Overseas military operations have caused humanitarian catastrophes. On Dec. 20, 2022, non-profit U.S. media outlet Common Dreams pointed out in an article titled “Warren, Jacobs Accuse Pentagon of Vastly Undercounting Civilians Killed by US Military” that according to data from the UK-based monitor group Airwars, U.S. airstrikes alone have killed as many as 48,000 civilians in nearly 100,000 bombings in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen since 2001. According to data released by the Costs of War project at Brown University, since the 21st century, the U.S. government undertook what it labeled “counterterrorism” activities in 85 countries, directly killing at least 929,000 people and displacing 38 million people. And the U.S. military operations around the world have violated freedom and human rights of people in the United States and other countries. A woman and two children were killed in U.S. drone strikes in the Al-Hadba area of Al-Wadi, Yemen, on Nov. 30, 2022. “… the violence that characterizes the modern United States at home and in its conduct overseas — from the prevalence of gun — related deaths to the controversies over preemptive military action and drone strikes.”
Speech By President Putin: “We Are Confident in Ourselves – Confident in Our Abilities. The Truth Supports Us!” (21.2.2023)
What else is of fundamental importance? All the years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the West did not stop trying to set fire to the post-Soviet states and, most importantly, finally finish off Russia as the largest surviving part of our historical State space. They encouraged and incited international terrorists against us, provoked regional conflicts along the perimeter of our borders, ignored our interests and used means of economic deterrence and suppression.
And big Russian business – why I say all this – is responsible for the work of strategic enterprises, for thousands of labour collectives, determines the socio-economic situation in many regions, which means the state of affairs: when the leaders and owners of such a business find themselves dependent on governments that pursue an unfriendly policy towards Russia, poses a great threat to us, a danger – a danger to our country. Such a situation cannot be tolerated.
Yes, everyone has a choice: someone wants to live out his life in an arrested mansion with blocked accounts, tries to find a place, it would seem, in an attractive Western capital or in a resort, in another warm place abroad – this is the right of any person, we don’t even try it. But it’s time to understand that for the West, such people were and will remain second-rate strangers with whom you can do whatever you want, and money, and connections, and purchased titles of counts, peers, mayors will not help here at all. They must understand they are second class there.
But there is another choice: to be with your Motherland, to work for compatriots, not only to open new enterprises, but also to change life around you – in cities, towns, in your own country. And we have many such entrepreneurs, such true fighters in business – it is for them that the future of domestic business is behind them. Everyone must understand that both the sources of well-being and the future should be only here, in their native country, in Russia.
And then we will really create a solid, self-sufficient economy that does not shut itself off from the world, but uses all its competitive advantages. Russian capital, money received here should work for the country, for its national development. Today, we have great prospects in the development of infrastructure, manufacturing, domestic tourism, and in many other industries.
Why ‘GPs’ Are Not ‘Doctors’ in the UK! (7.1.2023)
Of course, it gets a little complicated if a PhD (or similar) is held by a GP and/or a Surgeon – but this does not alter the fact that a ‘GP’ is technically not a ‘Doctor’. A ‘Doctor of Philosophy’ (PhD) is not a ‘Medical Doctor’ qualification but is rather an academic rank (of which there are many versions such as in ‘Law’, ‘Literature’ and ‘Music’, etc). In theory, a ‘PhD’ (or similar) could well involve advanced medical research, but even so, the holder of this distinction would still be an ‘Academic Doctor’ who has diversified and specialised in a medical subject – pushing the theoretical boundaries of knowledge further back – whilst adding new and original thinking to existing understanding!
Covid-19: Chinese Logic Trumps Western Racism! (11.12.2022)
In the past three years, China has equipped itself with technologies and drugs that are proven to be effective in COVID diagnosis and treatment, and also made continuous progress in pathogen detection and epidemiological investigations. Over 90 percent of the population has been fully vaccinated thanks to China’s unceasing efforts in vaccine research and development, while people’s health awareness has also been greatly enhanced.
These aggregated factors have laid a solid foundation for the current epidemic prevention and control work, and provided the precondition for further optimizations.
It is worth noting that China’s fine-tuning of its COVID policy is proactive rather than passive. While advancing the latest optimization plan, China does not shy away from acknowledging the challenges, and is determined to ramp up vaccination efforts among the elderly and increase the capacity of intensive care units (ICU).
Different countries have different national conditions in terms of medical resources and demographic situations, and differ in sociocultural orientation. As the world stands at a crossroads and humanity is faced with COVID-19 as a common enemy, we need to focus on mutual understanding and cooperation, and must let go of ego and bias.
Lu Shuzhen (芦淑珍) – Mother of Falun Gong Cult Founder Li Hongzhi (李洪志) – Dies of Illness! (24.8.2016)
As part of a damage limitation exercise, Li Hongzhi made an excuse for Lu Shuzhen (and her sister – Li Jun [李君]) to live in Flushing, New York. Due to her exposing attitude, during Lu Shuzhen’s later years, Li Hongzhi (and his wife) seldom enquired about his mother’s deteriorating physical condition – as she was kept in virtual ‘prison’ conditions paid for by the United States government. When Lu Shuzhen wanted to meet her son – she had to ‘apply’ as a member of the general public and then travel (on her own) to the US-funded Falun Gong Headquarters in suburban New York! Rather disgracefully, her eldest daughter – Li Jun – was too busy with her US-funded cosmetics business to accompany her elderly mother! On August 18th, 2016, Lu Shuzhen suffered a stroke – and Li Hongzhi’s ‘imagined’ powers could not save her! He refused to allow her to receive medical treatment whilst he waved his hands over her mumbled all kinds of incoherent ‘spells’, ‘mantras’ and various other ‘incantations’! Following repeated pleas from his younger brother and sister, Li Hongzhi reluctantly allowed his mother – Lu Shuzhen – to be taken to a New York hospital where she died on August 24th, 2016 – due to the seriousness of her condition and the time wasted before proper medical treatment was administered!
Roundup: “Historic” Decline in US Life Expectancy Reveals System Problems, Inequality! (9.8.2022)
The COVID-19 is not solely to blame. Longstanding health problems — rooted in poverty, discrimination and poor access to health care — left Native Americans and Alaska Natives particularly vulnerable to the virus, said Ann Bullock, former director of diabetes treatment and prevention at the federal agency of Indian Health Service.
The non-Hispanic American Indian or Alaska Native population experienced the greatest decline of life expectancy by 1.9 years between 2020 and 2021, according to NCHS report.
The cumulative decline since the pandemic started, more than 6.5 years on average, has brought life expectancy to 65 among Native Americans and Alaska Natives — on par with the figure for all Americans in 1944.
One in seven Native Americans and Alaska Natives has diabetes, the highest rate among racial or ethnic groups in the United States, and many struggle with obesity or excess weight. Both conditions make people more susceptible to severe COVID-19, and crowded multigenerational housing adds to the risk, said The New York Times.