Gordon Chang points out Washington’s failure and China’s intimidation of the Philippines could be leading to real disaster

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Important Takeaways:

  • Thanks to Biden, China Could Start World War III Here
  • China is swarming the waters of the Philippines, hoping to intimidate Manila into surrendering territory. US President Joe Biden and the State Department keep on issuing warnings, but Chinese President Xi Jinping continues to ignore them, suggesting deterrence is failing….
  • [R]ecently, China took Scarborough Shoal …. Washington then brokered an agreement for both sides to withdraw their craft, but only Manila complied. Beijing has been in firm control of Scarborough ever since.
  • When Chinese leaders, generals and admirals saw Washington’s failure to act, they began moving against Second Thomas Shoal and other Philippine reefs and islets in the South China Sea, went after Japan’s islets in the East China Sea, and began reclaiming and militarizing features in the Spratly chain. Biden as vice president legitimized the worst elements in the Chinese political system by showing everyone that aggression works.
  • Beijing has been waging proxy wars on three continents: Europe in Ukraine, Africa across its northern rim, and Asia in Israel and surrounding areas.
  • Xi apparently now believes he is boss of the world. “Change is coming that hasn’t happened in 100 years,” the Chinese leader told Russian President Vladimir Putin after their 40th in-person chat, in Moscow on March 22 last year. “And we are driving this change together.”
  • Biden is now trying to reestablish deterrence. Britain and France desperately attempted to do that in late summer 1939 when they warned Germany that they would declare war if it invaded Poland. Then, German leaders did not believe the British and the French would in fact fight because for three years they had failed to make good on previous warnings.
  • The United States, therefore, is left with only risky options to deter China in the South China Sea. “Once a country loses credibility and prestige, it must fall back on military force to achieve its aims,” Gregory Copley, the president of the International Strategic Studies Association and editor-in-chief of Defense & Foreign Affairs Strategic Policy, told this author. “The U.S. has lost both around the world.”
  • Thanks to Biden, America is now the Britain and France of our decade, and the world is again on the brink of global conflict. Some 55 craft in Philippine waters tells us that China thinks it has a free hand.

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Russia is increasingly militarizing the Kaliningrad: Polish President says we’re ready to host nuclear weapons to reinforce NATOs eastern flank

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Important Takeaways:

  • Polish President Andrzej Duda said Poland is “ready” to host nuclear weapons on its territory if NATO decides to reinforce its eastern flank.
  • “Russia is increasingly militarizing the Königsberg oblast (Kaliningrad). Recently, it has been relocating its nuclear weapons to Belarus,” Duda said in an interview published Monday by Polish outlet Fakt.
  • “If our allies decide to deploy nuclear weapons as part of nuclear sharing on our territory as well, in order to strengthen the security of NATO’s eastern flank, we are ready for it,” he added.
  • Since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, President Vladimir Putin has made veiled nuclear threats toward the West, even stashing atomic weapons in Belarus, which borders NATO members Poland, Lithuania and Latvia.

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‘Tip of the Iceberg’ China is stealing everything leaving no sector safe from espionage including agriculture, tech, medical, manufacturing and military

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Important Takeaways:

  • China is stealing everything from nuclear weapons secrets to genetically-modified seeds as part of an estimated $600billion-a-year theft of US technology, DailyMail.com can reveal.
  • Analysis of Department of Justice cases shows rampant and brazen plundering of US companies by Chinese spies who send trade secrets back home.
  • In at least two cases, Beijing has plotted to steal technology related to the production and detection of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.
  • …also pilfered medical secrets from a children’s hospital in Ohio, as well as stealing seed technology from a farm in Iowa.
  • com has found more than a dozen cases in which the US Government has charged Chinese entities or individuals with conspiring to steal American intellectual property on behalf of Beijing since 2018.
  • Our audit reveals:
    • The People’s Republic of China has orchestrated attempts to steal billions of dollars worth of trade secrets from some of the biggest companies in the US, including Tesla, Google, Apple, and Coca-Cola
    • But the shameless thievery filters through all levels of society, from Wall Street to Main Street, with small businesses and start ups also targeted
    • No sector of society is safe, with agriculture, tech, manufacturing, medical and military fields all subject to Chinese espionage
    • US-based Chinese nationals are often paid large sums by CCP-backed entities or provided grant funding in exchange for passing on company secrets
  • These findings are likely to be just the tip of the iceberg, with the FBI revealing last year that it had around 2,000 active investigations related to China’s efforts to ‘steal information’

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Inflation costing Americans an extra $1,000 a month

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Important Takeaways:

  • Joe Did That: Inflation Costs Americans an Extra $1K Monthly
  • Thanks to the wonders of Bidenomics, the average American is spending over a thousand dollars extra a month. Fortunately, Biden is focused on important things — like funding jihad supporters in Gaza and paying off student loans with taxpayer money the government cannot spare.
  • From Fox Business:
    • The typical U.S. household needed to pay $227 more a month in March to purchase the same goods and services it did one year ago because of still-high inflation, according to calculations from Moody’s Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi shared with FOX Business.
    • Americans are paying on average $784 more each month compared with the same time two years ago and $1,069 more compared with three years ago, before the inflation crisis began… when compared with January 2021, shortly before the inflation crisis began, prices remain up a stunning 18.94%.
  • Food, child care, and rent — the necessities — are devastatingly expensive under the Biden administration. Fox quoted Bright MLS chief economist Lisa Sturtevant, “Inflation has not just stalled, but it is moving in the wrong direction.” Unfortunately, low-income Americans — those who can least afford to spend more — are of course hardest hit by rising costs.

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‘Once a Century’ storm floods Chinese province putting 127 million at risk

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Important Takeaways:

  • Nearly 127million people in China brace for ‘once a century’ floods as biblical downpours trigger landslides and deluge cities – with terrified residents trapped in their homes as emergency crews launch rescue missions
  • Landslides in southern China injured at least six people and trapped others, state media reported Sunday, as a region with nearly 127million people braced for severe floods ‘seen around once a century’.
  • Torrential downpours across swathes of Guangdong province since Thursday have swollen rivers in the Pearl River Delta and triggered deluges in mountainous areas.
  • State broadcaster CCTV said Sunday that rains had sparked landslides affecting six villages in the northern Guangdong town of Jiangwan, ‘causing people to become trapped’

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Glenn Beck reports on Biden’s White House colluding with social media to censor free speech

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Important Takeaways:

  • Biden’s Crackdown on the Internet Is WORSE Than You Think
  • We’re being played: The Left isn’t “saving democracy,” and the internet is NOT free. The Murthy v. Missouri Supreme Court case is just the tip of the iceberg. The pro-speech plaintiffs argue the Biden White House colluded with social media platforms to censor speech they don’t like. Speech on topics like COVID origins, masks, vaccines, lockdowns, the Hunter Biden laptop, climate change, mail-in voting, and election integrity.
  • There is much more of this censorship in our future. Thanks to a FOIA request and eventual lawsuit brought by America First Legal, AFL was able to uncover a report by U.S. Agency for International Development that was intended for internal use only.
  • Glenn digs into this report called the “Dis-information Primer,” which provides a disturbing insider’s view of our government’s strategies for dealing with rampant so-called “information disorder.” And instead of debunking speech it doesn’t like, the government employs a strategy called “pre-bunking.” Wait, what?! We are up against a SPRAWLING network of government agencies, think tanks, and the largest companies in the world, all collaborating in multiple ways with the same end-goal: to censor unapproved speech in media and especially online.

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Ukraine shot down a Russian strategic bomber 185 miles from its border on Friday

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Important Takeaways:

  • Ukraine shot down a Russian strategic bomber 300 km (185 miles) from its border on Friday after the warplane took part in an airstrike that killed at least eight people, including two children, in the central Dnipropetrovsk region, Kyiv said.
  • Missiles rained down on the city of Dnipro and the surrounding region in the early hours, damaging residential buildings, the main train station and wounding at least 28 civilians, regional officials said.
  • In a first for Ukraine during the invasion, Kyiv’s air force commander and military spy agency said they had shot down a Russian Tu-22M3 strategic bomber that had fired missiles at Ukraine during the overnight attack.

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An Israeli missile has struck Iran

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Important Takeaways:

  • The strike came less than a week after Iran’s unprecedented retaliatory drone and missile attack on Israel, to which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had vowed to respond.
  • U.S. officials did not provide any information about the location or extent of the Israeli strike, and the Israel Defense Forces would not comment on the attack when asked by CBS News.
  • State media and Iranian sources speaking with various news outlets mentioned only small drones flying around a couple sites in the country, without any reference to a missile strike.
  • Iran’s President, Ebrahim Raisi, spoke of Iran’s assault a week earlier against Israel, which he called “necessary, obligatory” and a “sign of the power of the Islamic republic and its armed forces.”
  • Iran announced that it had grounded commercial flights in Tehran and across areas of its western and central regions, but state television later said normal flight operations had resumed.

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Biden dismantles Trump-era Title IX rules, unveils new rules aimed at safeguarding LGBTQ+ students

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Important Takeaways:

  • The Biden administration has unveiled new rules aimed at safeguarding LGBTQ+ students and changing the ways in which sexual harassment and assault claims are adjudicated on campus.
  • The new provisions are part of a revised Title IX regulation issued by the Education Department, fulfilling a campaign pledge by President Biden to revamp those issued during the Trump administration.
  • Missing from the new rule, however, is a policy forbidding schools from enacting outright bans on transgender athletes competing against biological females.
  • The new rule makes “crystal clear that everyone can access schools that are safe, welcoming and that respect their rights,” Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said.
  • “No one should face bullying or discrimination just because of who they are, who they love,”

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Arrest of Ilhan Omar’s daughter at anti-Israel protest

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Important Takeaways:

  • Bowman said Omar, D-Minn., had questioned Columbia leadership’s commitment to “free academic expression” during a fiery congressional hearing on Wednesday and the following day her daughter, Isra Hirsi, was arrested.
  • She was among more than 100 people issued a summons for trespassing, the NYPD said.
  • Hirsi, an organizer with Columbia University’s Apartheid Divest group, was released hours later from NYPD headquarters.
  • Dozens of anti-Israel activists began protesting at Columbia University on Wednesday morning, creating an encampment on the main lawn in protest of Israel’s war against Hamas.
  • Fiery protests continued into the overnight hours with calls for an intifada and the death of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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