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We assume that, because we were allowed to vote for our leader, he must actually be our leader.

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Consumer sentiment, a gauge of Americans’ economic perceptions, is at a six-month low, according to a closely watched index by the University of Michigan.

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Today, the world is dominated by ultra-powerful governments, ultra-powerful banks and ultra-powerful corporations.

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Analysis and breakdown of the themes and ideas that make Falling Down such a fascinating movie, and even more relevant today than it was in 1993. Analysis by…

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Remember all the collusion stories we wrote about the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and its efforts to control free speech through social media infiltration?

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There’s no effort to track patterns. Even if there were, finding where a gun was originally purchased is only useful, at best, in a handful of cases.

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As the political climate heats up surrounding gun control and legislation, more Americans are buying firearms today than six years ago.

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The net result is America’s working class is up against the wall, maxed out: whatever lines of credit that were available have been tapped (credit cards, “buy now, pay later” credit, etc.)…

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Historic inflation is causing declining living standards and a cost-of-living crisis. Under Biden’s presidency, grocery prices have increased by nearly one-third and gas has risen by 50…

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According to FBI records from the National Instant Background Check System (NICS), April 2024 was the fifth highest on record for gun sales and background checks for that month.

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From this standpoint, America’s National Debt challenge constitutes a political iron cage for Democrat and Republican legislators alike.

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I never imagined that we would ever see a time when it takes $177,798 for a family of four to live comfortably in the United States.  Unfortunately, that day has arrived.  Our leaders…

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Two Chicago men, Kawann Moore and Richard Pegue, face multiple charges after stealing chainsaws from a truck and leading police on a high-speed chase through the suburbs.

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Maybe we should rephrase the slogan to you’ll appear to own things you don’t actually control and be happy. Does that generate the…

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Under Biden, gun control has been an issue since before he was sworn into office in 2021.

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They knew what we are experiencing today was inevitable. That government naturally evolves to seek unbridled growth and total power over the people.

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The Victorian era was a time of contradictory ideals: they covered themselves fully but considered the female figure attractive, they were obsessed with cleanliness but practically lived in…

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 The Imperial Shrine of Yasukuni in Chiyoda, Tokyo, is a beautiful spiritual place to remember those who died in the service of Japan. About 24 lakh men, women, children and even…

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The animal kingdom is a vast and diverse group of creatures, many of which we will never get a chance to see up close. Thankfully, we have plenty of photos of the world's strangest animals…

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One-time outlaw Francisco "Pancho" Villa became one of the most famous generals of the Mexican Revolution and earned a reputation as a champion of the underprivileged.
 

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Step into a captivating journey through the annals of history, where we explore the most unique and surprising stories left behind by time.

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This unusual-looking gun, now on display in the Museum of Mourning Arts at Arlington Cemetery, once kept body snatchers away from cemetery grounds and discouraged them from digging up bodies…

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In the post-World War II era, the automotive industry was a center of innovation and opportunity.

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Marine lovers and shark lovers, welcome to the captivating realm of these magnificent marine predators!

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Take off your shoes and step back to an era when resilience was forged in the furnace of hardship and character was defined by unwavering values.

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Perceptions of the collective group we know as 'Vikings' have changed significantly over the course of history, evolving from romantic figures of exploration and conquest in the 18th and…

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This captivating collection of color photographs provides a glimpse of daily life in Budapest between 1939 and 1944.
 

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If you listen carefully to the voice of history, echoes of despair echo from the abandoned corridors of abandoned institutions, where debt-laden souls were mercilessly put into cold prisons…

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The Environmental Partnership Association (EPA) is seeking votes from the public to help them select the winner of the European Tree of the Year competition 2019.

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In today's world, we are well aware of the dangers of radium and the deadly dangers of radiation. But there was a time when radium was revered as a wonder substance that was believed to have…

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Embark on a journey through the transformative landscape of World War II, where ingenuity and innovation reshaped the course of history.

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You've heard that a picture is worth a thousand words, but pictures like the ones in the collection here have a lot of stories to tell.
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Testing Firepower: A Woman's Accuracy in Aberdeen, 1942 Amid the shadow of World War II, humanity faces its greatest test yet.
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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.
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In 1966, a small Welsh village is forever changed by a devastating event that shocks the nation. The Aberfan disaster, caused by the collapse of a colliery spoil tip, tragically resulted in the loss…
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 The rugged terrain of North Caucasus, nestled within the Russian Federation, is filled with ancient towers that stand as silent sentinels to an architectural tradition begun by the…

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Take a trip back in time to the 1970s with a look at the colorful and dynamic world of television.
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The 1970s, a period of great change in America, holds a treasure trove of forgotten events that, for some, have been forgotten. From trending toys to daring stunts, these events serve as symbols of…
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 Step into a Technicolor time machine and travel back to the '60s, where television screens were alive with groovy characters and far-fetched storylines.

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 In February 1869, two British prospectors, John Deason and Richard Oates, were digging for gold in central Victoria, Australia, when their ax struck something hard very close to the…

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Inventing has been a human practice from ancient civilizations to the modern era. While many things have become essential parts of everyday life and beyond, some inventions were too bizarre to make…
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We all know well that the Great Lakes are littered with shipwrecks; It's just a matter of finding them.
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Located in northeastern France, Alsace is a region filled with a rich and complex history, often serving as a cultural crossroads between France and Germany. This unique status is reflected in its…
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This unique photo collection includes a stunning array of vintage cameras, some of which were ingeniously hidden in everyday objects.
 

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As the United States expanded westward in the early 1800s, the trade in American bison fur, skin, and meat began to flourish across the Great Plains. By the 1860s, these iconic animals had roamed…
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NATO’s Undeniably Corrupt Ukrainian Client

by Ted Galen Carpenter Posted on March 04, 2024

When Russian forces expanded their military presence in Ukraine in February 2022, U.S. officials and most of the Western news media portrayed the development as a brazen act of aggression by a dictatorship against a peaceful democracy.  The reality was much more complex.  Ukraine had allowed itself to become NATO’s pawn in Russia’s security zone.  Such a move was bound to create severe tensions, not only between Russia and Ukraine, but between Russia and NATO.  In February 2022, regional tensions reached the point of being a full-fledged proxy war between the West and Russia.  Moreover, the United States and its NATO allies endeavored to portray the fighting in Ukraine as exceptionally evil.

In President Biden’s initial remarks after Russia’s invasion, he said “The Russian military has begun a brutal assault on the people of Ukraine without provocation, without justification, without necessity.”  “We saw a flagrant violation of international law in attempting to unilaterally create two new so-called republics on sovereign Ukrainian territory.  And at the very moment that the United Nations Security Council was meeting to stand up for Ukraine’s sovereignty to stave off invasion, Putin declared his war.  Within moments – moments, missile strikes began to fall on historic cities across Ukraine.  Then came in the air raids, followed by tanks and troops rolling in.”  “Putin is the aggressor.  Putin chose this war.  And now he and his country will bear the consequences.”  “God bless the people of a free and democratic Ukraine.”

The initial U.S. version of the war remained largely intact for the first several months.  Gradually, though, it became evident that Biden’s version of reality was distorted if not outright fiction.  Ukraine was portrayed as the champion of democracy and Western values while Russia became the symbol of post-communist authoritarianism.  The reality was that both Russia and Ukraine were corrupt quasi-authoritarian states.

There were ample signs early on that Ukraine was not a worthy democracy.  Opposition parties were outlawed.  Officials were dismissed for extensive allegations of misconduct.  Elections were postponed indefinitely.  The United States held elections during two World Wars and the Civil War.  Opposition media outlets were banned or heavily censored. 

 In case after case, the standard excuse for such actions was that opponents of President Volodymyr Zelensky’s regime were doing Russia’s bidding in the war.  Even religious factions not subservient to the government in Kyiv soon found their freedoms in danger.  Even National elections for Parliament were soon indefinitely on hold.  Under President Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine had become a “democracy” without freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, and a system of basic civil liberties.

Claire's Observations:  The US and NATO have been attempting to "raise on a busted flush" with Ukraine, whose leadership is so crooked, it collectively has to screw its socks on in the morning.

US/NATO leadership understood this from the get-go, yet portrayed Ukraine as a "great democracy, fighting for its life, against Evil Russia."

The most intelligent, responsible thing for Zelinsky to, if he actually does give a damn about the Ukrainian people, is to sue for peace, and try to get the best terms for Ukraine possible from Russia, and right the hell now.

Yet he doesn't and he won't; why?!?  Is he getting paid (handsomely) for keeping the war going?!?

Or, alternatively, what in the name of heaven might he have on NATO and US leadership (most probably courtesy of MOSSAD or the IDF) which would really put a dent in the processes and plans of both US and NATO leadership?!?

All I can tell you, is that the continuation of this war, in a way to get Russia to respond aggressively, is insanity writ large.