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The US House of Representatives just approved another massive military "aid" package for the Ukraine War. The Biden administration had initially requested $33 billion in new money for the war, but leaders of both parties in Congress, eager to support the war, quickly said this was not enough, and raised the total for this package to $40 billion, a truly staggering total. The administration had already spent $14 billion before this latest weapons package. The latest spending spree (at a time when many Americans are struggling with crushing debt loads, lack of baby formula and other key supplies, and skyrocketing inflation) brings the total spent in Ukraine in 3 months to $54 billion on the books (not counting all the dark money for the spy agencies). The official annual budget for the War in Afghanistan averaged $46 billion…The sum the US has already spent on this war in a few months is quickly approaching the annual military budget of the entire Russian military.
This money goes to companies like Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, etc. These merchants of death make up the military industrial complex; they promote the permanent war economy, and have a vested interest in ensuring the US continues to engage in and support devastating wars abroad that destroy whole countries and societies, lead to millions of deaths and untold horrors like what we have seen in Yemen over the past few years. These same corporate and state ghouls are salivating over the profits to be made in a new cold war with China. In this conflict for global dominance they see a shining opportunity to bleed the taxpayers of this country dry, looking to get blood from a stone in our country where the rich pay and big corporations no real taxes, but the middle class and poor are bled dry, being pushed deeper and deeper into debt-peonage and wage slavery by rising tax rates, shrinking paychecks, and red hot inflation (itself a result of the Federal Reserve’s reckless money printing to bailout the banks numerous times since 2008).
The war between Russia and Ukraine continues to dominate media headlines and Washington’s attention. But an even bigger black swan event could be occurring. COVID-19 has breached North Korea’s border defenses, forcing every city in the country into lockdown.
Although the Omicron variant is more infectious, it also is milder, which has allowed the US and other Western nations to move back toward normalcy. However, very few North Koreans have been vaccinated. Many are in poor health, having suffered from a lifetime of malnutrition and inadequate medical care. And the impoverished Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has a correspondingly decrepit health care system. In the DPRK, Omicron could be a death sentence for thousands – and perhaps many more.
Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un is not a religious man, but prayer might be his best option today. Even China has not attempted a national shutdown, yet it possesses far greater resources, necessary to disinfect, protect, and isolate people, care for the sick and quarantined, and keep closed cities afloat.
The Russian war on Ukraine has seen ‘the Blob’ reassert itself with a vengeance in the 11 weeks since Russia announced the commencement of hostilities on February 24.
This article will examine the forces shaping President Joe Biden’s approach to the Ukraine crisis, and then move on to explore the state of foreign policy debate, or lack thereof, within Biden’s Democratic Party.
Former high-ranking military officials, intelligence analysts and diplomats who served at various points during the Clinton, Bush, Obama and Trump administrations paint a picture in recent conversations with Asia Times of the likely policy options being presented to President Biden as he faces the gravest crisis on the European continent since the Second World War.
Russia said on Sunday it had pummelled Ukrainian positions in the east with missiles, targeting command centres and arsenals as its forces seek to encircle Ukrainian army units in the battle for Donbas.
Nearly three months since the Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine, Russian and Russian-backed forces are still in control of an area of Ukraine about the size of Greece along the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea and in Ukraine's east bordering Russia.
Russian forces have been driven out of the area around the city of Kharkiv in the northeast in the past two weeks, their most rapid losses since being expelled from areas around Kyiv and the north of Ukraine at the start of April.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said that French President Emmanuel Macron asked Ukraine to make territorial concessions to Russia to achieve a ceasefire.
“Macron wanted to see results in mediation between us … and suggested to me certain things related to concessions on our sovereignty in order to help Putin save his face,” Zelensky said in an interview with Italian TV. “We are not ready to help someone to save something and lose our territories for it.”
Earlier in the war, Russian demanded that Ukraine drop its claim to Crimea, which has been under Russian control since 2014 and recognize the independence of the breakaway Donbas republics. Macron is one of the few NATO leaders that has favored negotiations as a way to end the fighting, although his office rejected Zelensky’s characterization.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Sunday that he expects the Senate will hold a vote on the nearly $40 billion aid package for Ukraine on Wednesday.
“We expect to invoke cloture — hopefully by a significant margin — on the motion to proceed on Monday, which would set us up to approve the supplemental on Wednesday,” McConnell said in Sweden after visiting Ukraine on Saturday.
By invoking cloture, the Senate can limit the debate on an issue to 30 hours and hold a vote after that time. This past Thursday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) blocked the Senate from voting on the massive aid package, which had already passed in the House.
Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov said Saturday that Russian diplomats working in Washington are receiving threats of violence and are also being approached by the FBI and CIA for information.
“It’s like a besieged fortress. Basically, our embassy is operating in a hostile environment … Embassy employees are receiving threats, including threats of physical violence,” Antonov said, according to Russia’s Tass news agency.
“Agents from US security services are hanging around outside the Russian embassy, handing out CIA and FBI phone numbers, which can be called to establish contact,” Antonov added.
On Sunday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he is “confident” that NATO will reach a consensus on accepting Finland and Sweden after speaking with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu.
Blinken attended a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Berlin on Sunday. “I don’t want to characterize the specific conversation that we had either with the foreign minister or within the NATO sessions themselves, but I can say this much: I heard, almost across the board, very strong support for [Finland and NATO] joining the alliance if that’s what they choose to do. And I’m very confident that we will reach consensus on that,” Blinken told reporters.
On Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara “doesn’t hold positive views” of Finland and Sweden’s potential membership, signaling Turkey might block them from joining the alliance. Turkey’s issue is Helsinki and Stockholm’s alleged support for the PKK, a Kurdish militant group Ankara considers to be a terrorist organization.
Syrian state media reported an Israeli attack Friday night on the city of Hama. The missiles fired hit the city’s outskirts, killing at least five people, including a civilian.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights called the targets “weapons depots.” This was not confirmed by state media, which did report material damage was caused.
In keeping with their policy, Israel declined all comment on the matter. In recent months Israel seems to be attacking Syria at least once a week. Satellite images suggested the attack targeted an underground facility, with signs it may have been destroyed outright.
A new report (PDF) from the European Center for Constitutional And Human Rights investigates arms sales by EU nation companies, notably Airbus Spain, to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The report finds direct links between the arms sales and war crimes committed in Yemen over the last seven years. It concludes that this raises the question of complicity, particularly by Spain, in international crimes.
In the context of the EU, the concern is particularly about Spain, but internationally it would be even more so nations like the US and UK, who have been selling arms to the Saudis for the war.
The United States has now delegated some $56 billion in new money to debase the currency “for Ukraine,” but hardly any of it is actually going to the Ukrainian people.
Due to President Trump, the D.C. war machine spent 2016 to 2020 starving for a monetary replenishment. And now that they have their man in the White House, along with easy consensus in the legislature, it’s time to cash in.
Wherever your opinion resides on this proxy war/inter-slavic spat 5,000 miles away on the Russia-Ukraine border region, reality cannot be denied.
The $56 billion and counting in “aid for Ukraine” that’s passing through the American legislature primarily serves the purpose of greasing the skids of the D.C. Beltway ruling class. And you’re paying for it.
Wheat futures in Chicago jumped 5.9% to $12.47 a bushel Sunday evening after India restricted wheat exports to preserve its food security. Since the beginning of May, prices have skyrocketed nearly 20%.
India's decision to halt wheat exports was announced on Friday. The government said it must safeguard domestic supplies amid heat waves that threaten crop yields.
Do you really think if you’re holding your crypto on some exchange that suddenly becomes insolvent it’s going to make a difference if a paragraph to that effect appears in the ToS or not? Good thing Mt Gox or QuadrigaCX didn’t have a paragraph like that in their ToS otherwise everybody with assets in either exchange would have been really fscked, right?
You’re fscked no matter what. At least Coinbase is calling your attention to it.
Don’t hold your crypto on the exchange, any exchange, full stop. Even the largest crypto exchange CEOs will tell you that.
But if you’re one of those people for whom this is something to be up in arms about, I’ve got news for you:
Cultured foods - also known as cell-based foods - are expected to turn our global food system as we know it on its head.
In fact, the cultured meat market is estimated to reach an eye-watering $25 billion by 2030 according to McKinsey, but only if it can overcome hurdles such as price parity and consumer acceptance.
To do so, significant innovation in the science behind these products will be crucial for the industry’s growth.
After selling 8 million shares at $26.80 on Monday in a move that would cause Rivian shares to open last week's trading in shaky fashion, Ford reportedly dumped another 7 million shares at $26.88 on Friday.
That brought Ford's total shares sold to more than $400 million, according to Bloomberg. It also cuts the automaker's stake in Rivian to nearly 87 million shares. The sales come after a lockup ended last week.
Ford had initially invested $1.2 billion in Rivian and saw the value of its investment balloon since Rivian's public market debut. But since then, its stock has crashed from highs near $172 to a low of $19.25 this past week.
Following wave after wave of sanctions threats and impositions, former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev predicted this week that there would be a number of global consequences.
Medvedev, who is deputy chairman of Russia's Security Council, wrote on Telegram that the sanctions could be the spur to a new world order which Moscow has previously said it would welcome.
"As a result [of sanctions], a new security architecture will be created," he said.
This would highlight, "the weakness of the Westernized concepts of international relations such as 'order based on rules'," Medvedev also predicted "the collapse of the idea of an American-centric world."
Politicians have long viewed tragedies and crises as opportunities not to be “wasted.” Most recently, Samantha Power, Biden’s Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, told ABC that they did not want to waste the war in Ukraine as a way of pushing green initiatives. She explained to George Stephanopoulos that you should “never let a crisis go to waste.”
Governor Kathy Hochul (D-NY), adopted the same approach to the massacre in Buffalo in renewing calls for censorship on the Internet. While many drew the connection between the shooting and the need for greater gun control measures, Hochul notably went further to demand the curtailment of free speech protections. Speaking later at a church, she pledged to “silence the voices of hatred and racism and white supremacy all over the Internet.”
Webmaster addition: I wonder how many online "white supremicists" are actually government propagandists pushing this agenda!
All NATO member states are committed to keep the anti-Russian sanctions in place for as long as is necessary, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told a news conference on Sunday after an informal meeting of NATO top diplomats in Berlin.
"Every member of the alliance wants to bring this war to an end as soon as possible. We are clearly determined to maintain our security assistance to Ukraine, to continue our sanctions, export control and diplomatic pressure on Russia for as long as is necessary," he said, adding that his country and its NATO allies are "focused on giving Ukraine as strong support as possible on battlefield and at a negotiation table."
Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov said earlier that Ukraine’s militarization by the West "directly threatens European and global security." Moscow is calling on "the sponsors of the Kiev regime to stop instigating bloodshed in Ukraine and think about the consequences of their actions," he said, commenting on weapons supplies to Ukraine.
Protesters demonstrated outside the Storting building, which is the seat of the parliament of Norway, in the capital Oslo on May 14, 2022 as they mark the 74th anniversary of the Nakba or “Catastrophe”, and pay homage to slain Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh who was fatally shot by Israeli forces during a raid in the occupied West Bank earlier this week. (Photo via Twitter)
Rallies and demonstrations have been held in cities across the United States, Australia and elsewhere in the world to commemorate the 74th anniversary of the Nakba (Catastrophe) Day, which marks the 1948 forced expulsion of nearly 800,000 Palestinians from their homes in historical Palestine as Israel proclaimed its illegal existence.
Thousands of pro-Palestinian demonstrators rallied in many US cities, including New York, Boston, Washington, Montreal and Dearborn, Michigan, on Saturday, to show solidarity with Palestinians and call for an end to Israeli attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip.
On May 15 morning, three convoys moving logistic supplies and equipment for the US-led coalition came under attack in southern Iraq.
The first supply convoy was attacked while passing on the international highway in the province of al-Qadisiyyah, the second convoy was targeted near the capital of al-Muthanna province while the third one came under attack in the outskirts of the city of al-Diwaniyah in al-Qadisiyyah.
The three convoys were targeted with improvised explosive devices. No casualties were reported as a result of the attacks.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky signed into law No. 7172-1 that will ban opposition parties and seize their property on Saturday. The law targets opposition parties if they deny the armed aggression against Ukraine.
Elon Musk shared instructions on Twitter where someone can see how they are being manipulated by Twitter.
Obama gave a speech at Stanford University where he claimed that the answer to the destruction of the US government is more government. This is what communists think.
Daniel Greenfield penned an Op-Ed at Israel National News, where he addressed the madness of Barack Obama. Greenfield reported on Obama’s recent speech at Stanford University. TGP reported on this previously.
The United States is poised to remove five extremist groups, all believed to be defunct, from its list of foreign terrorist organizations — including several that once posed significant threats, killing hundreds if not thousands of people across Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
Although the groups are inactive, the decision is politically sensitive for the Biden administration and the countries in which the organizations operated and could draw criticism from victims and their families still dealing with the losses of loved ones.
The organizations include the Basque separatist group ETA, the Japanese cult Aum Shinrikyo, the radical Jewish group Kahane Kach and two Islamic groups that have been active in Israel, the Palestinian territories and Egypt.
Hours after mega-billionaire Elon Musk announced his prospective purchase of the social media giant Twitter is “temporarily on hold,” former President Donald Trump took things a step further.
In a post on his own social media platform, Truth Social, Trump made a bold prediction about the future of Musk’s Twitter deal.
And according to Trump, “temporarily on hold,” actually means the $44 billion deal is off completely.
“There is no way Elon Musk is going to buy Twitter at such a ridiculous price, especially since realizing it is a company largely based on BOTS or Spam Accounts,” Trump wrote in a Truth Social post on Friday, which was published on Twitter by conservative commentator Benny Johnson.
Hints that the armed services might soon face a problem keeping their ranks full began quietly, with officials spending the last decade warning that a dwindling slice of the American public could serve.
Only about one-quarter of young Americans are even eligible for service these days, a shrinking pool limited by an increasing number of potential recruits who are overweight or are screened out due to minor criminal infractions, including the use of recreational drugs such as marijuana.
But what had been a slow-moving trend is reaching crisis levels, as a highly competitive job market converges with a mass of troops leaving as the coronavirus pandemic subsides, alarming military planners.
The US Central Command on Saturday announced that they had provided around $219 million in the first quarter of the 2022 fiscal year in aid to their allies in Iraq and Syria through the Global Coalition against Islamic State (ISIS).
“Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve provided approximately $219 million in assistance to Iraq partner forces and vetted Syrian partner forces in the first quarter of the fiscal year 2022 through the Counter-ISIS Train and Equip Fund, or CTEF,” read the statement from the US Central Command.
The statement added that since its inception in 2014, the CTEF has provided over $8.9 billion in assistance to its allies in Iraq in Syria, and the aid has included military vehicles, forklifts, ambulances, wreckers, fuel and water tankers, and communication assets ranging from radios to air traffic control systems and weapons packages.
The Pentagon is deploying 10,500 troops in the coming months to replace military units that were rapidly deployed to Europe to bolster NATO’s eastern edge after Russia invaded Ukraine in February.
“The deployments are one-for-one unit replacements, which will leave our overall force posture in the region — approximately 100,000 — unchanged,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters Friday afternoon. “The units being replaced will return to their home station following an appropriate turnover of responsibilities.”
Israeli settlers stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem on Sunday, as Israeli security forces imposed heavy restrictions on Palestinian worshippers entering the mosque.
The storming coincided with Palestinians marking the 74th anniversary of the Nakba – the forced displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their land by Zionist militias during the creation of the state of Israel in 1948.
Palestinian guards from the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf (Religious Endowment) told The New Arab's Arabic-language service that dozens of settlers took part in the incursions into the mosque courtyard, under the protection of Israeli security forces.
The settlers were led by extremist rabbis including Eliyahu Weber and Yitzchak Brand.
The Arab League warns about the consequences of the Israeli regime's deliberate actions targeting the status quo at the al-Aqsa Mosque's compound.
The regional grouping's Secretariat General issued the warning on Sunday, the anniversary of the Nakba (Catastrophe) Day. Thousands of Palestinians and their supporters hold monumental rallies each year to mark the 1948 occasion, which saw the Israeli regime claiming existence following a heavily-Western-backed war against regional territories.
Israeli settlers storm the compound, Islam's third-holiest site, on a daily basis under the protection of Israeli forces. They often attack Palestinian Muslims and Christians, who converge on the compound to perform their religious duties.
"These attacks amount to great violation of the international laws, and stand in the way of international efforts aimed at establishing 'peace,'" the Arab League statement read.
Iran’s top human rights official says the Israeli regime, owing to the United States’ unswerving support, will continue its “unspeakable crimes” with no end in sight, urging the international community to make a stand to put an end to Tel Aviv’s atrocities.
Kazem Gharibabadi, the secretary of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights and the Judiciary chief’s deputy for international affairs, made the remarks in a tweet on Sunday in reaction to Israeli forces' attack on mourners attending the funeral procession of veteran Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was brutally killed by Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin on Wednesday.
German citizens should be willing to endure hardship and deprivation to help in the war effort against Russia, a Ukrainian government minister has said.
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has told the German people that they should be willing to put themselves in a position of deprivation in order to help his nation’s war effort against Russia.
The comments come as Germany, alongside the other six members of the G7, condemned Moscow for allegedly blockading ports in Ukraine, and by extension preventing millions of tons of essential food exports from leaving the embattled country.
In an interview with the German publication Bild, Minister Kuleba said that Germans should be willing to go through hardship for the sake of his country, saying that it was in Germany’s interest.
Members of the globalist elite who rushed to embrace private jets during the coronavirus pandemic as a means of avoiding the general public are not giving up the habit anytime soon, a report Sunday confirms.
Reuters reports a shift toward private flying that wealthy Americans saw as a necessity during the past two years is now showing signs of becoming something else: a pricey but sought-after alternative to a premium ticket on a commercial flight.
Analysts and industry executives say they see both more first-time jet owners and families and even small- and medium businesses rushing to the skies in a private plane.
President Joe Biden has advised his White House aides to shift into campaign mode for the midterm elections, according to a report.
The president privately asked his aides to start highlighting differences between his policies and those of the Republican Party, according to Axios, citing “people familiar with the conversations.”
Biden himself has ratcheted up the political rhetoric, accusing Republicans of having a radical agenda that is out of touch with the middle class.
Biden has focused his political attacks on Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) the chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, painting him as the leader of the radical “Ultra MAGA” Republicans who have seized control of the party.
The Russian military discovered evidence of the US conducting experiments with viruses in biological laboratories on the territory of Ukraine. The documents were discovered in laboratories seized as a part of the Russian special military operation.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated that the main goal of the US-funded biological laboratories on the territories of the former soviet republics was to gather biological material and study the spread patterns of viruses.
He added that Russia has obtained, in the course of the special military operation in Ukraine, documents evidencing that these laboratories had engaged in the production of components that could be used to create biological weapons.
On Sunday, the Group of Seven raised concern over "the situation in and around the East and South China Seas", saying that Beijing should "abstain from threats, coercion, intimidation measures or the use of force". They also urged China to allow access to Xinjiang and Tibet for independent observers.
Beijing criticised the G7 on Monday, following the group's statement on Taiwan and Xinjiang.
"China is delivering a firm protest to the G7 presidency," Chinese foreign ministry representative Zhao Lijian said at a briefing. "Our stance on the issue of Taiwan and foreign interference in the affairs of Hong Kong, as well as Xinjiang, remains unambiguous."
Russia noted that the US is deliberately concealing information regarding Pentagon-sponsored bio-warfare research in Ukraine.
Moscow intends to initiate a UN probe into posible violations of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), Russian senator Konstantin Kosachev stated on Monday. He noted that the parliament commission on biolabs received evidence from the Russian diplomats, suggesting that the US and Ukraine do not follow the convention.
"We are talking about our activities at a UN platform, where, we hope, an international investigation will be initiated in full accordance with Articles 5 and 6 of the UN Convention [banning the development of bioweapons]", he stated.
Finland announced earlier today that it will apply for NATO membership as its neighbour, Sweden has yet to make up its mind about the move. Both started considering NATO membership as an option following the start of Russia's special military operation in Ukraine.
Manfred Weber, leader of the EU Parliament's biggest group, the European People's Party (EPP), threatened Turkey with isolation within NATO if it decides to block the membership bids of Finland and Sweden.
"Anyone, who questions the unity of NATO, will isolate themselves within the community", Weber said.
Vladimir Putin will be forced to deploy tactical nuclear weapons if Nato establishes bases in Sweden and Finland, Russian state TV has declared.
The two Nordic countries look set to renounce decades of military neutrality and join the defensive alliance, which has triggered outcry from Moscow.
The addition of both nations to Nato would represent Putin's worst nightmare - an expansion of the military alliance to his borders - and it would follow a series of battlefield setbacks in Ukraine.
He has tried to justify his invasion of Ukraine and destabilisation of eastern Europe as a counter to Nato's addition of ex-Soviet states and former Warsaw Pact members, demanding the alliance effectively withdraw to its position before the mid-1990s.
California regulators on Thursday rejected a $1.4 billion desalination plant on environmental grounds, dealing a setback to Governor Gavin Newsom, who had supported the project as a partial solution for the state's sustained drought.
The California Coastal Commission voted 11-0 to reject the proposal by Poseidon Water, controlled by the infrastructure arm of Canada's Brookfield Asset Management, to build the plant on a low-lying coastal site at Huntington Beach, near the town of Costa Mesa, about 30 miles (50 km) south of Los Angeles.
The plant was designed to convert Pacific Ocean water into 50 million gallons (189.3 million liters) of drinking water a day.
Wendy Rogers and Nick Fuentes, two prominent right-wing influencers, suggested Saturday that the racially-motivated mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, could be a false flag operation.
Ten people were fatally shot inside a Tops Friendly Market north of downtown Buffalo Saturday afternoon, and officials have said the suspected shooter is believed to have been motivated by racial animosity. Many people, in the wake of the shooting, have called for renewed efforts to deal with rising hate crimes across the country.
At a softball field in a Washington, DC suburb on June 14, 2017, a lone gunman used a rifle to indiscriminately spray bullets at members of the House GOP who had gathered for their usual Saturday morning practice for an upcoming charity game. The then-House Majority Whip, Rep. Steven Scalise (R-LA), was shot in the hip while standing on second base and almost died, spending six weeks in the hospital and undergoing multiple surgeries. Four other people were shot, including two members of the Capitol Police who were part of Scalise's security detail, a GOP staffer, and a Tyson Foods lobbyist. “He was hunting us at that point,” Rep. Mike Bishop (R-MI) said of the shooter, who attempted to murder as many people as he could while standing with his rifle behind the dugout.
The shooter died after engaging the police in a shootout. He was James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old hard-core Democrat who — less than six months into the Trump presidency — had sought to kill GOP lawmakers based on his belief that Republicans were corrupt traitors, fascists, and Kremlin agents. The writings he left behind permitted little doubt that he was driven to kill by the relentless messaging he heard from his favorite cable host, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, and other virulently anti-Trump pundits, about the evils of the GOP. Indeed, immediately after arriving at the softball field, he asked several witnesses whether the people gathered "were Republicans or Democrats.”
Corporate media is busying itself building the false narrative that the Buffalo mass murderer, who was a former communist and avowed green ethno-nationalist fascist socialist, was actually a Republican influenced by Tucker Carlson and Fox News. This is blatantly false, of course, but they say if you repeat a lie often enough…
The Buffalo shooter isn’t a “lone wolf.” He’s a mainstream Republican. https://t.co/1ZdMSWG7Gp
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) May 15, 2022
The reason they’re doing this was just revealed as Democrats have planned since shortly after the shooting (and possibly before if you believe the “false flag” conspiracy theories) to capitalize on it as a way to paint Republicans as evil racists while also pushing gun control. In fact, they’re sending Dear Leader Joe Biden to the scene to capture emotional momentum with a photo op.
Why won't Biden allow baby formula imports NOW to ease crisis? Parents slam president for failing to yet make changes to import rules - as they demand he stop wasting time so they can feed their children
Concerned parents are slamming President Joe Biden's response to the nationwide infant formula crisis, despite his claims that it should improve dramatically in coming weeks as the government works with manufacturers to allow companies to import more of the product.
'We're going to be, in a matter of weeks or less, getting significantly more formula on shelves,' Biden said on Friday after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it was working to streamline a process that will get more products to consumers - while also meeting safety, quality and labeling standards.
Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf said the agency will announce plans next week detailing how manufacturers and suppliers abroad will be able to more easily import their products into the U.S., as well as new options for American companies.
Russia will not simply watch as Finland and Sweden join NATO, the country's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov warned on Monday. He implied that such a move will compromise their security, rather than bolster it.
Speaking to Russian journalists, the official called the move by the two nations “the latest serious mistake with long-lasting ramifications” in the West and said it demonstrated “the level” of those taking such decisions.
“It reflects the false distorted perceptions of events taking place in the world by the policymakers in the West, particularly in northern Europe. It is obvious for us that the security of Sweden and Finland will not be strengthened by it,” Ryabkov said.
Americans are being shepherded to the next emoji crusade – the latest being Russia’s special operation in Ukraine – like consumers waiting in line for junk food and Happy Meals. When does the mindless virtue-signaling end?
While some Westerners may find a kindred spirit with McDonald’s and its anti-war posturing against Russia, a little more consistency on the issue of war and peace would be a most welcome development.
The fact is, nothing screams ‘Russophobia’ more than the spectacle of McDonald’s abandoning the Russian market amid Moscow’s conflict with Ukraine, especially when it is remembered that Ronald kept flipping his burgers all the while as George W. Bush and Barack Obama were indulging themselves on a killing spree in numerous ill-fated countries.
The flow of US weapons to Ukraine might be cut off, at least temporarily, unless Congress quickly approves nearly $40 billion in new spending to help Kiev repel Russia’s offensive in the former Soviet republic, the Pentagon has warned.
“May 19 is the day we really, without additional authorities, we begin to not have the ability to send new stuff in . . .,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters on Friday. “By the 19th of May, it’ll start impacting our ability to provide aid uninterrupted.”
Weapons shipments to Kiev wouldn’t immediately stop on May 20 without new funding because there would still be some supplies in the pipeline purchased under the approximately $100 million in spending authority that the Pentagon currently has remaining for Ukraine aid, Kirby said. However, he added, but by losing its ability to source new cargoes, the Pentagon would face “a period of time with nothing moving” if there’s an extended delay in the new funding approval.
My husband and I have taught our children that in every success and failure in life, you need to own your own part. No one fails or succeeds entirely without help, and it takes moral courage to own those parts of your mistakes and failures that are yours, and to recognize the part of your successes and victories that could not have happened without help from others.
And so it is with national successes and failures. Here I take up the regrettable task of highlighting that part of Russia’s war in Ukraine owned by the United States; a war we like to think of as starting on 24 February 2022; but which in fact began with the unexpected — by most analysts in the West — collapse of the USSR in 1991. Two arguments are crucial here.
First, while the George H.W. Bush administration managed the politics of the USSR’s collapse with grace and treated the Soviet Union’s successor states — in particular, Russia — with respect; its successors proved unable to resist the temptation to crow and strut over the USSR’s collapse, and in so doing, initiated a pattern of disrespect and of ignoring Russia’s security concerns that extended from NATO’s air campaign against Serbia in 1999, through Russia’s assault on Georgia in 2008, to its annexation of Crimea in 2014, to its invasion of Ukraine in February this year.
We already know, courtesy of the heroic Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission, almost all fatal and nonfatal shooting suspects in Milwaukee are black.
And now we know a black mass shooting after the Milwaukee Bucks NBA game on Friday night forced the cancellation of the outdoor watch party for game seven on Sunday night.
It wasn’t even midnight, and this professional basketball game descended into utter chaos courtesy of multiple black shooters.
Seventeen shot. You can have nice things or… well, you can realize why sundown towns once existed. [Three shootings in Milwaukee leave 21 injured, mayor declares state of emergency, Audacy.com, May 15, 2022]:
Students at Yale Law School have been posting messages online encouraging others to accost their more conservative classmates through 'unrelenting daily confrontation'.
Many students have been making their feelings known following the leak draft opinion from the Supreme Court on overturning Roe v. Wade which would change abortion laws in more than half the states across the nation.
Several of the Instagram posts - now private - calling for partisan conflict with classmates were shared with the Washington Free Beacon and subsequently posted to Twitter.
NATO on Sunday pledged open-ended military support for Ukraine, as Finland hailed its "historic" bid to join the alliance and Sweden's ruling party said it backed a joint membership application.
The promise came after Finland jettisoned decades of military non-alignment, redrawing the balance of power in Europe and angering the Kremlin.
On the ground in Ukraine, Russia announced air strikes in the east and in Lviv in the west as Western intelligence predicted its campaign in eastern Ukraine would stall amid heavy losses and fierce resistance.
At a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Berlin, Germany's Annalena Baerbock said it would provide military assistance "for as long as Ukraine needs this support for the self-defence of its country".
This Wednesday morning Israeli occupation forces violently raided the Jenin refugee camp, murdering a Palestinian-American journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh, and injuring her producer. This was a blatant crime, one that the Western media have distorted and lied about, along with the Israeli government.
The despicable lies of Western corporate media are again on full display with the blatant murder of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. Shireen was not “killed under suspicious circumstances”, there is no chance that “Palestinians accidentally killed her” and all the evidence points to Israeli culpability. But not for the propagandist corporate media, no, this was a “complex” and “mysterious” tragedy.
Before we delve deeper, first it is important to note who Shireen Abu Akleh was. Shireen was one of the most famous and loved Palestinian journalists., she had worked for Al-Jazeera, covering Israeli crimes for over 20 years. Some of her most notable work came in the same location where she was killed, Jenin camp, where in 2002 Shireen was one of very few journalists to cover the Israeli massacre of Palestinians inside the refugee camp. A sea of tears have been cried by Palestinians throughout all the Palestinian territories and into the diaspora. What she meant and the bravery that she displayed whilst doing her job meant more than the words she spoke. She has become immortalized as a symbol of Palestinian resistance to Israel’s brutal military occupation and ethnic cleansing campaign.
Numerous reports have been circulating much of today (Sunday, May 15, 2022) claiming that a U.S. Military Commander surrendered to Russian forces from the Azovstal Steel Mill in Mariupol, Ukraine. As of 6:17 PM EDT, a photo purported to be U.S. Navy Admiral Eric Olson, has been released allegedly showing the Admiral under arrest by Russian troops.
The photo, featured above, is claimed to be Admiral Eric T. Olsen.
Eric Thor Olson (born January 24, 1952) is a retired United States Navy admiral who last served as the eighth Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) from July 2, 2007 to August 8, 2011.
Hungary says a proposed European Union ban on Russian oil imports is unacceptable in its current form as the bloc’s foreign ministers meet in Brussels to discuss a possible sixth round of sanctions on Russia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin warns new military infrastructure in Finland and Sweden would demand a reaction from Moscow as the Nordic countries prepare to apply for NATO membership.
Ukraine says troops defending the country’s northeastern region of Kharkiv have pushed Moscow’s forces back to the Russian border.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has urged a Russian-dominated military alliance to unite against the West.
Police in Berlin have banned a vigil in memory of Al Jazeera’s journalist Shireen Abu Akleh who was shot dead by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank.
The event is one of a number of gatherings that have been forbidden by the authorities under an unprecedented and wide-ranging ban on pro-Palestinian protest in the German capital.
Russian news agency Interfax reported on Thursday that two S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems had been moved towards the Finnish border. Defence Minister Jussi Niinistö told Yle that there is nothing strange about the move.
“Russia has earlier indicated that it is placing for example these S-400 anti-aircraft missiles in the Kola Peninsula, and it has earlier said it’s placing these missiles in Crimea,” said Niinistö. “This is normal practice. Russia is using these systems to replace the older S-300 rockets.”
Taking its cue from Sri Lanka, Pakistan is heading toward bankruptcy amid a highly charged political atmosphere marked by threats of a march on the capital Islamabad by the ousted prime minister, who is demanding fresh elections in the country by May 20.
The political instability, analysts fear, may turn violent in the coming days, affecting Pakistan’s reeling economy, which has been headed toward a default-like situation.
The country’s foreign exchange reserves are falling, food inflation is spiraling and the Pakistani rupee is on slippery ground, showing a massive 21.72% drop during the current financial year.
From record gasoline prices to higher airfares to fears of diesel rationing ahead, America’s runaway energy market is disquieting both US travellers and the wider economy. But the chief driver isn’t high crude prices or even the rebound in demand: It’s simply too few refineries turning oil into usable fuels.
More than 1mn barrels a day of the country’s oil refining capacity — or about 5% overall — has shut since the beginning of the pandemic. Elsewhere in the world, capacity has shrunk by 2.13mn additional barrels a day, energy consultancy Turner, Mason & Co estimates. And with no plans to bring new US plants online, even though refiners are reaping record profits, the supply squeeze is only going to get worse.
“We are on the razor’s edge,” said John Auers, executive vice president at Turner, Mason & Co in Dallas. “We’re ripe for a potential supply crisis.”
The dearth of refining capacity has dire implications for both US consumers and global markets. At home, retail gasoline prices continue hitting new records, exacerbating some of the worst inflation American households have ever seen.
Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who is now the deputy of Russia’s Security Council, warned Thursday that the US and NATO risk a direct conflict with Russia and a “full-fledged” nuclear war by pouring weapons into Ukraine.
“The pumping of Ukraine by NATO countries with weapons, the training of its troops to use Western equipment, the dispatch of mercenaries and the conduct of exercises by the countries of the Alliance near our borders increase the likelihood of a direct and open conflict between NATO and Russia instead of their ‘war by proxy,'” Medvedev wrote on Telegram.
“Such a conflict always has the risk of turning into a full-fledged nuclear war,” Medvedev added. “This will be a disastrous scenario for everyone.”
'It's wrong, it's intimidation, it's against the law!': Bill Maher blasts Jen Psaki for refusing to condemn pro-choice protesters who targeted Supreme Court justices' homes over plan to end Roe v Wade and predicts ruling could see red states SECEDE from blue
Bill Maher has blasted Jen Psaki for refusing to condemn pro-choice protesters who gathered outside the homes of conservative Supreme Court justices.
During his Friday night chat show, the HBO host blasted the recently-departed former White House Press Secretary by playing a clip of her mealy-mouthed response to a question about the recent protests.
'I don't have an official U.S. Government position on where people protest,' Psaki said to reporters, much to Maher's irritation.
President Joe Biden told Democrat contributors that a Conservative-leaning Supreme Court thinks “there is no such thing as a right to privacy” and suggested other Progressive policies could be threatened.
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For the Americans, the time of Great Depression is unforgettable. It was the nation’s most serious economic tragedy during the time of modern history. The biggest misfortune was the fact that the nation’s working class had the full burden of it squarely on their shoulders due to which they wrestled badly for their survival during this most difficult period. The following great depression foods helped them survive when nothing else was available.
Indeed but sadly, many could not survive while all suffered. Each American life was shaken up completely by this tragedy in different ways. The Great Depression forced the affluent empire to bend on its knees. Not only money and industries but also the food resources waned almost overnight. This marked the worst time for all Americans.
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) is calling on congress to pass her Protecting Free Speech Act. During a recent GOP press conference, the congresswoman blasted President Biden’s Disinformation Governance Board, called for the firing of board head Nina Jankowicz, and said she wouldn’t trust Biden to take care of her goats —yes, goats.
“Because the Biden regime is afraid of Elon Musk and free speech, they want to use American tax dollars to fund this new [disinformation] board to continue to silence conservatives. I wouldn’t trust Biden and his incompetent misfits to take care of one of my goats,” Boebert says.
“I’m calling on congress to pass my Protecting Free Speech Act, terminate this Orwellian ‘Ministry of Truth, fire Nina Jankowicz, and prevent the Biden regime from silencing the American people.”
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration just found from a new study that cleaner air is actually brewing more hurricanes in the Atlantic, according to a new AP article.
The new study "links changes in regionalized air pollution across the globe to storm activity going both up and down" and found that a 50% decrease in pollution particles and droplets in Europe and the U.S. is linked to a 33% increase in Atlantic storm formation over the past couple of decades.
Got that? Cleaner air, more hurricanes, in the Atlantic. In the Pacific, the opposite is happening: more pollution and fewer tycoons.
A Colorado mother was cut off at her local school board meeting after trying to read out a sexually explicit passage from a book she said was available to children in the school district.
The mother, identifying herself as D. Barnes, spoke at a March 16 school board meeting for Adams 12 Five Star Schools, which serves Denver’s northeastern outskirts. She told board members that she was “very concerned” about the material that children have access to through their schooling.
“I do not favor book banning,” she said to the audience, many of whom had spoken before her either in support or opposition to the district’s policy regarding “gender non-conforming” and transgender students. “But I do want to tell you that pornography does not belong in our schools.”
Barnes specifically took issue with two books: “Gender Queer,” a graphic novel by Maia Kobabe, and “Lawn Boy,” a young adult novel by Jonathan Evison. She said that young children have access to these titles “via online resources that Adams 12 made possible.”
“Alison Bechdel writes ‘Fun Home’ about discovering masturbation soon after her first period,” Barnes began reading from “Gender Queer.”
“I discovered around the same age followed by the further realization that my ability to become aroused was governed by a strict law of diminishing returns, an elaborate fantasy based on Plato’s Symposium. The more I had to interact with my genitals, the less likely I was to reach a point of satisfaction. The best fantasy was one that did not require any physical touch at all.”
As rampant inflation continues to kick Americans in the teeth, the Biden administration can't stop doing victory laps over how much they've 'accomplished' - by taking credit for things that were already in motion.
On Thursday, the White House patted itself on the back once again - bragging about '8.3 million jobs' and 'the fastest decline in unemployment to start a President's term' in history -- the natural reaction to the government's job-killing pandemic restrictions being lifted.
But wait, they also lied - claiming that when Biden took office, "millions were unemployed and there was no vaccine available," which is categorically false.
India, the world’s second largest producer of wheat, has banned all exports with immediate effect after a heatwave affected the crop.
A notice in the government gazette by the directorate of foreign trade, dated Friday, said a rise in global prices for wheat was threatening the food security of India and neighbouring and vulnerable countries.
“Twitter deal temporarily on hold pending details supporting calculation that spam/fake accounts do indeed represent less than 5% of users,” Musk tweeted early Friday morning.
About two hours later he tweeted: “Still committed to acquisition.”
Twitter said in a recent filing that less than five percent of it what it calls its “monetizable daily active users” were “false or spam accounts” during the first quarter of 2022. There are many in the tech community and on Wall Street who think that’s an absurdly low number and that the real figure is much higher. Twitter gave no indication about how it arrived at the five percent figure, leaving room for doubt. Musk wants to “see the receipts,” as they say.
For the sake of argument, let’s say that Twitter is wrong and that the real number of fake accounts is higher. If the undercount is just a few percentage points, so that the real figure is seven percent, it’s probably not a big deal. What would be a big deal is if bots make up one-third or even half of Twitter’s daily active users.
President Joe Biden refused to accept any responsibility for the nation’s crippling inflation rate Friday, instead blaming record-high prices on Donald Trump. "My Republican colleagues say these programs to help the working-class and middle-class people – they say that's why we have inflation. They're dead wrong. Under my predecessor, the great MAGA king, the deficit increased every single year,” claimed Biden. “The first year of my presidency I reduced the deficit by $350 billion. Just in the first year,” explained the President. “This year, we’re on track to cut the federal deficit by $1.5 trillion. The biggest decline in debt in American history.” Watch Biden’s comments above.
Justice Clarence Thomas says the Supreme Court has been changed by the shocking leak of a draft opinion earlier this month. The opinion suggests the court is poised to overturn the right to an abortion recognized nearly 50 years ago in Roe v. Wade.
The conservative Thomas, who joined the court in 1991 and has long called for Roe v. Wade to be overturned, described the leak as an unthinkable breach of trust.
“When you lose that trust, especially in the institution that I'm in, it changes the institution fundamentally. You begin to look over your shoulder. It's like kind of an infidelity that you can explain it, but you can't undo it,” he said while speaking at a conference Friday evening in Dallas.
Attorney General Merrick Garland is pointedly refusing to say if he's open to prosecuting protesters who demonstrate outside of Supreme Court justices' homes, which a growing number of office-holders are urging him to do.
Republican Governors Larry Hogan of Maryland and Glenn Youngkin of Virginia and members of Congress want Garland to uphold federal law that prohibits actions to intimidate judges at their private residences.
According to U.S. code 1507, an individual who "pickets or parades" with the "intent of interfering with, obstructing, or impeding the administration of justice, or with the intent of influencing any judge, juror, witness, or court officer" near a U.S. court or "near a building or residence occupied or used by such judge, juror, witness, or court officer" will be fined or "imprisoned not more than one year, or both."
Many Americans are questioning if there are glitches in the current voting system. With mail-in ballots becoming the norm, many fear if the midterms will be fair. One America’s Natasha Sweatte has more.
An increasing number of Americans say that the country has gone too far in accepting the identities of transgender people.
Thirty-three percent of Americans say society has gone too far in accepting transgender identities, while 35% say the country has not gone far enough to end discrimination against transgender people. Another 25% say that the country has reached a reasonable balance in how it deals with transgender people, according to the results of an NBC News poll released Sunday.
While more people indicated there is still more work to be done to end discrimination, the two percentage point lead represents a 10 point drop since NBC news last asked the question almost a year ago and is within the poll's 3.10% margin of error. In that August 2021 survey, 26% of Americans said the country had gone too far in accepting transgender identities compared to 38% who indicated society needed to do more to end discrimination.
The leak of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito's draft majority opinion, which sets the stage for the court to overturn Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, has done little to change which party Americans plan on voting for in November.
Forty-six percent of Americans prefer that Republicans take control of Congress following the midterm elections, tied with those that want to see Democrats remain in power, according to the results of an NBC News poll released Sunday.
The film “2000 Mules” has sent shockwaves throughout the political landscape by showing real criminal and fraudulent activity surrounding the 2020 election. One America’s Daniel Baldwin has more.
According to an article published by Business Insider just hours before events in Buffalo, NY; "Russia could strike back at the West by calling on its network of white-supremacist groups to commit terror attacks there, analysts warn" -
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