Ukrainian servicemen walk past a minefield warning sign on the frontline with Russia-backed separatists near Luganske in Ukraine’s Donetsk region. Photo: Anatolii Stepanov/AFP via Getty Images Over the past few months, Russia has amassed tens of thousands of soldiers, along with tanks, artillery and other materiel near its border with Ukraine in what U.S. intelligence (and much of the world) has interpreted as a buildup in preparation for an invasion. At the same time, online propaganda and disinformation activity has increased , as have cyberattacks on Ukrainian targets, including one that took down several government websites on Friday. It is no coincidence that these ominous activities look strikingly similar to the leadup to Russia’s 2014 invasion of its weaker neighbor, in which it annexed Crimea and launched the still-ongoing insurgency by Moscow-backed separatists in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine. Indeed, if Russia does send troops into Ukraine in the … [Read more...] about Is Another Russian Invasion of Ukraine Inevitable?
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is testifying in front of Congress this week. To accompany the testimony, Select All is publishing transcripts of interviews with four ex-Facebook employees and one former investor, conducted as part of a wider project on the crisis within the tech industry that will be published later this week. These interviews include • Former Facebook manager Sandy Parakilas on privacy, addiction, and why Facebook must “dramatically” change its business model. • Former Facebook designer Soleio Cuervo on Facebook’s commitment to users, what the media gets wrong, and why regulation is unnecessary. • Former Zuckerberg speechwriter Kate Losse on how the Facebook founder thinks and what is hardest for him to wrap his mind around. • Former Facebook product manager Antonio Garcia Martinez on the “sociopathic scene” of Silicon Valley and Mark Zuckerberg’s “disingenuous and strange” reaction to the election. This interview is with … [Read more...] about ‘You Have a Persuasion Engine Unlike Any Created in History’
Several of Broadway’s biggest shows, including “Hamilton,” “Hadestown” and “Aladdin,” are canceling all performances until after Christmas , and “Jagged Little Pill” announced it was closing for good , as a spike in coronavirus cases batters the performing arts throughout North America as well as in London. The cancellations, prompted by positive coronavirus tests among cast or crew members, come at the worst possible time for many productions, because the holiday season is typically the most lucrative time of year. It has been a trying week for the performing arts. On Saturday and Sunday, about a third of Broadway shows canceled their performances. On Monday, “Jagged Little Pill,” a rock musical featuring Alanis Morissette songs that had paused performances on Saturday after positive tests, said it would not reopen at all. The musical had still been finding its financial footing when the pandemic hit, and then was rocked again by the Omicron variant; its producers said … [Read more...] about ‘Hamilton’ and Other Broadway Shows Cancel Performances Through Christmas
White House press secretary Jen Psaki Jen Psaki Psaki claps back at Youngkin over school mask mandates Clyburn says he 'wholeheartedly' endorses Biden's voting rights remarks Democrats call on Biden to step up virus response MORE told reporters on Tuesday that the U.S. believes that Russia could carry out an attack on Ukraine “at any point,” underscoring the immediacy of the threat. “Our view is this is an extremely dangerous situation. We're now at a stage where Russia could at any point launch an attack in Ukraine,” Psaki told reporters at a briefing, adding later that her language was “more stark than we have been.” Secretary of State Antony Blinken Antony Blinken US calls on North Korea to halt 'unlawful and destabilizing' missile launches Wendy Sherman takes leading role as Biden's 'hard-nosed' Russia negotiator Pacific tsunami threat recedes, volcano ash hinders response MORE plans to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey … [Read more...] about White House says Russia could launch attack in Ukraine ‘at any point’
Around three dozen former Trump administration officials, including chief of staff John Kelly John Francis Kelly MORE , recently held a conference call to discuss how to oppose the former president's next potential run for office in 2024, according to CNN . CNN reported that the call ended without any definitive decision from the group of former staffers, which included former communications directors Anthony Scaramucci Anthony Scaramucci Grisham says former Trump officials meeting next week 'to try and stop him' Yarmuth slams Massie for gun-filled family Christmas photo Anti-Trump Republicans endorsing vulnerable Democrats to prevent GOP takeover MORE and Alyssa Farah Griffin, as well as an aide for former national security adviser John Bolton John Bolton Equilibrium/Sustainability — Fire calls infrastructural integrity into question Will Biden's 2021 foreign policy failures reverberate in 2022? Biden is losing contest of wills … [Read more...] about Former Trump officials plotting effort to blunt his impact on elections: report
Former national security adviser John Bolton John Bolton Equilibrium/Sustainability — Fire calls infrastructural integrity into question Will Biden's 2021 foreign policy failures reverberate in 2022? Biden is losing contest of wills with Iran over nukes MORE 's forthcoming book portrays President Trump Donald Trump Sanders calls out Manchin, Sinema ahead of filibuster showdown Laura Ingraham 'not saying' if she'd support Trump in 2024 The Hill's 12:30 Report: Djokovic may not compete in French Open over vaccine requirement MORE as a "stunningly uninformed" officeholder who routinely conflated different people, veered off on unrelated tangents during critical meetings and had little concept of the world with which he dealt. In the book, "The Room Where It Happened," Bolton describes his year and a half as Trump's third chief national security aide as a roller-coaster effort to keep an erratic president on topic in spite of a lack of an … [Read more...] about Bolton book portrays ‘stunningly uninformed’ Trump