Thought for the day

"Whether a man is a criminal or a public servant is purely a matter of perspective." -- Tom Robbins, Another Roadside Attraction

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I pose this question because I am genuinely puzzled and shocked by the anti-Russian bigotry, not only with respect to U.S. policy, but also the irrational prejudice evident among so many Americans. The hatred might make sense if Russia had attacked the United States and killed millions. Anger over such bloodshed would be rational and understandable. But Russia has not done that.

BORIS Johnson could swap Downing St for one of the most important roles on the world stage, according to supporters who want him to champion the defence of Ukraine as the next Nato Secretary General.

Ukrainian MP Oleksii Goncharenko is at the forefront of calls for Mr Johnson to take up the post when present Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg steps down next year – and senior figures in Tory ranks believe Mr Johnson has the experience, energy and convictions the position demands.

 

Freezing households, crippling energy costs and associated soaring food bills are the outcome of the United States and NATO’s war agenda toward Russia. The summer season has brought sweltering heatwaves across Europe (and elsewhere) but in a few months, up to 500 million citizens of the European Union are going to face record levels of deprivation as gas shortages from Russia become fully manifest.

Russia has made every effort to keep Europe supplied. European governments in hock to U.S. imperial policy have made effort to wreak havoc on their own people.

The B61-12s, classified as “non-strategic nuclear weapons,” are deployed in Europe — in Italy, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Britain and probably other countries — at distances far enough to strike Russia. They thus have offensive capabilities similar to those of strategic weapons.

Explosions have rocked a key Ukrainian port just a day after Kyiv and Moscow reached a landmark deal to allow the resumption of grain exports.

Two missiles hit the city of Odesa in the early hours of Saturday morning, Ukraine's military said.

Under the terms of Friday's deal, Russia agreed not to target ports while grain shipments were in transit.

Turkey's defence minister said Russian officials had denied carrying out the strikes.

The European Commission has brought forward four new legal actions against the UK government in a dispute over post-Brexit trade agreements across the Irish border.

The infringement procedures, initiated on Friday, come in response to London’s failure to implement EU-required checks on British goods entering Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan to tear up a key part of the Brexit agreement he signed.