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Month: August 2014

Russia’s Tentative Invasion Of The Ukraine

Right around this time of the year, late August and early September, Nazi forces turned south to invade the Ukraine in 1941. Hailed initially as liberators, the Nazis soon found the Ukrainians to be creditable and deadly partisans, killing hundreds of thousands of troops and causing untold damage to material and supplies of war. It is now the Russians who will face such warfare in the Ukraine. Today, some 73 years later, the Ukraine is once again facing an invasion, this time from the East, and this time from a more tentative foe, for now, but one whom patriotic Ukrainians will not hail as a hero, but ethnic and separatist Russian citizens of the Ukraine will hail as heroes. Once again the Ukrainians have little hope of putting a total stop to their enemy and once again, all throughout the East, pro-Ukrainian partisans are preparing for enemy occupation. In the coastal town of Mariopol some of the residents are pro-Russian, although they were defeated during battles in April, most just want the fighting to end, and a good number are Ukrainian “patriots”, nationalists to the core who have come to hate all things, and now all people, Russian. Citizens are out in performing the time-honored and oft repeated 20th century tradition of digging anti-tank trenches, which may or may not work at all. They are forming various rag-tag “defense...

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Ebola Spread To US Now “Inevitable”

William R Collier Jr- The CDC, in what amounts to a reversal of its earlier claims, is now saying that it is inevitable that Ebola will make it to these shores. What is more, the CDC said “the outreak will not be that large.” Of course for the people who might endure a “not large” outbreak, if it happens, it would be devastating. But what is worrisome is that, after weeks of urging calm and claiming that an outbreak could never occur here, claims this digital newspaper took very seriously and embraced, we are now getting mixed signals. There is also now evidence that illegal immigrants, or refugees as some esteem them, coming across the US border may include hundreds of people from infected countries as well as anyone they came into close contact with. This means that the probability that an outbreak could occur among the poor immigrant communities, and nobody is doing anything about it: the border remains open and these people are not being screened. Some are using this to beat anti-immigrant drums: that is NOT our intention. We would urge screening, regardless of whether they are allowed to stay. Our concern is for their safety, many are in very cramped conditions. Even if an outbreak occured among them, it could be contained, but at what cost? Whatever you think of how they got here, it...

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