economy over
    Can't make this up.

    Sure it sounds a wishful thinking, but only from today's perspective.
    Two decades ago, it was a widely discussed agenda. I will remind you that Europe was ruled then by the people like Schroeder, Berlusconi and Chirac. People have a weak memory, and if we are looking at the worms who drain the continent now it is really hard to remind yourself the difference in human capital.
    This is what turned the Plan B in Langley, or wherever the masters of the puppets really sit. Degradation of the Euro ruling caste took more than 2 decades, I guess that billions invested, and migrant crisis to be unleashed - but finally they succeded.
    Issue with the Germans is not that they want to have a cake and eat a cake, but the fact of how the German economy is constructed.
    It is heavily dependent on the middle size business. Those are companies and brands who are not as big as VW, BASF of Thyssen&Krupp, yet form a core of the German economy. Being not huge means that it is much harder for them to unite to deliver the message up there. Those people are afraid of China. For a very obvious reason : Chinese led competition is pushing them out of the market. Not only in Germany or China, but globally. While the big business benefits from collaborating with the Chineese. At least yet. That creates issues for every single chancellor for more than 20 years, and the process will only speed up and deepen.
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    Post  kvs Mon Nov 07, 2022 11:39 am

    The problem is that U-ropean elites have proven that they are banana republic type elites. Their bootlick loyalty to Washington is over
    the top. If U-rope had real elites grounded in the history of their countries, then they would be telling the yanqui vermin what is and
    is not allowed. I think that Russian leaders did not grasp just what a colony U-rope is for the yanquis. The got fooled, like I did, that
    relative prosperity indicated functional self-interest and was evidence of real countries. The chorus on foreign affairs was attributed
    to the NATzO pact and cultural trends were considered diffuse. But we have actual banana republics run by exactly the same type
    of scum that you find around the world in similar countries.

    This should put into perspective the failure of the comprador rot to take over Russia after the 1990s. The smug assumption
    by the NATzO west that Russia would never recover was not so groundless. As in Ukria, they expected the formation of a banana
    republic oligarchy. Clearly, the formation of such comprador elites is almost a law of nature. The big dog economy (the US after
    WWII) becomes a Mecca for various capitalists around the world. They cede domestic interests to the big dog. Of course, they
    need to keep making money but they do just that even if it means catabolizing their own country (e.g. Ukria).

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    Post  flamming_python Mon Nov 07, 2022 12:32 pm

    My explanation is more simple

    And it's neither customary subservience to America nor the CIA's infiltration of the European political system with the wiretapping and compromising of politicians, etc... that's ultimately at work
    Although those had their effect too

    But I wonder whether it's more a case of disengagement with reality and the errors in judgement that inevitably followed on from that.
    Whereupon the EU elites in Brussels, and in several other capitals among them Berlin, Paris and others - have so much sunk into the depths of self-worship and self-regard that they have persuaded themselves of their own propaganda. The 'garden' that Borrell was talking about.
    They think they're living in a paradise and that the only reason why the Russian people have not joined in are because of evil dictator Putin. And that in fact he is responsible for all these troubles. That the whole of Europe wants to unite under Brussel's banner and Russia is really a threat to Europe, and moreover an anachronism of a country that should be brought down by color revolutions, or failing that sanctions shock and awe. "All we have to do is kick the door in, and the whole rotting house will crumble to the ground!"

    This attitude was not yet present in Schroder's or Chirac's time.
    But it has grown over the past 20 years, with the successful expansion into the former Warsaw Pact nations. It was evident especially, in the Germans' attitude, even among ordinary people - towards the Greek debt crisis, whereupon it was as if the Greeks existed as mere tributaries of the Germans with no right of complaint. Due to the EU having bankrolled Greek economic expansion with cheap loans some decades prior.
    It was evident with the Brexit crisis, with the disparagement of the British by particularly the Germans and French.
    All of this was evidence of a growing pan-European identity, but one which bled into arrogance. And it was this attitude as well as the other things that pressed forth the expansion, the regime change operations, the backing of Ukraine to violate Minsk, and gave so much false confidence against Russia.

    And to disengage with this arrogance is to challenge this whole belief system.
    You really think Germany is ready to do so now, with China?
    I think it's more likely their ambitions for the moment are far more petty and immediate. If there is anything more, then it's more likely that those would be some latent remaining fantasies about breaking China away from Russia.

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    Post  GarryB Tue Nov 08, 2022 12:32 am

    Sure it sounds a wishful thinking, but only from today's perspective.
    Two decades ago, it was a widely discussed agenda. I will remind you that Europe was ruled then by the people like Schroeder, Berlusconi and Chirac. People have a weak memory, and if we are looking at the worms who drain the continent now it is really hard to remind yourself the difference in human capital.

    HATO has long been a concept not for defence but to keep Russia and Germany and Russia and France from working together... because if either of those things happened or both of those things happened WTF would Europe want with the US.

    30 years ago the fear wasn't Russia getting together with Europe and making the west less about the US, it was before China was a production centre and the fear that Japan and Russia might start working together where Japanese management and technology with electronics might get together with Russian aerospace companies and Japan might become a real powerhouse in modern aircraft technology like they were before WWII... Japanese money and management and technology together with a large well educated disciplined population in Russia was seen as a threat to the west too... the west was seeing threats left right and centre... the centre being of course the middle east... so of course Saudi Arabia got the job of Islamic BS destabilising Russia, Japan largely ignored Russia, and the EU and HATO gradually turned Russia from the saviour of Europe against the Nazis during WWII to communism being an equivalent to nazism and partially responsible for the whole thing... (because reality is that it was the west that created the seeds of WWII by treating Germany like it was responsible for WWI and essentially demonising and asset stripping them so they needed a leader like Adolf to get back on their feet... a parallel to Russia in the 1990s leading to the rise of Putin... except he is no Hitler or Stalin... not need to blame the jews for everything and no concentration camps...)

    This is what turned the Plan B in Langley, or wherever the masters of the puppets really sit. Degradation of the Euro ruling caste took more than 2 decades, I guess that billions invested, and migrant crisis to be unleashed - but finally they succeded.

    US spying shifted gear from mostly spying on the Soviet Union to mostly spying on their own allies... not just so they were not surprised by what their allies did but also getting dirt and leverage to push them in any direction they pleased... hate for Russia was not enough to get them to do as they were told... the US learned where the skeletons were buried... often they helped bury them themselves knowing that later on it would be useful.

    Ironically, the best friend in the US is now destroying the EU to earn a little more money to stave off its own collapse a little longer while directing blame and hate towards their other rivals... that their actions have turned into enemies... China and Russia.

    There is no reason why Russia and China had to be the enemies of the west except that was how the US played their cards... and the EU has to follow.

    Issue with the Germans is not that they want to have a cake and eat a cake, but the fact of how the German economy is constructed.

    Funny how the countries the US claims to have saved end up as its colonies... South Korea, Japan, Germany... former Soviet republics they could get their claws into... the baltic states, georgia, ukraine...

    Whereupon the EU elites in Brussels, and in several other capitals among them Berlin, Paris and others - have so much sunk into the depths of self-worship and self-regard that they have persuaded themselves of their own propaganda. The 'garden' that Borrell was talking about.

    Arrogance is certainly part of it... the Europeans are civilised and their role is to bring light and beauty to the world with their culture... even if they have to burn down any alternative culture to do so.

    You really think Germany is ready to do so now, with China?

    The entire west is made up of abused children who are incapable of mature adult relations with other countries... they see the entire world as being out to get them... BRICS is Russias HATO... a gang to destroy the west... in their eyes.

    Of course BRICS is an attempt to break the us and them mentality of the west... the lynch mob justice... it is about equality and acceptance... if Saudi Arabia joins China isn't going to demand they become communist and Russia is not going to demand they become democratic... Russia and China and Saudi Arabia are going to respect each others differences and offer to help each other in ways that actually make them better.

    That does not mean Russia is going to arm Saudi Arabia up to kill more people in Yemen... it means they might help mediate a settlement that stops the war and makes each side feel safer and end the death and destruction.

    BRICS is about not bullying other countries to conform, it is about trade and development and growth... it is the sort of thing you would think the west would approve of but it will lead to third world countries developing and growing and maybe even becoming desirable places to live... the jungle becomes the garden of eden, while the neglected garden of europe descends into weeds and wild animals roaming and damaging fences and property.


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    Post  kvs Tue Nov 08, 2022 12:12 pm

    In the past sending weapons has been a reason to screech about fueling conflict and destabilization by NATzO in various contexts. Now
    these criminal clowns claim it is all about stabilization and moderation of conflict. NATzO is certifiably Orwellian.

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    Post  Kiko Tue Nov 08, 2022 4:57 pm

    Berlin Goes to Beijing: The Real Deal, by Pepe Escobar for The Unz Review. 11.08.2022.

    The Scholz caravan went to Beijing to lay down the preparatory steps for working out a peace deal with Russia, with China as privileged messenger.

    With his inimitable flair for economic analysis steeped in historical depth, Professor Michael Hudson’s latest essay, originally written for a German audience, presents a stunning parallel between the Crusades and the current “rules-based international order” imposed by the Hegemon.

    Professor Hudson details how the Papacy in Rome managed to lock up unipolar control over secular realms (rings a bell?) when the game was all about Papal precedence over kings, above all the German Holy Roman Emperors. As we know, half in jest, the Empire was not exactly Holy, nor German (perhaps a little Roman), and not even an Empire.

    A clause in the Papal Dictates provided the Pope with the authority to excommunicate whomever was “not at peace with the Roman Church.” Hudson sharply notes how US sanctions are the modern equivalent of excommunication.

    Arguably there are Top Two dates in the whole process.

    The first one would be the Third Ecumenical Council of 435: this is when only Rome (italics mine) was attributed universal authority (italics mine). Alexandria and Antioch, for instance, were limited to regional authority within the Roman Empire.

    The other top date is 1054 – when Rome and Constantinople split for good. That is, the Roman Catholic Church split from Orthodoxy, which leads us to Russia, and Moscow as The Third Rome – and the centuries-old animosity of “the West” against Russia.

    A State of Martial Law

    Professor Hudson then delves on the trip by “Liver Sausage” Chancellor Scholz’s delegation to China this week to “demand that it dismantle its public sector and stops subsidizing its economy, or else Germany and Europe will impose sanctions on trade with China.”

    Well, in fact this happens to be just childish wishful thinking, expressed by the German Council on Foreign Relations in a piece published on the Financial Times (the Japanese-owned platform in the City of London). The Council, as correctly described by Hudson, is “the neoliberal ‘libertarian’ arm of NATO demanding German de-industrialization and dependency” on the US.

    So the FT, predictably, is printing NATO wet dreams.

    Context is essential. German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, in a keynote speech at Bellevue Castle, has all but admitted that Berlin is broke: “An era of headwinds is beginning for Germany – difficult, difficult years are coming for us. Germany is in the deepest crisis since reunification.”

    Yet schizophrenia, once again, reigns supreme, as Steinmeier, after a ridiculous stunt in Kiev – complete with posing as a unwitting actor huddled in a bunker – announced an extra handout: two more MARS multiple rocket launchers and four Panzerhaubitze 2000 howitzers to be delivered to the Ukrainians.

    So even if the “world” economy – actually the EU – is so fragilized that member-states cannot help Kiev anymore without harming their own populations, and the EU is on the verge of a catastrophic energy crisis, fighting for “our values” in Country 404 trumps it all.

    The Big Picture context is also key. Andrea Zhok, Professor of Ethical Philosophy at the University of Milan, has taken Giorgio Agamben’s “State of Exception” concept to new heights.

    Zhok proposes that the zombified collective West is now completely subjugated to a “State of Martial Law” – where a Forever War ethos is the ultimate priority for rarified global elites.

    Every other variable – from trans-humanism to depopulation and even cancel culture – is subordinated to the State of Martial Law, and is basically inessential. The only thing that matters is exercising absolute, raw control.

    Berlin – Moscow – Beijing

    Solid German business sources completely contradict the “message” delivered by the German Council on Foreign Relations on the trip to China.

    According to these sources, the Scholz caravan went to Beijing to essentially lay down the preparatory steps for working out a peace deal with Russia, with China as privileged messenger.

    This is – literally – as explosive, geopolitically and geoeconomically, as it gets. As I pointed out in one of my previous columns, Berlin and Moscow were keeping a secret communication back channel – via business interlocutors – right to the minute the usual suspects, in desperation, decided to blow up the Nord Streams.

    Cue to the now notorious SMS from Liz Truss’s iPhone to Little Tony Blinken, one minute after the explosions: “It’s done.”

    There’s more: the Scholz caravan may be trying to start a long and convoluted process of eventually replacing the US with China as a key ally. One should never forget that the top BRI trade/connectivity terminal in the EU is Germany (the Ruhr valley).

    According to one of the sources, “if this effort is successful, then Germany, China and Russia can ally themselves together and drive the US out of Europe.”

    Another source provided the cherry on the cake: “Olaf Scholz is being accompanied on this trip by German industrialists who actually control Germany and are not going to sit back watching themselves being destroyed.”

    Moscow knows very well what the imperial aim is when it comes to the EU reduced to the role of totally dominated – and deindustrialized – vassal, exercising zero sovereignty. The back channels after all are not lying in tatters on the bottom of the Baltic Sea. Additionally, China has not provided any hint that its massive trade with Germany and the EU is about to vanish.

    Scholz himself, one day before his caravan hit Beijing, stressed to Chinese media that Germany has no intention of decoupling from China, and there’s nothing to justify “the calls by some to isolate China.”

    In parallel, Xi Jinping and the new Politburo are very much aware of the Kremlin position, reiterated again and again: we always remain open for negotiations, as long as Washington finally decides to talk about the end of unlimited NATO expansion drenched in Russophobia.

    So to negotiate means the Empire signing on the dotted line of the document it has received from Moscow on December 1st, 2021, focused on “indivisibility of security”. Otherwise there’s nothing to negotiate.

    And when we have Pentagon lobbyist Lloyd “Raytheon” Austin advising the Ukrainians on the record to advance on Kherson, it’s even more crystal clear there’s nothing to negotiate.

    So could this all be the foundation stone of the Berlin-Moscow-Beijing trans-Eurasia geopolitical/geoeconomic corridor? That will mean Bye Bye Empire. Once again: it ain’t over till the fat lady goes Gotterdammerung.

    https://www.unz.com/pescobar/berlin-goes-to-beijing-the-real-deal/

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    Post  GarryB Wed Nov 09, 2022 2:19 am

    According to one of the sources, “if this effort is successful, then Germany, China and Russia can ally themselves together and drive the US out of Europe.”

    Even assuming this is true, and even assuming they get it right and it actually works and does not backfire, listening to the Europeans collectively revive Russia and start to demonise the US will be amusing.... the greatest comeback since Hitlers come back in the Ukraine 8 years ago... cry

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    Post  Kiko Fri Nov 11, 2022 6:49 pm

    Macron prepares for war, by Dmitry Bavyrin for VZGLYAD. 11.11.2022.

    French President Emmanuel Macron unexpectedly admitted the military weakness and lack of independence of his power. The answer to this will be a new military doctrine that will change the army and prepare the country for current challenges, including nuclear ones. What does Macron really want to achieve and what is the role of Russia in this?

    Naval base in Toulon. Deck of a helicopter carrier. The President of France presents an ambitious military doctrine to the military. It should have been beautiful. But it wasn't.

    More precisely, all this was, only the head of the French state did not present a new doctrine, but only promised to do it later. And at the same time he promised the country and such an army, which "will be able to conduct military operations, including those of high intensity, independently or as part of a coalition."

    It turns out that now there is no such army. And the leader of one of the great powers of the past, as it were, tells the military about their incomplete capacity. What a shame.

    True, there have been worse times. Toulon is the French Pearl Harbor. Paris keeps its Mediterranean fleet there, and in 1942 this fleet was almost completely destroyed by the French themselves using all sorts of tricks - so that Hitler would not get it.

    Since then, many wounds have healed. Thanks to General Charles de Gaulle and his situational alliance with Stalin,  France was able to regain its honor and became one of the victorious powers. The fleet has become better than ever. And although the colonies could not be kept, the French still control territories in four oceans , retaining naval scope and room for maneuver.

    Therefore, people are accustomed to treating France with respect not only out of politeness, but also “according to their uniforms”.

    About her - this is about a transcontinental power with an all-pervading culture. This is about a permanent member of the UN Security Council with "legal" nuclear weapons. This is about the third economy in Europe, only slightly inferior to the British. This is about an industrial center with a self-sufficient defense complex. This is about an extraordinary military machine, whose army is distinguished not only by a rich history, but also by constant practice (as a rule, in Africa, where the French regularly pacify uprisings and riots at the request of the official authorities of their former colonies).

    This, after all, is about a country whose authorities have traditionally had the strength and desire to pursue an independent foreign policy and build "special relations" with Russia.

    And so Macron arrives in Toulon, watered with tears of sailor widows, to dream in front of the military about an army with the ability to "high-intensity operations." Because now she is not capable of them, which was shown by the failures of the French in Africa, which they knew well. 

    In Africa, Russian PMCs successfully compete with the famous French army. And Macron is naturally offended by this , which is why there is very little respect for French military power.

    The problem, it is worth noting, is that under President Nicolas Sarkozy, Paris rejected de Gaulle's precepts and returned to the military organization of the NATO bloc. At the very least, there is reason to believe that France has received a common injury for the alliance states (with the exception of the United States).

    The armed forces of a NATO member country, as a rule, are not self-sufficient. They are like parts from a common designer, to which other member countries attach their own parts to make an army. Roughly speaking, you have helicopter carriers, I have helicopters, he has helicopter pilots. Gathered, if necessary, - and flew to carry out a combat mission.

    So much cheaper. But over time, a critical dependence on allies, primarily on the United States, is being created. Some Slovenia needs only this, but we thought better about France. And the French themselves too.

    Journalists from the LCI television channel turned to Defense Minister Sebastien Lecorne for comment. He, including on African examples, confirmed that the army alone cannot conduct large-scale military operations. It surfaced.

    The minister gives two reasons. The first is chronic underfunding. The second is the collapse of the Warsaw Pact, that is, the disappearance of the "enemy in the East" more than 30 years ago, which in itself lulled French politicians and generals.

    Now, as Macron said in his speech, "the war has returned to European territory." Therefore, France must have a new military doctrine that will "serve the fundamental interests of the nation" until 2030. And this doctrine implies "participation in nuclear deterrence", since Paris now has a special responsibility as the sole nuclear power of the EU.

    As one of the leading publications of the country, Le Figaro, found out, the purpose of the doctrine is nothing less than preparation for future wars, which is why it is necessary to “correct weak points” in the armed forces.

    And in terms of politics, the authorities should "rethink their strategic ambitions in view of the destruction of the world order" and strive for "European strategic autonomy."

    Now about what Macron wants, in simple words: he wants to return to its former greatness. The French nation entrusts this task to every president, regardless of his party affiliation, but since the time of Mitterrand, it has been disappointed time and again.

    The key to this greatness in Paris is now seen as the creation of a pan-European army, within which the French would claim the leading role in terms of inputs (including nuclear ones).

    “Strategic autonomy” is about the USA. The French have ambitions even for that, as evidenced by the rise of Eric Zemmour's popularity last spring, and Macron has them too. Cautious maxims that Europe needs to live more of its own mind and protect purely European interests, he gives out more or less constantly.

    For example, when the new military-political bloc of the Anglo-Saxons deprived the French of a huge contract for the construction of submarines . Or when the president finally noticed: the initiators of the energy war with Russia - the United States - supply LNG to French enterprises four times more expensive than their own, which is fraught with the relocation of industry to America.

    "Nuclear deterrence” is already about us, there is no one else for the French to deter. That is, to unite Europe around the military power of Paris, which has completely quarreled with its former ally in the autonomy of the continent - Berlin, will be under the pretext of protection from the Russians.

    At the same time, Macron seems to be aiming not for hawks, but for doves. At least, it is he who is now publicly insisting on the need for negotiations between Moscow and Kyiv, in defiance of the position of many other NATO countries demanding to achieve a military defeat of Russia in Ukraine.

    The great power that France wants to become again needs ambitious diplomacy just like a strong army, there are no questions. The question is different - and at whose expense all these ambitions will be realized?

    The problem is not even that Paris can no longer count on "special relations" with Russia. Not only that Berlin is no longer his assistant, but London and Washington, rather, opponents. The problem is trivial - money.

    The army of France does not correspond to the moment, because for years there were not enough funds for it. Now the moment is such that there will be no extra funds for a long time to come, especially for such a project, which involves a significant increase in the military-political influence of Paris.

    The Fifth Republic has record inflation, an energy crisis, unexpected shortages , regular strikes, numerous protest rallies, a noticeable increase in social discontent. Helping Ukraine and engaging in an economic war with Russia are also costly, and deindustrialization is on the horizon.

    And suddenly fats will come from somewhere for, as Macron himself previously stated , the most powerful army on the continent.

    The President refused to cover this issue: the new doctrine will not mention the details of the budget. This is either a military secret, or too bad news that three skins will be torn from the French. They have long forgotten how much participation in the Cold War and the arms race eats away from the standard of living, especially when claiming leadership.

    But it is also possible that we correlate Macron with the wrong Frenchmen. In his case, everything is easier.

    General De Gaulle was a great Frenchman, capable of bold steps, ambitious projects, great sacrifices, superhuman efforts - and, in the end, of creating local military-political miracles.

    But the fabulist La Fontaine was also a Frenchman. And also great in general.

    https://vz.ru/world/2022/11/11/1186218.html

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    Post  GarryB Sat Nov 12, 2022 3:01 am

    The Minsk agreements showed France and Germany to be useless in the field of diplomacy between Russia and Ukraine... they have a dog in the race so why would the competing dog trust them to make the rules and agreements and decide the results?

    Ironically Micron is trying to be Erdogan, but Erdogan has the enormous advantage of being neutral in this conflict...

    But I think Putin has already decided that peace talks wont help because anything left of the Ukraine will be as much of a problem as they were in January this year, but with less territory.

    The gradual advance of the Russian troops will allow referendums which will either create more Russian territory or at worst neutral territory and also reduce the pool of men that Kiev can call up and render into chicken nuggets...

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    Post  lancelot Thu Dec 01, 2022 4:06 pm

    The Baltic chihuahuas better beg Lukashenko for power from his brand new nuclear power station.

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    🇪🇪🚫💡🔌⚡Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas has warned that there may be power outages due to electricity shortages, in particular, due to the lack of electricity supplies from Russia to the Nord Pool energy market.
    Dec 1, 2022

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    She noted that there is not enough electricity in the entire region of the Baltic States and the Nordic countries for various reasons.

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    "One of the reasons is that 1,000 megawatts are no longer coming from Russia, so in the Nord Pool region (the energy exchange of the Nordic countries. — Editor's note) more than 1,000 megawatts are missing," Kallas said at a government press conference in Tallinn on Thursday.

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    According to the Prime Minister, several important power plants are currently out of operation.

    "For example, the fourth reactor at Ringhalls NPP and the third reactor at Oskarshavn NPP in Sweden.

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    In Finland, the third reactor of the Olkiluoto NPP has not started, and our Auvera power plant is under repair again," Kallas explained.

    She believes that in the near future the republic has two options: short-term outages or savings and regulation of electricity consumption.

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    Post  GarryB Fri Dec 02, 2022 3:26 am

    Just do what governments everywhere do, put a tax on electricity supplies to double or triple the cost of the product so people will find their own ways of using less because they can't afford to keep using it at the rate they are using it at... and the government earns a little more money to send to Kiev.

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    Post  ALAMO Fri Dec 02, 2022 5:54 am

    Batka Alexander has a warm heart, he already ordered the forests to be open for neighbors, so they can collect some wood&sticks for winter.
    Adding electricity to that would be too much Embarassed
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    Post  flamming_python Sun Dec 04, 2022 2:13 am

    https://ria.ru/20220919/rossiya-1817679924.html

    08:00 09/19/2022 (updated: 22:08 09/24/2022)

    It's time to get rid of illusions. The West is waging war to destroy Russia

    Russian-Ukrainian political scientist Volodymyr Kornilov

    The story of Bucha-2.0 (a provocation with allegedly discovered "mass graves of the victims of Russian aggressors" in Izyum) is clear evidence that along with the development of the military conflict in Ukraine, the information special operation against Russia is also intensifying. The point here is not even in the reaction of Kyiv - these are concocting primitive fakes against our state and army around the clock, without stopping. An indicator is how this provocation was immediately picked up by Western politicians, who are already calling for the urgent creation of an "international tribunal" to punish Russia, and the media, in unison, making unfounded statements about "mass executions and torture in Izyum" on their front pages.

    Fake is primitive and easily refuted. But from this unanimous reaction of the West, it is clear that it absolutely does not matter to anyone there how and when the people buried in the cemetery died. "Guilty" was appointed in advance - and it should be Russia. Because only this verdict fits into the overall strategy of the current campaign in Ukraine.

    And this campaign, as we see, has nothing to do with Ukraine. Whatever happens to the Ukrainians, whoever kills them (even the Armed Forces of Ukraine or foreign mercenaries), no matter how many of them die, the West is completely indifferent. Since he is waging war on this territory not for the Ukrainians, and even more so not for Ukraine. We must speak honestly and openly: the West is waging a bitter war against the Russian state as such. And less and less often covers this with a fig leaf of chatter about "defending democracy." Increasingly, it is directly said that Russia must be destroyed. Forever and ever! Irrevocably!

    One of these days one of the leading American experts of Polish origin Janusz Bugaisky published the book "A Guide to the Disintegration of Russia". It should be especially noted that the book is not a reaction to the Ukrainian special operation, it is a natural continuation of everything that this Kremlinologist has been publicly speaking and writing about for many years. At the beginning of 2019, that is, three years before the SVO, he published a policy article "Managing Russia's Disintegration" on the pages of the influential Washington newspaper The Hill.

    It was not just a forecast or theoretical reasoning of some dreamer, it was a direct call to action by a notorious Russophobe. Suffice it to recall that Bugaisky then openly encouraged the White House to act: "Washington must promote regional and ethnic self-determination within the Russian Federation. <...> The collapse must be justified logically." And he argued at the same time which regions of the state destroyed by the West should receive independence, and which ones would need to be given to Ukraine, Finland, Japan and even China.

    It cannot be said that Bugaisky's article was the only theoretical work on the topic of the disintegration of our state and its disappearance from the world map. But the rest of the reports (in any case, in the public domain) still sought to disguise direct calls for the forced collapse of Russia with arguments about the need to "disperse" and weaken our state. As, for example, it was with the sensational study of the American intelligence corporation RAND, created by order of the US Department of Defense in the same 2019.

    Recall that the authors of that report directly outlined the goal: the development of a strategy for the fight against Russia, so that "it would overexert itself militarily or economically." And as recommendations, they advised to reduce to a minimum the supply of Russian gas and oil to Europe, provide lethal weapons to Ukraine, and discredit Russia at the international level. In general, everything that the United States is now putting into practice, forcing its loyal satellites to follow this disastrous path. However, the call to dismember Russia in this analysis was only read between the lines.

    Now, however, the masks are being shed, now the cadre Russophobes can openly formulate their old dreams. The other day, on the pages of the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph, the former commander of NATO forces in Europe, and now retired general Ben Hodges, wrote a resonant article "Prepare for the disintegration of Russia". Hodges is now, perhaps, one of the most active "talking heads" on the Ukrainian crisis on Western television. And discount it calls are definitely not possible.

    The general justifies his dreams of the collapse of our state with our ethnic diversity and his hopes that the economic sanctions of the West will create a situation in which it will be impossible to feed 144 million people. The American obviously did not think how applicable these arguments are to his native country, which has been torn apart in recent years along racial and national lines, as well as economic difficulties caused by the same anti-Russian sanctions.
    With the light hand of Hodges, this idea was happily picked up and developed by smaller figures operating in the ideological field of Russophobia. New Eastern Europe magazine, published in Poland, publishes an article with a telling title: "The Deconstruction of Russia and the Reconstruction of the 'Post-Russian Space': A Risky But Inevitable Scenario". The authors call on the West to lead the process of disintegration of our state already now.

    They are echoed by the Canadian-British professor of Ukrainian origin Taras Kuzio on the pages of the website of the main mouthpiece of Russophobic theorists Atlantic Council*. He also happily announces the beginning of the process of "the collapse of Putin's Russian empire".

    Almost word for word, Hodges' theses are repeated by Vladimir Yushkin, the chief Estonian Kremlinologist, on the pages of the website of the International Center for Defense and Security. True, adding data taken from themselves about the allegedly developing "colonization of Siberia by the Chinese" - Estonian analysts clearly do not know how to use statistics.

    All these "prophecies" were brought to a completely official level by the president of the same Estonia, Alar Karis. Opening the NATO Military Committee conference in Tallinn last Friday, he openly admonished the alliance's chiefs of staff with a call to abandon "the fear of destabilizing the situation in Russia." We emphasize that this is no longer some retired general, not a private person with a professorship - this is the official head of our neighboring country, a member of NATO. And he, unashamedly, calls on the high command of the alliance for a conscious policy of undermining and creating a situation of instability in Russia. What other evidence does anyone need of who and for what the collective West is fighting?

    The ideological body of European liberals, The Economist magazine, devoted its latest issue to how the West should ensure Ukraine's victory over Russia. Apart from the traditional advice on further arming the Kyiv regime, the magazine explicitly demands: "The West should try to drive a wedge between the regime and the Russian people." To this end, Western leaders are being urged to bet on Russian liberals who have fled abroad, who, under these conditions, can be safely called traitors. And how else to call people who are now openly used by the enemies of Russia, who are now not hiding, to implement an unrealizable plan to dismember our common Motherland!

    Thus, we can safely say that the collective West has already moved from talk to action and is openly challenging the very existence of the Russian Federation. Its ideologists and a number of top politicians do not hide the fact that, by using the conflict in Ukraine, they deliberately create an existential threat to our state. The sooner we ourselves officially recognize this, the more effectively we will be able to move to a different stage of both relations with our neighbors and the special operation itself in Ukraine.

    We still adhere to certain gentlemen's rules of the game that were adopted after the end of the Cold War. But now the stakes have been raised too high. No, the author does not in any way call for copying the criminal actions of Ukraine. We, unlike them, do not kill children, do not torture prisoners of war, do not exterminate civilians.

    But in the face of increasing threats to the citizens of Russia, we are left with no choice but to act much more decisively in relation to military infrastructure that is also used by civilians, in relation to decision-making centers, in relation to those individuals who are directly responsible for terror and killings, wherever they are, and those states that pursue a hostile policy. In the end, we must not forget that in the event of an existential threat to Russia, we have much tougher responses. They must be constantly reminded of all those who want to test our Motherland for strength.

    * The organization is recognized as undesirable in Russia.

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    Post  kvs Sun Dec 04, 2022 3:58 am

    The Economist is not worth used toilet paper. It has been a shrill propaganda orifice for decades including before 1990. Turning the
    Russian public against its elected government is not a task NATzO can accomplish. There is no more forbidden fruit leverage as there
    was during the Cold War and the USSR. Russians can see NATzO propaganda for all it is worth and nobody is isolating them from reality
    with censorship. Censorship was active in the west before 1990 and has reached totalitarian levels today.

    The hate put out by NATzO after February 24 has washed away any bridgeheads NATzO propagandists had before but even those were
    a joke considering that Navalny was supposed to be some great opposition hope. The liberal 5th column in Russia was marginal and
    lived off NATzO funding. Its over-representation in Russian media, arts and academia was tolerated. The similarity to the woke rot
    in the west was striking but unlike in the west, the Russian woke nutjobs could not exert totalitarian levels of influence. The problem
    for NATzO is that Russians don't follow the mass media and various influencers like sheep. They did not do this in the USSR period and
    not today. It is actually hard to understand why Ukrainians have transformed into such sheep but I suspect that is a mental pathology
    involving insecurity and resentment of Russian success. It is easier to swallow the feel-good BS from the oligarch media than to face up
    to reality. Once you buy into the media fed narrative, then you are basically lost. There is no fence sitting.

    The Economist is going to have to hope that living conditions in Russia spontaneously deteriorate. While the clowns at the Economist
    hope, their self-anointed masters of the universe toilets will continue deteriorating. They should worry about their own problems instead
    of trying to run a global empire. An empire that has basically ceased to exist.

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    Post  kvs Sun Dec 04, 2022 4:43 am



    Clearly, the culture of the Anglo countries (Kanada, USA, etc.) is that of pirates. We'll take your money on a whim and then
    you have to fight us to get it back.

    To think that there was bitching about how rotten cops in the ex-USSR would shake down motorists for money. In the US the
    cops can do it "legally". Now Kanada is coming out of the closet and pushing to have it apply off the road to anything you own.
    The key detail is that you have to prove a negative (logically impossible) pulled out of the ass of some power-tripping bureaucrat.

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    Post  GarryB Sun Dec 04, 2022 6:33 am

    What I find contradictory is that Biden has come out and criticised Kanye West for hits pro Hitler views, now correct me if I am wrong but when Russia puts forward a resolution against the glorification of Nazism the US votes against it... along with the Ukraine... even EU countries abstain from the vote including Germany.

    They justify their stance because freedom of speech takes precedent in their view... but why does freedom of speech allow Kanye to say what he wants too?

    Why does freedom of speech not extend to RT or Sputnik news agencies... their government funding shouldn't be a barrier... the BBC is also government funded... being owned by incredibly rich families in the west does not assure independent media either.

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    Post  kvs Sun Dec 04, 2022 3:10 pm

    Kanye is not a rabid Nazi. He was trash talking to provoke. By contrast, we have actual Nazis in Ukraine feted by Biden and the
    NATzO west.

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