“The story of its ruin is simple and obvious; and, instead of inquiring why the Roman Empire was destroyed, we should rather be surprised that it had subsisted so long. The victorious legions, who, in distant wars, acquired the vices of strangers and mercenaries, first oppressed the freedom of the republic, and afterwards violated the majesty of the purple. The emperors, anxious for their personal safety and the public peace, were reduced to the base expedient of corrupting the discipline which rendered them alike formidable to their sovereign and to the enemy; the vigor of the military government was relaxed, and finally dissolved, by the partial institutions of Constantine; and the Roman world was overwhelmed by a deluge of Barbarians.” — Edward Gibbon. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Chapter 38 “General Observations on the Fall of the Roman Empire in the West”

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Doing anything in your power to defeat an opponent is the very definition of total war. This entails everything from sabotage and terrorist attacks targeting civilians to assassinating your adversary’s top-ranking officials (or even the leaders themselves). Obviously, there’s also the possibility of direct war, including the usage of weapons of mass destruction (thermonuclear, biological, chemical). Conducting any of the aforementioned operations can easily escalate and lead to the latter. This is precisely why there’s the institution of diplomacy, a millennia-old practice that has been respected by all of the world’s civilizations (obviously, this automatically excludes the modern-day political West). Nazi Germany was one of the first modern nations that stopped honoring any diplomatic agreements, effectively reverting (geo)politics to a rather barbaric competition where everything is permitted at all times.

NATO, essentially its descendant, continued this practice. To this day there’s not a single agreement that the belligerent alliance signed that is worth more than the paper it was written on. The United States, as NATO’s leading member, fully embraced this approach and is now conducting its aggression against the world in a way that could be described as a crawling total war. The warmongers in Washington DC and the Pentagon are openly talking about the so-called “decapitation strikes” on countries they don’t like, including military superpowers with the ability to simply wipe the US itself off the map. Former CIA directors and high-ranking officials, as well as sitting senators, are openly talking about “taking out” powerful global leaders such as Russian President Vladimir Putin. This was happening even at times when the latter was offering negotiations and mutually beneficial peaceful settlements.

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Israel’s horrendous genocide continues unabated while our new foreign secretary Lord Cameron, brought back from the dead as it were (he’s no longer an elected Member of Parliament) and hurriedly created a peer of the realm to give some semblance of legitimacy, struts the international stage and criss-crosses the world’s trouble-spots. So I thought I’d offer a reminder that this guy has form. And I mean bad form. Back in December 2012 I wrote a piece titled Why they call him ‘Agent’ Cameron. It went like this.

In a speech to Conservative Friends of Israel at a recent lunch [in 2012] David Cameron said – and not for the first time – things that are deeply disturbing to people who expect him to put British interests first. He compromised himself and our country with ridiculous pledges of support for a foreign military power whose behaviour is beyond the Pale and an affront to human decency. Here are some of his remarks…

“I am a passionate friend of Israel – and that’s the way it’s going to stay.”

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ISRAEL blackmailed President Clinton with phone-tapped tapes of his steamy sex talks with Monica Lewinsky, a blockbuster new book charges.

The price Clinton paid for the silence of the Mossad spy agency was calling off an FBI hunt for a top-level Israeli mole allegedly installed at the White House.

The allegation appears in “Gideon’s Spies – The Secret History of the Mossad,” written by respected author Gordon Thomas and due out next week.

Asked for comment, White House spokesman P.J. Crowley replied, “The only thing I can possibly say is we’ll skip the book and wait for the movie.”

Israel has denied conducting spying operations in the United States.

Webmaster addition: Just prior to 9/11, the US uncovered the largest foreign spy network ever found, operated by Israel!

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Today, in the United States, the word “Fascism” strikes fear in the heart of the average American. This reaction is not rooted in any dispassionate judgement, but rather instinctive reaction created by propaganda and propaganda of the worst sort, defaulting to baser emotions at the expense of any rational thought.

The string-pullers of American society learned a long time ago that by resorting to dramatic memes, the attention and devotion of Americans to any idea could be quickly obtained. Think of the American revolutionary call to arms of “Freedom” and “Liberty” and “All men are created equal.” These are all vague pronouncements not backed up by any facts but nevertheless quickly absorbed by the American mainstream as existential truths that must be defended to the last drop of blood. Too bad it ain’t so.

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When I was a kid, my father insisted I follow the Four Rules with even toy guns. I wasn’t to point them at people, I wasn’t to put my finger on the trigger until I was ready to fire, and I was to treat them not just as loaded guns but real ones as well. Knowing my target and what was beyond it was also included, but not very practical. -- Yet the first time I picked up a real gun without someone supervising me, I remembered every word. I knew how to handle that firearm safely and what not to do.

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Itamar Ben Gvir, Israel's far-right national security minister, said Gaza should be under “full Israeli control” and populated with Jewish settlements, suggesting that he himself would move to the war-torn Palestinian enclave.

In an interview with Israeli news outlet Kikar HaShabbat, Ben Gvir said that “encouragement of voluntary emigration” of Palestinians from Gaza was the “last” and “most important step” in achieving Israel’s total occupation.

Webmaster addition: And there is the real motive for Israel's attack on Palestinians.

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Israeli forces attacked two hospitals in the northern Gaza Strip as they pushed deeper into the Jabalia refugee camp and increased bombardment of crowded Rafah districts.

Artillery shelling hit al-Awda Hospital, north of Jabalia, which has been under Israeli siege since the weekend. 

Kamal Adwan Hospital in Beit Lahia was also shelled, forcing bed-ridden patients and medical staff to evacuate. 

On Monday, the medical team at al-Awda said that snipers were “aiming at the building and an artillery rocket hitting the fifth floor, where the administration department is located,” according to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

“We are deeply concerned about the safety of the remaining patients and hospital staff. We appeal for their protection, for humanitarian access and an immediate ceasefire,” Ghebreyesus said on X. 

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Ireland and Spain and Norway are expected to announce plans to formally recognize the Palestinian state, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter, amid Israeli authorities' strong opposition to the recognition.

The move was expected to be announced at 8 a.m. during a press conference on Wednesday, led by the leaders of Ireland’s three-party government, namely Prime Minister Simon Harris, Foreign Minister Micheál Martin and Environment Minister Eamon Ryan.

They had earlier signaled the government would make the move to recognize Palestinian statehood by the end of May.

National public broadcaster RTÉ and daily broadsheet newspaper the Irish Times both reported that the decision to do so would be announced at the news conference.

Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez will also reveal a date for formal recognition on Wednesday, after announcing his intention last week to do so.

European Union members Ireland, Spain, Slovenia and Malta have indicated in recent weeks that they planned to make a recognition announcement.

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According to Trump campaign spokesperson Steven Cheung, the presumptive Republican nominee intends to sue the filmmakers behind “The Apprentice,” a film that follows Sebastian Stan as a young Trump creating his real estate empire amid the seedy streets of 1970s and 80s New York City. It co-stars Jeremy Strong from “Succession” as the future president's real-life former attorney and mentor, Roy Cohn.

Cheung revealed that a lawsuit would be forthcoming over “blatantly false assertions.” In the film, Stan is portrayed as raping Maria Bakalova, who plays Trump's first wife, Ivana.

Ivana accused Donald of sexual assault in her divorce deposition, but she later recanted.

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Russian forces struck Ukrainian manpower and military hardware in 95 areas over the past day in the special military operation in Ukraine, Russia’s Defense Ministry reported on Tuesday.

"Operational/tactical aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, missile troops and artillery of the Russian groups of forces struck amassed manpower and military equipment of the Ukrainian army in 95 areas," the ministry said in a statement.

Russian troops repel three Ukrainian counterattacks in Kharkov area over past day

Russian troops kept advancing deep into the enemy’s defenses and repelled three Ukrainian army counterattacks in the Kharkov area over the past day, the ministry reported.

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It is "scary" even to think about what will happen to the people who destroy churches and persecute believers, Russian Church Abroad (ROCOR) Synod of Bishops Chancellor Archpriest Serafim Gan told Sputnik, commenting on Ukrainian authorities dismantling the chapel of the Tithes monastery in Kiev.

Ukrainian authorities demolished the chapel of Sts. Vladimir and Olga of the Tithes monastery in Kiev during the night from Thursday to Friday.

"It is scary not only to say but even to think what will happen with those who destroy shrines and persecute believers," Gan said.

The priest said that he could not comprehend how anyone could harm a temple of God, especially during challenging times when people are in dire need of spiritual healing.

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Anti-Russian sanctions as part of the EU and US Ukraine strategy have "failed entirely", Hungary’s minister of foreign affairs and trade has stated.

Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto has blasted Western sanctions against Russia.

Speaking at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation in Tokyo on Tuesday, he said that his view contradicts the "liberal mainstream" in Europe but is in line with the opinion of the global majority.

Szijjarto recalled that when EU members initially discussed the first package of anti-Russian sanctions more than two years ago, he wondered what the purpose of these restrictions would be. According to him, he was told that the goal was "to push Russia to its knees economically" in order to end the Ukraine conflict.

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Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and members of his delegation, including Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, died in a helicopter crash in northwestern Iran on May 19.

Sputnik is live from Tehran as crowds gather for the funeral of President Ebrahim Raisi.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is expected to offer prayers for the late president following his death in a helicopter crash.

On May 20, Iranian Vice President Mohsen Mansouri confirmed media reports that Raisi and his delegation, including Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, died in a helicopter crash in northwestern Iran.

Under the Iranian constitution, an early presidential election must be held within 50 days after the incumbent president is pronounced dead or incapacitated. Meanwhile, Raisi's powers have been transferred to the first vice president, Mohammad Mokhber.

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Last week, Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico was shot four times after a gunman fired five shots in his direction. He was rushed to the hospital where he remains in stable but critical condition. He is expected to survive.

Elements of the Slovak media are starting to whisper about a potential Ukrainian connection to the alleged assassin who attempted to kill Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico last week.

Initially, it was reported that the alleged shooter, 71-year-old pensioner Juraj Cintula acted as a “lone wolf” when he shot the prime minister four times, nearly killing him. However, authorities in Slovakia announced that they are now considering the “more likely” scenario that he was working with a group.

“It seems more likely the attack was coordinated with some group,” Slovak Interior Minister Matúš Šutaj-Eštok said on Slovakian television on Tuesday. “We are working with the fact that it was not a lone attacker, but that something was going on behind it, which we are trying to clarify.”

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Russia has placed a satellite in orbit that is likely capable of attacking US spacecraft, Pentagon Press Secretary Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder has claimed.

The satellite was launched by Moscow on May 16, Ryder told journalists during a briefing on Tuesday.

According to assessments by the Pentagon, the craft in question is “likely a counter-space weapon presumably capable of attacking other satellites in low Earth orbit,” he said. Its characteristics resemble those of “counter-space payloads” deployed by Russia from 2019 and 2022, the spokesman stated.

“Russia deployed this new counter-space weapon into the same orbit as a US government satellite,” Ryder said, adding that the Pentagon will be monitoring the spacecraft.

The US has “a responsibility to be ready to protect and defend... the space domain and ensure continuous and uninterrupted support to the Joint and Combined Force,” he explained. Washington will “continue to balance the need to protect our interests in space with our desire to preserve a stable and sustainable space environment,” according to Ryder.

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World Economic Forum (WEF) founder and executive chairman Klaus Schwab has announced he will step back from his role, after more than 50 years at the head of the event, according to the Semafor news platform.

The article cites a letter from Schwab to staff on Tuesday in which he outlines his intention to transition to a non-executive-chairman role before the next meeting of the annual gathering at the Alpine resort town of Davos, Switzerland, in 2025. The change is pending approval by the Swiss government.

Semafor also cited a statement by a forum’s spokesperson, who said that the organization is “transforming from a convening platform to the leading global institution for public-private cooperation.”

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Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky believes his generals are hiding the truth from him and has taken to shouting at them, The Economist has claimed, citing a government source.

Purported fits of presidential rage were mentioned in a Monday report on the situation in Kharkov Region, where Russian forces have gained significant ground over the last month. According to the British newsweekly, Ukrainian troops deployed there are angry at the development and have competing theories about the causes.

Some blame the US and its allies for insufficient and untimely aid, not unlike Zelensky himself, while others “suspect that incompetence, or even treachery, played a more significant role.” There are also “conspiracy theories” about politicians in Kiev and Washington conspiring to sell the territory “down the river ahead of an ugly peace deal.”

Denis Yaroslavsky, a local commander who made national headlines for complaining that fortifications that were supposed to prevent Russian advances did not really exist, told The Economist that Zelensky “is being kept in a warm bath” – that is, being told comforting lies by his aides.

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