united states – Draft Gore 2008 http://draftgore2008.org/ Thu, 17 Mar 2022 07:06:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://draftgore2008.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/icon-2022-01-14T222418.754.png united states – Draft Gore 2008 http://draftgore2008.org/ 32 32 Ex-Marine Colonel Tears Army’s Attention On Gender Ideology https://draftgore2008.org/ex-marine-colonel-tears-armys-attention-on-gender-ideology/ Wed, 16 Mar 2022 21:45:00 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/ex-marine-colonel-tears-armys-attention-on-gender-ideology/ By Ryan FoleyChristian Post reporter | Wednesday, March 16, 2022 Retired Navy Col. Mitchell Swan, a Republican running to represent Georgia’s 10th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives, speaks during the 2022 ad campaign. | Screenshot: YouTube/Colonel Swan for Congress | YouTube/Colonel Swan for Congress A former US Marine colonel and Republican candidate […]]]>
Retired Navy Col. Mitchell Swan, a Republican running to represent Georgia’s 10th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives, speaks during the 2022 ad campaign. | Screenshot: YouTube/Colonel Swan for Congress |

A former US Marine colonel and Republican candidate for Congress argues that the US military has become increasingly preoccupied with gender ideology as concerns over a protracted conflict with Russia loom.

Retired Navy Col. Mitchell Swan is one of several Republican candidates vying to represent Georgia’s 10th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives.

He published a campaign ad titled “Insane” on Tuesday, warning that the military has misplaced its priorities because the Russia-Ukraine conflict represents the “biggest European ground war since World War II”.

“Where is our army concentrated? ” He asked. “Gender dysphoria and wake-up training. It’s insane.”

“[Russian President Vladimir] Putin is looking at nuclear options while we are evaluating transgender therapy options,” he lamented. “As a retired colonel who has led marines overseas, I know this woke up the indoctrination in our military.”

He didn’t mince his words saying that “[t]This is why I oppose transgender people in our ranks.

If elected to Congress, the candidate has pledged to “fight woke politics on all fronts.”

Swan’s announcement includes screenshots of a presentation obtained by The Washington Free Beacon highlighting a “Policy on Military Service for Transgender Persons and Persons with Gender Dysphoria” from the U.S. military.

The publication obtained the slides from a “whistleblower who was ordered to undergo high-ranking officer training in the Army’s Special Forces.”

An army spokesperson told the Free Beacon that all army personnel will be required to complete the training by September 30 and confirmed the slides were part of ‘mandatory training’ on the recent changes made to the Department of Defence’s military service policy.

Introducing Army Gender Dysphoria
Screenshots of a U.S. Army presentation highlighting its “Policy on Military Service for Transgender Persons and Persons with Gender Dysphoria” were included in an ad for Col. retired Marine Mitchell Swan. |

The training slides instruct army commanders on how to respond in certain scenarios where a soldier identifies to varying degrees with the opposite sex.

One storyline features a “soldier who was assigned at birth” who “says he identifies as female”.

“Soldier lives like a woman during his hours of rest. He does not have a medical diagnosis, does not plan to seek treatment, and does not experience significant distress related to his gender identity. The soldier does not ask to be treated like a woman during his service.

In this scenario, army commanders are given a list of “considerations and responsibilities” instructing them to “treat the soldier with dignity and respect.”

However, the presentation asks army commanders “to inform [the] Soldier of the Army Soldier’s Transgender Policy and recommend that he seek medical attention” if he “later requests to be identified as female during duty hours and/or experiences heightened distress related to his identity of gender”.

“Gender transition in the military begins when a soldier receives a diagnosis from a military medical provider that gender transition is medically necessary,” the guide states.

In the second scenario, a soldier who was “assigned female at birth” tells his first sergeant “she identifies as male and would like to be treated as male” even though she does not didn’t see a doctor.

As in the first scenario, the army commander is advised to treat the soldier “with dignity and respect”. In this case, the commander is obliged to inform him that the army recognizes a soldier’s sex based on his “gender marker in [the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System].”

“Coinciding with this gender marker, the soldier is responsible for meeting all uniform and grooming standards; assessment of body composition; physical preparation tests; participation in the drug abuse screening program for military personnel; and other standards applied taking into account the sex of the soldier,” the presentation reads. The commanding officer also has an obligation to “advise [the] Soldier to see a military medical provider.

The presentation also describes the Army’s “Transgender Service Policy”, which “allows transgender soldiers to serve openly” and requires that “an otherwise qualified soldier shall not be involuntarily separated, removed from duty, or refused service. re-engage or continue service on the basis of gender identity.” The document states that the military is “open to anyone who can meet the standards of military service.”

“All soldiers must maintain Army standards, good order and discipline at all times,” the presentation added. “Transgender soldiers are held to the same standards as any other soldier with the same DEERS gender marker.”

The US military began allowing trans-identified soldiers to serve openly last year.

Swan isn’t the only candidate in a crowded Republican primary to draw attention to the hotly contested transgender debate.

Last month, Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., one of several Republican candidates seeking an open seat in the Missouri Senate, posted an ad bemoaning the participation of biological men who identify as women in women’s sports, insisting that “women’s sports are for women, not men pretending to be women.

According to Politico, former President Donald Trump won Georgia’s 10th congressional district by a margin of 24 percentage points in the 2020 presidential election.

The Republican presidential ticket’s large margin of victory indicates that whoever wins the GOP primary will head into November’s general election as an overwhelming favorite. As noted by the Cook Political Report, the district includes the cities of Athens and Greensboro.

Polls have shown Swan failed to gain traction in the race to replace incumbent Rep. Jody Hice.

In January, a poll conducted by Republican pollster Fabrizio Lee found that Swan received 3% support among Republican primary voters, tying three for fourth place. A February poll by the Trafalgar Group did not even list Swan as an option in the Republican primary.

The National Conference of State Legislatures lists May 24 as the date for primary elections for federal races in Georgia in 2022. If no candidate receives 50% of the vote in a primary, a runoff between the top two will be held on 21st of June.

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Iran hails China’s constructive role in Vienna talks https://draftgore2008.org/iran-hails-chinas-constructive-role-in-vienna-talks/ Wed, 16 Mar 2022 08:37:00 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/iran-hails-chinas-constructive-role-in-vienna-talks/ During a telephone conversation on Tuesday evening, the head of Iranian diplomacy and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi exchanged views on bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues of common concern. The Iranian Foreign Minister spoke of the importance of relations with China for Tehran and stressed the need to develop them in […]]]>

During a telephone conversation on Tuesday evening, the head of Iranian diplomacy and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi exchanged views on bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues of common concern.

The Iranian Foreign Minister spoke of the importance of relations with China for Tehran and stressed the need to develop them in all areas.

Amirabdollahian also described expanding relations with Beijing as a major foreign policy priority of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi’s administration.

He also reviewed the status of the talks in Vienna and called Beijing’s approach to the negotiations constructive, the Foreign Ministry website reported.

The senior Iranian diplomat expressed confidence that if the United States acts realistically, a good, solid and lasting agreement will be finalized with the support of all parties at the talks in Vienna.

Iran’s Foreign Minister referred to his talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow, saying they discussed a wide range of issues and that Moscow stressed that it would play a constructive and would support the lifting of sanctions against Iran.

Amirabdollahian then announced that he was ready to attend the Third Conference of Foreign Ministers of Afghanistan’s Neighbors in China.

For his part, the Chinese Foreign Minister referred to the growing trend of bilateral relations between Iran and China, saying that Beijing regards expanding ties with Iran as very important and has no limits.

Wang Yi reaffirmed his country’s full support for the talks in Vienna and stressed that Beijing supports finalizing the negotiations with the aim of lifting anti-Iranian sanctions.

He also mentioned the holding of the third conference of foreign ministers of Afghanistan’s neighbors in China and Amirabdollahian’s willingness to attend the meeting.

The Chinese Foreign Minister finally thanked Iran for accepting the invitation and for its decision to participate in the conference.

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Russia not obstructing a good deal in Vienna: Iranian spokesperson https://draftgore2008.org/russia-not-obstructing-a-good-deal-in-vienna-iranian-spokesperson/ Mon, 14 Mar 2022 09:23:00 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/russia-not-obstructing-a-good-deal-in-vienna-iranian-spokesperson/ Speaking to reporters at a weekly press conference on Monday, Saeed Khatibzadeh dismissed a Wall Street Journal report that the relaunch of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was threatened by Russian demands over sanctions imposed on Moscow after the war. in Ukraine. He said Russia had offered its demands in a fairly formal […]]]>

Speaking to reporters at a weekly press conference on Monday, Saeed Khatibzadeh dismissed a Wall Street Journal report that the relaunch of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was threatened by Russian demands over sanctions imposed on Moscow after the war. in Ukraine.

He said Russia had offered its demands in a fairly formal and transparent manner, and that the subject should be discussed by the Joint Commission of the JCPOA, like any other question or request raised by the other parties.

“Russian officials have hinted in private talks and in the Joint Committee (JCPOA) that they will not prevent any good deals,” Khatibzadeh said.

Declaring the United States as the main culprit for the status quo, the spokesperson said that Russia and China had displayed the “most constructive and close” positions in favor of Iran during the talks in Vienna at the course of the last 11 months.

“Reducing what is happening in Vienna (and tying it) to a single element, namely a Russian demand, is what the United States is looking for to forget its responsibility in the current situation. No one should forget that the United States is currently held responsible for the current conditions because we are in a state of no agreement,” the Iranian spokesman added.

He reiterated that as soon as the United States makes its political decision, all delegations can return from their capitals to Vienna and reach an agreement.

The United States left the JCPOA in May 2018 under former President Donald Trump. The Vienna talks began on Trump’s successor Joe Biden’s promise to join the deal and repeal the so-called maximum pressure campaign against Iran. Biden, however, has so far failed to undo Trump’s own loss of Barack Obama’s Iran policy, which led to the JCPOA in June 2015.

The eighth round of the Vienna talks began on Dec. 27 with a focus on lifting all sanctions the United States had imposed on Iran following its unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA. The United States is not allowed to directly attend the talks due to its 2018 withdrawal from the Iran deal.

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Russia strikes near Ukrainian capital; besieged port city | National policy https://draftgore2008.org/russia-strikes-near-ukrainian-capital-besieged-port-city-national-policy/ Sat, 12 Mar 2022 19:27:25 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/russia-strikes-near-ukrainian-capital-besieged-port-city-national-policy/ By MSTYSLAV CHERNOV and YURAS KARMANAU – Associated Press MARIUPOL, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces pounded the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol on Saturday, bombarding its downtown as residents took cover at an iconic mosque and elsewhere to avoid blasts. fight also raged in the suburbs of the capitalKiev, while Russia continued its bombardment of […]]]>

By MSTYSLAV CHERNOV and YURAS KARMANAU – Associated Press

MARIUPOL, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces pounded the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol on Saturday, bombarding its downtown as residents took cover at an iconic mosque and elsewhere to avoid blasts. fight also raged in the suburbs of the capitalKiev, while Russia continued its bombardment of other cities in the country.

Mariupol has endured some of Ukraine’s worst punishments since the Russian invasion. Incessant barrages have repeated failed attempts to bring food, water and medicine to the city of 430,000 people and to evacuate its trapped civilians. More than 1,500 people have died in Mariupol during the siege, according to the mayor’s office, and the shelling even halted efforts to bury the dead in mass graves.

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Talks aimed at reaching a ceasefire broke down again on Saturday, and while the United States announced its intention to provide another $200 million to Ukraine for weapons, a senior Russian diplomat warned that Moscow could attack foreign shipments of military equipment.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has accused Russia of employing “a new stage of terror” with the alleged detention of a mayor of a town west of Mariupol.

Outside Mariupol, Russian soldiers looted an aid convoy trying to reach the town and blocked another, a Ukrainian official said. The Ukrainian military said Russian forces captured the eastern outskirts of Mariupol, tightening their siege of the strategic port. Taking Mariupol and other ports on the Sea of ​​Azov could allow Russia to establish a land corridor to Crimea, which it seized from Ukraine in 2014.

“They bombard it (Mariupol) 24 hours a day, launching missiles. It’s hate. They kill children,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video address. Satellite images released on Saturday by the Maxar company showed fires in parts of the city and extensive damage to apartments, houses and other infrastructure.

An Associated Press reporter in Mariupol witnessed tank fire on a nine-story building and was with a group of hospital workers who came under sniper fire on Friday. A worker shot in the hip survived, but conditions at the hospital were deteriorating: electricity was restricted to operating tables and people with nowhere to go lined the hallways.

Among them was Anastasiya Erashova, who was crying and shaking as she held a sleeping child. The shelling had just killed her other child as well as her brother’s child, Erashova said, her scalp covered in blood.

“No one could save them,” she said.

In Irpin, a suburb about 20 kilometers northwest of central Kiev, bodies lay in the open on Saturday in the streets and in a park.

“When I woke up in the morning, everything was covered in smoke, everything was black. We don’t know who is shooting and where,” resident Serhy Protsenko said as he walked through his neighborhood. Explosions rang out in the distance. “We have no radio or information.”

Some Irpin residents took shelter in a pitch-dark basement, unsure where they might go or how they would find food if they left. Others were carrying luggage on planks on a waterway where a bridge had been damaged.

Zelenskyy encouraged his people to maintain their resistance, which many analysts say prevented the quick military victory the Kremlin was likely expecting.

“The fact that the entire Ukrainian people resisted these invaders has already gone down in history, but we have no right to relax our defense, however difficult it may be,” he said. Later Saturday, Zelenskyy reported that 1,300 Ukrainian soldiers had died since the Russian invasion began on February 24.

Zelenskyy again deplored NATO’s refusal to declare a no-fly zone over Ukraine and said Ukraine had been looking for ways to procure air defenses, although it did not give details. US President Joe Biden announced an additional $200 million in aid to Ukraine, with an additional $13 billion included in a bill which was passed by the House and should be passed by the Senate within a few days. NATO has said imposing a no-fly zone could lead to a wider war with Russia.

Ukraine’s president also accused Russia of detaining the mayor of Melitopol, a town 192 kilometers (119 miles) west of Mariupol. The Ukrainian leader called on Russian forces to heed calls from protesters in the occupied city for the release of the mayor.

In several areas around Kiev, artillery barrages sent residents rushing to safety as air raid sirens sounded. The British Ministry of Defense said Russian forces which had been massed north of the capital had come within 25 kilometers (15 miles) of the city center and dispersed, likely to support an attempted attack. encirclement.

Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said on Saturday that seven people in a convoy of people fleeing Peremoha, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) northeast of Kiev, were killed when Russian forces fired on the group.

Ukrainian military and volunteer forces are preparing for an all-out assault on the capital. Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said on Thursday that around 2 million people, or half of the metropolitan region’s residents, had left and “every street, every house…is being fortified.” .

Zelenskyy said on Saturday that Russia would have to bomb Kiev and kill its inhabitants to take the city.

“They will only come here if they kill us all,” he said. “If that is their goal, let them come.”

French and German leaders held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday in an unsuccessful attempt to reach a ceasefire. According to the Kremlin, Putin set the conditions for ending the war. To end hostilities, Moscow demanded that Ukraine drop its NATO candidacy and adopt neutral status; recognize Russian sovereignty over Crimea, which it annexed to Ukraine in 2014; recognize the independence of the separatist regions in the east of the country; and agree to demilitarize.

During a 90-minute call with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Saturday, Putin raised “issues related to agreements being discussed to implement Russian demands” to end the war, the Kremlin said without providing details.

Zelenskyy told Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Saturday that he would be willing to meet Putin in Jerusalem to discuss ending the war, but first there would have to be a ceasefire. Bennett recently met in Moscow with Putin, who ignored previous offers of talks from Zelenskyy.

In Mariupol, the Ukrainian government said on Saturday the Sultan Suleiman Mosque had been hit, but an unverified Instagram post from a man claiming to be the president of the mosque’s association said the building was spared when a bomb fell about 750 yards (700 yards).

The Ukrainian Embassy in Turkey said 86 Turkish nationals, including 34 children, were among those who sought refuge in the mosque, which is modeled after one of the most famous and largest mosques in Turkey. Istanbul.

With the port’s electricity, gas and water cut off, aid workers and Ukrainian authorities described an ongoing humanitarian disaster. Aid group Doctors Without Borders said Mariupol residents are dying from lack of medicine and draining heating pipes for drinking water.

Russian forces struck at least two dozen hospitals and medical facilities, according to the World Health Organization.

The Russian invaders seem to have struggled far more than expected against determined Ukrainian fighters. Yet the stronger Russian military threatens to overwhelm Ukrainian forces, despite a steady stream of weapons and other aid from the West to Ukraine’s democratically elected, west-facing government.

A senior Russian diplomat has warned that Moscow could attack foreign shipments of military equipment to Ukraine. Speaking on Saturday, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Moscow had warned the United States “that the pumping of weapons from a number of countries which it is orchestrating is not just a dangerous move – it is an action that makes these convoys legitimate targets”.

Thousands of soldiers on both sides were reportedly killed along with scores of civilians, including at least 79 Ukrainian children, according to his government. At least 2.5 million people have fled the country, according to the UN refugee agency.

One of them is Elena Yurchuk, a nurse from the northern city of Chernihiv, which was heavily bombed. She was at a Romanian train station on Saturday with her teenage son, Nikita, unsure if their house was still standing.

“We have nowhere to go back,” said Yurchuk, 44, a widow who hopes to find work in Germany. “There was nothing left.”

Karmanau reported from Lviv, Ukraine. Associated Press reporters Felipe Dana, Andrea Rosa in Irpin, Andrew Drake in Kyiv and other reporters from around the world contributed.

Follow AP coverage of the Ukraine crisis at https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine

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Iran opposes US and NATO that swallows the world: spokesperson https://draftgore2008.org/iran-opposes-us-and-nato-that-swallows-the-world-spokesperson/ Sat, 12 Mar 2022 13:45:00 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/iran-opposes-us-and-nato-that-swallows-the-world-spokesperson/ Speaking at a meeting of Iranian university students and professors, held in Mashhad on Saturday, Saeed Khatibzadeh said the international system had undergone changes since the dissolution of the Soviet Union and that the ground for the current war between Russia and Ukraine had been prepared for three decades. Stressing Iran’s independent positions on the […]]]>

Speaking at a meeting of Iranian university students and professors, held in Mashhad on Saturday, Saeed Khatibzadeh said the international system had undergone changes since the dissolution of the Soviet Union and that the ground for the current war between Russia and Ukraine had been prepared for three decades.

Stressing Iran’s independent positions on the war in Ukraine based on its foreign policy, the spokesperson said the Islamic Republic is opposed to war and the swallowing of the world by the United States and the NATO.

Iran is not the satellite state of any country, he stressed, adding: “We are strong enough and will spare no effort to protect the national interests, independence and territorial integrity of the country.

Khatibzadeh also stressed that Iran will not allow any country to interfere in its internal affairs.

In remarks on March 1, Islamic Revolution leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said the root of the crisis in Ukraine is US policies that are creating the crisis, portraying Ukraine as a victim of those policies .

“The United States has taken Ukraine to where it is now. By interfering in the internal affairs of Ukraine, by creating color revolutions and overthrowing one government, and putting another in power, the United States has dragged Ukraine into this situation,” he said. Ayatollah Khamenei.

“The situation in Ukraine has two important lessons. Governments that rely on the United States and Europe must know that their support is a mirage and not real. Today’s Ukraine is yesterday’s Afghanistan. The presidents of both countries said they relied on the American and Western governments, but stood alone,” the leader warned.

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Ukraine says Russia bombed mosque in besieged Mariupol | United States government and politics https://draftgore2008.org/ukraine-says-russia-bombed-mosque-in-besieged-mariupol-united-states-government-and-politics/ Sat, 12 Mar 2022 10:24:59 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/ukraine-says-russia-bombed-mosque-in-besieged-mariupol-united-states-government-and-politics/ By Yuras Karmanau – Associated Press LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian government said the Russian military shelled a mosque housing more than 80 people in the besieged city of Mariupol. A government statement released on Saturday reported no immediate casualties. The Ukrainian Embassy in Turkey reported earlier that a group of 86 Turkish nationals, […]]]>

By Yuras Karmanau – Associated Press

LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian government said the Russian military shelled a mosque housing more than 80 people in the besieged city of Mariupol.

A government statement released on Saturday reported no immediate casualties. The Ukrainian Embassy in Turkey reported earlier that a group of 86 Turkish nationals, including 34 children, were among those seeking refuge from an ongoing Russian attack on the beleaguered port city.

An embassy spokeswoman cited information from the town’s mayor. She noted that it was difficult to communicate with anyone in Mariupol.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s previous story follows below.

LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces appeared to be advancing from northeastern Ukraine in their slow fight to reach the capital, Kiev, as tanks and artillery pounded places already besieged with such heavy shelling that they prevented the inhabitants of a city from burying the growing death toll.

In past offensives in Syria and Chechnya, Russia’s strategy was to crush armed resistance with airstrikes and sustained bombardments that leveled population centers. This type of assault has cut off the port city of Mariupol in southern Ukraine, and a similar fate could await Kiev and other parts of the country if the war continues.

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In Mariupol, incessant blockades thwarted repeated attempts to bring in food and water and evacuate trapped civilians. On Friday, an Associated Press photographer captured the moment a tank appeared to fire directly at a building, wrapping one side in a puffy orange ball of fire.

The death toll in Mariupol exceeded 1,500 in 12 days of the attack, the mayor’s office said. A strike against a maternity hospital in the city of 446,000 this week that killed three people has sparked international outrage and allegations of war crimes.

The continued shelling forced crews to stop digging trenches for mass graves, so “the dead aren’t even buried”, the mayor said.

Russian forces have struck more than a dozen hospitals since invading Ukraine on February 24, according to the World Health Organization. Ukrainian officials reported Saturday that heavy artillery damaged a cancer hospital and several residential buildings in Mykolaiv, a town 489 kilometers (304 miles) west of Mariupol.

The hospital’s chief medical officer, Maksim Beznosenko, said several hundred patients were at the facility during the attack, but no one was killed.

The invading Russian forces struggled far more than expected against determined Ukrainian fighters. But the stronger Russian military threatens to overwhelm the defense forces, despite a steady stream of weapons and other aid from the West to Ukraine’s democratically elected, west-facing government.

The conflict has already caused 2.5 million people to flee the country. Thousands of soldiers on both sides were reportedly killed along with many Ukrainian civilians.

On the ground, Kremlin forces appeared to be trying to regroup and regain momentum after encountering fierce resistance and racking up heavy casualties over the past two weeks. Britain’s Ministry of Defense said Russia was trying to reset and “reposition” its troops, preparing for operations against Kiev.

“It’s ugly already, but it’s going to get worse,” said Nick Reynolds, a war analyst at the Royal United Services Institute, a British think tank.

Russian forces blockaded Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, even as efforts were made to create new humanitarian corridors around it and other urban centers so that aid could enter and residents can go out.

Ukrainian emergency services reported on Saturday that the bodies of five people – two women, a man and two children – had been removed from a building that was hit by shelling in Kharkiv,

The Russians have also stepped up their attacks on Mykolaiv, located 470 kilometers (292 miles) south of Kiev, in an attempt to encircle the city.

As part of a multipronged attack on the capital, the Russian push from the northeast appears to be making progress, a US defense official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to give the US assessment of the fight. Combat units were moved from the rear as forces advanced within 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) of Kiev.

New commercial satellite images have emerged capturing artillery fire on residential areas that lay between the Russians and the capital. Images from Maxar Technologies showed muzzle flashes and smoke from large guns, as well as impact craters and burning houses in the town of Moschun, 33 kilometers (20.5 miles) from Kiev, it said. the society.

Residents of a devastated village east of the capital clambered over toppled walls and swinging metal strips into the remains of a pool hall, restaurant and theater freshly destroyed by Russian bombs .

With temperatures dropping below zero, villagers quickly spread plastic wrap or nailed plywood over the blown windows of their homes.

Russian President Vladimir Putin “created this mess, thinking he will be in charge here,” said 62-year-old Ivan Merzyk. He added: “We’re not leaving.”

On the economic and political front, the United States and its allies decided to further isolate and sanction the Kremlin. President Joe Biden announced that the United States will significantly downgrade its trade status with Russia and ban imports of Russian seafood, alcohol and diamonds.

The decision to revoke Russia’s most favored nation status was taken in coordination with the European Union and the Group of Seven countries.

“The free world is coming together to take on Putin,” Biden said.

As the invasion enters its 16th day, Putin said on Friday that there had been “some positive developments” in the ongoing talks between Russian and Ukrainian negotiators. He gave no details.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy appeared on video to encourage his people to keep fighting.

“It is impossible to say how many more days we will need to liberate our land, but it is possible to say that we will,” he said from Kyiv.

Zelenskyy said authorities were working to create 12 humanitarian corridors and trying to ensure that urgently needed food, medicine and other basics reached people across the country.

He also accused Russia of kidnapping the mayor of a city, Melitopol, calling the kidnapping “a new stage of terror”. The Biden administration had warned before the invasion of Russian plans to detain and kill targeted people in Ukraine. Zelenskyy himself is likely a priority target.

US defense officials said Russian pilots flew an average of 200 sorties a day, compared to 5-10 for Ukrainian forces, which focus more on surface-to-air missiles, rocket-propelled grenades and drones to eliminate Russian planes.

The United States also said Russia launched nearly 810 missiles at Ukraine.

Until recently, Russian troops had made their greatest advances on eastern and southern cities while struggling in the north and around Kiev. They have also started targeting areas in western Ukraine, where large numbers of refugees have fled.

Russia said Friday it used high-precision long-range weapons to disable military airfields in the western cities of Lutsk and Ivano-Frankivsk. The Lutsk attack killed four Ukrainian servicemen, the mayor said.

Russian airstrikes also first targeted Dnipro, a major industrial hub in the east and Ukraine’s fourth-largest city, with around 1 million people. One person was killed, Ukrainian officials said.

In footage of the aftermath released by Ukraine’s emergency agency, firefighters extinguished a burning building and ash fell on bloody rubble. Smoke billowed from the broken concrete where the buildings once stood.

The United Nations political chief said the international organization had received credible reports that Russian forces were using cluster bombs in populated areas. International law prohibits the use of bombs, which disperse smaller explosives over a wide area, in cities and towns.

Associated Press reporters Felipe Dana and Andrew Drake in Kyiv, Ukraine, and other reporters around the world contributed.

Follow AP coverage of the Ukraine crisis at https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine

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Texas Supreme Court strikes blow to heartbeat abortion ban lawsuit https://draftgore2008.org/texas-supreme-court-strikes-blow-to-heartbeat-abortion-ban-lawsuit/ Fri, 11 Mar 2022 19:30:00 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/texas-supreme-court-strikes-blow-to-heartbeat-abortion-ban-lawsuit/ By Michel GryboskiSenior Church Editor | Friday, March 11, 2022 Pro-life activists demonstrate outside a Planned Parenthood clinic on January 20, 2022 in Washington, DC The protest was organized by the Purple Sash Revolution and Priests for Life, calling for the defunding and replacement of Planned Parenthood. On Friday, thousands of anti-abortion activists are expected […]]]>
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Pro-life activists demonstrate outside a Planned Parenthood clinic on January 20, 2022 in Washington, DC The protest was organized by the Purple Sash Revolution and Priests for Life, calling for the defunding and replacement of Planned Parenthood. On Friday, thousands of anti-abortion activists are expected in Washington, DC, for the annual March for Life. |

Texas’ highest court has recommended that a lawsuit against the state law banning abortion as young as six weeks gestation be dismissed because state officials are not enforcing the pro-life measure.

The Texas Supreme Court ruled on Friday in the case of Whole Woman’s Health et al. versus Jackson et al. that state medical licensing board officials cannot enforce the law, which bans nearly all abortions after an unborn baby’s heartbeat can be detected, which is usually about six weeks after onset of a pregnancy.

Since the law allows private citizens to enforce the ban instead, the decision by the state’s highest court effectively nullifies the lawsuit filed by pro-choice groups.

Texas Right to Life, a pro-life group that supports a heartbeat abortion ban, celebrated the Texas Supreme Court’s opinion in a statement telling supporters the ruling was a “huge victory.” “.

“We have said from the start that the abortionists’ lawsuits must be thrown out,” the lobby group said.

“Parliament clearly never intended state agencies to be involved in enforcing the Texas Heartbeat Act, and the Texas Supreme Court agreed. This is not the last leg of the journey, as the case goes now return to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, but it confirms a positive path for the landmark law.

The Center for Reproductive Rights, which helped bring the lawsuit against the law, concludes that the lawsuit is effectively dead. Of the legal attempts to stop the Texas law, the abortion rights group argues that this lawsuit was “once the most promising.”

But now the Texas Supreme Court has ruled the lawsuit cannot proceed against the Texas Medical Board and state licensing officials, the only remaining defendants.

Although the case returns to the 5th Circuit, the CRC said in a statement that it expects the challenge to be “dismissed” in light of Friday’s ruling.

“This decision comes after the United States Supreme Court dismissed most of the case in December 2021, allowing only a small portion of the case to proceed to a lower court,” the statement said. CRC. “Today’s ruling will result in the remaining portion of the 6-week ban challenge being dismissed, meaning SB 8 will likely remain in effect for the foreseeable future.”

CRC President and CEO Nancy Northup said the decision shows that “[w]We are going through a moment of crisis not only for reproductive rights, but also for our justice system and the rule of law.

“With this ruling, the fragment of this case that we have left is gone,” Northup said.

“An unconstitutional six-week abortion ban continues unchecked in the state of Texas. The courts allowed Texas to override a constitutional right. We will continue to do everything in our power to right this wrong. »

Last May, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law Senate Bill 8, which bans most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, usually about six weeks into a pregnancy.

The law is enforced by private citizens who receive financial incentives to sue abortion providers or anyone else in Texas who helps a woman obtain an illegal abortion.

The law has survived multiple legal challenges, with the U.S. Supreme Court allowing the law into effect last summer and also declining to block the legislation last December.

According to data from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, the number of abortions in the state the month the law went into effect fell about 60 percent from the previous month.

In its statement, Texas Right to Life said it was “grateful that the Texas Heartbeat Act continues to save thousands of lives, and we hope the judiciary will soon lead the way in protecting all unborn children in canceling Roe vs. Wade.”

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British Politics Live: Boris Johnson says government will continue to tighten ‘economic noose around Putin’s regime’ | Politics https://draftgore2008.org/british-politics-live-boris-johnson-says-government-will-continue-to-tighten-economic-noose-around-putins-regime-politics/ Thu, 10 Mar 2022 14:08:40 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/british-politics-live-boris-johnson-says-government-will-continue-to-tighten-economic-noose-around-putins-regime-politics/ Roman Abramovich holds stakes in steel giant Evraz, Norilsk Nickel and owns Chelsea FC. He sold a 73% stake in Russian oil company Sibneft to gas titan Gazprom for £9.87billion in 2005. His net worth is estimated at £9.4billion. He is one of the few oligarchs of the 1990s to retain his notoriety under Putin. […]]]>

Roman Abramovich holds stakes in steel giant Evraz, Norilsk Nickel and owns Chelsea FC. He sold a 73% stake in Russian oil company Sibneft to gas titan Gazprom for £9.87billion in 2005. His net worth is estimated at £9.4billion. He is one of the few oligarchs of the 1990s to retain his notoriety under Putin. None of our allies have sanctioned Abramovich yet.

Oleg Deripaska holds stakes in En+ Group, a major mining and energy company that owns UC Rusal, one of the world’s leading aluminum producers. He has a multi-million pound property portfolio in the UK. His net worth is estimated at £2 billion. The United States nominated Deripaska in 2018.

Igor Sechin is the managing director of Rosneft, a Russian state oil company and a particularly close and influential ally of Putin. Sechin has been sanctioned by the US and the EU.

Andrei Kostin is President of VTB Bank, the second largest bank in Russia. VTB Bank was designated by the UK on February 24, 2022. Kostin is a close associate of Putin and has long supported Kremlin goals through VTB Bank. His net worth is estimated at £379 million. Kostin has been sanctioned by the US and the EU.

Alexei Miller is CEO of the energy company Gazprom, making him one of the most important executives supporting the Russian government. Miller served under Putin in the 1990s when Putin was deputy mayor of St. Petersburg. Miller was sanctioned by the United States.

Nikolai Tokarev is chairman of the Russian state-owned pipeline company Transneft. He first met Putin when they were both KGB officers in Dresden, East Germany, in the 1980s. They have remained closely associated ever since. Tokarev has been sanctioned by the US and the EU.

Dmitry Lebedev is Chairman of the Board of Bank Rossiya. The UK designated Bank Rossiya, widely seen as the Kremlin’s private bank, on February 22, 2022. Lebedev was sanctioned by the US in 2016.

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Iran asks the Taliban to respect human rights – Politics News https://draftgore2008.org/iran-asks-the-taliban-to-respect-human-rights-politics-news/ Wed, 09 Mar 2022 11:31:00 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/iran-asks-the-taliban-to-respect-human-rights-politics-news/ Iran’s Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Zahra Ershadi, delivered a speech at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday on the theme “Women, Peace and Security: Inclusion and the economic participation of women as a key to building peace”. Here is the text of his speech: ” Madame […]]]>

Iran’s Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Zahra Ershadi, delivered a speech at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday on the theme “Women, Peace and Security: Inclusion and the economic participation of women as a key to building peace”.

Here is the text of his speech:

” Madame President,

Thank you for convening this public debate. I also thank the rapporteurs for their presentations.

Today, the world is ravaged by various humanitarian crises, including but not limited to armed conflicts, climate change and recently the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the same time, women play an undeniable role in addressing these challenges, particularly those related to the promotion of dialogue and confidence in the peace and security process.

It is a well-known fact that encouraging women to engage in the peace process increases the chances of peace.

As a result, their participation and inclusion in the peace process increases the effectiveness of humanitarian assistance, improves the protection of civilians, contributes to the political settlement of disputes and long-term peacekeeping, and accelerates economic recovery. .

Numerous UN resolutions have emphasized the importance of empowering women in the prevention, resolution and post-conflict situations of armed conflicts, as well as their increased efforts to maintain international peace and security.

Given their important role, the political, social and economic empowerment of women is essential as it strengthens their resilience in times of crisis and encourages their participation in peace and reconciliation processes, as well as reconstruction and rehabilitation initiatives. post-conflict.

The promotion of the rights, dignity and empowerment of women is part of the prerequisites for the development of all societies.

In this spirit, the Islamic Republic of Iran since its establishment has always considered the promotion of the cultural, social, economic and political status of women and girls as a key element in the development of its policies, legislation and national planning.

Despite illegal and inhuman sanctions by the United States, which have negatively impacted funding and delivery of government, civil society and private sector programs aimed at the advancement and empowerment of women , Iran has made remarkable achievements in this area.

Madame President,

In our fragile region, we continue to witness the devastation created by armed conflict, violent extremism and foreign occupation and aggression, as well as terrorist attacks targeting innocent civilians, especially women and girls.

Palestinian women and girls continue to suffer from decades of occupation and human rights violations, as well as from the colonial and apartheid policies and practices of the Israeli regime in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, which violate all basic rules international humanitarian law and international human rights law.

In Afghanistan, the current situation has seriously affected the rights of Afghan women, including their political and socio-economic rights, such as the right to education, work and political participation.

The rights of Afghan women must be respected.

The Taliban must heed the call of the international community to protect human rights, especially the rights of women.

Finally, we reaffirm our principled position that issues concerning women and girls are the responsibility of the General Assembly.

The Security Council should only address this issue if it is directly related to the maintenance of international peace and security.

Thank you, Madam President.

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,Virginia. city ​​drops plan for ‘abortion provider appreciation day’ https://draftgore2008.org/virginia-city-drops-plan-for-abortion-provider-appreciation-day/ Tue, 08 Mar 2022 16:01:00 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/virginia-city-drops-plan-for-abortion-provider-appreciation-day/ By Ryan FoleyChristian Post reporter | Tuesday 08 March 2022 The City Hall of Alexandria, Virginia, located just outside of Washington, D.C. | Wikimedia Commons/Hermann Luyken The Washington, DC suburb of Alexandria, Virginia backed out of hosting “Abortion Provider Appreciation Day” this Thursday following the refusal of the local Roman Catholic diocese. Mayor Justin Wilson, […]]]>
The City Hall of Alexandria, Virginia, located just outside of Washington, D.C. |

The Washington, DC suburb of Alexandria, Virginia backed out of hosting “Abortion Provider Appreciation Day” this Thursday following the refusal of the local Roman Catholic diocese.

Mayor Justin Wilson, a Democrat, unveiled a proclamation last week announcing his intention to make Thursday, March 10, an “abortion provider appreciation day” to “celebrate courage, compassion and high quality care. quality that abortion providers and clinic staff provide.”

While Alexandria is a majority Democratic city where more than 80% of residents who voted in the 2020 presidential election supported Democratic nominee Joe Biden, the plan to recognize “Abortion Provider Appreciation Day” was strongly pushed back.

Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Arlington issued a statement condemning the proposal to celebrate abortion, which he described as a “direct and violent attack on human life”.

“Proposing a celebration of abortion and a ‘day of appreciation’ for those who destroy lives defies belief,” he said. “The city of Alexandria should rather do the opposite. It should celebrate all who save, protect and care for human life. It should redirect its focus to acknowledging and supporting both mothers and their children, as so many dedicated and compassionate people in Alexandria do every day.

Burbidge called on the people of Alexandria to “express their opposition to this proclamation”. St. Mary’s Basilica in Alexandria’s Old Town district shared the bishop’s statement on its website and provided a link to a form for residents to contact the mayor and city council members. The council was due to consider Wilson’s proclamation at a city council meeting on Tuesday.

Virginia’s oldest Roman Catholic Church provided a list of sample statements residents could include on the form, urging them to “take a strong stand for life!”

In addition, prominent conservatives living in Alexandria have also taken issue with the proposed “Abortion Provider Appreciation Day.”

“My Democratic mayor and my city council celebrate people who kill babies,” said Mollie Hemingway, editor of The Federalist, tweeted. She called the proclamation “demonic.”

Mercedes Schlapp, another Alexandria resident who served as the White House’s director of strategic communications under former President Donald Trump, supported that “Mayor Justin Wilson is trying to divide our country”, insisting that “this action must be stopped”.

In an email obtained by The Daily Wire, Wilson announced that “This proclamation has now been removed from the agenda at my request.”

“The proclamation you refer to is part of a nationwide effort, timed to occur 29 years from the date of the murder of an OB-GYN in Florida, who was murdered for providing legal and safe health care services. “Wilson said.

Wilson began the proclamation last week by noting that March 10 marks the 29th anniversary of the murder of an abortion doctor “by a white supremacist anti-abortion extremist.” That doctor’s name was David Gunn, who was murdered by Michael Frederick Griffin in Pensacola, Florida in 1993.

The current file from Tuesday’s city council meeting contains a list of proclamations the legislature will consider. Agenda item #7, which previously included the proposed “Abortion Provider Appreciation Day,” reads: “This item has been removed from the record.”

Schlapp responded to development in a tweet on Friday.

“Glory to God,” she tweeted. “That’s why it’s so important to speak out against the left pushing a radical agenda even at the local level.”

In her proclamation last week, Wilson framed abortion as necessary “reproductive health care” that “must be accessible so people can make real decisions about their bodies, their lives and their futures.”

He lamented the “recent restrictions in some states” that “forced many family planning clinics to close” as well as the “recent gutting of the Title X program” that “further threatened access to abortion referrals.” and reproductive services and care. ”

The mayor also expressed concern that “the United States Supreme Court now contains a majority of justices who may fail to interpret the Constitution to protect the right to terminate a pregnancy and may overrule or severely limit Roe vs. Wade in 2022,” referring to the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.

He denounced the “threat to women’s reproductive rights” posed by the possible partial or complete reversal of deer as “a threat to women’s reproductive rights” and “therefore a threat to fundamental human rights”.

Ryan Foley is a reporter for The Christian Post. He can be contacted at: ryan.foley@christianpost.com

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