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Odesa Is Defiant. It’s Also Putin’s Ultimate Target

Odesa Is Defiant. It’s Also Putin’s Ultimate Target. Odesa Is Defiant. It’s Also Putin’s Ultimate Target. This most storied of ports remains the Russian leader’s obsession. Not only because it holds the key to the Black Sea. But because its openness and diversity embody all he wants to destroy. President Vladimir V. Putin knows that Ukraine’s fate, its access to the sea and its grain exports hinge on Odesa. Without it, the country shrivels to a landlocked rump state. By Roger Cohen Photographs by Laetitia Vancon Aug. 19, 2022 ODESA,Read More

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Putin’s Mein Kampf

Перепечатка из РИА. Что Россия должна сделать с Украиной © РИА Новости / Иван Родионов Флаги Украины и “Правого сектора”*, найденные в бывшем расположении ВСУ под Мариуполем. Архивное фото Тимофей Сергейцев Еще в апреле прошлого года мы писали о неизбежности денацификации Украины. Нацистская, бандеровская Украина, враг России и инструмент Запада по уничтожению России нам не нужна. Сегодня вопрос денацификации перешел в практическую плоскость. Денацификация необходима, когда значительная часть народа — вероятнее всего, его большинство — освоено и втянуто нацистским режимом в свою политику. То есть тогда, когда не работаетRead More

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NYTimes: Cousins Are Killing One Another

‘My Cousins Are Killing One Another’: War in Ukraine Splits Mixed Families Because of their countries’ complex and intertwined history, many Ukrainians and Russians have relatives who are standing on opposite sides of the conflict.   Alona Cherkassky with her Russian mother and Ukrainian father in 1982. Ms. Cherkassky grew up in Moscow but spent her summers in Odessa, Ukraine. By Emma Bubola March 1, 2022 Sign up for the Russia-Ukraine War Briefing.  Every evening, we’ll send you a summary of the day’s biggest news. Get it sent to your inbox. AsRead More

Vladimir Putin sits atop a crumbling pyramid of power

Vladimir Putin sits atop a crumbling pyramid of power Vladimir Sorokin / The Guardian Putin’s end goal isn’t Ukraine but western civilization – the hatred for which he lapped up in the black milk he drank from the KGB’s teat ‘For Putin, life itself has always been a special operation.’ Photograph: Fabio Frustaci/ANSA/Zuma/Rex/Shutterstock Sun 27 Feb 2022  On 24 February, the armor of the “enlightened autocrat” that had housed Vladimir Putin for the previous 20 years cracked and fell to pieces. The world saw a monster –crazed in its desiresRead More

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The Trader Who Shook Global Markets

The Work-From-Home Trader Who Shook Global Markets Navinder Singh Sarao.  Photo by Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg On March 9, 2020, U.S. stocks had their biggest one-day point drop ever as the economic fallout from the novel coronavirus sank in. Within a week that record had been broken twice, only for the S&P 500 to register its greatest weekly gain in decades in April, after the Federal Reserve intervened by slashing interest rates and buying bonds. This rattle of volatility arrives 10 years after another famously tumultuous episode in the markets—the so-called FlashRead More

For Ukraine’s Jews, the Threat of War Stirs Memories of Past Horrors

In Odessa, Jewish leaders are preparing for the worst: hiring security guards, scoping out bomb shelters and making plans to evacuate if Russia invades the country. Prayer services following shabbat at the Great Choral Synagogue in Odessa, Ukraine.Credit…Brendan Hoffman for The New York Times By Michael Schwirtz Feb. 21, 2022Updated 7:35 p.m. ET ODESSA, Ukraine—Rabbi Avraham Wolff is preparing for war. He has bought enough sugar, macaroni and canned goods to feed his congregation for a year, he said. He has hired about 20 Israeli security guards in case riotingRead More

The Guardian: Facebook’s rocky road to the metaverse

‘Every move scrutinized’: Facebook’s rocky road to the metaverse The CEO has changed the world – but he faces regulatory, technological and branding troubles in his push to do it again Mark Zuckerberg announces Facebook’s name change in an October presentation. Photograph: Eric Risberg/AP Kari Paul and Dan Milmo Sun 13 Feb 2022 01.00 EST It would hardly be hyperbole to say that since its founding in 2004, Facebook has taken over the world – counting more than 50% of the global population as its user base. But after yearsRead More


Putin Is Caught in a Trap of His Own Making Jan. 28, 2022 Credit…Alexander Demianchuk/Tass, via Getty Images By Yulia Latynina Ms. Latynina is a journalist who has reported extensively on Russia’s politics and foreign policy. MOSCOW — The question is on everyone’s lips. Will President Vladimir Putin go to war against Ukraine? To judge by Russia’s propaganda machine, where media moguls are predicting a victory “in 48 hours,” the answer is an emphatic yes. Yet the truth is more complex. While Mr. Putin undoubtedly regards Ukraine as little moreRead More

Підготовлені ЦРУ українські воєнізовані формування можуть зайняти центральну роль у разі вторгнення Росії

CIA-trained Ukrainian paramilitaries may take central role if Russia invade ZACH DORFMAN President Biden, Russia’s Putin end 2nd call this month as Ukraine tensions simmer The CIA is overseeing a secret intensive training program in the U.S. for elite Ukrainian special operations forces and other intelligence personnel, according to five former intelligence and national security officials familiar with the initiative. The program, which started in 2015, is based at an undisclosed facility in the Southern U.S., according to some of those officials. The CIA-trained forces could soon play a criticalRead More

AG Merrick Garland is a Castrato Chêng Ho

        The United States attorney general (AG) leads the United States Department of Justice, and is the chief lawyer of the federal government of the United States. Merrick Garland famously cried while being introduced by President Barack Obama and years later, by President Joe Biden. Garland is a Jew and a son of the Holocaust survivors. Chêng Ho was a Muslim Commander in charge of the largest flotilia ever sailing the seas. Both of them failed miserably in their life goals. When Prince Henry the Navigator was sendingRead More

Beijing and Moscow need a strong demonstration of US and allied resolve

BY JOSEPH BOSCO, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW OF THE HILL In a National Press Club speech  in January 1950, Secretary of State Dean Acheson excluded South Korea and Taiwan from America’s defense perimeter in the Pacific. China’s Mao Zedong, North Korea’s Kim Il Sung and the Soviet Union’s Joseph Stalin immediately conferred on which non-communist neighbor would be attacked first. Kim beat Mao to the punch and China had to settle for participating in North Korea’s invasion of South Korea,Read More

Бобе Майсе Под Рождество

He Bombed the Nazis, Outwitted the Soviets and Modernized Christmas Si Spiegel, a bomber pilot, can claim a dual legacy: as a war hero and as a father of the artificial tree. Si Spiegel, 97, in his Manhattan apartment. Credit…Carly Zavala for The New York Times By Laurie Gwen Shapiro. Dec. 17, 2021 The B-17 he was piloting had lost two of its four engines to enemy fire, and as Si Spiegel surveyed the ruined landscape, he had one thought: We have to get behind the Russian front. As part of theRead More

Стивен Хокинг оставил прогнозы относительно сверхлюдей и пришельцев

Stephen Hawking Left Us Bold Predictions on AI, Superhumans, and Aliens The great physicist’s thoughts on the future of the human race and the fragility of planet Earth. Quartz Max de Haldevang Stephen Hawking warned superhumans would use gene editing to take over. Photo by / MediaPunch/IPX. The late physicist Stephen Hawking’s last writings predict that a breed of superhumans will take over, having used genetic engineering to surpass their fellow beings. In Brief Answers to the Big Questions, to published in October 2018 and excerpted in the UK’sRead More

The Man Who Brought the Swastika to Germany, and How the Nazis Stole It

Heinrich Schliemann discovered the archaeological site of Troy, but his discovery also boosted the visibility of swastikas. Illustration from clu / Getty Images. When archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann traveled to Ithaca, Greece in 1868, one goal was foremost in his mind: discovering the ancient city of Troy using Homer’s Iliad. The epic poem was widely believed to be no more than a myth, but Schliemann was convinced otherwise. For him, it was a map to the hidden location of ancient cities. Over the next several years the German businessman, who madeRead More

FT: Избыточная смертность в России резко выросла с начала пандемии Covid

  Financial Times: Russia’s excess mortality soars since start of Covid pandemic   Russia’s excess mortality soars since start of Covid pandemic FT analysis shows an additional 753,000 people have died during the pandemic compared with historical trends.  Montage of medical specialist and chart Russia’s soaring death rate follows a struggle by authorities to boost its sluggish vaccination campaign and persuade people to use caution in public places © FT montage; AFP/Getty Images Share on twitter (opens new window) Share on facebook (opens new window) Share on linkedin (opens newRead More

Astronomers spot first possible exoplanet outside our galaxy

The Guardian: Astronomers spot first possible exoplanet outside our galaxy Saturn-sized planet candidate has been identified in Whirlpool Galaxy 28m light years away Illustration depicting X-ray binary and possible planet. Material from the companion star (right) is pulled on to black hole, forming a disk around the dense object. Photograph: Chandra X-ray Observatory Linda Geddes Science correspondent Tue 26 Oct 2021  A possible Saturn-sized planet identified in the distant Whirlpool Galaxy could be the first exoplanet to be detected outside the Milky Way. The exoplanet candidate appears to be orbitingRead More

Rolling Stones: Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen: Remembering the Life and Legacy of the Poet of Brokenness For nearly half a century, the novelist, ladies’ man and Buddhist monk built a tower of song – even though darkness was never far off. Rolling Stone Mikal Gilmore Photo by Tom Hill / WireImage / Getty. Leonard Cohen was the poet of brokenness. The knowledge haunted the first song that drew attention to him, “Suzanne”: “Jesus was a sailor when he walked upon the water/And he spent a long time watching from his lonely wooden tower . . .  /ButRead More


Putin’s Alleged Mistress Bought a $4 Million Pad in Monaco Kana Ruhalter Alexander Natruskin/AFP via Getty Images Financial records and tax documents reviewed by the Washington Post and other media outlets reveal that a former cleaner who is alleged to be the onetime mistress of Russian President Vladimir Putin—and the mother of his supposed 18-year-old daughter—bought a lavish $4 million apartment in Monaco through an offshore shell company in the British Virgin Islands, created just weeks after she gave birth to the girl. The multi-million outlay in 2003 by SvetlanaRead More


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