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The pivot from Republic to Empire circa 1949 remains evident even today – fully one-third of a century after the Cold War ended and the Soviet Empire was swept into the dustbin of history. As depicted in the chart below, the War Capital of the World still deploys 173,000 troops in 159 countries and maintains upwards of 750 bases in 80 countries.

Indeed, in some sense it’s as if WWII never ended. As of 2020, Washington still had large military forces in places where they had arrived 75 years ago during the final span of WWII:

  • 119 bases and nearly 34,000 troops in Germany.
  • 44 bases and 12,250 troops in Italy.
  • 25 bases and 9,275 troops in the UK.
  • 120 bases and 53,700 troops in Japan.
  • 73 bases and 26,400 troops in South Korea
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American taxpayers are footing the bill for Ukrainian NGOs focused on smearing proponents of a diplomatic solution as "Russian disinformation" agents

Webmaster addition: So, the Biden administration is using our own money to attack our right to freedom of speech! Talk about acting like a Nazi!

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Authored by Salena Zit & Brad Todd via RealClearPolitics

To locate Joe Biden’s electoral problem, you need only to look on Sunday morning. Polling shows the mass-attending Catholic president trails Donald Trump by 10 points among those who attend religious services a few times a year or more. The score is reversed with voters who report they seldom or never attend church, with Biden leading by 10.

It’s the starkest divide in the electorate – and one that political journalists rarely mention, perhaps because, as a profession, journalists are more removed from religion than the average American.

Trump’s advantage with white evangelical Protestants is widely understood, but he also leads Biden by healthy margins among less politically conservative Christians. These findings in the recent Marquette Law School’s national poll of registered voters showed Biden trailing Trump by 18 percentage points with other members of his own Catholic faith, and behind Trump by 16 among adherents of mainline protestant denominations, which would include groups like Methodists, Presbyterians, and Episcopalians.

Those numbers are in the same range as the 24-point lead Trump posts among self-described “born-again” evangelicals. The same poll shows the race is reversed with non-Christian voters, with whom Biden holds a commanding 33-point advantage.

The irony of this schism proves a dynamic that is larger than these two men. Biden would tell you his Catholicism is integral to his own self-identity. Trump, meanwhile, was a high-living playboy who said he’d never asked God for forgiveness for anything, situating himself well outside the theology and lifestyle of most Christians.

In 2018, we wrote a book examining the realignment that brought Trump to power and identified what we called “King Cyrus Christians” as an important archetype in Trump’s coalition. These voters, mostly Catholic or evangelical Protestants, adopted Trump’s candidacy pragmatically, seeing in him a warrior who would battle their common political enemies. And with control of the Supreme Court in the balance in that 2016 election, they forged an alliance of necessity.

Survey research conducted for our book found these King Cyrus Christians (so named in a nod to the pagan Persian king who had delivered ancient Jews back to Israel and rebuilt their temple in Jerusalem) were not initially Trump’s most enthusiastic backers. Instead, the shock troops of first-wave Trumpism were the most secular and least traditional Republicans – and many were not Republican at all.

But over time, religious Republicans have gotten more comfortable with Trump, owing to his kept promise to deliver a conservative Supreme Court that not only reversed decades of erosion in religious liberty but also overturned the Roe v. Wade abortion precedent. Politics is about coalitions, and the arrangement between Trump and conservative Christians indisputably has delivered benefits for both sides.

Trump’s 2016 nomination was powered by secular Republicans, but his 2024 re-nomination showed no such schism. If anything, it was the reverse. Polling in the two GOP contests most dominated by religious voters, the Iowa Caucus and the South Carolina primary, showed him doing modestly better among evangelical than non-evangelical Republicans.

The religious divide that matters going forward in American politics is not about Trump, and it’s not about white evangelical Protestants. The question is whether Democrats can keep a place in their party for other religiously devout voters.

Democrats’ best electoral group – the so-called “nones,” those with no religious affiliation – is growing, particularly among younger generations. But as the party becomes dominated by those who actively reject religion, its platform becomes less appealing to those who don’t, as many Jewish Democrats are discovering as left-wing radicals show an ugly antisemitic side and opposition to America’s alliance with the Jewish state of Israel.

While “nones” are rising overall, they aren’t distributed proportionately around the country, clustering disproportionately on the coasts. If Democrats drive out the religious voters in their ranks, they will struggle to compete in a geographic footprint large enough to enable them to control Congress or win in the electoral college

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Authored by Marcel Dumas Gautreau via The Mises Institute,

Starting in 2020, things started to get strange in Africa for those who knew what to look for.

Normally, coups in Africa are nothing to write about. But starting in 2020, we saw six countries flip into a pro-Russian direction in just three years. Individually, they were a curiosity. Taken together, that rate of turnover outpaced even the most optimistic neoconservative ambitions for pro–United States regime changes in the Middle East. As General Wesley Clark summarized, “We’re going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran.”

That fourth country, Libya, is where our story starts.

Muammar Gaddafi and the Disposal Problem

In 2011, the US and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization destroyed the regime of Muammar Gaddafi. They had wanted to do it for a long time. A true cosmopolitan, Gaddafi had provided lawyers, guns, and money to black nationalists in South Africa, Palestinian Nationalists in Tunisia, Irish Nationalists in the British Isles, White Nationalists in Canada, and Armenian Nationalists in Turkey. The one ideology for which the Brotherly Leader and Guide of the Revolution had no patience or tolerance was radical Islamic Salafi jihadism. In March 1998, Libya was the first country to issue an Interpol arrest warrant for Osama bin Laden. The warrant received no attention or action. Five months later, Al-Qaeda bombed the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, killing 224.

In September 2001, President George W. Bush told Congress that “every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.” Gaddafi took the US up on the offer, dismantling its weapons of mass destruction program under the United Nations’ supervision. It paid over $1 billion in reparations to victims of terrorism to get removed from the State Sponsor of Terror list. In 2008, future US Ambassador to Libya (and Benghazi embassy casualty) J. Christopher Stephens reported that “Libya has been a strong partner in the war against terrorism and cooperation in liaison channels is excellent.”

Gaddafi had been highly suspicious of the citizens who chose to join the brave Mujaheddin fighters of Afghanistan and surveilled them extensively, dutifully reporting them to other intelligence agencies whenever possible. In one particularly obscene case, a Guantanamo detainee named Abu Sufian Ibrahim Ahmed Hamuda bin Qumu was on the ground leading the Salafi jihadist group “Supporters of Sharia.” While hundreds are held in Guantanamo, being tortured without trial, the US knowingly released what it deemed a “probable member of al-Qaeda and a member of the African Extremist Network” to tear things up in Libya for them. A United Kingdom Parliamentary retrospective on the Libya overthrow later admitted, “The possibility that militant extremist groups would attempt to benefit from the rebellion should not have been the preserve of hindsight. Libyan connections with transnational militant extremist groups were known before 2011, because many Libyans had participated in the Iraq insurgency and in Afghanistan with al-Qaeda.

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Authored by Savannah Fortis via CoinTelegraph.com,

Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Butertin has shared his take on “superintelligent” artificial intelligence, calling it “risky” in response to ongoing leadership changes at OpenAI. 

On May 19, Cointelegraph reported that OpenAI’s former head of alignment, Jan Leike, resigned after saying he had reached a “breaking point” with management on the company’s core priorities.

Leike alleged that “safety culture and processes have taken a backseat to shiny products” at OpenAI, with many pointing toward developments around artificial general intelligence (AGI).

AGI is anticipated to be a type of AI equal to or surpassing human cognitive capabilities — the thought of which has already begun to worry industry experts, who say the world isn’t properly equipped to manage such superintelligent AI systems.

This sentiment seems to align with Buterin’s views. In a post on X, he shared his thoughts on the topic, emphasizing that people should not rush into action or push back against those who try.

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A decision made by International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Karim Khan to seek an arrest warrant for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the country's Defense Minister Yoav Gallant was an attempt 'to demonize Israel,' Netanyahu told ABC television channel.

"He's saying we're starving people?" the Israeli prime minister said in an interview with the US-based television channel. "We have supplied half million tons of food and medicine with 20,000 trucks. This guy is out to demonize Israel."

On May 20, ICC prosecutor Karim Khan requested that Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court issue arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, saying that the ICC has "reasonable grounds to believe" that they "bear criminal responsibility for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed on the territory of the State of Palestine (in the Gaza strip) from at least October 8, 2023.

Webmaster addition: Israel is demonizing Israel.

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The U.S.-led NATO axis whose neocon foreign policy was drawn up by Victoria Nuland finds itself embroiled itself in conflict after conflict, and as Ukraine has fallen apart it has invested everything into Israel's quagmire in Gaza. Journalist Pepe Escobar joined to provide initial comments on how Russia and China are changing everything on the world stage, and Danny Haiphong concludes in an analysis you don't want to miss.

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Authored by Julie Kelly via The Florida Capital Star 

FBI agents last week arrested a man from Maine for his involvement in the events of January 6. According to a Department of Justice press release, Lincoln Deming spent about 30 minutes inside the building after entering through an open door with Capitol Police standing by. Deming faces numerous charges including civil disorder and the dreaded “parading” in the Capitol misdemeanor.

The DOJ bragged in the press release about the government’s scalp count for its unprecedented prosecution of Jan 6 protesters. “More than 1,424 individuals have been charged in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol,” Matthew Graves, the Joe Biden-appointed U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, boasted. The investigation into the four-hour disturbance, Graves warned, is “ongoing.”

Indeed. The DOJ, astonishingly, is on pace to arrest one J6 protester a day this year; Graves has stated his intention to bring the total caseload to at least 2,000 defendants before the statute of limitations expires.

If DOJ Didn’t Have Double Standards, It Would Have No Standards at All…Oh Wait

At the same time, the DOJ refuses to bring federal charges against pro-Palestinian demonstrators who in many instances engaged in similar if not worse conduct inside Congressional buildings over the past six months.

Graves’ spokeswoman recently confirmed to me via email that all cases stemming from arrests of pro-Palestinian protesters are being handled by the local D.C. prosecutor.

In other words, no federal obstruction of an official proceeding indictments against those who repeatedly interrupted Senate and House hearings to protest against the Israel-Gaza war. No federal “parading” charges for demonstrators who unlawfully occupied government buildings in Washington on multiple occasions. Even demonstrators who assaulted Capitol police outside the DNC headquarters last November do not face federal charges — a shocking double-standard since hundreds of J6ers have been federally charged with assault on police, even for minor confrontations, often resulting in lengthy prison sentences and pretrial detention in several cases.

Which makes recent comments by Attorney General Merrick Garland all the more outrageous — and demonstrably false. Before two House committees voted Thursday to advance contempt of Congress against Garland for defying a congressional subpoena demanding the audio recording of Biden’s interview with Special Counsel Robert Hur last year, Garland mustered his most sanctimonious self to explain how House Republicans, not him, threaten the legitimacy of the DOJ — a “fundamental institution of our democracy,” Garland claimed. (Garland advised Biden to invoke executive privilege to prevent producing the tapes to Congress; Biden only too happily accepted his counsel.)

Garland audaciously claimed politics plays no role in determining what investigations his department pursues.

Claire's Observations:  "...... politics plays no role in determining what investigations his department pursues" , MY ASTROLABE!!!!!  We know when this guy is lying through his teeth;  he opens his mouth.... and words come out of it!!!

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Webmaster addition: Which is why schools don't teach critical thinking!

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The European Union intends to start formal negotiations on admitting Moldova and Ukraine to the association as early as June 25, the European edition of the Politico newspaper reported citing five diplomats.

According to Politico, the association's member states were ready to do this back in December, but the decision was postponed amid Hungary's disagreement and fears that the issue of EU enlargement could muddy the waters in the European Parliament elections to be held on June 6-9.

According to the newspaper, an EU-Ukraine intergovernmental conference is scheduled for June 25. The desire to make some progress on the issue of EU expansion stems from the fact that on July 1, the presidency of the EU Council will pass from Belgium to Hungary. According to the newspaper's sources, it is still unclear how Budapest would react to Ukraine being brought into the organization. "As always, it is impossible to predict what Hungary will do until we hear from [Prime Minister Viktor] Orban himself," a diplomat quoted by the newspaper said.

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Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) countries have taken note of the US-led collective West’s attempts to take Eurasia under control, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.

"Attempts <...> by the US-led collective West to take the entire Eurasian continent under control are obvious, and we talked about it today," he said following a meeting of the SCO Council of Foreign Ministers.

According to Lavrov, NATO and EU officials are seeking to introduce their institutions in Eurasia and make the countries of the region obey their rules. He noted that Western institutions were "luring" Eurasian nations into anti-Russian activities in the fields of economy and security.

The top Russian diplomat emphasized that all member states realized the need to step up the activities of the SCO and its partners, including the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), among others. "The goal of developing common approaches to ensuring Eurasian security and Eurasian cooperation through the efforts of the continent’s countries is highly relevant," the Russian foreign minister stressed.

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Switzerland’s conference on Ukraine is aimed only at discussing Zelensky's so-called peace formula as an ultimatum, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.

"The Swiss conference is convened only to discuss Zelensky's 'peace formula' as an ultimatum," the top diplomat told the media after a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Foreign Ministers' Council.

Speaking about China’s peace initiative, the minister pointed out that "it provides for the need to understand the root causes of the situation, when the West decided to use Ukraine to sabotage Russia’s legitimate interests." "The Chinese initiative envisages looking at the root causes and reaching an agreement to eliminate these causes by ensuring in practice the principle of equal and indivisible security, where the security of all participating states is equally guaranteed. It is impossible to disagree with this," Lavrov added.

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Webmaster addition: While American veterans are homeless in the streets!

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Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) sailed to victory in the primary election in Kentucky on Tuesday despite the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) spending over $300,000 on attack ads against him. 

Massie, who represents Kentucky's 4th Congressional District, was winning with over 75% of the vote as of Tuesday night at 7:30PM EST.

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Ukraine has a right to strike military targets on Russian Federation soil, and the US and its allies should support the country in doing so, said Victoria Nuland, former US Deputy Secretary of State, in an interview with ABC News after Russia’s offensive in Kharkiv Oblast.

Source: ABC News, as reported by European Pravda

Details: Commenting on Russian forces’ recent advances in the north of Kharkiv Oblast, Nuland emphasised that Ukraine should be equipped to counter Russian operations launched from Russian bases.

Quote: “I think if the attacks are coming directly from over the line in Russia, that those bases ought to be fair game, whether they are where missiles are being launched from or where the troops are being supplied from,” she added.

The former US Secretary of State feels that the moment for this has come after Russia’s latest escalation of the war, which now threatens and attempts to destroy Kharkiv “without ever having to put a boot on the ground”.

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•Need to address the $2 trillion a year deficit
•Debt to GDP ratio the highest ever at 122% under Biden
•Interest rates are highest in 20 years
•Rates still low relative to the previous decades interest on the debt remains manageable

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A powerful tornado tore through Greenfield, Iowa, on Tuesday, leaving multiple fatalities, at least a dozen injuries, and widespread destruction in its wake.

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The architects of the New World Order are clever. They want to usher the world into WWIII without us realising it. That’s why they chose Estonia’s Prime Minister Kaja Kallas to do the deed.

She is, after all, an attractive woman and that naturally caught everyone off-guard. Because she is now calling for the break-up of the Russian Federation and she wouldn’t do so without the prior approval of other NATO states.

It’s totally disarming, as intended, but through a very attractive woman, the west has just declared war on Russia. That’s how it works: to wage war,: as the Mossad is said to maintain, you do so through deception. Ed.

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Germany’s parliament has voted to remove the possession of child sexual abuse materials as a criminal offence.

The country’s Criminal Code will no longer include the section pertaining to child pornography, Bundestag (parliament) voted Thursday.

Once the bill goes into effect, minimum sentencing for holding child abuse materials will be reduced and the criminal charge will become a misdemeanor, Reduxxed reported.

“Possession and acquisition should be punishable with a minimum penalty of three months’ imprisonment, and distribution with a minimum penalty of six months’ imprisonment, and distribution with a minimum penalty of six months’ imprisonment,” the bill states.

“The offences regulated in Section 184b of the Criminal Code are therefore classified as misdemeanors and not as crimes.”

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