All posts for the day January 11th, 2023
Obviously, it is just a matter of time before a dirty bomb explodes in the West.
This video is causing a lot of anger in Ukraine, today. Members of the country’s “golden youth” drinking $20,000 champagne, in a Courchevel flag-waving frenzy, at the same time as Kiev’s forces were losing the town of Soledar to Russia’s Wagner troops
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Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov: “We are carrying out NATO’s mission today. They aren’t shedding their blood. We’re shedding ours. That’s why they’re required to supply us with weapons.”
There are plenty of Canadians on that list, including Chrystia Freeland, the Globe and Mail editor, the TD Bank group, the Ontario Teachers Pension plan, RBC Bank, and more.
Research conducted by New York University’s Center for Social Media and Politics into Russian trolling behavior on Twitter in the lead-up to the 2016 US presidential election has found “no evidence of a meaningful relationship between exposure to the Russian foreign influence campaign and changes in attitudes, polarization, or voting behavior.”
Which is to say that all the years of hysterical shrieking about Russian trolls interfering in US democracy and corrupting the fragile little minds of Americans — a narrative that has been used to drum up support for internet censorship and ever-increasing US government involvement in the regulation of online speech — was false.
The most important reporting a journalist can do in the western world today is to help expose the lies, propaganda and malpractice of other western journalists and news outlets. But that is also the last thing a western journalist is ever likely to do because western journalists seek praise and approval not from the public, but from other western journalists…
You can see this in the way they post on Twitter, with their little in-jokes and insider references, how they’re always cliquing up and beckoning and signalling to each other. Twitter is a great window through which to observe western journalists because they really lay it all out there. Watch their bootlicking facilitation of status quo power, their ingratiating tail-wagging with each other, the way they gang up on dissenters like zealots burning a heretic. To see what I’m talking about you have to pay attention not to their viral tweets that go off but to all the rest that receive little attention because the ones that take off are the ones the public is interested in. If you watch them carefully it becomes clear that for most of them the intended audience of the majority of their posts is not the rank-and-file public, but their fellow members of the media class.
In a first, Ottawa will acquire a NASAMS air-defense system from the US to give to Kiev, defense minister has said
“The announcement said that this assistance, valued at about $406 million, comes from the additional $500 million in military aid to Kiev announced by Ottawa in mid-November.”
Jan 11, 2023
Canada will purchase a National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS) from the US in order to donate it to Ukraine, Defense Minister Anita Anand announced on Tuesday.
In a statement that came after the meeting of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Joe Biden in Mexico, the Department of National Defense described the move as “a high-priority donation.” This gift is also expected to become “the first Canadian donation of an air defense system to Ukraine,” it added.
The announcement said that this assistance, valued at about $406 million, comes from the additional $500 million in military aid to Kiev announced by Ottawa in mid-November.
In a tweet on Tuesday, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky thanked Trudeau “for helping us to protect our sky” with the NASAMS.
Russian drones far cheaper than Ukrainian air defenses – NYT
The NASAMS system, which can shoot down missiles, drones and warplanes, will enhance Ukraine’s air defense amid Russia’s attack on its military and energy infrastructure, Ottawa said. Moscow intensified its strikes on these Ukrainian facilities in early October in response to recurring sabotage on Russian soil orchestrated by Kiev.
Ukraine is already operating US-supplied NASAMS, with the Pentagon having committed to send eight such systems to Kiev.
However, in mid-November the combat activities of Ukrainian air defenses sent shockwaves across the entire world and reignited fears of WWIII after a Ukrainian missile fell on a Polish village, killing two civilians. These concerns were underpinned by Warsaw initially blaming Moscow for the incident. Later, however, it conceded that the projectile had been launched by Kiev’s forces.
Russia has repeatedly warned the West against providing Ukraine with weapons. In October, commenting on Washington’s promise to supply Kiev with NASAMS, Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov reiterated that this aid “would prolong the conflict and make it more painful for the Ukrainian side,” arguing also that it would “not change the final result” of the hostilities.
NATO states have long been indirect parties to the Moscow-Kiev face-off through their arms deliveries, Moscow says
Jan 10, 2023
FILE PHOTO: US Air Force personnel prepare to military equipment crates bound for Ukraine at the Dover Air Force Base, US, on April, 24, 2022. © Global Look Press / Cover Images
The US and NATO are already taking part in the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, although indirectly, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists on Tuesday. He was commenting on a statement made earlier by the secretary of Russia’s national security council, Nikolay Patrushev, who called the ongoing hostilities a “confrontation of NATO… with Russia.”
“Both NATO and the US are definitely taking part in this conflict, although indirectly, by proxy,” Peskov said, adding that, although both Washington and Brussels maintain they have no intention of getting involved in the conflict between Moscow and Kiev, “de facto they have already become an indirect party” to it.
The US and its allies, including the NATO nations, “pump Ukraine full of arms, [share] technologies, and intelligence data… Their involvement in this conflict is obvious,” the spokesman for Russian president Vladimir Putin said.
Moscow does not believe that any of its actions could further provoke the US and NATO into increasing their military aid to Kiev since it is already happening, Peskov said. “We see that increases in [military] supplies come on a daily basis,” the Kremlin spokesman said, adding that increasingly more powerful weapons are getting delivered in larger quantities as Western nations intensify their training of Ukrainian troops.
‘No place’ for independent Russia in Western mindset – Moscow
The Kremlin spokesman also said that Patrushev was absolutely right in his assessment, which simply “acknowledged the facts on the ground.” “This is nothing but the indirect involvement of those nations in the conflict,” Peskov maintained, adding that Moscow “thoroughly records” all such developments.
Earlier on Tuesday, the National Security Council secretary said that the ongoing conflict is a proxy confrontation between the US, NATO and Russia since Brussels and Washington “fear a direct standoff.” Patrushev also accused the West of sacrificing other people’s lives for their “enrichment and ambitions.”
Washington and its allies in Europe have repeatedly stated they would like to avoid a direct confrontation with Russia and has denied being party to the ongoing conflict. Yet, they have been supplying Kiev’s forces with a wide variety of arms, including self-propelled howitzers and multiple rocket launchers.
Russia has repeatedly warned that continued Western arms shipments to Kiev would only prolong the conflict and extend human suffering, as well as pose a risk of a direct military confrontation between Russia and the West.