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In successfully lobbying Congress for an additional $61 billion in Ukraine war funding, an effort that ended this month with celebratory Democrats waving Ukrainian flags in the House chamber, President Biden has cast his administration’s standoff with Russia as an existential test for democracy.

“What makes our moment rare is that freedom and democracy are under attack, both at home and overseas,” Biden declared in his State of the Union address in March. “History is watching, just like history watched three years ago on January 6th.”

While Biden’s narrative is widely accepted by Washington’s political establishment, a close examination of the president and his top principals’ record dating back to the Obama administration reveals a different picture. Far from protecting democracy from Kyiv to Washington, their role in Ukraine looks more like epic meddling resulting in political upheaval for both countries.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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The Grayzone's Max Blumenthal and Aaron Mate discuss the spontaneous growth of the campus uprising against the US-backed genocide in Gaza, with a focus on the sizable new encampment at Washington DC's George Washington University.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, EDUCATION, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Webmaster addition: Mice have been used to deploy biological weapons dating back to ancient times.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, EDUCATION, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The Grayzone's Max Blumenthal and Aaron Mate discuss the mass arrest of student anti-genocide protesters at Boston's Northeastern University for a hateful phrase uttered by a pro-Israel counter-protester, and mistakenly attributed to them.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, EDUCATION, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Several of the world’s leading oncologists have spoken out to warn the public about a global “turbo cancer epidemic” among those who received Covid mRNA shots.

Medical experts have been raising the alarm after realizing the long-term impact of the mass vaccination campaign.

Around the world, Covid-vaxxed citizens have been suffering heart attacks, strokes, blood clots, brain damage, VAIDS, and sudden deaths.

However, the rapidly emerging crisis is the soaring cases of “turbo cancers” that are growing among the vaxxed.

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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Russian officials said Tuesday that Ukraine targeted Crimea with US-provided Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS), long-range missiles that the US secretly provided to Ukraine in March.

The ATACMS the US shipped to Ukraine have a range of about 190 miles, significantly longer than anything the US has previously provided. The US sent an older version of the ATACMS last fall that can hit targets up to 100 miles away and is packed with cluster bombs, which are notorious for killing and maiming civilians.

The governor of Crimea said that the ATACMS were shot down by Russian air defenses in the attack on Tuesday. The Russian Defense Ministry said that it shot down a total of six ATACMS but did not specify where.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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Yemen’s Houthis restarted attacks on shipping in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden last week after examining “incentives” put forward by the US, according to a report from The National, a UAE state-owned newspaper.

At the beginning of April, Tim Lenderking, the US special envoy for Yemen, said the US was considering “diplomacy” with the Houthis after a months-long bombing campaign failed to deter the Yemeni group and only escalated the situation.

Sources told The National that the US offered a lifting of the blockade on the capital, Sanaa, and the Red Sea port of Hodeidah, which has been imposed since a US-backed Saudi-UAE coalition intervened in Yemen in an attempt to oust the Houthis in 2015.

Tags: MIDDLE EAST, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The UN estimates that it could take 14 years to clear the 37 million tonnes of debris in the Gaza Strip, according to a report released by the global body earlier this week.

Every square kilometre impacted by war in Gaza contains 200 kilograms of debris, the report said, adding that investigations had revealed Israeli forces' systematic destruction of civilian homes and infrastructure, leaving over a million people displaced.

"All I can say is that at least 10 per cent of the ammunition that is being fired potentially fails to function…with 100 trucks we’re talking about 14 years of work with 100 trucks, so that’s 14 years to remove with about 750,000 workdays - person workdays - to remove the debris," Pehr Lodhammar, a senior officer from the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) said.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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After years of legal battles, Philips has agreed to pay more than $1 billion to settle lawsuits waged by thousands of people who say they were injured by breathing machines capable of releasing toxic particles and fumes into their noses, mouths and lungs.

The proposed settlement unveiled Monday between the global manufacturer and plaintiffs’ lawyers will effectively end more than 700 lawsuits filed after the 2021 recall of millions of the company’s widely used sleep apnea devices and ventilators.

More than 50,000 people are involved in the litigation. It has yet to be determined how many will have claims that fall under the terms of the settlement, which will be filed in federal court in Pittsburgh.

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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University students are facing threats of arrest or suspension as pro-Palestine protests are burgeoning across campuses in the United States. Students are expressing solidarity with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, where more than 34,000 people have been killed in Israel’s war of the enclave since October.

Students are calling on their universities to “disclose and divest” their investments in companies and organisations linked to Israel and its war on Gaza.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, ECONOMY, EDUCATION, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The US military is being urged to find cheaper solutions to neutralizing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as the costs of firing counter-drone weapons and munitions are “too high.”

US Department of Defense undersecretary for acquisition William LaPlante said at a Center for Strategic and International Studies conference that efforts to take out hostile UAVs exceed $100,000 per shot.

In the Middle East alone, the US military has been firing expensive missile systems to take down drones launched by Houthi rebels against ships crossing the Red Sea.

There have reportedly been over 130 drones downed, attributed to American missiles and anti-drone weapons in the waterway since December 2023.

LaPlante suggested that the US military should look for counter-drone alternatives that only cost tens of thousands of dollars per shot.

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Tags: WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Money Mail can today reveal a timebomb looming in the second-hand market for electric vehicles (EVs).

Our investigation found that many EVs could become almost impossible to resell because of their limited battery life.

Experts said that the average EV battery guarantee lasts just eight years. After this time, the battery may lose power more quickly and so reduce mileage between charges. 

Many EVs will lose up to 12 per cent of their charge capacity by six years. Some may lose even more.

Yet the cost of replacing an EV battery is astonishingly high, our research found.

A five-year-old Renault Zoe costs £9,100 but a new battery will set you back £24,124

A five-year-old Renault Zoe costs £9,100 but a new battery will set you back £24,124

In some cases, the cost of a replacement battery is as much as £40,000. For certain EVs, the cost of replacing the battery could be ten times the value of the vehicle itself on the second-hand market.

That means used EVs have a limited lifespan — which makes them a bigger and bigger risk as the years go by. 

Research into EV batteries is yet to be conclusive and the second-hand EV market is new, given the first popular EVs were rolled off the production line in 2009.

Last night, one motoring expert said customers should be wary of buying a used electric car beyond its warranty (typically eight years), as after that timespan there is no easy way of measuring how much the battery will degrade before it needs replacing. 

This may mean you end up needing to pay for an expensive new battery.

Claire's Observations:  THAT is an industrial-strength OOPS THERE, on the part of these EVs' designers and engineers;  this needs to be remedied like yesterday, so ladies and gentlemen responsible, fix it please!!!

Tags: CLIMATEGATE, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, ENERGY, GULF/OTHER OIL
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Iraq will see first natural gas production at its supergiant West Qurna field by the end of this year, Iraqi News reports, citing the Iraqi prime minister and federal energy authorities on Monday. 

ExxonMobil withdrew from southern Iraq’s West Qurna 1 field in January, handing operations over to PetroChina, which now enjoys the largest stake in one of Iraq’s biggest fields. 

The whole of West Qurna is home to an estimated 43 billion barrels of recoverable reserves, while West Qurna-1 was originally thought to have around 9 billion barrels, but was revised to 20 billion barrels in 2021. The target for first phase production is 700,000 barrels per day, up from 500,000 bpd previously anticipated. 

 
 

In March, Reuters reported that Iraq had signed a five-year gas supply deal with Iran for 50 million cubic meters per day to feed Iraq’s power stations. Washington is attempting to encourage oil and gas deals with Iraq to avoid billions of dollars in revenue from gas and electricity exports for Tehran. 

Just over a week ago, U.S. and Iraqi energy companies signed two deals designed to capture associated gas that Iraq is flaring due to lack of necessary infrastructure. The U.S. Department of State said in a statement that Iraq is currently flaring some 18 billion cubic meters per year of associated gas, second only to Russia. 

Iraq has been strengthening ties with China, particularly in the energy industry, in recent years. In 2021, the two countries signed a framework agreement that opened the door for Beijing to acquire key Iraqi oil, gas and petrochemical assets. 

Earlier this month, Iraq and China announced that the General Company for Ports in Iraq (GCPI), a consortium of Chinese companies, is close to completing the 300,000 barrels per day (bpd) oil refinery at Iraq’s key Faw Port. This is “in line with China’s eventual vision for Iraq as one part of a giant Mesopotamian client state including Iran as well,” Simon Watkins wrote for OIlprice.com at the time.

Tags: CHINA/TAIWAN, ECONOMY, ENERGY, GULF/OTHER OIL, IRAQ
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Aviator sunglasses hide demented eyes
in a skull full of bank logos and forgotten AIPAC speeches,
boozy nights of rapefinger whisperings and Beltway balrogs,
and fundraising wisecracks with smiles made of Gaddafi’s bones,
brain now crowded with paper shredders 
and frantic, sweaty interns
staying up all night working 
to dispose of the evidence.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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NYPD riot cops stormed Columbia University to quickly disperse protesters at an encampment and an occupied building in less than two hours.

Panicked pro-Palestine demonstrators tumbled down stairs as they tried to flee when cops flooded the Ivy League campus on Tuesday night.

Almost 100 people were arrested at the New York City university, according to NBC. Police stated there were no injuries or people resisting arrest.

Around 40 of those detained were picked up in on the first floor of Hamilton Hall, which students violently took over early Tuesday. Cops swooped in on the building through a window after using flash bangs to clear the way.

President Minouche Shafik called in the police 'to restore order and safety' to the campus amid the escalating protests and fears the demonstrations had been co-opted by external agitators.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, EDUCATION, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The stench of death filled the halls of Gaza City’s Ahli Arab Hospital.

Bodies – many already decomposing – lay in heaps on the floor, next to injured patients writhing in pain.

Amid the chaos and suffering, one of Naifa Rizq al-Sawada’s relatives was methodically searching for signs of the family’s 92-year-old matriarch.

Naifa had gone missing more than two weeks earlier, in late March, after the Israeli army raided the family’s home near another Gaza City health complex, al-Shifa, and ordered everyone to leave.

Naifa hadn’t been seen since, and Israel’s intense military assault in northern Gaza had made gathering information on her whereabouts next to impossible.

"Did anyone arrive here that fits her description?" Naifa’s relative recalled asking hospital administrators after reaching Ahli Hospital, insisting on seeing any bodies resembling the elderly woman’s slender frame.

"'Uncover this one' – that's a man. 'Uncover this one' – that's a little girl. 'Uncover this one' – that's a child," said the relative, who spoke to Al Jazeera on condition of anonymity due to a fear of reprisals.

“I went to a different department, all the same – indescribable scenes that I will never forget.”

The family’s sombre search finally ended days later when, after returning to the seven-storey Gaza City building where Naifa was last seen, they uncovered charred bone fragments they believe belong to her.

"They gathered the bones in a shroud and dug a grave next to my nephew who was killed earlier in the war and buried Mum," Maha al-Nawati, Naifa's daughter who was displaced from northern Gaza last year, told Al Jazeera.

"Despite the pain, we were grateful and happy that we found her and gave her a proper burial ourselves."

Yet while the family says knowing that Naifa was no longer suffering brought them a sense of relief, the circumstances surrounding her death remain unclear.

Al Jazeera has spoken to witnesses, rights advocates and family members to try to piece together what happened to Naifa - a case experts say is a stark example of the brutality of Israel’s war on Gaza.

Claire's Observations:  Hey, it takes a really "moral" member of the IDF, to pick off a 92 year old grandmother with a sniper's rifle!!  But under these circumstances, the family  will never know, precisely, how she died.

And prayers for both Israeli, and Palestinian people who have lost family or had family injured in this horrific mess!

To paraphrase Gandhi:  "An eye for an eye.... a tooth for a tooth... and suddenly, everyone is blind and toothless!!"

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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The Biden administration is considering allowing some Palestinians to come live in the United States as refugees.

CBS News reported Tuesday that senior officials across several federal agencies have discussed how to resettle Palestinians from Gaza, potentially using the United States Refugee Admissions Program.

The individuals chosen would have to have immediate family members who are American citizens or permanent residents. 

They would have to pass a series of eligibility, medical and security screenings, but would then be able to obtain resettlement benefits, including housing assistance and a pathway to American citizenship. 

Tags: IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM, PALESTINE
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The boss of Oklahoma's schools has ordered them to 'completely ignore' Joe Biden's new rules promoting children's LGBTQ rights, as more states joined the backlash against the President's Title IX overhaul.

The rewrite forbids discrimination based on gender identity and leaves schools vulnerable to lawsuits if they ban trans students from girls' locker rooms, rest rooms or dorms.

Florida became the tenth state to sue the administration on Monday after Oklahoma Superintendent Ryan Walters slammed 'the most devastating attack on women's rights in our country's history'.

'In Oklahoma, we don't bend to the senseless will of Biden and his posse eradicating women's rights and putting women in danger,' he warned.

Webmaster addition: Title IX is a law and changes to it have to go through Congress. Biden is in dictator mode again!

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, WHITE HOUSE
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Manhattan is in chaos as hundreds of police officers stormed universities in a coordinated strike to clear out pro-Palestinian protesters who refused to leave.

Protesters threw flares and barricaded themselves inside an administrative building at the City University of New York, about 20 blocks north of Columbia University.

NYPD officers moved in after 9.30pm to disperse crowds outside as flares turned the college's famous arch red and protestors chanted and waved flags in support of Gaza.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, EDUCATION, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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US officials say the pier will be operational next week

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin acknowledged on Tuesday that it was a possibility that the 1,000 US troops deployed off the coast of Gaza as part of a project to build a pier could come under fire and said they would be able to shoot back.

Austin made the comments in an exchange with Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) at a House Armed Services Committee hearing. “They have the right to return fire to protect themselves,” Austin said.

When asked if it was likely that US troops would come under attack from someone in Gaza, Austin said, “That’s possible, yes.”

The staging area for the pier has already come under mortar attack. Nobody was hurt in the incident, and only minor damage was reported, but it highlights the risk to the US troops just off the coast of Gaza.

Claire's Observations;  So, Sec Def Austin, are  these teams going to be the "sacrificial lambs" to Justify more "US boots on the ground in Israel?!?

Forgive me sir, but this is what this very much looks like to thinking Americans!!!

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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Gaza War Separates Parents From Their New Born Baby

 

 
 
 
U.S. News & World Report

Gaza War Separates Parents From Their New Born Baby

Reuters

Sondos Mukat (Hamuda), the mother of Yehia Hamuda, a Palestinian infant, who was evacuated to south Gaza as a premature baby after Israeli forces raided Kamal Adwan hospital in northern Gaza Strip and is currently separated from his parents due to an Israeli checkpoint that separates north Gaza from the south, displays a picture of him on a mobile phone, in Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, April 25, 2024. REUTERS/Mahmoud Issa

By Mohammad Salem and Mahmoud Issa

RAFAH/JABALIA, Gaza Strip (Reuters) - Born two months premature as war raged in Gaza, Palestinian baby Yehia Hamuda was evacuated to southern Gaza after Israeli forces raided the hospital where he was being cared for in the north.

His mother Sondos and father Zakaria scrolled through photographs of Yehia, now five-months-old, on a mobile phone at their home in Jabalia in northern Gaza, severed from the south by Israeli military checkpoints.

Sondos said it was too dangerous to make the 30-km (20-mile) journey from Jabalia to Rafah.

War in Israel and Gaza

Palestinians are inspecting the damage in the rubble of the Al-Bashir mosque following Israeli bombardment in Deir al-Balah, central Gaza Strip, on April 2, 2024, amid ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas. (Photo by Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
 

"There are tanks and bulldozers. My husband and I cannot go," she said. "They would kill us. I am afraid my son would end up living alone."

Yehia was born on Nov. 27, seven weeks into the conflict that was triggered when fighters from the Palestinian militant group Hamas stormed Israel in an attack that killed 1,200 people, according to Israeli tallies.

More than 34,000 people have been killed in the Gaza Strip during Israel's offensive, which has laid waste to much of the territory, according to health authorities in the enclave.

With communications down, three months passed before Yehia's parents were able to make contact with the hospital caring for him in Rafah, and check he was okay. They had stayed behind in Jabalia, fearing they would find nowhere to stay in Rafah.

"After three months, I saw his photo on the mobile phone. I want to hold him. I want to breastfeed him. Every day, my chest hurts. I cannot deal with this," she said.

Yehia is being cared for by the nurses and medical staff of the al-Emirati hospital in Rafah.

 
 
 
 

She said he had become "the son of the neonatal unit," with everyone taking it upon themselves to take care of him: "He is very doted on, and we pay a lot of attention to him."

In Jabalia, Yehia's father Zakaria yearns to be reunited with him. "My only wish in life is to hold my son and for God to reunite us with our son," he said

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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Britain in Palestine 1917-1948 investigates the contradictory promises and actions which defined British Mandatory rule in Palestine and laid the groundwork for the Nakba (the catastrophe) and the creation of the state of Israel in 1948. The roots of the contemporary social, political, economic, and environmental landscape of Palestine and Israel can be traced back to this period, making it essential viewing for understanding Britain’s legacy in the region and the situation on the ground today.

Tags: GREAT BRITAIN/ UK, ISRAEL, PALESTINE
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