Monday, January 17, 2022

Russia to expel 10 American diplomats and considering ‘painful’ measures aimed at US businesses – Lavrov

from RT:

Ten US diplomats will have to leave Russia in response to Washington’s expelling of Russian diplomats, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said, adding that Moscow is looking at other sanction options if unfriendly steps continue.

Lavrov announced the news at a press conference on Friday, adding that Moscow would ban US funds and NGOs from interfering in Russia’s internal affairs. Lavrov added that, with the US currently employing 450 diplomatic staff in Russia, and Russia employing 350 in the US, “the Americans will be asked to bring the number of employees in Russia in line with the number of Russians in the United States,” should relations between the two countries sour further.

Lavrov also said that Russia had the opportunity to inflict “painful measures” on US businesses, but would not take action at this time.

Tensions Over Taiwan Increase War Danger Between U.S. And China

by Harley Schlanger, LaRouche Organization:

Nov. 1 — At a CNN town meeting on October 21, President Joe Biden was asked if the U.S. would come to the aid of Taiwan, if it were attacked by China. His response — “Yes, we have a commitment to do that” — set off alarm bells, not only in Beijing, but within his administration, as a spokesman was quickly dispatched to walk back from that answer.

But a week later, more bombshells went off, again on CNN, in an interview with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen. She said she believes that the U.S. and other regional allies would come to the aid of Taiwan if it were attacked. Further, she confirmed the report that a “small unit” of U.S. Army special forces have been deployed on the island to train members of Taiwan’s military. She added that while she thinks there can be peaceful relations with China, the threat from the mainland “is increasing every day”, as it is becoming more aggressive.

Why is China Using AMERICAN AIRCRAFT CARRIERS for Target Practice?

by Jeff Thompson, The Organic Prepper:

In yet another surprising and disturbing discovery from China, we now find that their military is practicing  destroying American aircraft carriers. This discovery comes about after recent satellite imagery revealed that China had constructed massive targets in the middle of the desert – shaped just like American aircraft carriers.

The targets have been found in the Ruoquiang region of the Taklamaken desert in central China after being picked up by the satellite imagery company Maxar. [source]

At first, a single full-size aircraft carrier shaped target was found. Then, a few days later, a smaller scale aircraft carrier (only 568 feet long) was found roughly 300 miles away outside of a small town in the Xinjian region. [source]

China Is Using Wokeism to Erode US Democracy, Author Says

from The Epoch Times:

The communist regime in China is using “wokeism” as a geopolitical tool to undermine U.S. democracy, according to Vivek Ramaswamy, author of “Woke, Inc.: Inside Corporate America’s Social Justice Scam.”

“They [China] are using that to divide us, to use that as a kink in our armor to divide us from within, by getting corporations to criticize injustice here, without saying a peep about injustice over there and deflecting accountability for their human rights abuses,” Ramaswamy said in a recent interview with EpochTV’s “American Thought Leaders.”

Baffling: American General Already Admits Defeat Against Russians and Chinese

by Eric Zuesse, Strategic Culture:

General Milley’s address at the Aspen Security Forum is a major piece of news and food for thought.

We live in times of media madness in which it is ever so easy to become cynical or desensitized to even the most heinous or theoretically shocking news. So it may be hard to even get excited about a quote that has nothing to do with gender issues on Twitter, but I implore you to consider the resonance of a recent statement made at the Aspen Security Forum by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces of the United States of America…

China’s ‘Hypersonic Missile Test’ Leaves Pentagon Officials ‘Baffled’ by Beijing’s Advance

from Sputnik News:

The alleged July test of a hypersonic Chinese missile has sparked concerns in the United States over how Washington seems to lag behind Beijing in the field of hypersonic weapons’ capabilities.
The US military and intelligence officials were caught off-guard by China’s reported hypersonic missile test carried out in July at five times the speed of light – an unprecedented feat, The Financial Times reported.

Erm I Know You’re Busy But Nuclear War Is Getting Increasingly Likely

by Caitlin Johnstone, Caitlin Johnstone:

While mainstream western media have been spending their time concern trolling about a “missing” Chinese tennis player who is not actually missing, hardly any coverage has gone toward NATO’s announcement that if the new German government does not continue to allow US nuclear weapons on its soil those weapons will be relocated to the east of Germany. This would put them closer to Russia’s border, a major provocation of Moscow and yet another step forward in the western empire’s steadily escalating game of nuclear brinkmanship.

Episode 1,412 – Coming War Over Taiwan

from Bannons War Room:

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Nearly 3/4 Of The World’s Dictators Receive US Weapons & Military Assistance

by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project:

(Antiwar) — The US supports nearly 75% of the world’s dictators, autocracies, monarchies, military regimes, etc., with weapons, military training and money. Please remember this the next time someone tells you the US should do X or Y because such and such a nation is bad

Comparing Freedom House’s list of Not Free nations* to FY 2020 US overseas weapons sales, military training and financial assistance**, we find that of the 57 nations considered undemocratic, 42 receive weapons, training and/or money for their military and security services. This means 74% of the non-democratic nations of the world are supported militarily by the US. Interestingly, the remaining 15 nations are nearly all sanctioned.

Senator Wicker Won’t Rule Out a Nuclear Strike of Russia Over Ukraine

by Mish Shedlock, The Street:

On Fox News, Sen. Roger Wicker floated the idea of bombing Russian military assets and says he wouldn’t even rule out a first strike with nuclear weapons.

Nuclear War Insanity