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MAGA’s gift to Putin: Lack of U.S. aid making life very difficult on the front line in Ukraine

Delays in weapons deliveries from Western allies to Ukraine are opening a door for Russian battlefield advances, said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, making the fight “very difficult” along parts of the front line where the Kremlin’s forces captured a strategic city last weekend ahead of the war’s two-year anniversary. Zelenskyy and other officials have often expressed frustration at the slowness of promised aid deliveries, especially since signs of war fatigue have emerged. European countries are struggling to find enough stocks to send to Kyiv, and U.S. help worth $60 billion is stalled over political differences. The MAGA Republican faction...

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Out of sight, out of mind: UN refugee chief worries the world has forgotten about the brutal war in Ukraine

The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said in late January that that he was worried that the war in Ukraine has been forgotten, as the country prepares to mark two years since the start of Russia’s brutal full-scale invasion. UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi also said that it was important to remind the international community that Ukrainians were living through a devastating war, despite other global crises taking the spotlight. Speaking after his January visit to Ukraine, Grandi said that the invasion – which was launched by Moscow without provocation on February 24, 2022, continued to bring devastation to civilians...

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Cult of War: How the Kremlin weaponized Russian history to justify the era of Soviet terror

When Tucker Carlson asked Vladimir Putin about his reasons for invading Ukraine two years ago, Putin gave him a lecture on a fictional version of Russian history. The brutal 71-year-old dictator spent more than 20 minutes showering a baffled Carlson with dates and names going back to the ninth century. Putin even gave him a folder containing what he claimed to be copies of historical documents proving his propaganda: that Ukrainians and Russians historically have always been one people, and that Ukraine’s sovereignty is merely an illegitimate holdover from the Soviet era. Carlson, either from his ignorance or sycophantic...

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Senator Ron Johnson tells Congress he sees no point in using taxpayer dollars to stop Putin in Ukraine

At about 2 a.m. on February 13, Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin stood on the Senate floor and explained why he opposed sending more aid to help Ukraine fend off the invasion launched in 2022 by Russian President Vladimir Putin. “A lot of the points that Vladimir Putin made are accurate,” Johnson said. “They’re obvious, and so many of our people here in Washington DC are just ignoring that, making people believe like Ukraine can win. Putin won’t lose. Putin will not lose. He’s not going to lose.” Echoing Putin’s talking points, Johnson also baselessly claimed U.S. economic...

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Political warfare: Ex-FBI informant charged with lying about Bidens allegedly linked to Russian intelligence

The explosive allegations at the center of an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden were false, federal prosecutors said, and came from an ex-FBI informant who said he was in touch with Russian intelligence. The informant, Alexander Smirnov, is “actively peddling new lies that could impact U.S. elections,” federal prosecutors said on February 21, as they appealed to a judge to keep him behind bars ahead of trial on charges alleging he lied to the FBI about a phony multimillion-dollar bribery scheme involving the Bidens and the Ukrainian energy company Burisma. The Republican release of Smirnov’s allegations in July...

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Stop Asian Hate: Thai restaurant’s comeback shows how false stereotypes like dog eating persists

David Rasavong’s cultural pride is evident all throughout his restaurant. It is on the wall of family portraits and where a stunning mural depicts his family’s journey from Laos to California. It is on the menu filled with Lao and Thai dishes like the crispy coconut rice salad of Nam Khao and the stir-fried rice noodles of Pad See Ew. And it is in the fact that Love & Thai in Fresno, California, restaurant is open at all. A baseless accusation grounded in a racist stereotype about Asian food using dog meat brought a six-month barrage of harassment so...

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