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March 22, 2019

Mar 22 20:15

Markets dive as key economic indicator raises recession fears

Markets plunged Friday when a closely watched economic measure warned that sluggish global growth could tip the United States toward recession.

All three major indexes saw a steep decline on worries that a recession may finally be on the horizon after a 10-year bull market and economic expansion.

The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 460 points, about 1.8 percent, when the 10-year Treasury yield fell below the 3-year yield. The so-called "inverted yield curve" is a historic precursor of a recession.

Stocks posted their worst day since Jan. 3.

Mar 22 20:13

Australia's property downturn spells death of the ‘dog box’

Australia's property downturn may finally spell the end of the “dog box”.

As investors flee en masse, property developers are struggling to get funding from banks, with a growing number of apartment buildings being delayed or abandoned altogether.

Non-bank lenders are increasingly stepping in to fill the gap — and the focus is turning away from the 20-storey high-rises and tiny one-bedroom apartments favoured by investors to larger units in smaller-scale developments targeted at owner-occupiers.

“There is a tailwind in terms of the demographics, especially the baby boomers who have more capital, as they make that transition to apartments for lifestyle reasons,” said David Chin, founder of investment advisory firm Basis Point.

Mar 22 20:10

Alleged Christchurch terror attacker's manifesto banned (Updated)

*This applies to Media as well unless you apply for an exemption....*

A manifesto reportedly written by the alleged Christchurch gunman has been officially classified as objectionable - with those who have copies told to destroy them - the Office of Film & Literature Classification has confirmed.

Chief censor David Shanks confirmed the move on Saturday, urging anyone who had copies of it to destroy them.

It is now an offence, with Shanks describing the document as "a crude booklet that promotes murder and terrorism".

"Others have referred to this publication as a 'manifesto', but I consider it a crude booklet that promotes murder and terrorism. It is objectionable under New Zealand law," said Shanks.



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Mar 22 18:26

Southern Poverty Law Center President Richard Cohen to step down

Cohen's statement follow's last week termination of SPLC co-founder Morris Dees. Cohen last week said Dees failed to adhere to the organization's "values," hinting broadly at misconduct. The Los Angeles Times reported the resignation of an assistant legal director in recent weeks over race and gender equity concerns may have acted as a catalyst for Dees' removal.

Also ongoing: "This vile, evil man has incited death threats against my family." ~ Mike Cernovich https://twitter.com/Cernovich/status/1109253432488005632

Mar 22 17:59

‘Dinosaurs team up on you’: Dutch historian who savaged Davos elites pillories BBC political show

Dutch historian Rutger Bregman, whose shaming of elites at Davos for not paying their taxes made him a worldwide sensation, has now launched a stinging attack on the BBC, after appearing on This Week, the outlet’s political show.

In a series of devastating tweets, he claimed he’d been invited on to the program under false pretenses. He revealed that producers had originally invited him to talk about his book, but ended up pushing him to give his opinions on Brexit and the EU, despite his protests that those issues were outside his expertise.

Bregman lashed out at the show’s presenter Andrew Neil, guests Michael Portillo and Alan Johnson, both of whom are former UK government ministers, saying the “right-wing dinosaurs” had ganged up on him, cutting him off, making up facts and changing the subject “every ten seconds.”

Mar 22 17:57

US sanctions Venezuelan development bank in response to arrest of Guaido's 'terrorist' aide

The US Treasury has imposed sanctions on Venezuela's Economic and Social Development Bank and on four other institutions affiliated with it, calling in its statement for the release of Juan Guaido's Chief of Staff Roberto Marrero.

Mar 22 17:56

Los Angeles County Issues Moratorium on Monsanto’s Roundup and Glyphosate Containing Herbicides

The end is near for the toxic herbicide glyphosate, which is being banned in major cities in the U.S. and in many countries in the world. After two recent court trials, Monsanto’s flagship product Roundup has been legally determined to be carcinogenic, leading to the development of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in defendants of the separate cases.

Mar 22 17:55

Study Shows that Bees Love Hemp, Which is Wonderful News for the Environment and the World

An interesting new scientific study connects two burgeoning crises, showing the bees absolutely love hemp plants. Hemp crops apparently attract an array of different bee species, offering them a plentiful source of pollen for foraging.



Mar 22 17:55

‘Like Netanyahu’s spokesman’: What is behind Trump’s call to recognize Golan Heights as Israeli

It seems, out of all probable reasons, that the Trump administration might be motivated by a desire to help one Israeli politician swing a political situation in his favor back at home, where he faces tough competition in forthcoming elections, at a time when he faces corruption charges.

Officially, Trump denied any connection between his “long thought” decision and Netanyahu’s potential re-election that he supposedly “had no idea” about, but the timing of his sudden call is just too perfect to be a mere coincidence. Besides, it is an open secret that Netanyahu has close ties to some people in the Trump administration – and particularly to Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner – a fact that has been covered by both American and Israeli media.

“He [Trump] is clearly doing this to help his friend Benjamin Netanyahu with his really difficult re-election campaign amid allegations of corruption,” Jim Jatras, a former US diplomat, told RT.

Mar 22 17:27

CHCH Shooting: Manifesto banned!!

A manifesto believed to have been written by the alleged Christchurch gunman has been officially classified as objectional and banned, the Office of Film & Literature Classification has confirmed.

Chief censor David Shanks confirmed the move on Saturday, urging anyone who had copies of it to destroy them.

It is now an offence, with Shanks describing the document as "a crude booklet that promotes murder and terrorism".

Mar 22 17:13

How long before the ECB and Federal Reserve ease monetary policy again?



Mar 22 17:01

Does Truth Matter?

Mar 22 16:31

Scott Adams: The Mueller Witch Hunt is Evolving Into an “IF” Hunt #IfHunt

Adam Schiff seems sad that our President isn’t a Russian puppet
Real bad week for CNN…their 2 best hoaxes are down
They lost the Russian Collusion Hoax
They’ve (almost) lost the “Fine People” Hoax
My “Slaughter Meter” reading on if the 2020 was held today
The IF Hunt that used to be the Mueller Witch Hunt

Also mentions -- John McCain is now responsible for two principle hoaxes in recent history: Weapons of mass destruction and the Russia hoax.

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1109217387243438081



Mar 22 15:32

US Promised No INF-Banned Missiles, But Pentagon’s 2020 Budget Has Several

Just weeks after the US unilaterally terminated its Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia, but promised not to develop new weapons that had been banned by the treaty, the Pentagon has proposed in its 2020 budget several new missile programs.

On February 2, 2019, US President Donald Trump formally suspended Washington's compliance with the treaty, penned by US and Soviet leaders in 1987, and Russia followed suit. The treaty banned land-based missiles with ranges of 310 to 620 miles and 620 to 3,420 miles, although it didn't cover air-launched or sea-launched missiles.

Mar 22 15:15

Jack Posobiec: Mueller Just Nuked CNNMSNBC Conspiracy Freaks (Video)

Trump just got reelected. Hillary Clinton just lost for the third time.

"Conspiracy theorist, Rob Reiner . . . ."

Mar 22 14:37

UN Reiterates Golan Heights Status Remains Same After Trump's Call

After Thursday's tweet by US President Donald Trump, in which he called to recognise the disputed territory of the Golan Heights, numerous European and Middle East countries voiced their strong opposition to the move.

The United Nations has reiterated its position on the sovereignty of the Golan Heights, insisting that the status of the area has not changed after US Donald Trump's call to recognise it as Israeli territory.

In particular, the UN does not recognise the annexation of the territory that has been occupied by Israel since the 1967 Six-Day War and formally annexed in 1981.



Owl 1
Mar 22 14:32

Mueller sends report on Trump investigation to AG Barr

Special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday wrapped up his nearly two-year investigation into Donald Trump and Russia and sent his report to Attorney General William Barr.

No details of Mueller's findings have been released, but Barr said he may be able to brief congressional leaders on the report as soon as this weekend.

Mar 22 13:49

This Could Be It: Key Polish Political Party Comes Out Against Article 13

By Cory Doctorow

With only days to go before the final EU debate and vote on the new Copyright Directive (we’re told the debate will be at 0900h CET on Tuesday, 27 March, and the vote will happen at 1200h CET), things could not be more urgent and fraught. That’s why today’s announcement by Poland’s Platformy Obywatelska—the second-largest party in the European People’s Party (EPP) bloc—is so important...



Mar 22 13:33

Emailgate: Clinton Discussed Top Secret US Middle East Issues on Private Account

The new batch of Hillary Clinton emails obtained by Judicial Watch contains messages that the former secretary of state tried to delete, according to the watchdog. The latest collection casts doubt on Clinton's 2015 statement under oath that she handed all her confidential work-related emails to the State Department.

On 21 March Judicial Watch, a US conservative watchdog, announced that it had received 756 pages of newly discovered emails circulated by Hillary Clinton and her respondents through private email servers and unsecured devices during her tenure as a secretary of state. According to the watchdog, several emails in the recent batch contained classified information.

"This final batch of Clinton emails includes five new classified emails and communications with controversial figures Lanny Davis and Sidney Blumenthal", Judicial Watch pointed out.

Mar 22 13:25

Purim Blackface: Unchallenged Jewish racism in the USA

Eve Mykytyn highlights the dressing up by US Orthodox Jews in the racist “blackface”, and notes while we often hear of Jews complaining about perceived “anti-Semitism”, the donning of blackfaces, which are insulting to African-Americans, goes unchallenged and is defended by Jewish leaders. >>



Mar 22 13:22

On The Anniversary Of The Iraq Invasion, Bush Press Secretary Claims Bush Didn’t Lie

On the sixteenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, as the US government threatens punitive action against International Criminal Court investigators for attempting to look into US war crimes, former George W Bush administration Press Secretary Ari Fleischer has decided to publish a Twitter thread claiming that Bush did not lie to the world about Iraq.

Here is a transcript of the full thread by Fleischer:

The Iraq war began sixteen years ago tomorrow. There is a myth about the war that I have been meaning to set straight for years. After no WMDs were found, the left claimed “Bush lied. People died.” This accusation itself is a lie. It’s time to put it to rest.

Mar 22 13:00

Parkland high school shooting survivor, 19, who struggled with 'survivor's guilt' and losing her best friend, takes her own life



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Mar 22 12:47

Video Reminder – Democrat Party stance on illegal immigration

The year 2018 is already shaping up to be a controversial and extremely trying year. The montage below is a reminder to both sides of the aisle in Congress, that what is said can and will haunt future actions when inactions and collusion to slow or derail occur by either party.

Citizens are tired of the whole thing or we would not have elected a non-politician to office. It is past time to put up, shut up, or be removed from not just one but both parties for congress members who are deliberately stalling and creating angst when action is required.

As usual Democrats seem to have short-term memories so here are a few brief reminders of where prominent Democrats spoke against illegal immigrants pouring into the US and on immigration reform. These videos also call out MSM news who aired these instances but also have short-term memories or refuse to check their own archives before posting new reports.

Mar 22 12:42

Get ready for the SWEETEST schadenfreude EVER: Top Dems admit Mueller report likely a ‘dud’ and it’s GLORIOUS



Mar 22 12:37

Trump orders withdrawal of fresh North Korea-related sanctions announced earlier by US Treasury

US President Donald Trump has ordered the withdrawal of the new round of North Korea-related sanctions that had been announced earlier by the US Treasury.

The move was announced by the US President through Twitter on Friday.

“It was announced today by the US Treasury that additional large scale Sanctions would be added to those already existing Sanctions on North Korea. I have today ordered the withdrawal of those additional Sanctions!” Trump wrote, capitalizing the “Sanctions”.

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Now that is a positive step! The ball is in your court, Kim!

Mar 22 12:33

Vaccination and the Erosion of your rights

Vaccination was first introduced by Edward Jenner in 1796 and first developed in 1798. This original vaccination has contributed to the elimination of a dreaded disease known as smallpox. Due to the eradication of smallpox, the vaccine is no longer offered because the vaccine in the end was causing more death and injury than the disease. This should be a hint in regards to other vaccines. It is proof that vaccines are not perfect and that they do cause harm.

Beyond this, is the consideration of how serious the condition is that is being vaccinated against. Many younger people probably do not know this but back years ago, parents would intentionally expose their children to illness such as measles, mumps, chicken pox, and rubella. There was rarely any serious illness or death from these exposures.These illnesses were basically a significant risk to adults who had not developed the illness at a younger age.

Mar 22 12:17

Scott Adams: False Memories, Russian Collusion, 2020 Forecast, and Climate Change Strategy

My dispute with Taleb that I’m not aware of, something about data
Update: “Fine People” HOAX and high concept word salads
False memories are the basic texture of our reality
Noted economist Russell Roberts, saw truth, changed his opinion
Anti-Trumpers preparing us for a “disappointing” Mueller report
Half of all published, peer reviewed studies are eventually proven wrong
War Strategy (whiteboard 1) as a guide to climate change strategy
2 top skeptical climate change arguments, (whiteboard 2)
Russian climate change prediction model
ONLY Russian model correctly predicted recent years
ONLY the Russian model fits dip that occurred in the 40s
Wikipedia NOT allowing the truth about “fine people” hoax, so far
@Unstumpable2016 posted truth with documentation
Within minutes, truth is taken down, hoax replaces it
Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia co-founder) personally monitoring

Mar 22 11:36

Eric Bolling CONFRONTS Man Who Made Despicable Comments About His Late Son

On March 20, 2019, Eric Bolling was sitting with some friends at the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C. when a man walked by his table and said, loud enough for them to hear, Eric’s son "killed himself because he was embarrassed by his dad.” Eric followed the hate-fueled man out of the hotel and started filming what came next. Eric delves into what the video reveals, and has a strong message for the guy who wielded such gut-wrenching words with a crooked smile.

#Fentanyl does not does discriminate between ideologies.

Mar 22 11:17

Comey Leaked Memos In Order To Spark Mueller Probe. Now He Says He Doesn’t Care What Investigation Uncovers

James Comey claimed in an op-ed Thursday that he does not care one way or the other whether special counsel Robert Mueller finds evidence that President Donald Trump conspired with Russia to influence the 2016 election or obstructed the FBI’s collusion probe.

But the claim, which Comey made in The New York Times, is at odds with the former FBI director’s testimony about his actions shortly after being fired by Trump in May 2017.



Mar 22 10:59

Rabbi Mizrachi says Chief Rabbi a ‘cancer’ who’ll ‘bring a Holocaust on UK Jews’

The US-based rabbi who claims sick children are being punished for sins in a past life has called the Chief Rabbi a “cancer” and “gay-lover” who will “bring a Holocaust on England’s Jews”.

Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi, who has 200,000 followers on social media, was due to be hosted in the UK this week by Charedi rabbis in north London, including Rabbi Aharon Bassous in Golders Green, who led a boycott of the JW3 culture centre for encouraging “homosexual activities”.

Mar 22 10:58

Farming while Palestinian: a World Water Day outrage

Every year since 1993, the UN has marked March 22 as World Water Day. This date gives us the opportunity to raise the profile of water both as a fundamental need to sustain life, and as a human right – which the UN General Assembly declared it was in July 2010.

This year’s World Water Day theme – “leave no one behind” – has an acutely jarring ring when applied to Israel.

Since 1967 when Israel issued several military orders asserting its control over all water sources in the newly occupied territories (Palestinians were denied the right to drill wells or repair existing ones and the orders decreed that any Palestinian water installation built without a permit would be destroyed), its policies have been aimed at depriving Palestinians access to the water they once enjoyed, and punishing them for further use.



Owl 2
Mar 22 10:57

Israel to hold referendum on replacing Britain in EU

Benjamin Netanyahu has promised the Israeli people a referendum on joining the European Union, after Brussels said a space was up for grabs after Britain leaves.

The prime minister, fighting corruption allegations during an election countdown, made the comment during a press conference about the Eurovision Song Contest, to be held in Israel in May.

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Last time I looked at a map, Israel was nowhere near Europe!

Mar 22 10:56

Sanders, Warren, Harris, and O’Rourke take a stand on racism at AIPAC that Schumer and Pelosi ignore

Have you followed the news from Israel? A rightwing society has been veering ever rightward during the election campaign, just about going out of its mind.

The Justice Minister is running an ad in which she samples a perfume called Fascism and seems to like it fine. Another member of parliament once allied with the ruling coalition put out a campaign video in which he is seen shooting dead a Palestinian lawmaker, because that Palestinian is anti-Zionist and said he’d rather die than sing the national anthem.

Mar 22 10:56

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: ‘Ban Bump Stocks, Semiautos, & High Cap Mags’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) suggests Congress should ban “semiautos, & high cap mags.”

She also called for a ban on bump stocks, which the Department of Justice banned in December 2018.

Ocasio-Cortez issued her gun control calls after teachers in Indiana were shot with plastic projectiles during an active shooter drill.

Mar 22 10:55

U.S. Special Operations: The New Face of America’s War Machine

With the possible U.S. military withdrawal from Syria in the news on a daily basis, the mainstream media has been quick to parrot the DOD’s claim that 2,000 troops, mostly special operations forces, are to be withdrawn from the country. Although the total number of U.S. special operators deployed to Syria may have approached as many as 5,000, the current headlines have not mentioned that the United States has special operations units deployed not just in Syria, but in a majority of the nations of the world. Over the past seventeen years, the forces at the disposal of U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) have grown exponentially, more than doubling in size in numbers, with a budget that has also expanded four-fold in that same period of time.



Mar 22 10:55

Gaza March of Return Architect Abu Artema Celebrates Its First-Year Anniversary

The March of Return is a scream for life so that we may leave the walls of our prison. These are the words repeated by Ahmed Abu Artema in his many lectures and interviews. Abu Artema is the brain behind the most powerful expression of unarmed Palestinian resistance, The March of Return, which began on March 30, 2018, and has become a weekly occurrence in the Gaza Strip for close to a year.

Why would we die here in silence? We want our message to reach the world. We want to say to the world ‘here there is a people. A people searching for a life of dignity, human rights and freedom.'”

Mar 22 10:54

We Are Going To Lose The Coming War With China

Mar 22 10:54

George Conway: Trump 'thinks he needs to be re-elected to avoid indictment'

George Conway said Friday that President Trump "thinks he needs to be re-elected to avoid being indicted," taking another public shot on Twitter at the president.

Conway, who is married to White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, came under attack from Trump this week after Conway questioned the president's mental fitness — a jab he made again on Friday.

The two have engaged in a bitter fight over Twitter and in presidential interviews with reporters all week.

“THINK about the fact that we don’t just have a mentally unstable president—but a president who thinks he needs to be re-elected to avoid being indicted. (At least in that one respect his thinking is clear.),” Conway tweeted.



Mar 22 10:53

Maryland’s ‘Red Flag’ Law Turns Deadly: Officer Kills Man Who Refused To Turn In Gun

A 61-year-old man is dead after he was shot by an officer trying to enforce Maryland’s new ‘red flag’ law in Ferndale Monday morning.

Anne Arundel County Police confirmed the police-involved shooting happened in the 100 block of Linwood Avenue around 5:17 a.m.

According to police, two officers serving a new Extreme Risk Protective Order (Red Flag Law), a Maryland protective order to remove guns from a household, shot and killed the man listed on that order.

Mar 22 10:49

GERMANY CRISIS: Manufacturing falls to 79-MONTH LOW - Merkel feeling Brexit pressure

The index measuring activity in the manufacturing sector fell to a 79-month low of 44.7 in March, according to IHS Markit, a figure well below what economists had expected. It marks its lowest figure since August 2012. A reading below the 50.0 mark indicates contraction. Exports from Europe’s largest powerhouse have been dented from disputes between the United States and China, as well as ongoing Brexit uncertainty.

Mar 22 10:45

Russia alert: Kremlin sends US warning over Israel territory claim - ‘Destabilising!'

The Kremlin has joined other leading nations including France and Germany in criticising the decision, with Moscow insisting the move would “destabilise” relationships in the Middle East. Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “Such calls may considerably destabilise the already strained situation in the Middle East. “In any case the idea as such by no means works for the tasks and goals of the Middle East settlement. It’s the other way round."

Mar 22 10:42

Dem Marxism Exposed, Trump Coup Ending, Fed Folds



Taboola
Mar 22 10:41

Cyclone Trevor: Largest ever evacuation under way in Australia's Northern Territory as a state of emergency declared

With more than 1,000 thought to be dead and fears for another 500,000 with 90% of the Mozambique city of Beira destroyed by Cyclone Idai, 2019's extreme weather continues to intensify.

The largest evacuation before a cyclone in Australia's Northern Territory history is underway as Cyclone Trevor takes aim, to make landfall on Saturday.
Already in 2019, Australia has suffered its hottest January ever the wettest February ever the hottest start to Autumn in 30 years the hottest March heatwave in 52 years and now Australia's Northern Territory is set to be battered by the strongest cyclone since 2015.

More than 1000 residents have been evacuated from Groote Eylandt and Numbulwar with another 1000 people being moved out of Borroloola, the McArthur River zinc mine, Robinson River and other communities all along the Gulf of Carpentaria coast to Queensland.

Mar 22 10:33

The Obama Legacy

I’ve asked dozens of friends and acquaintances if there is any limit on how much federal, state and local governmental entities can take from their citizens. Most look at me with a blank stare. Most have never given it a thought.

Clearly the thought has not crossed the minds of many in Congress. We hear some, those that are proudly labeling themselves as “socialists,” righteously telling us the rich need to pay their “fair share.” The most vocal are calling for a 70% to 90% tax rate on the “rich.”

These pontificating self-righteous paragons of nothing certainly have not considered the question of whether there is a limit on how much government can take from its citizens.

Prior to 1913 the limit on the federal government was effectively set by denying it most tools for taking citizens’ earnings. America’s first totalitarian socialist president, Woodrow Wilson, pushed through the 16th Amendment to the Constitution. This allowed the Feds to tax our individual income.

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Mar 22 10:30

Day of mourning declared in West Bank after Israeli forces kill 4 Palestinians in 24 hours

Israeli forces shot and killed four young Palestinian men over the course of 24 hours between Tuesday and Wednesday in the occupied West Bank.

On Tuesday evening, around 7:00 pm, Israeli forces raided the Ramallah-area Abwein village in the central West Bank, in search of 19-year-old Omar Abu Laila, who was believed to be responsible for an attack over the weekend that left one Israeli soldier and a settler dead.

After besieging the village and surrounding the house where Abu Laila had been hiding, Israeli forces engaged in a lengthy shootout, eventually shooting and killing the teenager.

Local media reported that several local youth from Abwein were injured with live ammunition in clashes with Israeli forces during their operation in the town.

As of Thursday, Abu Laila’s body had yet to be returned to his family.

Mar 22 10:30

Pompeo warns US could curb security ties with Israel over China relations

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a stark warning to Israel on Thursday that the close security ties between the two nations could be reduced over Israel’s growing cooperation with China.

Pompeo’s warnings came on the same day that the US made an unprecedented show of support for Israel, effectively recognizing its hold on the Golan Heights and having the top US diplomat make a symbolic visit to the Western Wall accompanied by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Mar 22 10:29

Several 2020 Democrats to skip AIPAC conference after call to boycott

Several Democratic presidential candidates will skip the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's policy conference this year after a prominent progressive group called on them to boycott the event.

Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., will all ditch the conference, the Associated Press reported, and a spokesman for former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, told NBC News that he also will not attend.

Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, will not be going, The Jewish Week reported, and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro also won't show, according to HuffPost.

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, who is considering running for president as an independent, will also skip the conference, the Associated Press reported.

Mar 22 10:29

When They Don’t Ignore, US Media Often Disparage Palestinians’ Right of Return

For many years, US corporate media have consistently failed to adequately inform audiences about the Palestinian right of return.

Even though the refugees are a crucial reason that the issue of Israel/Palestine remains unresolved, only a small portion of the coverage addresses the right of return. I used the media aggregator Factiva to search the databases of three major US newspapers: the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. In a combined search of these three publications, Factiva returns results for 45,285 pieces that mention the Palestinian issue over the last ten years. Of these, only 624 contain the phrase “right of return.” In other words, since March 2009 these outlets have published 44,661 articles that bring up the Palestinian question while omitting a phrase that is absolutely integral to it, and one of the main reasons that it remains unresolved.

Mar 22 10:28

7 Palestinians wounded by Israeli artillery shelling in southern Gaza: medics

At least seven Palestinians were injured on Thursday night by Israeli artillery shelling on Rafah town in southern Gaza Strip, medics said.

Ashraf al-Qedra, spokesman of the Health Ministry in Gaza, told reporters that seven Palestinians were moderately injured by the shrapnel of the shells fired by Israeli troops stationed on the border between eastern Gaza Strip and Israel.

Palestinian security officials also said that the Israeli artillery shelling targeted a military lookout post east of the town, destroying the post and wounding seven Palestinians.

An Israeli army spokesman said in a press statement that the artillery shelling was a response to the releasing of arson balloons carrying explosives that exploded in southern Israel. No injuries were reported.

Mar 22 10:27

Arabs are humans, too: A Jerusalem doctor's reaction goes viral

When Dr. Nadav Granat read the Instagram post of Israeli model Rotem Sela in which she reminded the country that “Arabs are also human beings,” he decided he wanted to take action, too. As a religious Jewish doctor who works alongside Arabs every day, he launched his own online campaign to show the inclusive face of Israel.

The campaign has gone viral. This week, the Hebrew news site Mako published a story about Granat, 37, an emergency medical doctor at Rabin Medical Center-Beilinson Campus in Petah Tikva. Granat called on the public to implement exactly what Sela called for when she asked, “When will anyone in this government tell the public that this is a country of all its citizens, and all people are born equal?”

Mar 22 10:27

Israel says U.N. Gaza war crimes report biased against it

Israel said on Thursday a U.N. report critical of its use of lethal force during Palestinian protests on the Gaza border was biased and should have included a demand that the enclave’s dominant Hamas group take action to stop anti-Israeli violence.

A U.N. Commission of Inquiry on the demonstrations, which began nearly a year ago, said this week that Israel should investigate the shootings of more than 6,000 people, far beyond the criminal inquiries it has announced into 11 killings.

Mar 22 10:26

WATCH: I Went To San Francisco. What Happened To One Of America’s Most Beautiful Cities?

While San Francisco has always battled homelessness and currently has about 7,000 homeless people, the drug issue is exacerbating the problem.

The city currently hands out more than 400,000 syringes each month but only 246,000 are returned, leaving 154,000 syringes left on the streets.

We spent our first day walking around the Tenderloin District, only to see our fellow Americans defecating on the sidewalk, shooting up in broad daylight, and overall living in third-world conditions. In one children’s playground we visited, there were wrappers that once held drugs and caps of syringes.

We also spoke with several homeless people — many of whom told us they were addicted to drugs and desperately want help.

Mar 22 10:25

Israel arrests Palestinian woman for a Facebook post

Israeli occupation forces arrested a 22-year-old Palestinian woman at a military checkpoint in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron after she posted a comment on Facebook on Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Isra’a Hammad Abu Sneineh was detained at the Abu Al-Rish military checkpoint near the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron.

According to the Asra Media Office, Abu Sneineh was arrested at the military checkpoint located at the main entrance to the Old City, west of the Ibrahimi Mosque, as a result of a Facebook post she wrote about Al-Aqsa Mosque.

According to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Centre (PPC), Israel had arrested more than 500 Palestinians, including women and children, as a result of their social media posts by May last year.

The occupation state uses its “Cyber Unit” to monitor Palestinian social media posts, the centre added.

Mar 22 10:25

A British Palestinian MP seeks recognition for Palestine in the home of the Balfour Declaration

Britain’s first Member of Parliament of Palestinian descent is preparing for a historic debate on Friday to have the government give official recognition to the state of Palestine in what she says is probably the “most personal and poignant” piece of legislation she has submitted since arriving in Westminster.

Rising political star Layla Moran, a Liberal Democrat, sent shock waves through the ranks of the Conservative Party when she overturned a 10,000 majority at the 2017 General Election to take Oxford West and Abingdon which was previously regarded as a safe Tory seat. Now she’s making more waves with the second reading of her Private Members Bill this week to have Palestine recognised by Britain as a state.

Mar 22 10:24

Israel group publishes ‘racist’ videos against annexing West Bank

An Israeli group which promotes “separation” from the Palestinians has been slammed for publishing a series of “racist” videos, warning against the annexation of the occupied West Bank.

Writing in Local Call, Meron Rapoport took to task a series of election-related clips released by The Commanders for Israel’s Security (CIS), a so-called non-partisan group of former army commanders and intelligence officials.

According to Rapoport, the videos “can be defined in no other way but racist”.

One video portrays Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem “living in filth, among mountains of garbage”, and moving into Jewish settlements such as French Hill and Givat Ze’ev as a result. “To emphasise the danger,” Rapoport describes, “an anonymous Jewish interviewee tells us that on the opposite street, in Givat Ze’ev, ‘everyone there are Arabs’.”

Mar 22 10:23

Israel’s US Lobby rocked by hate-filled tweets

One of the most influential donors to the powerful AIPAC pro-Israel lobby group will not be speaking at its annual conference this weekend after being taken to task for sending out a string of hate-filled tweets aimed at two of America’s rising Muslim politicians, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.

This is not the first time arch-Zionist Adam Milstein has been caught out and reprimanded for hate-tweeting. In 2017, he was forced to apologise for tweeting an anti-semitic graphic targeting liberal Jewish philanthropist George Soros. The image served to fuel speculation about a growing affinity between the anti-Semitic far right and Israel’s staunchest backers. Journalist Max Blumenthal exposed the offensive Milstein tweet, which depicted the face of Soros superimposed on an octopus straddling the globe.

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