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Dutch Nieuwsuur Biased Presentation-Warmongers

by Oui Mon Apr 1st, 2024 at 11:36:31 AM EST

For many months and even years, the news media have failed to inform the viewers honestly and without an agenda.

Crucial ally to defeat the Islamic State was assassinated by Trump and his goons.

Conflicting ideas from France and Germany on Europe's security and growth

Next item was the arms race between NATO and Russia. The FALSE. comparison made was to present "percentages" of the increase in arms production and not the absolute numbers. So Russia which was nearly disarmed during the Yeltsin years with a rusted fleet, intended to build its economy had a long way to catch-up with the West. No, Dutch army generals have repeatedly been invited to express their desire to invest more in munitions and in modern weapons ... AmericaFirst! origin ... absurd warmongering and propaganda.

In a graph shown to the viewers ...
Russia in % GDP
2021 2.7
2022 3.3
2023 4.0
Europe 1.4% and the U.S. 3.3%


Not explaining the absolute numbers (billion $$):
United States 877
Russia 86.4
United Kingdom 68.5
Germany 55.8
France 53.6
Ukraine 44
Italy 36.5
Canada 26.9

Conclusion: aggressor NATO states have a military budget in excess of $ 1.1 trillion ... Russia was and is NOT prepared for a large war.

[Source: The top 15 military spenders, 2022 | SIPRI | ]

Military expenditure by the top 15 countries reached $1842 billion in 2022 and accounted for 82% of global military spending.

In a pie diagram for some clarity

World military expenditure reaches new record high as European spending surges | 24 April 2023 |

Total global military expenditure increased by 3.7 per cent in real terms in 2022, to reach a new high of $2240 billion. Military expenditure in Europe saw its steepest year-on-year increase in at least 30 years. The three largest spenders in 2022--the United States, China and Russia--accounted for 56 per cent of the world total, according to new data on global military spending published today by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

Invasion of Ukraine and tensions in East Asia drive increased spending

World military spending grew for the eighth consecutive year in 2022 to an all-time high of $2240 billion. By far the sharpest rise in spending (+13 per cent) was seen in Europe and was largely accounted for by Russian and Ukrainian spending. However, military aid to Ukraine and concerns about a heightened threat from Russia strongly influenced many other states' spending decisions, as did tensions in East Asia.

'The continuous rise in global military expenditure in recent years is a sign that we are living in an increasingly insecure world,' said Dr Nan Tian, Senior Researcher with SIPRI's Military Expenditure and Arms Production Programme. 'States are bolstering military strength in response to a deteriorating security environment, which they do not foresee improving in the near future.'

Cold war levels of military expenditure return to Central and Western Europe

Military expenditure by states in Central and Western Europe totalled $345 billion in 2022. In real terms, spending by these states for the first time surpassed that in 1989, as the cold war was ending, and was 30 per cent higher than in 2013. Several states significantly increased their military spending following Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, while others announced plans to raise spending levels over periods of up to a decade.

'The invasion of Ukraine had an immediate impact on military spending decisions in Central and Western Europe. This included multi-year plans to boost spending from several governments,' said Dr Diego Lopes da Silva, Senior Researcher with SIPRI's Military Expenditure and Arms Production Programme. 'As a result, we can reasonably expect military expenditure in Central and Western Europe to keep rising in the years ahead.'

Some of the sharpest increases were seen in Finland (+36 per cent), Lithuania (+27 per cent), Sweden (+12 per cent) and Poland (+11 per cent).

'While the full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 certainly affected military spending decisions in 2022, concerns about Russian aggression have been building for much longer,' said Lorenzo Scarazzato, Researcher with SIPRI's Military Expenditure and Arms Production Programme. 'Many former Eastern bloc states have more than doubled their military spending since 2014, the year when Russia annexed Crimea.'

Russia and Ukraine raise military spending as war rages on

Russian military spending grew by an estimated 9.2 per cent in 2022, to around $86.4 billion. This was equivalent to 4.1 per cent of Russia's gross domestic product (GDP) in 2022, up from 3.7 per cent of GDP in 2021.
Figures released by Russia in late 2022 show that spending on national defence, the largest component of Russian military expenditure, was already 34 per cent higher, in nominal terms, than in budgetary plans drawn up in 2021.

'The difference between Russia's budgetary plans and its actual military spending in 2022 suggests the invasion of Ukraine has cost Russia far more than it anticipated,' said Dr Lucie Béraud-Sudreau, Director of SIPRI's Military Expenditure and Arms Production Programme.

Ukraine's military spending reached $44.0 billion in 2022. At 640 per cent, this was the highest single-year increase in a country's military expenditure ever recorded in SIPRI data. As a result of the increase and the war-related damage to Ukraine's economy, the military burden (military spending as a share of GDP) shot up to 34 per cent of GDP in 2022, from 3.2 per cent in 2021.

US spending rises despite high inflation

The United States remains by far the world's biggest military spender. US military spending reached $877 billion in 2022, which was 39 per cent of total global military spending and three times more than the amount spent by China, the world's second largest spender. The 0.7 per cent real-terms increase in US spending in 2022 would have been even greater had it not been for the highest levels of inflation since 1981.

Dutch media are complicit spreading falsehoods and a NATO war narrative ... populism conforms to fascist behavior.

Lives in the NATO bubble of "facts" and war rhetoric ... useless idiot who gets well paid ... spewing anti-peace messages in the air. Watched him tonight in a discussion of the plight of Palestinian people of Gaza. His body language said it all about his character. A snob. Mr. ten Broek was hardly interested to listen to the views of colleagues at the table ... just waiting for his moment to speak up. Not surprising, I could have listened to the hasbara spokesperson of Israel's war cabinet.  

Han ten Broeke's new life: 'Less influence, but more freedom'

Han ten Broeke was a Member of Parliament for the VVD for twelve years and is now a foreign affairs expert at HCSS. He divides his time between Twente, Iraq and the rest of the world. "I have less influence than in politics, but more freedom," he says in an extensive interview in Tubantia.

Han ten Broeke (50) points to the radar on the Thales site in Hengelo. "Less than fifty meters from here we have eyes and ears on the conflicts of now and in the future. That enormous radar looks straight towards Kaliningrad where the Russians have placed their Iskander missiles."

Security, war and peace, history, international power politics; that fascinates Ten Broeke. "It has kept me busy since I was a child." The VVD member from Ambt Delden was in the House of Representatives for twelve years. There he was foreign spokesperson for the party, chairman of the Parliamentary Defense Committee, and chairman of the Dutch delegation to NATO. This ended abruptly in 2018 when it emerged that he had a 'short-lived, unequal relationship' with a younger faction employee in 2013. Ten Broeke resigned.

Shortly afterwards he received a call from the The Hague Center for Strategic Studies (HCSS). A think tank for national and international security studies. The lesser known brother of the Clingendael Institute. Institutes that regularly advise Dutch governments. "As chairman of the Parliamentary Defense Committee, I not only wanted to hear Clingendael, but I often asked HCSS. It is good to ask several experts."

An office was ready for Ten Broeke at HCSS, where he was happy to join as Director of Political Affairs. "I am now 100 meters from the Binnenhof, just outside the Hague bubble. I still have a lot of contact with the same people. It is an advantage that I have built up an international network. No, it is not surprising that I speak to the same people from a different role. It's not that important what's on my card. I do this because it interests me, it is my hobby and passion."

Difference with the past

But there is certainly a difference. "I had relatively a lot of influence in politics, now much less. I got freedom in return. I don't have to worry about what the coalition thinks about what I say now. My views are the same, but I no longer have to account for them. There are advantages to that, but I became a politician to exert influence. That is now less and more indirect."

Ten Broeke and HCSS are hired for advice. By the Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs, and increasingly by companies with security risks. Like KLM. "We investigate overflight risks for this purpose. We're looking at civil aviation over dangerous areas, practically half the world these days. For example, KLM decided this week not to fly over Iran anymore."

The conflict in Iraq and Iran has his special attention. He has been there in the past. "That helps us to make a judgement. I read so much now, there are a number of conflicts in the world that I keep up with, and this is one of them."

I don't have to worry about what the coalition thinks about what I say now. My views are the same, but I no longer have to account for them ....

True a$$hole to the infinite degree. A one track mind ... no diplomacy, no compromise ... works fine with both Trump and Biden ... a partner of Mark Rutte, on the same team ... a clone.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 1st, 2024 at 09:32:55 PM EST

Just like your former VVD colleagues Frits Bolkestein, Neelie Smit Kroes, Geert Wilders, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Rita Verdonk, Mark Rutte, Halbe Zijlstra hiding in Putin's dasha 😊.

Read up on the expression from the river to the sea ... there is a Zionist version of Bibi Netanyahu or a Palestinian one ...

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 1st, 2024 at 09:33:59 PM EST
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The date is May 2023 ... 150 days before murderous hostilities broke out once again ... PEACE ☮️ NOW ✌🏽

The multi-cultural student body @VU university shows solidarity with oppressed Palestinian people.

I - a Jew - often come to the VU complex in a capacity other than as a student. I feel great relief that there are students from all walks of life active there who have an eye and heart for justice, as befits young people, and who have hung up this banner!

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 8th, 2024 at 03:57:54 PM EST

Now heading for Amsterdam to open the Jewish Holocaust Museum ... don't expect protests though ... stupid Dutch.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 8th, 2024 at 04:44:09 PM EST

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 8th, 2024 at 04:50:46 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 8th, 2024 at 04:55:19 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 8th, 2024 at 04:57:55 PM EST
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