The Daily Populous

Tuesday August 30th, 2022 evening edition

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LONDON, Aug 30 (Reuters) - Russia condemned the destruction of Soviet war memorials in the three Baltic states and accused them on Tuesday of persecuting their Russian-speaking minorities.

In a forcefully worded statement, Moscow said Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia were guilty of xenophobia, saying they were treating their ethnic Russian minorities as "second-class people".

"What is happening now in the Baltic states is unacceptable for us and will certainly affect the state of bilateral relations with these countries, which are already in complete decline," the Foreign Ministry said.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova had accused the Baltic states on Aug. 12 of a "neo-Nazi bacchanalia".

The "neo-Nazi" charge is significant because President Vladimir Putin used the same accusation to justify his Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine.

All three are members of the European Union and NATO, and their relations with Moscow have worsened sharply since the start of the war.

On Aug. 25, Latvian authorities demolished Riga's 80-metre high "Monument to the Liberators of Soviet Latvia and Riga from the German Fascist Invaders". »

‘People are tired of being ignored while the rich get richer’: Bernie Sanders on anger and hope in the US and UK

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Political cut-through is something Sanders knows a lot about, but it was only something he really achieved in his 70s.

One was the financial crash, which exposed inequalities and insecurities that disproportionately fell on the backs of younger Americans.

This was a politically convenient myth in a country where, Sanders notes, three rich men have more wealth than the poorest half. »

Biden to give primetime speech about democracy in Philadelphia

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Biden will be back in Philadelphia for a primetime speech Thursday about preserving democracy.

President Joe Biden will give a primetime speech Thursday from outside Independence Hall, warning about threats to democracy, as he makes a swing of appearances to boost Democrats with roughly two months until the midterm election.

And he will make clear who is fighting for those rights, fighting for those freedoms, and fighting for our democracy.”. »

Americans are starting to get it: we can’t let Trump – or Trumpism – back in office | Austin Sarat and Dennis Aftergut

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As Trump himself once famously said, “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.”.

Today Republicans are still falling over themselves to prove their loyalty to him by outdoing each other in extremism.

There is much to be done by Americans committed to preserving our republic and to saying “no” to Trump. »