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"History never really says goodbye. History says, 'see you later'." -- Eduardo Galeano

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At a forum organized on 4 November at Wilson Center, the US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Barbara Leaf, and the former US ambassador to Lebanon, David Hale, discussed the US foreign policy in Lebanon and the grim future that awaits it.

Leaf warned that the current situation in Lebanon is open to all possible negative outcomes, including a “complete disintegration of the state and the collapse of its security forces.”

She added that the Lebanese will likely have to endure more pain before forming a new government and that without adequate solutions, they will suffer a mass exodus to neighboring countries, as the situation in Lebanon will become unbearable, even for the elite.

Leaf added that she expects Lebanese parliament members to pack their bags and leave for Europe, abandoning the country that they would at one point deem as unsalvageable.

Tags: LEBANON, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, SAUDI ARABIA, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Nov 09 09:23

The “Elad” settlement association received 28 million shekels, or roughly $7.9 million to support the illegal settlement in Wadi Rababah in the town of Silwan, south of Al-Aqsa Mosque, according to the daily Haaretz.

The Israeli newspaper revealed that the “Elad” settlement association has established public parks, agricultural projects and developed a new tourism hub at the expense of the original owners of the land, stripping their rights and preventing the Palestinian geographical expansion in Silwan.

According to Almanar news, the settlement project run by Elad is supported by several occupying institutions, including the Jerusalem Municipality, Israel’s Nature and Parks Authority, the Jerusalem Affairs and Heritage Ministry, and the Jerusalem Development Authority.

Ahmed Simrin, a member of the Wadi al-Rababa neighborhood committee, said in a press statement, “These donations collected by the Elad Settlement Association to support Wadi al-Rababa are aimed at tightening the occupation’s grip on the neighborhood,” according to WAFA news.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE
Posted on: Nov 09 09:23

According to the Powerball website, a single winner from California won the record-breaking $2 billion jackpot during Monday’s drawing. Lottery officials confirmed the lucky draw to the Los Angeles Times. 

By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 09 09:21

Economic storm clouds are gathering worldwide as some of the largest shipping companies warn about sliding global trade. US shipper FedEx and Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S have been vocal about emerging signs of a global slowdown. Both of these companies are widely seen as a barometer for international trade. 

The latest to warn about weakening economic growth is FedEx CFO Michael Lenz telling an audience Tuesday at the Robert W Baird Global Industrial Conference that the company has reduced flights and parked planes to cut costs in response to soft demand for package delivery. 

Tags: ECONOMY
Posted on: Nov 09 09:21

EU member states are standing resolutely firm against President Joe Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act amid fears it will harm their domestic companies and economies.

The sweeping U.S. legislation, which was approved by U.S. lawmakers in August and includes a record $369 billion in spending on climate and energy policies, was discussed by the 27 European Union finance ministers on Tuesday. This came after the European Commission, the executive arm of the EU, said there are “serious concerns” about the design of the financial incentives in the package.

“Each minister agreed that this is a subject of concern at the European level and that we need to see what is the best response,” an EU official, who followed the ministers’ discussions but preferred to remain anonymous due to the sensitive nature of the issue, told CNBC.

Tags: ECONOMY, EUROPE
Posted on: Nov 09 09:20

 The suspect accused of throwing two cans of alcoholic beverages at Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) during Monday’s victory parade celebrating the Houston Astros’ World Series win was charged with aggravated assault.

By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 09 09:20

Democrat Senate candidate in Georgia Stacey Abrams lost again to Republican Brian Kemp on Tuesday, wasting over $100 million in campaign funds.

Abrams’ campaign and leadership committee, One Georgia, brought in a combined $105.3 million for her campaign, according to GPB News.

It is unclear exactly how much of the $105 million was spent on Abrams’ campaign, but her donors now know that Abrams is not a good investment in the state of Georgia.

The Kemp campaign and his leadership PAC raised $81.5 million in their election cycle, according to GPB News.

Abrams rode a dramatic wave of Democrat support after her close loss to Kemp in 2018 and became an election denier who refused to say she lost the race.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, VOTE FRAUD
Posted on: Nov 09 09:20

 Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) responded powerfully to his blowout victory in Tuesday night’s midterm election, declaring that Florida is where wokeness goes to die.

By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 09 09:20

Palantir, with intimate ties to defense, intelligence and security industries around the world, is set to play an even larger role in the UK’s crisis-ridden National Health System (NHS).

Last summer, as readers may recall, executives at NHS England — the non-departmental government body that runs the National Health Service in England — came up with an ingenious plan to digitally scrape the general practice data of up to 55 million patients and share it with any private third parties willing to pay for it. NHS England allowed patients to opt out of the scheme; they just didn’t bother telling them about it until three weeks before the deadline, presumably because if they had, millions of patients would have opted out.

When the FT finally broke the story, a scandal erupted. NHS England officials responded by shelving the scheme, saying they needed to focus on reaching out to patients and reassuring them their data is safe. But that hasn’t happened. Instead, they have waited for the scandal to die down before embarking on an even more egregious scheme.

This time it is patient data from UK hospitals that is up for grabs. And patients will have no opt-out option. In fact, without even consulting patients, NHS England has instructed NHS Digital — which will soon be merged with NHS England as part of the UK’s governments accelerated reforms to the NHS’ “tech agenda” — to gather patient data from NHS hospitals and extract it to its data platform, which is based on Palantir’s Foundry enterprise data management platform.

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET, CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Nov 09 09:19

 An alleged arsonist has been arrested after reportedly setting seven fires on Election Day, including at two churches, in Jackson, Mississippi.

By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 09 09:19

 One of Jeffrey Epstein’s victims has now said that she “may have made a mistake” in her accusation against lawyer Alan Dershowitz. 

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 09 09:18

We have been discussing how Hillary Clinton and other Democratic leaders have turned from private censorship to good old-fashioned state censorship. They have called upon their counterparts in England, France, and Germany to prevent the restoration of free speech protections with censorship laws — laws that would be unconstitutional in the United States. The British have already responded to such urgent calls and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern who recently repeated this call for global censorship at the United Nations to the applause of diplomats and media alike.

Now the German left has responded with the the ruling Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) calling for censorship before, to use Clinton’s words, “it is too late” and free speech is stored on Twitter.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, DICTATORSHIP, GERMANY
Posted on: Nov 09 09:13

The Jews are the ones behind the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and their goal is to create a new Jewish state to replace the failing Zionist project of Israel, Palestinian Islamic scholar Mraweh Nassar has claimed, as reported by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

Nassar, whom MEMRI identified as the secretary-general of the Jerusalem Committee of the International Union of Muslims Scholars, made his claims on March 22 while speaking with Channel 9, an Arabic-language TV station in Turkey that the media watchdog says is affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Tags: ISRAEL, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Nov 09 09:13

Polling is organized lying for the purpose of discouraging voting by those who pose a threat to the people in charge of the polling and who hold or control political office(s). Close to 90% of Americans think we are “on the wrong path”, and are worried about their economic survival. Do you really think there’s even ONE DEMOCRAT that has a chance of being legitimately elected or reelected? Come on… WAKE UP!!! Biden’s approval rating is 9% – yes, you read that correctly 9%. Does it make sense any Democrats would win an election without massive cheating?

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, VOTE FRAUD
Posted on: Nov 09 09:12

 Despite the White House’s repeated insistence that “democracy” itself was on the 2022 midterms ballot, CNN anchor Dana Bash noted at the beginning of her network’s Election Night coverage that it wasn’t even a top-five issue for voters.

By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 09 08:59

 Los Angeles business owners sounded the alarm that the city faces an imminent collapse if residents elect more progressives into local government during a segment on Election Night 2022 with The Daily Wire.

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Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 09 08:58

 The New York Times was mocked Tuesday evening after publishing advice on how people can “cope” with the results of the midterm elections, which included telling readers to “breathe like a baby.”

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Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 09 08:57

 MSNBC contributor Jason Johnson jumped the gun on Tuesday afternoon, claiming that the election results in Georgia would not be fair before the polls had even closed in that state.

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Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 09 08:57

 Former President Donald Trump (R) cheered as Republicans lost a potential pickup in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday night.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 09 08:56

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy will take part in a summit of the Group of 20 major economies next week, most likely attending virtually, his spokesperson told the Suspilne public broadcaster on Tuesday.

Zelenskiy had said last week he would not take part if President Vladimir Putin attended the Nov. 15-16 summit in Indonesia. Serhiy Nykyforov, the spokesperson, did not say whether Zelenskiy had changed his position.

Tags: ECONOMY, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
Posted on: Nov 09 08:34

Australia will launch a review into the obligations former Defence Force personnel have to protect state secrets, following reports Australians were among Western military pilots who had been approached to help train the Chinese military.

Defence Minister Richard Marles said on Wednesday intelligence agencies and Australian Federal Police were "investigating a number of cases" in Australia, and announced a review into the policies and procedures governing Australian Defence Force personnel.

"For those who do come into possession of our nation's secrets either through service in the Australian Defence Force or service in any other part of the Commonwealth, there is an enduring obligation to maintain those secrets," he told a media conference.

Tags: AUSTRALIA, CHINA
Posted on: Nov 09 08:33

 British and Estonian officials have inked a road map for beefing up their military ties that will boost the remaining U.K. contingent in the Baltic nation with short-range air defense weapons and multiple-launch rocket systems, the two governments announced Tuesday.

The agreement, signed in London by British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and his Estonian counterpart, Hanno Pevkur, aims to implement NATO plans approved in Madrid, Spain, over the summer for hardening the alliance’s eastern front.

Tags: EUROPE
Posted on: Nov 09 08:33

Several explosions on Monday evening rocked a weapons warehouse owned by Yemen's government forces in the country's northeastern oil-rich province of Marib, a security official told Xinhua.

"Massive explosions rocked a weapons warehouse near a densely populated neighborhood in Marib province, igniting fires and forcing the evacuation of several families living in the area," the local security official said on condition of anonymity.

The official accused the Houthi rebels of striking the weapons warehouse that belonged to the third Regional Military Command of the Saudi-backed Yemeni government forces in Marib.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the explosions caused a number of injuries and deaths, he said, without providing the exact number of casualties.

Tags: MIDDLE EAST
Posted on: Nov 09 08:32

A maintenance procedure used by Air Force mechanics to document inspections likely damaged hundreds of C-130 propeller blades over a decade, according to service officials.

Maintenance technicians examining the propeller blades for cracks or other damage scratched permanent marks on each blade to document the inspection had taken place. 

“The process used to engrave serial numbers on the propellers likely contributed to cracks that are being found on the C-130Hs,” Maj. Beau Downey, an Air Force spokesperson, said in an email. “That process, which involved an electric arc pen to incise digits into the surface of the metal, was stopped about six months ago and will not be used going forward. Further analysis will be needed for a full understanding of the root cause of the cracks. Right now our focus is on safely and quickly returning these aircraft to supporting the mission.”

Tags: WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Nov 09 08:31

Kari Lake promised she will 'fight for days' to ensure the 2022 midterms in Arizona were conducted 'fairly' before a final count is reported as she falls behind her Democratic challenger by 5 percent amid chaos with voting machine malfunctions.

Lake delivered a speech from Scottsdale, Arizona on Tuesday evening when she was trailing her opponent Katie Hobbs by double digits, claiming that the 'cheaters' are trying to tell Republicans they didn't have the 'red tsunami' they predicted.

The former broadcast journalist made significant strides from the time of her speech to a few hours later, gaining more than half the ground needed to pull out a victory.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, VOTE FRAUD
Posted on: Nov 09 08:30

Democratic Senate hopeful John Fetterman defeated Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania, wrapping up one of the most closely watched races of the midterms just before 1 a.m. Wednesday morning. 'We launched this campaign almost two years ago - and we had our slogan - and it's on every one of those signs right now: every count, every vote,' Fetterman said to a rowdy crowd still gathered at Stage AE in Pittsburgh. 'And that's exactly what happened - we jammed them up. We held the line.' 'I never expected that we would turn these red counties blue, but we did what we needed to do,' he continued. 'And that's why tonight I'll be the next U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania,' Fetterman added. NBC News, Fox News and CNN all called the race for the Democrat, after Fetterman led the count all night. The Associated Press has yet to call the race. Fetterman's crowd exploded in cheers as the lieutenant governor's win was predicted by the networks. As he walked onstage, Fetterman admitted surprise - as the count was expected to take several days. 

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Nov 09 08:30

Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock holds less than a one point lead over Republican ex-NFL star Herschel Walker in the key Senate race that will likely head to a runoff election in December that could decide which party takes the majority.

As of 2:20 a.m on Wednesday morning., with 97 percent of precincts reporting, Warnock was up by about 31,000 votes, leading Walker 49.4 to 48.6, on a night that Democrats across the country defied the odds and a GOP red wave failed to materialize. 

Warnock had 1,922,548 votes to Walker's 1,891,284.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Nov 09 08:28

Pfizer’s chief financial officer has described the Covid pandemic as a 'multi-billion dollar franchise' — and expects profit to continue.

David Denton told investors in an earnings call last week his company's vaccine and antiviral would still be 'relevant for many years to come'.

The CFO said he expects the Covid virus to be 'somewhat like a flu... but more deadly' — meaning therapeutics will still have a massive role in controlling the virus.

Webmaster addition: It's all about the Benjamins. Covid is a simple scam. 

1. Create and release a disease.

2. Offer to sell the cure.

3. Laugh all the way to the bank! 

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Nov 09 08:26

Texas judge has approved the sealing of the Uvalde victims' autopsies, in an unusual moved condemned by the state senator as a cover-up.

Judge Camile Dubose of the 38th District Court on Friday ordered the records be sealed, following a request from the district attorney, Christina Mitchell.

Mitchell argued publishing the details of how the 19 children and two teachers died could prejudice any criminal investigation.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Nov 09 08:24