This Memorial Day, remember this fact: The troops and congressional spending $1 trillion dollars a year on the military does nothing to save for your gradually diminishing freedoms. In reality, the Empire and the military to support it diminshes your freedoms as it slowly strangles the Republic. Any loyal patriot to the Republic will do what they can to undermine, subvert and sabotage the U.S. American Empire.

“How is it that countless anguished commentators and concerned individuals across the USA can express justified fury at gun marketers and gun-related murders when a mass shooting occurs inside U.S. borders, while remaining silent about the need for meaningful gun control at the Pentagon?”

“The mindset of U.S. mass media and mainstream politics is so militarized that such realities are routinely not accorded a second thought, or even any thought. Meanwhile, the Pentagon budget keeps ballooning year after year, with President Biden now proposing $813 billion for fiscal year 2023. Liberals and others frequently denounce how gun manufacturers are making a killing from sales of handguns and semiautomatic rifles in the United States, while weapons sales to the Pentagon continue to spike upward for corporate war mega-profiteers.”

“The civilians who have died — and are continuing to die — from use of U.S. military weapons don’t appear on American TV screens. Many lose their lives due to military operations that are unreported by U.S. news media, either because mainline journalists don’t bother to cover the story or because those operations are kept secret by the U.S. government. As a practical matter, the actual system treats certain war victims as “unworthy” of notice.”

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2022/05/31/how-about-some-gun-control-pentagon

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“Daniel Defense, the company that made the gun used by the Robb Elementary shooter, has been handed over 100 federal contracts.”

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2022/05/30/pentagon-funding-same-gunmakers-democrats-want-regulate

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“The truth is that America’s struggle against the world’s autocracies badly threatens American security.”

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/national-insecurity-america-held-hostage/

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“No amount of western military aid has been able to prevent Russia from achieving its military objective of liberating the entire territories of both Lugansk and Donetsk as Phase Three begins.”

“Russia’s “Special Military Operation”, which began on Feb. 24, is entering its fourth month. Despite stiffer than expected Ukrainian resistance (bolstered by billions of dollars of western military assistance and accurate, real-time battlefield intelligence by the U.S. and other NATO members) Russia is winning the war on the ground, and in a big way.

After more than ninety days of incessant Ukrainian propaganda, echoed mindlessly by a complicit western mainstream media that extolls the battlefield successes of the Ukrainian armed forces and the alleged incompetence of the Russian military, the Russians are on the cusp of achieving the stated goal of its operation, namely the liberation of the newly independent Donbass Republics of Lugansk and Donetsk, which Russia recognized two days before its invasion.”

https://consortiumnews.com/2022/05/30/scott-ritter-phase-three-in-ukraine/

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Imagine Zelensky with an American and British hand up his ass telling him what to say — — — — — -actually, you need not imagine it because Zelensky already is the sock-puppet of the American Empire which is just an extension of the British Empire. As if Zelensky and Ukraine have any business who decides to lead Russia….

“Ukraine’s president wants to reestablish its pre-2014 borders and negotiate with Russia after Putin has been removed from power.”

https://news.antiwar.com/2022/05/29/zelensky-hopes-for-regime-change-in-moscow-plans-to-reclaim-crimea/

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“We are witnessing the gradual dismantling of strategic ambiguity in favor of the clarity urged by Trump’s belligerent secretary of state, Mike Pompeo.”

https://consortiumnews.com/2022/05/31/patrick-lawrence-bidens-taiwan-talk/

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“There are many who won’t be satisfied with just getting Russia out of Ukraine — but removing Putin could backfire dramatically.”

https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2022/05/25/why-any-us-push-for-regime-change-is-moscow-is-a-bad-idea/

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“France, Germany and other European nations favor negotiations over giving Ukraine heavy weapons

European officials told The Wall Street Journal Tuesday that divisions between NATO members on how much support to provide Ukraine have been growing in recent weeks.

On one side, Western European nations led by France and Germany are reluctant to send Ukraine heavy weapons, have maintained dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and are calling for a negotiated solution to end the war.”

https://news.antiwar.com/2022/05/31/divisions-grow-among-nato-members-over-support-for-ukraine/

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Mitt Romney, may he never become President.

“After reading his latest on Ukraine, I’m grateful his bid for president fell short. He lacks basic qualities for the job, like common sense.”

https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2022/05/26/man-of-action-mitt-romney-considers-obliteration/

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““The liberation of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, recognized by the Russian Federation as independent states, is an unconditional priority.” He added that the people of eastern Ukraine “must decide for themselves.”

Russia has backed the Donbas republics — Donetsk and Luhansk — since they broke with Kiev in 2014. In recent weeks, Russia has focused its military operations on seizing eastern Ukraine, including the Donbas. Moscow’s forces have made slow gains and now control 95% of Luhansk.”

https://news.antiwar.com/2022/05/29/russia-sets-donbas-liberation-as-an-unconditional-priority-to-end-war/

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“If we want to honor the waitress’s son, end the wars, withdraw the troops, end the unlimited foreign aid which is currently flirting with cataclysmic nuclear world war, slash the infinitely growing budget which never benefits the troops, but rather the crony military contractors and foreign governments. Stop the US backed coups of democratically elected governments. Stop arming terrorists because they’ll promise to fight governments the empire doesn’t like. Abolish the Patriot Act. Stop spying on our own citizens.”

https://original.antiwar.com/Jonathan_Grotefendt/2022/05/29/memorial-day-opposing-the-wars-is-supporting-the-troops/

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“Nonalignment has served it well, and Russia doesn’t really pose much of a threat.”

https://archive.ph/K1r0N

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“Calculating interests and consequences in a war looks cold and clinical because it is. However, it also is necessary. Allowing passion to dictate decisions on war and peace is a prescription for disaster.”

https://original.antiwar.com/doug-bandow/2022/05/29/how-does-the-russo-ukraine-war-end-prudence-not-passion-should-guide-washington/

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“The Eurasian Economic Forum has shown once again that this high-speed — economic integration — train has already left the station.”

https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2022/05/27/the-eurasian-economic-union-steps-up/

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“The single most overlooked and under-appreciated aspect of our society is the fact that immensely powerful people are continuously working to manipulate the thoughts we think about the world. Whether you call it propaganda, psyops, perception management or public relations, it’s a real thing that happens constantly, and it happens to all of us.

And its consequences shape our entire world.”

https://caitlinjohnstone.substack.com/p/ten-times-empire-managers-showed?token=eyJ1c2VyX2lkIjoxODg5OTQwNCwicG9zdF9pZCI6NTcwNzMxMjUsIl8iOiIzQUxpMSIsImlhdCI6MTY1MzkxMTYyNCwiZXhwIjoxNjUzOTE1MjI0LCJpc3MiOiJwdWItODIxMjQiLCJzdWIiOiJwb3N0LXJlYWN0aW9uIn0.V906clhn5k4Ad8nYCUVMZp2Muae4NAYBc1dxz2eew9s

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“Claiming it’s “Russian propaganda” to say the Azov Battalion uses neo-Nazi insignia, and is ideologically neo-Nazi, is itself propaganda. A month ago Moon of Alabama published an incomplete list of the many mainstream western outlets who have described various Ukrainian paramilitaries as such, so if it’s only “Russian propagandists” who’ve been saying the Azov Battalion is neo-Nazi then Silicon Valley social media platforms should immediately ban outlets like NBC News, the BBC, The Guardian, and Reuters.

Before this war started this past February it wasn’t seriously controversial to say that Ukraine has a Nazi problem except in the very most virulent of empire spinmeister echo chambers. Even in the early days of the conflict it was still happening with mainstream publications who hadn’t yet gotten the memo that history had been rewritten, like this NBC News article from March titled “Ukraine’s Nazi problem is real, even if Putin’s ‘denazification’ claim isn’t.””

https://caitlinjohnstone.substack.com/p/empire-solves-ukraines-nazi-problem?token=eyJ1c2VyX2lkIjoxODg5OTQwNCwicG9zdF9pZCI6NTcyNzY0NTAsIl8iOiJWNTV0SyIsImlhdCI6MTY1NDAwMjI4OCwiZXhwIjoxNjU0MDA1ODg4LCJpc3MiOiJwdWItODIxMjQiLCJzdWIiOiJwb3N0LXJlYWN0aW9uIn0.GcYM15UXa3FlpE8AsUi_C8U3KMiN4muZarf3j81Cy98&s=r

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“And now in the present, skepticism concerning the war in Ukraine is met with similar open hostility. When we point out the decades of clear warnings about the risks of NATO expansion eastward, the diplomatic failures such as the Minsk Accords, and the presence of extreme ethnic nationalists in Ukraine (Russia has them as well) we encounter waves of invective clearly aimed at silencing reasoned discussion. We are labeled Putin lovers, supporters of Russian imperialism, and genocide enablers, just for openers.

So yes, in some ways 2022 feels like 2003 — and not in a good way.

There are no more important decisions that republics can make than whether to go to war. In such times of crisis, citizens are obliged to inform themselves on the facts and issues as best they can, and to speak out clearly and forcefully. But it is difficult to see how this is possible if any questioning of a rigid orthodoxy leads to immediate attacks on one’s character; or worse, if the major media outlets are in lockstep on the march to war, and deny the public access to dissenting views. All of this happened in 2003, and it is again happening now.”

https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/05/31/the-war-in-ukraine-a-national-debate-is-needed/

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“If we lack empathy for those who suffer in our wars, we endanger humanity’s future.”

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2022/05/31/endless-war-forever-terrorism

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“The stance taken on Ukraine by many of the governments of the world is outside acceptable debate in the United States.

The Secretary General of the United Nations António Guterres has proposed a ceasefire, urged a negotiated settlement, and met with the President of Russia despite opposition in the West to doing so. Pope Francis has urged a ceasefire and negotiations, declared that no war can be justified, and encouraged workers to block weapons shipments. China’s Ambassador to the United Nations Zhang Jun has urged nations’ governments to pursue a ceasefire and offered China’s assistance.”

https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/05/27/position-of-worlds-governments-on-ukraine-considered-insane-pacifism-in-u-s/

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“With calls for Russia to be pushed out of “the whole of Ukraine,” for Russia to be “weakened” and defeated and even calls for regime change in Moscow, what might Russia’s and China’s red lines be, and how does the US measure when it’s in danger of crossing them?

Russia may already have decided that the war is no longer a war with the limited goal of defending Ukraine. They may already see the war at least as a proxy war against Russia. Already by the end of April, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov had said that “NATO, in essence, is engaged in a war with Russia through a proxy and is arming that proxy. War means war.” On May 7, the speaker of the Russian Duma drew a similar conclusion. “The US is taking part in the military operations in Ukraine. Today, Washington is basically coordinating and engineering military operations, thus directly participating in the military actions against our country.”

So, when might Russia view US participation as having crossed the red line?”

https://original.antiwar.com/Ted_Snider/2022/05/29/russia-and-china-and-bold-red-lines/

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“The proposed AUMF, if passed, would allow President Biden to deploy American forces to restore “the territorial integrity of Ukraine” in the event that Russia uses chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons.

Thankfully, as Antiwar.com news editor Dave DeCamp writes, Kinzinger’s AUMF has failed to gain traction. This may seem like a bright spot in an otherwise apocalyptically bad news cycle, but not to worry! Antiwar.com Opinion Editor Kyle Anzalone noted in his recent interview of me, Kinzinger’s proposed AUMF will likely sit on the House Floor until the necessary political capital appears.”

https://libertarianinstitute.org/articles/pot-meet-kettle-americas-use-of-chemical-biological-and-nuclear-weapons

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“Europe, for its own interest, should strive for a negotiated peace settlement in the Ukraine war and not risk intensifying the war in the hope to gain a military victory over Russia. If Europe continues to supply large quantities of weapons, especially heavy weapons, without at the same time thinking about peace, it will increasingly end up carrying a share of the responsibility for the senseless destruction and continuing bloodshed Ukrainians are suffering.”

https://www.other-news.info/for-peace-in-ukraine-europe-must-finally-find-its-own-voice/

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“One of the officers who departed from Philadelphia, to help oversee this brutal and murderous occupation was Smedley Darlington Butler, the son of a U.S. Congressman and the product of a wealthy Quaker family from the nearby Main Line town of West Chester. If that name sounds familiar it’s because no critic of the U.S. military has been more frequently quoted, by anti-war veterans, than the “Fighting Quaker,” who became the highest ranking and most decorated among them.

Five years before his untimely death in 1940, this two-time Medal of Honor winner penned a best-selling pamphlet entitled War Is A Racket. In a follow up piece for a socialist magazine called Common Sense, Butler famously summed up his personal role in this “racket” as follows:

“I spent 33 years and 4 months in active service as a member of our country’s most agile military force — the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from a second lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high-class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street, and for the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for capitalism.””

https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/05/30/memorial-day-salute-to-a-repentant-ex-marine/

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Biden Threatens War in Taiwan Strait — YouTube — — -Ken Hammond on BT News

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyT14C62XRQ

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“The world is not what the US depicts and the most pressing task facing the international community is to jointly protect human life and health, promote world economic recovery and safeguard world peace and tranquility, which calls for the establishment of a community with a shared future and for the implementation of purposes and principles enshrined in the UN Charter, Wang said.

Wang noted that the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, Global Development Initiative and Global Security Initiative have won widespread recognition and support from the international community, and the US obsession with “Western-centrism,” “exceptionalism” and the Cold War mentality, as well as its push for the logic of hegemony and bloc politics, go against the trend of history, which will only lead to confrontation and split the world community.”

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202205/1266770.shtml

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Defend the Guard, the program of Bring Our Troops Home.

https://www.reuters.com/world/china/tsai-says-us-national-guard-planning-cooperation-with-taiwan-military-2022-05-31/?utm_source=sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=mil-ebb

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“Files on “Top Gun: Maverick” detail the influence the Pentagon had over the sequel to Top Gun, how that affected the storyline and character arcs, and which “key talking points” became part of the script.

Additionally, documents on “Top Gun” also show the United States military has long wanted this to be a major franchise.

The first “Top Gun” (1986) is often remembered as a recruitment bonanza for the US military, in part due to reports of recruiters setting up tables and stalls outside movie theaters.“

https://shadowproof.com/2022/05/26/how-pentagon-turned-top-gun-maverick-recruitment-pr-vehicle/

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“Putting US and allied ships in harm’s way as escorts would be a serious mistake, not least because it runs significant risks of escalation if the escorting ships clash with Russian forces. Russia has a strong incentive to keep the blockade intact and they are unlikely to allow Western navies to break it without putting up serious resistance. Any proposal to break the blockade is an implicit call for committing acts of war against Russian forces with all the potentially disastrous consequences that come with it. Trying to break the blockade would be courting open war with Russia, which makes no more sense today than it did three months ago when the invasion began.“

https://original.antiwar.com/Daniel_Larison/2022/05/31/breaking-the-blockade-risks-war-with-russia/

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“Let’s get the 900 U.S. troops out of Syria and away from any war with Russia or Iran.”

“Whatever the U.S. troops are accomplishing in eastern Syria is not worth it, especially since their mission seems poorly or illegally defined since the days of Trump.” (and illegally deployed to Syria under Obama).

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2022/05/30/900-us-troops-syria-should-not-be-there

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Despite the blah, blah, blah, just more of the Trump policy on Iran:

“Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian was deeply critical of the US approach to the Vienna talks in comments Sunday, saying that Iran remains interested in finalizing the nuclear deal, but that the US appears to lack the will to do so.”

https://news.antiwar.com/2022/05/30/iran-fm-questions-us-willingness-to-finalize-nuclear-deal/

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The US has in fact become a source of turbulence that undermines the current world order and the stumbling block hindering the democratization of international relations, Wang stressed.

Propaganda by omission — — what corporate media doesn’t tell you.

All the protest against the U.S. in Korea during Biden’s visit.

https://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2022/05/21/682465/South-Korean-activists-presidential-office-Joe-Biden-visit

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Dividing the world into rival blocs, the Cold War way.

https://archive.ph/uIGsB#selection-841.0-841.30

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“The US is falsely accusing Ethiopia and Eritrea of hindering food aid and committing genocides in the ongoing war in Tigray. The charges are false and the US has no right to make such a claim on its own. Ann Garrison continues reporting from the region.”

https://www.blackagendareport.com/us-threatens-ethiopia-and-eritrea-illegal-legal-designation-genocide

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“US neighbors say the president’s reported “democracy vs. autocracy” invite list is a no-go and are willing to forgo the whole thing.”

https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2022/05/18/why-biden-should-invite-cuba-venezuela-and-nicaragua-to-the-summit-of-the-americas/

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Very informed and interesting discussion:

How Hillary personally oversaw one of Russiagate’s biggest fakes

Now that she has been found guilty of promoting fake news, should she be banned from Twitter as Trump was? One standard for all, not double standards right?

I think no human expressions should be banned or censored. You cannot legislate against stupidity and ignorance. If some people want to believe nonsense, that is on them. People must rely on their critical thinking skills to discern fact from bullshit. Fake news, disinformation, misinformation, lies and propaganda are all forms of the First Amendment protected human right of Free Speech. Every citizen is allowed to spread fake news or disinformation or truth to their heart’s content and if anyone doesn’t like that, well, tough shit. Any laws regulating against fake news and disinformation should be openly violated repeatedly and often thus rendering them moot. Better to go to prison as a political prisoner than to ever acquiesce to living in a prison-like oppressive society.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vb7ueg2R5cw&feature=youtu.be

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“CN Editor Joe Lauria joined the radio program By Any Means Necessary to discuss the latest on Julian Assange, censorship and the war in Ukraine.”

https://consortiumnews.com/2022/05/30/listen-cn-editor-on-assange-ukraine-censorship/

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“Former Israeli military intelligence chief Tamir Hayman spoke on the ongoing Iran nuclear talks this weekend, echoing previous sentiments from unnamed “sources” in Israel who opined that even a bad nuclear deal was better than nothing.”

https://news.antiwar.com/2022/05/29/former-israeli-intel-chief-iran-nuclear-deal-is-least-bad-option/

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“Pressure is building on the Biden administration from Congress and the media to investigate the killing of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.”

“But now, CNN and the Associated Press — neither of which has ever demonstrated any “anti-Israel bias,” despite occasional, baseless accusations from far-right Israeli figures and supporters — have both conducted impartial investigations that support the very strong eyewitness testimony and video evidence that we already have, and refute Israel’s counter-claims. This will add to the growing pressure on the Biden administration to launch an investigation. “

https://mondoweiss.net/2022/05/pressure-builds-on-biden-to-investigate-israel-over-abu-akleh-killing/

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Kristallnacht in Jerusalem?

“Teens from across Israel flooded Jerusalem’s Old City on Sunday to sing racist songs, fly Lehava banners and praise Itmar Ben-Gvir as their choice for prime minister.”

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-flag-march-youth-reveal-vision-far-right-future

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