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Trudy Rubin: I’m in Ukraine to learn if it can survive Putin’s aggression

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Trudy Rubin: I’m In Ukraine To Learn If It Can Survive Putin’s Aggression

This will be a vastly different trip than the one I took in February just prior to the Russian invasion. Only five months ago, I was able to wander the attractive streets of downtown Mariupol, visit the yacht club, take a photo in front of the historic drama theater.

Today, the city of Mariupol no longer exists, all its buildings razed or damaged, 500,000 citizens dead or scattered, the theater deliberately bombed despite having 1,000 civilians within its walls.

What many Americans don’t realize is that Mariupol’s fate is being replicated across huge swaths of Ukraine, as Vladimir Putin’s army decimates cities, villages and towns with long-range artillery, bombs and missiles.

This is a viciousness unseen in Europe since Adolf Hitler’s destruction of Warsaw.

I am returning to Ukraine to get a sense of how long its brave citizens can continue to withstand such punishment if the West fails to send the long-range anti-plane and anti-missile systems the Ukrainians need to stop Russian advances. So far only a dribble of such weapons is arriving.

If NATO lets Putin get away with mass murder in Ukraine, he won’t stop there.

The military situation is getting much worse than many Americans realize, despite the amazing skill and talent shown by Ukrainian forces. The terrain in the east, where the Russians are advancing, is very different from around Kyiv. It is endless expanses of flat ground, no longer muddy as in spring. The Russians have learned they can’t rely on ground troops, so they are firing rockets and missiles from afar, with indifference to civilian destruction.

“The Ukrainians are outgunned 12-1, and are running out of heavy equipment,” I was told by Ihor Kozak, a Canadian defense expert and retired military officer who just returned from Ukraine. “They are losing up to 200 soldiers every single day, plus civilian casualties, plus all the destruction all over the country. It can easily get worse in short order and it can drag on for a long time.”

Yet, young Ukrainians from every walk of life are banding together in networks to deliver aid to refugees inside Ukraine, along with those still living in destroyed villages and towns. They are already starting to rebuild schools and hospitals in areas from which the Russians have been pushed back. Their mantra is to reach out to trusted connections and find the volunteers and materials to repair damage quickly.

I want to watch these volunteers in action. They are being helped by U.S. groups such as Ukraine TrustChain, founded by Ukrainian American Daniil Cherkasskiy, which raises money for rebuilding projects that I will visit outside Kyiv. “If the government does it, it would be a much higher cost, and not with the same urgency,” Cherkasskiy told me by phone from Chicago. “That’s where volunteer organizations step in.”

The sense of patriotism shown by the members of these widespread networks, including many women who previously worked as real estate agents, florists or any job you can imagine, reflects a sense of patriotism that can help Ukraine revive — if Russia’s destruction can be halted. I will be looking for details about how ordinary Americans can help.

I will also be traveling south to Odesa, the historic port city whose grain exports have been halted by Russia’s blockade, which is creating a worldwide famine crisis. Putin tried and failed to seize Odesa in 2014. With Russian successes in the east, they may be tempted to retry an effort to seize or damage Odesa. As is their brutal strategy, they have recently fired missiles into civilian targets.

If the Russians can take Odesa, it would complete Putin’s strategy of occupying nearly all of Ukraine’s coast, crippling its exports of grain and industrial products.

I want to talk to local military and civilians about what they see ahead.

I also will visit Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, near its northern border with Russia, which Putin’s invaders have already partially destroyed. A major industrial and intellectual hub, known for writers and artists and fine universities, it is mainly composed of Russian speakers, many of whom have relatives in Russia.

Yet Putin has no compunction about murdering Ukraine’s Russian speakers, even as he proclaims he invaded their country to save them from Ukrainian “Nazis” who want to kill them. I want to learn about Kharkiv’s efforts to survive Putin’s Big Lies.

Most of all, I want to portray Ukrainians who continue to fight back against terrifying odds — whether soldiers or volunteers who rescue the endangered — because they refuse to live under Putin’s dictatorial rule.

As American democracy slides backward, the Ukrainian “fight for freedom” is humbling, because that fight is real, not a politician’s slogan.

What is also real is that the United States and NATO will pay a huge price if Ukraine loses this fight. If Putin achieves his goal — after NATO’s pledges to stop him — his appetite for conquest will only grow. A “united” NATO will be revealed as a paper tiger; Putin may not believe its pledge to defend all its members.

The danger of miscalculation will soar. China and authoritarian leaders will take notice.

Yet NATO’s humiliation is looming unless Germany, France and, yes, Washington act with redoubled urgency to arm Ukraine. “Unless the West starts providing real military aid in sufficient quantities,” says Kozak, this could well happen. “The bravery and professionalism of Ukrainian troops is second to none, as is the resolve of the entire nation, but it is certainly not enough to stop Putin’s hordes.”

I want to hear from Ukrainians whether they can hold out until the U.S. and its Western European allies finally recognize that Kyiv is fighting for their freedom, too.

Trudy Rubin is a columnist and editorial-board member for the The Philadelphia Inquirer, P.O. Box 8263, Philadelphia, Pa. 19101. Her email address is [email protected]



CM Yogi Adityanath’s face carved out of ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ posters in Firozabad

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Cm Yogi Adityanath'S Face Carved Out Of 'Har Ghar Tiranga' Posters In Firozabad

The district magistrate said the chief minister’s face had been removed from three signs put up by the municipality. CCTV cameras are scanned to identify disbelievers

CM Yogi Adityanath’s face cut out of ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ posters in Firozabad.

Firozabad: Following the discovery of vandalized images of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on several “Har Ghar Tiranga” billboards, police in that city on Saturday opened two cases against unidentified individuals, officials said.

District Magistrate Ravi Ranjan said the chief minister’s face had been removed from three signs put up by the municipality.

DM said two FIRs have been filed and teams formed to investigate the matter.

Police officers reached the scene after discovering the incident and the signs are being changed.

Police said they were scanning nearby CCTV cameras to identify those who damaged the palisades.

According to BJP City Chairman Rakesh Shankhwar, billboards at six locations were defaced.

Earlier today, CM Adityanath reported a tricolor yatra with school children at his residence in Lucknow, as part of the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ initiative ahead of the 75th Independence Day.

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Senator Tim Kaine on “The Takeout” – 8/12/2022

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Virginia Senator Tim Kaine joins Major Garrett on “The Takeout.” They discuss Kaine’s experience with the long COVID, his views on a potential re-election campaign for President Biden, and the 2022 midterm elections.

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Twitter ban followed months of pressure from the White House

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Twitter Ban Followed Months Of Pressure From The White House

Journalist and author Alex Berenson, former science editor for the New York Times and known to be one of the most vocal critics of official coronavirus policy, reports that the White House was privately lobbying Twitter in the months leading up to its permanent ban on the platform, which was recently reversed after the settlement of his lawsuit against the social media company.

According to internal discussions among Twitter employees held on Slack, a workplace chat application, and published by Berenson in his newsletter, White House officials specifically asked Twitter why the skeptical writer had not been banned from the platform.

ORLANDO, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES – 2022/02/24: Alex Berenson, former New York Times reporter and COVID-19 vaccine critic (Photo by Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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Via the Berenson newsletter:

Andrew Slavitt, senior adviser to President Biden’s Covid response team, complained specifically about me, according to a Twitter employee in another Slack conversation discussing the White House meeting.

“They really wanted to know more about Alex Berenson,” the employee wrote. “Andy Slavitt suggested that they had seen data namely [visualization] it had shown him to be the epicenter of misinformation beaming down at the persuasive public.

According to an interview he gave to the Washington Post in June 2021, Slavitt worked directly with the most powerful officials in the federal government, including Ron Klain, President Biden’s chief of staff, and Biden himself.

In the months following Slavitt’s encounter with Twitter, President Biden began to publicly pressure social media companies, accusing them of ‘killing people’ by allowing ‘misinformation’ about the coronavirus to spread. .

After being permanently banned from Twitter shortly after this pressure campaign, Berenson became the first high-profile media personality in the United States to overturn a permanent ban on the platform through the court system.

As part of a legal settlement announced this summer, Twitter lifted the ban on Berenson’s account. Other details of the settlement were not disclosed.

Allum Bokhari is Breitbart News’ Senior Technology Correspondent. He is the author of #DELETED: Big Tech’s Battle to Erase the Trump Movement and Steal The Election.

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EURGBP Erases Gains and Returns to Familiar Bias Definition Level

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Eurgbp Erases Gains And Returns To Familiar Bias Definition Level

EURGBP used the 100-day MA as a ceiling on Wednesday and Thursday.

EURGBP following technical levels.

On the downside, the 200-day MA and the 100-hour MA were broken on Wednesday and attempted to stay below yesterday’s trading. However, after moving back above, the resistance turned back into support. Price rose to retest the 100-day MA during yesterday’s New York trading session (and found sellers).

Today’s price reaction was initially to the downside in the European session, but true to the moving average support, buyers leaned against the 100 hourly moving average and pushed the price higher.

This time the ceiling against the 100-day moving average has been breached, but the next target area near the 61.8% retracement of the move down from the July high at 0.84899, and a zone swing between 0.8488 and 0.84946, found willing sellers.

After falling back below the 100-day moving average for the past 4 hours, the downward momentum has increased with the pair returning to…..drum roll….the 100-hour MA.

Technically, the price did what it had to do around the moving averages, the retracement level and the swing zone.

  • Sellers sold at the break of the 100 hourly moving average and the 200 day moving average,
  • Buyers bought on the way back above the 100 hourly moving average and the 200 day moving average,
  • The sellers relied on the 100-day moving average,
  • Buyers bought after breaking above the 100-day moving average,
  • The sellers relied on a swing zone and the 61.8% retracement.
  • Buyers are buying again against the 100 hour MA.

And then ?

  • The drop below the 100 hourly moving average is more bearish with the next target at the 200 day moving average at 0.8437
  • absent that, and a break above the 100-day moving average at 0.84698 would tilt the bias further to the upside and tempt traders back towards the 61.8% retracement.


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8th Pay Commission: Good News related to salary of central employees, salary will increase with new formula!

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8Th Pay Commission: Good News Related To Salary Of Central Employees, Salary Will Increase With New Formula!

8th Pay Commission: Good News related to salary of central employees, salary will increase with new formula!

8th Pay Commission: Good news is coming for central employees. Actually, a new update has come regarding the 8th Pay Commission. The Finance Ministry has made it clear that in the coming days, the salary of central employees will increase with the new formula. Minister of State for Finance Pankaj Chaudhary has given new information in the Lok Sabha. Let us inform that earlier in the year 2016, the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission were implemented. The 7th Pay Commission was constituted on February 28, 2014.

Minister of State for Finance gave this information in Lok Sabha

According to the report of news agency PTI, Union Minister of State for Finance Pankaj Choudhary told the Lok Sabha on Monday that no proposal to set up the 8th Central Pay Commission for central government employees is yet under consideration with the government. The question was asked to the government whether the central government has any such proposal to ensure the timely formation of the 8th Pay Commission for the central employees. So that it can be implemented on January 1, 2026.

Union Minister said on measures to increase wages in view of rising inflation

Giving information about the measures being taken by the government to increase wages in view of rising inflation, the Union Minister of State for Finance said that due to inflation, the dearness allowance (DA) to the central employees to compensate for the fall in the actual value of the salary. DA) is paid. Not only this, the DA is also revised from time to time every 6 months based on the rate of inflation calculated under the All India Consumer Price Index for workers. He said that there should not be a need for the formation of a Pay Commission to review the salaries, allowances and pensions of central employees and pensioners.

Know what is the new formula

. Now the salary of the employees will be decided by the Aykroyd formula. With this, the salary of the employees will be linked to inflation, cost of living and performance of the employee. That is, the promotion of employees will also be done accordingly. However, a Finance Ministry official says that the suggestion is good, but no such formula has been considered so far. On the other hand, there is no confirmation about when the 8th Pay Commission will also come. It is worth noting that earlier in his recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission, Justice Mathur had said that we want to decide the pay structure according to the Aykroyd formula. Cost of living is also taken into account in this rule. This formula was given by Wallace Rudel Income Tax

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The arguments for betting on the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2022

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The Arguments For Betting On The Ohio State Buckeyes In 2022

College Football Betting Overview Schedule

Thursday: Betting on Alabama
Friday: Ohio State Betting
Saturday: Paris Georgia
Monday: Paris Clemson
Tuesday: Paris Notre Dame

Pick: Ohio State to win the Big Ten (-215)

Best case: The Buckeyes have CJ Stroud, Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Treyvon Henderson. Isn’t that enough? This trio will lead an offense that should be better than last year and possibly approach historic levels for the 2019 LSU Tigers. There probably isn’t a team in the Big Ten that can keep up – or even many defenses that can. can slow down – an offense that averaged 8 yards per play and posted an offensive EPA of 23.2 PPG, nearly seven points better than the next closest Power 5 team. There are probably four or five opponents in the top 15 on the schedule, and all but Penn State are visiting Columbus, which, in theory, gives the Buckeyes a big advantage.

Worst case: What could hold Ohio State back? A defense that allowed 953 yards against Michigan and Utah to end last season. What if Jim Knowles’ change to defensive coordinator wasn’t enough to completely overthrow a unit that hasn’t proven itself in multiple positions? Could the Buckeyes be vulnerable to a potential upset in a high-scoring deal? This argument can be made for almost any team, but what if starting quarterback Stroud is injured? With Quinn Ewers a Texas Longhorn and Jack Miller with Florida, can Kyle McCord back up the offense at the level he needs to remain a national title contender? Ohio State has tough opponents at home, but remember last year the Buckeyes lost to Oregon at home as a double-digit favorite. Could this happen again?

Betting round: Play Ohio State to win the Big Ten at -215. Barring the unthinkable of two conference losses or a home loss to undefeated Michigan in the regular season finale, the Buckeyes should make a return to the Big Ten championship game. In this game, Ohio State will again be a double-digit favorite, as they project to be in every regular season game, and will also be a much bigger favorite on the silver line than -215.


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