Thought for the day

Spotify revealed plans to cut headcount by 6% due to macroeconomic turmoil following similar moves from other prominent technology firms.
Posted on: Jan 24 09:39
Jury selection begins Monday in the trial of Alex Murdaugh, the disgraced South Carolina attorney accused of killing his wife and youngest son on the family estate in June 2021.
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Posted on: Jan 24 09:38
ChatGPT, a mass-market artificial intelligence chatbot launched by OpenAI last year, passed a graduate-level business exam at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
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Posted on: Jan 24 09:38
Ghislaine Maxwell says she believes her longtime companion, sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, was murdered in jail.
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Posted on: Jan 24 09:37
House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) intends to investigate donations to the Penn Biden Center as well as who is purchasing Hunter Biden’s artwork as part of a probe into the Biden family’s financial ties.
Posted on: Jan 24 09:36

Ukraine is now being run by specialists from the US Central Intelligence Agency and British MI-6, Ukraine’s former Prime Minister (2010-2014) Nikolai Azarov said on Monday.

"Ukraine is now very seriously governed not by [President Vladimir] Zelensky, not by [Ukrainian defense ministry’s intelligence directorate chief Kirill] Budanov, not by [commander in chief of the Ukrainian armed forces Valery] Zaluzhny, but by special groups of highly-qualified specialists in military science and intelligence who represent first of all the Central Intelligence Agency and MI-6. They steer practically all steps allegedly taken by Zelensky and Zaluzhny," he said in an interview with the Solovyov Live television channel.

The Ukrainian authorities are fulfilling ready-made plans "under supervision from Western specialists," he added.

Posted on: Jan 24 09:35

Saudi-led coalition shelling in Saada’s Shadaa district reportedly killed two civilians and injured four on 22 January, an Al-Mayadeen correspondent said.

The news was also reported by Yemen’s Al-Masirah TV, affiliated with the Ansarallah resistance movement and the National Salvation Government (NSG) based in Sanaa.

According to Al-Masirah, these latest Saudi truce violations have sent the death toll from coalition shelling in Saada this month up to seven, with 91 injured so far.

However, the Saudi-led coalition has denied these reports. Saudi general and coalition spokesman, Turki al-Maliki, said in a statement that “allegations of the Houthi militia that there is border shelling on the directorates (Monabbih) and (Shadaa), and that there are civilian casualties, are baseless.”

Posted on: Jan 24 09:34

Turkey has held talks with the United Kingdom over the possible sale of a large package of weapons, including fighter jets, transport planes, engines and frigates, three separate sources familiar with the discussions told Middle East Eye. 

Turkish defence minister Hulusi Akar visited London on Sunday, meeting his British counterpart, Ben Wallace.

The sources said that during their meeting Akar and Wallace explored the possibility of Ankara purchasing Eurofighter jets, C-130J transport planes and Type 23 frigates, as well as engines for Turkey’s outdated M60 battle tanks. The estimated value of such a deal is well over $10bn, according to the sources. 

“We are evaluating our options on these platforms but we aren’t in the final stages of negotiations,” said one of the Turkish sources, who spoke to MEE on the condition of anonymity because they are not authorised to speak to the media. 

Commenting on the talks, a UK Ministry of Defence spokesperson told Middle East Eye: “The Defence Secretary met with his Turkish counterpart to discuss strengthening defence ties between the two countries. They spoke on a range of topics including procurement, with progress made in a number of areas.”

Posted on: Jan 24 09:34

EU foreign ministers agreed Monday to spend an extra 500 million euros ($540 million) from their common coffers on arms for Ukraine, diplomats said, as Kyiv pleads for heavier weapons.

The accord will take the total committed to supplying Ukraine’s military from common EU spending to 3.6 billion euros, which is separate from national spending by individual member states.

Overall, European nations have pledged more than 11 billion euros on weapons for Ukraine, EU officials say, less than half of what the United States is spending.

The latest tranche of funds comes as Germany faces intense pressure over its hesitation to give battle tanks to Ukraine.

Posted on: Jan 24 09:33

Human Rights Watch charged on Monday that new Israeli rules for foreigners entering the West Bank risked turning the occupied territory into "another Gaza," cutting residents off from the outside world.

The regulations, which have faced waves of condemnation from the European Union and United States, have also been clouded by uncertainty.

Israeli said the rules, which came into force in October, are aimed at clarifying the procedures surrounding West Bank entry and are being implemented on a two-year trial basis.

They were also revised last year amid widespread criticism.

Despite those revisions, HRW said the measures "threaten to further isolate Palestinians from loved ones and global civil society."

Posted on: Jan 24 09:32

Israeli forces detained 16 Palestinians from various parts of the occupied West Bank on Monday morning, the official news agency WAFA reported.

According to official Palestinian sources, the isreali occupation forces rounded up Palestinians and ransacked their family houses in several West Bank refugee camps, including Jazalone, Nur Shamas, and Dheisheh.

In the Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem, Isreali forces detained a 13-year-old Palestinian minor.

Other arrest campaigns were carried out in Hebron (Al-Khalil), Nablus, Janin, and the Jordan Valley.

Israeli forces frequently raid Palestinian houses almost on a daily basis across the West Bank on the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians, triggering clashes with residents.

Posted on: Jan 24 09:29

How could we have allowed things to deteriorate this badly?  For a moment, I want you to imagine that you have just arrived in a major city in a foreign country.  Unfortunately, instead of the shiny new buildings and beautiful homes that you expect to see, there is trash, filth and the sound of police sirens everywhere that you go.  After walking a few blocks, you stumble upon one of the dozens of open air drug markets that are freely operating in that particular city.  Many addicts are lying on the ground wherever they suddenly passed out, others with visible gaping wounds are staggering around like zombies, and you even spot one enterprising addict that has decided to take a dump right in the middle of the street.  Of course there are used needles scattered everywhere, and you try not to step on them.  You decide that it is time to leave, but it is already too late, because protesters behind you and in front of you have started to clash with the police.  Moments later a police car is set on fire, and you can smell tear gas in the air.  Thankfully, you are able to scramble to safety, and eventually you find your way back to your hotel room and lock the door.  When you turn on the news to see what they are saying about the chaos in the streets, you are amazed to discover that it is being reported that the protests were “mostly peaceful” and that everything is just fine.

Sadly, what I have just detailed is not a description of a major city in a foreign land.

Rather, it is a description of what daily life is now like in many of the largest cities here in the United States.

Posted on: Jan 24 09:27

All across the world Citizens are suffering for Ukraine. Most of them were never asked whether they wanted to sacrifice their quality of life in this way. It was merely something imposed from above – a dictate that The People “must” defend Ukraine. Surely, we all have compassion…but at what cost…and when does it ever end?The British People are among those who have suffered the most and have a fair right to know why.

Facts In Review – A Snapshot of Merry Old England Today

Currently in the United Kingdom there are a rash of strikes by workers for higher pay. These include Health Care Workers, Education Workers and Rail Unions…totaling more than 500,000 public sector employees.

Matters have reached such a crisis that this week Parliament debated a bill to outlaw strikes at all. The Resolution Foundation, a UK Think Tank, estimates income will fall by 2,000 UKP next year. Average inflation is over 10 percent this year in the country. Recently the World Bank cut its outlook for the year and warned of a Global Recession to come.

Moreover, Downing Street has announced a “slimming down” of home heating assistance, when costs have doubled this year for some. That will likely cause energy bills to increase nearly a third next year.

According to The Guardian newspaper 700,000 in England and Wales lack central heating. Many others are using firewood as “the only affordable fuel” in this season. It is estimated 1.4 million in Britain are in danger of a not being able to pay mortgages due to rapidly rising interest rates.

Incidentally, the amount of households in the nation renting has doubled since 2001…the exact opposite direction in which a healthy society should be trending in ownership.

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Posted on: Jan 24 09:27

“Rather than teaching these kids about math, English, and science…, these kids are being used and abused to help these people achieve some kind of sick agenda that they have,”

Chiaradio sent a complaint to the state’s attorney general. Still, he also confronted the school board directly with images of the pornographic materials contained within the books with which he takes issue. He stated that the district stepped in and attempted to block the images from being seen at the event. This is something that Chiaradio believes proves his point. If the district doesn’t want the materials to be seen, then one has to wonder why these materials are permitted in the high school library.

Posted on: Jan 24 09:18
Posted on: Jan 24 09:15

When Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) this weekend endorsed bolstering Social Security by ending a payroll tax exemption for the rich, he was backing a proposal pioneered by progressive lawmakers more than two decades ago.

The question now is whether President Joe Biden — who has pushed Social Security cuts in the past and whose new chief of staff touted such cuts — will seize the opportunity to shore up the system’s revenue, or instead try to strike a deal with Republicans to slash the program.

During a Sunday CNN interview, Manchin was asked about Republicans’ potential push to cut Social Security. He responded that the “easiest and quickest thing we can do is raise the cap” that stops charging Social Security taxes on income over $160,000 per year.

Posted on: Jan 24 09:15

Israel is angry that envoys from the European Union and other Western countries visited Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque last Wednesday, Israel Hayom reported on Sunday.

According to the Israeli newspaper, the delegation, which included around 30 diplomats from EU countries, Canada, Australia, and Argentina, did not coordinate with the occupation authorities.

Instead, it was reported, they coordinated with the Islamic Waqf of Jerusalem, which is the religious administrative body covering the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa.

Posted on: Jan 24 09:11
A Florida Democratic lawmaker in favor of teaching a controversial AP African American Studies in high schools blasted the state on Monday, arguing that students shouldn’t be shielded from BLM or “black queerness.”
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Posted on: Jan 24 09:03
Joe Rogan slammed legacy media for its “sh***y format” and said “it’s way less popular” than it’s ever been in history, naming CNN and evening news.
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Posted on: Jan 24 08:52
A former top FBI agent who was involved in the Trump-Russia probe was arrested over the weekend for alleged activities with a Russian oligarch.
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Posted on: Jan 24 08:52

The former FBI counterintelligence agent charged with helping a Russian oligarch evade US sanctions has been freed on bail.

Charles McGonigal, 54, walked free from Manhattan federal court on Monday on a $500,000 personal recognizance bond, following his arrest Saturday on charges laid out in two newly unsealed indictments.

One of the indictments, filed in Manhattan, accused McGonigal of violating US sanctions laws by working for Oleg Deripaska, a billionaire crony of Vladimir Putin, following his 2018 retirement from the FBI.

The other charges, filed in Washington DC, allege McGonigal took $225,000 in cash bribes from an unnamed former Albanian intelligence agent while leading the counterintelligence branch in the FBI's New York field office.

McGonigal, who retired in 2018, played a role in sensitive and high-profile investigations, including Robert Mueller's probe into Russia's purported ties to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. 

Posted on: Jan 24 08:51
Democrats are daring Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to make good on his pledge to remove two members from the House Intelligence Committee.
Posted on: Jan 24 08:51

The Russian navy is set to participate alongside the Chinese and South African navies in exercises set for February off South Africa, Russia's state TASS has announced. 

Importantly, the Russian frigate named 'Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov' is armed with hypersonic cruise missiles, after it entered deployment in the Atlantic Ocean three weeks ago.


The Zircon hyperonics it is carrying are believed to be able to fly at nine times the speed of sound, with a range of over 620 miles. The ship is expected to traverse the Mediterranean, making its way to Russia's port at Tartus, before heading south.

"'Admiral Gorshkov’ … will go to the logistic support point in Syria’s Tartus, and then take part in joint naval exercises with the Chinese and South African navies," TASS reported.

The South African National Defense Force has also confirmed the drills, which will run February 17-26 and be located off the port cities Durban and Richards Bay, describing that the exercise aims "to strengthen the already flourishing relations between South Africa, Russia and China."

Posted on: Jan 24 08:50
Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis discussed his reasons for barring public high schools in the state from offering the AP African American Studies course presently in development by the College Board.
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Posted on: Jan 24 08:50

The United States is once again putting pressure on China over its alleged behind the scenes assistance to Russia as it executes the war in Ukraine.

"The Biden administration has confronted China’s government with evidence that suggests some Chinese state-owned companies" may be providing assistanceBloomberg reports, while seeking to "ascertain if Beijing is aware of those activities, according to people familiar with the matter."

Posted on: Jan 24 08:49
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) called on the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI to search President Joe Biden’s Senate records that are stored at the University of Delaware to see if they contain more classified materials.
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Posted on: Jan 24 08:49
The now-deceased suspect in this weekend’s deadly mass shooting in Monterey Park, California, brought multiple allegations to police earlier this month, according to authorities.
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Posted on: Jan 24 08:48
One of the promises Kevin McCarthy made when he was running for Speaker of the House was that he would remove Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell from their committee assignments.
Posted on: Jan 24 08:48

As the war in Ukraine rages on, there is little doubt that the human cost has been enormous for Ukraine, including what is likely more than 100,000 soldiers who have died in combat operations.

However, there was one man who predicted much of what has come to pass in the battle in the east of Europe: George Soros.

The billionaire oligarch financier, often portrayed as a humanist, promoted a hard-nosed geopolitical strategy in his 1993 piece entitled “Toward a New World Order: The Future of NATO.”

In the piece, he outlines how Eastern Europeans could be used as the “manpower” in coming conflicts in an effort to reduce the number of deaths in Western countries, which Soros argues the West would not politically tolerate, unlike the east of Europe.

“The United States would not be called upon to act as the policeman of the world. When it acts, it would act in conjunction with others. Incidentally, the combination of manpower from Eastern Europe with the technical capabilities of NATO would greatly enhance the military potential of the Partnership because it would reduce the risk of body bags for NATO countries, which is the main constraint on their willingness to act. This is a viable alternative to the looming world disorder,” wrote Soros in the article.

Soros acknowledges that the NATO countries have no appetite for “body bags,” but his statement implicitly indicates that Eastern Europeans can fill this role.

Posted on: Jan 24 08:47

The Prime Minister of Japan says the country is in a precarious position as a society over its plummeting birth rate.

"Japan is standing on the verge of whether we can continue to function as a society," said Fumio Kishida, saying that the situation was a case of "now or never."

"Focusing attention on policies regarding children and child-rearing is an issue that cannot wait and cannot be postponed," he added.

The island nation currently has a population of 125 million, and had just 800,000 births last year. For comparison, that figure was north of 2 million in the 1970s.

Posted on: Jan 24 08:46