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A new round of US sanctions targeting Russia's Moscow Exchange (MOEX), National Clearing Centre and National Settlement Depository will further undermine the dollar's role, Sputnik's pundits say.

The US Treasury introduced a new round of sanctions against the Moscow Exchange (MOEX), the National Clearing Center (NCC) and the National Settlement Depository (NSD) on June 12 in a bid to shatter "the architecture of Russia’s financial system".

The US government issued licenses to wind down operations with the MOEX, NSD and NCC until August 13, 2024. The UK followed suit on June 13.

"It was clear that [Russian] regulators were ready for this kind of solution. The Central Bank warned Russian banks in advance about how it would act. By and large, there is no surprise here," Nikita Maslennikov, head of finance and economics at the Institute of Contemporary Development and a leading expert at the Center for Political Technologies, told Sputnik.

Tags: CHINA/TAIWAN, ECONOMY, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WHITE HOUSE
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Did we suddenly get a peek at economic reality?

The number of Americans applying for jobless benefits for the first time surged last week to 242k (up from 229k and well above the 225k exp). That is the highest since August 2023...

Tags: ECONOMY
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A few months back reports started to emerge of Illegal immigrants taking shelter in Boston’s Logan Airport. Now there are HUNDREDS of them living there, including whole families.

The New York Post reports that there are “throngs of families lining a baggage claim surrounded by suitcases and using sparse blankets for makeshift mattresses.”

“We continue to see migrants at the airport. They come to Logan a number of ways. They also arrive at Logan at all hours,” a representative from MassPort commented.

The rep. also noted that as quickly as the migrants are moved out of the airport to shelters, more arrive.

Tags: IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM, WHITE HOUSE
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Attorney General Merrick Garland, who was nominated to the Supreme Court by Barack Obama following the death of Antonin Scalia (only to be blocked by Senate Republicans), issued a defiant statement after being held in contempt of Congress on Wednesday by the GOP-controlled House for refusing to turn over interview tapes from a DOJ probe of President Biden's mishandling of classified documents that would obviously show Biden in full-blown dementia mode.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has announced that Ukraine and its future assistance will be a major focus of discussion in a Defense Ministers meeting Thursday and Friday, which comes parallel to the G7 summit happening in Italy, where both Biden and Zelensky are meeting on its sidelines.

Stoltenberg is urging members of the alliance to use "strong language" when it comes to membership, but also introduced a key caveat that he has not clearly expressed before in prior addresses on the topic: Ukraine must prevail in the war with Russia if it hopes to be a full member.

Tags: NATO, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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President Biden started to wander off during a skydiving demonstration at the G7 summit in southern Italy Thursday, with the host nation’s prime minister Giorgia Meloni pressed into action to pull him back toward the group.

As the leaders of the world’s wealthiest democracies applauded the evening parachuting presentation, the 81-year-old US president’s attention visibly wandered away from where the others were looking.

Biden appeared to miss the action happening right in front of him as he shuffled a few steps away from his fellow heads of government, turned the other way and appeared to say something to an officer packing a parachute.

Tags: WHITE HOUSE
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An American journalist and author, who fled the US and has been residing in Mexico, has filed an Injunction against the US government for what appears to be “Transnational Repression” on the part of US authorities.

The claims made in Janet Phelan’s Injunction (Injunction and Exhibits 1-7 and Exhibits 8-18), which are buttressed by evidence provided to the court, include 1)claims of assault and battery via unconventional weapons, largely chemical in nature, 2) denial of medical care and 3) denial of access to the legal system. The Injunction provides evidence of a health crisis which the journalist claims is precisely caused by the weapons attacks, and includes renal failure and substantial crippling (the exact diagnosis being sensory ataxia) as effects of the weapons deployment. She also includes medical records of a recent hospitalization in Mexico City, where the assigned doctors, Julio Cesar Arriaga (nephrologist) and Javier Galnares (neurologist) failed to provide treatment or offer effective remedy for the diagnoses, instead discharging her after a month without effective treatment.

The Injunction also demonstrates extensive efforts on her part to resolve the issue with the US government via contacts and legal efforts, all of which were derailed by either law enforcement or a judge.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, SOUTH/CENTRAL AMERICA, WHITE HOUSE
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Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk said shareholders of the company had voted in favor of his $56 billion pay package as well as his plan to move the company’s incorporation to Texas.

“Both Tesla shareholder resolutions are currently passing by wide margins!” he wrote on X. “Thanks for your support!!” The post shows charts projecting the outcome of the shareholder elections, but shareholders can technically change their vote at any time prior to the annual meeting.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY
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Ukrainian strikes anywhere inside Russia using Western-donated F-16 aircraft would not be an escalation of the conflict and would not make NATO member states parties to it, the military bloc’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has claimed.

Several European nations intend to provide dozens of the warplanes once Ukraine has pilots and ground infrastructure to fly them.

Speaking ahead of a NATO defense ministers’ gathering in Brussels, Stoltenberg said “different allies have different types of restrictions on the use of their weapons,” and welcomed the recent relaxation of these rules by some member states.

Washington reportedly gave Kiev the green light to fire American weapons at targets outside of what the two nations insist is Ukrainian territory, allowing strikes inside Russia’s Belgorod Region as part of the fight for the neighboring Kharkov Region. Other Western nations have also said their weapons can be used in similar ways.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, NATO, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Moscow should use every opportunity to inflict “maximum damage” on Western nations that have declared a “war without rules” on Russia, former president Dmitry Medvedev has argued.

Every weakness of the US and its allies should be exploited to undermine them and obstruct life for their citizens, the Russian official said on Thursday, reacting to the latest round of sanctions announced by Washington earlier this week.

”Are they afraid that we would transfer our arms to the enemies of the Western world? We should send every kind of weapon, except nuclear (for now)!” Medvedev wrote on social media. “Are they afraid of anarchy and crime waves in large cities? We should help disrupt their municipal authorities!”

Russia could trigger a war in space, wage a psychological warfare campaign against Western citizens so that they “tremble under blankets in their cozy homes” and unleash a tsunami of fake news “to turn their life into a never-ending nightmare, in which they cannot distinguish reality from the wildest fiction.”

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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Rome had to listen to Nero’s fiddle. Blinken subjected the poor denizens of a Kyiv bar to his skills with the guitar.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken has become the subject of mockery again following the bizarre incident where he took the stage and played electric guitar in the Ukrainian capital. It must have been poor compensation for the soldiers who came expecting reassurance that their return to the front line would not be in vain.

Blinken’s real sin was not his music, even though it was by all accounts subpar. It was what he did not provide – namely, hard truths, and a policy.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WHITE HOUSE
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Russia should get biblical with its response to Western sanctions by turning life in the West into a "permanent nightmare" and inflicting maximum damage on unfriendly countries, Russian Security Council Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev said.

"We should try every day to do as much damage as possible to those countries that have imposed these restrictions on our country and all our citizens. Hit them where it hurts," the official wrote on his Telegram channel. "Do damage everywhere, paralyze the operation of their companies and government agencies. Find vulnerabilities in their critical technologies and attack them mercilessly. Literally destroy their energy, industry, transportation, banking and social services," he said.

Tags: ECONOMY, EUROPE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WHITE HOUSE
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President Joe Biden watched multiple times a his misbehaved German shepherd Commander attacked Secret Service members, according to records from the security agency.

The documents suggest that Commander, who was sent away from the White House in February, was responsible - along with Major Biden, the first family's other German shepherd, who was rehomed in 2021 - for some 36 attacks on security personnel.

Members of the president's detail reportedly wished one another a 'safe shift,' before beginning work alongside the dogs. 

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Tags: WHITE HOUSE
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It is irresponsible to obsess over President Biden’s tendency to mangle a couple of words in a speech while Donald Trump is out there sounding detached from reality. Biden, who is old, at least makes sense. Trump, who also is old, rants like someone you’d cross the street to avoid.

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Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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Globalists are raising the alarm over fears that the growing popularity of right-wing parties is threatening to “kill” the green agenda.

As Slay News reported, recent elections in Europe have seen a historic surge toward right-wing, nationalist, and populist parties.

After getting crushed in the European Parliament elections, France’s far-left globalist President Emmanuel Macron dissolved the French parliament and called a snap election.

In addition, Belgium’s anti-Trump Prime Minister Alexander De Croo quit after his liberal party was trounced in local elections.

This uprising has triggered panic among globalists who now fear the green agenda will be shut down.

Surging right-wing parties will dismantle the World Economic Forum’s “Net Zero” agenda, Green politicians have said.

Nationalist forces will overturn European laws that force nations to comply with the WEF’s “Net Zero” targets, they said.

Tags: CLIMATEGATE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) carried out strikes against six hideouts of terrorists in the Syrian governorates of Homs and Deir Ezzor, deputy chief of the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria announced on June 11.

“During the past day, the Russian Aerospace Forces delivered airstrikes on six places of the deployment of militants who left the al-Tanf area [which is controlled by United States forces] and were hiding in hard-to-reach areas of the al-Amur ridge in the Homs governorate and the Al-Bishri ridge in the Deir Ezzor governorate,” Major General Yury Popov said.

The Russian military commander added that reconnaissance operations continue in desert and mountainous areas in the Homs, Deir Ezzor and in the governorate of Raqqa.

On June 12, video footage showing the strikes announced by the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria surfaced online.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, SYRIA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) continue to target key positions of Kiev forces in different directions of the front using Kh-38 missiles.

Photos posted to social networks on June 9 showed the aftermath of a pinpoint strike with a Kh-38 on a headquarters of Kiev forces in the Kharkiv direction.

And on June 13, a video surfaced online showing a Kh-38 strike against a multi-story building occupied by Ukrainian troops in an unknown direction.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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