Taking Stock of 2022
Junious Ricardo Stanton
As we prepare to enter a new year, it is imperative we look back and considers certain aspects of the past year. In many ways 2022 was extremely volatile and contentious and it appears 2023 will be more of the same.
We are living through the most contentious era of public health policy in history! The corporate media, government, Big Pharma, unelected and unaccountable individuals/entities conspired using the guise of addressing a supposed novel virus to alter the world as we knew it. In 2020 COVID-19 was used as a pretext to shut down global economies which sent millions into unemployment, creating destitution and dependency on government largess which in turn furthered the bankruptcy of many Western nations, ushered in totalitarian measures, set in motion major supply chain shortages and accelerated an already existent agenda of eugenics and depopulation. Now some of the ruling class is calling for a pandemic amnesty. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/10/covid-response-forgiveness/671879/ They want us to forget about it, get over it and move on. That is probably not going to happen given the acrimonious attacks the government, media and Big Pharma unleashed on skeptics and free thinkers; how the powers that be suppressed discussion, dissent and debate on the COVID issue! https://www.globalresearch.ca/dear-friends-sorry-announce-genocide/5782022
2022 is coming to a close and we need to examine a few things so we are better prepared to enter the New Year. We need to pause amidst the daily grind and take stock of our lives and what is going on around us locally, nationally and internationally. We need to be more aware of what is happening and discern whether or not the direction we are heading personally, professionally or as a community is the best for us.
One thing is certain we have not been told the truth, we have been lied to, deceived and duped. Project Censored is a media watchdog organization that monitors the news and what is not reported and they compile an annual list of the top most intensely censored stories of the ending year. You can see their list at https://www.projectcensored.org/category/top-25-censored-news-stories-2022/
Take a look at this list you will find some extremely interesting topics and egregious issues on it. For me numbers: 21, 20, 19,18,12,11,10,7,6, and 2 stick out the most but there are a series of other topics such as “dark money” and its influence on politics and policy we need to be aware of.
The war in Ukraine is another issue we have been lied to about. In February 2022 following a 2014 US sponsored coup d’etat in Ukraine, fourteen years of Ukrainian attacks on Russian speaking people in the Donbass region of Ukraine and the US moving to extend Ukrainian membership in NATO Russia initiated what Putin calls a Special Military Operation designed to protect Russia’s interests and eliminate the neo-Nazi attacks on Russian speaking people. Putin’s response was similar to the US’s reaction to Russia building missile sites in Cuba which triggered the Cuban Missile Crisis in October of 1960. That almost led to nuclear war. As we close out 2022, the US and NATO is engaged in an indirect war against Russia. Economic sanctions are an act of war, supplying weapons and tactical assistance to Ukraine for use against Russia is an act of war, training troops and sending mercenaries to fight against Russian troops is an act of war! Make no mistake this could go full blast in 2023!
For what, why? Ukraine is a failed state. It is a money laundering and kickback machine taking our tax dollars to make the Military Industrial Complex, the Democratic Party and certain political hacks like Hunter Biden rich. Very little of this is reported in the corporate mainstream or digital media. https://www.globalresearch.ca/defense-aid-ukraine-tops-20-billion-new-275m-package-announced/5801981 , https://www.cato.org/commentary/nato-vs-russia-proxy-war-ukraine-could-become-real-war
As we enter 2023 the world is choosing sides and Uncle Sam is not the team most of the world wants to play on or with! What is called the Global South is not drinking Uncle Sam’s Kool-Aid. “The Global South is made up of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Pacific Islands, and Asia, excluding Israel, Japan, and South Korea. It is generally seen as home to Brazil, India, Indonesia and China, which, along with Nigeria and Mexico, are the largest Southern states in terms of land area and population.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_North_and_Global_South
Most of the nations on this list have rejected the US/NATO position on Ukraine and many are siding with Russia attempting to join the BRICS alliance and strengthen ties with Russia and China.
As we close out 2022 we are seeing the West attempt to counter this trend and persuade Africa to align with them. Germany sponsored a German-African Business Summit in Johannesburg South African on December 6-8 and the US held the fourth US African Leaders Summit on December 13-16 in Washington D.C. Both of these meetings were attempts by the West to bribe, cajole and persuade African leaders to side with them. Time will tell how this plays out.
As we leave 2022 let’s determine to be more aware of the world around us, take more interest in and engage in ways that improve ourselves and the world.