“When the taste for physical gratifications among them has grown more rapidly than their education . . . the time will come when men are carried away and lose all self-restraint . . . . It is not necessary to do violence to such a people in order to strip them of the rights they enjoy; they themselves willingly loosen their hold. . . . they neglect their chief business which is to remain their own masters.” -- Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America: Volume 2

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The Turkish military has advanced 15 kilometers deep into Iraqi Kurdistan, targeting the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of villages, according to a conflict monitor's report on Sunday.

The incursion, which represents a significant escalation in Turkey’s military operations, has unfolded amid a conspicuous silence from both Iraqi and Kurdish authorities, raising concerns over Iraq's sovereignty and the safety of its citizens.

Ongoing operations have forced nearly 602 villages in Duhok province to evacuate, with villagers fleeing in fear of Turkish army shelling that has also scorched their farmland, according to a U.S.-based human rights organisation monitoring the conflict.

Tags: IRAQ, TURKEY, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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A human rights group has accused Israel of using water as a "weapon" in Gaza.

Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor said Israel was purposely cutting the amount of water available to residents, adding that a genocide was taking place in the enclave.

"Through persistent, systematic, and widespread targeting of the Gaza Strip's water sources and desalination plants, Israel is using water as a weapon against Palestinian civilians," Euro-Med Monitor said in a press release.

"In addition to imposing famine, Israel is deliberately reducing the amount of water available to residents of the strip – especially potable water sources – intentionally targeting the over 2.3 million people who live there as part of its genocide, ongoing since last October."

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The Palestinian Prisoners Club (PPC) condemned on Sunday the reported summary execution of four Palestinian prisoners by Israeli forces near the Karem Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing.

According to a statement issued by the PPC, based on eyewitness accounts from survivors, the four prisoners were among a group of 15 people arrested by Israel and detained for four days. During this time, all of the prisoners were subject to torture, beatings and being held in harsh and humiliating conditions.

At the time of the prisoners being released at Karem Abu Salem, Israel targeted the group, deliberately killing the four as-yet unidentified Palestinians, according to witness testimony. Photos of their retrieved bodies show signs of torture, with the four dead still wearing handcuffs.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The devastation of Gaza’s health system and the magnitude and complexity of the trauma endured by the Palestinian people are difficult for aid workers to wrap their heads around, Dr. Hanan Balkhy, the World Health Organization’s regional director for the Eastern Mediterranean, has said.

Appearing on the Arab News current affairs program “Frankly Speaking,” the Saudi-born WHO official described the reality facing Palestinians and aid workers operating under Israeli bombardment in the embattled enclave.

“It is difficult for me to interact with and listen to those devastating stories, let alone … the photos and the videos that we see every day on TV,” Balkhy said.

“I was at the Rafah border crossing from the Egypt side. I was able to visit the patients that were hosted in the hospitals in Al-Arish … The stories that I’ve heard and the types of trauma that I have seen are quite significant.”

Balkhy, who took up her appointment as regional director in February this year and is the first woman to hold the position, described witnessing “maimed children and women” and “young adults with lost limbs.”

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Faraj al-Samouni, 39, sits in a tent in a makeshift camp in Deir el-Balah, surrounded by his family who can hardly believe he is alive after months of Israeli captivity.

“My brothers didn’t recognise me when I was released,” he says. He is diminished, he lost 30kg (66 pounds) in captivity, 30 percent of his body weight.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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At least five journalists were killed in attacks by Israeli forces in the last 24 hours in Gaza as bombings and air strikes across the besieged enclave intensified.

On Saturday, Gaza’s Government Media Office said separate Israeli strikes killed three journalists in the Nuseirat refugee camp in the centre of the territory and two in Gaza City, raising to at least 158 the number of media workers killed since the current war erupted on October 7.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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A harrowing investigation has uncovered details of Israeli forces' targeting an Al Araby TV news crew in the occupied West Bank in May, highlighting the dangerous circumstances in which journalists live in occupied Palestine.

Forbidden Stories, an organisation which works with journalists under threat of imprisonment or murder, published an investigative report in which they spoke to journalist Ameed Shehadeh and cameraman Rabi Al-Munayer of Al Araby TV, a Qatar-based sister outlet of The New Arab.

The investigation was published in late June as part of the "Gaza Project" led by the Forbidden Stories and joined by an international network of 50 journalists from 13 different media outlets.

On 4 May, Israeli forces fired three bullets towards Shehadeh and Al-Munayer who were covering a military raid in the town of Dayr al-Ghusun near Tulkarm and the clashes which ensued with Palestinian fighters.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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In what looks like a tenebrism painting in motion, one short shot of the footage of the Saturday arrest of protester Itamar Alroey stands out.

Alroey is face down, locked in the embrace of another protester who is wearing a bright green Change Direction shirt and trying to protect Alroey, while all around the pair, uniformed police create the dark background that gives the scene its stark quality.

The footage of the arrest went viral after some of it showed a police officer cursing at Alroey and saying to him, “I am going to rape your mother.”

He remembers the moment of that shot from the footage – when he was face down in the other protester’s arms – in part because it is when police kicked his ribs, breaking one.

Tags: ISRAEL, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION
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Lebanon’s caretaker Environment Minister Nasser Yassin said the Israeli army burned more than 1,250 hectares in the south of Lebanon since the start of the year, an area twice as large as all areas burned in 2022 and 2023 combined.

The National News Agency (NNA) quoted Yassin as saying that the Israeli army was carrying out a scorched earth policy, including the use of white phosphorus, to have some form of fire control over the border areas.

A recent video released by the Islamic resistance movement showed Hezbollah fighters launching rockets toward Israel using forest as cover.

The Lebanese minister stated that Israel’s use of white phosphorus was confirmed by three sources: satellite images, soil samples from four sites during a short ceasefire, and reports from human rights organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, which source their information from the UN and other institutions.

Tags: ISRAEL, LEBANON, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Elon Musk heartily endorsed a bill proposed by House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., that seeks to ensure that only American citizens can vote in federal elections. Musk said in a tweet that people who oppose the bill are “TRAITORS.”

The Safeguard American Voter Eligibility (SAVE) Act, originally pushed by Rep. Chip Roy, R-Tx., was announced at a press conference by Johnson in Mar-a-Lago, Fla., earlier in the year.   

Johnson circulated a memo among members of the House GOP conference in the days leading up to the Fourth of July recess. On Friday, he continued making the case for the bill on X, formerly Twitter, the social media platform owned by Musk.

"The SAVE Act will safeguard our elections by ensuring only American citizens vote in federal elections," Johnson said. He then followed up with a series of posts on X explaining the legislation.  

Webmaster addition: In the United States, federal law prohibits non-citizens from voting in federal elections. The U.S. Code, Title 18, Section 611, makes it a crime for non-citizens to vote in federal elections, and violations can result in fines, imprisonment, or deportation.
 

Tags: IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, VOTE FRAUD, WHITE HOUSE
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Palestinian captives were murdered and many others were injured on Saturday after being struck with an artillery round in eastern Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, hours after being released by the Israeli occupation, Anadolu Agency reported.

Among those released was a survivor who informed Anadolu that the Israeli occupation freed about 15 Palestinians who were detained days ago while securing aid trucks.

“We were workers securing aid trucks and were arrested four days ago in the Gaza airport area, east of Rafah, while awaiting their arrival, the survivor who spoke on condition of anonymity narrated.

He explained that when they reached the main road in Rafah, the IOF "fired a shell at us, resulting in the deaths and injuries of approximately seven individuals. The other workers fled the area.”

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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A plot by Ukraine’s intelligence services to hijack a Russian Tu-22M3 nuclear-capable strategic bomber has been intercepted, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has said.

Kiev’s spies offered a Russian air force pilot money and Italian citizenship if he agreed to fly the aircraft to Ukraine, the agency said in a statement on Monday.

The involvement of special services of NATO countries in the failed hijacking was uncovered, the FSB said. It did not name specific members of the US-led military bloc.

During the “operational game,” Russian counterintelligence officers were able to obtain information that helped the military to carry out a successful strike again the Ukrainian armed forces’ Ozernoye airfield, it added.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has arrived in China as part of his “peace mission” tour, following meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow and Ukrainian leader Vladimir Zelensky in Kiev.

The Hungarian premier confirmed he is in China with a photo of Deputy Foreign Minister Hua Chunying greeting him at the airport and a brief post on X (formerly Twitter) on Monday morning, saying: “Peace mission 3.0 Beijing.”

News of a possible visit to Beijing was first reported by the Hungarian news portal 444, which wrote on Sunday that Orban was “scheduled to arrive in the Asian country at dawn on Monday.”

Tags: CHINA/TAIWAN, EUROPE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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In remarks on the House floor last week, Rep. Harriet Hageman (R-WY) and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) spoke about an amendment on the International Organization for Migration.

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More than six months after the Houthi insurgent group in Yemen started seriously disrupting maritime traffic in the Red Sea, global shipping has had to come to terms with a new normal where delays, derangements, and higher costs are only getting worse.

That is despite the efforts of the U.S., British, and European navies that have been on station the whole time attempting, without success, to neuter the Houthi threat and restore security for the commercial shipping.

That the world’s premier navies appear to be struggling to subdue a band of insurgents raises painful questions about both the utility of sea power and the proficiency of the Western navies that are meant to carry the burden in any future showdown with a major rival such as China. The U.S. Navy admits that it has been in the sharpest fight it has faced since World War II.

Tags: MIDDLE EAST, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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The radio station that hosted President Joe Biden’s first post-debate interview cut ties on Sunday with the host who conducted the interview after she admitted to asking Biden questions that were given to her by his team.

The questions reportedly were drafted by officials at the White House and were then sent to the radio station by Biden’s presidential campaign.

Andrea Lawful-Sanders, host of “The Source” on WURD in Philadelphia, told CNN that “the questions were sent to me for approval. I approved them.”

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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Much of the country believes that Joe Biden does not have the mental capacity or physical stamina to be president anymore, and a new investigation into who's been visiting the White House is unlikely to change that perception. Uncorroborated rumors have circled for months that Biden may have Parkinson's disease, but now, a review of who's been visiting is all but guaranteed to make those whispers grow louder.

Neurologist Visits

The New York Post first reported that Dr. Kevin Cannard, one of the nation's leading neurologists, has visited the White House multiple times since 2022. Cannard is a longtime neurologist and an expert in movement disorders with 20 years of service at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

For the past 12 years, he has been the neurology specialist supporting the White House Medical Unit (WHMU). He is also conducting clinical research on the disease with partners at Vanderbilt University. Cannard's most recent paper, “Eleven-year outcomes from the deep brain stimulation in early-stage Parkinson's disease pilot clinical trial,” focuses on the early stages of the neurodegenerative disease.

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Chicago's mayor says his city is “in a state of grief” over the bloodshed that's happened so far over the extended Independence Day weekend. As of Saturday morning, a dozen have been killed and 61 wounded in Murder City, USA. By comparison, the AP reports that 33 people have been killed nationwide in gang violence over the weekend. So if my math is correct, Chicago itself accounts for more than one-third of America's homicides during the holiday.

Why Does One City Account for More Than a Third of America's Holiday Weekend Homicides?

John Boch, Shooting News Weekly

While that may seem shocking, it shouldn't be. This is just another weekend in Mayor Brandon Johnson's Chicago America's largest open-air shooting gallery. Over the Father's Day weekend, gang bangers managed to stack up 10 dead bodies and wound another 62 per the indispensable HeyJackass.com.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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It’s fascinating to watch the various corporate mass media “news” outlets, such as CNN and The New York Times, pretend like they’ve suddenly discovered that Joe Biden has dementia, rather than just the “stutter” that they have been claiming for years. These “journalistic” organizations had previously been colluding with the Democrat Party to cover up the truth about the “broken-down pile of crap”—to use Trump’s brutally honest laugh-out-loud description. But when reality was finally exposed live-on-TV for 90 solid minutes for all the world to see, the jig was up, and they were forced to come clean.

Although the Dems’ media mouthpieces are feigning shock at Biden’s woeful debate performance and obvious cognitive problems, many American people truly are in shock, because they had ignorantly believed all the media lies about Joe’s stuttering “speech impediment.” When they watched him weakly mumble incoherently and appear pathetically confused throughout that CNN debate, millions of Americans were reminded of elderly relatives suffering from dementia. They had no idea that their president was in such a decrepit condition.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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Mike Adams: All right, welcome to today’s interview here on Brighteon.com. I’m Mike Adams, the founder of Brighteon, and today we’re joined by a filmmaker, JJ Carrell, whose new film “Treason” has been creating a tremendous amount of buzz because, well, for a number of reasons. It tells the truth about what’s happening to our country, but also in a recent clip featured a woman he interviewed as part of his film, talking about the funding and logistics for the construction of what appeared to be detainment camps, or some people call them concentration camps, being constructed in all 50 states across America. The website is called ThisIsTreason.com. The film is named Treason, and it’s being launched shortly, and welcome to the show today, JJ Carrell. It’s an honor to have you on.

JJ Carrell: Thank you for having me. I’m excited about talking about this topic because I think it’s the number one threat to our republic, and that’s the invasion of tens of millions of people into America. The powerful elite have chosen this as the vehicle to fundamentally transform America.

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World Economic Forum founder Klaus Schwab told delegates at a conference in China this week that humanity needs to be “forced into a collaboration” with globalist entities.

Speaking at the WEF’s ‘Annual Meeting of the New Champions’, often dubbed the “Summer Davos,” in China, Schwab stated that in order to drive the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” forward, elites must aggressively drive their agenda home.

“To drive future economic growth we must embrace innovation and force the collaboration across sectors, regions, nations, and cultures to create a more peaceful, inclusive, sustainable, and resilient future,” Schwab proclaimed.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM
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Despite the far-left New Popular Front winning the second round of elections, riots broke out in France after leftist radicals had gathered in anticipation of a potential victory of Marine Le Pen’s populist National Rally.
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The French election results showed that the “alliance of dishonour” between President Emmanuel Macron and the far left effectively blocked the populist National Rally from gaining a majority despite the Le Pen party having won the most votes.
Tags: FRANCE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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The shocking figures were revealed in a UK government report which quietly confirmed that the Covid injections have been killing children at an unprecedented rate. The admission was buried in an official report compiled using data from the UK government’s Office for National Statistics (ONS). The data shows that children who received the shots are 4423%/45x more likely to die of any cause than unvaccinated children. Additionally, vaxxed children are 13,633%/137x more likely to die of COVID-19 than those who didn’t receive an mRNA injection.
Tags: SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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Shocking footage shows hooded and masked protesters running through the streets, launching flares and setting France ablaze - after 30,000 riot police were deployed across France amid high political tension. This comes after the second round of polls predicted the hard right National Rally (RN) is on track to come third - having led the race after the first round. The New Popular Front (NFP) alliance is on course to have 172-215 MPs with Emmanuel Macron's centrists on 150-180 seats and the RN on 115-155, according to projections by four leading polling firms. The party was formed last month, bringing together socialists, greens, communists and the hard-left into one camp - with the leader of the radical left, Jean-Luc Melenchon, vowing to implement several socialist policies, which critics fear will leave France 'ungovernable'.
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, FRANCE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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"I've been the single mother (for years) and even during my marriage, I did most of the work. Raising three wonderful children, part-time work, yard work, carpentry, cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc, etc, etc.. It's part of the reason that I got a divorce..."
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A group of Chinese army personnel arrived in Belarus on July 6, 2024, to participate in joint “anti-terrorist training” with Belarusian forces. These exercises aim to exchange experience, coordinate units, and strengthen Belarusian-Chinese relations in troop training. Belarus, a key ally of Russia, has supported Russian aggression against Ukraine but hasn’t committed its own troops to fight directly in the war.
Tags: CHINA/TAIWAN
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