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China is Supplying Drones to Both Ukraine and Russia

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Since the beginning of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the mainstream media has repeatedly asserted that Beijing has partnered and supported Moscow wholeheartedly, including by providing military drones to be used in the ongoing conflict. But according to American political analyst Andrew Korybko, who is based in Moscow and frequently contributes to Global Research, Kyiv accidentally demonstrated that the communist nation is “militarily neutral” in the NATO-Russian proxy war.

“Kyiv’s foreign patrons would have certainly been aware of their proxy clandestinely procuring drones from China via its volunteers’ purchases, yet they turned a blind eye out of military convenience while simultaneously pushing false claims about that country is arming Russian forces,” he said in the article. First of all, he said, that the West claiming that China is secretly sending Russia military equipment disqualifies China from their suspicion that the Asian country is mediating a political resolution to the proxy war in Ukraine because would mean that it is not neutral.

Vitaly Deinega, the deputy defense minister under Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, has refuted claims that Kyiv imports its military equipment directly from President Joe Biden’s administration. “As far as it was explained to me… we cannot buy anything Chinese so as not to hurt our relationship with the United States,” Deinega told Ukrainian news outlet Leviy Bereg on Monday. The government representative also revealed to the local media that volunteers buy Chinese drones for their forces because they are unable to do so directly due to pressure from the United States.

Korybko emphasized that this does not imply that Ukraine is being armed against Russia, despite similar claims made by the mainstream media. Additionally, it does not follow that China is arming Russia to fight Ukraine, he added.

“It shows that private Chinese drone suppliers are selling their wares to similarly private buyers who clandestinely pass them along to the most direct participants in this proxy war,” the journalist explained.

Nevertheless, critics see how China is benefitting massively from selling its military equipment both ways, though not directly. Business is good for CCP.

Xi takes credit for warning Putin against a nuclear attack on Ukraine

Further supporting the claims that China is a “double-sided” sword, Chinese President Xi Jinping takes the credit for warning Russian President Vladimir Putin against triggering a nuclear explosion at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (ZNPP) in Ukraine – it’s like saying to Kyiv that “Beijing cares for you even though we have close ties with Moscow.”

According to western and Chinese officials, the personal message was delivered during Xi’s state visit to Moscow in March. According to a senior adviser to the Chinese government, the main goal of China’s effort to mend strained ties with Europe has been to prevent Putin from potentially dispersing radiation through a local nuclear explosion. However, analysts who support Kiev in this conflict have questioned Beijing’s dedication to such deterrence in light of Xi’s close relationship with Putin and a “peace plan” that closely resembles Russian talking points.

However, they are given a spark of hope that China is backing up its public rhetoric behind closed doors. “The Chinese are taking credit for sending the message at every level,” a senior U.S. administration official said. Echoing the same idea, European Union’s Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell said back in March that the Chinese president’s visit “reduces the risk of nuclear war and Chinese have made it very, very clear.”

Additionally, Putin’s choice appears to be greatly influenced by China’s viewpoint. According to the Financial Times, China’s assistance has been crucial to Moscow’s ability to navigate economic sanctions that have kept it out of vital international markets and supply chains.

Meanwhile, Alexander Gabuev, director of the Carnegie Russia Eurasia Center, insisted that Russia’s Putin will not be entirely dependent on China’s advice as “nuclear weapons are the ultimate insurance Putin has against losing this war catastrophically,” he stressed.

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Facebook, Instagram and Threads suffer major global outages on Super Tuesday

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Facebook, Instagram, and Threads, the trio of social media platforms under Meta’s umbrella, encountered a significant worldwide outage on Tuesday, disrupting user experiences across the globe.

During the outage, Facebook users found themselves unexpectedly logged out of their accounts and faced difficulties logging back in or changing passwords. Similarly, Instagram users encountered a frustrating “Couldn’t refresh feed” message, while Threads presented itself as a blank page.

The impact of the outage was widespread, with over 560,000 Facebook users initially reporting issues on Downdetector.com, a website that tracks service outages. As the situation progressed, the number of reported outages decreased to approximately 130,000 by shortly after 11 a.m. ET. Likewise, Instagram witnessed a surge in reported problems, with nearly 90,000 users affected at the peak of the outage. However, this figure diminished to around 25,000 users as the situation unfolded.

Meta’s spokesperson, Andy Stone, utilized X, formerly known as Twitter, to acknowledge the ongoing issues, stating, “We’re aware people are having trouble accessing our services. We are working on this now.”

This recent outage isn’t the first time Meta’s platforms have experienced such widespread disruption. In 2021, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger, all subsidiaries of Meta, suffered a five-hour outage attributed to a faulty server update, according to statements from the company.

The recurrence of such outages raises concerns about the reliability and robustness of Meta’s infrastructure, particularly given the massive user base relying on its platforms for communication, networking, and content consumption. Users and observers alike are left questioning the adequacy of Meta’s measures to prevent and swiftly address such disruptions in the future.

As Meta works to resolve the current outage and restore normalcy to its platforms, the incident serves as a stark reminder of the vulnerabilities inherent in our digital dependencies and the need for continuous vigilance in maintaining online services at scale.

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BOMBSHELL: New documents reveal that CISA tried censoring pro-Trump tweets in attempt to hide potential election fraud

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Today, America First Legal (AFL) released documents obtained from litigation against the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), revealing CISA flagged text messages supporting President Donald J. Trump for potential censorship. 

Documents previously obtained by AFL reveal that CISA was actively working to censor narratives about mail-in voting risks as “disinformation” ahead of the 2020 election. These new documents released today reveal that even after the election took place, CISA continued to be more concerned with securing Director Krebs’s narrative that this was “the most secure in American history,” rather than investigating whether the election was actually secure.

CISA Flagging Pro-Trump Political Text Messages

On November 9, 2020, the day after the 2020 election, Brian Scully, a member of the “DHS Countering Foreign Interference Task Force” of CISA, sent an email with the subject “Text Msgs.” The email contained screenshots of fundraising texts for President Trump and the #StopTheSteal effort.

In his email, Scully noted, “A text message I just received. Fundraising around stop the steal.” 

A colleague at CISA replied “What’s your thoughts on how to handle? Or just for FYSA?” This email suggests that CISA was looking for every opportunity to take action to potentially censor conservative pro-Trump speech. 

Scully replied, “I think FYSA. Not sure we can do anything with something I get on my own.”

CISA’s Post-election “Disinformation Sitrep”

After election day, CISA continued to collect mis- and dis-information reports through “official channels” and “3rd Party fact checkers.” Despite CISA’s understanding that the 2020 election actually presented more risks due to the widespread adoption of mail-in voting, CISA officials automatically assumed all reported suspicions of fraud to be part of a “False Narrative” that required “counter-messaging.”

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Texas Attor­ney Gen­er­al Ken Pax­ton Wins $700 Mil­lion Set­tle­ment with Google for Anti­com­pet­i­tive Practices

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, together with attorneys general from every state and many territories, have reached a $700 million settlement with Google for their anticompetitive behavior related to the Google Play Store.

Google has been ordered to pay $630 million in reparations to customers who purchased on the Google Play Store between August 2016 and September 2023 who were injured by Google’s anticompetitive actions. In addition, the internet behemoth will pay the states an extra $70 million in fines. The deal also compels Google to improve its business operations in order to reduce its unfair market advantage over other firms and consumers.

In 2021, a group of state attorneys general sued Google for illegally monopolizing the market for Android app distribution and in-app payment processing. Google, in particular, entered into anticompetitive arrangements to prohibit other app shops from being installed on Android devices, bribed important app developers not to launch items on competitor app stores, and erected technical obstacles to discourage users from directly downloading apps to their devices.

“Texas has led the nation in the fight to hold giant tech companies accountable for monopolistic activity,” said Attorney General Paxton. “I am proud that this settlement brought together so many states who recognized the importance of protecting free markets.”

To read the settlement, click here.

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