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Ukraine weapons package ‘ready to go’ once aid bill clears Congress ( www.washingtonpost.com )

The Pentagon has a massive infusion of military aid for Ukraine “ready to go,” U.S. officials said, once a long-delayed funding measure, which is expected to pass the House this weekend, clears the Senate next week and President Biden signs it into law....

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Sweet mother of fuck is this ever good news.

Archive link.

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Meh. The Leafs were purely playing for Matthews. At least two goals against were directly caused by cheating for him. I'm not reading too much into it.

Opinion: Poland's democracy isn't out of the woods ( kyivindependent.com )

Although local elections often don’t make international news headlines or involve widely recognizable household names, anyone who cares about the state of liberal democracy would do well to pay attention to them. In Turkey, for example, recent elections not only revealed widespread dissatisfaction with the country’s...

Secret Russian foreign policy document urges action to weaken the U.S. ( www.washingtonpost.com )

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has been drawing up plans to try to weaken its Western adversaries, including the United States, and leverage the Ukraine war to forge a global order free from what it sees as American dominance, according to a secret Foreign Ministry document....

Johnson Needs Democrats on Ukraine, Handing Them Power to Shape Aid Plan ( www.nytimes.com )

Speaker Mike Johnson’s elaborate plan for pushing aid to Ukraine through the House over his own party’s objections relies on an unusual strategy: He is counting on House Democrats and their leader, Representative Hakeem Jeffries of New York, to provide the votes necessary to clear the way for it to come to the floor....

Israel reportedly deploys extra weapons for assumed Rafah offensive ( www.theguardian.com )

Israel has reportedly deployed extra artillery and armoured personnel carriers to the Gaza Strip periphery, suggesting that the military is preparing for its long-threatened ground offensive on Rafah, the only place of relative safety for at least 1.4 million displaced Palestinian civilians....

Are the Leafs ready for Round 1 against the Bruins? ( theathletic.com )

Heading into Tuesday’s game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Florida Panthers, it was hard not to look ahead and see it as a playoff preview. For weeks, the standings didn’t move much, and it felt like the Leafs and Panthers were locked into a first-round matchup....

Johnson’s Plan for Ukraine Aid Meets Republican Pushback, Muddying Its Path ( www.nytimes.com )

Speaker Mike Johnson on Tuesday encountered stiff resistance from Republicans as he embarked on a complicated and politically perilous strategy to push legislation through the House to send aid to Israel and Ukraine — all while beating back a threat to his own job....

Explosions, fire reported at military airfield in occupied Crimea ( kyivindependent.com )

Explosions were reported in the town of Dzhankoi in occupied Crimea near a military airfield during the early hours of April 17, according to Russian-affiliated telegram channels. Following the explosions, a large-scale fire reportedly broke out at the airfield....

Netanyahu aims to trap west into war across Middle East, warns Iranian diplomat ( www.theguardian.com )

Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking to trap the west into a total war across the Middle East that would have incalculable consequences for the region and the world, Iran’s top diplomat in the UK has claimed, in his first interview since Tehran launched an unprecedented missile and drone attack against Israel at the weekend....

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Probably just an effort to discourage escalation. They don't have diplomatic relations so they're always signalling through military and public statements. Iran doesn't want a direct war with Israel and wants to go back to the shadow war they've been fighting for decades. They've been sabre-rattling militarily and pressuring restraint diplomatically since their attack. They're obviously not going to say "attacking us in a limited way is totally cool," but I think the takeaway is basically "we won't escalate if you won't."

Leafs vs. Panthers observations: Auston Matthews held off as playoff matchup set ( theathletic.com )

The Leafs came away with an early two-goal lead from Mitch Marner on the power play and Noah Gregor after a well-battled opening period. However, the Florida Panthers turned a gear in the second in what was one of Toronto’s most porous periods of the season. It took 28 seconds for Carter Verhaeghe to get the Panthers into the...

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This game was a real bummer to watch.

I'm glad it's Boston in the first. Not because of this game. I just feel like beating the Bruins. Fuck you, Beantown!

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NYT now too. Any time you hit "share" and grab a link it's a gift link.

She Was Kidnapped a Decade Ago With 275 Girls. Finally, She Escaped. ( www.nytimes.com )

Kidnapped from their dormitory exactly 10 years ago, the 276 captives known as the Chibok Girls were catapulted to fame by Michelle Obama, by churches that took up the mostly Christian students’ cause and by campaigners using the slogan “Bring Back Our Girls.”...

Leafs vs. Red Wings observations: Matthews scores No. 69 in OT loss ( theathletic.com )

Mitch Marner put the Leafs on the board, connecting with William Nylander on the power play. Detroit responded with four straight goals, including two from Alex Debrincat. David Perron’s 16th came with 19 seconds left, something the Leafs have done way too often....

Iran launches drone attack against Israel as Biden rushes to White House ( www.theguardian.com )

Iran said it launched dozens of drones and ballistic missiles towards Israel on Saturday in a major attack following days of acute tension building up in the region and warnings from the US and elsewhere about a wider conflict erupting....

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The Good Guy Iran narrative is so bizarre. It's like applauding someone for "showing restraint" because they hired a hitman instead of killing someone themselves.

A Russian pacifist helped Ukrainians flee the country. Then the Kremlin caught him ( www.theguardian.com )

Since the start of the war over two years ago, a discreet network of unofficial Russian volunteers like Demidenko has sprung up that have helped tens of thousands of Ukrainian refugees displaced by the war to get out of Russia. Many of the Ukrainians were forcibly deported to Russia or ended up in the country after finding no...

For Many Western Allies, Sending Weapons to Israel Gets Dicey ( www.nytimes.com )

The governments of Germany and the United States remain the backbone of international military support for Israel, accounting for 95 percent of major weapons systems sent to Israel, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, which tracks the global weapons trade. So far, the pressure has not swayed them...

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I suppose we’ve gotten to the level of admission where the media is calling continued illegal support “dicey”.

This article is about global resistance to sending arms to Israel. It's "dicey" (meaning risky) because, on top of public pressure, governments are now facing potential legal consequences both locally and internationally. Calling it either "concerning" or "troubling" doesn't make sense in this context. Ironically, if they used that language, the article would be doing the very thing you're accusing it of doing.

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That's not what it means. I suspect you're reacting to the headline without reading the article. It's not making a moral statement about arms sales. It's saying that countries are realizing that they face potential legal exposure for continuing those sales/transfers. That's why it's risky. No one knows if they'll actually face those consequences so, in that context, there's a "chance it's alright." Legally -- not ethically or morally.

The Leahy Laws are another example of that -- they're frequently criticized for being selectively enforced. The Leahy Laws put Israel aid at risk but it's not a sure thing, regardless of the moral implications. At the end of the day, if the US believes or chooses to believe that they don't apply, they probably won't.

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The thesis of this article is that Germany under both Scholz and Merkel put profits over human rights. They've ignored warnings and pressure from allies in pursuit of those profits and are under economic pressure to continue to do so. Hardly a far-right position. I doubt anyone would have an issue with it if didn't have a terrible headline.

Multiple organizations rate Politico as "center left" or "leans left" in terms of editorial bias and, per the included link, they have not failed a single fact check in the last five years. They've actually been rated as shifting slightly to the left since they were bought by Axel Springer.

The Counteroffensive: Sleep deprivation is Russia's silent torture weapon ( kyivindependent.com )

On more than one occasion, I've gotten under the covers utterly exhausted from a day spent working, ready – begging, really – for a good night's rest. And as I begin to drift off to sleep, the air raid alarm goes off, indicating another potential Russian attack....

Tim Kaine: Biden knows Netanyahu ‘played’ him in early months of Gaza war ( www.theguardian.com )

Senator Tim Kaine, a former vice-presidential nominee and leading foreign policy voice in the Democratic party, has said Joe Biden now understands that Benjamin Netanyahu “played” him during the early months of the war in Gaza but “that ain’t going to happen any more”....

Leafs vs. Devils observations: Auston Matthews continues historic run with goal No. 66 ( theathletic.com )

Nick Robertson had the first goal of the game in his first, while Nico Hischier tied it after a set of stretch passes connected. The Leafs were on course to double the lead until a Knies penalty gave New Jersey an opportunity on the power play, which Dawson Mercer made good on for his 20th of the season. That would be the last...

Leafs vs. Penguins observations: Auston Matthews scores goal No. 65 in overtime win ( theathletic.com )

The Pittsburgh Penguins outshot the Leafs 10-5 in the first, and Ilya Lyubushkin struggled greatly. The physical defender took an early boarding penalty, and though Ilya Samsonov was able to bail him out, he wasn’t able to cover for him when Lyubushkin gave the puck away with under two minutes left in the opening frame....

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