From Sahel to Solstice: Shifts and Reflections

In a significant geopolitical shift, Russia is expanding its military presence and influence in the Sahel region, particularly in Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger. This expansion follows the expulsion of French soldiers from these countries and the formation of the Alliance of Sahel States. The Wagner Group mercenaries, now replaced by the state-controlled Africa Corps after the death of Wagner Group chief Yevgeny Prigozhin, have been instrumental in enhancing the capabilities of the Sahel armed forces. Despite these developments, the threat of jihadism remains, as evidenced by recent attacks in Burkina Faso and Mali.

In the United States, former President Donald Trump has appealed to a federal panel for immunity from prosecution regarding his efforts to overturn the 2020 election. Trump argues that his actions were within the bounds of his official duties.

As the winter solstice approaches, reflections on the significance of Christmas and the nativity story are juxtaposed with the ongoing conflict in Gaza. A recent tragedy involving a mother and daughter shot by snipers underscores the need for peace and goodwill, regardless of religion. The speaker emphasizes the importance of kindness, feeding the hungry, and embracing hope in dark times, asserting the importance of keeping the spirit of Christmas alive despite challenges.

In a self-reflective piece, an author discusses recent speaking engagements and addresses criticisms received. The author emphasizes the importance of transparency, sincerity, and reflection in communication, and advocates for open-mindedness and sincerity in group dynamics. The author also explores the concept of speaking and listening without activating ideal images, highlighting the value of openness to differing opinions.

Dr. Peter A. McCullough discusses the potential dangers of lipid-nanoparticles laced with synthetic mRNA in an audio interview on Free Thinkers Hub. He predicts that the onslaught of similar vaccines could become a global “real plague” in the years to come.

A new documentary produced by George DiCaprio, father of Leonardo DiCaprio, is set to reveal the untold story of the Kochs’ several criminal indictments. The film, titled “Long Knife,” will explore the Kochs’ $120 billion empire and their decades-long battle with Koch Oil.

Finally, a historical analysis of the 70% inflation-adjusted market loss between 1968 and 1982 highlights the importance of understanding the relationship between price inflation and asset deflation for financial survival. The author warns of the wealth-destroying triple combination of price inflation, asset deflation, and inflation taxes, and suggests that a regression to the mean in stock market valuations and the potential for higher inflation due to the national debt could lead to significant decreases in inflation-adjusted stock values.

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