“The story of its ruin is simple and obvious; and, instead of inquiring why the Roman Empire was destroyed, we should rather be surprised that it had subsisted so long. The victorious legions, who, in distant wars, acquired the vices of strangers and mercenaries, first oppressed the freedom of the republic, and afterwards violated the majesty of the purple. The emperors, anxious for their personal safety and the public peace, were reduced to the base expedient of corrupting the discipline which rendered them alike formidable to their sovereign and to the enemy; the vigor of the military government was relaxed, and finally dissolved, by the partial institutions of Constantine; and the Roman world was overwhelmed by a deluge of Barbarians.” — Edward Gibbon. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Chapter 38 “General Observations on the Fall of the Roman Empire in the West”

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On the evening of May 23, the Ukrainian/NATO military launched another missile attack on the Crimean peninsula. According to the local reports, explosions thundered throughout the peninsula, except its western part. The attack was presumably launched by Ukrainian drones and US-made ATACMS or French-British Storm Shadow missiles. Unfortunately, the attack resulted in civilian casualties.

According to monitoring sources, at least 16 missiles were spotted heading for Crimea. Some of them were launched from the Odessa region. Also, about four UAVs were launched from the Kherson region.

Meanwhile, MQ-8 Reaper reconnaissance drone of the US Air Forces is circling in the sky over the Black Sea.

At about 10 p.m. local time, explosions were reported in the area of the capital of the Crimean Republic – Simferopol, as well as in the southern cities of Yalta and Alushta, in the north in Dzhankoy and in the west in Yevpatoria. Sirens sounded in Sevastopol. At least 20 explosions are heard in the Simferopol district of Crimea. Presumably, the detonation of ATACMS cluster missiles. According to preliminary reports, Ukrainian drones were shot down in the Alushta area.

Most of the explosions were likely the result of operations of Russian air defense forces. Local sources confirmed interception of several targets in the area. The official report by the Russian Defense Ministry is likely to reveal more details on the morning of May 24.

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken has reportedly asked President Biden to formally greenlight Ukrainian strikes against targets deep inside Russia using US-provided long-range weaponry amid growing pressure from hawks in Washington. Sputnik asked seasoned international affairs observer Scott Ritter about the development's dangerous endgame.

House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Michael McCaul added fuel to the fire of escalatory rhetoric swirling around Washington on Wednesday regarding restrictions on Ukraine’s use of American long-range strike weapons, trotting out a map during Secretary Blinken’s testimony showing areas of Russia hundreds of kilometers from the Ukrainian frontlines that weapons like ATACMS and HIMARS could hit.

“Will you change this policy so that Ukraine can fight without one hand tied behind its back?” McCaul asked.

“When it comes to enabling or endorsing attacks outside of Ukraine, that’s not something we’ve done, but Ukraine will have to make and will make its own decisions and I want to make sure that it gets the equipment that it needs,” Blinken said, avoiding a direct answer.

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by Tyler Durden

A new trove of emails released by the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic reveal that top researchers involved in manipulating bat coronaviruses to better-infect humans then conspired to delete email evidence of their communications surrounding the Covid-19 outbreak.

Peter Daszak, David Morens, Peter Hotez

The communications focus on top NIH adviser Dr. David Morens, who solicited help from the NIH's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) office to dodge records requests. Morens is currently on administrative leave.

"Evidence in possession of the Select Subcommittee suggests that Dr. Morens, while employed by NIAID and NIH acted as an agent on behalf of a federal grantee, EcoHealth," the Subcommittee notes. "Morens began assisting Dr. Daszak in how to respond to NIH compliance efforts," the release continues - referring to EcoHealth Alliance boss Peter Daszak, whose organization was suspended this month from receiving federal funds for three years.

"i learned from our foia lady here how to make emails disappear after I am foia’d but before the search starts," Morens wrote in a Feb. 24, 2021 email to an unknown recipient, adding "Plus i deleted most of those earlier emails after sending them to gmail."

In another email, Morens claims that "With the help of our IT folks, I went over the whole computer and phone situation... Basically, my gmail is safe from FOIA."

"Please pass this on to Peter and I ask you both that NOTHING gets sent to me except to my gmail."

Claire's Observations:  Are alleged "scientists" this vile, when there is money to be made in an  "alleged cure" for an illness that neither prevents you from getting it,    nor prevents your transmitting it to another person?!?  The short answer is, HELL, YES!!!!

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Earlier this month, Israel seized the Palestinian side of the Rafah border crossing in Gaza, the main crossing between Gaza and Egypt. Since that time, humanitarian aid coming into Gaza has slowed to a crawl, despite the much-hyped US-built pier constructed off the coast.

According to a journalist with sources on the ground in Gaza, the US-built pier that was constructed off the coast of Gaza ostensibly to bring in aid for hungry Palestinians was first used to bring in military equipment and then food, but the first batches of food went to Israeli Defense Force (IDF) soldiers and not the starving citizens of Gaza.

Leila Hatoum was a guest on Sputnik’s Fault Lines on Thursday, where she described the current situation with the controversial pier.

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A Bill filed in the Italian Parliament provides for the return of compulsory military service, with 6 months of civil or military service for young people between 18 and 26 years of age, both men and women.  Men go military, women go Civil.

Matteo Salvini, vice-premier and leader of the League (political party), announced this initiative on social media, stressing that it represents a form of civic education, discipline, attention to others and respect for themselves and others, with potential positive effects on young people.

The bill, signed by the deputy of the Eugenio Zoffili League, is entitled “ Establishment of the territorial universal military and civil service and delegates to the Government for its discipline ”. Zoffili, member of the Defense in the Chamber commission, developed this proposal, anticipated by Salvini during the national Alpine meeting in Vicenza. The proposal aims to involve young people in activities useful to the community, such as rescue, civil protection, first aid and forest protection.

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Chinese Ambassador to Japan, Wu Jianghao, today publicly announced “The Japanese people will be dragged into a fiery hell,”  after Japan pledged support to Taiwan.

The ambassador has already been summoned to the Taiwan Foreign Ministry.

Hal Turner Snap Analysis

WOW!  That language is so unusual as to be completely unknown coming from _any_ China official.  

Seems as though old animosities are resurfacing in Asia.

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Ukrainian troops booby-trapped the bodies of dead civilians before retreating from the city of Avdeyevka, a security official in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) told TASS.

"We came to know that Ukrainian forces had booby-trapped the bodies of dead civilians before retreating. Those were the bodies of the people gunned down by them or killed in military operations," he said.

According to the official, in some cases, family members saw troops booby-trap the bodies of their dead relatives. "Bomb squad members did their best to remove mines in the most careful manner in order to make it possible for the families to bury the dead," he noted.

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Israeli forces will step up activity in Rafah, a city near Gaza’s border with Egypt, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said, the Times of Israel reported.

"We are strengthening our effort against Rafah. This operation will go on and increase, more forces on the ground, more forces from the air, and we will reach our goals — to deal a very hard blow to Hamas, to deprive it of its military capabilities, to create the conditions to return the hostages to their homes," he said onboard a patrol boat on a trip to the Gaza coast.

While on the tour, Gallant was joined by several Navy commanders, the Times of Israel reported. Gallant was briefed on "the operational and humanitarian efforts in the maritime arena."

The international community earlier called on Israel to not conduct a full-blown operation in Rafah. The US said the operation would be a mistake, putting civilians in the city in harm’s way and weakening Israeli security. Israel insists that the operation in Rafah is necessary for full victory over Hamas. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the operation in the city will be crucial to the country’s entire campaign in Gaza.

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With the accession of new states to the BRICS group the total strength of national satellite constellations of the association's member-countries has exceeded 1,200 spacecraft, Roscosmos CEO Yury Borisov has said.

"On May 23, a meeting of the heads of space agencies from the BRICS member-countries was held in Moscow under Russia’s presidency. The event was also attended by Russia’s sherpa in BRICS, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov. In his welcoming speech, Yuri Borisov, the CEO of Roscosmos, said that the accession of the new member-countries to BRICS increased the overall strength of national orbital groups to more than 1,200 satellites," the corporation said in a news release.

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The threat of a world war is growing due to "insane statements" by Western politicians speculating about sending soldiers to Ukraine against the background of exercises in Russia involving non-strategic nuclear weapons, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto has said.

He noted that "there has been no day without another crazy statement uttered by of some of the European politicians."

"There are those who want to send soldiers to Ukraine. Others are already speculating about the use of nuclear weapons. Every day the threat of a world war is getting closer," Szijjarto told a news conference after a meeting in Budapest with his Swiss counterpart Ignazio Cassis.

"We see what is happening: European politicians are making statements about the use of nuclear weapons. The Russians are conducting exercises involving tactical nuclear weapons," Szijjarto said. He believes that "the time has come to stop this madness."

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Marianne Gingrich has said she could end her ex-husband's career with a single interview. 

Earlier this week, she sat before ABCNEWS cameras, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned. 

She spoke to ABCNEWS reporter Brian Ross for two hours, and her explosive revelations are set to rock the trail. 

But now a "civil war" has erupted inside of the network, an insider claims, on exactly when the confession will air! 

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President Joe Biden has done everything he can to foist gun control on the American public, whether anyone wanted it or not. -- Time after time, he's issued calls for things like assault weapon bans and magazine restrictions, to say nothing of his countless executive orders seeking to restrict our right to keep and bear arms.

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“CNN’s new name is Canceled Network Now...”

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 A transgender-identifying male inmate has been transferred back to a men's prison after being charged with rape while in custody at a women's facility. 

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Google's YouTube video platform is switching gears in the lead-up to the 2024 election in order to rig the election against unapproved candidates.

In a new blog post, YouTube laid out how it is "voluntarily" assuming the role of a private business that "supports elections."

YouTube is not just interested in rigging the United States election, though; the changes arrived just prior to the European Parliament (EP) election, which is also right around the corner.

YouTube says its goal is to present "an overview of our efforts to help people across Europe and beyond find helpful and authoritative election news and information," meaning YouTube will disseminate only approved information for public consumption to sway people's voting habits. 

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A New Zealand coroner has ruled that a man’s vaccine-induced death could have been prevented if he had been informed about the risks before consenting to having the covid mRNA injection.

It highlights the failures of health professionals and institutions to give the public sufficient information so people can consent to the injections based on an informed decision.

But, as Dr. Guy Hatchard notes, this admission will not result in any repercussions on the vaccinators and their allies.  And he puts the deaths by vaccination into perspective.

“If you put [excess deaths in the covid injection era] next to the refusal of … hundreds of [ ] officials, parliamentarians and medicos to take any disciplinary action, you can re-appraise it as an extraordinary act of looking the other way faced with a stealthy but deadly plague of serial killers in our midst,” he writes.

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Electric cars kill pedestrians at double the rate of petrol or diesel vehicles because they are quieter, a study in a BMJ journal has found.

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