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David Hume on the Study of History

“In reality, what more agreeable entertainment to the mind, than to be transported into the remotest ages of the world, and to observe human society, in its infancy, making the first faint essays towards the arts and sciences: To see the policy of government, and the civility of conversation refining by degrees, and every thing which is ornamental to human life advancing towards its perfection. To remark the rise, progress, declension, and final extinction of the most flourishing empires: The virtues, which contributed to their greatness, and the vices which drew on their ruin. In short, to see the whole human race, from the beginning of time, pass, as it were, in review before us; appearing in their true colours, without any of those disguises, which, during their life-time, so much perplexed the judgment of the beholders. What spectacle can be imagined, so magnificent, so various, so interesting? What amusement, either of the senses or imagination, can be compared with it?”

— David Hume, “On the Study of History”

Looks like the US will start providing Ukraine with weapons to combat Russia with

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said after meetings in Washington thatKiev and the United States would soon sign a number of agreements boosting defense cooperation, news agency Interfax Ukraine reported on Wednesday.

Poroshenko said U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Vice President Mike Pence had told him that key members of President Donald Trump’s administration would visit Kiev in the next two to three months.

“And very important agreements will be signed, including agreements on defense cooperation, including an agreement on defense procurement and an agreement on military-technical cooperation,” Poroshenko was quoted as saying at a briefing.

http://www.businessinsider.com/looks-like-the-us-will-start-providing-ukraine-with-weapons-to-combat-russia-with-2017-6

Ukraine’s 10,000 Catholics get a new church

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2017/05/25/ukrainian-catholics-who-used-to-worship-in-a-basement-see-dream-of-golden-domed-church-come-true/

People arrive for a liturgy May 21 at the new Ukrainian Catholic parish in Odessa, Ukraine. “We dreamed of a golden-domed church,” said Bishop Mykhaylo Bubniy of Odessa, whose parishioners waited decades for the new building. (CNS photo/Mariana Karapinka) See UKRAINE-ODESSA-CHURCH May 24, 2017.

Podesta lobby group did not disclose extent of work for Ukrainian campaign advised by Paul Manafort

One of Washington’s most powerful lobbying firms did not disclose the wide extent of its lucrative political work for a Ukrainian group tied to both onetime Trump adviser Paul Manafort and to pro-Russian politicians, new records show.
The firm, the Podesta Group, said nothing in a 2012 lobbying report to Congress about at least 32 meetings, emails and other communications it had with the State Department, at a time when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was scrutinizing Ukraine’s upcoming election, records show.
The new disclosures shed light on the web of contacts between Russian-leaning Ukrainians, Washington lobbyists and U.S. policymakers during the Obama administration. The Podesta Group filed new, detailed lobbying disclosures in April to augment lobbying reports from 2012 to 2014 that had given little detail.

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/05/09/politics/podesta-manafort-lobbying/

Lviv mayor publicaly calls out president for Garbage Blockade.

L’viv’s mayor makes personal, public appeal to President Poroshenko & PM Groysman to lift the garbage blockade of leave. It is widely believed that the President, in an attempt to eliminate even a distant rival, has made it impossible for Lviv to export its garbage to landfills.

It is becoming a health hazard! And it is a disgrace for corruption reform.

I encourage my followers to publicize this.

Does anyone have contacts at the WHO?

Above the main entrance to the Lviv city hall appeared a large banner appeal to President Poroshenko and Prime Minister Vladimir Groisman demanding to stop junk blockade of the city. Banners cost 2000 USD paid personally Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovy.

“Poroshenko, Groisman, stop junk blockade of the city!” – written on the banner located above the main entrance to the Lviv City Hall. A letter to the president and prime minister also duplicated in English.

Banner, judging by the photo, sent to the editor ZAXID.NET witness, appeared on Wednesday night, June 14.

Ukrainian language original: https://zaxid.net/na_lvivskiy_ratushi_vivisili_baner_z_vimogoyu_pripiniti_smittyevu_blokadu_n1428597

Mattis to visit Lithuania – concern over Kaliningrad A2AD bubble

Mattis to visit #Lithuania this week to address concerns over #Kaliningrad #A2AD bubble, #Russia’s #Zapad exercises.

Jim Mattis will visit the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius this week, marking his first ever visit to the Baltics in his new capacity as U.S. Secretary of Defense. Joining Mattis in Lithuania will be the Defense Ministers of all three Baltic states who will converge on the Lithuanian capital for a highly symbolic two-day meeting. The Mattis visit underscores the importance of the region to U.S. and NATO security interests and reaffirms U.S. support for Baltic security. It will also go a long way in calming the nerves of the leaders of the Baltic states and reassure our Baltic allies over U.S. defense commitments to their security.

Since 2014, NATO has become more cognizant about the weakness of its ability to defend the Baltics and has been taking steps to bolster its capacity to defend the region. To some critics, NATO’s feeble efforts to deter a Russian attack in the Baltic have remained modest and could very well be another Dunkirk in the making. Last year the RAND Corporation concluded in an assessment that U.S. and NATO forces in the Baltics were severely outnumbered, outranged and outgunned. In the neighboring Russia Cold War enclave of Kaliningrad, for example, there are over 30,000 Russian forces, which is larger than the military forces of all three Baltic states combined. Next door to Latvia, the Russian base in Pskov can field 30,000 Russian men with two days notice. To counter this threat, the U.S. military in Europe has a grand total of only 37,000 American ground forces to defend NATO’s widely exposed eastern flank that extends from the Baltic to the Black Sea.

http://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2017/05/10/mattis_goes_to_the_baltics_111350.html

Czech Republic Joins Poland, Hungary and Slovakia in Refusing EU-Imposed Migrants

Be strong Eastern Europe! You survived Economic Marxism. You can survive Cultural Marxism.

After much criticism of the scheme, which seeks to resettle an initial 160,000 migrants from Italy and Greece across EU member states, the Czechs have finally withdrawn citing concerns over security and the ‘’dysfunctionality’’ of what has been criticized as a shambolic program.

Prague had accepted only 12 of the 1,600 migrants required by Brussels before leaving the program, which imposes quotas on all 28 member states under threat of sanction.

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/06/czech-republic-joins-poland-hungary-slovakia-refusing-eu-imposed-migrants/

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EU warns Poland that it has 24 hours to start taking in refugees under migrant-sharing plan

The EU has issued a 24-hour warning to Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland saying that they have to start taking in refugees under an EU migrant-sharing plan.

The three countries immediately rebuffed the threat and appeared ready to go to court.

The European Commission said in a statement that it has repeatedly urged them to relocate refugees or at least pledge to do so under the legally-binding refugee plan agreed two years ago.

But it said they have failed to take action ‘in breach of their legal obligations,’ and that it “has decided to launch infringement procedures.”

The plan to share 160,000 refugees in overwhelmed Italy and Greece among other European countries over two years was endorsed in September 2015 by a qualified majority vote.

http://metro.co.uk/2017/06/13/eu-warns-poland-that-it-has-24-hours-to-start-taking-in-refugees-under-migrant-sharing-plan-6706291/

Russian Assassin Masquerades as Reporter in Ukraine

It was midway through one of those purported interviews, in a terrifying flash of gunpowder, that Mr. Werner’s true identity came to light: He was, in fact, a Chechen assassin, the Ukrainian authorities now say.

Under the guise of a journalist, the assassin, Artur Denisultanov-Kurmakayev, tried to murder Ms. Okuyeva and her husband, Adam Osmayev, Ukraine’s Interior Ministry said.

The plot went awry because Ms. Okuyeva was also armed, and the details of the attack and its aftermath are now shedding light on Kiev’s role as a testing ground for what Ukrainian officials say are hybrid war activities by Russia, including assassinations.

The attack was the third high-profile killing or attempted killing in Kiev that the Ukranian authorities have attributed to the Russian security services

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/09/world/europe/ukraine-assassin-russia-putin-amina-okuyeva.html?_r=0