"A revolution never brings prosperity to a nation, but benefits only a few shameless opportunists, while to the country as a whole it heralds countless deaths, widespread impoverishment, and, in the gravest cases, a long-lasting degeneration of the people." -- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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As NATO marks the 75th anniversary of its creation at a summit in Washington July 9-11, the alliance finds itself grappling with a slew of internal challenges, from political turbulence among allies to funding disputes and a system of arms contracts which benefits some members (guess which ones) far more than others.

Sputnik takes a closer look at some of the problems wracking the bloc:

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The official statement by Russian Permanent Representative at UN Security Council briefing on Ukraine provided by the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations.

Point of order

Dear Colleagues,

In view of the fact that by assuming the UNSC presidency the Russian Federation  took on the obligation, as always, to act in a transparent and impartial manner, I would like to openly explain the situation around Ukraine’s participation in today’s meeting.

Yesterday, the Secretariat received a letter from the Permanent Representative of that country requesting the right to speak at the briefing.

Unlike all other requests, including that of the EU and Poland, the way it is drafted violates greatly the established practice; it is not addressed to the President of the Security Council, nor does it contain even basic protocol language of diplomatic communication.

The only sentence the letter had was a request to allow Ukraine to participate in the meeting.

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The Russian military has destroyed an Israeli-made Improved and Enhanced Multi-Mission Hemispheric Radar (ieMHR) of Kiev forces in the Kharkiv direction using a Lancet loitering munition.

Video footage of the strike surfaced online on July 9. The footage shows the radar receiving a direct hit from a Lancet right after being deployed in a tree line. The explosion of the loitering munition set the radar on fire, effectively destroying it.

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A new European parliamentary alliance between Marine Le Pen, Viktor Orbán, and other leading populists — the ‘Patriots for Europe’ — is now the third largest group in the EU Parliament and the biggest populist group in the history of the bloc.

Off the back of large gains across the continent in last month’s EU Parliament elections, a new populist grouping has leapfrogged Giorgia Meloni’s centre-right European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) and Emmanuel Macron’s neo-liberal Renew Europe (RE) to become the third-largest faction in Brussels.

Replacing the Identity and Democracy (ID) group, the Patriots for Europe group will be headlined by former French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen’s National Rally and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz.

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Burger King. Wendy’s. Boston Market. Red Lobster. Popeye’s. Arby’s. Corner Bakery. Carl’s Jr. The list goes on. On top of being some of the most iconic restaurants in the U.S., what do all of these companies have in common? According to U.S. Court documents, these brands have all faced bankruptcies over the past year as the “Restaurant Apocalypse” continues to wreak havoc across the nation.
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Poland’s Army Chief of Staff, General Wieslaw Kukula, has emphasized the need to prepare the country’s forces for a full-scale conflict rather than an asymmetric-type conflict. The situation has arisen due to deteriorating relations with Russia and Belarus since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022.
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Unemployment in Canada ticked up by 0.2% in June to 6.4%, yet the economy lost 1,400 jobs. Around 1.4 million Canadians were looking for work as of June 2024, a 42,000 person increase from May. Overall employment has fallen in eight of the past nine months to 61.1% in June. So where are all the jobs? Canada’s population surpassed 41 million, marking an all-time high. Canada’s population has surpassed 41 million, but it is not due to new births. Statistics Canada declared that the population rose 0.6% or 242,673 people since last quarter, standing at 41,012.563 as of April 2024. The nation rose by 1.27 from 2022 to 2023 or a 3.2%. . Nearly all population growth (99.3%; 240,955 people) was solely attributed to migrants arriving in Canada.
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Mike Levine

Biden asserts executive privilege over special counsel interview recordings

Republican lawmakers say the Biden administration is refusing to release a set of audio recordings that could help settle the debate over whether President Joe Biden's faltering performance at last month's presidential debate was just a one-off "bad night," as he has repeatedly claimed.

"We all know why they don't want to turn over the audio because it will ... show exactly what we all saw on the debate stage a couple weeks ago," House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-Louisiana, told reporters on Tuesday. "That is something they want to cover up."

The recordings capture Biden's two-day interview last October with then-special counsel Robert Hur, who ultimately concluded that while Biden improperly retained classified documents, he shouldn't be charged with any crimes because -- unlike former president Donald Trump, who was indicted for allegedly hoarding hundreds of classified documents and then trying to cover it up -- Biden cooperated with investigators and would likely convince a jury that he made "an innocent mistake." Trump, meanwhile, has denied all charges.

Democrats and the White House immediately blasted Hur for making what they insisted were unfair and inaccurate conclusions. Republican lawmakers, meanwhile, demanded the audio recordings, claiming that to fulfill their oversight responsibilities they wanted to assess for themselves the evidence that Hur used to reach his conclusions.

White House Counsel Ed Siskel later said Republicans had no "legitimate need" for the recordings and likely only wanted them to "chop them up, distort them, and use them for partisan political purposes."

Claire's Observations:  White House Counsel Siskel, a word, please; if you have the originals, and they demonstrate  Biden's complete coherence, there is absolutely nothing about which to worry, and your compliance should be forthcoming.  IF there is any "nasty editing" to make Biden sound absolutely more horrifically that he did during his apocalyptic melt down during the debate, you will have the original with which to compared the doctored video, to show how it has been edited.

But Counsel Siskel, you may well soon be  in the position of dealing with a Contempt of Congress citation; not a great confidence builder for your next job, sir.  I would politely suggest that compliance here, may well be the order of the day, and soon, with the safeguards I have mentioned.

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In June, both the ISM Manufacturing Index and the ISM Services Index fell below 49. These indices are important indicators of economic activity in the manufacturing and services sectors, respectively. When the index value is below 50, it suggests contraction in the sector. The decline in both indices may signal challenges or slowdowns in these areas of the U.S. economy.
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By: orraz
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In a memo to company employees, Thompson announced that the network will undergo changes, including structural changes to the newsroom and a new subscription service.
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Joe Biden on Wednesday dropped by a meeting of national union leaders at the AFL-CIO headquarters in DC.
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Joe Biden on Wednesday dropped by a meeting of national union leaders at the AFL-CIO headquarters in DC.
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Senate Bill 1414 (SB 1414), introduced in the California Senate by Senator Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield), aims to make soliciting sex from a minor a felony.
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In a recent interview with MSNBC, Rep. Nancy Pelosi refused to endorse Joe Biden as the Democratic presidential nominee.
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As Joe Biden’s poll numbers continue to tank, anonymous intelligent officials are resurrecting the tired old Russian hoax.
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The mainstream media is now pushing the lie that Russia may be plotting to use Joe Biden’s total cognitive collapse at the CNN debate to interfere in the the 2024 election!
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According to TMZ, local technician Abolfazl Amiri was performing routine maintenance at Chabahar Konarak Airport in southern Iran when the tragic incident took place.
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Former Green Beret Jeremy Brown’s story numerous times in the past three years. Jeremy refused to work as an FBI operative on January 6, 2021. Brown later released video of the FBI agents coming to his door to recruit him. For this “crime,” Wray had his FBI storm Jeremy’s home in 2021 and arrest him. Jeremy sits in prison to this day.
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ABC News anchor and former Bill Clinton henchman George Stephanopoulos has apologized for saying old Joe Biden would struggle to serve another term in office.
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College isn’t just expensive for students, it’s also expensive for colleges—and the squeeze is worsening for private schools While Americans are already burdened with massive student loan debts that will take decades to pay off as the cost of education continues to grow, schools have been hiking tuition. But a report Tuesday from Fitch Ratings said recent increases at private colleges and universities still weren’t enough to keep pace with rising expenses.
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Another writer today picks up on the Sahm Rule that I wrote about on June 18 (see: “Economic Collapse is Stalking us Like Death”), saying we are right on the cusp of when the near-perfect recession alert screams that we are flipping into recession:
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The Orlando neo-Nazi rally that grabbed headlines in 2006 was organized by the FBI, a new report shows, and it was part of a broader program that organized similar rallies throughout the nation – even though the bureau knew that they would cause more people to join the movement.

The report claims the Nazi rallies organized by the FBI are what eventually paved the way for a bigger operation known as Primitive Affliction that targeted right-wing groups, complete with bomb makers, rogue undercover agents and a motorcycle front group.

Higher-ups at the bureau were well aware of the operation, including former director Robert Mueller, documents studied by journalist Ken Silva of Headline USA show.

They explain how when the FBI source in charge of organizing the 2006 neo-Nazi rally in Orlando, David Gletty, had his cover blown, his handler denied that he organized the rally on several occasions, admitting only that he marched in it while insisting he didn’t lead it. However, Gletty himself said that he did organize it at the behest of the FBI, both in order to raise Gletty’s profile within neo-Nazi circles and to facilitate surveillance by the FBI of rally attendees.

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