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    DOMINICAN Republic-based drug trafficker, Cesar Peralta, was captured and arrested in December of 2019. On Saturday, March 19, 2022, authorities revealed they believe Peralta to be responsible for the shooting of Boston Red Sox alum David Ortiz. 2David Ortiz played for the Boston Red Sox Who is Cesar 'The Abuser' Peralta? Cesar Peralta is known as "The Abuser" or "El Abusador." Notorious for becoming one of the Dominican Republic's highest-ranking drug traffickers, Peralta reportedly began dealing on a small scale in the 1990s. The kingpin quickly rose to success, becoming one of the main suppliers in the Caribbean linking South America to Puerto Rico and the United States. In 2019, Peralta was captured while in Colombia. Read More on The US SunDAVID'S KIDS Meet Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz's family'A BEAUTIFUL ADVENTURE' Meet MLB legend David Ortiz's wife Tiffany He was extradited to the United States in December of 2021. "This arrest and extradition underscore the collaboration and cooperation between our law enforcement partners, as well as our commitment and resolve to combat transnational organized crime,"...
    In 2018, the United Nations concluded that the military’s campaign against the Rohingya included “genocidal acts.” Another senior official in the State Department said that Blinken’s announcement on Monday will galvanize the international community to come to the aid of the Rohingya people. The official said, “It’s really signaling to the world and especially to victims and survivors within the Rohingya community and more broadly than the United States recognizes the gravity of what’s happening.” The first official echoed this sentiment by saying: “It’s going to enhance our position as we try to build international support to try to prevent further atrocities and hold those accountable.” That said, a determination of genocide does not automatically initiate punitive action by the United States. Just days after Joe Biden was sworn into office, the Myanmarese military staged a coup and seized control of the country. The coup, led by Commander in Chief Min Aung Hlaing, quickly suppressed a public uprising and killed more than 1,600 people in the process. In response to the coup, the United States and its...
    Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphySunday shows preview: Biden calls Putin a war criminal as Ukraine conflict continues Graham introduces resolution urging Biden to help send jets to Ukraine Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — More weapons but no planes for Ukraine MORE (D-Conn.) said on Sunday suggested that Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinBelarusian president says Putin is 'completely sane' and 'in better shape than ever' Thousands of Mariupol residents forcibly taken to Russia, city council says Pentagon chief says Russia has 'struggled with logistics,' made 'missteps' in Ukraine invasion MORE should not be allowed back into the "world order" and that the Kremlin's invasion of Ukraine should be a moment in which the globe rethinks its dependence on Russian energy.   NBC “Meet The Press” moderator Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddJan. 6 witnesses to be NBC guests at media dinner Sullivan: Sanctions relief in Venezuela must be 'tied to concrete steps' Barr says dealing with Trump, advisers like 'wrestling an alligator' MORE asked Murphy whether Putin should be allowed back at the negotiating table...
    Let go of the forest to reduce the population of two billion mosquitoes: an alien idea from an American company. For years, companies have been trying New ways to reduce the number of mosquitoesExcept for filtration of pesticides and wetlands. US companies such as Google or British Oxytech are already operating GMO releases mosquito These last years. Seeing that it was possible to control their population, the British decided to release Oxtech 750 million. Two billion mosquitoes. These are not mosquitoes Men only Aedes aegypti species named OX5034 by scientists. Their goal is to reproduce with females, which will be born Impossible larvae. All of these larvae die before they mature, and the male’s genes prevent them from producing the protein needed for their development. A breakthrough in environmental protection According to scientists, the release of mosquitoes is harmless to the environment. This method is less dangerousDrainage wetlands Where mosquitoes breed, or Insecticide spraying Kills non-insect pests like bees. This technique will greatly reduce the number of mosquitoes. Without completely destroying, Which will remove the link in the food chain....
    WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and John Barrasso, R-Wyo.; Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. __ NBC’s “Meet the Press” — NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg; Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn.; Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo. ___ CBS’ “Face the Nation” — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin; Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; Oksana Markarova, Ukraine’s ambassador to the United States; Marie Yovanovitch, a former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. ___ CNN’s “State of the Union” — Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations; Marek Magierowski, Poland’s ambassador to the United States; Kaja Kallas, prime minister of Estonia. ___ “Fox News Sunday” — U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy; Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Sen. Robert Menendez Foreign Relations Committee Chair Robert Menendez said that he welcomes the Biden administration’s decision this week to designate Afghanistan for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), saying that this relief ensures vulnerable people “have the ability to live in peace without fear of being forcibly handed over to the Taliban.” “I remain troubled, however, that we have not seen similar TPS designations for Cameroon and Ethiopia, two countries that clearly meet the requirements that Congress set forth for TPS designations,” Menendez continued.  Advocates have been raising awareness around Cameroon in particular, where human rights advocates have said that deported asylum-seekers have faced abuses ranging from arbitrary arrest, extortion, to rape at the hands of state actors following their return. But while the Biden administration has designated a number of nations in crisis for temporary status—including Afghanistan and Ukraine—Cameroon and Ethiopia have not been among them. “It is critical that TPS is not politicized to preference some countries over others,” Menendez said. “As I have said before, Black migrants are too often excluded when these important decisions are made.” House progressives this week...
    United States Special Forces veteran and Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives f0r Florida, Jay Collins, told Thursday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily that he decided to run because he can help fix the nation’s problems after President Biden failed on the international stage. Collins, who joined Thursday’s show with special guest host Breitbart News Washington bureau chief Matthew Boyle, explained that the United States is worth the fight, and that he would “gladly give my other leg and both arms; I would give my life for this nation.” On the radio show, Collins explained that he was wounded multiple times in combat in Afghanistan, and eventually had to have part of his leg amputated after he took too much damage. The Special Forces veteran told Boyle that after being in Afghanistan for many years and even being embedded with the Afghans, it was “heartbreaking” to see what happened in the country and how many lives were impacted by Biden’s botched withdrawal. “To see the Biden administration fail on such an [inter]national stage, the way they did is, it’s horrifying. It’s heartbreaking...
    MSNBC host Joe Scarborough lashed out at Republican critics of President Joe Biden, whom Scarborough says are scoring “cheap political points” at the risk of a nuclear war. As Russia’s brutal war against Ukraine rages, GOP opponents of the president have made a habit of demanding exactly the sorts of actions that Biden has made clear would either draw the United States into a world war, or risk alienating allies who have thus far been united against Russia. On Tuesday morning’s edition of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Scarborough took aim at Republican Senators making demands of Biden that would “trigger World War 3,” suggesting the “jackasses” stop “playing to the cheap seats” — at least until the risk of nuclear war abates somewhat: I’m not going to name any names, because actually, I don’t even dignify their remarks. But there are some Republicans, some Republican senators out there that are trying to turn this into a political hit job against Joe Biden and are pushing him to do things that would trigger World War 3. It’s so reckless, they’re pushing him not...
    Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) called out President Joe Biden’s nominee for United States Supreme Court, Ketanji Brown Jackson, for having “a pattern of letting child porn offenders off the hook for their appalling crimes.” In a series of tweets detailing Judge Jackson’s rulings, interviews, articles, and speeches, Hawley called attention to the “alarming pattern when it comes to Judge Jackson’s treatment of sex offenders, especially those preying on children.” I’ve been researching the record of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, reading her opinions, articles, interviews & speeches. I’ve noticed an alarming pattern when it comes to Judge Jackson’s treatment of sex offenders, especially those preying on children — Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) March 16, 2022 Biden nominated Jackson to replace retiring Justice Stephen Breyer last month, fulfilling his campaign promise to nominate a black woman to the Supreme Court. U.S. President Joe Biden (L) looks on as Ketanji Brown Jackson delivers brief remarks as his nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court at the White House February 25, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images) “As far back as her time in law school, Judge...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden's administration is discussing ways to help Ukrainian refugees join family members already living in the US by providing special pathways for their admission, according to multiple sources. Under mounting pressure to step up their efforts, Biden administration officials have been considering a range of options, including a fast-track path for those fleeing the Russian invasion as well as a special admission process into the US based on humanitarian grounds, according to one source familiar with the discussions. The proposals could potentially help hundreds of Ukrainians fleeing the violence. More than 3 million refugees have fled war-torn Ukraine to neighboring countries in a span of weeks, prompting calls for more nations -- and specifically the US -- to take in refugees. Polish President Andrzej Duda personally asked Vice President Kamala Harris last week to speed up and simplify the procedures allowing Ukrainians with family in the US to come to the country. Biden has faced increased pressure in the last several days to do more to assist Ukraine in its fight against Russia, including from Ukrainian President Volodymyr...
    Live from Music Row Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed The Tennessee Star’s National Political Editor Neil McCabe to the newsmaker line to give his take on how the Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky’s speech to the U.S. Congress will be received and what further actions the U.S. will take to aid his country. Leahy: On the newsmaker line, the very best Washington correspondent in the country for The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network, national political editor Neil W. McCabe, who serves in the Army Reserve. He did a tour in Iraq and was awarded a Bronze Star. Mr. Neil W. McCabe, good morning, Neil. McCabe: Michael, very good to be with you. A bit of a buzz in D.C. right now, because Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky is expected to speak to Congress in a virtual session. And so that’s going to be kind of exciting. Leahy: That’s going to happen in about 40 minutes from now [9...
    As the U.S. and U.K. push for Saudi Arabia to increase oil production to offset a rise in global energy prices amid sanctions on Russia, the kingdom on Saturday announced it had executed 81 people — the country’s largest mass execution in decades. Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of Democracy for the Arab World Now, says the muted criticism of Saudi abuses reveals a double standard when it comes to how Western countries deal with the absolute monarchy, which has been waging a brutal assault on neighboring Yemen for almost seven years with U.S. support. If the U.S. wants the world to oppose Russia’s brutal war in Ukraine, “then it’s got to stop supporting the war in Yemen,” says Whitson, who adds that disparate coverage of the wars in Ukraine and Yemen point to “inherent racism” in Western media.TranscriptThis transcript has been edited for clarity. AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now! I’m Amy Goodman. Today, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to hold talks on energy security, even as critics raise concerns...
    TRANSCRIPT: McCabe: One of the great ironies in investigative journalist Peter Schweizer’s new book Red-Handed is the degree to which the Chinese Communist Party has infiltrated the very heart of American capitalism on Wall Street. Schweizer told The Star News Network that the titans of Wall Street are among China’s closest allies. Schweizer: What China wants from Wall Street is access to Western capital with no questions asked. And unfortunately, the biggest firms on Wall Street are prepared to give it to them. So when the Trump administration pushed for tariffs and restrictions on Chinese economic activity in the United States, one of the first institutions to stand up and protest in the White House were the big firms on Wall Street. McCabe: Schweizer said one of the Chinese Communist Party’s biggest supporters on Wall Street is BlackRock and its CEO and co-founder Larry Fink. Schweizer: He basically runs a fund that that manages money that’s equivalent to half of the entire United States economy. So he has an enormous pull. McCabe: The investigative reporter said Fink is not...
    Tin-pot dictator. Russia’s Vladimir Putin was seething. It was obvious to him that Russia was a glorious SUPER POWER of unheralded strength and might, yet his biggest foe, the United States of America, yawned in his face and announced to the world that it was going to go over there, where its real challenger stood—in Asia. So in the mold of Kim Jong-Un, Putin threw a tantrum to get the world’s attention, massing 190,000 troops around Ukraine and in Belarus to, as one observer noted, “remind Western leaders of Russia’s status as a nuclear superpower, and the risks associated with confronting it militarily.”  Well, no one was confronting it militarily. The one time the United States military came into contact with Russian “mercenaries” in Syria, 200-300 Russian soldiers “mercenaries” ended up dead. Guess how many Americans were killed? Of the 40 involved, zero died. Oh, and zero were injured. You can bet Putin took note—just one more indignity in a long litany of indignities. Indeed, Putin called the breakup of the Soviet Union “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century.” A century that included the Holocaust, mind you, not to mention 24...
    (CNN)The Department of Homeland Security will allow Afghans who are in the United States to remain in the country under a form of humanitarian relief, the department announced Wednesday. The relief, known as Temporary Protected Status, applies to people who would face extreme hardship if forced to return to homelands devastated by armed conflict or natural disasters, therefore the protections are limited to people already in the United States. The DHS secretary has discretion to designate a country for TPS.The US resettled more than 76,000 Afghans evacuated from Afghanistan. Most of those evacuees were paroled into the US for a period of two years and received work permits. They may be eligible for TPS if they don't secure a legal status before that two-year period expires. "This TPS designation will help to protect Afghan nationals who have already been living in the United States from returning to unsafe conditions," DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement. "Under this designation, TPS will also provide additional protections and assurances to trusted partners and vulnerable Afghans who supported the U.S. military, diplomatic,...
    Thousands of American soldiers trained to use Surface-to-Air missile systems, High Mobility Artillery Rockets and unmanned aircraft are bound for Australia as tensions over China grow. The rotational US Marine force will be comprised of about 2200 servicemen and women based in the Northern territory during the upcoming dry season from September. It is the 11th deployment to the Top End and for the first time will include 250 US Army personnel, the Australian Defence Force announced.   The contingent is part of an ongoing US posture initiative to promote stability in the Indo-Pacific region with fears Beijing could be plotting to invade Taiwan in coming years. Defence Minister Peter Dutton in September warned conflict with China 'shouldn't be discounted' and on Wednesday told the US Studies Centre Beijing may look to annex Taiwan as the world is preoccupied with Russia's bloody invasion of Ukraine. Thousands of US troops will be deployed in the Northern Territory. Pictured: US Marines   In September, Peter Dutton warned that the risk of fighting with China 'shouldn't be discounted' and was 'up to the Chinese' It sits alongside...
    Private jets are scrambling to neutral airspace. Superyachts have fled to international waters. Assets hidden by years of financial shell games are being converted into cryptocurrency faster than you can say “до свидания!” But for Russia’s second-richest man, at least one Western power is still a friendly place to park the fortune he earned with the backing of the Kremlin: the United States of America. “There’s 120 or so oligarchs. They’ve only hit about 10 of them,” said Bill Browder, an American financier who’s made a crusade out of exposing Russian corruption. “They haven’t even hit the most prominent or famous. Roman Abramovich is still living sanction-free. I don’t know why. There’s no explanation.” Abramovich—owner of the Chelsea F.C. soccer empire, a pair of yachts worth an estimated $1 billion, and companies that help manufacture the Russian tanks used to invade Ukraine—is just the most prominent of nearly 20 oligarchs who have managed to dodge blanket sanctions by the West, according to an analysis of sanctions measures by The Daily Beast. Of those, nearly a dozen have avoided being sanctioned...
    A woman who smuggled a Mexican child across the border was arrested at a traffic stop on a Texas highway after police became suspicious about her relationship to the girl. Agents assigned to the Laredo Sector were operating a checkpoint on Interstate 35 when they pulled over a driver for a routine inspection in North Laredo on March 8. The woman initially told the border patrol officers that the child was her daughter before they were able to confirm that she had misled them during the questioning. The agents were unable to determine the toddler's identity or nationality until the Laredo Sector Foreign Operations Branch contacted the Mexican consulate office and were able to obtain a photo with the names of the child and her mother. In addition, the Laredo Sector was able to locate a relative of the minor in the United States. The agency released a heartwarming photos of one of its agents holding on to the sleeping migrant girl moments after she was rescued.  U.S. Border Patrol did not indicate how long the child had been in the...
    Is there a legal remedy for Russia's brutal invasion of Ukraine? The answer, sadly, is probably not. International law consists of a constellation of treaties, conventions, customs, rules of commerce and engagement, and high-minded principles. All, however, are dependent on the voluntary cooperation of sovereign nations, especially the great powers. In times of war, the law of the jungle all too often prevails. In the short run at least when it comes to Ukraine, the jungle has overtaken the rule of law. Yet even as the carnage accelerates, there are some hopeful signs in the legal proceedings currently underway at the world's two most prominent tribunals--the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the International Criminal Court (ICC), both of which are based in The Hague, Netherlands. On March 7, the ICJ held a public hearing on the invasion in response to Ukraine's emergency request for the issuance of "provisional measures," the rough equivalent of a preliminary injunction, to stop the invasion. A decision could be rendered in a matter of days. In the meantime, the ICC has...
    THE United Nations is one of the largest organizations in the world that aims to foster collaboration among nations. However, one man played an integral part in coining the name of this organization that has become a behemoth international organization. 2Former US president, Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first to coin the term United Nations Who coined the United Nations? According to the official UN website, former US president, Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first to coin the term United Nations. Roosevelt used the term when the Declaration by the United Nations was signed in Washington, DC on January 1, 1942. This Declaration was signed in the midst of the Second World War. Read More United Nations ArticlesENERGY WATCH All you need to know about IAEAOPTING OUT The countries that voted against the United Nations resolution revealed Who was Franklin D. Roosevelt? Franklin D. Roosevelt, the man who coined the name United Nations, was born on January 30, 1882, in Hyde Park, New York. Roosevelt was a politician and attorney who had worked in the highest office as the 32nd president...
    (CNN)Here's a look at the Hispanic population in the United States, via the Census Bureau.FactsThe Office of Management and Budget describes Hispanic or Latino ethnicity as "a person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race."Hispanic people are the largest minority in the United States. Only Mexico has a larger Hispanic population than the United States. READ MORE: Hispanics show increasing cultural, economic and social diversityRead MoreIn 2018, the Census Bureau projected that in 2060, Hispanic people will comprise 27.5% of the total population, with 111 million Hispanic individuals residing in the United States.In 2020, Hispanics made up 11% of the electorate, compared to 8% in 2018 and 10% in 2016.There are 62,080,044 Hispanic people in the United States, comprising 18.7% of the population.There are more than one million Hispanic residents in ten US states - Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York and Texas.An estimated 41,757,391 US residents, or 13.5% of the population, speak Spanish at home.An estimated 23,484,777 Spanish speakers also speak English...
    Two years ago, the memehongkong YouTube channel posted a video in Chinese explaining how Biden rigged the 2020 presidential election. The video on supposed rigged voting machines in Michigan has 320,000 views and zero misinformation disclaimers on YouTube. Yet the problem of misinformation affects more than the Chinese community. Misinformation disproportionately affects Asian, African, and Latin American diaspora communities in the United States. False information on the 2020 election and COVID-19 targets susceptible immigrant communities. It endangers both democracy and public health. The United States must pursue a federal program that helps diaspora community leaders and organizations teach members about misinformation. Current policy efforts focus on English language misinformation on major social media platforms. They are important, but insufficient. Social media platforms currently lack the ability to flag misinformation in other languages. Diaspora communities also use different communication apps based outside of the United States to chat with loved ones abroad. These communication apps do not face the same policy attention on misinformation that Facebook and Instagram do. Holes in current policy allow for foreign interference. Misinformation campaigns from abroad...
    In the United States, Govt-linked aid fraud has surpassed $ 8 billion Exceptional assistance, exceptional fraud: The judiciary on Thursday estimated that more than $ 8 billion has been embezzled as part of the financial aid measures adopted in the United States since the outbreak began. Thousands face criminal charges, and 1,800 or so organizations are under civil investigation for these shocking scams, the ministry said, adding that it will appoint a chief prosecutor to coordinate these efforts. Kevin Chambers will become a cell director dedicated to the fight against these scams, as promised by Joe Biden during a speech to Congress on March 1st. “Under my administration, the security forces are back: we are hunting down criminals who steal billions of dollars in aid to small businesses and millions of Americans,” the Democratic president began. Since March 2020, more than $ 5 trillion has been released in the United States to help businesses and people affected by the epidemic. As soon as the first steps were taken, the irregularities were identified. Most people are targeted by the Wage Protection...
    (CNN) — The man came to the ER at Charles Regional Medical Center in La Plata, Maryland, wide-eyed and scared. He couldn’t catch his breath. He was middle-aged, overweight and unvaccinated. He had also recently tested positive for Covid-19. READ MORE: Museum To Unveil Exhibit Highlighting Jackson Mitchell, Baltimore Woman Who Became First Black Attorney In MarylandTwo weeks earlier, a doctor who had diagnosed the man during an urgent care visit had noted his risk factors and prescribed a new drug: Paxlovid, an antiviral pill that in clinical trials cut a person’s the risk of hospitalization or death from Covid-19 by nearly 90% compared with a placebo. But the man hadn’t taken it because he couldn’t find it. “He said, ‘I went to a couple of pharmacies, and they just didn’t have it,’ ” said a doctor who later treated him in the ER. The doctor asked not to be named because he didn’t have permission from his employer to speak about the case. A CT scan revealed that a massive clot called a saddle embolism was choking off the...
    Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and the Miami Open after US officials refused to change their regulations for the unvaccinated Serbian star. The world no 2 was a surprise inclusion in the draw for Indian Wells this week despite not receiving a jab against Covid-19 - a requirement for entry into the United States - as well as mandatory for players in the tournament.  Djokovic's refusal to be jabbed had already seen him kicked out of the Australian Open earlier this year and now he has pulled out of the two competitions after realising he would not receive an exemption. He wrote on Twitter: 'While I was automatically listed in the @bnpparibasopen and @miamiopen draw, I knew, given the entry requirements to the US, it would be unlikely I'd be able to travel there. 'But as international COVID regulations are always being amended, I wanted to wait and see if anything would change. 'The CDC confirmed today that regulations are not changing which means I will not be playing in the US. Novak Djokovic...
    New York (CNN Business)Tencent Music has filed plans to go public in the United States in what could be one of the biggest recent US IPOs by a Chinese company. The company set a placeholder target of $1 billion, which could value the company between $25 and $30 billion, according to its SEC filing. That amount would mark the third largest Chinese IPO to list in the United States since the beginning of 2018, according to data provider Dealogic. The Netflix-like video platform iQIYI raised $2.3 billion and social shopping app Pinduoduo raised $1.6 billion. Tencent Music dominates the music streaming market in China through its Spotify-like apps. The company revealed in its SEC filing that its music apps have more than 800 million monthly active users. Spotify owns a 9% stake in Tencent Music. The entertainment subsidiary of Tencent reported a profit of $263 million for the first six months of 2018, with revenue of $1.3 billion.Read More"We are pioneering the way people enjoy online music and music-centric social entertainment services," it said in a filing, adding that it...
    Rulers divide the world into worthy and unworthy victims, those we are allowed to pity, such as Ukrainians enduring the hell of modern warfare, and those whose suffering is minimized, dismissed, or ignored. The terror we and our allies carry out against Iraqi, Palestinian, Syrian, Libyan, Somali and Yemeni civilians is part of the regrettable cost of war. We, echoing the empty promises from Moscow, claim we do not target civilians. Rulers always paint their militaries as humane, there to serve and protect. Collateral damage happens, but it is regrettable. This lie can only be sustained among those who are unfamiliar with the explosive ordinance and large kill zones of missiles, iron fragmentation bombs, mortar, artillery and tank shells, and belt-fed machine guns. This bifurcation into worthy and unworthy victims, as Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky point out in “Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media,” is a key component of propaganda, especially in war. The Russian-speaking population in Ukraine, to Moscow, are worthy victims. Russia is their savior: The 1.5 million refugees and the millions of...
    Instagram Elena Branson Elena Branson is a dual Russian and U.S. citizen who is accused of acting in the U.S. illegally as an “agent of the Russian government.” Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Matthew G. Olsen, the Assistant Attorney General for National Security, and Michael J. Driscoll, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced the charges in a news release on March 8, 2022. According to the news release, she was also accused of “willfully failing to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (‘FARA’), as well as conspiring to commit visa fraud and making false statements to the FBI.” According to the complaint, her name is also Elena Chernykh. Read More From Heavy How You Can Help Ukraine: Verified Charities, GoFundMe & Ways to Support Ukrainians Her Instagram page reads, “RCNY (Russian Center New York) aims to connect entrepreneurs, investors, scientists, intellectuals from Russia and the US.” Here’s what you need to know:1. Branson Is Accused of Coordinating Meetings So...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced a ban on Russian oil, natural gas and coal imports in response to the country's invasion of Ukraine.Read his executive order:March 8, 2022EXECUTIVE ORDER - - - - - - -Read More PROHIBITING CERTAIN IMPORTS AND NEW INVESTMENTS WITH RESPECT TO CONTINUED RUSSIAN FEDERATION EFFORTS TO UNDERMINE THE SOVEREIGNTY AND TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY OF UKRAINE By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code,I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, hereby expand the scope of the national emergency declared in Executive Order 14024 of April 15, 2021, and relied on for additional steps taken in Executive Order 14039 of August 20, 2021, finding that the Russian Federation's unjustified, unprovoked, unyielding, and unconscionable war against Ukraine, including its recent further invasion in violation of international law, including the United...
    Tucker Carlson said the war is causing 'moral panic' as he laid into the Biden administration for escalating tensions with Russia.  Carlson, 52, argued that 'hysteria' has become the 'official public discourse' of the United States and claimed people who speak out against it are 'denounced'. Speaking on his show Tucker Carlson Tonight, he claimed on Monday that the Black Lives Matter movement and the Covid-19 crisis led to two 'moral panics', with the third being the ongoing invasion.  'The Biden administration just inserted itself with force into the middle of a hot war between two foreign powers,' said Carlson in a Fox News opinion piece adapted from his opening speech on Monday.  Fox News' Tucker Carlson, 52, argued that 'hysteria' has become the 'official public discourse' of the United States and claimed people who speak out against it are 'denounced' Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced on Monday the US will use Poland as a cutout to send fighter jets to the government of Ukraine, which will be used to fight the Russian military. 'That means the United States is...
    Kremlin Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.It is difficult to imagine ways for the Russian invasion of Ukraine to get worse, but Vladimir Putin is giving us new reasons to try. After putting Russian nuclear forces on “special alert” last week, Putin’s government has repeatedly accused the United States of storing biological weapons in Ukraine, part of a disinformation campaign that could presage Russia’s own use of these illegal weapons of war.  Russia signed treaties banning the use of biological and chemical weapons—in 1975 and 1997, respectively—but has maintained covert programs in apparent defiance of those agreements. Despite destroying most of its Cold War–era stockpile of chemical weapons by 2017, Russian military operatives used a nerve agent to kill Sergei Skripa, a Russian spy who had become a double agent for Great Britain, and his daughter in 2018. Russia used the same nerve agent in 2020 to poison Putin opponent Aleksei Navalny. (Navalny survived but is now in a Russian prison.) During the civil war in Syria, Bashar al-Assad’s...
    by John David Soriano   It took Russia’s naked aggression against Ukraine for Germany to admit that Donald Trump was right all along: Europe needs to stop relying on U.S. subsidies and spend more on its own defense. In a stunning policy reversal, Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced that Germany would do what Trump was long urging and commit at least two percent of GDP to defense spending. That the United States has been subsidizing Europe’s defense is well known, thanks mainly to Trump’s harping on it. Another thing Trump thundered about, correctly, is that the United States also subsidizes Europe’s socialized healthcare. Pharmaceutical companies rely upon sky-high U.S. drug prices to render economically viable their ability to sell drugs in other countries. The United States thereby subsidizes socialized healthcare in the rest of the world, especially in the wealthiest European countries. Here’s how and why—and why Joe Biden’s State of the Union pledge to lower drug prices is dead on arrival. Drug development is expensive. To defray costs and turn a profit, most pharma companies rely upon the holy trinity of drug...
    Former National Security Adviser and pardoned convicted felon Michael Flynn on Saturday proudly demonstrated to the world that he has no idea what the United States Constitution says. Speaking at a campaign rally for Oklahoma MAGA pastor and Republican Senate candidate Jackson Lahmeyer, Flynn incorrectly claimed that “the word ‘Creator’ is in the Constitution four times.” The Constitution contains no references to a “Creator” or any other higher being of any kind. But the phrase “endowed by their Creator” is included in one founding document – the Declaration of Independence. This is something that an ex-Army lieutenant general would presumably know, considering that they swear an oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution. Nevertheless, Flynn, a right-wing conspiracy theorist whose guilty plea to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation cost him his White House job after only 24 days, confidently proclaimed a demonstrably ridiculous falsehood. “Democracy is always a fragile type,” Flynn said. “You read the Federalist Papers, you read [the Founder’s] writings—because this is all about the people that we’re talking about tonight running for office, and...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has set off the largest mass migration in Europe in decades, with more than 1.5 million people having crossed from Ukraine into neighboring countries — “the fastest growing refugee crisis in Europe since World War II,” the head of the U.N. refugee agency tweeted on Sunday. Nearly all the refugees have gone to other countries in Europe, where they have generally encountered a warm welcome. But some may eventually need permanent resettlement in the United States if they are unable to return to Ukraine. A look at the situation: WHAT HAS THE U.S. DONE TO HELP REFUGEES SO FAR? The U.S. has provided $54 million in food and other assistance to people inside Ukraine and has pledged to send more, according to Samantha Power, head of the U.S. Agency for International Development. That aid is critical because conditions in Ukraine are horrific and growing worse. Food is scarce as millions of displaced people inside the country try to escape the Russian attack. On Thursday, the Biden administration announced it would offer...
    In the run-up to the United States Soccer presidential election, 32 players from the United States women’s national team supported the current Cindy Barlow Con. From World Cup players including Megan Robinho and Becky Charbron to newcomers like Trinity Rodman and Ashley Sanchez, Cohn said he “deeply understands the work that needs to be done to continue to create equality.” 1 is related “The United States Football Confederation needs a leader who can move our game forward, not backward. That’s why we accept Cindy Barlow Conn for the presidency,” the players wrote Friday. And we appreciate his commitment to his players at all levels, from our national teams to the locals. Elections will be held Saturday at the U.S. Football Annual General Meeting in Atlanta. Only US soccer voters are eligible to vote in the election, and USWNT players are represented by the 23-player Athlete Council. The letter was signed by Alex Morgan, Ali Grieger, Sovereign Brun and Lynn Williams, who sit on the Athletics Council. Cohn is competing against former U.S. football captain Carlos Cardiro,...
    by Michael S. Kochin   According to the criteria for their respective medals, the Iraq War that began in 2003 lasted more than eight years; yet the U.S. war in Afghanistan, which commenced just weeks after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, has lasted more than 20 years. And despite the U.S. withdrawal, the destruction of the U.S.-backed government in Kabul, and the loss of so much equipment to the Taliban, that war still has, at this writing, no official end date. A week in to the latest Russian invasion of Ukraine may seem a bit too early to prophesize, but the intransigence of the parties—both of which are fighting for vital national interests—and the diplomatic, economic, and logistic intervention of the United States and allies on the side of the militarily weaker Ukrainians, will likely ensure a very long conflict. Vladimir Putin’s case for his current invasion might be meritless, but is not without arguments that are persuasive to the parties involved. Fact is, the United States helped overthrow a democratically elected Ukranian government in 2014 to install a more pro-Western faction,...
    Stewart Parks, the latest candidate to announce that he is actively running in the Republican primary for Tennessee’s Fifth Congressional District, is also facing charges stemming from the January 6 Capitol incident. Currently, Parks is collecting qualifying petitions. The Tennessee Star confirmed with Parks that he is indeed the individual that is facing federal charges in connection with the events of January 6, 2021. Parks told to The Star, “I did nothing wrong.” He also said that he believes the charges will have no logistical effect on his ability to campaign for TN-5. Parks is facing five misdemeanor federal charges based on his alleged actions that took place during the January 6th incident at the Capitol. Parks is charged with: Entering and Remaining in a Restricted Building or Grounds, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1752(a). Disorderly and Disruptive Conduct in a Restricted Building or Grounds, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1752(a). Disorderly Conduct in a Capitol Building, in violation of Title 40, United States Code, Section 5104(e)(2)(D). Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing...
    President Joe Biden’s administration has been attempting to fortify the nation’s digital defenses as Russian President Vladimir Putin escalates his unprovoked assault on Ukraine. Government officials and business leaders are anticipating that Moscow will try to breach and potentially disable critical information infrastructure as a retaliatory response to crippling economic sanctions. According to Glenn S. Gerstell, a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the former general counsel of the National Security Agency and Central Security Service, “the United States lacks an organized response” to foreign cyberattacks and malware intrusions. “American businesses aren’t ready for a war in cyberspace,” Gerstell wrote in a grim assessment of the state of readiness of American cybernetworks in an editorial in Friday’s New York Times. First, Gerstell began, the Department of Homeland Security, which Biden has tasked with shoring up public and private networks, “doesn’t have the legal authority to order the private sector to follow its lead. More broadly, the federal government, even if warned by companies like Microsoft of incoming cyberattacks, doesn’t have the necessary infrastructure in place...
    New York (CNN Business)There's growing momentum in Congress to ban US imports of Russian oil."I'm all for that. Ban it," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said this week.A bipartisan bill, unveiled this week by Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, would do just that. Note that this is very different from the more sweeping step of imposing sanctions on Russian oil, a move that would prevent virtually all nations from using Russian oil. Russian oil isnt sanctioned, but nobody wants to touch it anywayStrictly banning US imports of Russian oil would most likely not have a dramatic impact on prices at US gas pumps, which surged this week to the highest level in nearly a decade. Read MoreThat's for a simple reason: Unlike Europe and Asia, the United States doesn't really use much Russian oil.Russia delivered just 90,000 barrels per day of crude oil into the United States in December, according to the most recent US government statistics. That pales in comparison with oil that the US gets per day from Iraq (223,000), Saudi...
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks during a rally for immigration provisions to be included in the Build Back Better Act outside the U.S. Capitol Dec. 7, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Amid Russia’s offensive into Ukraine, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez used her platform to make the kind of push for refugees that is as necessary as it is troubling, in that she even needed to speak the words. “The way the world treated Syrian refugees versus the way that the world is greeting Ukrainian refugees is a very stark contrast,” Ocasio-Cortez told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on Tuesday. More than 40 lawmakers signed a letter urging President Joe Biden's administration to use “all available pathways” to protect Ukrainian citizens in the United States on temporary visas and to grant temporary protected status (TPS) to Ukrainian refugees. "Forcing Ukrainian nationals to return to Ukraine in the midst of a war would be inconsistent with America's values and our national security interests," legislators said in the letter. They included Sens. Cory Booker, Tammy Duckworth, Elizabeth Warren, and Raphael Warnock, Democrats who have long advocated for people...
    New York (CNN Business)Russia's space agency, Roscosmos, will no longer deliver Russian-made rocket engines to the United States, Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin said on state television, ending a decades-long relationship between US and Russian rocket makers."Today we have made a decision to halt the deliveries of rocket engines produced by NPO Energomash to the United States," Rogozin said, according to the Russian news site Tass. "Let me remind you that these deliveries had been quite intensive somewhere since the mid-1990s," Rogozin said.Tass reported that the ban will apply to RD-180 engines that power US-based United Launch Alliance's (ULA) Atlas V rockets.ULA's CEO, Tory Bruno, however said via Twitter that ULA has already taken delivery of the RD-180s it needs in the near-term, and he does not foresee the fallout from Russia's invasion of Ukraine having any impact on ULA's operations.ULA, a private space transport company, is in the process of abandoning its line of Atlas rockets in favor of a new line of rockets, called Vulcan, that will use engines made by Jeff Bezos' US-based rocket company Blue Origin. It's...
    A former federal prosecutor is blasting the top brass at the U.S. Dept. of Justice, from Attorney General Merrick Garland on down, for appearing to refuse to prosecute Donald Trump. “Stand up to Garland to the point of threatening resignation,” urged Richard Signorelli, a civil and criminal litigation lawyer who served as an Asst. U.S. Attorney at the prestigious Southern District of New York office (SDNY). No other federal prosecutorial accomplishment will matter if you do not timely & aggressively address the Trump menace,” he said in a series of tweets Thursday morning. Signorelli’s remarks come just hours after the House Select Committee on the January 6 attack in a court filing revealed it has sufficient evidence to believe Donald Trump committed multiple federal crimes, including criminal conspiracy. Responding to a DOJ announcement that Garland today is giving a speech on white-collar crime, Signorelli called it “Shameful.” “I don’t want to hear one damn word from Garland about any criminal matter until he addresses the Trump menace. In the strongest terms possible, I condemn Garland’s weakness/incompetence. Garland constitutes a...
    Lithium-ion battery of one of the models According to an American agency, an American expert on attached materials for sports may “overheat”. Article written by Posted On 03/02/2022 22:33 Study time: 1 minute. On Wednesday, March 2, the American expert on attached materials for the Fitbit game demanded the recall of about 1.7 million copies of its Ionic smartwatch. “Risk of burns” For users. The US Agency for Consumer Protection (CPSC) states on its website that one million of these devices have been sold in the United States and 693,000 have been purchased overseas. “Ionic smartwatch’s lithium-ion battery overheats, causing burns”, The company explains. The recall process was conducted in coordination with the Canadian and Mexican regulators. The CPSC says it has heard of at least 115 monitoring overheating in the United States, including 78 burns, including two tertiary burns and four secondary burns. The regulator urges users to immediately stop wearing the smartwatch and contact Fitbit for a $ 299 (9 269) refund of the device. The California company stopped production of...
    Wishful thinking or a possible twist? Paris back behind secret talks Aukus Alliance, three months after the announcement, the French authorities and the Naval Group cultivate a secret Trust: Australia realized that the plan at the heart of its latest alliance with the United States and Great Britain proves too complicated to realize one day, the French would return to breach of the Treaty of conventional submarines. “Australians have shown us that we should not exclude anything and be prepared for anything with them”, Believes a businessman close to the file, even goes so far as to imagine “A new diametrically opposed face”. According to him, two parameters can come into play, which encourages the French to be on their guard in this case. On the one hand, potential Australian political changes meant that current prime minister Scott Morrison’s mid-September decision, at the expense of a partnership with France, was challenged even within his Liberal Party. His predecessor, Malcolm Turnbull, did not refrain from criticising his will, condemning the abandonment of the treaty signed with the Naval Group, and the...
    Jabin Botsford/CNP/Zuma Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.President Biden forcefully denounced Vladimir Putin during his first State of the Union address, outlining further steps to damage the Russian economy and declaring that, as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told the European Union this week, “Light will win over darkness.” “Six days ago, Russia’s Vladimir Putin sought to shake the very foundations of the free world, thinking he could make it bend to his menacing ways,” Biden said. “He met with a wall of strength he never anticipated or imagined. He met with the Ukrainian people.” Biden made some news tonight by announcing that the United States would close its airspace to all Russian flights, and that it would attempt to blunt gas prices by releasing 30 million barrels of oil from its Strategic Petroleum Reserve. “Putin is more isolated from the world now than he has ever been,” he said. Biden also drew the audience’s attention to the Ukrainian ambassador to the United States, and—with a nod to...
    President Joe Biden opened his State of the Union address on Tuesday night by leading the House Floor in a standing ovation for the Ukrainian people as they face a brutal invasion by Russia. “Last year Covid-19 kept us apart,” Biden said to open his speech. “This year we are finally together again.” “Tonight, we meet as Democrats, Republicans and independents, but most importantly as Americans,” he continued. “With a duty to one another to the American people to the Constitution. And with an unwavering resolve that freedom will always triumph over tyranny.” Biden went on to praise the people of Ukraine for standing up to Russian President Vladimir Putin and his army: Six days ago, Russia’s Vladimir Putin sought to shake the foundations of the free world thinking he could make it bend to his menacing ways. But he badly miscalculated. He thought he could roll into Ukraine and the world would roll over. Instead he met a wall of strength he never anticipated or imagined. He met the Ukrainian people. Biden went on to introduce Oksana Markarova, the...
    In his 2022 State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Joe Biden announced a ban on Russian aircraft from American airspace. Biden was following the lead set by the European Union (EU) and Canada, which closed their airspace to Russian flights on Sunday. “We are joining with our European allies to find and seize their yachts, their luxury apartments, their private jets. We are coming for your ill-begotten gains. And tonight I am announcing that we will join our allies in closing off American air space to all Russian flights, further isolating Russia and adding an additional squeeze on their economy,” Biden said. The EU said earlier on Tuesday that it asked the United States to join its ban on air travel by Russian nationals, including those who are legal EU residents. “It doesn’t matter whether they are EU residents, if they are Russian nationals, they will be covered. Russian nationals or a Russian company cannot charter, own or control a plane that will be flying into the EU, out of the EU or overflying the EU....
    First lady Jill Biden accidentally introduced Vice President Kamala Harris as 'president of the United States' at a Black History Month event at the White House Monday. The first lady made the flub in a speech where she saluted Harris as a 'partner to Joe' and made reference to her role as the first black vice president.  'Ladies and gentlemen, the president of – the vice president of the United States,' the first lady said, drawing instant laughs when she corrected herself. Among those seen guffawing were the president himself. She also had a joke her husband's expense when praising DJ D-Nice, who was at the event in the East Room.
    Getty First Lady Jill Biden gives remarks at a Black History Month celebration event, where she accidentally called Kamala Harris "President" of the United States. During a Black History Month celebration on Monday, February 28, First Lady Jill Biden accidentally introduced Vice President Kamala Harris as the “President of the United States,” while President Joe Biden was sitting on the same stage and watching. Read on to watch a video below of the incident and learn more about what happened.Jill Biden Said She Was Just Trying to ‘Make You Laugh’ Play Jill Biden Introduces Kamala Harris As "President Of The United States"President Joe Biden’s wife and First Lady Jill Biden introduced President Joe Biden’s Vice President Kamala Harris as “President of the United States,” during her remarks from the White House on 2/28/2022. Be sure to like, subscribe, and comment below to share your thoughts on the video. Subscribe for the latest on Joe Biden and…2022-02-28T20:15:11Z In the short nine-second video above, Jill Biden was introducing Harris before she came to the podium to speak. But Jill...