This week in Whoppers: WaPo’s partisan ‘fact-checking,’ NY magazine’s hit on Sen. Sinema and more

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We say: Count on Glenn Kessler, The Washington Post’s partisan opinion writer who pretends to be a neutral “fact checker,” to come to the Democrats’ aid yet again, this time over their plan to have banks send the IRS info about Americans’ bank accounts. It’s perfectly legit to consider this “spying,” but even if you don’t agree, who died and made Kessler chief arbiter of whether it’s a true or false fact? No surprise, of course, that CNN’s John Harwood (and Biden Chief of Staff Ronald Klain) chimed in to fuel the propaganda.

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This week in Whoppers: WaPo’s partisan ‘fact-checking,’ NY magazine’s hit on Sen. Sinema and more

This fact-check

We say: Count on Glenn Kessler, The Washington Post’s partisan opinion writer who pretends to be a neutral “fact checker,” to come to the Democrats’ aid yet again, this time over their plan to have banks send the IRS info about Americans’ bank accounts. It’s perfectly legit to consider this “spying,” but even if you don’t agree, who died and made Kessler chief arbiter of whether it’s a true or false fact? No surprise, of course, that CNN’s John Harwood (and Biden Chief of Staff Ronald Klain) chimed in to fuel the propaganda.

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Is Iran Trying to Create a New ‘Hezbollah-Style Lebanon’ in the Caucasus?

At its height 2,500 years ago, the Persian Empire was one of the world’s most advanced civilizations. Now, occupying the same homeland, the Iranian regime is one of the most backward governments on the planet. The religious extremists controlling Tehran try to connect themselves to their subjects’ ancestors, while doing everything possible to destroy any chance of a new age of enlightenment and prosperity. 
Not satisfied with just destroying the country they control, the fundamentalists have expanded their reign of terror throughout Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon.

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Millions were evacuated during disasters last year – another growing cost of climate change

by Jane McAdam AO, UNSW
As world leaders prepare for the COP26 climate talks next month, it’s worth recalling a sobering line from the royal commission’s report into the 2019-20 Australian bushfires: “what was unprecedented is now our future”.
The bushfires saw the largest peacetime evacuation of Australians from their homes, with at least 65,000 people displaced. As climate change amplifies the frequency and severity of extreme weather events, evacuations are likely to become increasingly common – and costly – in human and economic terms.

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The roots of Europe’s gas crisis

OPINION:
The gas crisis in Europe has added yet another dimension to a global crisis, with many well-known experts predicting that the worst is still to come.
Nowadays in Washington and Brussels, practically any internal or external problem is blamed on Russia and the evil President Putin, who somehow has accumulated unprecedented superhuman powers to manipulate the world’s events, including this one, to his advantage. According to Washington Post-CNN pundit Fareed Zakaria, “Russia hasn’t just hacked our computer systems. It’s hacked our minds.

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The roots of Europe’s gas crisis

OPINION:
The gas crisis in Europe has added yet another dimension to a global crisis, with many well-known experts predicting that the worst is still to come.
Nowadays in Washington and Brussels, practically any internal or external problem is blamed on Russia and the evil President Putin, who somehow has accumulated unprecedented superhuman powers to manipulate the world’s events, including this one, to his advantage. According to Washington Post-CNN pundit Fareed Zakaria, “Russia hasn’t just hacked our computer systems. It’s hacked our minds.

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Biden faces test as Turkey prepares new attack on Syrian Kurds

In January 2018, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch. It was designed to capture and ethnically cleanse the Afrin District of northern Syria. In October 2019, Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring to control, via Turkey’s Arab proxies, the population centers from around Tell Abyad to Ras al-Ayn. Get ready for incursion No. 3.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan justifies the looming offensive as a response to a rocket attack that killed two Turkish policemen. Those officers were acting as occupation authorities in Syria’s Azaz region, north of Aleppo.

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Biden faces test as Turkey prepares new attack on Syrian Kurds

In January 2018, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch. It was designed to capture and ethnically cleanse the Afrin District of northern Syria. In October 2019, Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring to control, via Turkey’s Arab proxies, the population centers from around Tell Abyad to Ras al-Ayn. Get ready for incursion No. 3.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan justifies the looming offensive as a response to a rocket attack that killed two Turkish policemen. Those officers were acting as occupation authorities in Syria’s Azaz region, north of Aleppo.

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Biden faces test as Turkey prepares new attack on Syrian Kurds

In January 2018, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch. It was designed to capture and ethnically cleanse the Afrin District of northern Syria. In October 2019, Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring to control, via Turkey’s Arab proxies, the population centers from around Tell Abyad to Ras al-Ayn. Get ready for incursion No. 3.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan justifies the looming offensive as a response to a rocket attack that killed two Turkish policemen. Those officers were acting as occupation authorities in Syria’s Azaz region, north of Aleppo.

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This Is How Russia Is Pulling Off a Free-for-All Murderous Rampage

ABUJA, Nigeria—When Lamido Souleymane Daouda, mayor and sultan of the northwestern Central African Republic (CAR) town of Koui, was told by locals that they had seen a cache of weapons gathered by rebels in a nearby community early in June, he quickly reported it to security agencies. The highly respected Sultan Mayor, as Daouda is commonly referred to as, had expected officials to rush to the community and seize the weapons.
But that’s not what happened.

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