Putin argued the Russian sanctions will backfire against the West and the military operation in Ukraine will continue until goals fulfilled

Putin met the press with his Belarusian counterpart, Lukashenko, on a trip to the Vostochny space launch facility in Russia`s the Far East, and Putin said the campaign is going according to plan, adding it is not moving faster because Russia wants to minimize losses.

«The military operation will continue until its full completion and the fulfillment of the tasks that have been set,» Putin said. He also said that the economy had successfully resisted new Western sanctions.

A lot of people have already talked about food shortages, and so do Putin. Food shortages or incredibly high prices on world markets will lead to hunger in regions throughout the world, Putin said. It`s inevitable. The next step would be a new wave of migration, including the Western countries.

Putin charged that Ukraine was turned into an «anti-Russian bridgehead.» He slammed the «fake» allegations of Russian troops responsible for the «Bucha killings.» Russia also claims that the bombing of the theater is «fake.» The nazis are doing it and blame Putin.

We all know what the Western Media has told us about all this. What worries me is that they all think they can judge and condemn someone before they have enough facts. Therefore, we all must cool down and wait for any specific causes of the incident to be verified and established. That being said; Lukashenko said he know what happened. Let`s wait and see.

In other words; any and all accusations should be based on facts before conclusions are drawn.

We all condemn the killings and support the call for an independent investigation. In the meantime, we will wait for the truth and hope those responsible for these war crimes will be punished.

The Russian leader also said that the economy and financial system withstood the impact of what he called the Western sanctions «blitz» and the ruble has recovered its losses.

Putin argued the sanctions will backfire against the West.

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Far-left Noam Chomsky praised Donald J. Trump and said he is the only Western statesman who is pushing for a diplomatic solution to the war in Ukraine rather than looking for ways to fuel and prolong it

The war in Ukraine started in 2014 when NATO overthrew the government of Ukraine in a coup. They installed a new government, and Putin and Russia didn`t like that at all. People in Eastern Ukraine didn`t like the new government either.

A new conflict started between the people in Eastern Ukraine and the new government, and they made a peace agreement saying that they should leave them alone, but they didn`t. They killed and tortured 14,000 people in Eastern Ukraine, and that is why Putin invaded Ukraine.

Putin said that 14,000 people is enough. Many of them were from Russia, so Putin wanted to protect the people. It`s also because NATO wants to expand into Ukraine. On top of that, they have a pipeline called Nordstrom 2, so Putin had many reasons to invade Ukraine.

This is what we hear from people who are familiar with this situation in Ukraine. People who speak up, but also journalists who cover this story from the inside. So many are saying that it isn`t Russia that is killing people in Eastern Ukraine. It`s Ukrainian soldiers. They have evidence. They kill and bomb people in Ukraine and blame Putin. The truth will come for a day anyway.

The U.S and NATO provoked this confrontation, and Putin had to stop it. Sending in more weapons and soldiers doesn`t solve the problem. Nor is a nuclear war a solution. That will be the end of human history.

We all learned this from WWI and WWII. War is stupid, and nobody wins a war. We know that. So, the only way is negotiation, and a neutral Ukraine is a solution Putin wants, but not Zelenskyy. Like I have said many times before; this would never have happened under Trump.

Trump didn`t start a single war. He always wanted peace and prosperity. And that`s exactly what he got. He lowered the tax and boosted the economy. Unemployment plunged to a historic low and businesses had a hell of a party. Take a look at the world now. It`s the opposite.

I think it is a big surprise for many in the world to see that far-left radical Noam Chomsky says that Donald Trump is the only Western Statsman who pushed for peace in Ukraine. Chomsky said Trump is the «one western statesman» with a «sensible» plan for resolving the Russia-Ukraine crisis.

Thijmen Sprakel had an interview with Chomsky last week, and Chomsky said that the proposed solution included «facilitating negotiations instead of undermining them and moving toward establishing some kind of accommodation in Europe, in which there are no military alliances but just mutual accommodations.»

Chomsky talked about George H.W Bush (the first Bush, not the second), proposed in the early ’90s, when after the collapse of the Soviet Union, proposed what they called a partnership for peace, which would be open for Europeans generally or Asians as well,» Chomsky continued, going on to stress that in his view, limiting NATO`s expansion and eliminating military alliances in Europe is the key.

I support Chomsky and think he is absolutely right. And I don`t understand what leaders are thinking today, because we know that this is exactly how WWI started. They all expanded and other countries became afraid, and followed up and did the same. They all escalated and it ended in a high degree of tension.

An 18-year-old kid killed Franz Ferdinand of Austria when he visited Sarajevo, and voila, WWI started. One of the deadliest conflicts in history.

We see the same tension today. NATO expand and make other countries afraid, and then they will stand up to this expansion and protected themselves, and the tension is climbing higher and higher.

Noam Chomsky knows this. He is internationally recognized as one of the most important intellectuals alive. His intellectual stature has been compared to that of Galileo, Newton, and Descartes, as his work has had a tremendous influence on a variety of areas of scholarly and scientific inquiry, including linguistics, logic and mathematics, computer science, psychology, media studies, and philosophy, politics, and international affairs.

Chomsky said a move toward negotiations and diplomacy instead of escalating the war is the key. Try to see if you can bring about an accommodation which would be roughly along these lines, Chomsky continued. «His name is Donald J.Trump.»

Russia has said that it would stop its assault if Ukraine declares neutrality, recognizes Crimea as Russian territory, and recognizes the independence of the breakaway Donbas republic of Donestk and Luhansk.

Zelenskyy said a few weeks ago that regarding Crimea and the Donbas, Ukraine is not prepared for Russian «ultimatums» but is ready to discuss the status of the territories. People who elected Zelenskyy are not ready to surrender, and he also said that he had «cooled down» on the idea of Ukraine joining NATO.

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EU doesn`t like big tech

European Union doesn`t like big companies like Apple. Google, Facebook, and Amazon to name a few. They believe that companies should be small and compete with each other. The more competition, the better.

Now, Apple faces a possible hefty fine and may have to open its mobile payment system to competitors after EU`s antitrust regulators charged the iPhone maker with restricting rivals’ access to its technology used for mobile wallets.

EU`s Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said on Monday: «Mobile payments play a rapidly growing role in our digital economy. It is important for the integration of European Payments markets that consumers benefit from a competitive and innovative payments landscape.»

«We have indications that Apple restricted third-party access to key technology necessary to develop rival mobile wallet solutions on Apple`s devices. In our Statement of Objections, we preliminarily found that Apple may have restricted competition, to benefit from its own solution Apple Pay. If confirmed, such conduct would be illegal under our competition rules.»

The investigation will now follow into suspected violations of EU antitrust rules. The European Commission and Margrethe Vestager think Apple is violating the block`s antitrust rules with its limits on rival providers of mobile wallets.

They believe that Apple «abused its dominant position» in giving a boost to its own contactless payments system.

I can only speak for myself, and I have an iPhone, but I use my Fitbit to pay with my Visa card. It`s easy, fast, and contactless. So, Apple didn`t have an advantage in my world. But the main reason is that Apple only accepts a Mastercard.

This is not the first time the EU is attacking U.S tech giants. A year ago, they attacked Apple`s handling of rival music apps. They also want major changes to the App Store and iMessage, as well as services from Google and Amazon.

Last year, Amazon was hit by the biggest ever European Union privacy fine after its lead privacy watchdog hit it with a $888 million penalty for violating the bloc`s tough data protection rules. Amazon said the decision is «without merit.»

In November last year, Google lost its appeal against a €2,4 billion EU fine over its shopping service. The Commission argued that Google had unfairly used its dominant search engine to redirect traffic to Google shopping.

Brussels claims Google began to systematically favor its shopping service in the results of its popular search engine, whose market dominance exceeds 90% in most EU countries. Google Shopping now routinely appears at the very top of search results.

Six years ago, I wrote an article about The European Commission, that said Irland had enabled Apple to pay «substantially less tax than other businesses over many years.» But the EU`s general court decided that the commission failed to prove that the Irish government had given the U.S tech giant a tax advantage.

In 2020, Apple won a landmark court case against the European Commission over the dispute concerning $14,9 billion in Irish taxes. And these are some of the few attacks on U.S tech giants.

Over twenty years ago, I can remember that Microsoft was attacked by rumors. Don`t use Windows, because it`s a virus in it. That will kill your computer, they said. Bill Gates was also attacked multiple times. Again and again. Today, we see the Marxist Media Mob use words like Oligarchs about the rich.

Sometimes, the EU should attack the rules. Not the companies.

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When will Apple fall from the tree?

Apple is another company I have been following for about 30 years now, and this is another one that survived, along with Microsoft, the dot-com bubble. I bought my first mobile phone in 1992, and that was Ericsson from Sweden. I know the rest of that story and know that Apple can go the same way. But not today.

Apple`s revenue in the quarter ended in March, grew nearly 9% YoY, and the company continues to impress. The company said on Thursday that they have strong growth, and that is exactly what I have been wondering about in times of lockdown, covid-19, and distribution challenges that could affect the global demand for smartphones and computers.

The stock went up 4,52% on Thursday, but it went down -by 2,22% in after-hours of trading on Thursday. CFO Luca Maestri warned of several challenges in the current quarter, including supply constraints related to Covid-19 that could hurt sales by between $4 billion and $8 billion. Luca also said that the demand in China was being sapped by the Covid-related lockdown. CEO Tim Cook said that Apple was «not immune» to supply chain challenges.

Apple`s revenue jumped to $97,28 billion YoY. iPhone revenue was up 5,5% and jumped to $50,57 billion. EPS is $1,52.

Apple had a habit of beating Wall Street by 3% to about 8% since 2020, but this time they «only» exceeded the estimates by 0,51%. CEO Tim Cook said the financial performance was «better than we anticipated.»

When will the Apple fall from the tree?

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Microsoft beat Wall Street

Software Powerhouse Microsoft Corp beat Wall Street expectations for quarterly revenue on Tuesday. They have a strong demand for the software giant`s cloud-based services from the pandemic-triggered shift to hybrid work models.

Some companies lost big during the pandemic, but Microsoft profited big from it as individuals and organizations turned to products like Outlook and Teams workplace messaging app. People shifted their behavior as they were working from home during the pandemic.

But it seems like people loved the idea to work from home because after the economies opened up again, people and businesses tend to use a hybrid model of allowing staff to alternatively work from home. And that is strengthening Microsoft`s cloud services, including their flagship cloud offering Azure.

Microsoft reported revenue of $49,36 billion in the third quarter, compared with $41,7 billion a year earlier.

Net income rose to $16,73 billion, or $2,22 per share, in the quarter ended March 31, from $15,46 billion, or $2,03 per share, a year earlier.

«Continued customer commitment to our cloud platform and strong sales execution drove better-than-expected commercial bookings growth of 28% and Microsoft Cloud revenue of $23,4 billion, up 32% YoY,» Chief Financial Officer Amy Hood said in a news release.

For the current quarter, Microsoft expects to generate sales of $52,8 billion, based on the midpoint of its guidance. That matches Wall Street`s target for the June quarter. In the year-earlier period, it posted $46,2 billion in sales.

Microsoft stock fell 3,7% on Tuesday to close at 270,22 amid a broad market sell-off, but in after-hours trading (as I write this article), the stock is up 4,47%. It happened on a day were Nasdaq plummeted 3,7%, while Tesla went down 12,18%. I have been following Microsoft since the 90s, and this is one of the few that survived the dot-com bubble. This company continues to impress.

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