Analysts: U.S. Weapons Stockpiles at ‘Dangerously Low Levels’ as DOD Sends Weapons to Ukraine

Analysts: U.S. Weapons Stockpiles at ‘Dangerously Low Levels’ as DOD Sends Weapons to Ukraine

Bank of America analysts issued a report on Friday warning that America’s military support for Ukraine in the conflict with Russia has pushed United States military stockpiles to “dangerously low levels” not seen for decades.

As part of $16.2 billion in support committed to Ukraine since Russia invaded in February, the Department of Defense (DoD) has sent approximately $8.4 billion worth of military equipment from its own weapons stockpiles through an authority known as “presidential drawdown.”

The analysts wrote in their Friday report:

Presidential drawdowns have pushed US weapons stockpiles to dangerously low levels that have not been seen for decades. On several ground systems, DoD officials have indicated that ammunition stocks have dwindled to levels that would be considered problematic during wartime.

The analysts wrote that as the United States continues to provide military assistance to Ukraine, major defense contractors have been tasked with meeting demand throughout Europe and restocking United States military inventories depleted as a result of the 20 presidential drawdowns since August 2021.

They forecasted that Raytheon Technologies (Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s employer before he become defense chief), Lockheed Martin, and General Dynamics are best positioned to benefit from the demands, given their experience in producing “legacy ground-based systems.”

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin attends a press conference after a meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group at the U.S. military’s Ramstein air base on September 8, 2022, in Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany. The Ukraine Defense Contact Group is a U.S.-led effort to bring together defense leaders from dozens of countries across the globe in order to facilitate military support for Ukraine in its ongoing efforts in fighting Russia’s military invasion. (Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images)

They wrote that the DoD was actually expected to pivot away from those systems as it looked to shift away from the ground-based wars in the Middle East to preparing for war in the Pacific, but that the Ukraine conflict has renewed their importance.

“The DoD’s shift in focus to the Pacific and away from ground conflicts in the Middle East previously cast doubt on the fate of some ground-based defense programs,” they wrote. For example, they noted that Raytheon almost stopped producing High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) in 2021, but now efforts are being made to ramp production back up.

The DoD announced earlier this week that it would send 18 HIMARS and associated ammunition to Ukraine. The delivery would not be immediate, but would take several years, according to defense officials.

“HIMARS provide a highly effective precision fires capability. We’ve all seen how Ukraine has leveraged this system to push back against Russia’s war of aggression, disruption [of] ammunition depots, supply lines and logistical hubs far behind the front lines,” a senior defense official said during a briefing this week.

“This package of HIMARS, these 18 HIMARS and associated ammunition will constitute a core component of Ukraine’s fighting force in the future. One that can deter and defend against all threats. The procurement and deliver [sic]of these HIMARS systems and associated ammunition will take a few years. Today’s announcement is only the beginning of a procurement process,” the official said.

So far, according to the Bank of America report, the U.S. has committed 34 HIMARS to Ukraine, as well as:

— over 1,400 Stinger anti-aircraft systems produced by Raytheon;
— over 8,500 Javelin anti-armor systems produced by Raytheon and Lockheed;
— over 32,000 other anti-armor systems produced by various suppliers;
— over 700 Switchblade Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems produced by AeroVironment, Inc.;
— 126 155mm Howitzers and up to 807,000 155mm artillery rounds produced by General Dynamics, Bae Systems, and various suppliers;
— 20 155mm Howitzers and 180,000 150mm artillery rounds produced by General Dynamics, Bae Systems, and various suppliers; and
— over 50 counter-artillery radars produced by Raytheon.

“Roughly $1.2bn in contracts are already being processed in order to replenish stockpiles, especially for Stinger missiles ($624mn), Javelin missiles ($352mn), and HIMARS systems ($33mn),” the analysts wrote.

Of limited inventory, they listed Stingers, Javelins, anti-armor systems, Switchblade UAVs, Howitzers and 155mm artillery rounds, HIMARS, and counter-artillery radars.

The report noted that Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Bill LaPlante was scheduled to meet with procurement officers from allied nations on Wednesday to discuss how the global industrial base and “that of the U.S. in particular” could support the Ukrainian effort.

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Dramatic Images of Erupting Sea Emerge from Europe-Russia Nord Stream Pipeline ‘Leaks’

Dramatic Images of Erupting Sea Emerge from Europe-Russia Nord Stream Pipeline ‘Leaks’

The Kremlin said on Tuesday that it cannot rule out “sabotage” as the cause of significant damage to the Nord Stream pipeline network that carries gas from Russia to Germany.

The same thought occurred to various European officials as they turned gimlet eyes upon Russia as a potential suspect.

The Nord Stream AG consortium called the multiple leaks in both of its Baltic Sea pipelines “unprecedented” and said on Tuesday it was “not yet possible to estimate the timing of the restoration of the gas transport infrastructure.”

Russia stopped sending gas to Germany in retaliation for sanctions against the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but the pipelines were still filled with gas. Up to 177 million cubic meters of gas may have already leaked from the breach in Nord Stream 2, with as-yet-unknown environmental impact. 

There is also the risk of an explosion, although environmental analysts said the gas would probably disperse enough in the Baltic waters to make that unlikely. The Danish maritime authority nevertheless issued an advisory that the Nord Stream 2 leak is “dangerous for ship traffic” and advised ships to stay at least five nautical miles away.

“The multiple undersea leaks mean neither pipeline will likely deliver any gas to the EU over the coming winter, irrespective of political developments in the Ukraine war. Depending on the scale of the damage, the leaks could even mean a permanent closure of both lines,” a notice from the Eurasia Group, a risk consulting firm, said on Tuesday.

”Leaks of this size are a severe safety and environmental hazard, especially should Russia not stop pumping gas into the system,” the Eurasia Group noted.

“We are currently in contact with the authorities concerned in order to clarify the situation. We still have no clarity about the causes and the exact facts,” the German government said on Monday.

On Tuesday morning, Germany officially declared its suspicion that the damage to Nord Stream was caused by “sabotage.” 

“Today we faced an act of sabotage, we don’t know all the details of what happened, but we see clearly that it’s an act of sabotage, related to the next step of escalation of the situation in Ukraine,” Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki declared on Tuesday at the opening ceremony for another pipeline connecting Norway to Poland.

“We are talking about three leaks with some distance between them, and that’s why it is hard to imagine that it is a coincidence,” Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen observed.

Ukraine called the pipeline breaches a “terrorist attack” perpetrated by Moscow to permanently compromise Europe’s fuel supply, and perhaps to nullify gigantic lawsuits from Russia’s gas customers by creating a legal status of force majeure.

“This is very concerning news. Indeed, we are talking about some damage of an unclear nature to the pipeline in Denmark’s economic zone. This is an issue related to the energy security of the entire continent,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said at a press conference on Tuesday.

Royal Danish Defense College researcher Anders Puck Nielsen found the timing of the explosions “conspicuous” given the opening of the rival Poland-Norway pipeline on the same day. Nielsen thought the Nord Stream sabotage might have been “a signal that something could happen to the Norwegian gas.”

“The arrow points in the direction of Russia. No one in the West is interested in having any kind of instability in the energy market,” he noted.

Other theories point to radical environmentalists determined to keep Europe from relying on fossil fuels, or possibly even U.S. President Joe Biden, who blurted in a February interview that his administration would “bring an end” to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline if Russia invaded Ukraine.

“I promise you, we will be able to do that,” Biden replied when asked by a reporter how he would propose shutting down an undersea pipeline controlled by Germany.

“There are some indications that it is deliberate damage. You have to ask: Who would profit?” an exasperated European security source told Reuters on Tuesday while contemplating the longest list of suspects since Murder on the Orient Express.

Sweden’s state broadcast network SVT on Tuesday cited data from the Swedish National Seismic Network that strongly suggested powerful underwater explosions occurred in the vicinity of the gas leaks on Monday. One of the explosions was large enough to be detected by 30 different Swedish monitoring stations.

“There is no doubt that it was a blast,” said Bjorn Lund, a seismology lecturer with the Swedish National Seismic Network. Lund added that the area was not normally used for naval exercises that might explain the detonations, and said his network has received no information about such exercises taking place on Monday.


My Socialist Hell: The Growing Evil of Sexual Slavery in Venezuela

My Socialist Hell: The Growing Evil of Sexual Slavery in Venezuela

Everything that has occurred in Venezuela over the past two decades has undoubtedly left physical and psychological scars on my people. The repression, violence, shortages, and everything else that has been unleashed through the rule of the socialist regime should serve as a cautionary tale for everyone.

This time around, I would like to bring attention to one aspect — a pure evil on its own — that is not often talked about: the growing sexual exploitation of Venezuelan women in the country and beyond its borders, which has grown unchecked under the shadow of (and thanks to) the rise and collapse of the once-celebrated Bolivarian Socialism.

It is a growing, extremely delicate matter that has often gone muffled by “bigger” news such as rolling blackouts, inflation, currency shenanigans, and all those occurrences that I often deal with through humor.

The recently released report from the United Nations Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (FFMV) makes a special mention of the grave human rights violations that occur in the socialist regime’s Mining Arc.

The Arc is a large area located between the States of Bolívar, Amazonas, and Delta Amacuro established by dictator Maduro and heavily controlled by the military. The indiscriminate and voracious mining of gold and other minerals has caused serious environmental damage and have forced the indigenous population to flee.

What makes an already cruel situation even worse is the evidence of the sexual exploitation of children and teenagers through forced prostitution documented by the latest U.N. report. 

“A researcher documented the case of a 16-year-old girl who was tricked into going to Santa Elena de Uairén to take care of children but was then lured to offer sexual services,” the report detailed. “A miner who worked at the La Ramona mine near Tumeremo in 2017 explained to an NGO that on weekends at the mine, parties were organized where girls’ virginities were auctioned off, with younger girls getting a higher price. He also spoke of boys being offered, depending on the miner’s sexual interest.”

Some cases of sexual exploitation are born out of necessity, stemming from the complete collapse of the country. The U.N. report details one such example: 

The Mission interviewed an indigenous adolescent girl who had offered sexual services between 2018 and 2020 in La Paragua square, Angostura municipality, when she was between 14 and 16 years old. She said that no one forced her and that she did it out of necessity, stating that this was “normal in Venezuela”. Her clients were miners and State armed forces who paid her in gold or cash, which she used to rent her own room to work.

The situation is not limited to the confines of the regime’s Mining Arc but rather a widespread problem that continues to scar young Venezuelan women. In August, Venezuelan authorities rescued six women between the ages of 15 and 19 from a sexual exploitation network in Anzoategui state.

The Venezuelan migrant crisis – the largest in the region and equal in magnitude to the Ukrainian migrant crisis, despite not a single bomb having been dropped in the country other than socialist collapse — has allowed sexual exploitation to grow unchecked.

A report published in August detailed how a group of four Venezuelan adult women — and a teenager — escaped from a human trafficking network that forced them into sexual slavery. Another grueling report, published on Friday, recounted how, since 2018, women had been lured into sexual slavery from Venezuela to Curacao. The women ranged from humble and poor to women with university careers who, pushed by the precarious economical state and living conditions, were lied to with promises of work, only to end up falling prey to sexual exploitation through unpayable debts.

The reports are frequent and abundant, and there will undoubtedly be many stories of sexual exploitation and slavery that will never get told. Personally, I was witness to one such story back in 2011, during my brief three-year tenure as local personnel in one of Venezuela’s smaller embassies on the continent.

To put things in context, in 2011, Venezuela was still under the rule of “Supreme Commander” Hugo Chávez. This occurred some months before he publicly announced that he had cancer and the now-socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro was his foreign affairs minister.

The country, still deemed a socialist darling by the international left, was a couple of years away from going through the brutal collapse of socialism — and yet, the early cracks were showing, with growing shortages and austerity decrees that should have served as a serious warning that the power of the regime’s oil checkbook was waning.

I got a phone call from my boss at the time one late April 2011 night. My boss informed me that the local police had arrested two undocumented women that had declared to be Venezuelan citizens. As they were basically illegal immigrants, the correct course of action was to keep them detained and arrange for their deportation, but there were prior steps to comply with, including the corresponding proceedings from the Embassy’s consular section, where I worked.

When the two women were interviewed by embassy staff, they recounted their tale, one similar to the reports I mentioned above. They had been falsely lured with promises of work in the neighboring country of Guyana, which saw them fall into sexual slavery.

Their passports had been seized by the traffickers and the women were thrown into a small house alongside other women to be forcefully used and abused. The two women claimed that they managed to escape through a small bathroom window one night and wandered off without any clue as to their whereabouts, wandering off from Guyana’s borders and into Suriname, where they were arrested.

The next step was to report the case to the Venezuelan authorities and follow protocol. Their identities were eventually confirmed through their national ID card numbers. Now, one problem was that the embassy had no resources to handle any sort of emergencies – courtesy of a 2009 austerity decree that slashed resources because the socialist oil checkbook was drying up.

My boss brokered a deal with the police – not exactly the most ideal, but it was better than leaving the two women in jail until their deportation. The deal saw the two women be placed into a sort of pseudo-house arrest and remain within the premises of the embassy until their deportation. My boss had to cover some expenses out of her own pocket so that the two women could have some clothing, food, and inflatable mattresses to sleep on while bureaucracy took its course.

I was a regular worker – as such, I had no say in these sorts of matters, nor was there any humanitarian crisis yet that these two women could seek asylum or refugee as victims of — not to mention that Suriname was under a leftist government friendly to the socialist revolution to boot.

All I was assigned to do was to draft a one-time-only emergency travel document that allowed the two women to return to Venezuela in lieu of a more proper “emergency passport,” which the embassy did not count. I was basically sending them back to where they came from.

The document does not detail the circumstances that led the two women to fall into sexual slavery, nor does it mention the hell they went through. It limited itself to asserting, “due to an ignorance of international immigration laws,” these two women had not obtained passports or visas.

As I requested a new set of fingerprints from them to finalize some paperwork, one of them asked me a question I can barely remember regarding the exchange rate of the United States dollar, which, at the time, was illegal to hold or trade in Venezuela.

I suggested to her that it would be better if she could find someone she could trust in Venezuela to exchange it through the black market, as it would net her more Venezuelan bolivars than through official exchange rates.

Had someone with enough malice heard me say that to her, I would have lost my job on the spot — as I was, without a doubt, breaking the fierce “illicit currency exchange” law that forbade people from owning foreign cash — but that was the only way I could, at the very least, provide some sort of aid to these two women who had gone through hell.

The two women were deported around the first week of May 2011. The police escorted them into an airplane that got them back to the “socialist fatherland.” I don’t know what happened to those two women afterward. Perhaps they found a way to heal from what they experienced. Perhaps they are now among the over six million migrants who fled the country. I really have no way to know.

Christian K. Caruzo is a Venezuelan writer and documents life under socialism. You can follow him on Twitter here.


Italy’s Move to the Right Shakes Europe’s Political Elites as Giorgia Meloni Readies to Govern

Italy’s Move to the Right Shakes Europe’s Political Elites as Giorgia Meloni Readies to Govern

Giorgia Meloni, leader of the Brothers of Italy party that won the most votes in Italy’s national election, was preparing to be the country’s first woman premier on Monday. The center-right coalition leader is bound for office declaring “We defend God, country, and family” built on opposition to gender ideology and the LGBT lobby alongside support for strong borders and an end to limitless mass migration.

Meloni sounded a moderate, unifying tone in a victory speech that noted Italians had finally been able to clearly determine who they wanted to govern and the direction they wished to go in defiance of establishment elites.

“Italians have sent a clear message in favour of a right-wing government led by Brothers of Italy,” she told reporters in Rome, holding up a sign saying “Thank you Italy.”

All of which has sent much of Europe into a gasping, political tail spin.

This photo taken in Rome on September 26, 2022, shows front pages of Italian newpapers with photos of leader of Italian party “Fratelli d’Italia” (Brothers of Italy) Giorgia Meloni, a day after her party came top in general elections. (VINCENZO PINTO/AFP via Getty Images)

The vice president of the European Parliament, Katharina Barley of the Social Democrats of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, cast Meloni’s victory as “worrying” given her affiliations with Hungary’s leader Viktor Orban and former U.S. President Donald Trump.

“Her electoral lip service to Europe cannot hide the fact that she represents a danger to constructive coexistence in Europe,” she was quoted as saying by German daily WELT, AP reports.

“I am afraid of incompetence, not the fascist threat,″ said Roberto D’Alimonte, a political science professor at LUISS, a private university in Rome. ”She has not governed anything.”

He neglected to mention Meloni did serve as youth minister in Berlusconi’s last government a decade ago.

ROME, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 26: Conservative party Brothers of Italy leader Giorgia Meloni speaks to media and supporters following the first results on the Italian general election at the Parco Dei Principi Hotel on September 26, 2022 in Rome, Italy. The snap election was triggered by the resignation of Prime Minister Mario Draghi in July, following the collapse of his big-tent coalition of leftist, right-wing and centrist parties. (Photo by Alessandra Benedetti - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

Conservative party Brother’s of Italy leader Giorgia Meloni speaks to media and supporters following the first results on the Italian general election at the Parco Dei Principi Hotel on September 26, 2022 in Rome, Italy. (Alessandra Benedetti – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

Prof Gianluca Passarrelli of Rome’s Sapienza University told the BBC he hoped she would avoid rocking the boat on Europe and focus on other policies, before expressing the fear she might enact the promises she was elected on, cautioning “I think we will see more restrictions on civil rights and policies on LGBT and immigrants.”

German magazine Stern splashed its front page with a photo of Meloni, under the banner: “The most dangerous woman in Europe.”

The Financial Times reports just last week E.U. commission chief Ursula von der Leyen put Rome in the same basket with Budapest and Warsaw as challengers to the overarching desire of the E.U. to govern all of Europe without exception or challenge to its own autocracy.

“If things go in a difficult direction,” she said when asked about the Italian elections, “I’ve spoken about Hungary and Poland, we have tools.”

This was a reference to the rule of law disputes and funding freezes that both countries have experienced.

The implied threat sparked outrage in Rome, particularly amongst the political right of center and online in the MIGA (“Make Italy Great Again”) circles, where von der Leyen was accused of interfering in the election.

Despite the threats from around the E.U., Meloni has no intention of being intimidated as her audience saw as far back as 2019 at the World Congress of Families:

She will need that fortitude in coming months and years.

Italy is suffering rampant inflation while an energy crisis looms this winter, linked to the conflict in Ukraine.

The Italian economy, the third largest in the eurozone, is also saddled with a debt worth 150 percent of gross domestic product.

Despite the gasps from her opponents inside and outside Italy, Meloni is bound to act to secure the country’s economic future despite what her detractors say is her underlying euroskeptic beliefs.

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Conservative Giorgia Meloni Set to Become Italy’s First Female Prime Minister

Conservative Giorgia Meloni Set to Become Italy’s First Female Prime Minister

The coalition led by Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy (FdI) party won Italy’s election on Sunday, meaning the country’s first national-conservative government is set to take power. Additionally, the victory is set to make Meloni the first female prime minister in Italian history.

The coalition, known as Centro Destra, is an alliance between Meloni’s Brothers of Italy (FdI), former Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini’s League (Lega), and former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italy.

“The coalition led by the Brothers of Italy of Giorgia Meloni has a clear majority,” la Repubblica reported Sunday night.

Brothers of Italy is at over 26 percent, with the League at 9 percent, and Forza Italia at around eight percent, making the total come to just over 43 percent. Meloni’s conservative alliance also looks that it will now control both houses: the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate.

Giorgia Meloni, leader of the Fratelli d’Italia (Brothers of Italy) gestures during a press conference at the party electoral headquarters overnight, on September 25, 2022 in Rome, Italy. The snap election was triggered by the resignation of Prime Minister Mario Draghi in July, following the collapse of his coalition. (Photo by Antonio Masiello/Getty Images)

Supporters react after the press conference of Giorgia Meloni, leader of the Fratelli d’Italia (Brothers of Italy), at the party electoral headquarters overnight, on September 25, 2022 in Rome, Italy. (Antonio Masiello/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, former Prime Minister Enrico Letta’s Democratic Party (Pd) — Meloni’s biggest opponent — came in at around 20 percent, with former Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s Five Star Movement at 15 percent, and several other parties coming in at smaller percentages.

“Today we wrote history,” Meloni said in a social media post in the early hours of Monday morning in Italy.

“This victory is dedicated to all the militants, leaders, supporters and to every single person who – in recent years – has contributed to the realization of our dream.”

“To those who, despite the difficulties and the most complex moments, have remained in their place, with conviction and generosity. But, above all, it is dedicated to those who believe and have always believed in us,” she added.

“We will not betray your trust. We are ready to revive Italy,” Meloni affirmed.

Meloni’s motto is “We defend God, country, and family.” She has also expressed her dedication to traditional family values, opposition to gender ideology and the LGBT lobby, as well as support for strong borders and an end to mass migration.

As Breitbart News previously reported, the party leaders in this conservative coalition are eurosceptics, if not open “Italeavers” — the Italian version of Brexiteers — with even the comparatively center-right Berlusconi having hardened his stance on the EU after senior officials, in his view, successfully conspired to have him ousted as Prime Minister in 2011.

With Meloni’s victory, Italy is now expected to join the few European countries that have conservative governance at this time, such as Hungary and Poland.

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Exclusive: Counterterrorism Expert Cynthia Farahat Reveals Muslim Brotherhood Plan to ‘Destroy’ West – ‘Like Cancer’

Exclusive: Counterterrorism Expert Cynthia Farahat Reveals Muslim Brotherhood Plan to ‘Destroy’ West – ‘Like Cancer’

The Muslim Brotherhood’s “endgame” is to murder every non-Muslim and “destroy Western civilization,” according to counterterrorism expert Cynthia Farahat, who revealed they are open about their intentions of infiltrating and corrupting every American institution “like a cancer,” and slammed the “far-left” for its “propaganda” supporting the global terrorist organization.

In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, well-known Egyptian author and political analyst Farahat highlighted the Muslim Brotherhood’s association with virtually all Islamic terror groups.

“The Muslim Brotherhood is the incubator of Sunni Islamic terrorism,” she said. “They are the command and control for Islamic terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda, the Islamic State (IS), the Islamist Jemaah Islamiyah, the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, Hamas, along with many other radical terrorists groups.” 

“I actually found it harder to pin down a terrorist group that didn’t have a direct connection to the Muslim Brotherhood than the other way around,” she added. “They are also responsible for radicalizing Muslims because when you have a radicalized base, its so much easier to recruit jihadists from it.”

Farahat explained that the radical group’s ultimate goal is exactly “what they say they want to do,” which is the complete annihilation of those who dissent from their worldview. 

“I called my upcoming book The Secret Apparatus: The Muslim Brotherhood’s Industry of Death, and the subtitle of my book is not my hyperbolic understanding of the group, it is what they themselves call their operation,” she said.

“Their end game is to murder every single non-Muslim on the planet and also kill all Muslims who are not members of a jihadist group, and destroy Western civilization,” she added. “That’s according to their own words.”

In addition, Farahat noted, they “believe in their radical eschatology that they can bring about the end of times after they accomplish these goals.” 

“And this is what they have been saying and this is what they have been working towards achieving,” she said. “It’s not just rhetoric, they have been consistently working to achieve these ends.”

“The strange thing is I never have to explain to Muslims why the Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist organization,” she added. “It’s a foregone conclusion. Everybody knows it is a terrorist organization.” 

Farahat noted that she has never spoken to a Muslim in the Middle East “who doesn’t know someone who has either been hurt or murdered or persecuted” by the radical organization. 

“It’s a very common thing to have been victimized by this group in the Middle East,” she said. “I myself and my family have been victimized by them in every single way humanly possible, whether it was political persecution, religious persecution, and until they kidnapped my brother and tortured him, and they tried to assassinate me on October 9, 2011.”

While “everybody in the Middle East” knows of the Brotherhood’s viciousness, she slammed the “propaganda in the United States” that asserts that “it is ‘Islamophobia’ to talk about the terrorists who kill Muslims and non-Muslims.” 

“That is a way that radical far-left politicians exploit activists who are well meaning and gullible to further the end of destruction because far-left politicians view the Muslim Brotherhood as an ally,” she said.

According to Farahat, the group’s “mission” in the United States has been “extremely successful” due to the fact that they have “articulated their plans perfectly” for the country, operating nationwide through what they dub, “Civilization Jihad Operation,” the initial non-violent stage of the Islamist attack on the West.

She also noted that during the Holy Land Foundation Trial, the largest terrorism financing trial in United States history, one document entered as court evidence — the explanatory memorandum — discussed the operation, defining it as “destroying [Western civilization’s] miserable house from within by their own hands, [to be delivered to] the hands of the believers.”

“When they say that it means that they will be both doing infiltration and subversion of every single American institution and corrupting it from the inside out like a cancer,” she warned. “That’s how they identify what they’re doing and that’s exactly what they have been doing.”

Farahat claimed that their success in executing the operation was due to their “working with U.S. lawmakers and specifically the State Department and some American intelligence agencies.” 

“I got that right from the horse’s mouth,” she said. “That’s what I was told and given as a reason by several lawmakers to why the Muslim Brotherhood hasn’t been designated as a terrorist group” in the U.S. 

Consequently, Farahat described as “unbelievable” the fact that “after 9/11, American intelligence agencies still haven’t learned the lesson that if they did it with you, they’ll do it to you.” 

“If they conspire to destroy other populations with you, they’re going to conspire to destroy you too,” she said. “And using them as missionaries to further some foreign policy objective — that is a double-edged sword because Islamists are better at being evil than any American ever could, including American serial killers.” 

“Islamists will always win that equation,” she added.

She called any attempt to work with the Muslim Brotherhood an “extremely dangerous, reckless, antisocial, and, in some instances, a treasonous” one.

However, she admitted, such conduct is often encouraged.

“When you look at academia, someone like me has much of a less chance of finding a position as a professor than an Islamist,” she said. “Here, [for] an Islamist, all the doors are open.”

As an example, she cited a professor at Union College in New Jersey who is a “self-admitted member of the Muslim Brotherhood” and who, “according to his own allegations, was involved in one of the worst terrorist attacks in Egypt, which killed and maimed 506 people.” 

“That man is teaching American college kids because he has more access than I ever could to academia,” she lamented.

“And that’s the kind of situation we are in today. It’s more culturally acceptable to associate with mass murderers and terrorists than people who speak the truth,” she added.

Farahat described the current situation as a “war” on multiple fronts.

“There’s a war on history; there’s a war on reality; there’s a war on morality and Western civilization,” she said.

“People on the far left have found a great ally in these Islamists, but they haven’t learned the lesson from history that every time Islamists and communists allied, Islamists won that equation,” she added.

To those lacking that understanding, Farahat suggested watching a documentary about the Iranian Islamic Revolution of 1979 that “shows how communists and socialists were indispensable to the Islamic revolution and how, after [Ayatollah Ruhollah] Khomeini perpetrated it, he hung their heads on sticks and marched the streets of Tehran with leftists’ heads on sticks.”

“They don’t learn from history and they’re committing the same mistakes again, over and over and over again,” she added. 

The Coptic writer and human rights activist also expressed outrage over Bahgat Saber, allegedly “the most prominent terror recruiter” in the US, who publishes violent and threatening clips daily “ranting and inciting for jihad” while using taxpayer funding even as authorities are “quite aware” of his activities. 

“It actually disgusts and horrifies me on so many levels that he is able to stream — from Times Square — Islamic terrorism and recruitment and encouraging lone wolf terrorist attacks to take place,” she said. “Yet a man like Salman Rushdie is not granted the same type of freedom in America.”

She then discussed the nexus between the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran and recent assassination plots in the U.S., attributing them to the current atmosphere that “President Joe Biden has created, that encourages that way of behavior and rewards it.” 

“So he’s basically telling the world, if you’re going to come and slaughter my Republican opponents, I’m gonna try to give you billions of dollars to reward you for it,” she said in reference to the Biden administration’s continued attempts to revive the Iran nuclear deal.

“That’s basically the message that the world is seeing right now coming from the Biden regime, that it’s open season on anyone who speaks against Islamism, or who’s on the right basically,” she added.

As for the modern alliance between militants of both Shia Iran and the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood, Farahat described it as “a culmination of 14 centuries of Shia dissimulation and recruitment and infiltration of the Sunni camp.”

“The Sunni camp has always been more militarily advanced, but the Shia camp has always been more savvy when it came to politics and infiltration and covert work,” she said. “And that is why they have deeply influenced the Muslim Brotherhood’s thoughts.”

She also noted the early contacts between Ayatollah Khomeini and Hassan al-Banna, the founder of the Brotherhood who “deeply influenced” the supreme leader.

“Another thing that people don’t know is that in 1928, when the Muslim Brotherhood was founded, a lot of its first members were Shia,” she said. “So they have blurred the lines between the militants of the two sects.”

As a result, the Brotherhood has consistently advocated for Iranian nuclear weapons, she stated.

“I believe the Sunni group when they say that the Iranian revolution is our revolution,” she said. 

Asked what she wished most to convey to Americans with her soon-to-be released book, Farahat, whose work has been translated into more than fifteen languages, said it was to recognize the “irrefutable evidence” she provides “from the Muslim Brotherhood’s own words, literature and internal documents” proving they are “indeed a terrorist organization” and should be designated as such.

That recognition is something she has attempted since her immigration to the US over a decade ago, she noted.

“I have discovered that the way to make this happen is to take it to the American people because these are the people that I want to protect and these are the people I identify with,” she said. 

“I became an American last year and I want them to stop these terrorists from destroying this country the way they destroyed my country of origin,” she concluded.

The Muslim Brotherhood — whose motto declares, “The Koran is our law, jihad is our way, dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope,” was founded in Egypt in 1928 as a pan-Islamic movement with both political and charitable arms.

It openly seeks to establish a worldwide Islamic caliphate based on Sharia law. 

The group, having faced years of pressure, has been outlawed as a terrorist group in Egypt and banned in several other countries, including Russia, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

Last year, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) called on the State Department to designate the radical Brotherhood a terrorist group, with the Biden administration accused of boosting the extremist group in the Middle East.

Cruz has long called to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, having already pushed the bill previously in 2015, 2017, and 2020. 

In 2021, Austria became the first country in the European Union to ban the Islamist group as part of a recent anti-terrorism law.

Previously, then Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) urged for the terror designation, saying, “We need to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization. I think this administration would be supportive of that. So, I think we have a chance to push it through Congress if need be. Of course, they can take action against the brotherhood themselves.”

Farahat’s The Secret Apparatus: The Muslim Brotherhood’s Industry of Death will be available this coming Tuesday. 

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Zelensky to U.N.: ‘Formula for Peace’ in Ukraine Begins with ‘Punishment’

Zelensky to U.N.: ‘Formula for Peace’ in Ukraine Begins with ‘Punishment’

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky presented a five-point “formula for peace” between him and invading Russia during the United Nations General Assembly debate on Wednesday, identifying the first step as “punishment.”

Zelensky addressed the forum from Kyiv, a move that the Assembly voted to allow by 101 members to seven. Zelensky named and shamed the seven — the communist nations of Belarus, Cuba, North Korea, Eritrea, Nicaragua, plus Russia and Russian proxy Bashar al-Assad’s Syria — accusing them of fearing his words.

Ukraine is currently embroiled in a nearly nine-year-old war with Russia that began with the invasion and colonization of Ukraine’s Crimea region and the beginning of the ongoing conflict in the Donbas region, where pro-Russian separatists have declared the establishment of two “sovereign” states. In February, Russian leader Vladimir Putin announced that he was recognizing the Donbas’s Donetsk and Luhansk “People’s Republics” as countries and that he would send Russian armed forces into Ukraine at their request to “de-Nazify” Zelensky’s government. Zelensky, elected as the “pro-Russian” candidate in a free and fair election in 2019, has expressed offense at being branded a Nazi, noting his Jewish heritage.

Putin’s efforts in Ukraine have stalled since the bombing of the greater Kyiv area in the first half of the year. Ukrainian forces have recently claimed to have recaptured several southern municipalities. Putin announced a partial military mobilization, including conscription, on Wednesday intended to reverse what outside observers believe to be a significant decline in Russian field success in the war.

Zelensky discussed the war before the General Assembly through the lens of a five-point plan that he argued could be applied universally to any conflict to achieve peace. Prior to revealing the plan, he insisted to those urging Ukraine and Russia to attempt talks that the time for diplomacy had ended and that talks had indeed been attempted, but failed.

“We held 88 rounds of talks in various formats to prevent this war, just from the beginning of my presidency until February 24 this year,” he recalled.

Zelensky claimed his peace plan would necessarily require significant reform of the United Nations, later questioning the logic of permanent seats on the Security Council for rogue states like Russia, and the toothlessness of U.N. agencies.

“I will present a formula that can work not only for us, but for anyone who may find themselves in similar circumstances as we did,” he said. “It is a formula that punishes crime, protects life, restores security and territorial integrity, guarantees security, and provides determination. There are five preconditions for peace.”

Punishment, as he noted, was the first step in his plan to end wars.

Zelensky called for universal sanctions on Russia, from banning Russian tourists from entering free states to barring Russia from participating in international fora like the Security Council, also including commercial sanctions to impoverish the Russian economy.

“Blocking the trade and relations with the aggressor is a part of the peace formula. All this is a punishment. So long as the aggressor is a party to decision-making in the international organizations, he must be isolated from them – at least until aggression lasts,” Zelensky argued. “Reject the right to vote. Deprive delegation rights. Remove the right of veto – if it is a Member of the UN Security Council.”

“Citizens of the aggressor state should not be allowed to enjoy tourism or shopping in the territory of those who value peace, but should be encouraged through visa restrictions to fight against the aggression of their own state,” he continued. “Punish for abetting the evil. A Special Tribunal should be created to punish Russia for the crime of aggression against our state. This will become a signal to all ‘would-be’ aggressors, that they must value peace or be brought to responsibility by the world.”

Zelensky’s other four elements of peace — the protection of life, “restoring security and territorial integrity,” “security guarantees,” and “determination” — offered less specific courses of action for other nations. Zelensky did encourage other states to list Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism for its war and to seek military treaties with Ukraine that would deter further action by Russia — though he did not name NATO membership as a specific aspiration.

Zelensky concluded by condemning not just Russia’s allies, but countries that have chosen not to support either side.

“Those who speak of neutrality, when human values and peace are under attack, mean something else. They talk about indifference – everyone for themselves,” the Ukrainian president said. “Here’s what they say. They pretend to be interested in each other’s problems. They take care of each other formally. They sympathize only for protocol. And that is why they pretend to protect someone, but in reality, they protect only their vested interests.”

“This is what creates the conditions for war. This is what needs to be corrected in order to create conditions for peace,” he concluded.

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Putin Accuses West of ‘Nuclear Blackmail’, Announces Conscription to Boost Russian Army

Putin Accuses West of ‘Nuclear Blackmail’, Announces Conscription to Boost Russian Army

Russian leader Vladimir Putin announced the beginning of a partial military conscription in a speech on Monday in which he accused the West of “nuclear blackmail” and trying to “destroy” Russia.

Vladimir Putin has announced the beginning of conscription measures in Russia in response to growing difficulties the country is facing with the Ukraine war, a move that potentially represents a significant escalation of Moscow’s already bloody conflict.

The announcement was made as part of a rare public address given by the Russian president to the citizens of his country, during which he also accused Western powers of ultimately aiming to “destroy” Russia.

While disinformation in relation to the ongoing conflict is widespread, there now appears to be consensus at least that the invasion is not going as well for Russian forces as the Kremlin might have initially hoped. The new Russian conscription measures are likely aimed at making available more troops for the conflict in an attempt to rescue what Russia has euphemistically termed its “special military operation” in Ukraine.

In the speech given on Wednesday morning, Vladimir Putin repeated Russian claims that the invasion of Ukraine was purely defensive in nature, and specifically aimed at protecting “Russia’s Crimea” as well as the Donbas regions – which has a sizable population of ethnic Russians – from alleged aggressive measures taken by the Zelensky administration in Kyiv. Putin seized and colonized Crimea in 2014.

Putin accused the Ukrainian government of organising a “genocide”  in the Donbas against people “who refused to recognise the government that was created in Ukraine” as a result of what the Russian head of state described as a Western-backed “state coup” in 2014.

The “coup” Putin referred to is known in Ukraine as the Maidan uprising, a wave of protests that resulted in the ouster of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych. Russian officials have repeatedly argued that current Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is illegitimate because of the events of 2014, despite him being elected in 2019 against the incumbent who succeeded Yanukovych, Petro Poroshenko. No international observers or dissidents within Ukraine have questioned the legitimacy of the 2019, even those opposed to the 2014 Maidan.

Putin also alleged that Moscow’s interests of securing the Donbas and Crimea were actually met with much understanding by Ukrainian officials in the wake of peace talks early on in the war, but that such peace talks were ultimately sabotaged by Western leaders, who Putin said urged Ukraine to keep fighting the conflict.

“In its aggressive anti-Russian policy, the West has crossed every line,” Putin said. “In Washington, London, Brussels, they are directly pushing Kyiv to transfer military operations to our territory. No longer hiding, they say that Russia should be defeated by all means on the battlefield, followed by the deprivation of political, economic, cultural, in general, any sovereignty, with the complete plunder of our country.”

Putin also accused the West of threatening Russia with “nuclear blackmail,” saying that his country was willing to defend itself by any means necessary. Putin appeared to threaten the possible use of nuclear weapons himself, should Russia’s “territorial integrity” be threatened.

“I would like to remind those who make such statements regarding Russia that our country has different types of weapons as well, and some of them are more modern than the weapons NATO countries have,” he said.

“In the event of a threat to the territorial integrity of our country and to defend Russia and our people, we will certainly make use of all weapon systems available to us,” Putin continued, before warning that this threat of retaliation was “not a bluff”.

Arguing that the Russian military was now effectively fighting “the entire military machine of the collective West,” Putin declared that he has begun the “partial mobilization” of the Russian Federation for the purpose of aiding the war effort.

Such a new mobilization, which Reuters says is the first of its kind in the country since World War II, includes the implementation of conscription for the military, though Putin argued that such a measure will be extremely limited in scope.

“I repeat, we are talking specifically about partial mobilization, that is, only citizens who are currently in the reserve will be subject to conscription, and above all those who served in the Armed Forces, have certain military specialties and relevant experience,” he said, before going on to say that every individual conscripted would “receive the status, payments and all social guarantees of military personnel serving under a contract.”

The mobilisation will likely give Russia’s now floundering war effort in Ukraine a shot in the arm. Reuters reported the country’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said that as many as 300,000 people could be conscripted for military service from Russia’s massive reserves of around 25 million people.

Putin also called on the status of volunteer soldiers, as well as troops from the Russian-allied self-declared Republics in eastern Ukraine, to be regularised and given the same legal status as the rest of Russia’s troops fighting in the region, as well as provided with the same “material, medical and social benefits.”

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace denounced Putin as having broken his own promise not to mobilize his country for the conflict, saying that the conscription order is in effect an “admission that [Putin’s] invasion is failing.”

“He and his Defence Minister have sent tens of thousands of their own citizens to their deaths, ill equipped and badly led,” Wallace remarked. “No amount of threats and propaganda can hide the fact that Ukraine is winning this war.”

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