“Germany's industrial production in the energy intensive chemical and pharmaceutical sectors fell over -15% in 2022 data to November. This is the counterpart to high storage levels of natural gas. Whole swaths of German manufacturing have been shut down and likely won't reopen...”
- Robin Brooks
🇬🇧 According to the Financial Times, ongoing political chaos and the results of sanctions are furthering the trend of deindustrialization in the UK. High energy costs are now a major factor in making British manufacturing non-competitive.
🇷🇺 In another blow to the ongoing economic war against Russia by the West, it is now being reported by Reuters that the Sakhalin-1 project has resumed full oil production. Initially disrupted by Exxon Mobil pulling out in the wake of sanctions, this success represents a serious victory for Moscow, as it had been speculated in the West that the Russian energy sector could not survive with Western partners.
🇨🇳🇷🇺 Equally important, China is set to increase their purchases of Russian oil, particularly as they move to fully open their economy after the end of COVID Zero policies.
🇬🇧 “Everyone is getting sick this winter in the UK. Typical explanation seems to be related to lockdowns and lack of immunity etc. Seems more likely to me people are getting sick because they're not using their central heating.” - Philip Pilkington
The EU and NATO will move to a new level of military cooperation - Die Presse.
▪️A declaration on cooperation between the European Union and the North Atlantic Alliance will be signed on January 10 in Brussels by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel.
▪️“As the scale and scale of the security threats and challenges we face grow, we are taking our partnership to the next level,” the joint statement said.
▪️The parties undertake to take the partnership "to a higher level" and to mobilize "all available common instruments, whether political, economic or military, to achieve common goals."
▪️The main focus of the document is on “growing geostrategic competition” with Russia and China and the protection of critical infrastructures.”
▪️Both sides want to coordinate their actions more closely in the field of space, in the fight against climate change, "the manipulation of information and interference from abroad."
▪️In a statement, NATO and the EU reiterate their call on Russia to "immediately end the war in Ukraine." In addition, they reaffirm their support for Ukraine.
🇺🇸🇺🇦🇷🇺The US is thinking about sending Stryker armored fighting vehicles to Ukraine - Politico, citing sources
According to the newspaper, the United States may announce a new package, which may or may not include Stryker, at the end of next week.
🇷🇺⚔️🇺🇦Head of DPR Denis Pushilin: Artemovsk (Bakhmut) is close to liberation, the fighting has shifted to the western part of the city
🇺🇸 🇨🇳🇷🇺US State Department has threatened China with costs in case of its assistance to Russia in the field of security
🇺🇸🇪🇺🇺🇦🇷🇺"EU and NATO should strengthen assistance to Ukraine" - Jens Stoltenberg
🇺🇸🤝🇪🇺"We have just signed the third NATO-EU joint declaration to further advance the strategic partnership between NATO and EU, this [seems] extremely important," - Jens Stoltenberg
🇪🇺💶🇺🇦"Together,EU and the member states of the association have contributed about €50 billion [to help Kiev],"- President of the EU Council Charles Michel
🇺🇸🇪🇺❌🪖🇺🇦🇷🇺"NATO and the EU have depleted their military stockpiles by providing assistance to Ukraine" - Jens Stoltenberg. https://tass.ru/mezhdunarodnaya-panorama/16766937
🇹🇷❌🇸🇪🇫🇮NATO Secretary General is confident that Turkey will ratify the accession of Sweden and Finland to the alliance
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg expressed confidence that Turkey will ratify the applications of Sweden and Finland to join the alliance. The NATO Secretary General made this statement on Tuesday at a press conference following the signing of the declaration on cooperation between the bloc and the EU.
"On the issue of Sweden and Finland's membership in NATO. I am sure that the accession process will be completed, and all NATO allies will ratify the protocols of accession in parliaments, this also applies to Turkey," he said.
🇪🇺🇺🇦🇷🇺🇮🇷🇧🇾"EU will expand sanctions pressure on Russia, as well as on those who provide military assistance to the Russian Federation, such as Belarus and Iran." - von der Leyen
🇪🇺🇺🇸🇷🇺🇨🇳"EU and NATO are not only facing a threat from Russia, but also see a challenge to their security from China."- Ursula von der Leyen
🇪🇺🇺🇦🇷🇺Ursula von der Leyen called for the transfer of "Leopard" battle tanks and other heavy military equipment to Ukraine.
✅🇸🇪☢️⚛️Swedish PM Ulf Kristersson allowed the deployment of nuclear weapons in "peacetime" when joining NATO.
Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson allowed the deployment of nuclear weapons in "peacetime" when joining NATO. He stated this at the annual national Folk och Frsvar conference in Selen.
"At the same time, despite the fact that other Scandinavian countries consider it unlikely, we believe that it is quite possible to deploy nuclear weapons on our territory in peacetime," the Prime Minister said (quoted by RBC).
The G7 countries plan to introduce two price ceilings for oil products from Russia at once
Starting in February, an option may be introduced for products traded at a premium to crude oil, and another for those products that are sold at a discount, writes Reuters.
The G7 proposes to introduce two price ceilings, since diesel fuel and kerosene are usually sold at a premium to crude oil, while fuel oil is discounted.
Secretary of the Security Council of Russia Nikolai Patrushev:
✔️The situation in the world is extremely complex and has a turbulent character. Many countries of different regions are simultaneously in a military-political, economic, social and spiritual crisis. Let's hope that there will be positive changes this year.
✔️Western politicians do not have the strength and opportunities to change life in their states for the better, because they have not been independent figures for a long time. Everyone has connections with big business, lobbyists, foundations. They don't even hide these facts. The real power in the West is in the hands of resource-rich clans and multinational corporations.
✔️In fact, the American state is just a shell for a conglomerate of huge corporations that rule the country and try to dominate the world. For multinational corporations, even US presidents are just extras who can be shut up like Trump. All four murders of American leaders are connected with the corporate trail. It is no coincidence that an increasing number of Americans say that Republicans and Democrats are just two actors in one play that has nothing to do with democracy.
✔️There is no place for our country in the West. Russia annoys a bunch of world rulers by having rich resources, a huge territory, intelligent and self-sufficient people who love their country, its traditions and history. Transnational corporations are unnerved by Russia's ideological divergence from countries under the control of Western capital.
✔️Corporations are aimed at enriching and developing the consumer society. Russia defends a reasonable balance of spiritual and moral values and socio-economic development.
They seek to weaken our country, dismember it, and destroy the Russian language and the Russian world. They have long worked out the technology of undermining their rivals from within and splitting them into small states. This was also the case earlier, when, for example, London, following the results of the First World War, destroyed empires and stamped dozens of countries out of them. This is how they act today. A striking example is Yugoslavia. The state that had an independent voice in the international arena is divided into six.
✔️The Westerners' plans are to continue to pull Russia apart, and eventually just erase it from the political map of the world. Today they are still shouting loudly that Russia should not remain unified, it should be driven into the borders of Muscovy of the XV century. To do this, they do not shun anything, including inventing a completely false history of our country, shifting their responsibility for the oppression of other peoples onto it, which Russia has never done.
✔️The whole story with Ukraine was started in Washington in order to work out the technologies of dividing and pitting one and the same people against each other.
✔️Our country is on the path of creating a strong, modern, independent economy in order to achieve economic sovereignty. Russia has all the resources for this. We need a culture of their use, a careful and economic attitude to our treasures — not only natural, but also intangible. Russian business should be nationally oriented. Private capital, as well as the authorities, should think about the long-term development of the country.
Federal deputy Erika Hilton has officially submitted a request to the Foreign Ministry to initiate the extradition of Jair Bolsonaro from the United States.
🇩🇪🇺🇦🇷🇺Analenna Baerbock came to unannounced visit today in Kharkov and promised more weapons and support for Ukraine
She looks a bit shocked because she knows how bad the situation is in Bakhmut direction
🇺🇸 🇨🇦 🇲🇽 What the US, Mexico and Canada agreed on ahead of 'Three Amigos' summit
But perhaps most notable was what's missing so far -- there was no fresh commitment on fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid that is smuggled across the border from Mexico, even after the White House said President Joe Biden would make specific asks of his Mexican counterpart, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
Instead, the White House said the three countries have committed to "increased information sharing on chemicals used in the illicit manufacture of fentanyl and other synthetic drugs" -- a far cry from any new law enforcement operations, sanctions or other activity to disrupt fentanyl production and trafficking by drug cartels.
🇺🇸 🇨🇦 🇲🇽 North American leaders say they will work to boost semiconductor industries, cut methane emissions, improve asylum process
🇺🇸 🇮🇱 🇨🇳 US restricts Israeli dual-citizens from piloting F-35 jets: Report
🔴 The Department of Defense (DoD) and US intelligence authorities are restricting Israeli air force pilots with dual citizenships from manning F-35 fighter jets, according to the Jerusalem Post.
🔴 On 6 January, the Israeli outlet reported that Washington’s move is rooted in “fear of information security and technology leaks,” as the US has been widening its focus on information security and protecting its interests.
🔴 According to sources, the Israeli air force has reportedly accepted the restrictions, and Israel, as a result, has ceased assigning pilots to its “Adir” F-35 jets.
🔴 This US decision represents Washington’s longstanding concern that sensitive information regarding the design and technology of its combat aircraft will end up in Chinese hands.
🔴 US government officials claimed in the 1990s that Israel and China were working closely to produce a new and improved fighter jet for China’s air force, which was to “incorporate extensive technological innovations derived” from the blueprints of the ‘Lavi’ jet. Israeli officials more or less denied this at the time.
🔴 Now, decades later, US media reports that there is “considerable evidence” to suggest that the development of the Chinese air force’s shining pillar – the renowned J-10 ‘Vigorous Dragon’ – was heavily influenced by the US-designed ‘Lavi’ aircraft.
🇺🇸 US Navy considers Cold War-era squadrons to boost readiness
The cruiser Chosin and destroyer Stout were both deemed unfit for combat operations by the service’s Board of Inspection and Survey, which at the time checked ships’ material conditions every five years.
The crisis came after the Navy discontinued several of its Cold War-era organizations focused on maintenance and training in an effort to save money during a time without a significant threat to U.S. security.
But the failures of Chosin and Stout drew new attention to the problem. Adm. John Harvey, who led U.S. Fleet Forces Command at the time, helped charter a fleet review panel to determine how the Navy ended up in this position.
The review, released in 2010, was condemnatory. “The panel is in full agreement that surface force material readiness is in decline. [T]he message is clear: the trend is in the wrong direction.”
Chief among the review’s recommendations was a call for the return of readiness squadrons, which oversaw surface ship maintenance and basic training. The review found that when these squadrons were eliminated in 1995, so too was the fleet’s focus on and accountability for making deployable ships and crews.
🇨🇳 🇹🇼 Even as Europe is seeing the biggest land conflict since the second world war, a majority of the experts polled said they did not believe Russia and Nato would directly engage in a military conflict in the next decade.
However, backing increasingly dire warnings by US officials that China will launch a military offensive to retake Taiwan, 70 per cent of Atlantic Council respondents predicted Beijing would do so in the next 10 years
🇨🇦🇺🇦 Canada will buy NASAMS air defense systems from the United States and donate them to Kiev.
Canadian Defense Minister Anita Anand said this on Twitter following a phone conversation with Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov.
📝 "This is Canada's first free gift of an air defense system to Ukraine." "In the face of Russia's brutal air strikes against Ukraine, this air defense system will help protect Ukrainian population centres and critical infrastructure from drone, missile, and aircraft attacks," said the head of the Canadian Ministry of Defense.
🤡 Americans are delighted with such "clients."
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🇬🇧A Ukrainian soldier fighting in Soledar has told CNN that the situation is “critical” and that the death toll is now so high that “no one counts the dead”.
“The staff of our units has been renewed by almost half, more or less. We don't even have time to memorize each other's call signs [when new staff arrive]."
“Everyone understands that the city will be abandoned. Everyone understands this,” she said. "I just want to understand what the point is [in the house-to-house fight]. Why die, if we are going to quit anyway today or tomorrow?"
🇬🇧The death of 17 people in Peru is reported in the demonstrations that these days are being protagonists in the city of Juliaca.
Since the start of the protests, a total of 45 people have died in the South American country.
To this we must add the death of a police officer today after his vehicle was set on fire by a group of unknown persons.
JUST IN - Klaus Schwab to see "record" 52 heads of state and nearly 600 CEOs attend his World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos next week.
NEW - SATANCON 2023: Boston's hosting the "largest gathering of Satanists in history" in April: "Attendees must be 18 or over and have proof of COVID vaccination."
JUST IN - Pentagon drops COVID vaccine mandate for troops after action by congressional Republicans.
🇺🇦☦️In the future, Ukraine will have one Orthodox church for the whole country, Mikhail Podolyak, adviser to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine, said.
“It seems to me that there can’t be two identical churches in Ukraine. <…> It seems to me that everything will develop like this: we will end the era of “two-churchness”, we will not have two churches, we will have a single local Orthodox church, we will The Pechersk Lavra should be Ukrainian in full, services should be held in our language, in Ukrainian.<...> In addition, the Russian Church should be called the Russian Church, "Podolyak said in an interview with Ukrainian journalist Vasily Golovanov.
🇧🇷Ex-President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro left a clinic in the suburbs of Orlando in the United States, where he was hospitalized the day before with intestinal obstruction, reports the Globo newspaper.
According to her, the former head of state refused further hospitalization, contrary to the recommendations of doctors who advised him to stay in the clinic for another three to four days until he was transferred to a pasty diet.
⚔🇷🇺🇺🇦 NEW VIDEO: What (more reasonable) Western Analysts Say Comes Next for Ukraine
Some Western analysts have been providing a more accurate picture of the conflict in Ukraine than the general barrage of Western war propaganda.
They seem to agree that:
▪️There is no path for Ukraine to win militarily;
▪️Russia is nowhere near as incompetent and ill-prepared as the Western media suggests;
▪️Russia is not seizing territory because it is waging a war of attrition;
▪️Ukrainian territorial gains may have appeared “spectacular” but came at the cost of huge losses in men and equipment;
▪️Russia is bolstering both its manpower and defensive positions;
▪️The loss of Kharkov and Kherson city has actually left Russia in a more advantageous position, more troops on a shorter line of contact;
▪️Russian forces fighting in Bakhmut seek to grind Ukrainian forces down, not capture the city from them.
A Pentagon spokesman confirmed that training for Ukrainian troops on the use of Patriot air defense systems will begin next week in Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
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🇯🇵🐔🦠 — 📰 Bloomberg: Bird Flu Outbreak Sparks Record Slaughter of 10 Million Animals in Japan
— "Japan has culled close to 10 million birds in a record outbreak of avian influenza, as authorities struggle to tamp down the disease that has already devastated poultry flocks worldwide.
The agriculture ministry said on Monday that 9.98 million birds have been culled this season, surpassing a previous record in fiscal 2020. On Tuesday, it confirmed the disease at an egg farm in Miyazaki prefecture that housed about 100,000 hens.
The outbreak in Japan is adding to the unprecedented bird flu epidemic sweeping the world. Culls are curbing supplies of products from eggs to foie gras, exacerbating the food inflation that’s hit consumer budgets the past year."