The climate protection activists of the "Last Generation" have splashed a work painted by Claude Monet in Potsdam's Museum Barberini. The painting from the series "Getreideschober" hung in the permanent exhibition of the Museum Barberini from the collection of the founder and multi-billionaire Hasso Plattner.
This painting was auctioned at Sotheby's in 2019 for around 111 million euros. The pair is suspected of burglary and damage to property. A painting from the series "Les Meules" (Stacks of Grain) was splattered with a viscous substance on Sunday.
It is said to be mashed potatoes. They allegedly poured a liquid over the painting at 3pm and stuck themselves to it. Museum spokeswoman Stranz said the painting still needs to be checked to see if any damage has been done to it. The action was carried out by four people.
A police spokesman said two people had been arrested at the museum.
A week ago, environmental activists in London threw tomato soup at Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh's painting "Sunflowers." The frame was damaged.
The environmental group immediately had a fitting response, destroy cultural property.
While the Western world reacts partly angrily and with speechlessness, "the most massive sanctions" are being prepared against Russia, according to the German Foreign Office.
President Volodymyr Selensky spoke of a war of aggression, "The world must force Russia to make peace", he said, according to the Ukrainian news agency Ukrinform.
In addition, Kamianka-Dniprovska and Mykolaiv and the Kulbakinsky airfield were shelled. People were injured and a shop and three houses were destroyed. The Ukrainian army is unexpectedly strong, and Putin's Soldateska has to fear the partisans formed from citizens. The Russians concede that about 50 soldiers of the aggressors have been killed.
Consideration is being given to bringing Vladimir Putin and his entourage before an international war crimes tribunal.
The front can currently only be traced by Russian military columns that have crossed the borders at Kharkiv, Luhansk and Chernihiv. The Belarusian army is in tow. After the brutal bombardment of civilian targets in Kharkiv, the Russian news agency Interfax has a suitable excuse at hand.
Alexander Lukashenko, according to Belta, wants to act as an angel of peace and let Putin's troops through, and in the height of cynicism, he wants to prevent bloodshed and massacres. For the latter, he is the specialist. Not to forget, Belarusian forces attacked Ukraine at dawn.
Vladimir Putin has sounded the attack. During the night, he attacked cities in Ukraine. There are no reports of deaths or injuries so far.
Mariupol is reported to be under heavy fire. In the recordings from the night, bright flashes and heavy explosions can be seen. Another emergency meeting of the UN Security Council has been held in New York.
Putin's soldiery marched into the neighbouring country without reason and without foreseeing the consequences, to create facts that fit the world view of those in power in the Kremlin.
As if manhood didn't have enough problems already.
After Corona and countless natural disasters, the situation in Ukraine is not easing.
Oracles in the White House
President Biden is sure that Vladimir Putin will attack Ukraine within the next few days. Again. This time with Kiev as the target. The agencies report that Putin's script, which is now playing out in eastern Ukraine, speaks for this.
The news situation is confusing and little is known about the true background of the main actors. The fact is, last week the war that was so vehemently announced by the American government, time and again in the lived transparency for last Wednesday, broke out twice.
This may all be true—or the United States' sources may be falling for Putin's disinformation campaign. Which would be even worse. Putin, on the other hand, is fabricating about a troop withdrawal and will himself be present today at a manoeuvre with nuclear weapons to be carried out together with Belarus and the despot there. Meanwhile, the OSCE recognizes that mutual attacks are increasing in the contested areas in eastern Ukraine. The normal reader had understood that the observers left last week because they were afraid of war. Yes, now they are observing, from where and how remains open.
To now pontificate about a “Russian Crisis” at the Munich Security Conference, as the German Foreign Minister Baerbock is doing, is completely improper.
The problem is in Ukraine.
On the other hand, in eastern Ukraine, one can only trust observations of this very OSCE and not reproduce what those involved reveal. Presently, it became known this morning that the self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic is undergoing general mobilization.
Pushilin, a clown in Putin's circus, cannot be the Geiger counter of a possible war. What to make of it, one does not know. Is it a tactical manoeuvre to call Putin to his aid and get a justification for the long announced war? Or is it the absolute failure of nerve of Moscow's satellites?
The assumption in Ukraine, as reported by correspondents and observers, is that Putin's attack is imminent and that it will be aimed at the capital Kiev. In this tense situation, the American embassy has moved to Lviv in the west of the country.
Even Olaf Scholz's visit to the Kremlin only brought a respite, and the situation is escalating from day to day. Putin, who is sitting on a barrel of dynamite, is lighting the fuse, forgetting that the only way he can de-escalate a war between the great powers, the United States and Russia, is by completely withdrawing the troops from the border and returns to the table with the diplomats. No one, however, understands the statements of the American president any more, who keeps referring to new attack dates and thus probably loses credibility, as Putin would like.
But the biggest losers are the citizens in eastern Ukraine, who seem to be no longer the issue at all, but only the threat potential of Ukraine.
The current situation is characterized by absolute incompetence for all those involved and seems to be becoming a grotesque of international politics that has been distorted to the point of ridiculousness.
Latest news from the tense situation between Russia and the US:
Are almost 100 million dead from the wars of the 20th century not enough?
The highly anticipated phone call between US President Biden and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin was unfortunately not crowned successfully. In a statement, the White House released an extract of the phone call.
"President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Vladimir Putin of Russia about Russia’s escalating military buildup on the borders of Ukraine. President Biden was clear that, if Russia undertakes a further invasion of Ukraine, the United States together with our Allies and partners will respond decisively and impose swift and severe costs on Russia. President Biden reiterated that a further Russian invasion of Ukraine would produce widespread human suffering and diminish Russia’s standing. President Biden was clear with President Putin that while the United States remains prepared to engage in diplomacy, in full coordination with our Allies and partners, we are equally prepared for other scenarios."
Both sides expressed their views with their usual candour and later decreed transparency. Biden stressed that Russia would pay a heavy price for invading Ukraine.
Russia's reputation would be diminished by an invasion, and Putin would bring untold suffering to the world. The phone call is said to have lasted more than an hour. At the very least, Putin wanted to reflect on Biden's proposals, according to the presidential spokesman.
Putin complained that the world was not putting enough pressure on Ukraine to meet Russia's demands.
For example, Putin believes that with his occupation of Crimea, the issue of the Donbas region should also be "settled". He understands this to mean the slice-by-slice occupation of the whole of Ukraine.
Actually, this is already an admission that there is at least something to the rumour that Vladimir Putin is planning an invasion of Ukraine and also wants to implement it.
Earlier, French President Macron had also failed in a phone call to Putin.
Meanwhile, the Western world is preparing for the possibility of a 3rd world war. Papers are being burned at the US embassy in Kiev, as they were in Saigon. Hardware is being rendered useless. One wonders how it could have come to this?
War serves man's basest instincts
Is it war for the ego of some, or is it a form of reality that no one wants to grasp because war is so absurd?
Each side is instrumentalizing currently - on the one hand, Putin is dragging Belarus into it, and on the other, the Western states that constitute the rest of the alliance. Ukraine, which is sitting in front of Russia like a mouse in front of a cat, is trying certainly to drag Germany into a possible conflict. Officials of Ukraine never tire of criticizing Germany, behaving around weapons and protection. Among them are the boxing icon Klitschko and Ukraine's ambassador in Berlin.
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A Russian warship has driven away a US submarine close to the Kuril Islands in the Pacific, as indicated by news data from Moscow.
The destroyer "Marshal Shaposhnikov" found a US submarine in Russian waters close to the Kuril Islands, the Defense Ministry in Moscow said on Saturday (12/02/2022). After the submarine overlooked solicitations to turn to the side, the Russian destroyer "made a suitable move", it said without explaining. The US submarine then, at that point, left Russian waters "at maximum velocity". The name of the US submarine was not revealed.
World War 3 begins in the mind of each individual!
Slowly, the situation around the Russian troops on the Ukrainian border is coming to a dramatic head. The USA has won the date for the attack through information from the CIA: next Wednesday there will be rocket fire and the armada that has been deployed there will make its way to Kiev.
One can believe it.
But the war is also being waged in the minds. This is what the seemingly impotent superpowers, which are only a shadow of what they once were, are counting on.
This makes every normal person in the possible war zone wonder, who are the nations actually being ruled by?
The Third World War is not a children's playground with the rockers in the sandbox, but probably the end of civilization.
This emotion is being played with brutally.
Any sensible person might want to scream.
In the Cold War, we had the so-called "Red Telephone". Today, people negotiate through third parties and the media.
If you take a look at the overflowing agency reports, you are glad that the old ticker is gone, otherwise many editors would be close to madness.
Too much information about a war that found its origin in political mistakes of past decades.
Some news here:
Norway is in deep concern.
The EU is evacuating its staff from Kiev.
Putin and Biden are to talk on the phone today. At the request of the United States.
Berlin advises all German citizens to leave Ukraine.
The USA evacuates its embassy. Antoli Antonov, the Russian Federation's ambassador to the US, dismisses the invasion dates that the CIA is supposed to have found out as propaganda.
The CIA had also not found out that the Taliban took Kabul in a coup d'état. That was a few months ago. One remembers. But now one can look at the clock and wait for the shelling, rather the missiles and bombers of the Russians.
It sounds like the revelations of the Langley Oracle.
Yes, then one could also prepare and give the invaders a "really hot welcome". Why this fails to happen with the massive troop deployments of the USA, e.g. to Poland, to give Putin a "bloody nose", remains an open question.
One has to ask oneself, what does Putin gain from a war?
Well, perhaps the autocrat in the Kremlin is ill. He came across as puffed up and cynical.
Probably, Russia's long-term president is even ailing.
His government business at the table of his puppet regime lately always seemed like the meeting of the mafia bosses in Chicago in the 1930s. That's right, only the tables shone more than the silly grins of his lackey-like lickspittles.
Perhaps the resistance of the Russian people has now reached a point that will only allow it to unleash another" war".
Apart from that, Germany becomes one of the main combat zones in such a scenario.
Think of Ramstein, Spangdahlem and other US supply facilities in Germany. The Russians will not be asked twice to cut off supplies to the front, if that is how it is to be. The German government seems to have gone into hiding and for some unknown reason does not know how to help itself.
If there were a politician who could bang his fist on the table for once.
South African Archbishop Emeritus of the Anglican Church of Cape Town and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Mpilo Tutu has died at the age of 90, South Africa's acting President Cyril Ramaphosa announced in Cape Town this morning.
Tutu was one of the icons of the anti-apartheid movement in the 1980s, which worked to desegregate South Africa. Many South Africans of all skin colours owe their lives to him, who had an incomparable sense of humour. Together with Mandela, he achieved this goal, the abolition of apartheid.
Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his fight for human rights.
Born in 1931 in Klerksdorp, in what was then the Transvaal, Tutu initially studied to be a teacher, but turned to theology after the Bantu Education Act (Wet op Bantoe-onderwys), 1953.
In later years, at Mandela's request, he chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Commission from 1996, which dealt with the crimes of apartheid.
In difficult times, in the times of the pandemic that is now already determining the second Christmas, with all the accompanying symptoms that are taking place together with the social upheavals, a few days of reflection are important.
Celebrate as far as the regulations allow.
We are on Christmas holiday until Monday, December 27 and will report again in the usual way from Monday.
Speechless about the content of the interview with Operah Winfrey
After Meghan and Harry's interview, which received much attention worldwide, the explosive nature of this interview is not lost on the viewer.
The most disgusting racism around the baby's skin colour and the absolute isolation of Meghan to the point of suicidal depression. This is Buckingham Palace in its daily dealings with members of "the company". Boundless hubris of a class that is stuck in colonial times.
One wonders what lessons were learned from the death of Diana, 1997? None, one hears the two "cast-offs" say in the interview.
Prince Andrew, deeply involved in the Jeffrey Epstein child molester scandal, seems even more welcome at the Queen than Harry and Meghan, who took the liberty to live, outside the sectarian structure of the House of Windsor.
It is sheer cynicism that Elizabeth II of England is living at the end of her reign.
The British should ask themselves if they would not be better served by a republic than by the Windsor sect?
Now the execution continues with gas, electric chair and lethal injection. This speaks for a high degree of sadism and Trump's personal pleasure in letting people die. A master of life and death. Like other right-wing despots in history.
In the final phase of Trumpism, the President's duties revolve around the death of his countrymen. It is characteristic of Trump to still determine these absurd possibilities of execution.
Trump, as the world knows, is great at murdering and destroying.
He leaves a trail of blood all the way to the White House, which runs like a red thread through the whole country.
That's all he was capable of.
He used every opportunity to remember Gettysburg and the Secession.
According to Trump, a way must therefore be found to finally bridge the gap between white, rich, black and poor in the United States of America. After all, to guarantee liberation from National Socialism in the 1940s, the United States sacrificed some 170,000 of its compatriots, thus laying the foundations for being a nation of world renown.
Donald Trump sacrificed 250,000 of his fellow countrymen to remain in power and not to expose himself to personal trials. Trump was a disgusting sexist with the claim of corruption and because he could not do better, also with the claim of a nationalist spoiled to the point of caricature, who no longer knew and could not find his way behind his fascism à la Trump.
Electoral fraud with Trump
The OSCE had observers all over the US. Therefore, Trump's bold claim about the third world country USA cannot be true because nobody has observed the alleged election rigging.
The Donald Trump brand no longer exists. At best the man who in the USA demanded genocide for his ends, like a Roman emperor in the arena celebrated by the eternally disappointed. Trump's speeches are strongly reminiscent of those of the dictators of the 1920s and 1930s. He vilifies the New York Times, he vilifies anyone who does not agree with his sometimes already stupid opinion. Even Richard Nixon, who was called Honk, was an absolute boon against him.
Trump worked with the Mafia. The Mafia had been his backbone since the early 1970s. Organised crime taught him the contempt that he now held against the law and his critics. Any demagogy was just what he needed to stay in power, and to earn a little more from the suffering he inflicted on the people, and that ultimately enabled Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to get into the White House.
Political Mafia boss and sexist trump
Will Donald John Trump be on trial when he returns to New York?
Yes, he will be on trial because America as a state must prevent such a president from running for office in 2024 because the Republicans must get out of the Nazi corner and basically serve the democracy that has always been built up.
The political Mafia boss Trump must stand trial.
How can it be, even if there is little truth in the accusations, that countless women who were once sexually assaulted by the self-confessed narcissist and psychopath are now coming forward?
How can it be that he pays hush money to a porn star like Stormy Daniels if he wants nothing to do with her?
Whoever claims that Donald Trump never started a war in the world may be right, he was too stupid to do so. He called for war in his own country, and this is something we know from Nicolai Ceausescu and Erich Honecker, from despots like Hitler.
And Trump must be careful not to become a victim of his execution methods, if he can be proven to have committed the Covid-19 genocide out of greed, which is otherwise the case with Trump and his lackeys.
MAGA "Make America Great Again" was the motto of the psychopath driven by political and confused hallucinations who for years led the white, racist America. In contempt for humanity, which at the end of the Covid-19 genocide, Trump worked just for his re-election, could only disgust a normal person. But Trump was known for his failures decades earlier. Everyone who voted for him knew what a narcissist he was.
Already at his inauguration he saw what others did not see. His magnificence, framed by the Ku Klux Klan, went down in the history books in Washington. The speech itself was the weakest that was made in modern times. None of the promises were fulfilled by Trump.
Trump even danced on stage during the election campaign, thousands of Americans were fighting for survival against the epidemic at that time. Humility did not suit him, but he chose the dance of the devil on the graves of the Covid-19 victims. Victims who, through his unconditional will to be re-elected, had to give their lives. This was well known to the right-wing financial anarchist from the White House.
An American president who should be held responsible for every dead person. Later in court. The American people must and should hold a dictator to account. They must stop the next despot, from the right or the left, from trampling democracy underfoot, as Trump did in all his political ugliness and disinformation. In fact, he did nothing else, except for the tirades on Twitter and the puppet theatre that gathered around the American autocrat.
He was always great, always to be found in the superlatives of his achievements. None of his deeds during his term of office could achieve anything. Except the rift through American society, which will not heal for decades.
Trump hated Obama and everything that Obama had certainly done right in his time. The would-be dictator could not understand environmental and climate goals. He isolated America all over the world for a few more dollars, installed guys like Grenell in Germany, for example, who cynically presented American politics.
A president who wants to break with the custom of taking power peacefully because anything that does not confirm his election must be fake.
He made America small. Donald Trump managed to destroy the American dream. Of course, he did this not because he is simply a self-promoter and a right-wing hate criminal who never distanced himself from right-wing paramilitaries, but because it served him and his ailing companies. Trump was not the one who invented democracy, but the one who wanted to erase it from the American minds.
The relationship with some dictators in this world improved, regardless of whether Trump was now perceived as repulsive by his other allies. NATO, an alliance that had lasted for decades, had become a carcass in recent years.
He wanted to exchange Puerto Rico for Greenland after a hate speech. Or sell it or buy it in addition.
Some of what Trump said filled democrats of all nations with increasing nausea.
The disdainful mammon
Money meant everything to Trump. In his day, financial interest was put above human rights. He caused millions of Americans to starve. His bizarre appearances in front of the White House and elsewhere were often reminiscent of those of a military junta in Latin American countries where civil war had broken out in the 1970s as a result of the despots of the time. Trump also promoted this in his country. Not tired of comparing his racist achievements with Lincoln's abolition of slavery, of classifying his dirty, perverted imagination as incomparably higher and of looking for a suitable rock on Mount Rushmore for himself to sculpt. He would have liked best to remove those that actually belonged to Rushmore. Trump certainly does not belong in the ranks of those who had to see the polarizing despot as their successor. He dismantled everything and led the USA as a Mafia family.
The Cosa Nostra from Trump-Plaza and its Don
Anyone who elects Trump to office for another four years will have to accept that he will undermine democracy in the United States and vote for a lifetime dictatorship of the Trump clan.
Donald Trump has proved in recent years as president that he is neither up to the job nor capable of understanding the simplest facts. He befriended dictators like the North Korean Kim Jong-un, a show without results.
Trump cultivated a radical hatred of everything he was intellectually unable to process. And there was a lot of that. He, Donald John Trump, is responsible for the fact that the antifa and the radical left in the USA became so strong. With his stupid speeches, with his decrees via Twitter and his dance around the fountain of money.
One cannot deny that Trump put the worst qualities a person can have at the top of his list of priorities. Out of sheer stupidity and greed, Trump decided to glorify Covid-19 against all warnings of a harmless cold.
He wanted to build a wall against illegal refugees in the south of the USA to stop the storm. He did this not for political reasons, but for profit for one of his bankrupt companies, and for this he imprisoned children with publicity.
A commercial for Trump's Eternity, which he used in a kind of republican fascism.
Part 2 : The difference between "Sleepy Joe" and Trump
Trump never tires of oppressing his United States. Now he threatens with military action, as in a Latin American banana dictatorship, which he previously supported. He had peaceful demonstrators beaten to the side with tear gas and truncheons to put on a show in front of the church. Even the last doubter should realize that Trump is a brutal dictator. He threatens with heavily armed soldiers, who are supposed to shoot at the oppressed coloured Americans, who are hated by Trump.
Meanwhile, the violence continues. On the contrary, it is intensifying.
The events got out of control
In Minneapolis, a tanker truck drove into the crowd of protesters. It was not clear whether the driver deliberately drove into the crowd. He was arrested, and police vehicles are repeatedly seen driving into large crowds nationwide.
According to correspondents' reports, the murder of George Floyd is causing anger nationwide in the USA.
But it is not only the murder of Floyd, but also the Lord in the White House that is attracting the unrestrained fury of the protesters. Trump blames the Antifa for the looting and fires. He himself is hiding in a government security bunker. Therefore, Trump is called Bunkerboy and BunkerDon in the social networks. He is no longer master of the situation.
The protests following the murder of George Floyd in the USA are getting out of hand. Looting is taking place everywhere. Donald Trump has been taken to a secure bunker.
Trump is the most significant part of the problem
With dictators or those who want to become dictators, one must not mince matters.
This issue is not just about George Floyd. It's about the outcry that police violence is causing against Afro-Americans. It's about the incredible violence that is spreading across the United States like wildfire.
After the act of an insane policeman who arrested George Floyd for a dubious crime.
When the police violence, which the world could see because of the film of the 17-year-old schoolgirl, became visible, the barrel overflowed in the USA. But it is not George Floyd. Trump instrumentalises the dead to act as the mild dictator he certainly is not.
It's the general treatment of the African-American population in the USA, and this crisis has been smouldering for a long time.
Donald Trump is poison to American politics. He is mendacious. He is a political good-for-nothing, he is solely dividing a grown nation to the point where violent riots are now occurring.
Trump, a born loser. Think of Atlantic City or the Trump Organisation, which now has to fight off more than 900 million dollars in debt that Donald Trump took on at Deutsche Bank for unrealisable projects. One can no longer service the instalments. Trump doesn't care.
Over the years, Trump fuelled racism from the very beginning.
Remember that when he was sworn in, the Ku Klux Klan roamed the streets of Washington; think of Bannon and the right-wing agitators. Trump looks for victims, not political opponents because he is not up to them. Since Twitter at the latest, we know that he has a problematic relationship with his environment. He behaves like an ambivalent being. A love-hate relationship with Twitter, which a psycho disturbed American President, who incites against everything of democratic structures, such as the World Health Organisation in the United States, cultivated for years.
Trump alone is responsible for the fact that the job and economic miracle did not happen, but that 41 million unemployed people are on the streets because he completely underestimated Corona. After all, he was incapable of understanding Corona at all. He is also incapable of understanding that Afro-Americans cannot deal with such a President and do not want to fall back into the era of slavery. Trump needs to be re-elected. Otherwise, he is the biggest loser in American history; for him, it's all about survival, so he rushes against the Hispanics and the Afro-Americans. He slandered them, insulted them and everyone else who was alive and did not share his confused opinions.
While America goes up in flames...
Extraordinary confrontations have been in Detroit, Richmond and all of California. While governors and mayors try to defuse the situation, Trump talks about the political, weak opponent. The political opponent, the Democrats in the US, are much more reliable than the Republicans. After all, they have got a reason because they act reasonably. Because they try to smooth out what Trump has done in the USA, namely to breed systemic hatred against everything that is not conservative and right-wing extremist opinion. That is why Trump hates his opponents.
The American break-clown is for Twitter, which he uses as a mouthpiece against demonstrators, journalists and political opponents when it comes to civil rights, he invokes freedom of expression. Still, the latter himself is trampling underfoot, has become intolerable not for the USA but the international community. One wonders why Twitter does not directly block the account.
But that's easy: Twitter needs the eternal clown Donald Trump for more tweets and fears that maybe 200-300,000 followers will go with him, bringing in Twitter sales. It's all about money and business.
It's not about hosting a hate tweet. A man is trying to play the President of the United States of America. If you think of Donald Trump in the role of Charlie Chaplin's Great Dictator, which was shot about Hitler, the protagonists Hister and Marshal Hering have found their reincarnation in Trump. Twitter leads the broken clown at the nose ring through the arena. And that's right, and that's a good thing.
The police officer, who is now accused of 3rd-degree murder, is a product of Trump and his politics.
Derek Chauvin is the figure of the spawn of this American policy that has brought Donald Trump like a harmful virus over the country. Even worse than Corona can ever be.
Only this time no disinfectant will help, but only the systematic legal reappraisal of a corrupt class, which the USA wanted to "react" to. Now, you could read yesterday that Trump intends to let vicious dogs off the leash and use terrible weapons. The only vicious dog is himself and the yes-man pack surrounding him. Trump instead went to the rocket launch of SpaceX than to take care of the problems in his country. He's a bad actor with bad hair and the pronunciation of a pubescent boor.
He is not the President America deserves. Trump is the cause of all the evils, the race riots and the most significant domestic political crisis of his term of office and many years before. It is reminiscent of the 1960s in Detroit when the streets burned when people would not stop fighting for their rights.
The world should join in John Brown's song and side with those to whom the US-Constitution enshrined the pursuit of happiness as a fundamental right. The great Abraham Lincoln fought for this, and he would only be ashamed of Trump's creature.