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Authored by Andrew Korybko via Substack,

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba warned on Friday that “It has become clear that assimilation would be extremely fast if we do not change our policy towards Ukrainians abroad”, calling on these refugees to “remain Ukrainian” with the innuendo that they shouldn’t plant roots in the West.

He didn’t explicitly say so, but it’s strongly hinted that he hopes that those millions who’ve fled the latest phase of the Ukrainian Conflict over the past two years will eventually return home to their country.

Kiev-based economist Alexey Kushch said in an interview with Ukrainian journalist Yury Romanenko last week that “I estimate that [after the conflict is over] Ukraine’s demographic profile <...> will be made up of 25 million people, including ten million senior citizens, five million children and two to three million disabled persons and veterans receiving social benefits. About seven to eight million working adults will make up the core of the economy.”

These two developments coincided with Ukraine’s passing of a new conscription law that doesn’t include a demobilization clause, which the media reported has left troops feeling “betrayedwhile a member of the Rada described it as a “point of no return” in terms of turning citizens against the government. Kuleba obviously hopes that unassimilated Ukrainians will feel so unwelcome in the West that they’ll return home to risk their lives in the meatgrinder and then rebuild their country when the conflict ends.

Basically, he’s manipulating them on a faux “patriotic” pretext into creating problems for themselves abroad so that they’ll consider moving back to Ukraine, but his rhetoric is extremely hypocritical since it’s the opposite of how Kiev itself treats minorities.

It was observed that “The West Would Never Talk About Its Minorities The Way That Ukraine Talks About Its Russian One” after Rada speaker Ruslan Stefanchuk denied their very existence and associated rights last fall.

In other words, Kuleba wants Ukrainian refugees not to assimilate into their host societies, with a wink and a nod that they should exploit the liberal-globalist West’s related legislation and socio-cultural norms to preserve their culture as much as possible.

At the same time, Stefanchuk denies the existence of Ukraine’s indigenous Russian minority, thus depriving them of any rights and therefore creating the exact same situation inside of Ukraine that Kuleba hopes that his country’s own refugees avoid.

These are blatant double standards, but they’re unlikely to be discussed but the Mainstream Media since these organizations have an interest in covering up for Ukraine’s fascist policies, which is exactly what Kiev is practicing.


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Via Middle East Eye

The Islamic Republic’s Saturday attack on Israel was a made-for social media moment. It was also the ultimate test of US efforts to cobble together a coalition of Arab states and Israel in a so-called Middle East NATO, to jointly defend an attack from Tehran.

Israel, the US, France, the UK, and Jordan managed to intercept around 99 percent of the drones, ballistic missiles and cruise missiles fired at Israel by Iran in retaliation for an attack on its embassy in Damascus, Syria. Radar and early warning systems that the US maintains at its military bases across the Gulf were instrumental in tracking the slow-moving armada of missiles and drones, current and former US, Israeli and Arab officials told MEE, adding that the US was able to scramble jet fighters from Saudi Arabia and Qatar at the last minute to participate in the operation. 

But in the end, the oil-rich Gulf states downplayed any involvement and left the heavy lifting of fighting off Iran’s attack to the US, its western allies and Jordan, the resource-poor Hashemite Kingdom dependent on US financial assistance.

For its part, Jordan cast its role actively downing Iranian drones as self-defense and not related to protecting Israel.  “There was unprecedented cooperation between Israel, the US and the Jordanians,” Michael Milshtein, a former Israeli military intelligence officer, told Middle East Eye. “But calling this a coalition is an illusion.”

Middle East Eye reported on Friday that the Gulf monarchies were shutting down US options to launch strikes against Iran in the event Washington felt the need to retaliate against Tehran’s attack on Israel. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Oman, and Kuwait all scrutinized their basing agreements with Washington to do the bare minimum that was required and avoid being involved in direct strikes on Iranian targets. 

Bilal Saab, a former US Department of Defence official, now at Chatham House, told MEE that the Gulf states’ calibrated actions underscored the limits of the Biden administration's push for a Middle East Nato. “When we start seeing authorizations to use Gulf airspace to launch strikes on Iranian targets, then we can start talking about a Middle East Nato. Right now, it's the exact opposite,” he said.

“I think what we saw from Saturday’s attack pumps the breaks on any idea of an Arab and Israeli Nato.”

Claire's Observations; At nearly 75 years of age, I have almost NEVER seen such a train wreck in US foreign policy (except for the Carter era, which was a completely reactionary vote against the caretaker presidency of Gerald Ford, after Nixon resigned.)  

With a shape-shifting foreign policy appearing to emerge by the second ,  which must feel like attempting to tap dance on quicksand to both friends and foes alike, and a dartboard approach to what they are doing, those dictating US foreign policy right now, seem to be hell bent on destroying any good will the US had possibly created recently.

Consistent policy goals and practices, coupled with a moral core?!?  In the very famous one-liner from a very popular TV show, "Fuggetaboutit"!!!!!

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Authored by Steve Watson via Modernity.news,

A new YouGov poll has found that Scottish First Minister Humza Yousaf’s popularity has nosedived since the introduction of ridiculous the hate crime law that caused police to receive over 8000 reports in one week.

The Telegraph reports that Yousaf now has an approval rating of minus 32, equating to a 15-point drop for since the beginning of the year.

The report notes that even among people who voted for his Party, more believe he is doing a poor job than those who think he is doing well.

Claire's Observations:  The Scots are very passionate about freedom of speech. This law, Yousaf's geopolitical "baby" was so horribly conceived, and so tailor-made for abuse, that it should have never gotten off the ground, period, end of discussion.  My bet is that it will get repealed as soon as is humanly possible.

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National Public Radio (NPR) has suspended veteran journalist Uri Berliner, after he penned a scathing indictment of the federally-funded network's overt partisan bias.

According to Berliner, "An open-minded spirit no longer exists within NPR, and now, predictably, we don’t have an audience that reflects America."

Berliner says that NPR went sideways when Donald Trump rose to power, as "what began as tough, straightforward coverage of a belligerent, truth-impaired president veered toward efforts to damage or topple Trump’s presidency."

What's more, NPR "hitched our wagon" to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), who "became NPR's guiding hand, it's ever-present muse."

By my count, NPR hosts interviewed Schiff 25 times about Trump and Russia. During many of those conversations, Schiff alluded to purported evidence of collusion. The Schiff talking points became the drumbeat of NPR news reports. -Uri Berliner via The Free Press

And now, Berliner has been suspended

"Senior @NPR editor @uberliner has been suspended from the public radio network he's served for 25 years after sharing concerns about bias in The Free Press," the outlet tweeted.

Claire's Observations;  Mr. Berliner, welcome to our world.  

Were I you right now, the first thing I would do, is close out every bank account I had, and find one that doesn't discriminate on the basis of political or religious bias, because if you are with a bank that does this, you are in deep trouble right now; just ask the people who got "de-banked" by Bank of America!! https://www.jimbakkershow.com/news/group-of-republicans-go-after-bank-of-america-for-religious-and-political-discrimination/.

You may want to change your phone number and email address so that harassment and threats don't happen on either.  When this happened to us, because of what Mike wrote about the death of Vincent Foster, he had a published number, because, as an up-and-coming computer animator at the time, he wanted companies to be able to find him.

Even though you identify yourself as "Liberal", apparently you were not "liberal enough" to suit the tastes of current management at NPR.  The venom from the people who fired you, knows no bounds whatsoever.  Please, keep your head up,  stay aware, and stay safe.

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As day two of former President Donald Trump’s hush money criminal trial continued, attorneys for the former president had a potential juror dismissed after they found posts calling for Trump to be put in jail.

As New York Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan, Trump’s attorneys, and prosecutors from Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office continued the process of questioning potential jurors about posts made to social media, and their private lives, Trump’s legal team had a juror dismissed over a post about Trump, calling to “lock him up.” Another social media post from the same juror reportedly said, “Get him out.”

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The US Supreme Court on Tuesday heard oral arguments in Fischer v. United States and at issue is statute 18 USC §1512(c)(2):

Whoever corruptly—

(1) alters, destroys, mutilates, or conceals a record, document, or other object, or attempts to do so, with the intent to impair the object’s integrity or availability for use in an official proceeding; or

(2) otherwise obstructs, influences, or impedes any official proceeding, or attempts to do so, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both.

The Supreme Court is expected to issue a decision on Fischer v United States this summer which means hundreds of J6 cases could be upended.

Biden’s corrupt DOJ has charged more than 300 J6ers with 18 USC §1512(c)(2). Additionally, two of the four charges against Trump in Jack Smith’s DC case are conspiracy to obstruct so the Supreme Court’s ruling could torpedo the special counsel’s case against Trump as well.

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President Trump made a stop Tuesday evening at the Harlem bodega where an employee acted in self-defense, resulting in death of thug two years ago.

The Harlem crowd was chanting, “USA! USA! USA!…” and ‘Trump! Trump! Trump!…”

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Killer blobs have been a fear for people for decades, with one becoming the terrifying threat of the 1958 film, The Blob. In such a situation, when a black spot mysteriously appeared on the streets of Venezuela, people started getting scared of it. Although this blob did not have the action of the deadly blob in the movie, it seemed to be just as deadly. Despite years of research, the mystery of this black goo has still not been solved. In 1986, workers paving 30-year-old asphalt on the roads between Caracas and its airport discovered a black goo about 50 meters away. This goo was described as an inch-thick greasy blob with the consistency of chewed bubble gum, which over time grew to cover 13 kilometers of highway, the substance preferring tunnels and uphill slopes. appears to be. No one knows where it came from or what it was, but it became known as 'La Mancha Negra' or 'The Black Stain'. Looking at La Mancha Negra it seemed as if it was alive. Its shape changed depending on the season, expanding on hot, wet days and shrinking on cold and dry days.
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There is a creature hidden in the heart of the Gobi Desert which is as mysterious as it is scary, which the locals know as the Mongolian Death Worm. This creature, with its fearsome reputation, has attracted scientists, adventurers, and the curious alike. But what is the Mongolian death worm, and why has it fascinated so many people? The Mongolian death worm, or olgoi-khorkhoi, as it is known in Mongolia, translates to "intestinal worm" due to its resemblance to a cow's intestine. It is said that this creature inhabits the vast and inaccessible expanse of the Gobi Desert. It is described as a scarlet creature capable of spitting corrosive poison or delivering electric shocks to its prey and enemies alike. This legend has been around for centuries, passed down through generations, painting a picture of a creature that is as elusive as it is deadly.
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Forget what you learned in history books. Often they tell only one side of a nuanced story. The rare finds collected here show an aspect of history that we rarely get to see. They peel back the layers of the stories we think we know to reveal little-known facts that make history more fascinating. If you're ready to see a different side of history than what you already know, click ahead...the truth is waiting for you! In 2015, researchers in the Netherlands performed a CT scan on a statue of a seated Buddha and found the last thing they expected when they looked inside. The statue contained a monk who had been mummified for 1,000 years. Instead of simply placing the monk inside the statue, researchers found that the monk was filled with pieces of paper covered with Chinese characters. To mummify himself a monk would take a special diet of poisoned tea to ensure that the body would become so poisoned that it could not be eaten by insects. It is rare that a monk could accomplish such a feat, but those who accomplished it were respected within the community.
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