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Tuesday's cover of U.S. daily the Philadelphia Daily News shows a file photograph of Republican front-runner Donald Trump gesticulating with his hand in what happens to look that moment like a Nazi-like salute, together with the headline "The New Furor" — a pun with Führer, the German word for "leader" and Adolf Hitler's infamous title.

On Monday afternoon, Trump sparked an uproar by saying he wanted to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S., including American citizens who are Muslim and currently abroad. Trump called for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on."

Joining a wave of reactions to Trump's statement, Rick Kriseman, the Democrat mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida, joked in a tweet Tuesday, "I am hereby barring Donald Trump from entering St. Petersburg until we fully understand the dangerous threat posed by all Trumps." Other Republican figures were quick to react, with Jeb Bush describing Trump as "unhinged," and Dick Cheney saying this "goes against everything we believe in,

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Ukraine Is Turning Into A "New Israel" — Where Everyone Is A Soldier

From businessmen to farmers, Ukrainian society has been militarizing for the past six months to defend its sovereignty. In the future it may find itself like Israel, permanently armed to protect its sovereignty.

Ukrainian civilians learn how to shoot and other military skills at a shooting range in Lviv on July 30, 2022.

Guillaume Ptak

KYIV — The war in Ukraine has reached a turning point. Vladimir Putin's army has suffered its worst setback since the beginning of the invasion. The Russian army has experienced a counter-offensive that many experts consider masterful, so it must retreat and cede vast territories to its opponent.

The lightning victory that the head of the Kremlin had dreamed of never took place. The losses are considerable — Ukrainian troops on the battlefield now outnumber the Russians.

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On April 5, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky predicted that at the end of the conflict, Ukraine would become a "big Israel". In an interview with Ukrainian media, he said then, "In all the institutions, supermarkets, cinemas, there will be people with weapons."

The problem of national security will be the country's most important one in the next decade. An "absolutely liberal, and European" society would therefore no longer be on the agenda, according to the Ukrainian president.

Having long since swapped his suit and tie for a jacket or a khaki T-shirt during his public appearances, Zelensky has undeniably become one of the symbols of this growing militarization of Ukrainian society. However, the president claimed that Ukraine would not become an "authoritarian" regime: "An authoritarian state would lose to Russia. Ukrainians know what they are fighting for."

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