Since mid-March 2022, historian Anatol Lieven has been saying that Ukraine has “already won”. They successfully defended their capital, thereby forcing the Russians to regroup for a more limited war in the East.
A survey has found that in 30 out of 30 European countries, a majority of people believe that the sanctions against Russia have hurt Europe and helped both the US and China.
The former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder has claimed that “the Ukrainians did not agree to peace because they were not allowed to”. He is now the fifth person to state that the West opposed a peace deal.
According to the Financial Times, Western support for Israel’s assault on Gaza “has undone months of work to paint Moscow as a global pariah for breaching international law”.
A study published in the prestigious journal Nature Human Behaviour has found that political mass gatherings in the US had no effect on the course of the pandemic. Which makes it even less likely that lockdowns did.
On 22 September, the Canadian parliament gave a standing ovation to a 98-year-old man who "fought for Ukrainian independence against the Russians". What they didn't mention is that he served in the Waffen SS.
A recent study reported the results of an experiment where homeless people were given cash as broadly positive. Yet digging into the results, you find that the researchers' main hypothesis was completely unsupported.
A new paper estimates that China saw 1.9 million excess deaths after it abandoned Zero Covid. The Chinese turned their entire society upside down fighting Covid, and in the end did no better than the Swedes.