Thought for the day

"A total population of 250-300 million people, a 95% decline from present levels, would be ideal." --  Ted Turner
"The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it." --  Margaret Sanger, Woman and the New Race, Chapter 5, "The Wickedness of Creating Large Families." (1920)

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New York City’s Democrat Mayor Eric Adams complained this week about the number of illegal immigrants showing up in the city and saying that they are straining local resources.

Have you noticed that a lot of Democrats are saying this now that the problem is affecting them?

 

Webmaster addition: I notice the Democrats didn't seem to care when millions of illegal immigrants were sucking up so much of California's water!

Tags: ECONOMY, IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM
Posted on: Jul 21 08:09

Several individuals connected to a 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign plot to cast Donald Trump as a covert Kremlin collaborator are working in high-level jobs within the Biden administration – including at least two senior Biden appointees cited by Special Counsel John Durham in his “active (and) ongoing” criminal investigation of the scheme, according to recently filed court documents.

Jake Sullivan, who now serves as Biden’s national security adviser, and Caroline Krass, a top lawyer at the Pentagon, were involved in efforts in 2016 and 2017 to advance the Clinton campaign’s false claims about Trump through the media and the federal government, documents show. Other evidence shows that two other Biden officials – senior State Department official Dafna Rand and Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Gary Gensler – also are entangled in the so-called Russiagate scandal.

It’s not known whether these Biden appointees have been interviewed by Durham’s investigators. But as the probe widens, some government ethics watchdogs anticipate that Biden’s presidency could be pulled into the scandal, which saw the FBI abuse its surveillance powers to spy on a Trump campaign adviser based on Clinton opposition research.

Just as the Democrats have used their control of Congress to cast President Trump and the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol as threats to American democracy, Republicans are vowing if they regain power after November’s congressional elections to investigate the years-long effort to question Trump’s 2016 victory and undermine his presidency.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Jul 21 08:08

First Lady Jill Biden understandably sticks up for her husband, President Joe Biden, but in attempting to defend him recently, she appeared to confirm some concerns held by many critics.

During an event last week at a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee, the first lady spoke to what she likely believed was a friendly audience in blue Massachusetts that would be receptive to her story regarding her husband’s political struggles to date.

But she actually highlighted the president’s failures which provided grist for Joe Biden’s harshest critics.

“[The President] had so many hopes and plans for things he wanted to do, but every time you turned around, he had to address the problems of the moment,” Biden told a group of about two dozen donors at a private home on the island of Nantucket, according to CNN.

“He’s just had so many things thrown his way,” she added, “Who would have ever thought about what happened [with the Supreme Court overturning] Roe v Wade? Well, maybe we saw it coming, but still, we didn’t believe it. The gun violence in this country is absolutely appalling. We didn’t see the war in Ukraine coming.”

Tags: WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Jul 20 17:53

Monty Python star John Cleese has slammed woke culture for having a 'disastrous' effect on comedy.

The veteran funnyman, 82, said he does not believe comedians have the freedom to be funny anymore, blasting today's cancel culture as the 'death of creativity'.

The Fawlty Towers icon, who has worked in the comedy industry for decades, told FreedomFest in Las Vegas, as reported by Fox News, that the current crackdown on jokes which could be perceived as offensive is putting off young comedians.

In recent years, Dave Chappelle, Kevin Hart, Jimmy Carr and Ricky Gervais are among the stars who have been criticized for their material, although they are still among the highest-paid and most successful comedians in the world.

Cleese said: 'I think it's particularly worrying at the moment because you can only create in an atmosphere of freedom, where you're not checking everything you say critically before you move on.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Jul 20 17:32

President Biden's approval rating among Americans has dropped to 31%, hitting a new all-time low of his presidency.

A Quinnipac University poll released Wednesday revealed the president's likeability only continues to nose-dive, after 71% of Americans said they do not want Biden to seek re-election in 2024. Among the Democrats that participated in the poll, only 40% said that they would like to see him run again, while 54% would not want the president to be the Democratic nominee.

According to the poll, 6 in 10 voters said they did not want to see former President Donald Trump run in the next presidential election. However, 69% of the Republicans that voted would like to see Trump as the GOP nominee, while 27% would not.

Tags: WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Jul 20 17:30

Following a string of mass shootings across the country, the Democratic Party has set its sights on restoring the federal assault weapons ban, but many of its own congressional lawmakers remain skeptical of such a move.

Democrats have a 220-seat majority in the 435-member House. With four seats now vacant, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi needs 216 votes to pass Democrat-sponsored legislation, meaning such a measure could pass in the lower chamber without "yes" votes from four Democrat and no Republican members.

Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., sponsored the guns measure, which would ban a plethora of semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines and/or select external features.

More than six House Democrats, however, remain uncommitted to such a ban, delaying or nixing its passage.

Among the uncommitted are Reps. Ron Kind, Wis.; Vicente Gonzalez, Texas; and Tom O'Halleran, Arizona, Politico reports.

Tags: RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS
Posted on: Jul 20 17:22

U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols kicked off the trial of former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon by telling his lawyers they could not cross-examine anyone on the stand in a way that would suggest the case against him is politically motivated.

“I do not intend for this to become a political case, a political circus, a forum for partisan politics,” Nichols said.

“Nichols’s warning was prompted when prosecutors raised concerns Tuesday morning after Evan Corcoran, one of Bannon’s defense attorneys, asked jurors in his opening statement the day before to consider whether the evidence against his client is ‘affected by politics,'” The Hill reported.

“Amanda Vaughn, an assistant U.S. Attorney prosecuting the case, said she was concerned the defense team was trying to find ways around Nichols’s previous orders precluding Bannon from trying to mount such a defense. Vaughn had raised an objection during Corcoran’s opening statement Tuesday when he made the remark about politics, leading the parties to have a sidebar with Nichols out of earshot of the jurors or public observers,” the report added.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Jul 20 17:21

While climate catastrophists claim that our climate is less livable than ever because of fossil fuels, it is actually more livable than ever thanks to our fossil fuel powered climate protection systems. Rising CO2 levels will cause mild, manageable warming as well as significant global greening--not a crisis.

Tags: CLIMATEGATE
Posted on: Jul 20 15:54

After Eli Dickens stopped a mass shooter this weekend at an Indiana mall, left-leaning outlets began churning out pieces arguing that “good guys with guns” are rare. Now, I don’t know a single pro-gun advocate who claims constitutional carry is a panacea. The nihilistic mass-shooter problem is crying out for a holistic societal remedy. There is no one solution. But it’s clear from the very statistics offered in pieces like this one from the New York Times (which generously quotes me) that concealed carry saves lives.

Consider:

1. Eli Dicken is an absolute badass. The 22-year-old reportedly took down the shooter with eight of 10 shots just 15 seconds after the incident began from 40 yards, showing more bravery and composure than the hundreds of cops milling around while students were being slaughtered in a Uvalde school.

2. The only reason Dicken was armed with a 9-millimeter at the Greenwood mall is that Indiana had recently passed a permitless carry law, which removed license requirements for handgun carriers (though gun buyers still go through the usual FBI background check, a fact omitted in many news stories.) One can assume that Dicken would not have brought any weapon with him had it been illegal to do so, but that the killer, Jonathan Douglas Sapirman, would have shown up with his 100 rounds, two ARs, and a pistol regardless of how forcefully the signs in the mall informed him that he was in a gun-free zone.

3. The New York Times refers to Dicken’s shooting as a “statistical unicorn.” But is it? “An examination of 433 active shooter attacks in the United States between 2000 and 2021,” writes the Times, “showed that only 22 ended with a bystander shooting an attacker, according to data from the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center at Texas State University.”

Only 22 of 433 incidents is 5 percent — which translates to a significant number of lives saved. Or, put it this way: The lives saved by bystanders taking down shooters are as, or more, effective than any Democrat-led policy effort on gun safety.

When The Washington Post fact-checkers looked at 41 of the most deadly mass shooting since 2015, they could come up with only two instances where “universal background checks” might have averted a shooting. The Post’s claim is debatable in both instances because unlike the shooters who are killed by bystanders, we have no idea what alternative actions would-be mass shooters might take. But, for the sake of argument, let’s concede that “universal background checks” stopped just under 5 percent of the worst mass shootings (there is no reason to believe the percentage rises with a bigger sample size). Would the Times categorize the policy’s effectiveness as a “statistical unicorn”? Unlikely.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS
Posted on: Jul 20 15:44

Low serotonin levels do not cause depression, according to a major review.

Today's landmark findings call into question society's ever-growing reliance on antidepressants like Prozac.

Millions of patients take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, designed to boost levels of the 'feel-good' chemical.

University College London researchers argue, however, that there's 'no convincing evidence' that depression is caused by an imbalance of the chemical.

One academic involved in the study described the findings as 'eye-opening', and that 'everything I thought I knew has been flipped upside down'.

Lead author Professor Joanna Moncrieff, a psychiatrist, said: 'The popularity of the "chemical imbalance" theory has coincided with a huge increase in the use of antidepressants.

'Thousands suffer from side effects of antidepressants, including severe withdrawal effects that can occur when people try to stop them, yet prescription rates continue to rise.

Tags: SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Jul 20 15:36
Tags: WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Jul 20 15:35
Tags: RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS
Posted on: Jul 20 15:32

More Americans trust a good Samaritan armed with a gun to stop a mass shooting than police officers or federal agents, according to a Convention of States Action and Trafalgar Group survey of Americans.

The new survey found that the more Americans believe that their best protection in a mass shooting situation is a nearby armed civilian, rather than police officers or federal agents. Respondents chose armed citizens as the best protection by 41.8% to 25.1% for local police and 10.3% for federal agents. About a fifth people chose none of the above – 22.8%.

Democrats and Republicans differed widely on who each believed best able to protect them during a mass shooting. A plurality of Democrats, 33.9%, picked none of the above. Local police came in second with 31.4%.

Republicans, on the other hand, trusted an armed civilian far more than local police or federal agents. Of the GOP respondents, 70.4% said they trusted an armed civilian most to protect them and their families. Just 1.6% of GOP respondents said that federal agents were in the best spot to protect them.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS
Posted on: Jul 20 15:28

The CEO of the iconic Canadian breakfast franchise Tim Hortons has been arrested at his home early Wednesday for possession of child pornography. He was taken into custody by police and is currently in prison awaiting a bail hearing.

Daniel Schwartz was arrested at his home outside of New York City by federal officers and members of the NYPD. Schwartz is a businessman that was serving as the Executive Chairman of Restaurant Brands International Inc. as well as Co-Chairman of RBI’s Board of Directors, which is the parent company of Burger King, Popeyes and Tim Hortons.

Tim Hortons is currently under fire on social media due to its decision to discriminate against unvaccinated children and prohibit them from accessing their summer camp. Many Canadians are boycotting Tim Hortons, going to competing breakfast places in protest. One Twitter user exclaimed that she been refusing to drink Tim Hortons coffee ever since the company implemented the policy.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Jul 20 15:06

At least 181 K-12 educators, including four principals, were arrested on child sex-related crimes in the U.S. in the first six months of 2022, ranging from child pornography to raping students.

An analysis conducted by Fox News Digital looked at local news stories week by week featuring arrests of principals, teachers, substitute teachers and teachers’ aides on child sex-related crimes in school districts across the country. Arrests that weren't publicized were not counted in the analysis, meaning the true number may well be higher.

The analysis found that at least 181 have been arrested between January 1 and June 30, which works out to exactly an arrest a day on average. 

The 181 educators included four principals, 153 teachers, 12 teachers' aides and 12 substitute teachers.  

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, EDUCATION
Posted on: Jul 20 15:03

In a recent op-ed for The Guardian, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, 76, who served under Bill Clinton, says Joe Biden shouldn’t seek a second term in 2024 —and it’s not the dying we should be worried about.

“It’s not death that’s the worrying thing about a second Biden term,” Reich says about the 79-year-old commander-in-chief. “It’s the dwindling capacities that go with aging.”

Biden would be 82 years old at the start of his second term —the oldest POTUS ever.

“I often can’t remember where I put my wallet and keys. Certain proper nouns have disappeared altogether. Even when rediscovered, they have a diabolical way of disappearing again,” Reich says.

“Biden’s secret service detail can worry about his wallet, and he’s got a teleprompter for wayward nouns, but I’m sure he’s experiencing some diminution in the memory department,” Reich continues. “I’m also noticing less patience, perhaps because of an unconscious ‘use by’ timer now clicking away. I’m less tolerant of long waiting lines, automated phone menus, and Republicans.”

“How the hell does Biden maintain tact or patience when he has to deal with Joe Manchin?” Reich says.

“Joe, please don’t run,” Reich pleads.

Webmaster addition: "Please get out of Hillary's way!!!"

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Jul 20 13:19

Comedian Joe Rogan added to his ongoing criticism of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a podcast episode that aired on Thursday.

Specifically, he discussed the harsh pandemic-related measures Trudeau has imposed on the citizens of the nation, declaring that “Canada is communist” as a result of the leftist prime minister’s policies.

In a profanity-laced conversation with comedian Tom Segura, Rogan concluded that America’s neighbor to the north is “f—ed” and must “get rid of” Trudeau before it is too late.

Tags: CANADA, DICTATORSHIP
Posted on: Jul 20 13:15

A Missouri shopper reportedly shot and killed a robbery suspect who was attempting to hold up a gas station on Saturday morning – saving the store attendant’s life in the process.

Lance Bush, held the female attendant at knifepoint while she emptied the cash register, and this caught the attention of the hero customer in the parking lot, according to WLTX.

The concealed carrying customer repeatedly asked if everything was alright, but could tell the dynamic was violent.

“He (Bush) grabbed a backpack and ran inside, looking for I guess the clerk. I saw him grab her and drag her to the front to the counter, something wasn’t right when I saw that, so me being concealed carry, I had my gun on me and I just waited,” the customer told CBS 19.

“I walked up to the door and I saw him with a knife to her throat,” he continued. “She was emptying out the cash register and I took a step in and peeked my head in to ask if everything was okay. I couldn’t see his face, but he was saying yes, but I could see her face she was saying no, she was scared.”

Bush then ran from the corner of the counter to attack but was stopped when the customer fired four shots, dropping the suspect to the ground.

Tags: RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS
Posted on: Jul 20 13:06

A 22-year-old man with a gun stopped a mass shooting at an Indiana mall on Sunday, saving countless lives, according to authorities.

The man who fatally shot the active shooter has been identified as Elisjsha Dicken. Here’s what we know about the young man and the shooting.

The Incident

Dicken was at the mall with his girlfriend when the shooter opened fire on unsuspecting shoppers at a mall in  Greenwood, about 15 miles south of Indianapolis.

It was initially reported that within two minutes of the first shot, Dicken used his 9-millimeter Glock handgun to fire off at least ten rounds and kill the shooter. New reports suggest Dicken started firing after only 15 seconds of the attacker’s first shot.

“I will say his actions were nothing short of heroic,” Greenwood Police Chief Jim Ison said of Dicken. Greenwood Park Mall surveillance footage captured nearly the entire incident, he noted.

Tags: RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS
Posted on: Jul 20 13:05

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declared on Tuesday that had Russian President Vladimir Putin not “taken the initiative” in Ukraine, the NATO alliance would have launched a war with Russia over Crimea, which Kiev claims as its own land.

Speaking alongside Putin in Tehran, Khamenei stated that “as regards Ukraine, if you did not take the initiative, the other side would have initiated the war.”

Describing the West as “completely opposed to a strong and independent Russia” and NATO as “a dangerous entity that sees no boundaries in its expansionist policy,” the Iranian leader added that “had they not been stopped in Ukraine, they would have launched the same war sometime later under the pretext of the Crimea issue.”

Considered Russian land since imperial times, Crimea was an autonomous republic within the Soviet Union until it was ceded to the Ukrainian SSR by Soviet Premier Nikita Kruschev in 1954. The region fell under Ukrainian control after the breakup of the USSR, and voted to join Russia in 2014.

NATO considers Crimea to be “illegally annexed” Ukrainian territory. While the alliance has not threatened Russia with open war, it has demanded that Moscow return the region to Ukrainian control and a number of decisions made by its leaders and the government in Kiev suggest a possible path to war over Crimea.

NATO first established a partnership with Ukraine in 1997, and in the 2008 Bucharest Declaration stated that Ukraine and Georgia “will become members of NATO” at an unspecified future date. The Declaration remains alliance policy, and were Ukraine to join NATO, its 30 other members would instantly become parties to a territorial dispute with Russia.

Tags: IRAN, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS
Posted on: Jul 20 13:04

The Biden administration sold almost six million barrels of oil from its Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) since July 2021 to a Chinese state-run energy company, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation examination of Department of Energy (DOE) data.

From July 2021 until the end of June 2022, Biden’s energy department auctioned off 5.9 million barrels of strategic reserve oil to Unipec, the trading division of the Chinese state-owned Sinopec, in an attempt to expand the supply of oil globally and decrease fuel costs in the U.S. that were exacerbated by the war in Ukraine and Biden’s climate policies. SPR oil is marketed to the highest bidder, and some of the businesses entitled to make bids are American subsidiaries of foreign corporations like Unipec.

Tags: CHINA, ECONOMY, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Jul 20 13:03

Marine Commandant James Amos’ recent remarks on the future of the corps can be summed up as: nothing new.

In shorthand, “Rah, rah, the Marine Corps is awesome, and all we have to do is make sure they have the equipment & training & facilities they need so they can always be awesome Marines, rah, rah!”

Wrong.

The Marines as currently organized and equipped are about as relevant as the Army’s horse cavalry in the 1930s and the Marines are not alone. They have company in the Army’s XVIII Airborne Corps.

But, first, let’s examine the Marines.

In truth, the Marines have a low-end warfare niche, but a very small one for extremely limited and unusual types of operations.

The only amphibious craft they really need are the next-gen LCACs and LCUs. The only wet-well ships they need are LSD 41s — and those need to be kept in production to gradually replace older LSDs and the troublesome LPDs.

No one will set out to establish a defended beachhead because U.S. aircraft from the Air Force and the Navy will easily target and destroy the defenses.

Tags: WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Jul 20 13:03

The place where Joe Biden face planted into the concrete falling off his bike last month has been named as ‘Brandon Falls’ on Google Maps.

Someone has managed to place a landmark in the Delaware location, naming it after the infamous ‘Lets go Brandon’ chant, which was initiated after the White House claimed Nascar fans were not chanting ‘F*ck Joe Biden’ when they totally were.

At time of writing, ‘Brandon Falls’ is still listed as a ‘historical landmark’ on Google Maps:

Tags: WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Jul 20 13:02

It’s like our country is trapped on one of those swirling carnival rides beloved of the county fairs… only, the felonious mutt who runs the ride has nodded off in a fentanyl delirium with the motor running at maximum speed… and the children-of-all-ages locked in the pods of this infernal machine shriek and vomit with each sickening rotation… as the half-century-old swing arms groan and wobble from metal fatigue on their squealing pivots… and suddenly comes a deafening crunch of gnashed gears, the smell of burning oil, and the pathetic whimpering of the nearly dead.

That’s us. Some terrible midsummer accident-of-state has befallen the USA Carnival, and most are too dazed to know it. Whose idea was it to send the wind-up doll president called “Joe Biden” to Saudi Arabia? I can just imagine what went on in the chamber in private with “JB” and MBS (Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman), virtual autocrat of the oil-soaked desert land. The American visitor muttered something about wanting an ice-cream cone before dropping into a catatonic thousand-yard stare.

How does this thing work?” MBS asks his chief vizier, the foreign minister (in Arabic, of course), gesticulating disdainfully at the ghostly figure sunk in the plush camel-hair armchair yards away. “Joe Biden” sits motionless. Someone has forgotten to rewind him, some “aide” who carries the president’s Adderall. Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud tells the boss, “We’ll make up some camel-dung for release to CNN and friends. They’ll fall for anything.”

It’s like a crime scene where the forensic experts have entered. The Saudi leader and his entourage only hang around the room for three minutes until the US State Department shoots enough photos to prove that “JB” was there and not stuffed in the basement of his Delaware beach house for the weekend, as usual. The American news media gets briefed: Saudi Arabia graciously agrees to bump up its oil production somewhere in the 2025-2027 time-frame — a triumph for US diplomacy, the networks are informed. Air Force One wings home through clouds of despair. The White House team members spend the flight updating their resumés.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Jul 20 13:01

Biden Finally ‘decided’ to visit Saudi Arabia, a country he had described as a pariah. Biden’s word constitutes projection as unlikely as it sounds. Biden and his role as the US leader are very close to that of Muhammad Bin Salman (MBS) in Saudi Arabia. Both persons and the countries they represent have more similarities than US neo-liberals would ever admit. Readers here should note the dictatorial stance that Biden and the US have on the world, which is similar to what the house of Saud has on Saudi Arabia. Biden and the US dictate on other countries and can strangle or ‘isolate’ them according to whims in a similar way that MBS does on dissidents, as was the case with Jamal Khashoggi and minorities (Saudi Arabia just killed 81 people in a day without due process).

Tags: SAUDI ARABIA, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Jul 20 13:00

Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg speaks about infrastructure and the Hudson River Tunnels during a press conference at Penn Station in New York, on June 28, 2021. - Buttigieg joins Democratic New York Senator Chuck Schumer after the tour Monday morning to discuss funding for the $11 billion project to build a new tunnel. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)

Paying near record-high prices for gas may be hitting your wallet hard, but according to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, that will just make an electric vehicle all the more worth it.

During a House hearing on Tuesday, Buttigieg said, “The more pain we are all experiencing from the high price of gas, the more benefit there is for those who can access electric vehicles.”

Webmaster addition: Pete, how will you recharge all those EVs?

Tags: CLIMATEGATE, ECONOMY, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Jul 20 12:56

A New York Times/Siena College poll revealed late last week that a total of 64% of Democratic voters said they prefer a new candidate, rather than Joe Biden, in the upcoming presidential campaign.

Independent US journalist Glenn Greenwald has argued that despite the fact that the mainstream media had taken an unfriendly turn against President Joe Biden in recent months, it's the Democrats themselves who want to take POTUS down ahead of the 2024 election.

In an interview with Fox News, Greenwald specifically referred to concerns about the 46th president’s “cognitive decline”, which he claimed had emanated “not from supporters of Bernie Sanders nor from supporters of Donald Trump.”

Webmaster addition: Democrats are sabotaging Biden to get him out of Hillary's way!

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Jul 20 12:55

Iran’s official foreign currency exchange has listed the Russian currency and launched trading in the ruble/rial currency pair, the IRNA news agency reported on Tuesday.

The listing comes ahead of President Putin’s visit to Tehran, and has been described by the head of Iran’s Central Bank as “an important step in the development of economic relations between Iran and Russia.”

Moscow pledged earlier to gradually stop using the US dollar in transactions with Iran. Trade between the two countries grew by 31% in the first four months of this year, and the Kremlin announced that Moscow and Tehran were preparing a major new cooperation deal.

Tags: ECONOMY, IRAN, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS
Posted on: Jul 20 12:54

The world is currently changing so rapidly that the term ‘new normal,’ which first appeared in the business realm and later enriched diplomatic slang, has been added to the active vocabulary of not only all those who follow the news, but even those who don’t.

The NATO summit held in Madrid, last month, was rich in information, claiming to be one of the key political events of the summer of 2022. The gathering marked another milestone in relations between Moscow and Brussels, with the the continuing conflict between Russia and the West the main focus.

First, a new Strategic Concept for the bloc was released, in which Russia was publicly declared its main security threat. Secondly, the procedure for Sweden and Finland's membership was officially launched, symbolically confirming the unity of the Euro-Atlantic camp. Thirdly, a number of measures and plans have been announced which are aimed at directly deterring Russia militarily.

These are all alarming signals that create a depressing impression for outsiders. The reaction of officials does not add optimism either. For example, in commenting on NATO’s 2022 Strategic Concept, Russia’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alexander Grushko, said “The very existence of a state like Russia is recognized as a serious threat to the alliance. This is a very serious turn and a real bid to confront us.”

It would seem that everything points to a ‘new normal’ in Russia-NATO relations. Naturally, questions arise: How did this happen? What will Brussels do in practice, and how will Moscow react? Can a strategic confrontation in the information field and the buildup of means of deterrence on both sides escalate into an open conflict?

Tags: EUROPE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Jul 20 12:54