EU punishes Hungary over Orban’s Ukraine ‘peace mission’

The bloc has canceled a high-level summit in Budapest to “send a symbolic signal” to the prime minister

A high-level EU foreign affairs summit scheduled for August will be moved from Hungary to Brussels, the bloc’ top diplomat, Josep Borrell, confirmed on Monday.

Speaking at a press conference in the Belgian capital, Borrell said the bloc must “send a signal, even if it is a symbolic signal,” to punish Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban for his Ukraine “peace mission,” which EU officials have condemned as contrary to the bloc’s policies.

Hungary currently holds the rotating EU presidency, and the bloc’s foreign and defense ministers were due to gather in Budapest late next month. Politico earlier reported that EU officials were planning to boycott the meeting in the Hungarian capital.

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The snub comes after numerous Western officials condemned Orban over his visit to Russia to hold talks with President Vladimir Putin on the Ukraine conflict. After concluding his tour, which also included trips to Ukraine, China, and the US, Orban accused the EU of pursuing a “pro-war policy.” 

Borrell said on Monday that the bloc’s members strongly rejected Orban’s claim, “with only a single exception,” referring to Hungary’s neighbor, Slovakia. Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico has expressed support for his Hungarian counterpart for his m

Borrell further accused Orban of “disqualifying” the bloc’s policy, adding that his actions must have “formal consequences.” It was therefore decided “to call for the next [informal] Foreign and Defense Council meeting in Brussels,” Borrell added.

Earlier this month, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen canceled a planned visit of EU commissioners to Hungary in protest over Orban’s actions. She also lowered the level of the commission’s representation at informal meetings during Hungary’ six-month EU presidency.


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Von der Leyen later slammed Orban’s visit to Moscow as an “appeasement mission,” while the European Parliament described it as “a blatant violation of the EU’s treaties and common foreign policy.” 

Moscow said last week that the EU’s criticism of Orban goes to show that Brussels has resolved to support Ukraine militarily, and that its “pro-war” policies will not change.

The Real Reason The US Wants To Ban TikTok (Palantir, Media Control)

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“Lobby in a sec, but I also want to highlight that Gallagher’s biggest owner in the past election cycle has been Palantir, the software company literally named after an evil orb used by dark forces to spy on people. It shouldn’t surprise you that Palantir, founded by the notorious Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel, worked with the NSA to create the most comprehensive digital espionage apparatus ever conceived. Palantir was co-created with American spies; one of its earliest investors was the CIA, and the company will not disclose any of its contracts with the government despite making over a billion dollars from these clandestine partnerships.

Forgive me if I’m just a little skeptical about the intentions of this anti-spying bill, given that its main sponsor is funded by the world’s largest spying machine.”

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“Don’t just take it from me, here’s some leaked audio from a phone call with ADL Chief Executive Jonathan Greenblatt:

“But I also want to point out that we have a major, major, major generational problem. All the polling I’ve seen—ADL’s polling, ICC’s polling, independent polling—suggests this is not a left-right gap, folks. The issue in the United States and support for Israel is not left and right, it is young and old. And so, we really have a TikTok problem, the challenge problem that our community needs to put the same brains that gave us Taglit, the same brains that gave us all these other amazing innovations, we need to put our energy toward this, like, fast. Because, again, like we’ve been chasing this left-right divide, it’s the wrong game. The game of the next generation.””

 

 

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“We saw Hillary Clinton get up before a congressional committee and say the U.S. is losing the information war. I didn’t know it was a war. I thought information was something to enlighten people, not to capture them, envelop them, and indoctrinate them with.

She started talking about Russia Today, France 24, Al Jazeera, and then she said almost shrilly, “China is building a global news network in English!” I thought that would be interesting. We’ll get another perspective, coverage of stories that weren’t covered before, and another viewpoint to compare with the ones we’ve been fed from the beginning. But she sees it as a threat.

There’s what the Empire is about: controlling people everywhere, at home and abroad, giving them as little as possible so that the few at the top get as rich as possible. The hungrier and poorer you are, the harder you’ll work for less and less.

That’s what the world is all about, unfortunately.

For you to think our leaders are stupid, or that the people who own this world and have built hundreds of military bases are stupid, is to be a bit stupid yourself. If you think your leader is stupid because he mispronounces words, you’re being stupid. If you think your leader is enlightened and intelligent, and has your interests at heart because he speaks smoothly and articulately, you’re being stupid also.

The author of the main video uses Israel and Gaza as examples of narratives they need to control. I would like to remind you of another one and its letter from Osama bin Laden. Some people may remember not long ago teens found about a letter from Osama bin Laden that he wrote after 9/11. It was also spreading through TikTok:

The controversy over TikTok and Osama bin Laden’s “Letter to America,” explained

Why bin Laden’s 2002 letter became the latest TikTok moral panic.

 

Like Hillary said: “U.S. is losing the information war.”

“The basic distortions in the media are not innocent errors, for they are not random; rather they move in the same overall direction again and again, favoring management over labor, corporatism over anti-corporatism, the affluent over the poor, private enterprise over socialism, Whites over Blacks, males over females, officialdom over protesters, conventional politics over dissidence, anticommunism and arms-race militarism over disarmament, national chauvinism over internationalism, US dominance of the Third World over revolutionary or populist nationalist change. The press does many things and serves many functions but its major role, its irreducible responsibility, is to continually recreate a view of reality supportive of existing social and economic class power.”
― Michael Parenti, Inventing Reality: The Politics of News Media

“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.” ― George Orwell, 1984

“The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.” ― George Orwell, 1984

 

EU sets date of transfer of Russian money to Ukraine for arms purchases

Kiev will receive €1.4 billion, the interest accrued on frozen funds, early next month, the bloc’s top diplomat has said

The EU has revealed when it will begin sending Russian money to Ukraine. The bloc’s top diplomat Josep Borrell has claimed that the first tranche of interest accruing on some €300 billion in frozen Russian assets, totaling some €1.4 billion, will be sent to Kiev in the first week of August to fund arms purchases.

The EU’s top diplomat specified that the funds will be used to meet the key needs of Kiev’s military, including air defense, artillery, “and also, and this is new, procurement for the Ukrainian defense industry.”

“So, we are not going only to provide military support to Ukraine but from Ukraine itself. Which is certainly the most logical and efficient thing we can do,” Borrell concluded.

The EU and G7 group of nations blocked some $280 billion (€260 billion) of sovereign funds belonging to the Central Bank of Russia days after the escalation of the Ukraine conflict in 2022. The bulk of the frozen funds are held in the EU, primarily in the Belgium-based depositary and clearing house Euroclear.   

Earlier this year, EU authorities approved a scheme enabling the appropriation of interest accrued on the frozen funds to back Ukraine’s recovery and military defense. Under the agreement, 90% of the money is expected to go into an EU-run fund for Ukrainian military aid, with the other 10% is to be allocated for supporting Kiev in other ways.


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Moscow has repeatedly said that any steps taken to transfer its assets without its consent would amount to “theft,” insisting that tapping the funds or engaging in similar moves would violate international law and lead to retaliation.

Earlier this year, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov warned that the expropriation of Russian sovereign assets could create a dangerous precedent and become a “solid nail in the coffin” of the Western economic system. He stressed that Moscow would inevitably retaliate against such a move by launching legal proceedings against entities that tap its assets.

US congresswoman demands proof Biden is alive

The US president has not been seen in person since going into quarantine after contracting Covid-19 last week

Republican Congresswoman Lauren Boebert has demanded a “proof of life appearance” by US President Joe Biden as the 81-year-old has not been seen in public since contracting Covid-19 last week.

Boebert’s demand comes after Biden unexpectedly announced via social media on Sunday that he would be dropping out of the 2024 presidential race and would be endorsing Vice President Kamala Harris to represent the Democratic Party in November. The written announcement sparked concerns over Biden’s health, given that the message wasn’t accompanied by any photos or videos of the president.

In a series of posts on X on Monday, Boebert demanded that Biden provide “proof of life” by 5pm that day, saying the president “needs to get in front of some cameras and discuss if he’s aware that he dropped out.”

“Hiding is completely unacceptable,” Boebert wrote.

Throughout the day, the congresswoman reiterated her demand several times, including in a comment to a post by political activist Charlie Kirk, who reported an unconfirmed rumor he attributed to the Las Vegas police department that Biden may be dead or dying.

According to Kirk’s information, the president allegedly experienced an undisclosed medical emergency in Las Vegas last Wednesday before abruptly canceling a campaign event and urgently traveling to Delaware. “Apparently the rumor mill in the police department was that Joe Biden was dying or possibly already dead,” Kirk wrote, urging people to look deeper into the story. 

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Meanwhile, Biden’s team has said the president is successfully recovering from the virus, with Vice President Kamala Harris claiming that he is “feeling much better.” White House doctor Kevin O’Connor has also written a letter stating that Biden had completed his tenth dose of PAXLOVID and that his symptoms had almost completely resolved.

“His pulse, blood pressure, respiratory rate and temperature remain absolutely normal. His oxygen saturation continues to be excellent on room air. His lungs remain clear. The president continues to perform all of his presidential duties,” Dr O’Connor wrote.

Boebert, however, has dismissed the statements, arguing that “a letter from a doctor is not proof of life,” and demanded that the US president prove to the American people that he is still alive.