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Military science professor sets off nuclear twitterstorm by saying Americans only pretend to like ‘terrible’ Indian food

Posted by RT on November 25, 2019  |   Comments Off on Military science professor sets off nuclear twitterstorm by saying Americans only pretend to like ‘terrible’ Indian food

A US academician was buried under an avalanche of angry tweets after posting his opinion that Indian food was terrible and Americans who said otherwise were doing so out of conformity. He also doesn’t care for Led Zeppelin.

Full disclosure, the post by Tom Nichols, a professor at the US Naval War College, didn’t come out of the blue. He simply, like many others, took part in a jokey game which encouraged people to post their most controversial opinions about food. His however received huge feedback, in contrast to most others.

Many fans rushed to defend Indian cuisine, saying Nichols’ dislike of it must be due to lack of a proper introduction.

Twitter being Twitter, others rushed to dismiss the opinion with various degrees of humor and/or resentment.

One commenter suggested disliking Indian food was worse than supporting Donald Trump. Nichols, a self-described never-Trumper, politely disagreed.

Some felt it was a case of ‘arrogant Americans’ not understanding other cultures.

In the face of all the criticism, Nichols stood his culinary ground hours later.

Which is actually quite refreshing. All too often an online mob is enough to force retraction of innocent statements. Though maybe there is something sinister about Nichols’ love for Russian food…

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Ukraine’s infamous ultra-nationalist group Azov says US lawmakers SLANDERED them by saying they inspire terrorism

Posted by RT on October 22, 2019  |   Comments Off on Ukraine’s infamous ultra-nationalist group Azov says US lawmakers SLANDERED them by saying they inspire terrorism

A state-sponsored Ukrainian ultra-nationalist paramilitary unit with neo-Nazi roots has accused a group of US lawmakers of slander after they suggested it should be listed as a terrorist organization.

The notorious Ukrainian paramilitary group Azov took offense after 40 US Democratic representatives called it just that in a letter to the State Department. Led by Max Rose (D-NY), the lawmakers asked why a “violent white supremacist” group “that openly welcomes neo-Nazis into its ranks” has still not been officially listed as a foreign terrorist organization by the US government.

They wrote that the shooter in Christchurch, New Zealand had ties with Azov and “routinely wore a neo-Nazi symbol associated with them.” The massacre, which left 51 people dead, directly inspired the recent mass shootings in Poway, California and El Paso, Texas, the lawmakers said, accusing Azov of “radicalizing” American citizens.

The link between Azov and acts of terror in America is clear.

Azov quickly jumped to dismiss these claims as “nothing more than an informational attack against Ukraine, its sovereignty and state security.” The group also seized the opportunity to boast about being “one of the most well-known and most capable Ukrainian units,” and having earned respect at home and abroad for its “glory in combat.”

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Formed shortly after a civil war broke out in eastern Ukraine in 2014, the Azov Regiment is mostly comprised of far-right volunteers, many of whom openly express white nationalist and neo-Nazi beliefs. The unit’s logo is the ‘Wolfsangel’ rune used by the German 2nd SS Panzer Division ‘Das Reich’ in WWII. Its members regularly participate in torchlight processions, honoring the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), which fought alongside Hitler.

Azov’s commander Andriy Biletsky once said that Ukraine’s historical mission is to lead “the white nations of the world into the last crusade” against “the Semite Untermenschen.” Biletsky has toned down his nationalistic rhetoric in recent years and denies that his regiment has any ties to anti-Semitism.

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The regiment was eventually incorporated into the Ukrainian National Guard, retaining its symbols. With some rare exceptions, the Western mainstream media and politicians have paid little or no attention to Azov and similar far-right units supported by Kiev.

The attitude towards the unit in the US started to shift somewhat in recent years. In 2018, Congress voted to ban military aid to Azov fighters. In the same year, 56 lawmakers signed a letter, condemning the unit for promoting neo-Nazi and anti-Semitic views.

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