"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their Country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph." -- Thomas Paine December 23, 1776
Egypt’s sharp devaluation of the pound last week has left millions of impoverished citizens wondering how to make ends meet as prices of basic commodities continue to soar.
As Egypt gears up for hosting the Cop27 UN conference on climate change in Sharm el-Sheikh on Sunday, spending billions on logistical preparations, Mohamed Belal, 41, a railway worker who lives in an impoverished home on Warraq Island, Giza, is counting how his salary won’t be enough to cover his and his family’s expenses till the end of the year.
Israel will snatch swathes of Palestinian land near Nablus in the occupied West Bank for the expansion of an illegal Israeli settlement, an activist said.
A military order strips three Palestinian villages of around 616 dunams (152 acres) of land so the Eli settlement can be expanded, said Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank.
The impacted villages are Qaryout, As-Sawiya and Al-Lubban Ash-Sharqiya, according to the official Palestinian news agency Wafa.
It comes as Nablus and surrounding areas came under a three-week Israeli blockade.
The Central Bank said that the banking system in the country is getting back to normal levels, and urged citizens to remain supportive of the banking sector in the country.
Haseebullah Noori, press director of Da Afghanistan Bank (Central Bank), said that the banking sector is out of the crisis now. The Central Bank instructed citizens to open their bank accounts and said they can withdraw their money without any restrictions.
“Those who want to open a new bank account, they can do so whenever, if they want to, without any restrictions. There has been further work done in this regard,” he said.
However, residents of Kabul expressed frustration and said that they are facing challenges in withdrawing their money from the banks.
“If the money is not withdrawn on time, and the client has a patient who is in a critical situation, the patient might die because they need money to be withdrawn,” said Jamal Nasir, a resident of Kabul.
“Those who want to have a business, they need more money, but the bank doesn’t provide more than 20,000 Afs,” said Fawad, a resident of Kabul.
Prominent jailed Egyptian activist Alaa Abd el-Fattah has begun a full hunger strike ahead of the COP27 climate summit, as supporters say he will be either dead or free when world leaders convene in Sharm el-Sheikh next week.
Abd el-Fattah said in a letter to his family that he would start a zero-calories hunger strike on Tuesday and stop drinking water from November 6, when global climate talks are set to kick off in the Red Sea town.
The government of Pakistan has approved a deal worth nearly $112m to import 300,000 tonnes of wheat from Russia to meet its domestic shortfall.
The deal endorsed by the Economic Cooperation Committee on Monday comes as Pakistan struggles to balance its fragile economy and manage the aftermath of devastating floods this summer that killed more than 1,700 people and affected some 33 million.
Early exit polls show former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is poised to return to power in a Tuesday vote that reportedly had huge turnout - the largest the country has seen in over two decades.
Israel is on edge waiting for the results after five rounds of voting in three-and-a-half years, which still has yet to produce a clear winner and new government; instead there's been nothing but gridlock and power-sharing arrangements so far.
The Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal on Oct. 31, leaving in place a federal appeals court ruling that allowed the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to require the wearing of masks on airplanes, trains, and buses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although the TSA abandoned its mask mandate in April, the decision allows a Dec. 10, 2021, ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to remain on the books as a legal precedent that the government may rely upon in the future.
Last week, Connecticut’s Trinity College sent a campus employee to forcibly remove and confiscate a student’s “Don’t Tread on Me” American Flag and a red, blue, and green line flag supporting the police, troops, and firemen while allowing other flags including Pride flags to fly.
A mom of three was executed in front of her kids less than 24 hours after her estranged husband was sprung from jail on no bail over a caught-on-camera beatdown she’d posted to her Facebook page in a desperate plea for help.
While speaking about protecting Social Security and Medicare and lowering prescription drug costs at OB Johnson Park Community Center in Hallandale Beach, Florida, President Joe Biden said that inflation was a worldwide problem due to the war in Iraq where his son Beau died, raising eyebrows across social media platforms.
“Inflation is a worldwide problem right now because of a war in Iraq… Excuse me the war in Ukraine. I’m thinking of Iraq because that’s where my son died,” Biden said.
Former Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu may scrape a narrow majority, initial election exit polls suggested Tuesday, after he was outmaneuvered following last year’s elections by current acting Prime Minister Yair Lapid.
A production of Romeo and Juliet for non-binary performers, with Juliet reimagined as a persecuted Jew and Romeo as a member of the Hitler Youth, has become embroiled in a row over its failure to include Jewish people in a casting call....
Iran is planning an “imminent attack” on Saudi Arabia and an Iraqi city where American troops are based, prompting the US to heightened its military alert level, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, citing unnamed American and Saudi officials.
Saudi Arabia shared the information with US intelligence officials, which included details of a potential strike on Erbil, Iraq, according to the report.
Pentagon spokesman Air Force Brig Gen. Patrick Ryder declined to confirm the information Tuesday.
“I’m not gonna talk about specific force protection levels, [but] I can say that we do remain concerned about the threat situation in the region, whether in Iraq or elsewhere” he told reporters.
As many as two police officers have reportedly been shot by a suspect firing from an elevated position in an ongoing situation in Newark, New Jersey.
Law enforcement sources told NBC 4 New York that two officers were shot by a suspect armed with a long gun that they believe was firing from either a rooftop or a window. One officer was reportedly hit in the neck and the other was reportedly hit in the leg.
The law enforcement sources said no suspect is in custody at this time.
Freelance journalist Sotiri Dimpinoudis tweeted video from the area, showing numerous police vehicles on a street in Newark that had been taped off.
Webmaster addition: Another staged event to support the gun-grabbers?
The Santa Claus Post Office has chosen the special 2022 picture postmark for the upcoming holiday season.
Officials say on December 1, the post office will begin offering the picture postmark to cancel the postage stamps on holiday mail again this year. This special picture postmark has been offered every Christmas season since 1983. Each year, the holiday postmark is designed by a local high school art student as part of an annual contest, and this year’s artist is Macey Bolin.
Postmaster Cheryl Bailey says, “Patrons from all over the world request the Santa Claus holiday postmark. Some drive into town to personally hand cancel their holiday mail with the famous picture postmark and others request the special postmark by mail. The famous Santa Claus postmark is a long-standing tradition for the town and it’s always fun to see the unique artwork each year.”
Russia has once again accused the United Kingdom of 'directing and coordinating' explosions on the Nord Stream gas pipelines on the floor of the Baltic Sea in late September.
Three huge gas leaks, preceded by a series of explosions, occurred on the Baltic Sea's Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines on September 26. The blasts, according to Moscow, knocked out three of the four strings of the Nord Stream network off the coast of the Danish island of Bornholm.
Built to carry Russian gas to Germany, the 1,200-kilometer pipelines, operated by Russian gas giant Gazprom, are not currently in operation, but they both still contain gas under pressure.
The preliminary results of a Sweden-Denmark probe showed that the blasts had been "intentional sabotage." On October 29, Russia's Defense Ministry said that "British specialists" blew up the Nord Stream gas pipelines in a "terrorist attack," prompting London to reject the charges as an "invented story."
Ten Democrat-held congressional seats shifted in the Republicans favor according to Cook Political Report's House forecast, just one week before the 2022 midterm elections are set to take place.
As the midterms near, seats that were anticipated likely wins for the Democratic Party are now appearing vulnerable for Republican pickup following spikes in violent crime, rising prices of gas and consumer goods, concerns over education, and the ongoing crisis at the southern border.
In California's 9th Congressional District, where Rep. Josh Harder, D-Calif, currently leads, the race shifted from "Likely Democrat" to "Lean Democrat." The race is also considered "Lean Democrat" by the Fox News Power Rankings.
I was sitting here, and I felt my chair rock, and no, it’s not a rocker, it’s a Laz-Y-boy. Actually, I am in Michigan, and we don’t have earthquakes here, but I could feel something major happening over in Arizona, and trust me, it’s a doozy. I am sure I don’t need to tell you that the senate race in AZ is very tight. It just recently flipped from a “Dem leaning” to “toss-up,” so that’s amazing. But Mark Kelly will be tough to beat, that’s for sure, and that’s why the race between him and our America First guy Blake Masters is so darn tight.
And the last thing we needed in that already tight scenario, was a third-party libertarian candidate… but that’s what the folks in AZ were dealing with. Marc Victor, a good guy, was running as a Libertarian. But it was terrible timing and that could have been the final nail in Blake’s political coffin.
But all of that just changed, so that was the “earthquake” you likely felt… we no longer have to worry about a third-party candidate, but there’s even more good news… that third-party candidate just endorsed Blake Masters!
We’re back, baby!
Fox News reported that the Libertarian candidate in Arizona’s Senate race has dropped out and endorsed his Republican opponent.