Militarily and politically as well as economically, the war in Ukraine has been a major drain on Russia. President Vladimir Putin and his allies in the Kremlin were hoping for a quick, easy invasion, but Ukrainian forces have been much more skillful fighters than Putin anticipated.
Moreover, the invasion of Ukraine has had an unintended consequence: the expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Sweden and Finland, for many years, stayed out of NATO; in 2022, they applied for membership. And U.S. President Joe Biden, in contrast to former President Donald Trump’s anti-NATO views, has welcomed NATO’s expansion.
Despite all that, an obstinate Putin is determined to keep fighting in Ukraine. But Abbas Gallyamov, a former Putin speechwriter, is predicting that Putin’s days as president of Russia will be ending sooner rather than later.
During a Monday, January 30 appearance on CNN, the 50-year-old Gallyamov argued that because of all the hardship the war is causing in Russia, Putin will likely be removed from power via a military coup.
Gallyamov told CNN’s Erin Burnett, “The Russian economy is deteriorating. The war is lost. There are more and more dead bodies returning to Russia; so, Russians will be coming across more difficulties, and they'll be trying to find an explanation why this is happening, looking around to the political process. And they'll be answering themselves: 'Well, this is because our country is governed by an old tyrant, an old dictator.’”
The former Putin speechwriter, born in Chelyabinsk, Russia in 1972, predicted that a military coup will occur in Russia sometime within the next 12 months.
“So, in one year, when the political situation changes and there's a really hated unpopular president at the head of the country and the war is really unpopular — and they need to shed blood for this, at this moment — a coup becomes a real possibility,” Gallyamov told Burnett.
The United States isn’t the only country that is having a presidential election next year; Russia has one scheduled for March 2024. But Gallyamov fears that Putin may cancel Russia’s 2024 elections, which will only add to the tensions in that country.
Gallyamov told Burnett, “Judging by his actions, when he is escalating on something without necessity, he might really cancel the elections. Without victory over Ukraine, he'll face difficulty with the Russians. Russians don't need him if he's not strong. He might really declare the martial law and cancel the elections.”
Reprinted with permission from Alternet.
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Fox News’ Tucker Carlson managed to incorporate a racist “joke” into a recent segment of his show covering the murder of Tyre Nichols, Huffpost reports.
The host began his rant by targeting President Joe Biden’s recent decision to end the COVID-19 emergency, and claimed the White House’s decision means he’s forced to turn his attention to 29-year-old Nichols' murder last month.
Carlson then proceeded to take aim at Democrats, complaining that the party “needed an emergency, so they found one,” and that’s “white racism.”
"White racism is getting harder to find," Carlson lamented. "Very few unarmed Black men are killed by white cops these days. Where’s George Floyd when you need him?”
Contrary to Carlson's statement, Rolling Stone found that in 2023, police have already killed at least seven unarmed black people.
Watch the segment below or at this link.
\u201cTucker Carlson invokes George Floyd's name in an unhinged racist rant:\n\n"Very few unarmed Black men are killed by cops these days. Where's George Floyd when you need him?"\u201d— Kat Abu (@Kat Abu) 1675213869
Reprinted with permission from Alternet.
Far-right conspiracy theorist Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is facing backlash on social media for trafficking in misinformation and propaganda on her big return to House committees, surprising nobody and perhaps least of all Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who gave her those seats.
Despite Greene’s history of making incendiary comments and pushing dangerous and racist conspiracy theories, for which a bipartisan House stripped her of her committee assignments two years ago, the new capitulating Republican majority sat her on two prime committees shortly after the troubled start to its rule.
One of those committees, the House Oversight and Accountability Committee — chaired by Rep. James Comer (R-KY), a right-wing firebrand and election denier — held its first hearing on federal pandemic spending, which it had labeled “a prescription for waste, fraud, and abuse.”
Fresh off comparing Tyre Nichols’ brutal killing by several police officers to the death of Capitol rioter Ashli Babbitt, Greene took her time on the mic to invoke alt-right buzzwords like “abortion” and “Planned Parenthood” and spread fake news to smear the Biden administration.
After a two-minute-plus tangent purporting that a bulk of “COVID cash” had gone toward facilitating abortions and promoting lies involving drag queens, while the committee questioned the Comptroller General of the U.S. Government Accountability Office, Gene Dodaro, Greene segued to another conservative hot topic: critical race theory.
“Mr. Dodaro, can you tell me how much COVID cash went to CRT?” Greene asked, triggering a look of confusion from Dodaro, who seemed unsure of what the term meant — and had probably expected questions on issues that actually matter to Americans.
Undaunted, Greene carried on: “CRT, Critical Race Theory and Education. It's a racist curriculum used to teach children that somehow their white skin is not equal to black skin and other things that education [sic].”
“I don’t know that. But I do know that there's provisions that the federal funds generally are not used. They're supposed to be used for curriculum,” Dodaro responded, the expression of confusion still visible on his face.
Seemingly unsatisfied with the lack of future campaign soundbites from her previous question, Greene pivoted directly to an old habit she excelled at — disseminating outlandish hoaxes.
“Oh, Mr. Dodaro, I have to tell you in Illinois, that they received $5.1 billion at an elementary school there that used it for equity and diversity,” Greene baselessly alleged. Despite not having a shred of evidence to back it up, she added, “So it’s being used for these things.”
\u201cGreene: Can you tell me how much money went to CRT?\nDodaro: CRT?\nGreene: It\u2019s a racist curriculum used to teach children that somehow their white skin not equal to black skin and other things\u201d— Acyn (@Acyn) 1675281680
A fact check by CLproud.com revealed that although Illinois received more than $5 billion in funding for education in 2021 under President Biden’s American Rescue plan, it is “not true that all of this funding went to a single elementary school. The money was split between 851 school districts in Illinois.”
Afterward, Greene, to the embarrassment of her colleagues, pressed Dodaro on how much pandemic relief money went into fostering “drag queen story time,” where "men dress up as women and read books to children."
A video of Greene’s questioning, uploaded by Twitter user @Acyn, had garnered over 16.9 million views early Friday. The stinging reactions the video garnered indicate that Americans were not impressed by Greene’s posturing.
\u201cI agree w Marjorie. It was a mistake for the federal government to give $5 billion to one single elementary school in Illinois to teach its students to hate white people. In retrospect it feels like $4 billion would have been enough.\u201d— Chris Murphy (@Chris Murphy) 1675349530
\u201c.#MarjorieTaylorGreene once again showing us that you can't make this stuff up... and yet she does, everyday. 5.1 Billion did not go to an elementary school but she has clearly spent that much on steroids, bleach and tanner. \u201d— Nancy Lee Grahn (@Nancy Lee Grahn) 1675294151
\u201cDid she just insanely lie that one elementary school in IL got $5.1 BILLION (w/a "B") to use for CRT?\n\nFOR FUCK SAKE at least put some effort into your lies\u201d— Shannon in Ohio 4 (@Shannon in Ohio 4) 1675289005
\u201cIf a school received $5.1 billion for equity training, the impact would be so large even MTG would be a little less racist.\u201d— Tom Coale (@Tom Coale) 1675286877