Thought for the day

"Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate than that these people are to be free. Nor is it less certain that the two races, equally free, cannot live in the same government. Nature, habit, opinion has drawn indelible lines of distinction between them." -- Thomas Jefferson

The US expects China to ramp up its military, diplomatic and economic 'coercion' of Taiwan, its top envoy in East Asia said on Thursday, after Beijing's unprecedented drills around the island it claims as its own.

Daniel Kritenbrink's warning comes a day after Taiwain's military staged exercises to show its ability to resist Chinese pressure to accept Beijing's political control over the self-governing island, following new rounds of threatening drills from China.

American Unexceptionalism: 'The World Is Laughing At Us' - Woke Air Force Hosts Drag Show Event For Kids

The United States Air Force hosted a "kid-friendly" drag show at their Joint Base Langley-Eustis (JBLE) on Saturday as part of their "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Summer Festival."

Russia's Black Sea fleet based in annexed Crimea has installed a new commander, RIA news agency cited sources as saying on Wednesday, after Russian military bases on the peninsula were rocked by explosions in the past nine days.

If confirmed, the removal of the previous commander Igor Osipov would mark the most prominent sacking of a military official in the nearly six months since Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in which it has suffered heavy losses in men and equipment.

NATO will increase its peacekeeping force in Kosovo if there is an escalation of tensions with neighbouring Serbia, the alliance's chief said on Wednesday, on the eve of EU-facilitated talks between the estranged western Balkan neighbours.

"We have now a significant mission, a military presence in Kosovo close to 4,000 troops," Jens Stoltenberg told a news conference after talks with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in Brussels, who stood alongside him.

President Biden’s behavior on the world stage risks sparking World War 3 with Russia, President Putin has warned.

“Today, the United States continues to act with no regard to other countries’ security and interests, which contributes to an increase in nuclear risks,” the Russian embassy warned in a statement on its Telegram channel.

“The [US’] steps to further engage in a hybrid confrontation with Russia in the context of the Ukrainian crisis are fraught with unpredictable escalation and a direct military clash of nuclear powers.”

Since the US-engineered 2013-14 coup in Ukraine, American forces have taught Ukrainians, including neo-Nazi units, how to fight in urban and other civilian areas. Weaponizing Ukraine is part of Washington’s quest for what the Pentagon calls “full spectrum dominance.”

“[I]f you can learn all modalities of war, then you can be the god of war,” so said a Ukrainian artillery commander in 2016 while receiving training from the US Army.

THE U.S. NAVY mandates that a suicide hotline for veterans be accessible from the homepage of every Navy website, but a previously unreported internal audit found that most of the pages reviewed were not in compliance.

Speaking from a stage built on the steps of the Rathaus Schöneberg for an audience of 450,000, Kennedy said: Two thousand years ago, the proudest claim was the Civis Romanus Sum [“I am a Roman citizen”]. Today, in the world of freedom, the proudest claim is "Ich bin ain Berliner!"... All free men, regardless of where they live, are citizens of Berlin, and therefore, as a free man, I have to say "Ich. Proud of words. Bin ain Berliner!".