Fake Info About Ukrainian Saboteurs in 2016 Crimea Might Have Been What Sparked Russian Invasion of Ukraine

by Kseniya Kirillova The reason for Russia’s accusations was a shootout that occurred near Armiansk (northern Crimea) on the night of August 6-7, 2016. The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) announced that it had thwarted several attempts by a terrorist group to commit sabotage and break through to Crimea from Ukrainian territory, leading to the deaths of a Russian serviceman and an FSB officer. According to the FSB, the sabotage group had been “trained and prepared by the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine”. Russian security…

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Trump’s ‘America First’ Politics is Conceding Global Leadership to China

by Tony Wyman With the mass shootings that left dozens of Texans and Ohioans dead during the first days of August, it isn’t a wonder that most missed two vital international news stories that demonstrated just how far down American global influence has fallen since Donald Trump became president in 2017. The two stories involved vital American allies choosing to establish treaties with other nations excluding America to preserve security in their regions. The first was Australia, without American involvement, setting up a military training unit, called the Pacific Support…

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Military-style Semi-Auto Rifles Are Meant for One Thing: Mass Murder. It is Time to Ban Them

by Tony Wyman There is only one reason the shooter in Dayton, Ohio was able to kill nine human beings in just 30 seconds.  He was armed with a weapon designed to do just that. The manufacturer of the weapon, an AM-15, practically brags about their firearm’s ability to deliver life-ending multi-calibre rounds faster and longer than other comparable models.  The weapon, says Anderson Manufacturing, “…runs cleaner, faster, longer,” delivering “An orchestra of metal and hellfire built by calloused hands, gritted teeth, and passionate hearts” according to a testosterone-drenched video…

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Is Donald Trump a Fascist?

by Tony Wyman The playbook that Donald Trump used to get elected and to maintain a passionate base of support is nothing of his own creation.  Instead, it was borrowed from authoritarian politicians just like him who divided their people into two groups, the virtuous “us” and the corrupt “them,” to take over their countries and reshape them to their liking. The tactics they used were consistent and predictable: evoke a glorious past when their nations were great; use arguments based on emotion, not fact, reason or truth, to inflame…

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Trumpism is Another Step in the Evolution of Conservatism, a Misstep

by Tony Wyman They are foreigners! That’s what they are!  And we want them out by the millions!  And Trump supporters are willing to go to civil war if that’s what it takes to get it done!  – Pro-Trump caller on the Republican line on POTUS Radio, 21 July 2019 Let’s be clear about what is happening to the Republican Party, shall we? The mainstream establishment wing of the GOP that ran the party since its inception is dead.  And with its death goes the principles and values that made…

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Megan Rapinoe Knows What It Really Means to Be Patriotic

by Tony Wyman If any male footballer had struck the same pose as Megan Rapinoe struck after scoring the winning goal that earned the United States Women’s National Soccer Team their second consecutive World Cup title, the sporting world would barely have taken note. After all, such displays of brashness and boldness are common among male athletes.  Players in men’s leagues used to rip their shirts off in celebration, but now that practice is banned, they make self-aggrandizing jaunts to the corner flags every time the ball touches the back…

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The Russian People Saved Ivan Goluov. Now, Can They Save Russia?

by Kseniya Kirillova The victory of Russia’s civil society in the case of Ivan Golunov* has raised two very important points. Firstly, we have seen that, if provoked, Russians are able to stand up for persons who have fallen into disfavour with police authorities. Secondly, Russian civil society seldom rises to the occasion, especially on such a large scale. (*Ivan Golunov, who works for the independent Russian website Meduza and is known for exposing local corruption, was recently arrested in Moscow on trumped up charges of drug dealing. He was reportedly…

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Why Doesn’t Donald Trump Have a Nickname for Vladimir Putin?

by Tony Wyman Lyin’ Ted.  Little Marco. Little Rocketman.  Pocahontas. 1% Biden. Alfred E. Newman. Animal Assad.  Donald Trump has a nickname for everyone, it seems. Everyone except Russian President Vladimir Putin. No “Sad Vlad” or “Little Putinpie” or “The Murderer of Moskva.”  No “Goober of Gorky” or “Moscow Mule” or “Bald Boris.”  Where President Putin is concerned, Donald Trump has nothing but good things to say. “You know what? Putin’s fine. He’s fine. We’re all fine.  We’re people,” President Trump said in July 2018, responding to press questions about…

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Trump isn’t the Cure for the Cancer Destroying American Politics, He’s the Disease

by Tony Wyman “To my friends who wonder how a decent, educated woman could support a crude, narcissistic reality TV show host and erstwhile pro-wrestling figure like Donald Trump as president, I answer that it’s simple,” wrote Dr. Robin Burk, former West Point instructor and researcher at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency in an article recently published in the unabashedly pro-Trump online publication American Greatness. The article is a very well written explanation of how a woman as intelligent, cosmopolitan and worldly as Dr. Burk could come to see a…

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The Trump Presidency: A Steady Global Devolution Towards Disorder

by Paul Szydlowski Three weeks after he was elected, I posted some predictions of where a Trump presidency might lead us. Among the predictions were failure to complete a border wall, soaring federal deficits, potholes in the attempt to replace the Affordable Care Act and steady global devolution towards disorder if the U.S. were to withdraw from global treaties and alliances. I believe it’s time for a review of where things stand. This is in no way an exhaustive list. Internationally, our withdrawal from multiple international agreements, along with our…

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