NATO countries are conducting one of the most extensive air force exercises across Europe to simulate fighting an “adversary resembling Russia.” At least 250 aircraft and more than 10,000 troops from NATO countries, as well as Japan and Sweden, are collaborating in the two-week exercises that will end on Friday.
The exercises also have China in mind as another possible adversary if NATO decides to “protect” South Korea and Japan. The Wall Street Journal quoted a German air force general saying that the exercises are also somewhat of a morale booster for citizens of NATO countries to reassure them that “the alliance is ready and willing to defend itself.”
At the same time, Germany’s top newspaper Der Spiegel published a story about Ukrainian troops using the Leopard 2A6 tanks saying that sometimes crews fake equipment failures so that they don’t have to go into battle.
"For the enemy, we are always the first target," one tank commander said.
The three other soldiers that spoke to Der Spiegel say that they don’t blame one another for doing that. Who can blame them for not being convicted to die for a mission to take back land that voted to be a part of Russia? Plus, they are not set up to win. One of them says that he has to use lasers to aim because the controls in the tank are in German and the amount of training he had from the Germans amounted to 15 minutes of yelling in German and the only thing they understood being: “Flip the switch.” After that, they took them to a loud club to help them to forget the task at hand.
One soldier’s heartbreaking summary hits hard: “"It’s better to refuse to go into battle than to chicken out in the middle of the fight.”
France has applied to attend the BRICS Summit in South Africa in August. France is currently a G7 and NATO country so this is…surprising.
This does not necessarily mean that France would join the BRICS alliance. French President Emmanuel Macron has only expressed “interest” in attending the conference as an observer but it is an interesting buzz from a Western nation.
France and Russia are not on great terms these days. France has accused Russia of anti-French narratives in Africa where France has lost influence in recent years. So have other colonizing nations such as Portugal, Belgium and Italy. Could that be anti-French rhetoric or African independence? Russia obviously objects to France sending weapons and aid to Ukraine. Could France and Russia benefit from actual diplomacy then?
South Africa, Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna said that France’s interest in BRICS is “thinking out loud,” adding that “dialogue is always positive; even when you don’t agree 100% on everything, you have to talk to understand each other and to find solutions.”
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A new Gallup poll shows that support for same-sex marriage has dropped by 7% since last year. Could this be because gender ideology has hijacked gay rights into something totally different and homophobic??
The culture wars about gender dysphoria often present a false equivalency between sexual deviance and homosexuality. It also indicates that gender preference is bigoted, causing abuse and exclusion of lesbian and gay groups. It is no wonder gay rights are being eroded, is it? Who saw this coming? Oh yeah, every gender-critical author and academic saw this coming.
In Australia, a whistleblower and suspended child psychiatrist from Queensland Children’s Hospital, Dr Jillian Spencer, called foran “urgent federal inquiry into the model of care for the treatment of gender dysphoria” at Parliament today. In the U.S., one doctor has spoken anonymously about "the nightmare of transgender ideology in a major children’s hospital." The doctor says that Covid and gender dysphoria “are inextricably linked" because doctors “started getting medical decrees without peer review or evidence."
Arkansas recently banned gender dysphoria medical procedures for minors but a federal court struck down the ban this week ruling that the law “violated the rights of Arkansas children and their parents, as well as the rights of health care providers.”
Maya Hawke is trending because she was on an episode of Andy Cohen’s “Watch What Happens.”
Prime Day is trending because Amazon announced that it is happening July 11-12.
Giant African land snail is trending because some counties in Florida have to quarantine their plants if they see any because the snails can carry a parasite that can cause meningitis in humans and animals.
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20.4%. That is how much revenue from sex change surgeries is expected to grow in the next 10 years to $3.2 billion by 2032.
20-40%. That is how much experts say that Turkey should set as a national interest rate. Rates are currently 8.5% but inflation is 40% in Turkey and the government is ready to raise rates to help solve its financial crisis.
Australia has demanded that Twitter explain its policies about hate speech or else face a fine of about $470,000 per day.
The eSafety Commissioner says that Twitter is “failing to confront the dark reality that the platform is increasingly being used as a vehicle for disseminating online hate and abuse.”
Australia is using the Online Safety Act to compel Twitter to outline its safety policies. The Commissioner says that nearly one-third of online complaints pertain to Twitter recently, compared to just 10% before Elon Musk took over.
Musk recently said that “Repeated, targeted harassment against any account will cause the harassing accounts to receive, at minimum, temporary suspensions," adding that “the words ‘cis’ or ‘cisgender’ are considered slurs on this platform.”
Is that the harassment Australia is looking to find?