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Israeli tanks have reportedly reached the center of Rafah as the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) continued its operation in the Palestinian city on Tuesday.

The armored vehicles could be seen near Al Awda mosque, a city landmark, Reuters reported, citing witness accounts.

Footage published by Al Jazeera on social media purports to show Israeli tanks inside the city.

The IDF’s actions in Rafah have attracted widespread condemnation after an airstrike on the city’s Tel Al-Sultan neighborhood killed at least 45 Palestinian refugees on Sunday. Israel initially said the attack had been a precision strike intended to kill senior officers of the militant group Hamas. However, it later blamed “a tragic mistake” in its targeting process for the deaths of civilians.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Israel has launched an investigation after at least 45 Palestinian refugees were killed in Sunday's IDF strike on the southern Gazan city of Rafah, which West Jerusalem had previously declared a 'safe zone'.

According to ABC News, shrapnel from the strike ignited a fuel tank 100 meters away from the intended target, creating a large fire at an encampment housing displaced people. 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu acknowledged the civilian deaths in a speech to Israel’s parliament on Monday. “Despite our utmost efforts not to harm innocent civilians, last night there was a tragic mistake,” he said, as quoted by the Associated Press. “We are investigating the incident and will obtain a conclusion because this is our policy.”

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Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Saudi Arabia issued a stern warning to Israel amidst the ongoing Rafah operation by the IDF, escalating tensions further. Riyadh intensified pressure on Israel, following the recent order by the International Court of Justice to 'immediately' stop the Rafah offensive. The Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister conveyed these remarks in Brussels on May 26, following reports of the U.S. considering lifting the ban on offensive weapons sales to Saudi Arabia. Concurrently, discussions between America and Saudi Arabia regarding various bilateral deals are underway, forming part of the U.S.'s efforts to normalize ties between Israel and Saudi Arabia. However, experts speculate that the signing of these deals is improbable without a ceasefire in Gaza.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, SAUDI ARABIA, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken recently lobbied for direct U.S. strikes on Russia, leading Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin to issue a huge warning to both Blinken and NATO that such a move would lead to the unthinkable. This video breaks down the beginning of Russia's nuclear drills and how the world is headed for World War III if Blinken gets his way.

Tags: NATO, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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There's No Going Back from This" James Webb Telescope Uncovers One of the Oldest Galaxies Ever Seen. NASA just announced they found one of the most distance structures merging in the universe using the James Webb Space Telescope. The Webb Telescope discovered plenty of far-away galaxies, when it first took its deep field image.

Suddenly, galaxies started to pop out of the darkness of time and space, revealing themselves. The universe, for the first time, began to seem way stranger than we ever thought it to be. Galaxies emerged from what we believed to be the universe’s dark ages, raising doubts over the science of our cosmic model. And it wasn’t just a couple of galaxies. The Webb telescope found hundreds of them.

Webmaster addition: See THE "BIG BANG" IS JUST RELIGION DISGUISED AS SCIENCE

Tags: SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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Ukraine is now preparing to take the final step in actually banning the largest canonical Orthodox Church, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC). The radical legislation was passed in the first reading back in October 2023, but so far the Verkhovna Rada has been postponing its adoption, an atypical move for a parliament fully obedient and under the control of Zelensky. According to sources familiar with the situation in Ukraine, the delay in banning the UOC due to one reason: Zelensky’s reluctance to take this audacious step prior to receiving the latest multi-billion dollar funding package from Washington. A shrewd maneuver as he was worried that some Congressmen from the Republican Party might block their generous allocation because of their principled position regarding religious freedoms.

After Congress allocated $60.8 billion dollars to Ukraine, it was quite obvious that the current Ukrainian government’s plans for the UOC will be realized soon. In recent months, Ukrainian media have cited numerous examples of Zelensky’s careful preparations to not only ban the UOC, but also to expropriate its property and assets – including the forced seizure of church land, and the state’s use of repression against anyone who dares to defend the church.

Tags: RELIGION/ATHEISM, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
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by Tyler Durden

Transportation Secretary Mayor Pete made his rounds on Face the Nation this weekend where he was both laughed at to his face by the host and suggested during the interview that increased airline turbulence is occurring as a result of climate change.

Early in the interview CBS’s Margaret Brennan called out Mayor Pete on something we wrote about just days ago: after spending more than $7 billion since 2021 on EV infrastructure, the nation has less than 10 EV chargers to show for it.

As we noted earlier this month, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, signed by Biden in November 2021, allocated $7.5 billion for EV charging. Of this amount, $5 billion went to states as "formula funding" for the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure program to establish a network of fast chargers along major highways.

Today, there's seven chargers with a total of just 38 parking spots.

And how do you know the problem is bad if you're a Democrat? First, it was the Washington Post calling out the lunacy. Now, it's CBS. When pressed for an answer, Mayor Pete tried to deflect the issue, leading to an involuntary laugh by host Brennan. 

If that wasn't bad enough, later in the interview Mayor Pete commented that 

Speaking about the recent injuries on a Singapore Airlines flight that was met with severe turbulence, he said that the incident was "very rare," but also that "turbulence can happen and sometimes it can happen unexpectedly."

Then, tying the two issues together, he said: "Our climate is evolving. Our policies and our technology and our infrastructure have to evolve accordingly."

Claire's Observations:  The problem is, once you start laughing at these Dementocratic clowns, it is just so DANGED hard to stop!!

 

Tags: CLIMATEGATE, CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP
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On May 27, a firefight was reported between the Egyptian military and the Israeli Defense Forces in the border area near Rafah. There was no immediate comment from the Egyptian and Israeli authorities. 

Israeli media reported that the IDF fired “warning shots” in the direction of the Egyptian forces. Al-Mayadeen also reported the opening of fire by the Egyptian military and retaliatory shots from the IDF. Daily News Egypt, an independent Egyptian newspaper, cited unnamed sources as saying Egyptian soldiers were “affected” by the Rafah massacre on Sunday, in which an Israeli bombing led to the killing of 45 Palestinians at a displacement camp.

According to preliminary reports, the incident resulted in casualties. According to Israeli media, an Egyptian soldier was killed.  Some other sources reported that two servicemen were killed. Sources write about the wounded among Israeli soldiers.

Tags: ENERGY, ISRAEL, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The North Korea run by Kim Jong Un is a brutal dictatorship with no freedom, widespread repression and frequent famine. Yet people in the north rate their lives as happier than their counterparts in the south. Is it possible that we’ve been fed a line of propaganda about the reality of life in North Korea? Jimmy speaks with commentator and Twitch streamer Haz Al-Din about what citizens of North Korea actually experience.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, KOREA
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Walmart is getting skewered on social media after unveiling its “Pride Always” collection prior to what society has deemed “pride month” in June, as shoppers express disappointment, irritation, and disgust.

“Not just a slogan. #PrideAlways is a reminder to lead with love,” Walmart wrote in the caption of the post, which features a video of the creators behind this year’s collection talking about some of their favorite pieces of its LGBTQIA2S+ apparel:

Webmaster addition: I am waiting for heterosexual pride month, heterosexual pride parades, and a heterosexual pride flag!

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USA Today secretly deleted a previously published op-ed that spoke in opposition to transgender athletes written by a U.S. Senator without telling its readers or the Senator who wrote the piece, according to a report.

The opinion editorial was written by outspoken Republican Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy and was published this month. It was entitled, Is Transgender Inclusion More Important than Women’s Sports? Excerpts are still available on his Senate website.

But now, when you click on the former links to the articles, USA Today’s network newspapers feature an error notice that reads, “Content removed: did not meet editorial standards,” and adds, “This content has been removed because it did not meet our editorial standards.”

Presumably, that means the senator’s article didn’t kowtow to the radical left-wing transgender agenda.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS
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So is old region AR 3664 still active? Of course it is!

An X2.9 solar flare was observed around the returning region at 07:08 UTC (May 27, 2024). The event is also responsible for an energetic coronal mass ejection (CME) now emerging in updated coronagraph imagery. Because the sunspot region is still located behind the east limb, the flare itself was likely stronger than the X2.9 measurement. The CME itself should be directed away from our planet. We may see some busy days ahead of us. Stay tuned!

Tags: SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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Estonian President Alar Karis has claimed that meaningful discussions on ending the Ukraine conflict can only take place when Moscow is fully subdued. The head of state also called on Western nations to attempt to force political change in Russia. 

In an interview with the news website Yle on Sunday – ahead of Finnish President Alexander Stubb’s state visit to Tallinn on Monday – Karis expressed skepticism over whether Russia can “change” quickly enough to “respond to our [Western] understanding of democracy.”

He urged Western powers to intensify the pressure on Moscow – referring to sanctions imposed by the EU and US since the start of the conflict – with the goal of fueling public discontent among ordinary Russians.

“We will do everything possible to bring Russia and Putin to their knees,” Karis stressed. “Then it will be possible to start serious negotiations on ending the war in Ukraine.”  

Tags: EUROPE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg struggled Sunday on CBS’ Face the Nation to explain why the Biden administration has only managed to build “seven or eight” electric vehicle (EV) charging stations thus far.

As Breitbart News has noted, while the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 allocated $7.5 billion for EV stations, as part of building a national EV charging infrastructure, no EV charging stations had been built by the end of 2023.

Only about seven or eight had been built under the program by April — while the fossil fuel industry has been cashing in by lobbying to have the stations built at existing gas stations.

Tags: CLIMATEGATE, ECONOMY, WHITE HOUSE
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On 20 May, something important changed for Ukraine’s Vladimir Zelensky. On that day, the five-year presidential term for which he had been elected in 2019 came to an end. He remains in office, however, without having to face fresh elections. Zelensky’s critics, including within Ukraine, argue that he is now illegitimate in a strict, constitutional sense – in effect, a usurper. His followers and defenders, including in the West, insist that Zelensky legally remains president under martial law. 

What is clear is that, according to the Ukrainian constitution, presidential elections can be held during wartime (unlike parliamentary ones, which are ruled out), even if a lack of clarity would require amendments, as Ukrainian experts have explained in national media. Even the New York Times acknowledged as much as recently as last October. At that point, however, Zelensky himself had not yet ruled out elections and American super hawk Senator Lindsey Graham was demanding them in his usual imperious tone.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
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Hussein said that the Jordanians are working to turn the positions of more countries against Israel, and defined it as a real "diplomatic and political battle."

The prince noted that the Jordanians viewed the Palestinian issue as a national interest and would continue to advocate for them. He said that the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians has gone on for the last 25 years, but has become more public since October 7.

“The Israeli government is escalating the situation in the West Bank as well and trying to drag the region into a regional war,” he said. “We are dealing with a government controlled by an extremist agenda with ministers publicly inciting genocide against Palestinians.”

The crown prince also criticized the world's reaction to the Gaza war. “It is inconceivable that the entire world cannot stop this ongoing tragedy. We are all shocked by the international community’s inability to stop this massacre,” he said. “People in our region have lost trust in the international community and its credibility, and they are right.”

“To date, 35,000 people have been killed, 70% of whom are women and children. What number will move the world to act?” he asked.

Tags: ISRAEL, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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A group of lawmakers from the UK Parliament, including the House of Lords, has written to British Foreign Secretary David Cameron, demanding immediate recognition of Moroccan sovereignty over North Africa’s coastal Western Sahara region.

In a letter dated May 23, more than 30 MPs declared that a plan put forward by Rabat deserves Britain’s “unequivocal” support because it is the “only solution” to the ongoing conflict over the sparsely populated former Spanish colony, which Morocco annexed nearly five decades ago.

“Such support aligns with our principles and international commitments. It would not compromise our position in the British Overseas Territories, and it can contribute ultimately to peace in this vital region,” the group of parliamentarians stated.

Webmaster addition: Here we go again with Britain giving away lands it does not own!

Tags: AFRICA, GREAT BRITAIN/ UK
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The tent camps stretch for more than 16 kilometres along Gaza's coast, filling the beach and sprawling into empty lots, fields and town streets. Families dig trenches to use as toilets. Fathers search for food and water, while children scavenge in garbage and wrecked buildings for scraps of wood or cardboard for their mothers to burn for cooking.

Over the past three weeks, Israel's offensive in Rafah has sent nearly a million Palestinians fleeing the southern Gaza city and scattering across a wide area.

Most have already been displaced multiple times during Israel's nearly eight-month-old war in Gaza, which has devastated the territory and caused what the United Nations says is a near-famine.

The situation has been worsened by a dramatic plunge in the amount of food, fuel and other supplies reaching the UN and other aid groups to distribute to the population. Palestinians have largely been on their own to resettle their families and find the basics for survival.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, UN, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The decision by Norway, Spain and Ireland to recognise Palestine as a separate state has rekindled hope among displaced Palestinians that one day they would be able to return to a country of their own and live there in peace.

Last week’s announcement by the European countries marked a diplomatic win for the Palestinians as Israel continues to carry out a brutal war on Gaza where more than 35,000 people, most of them women and children, have been killed.

But the impunity with which the Israeli military has bombed hospitals and schools and flattened entire cities leaves a big question mark on how quickly the international community can move on to create a separate state for the Palestinians.

For Xavier Abu Eid, a Palestinian political scientist, Norway, Spain, and Ireland's recognition of the Palestinian state marks a critical development in the struggle for Palestinian self-determination.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Mossad director Yossi Cohen personally involved in secret plot to pressure Fatou Bensouda to drop Palestine investigation, sources say

The former head of the Mossad, Israel’s foreign intelligence agency, allegedly threatened a chief prosecutor of the international criminal court in a series of secret meetings in which he tried to pressure her into abandoning a war crimes investigation, the Guardian can reveal.

Yossi Cohen’s covert contacts with the ICC’s then prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, took place in the years leading up to her decision to open a formal investigation into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in occupied Palestinian territories.

That investigation, launched in 2021, culminated last week when Bensouda’s successor, Karim Khan, announced that he was seeking an arrest warrant for the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, over the country’s conduct in its war in Gaza.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, UN, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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