Ukraine planning nuclear provocation on Friday - Moscow

Ukraine planning nuclear provocation on Friday - Moscow --Kiev is set on attacking the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant during a visit by the UN chief, the Russian military claims | 18 Aug 2022 | Ukraine plans to carry out artillery strikes on the Russia-controlled Zaporozhye nuclear power plant on Friday, and then accuse Russia of causing a disaster at the site, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Thursday. The predicted attack will be timed to coincide with the ongoing visit to Ukraine by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, the ministry claimed. The Russian ministry said it has detected movements of Ukrainian troops, indicating a looming "provocation." Kiev has deployed units trained in responding to the use of weapons of mass destruction, pre-positioning them to report a radiation leak and demonstrate a purported action to mitigate it, Russian military spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.

Trump is privately pushing the theory the attack on an Ohio FBI office by a Trump supporter was a false flag, report says

Trump is privately pushing the theory the attack on an Ohio FBI office by a Trump supporter was a false flag, report says | 17 Aug 2022 | Former President Donald Trump is suggesting to those around him that one of his supporters who was shot dead attempting to breach an FBI building was actually part of a false flag operation, Rolling Stone reported. Trump has been publicly silent about the armed man who, on August 11, tried to enter the FBI office near Cincinnati, Ohio, prompting a standoff with police in which he was killed. Ricky Shiffer had been on the agency's radar for months over potential involvement in the Capitol riot, The New York Times reported. Posts from a Truth Social account in his name expressed fury at the agency after it raided Trump's Mar-a-Lago home in Florida, and described his attention to attack the FBI.

Liz Cheney Compares Herself to Abraham Lincoln in Concession Speech

Liz Cheney Compares Herself to Abraham Lincoln in Concession Speech | 16 Aug 2022 | Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) compared herself to former President Abraham Lincoln during her concession speech shortly after her loss to Trump-backed Republican challenger Harriet Hageman. Cheney claimed she lost her primary election only because she failed to "go along with President Trump's lie about the 2020 election." ...She then compared herself to Lincoln, who saved the nation during our Civil War. "The great original champion of our party, Abraham Lincoln, was defeated in elections for the Senate and the house before he won the most important election of all," Cheney said. "Lincoln ultimately prevailed. He saved our union and he defined our obligation as Americans for all of history." She also quoted Lincoln's famous Gettysburg Address and claimed that Americans' "highest duty" is to "protect the foundations of this constitutional republic."

Marine Faces Court Martial for Not Taking COVID-19 Vaccine, Refuses to Be Sent Back to US for Trial

Marine Faces Court Martial for Not Taking COVID-19 Vaccine, Refuses to Be Sent Back to US for Trial | 17 Aug 2022 | Lance Corporal Catherine Arnett is on the brink of court martial for decisions made in opposition to what she considers an "unlawful order" to take a COVID-19 vaccination shot. Immediately following the secretary of defense's order to vaccinate against COVID-19 on Aug. 24, 2021, Arnett sought religious exemption--which was denied the following month. Having submitted her appeal against the decision in November, it was denied in January 2022. This began an administrative separation process from the Marine Corps, prompting Arnett to declare she "cannot consent to it." The 24-year-old Lance Corporal held firm in her beliefs, telling The Epoch Times, "If your mandate is illegal, then your separation orders are illegal." In April 2022, Arnett received a letter from her command, giving her 30 days to leave Japan and report to California's Camp Pendleton to be processed for separation.

German security official warns about 'enemies of the state'

German security official warns about 'enemies of the state' --North Rhine-Westphalia's interior minister has said the energy crisis and rising prices could be exploited by conspiracy theorists | 17 Aug 2022 | The current energy crisis and inflation could lead to protests in Germany's North Rhine-Westphalia, the region’s interior minister has warned. Herbert Reul added that these issues are being exploited by conspiracy theorists, whom he described as a threat to the German state. Appearing on n-tv's Fruhstart program on Monday, Reul said, "We're now no longer talking about protesters, but rather almost something like new enemies of the state, who are establishing themselves there." The official expressed concern that, when things like the "energy crisis, prices, a cold living room" become "really tangible," conspiracy theorists' narratives could gain more currency among the population. [Oh. Do you mean like mentioning Klaus Schwab and the Great Reset? Count on it, Germany! Be sure to read the classic essay by CLG Founder Michael Rectenwald: "What Is the Great Reset?" and look for his forthcoming book, The Great Reset and the Struggle for Liberty: Unraveling the Global Agenda.]

Texas school removes dozens of books, including the Bible, for review

Texas school removes dozens of books, including the Bible, for review --Books that were challenged last year will be reviewed to make sure they follow the school's new materials policy | 17 Aug 2022 | A school district near Fort Worth, Texas, is having staff remove and review dozens of books that were challenged last year, including the Bible and a graphic adaptation of Anne Frank's diary. Ahead of the 2022 school year, the Keller Independent School District sent out an email asking for staff and librarians to pull 41 previously challenged books from libraries and classrooms. School faculty will review to ensure they follow the district's new materials curriculum that was adopted earlier this month. The policy prohibits "instructional materials that are pervasively vulgar, obscene, or adopt, support or promote subject matter that has been prohibited by law" or the district. Any parent, employee, district resident or student over the age of 18 may challenge instructional materials.

McConnell quiet on Cheney primary loss after previously expressing support for congresswoman

Two traitors in a pea-pod: McConnell quiet on Cheney primary loss after previously expressing support for congresswoman --GOP Rep. Liz Cheney was blown out in her primary Tuesday night | 17 Aug 2022 | Senate Minority Leader Mitch [deep-state dirt-bag] McConnell Wednesday is silent on Rep. Liz Cheney's primary loss Tuesday night, after previously supporting the anti-Trump congresswoman against her critics. Cheney, R-Wyo., lost to her Trump-backed primary opponent Harriet Hageman by a massive margin of 66% to 29%. The result was widely expected after Cheney became one of the most vocal critics of former President Donald Trump in the wake of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol by a mob of his supporters. Representatives for McConnell, R-Ky., did not respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital Wednesday morning. A representative for the second-ranking Senate Republican, GOP Whip John Thune, R-S.D., also did not provide comment in response to a request from Fox News Digital Wednesday.

Cheney loses primary reelection bid to Trump-backed Hageman in Wyoming

Cheney loses primary reelection bid to Trump-backed Hageman in Wyoming --Cheney's loss was widely expected, after trailing by double-digits for most of her campaign | 16 Aug 2022 | Wyoming GOP Rep. Liz Cheney lost her bid Tuesday night for a fourth term, becoming the most high-profile Republican to vote to impeach former President Trump over the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and lose reelection this year. Cheney was defeated by Trump-backed attorney Harriet Hageman in the Wyoming GOP primary. The Associated Press officially called the race for Hageman at 10:21p.m. Cheney conceded the race, saying, "Tonight Harriet Hageman has received the most votes... She has won."

FBI returns Trump's three passports after agents took them in raid as Florida judge sets hearing for Thursday to decide if the search warrant affidavit will be unsealed

FBI returns Trump's three passports after agents took them in raid as Florida judge sets hearing for Thursday to decide if the search warrant affidavit will be unsealed | 16 Aug 2022 | The FBI has returned three passports it recovered from Mar-a-Lago during its unannounced search of Donald Trump's Florida retreat last week, it was reported on Monday evening. The federal judge who approved the FBI's search warrant has now scheduled a hearing on whether to unseal the affidavit used to obtain it. It will take place on Thursday. It comes after Trump furiously called for the immediate release of the "completely unredacted" document on Monday. The bureau acknowledged taking the former president's passports the same day he accused them of having "stole" them on his Truth Social app, according to NBC News... The DOJ is expected to argue against making the affidavit public, having formally opposed its release on Monday in a court filing.

Canada Announces 'Digital Identity Program' in Partnership With WEF

Canada Announces 'Digital Identity Program' in Partnership With WEF | 15 Aug 2022 | The government of Canada has announced it is working on a new federal "Digital Identity Program" after partnering with Klaus Schwab's World Economic Forum (WEF) to help develop a global ID system. Canada joins the Dutch government in developing a digital ID system in partnership with the WEF. The program seeks to create a digital proof-of-identity document for all citizens that is logged in a system used by airports, authorities, and government agencies. Details about the development of a federal "Digital Identity Program" were revealed in the Canadian government's "Canada's Digital Ambition 2022" report. "The COVID-19 pandemic [created by and for the globalists] highlighted the need for government services to be accessible and flexible in the digital age," the report published by the government reads.

Ukraine bombs nuclear waste storage site - official

Ukraine bombs nuclear waste storage site - official --Rockets also targeted the cooling systems of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant | 16 Aug 2022 | The Ukrainian military has fired multiple rockets directly at coolant systems and nuclear waste storage site inside the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant in Energodar, local government administration member Vladimir Rogov told Russian media on Tuesday. He warned that a successful strike may result in a radiation release equivalent to a "dirty bomb." "One of the guided missiles hit just ten meters" from the barrels with spent nuclear fuel, Rogov told Soloviev Live. "Others hit a bit farther away, 50 to 200 meters." Since the storage site is out in the open, any hit will result in the release of nuclear waste ranging from dozens to hundreds of kilograms and contamination of the area, the official explained. "In plain language, that would be like a dirty bomb," said Rogov.

Quadruple-vaccinated Jill Biden tests positive for COVID-19

Quadruple-vaccinated Jill Biden tests positive for COVID-19 | 16 Aug 2022 | Jill Biden has tested positive for the coronavirus, her office announced Tuesday. The diagnosis comes after her husband, Joe Biden, recently tested positive for COVID-19 twice. "The First Lady is double-vaccinated, twice boosted, and only experiencing mild symptoms," her communications director, Elizabeth Alexander, said in a statement. "She has been prescribed a course of Paxlovid and, following CDC guidance, will isolate from others for at least five days."

You WILL Eat the Bugs: Major Brands Quietly Slipping Insects Into Your Food

You WILL Eat the Bugs: Major Brands Quietly Slipping Insects Into Your Food --A slew of new products showcase insects as their protein source, with many quietly relegating special insect blends to small font or ingredients label | 15 Aug 2022 | Major companies are quietly adding insects to their food products, implementing a goal established by the World Economic Forum that seeks to have humans eat bugs as one of its purported keys to a sustainable planet. On Sunday, carnivore diet guru Dr. Shawn Baker tweeted a photo of a bag of cheddar cheese puffs, only instead of being made of corn meal these snack foods were chock-full of insect protein. The snack item from Canadian brand Actually Foods states the puffs are "powered by crickets" to the tune of 10 grams of protein per serving. The ingredients label on the back of the bag indicates "organic cricket flour" was used in the puffs' production, and an allergy warning on the back of the bag also cautions, "People who are allergic to shellfish may also be allergic to crickets."

Trump says FBI seized three of his passports during raid, calls search an 'assault on a political opponent'

Trump says FBI seized three of his passports during raid, calls search an 'assault on a political opponent' --Trump says one of the passports was expired | 15 Aug 2022 | Former President Donald Trump said the FBI seized three of his passports during its raid on Mar-a-Lago last week, calling the unprecedented search an "assault." "Wow! In the raid by the FBI of Mar-a-Lago, they stole my three Passports (one expired), along with everything else," Trump posted on his Truth Social account. "This is an assault on a political opponent at a level never seen before in our Country." He added: "Third World!" ...Sources familiar with the investigation told Fox News Digital over the weekend that the FBI also seized boxes containing records covered by attorney-client privilege and potentially executive privilege during its raid.

Illinois Hospital Agrees to Pay $10.3M in COVID Vaccine Mandate Settlement

Illinois Hospital Agrees to Pay $10.3M in COVID Vaccine Mandate Settlement | 15 Aug 2022 | More than 500 healthcare workers who challenged their Illinois hospital's COVID-19 vaccine mandate will divide an overall $10.3 million received in a settlement agreement. Thirteen NorthShore University HealthSystem employees sued in October 2021 alleging the hospital illegally refused to grant religious exemptions to the vaccine mandate. Liberty Counsel, which represented the workers, said the July 29 settlement agreement affects more than 500 current and former healthcare workers who were denied religious exemptions from the vaccine requirement.

Justice Dept. Opposes Revealing Evidence Supporting Search of Trump's Home

Justice Dept. Opposes Revealing Evidence Supporting Search of Trump's Home | 15 Aug 2022 | The U.S. Justice Department on Monday said it opposes unsealing the affidavit that prosecutors used to obtain a federal judge's approval to search former President Donald Trump's Florida home, where they seized classified documents. "If disclosed, the affidavit would serve as a roadmap to the government's ongoing investigation, providing specific details about its direction and likely course, in a manner that is highly likely to compromise future investigative steps," prosecutors wrote in their filing. Trump's Republican allies in recent days have ramped up their calls for Attorney General Merrick Garland to unseal the document, which would reveal the evidence that prosecutors showed to demonstrate they had probable cause to believe crimes were committed at Trump's home -- the standard they had to meet to secure the search warrant.

Gascon Dodges Recall After Los Angeles County Bans Observers From Monitoring Recall Vote Count

Another rigged election: Gascón Dodges Recall After Los Angeles County Bans Observers From Monitoring Recall Vote Count | 15 Aug 2022 | Left-wing Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón dodged recall efforts after Los Angeles County banned observers from monitoring the recall vote count. Observers were not allowed to monitor the vote counting in the effort to recall George Gascón. The Gascón recall petition was approved in January after the residents of Los Angeles had enough of the Soros-baked DA's soft-on-crime policies.But there was a catch… The Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters said observers are only allowed in standard elections and the recall does not qualify. On Monday the Los Angeles County registrar announced that the recall efforts failed because not enough "valid" signatures were collected. According to the LA County Registrar, 520,050 signatures were valid and 195,783 were not valid.

Quadruple-vaxxed Pfizer CEO gets Covid-19

Quadruple-vaxxed Pfizer CEO gets Covid-19 | 15 Aug 2022 | The CEO of Pfizer has tested positive for Covid-19, he revealed in a series of tweets on Monday. The drug giant's chief executive added that he was taking his company's antiviral, Paxlovid, slipping in some free advertising for the pill. "We have come so far in our efforts to battle this disease that I am confident I will have a speedy recovery," Albert Bourla tweeted, praising his employees for their efforts. While Paxlovid was approved last month on an emergency-use basis to treat vaccinated individuals with Covid-19 symptoms, Pfizer's own data warns its ability to fight the virus in vaccinated patients is negligible at best.

Quadruple-vaccinated Pentagon boss gets Covid again

Quadruple-vaccinated Pentagon boss gets Covid again --Quadruple-jabbed Lloyd Austin tests positive again but won't reconsider vaccine mandate | 15 Aug 2022 | U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has tested positive for Covid-19 and is continuing to work from home while experiencing "mild symptoms," he said in a statement released on Monday. The 69-year-old retired general had a bout with Covid in January, after receiving two vaccines and two boosters, but has not changed his mind on the Pentagon's jab mandate for all members of the US military. "Now, as in January, my doctor told me that my fully vaccinated status, including two booster shots, is why my symptoms are less severe than would otherwise be the case," Austin said in his statement. Austin also noted that his last in-person contact with Joe Biden was on July 29.

Berlin turning off city lights to save energy

Berlin turning off city lights to save energy --About 100 public buildings in the German capital now go dark at night, the authorities say | 15 Aug 2022 | Berlin has stopped lighting up around 100 public buildings and historic landmarks since late July in order to save energy, the city's environmental administration said on Monday. The authorities say that in total, 150 buildings will soon no longer be lit up at night, following previous reports that the lighting for as many as 200 would be switched off. The environmental administration added that the process of reducing power usage would be complete by late August. Since the buildings in question are not connected to a single system, to switch off the lights, engineers and maintenance professionals have to handle buildings one by one, the statement read.

CIA spying on Assange 'illegally' swept up US lawyers, journalists - lawsuit

CIA spying on Assange 'illegally' swept up US lawyers, journalists - lawsuit | 15 Aug 2022 | CIA surveillance of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, while he was sheltering in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, included recording his conversations with American lawyers, journalists and doctors, and copying private data from visitors' phones and other devices, violating constitutional protections, according to a lawsuit filed Monday. The suit -- filed on behalf of four Americans who visited Assange -- seeks damages personally from then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo for violating the plaintiffs' Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure. The suit also seeks damages against a Spanish security firm contracted to protect the embassy, and its CEO, alleging that they abused their position to illegally spy on visitors and passed on the surveillance data they collected to the CIA, which is also named a defendant in the suit.

Mercer County man charged with threats to kill FBI agents after Mar-a-Lago raid

Mercer County man charged with threats to kill FBI agents after Mar-a-Lago search raid | 15 Aug 2022 | A Mercer County man threatened online to murder FBI agents after the bureau's search raid of former president Donald Trump's Florida estate last week, saying "come and get me you piece of [expletive] feds" and "I am going to [expletive] slaughter you," according to a federal complaint filed Monday in Pittsburgh. Adam Bies, 46, is charged in U.S. District Court with influencing, impeding or retaliating against federal law officers. He appeared briefly by video before a federal magistrate judge on Monday afternoon and will remain in U.S. custody pending a detention hearing Thursday... According to an FBI affidavit, Mr. Bies issued a variety of threats on Gab after the Aug. 8 search raid of Trump's Mar-a-Lago complex in which agents removed boxes of classified documents.

14 FBI Whistleblowers Have Come Forward - Rep. Jordan

14 FBI Whistleblowers Have Come Forward - Rep. Jordan | 15 Aug 2022 | Fourteen FBI whistleblowers have come forward to provide information to Republican congressional investigations, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said on Aug. 14, about a week after the FBI raided former President Donald Trump's Florida home. "Fourteen FBI agents have come to our office as whistleblowers, and they are good people," Jordan told Fox News. "There are lots of good people in the FBI. It's the top that is the problem." "Some of these good agents are coming to us, telling us...what's going on--the political nature now of the Justice Department...talking about the school board issue, about a whole host of issues," he added. Two months ago, Jordan said that six FBI whistleblowers approached the committee. Two came forward about a memo related to alleged violence and intimidation at school board meetings and four in connection to the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol breach. In the Senate, meanwhile, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said in July that whistleblowers had come to his office to provide information, including disclosures relating to investigations into Hunter Biden’s overseas business dealings.

Pfizer Vaccine Efficacy in Teens Wanes 27 Days After Dose 2, Study Shows

Pfizer Vaccine Efficacy in Teens Wanes 27 Days After Dose 2, Study Shows | 11 Aug 2022 | The effectiveness of Pfizer's-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine against symptomatic COVID-19 infection among adolescents "rapidly declined over time," waning from just 27 days after the second dose, according to the 23 authors of a new study that analyzed data from more than 600,000 teens in Brazil and Scotland. The study, published Aug. 8 in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, analyzed nationwide data from 503,776 COVID-19 tests of 2,948,538 adolescents... COVID-19 vaccine rollout for adolescents began in August 2021 in Scotland and September 2021 in Brazil, said the University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy. The study showed vaccine efficacy began to decline 27 days after the second dose for both countries, plummeting to 5.9% (95% CI 2.2–9.4) in Brazil and dropping to 50.6% (95% CI 42.7–57.4) in Scotland at 98 days after adolescents received the second dose.

Whistleblowers revealed widespread FBI misconduct ahead of Trump raid

Whistleblowers revealed widespread FBI misconduct ahead of Trump raid --Whistleblowers claim a senior FBI official worked to falsely discredit evidence against Hunter Biden. | 11 Aug 2022 | Prior to the FBI's raid Monday on former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, a string of whistleblower reports alleged that senior officials at the FBI exhibited a pattern of bias in their handling of politically sensitive investigations and also reclassified cases without justification to substantiate the White House's public narratives on crime and extremism. Beginning in late May, Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley called attention to then-Washington Field Office Assistant Special Agent in Charge Timothy Thibault over political bias concerns. Thibault expressed support for several "highly partisan" opinion articles on LinkedIn and made a series of politically charged social media posts, according to Grassley, who referred Thibault to the Office of Special Counsel to address the federal agent's potential violations of the Hatch Act, which bars government officials from partisan political activity.

Texas is the Latest State to Join 18 Other States to Stand Up Against BlackRock's Woke Policies

Texas is the Latest State to Join 18 Other States to Stand Up Against BlackRock's Woke Policies | 13 Aug 2022 | Texas is the most recent state to join a coalition of Republican-led states accusing BlackRock Inc. of putting woke investment criteria on a pedestal at the expense of shareholder profits in state pension funds. 19 attorneys general from predominantly conservative states sent a letter to BlackRock CEO Larry Fink where they challenged the investment management company's use of environmental, social, and governance criteria to make key business decisions at the expense of investor returns. In a press release that was published on August 8, 2022, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton claimed that ESG climate goals hurt Texas's extractive economy, such as oil and gas, and Texas's state pension fund performance. The release said that BlackRock’s actions may be in violation of federal and state laws.

Atlantic op-ed claims Catholic rosary has become 'an extremist symbol'

Atlantic op-ed claims Catholic rosary has become 'an extremist symbol' --The author claimed, 'Catholics are a growing contingent of Christian nationalism' | 14 Aug 2022 | Atlantic contributor Daniel Panneton declared that the Catholic rosary has become a "symbol" of religious radicalism. The rosary is a string of beads or knots used by Catholics as they pray a sequence of prayers, but one writer warned they have taken on a far darker meaning in modern times. "Just as the AR-15 rifle has become a sacred object for Christian nationalists in general, the rosary has acquired a militaristic meaning for radical-traditional (or 'rad trad') Catholics," Panneton claimed in the Sunday piece titled "How the Rosary Became an Extremist Symbol." He added, "On this extremist fringe, rosary beads have been woven into a conspiratorial politics and absolutist gun culture. These armed radical traditionalists have taken up a spiritual notion that the rosary can be a weapon in the fight against evil and turned it into something dangerously literal." Panneton slammed an entire online ecosystem for disseminating imagery featuring Christian warriors both historical and modern, suggesting "social-media pages are saturated with images of rosaries draped over firearms, warriors in prayer, Deus Vult ('God wills it') crusader memes, and exhortations for men to rise up and become Church Militants."

FBI and DHS bulletin warns of placement of a 'so-called dirty bomb in front of FBI headquarters' after the raid of Mar-a-Lago

Here comes your big fat false flag to blame Trump supporters so the deep state can clamp down and rig the midterm elections to hasten the implementation of the Great Reset: FBI and DHS bulletin warns of placement of a 'so-called dirty bomb in front of FBI headquarters' after the raid of Mar-a-Lago --FBI bulletin warns of 'dirty bomb' threat, increasing calls for 'civil war' | 14 Aug 2022 | A bulletin from the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation was sent to law enforcement agencies warning of increased threats following the FBI's execution of the search warrant at former President Trump's Florida estate. In the days since the warrant was executed, the FBI and DHS have seen an increase in "violent threats" against law enforcement, judiciary and government personnel, including a particular threat to "place a so-called Dirty Bomb in front of FBI headquarters," according to the bulletin. "General calls" for "civil war" and "armed rebellion" have also increased in recent days on social media. The bulletin states that many of the threats include references to the claim that the 2020 election was stolen [it was], in addition to other perceived claims of government overreach.

Democratic-led House passes $737 billion climate and healthcare package without full CBO score of cost

Democratic-led House passes $737 billion climate and healthcare package without full CBO score of cost | 12 Aug 2022 | The Democratic-led House passed a climate and healthcare spending bill on Friday without a full Congressional Budget Office score of the legislation's cost. The CBO confirmed to GOP lawmakers on Friday that $20 billion will be collected under the bill from those earning less than $400,000 per year through new audits, according to House GOP Whip Steve Scalise. Republicans argue that $20 billion breaks Joe Biden's promise not to raise taxes on households making less than $400,000 annually. The CBO said on Thursday it needed more time to score the full cost of the legislation... House Democrats blocked a GOP amendment to the bill on Friday that would have prevented the IRS from using the $80 billion to hire up to 87,000 new agents over the next 10 years.

Macron approves NATO enlargement

Macron approves NATO enlargement | 13 Aug 2022 | French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday signed the official documents approving the applications of Finland and Sweden to become NATO members. While Macron once called the US-led military bloc "brain dead," he has switched tack since Russia launched its military operation in Ukraine. France's parliament approved the enlargement proposal earlier this month, after the two Nordic nations applied to join the alliance in May. By petitioning the Western bloc for membership, both renounced their prior non-alignment, with Finland officially having been neutral since shortly after World War II and Sweden since the early 19th century.

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