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1. Bitcoin and the Plot to Destroy Financial Privacy

Whitney delivered a Keynote at the Bitcoin 2023 conference about how the World Economic Forum Partnership Against Cybercrime is seeking to paint privacy enhancing technology and Bitcoin as national security threats in pursuit of their ultimate ambitions to eliminate financial privacy.

Bitcoin and the Plot to Destroy Financial Privacy.

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Thu, 25 May 2023 15:12:02 +0000

2. The Prince And The Spy

Originally published at The Last American Vagabond.

For years, Erik Prince – the founder of mercenary firm Blackwater (now Academi) – has been a major source of controversy. Ever since he left Blackwater over a decade ago, Prince has appeared in the news for pushing to privatize several wars, his ties to former President Donald Trump's presidential campaigns, his violation of international arms embargoes and his unusually close ties with Project Veritas, among other notable events and connections.

However, some of Prince's antics in recent years have not yet made it into the news – namely his decision to team up with an Israeli spy to build a very secretive company that has – until now – evaded scrutiny. That company, Comframe Solutions, appears to operate as an intelligence front and explicitly targets parts of the American military involved in highly sensitive combat operations. As this investigation will show, Prince's partner in Comframe – Lital Leshem – has been tied to a series of apparent, and admitted, Israeli intelligence front companies, several of which have a focus on technology. Yet Prince and his close associate Chris Burgess – Comframe's supposed president – have done everything they can to hide their association with the incredibly secretive company. Why might that be and what exactly is Comframe up to?

From "Army Brat" to Cyber Spy

Lital Leshem was raised as an "army brat" in Reut, Israel and Pennsylvania, USA. She later enlisted in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) as she was "truly devoted to safeguarding the State of Israel." She quickly rose in the ranks, becoming Operations Officer in the IDF of the besieged Gaza Strip and later becoming a Major, a position she continues to hold to this date through her "reserve duty activities." According to her LinkedIn, she served in Israeli military intelligence from 2005 to 2011 and, more specifically, served in its signals intelligence unit – Unit 8200. She later attended IDC Herzliya, an Israeli university deeply tied to its military and intelligence apparatus. There, she met Amir Elichai and the two would co-create the company Reporty, which later became Carbyne911 – today known only as Carbyne.

Carbyne was originally founded as Reporty in 2014 by Leshem, Elichai and Alex Dizengof. Leshem and Elichai are Unit 8200 veterans, while Dizengof previously worked for Israel's Prime Minister's Office. Before it was revealed that Jeffrey Epstein had poured at least 1 million dollars into the company at the behest of his close associate Ehud Barak, Cabryne's board of directors – which Barak chaired – included the former commander of Unit 8200, Pinchas Buchris, as well as Epstein associate turned venture capitalist Nicole Junkermann. In the wake of the Epstein scandal, Buchris, Barak and Junkerman, among others, were removed from the board and were largely replaced with veterans and former heads of American intelligence and law enforcement agencies. Leshem had left the company in 2017, but has continued to own shares in the company.

Ehud Barak, center, poses with Carbyne co-founders Alex Dizengof, Amir Elichai and Lital Leshem; Source: Yossi Seliger

Carbyne is a Next-Generation 9-11 (NG911) platform and the explicit goal of NG911 is for all 911 systems nationwide to become interconnected. It is currently active throughout the United States, its main target market. Its software has been criticized due to "serious privacy concerns" about the amount of information it harvests from smartphones that call a 911 call center running Carbyne's software. For instance, Carbyne's smartphone app extracts the following information from the phones on which it is installed:

"Device location, video live-streamed from the smartphone to the call center, text messages in a two-way chat window, any data from a user's phone if they have the Carbyne app and ESInet, and any information that comes over a data link, which Carbyne opens in case the caller's voice link drops out."

The potential for Carbyne as a tool for mass surveillance has been extensively reported by Narativ, MintPress News and other outlets. In addition, Carbyne stores all data on past calls and events in order to "enabl[e] decision makers to accurately analyze the past and present behavior of their callers, react accordingly, and in time predict future patterns." As a result, Carbyne – along with other Israeli intelligence-connected companies seeking to dominate the American "public safety" market – has the potential to facilitate controversial "predictive policing", i.e. pre-crime, policies.

Screengrab from Carbyne's website describing its c-Records feature, which has since been deleted; Source: Carbyne (archived)

In addition to Carbyne, Leshem also worked for Black Cube, which has since been removed from her LinkedIn. There, she had been the firms Director of Marketing. Black Cube was specifically outed as an Israeli intelligence front organization in a 2019 article published by Calcalist Tech. That same article also contains the stunning revelation that many Israeli companies, including Black Cube, have been founded as fronts for intelligence operations since 2012. It states that "since 2012, cyber-related and intelligence projects that were previously carried out in-house in the Israeli military and Israel's main intelligence arms are transferred to companies that in some cases were built for this exact purpose." The article also adds that:

"In some cases, managers of development projects in the Israeli military and intelligence arms were encouraged to form their own companies which then took over the [military and/or intelligence] project."

With Leshem having worked for one company already known to be a product of this deliberate policy, it is worth scrutinizing Carbyne as being one such front, especially considering the common tie of Ehud Barak to both companies. In addition, Leshem has also worked for another company tied to Barak that has been described as worse than the NSO Group, which produced the notorious Pegasus software. Called Toka, its top executives – like Carbyne – are largely veterans of Israeli's Unit 8200, where Leshem also served, or former commanders of Israeli military cyber operations.

Toka, which Ehud Barak founded in 2018, is very, very likely to be one of the front organizations produced as a result of the aforementioned 2012 Israeli intelligence policy. The company is directly partnered with Israel's Ministry of Defense and other Israeli intelligence and security agencies since its founding and the company only sells its products to countries that are considered allies of Israel. It purports to be able to hack, not just smartphones, but any device with internet connectivity, such as doorbell cameras and other "smart" devices. As will be noted later in this article, Leshem herself has noted that Toka has a relationship with the CIA.

After being involved with a series of Israeli intelligence fronts and her enduring ties to Israeli military intelligence through her "reserve duty activities", Leshem was courted by a surprising figure – Erik Prince, war profiteer and founder of the controversial mercenary outfit Blackwater.

Partnering with Prince

Leshem says that she met Prince after she "randomly stumbled across his path and joined his team." There, per her website, she "managed his business portfolio and his global investments." Her LinkedIn lists her as serving as the executive director of global business development of Frontier Resource Group (FRG) from 2018 to 2021. Frontier Resource Group was founded by Prince and is "an Africa-dedicated investment firm partnered with major Chinese enterprises, including at least one state-owned resource giant that is keen to pour money into the resource-rich continent," according to the South China Post. It not only operates in Africa, but also other countries due to its contracts to support China's One Belt One Road initiative, which were signed in 2019.

Erik Prince and Lital Leshem in an undated photo; Source: Ynet

FRG is a subsidiary of Frontier Services Group (FSG), which Prince also founded. In 2013, he sold a majority share of FSG to the China International Trust Investment Corporation (CITIC), a state-owned Chinese investment company that is among the largest of the country's state-run conglomerates. CITIC, during the mid-1990s, was chaired by Wang Jun, who doubled as China's chief arms dealer and was a key figure in the "Chinagate" scandal of the Clinton White House. As detailed in One Nation Under Blackmail, that scandal involved the illicit transfer of American military technology to China and the illicit transfer of Chinese weapons, whose sale in the US was banned during this time, into the United States. Mark Middleton, a White House aide, and Jeffrey Epstein are some of the names apparently involved with those activities. "Chinagate" appears to have been a joint venture between factions of the CIA and Israeli intelligence and has never been properly investigated by federal authorities. It seems that Prince, who was (and may still be) a CIA asset, and Leshem have engaged in similar activities via FRG/FSG. For example, TRTWorld reported that Leshem is "speculated" to have transferred Carbyne's technology to China via her role at FRG and her connection to Prince. China launched an app that was nearly analogous to Carbyne, but more explicitly focused on surveillance, at the same time that Carbyne launched its first 911 call system in the United States.

Erik Prince, left, chairman of Frontier Services Group, looks at a map of Africa with Deputy Chairman Johnson Ko. FSG, which is backed by Chinese state-owned entities, is based in Hong Kong; Source: HKEG

In addition, TRTWorld notes, the company DarkMatter, a UAE surveillance and intelligence group that employs former US intelligence operatives, attracted the attention of Chinese officials at a smart cities conference in 2015. DarkMatter, which was launched to modernize Emirati intelligence and military operations, signed a Global Strategic Memorandum of Understanding with Huawei, the Chinese tech giant. The middle man in this sale was none other than Erik Prince. Leshem and another Prince associate, Dorian Barak, also have business ties to the UAE via their prominent roles at the UAE-Israel Business Council.

As TRTWorld concluded:

"With similar technology being used, and the same mercenary middle-man between Carbyne and China who brought together UAE's DarkMatter surveillance technology with China, indications point to a likely transfer of surveillance technology from Epstein's Israeli company [Carbyne] to China."

Comframe – Secretive Company or Intelligence Front?

Prince's and Leshem's joint activities after Leshem left FRG suggest that this pattern of behavior has not only continued, but deepened. According to Leshem's website, a year and a half after she started working for Prince, she and Prince "joined forces to found Comframe, a company that takes the best of Israeli defense technology providers, and helps them penetrate the American market by bridging prevalent gaps." Leshem also says Comframe was assisted by her "premier integrator and business development platform for deploying advanced military, special operations, public safety and HLS solutions in the United States, and a wide network of partnership, both government and civilian."

In discussing Comframe elsewhere, Leshem writes that the company she co-founded with Prince "is led and staffed by Special Operations and defense procurement veterans with billions of dollars of successful sales to USG and foreign government to their names." She says that Comframe has a "track-record of success implementing complex procurement and integrations programs from intelligence gathering & analysis, to contracting, program sales and personnel deployment, is exceptional."

What Leshem says of the company clashes with Comframe's threadbare public presence. For instance, its website, which is notably short on content, lists the following companies as partnersTomCar, BlueBird Aero Systems, General Robotics, SafeStrike, Ops-Core (now part of Gentex Corp) and Axon. On its partners page, Comframe says that this is "a small sampling of our current partners we have chosen to work with." Most of these companies were created by Israeli military/military intelligence veterans.

Comframe Solutions' homepage; Source: https://comframesolutions.com/

Aside from the partners page, there is little other information available on the Comframe site. It describes its mission as "to source cutting-edge, innovative technologies that safely and securely solve articulated U.S. government problems" and touts its "get it done" commitment and how its employees "wake up every morning wanting to find solutions that keep the U.S. government safe and more lethal." It lists the company's president as Chris Burgess. Burgess, a former NAVY Seal who trained with Erik Prince, does not list Comframe on his LinkedIn or in any other site discussing his work history. He is currently the CEO of military contractor Regulus Global. Burgess previously ran a mercenary firm he founded, Greystone Ltd., that was previously affiliated with Prince's Blackwater and was originally intended to be Blackwater's "sister company."

Both Blackwater (now Academi) and Greystone have been accused of sending mercenaries to fight in the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Both companies deny this. The accusations came after Prince had planned to create a "private army" in Ukraine, something he has attempted to do (and sometimes succeeded) in various conflict zones, such as Afghanistan. Prince has also attempted to offer "lethal services" to Russia's Wagner group.

Chris Burgess; Source

Aside from Burgess' apparent unwillingness to associate himself publicly with Comframe, there is also the fact that the only employee publicly associated with Comframe at all is Lital Leshem. Indeed, even Erik Prince has declined to publicly affiliate himself with the company. Another oddity is the fact that Comframe's website has an "Industry News" page that contains several blog posts with titles discussing oil markets and geopolitics. However, the content of the posts themselves are all filler generated by WordPress. Was Comframe also intended to work in commodities markets? The odd and sparse nature of the website seems to clash with Leshem's characterization of the company.

So, what is Comframe exactly and what is it intended to do? Why are the only people associated with the company two professional mercenaries, one of whom is a known CIA asset, and an Israeli spy? A 2020 article published in the Jerusalem Post seems to highlight Comframe's mysterious inner workings and likely purpose.

That article notes that Comframe acted as a middleman in forging an agreement to create an assembly line in El Paso, TX in order for the Israeli company Tomcar to "offer its latest models to the US Armed Forces." The agreement was made between Tomcar and Prince Manufacturing, a major contract manufacturing company that works with Ford, General Motors and Tesla, among others. Prince Manufacturing was notably founded and run for many years by Edgar Prince, Erik Prince's father. Notably Tomcar, its founder – Yoram Zarchi – and his son (works for Tomcar) – Ram Zarchi – appear in the Panama Papers as does the former holding company that owned Tomcar from 2004 to 2011.

The article notes that Comframe "is focused on recognizing needs in the US defense industry and matching them to possible solutions, usually involving innovative Israeli companies." However, the article notes, "to meet the demands of American security needs, one must have an American entity." Leshem is then quoted as saying, "Ram [Zarchi of Tomcar] had been living in Phoenix for 15 years, but he can't do that [sell to the American military because he is not a US citizen]. We can."

In other words, per Leshem, Comframe utilizes Prince and presumably Burgess to sell Israeli defense technology and products to the American military that would otherwise not happen due to national security concerns around buying foreign-made products for sensitive defense and military operations. Leshem goes on to state Comframe sells "to the US Special Forces and other branches of the service [i.e. US military]," noting that Comframe is specifically targeting Special Ops. She also suggests that, aside from the US military, another intended market for the company is NATO – she told the Jerusalem Post that the US "controls 70% of NATO's defense industry."

The article ends by stating that, for Comframe, when sales are related to national security, one still has to have "boots on the ground," suggesting why Comframe has such a minimal web and online presence. This is similar to another company Leshem has been working for while at Comframe, Ehud Barak's Toka. Notably, at the end of this very article, Leshem uses Toka as an example regarding Comframe's "boots on the ground" sales approach. She states:

"Hi-tech companies like Toka with clients like the CIA, can't discuss what they do using Zoom."

A New Pattern for Prince

Comframe is a very suspect company – it is highly, highly secretive, targets sensitive American military agencies with foreign technology, and its known employees are apparent spooks and intelligence-linked mercenaries. Not only that, but the history of Israeli espionage in the United States – from Jonathan Pollard and PROMIS to Comverse and beyond – shows a concerted effort to target the American military and security agencies, often with bugged or "backdoored" technology.

In addition to the above, Prince has also recently engaged in efforts to market a very suspect smartphone to MAGA Republicans as being "unhackable" and "unsurveillable." That phone was "designed in Israel" and the company that produces it is called Unplugged. According to reports, Unplugged's "day-to-day technology operations are run by Eran Karpen, a former employee of CommuniTake, the Israeli start-up that gave rise to the now infamous hacker-for-hire firm NSO Group." Karpen, like Leshem, is also a veteran of Unit 8200.

Notably, DarkMatter, the UAE private intelligence company that was mentioned earlier due to its association with Prince, once marketed an "ultrasecure" phone called Katim, only to be later outed for hacking dissidents and journalists. In addition, Prince debuted Unplugged's phone on Steve Bannon's "War Room" program. Both Prince and Bannon have controversial relationships with exiled Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui, also known as Miles Guo.

That Prince would help market this phone specifically to MAGA Republicans is disturbing given that his associate Leshem and other Israeli intelligence veterans and operatives have played a major role in developing the infrastructure for the US' "War on Domestic Terror," which is mainly targeted at the political right and has already utilized mass surveillance through smartphones and other technologies to justify arrests, including "pre-crime" arrests. Given the content of this investigation, Prince's ties to foreign governments and intelligence agencies should be heavily scrutinized, especially Comframe – whose secretive activities may be drastically undermining American national security.

The Prince And The Spy.

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Wed, 17 May 2023 16:06:58 +0000

4. PBD Podcast

Whitney joined PBD Podcast for an in-studio interview to discuss the recent revelations from Jeffrey Epstein's private calendar, Epstein's connection to the Clinton White House in the 1990s, and Elon Musk's connections to Epstein.

Clips from full interview:

PBD Podcast.

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Tue, 16 May 2023 03:15:12 +0000

5. The New Ukraine with Stavroula Pabst

In this episode, Whitney talks to Stavroula Pabst about the reconstruction efforts in Ukraine and how much of Ukraine's government and infrastructure has been outsourced or sold off to Western corporations that are using the country as a testbed for 4IR technologies.

Show notes

Follow Stavroula: @stavroulapabst and Substack

Originally published 05/11/23.

The New Ukraine with Stavroula Pabst.

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Thu, 11 May 2023 20:21:45 +0000

6. Redacted

Whitney joined Redacted to discuss Jeffrey Epstein and Southern Trust. Interview segment starts at around 1:36:00 timestamp.


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Wed, 10 May 2023 16:39:43 +0000

7. Russell Brand

Interview segment starts at 31 minute mark.

Russell Brand.

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Tue, 09 May 2023 14:36:56 +0000

8. Ukraine’s Future Lies in the Great Reset

"Ukraine 2030 — the freest and most digital country in the world. Without bureaucracy, but with strong tech industry. Cashless & paperless. This is the future we are building."

– Mykhailo Fedorov

These were the words of Ukraine's Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov, who posted a glossy video showcasing Ukraine's sci-fi-esque future to Twitter. The video boasts of Ukraine's plans (after its victory over Russia, of course!) to become the "freest and most convenient country in the next 10 years."

In this theoretical scenario, Ukraine is "the first country to abandon paper money," tele-health and tele-education programs abound, courts' decisions are guided by artificial intelligence, and cities can even defend themselves with an "ultra-modern iron dome."

Ukraine 2030 — the freest and most digital country in the world. Without bureaucracy, but with strong tech industry. Cashless & paperless. This is the future we are building. pic.twitter.com/XWs4E1pPGJ

— Mykhailo Fedorov (@FedorovMykhailo) July 14, 2022
Mykhailo Federov – Twitter

But the juxtaposition between the video's boasts and Ukraine's dire reality on the ground grows more uncanny by the day.November 2022 reports quietly admitted that roughly 100,000 Ukrainian soldiers had been killed or wounded in action, and apparently leaked documents from April 2023 exposed Ukraine's especially weak wartime positioning, where Ukrainian casualties outnumber those of the Russians four to one. Meanwhile, complaints of low ammunition — with Ukraine running through ammo faster than the US and NATO can replace it — run amok, and in Bakhmut's "meat-grinder," the estimated lifespan of Ukrainian soldiers in battle was reported as being a grim four hours in late February. Meanwhile, millions of Ukrainians have fled home as sky-high inflation rates and energy prices have slashed living standards in Europe and internationally.

But as the war drudges on, Ukrainian officials have zeroed in on the conflict's alleged "silver linings," bragging about the new technological developments and investment possibilities that have surfaced during the conflict, such as Ukraine's "state in a smartphone" Diia app, the e-hryvnia, mounting technological capabilities spurred by corporate war-time involvement in Ukraine, a further crystallization of the public-private partnership as a civil society instrument, and Ukraine's budding "green" revolution, which is slated to blossom during its prospective elite-backed reconstruction.

While these and other initiatives taking place as part of Ukraine's war-time and reconstruction efforts are being done in the name of modernization, convenience, and democracy, these efforts instead contribute to a technological and political terrain that is conducive to depriving the civilians of Ukraine, and all nations, of their sovereignty, privacy, and dignity.

As I illustrate in this investigative piece, such efforts are part of the larger drive towards the related phenomena of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, today's technological revolution that blurs the physical, digital, and biological spheres, and the World Economic Forum's Great Reset, an elite-driven initiative to establish Klaus Schwab's vision of stakeholder capitalism, where corporations are positioned as "trustees of society" to address the world's economic and social woes.

At present, the two phenomena facilitate a new societal era where opaque and corporatized governance structures undermine longstanding governmental bodies and decision-making processes through the widespread implementation of top-down, transformative policy initiatives; public-private partnerships that consolidate power while diffusing avenues for public accountability; and crises that have expanded the elite's hold over society.

If executed successfully, the end result of such efforts may well be a technocratic nightmare, where the Fourth Industrial Revolution's digital advancements have been capitalized upon by the power elite to ensure and exert their dominance through global governance structures that have extracted themselves from the public's reach.

Effectively stripped of its sovereignty after the 2014 US-backed Euromaidan, burdened by gargantuan debts, and pummeled around by a western "rules-based order" that actually craves war within its borders, Ukraine's desperation and cannon-fodder status before and during NATO's ongoing proxy war make it the ideal Great Reset testing ground, where various Fourth Industrial Revolution roll-outs are ongoing — and are soon to be foisted upon the rest of us.

The DIIA App: the "State in a Smartphone"

To jumpstart its technological revolution, Ukraine's established a Ministry of Digital Transformation. Preceded by the State Agency for E-governance in Ukraine, the Ministry of Digital Transformation's chief mission, as of 2019, is to establish a "state in a smartphone" apparatus — the Diia (Дія) app — and transfer all public services online. The Ministry's other key goals include increasing Ukrainians' digital literacy, internet access, and IT's share of Ukraine's GDP by 2024.

A perfect marriage of the latest in tech with the state, the Ministry's flagship Diia app is perhaps the Fourth Industrial Revolution's most obvious manifestation in Ukraine. Unveiled in late 2019 as the Ministry for Digital Transformation's "state in a smartphone" project, the Diia app is now a "one-stop-shop" for 120 digital government services such as business registrations, applying for government benefits, paying taxes, and obtaining documents like digital ID, digital driver's licenses, and digital biometric passports which, as of 2021, are all recognized in the same legal capacity as their paper equivalents. "Diia" means "action" in English.

Within two days of Diia's 2020 official launch, 360,000 Ukrainians had downloaded digital driver's licenses using the app, which the Atlantic Council posited as reflecting the "huge appetite for digitalization within Ukrainian society, especially among younger Ukrainians." About 18.5 million people, approximately half of Ukraine's pre-war population, now use the app as of early 2023.

Diia may be state of the art, but its hyper-centralized, "one-stop-shop" model concocts a bevy of ethical concerns. Such widespread use of Digital ID and other digital legal documents through Diia, for example, should raise alarm bells. For instance, a 2018 WEF report on Digital ID even admits the tool's propensity for exclusion, positing that "[f]or individuals, [verifiable IDs] open up (or close off) the digital world, with its jobs, political activities, education, financial services, healthcare and more." Despite this consequential acknowledgement, the report's writers and other advocates ultimately insist that Digital ID is a key tool for "financial and social inclusion" in an increasingly digital world (of course, on the precondition that a Digital ID would be given to everyone.)

Critically, Diia's normalization of the Digital ID and the online availability of other government and social services has only sped up the process of mass digital identification, and thus the multitude of privacy- and freedom-related issues this is likely to pose to the populace, both in Ukraine and internationally. Despite ongoing concerns that digital ID could facilitate a "papers, please"-style checkpoint society (a la 2021-2022's vaccine passport phenomenon, which was largely conducted through QR-code based passports and smartphone applications) or otherwise used or weaponized to discriminate against marginalized populations. Juniper Research estimates that governments will have issued about 5 billion digital ID credentials by 2024, and a 2019 Goode Intelligence report suggested digital identity and verification will be a $15 billion market by 2024.

Diia's Digital ID feature thus means Diia is used to verify users of other apps, such as banking apps for institutions like monobank and the Bank of Ukraine, private mail-carrier Nova Poshta, and even eVorog, a chatbot where Ukrainian citizens, whose identities first are verified through Diia, can send the Ukrainian government tips about Russian military efforts in real time. Diia has also provided wartime subsidies of 6,500 hryvnia (worth about $176 USD in April 2023) to citizens most affected by the conflict, and also accepts military donations, suggesting Ukraine has decided that Diia might as well directly assist its war-time efforts.

The Diia app – Source

Of course, crisis is a major catalyst for Diia's roaring success. In an Atlantic Council blog post, Fedorov noted that the Coronavirus pandemic accelerated Diia's use in Ukraine, where the restriction-burdened populace could often only access the digital versions of public services they had previously used in person.

In fact, the Diia app helped enforce COVID restrictions, producing COVID-certificates that are valid across the European Union. According to the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, "[a]doption [of the Diia app] was partly driven by its use as a Covid certificate platform and the introduction of ePidtrimka ("eSupport") — a one-off payment of 1,000 UAH [about $27 USD in April 2023] for fully vaccinated Ukrainians linked to a digital bank card." In Ukraine, restrictive COVID vaccination passports, which functionally banned unvaccinated people from public life, were also instated via Diia despite low injection uptake amongst Ukrainians, implying Diia's technology and widespread use further amplified social coercion to take the shot. At the time of writing, Ukrainians have downloaded or accessed over 10 million COVID certificates.

An app at the fingertips of tens of millions, Diia has also been capitalized upon as a media hub, allowing users to watch prominent programming including Eurovision, CNN, and the FIFA World Cup Final. While this aspect of Diia was subsequently shelved, Ukraine's Ministry of Digital Transformation also had plans with Apple to conduct the 2023 census over Diia.

Such developments posit Diia's use not only as a government service, but as a hyper-centralized hub for much of daily life. As such a critical service, however, it's hard to overstate the government-facilitated app's potential for surveillance or even the manipulation of app-based public services for political gain. After Diia's release was announced, at least, the issue did not go unnoticed in larger Ukrainian society: according to Rest Of World, the Ukrainian media initially ridiculed the app as "big brother in a smartphone."

Data breaches on Diia, furthermore, could and already have jeopardized people's sensitive information. As the NYT reported, hackers in January 2022 were able to cripple "much of the government's public-facing digital infrastructure", including Diia and a number of government ministries and websites.

Unsurprisingly, US hands are behind Diia's development. After providing years of legal, financial and technical assistance to Diia, USAID Administrator and former US UN Ambassador Samantha Power voiced intentions at Davos 2023 to expand the app's use to other parts of the world, especially in the global south. A January 2023 USAID press statement, further, highlighted the organization's $650,000 allotment towards "jumpstart[ing] the adoption of Diia-like systems and the digital technology services that underpin them" elsewhere. As USAID is widely suspected to be a CIA front, the organization's funding of and interest in spreading Diia internationally posits another dimension of surveillance potential through the app — data gathering for the intelligence community.

Diia is a groundbreaking app that allows Ukrainians to access over 100 government services. Ukraine is also using the tech to connect people to critical support during the war. Now, @USAID is excited to work with @FedorovMykhailo to help other countries build platforms like Diia. pic.twitter.com/Y40ujXfzcY

— Samantha Power (@PowerUSAID) January 19, 2023
Samantha Power and Mykhailo Fedorov discuss intentions to spread Diia worldwide at Davos 2023.

And despite pressing security- and ethics-related issues, Diia's already inspired the creation of government smartphone apps elsewhere, such as Estonia's mRIIK. In an interview with US-backed Radio Svoboda, Mykhailo Fedorov explained that numerous other countries were in negotiations about the possibility of introducing equivalent applications.

In other words, Diia and its counterparts, bolstered by COVID and the war alike, are poised to take the world by storm.

The e-hryvnia

While the Diia app blossoms, the Fourth Industrial Revolution is also advancing through major changes being made to the financial system, especially with regards to the imminent roll-out of Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs). A country's fiat currency in digital form, advocates of state-facilitated CBDCs frequently gloss over the e-currency's potential for surveillance and control with promises of convenience, transparency, and modernity.

With respect to CBDCs, Ukraine's version is advancing quickly, despite the war. Ukrainian officials hope to launch Ukraine's CBDC, the e-hryvnia, in 2024. A creation of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU), Ukraine's central bank, the e-hryvnia aims to "effectively perform all functions of money and supplement cash and noncash forms of hryvnia." According to the National Bank of Ukraine, the e-hryvnia's implementation will further digitize the economy, boost both transparency and confidence in the currency, and promote non-cash payment methods in Ukraine. To encourage its use, Mykhailo Fedorov proposed to accept his salary in the new CBDC.

The e-hryvnia is likely to operate on the Stellar blockchain network, which Ukrainian commercial bank Tascombank partnered with for an e-hryvnia pilot project. An open-source decentralized blockchain network "designed with central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) in mind," Stellar is a public network facilitated by the non-profit Stellar Development Foundation (SDF). According to SDF CEO and World Economic Forum Agenda Contributor Denelle Dixon, SDF's mission is to strive towards "global financial inclusion" a buzzword elite groups like the World Economic Forum and the International Monetary Fund have used to garner support for and participation in the CBDC paradigm. As it strives to become a "global payment standard," Stellar is poised to do much more than facilitate the roll-out of the e-hryvnia. The German bank Bankhaus von der Heydt's selected Stellar to help develop a prospective European Stablecoin, and Stellar is also partnering with Mercado Bitcoin to develop a Brazilian CBDC.

SDF's CEO Denelle Dixon – Source

A cornerstone of the Fourth Industrial Revolution for its exceptional capacity to securely store data, the distributed digital ledger technology system known as blockchain would also be institutionalized in Ukraine if the e-hryvnia is launched in collaboration with Stellar. Tascombank's 2023 CBDC e-hryvnia pilot report emphasized the alleged benefits of issuing the digital currency via blockchain, such as "greater transparency and accountability," "improved security and confidentiality of client data," and the functionality and low costs involved using the system. Generally, proponents of CBDCs boast its convenience, potential as an anti-corruption tool, and as an inclusive way to bank the "unbanked," i.e. those who do not use or cannot access traditional financial services.

Yet, critics note that CBDC is not a unique solution to the financial system's current problems. As Martin C.W. Walker posits in the London School of Economics (LSE) Business Review , "it is not even obvious why CBDC is the best alternative." Meanwhile, surveillance- and control-related concerns proliferate because government promotion of CBDCs suggests that authorities could easily obtain direct access to transaction histories. In the event that CBDCs become programmable, governments could theoretically program or otherwise direct how or when given users could use— or be blocked from using — their money, creating the potential for abuse. Researchers at Duke University concur in their FinReg blog, writing bluntly that "sovereign states might misuse CBDCs to serve their agendas for anti-money laundering, crime investigation and prevention, or social control reasons." And European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde inadvertently disclosed CBDC's capacity for social control in a prank phone call, admitting "there will be control" after an individual posing as Zelensky stated that "the problem [with CBDCs] is [people] don't want to be controlled."

Worsening the matter is the fact that CBDCs will likely be tied to Digital IDs. According to the Financial Times in 2021, the state of CBDC research and experimentation suggested that a creation of a digital currency outside some kind of universal digital identity or tracking system was "nigh on impossible," and that "CBDCs will likely be tied to personal accounts that include personal data, credit history and other forms of relevant information." In Ukraine's case, an earlier e-hryvnia pilot used anonymous e-wallets while noting that the e-hryvnia can be either implemented anonymously or with user identification; for instance, the more recent Tascombank pilot followed standard Know Your Client (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) procedures to identify users.

McKinsey posits that Digital ID can streamline such KYC and AML procedures, and Kyiv already has a functional Digital ID through Diia that can be used in a legal capacity. Thus, it seems plausible or likely that a prospective e-hryvnia would be connected to a Digital ID in the future, thus binding Ukrainians to whatever terms the Ukrainian government decides to utilize when launching and programming the CBDC.

While its e-hryvnia has yet to launch, Ukraine appears poised to develop and launch the currency on schedule as part of the larger digital transformation it considers vital to its success and future. If successfully rolled out, the e-hryvnia appears ready to saddle Ukrainians with the same prospects for mass surveillance, monitoring, and control – problems that the larger CBDC phenomenon poses elsewhere in the dizzying global drive towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Corporations, Public-Private Partnerships Fuel Ukraine's War Machine and Reconstruction Efforts

Ukraine's war-time destruction means that major reconstruction efforts will be necessary post-conflict. The elite propose to address such needs through private investments, solutions, and partnerships that are set to fashion a new Ukraine in accordance with the needs of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Great Reset, while undermining whatever democratic processes still exist within previous power structures.

While institutions like the US State Department emphasize that public-private cooperation is key to Ukraine's future, corporations like BlackRock, Google, Microsoft, and Palantir are also gaining control over Ukraine's wartime and reconstruction processes through various forms of assistance, Memorandums of Understandings, and adjacent efforts to maintain Ukraine's infrastructure and war-effort alike. While such arrangements give these groups significant leverage over Ukraine and its future, they have no electoral mandate and need not answer to the public.

Aware of the country's abject desperation, massive debts, and ratcheting reconstruction needs alike, Ukrainian Officials appear eager to sell off Ukraine's future to the highest bidders."Ukraine is the story of a future victory and a chance for you to invest now in projects worth hundreds of billions of dollars to share the victory with us," Zelensky said at the virtual opening of a September 2022 New York Stock Exchange trading session. Zelensky, Fedorov, and a number of other Ukrainian public officials have appeared frequently at high-level events internationally to beg for such investments, assistance, and partnership, such as at Davos 2023, the 2022 Web Summit, and last year's Viva Technology Conference, where Zelensky even appeared as a hologram to ask for assistance from the entrepreneurs and investors in attendance.

Volodymyr Zelensky appears as a hologram at the 2022 Viva Technology Conference. His speech focused on how "Ukraine was offering technology firms a unique chance to rebuild the country as a fully digital democracy." – Source

But Ukraine's search for elite and corporate assistance is the end of the little sovereignty it has left. After all, a common denominator in these wartime and reconstruction efforts is the emphasis on public-private collaboration, especially through anti-democratic public-private partnerships, where public accountability mechanisms are diffused or disarmed through an obfuscation of long-standing power structures as private entities, which are largely unanswerable to the public, usurp responsibilities, resources, and roles that once belonged to governments. As of late 2022, Ukraine was even reforming its legal framework in order to better facilitate and encourage such relationships.

Indeed, Ukraine's war effort is infested with public-private partnerships and corporate relationships that the besieged country ultimately has little agency over. In response to the war, investors and benefactors of questionable stripes are lining up through Ukrainian fundraising and assistance programs like the USAID-backed Advantage Ukraine and United24.

Furthermore, corporate giants including multi-national investment company BlackRock and mega-bank JP Morgan are all but buying Ukraine's future. Zelensky and BlackRock CEO Larry Fink agreed in December 2022 to focus "on coordinating the efforts of all potential investors and participants in the reconstruction [of Ukraine], channeling investment into the most relevant and impactful sectors of the Ukrainian economy." A Memorandum of Understanding between BlackRock Financial Markets Advisory (BlackRock FMA) and Ukraine's Ministry of Economy formalized these agreements with "a goal of creating opportunities for both public and private investors to participate in the future reconstruction and recovery of the Ukrainian economy."

Emphasizing the scale of BlackRock's prospective involvement, Fink reportedly told Zelensky that "if you hire us…we're not going to be creating new oligarchs, but we're creating a new Ukraine." But as the creators of a "new Ukraine," BlackRock already manages tens of trillions of dollars in assets, thus "tower[ing] over the finance, insurance and real estate sectors" internationally, and is heavily involved in a number of major corporations and media organizations, perhaps making BlackRock CEO Larry Fink, as Joyce Nelson writes in CounterPunch, the world's most powerful person. BlackRock's interest in "creating a new Ukraine," therefore, is likely par for the company's predatory course.

Volodymyr Zelensky meets with Larry Fink via video conference in late December 2022 – Source

Meanwhile, other mega-corporate assistance appears poised to capture much of Ukraine's critical government infrastructure, at least temporarily. In addition to providing Ukraine hundreds of millions of USD in assistance in 2022 and 2023, Microsoft is storing the entire Ukrainian government on its servers, with Microsoft president Brad Smith explaining to GeekWire that $107 million USD went towards "literally mov[ing] the government and much of the country of Ukraine from on-premises servers to the cloud." Online tech and sales giant Amazon has also transferred much of Ukraine's national data, including the population registry, land ownership records, and tax related information, onto its "snowball" hard-drives.

Meanwhile, investment management giants and major agribusiness corporations including Vanguard, Kopernik, Kernel, and MHP are rapidly buying up Ukrainian farmland and now hold over 28 percent of Ukraine's arable land, according to the Oakland Institute. Such oligarchs and agribusinesses, the Oakland Institute notes, are "substantially indebted" to western institutions like the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), which means such groups have both significant stakes in and leverage over what happens to Ukraine's farmland. The report also suggests that Ukraine's massive debts likely mean Ukraine's creditors, bondholders, and major international financial institutions have influence over Ukraine's prospective reconstruction efforts.

Noting that policy efforts surrounding Ukraine's reconstruction, like the Ukraine Recovery Conference, center privatizing "non-critical enterprises," the report concludes that "[e]verything is thus in place for further concentration of land in the hands of oligarchs, foreign interests, and large agribusinesses" in Ukraine.

In other words, Ukraine's war-time sell-out has functionally become a rat race amongst the elite.

As its future is divided and sold off to unaccountable oligarchs, much of Ukraine's war effort, save for the actual dying, has been usurped by the private sector. Google, for example, has assisted Ukraine on multiple fronts, creating an air raid alerts app to protect Ukraine's citizens against Russian bombardment, while also expanding access to its free anti-distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) software, Project Shield, to protect Ukraine's internet networks against cyber-attacks. Google is one of several tech companies defending Ukraine from cyberattacks.

In addition to providing 50,000 Google workspace licenses for the Ukrainian government, Google also boasts about its censorship of Ukraine war materials, with a blog post highlighting efforts to disrupt "coordinated influence operations from Russian threat actors." Google has removed over 80,000 YouTube videos and channels about the war in Ukraine, and blocked over 750 channels and 4 million videos "associated with Russian state-funded news channels."

Many other big-tech companies such as TikTok, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Apple, and Microsoft have followed suit, either restricting access or to blocking "Kremlin-affiliated news outlets," while Google and Apple have pulled Russian news apps from their app stores. While Meta created a special operations center specifically focused on curbing "disinformation" especially from Russian state affiliated outlets, Meta's Facebook platform temporarily permitted calls for violence against Russians and Vladimir Putin on its website, though the policy has since been rescinded.

Although Elon Musk's Starlink has provided internet to many Ukrainians affected by conflict, its coverage has been partially rescinded to prevent Starlink's use "for offensive purposes." But other corporations, like data firm and effective CIA-front Palantir, defense contractor Anduril, and facial recognition service Clearview AI — companies funded, or in Palantir's case, co-founded, by early Facebook investor and "predictive policing" style surveillance enthusiast Peter Thiel — are bringing the Fourth Industrial Revolution to war. While Palantir helps Ukraine with its military targeting of war assets including tanks and artillery, new weapons and technologies, like defense contractor Anduril's autonomous Altius 600M drones, are being rolled-out on the battlefield. Further, Ukraine's Defense Ministry is using Clearview AI's facial recognition technology to "uncover Russian assailants, combat misinformation and identify the dead." Widely considered an invasive service, Clearview AI has been prevented from selling its services to most corporations and organizations in the US (save for the US police). However, the ethical concerns it has raised elsewhere are of little concern on Ukrainian battlefields. In other words, the fog of war has allowed companies to test and advance controversial, deadly and invasive technologies with little scrutiny.

Palantir co-founder Peter Thiel – Source

Meanwhile, Ukraine's public-private partnership craze also dominates its tech-development efforts, including Diia and its CBDC roll-outs. In 2019, Fedorov explained that Diia's development would rely "on an effective team and international technical assistance, public-private partnerships, volunteering." And assuming current arrangements proceed, the e-hryvnia will also be established through a public-private partnership, where the Stellar Development Foundation's Stellar Blockchain will facilitate the CBDC.

European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) researchers acknowledged the uncomfortable terrain that the Ukrainian government and private-sector war participants share, writing that "[t]ech corporations have become owners and rulers of the critical assets that a sovereign state requires to function." Rather than question whether such a development, where Ukraine and other nation states have effectively lost their sovereignty to a myriad of elite power structures and corporations, is a positive one, the ECFR analysts wrote that governmental bodies "need to work more closely with the private sector: that is, to (successfully) fight hybrid wars, states need to become hybrid themselves" to "confront a deteriorating world order." In other words, they recommend a world where the public and private sectors fuse their efforts even more closely, just like whose who push for the Great Reset's stakeholder capitalism model.

US meddling in Ukraine's Euromaidan and the West's non-stop push for war already mean that Ukraine today has little sovereignty. But private stakeholders appear eager to consume what remains of Ukraine's sovereignty through their creeping domination over Ukraine's war-efforts, digital and technological advances, and prospective reconstruction to create a new Ukraine that satisfies the elite's technocratic vision.

In short, the Great Reset is advancing rapidly in Ukraine, a country that becomes more pliable to its demands and initiatives with each new day of conflict.

Sustainability Efforts and a "Green" Post-War Ukraine

As the efforts to modernize wartime Ukraine have proliferated, so have the efforts to ensure Ukraine's post-war reconstruction is "green," especially according to elite protocols already established within policy frameworks such as the European Green Deal and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Much like COVID-19 jumpstarted green efforts, elite figures like BlackRock's Larry Fink speculate the same will occur during the current war: Fink even posited that in the long term, "recent events will actually accelerate the shift toward greener sources of energy in many parts of the world," even noting that "[d]uring the pandemic, we saw how a crisis can act as a catalyst for innovation."

Fink's comments on, and apparently intense interest in, the matter suggest that, like much of today's environmental movement (as documented by journalists like Cory Morningstar), the "green" initiatives vying for Ukraine's future have been co-opted by the billionaire class and are ultimately crafted to benefit the needs of the wealthiest. Even the Washington Post acknowledged in a late 2022 piece that the hyper-elite had usurped the reins of climate-related policymaking work, noting governments increasingly rely on oligarchs like Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Mike Bloomberg, to get the job done.

Indeed, ongoing "green" and "green finance" initiatives proposed for wartime and post-war Ukraine occur within the context of the Green movement's co-optation by the elite and its proven capacity for predatory economic and political tactics, whereby top-down environmental dictates are used as cover to transform or undermine political and financial systems internationally. While I cannot elaborate on this context in full here, Unlimited Hangout has reported on critical examples, including the UN Sustainable Development Goal's use of debt as a compliance instrument, especially against developing nations, and the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero's (GFANZ) moves "to recreate the entire global financial system for [its] benefit under the guise of promoting sustainability" by using decarbonization and other climate-related dictates as a bludgeon to force developing countries to create economic environments conducive to elite goals, undermining national sovereignty in the process.

UN-Backed Banker Alliance Announces "Green" Plan to Transform the Global Financial SystemThe most powerful private financial interests in the world, under the cover of COP26, have developed a plan to transform the global financial system by fusing with institutions like the World Bank and using them to further erode national sovereignty in the developing world.

Considering the ambitious nature of Green Ukraine wartime initiatives, one is forced to speculate whether climate dictates are once again being used as "bludgeons" to facilitate the political class's desired financial system transformations in Ukraine, whose chronic indebtedness to groups like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) already make it vulnerable to foreign interference. After all, the environmental policy brief from the 2022 elite-facilitated Ukrainian Recovery Conference emphasizes the need for Ukraine's "green transition to [a] new green economy." And a flurry of initiatives like the Ukraine World Wildlife Fund (WWF)'s Green Restoration of Ukraine, the Nordic Green Bank's EU-funded "green recovery efforts," and a heavily-publicized Marshall Plan for Ukraine, which dozens of high level politicians insist must be "green," all suggest that transformative green reconstruction and green economic plans for Ukraine are of the utmost importance to the political class.

In any case, Ukraine is certainly looking to conduct its own green transition: much like Ukraine has bent over backwards to both encourage and accommodate the elite-backed public-private-partnership- and tech- domination of its society, it also appears eager to hit every "green target" possible to maintain relevance. Even as war rages on, Ukraine is building wind turbines en masse, and Ukrainian energy group DTEK is "aggressively promoting" a plan for Ukraine to "build 30 gigawatts of clean power by 2030." Further, Ukraine's "green" dreams made a big splash at COP27, where several exhibits at the Ukrainian Pavilion detailed the country's plans to become a "green" leader. There, a printed message from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky read: "Ukraine can, and I am certain will, become a green energy hub for Europe."

Meanwhile, the EU appears quite happy to loop Ukraine in with its own ambitious green targets, already agreeing to help rebuild Ukraine in the EU's New European Bauhaus architectural style, a "major catalyst" for the European Green Deal, a policy framework that, in the EU Commission's own words, "proposes [the] transformation of [the] EU economy and society to meet climate ambitions." In a new initiative, Associating Ukrainian cities to the Climate-neutral and smart cities Mission, several Ukrainian cities will be selected by and collaborate with the European Union to commit to climate neutrality in their rebuilding efforts according to the European Green Deal's city-related climate objectives.

And not unlike BlackRock's Memorandum of Understanding with the Ukrainian Government elucidating future major investment agreements for Ukraine's reconstruction, many elite-backed green efforts in Ukraine center around finance, investment and banking prospects, and are often put forth by those with predatory financial histories. One suspect example is the Ukraine Green Growth Initiative investment fund, launched by Australian mining magnates Andrew and Nicola Forrest, who have poured in 500 million USD (approx 740 million AUD) into the project. As language from a press release suggests, the investment fund will facilitate major "green" changes for much of Ukraine's economy and primary infrastructure, focusing on infrastructure basics like "energy and communications to build a digital green grid, so Ukraine can become a model for the world as a leading digital green economy." Complementing the release's language regarding Ukraine's prospective "green" economic transformation, the release also highlights Zelensky's belief that the new fund will "facilitate the world's first green digital economy and the fastest growing economy in Europe."

Notably, a press release from Cision PR Newswire reveals major politicians and powerful business executives are driving the Ukraine Green Growth Initiative:

"A period of consultation for the investment fund [Ukraine Green Growth Initiative] has been ongoing since early March [of 2022] and has included Dr Forrest briefing US President Joe Biden, former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, OECD Secretary-General Mathias Cormann, and the international business community including UN Special Envoy Michael Bloomberg, Chairman and CEO of BlackRock Larry Fink and their teams."

An advocate of "green-hydrogen," Andrew Forrest also has a history of assisting green elite initiatives. For instance, he invested in Bill Gates' Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV) in 2021 alongside Jeff Bezos and Michael Bloomberg. But such elites have track records as people looking to maximize investment returns, not as altruists or environmentalists. That these are the people facilitating a "green economy" in Ukraine should spur speculation as to whether they are using mass investments, under the guise of a green transition, to transform Ukraine's economy for their benefit.

Volodymyr Zelensky (L) shakes hands with Australian mining magnate Andrew Forrest (R) in November 2022 – Source

Despite Ukraine's dire circumstances, the western elite appear almost as hellbent on making Ukraine's future "green" as they are on continuing the war, launching continuous and ambitious initiatives towards ensuring sustainability and a post-war green economy in the war-torn country. While these green reconstruction plans are bringing major changes to Ukraine's economic system and society, they are being rammed through by a conglomerate of NGOs, elite groups, and wealthy investors with little input from the Ukrainian public.

Within the context of Ukraine's hyper-use as a testing ground for digital transformation, war technology, and ever-more powerful public-private partnerships, this multitude of overarching "green" initiatives drawn up for Ukraine's future, which bear potential for the erosion of society's existing policymaking processes, are part and parcel of the Great Reset.

War: The Great Reset's Accelerator

Ultimately, the conglomeration of elite-backed services, partnerships, and initiatives I describe in this investigation claim to provide critical innovation or assistance to Ukraine during a time of crisis; however, they are instead collectively facilitating prospects for surveillance and control over everyday life while eroding possibilities for governmental and individual independence. Such technological developments I also discuss, in tandem with political arrangements centering a wartime merger of the public and private sectors, are prime for the political class, who want to use such developments to forge governance infrastructures conducive to their dictations.

Such chaotic ongoings in Ukraine are a microcosm of the larger geopolitical moment, where the world's elite are moving to advance anti-democratic public-private partnerships' prevalence and status in civil society. While advocates frame such public-private initiatives and cooperations as holistic and innovative, they undermine (what's left of) today's system of Westphalian national sovereignty by doling out critical infrastructure to unaccountable institutions, NGOs, and corporations that prioritize the interests of the power elite. As a result, previous democratic processes in sovereign nations are eroded in favor of global governance, which Unlimited Hangout contributor Iain Davis describes as a system where a global public private partnership "creates policy initiatives at the global level, which then cascade down to people in every nation."

Ultimately, these efforts are steamrolling ahead with little room for accountability or public debate: even if Ukrainians want to continue fighting an increasingly gruesome conflict, they have no real say over the myriad of wartime initiatives, largely sprung by international elite groups, that are being rammed through as the conflict deepens. Indeed, although many elite organizations "assisting" Ukraine insist that they're fighting for democracy, Zelensky has consolidated Ukraine's TV outlets and dissolved rival political parties in efforts towards a "unified information policy," uprooting possible challenges to power. In other words, the current moment leaves Ukrainian society vulnerable and perfectly pliable to be molded to suit elite agendas, including those of the Great Reset.

Importantly, the Fourth Industrial Revolution's roll-out in Ukraine forces speculation as to whether ongoing hostilities are about geopolitical struggles as we traditionally have understood them, facilitating initiatives crucial to the Great Reset, or a combination of the two. While genuine animosities between the world's nation-states exist, track records ultimately show that countries are in general agreement, or have otherwise been bound into agreement, on the implementation of many of the measures I've highlighted in this piece. This remains true despite the measures' potential to supersede the world's current power structures in critical ways, threatening to create a world dominated by top-down public-private initiatives that limit national and individual sovereignty and dignity alike. The elites center "equity" and even "justness" in their initiatives, but their "just" world is one where those governed have equally little say over the state of world events and little room for escape.

The exact state of today's geopolitical fault lines remains up to debate, but one thing is certain: Ukraine will not be the only country impacted by the policies and initiatives I've described. Rather, what is rolled out in Ukraine is likely coming for everyone. With respect to CBDCs, for example, Ukraine' is certainly not alone in its efforts: according to the Atlantic Council's CBDC tracker, 114 countries — which represent over 95 percent of the world's GDP — are currently exploring CBDC prospects, whereas only 35 countries were doing so in 2020. Adding to the chaos, recent bank meltdowns, including the dubious shuttering of Silicon Valley Bank, suggest that long-term financial system instabilities may well provide a perfect moment (or, perhaps more accurately, an excuse) for widespread CBDC roll-outs.

For now, war continues with no end in sight, leaving Ukrainian civilians as cannon fodder while worsening living standards elsewhere, creating a general state of desperation amongst the world's population as prices for basic goods continue to spike and peace remains a non-starter. The moment provides a perfect opportunity for those behind the Great Reset to experiment with their desired initiatives, technologies, and governmental structures and spread them around the globe.

Ukraine's Future Lies in the Great Reset.

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