The Palestinians are again fighting for their lives, refusing to live in the prison known…
Western European Countries That Hitler Occupied Refused To Condemn Present-Day Nazism And Fascism.
On December 16, 2021, a draft resolution of the UN General Assembly was listed as “Combating glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fueling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.”
It passed by a recorded vote of 130 in favour (mainly the Third World, constituting the large majority of the world’s population), 51 abstentions (mainly the EU, Australia, New Zealand and Canada), and two opposed, the two opposed being Ukraine and the United States.
The Western European countries that Hitler conquered and occupied would not condemn present-day manifestations of Nazism and fascism?
Harry Truman, infamously declared as a senator in 1940 in response to Operation Barbarossa that “If we see that Germany is winning, we ought to help Russia and if Russia is winning we ought to help Germany and that way let them kill as many as possible.”
This showed what little regard he had for the Russian and other Soviet people – which became more evident when he became president.
During his tenure in the White House, the U.S. helped rebuild the industrial capacity of Western Europe (in large part to prevent communists and socialists from winning elections), but he also launched a war on North Korea, destroying virtually every structure in the country through bombing, including incendiary and napalm weapons.
He initiated the Cold War, massively escalated the military budget, organised NATO, and used atomic weapons on civilian populations in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in large part to block the allied Soviets from gaining territory in Japan in the last days of the war.
Perhaps Truman’s most destructive initiative was the creation of the CIA, a monster that he later claimed got out of hand, telling a friend: “I never would have agreed to the formulation of the Central Intelligence Agency back in forty-seven, if I had known it would become the American Gestapo”.
Though as president he supported its clandestine activities in Eastern Europe.
The immediate target was Soviet Ukraine, which the CIA hoped through its clandestine projects to “crack apart” with saboteurs behind enemy lines.
Its task was a carry-over from the World War II covert action agency, the OSS, which had worked with partisan groups resisting the Nazi occupation.
In Ukraine, the U.S. simply flipped the enemy by supporting Nazi insurgent organisations fighting the Soviet Union, the country that had just saved Europe from the scourge of Hitler’s Third Reich.
The CIA’s plan, part of its “stay behind” operations in Central and Eastern Europe, was to airdrop Ukrainians from the ultra-nationalist groups, in particular OUN-B, that would involve the smuggling of weapons, the uses of covert communication transmissions, spies, commandos, banditry, assassins and sabotage.
A declassified secret CIA history shows that the Agency refused to extradite the OUN war criminal Bandera to the Soviets in order to keep the underground movement and the destabilisation efforts in Ukraine intact.
( Gerald Sussman, 14.09.2022 ) .. mronline.org
Orient Express Cuts UK Service Due To Brexit.
When the Orient Express began operating in the 19th century, passports were optional – the only paperwork required by British travellers was a copy of the Thomas Cook Continental Timetable.
But Brexit and 21st-century biometric checks are killing off the romance of crossing borders for modern passengers looking for the nostalgia of the luxury train journey that inspired Agatha Christie and Hollywood.
Belmond, the company that runs today’s Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (VSOE), has decided to drop the London-to-Folkestone leg of the route because it has become too difficult to cross the border to Calais.
Until now, passengers have been able to ride in art deco carriages of the British Pullman service from Victoria station in London to Folkestone. There they board coaches to cross the Channel to meet Belmond’s continental train at Calais.
The coach transfer creates an unacceptable risk for Belmond, as there is no way for their passengers to avoid delays crossing the Channel.
Travellers, including school coach parties, had to wait up to 14 hours at Dover at the beginning of the Easter holidays and people also faced queues for Le Shuttle.
Things may get worse, Belmond fears, because the UK and EU are planning new biometric passport checks and extra red tape.
( James Tapper, 15.04.2023 ) .. theguardian.com
More Than 1,300 Homeless People Died Across The UK In 2022.
The Museum of Homelessness said the figure of 1,313 in 2022 was up by 85% since its work began four years ago.
The group has been running the Dying Homeless Project since 2019 and said it uses information from coroners’ enquiries, media coverage, family testimony and freedom of information requests to verify details of each case.
It said the aim is to honour and remember people “who would so often be forgotten”.
Researchers said the true numbers are likely to be higher as some local authorities have not contributed to the project over the last two years.
( Aine Fox, 20.04.2023 ) .. standard.co
Civilians Are Dying And Cities Are Collapsing Like A Deck Of Cards.
Amidst the Ukraine war, the unlikely friendship between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and U.S. President Joe Biden has gone beyond political ties.
Zelensky, a former comedian turned politician, and Biden, a career politician, have developed a strong bond that has helped solidify the relationship between their two countries.
Zelensky was elected as Ukraine’s president in 2019, and the presidential Democrat leader Joe Biden was among the first world leaders to congratulate him on his victory.
Since then, the two leaders have met several times, both in person and virtually, to discuss various issues, including Ukraine’s ongoing war with Russia, the COVID-19 pandemic, and economic cooperation.
Since the beginning of the Ukraine war, the majority of aid and support has come from the United States, being valued at about $77billion.
The U.S. has also pressurised NATO allies to aid Ukraine in its bid to defeat Russia.
Nevertheless, despite all efforts, Russia has annexed close to 30% of Ukraine.
The U.S. is still supplying weapons, though, and it shows no signs of stopping.
Every other day, civilians are dying, cities are collapsing like a deck of cards, and Russia is ingesting Ukrainian weaponry like Tacos.
What appears to be quite surprising is that, despite calls for peace, either Biden or Zelensky’s escalatory provocations cause the negotiations to break down.
( Ansh Pandey, 09.03.2023 ) .. tfiglobalnews.com
A UK Funded Elite Police Team Are Implicated In A Massacre In Somaliland.
Former UK defence secretary Sir Gavin Williamson faces criticism for his staunch support of a breakaway African republic, after its security forces killed 20 protesters.
A UK-trained police unit may have been responsible for a massacre in Somaliland.
Since being sacked from Boris Johnson’s cabinet over the exam grades fiasco, former education secretary Sir Gavin Williamson has largely faded from the public eye.
Theresa May had earlier dismissed Williamson as her defence secretary over an alleged leak of national security material.
Shunned at home, Williamson has turned his attention abroad and become a minor celebrity in the geo-strategic Horn of Africa.
His greatest supporters are in Somaliland, where in 2019 he was the first British cabinet minister ever to visit.
Keen to have him back, Somaliland’s Chamber of Commerce spent £4,620 flying him over to meet their president, ex-colonel Muse Bihi Abdi.
The region is not recognised as an independent state by the UK, something Williamson believes is wrong.
The bloodshed is politically embarrassing for Williamson.
Dozens of British-Somalis gathered outside the Foreign Office in London to protest against the UK’s growing role in Somaliland.
Many of them had family or friends in Laascaanood who were affected by the shootings.
Although Somaliland is not officially recognised, the UK has been willing to work closely with its security forces.
These include the Rapid Response Unit (RRU), an elite police team implicated in the Laascaanood killings.
The RRU was funded by British taxpayers from around 2013 until 2020, despite long-running concerns over its human rights record.
Even if a different police unit was responsible for the killing, there’s a high chance they too have received UK aid.
Britain built Somaliland’s police headquarters, training academy and a pre-trial detention facility.
Vehicles and generators have also been donated.
In one year alone, this support cost British taxpayers £1.4million.
British company Genel Energy is trying to extract over two billion barrels of oil in the disputed region.
Genel is well connected to the Tories, with ex-energy and defence minister Michael Fallon as its deputy chairman.
Former shareholders include disgraced UK chancellor Nadhim Zahawi.
( Phil Miller, 24.01.2023 ) .. declassifieduk.org
River Declared “Ecologically Dead” After 2,200 Hours Of Sewage Spills.
The River Lim, in Lyme Regis, Dorset, UK, was once a booming wildlife haven for countless species but has now been declared ‘ecologically dead’.
Thanks to human waste and sewage leaking into the scenic river, it has caused a harmful impact on the river’s ecosystem and caused a “brown layer” within the river.
River Lim Action Group say this is a direct result of 2,200 hours of sewage spills discharged into the river by South West Water in 2022 as well as illegal discharges from leaking pipes and misconnections.
Tests carried out by campaigners have discovered “high levels” of E.coli within the water and has effectively ruined the river’s once thriving ecosystem.
( Mike Taylor and Kieren Williams, 18.05.2023 ) .. mirror.co.uk
UK Aid Has Gone Towards Strengthening Somaliland’s Security Forces.
Britain does not officially recognise Somaliland as an independent state but it has funded its security forces, including a unit suspected of killing around 20 people.
The Foreign Office said that releasing its records from the incident “could potentially damage the relationships between the UK and Somaliland” and even jeopardise national security.
The killings sparked months of open warfare.
148 civilians have died in the ensuing conflict since February 2023.
Amnesty International said more than 600 people have been injured in the recent fighting.
Up to 200,000 others have fled.
Among the civilians killed were women, children, older people with health conditions, and healthcare workers.
They were mostly killed during indiscriminate attacks involving rockets, mortars, and other explosive weapons with wide area effects.
The ongoing violence is a setback for UK policy in the region, which has seen Britain forge closer ties to Somaliland’s de facto authorities than most other Western powers.
In censoring the documents, UK diplomats controversially relied on an exemption in the freedom of information act that is meant to protect international relations between states – even though the British government does not officially recognise Somaliland as a state.
It comes as substantial UK aid has gone towards strengthening Somaliland’s security forces, including the Rapid Response Unit (RRU), an elite police team implicated in the killings.
The UK now funds a police “Counter Terrorism Unit” instead of the RRU.
Britain’s defence ministry has previously paid Adam Smith International, a security consultancy, to train Somaliland’s military intelligence.
( Phil Miller, 24.04.2023 ) .. declassifieduk.org
Who Is Really Pulling The Strings In Ukraine.
Are Volodymyr Zelensky and Joe Biden both acting on someone’s behalf who are pulling the strings?
Have you ever heard the name of Victoria Nuland and Igor Kolomoisky?
Pentagon knows these two individuals as they were one once the most influential people in Ukraine.
Victoria Nuland is an American diplomat who served as the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs under President Barack Obama and spokesperson for Hillary Clinton.
She played a key role in shaping U.S. foreign policy towards Europe, including policy towards Ukraine and Russia.
During her time in office, she advocated for democratic reforms and closer ties between Ukraine and the West, and was a vocal critic of Putin and Yanukovich’s actions in the region.
In several leaked tapes, Nuland was heard helping Ukrainian opposition leaders and discussing expansion of protests.
Igor Kolomoyskyi is one of the most influential and powerful Oligarchs of Ukraine.
The oligarch even grew his portfolio to oversee one of Ukraine’s biggest banks, PrivatBank, refashion itself as a steward of Ukraine’s finance sector.
However, the man has a really dark and sinister background.
In the aftermath of Ukraine’s 2014 EuroMaidan Revolution, the oligarch then refashioned himself into a supporter of Ukrainian statehood.
Kolomoyskyi owns a private military group in Ukraine.
Known as the “Dnipro Battalion”, this group was formed in 2014 during the conflict between Ukraine and pro-Russian people in the eastern part of the country.
Using his private military, Kolomoyskyi has also forcefully attempted to overtake several Ukrainian businesses.
The group has been cited for extrajudicial killings and other violations of human rights, and its members have come under fire for lack of discipline and training.
As Kolomoyskyi was an influential oligarch, former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich hated him.
There was mutual hatred, Kolomoisky’s hatred for Yanukovich has been well-documented, and he has been accused of using his influence to target Yanukovich and his allies.
Viktor Yanukovich was a Pro-Russia leader and so, he was also the bone of contention for U.S. leaders.
But, for one lady, Yanukovich’s removal was of utmost importance – Victoria Nuland wanted Yanukovich out of power at any cost.
During the Euromaidan protests in 2014, Nuland was among the first Western politician to voice her support against Yanukovich.
The 2019 election was Kolomoisky’s chance of removing Poroshenko from power, so he decided to push his best friend, Volodymyr Zelensky to power.
Zelenskyy made Kolomoyskyi’s personal attorney a crucial member of his campaign team, frequently visited Kolomoyskyi in his self-imposed exile in Tel Aviv and Geneva, and received the support of Kolomoyskyi’s media conglomerate.
Once in power, Zelenskyy appeared to oust leaders seen as a threat to Kolomoyskyi’s interests.
( Ansh Pandey, 09.03.2023 ) .. tfiglobalnews.com
Tory Donor Whose Mum Put Up Boris Johnson Rent Free Is Handed A £12.7Million Government Contract.
Tory donor Jo Bamford, whose mum has been putting ex-PM Boris Johnson up rent-free for months has been handed a Government contract worth £12.7million.
Jo Bamford, son of JCB mogul Lord Bamford and Lady Bamford, bought ailing coach manufacturer Wrightbus in 2021.
It will receive £6.4million of taxpayers’ cash, plus £6.3million from auto industry bodies, to develop batteries for electric buses.
Bamford has personally given £88,000 to the Tories, while his family and their businesses have handed more than £14million in cash and gifts to the party since 2001.
In October 2021, months after Bamford took over, Wrightbus received an £11.2million grant to develop hydrogen technology.
Another of Bamford’s firms – Hygen, previously known as Ryze Hydrogen – is involved in projects funded by the Government’s Net Zero Hydrogen Fund.
Julian Smith, former Tory chief whip, is an ex-employee, earning £60,000 a year for development advice.
And Government Science Minister George Freeman signed a contract to provide “strategic advice” to the firm, to be worth £20,000 a year.
But he cancelled the contract and returned £10,000 after being rapped by second jobs watchdog ACOBA for failing to inform them before taking up the role.
( Mikey Smith, 13.05.2023 ) .. mirror.co.uk