"They [the media] are news-as-entertainment professionals – packaging glossy corporate content for maximum distribution and big bucks. The goal is not objective reportage. Their targets are quantifiable and highlighted in a business plan somewhere. Success is based on a simple formula: stay within parameters "understandable" to a wide audience that devours sound bites and familiar storylines on the hour, every hour.

Like trained seals whose every desire, instinct and buying pattern has been measured by corporate media's marketing department for the consumption of its advertisers, the audience demands satisfaction – and western media delivers it." -- Sharmine Narwani
 

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From The Reload, "Hawaii Supreme Court Rejects Major Second Amendment Rulings in New Gun-Carry Decision":
 

The Aloha State's highest court upheld a man's gun-carry conviction on Wednesday after rejecting landmark decisions from the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).

Hawaii's Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision that found charges leveled against Christopher Wilson for carrying a gun without a permit violated his rights. Instead, the court ruled its state constitution provides no gun-rights protections whatsoever. That's despite it including a provision protecting the right of the people to keep and bear arms identical to the one in the federal Constitution.

"Article I, section 17 of the Hawai'i Constitution mirrors the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution," the Hawaiian court wrote in Hawaii v. Wilson. "We read those words differently than the current United States Supreme Court. We hold that in Hawai'i there is no state constitutional right to carry a firearm in public."

[...] The Hawaiian judges argued that [the U.S. Supreme Court's] standard [for whether gun laws are compatible with the protections offered by the Second Amendment] should be tossed out, citing a line from an HBO drama.

"As the world turns, it makes no sense for contemporary society to pledge allegiance to the founding era's culture, realities, laws, and understanding of the Constitution. 'The thing about the old days, they the old days.' The Wire: Home Rooms (HBO television broadcast Sept. 24, 2006) (Season Four, Episode Three)."

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Islamic State claims responsibility for bombings on eve of Pakistan election

At least 30 killed in attacks on party office and that of an independent candidate in Balochistan province

 

Shah Meer Baloch in Islamabad

Thu 8 Feb 2024 01.05 ESTFirst published on Wed 7 Feb 2024 05.12 EST

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Two bomb blasts at the election offices of a political party and an independent candidate in south-west Pakistan have killed at least 30 people and wounded dozens more, a day before parliamentary elections are to be held.

The first blast rocked the election campaign office of an independent candidate in Pishin in the troubled region of Balochistan, killing 18 people and injuring at least 30 people, local authorities said.

Less than an hour later there was a strong blast at an election office for the ultra-conservative party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) in the area of Qilla Saifullah, also in Balochistan. At least 12 people died and dozens more were injured.

“The situation is tense and we are shifting the injured to hospitals in the provincial capital, Quetta, through helicopter. It was a heavy blast,” said Yasir Khan Bazai, a local deputy commissioner.

Late on Wednesday, Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks. Rallies by JUI-F had already come under attack last year in two suicide attacks carried out by the Islamist group, which targeted the party for its affiliation with the Taliban.

The bombings came despite the deployment of tens of thousands of police and paramilitary forces across Pakistan to ensure peace during the elections after a recent surge in militant attacks in the country, especially in Balochistan. The security situation became so precarious in the region that the election commission had considered delaying elections in the province.

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The Ukrainian military is currently facing a severe shortage of tanks as Russia continues to destroy much of their fleet, while other tanks have sustained damage that Kiev lacks the capacity to repair.

This is according to Foreign Affairs magazine, who reports that a substantial number of Leopard 2 battle tanks Ukraine received from foreign states are no longer in service. More than one fourth of them have been destroyed by Russian troops. The German-made tanks used by Ukraine were lauded as game-changers, but the outlet says that Ukraine is quickly discovering they are “hardly invulnerable superweapons.”

Foreign Affairs noted: “Of the fewer than 100 Leopard 2s in Ukrainian service, at least 26 have been knocked out; others cannot be used due to repair and maintenance issues.”

They added that Kiev does not have the type of infrastructure in place that it needs to maintain the fleet of tanks.

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he International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said there is a "catastrophic" healthcare situation in the Gaza Strip, as it warned there might only be two functioning hospitals left for the whole population in the coming days.

Speaking to Middle East Eye, the organisation's chief protection officer, Christian Cardon de Lichtbuer, said the healthcare infrastructure of the enclave had been left in "survival mode" following months of Israeli bombardment.

"There are still three hospitals functioning, and probably in the coming days, only two hospitals for a population of 2.3 million. These are facts, and this is catastrophic," he explained.

Lichtbuer said that all medical teams in Gaza were focused on dealing with emergency treatment, and that meant people with chronic illnesses and conditions were being neglected.

"Think about where you live and think about how many hospitals are functioning around you.

Claire's Observations:  This is precisely the situation the Israeli government wanted to engineer, and they are probably delighted with it!!!!

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Israel’s military campaign in Gaza has resulted in at least 100,000 Palestinians killed, injured or missing and presumed dead – more than 4 percent of the population of 2.3 million, or nearly every one in 20 people – as the genocide enters its fifth month.

Sixty percent of the 27,585 Palestinian fatalities recorded by the health ministry in Gaza since 7 October were women and children. Thousands more are buried under the rubble.

At least 17,000 boys and girls in Gaza are unaccompanied or separated from their family, according to the UN children’s fund UNICEF.

Khan Younis in southern Gaza was bearing the brunt of the bombardment while Palestinian resistance groups fought Israeli ground forces across much of Gaza in recent days, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported.

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The United States just did a targeted assassination of militant leaders in Baghdad. Iraqis are storming the American embassy in response to this.

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KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia fired cruise and ballistic missiles and Shahed-type drones at six regions across Ukraine on Wednesday morning, authorities reported, killing at least five civilians and wounding almost 50 others, including a pregnant woman.

The attacks hit at least three major cities, including the capital, Kyiv, where the European Union’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, was discussing military aid and financial support for Ukraine. He said that he started his day in an air raid shelter, calling it part of Ukraine’s “daily reality” after almost two years of war.

The West’s help is desperately needed by Ukraine, which is struggling with ammunition and personnel shortages. Some long-term foreign funding is also in doubt as the latest effort to clinch a deal on Ukraine aid in the U.S. Senate collapsed Tuesday.

Though the roughly 1,500-kilometer (900-mile) front line has barely budged in recent months, the Kremlin’s forces have the upper hand in stocks of missiles and artillery ammunition used for long-range strikes. Russia has repeatedly used missiles to blast civilian targets during the conflict.

Claire's Observations:  What these alleged "diplomats" should be doing, is either get Zelinsky out of power, and find someone willing to negotiate terms of peace with Russia, or get Zelinsky to do this.  In light of the fact that the second suggestion is an absolute impossibility, with Zelinsky still in power, the first, obviously, must be tried, and be successful.  Too many people on both sides have died, and more fighting will simply mean more deaths, and traumatic injuries for life .

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In January 2023, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine formed the Special Purpose Combined Brigade “Lyut” by its decision. Initially, the unit was created to strengthen the Ukrainian army for conducting a counteroffensive.

Volunteers who were part of the national police of Ukraine were accepted into the unit. And indeed, in the beginning, they actively formed the backbone of the unit. Until May 2023, the personnel underwent training in several training centers: in Kiev, Zhytomyr, and Odessa regions.

In June, “Lyut” started participating in combat operations in the Donetsk and Kupyansk directions. However, the unit did not achieve any notable successes on the battlefield. Moreover, according to several reports, the participation in battles in the area of Bahmut ended in defeat for the law enforcement officers who took up arms. In June 2023, volunteers stopped joining the unit, and the police leadership made a decision to send up to 30% of the personnel to the brigade. Mostly experienced employees were sent or those who could not afford to bribe the recruiters responsible for the recruitment.

Due to failures in recruitment, a stricter approach was taken, and the recruitment became mandatory, but primarily in the East and South of Ukraine, where predominantly Russian-speaking population resides.

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Judicial Watch announced today it filed a civil rights lawsuit on behalf of the Libertarian Party of Mississippi, challenging a Mississippi election law permitting absentee ballots to be received as long as five business days after Election Day (Libertarian Party of Mississippi v Wetzel et al. (No. 1:24-cv-00037)).

Judicial Watch’s lawsuit details:

Under federal law, the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of every even-numbered year is election day (“Election Day”) for federal elections. See 2 U.S.C. §§ 1, 7 and 3 U.S.C. § 1.

Congress recently reaffirmed a single national Election Day when it enacted the Electoral Count Reform Act (“ECRA”). 136 Stat. 5233, 525 (enacted as Div. P., Title I, § 102(b) of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023, 117 Pub. L. No. 328, Dec. 29, 2022).  See 3 U.S.C. § 21.

Under the recent Congressional amendments, no extension of Election Day shall be allowed unless there are “force majeure events that are extraordinary and catastrophic” that justify extension. 3 U.S.C. § 21.

Despite Congress’ unambiguous and longstanding statement regarding a single and uniform national Election Day, Mississippi extended Election Day by allowing five additional business days after Election Day for receipt of absentee ballots. See Miss. Code Ann. § 23-15-637(1)(a).

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Israeli protesters have once again stopped aid trucks from entering the besieged Gaza Strip, where hundreds of thousands of Palestinians face an acute risk of famine, according to the UN.

In recent weeks, Israelis from across the political spectrum have been gathering at the Karem Abu Salem - or Kerem Shalom - crossing to stop the delivery of humanitarian aid.

On Wednesday, dozens of activists, many of them young, blocked aid trucks by lying on the streets. Some set up tents in the area so that they can stop aid moving in the long term.

The Karem Abu Salem crossing, which is located on the border with Egypt, is used by Israeli forces to inspect aid trucks before they enter the besieged Palestinian territory.

On Tuesday, protesters blocked about 130 humanitarian aid trucks from entering Gaza.

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Congress and the White House are punishing the United Nations and its Palestinian aid agency over Israeli claims that some members of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) participated in the October 7 Hamas attack. Tel Aviv has failed to produce any evidence to back its claims. Still, Washington is stripping funding for the organization that is crucial to curbing the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. 

In January, Israel accused a dozen UNRWA employees of taking part in the Hamas attacks. Tel Aviv has not provided evidence for its claims and is refusing to produce an intelligence dossier it says contains evidence for the assertions. Secretary of State Antony Blinken accepted the Israeli allegations without proof, and Washington suspended aid to UNRWA. 

Now, Congress is seeking to make those funding cuts permanent. The $118 billion supplemental defense spending bill that was defeated in the Senate on Wednesday included a section that prevented funds from going to UNRWA. “None of the funds appropriated [by this] Act, and prior Acts making appropriations for the Department of State, foreign operations, and related programs, may be made available for a contribution, grant, or other payment to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, notwithstanding any other provision of law,” Sec. 614 the bill says

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Israeli protesters have once again stopped aid trucks from entering the besieged Gaza Strip, where hundreds of thousands of Palestinians face an acute risk of famine, according to the UN.

In recent weeks, Israelis from across the political spectrum have been gathering at the Karem Abu Salem - or Kerem Shalom - crossing to stop the delivery of humanitarian aid.

On Wednesday, dozens of activists, many of them young, blocked aid trucks by lying on the streets. Some set up tents in the area so that they can stop aid moving in the long term.

The Karem Abu Salem crossing, which is located on the border with Egypt, is used by Israeli forces to inspect aid trucks before they enter the besieged Palestinian territory.

On Tuesday, protesters blocked about 130 humanitarian aid trucks from entering Gaza.

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Hezbollah has signaled interest in negotiations, but what is on the table?
 

 Lebanon’s southern border with Israel is a ticking time bomb as the clock counts down in the absence of a diplomatic solution. Fighting between the Lebanese group Hezbollah and Israel has been escalating incrementally since 7 October, when Hezbollah was pulled into Israel's war on Gaza.

Israel’s Defence Minister Yoav Gallant on 30 January said the Israeli army was readying for a potential war with Hezbollah and on 2 February announced that Israel will continue its destructive military campaign in Gaza’s southernmost city of Rafah, despite the nearly one million civilians who are sheltered there and have nowhere else to go.

After a heavy day of fighting on Israel’s northern front on Sunday, Gallant warned Israel still had many offensive tools to use at its disposal. He also reiterated that a ceasefire in Gaza would not lead Israel to stop attacks on Hezbollah, saying the fighting would continue until residents of northern Israel could return “safely to their homes”. 

But Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah made a surprising announcement during his speech in January, signalling his openness to border negotiations with Israel. He has tightened this proposition in successive speeches, clarifying that talks could not happen until Israel ceased hostilities in Gaza.

A deal to resolve the disputed points along the “blue line” - the demarcation line dividing Lebanon, Israel, and the Golan Heights and drawn by the UN in 2000 - could ward off what seems to increasingly be an imminent war.

Claire's Observations:  the cessation of violence in Gaza, is, unfortunately, as likely as are flying pigs; Netanyahu refuses to stop the genocide, which the US government is enabling, with its bombs and bullets.  This is actually an "Election Year Gift" from Netanyahu to Biden, as no sitting president has ever been removed in the middle of a declared war;  color me very concerned about a "false flag" in this country, to be blamed on "Radical Arabs", and again, we are off and running to more "endless war" with no practical end in sight.  And what a lovely gift to our military/industrial contractors!!!!!!!

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This is Tucker Carlson's official website. Bookmark it. The Putin interview is scheduled for 6PM EST both here and on X!

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Two weeks before Hamas commandos led a series of raids into Israel on October 7, Benjamin Netanyahu stood before an empty chamberOpens in a new tab at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. The Israeli prime minister brandished a map of what he promised could be the “New Middle East.” It depicted a state of Israel that stretched continuously from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. On this map, Gaza and the West Bank were erased. Palestinians did not exist.

“What a historic change for my country! You see, the land of Israel is situated on the crossroads between Africa, Asia, and Europe,” Netanyahu bellowedOpens in a new tab at a handful of spectators in the large hall, nearly all of whom were his loyalists or underlings. “For centuries, my country was repeatedly invaded by empires passing through it in their campaigns of plunder and conquest elsewhere. But today, as we tear down walls of enmity, Israel can become a bridge of peace and prosperity between these continents.”

During that speech, Netanyahu portrayed the full normalizing of relations with Saudi Arabia, an initiative spearheaded under the Trump administration and embraced by the Biden White House, as the linchpin of his vision for this “new” reality, one which would open the door to a “visionary corridor that will stretch across the Arabian Peninsula and Israel. It will connect India to Europe with maritime links, rail links, energy pipelines, fiber-optic cables.”

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Another paramedic is killed by Israeli forces, as the Palestinian Health Minister announces that at least 340 medics have been killed in the Gaza Strip since October 7. 

One Palestinian paramedic has been killed and two others wounded after Israeli forces directly fired at them in Gaza City on Wednesday evening.    

Meanwhile, Israeli forces in military vehicles have taken up position in front of the Al Amal Hospital in southern Khan Yunis, “and are directly firing at the building,” according to the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS). 

At least two people have been injured, including a patient, from direct fire, the PRCS said on X. 

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Regret retiring? Here’s your shot at a second chance in the Air Force.

The service announced Wednesday that it will reopen a recall program to fill as many as 1,000 mid-career commissioned and enlisted jobs, including pilots, combat systems officers, recruiters, air traffic controllers and more. The move comes as the Air Force looks to plug critical staffing holes, facing renewed tensions in the Middle East and possibility of conflict with China.

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When asked to confirm the deployment to Kinmen, the Pentagon told Antiwar.com it won't comment on military operations in Taiwan

US military advisors have been deployed to Kinmen, a group of small islands that are controlled by Taiwan but located just off the coast of mainland China, Taiwan’s TVBS has reported.

When asked to confirm the highly provocative deployment to Kinmen, the Pentagon said it could not comment. “We don’t have a comment on specific operations, engagements, or training” with Taiwan, Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Marty Meiners told Antiwar.com in an email.

“But I would highlight that our support for, and defense relationship with, Taiwan remains aligned against the current threat posed by the People’s Republic of China. Our commitment to Taiwan is rock-solid,” Meiners said.

When asked to confirm the deployment to Kinmen, the Pentagon told Antiwar.com it won't comment on military operations in Taiwan

US military advisors have been deployed to Kinmen, a group of small islands that are controlled by Taiwan but located just off the coast of mainland China, Taiwan’s TVBS has reported.

When asked to confirm the highly provocative deployment to Kinmen, the Pentagon said it could not comment. “We don’t have a comment on specific operations, engagements, or training” with Taiwan, Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Marty Meiners told Antiwar.com in an email.

“But I would highlight that our support for, and defense relationship with, Taiwan remains aligned against the current threat posed by the People’s Republic of China. Our commitment to Taiwan is rock-solid,” Meiners said.

Claire's Observations; , this move is going to be seen by China, as inflammatory in the extreme; and I would like to remind our readers who are old enough to remember it, (and those who are NOT old enough to remember it), that the Vietnam War began with just such a move; the presence of "Military Advisors" in Vietnam.  And the question I have to ask myself, in terms of this deployment, is, why now?!?!?

The answer here, is painfully, cynically simple; historically, the American people have never voted an existing President out of office, smack-dab in the middle of a declared war.  Biden's handlers believe this, which is why the US is literally goading China to "do something" in response to this deployment.  Never mind if we cannot win the war, because we don't have the money; the manufacturing; or the weaponry to properly do so.  This Administration is in such a bind, with the idiocy of its policies; the horrific leaving of Afghanistan; its enabling of Israeli genocide in Gaza and the West Bank; and illegal immigration becoming a national nightmare, that they can't think of anything else to do,  November isn't that far away, in terms of the national election cycle, and the Bidenistas will do anything..... anything to stay in power; even generating a war they know they cannot win.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has ordered the creation of a separate military branch dedicated solely to drone warfare.

In a recent evening address, Zelensky revealed that he had already instructed the Cabinet and the General Staff to work out the details of establishing the force within the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

“I have just signed a decree which will launch the creation of a separate branch within our armed forces – a drone systems force,” he announced.

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Ukrainian special forces are reportedly operating in Sudan in support of the country’s army against Russian Wagner mercenaries aligned with the rebel Rapid Support Forces (RSF), according to a video released on Monday.

The Kyiv Post released a short film which it said came from sources within Ukrainian military intelligence, responsible for covert operations, showing a captured Russian prisoner being interrogated alongside two African men.

The Russian soldier says he is from “PMC Wagner” and came into Sudan from Central African Republic, where fighters from the Russian group are based, “to overthrow the local government” with a force of about 100.

The location and content of the video have not been independently verified.

However, it has surfaced following months of speculation that Ukrainian forces are operating in Sudan as part of an emerging campaign by Kyiv to strike at Russian interests far beyond the Ukraine war’s frontlines.

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