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Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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The collapsing US military & economic empire is making Washington & NATO even more dangerous. US could not beat the Taliban but thinks it can take on China-Russia-Iran...a sign of psychopathology for sure. @BruceKGagnon

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Odds & Ends


The US THAAD 'missile defense' system deployed in South Korea and aimed at China

  • China has urged South Korea not to let its US-made missile defence shield become a “stumbling block” in relations, as the two sides again clash over the THAAD system. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the remarks late on Thursday after meetings with his South Korean and Nepalese counterparts in Qingdao, Shandong this week. Security differences over the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence system – installed in South Korea in 2017 – threaten to undermine efforts by Beijing and Seoul to improve bilateral ties, including during Wang’s meeting with South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin on Tuesday.

  • Alaska Aerospace Corp., Anchorage, Alaska, is being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity hybrid contract (cost-plus-incentive-fee, firm-fixed-price, and cost) with a maximum amount of $110,864,000. Under this follow-on contract, the contractor will provide launch facility and range support services for Missile Defense Agency tests. The work will be performed at the Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska, Kodiak Island, Alaska. The ordering period including options is from Aug. 12, 2022, through Jan. 11, 2029. One offer was solicited and one offer was received. Fiscal 2022 research and development funds in the amount of $369,784 will be obligated at time of award. The Missile Defense Agency, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting agency.
  • Adult members of Generation Z are experiencing food insecurity at over twice the rate of the average American, according to our latest consumer food survey. In fact, about 1-in-3 Americans born from 1996-2004 have had trouble affording enough food in 2022. That compares with fewer than 1-in-5 millennials and members of Generation X, and fewer than 1-in-10 baby boomers. Food insecurity means having a lack of money or other resources for food. And when food insecurity surges, it can take a long time for affected populations to recover. After the Great Recession that ran from 2007 to 2009, food insecurity increased by 34 percent. It took a decade for food insecurity to drop to its pre-recession levels.
  • A new imperialism stalks the Third World. It shares with the old an unquenchable thirst — for its labor, its land, its minerals, and its water. If colonization depended on the political strategies of divide and rule, the imperialists no longer have to rule today. Instead, they rely on local elites eager to aid their peoples’ exploitation in return for a share of the spoils — a process sanitized with the language of investments, trade deals and partnerships. That imperialism would find a way to become more efficient, not less, was not inevitable. At the 1945 Pan-African Congress in Manchester, England, the declaration was clear: “We welcome economic democracy as the only real democracy.” As pan-Africanism gained prominence, intellectuals like W.E.B. Du Bois, alongside political actors, workers, and peasants, endorsed the unity of the African people for the purpose of liberation from political oppression and emancipation from economic exploitation.
  • The Swedish government announced Thursday that it has decided to extradite a man to Turkey who is wanted for fraud, a move that comes after Sweden and Finland signed a deal with Ankara to cooperate on extradition to join NATO. After signing the deal and lifting its objection to the Nordic nations joining NATO, Turkey submitted a list of dozens of suspected “terrorists” that it wants to be extradited, including suspected members of the Kurdish militant group PKK. But the man Sweden announced its extraditing does not appear to be linked to the PKK, although he was on the list of names Turkey handed to Stockholm, according to the Swedish broadcaster SVT. The man, a Turkish citizen, had been sentenced to 14 years in prison in Turkey for credit card fraud but has been detained in Sweden for the past year. 

Friday, August 12, 2022

Go for ride deep inside China....hear the Biden critics



Welcome to Tashkurgan! Today we are going on a bike tour and exploring what life is like in this tiny border town, and next time we will be meeting some locals, stay tuned 🚲 My Instagram: katherines_journey_to_the_east     

Thursday, August 11, 2022

New evidence emerges about U.S. bio-weapons program



By Dr. Vladimir Kozin 

On August 4th, 2022 Russian MoD publicly announced at a special briefing the results of the analysis of documents related to illegal military biological activities of the USA in Ukraine

The Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation continues to analyse the military and biological activities of the USA and its allies in Ukraine and elsewhere in the world in the light of new information obtained in the liberated territories.

Work continues on the study of biological samples from Ukrainian soldiers who have voluntarily laid down their arms. As we noted earlier, high concentrations of antibiotics were found in their blood, as well as immunological markers indicative of exposure to the renal syndrome and West Nile pathogens, which were being studied by the Pentagon as part of the Ukrainian UP-4 and UP-8 projects.

Particular attention should be paid to the discovery of narcotic drugs, including opioids such as methadone, codepsin, codeterp, as well as ephedrine-type substances: t-phedrine and tri-phedrine, at positions abandoned by Ukrainian military personnel.

The synthetic drug methadone is used in the treatment of drug addiction as a substitute therapy.

As a reminder, in Nazi Germany during World War II, especially between 1943 and 1945, pervitin tablets, an amphetamine derivative, were given to soldiers in order to reduce the psycho-emotional burden, primarily to SS troops.

The drug was also used en masse by US troops in the Korean and Vietnam wars.

A side effect of such addictive drugs is primarily excessive aggression, which explains the extreme cruelty towards civilians displayed by some Ukrainian servicemen, as well as the shelling of towns in Donbass.

In view of the available information on the use of potent stimulants by AFU [Armed Forces of Ukraine] servicemen, we are studying incoming samples for the presence of this class of compounds. Their traces persist in human organs and tissues for a long time (e.g., in hair - up to six months).

The results will be handed over to the Investigative Committee and used as evidence in investigations into war crimes committed by the Kiev regime.

A few weeks ago, during the Special Military Operation, Rubezhnoye in Lugansk People's Republic was liberated. Documents have been found in the laboratory of the Pharmbiotest medical centre located at 9 Pochaivska Street, confirming that research had been carried out in Ukraine for several years on behalf of the so-called Big Pharma. Clinical trials of unregistered drugs with potentially serious side-effects have been carried out on local residents.

Russia examined the premises of the centre responsible for clinical trials of medicinal products on volunteers. Evidence was found in them that Western customers regularly visited Pharmbiotest and were allowed access to all stages of the research process. For the convenience of their work, the inscriptions on equipment, room names and working documentation have been duplicated in English.

To avoid reputational risks and legal costs in case of failed trials of new drugs, US and European companies conducted clinical trials on Ukrainian citizens. Volunteer pay was minimal and fatalities could easily be concealed. Neither have there been any serious inspections or oversight by the local authorities.

This is in line with the Western concept of delocalising the most internationally controversial research. 

In Ukraine, military personnel, low-income citizens and one of the most vulnerable categories of the population, patients in psychiatric hospitals, have been used for this purpose.

Russian MoD continues to analyse the documentary material uncovered in Rubezhnoye settlement laboratory.

Russian MoD has already informed that more than 16,000 biological samples, including blood and serum samples, were taken from Ukraine to the USA, Georgia and European countries

Against the background of the US administration's assurances that the genetic information obtained from Ukrainian citizens will be used "...exclusively for peaceful purposes...", I would like to quote a statement by Jason Crow of the US House Intelligence Committee at the North American Security Conference in July 2022.

Crow warned Americans about the dangers of giving their DNA to private companies for testing because: "...there is a possibility that test results will be sold to third parties... and the information obtained could be used to develop biological weapons targeting specific groups... or individuals."
Given the US administration's interest in the study of "narrowly targeted" biological agents, such statements force a fresh look at the causes of the new coronavirus pandemic and the role of US military biologists in the emergence and spread of the COVID-19 pathogen.

In May 2022, Jeffrey Sachs - a leading expert in the respected medical journal The Lancet and professor at Columbia University, the leading academic institution for global biosecurity, told a conference in Spain that "...the coronavirus was artificially created and is very likely to have been created using American advances in biotechnology...".

According to our experts, this is evidenced by the uncharacteristic variability of the genovariants that cause different peaks in the incidence of coronaviruses, significant differences in lethality and contagiousness, uneven geographical distribution, and the unpredictable nature of the epidemic process as a whole. It appears that despite efforts to contain and isolate the disease, the pandemic is being artificially fueled by the introduction of new variants of the virus in a particular region.

Russian MoD is considering the possibility that the US Agency for International Development (USAID) was involved in the emergence of the new coronavirus

Since 2009, the agency has funded the Predict programme, which has investigated new species of coronaviruses by capturing bats that carry the viruses. One of the contractors for the project was Metabiota, a company known for its military-biological activities in Ukraine.

Characteristically, in 2019 – before the first COVID-19 cases appeared – the US Johns Hopkins Institute hosted an exercise called 'Event-201', which practiced dealing with an epidemic of a previously unknown coronavirus, which, according to the legend of the exercise, was transmitted from bats to humans via an intermediate host, namely pigs. This is how the 'Spanish flu' virus, which has killed tens of millions of people, became pandemic.

The implementation of the COVID-19 scenario and US AID's emergency wind-down of the Predict programme in 2019 suggest the deliberate nature of the pandemic and US involvement in its emergence.

During the Special Military Operation, documents were seized indicating that USAID and its main contractor, Labyrinth Ukraine, have been participating in the US military bioweapons programme since 2019.

Note the letter from the head of the AFU Sanitary and Epidemiological Department to the director of Labyrinth Ukraine, Karen Saylors. In it, the Ukrainian Armed Forces command declares its readiness to cooperate with USAID on administering vaccines to military personnel and on collecting, processing and transmitting information of interest to the US side. 

The choice of the US Agency for International Development to coordinate the work may have been prompted by increasing Russian concern over the activities of Ukrainian bio-laboratories, an attempt to "take the US defence agency out of the loop" and avoid accusations of developing biological weapons. It has been established that Labyrinth Ukraine is a division of the US company Labyrinth Global Health, and its founders are former employees of Metabiota, a key Pentagon contractor in the military-biological field.

Labyrinth Ukraine took part in UP-9 and UP-10 projects, which studied the spread of African swine fever in Ukraine and Eastern Europe.

Russian MoD pointed out that as part of the US Department of Defense's biological threat reduction programme, one of Labyrinth Global Health's research areas has been the study of coronaviruses and monkeypox virus.

On July 23, 2022 the World Health Organisation declared the outbreak of monkeypox an international health emergency, and to date the disease has been reported in 76 countries, with over 26,000 cases.

Thus, it is a clear trend: infectious disease agents that reach the Pentagon's zone of interest are subsequently pandemic, with US pharmaceutical companies and their patrons, the leaders of the US Democratic Party, as the beneficiaries.

Russia MoD has previously documented the use of biological weapons by the United States in Cuba. It was about the deliberate spread of Dengue, African swine fever and diseases of economically important crops on the island. I would like to give another example from the US military biology dossier.

In 1997, the Cuban government brought to the attention of the world community the fact that the United States had violated the requirements of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention. The charge was based on the testimony of a Cuban pilot who recorded the spraying from a US aircraft of a quarantine biological agent, the palm thrips, which could damage one of Cuba's key agricultural industries.

Although it was possible to initiate an extraordinary meeting of BWC States Parties on this issue, the incident was not investigated due to the lack of a Convention verification mechanism, which the Russian Federation insists on establishing.



Such impunity has contributed to the continued use of bioweapons technology by Washington in Latin America, including the assassination of undesirable politicians.

On July 18, 2022, the President of the Republic of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, publicly declared the involvement of the United States in the assassination of former head of state Hugo Chávez.

According to information available to Venezuela, U.S. security services have been working since 2002 on possible ways to eliminate the Venezuelan leader, who has pursued an active anti-American policy. Numerous assassination attempts involving members of the US embassy in Caracas were uncovered and thwarted.

In violation of international law, the United States has been involved in the development of drugs that, when administered in the short term, cause chronic disease and develop various forms of cancer. 

According to the Venezuelan side, a similar drug was used to poison Chávez by Claudio Díaz, a member of the presidential entourage. She fled Venezuela with the assistance of US intelligence agencies and was subsequently removed to the US to avoid possible publicity about the details of her cooperation with US intelligence agencies.

A causal link between the Venezuelan leader's death and the development of biological weapons is confirmed by forensic evidence and the testimony of Cuban doctors who treated Chavez about the atypical course of the disease and its resistance to the use of medicines.

Due to the Special Military Operation, the threats posed by US bio-objects have come to the attention of many international and governmental organisations

Mass demonstrations against Pentagon-funded biolaboratories have taken place in a number of countries around the world. The Eurasian Economic Union's civil society organisations have passed a resolution to close such biosites.

In this context, Russian MoD is already seeing a change in the approach of the US military's work in the biological field in other countries. For example, states in which the US conducts dual-targeted research have been asked to sign a collective statement of cooperation with the US solely to "...enhance global health security and reduce the impact of infectious diseases on populations...". It is the word "global" and the rest of the text that draws attention: "led by the United States".

However, additional funding will be available through the Biohazard Reduction Programme for countries loyal to the US initiative.

The Russian Ministry of Defence will continue to analyse the documentary evidence of the US bioweapons programme in Ukraine and will keep you informed of the results.

The State Duma [Russian Parliament]  does not expect the truth from the United States about the appearance of the coronavirus, but Duma believes that it is high time for WHO to take care of the secrets and scale of American military biolabs, said Irina Yarovaya, Vice Speaker of the State Duma (“United Russia” faction), co-chair of the Parliamentary Commission investigating the activities of the U.S. biological laboratories in Ukraine. "The Ministry of Defense presented serious facts. It would be wrong to ignore them," she underscored publicly on August 4th, 2022.

~ Dr. Vladimir Kozin Member, Russian Academy of Military Sciences; Member, Russian Academy of Natural Sciences; Vice President, Russian National Institute for Global Security Research

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Moscow to Kiev: 'You sent this to the wrong address'




On August 8, the authorities in the Zaporozhye region, which is partially controlled by Russian forces, officially confirmed their intention to hold a referendum. After a vote, the head of the Zaporozhye region Yevgeny Balitsky signed an order on holding a referendum on joining Russia.

The Russian military are currently in control of the Kherson region and part of the Zeporozhye region, including the cities of Melitopol and Energodar. Civil-military administrations were created in these regions. They both declared their intentions to join Russia and are currently preparing to hold referendums.

According to the Deputy Head of the civil-military administration of the Kherson region, referendums in both territories can take place on the same day and are scheduled for the first half of September.

In turn, the Kiev regime considers the lost territories as temporarily occupied areas. President Vladimir Zelensky warned that if referendums are held in the southern regions, Russia will lose “any possibility of negotiations” with Ukraine. 

The Kremlin responded, claiming that Zelensky had the “wrong address.”  The referendums are held by the residents of these regions and not by Moscow. Kremlin spokesman advised the President of Ukraine to turn to his citizens and ask why there are so many of them who do not want to live in his country.

Tuesday, August 09, 2022

Roger Waters: Are we just sheep?



Roger Waters Uncut. 

The full interview with Michael Smerconish was recorded in Philadelphia, PA at the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia on August 4th, 2022. 

The relationship between Africa & the west must change




Pushback inside NATO



A Spanish lawmaker has condemned the NATO summit that was held in Madrid this June, denouncing the US-led military alliance for advocating for more war and pushing to enrich the weapons industry while Europeans suffer from inflation and an energy crisis.

On the floor of Spain’s parliament, leftist Deputy Gerardo Pisarello argued that “the NATO summit was not organized to strengthen the cause of peace,” but rather “was organized basically to reinforce the geostrategic priorities of the United States… above all to weaken China.” 

Monday, August 08, 2022

Nuclear Terrorism By Kiev’s Regime Remains Unpunished




The Kiev regime continues to commit acts of terrorism in areas over which it has lost control. In recent days, Ukrainian forces have shelled nuclear facilities in the Zaporozhye region several times.

On August 7, the Zelensky’s regime committed a new act of nuclear terrorism at the energy infrastructure facilities of the Zaporozhye NPP to create a humanitarian catastrophe in the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions, the Russian Ministry of Defence claimed.

The attack was carried out at about midnight. The AFU used the Hurricane MLRS. Fragments and a rocket engine fell 400 meters from the operating power unit of the station. Striking elements damaged administrative buildings and the adjacent territory of the storage. A voltage surge at the plant caused smoke on the open switchgear of the station. The security system turned off the power supply. As a result of the Ukrainian shelling, the Kakhovskaya high-voltage line, which provided electricity to the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions, was damaged.

Ukrainian units of the 44th Artillery Brigade fired at the Zaporozhye NPP from the area of Marganets on the opposite bank of the Kakhovsky reservoir.

The military-civil administration of Energodar noted that every day the artillery strikes of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are being applied closer to the power units on the territory of the Zaporozhye NPP.


The nuclear fuel storage is in the affected area. At the moment, about 156 containers with a total of 3,744 fuel elements are stored in the open air at the Zaporozhye NPP, at the storage site of spent fuel elements.

The attacks pose a threat to hundreds of thousands of civilians on the territory of Ukraine, as well as countries in Europe and Asia.

In order to prevent disruption of the operation of the nuclear power plant, the capacity of the 5th and 6th power units was reduced to 500 MW.

Earlier, on Friday the AFU fired three times at the area of the Zaporozhye NPP. A fire broke out, two power lines necessary for the operation of power units were cut off.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called the shelling of the Zaporozhye NPP by Ukraine a “suicidal act.” 

 “We hope that this will stop,” he added at a press conference in Tokyo.

The Zaporozhye NPP, the largest in Europe, is located in the steppe zone on the shore of the Kakhovsky reservoir in the Energodar of the Zaporozhye region, which is controlled by allied Russian and DPR forces. The station has six power units with a total capacity of 6,000 MW. Annually, the plant generates about 40 billion kWh of electricity – about 20% of its production in Ukraine. In total, four nuclear power plants are currently operating in Ukraine.

According to the head of the administration of the Zaporozhye region, the leadership of the IAEA is aware of the risks caused by the shelling of the Zaporozhye NPP by Ukrainian troops, but does not take real measures to prevent them. The local authorities addressed both the IAEA and the United Nations, but received no replies and no actions have been taken by the international organisations to secure the facility.

Here it comes - small business in trouble



The theft of Chinese antiquities by Taiwan



My son Julian lives and teaches in Taiwan. Mary Beth and I have visited there a few times in recent years. On one of our trips Julian took us to this large and quite amazing museum. We had never heard of it before, nor did we know that it was the repository of stolen art from China.

After the end of World War II, these dispersed collections were reassembled in Nanjing, but in 1948–49 they were taken by the retreating US-backed Nationalist army led by fascist Chiang Kai-shek to Taiwan, where they were stored at the Taipei suburb of Taichung until they were installed in the new museum in 1965.

National Palace Museum, is the major art museum of China, at Taipei, that holds many of the art treassures of the Chinese imperial collection. The museum houses more than 650,000 art objects and documents that were formerly held at Beijing.

The museum came into being when the collections of Taiwan’s National Palace Museum, the Central Museum, and other public Taiwanese cultural institutions were brought together in a new museum building in Taipei; the combined collections were called the National Palace Museum. The core of the museum’s art holdings once formed part of the imperial art collection in Beijing, which in turn derived primarily from the far-flung collecting activities of the Qing (Manchu) dynasty emperor Qianlong (reigned 1735–96). His art holdings and those of his successors remained in the Imperial Palace at Beijing as a private collection until 1925, when China’s republican government converted the palace into a public institution called the Palace Museum. In the 1930s the Japanese invasion of North China prompted the Chinese government to relocate part of the Palace Museum’s holdings to Nanjing and then to Shanghai and other locations. 

The National Palace Museum’s collection illustrates more than 4,000 years of Chinese art, from the Shang through the Qing dynasty. Its collection of Chinese painting is one of the finest in the world, with many important masterpieces from the Tang, Song, Ming, and Qing dynasties. The museum also has large collections of Chinese ritual bronzes, ceramics, jade, lacquer-ware, enamelware, decorative carvings, embroidery and tapestry, books, calligraphy, and archival documents. 

So as we learn more about Chinese and Taiwan fractured relations (and the dirty role the US has played in the entire episode) it is vital that we see the full context of what makes the Beijing government so angry about US-Taiwan policy.

The fact that people from China have to journey to Taipei to see these rare treasures just adds insult to injury. If we hope for peace between Taiwan and the Chinese mainland then Washington must stop playing its divide and conquer games.


Sunday, August 07, 2022

Gaza Ceasefire in the offing? Let it be!



By Adam Keller (Gush Shalom, Israel)

August 6 was going to be for me a private day of mourning. It was last year, on August 6, 2021, that I said goodbye forever to my dear wife Beate - the final end  of 35 years of the most successful and happy marriage imaginable. But Yair Lapid, the "Center Left" Prime Minister of Israel's caretaker government, had other plans. The Prime Minister provided me with a spectacular diversion, to have much else on my mind except for sad memories. So yesterday afternoon I had no time to pine in sad memories, I was busy sending out action alerts and press releases about Mr. Lapid military assault on the Gaza Strip. First sending out the Hebrew text, then translating it to English and sending that out.

While I was doing all that, the air raid alarm sounded in my city of Holon. I did not seek shelter, I just remained at my computer and continued working. I do not claim any special heroism - the statistical chance of a rocket from Gaza landing directly on my home was very small. Indeed, it did not happen - I and my computer are completely intact.  When  it was done, I caught a taxi to attend the Tel Aviv demo myself. We were at the Defence Ministry gate, several hundred strong, chanting "Stop the War! Stop the Bloodshed! On both sides of the border, children want to live!" So many times, Beate had been with me at such emergency protests in the same place. It was a fitting memorial for her.

Tonight there will be a further protest at Lapid's private home, initiated by a very industrious group of young Feminists, and in some other locations.

Meanwhile, very welcome news of a possible ceasefire at 8.00 PM  - the exact hour scheduled for the protest of the "Broom-Riding Witches" as they call themselves.

Hopefully it will come true, and this madness will end after three days, which is three days too many, with a death toll "only" in the dozens rather than thousands as in earlier Gaza assaults. And a five year old girl whose death was certainly caused by an Israeli Air Force bomb, and four other children for whom the responsibility will temain disputed (but they are cetainly dead...).

But oh, let it end tonight! 

Crowded orbits, more collisions



Earth’s orbit is becoming increasingly crowded with satellites, debris, and other space junk — and with companies like Elon Musk’s Starlink pumping more hardware into space, the chances of collisions in orbit are on the rise. 

We speak with Moriba Jah, a researcher who’s tracking all the space junk in orbit, and trying to raise awareness of the dangers before it’s too late. To learn more about Moriba’s work around space junk, visit

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