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PENTAGON: China remains greatest security challenge for the U.S. despite Russia’s war



Vladimir Putin accuses the West of playing a “dangerous and dirty game” and seeking to escalate the war in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke at length on Thursday about the war in Ukraine in his speech to a Moscow-based thinktank.

He accused the West of playing a “dangerous and dirty game” and seeking to escalate the war in Ukraine—adding that the West is blinded by colonialism.

In a long ramble, Putin railed against “arrogant” Western leaders who he said were set on imposing their values on the rest of the world—but, said that Russia does not consider itself an enemy of the West.

Meanwhile, on the same day, back in Washington D.C. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said at the Pentagon that China remains the greatest security challenge for the United States despite Russia’s war in Ukraine.

China “is the only competitor out there with both the intent to reshape the international order, and increasingly the power to do so,” Austin said.

According to a new Pentagon defense strategy, the threat from Beijing will determine how the U.S. military is equipped and shaped for the future.

While conflict with China “is neither inevitable nor desirable,” the document also describes an effort to prevent Beijing’s “dominance of key regions” — which is believed to be a reference describing China’s aggressive military buildup in the South China Sea as well as its continued desire for Taiwan.

The 80-page, unclassified report also warns that the People’s Republic of China is working in the Indo-Pacific to undermine American alliances while harnessing its ever-expanding military to intimidate and threaten regional neighbors.

Additionally, the report notes Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine saying that Moscow is a serious threat to the U.S. and its allies, sue to nuclear weapons, long-range missiles, and cyber operations.

Tying both geopolitical threats together—the document warns that is China and Russia continue to grow as partners, they are posing “more dangerous challenges to safety and security at home, even as terrorist threats persist.”

Veronica Dudo is the U.S. Correspondent for Ticker News covering America’s biggest headlines. As an Emmy® Award nominated global journalist, Veronica has traveled across the country and around the world reporting on historical events that connect all citizens. Lauded as an award-winning international journalist, Veronica has executed stellar news coverage for NBC News, CBS News, The Hill, ME-TV Network and AOL. Her stories have highlighted a plethora of topics ranging from breaking news and politics to economic affairs across the USA, European Union, and Asia; cultural affairs; globalization; governance; education; and sustainability.

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Is journalism taking a hit in Ukraine?



Ukraine’s media are adapting amid increased restrictions and the pressures of war

Ukrainian journalists have resumed reporting allegations of corruption by officials in Ukraine.

Kyiv had cracked down on wartime censorship.

Dr Paul Lushenko is a U.S. Army Lieutenant who said democracy and transparency is impacted during war.

“It is true that in the times of war, the tensions between civil liberties and national security can be skewed.

“It’s not to say it’s without risk. There are several examples where several well-known international investigative journalists have been targeted based upon their reporting,” he said.

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Is ‘AI’ the future of fantasy?



Artificial Intelligence advancements have ignited conversations about which industries will be impacted the most.

One industry seeing an uptick in AI generated content is the online adult entertainment industry.

Companies around the world are racing to rollout artificial intelligence applications and programs. The new technology is here to stay—and has changed our lives forever.

In a recent viral conversation on Twitter, a user posted an assortment of images featuring life-like women—but they were entirely generated by artificial intelligence.

While the images were made to look like real photographs—the women do not exist.

Such ‘AI”advancements have ignited conversations about which industries will be impacted the most.

So, is AI generated content good or bad for the online adult entertainment industry?

Brie Nightwood, an OnlyFans creator joins us to discuss.
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Why OPEC policy decisions will have a major impact on oil prices



Despite the fall in oil prices, OPEC and its allies policy decisions can have a major impact on oil prices.

In May 2023, the total number of rigs drilling for oil and gas was already down by around 7% when compared with its peak in December 2022.

Slower drilling activity eventually translates into slower production growth, creating a delay of up to 6 months.

In the meantime, high levels of production are keeping inventories elevated, especially in the case of gas, which is keeping prices under pressure.

OPEC and its allies are weighing the possibility of further oil supply cuts, despite the fall in oil prices.

OPEC+ and its allies led by Russia, pumps around 40% of the world’s crude.

So, its policy decisions can have a major impact on oil prices.

Bloomberg’s Senior Oil and Gas Analyst Fernando Valle joins us to discuss.

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