Secretary of the Armenian Security Council Armen Grigoryan is pivoting the Caucasian country toward the West when his immediate priority should be securing Armenia since a conflict with Azerbaijan is seemingly close to breaking out. It is no secret that his appointment to the head of the Security Council initially caused legitimate concern among Armenians since it strayed from the traditional and longstanding relations Armenia has with Russia. However, his mission to derail Armenian-Russian ties is unsurprising when remembering that he was the former coordinator of election programs of Transparency International, a Soros-funded NGO with an obvious liberal agenda.
Grigoryan recently made another, but quite conceptual, trip to Brussels and had a working lunch with the special representative of the NATO Secretary General in the Caucasus and Central Asia, Javier Colomina. According to Armenian media, Grigoryan explained to Colomina “the security situation around Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh, and also discussed the consequences of Azerbaijan’s illegal blocking of the Lachin corridor.”
Under the guise of “ecological protest,” Baku first blocked, then set up its own checkpoint on the road between Goris and Stepanakert, the capital of the Armenian-populated separatist region of internationally recognised Azerbaijan. This blockade has led 120,000 Armenians in the region to face starvation and shortages.
The US, Britain, and other Western countries, particularly France, are looking for ways to level out any agreements reached with the participation of Russia. Hence, numerous rounds of consultations with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, European Council president Charles Michel, and others. This does not exclude the recently somewhat obscured negotiation format between Grigoryan, the Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan Hikmet Hajiyev, and White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan.
Russia’s response to potential US deliveries of its ATACMS missiles to Ukraine would not be long in coming, said Konstantin Gavrilov, head of the Russian delegation to the Vienna talks on military security and arms control.
"According to the information at hand, Washington is planning to provide its puppets with long-range ATACMS missile systems, as well as MQ-1C Grey Eagle and MQ-9 Reaper multi-purpose UAVs. We are warning that appropriate retaliation will not be long in coming. You are well aware that the weakening Western war machine will not be able to prevent the combat success of the Russian army in the special operation zone," he said at the 1054th plenary session of the OSCE Forum for Security Cooperation, according to a copy of his speech posted to the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website.
Gavrilov also noted that the "manic efforts" of some Western OSCE member countries to isolate Russia "are futile and will backfire on their initiators."
A Seattle police officer is under fire after he was caught on his own bodycam joking and laughing about a woman who was killed by another officer in January. Officer Daniel Auderer can be heard on the video saying “she is dead” before laughing and joking about writing a check for $11,000. He also said “she had limited value” after referencing her age. The Law&Crime Network’s Sierra Gillespie has the details.
There is mounting evidence that Joe Biden was involved in his family’s influence peddling schemes, including while he served as Vice President. However, Democrats and their corporate media allies continue to ignore this overwhelming evidence as they seek to distract the American people from the Biden family’s corruption. Below are over 20 examples of Joe Biden’s involvement.
1) In July 2023, former Biden business associate Devon Archer described how Joe Biden was “The Brand” and was used to send “signals” of power, access, and influence to enrich the Biden family from foreign sources.
2) Devon Archer alone was aware of at least 20 times in which then-Vice President Biden spoke on speakerphone with Hunter Biden’s foreign business associates. Democrats would have Americans believe that these phone calls with then-Vice President Biden were simply to discuss the weather.
3) In February 2014, then-Vice President Joe Biden dined with oligarchs from Russia and Kazakhstan who funneled millions of dollars to Hunter Biden and his business associates.
Former Texas GOP Rep Shares How the Border Is ‘Getting Out of Hand’ Under Biden
In a recent interview with Townhall, former GOP Rep. Mayra Flores, who is running to reclaim her seat in Texas’ 34th congressional district in 2024, shared how her Mexico-bordering district has been impacted by the Biden administration’s mishandling of the border crisis.
“The Mexican cartel is in full control of the southern border,” Flores told Townhall. “This is a situation that we [people who live near the border] deal with on a daily basis.”
“It’s the best time for terrorists to come into the country, because we don’t have border security,” she explained. “We have a federal government that refuses to enforce the law.”
The anti-Russian agenda is being used by Washington as a smokescreen for US President Joe Biden’s corruption, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF).
"There is a struggle for power, there is a cover-up of terrible, colossal, corruption on a global scale; political opponents are being torpedoed. There is opposition to the authorities, and different branches of this government in the investigation of these very criminal acts, which I mentioned. That is what is happening there," the diplomat said when asked whether the congressional investigation into the possible impeachment of Biden could affect the US position on Ukraine.
Meanwhile, Zakharova noted that the US uses the Russophobic agenda for several purposes. "And this anti-Russian position, which was developed precisely by the Democrats under [former US President Barack] Obama, who for two terms pumped their society with this nonsense. This anti-Russian, Russophobic agenda is needed for two purposes: first - to cover up the facts of rampant corruption. <...> And second - to create a cause to consolidate the public, to forge a kind of front of like-minded people facing the Russian threat. That's what's going on there," she added.
Hundreds of Israeli high school students have publicly declared that they will refuse to serve in the army, in protest at the judicial reforms which have caused widespread unrest and controversy in the country in the past year.
Although it is not the first time Israelis have refused military service in protest, the decision by 230 students to boycott the service is the first organised attempt to use refusal as a specific means of opposing the current government’s judicial reforms.
In a statement released on Sunday at the Herzliya Hebrew Gymnasium high school in central Tel Aviv, Youth Against Dictatorship also explicitly tied their cause to opposition to the oppression of the Palestinians.
“As young women and men about to be conscripted into Israeli military service, we say NO to dictatorship in Israel and in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. We hereby declare that we refuse to join the military, until democracy is secured for all who live within the jurisdiction of the Israeli government,” read the statement, which attracted widespread attention and controversy in Israel.
The statement said that the “dictatorship that has existed for decades in the Occupied Palestinian Territories is now oozing into Israel proper and is directed against us.
“Violent settlers now control the entire state. These are not recent developments. Undemocratic attitudes and actions are essential to maintaining this regime of occupation and Jewish supremacy. The only thing that has changed is that the mask is now off. Faced with this reality, we say NO!”
In recent months, the practice of refusing has shifted from exclusively small groups on the radical left to the heart of public discourse in Israel.
The U.S. government has confirmed that it seized nearly a million barrels of crude oil from Iran that was allegedly bound for China.
The Justice Department (DOJ) confirmed on Sept. 8 that in April, the United States seized a shipment of crude oil from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a designated foreign terrorist organization.
In confirming the confiscation, the department also announced its first criminal resolution involving the illicit sale and transport of Iranian oil, which is a violation of U.S. sanctions.
“This is the first-ever criminal resolution involving a company that violated sanctions by facilitating the illicit sale and transport of Iranian oil and comes in concert with a successful seizure of over 980,000 barrels of contraband crude oil,” the announcement reads.
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The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy Shandong Carrier Strike Group is operating in the Philippine Sea, being shadowed separately by Republic of China Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) destroyers, according to both countries.
Meanwhile, North Korea fired two ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan on Wednesday – shortly before its leader, Kim Jong Un, met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Russia – marking the first time North Korea has conducted such a launch while its leader was overseas.
Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense in a Wednesday social media post stated that a total of 35 PLA aircraft had been detected – 28 of which crossed the median line between China and Taiwan, entering Taiwan’s southwest air defence identification zone. Taiwan also reported that PLAN aircraft carrier Shandong had sailed into the western Pacific. A follow up post stated that the ROC Armed Forces were monitoring the situation and had tasked combat air patrol aircraft, navy vessels and land-based missile systems to respond, and included a picture of destroyer ROCS Kee Lung (DDG-1801) (former Kidd-class destroyer USS Scott [DDG-995]) shadowing the carrier.
Japan’s Joint Staff Office of the Ministry of Defense issued a release stating that at 8 a.m. Wednesday, the Shandong CSG was 403 miles south of Miyako Island, with a map showing the CSG closer to Luzon in the Philippines than to Japan or Taiwan. The CSG consisted of six ships: carrier CNS Shandong (17), destroyers CNS Guilin (164) and CNS Changsha (173), frigates CNS Xianning (500) and CNS Xuchang (536) and fleet oiler CNS Chaganhu (905). The carrier conducted launches and recovery of both fighter aircraft and helicopters, according to the release, which also stated that destroyer JS Ariake (DD-109) was shadowing the CSG.
A study from the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE) has found that an increasing number of college students favor violence to stop campus speech they do not like.
The subjects that students find the most difficult to discuss are abortion, gun rights, racial issues, and “transgenderism.” Nearly half of the students in the study said they had difficulty having conversations about abortion.
Arguably the most alarming finding of the study is that “73% of students said that using violence to stop a campus speech is never acceptable.” This, as FIRE noted, was “down from 80% last year.”
The Media Research Center reported that the study, “conducted January 13 to June 30, 2023 by College Pulse, ranks the free speech cultures of 248 of America’s largest and most prestigious campuses, incorporating survey responses from more than 55,000 current students.”
The results found that of all the included schools, Michigan Tech was the most friendly to free speech, while Harvard, the oldest university in the country, came in last. In fact, the elite Ivy League school was given a score of 0 and was the only school with a speech climate considered “abysmal.”
A California family has been awarded a record $27 million after school staff failed to prevent a 13 year-old boy being beaten to death by bullies at school.
The wrongful death suit filed by the family of Diego Stolz was settled by Moreno Valley Unified School District on Wednesday and is the largest bullying payout in history.
Diego had been picked-on by his bullies the week before his death but the school's principal failed to suspend them as promised, leaving them free to kill days later.
Diego died in 2019 after being beaten by two of his bullies at Landmark Middle School in Moreno Valley near Riverside, California.
Harrowing footage showed him being shoved into a concrete pillar and banging his head, before the bullies continued to rain blows on him while he was unconscious. Diego was rushed to hospital and died days later.
His tearaway tormentors, who have never been identified, subsequently pleaded guilty to manslaughter but walked away with no prison sentences.
China has flown 68 warplanes and deployed 10 navy vessels around Taiwan in a day's span - just weeks after the US announced its first-ever transfer of military equipment to the island.
The move is the latest in military demonstrations between China, Taiwan and the US.
The 68 plane total came a day after Taipei said 35 Chinese warplanes were detected around the self-ruled island, with some then flying to join China's Shandong aircraft carrier for naval drills in the Western Pacific.
Communist China claims self-ruled Taiwan as part of its territory and relations have soured since Taiwan's independence. When Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen came to power in 2016, Beijing ratcheted up military and political pressure on the island.
The US has been a long backer of Taiwan, including Nancy Pelosi making a visit to the island in 2022. Last month, President Joe Biden's administration announced an $80million transfer of military hardware to Taiwan.
Dove has partnered with a black activist accused of ruining a white student's life over a 'misheard' remark to promote 'fat liberation' in a bizarre and controversial new campaign.
The beauty brand has teamed up with Zyahna Bryant, a community organizer and student activist studying at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
Bryant, 22, claimed that she had overheard a white student named Morgan Bettinger threaten Black Lives Matter protesters in Charlottesville in July 2020 after she used the phrase 'speed bumps' while describing the protest that she saw.
But Bryant later admitted she may have 'misheard', after gleefully watching and joining-in as Bettinger was canceled and her life was destroyed.
One of President Joe Biden's top advisors was left red-faced as he stumbled through a straight-forward question about the commander-in-chief's consistent misleading claims during a press conference on Wednesday.
The president's latest gaffe, which occurred on Monday, saw Biden incorrectly say that he was at Ground Zero on September 12, the day after the attack.
Strategic Communications Coordinator for the National Security Council John Kirby was thrust forward by the administration for a press briefing when he was asked a blunt question by Jeff Mordock of the Washington Times.
'In the past couple of weeks, the president has lied about being at Ground Zero the day after the September 11th attacks, falsely claimed he saw the Pittsburgh bridge collapse, claimed his grandfather died in the hospital days before his birth,' Mordock began.
'What is going on with the president? Is he just believing things that didn’t happen did happen, or is he just randomly making stuff up? What is going on with the president?,' the reporter asked.
For a very long time Government, disaster preparedness organizations have been telling us to have at least 3 days of emergency supplies. Now they say to have 2 weeks. Bug out bags still need 3 days to carry with you but for everything else have at least 2 weeks.
Michael Thompson is the latest chairman for the Lee County Florida Republican Executive Committee. He secured this position in Lee County due to his affiliation with General Michael Flynn, Patrick Byrne and his tenure at the America Project. Thompson used this association to win over the members of the Lee County Republican Executive Committee.
Once he secured the position he rapidly went about subverting election integrity efforts in Lee County Florida. Why would someone associated with General Flynn and Patrick Byrne do such a thing?
Chris Quackenbush in Lee County uncovered an interesting dataset in the ES&S EL45A Election Summary Results. This find was “the spark” that helped expose election fraud and solve the largest legal problem facing American who were contesting election results.
Chris asked me to help her see if what she had identified in Lee County was going on elsewhere in Florida based on my effectiveness in obtaining data and election fraud evidence via public records requests.
Speculation has been rife for months regarding who former President Donald Trump will pick as his 2024 running mate. While nothing official has been announced, Trump has entertained certain names, including a lifelong Democrat.
Trump recently reacted to potentially teaming up with long-shot 2024 Democratic presidential contender Robert F. Kennedy Jr., singing his praises as “a smart guy.”
During a call-in segment with Newsmax host Rob Schmitt, the 45th president was asked if he thought Kennedy would impact the race if he ran on a third-party ticket.
“I don’t know, but he’s got great support in the party. He’s got great support in the Democrat Party,” Trump responded. Trump added that he had seen some polling where Kennedy was getting 23 percent. “That’s a lot of votes,” he said.
“A lot of people like you and him as a combination, too,” Schmitt said. “I don’t think that can happen, but have you ever thought about that?” He added: “Trump/Kennedy looks good on a bumper sticker.”
A federal judge in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has issued a temporary restraining order blocking key parts of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s executive order suspending open and concealed carry across Albuquerque and the surrounding Bernalillo County for at least 30 days.
U.S. District Court Judge David Urias issued the order on Wednesday, blocking the portion of the order that prohibits lawful gun owners from carrying their guns in public for 30 days, ruling that it's not enforceable.
"The violation of a constitutional right, even for minimal periods of time, unquestionably constitutes irreparable injury," Urias said during the hearing.
The temporary restraining order will remain in effect until at least Oct. 3, when the next hearing is scheduled.
Joe Biden on Wednesday convened a meeting of his Cancer Cabinet in the Cabinet Room.
Dr. Jill joined her feeble husband and treated him like a toddler after he handed the discussion over to her.
Hunched over and visibly exhausted from his trip overseas to participate in the G20 Summit, Biden needed his caretaker by his side.
80-year-old Biden usually takes several days off after he returns from a trip. This time Biden’s handlers decided to trot him out after only one day of rest so he struggled to make it through the meeting.
Tim Ballard, former DHS agent, founder of Operation Underground Railroad and the man depicted in the hit anti-trafficking film Sound of Freedom, told Congress on Wednesday that Biden administration's handling of the crisis at the US border has essentially made it a "child-trafficking delivery service."
The comments came during a Committee on Homeland Security meeting, to assess the human cost of Biden's border crisis.
"Our federal agents who work in the southern border are women and men of the highest integrity, dedication," Ballard said during the hearing. He added that "despite the hard work and success" of agents on the ground, it is "vividly clear" that "US border security and broken US policy are feeding the growth of human trafficking in the United States."
"One way this is seen is the absence of physical barriers on our border," Ballard explained. "I have personally seen how ports of entry were responsible for helping rescue a child, catch a sexual predator and start a chain of events that rescue multiple children is abuse on the other hand, but I've spoken with survivors who are trafficked by cartels taking advantage of the miles and miles of unprotected US border."
He continued, "One case in particular, a young woman was brought across the border in an area where no barrier protection existed. Once in the US, she was sold and raped for money up to 30 to 40 times a day for five years before eventually escaping herself. She shared with me the tragic conclusion that had her captors been forced to attempt a crossing into our country at the port of entry just like the little boys in [Sound of Freedom], she would have had a better chance to rescue."