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"Beliefs are chains used to hold free minds in slavery. No chains of steel ever bound a human tighter than the chains made of beliefs." -- Michael Rivero
Troops from the NATO-led peacekeeping force in Kosovo (KFOR) on Wednesday put up barriers in the northern town of Zvecan following clashes with ethnic Serbs.
The soldiers secured the perimeter of the building with metal fences and barbed wire barriers.
30 soldiers from the force were wounded in the clashes on Monday, while 52 protesters were injured. Five Serbs were arrested for taking part in the skirmish.
The NATO military alliance decided to send 700 additional troops following the clashes. Serbia put the country on its highest state of alert and sent troops to the border with Kosovo.
A correspondent for Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported that Serb protesters on Wednesday were holding a large Serbian flag that stretched over 200 meters (660 feet) from the town hall to the center of Zvecan.
The deal to suspend the limit on federal government debt until 2025 removes one of the obstacles to another Federal Reserve rate increase.
It was highly unlikely that the Fed would have decided to raise rates without a deal. Federal Reserve officials regarded the possibility of crossing the “x-date”—the point at which the government would no longer have enough available funds to pay bills as they come due—with sufficient alarm to forestall a hike even if other economic data were supportive of higher rates. Monetary policy, in other words, would have become a captive of fiscal policy.
This is one of the unheralded risks posed by the debt limit. It threatened to push the central bank away from further tightening even if that is what the data were to prescribe. The result might have been an acceleration or prolonging of inflation. The debt deal clears the road for Fed officials to pursue monetary policy according to economic fundamentals instead of navigating around a battle over fiscal policy.
Sudan's army suspended talks with the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) on Wednesday, according to reports citing a government official.
Talks between Sudan's warring factions have been ongoing since early May and have produced two short-term cease-fire deals.
What has happened so far in the talks?
The army and the RSF had agreed to extend a previous truce by five days just before it was due to expire late on Monday.
The brokers of the cease-fire, Saudi Arabia and the United States, say it has been violated by both factions.
A simple confession: I wish I didn’t care about this stuff. Life would be simple.
But just nearly twelve years ago, a childhood friend was murdered on the streets on Atlanta by a black male dedicated to fighting white privilege and thus was born the character behind SBPDL.
In the dying days of the American Empire, we know more names will emerge to share the same fate of Brittney Watts.
His Name is John Materna.
Following the death of George Floyd, America’s major corporations united to provide moral and financial support to Black Lives Matter rioters in the name of racial equity.
In June 2020, Target announced $10 million dollars to support various minority racial causes. Walmart earmarked $100 million to a “Center for Racial Equity,” dispersed as donations to fund Non-Governmental Organizations that preach racism against white people as well as demonize local law enforcement. Home Depot provided $1 million dollars to the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, an organization that weaponizes civil law to silence news publications and intimidate individuals who engage in criticism of black grievance activists.
As we approach the third anniversary of the beginning of the capitalist financed race revolution, society-wrecking CEOs and shareholders are now reaping what they sow.
According to data compiled by the National Federation of Retailers (NFR), theft and fraud amounted to a loss of $61.7 billion dollars in 2019. Following the changes in how states police black people in 2020, the NFR reports that this figure ballooned to $90.8 billion and then $94.5 billion in 2021. David Johnston, an NFR representative, has told the financial press that 2023 numbers are going to be even higher. Target has projected that 2023 will cost the company $1.3 billion in shrink, up from $800 million last year.
Chick-fil-A, the chicken sandwich chain long beloved by conservatives for its longstanding opposition to same-sex marriage, is now sparking boycott calls after announcing that it has hired an executive in charge of diversity, equity and inclusion.
The Atlanta-based company announced on Tuesday that it was naming Erick McReynolds to the post of vice president of DEI — igniting angry denunciations on Twitter from conservatives who allege that the firm has “gone woke.”
McReynolds has been employed by Chick-fil-A since 2007.
He was promoted to the position of vice president of DEI in November 2021, according to his LinkedIn page.
But the recent LGBTQ controversies involving brands such as Bud Light, Target, and Kohl’s have triggered scrutiny of other corporate actors.
A new investigation reveals the use of Pegasus spyware in an international war context.
The report, released on May 25, is a joint investigation between Access Now, CyberHUB-AM, the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto (the Citizen Lab), Amnesty International’s Security Lab, and an independent mobile security researcher Ruben Muradyan.
According to its findings, at least 12 Armenian citizens were targeted with the spyware between October 2020 and December 2022. The list includes Armenia’s Ombudsperson, two Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) Armenian service journalists, a United Nations official, a former spokesperson of Armenia’s Foreign Ministry, and seven other representatives of Armenian civil society.
The evidence collected and presented in the report demonstrates that “the targeting is related to the military conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.”
Nine teenagers have been arrested over the savage beating of three Marines on a California beach over Memorial Day Weekend.
Orange County officials said four boys and one girl were charged with assault with a deadly weapon on Tuesday and held at juvenile hall.
And another four minors were charged with misdemeanor assault and battery, CBS News reported.
The Marines were brutally attacked along San Clemente beach, just south of Los Angeles, by a group of up to 40 teenagers at 10pm on Friday after the service members confronted them about setting off fireworks.
The incident was caught on video and the men, who sustained minor injuries, refused to be transported to a local hospital in the aftermath.
A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed the fungus Candida auris is spreading rapidly through U.S. health care facilities.
Also known as C. auris, reports of cases linked to the drug-resistant fungus have doubled in 2021.
In addition, the fungus is behind an outbreak in Mississippi that began in November, infecting at least 12 people and potentially responsible for about four deaths, according to figures provided by the state Department of Health to ABC News.
Although C. auris does not present a threat to most healthy people, and infections are rare, it can affect vulnerable groups of people and can be resistant to several classes of drugs.
The collateral damage of the pandemic response was “substantial, wide-ranging and will leave behind a legacy of harm for hundreds of millions of people”, a major new study has found.
Reviewing and synthesising 600 publications focused on the impact of the pandemic response, Dr. Kevin Bardosh of the Universities of Washington and Edinburgh concluded that these wide and deep societal harms “should challenge the dominant mental model of the pandemic response”.
The abstract provides a succinct summary of the study, which is currently in pre-print:
Just a few weeks after Special Counsel John Durham revealed significant failures to investigate allegations against Hillary Clinton’s family charity, a U.S. Tax Court judge has once again breathed new life into a years-long whistleblower case alleging IRS improprieties involving the controversial Clinton Foundation.
U.S. Tax Court Judge David Gustafson has already once before denied an IRS request to dismiss the whistleblower case, first brought in 2017. And three years ago, he ordered the tax agency to reveal whether it criminally investigated the foundation, citing a mysterious "gap" in its records.
The IRS filed a new motion to dismiss, and all parties filed arguments over the last year. But on Monday, Gustafson postponed ruling on those motions, instead asking for new arguments in light of three recent precedent-setting court rulings, once again frustrating IRS efforts to make the case go away.
A Los Angeles man who avoided jail time after stabbing a construction worker in the neck in November 2020, was arrested last week for murdering his upstairs neighbor.
LAPD arrested Stefen Sutherland, 31, and charged with assault with a deadly weapon for stabbing a construction worker for making too much noise.
A probation department recommended prison time for Sutherland, however, Marxist, Soros-backed LA District Attorney George Gascon agreed to give him “mental health diversion” instead.
Two-and-a-half years later Sutherland was charged with murdering his upstairs neighbor.
Congressional Democrats are dismissive over the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) refusal to hand over a document purporting to detail a $5 million pay-for-play scheme that involved then Vice President Joe Biden and a foreign national, according to Breitbart News. A whistleblower previously revealed the existence of this document which was confirmed when neither the Bureau nor the Department of Justice denied the existence of the record. The House of Representatives has been in a prolonged battle with the FBI over the unclassified document that the FBI has failed to turn over.
The Director of the FBI, Christopher Wray, has scheduled a meeting with Representative James Comer (R-KY), the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, for this week to discuss the status of the document and the FBI's compliance.
This came after Comer threatened to hold contempt proceedings against the director over the document scandal. Comer also revealed on Twitter that there may be more than one document detailing criminal schemes between Joe Biden and a foreign national. He wrote, "The FBI’s refusal to provide a single, unclassified document is obstructionist. The document allegedly details a criminal scheme involving then-VP Joe Biden and a foreign national. Now, the FBI tells [the GOP-controlled Oversight Committee that] there is MORE than one document."
Walmart is closing 21 retail locations across the US this year, including four in Chicago, citing poor financial performance at each.
The recent closures follow a trend of Walmart closing a handful of stores across various states each year, with the company saying that the stores are "underperforming" without providing specifics.
Most recently, Walmart confirmed that it would close a Neighborhood Market store in Kansas City, Kansas, on June 2 following a review of several factors including current and historic financial performance. The retailer announced in April that it was closing four of its eight Chicago stores, saying that they "lose tens of millions of dollars a year."
Newly released documents have indeed shed further light on the extensive network of influential individuals connected to Jeffrey Epstein. The files obtained include personal numbers and email addresses and provide details about his relationships with various high-profile individuals.
The late financier, infamous for his sex trafficking operation, had a network that crossed borders, industries, and even royal families. The documents, procured from Epstein’s estate by the US Virgin Islands government during its investigation, provide an alarming insight into Epstein’s relationships with the world’s elite, even after his sex offender registration.
Among the powerful figures, Epstein had links with British royalty, and several notable Americans according to docs obtained by The Daily Mail.
Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, was a frequent name within Epstein’s circles. Epstein reportedly used the Duke’s name in attempts to persuade JP Morgan to let him serve as an intermediary for affluent clients. Records also show efforts to arrange meetings with Sarah Ferguson, suggesting financial discussions between the Duchess of York and Epstein.
On Tuesday afternoon, Rep. James Comer (R-KY), the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, announced that the FBI refused to apply with his subpoena and thus he will be holding FBI Director Christopher Wray in contempt of Congress. Chairman Comer is demanding that the FBI hand over a document that a whistleblower alleges documents President Biden's bribery scheme.
"Today, the FBI informed [GOP Oversight] that it will not provide the unclassified documents subpoenaed by the Committee," Comer announced in a tweet. "The Committee will now be taking steps to hold FBI Director Wray in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a lawful subpoena."
The uber-popular fast food restaurant Chick-fil-A has recently published its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) statement, which appears to be a complete abandonment of its long-held Christian values. The company recently released a statement on its website, stating that one of its "core values" is "that we are better together."
Chick-fil-A's statement continued: "When we combine our unique backgrounds and experiences with a culture of belonging, we can discover new ways to strengthen the quality of care we deliver: to customers, to the communities we serve and to the world. We understand that getting Better at Together means we learn better, care better, grow better and serve better. Chick-fil-A, Inc.'s commitment to being Better at Together means embedding Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in everything we do."
A vast trove of Jeffrey Epstein's private calendars and emails are being revealed today by DailyMail.com.
The hundreds of pages in the files give an unprecedented insight into the late pedophile's extraordinary network of power and influence.
Among the revelations is that Epstein appeared to know personal details about the marriage of Bill Gates and his ex-wife Melinda – while magician David Blaine had numerous dinners with the financier.
Presidents, prime ministers, royalty and famous names previously not linked to Epstein are also featured in the hundreds of pages of documents.
They show that Epstein courted the world's elite even after serving 13 months in jail for having sex with underage girls – and being labeled a registered sex offender.
As he sought to rehabilitate his image, dozens of powerful people were scheduled to meet him including Irina Shayk, Chris Rock, Wendi Murdoch and Richard Branson.
Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is facing blowback this week over her noticeable silence on the final report from Special Counsel John Durham.
Pelosi’s office reportedly did not respond to several media requests for comment from Fox News after Durham’s report that found “the Department and the FBI failed to uphold their mission of strict fidelity to the law” during the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation.
Pelosi’s refusal to comment comes as she made a slew of comments over the years implying that Trump was guilty and colluded with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election. Pelosi even took it as far as claiming Trump’s campaign played some sort of a role in working with Russia to undermine the U.S. One Twitter user said Pelosi’s comments should have ended her career.
Selina Soule, a track and field champion who was forced to compete against biological males in high school, pleaded with other women to take a stand in defense of female athletes as she prepares for a legal battle against the state of Connecticut.
"Everybody who has encountered this issue needs to speak up and ask for fairness," Soule said Wednesday on "America Reports." "I was one of the very first to start speaking on this issue, and it’s taken awhile, but we are finally starting to get somewhere…we need to protect every single girl in this country,"
Soule urged "everybody out there…to start speaking on this issue and ask for fairness to be restored to women sports."
In part one of this two-part series, we discussed the history and the phenomenal rise of the violent crime rate in the United States, particularly from the 1960’s to the early 1990’s. In this final article, we’ll explore the recent sharp decline in the brutal crime ratio in America and will consider the 5 most dangerous cities as ranked by the FBI in the U.S.
The felony rate in America soared from the commencement of the twentieth century until almost the conclusion of the century, rising as high as 350% by the mid 60’s, but for the past 17 years, this horrendous rate has dropped as much as 40% since it peaked in 1993. Since then, thankfully, the brutal crime rate has begun trending downward. Vicious crime dropped a robust 5 % from 2008 and 2009 alone. For a one-year drop after 30 years of increases, that’s quite an improved number.
In fact, 2005 was considered the best year in regards to the reduction of violent crime in the past 3 decades. Though most aggressive crime rates have dropped, there are still some extremely dangerous cities, but one surprising trend is the decrease in the homicide ratio in the United States since the 1990’s. Homicides alone dropped over 40% from 1991 to 2005 alone. That is practically a 40% decline in less than fifteen years time.
The media still covers up the true story of George Floyd’s death. When Fox News was reporting the truth, they did some honest reporting. One America News recently reported the truth again. The other networks are content to let four innocent men suffer punishments they never deserved.
The One America News Network (OANN) interviewed former federal prosecutor George Parry about the George Floyd case. He repeated what we all know. Floyd died from drugs that brought on his heart failure. The officers were railroaded.
If the officers were acquitted, the radical left led by Antifa and Black Lives Matter would have burned the city down.
There is no evidence of a neck injury, but the medical examiner was coerced into lying. Watch the interview.
American credit card debt has passed $1 trillion for the first time, with the average household now owing $10,000.
Some $1.2 trillion was owed in credit card debt by Americans at the end of 2022, a WalletHub report shows.
The Federal reserve estimates a slightly more conservative figure, putting the nation's credit card debt at $986 billion, a steep incline of $250 billion in two years.
With interest rates rising a new credit card now has an average rate of 24 percent, in contrast to 16.65 percent last spring, making repayments a more painful affair.
In contrast debt went into decline when the pandemic hit and consumer spending decreased.