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"People do not expect to find chastity in a whorehouse. Why, then, do they expect to find honesty and humanity in government, a congeries of institutions whose modus operandi consists of lying, cheating, stealing, and if need be, murdering those who resist?" -- H. L. Mencken

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has become one of the main challengers to Donald Trump for leadership of the Republican Party in the wake of his landslide reelection victory last week over Democratic candidate Charlie Crist. 

While DeSantis is best known nationally for controversies over Covid and culture war battles, he has a foreign policy record from his years in Congress and even during his tenure as governor that also merits closer scrutiny. If he seeks the Republican nomination for president, as many now expect he will, voters should be aware of the foreign policy worldview that he brings with him. 

Before he left the House for Tallahassee, DeSantis established himself as a vocal critic of the Obama administration’s foreign policy with an emphasis on attacking U.S. diplomatic engagement with Iran and Cuba. His three terms in the House overlapped with Obama’s major initiatives of negotiating the nuclear deal with Iran and restoring normal relations with Cuba, and like the rest of his party DeSantis was hostile to both policies.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Nov 22 08:28

The Associated Press

FILE - A girl holds a chicken in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, April 28, 2022. A senior official with the International Committee of the Red Cross says that Afghans will struggle for their lives as the country braces for its second winter under Taliban rule and faces plummeting humanitarian conditions. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File) THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

By RIAZAT BUTT, Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — More Afghans will be struggling for survival as living conditions deteriorate in the year ahead, a top official of the International Committee of the Red Cross said in an interview, as the country braces for its second winter under Taliban rule.

The religious group’s seizure of power in August 2021 sent the economy into a tailspin and fundamentally transformed Afghanistan, driving millions into poverty and hunger as foreign aid stopped almost overnight.

“The economic hardship is there. It’s very serious and people will struggle for their lives,” Martin Schuepp, director of operations at the Red Cross, said in an interview late Sunday.

Tags: AFGHANISTAN, ECONOMY
Posted on: Nov 22 08:27

Palestinian mourners carry the body of Mahmoud al-Saadi, a youth who was reportedly killed during a raid by Israeli forces on 21 November 2022 in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin (AFP)

Palestinian mourners carry the body of Mahmoud al-Saadi, a youth who was reportedly killed during a raid by Israeli forces on 21 November 2022 in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin (AFP)

A 17-year-old Palestinian student was killed by the Israeli army while on his way to school on Monday, Palestinian health officials have said.

Mahmoud Abdel-Jalil al-Saadi, 17, was shot in the abdomen during an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin, according to the Palestinian health ministry. 

Palestinian media reported that five others were wounded after a fire exchange erupted between armed fighters and Israeli soldiers. 

"A civilian succumbed to critical wounds after he was hit by live [Israeli] occupation bullets in the abdomen, in Jenin," the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry said Saadi, a secondary student, was on his way to school when he was caught up in the violence, according to local media

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE
Posted on: Nov 22 08:26

A vigil in support of cancer-stricken prisoner Abdul-Basem Mutan. (Photo: via QNN)

Israel is keeping a cancer-stricken Palestinian man in administrative detention despite his urgent need for medical attention, the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS) said on Monday.

PPS said in a statement that 48-year-old Abdul-Baset Mutan, from the town of Burqa, east of Ramallah, has colon cancer and his health is constantly deteriorating.

Mutan was slammed with six months in administrative detention in July, only three months after his release from a previous six-month administrative detention sentence.

Following an appeal for his release to allow him to get treatment for cancer, an Israeli military court had reduced his sentence to four months. However, the six-month order was reinstated following an appeal by the military prosecutor.

The PPS accused Israel of slow murder of Palestinian prisoners, mainly the ill, through its medical negligence policy.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE
Posted on: Nov 22 08:25

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The Entesaf Organization for the Protection of Women and Children’s Rights said in a statement on 20 November that the Saudi-led coalition’s war against Yemen has resulted in the killing and injury of over 8,000 Yemeni minors.

The statement, which was released in commemoration of World Children’s Day, detailed that since the start of the Saudi-led war in 2015, 3,860 children have been killed and another 4,256 have been injured.

According to Entesaf, the number of disabled people has increased by 50 percent, jumping from a pre-war figure of three million people to a current 4.5 million. It further estimated that around 6,000 people have been handicapped by the war since 2015, including around 5,559 children.

The rights group also highlighted that almost 3,000 schools have been destroyed or damaged, leaving hundreds of thousands of children without an education.

The statement goes on to denounce the use of internationally banned weapons such as land mines and cluster bombs, which have been used throughout the conflict by the Saudi-led coalition.

Tags: MIDDLE EAST, SAUDI ARABIA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Nov 22 08:24

August 29 marks the International Day against Nuclear Tests. The day, declared by the United Nations in 2009, aims to raise awareness of the effects of nuclear weapons testing and achieve a nuclear-weapons-free world.

On July 16, 1945, during World War II, the United States detonated the world’s first nuclear weapon, codenamed Trinity, over the New Mexico desert.

Less than a month later, the US dropped two atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing more than 100,000 people instantly.

Thousands more died from their injuries, radiation sickness and cancer in the years that followed, bringing the toll closer to 200,000, according to the US Department of Energy’s history of the Manhattan Project.

Tags: WMD
Posted on: Nov 22 08:22

British nuclear test veteran Douglas Hern stands outside the High Court, in London

British nuclear test veteran Douglas Hern stands outside the High Court in London, the United Kingdom [File: Andrew Winning/Reuters]

Seventy years after Britain detonated a nuclear bomb in the Indian Ocean, troops who took part – sometimes unknowingly – in the country’s atomic weapons tests are being recognised with a medal.

The UK government’s announcement on Monday of the Nuclear Test Medal is a victory for veterans and their families, who have campaigned for years for recognition.

Now, many want recognition of the health problems they believe they suffered as a result of exposure to radiation.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said the medal was “an enduring symbol of our country’s gratitude” to the test veterans.

Tags: FUKUSHIMA/NUKE DISASTERS, GREAT BRITAIN/ UK, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WMD
Posted on: Nov 22 08:20

The implementation of the Air Force and Space Force’s new evaluation system for enlisted and commissioned airmen and guardians is not going well, as indicated by the top enlisted leader of the Air Force posting a meme trolling the system on her Facebook page on Monday.

“We get it, folks,” said Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne Bass in her post. “We have seen the memes and the jokes…more importantly, we have seen the legitimate concerns and feedback about myEval.”

The meme was inspired by a scene from the 2014 horror film “The Babadook,” where the frustrated main character pleads with her son to “just be normal,” but he screams in response. In the meme, the screaming son has the name of the evaluation system “myEval,” printed along the bottom of the image.

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Nov 22 08:20

Israeli Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu won a defamation lawsuit on Monday against a predecessor who had alleged that he, his wife and his son were mentally ill, but received reduced compensation due in part to his political prominence.

Netanyahu's lawyer hailed the ruling as "the shattering of another libel" - an allusion to his client's assertion of innocence in three unrelated and ongoing corruption trials that overshadowed his last term and are complicating his comeback.

Ehud Olmert, who served as centrist premier between 2006 and 2009, made the observations in a TV interview last year shortly before the conservative Netanyahu, then heading a caretaker government, was toppled by an alliance of cross-partisan rivals.

Tags: ISRAEL, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Nov 22 08:18

Last month, the United Nations voted on a resolution calling for Israel to end its not-so-secret nuclear weapons program.  The results were conclusive with more than 152 countries voted in favor of Israel ending its nuclear weapons program and joining the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) that would allow the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to inspect its nuclear facilities.  There were only five countries who voted against the resolution and that included the United States, Canada, Israel, Palau, and Micronesia.  In the case of Palau and Micronesia, I would be willing to bet that they were most likely either bribed or blackmailed in some way or another to vote in favor of Israel.

Granted, the world in concerned about the Russia-Ukraine conflict and should be, but President Vladimir Putin and the Russian Federation is a rational actor because their nuclear weapons posture clarifies that they are for defensive purposes. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation released a statement on the Prevention of Nuclear War which does say that “In implementing its policy in the field of nuclear deterrence, Russia is strictly and consistently guided by the postulate of the inadmissibility of a nuclear war in which there can be no winners and which must never be unleashed. Russian doctrinal guidelines in this area are very clearly outlined, they are purely defensive in nature and do not allow for broad interpretation.”  According to The Jerusalem Post, even US President Joe Biden admitted in a CNN interview that “Putin is a “rational actor who has miscalculated significantly,” and was asked if Putin would use a tactical nuclear weapon, and Biden’s response was “Well, I don’t think he will.”

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, ISRAEL, WMD
Posted on: Nov 22 08:18

In “Innate Immune Suppression by SARS-CoV-2 mRNA Vaccinations: The Role of G-quadruplexes, Exosomes and MicroRNAs,” Stephanie Seneff, Ph.D., and Drs. Peter McCullough, Greg Nigh and Anthony Kyriakopoulos explain how the COVID shots suppress your innate immune function, and how they may cause neurological diseases

Their landmark paper was the source of major controversy in that the prominent journal in which it was published receive much negative feedback and the editor of the journal was forced to resign although the paper has not been retracted at this time

G4s are genome-wide targets of transcriptional regulation. The “G” stands for guanine. G4 is DNA sequence of four guanines, which plays an important role in diseases such as cancers and neurological disorders. The COVID jab spike protein produces far more G-quadruplexes (G4) than the virus. The G4 causes prion protein to misfold, which can result in prion diseases such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and Alzheimer’s

Two specific microRNA have been found in people who got the jab, and these microRNA’s interfere with Type 1 interferon response, which is a key part of your immune system. When Type 1 interferon is suppressed, you become more prone to infection and chronic disease

The COVID jab produces high levels of immunoglobulin (IgG) antibodies, which are associated with autoimmune disease. It does not produce mucosal antibodies

Antibodies against the spike protein may be responsible for cases in which patients developed highly aggressive prion disease after their second jab

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Nov 22 08:16

Almost three years have passed since COVID-19 lockdowns and mandates upended our world. At first, the virus seemed to be an obscure, distant problem, posing little threat. Today, it’s hard to think of a world event more significant, talked about, and politically controversial than the response to COVID.  

Earlier this month, the peer-reviewed journal Minerva: A Review of Science, Learning, and Policy published an important article on COVID-related censorship and heterodoxy. Founded in 1962, Minerva is a well-established academic journal from Springer, one of the world’s top publishers of science journals. The article is an indication of just how mainstream concerns about censorship during the COVID era have become.

The authors are five researchers from universities and colleges in Israel and Australia. They interviewed a sample of leading medical professionals, doctors, and scientists who questioned the prevailing COVID orthodoxy and were heavily reprimanded, censored, or otherwise harassed and suppressed for their views.

The authors state in their abstract:

The emergence of COVID-19 has led to numerous controversies over COVID-related knowledge and policy. To counter the perceived threat from doctors and scientists who challenge the official position of governmental and intergovernmental health authorities, some supporters of this orthodoxy have moved to censor those who promote dissenting views.

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Nov 22 08:16

Canada is betting big on immigration to fill the gap in its economy left by aging Baby Boomers leaving the workforce - but not everyone is on board with bringing in so many people from abroad.

Earlier this month, the federal government announced an aggressive plan to take in 500,000 immigrants a year by 2025, with almost 1.5 million new immigrants coming to the country over the next three years.

This plan would see Canada welcome about eight-times the number of permanent residents each year - per population - than the UK, and four-times more than its southern neighbour, the United States.

But a recent poll shows that there is also anxiety about welcoming in so many newcomers.

Tags: CANADA, ECONOMY, IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM
Posted on: Nov 22 08:10

The new CEO of FTX is being paid a whopping $1,300 per hour to clean up the collapsed cryptocurrency firm.

John Ray III took over the bankrupt firm on November 11 after founder Sam Bankman-Fried stepped down amid losing billions of dollars. 

While FTX is bankrupt, paying top employees high salaries appears to be the only way to save the company after Bankman-Fried supposedly lent and lost billions in clients' money to Alameda Research without their knowledge or permission. 

Tags: ECONOMY
Posted on: Nov 22 08:10

The collapse of cryptocurrency giant FTX has revealed an intricate web of donations and connections to the country's political establishment — Democrats and Republicans, regulators and academics — centered around the company's now-bankrupt founder, Sam Bankman-Fried.

This extensive network, held together through political donations and personal relationships, exposes potential conflicts of interest in the coming investigations into Bankman-Fried and has raised questions about whether the former crypto mogul will be held accountable for alleged wrongdoing.

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), for example, has been pictured meeting with Bankman-Fried on multiple past occasions, both smiling with their arms around each other. She also traveled in April to the Bahamas, where FTX is based and Bankman-Fried lives, to discuss cryptocurrency among other agenda items. In December, she appeared to blow a kiss at Bankman-Fried as he was leaving the Capitol building after testifying before Congress.

Last week, Waters announced the House Financial Services Committee, which she chairs, will hold a bipartisan hearing next month to investigate the collapse of FTX and the broader consequences for the digital assets marketplace.

Tags: ECONOMY, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Nov 22 08:09

Manhattan's woke DA is said to be restarting a legal probe into Donald Trump over a hush-money payment made to a porn star who claims she had a one-night stand with the ex-president.

Alvin Bragg is said to be probing whether the illegal $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels, made shortly before the 2016 presidential election, could be tied to Trump.

It was made by the president's former fixer Michael Cohen to try and silence Daniels' claims of a one night stand in 2006, when Trump's third wife Melania was pregnant with their son Barron, now 16.

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Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Nov 22 08:08

You could soon be having your morning video call on Twitter, if new CEO Elon Musk has his way. At a meeting with staff at Twitter's San Francisco HQ on Monday, Musk presented several features that he wants to introduce to Twitter going forward, according to The Verge. These include end-to-end encryption to direct messages (DMs) – a feature that's already on chat apps WhatsApp and Signal – as well as voice and video calling.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA
Posted on: Nov 22 08:06

Tanjug/AP Photo/ Bernat Armangue

Tanjug/AP Photo/ Bernat Armangue

The war in Ukraine offers an opportunity for Western and Eastern companies to offer arms to the warring parties through their respective governments. Ukraine receives weapons from the West, and the US is the most active supplier. Countries from Europe and NATO member countries are also actively involved in arms supply corridors.

Russia, on the other hand, which no longer has access to Western technology due to sanctions, is also looking for arms suppliers. So far, deliveries of "doom bombs" from North Korea and kamikaze drones from Iran are known.

Iran is the reason that made Israel talk about supplying weapons to Ukraine. In its article, Military Monitoring writes about the meeting between the Israeli ambassador in Moscow, Alexander Ben Zvi, and the deputy head of the Russian diplomatic service, Mikhail Bogdanov.

Israel has issued an ultimatum to Russia, if Moscow does not stop buying Iranian weapons, be it drones or missiles, Jerusalem will seriously consider supplying Kyiv with high-precision ballistic missiles. Israeli media also wrote about this ultimatum, and it was widely discussed on the Israeli TV channel Kan-11.

Tags: ISRAEL, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
Posted on: Nov 22 08:05

Liberal Dystopia: Washington DC To VASTLY Reduce Criminal Penalties Despite Rising Crime

Explain this one, please. D.C. is about to REDUCE the penalties for certain crimes even as crime explodes in the nation's capital.

The effort to overhaul the criminal code in D.C. has been in the works for a long time. It has been happening since 2006, according to many estimates. However, Democrats and liberals of all stripes are now closer than ever before to realizing their wild plan.

In 2021, politicians begin putting forward their final grand plan.

The DC Police, the U.S. Department of Justice, and other significant organizations warned against going forward with this plan, but Democrats in D.C. ignored them and approved the plan anyway. It is a 450-page piece of legislation that will be one of the most significant changes to the criminal justice system in D.C. history.

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Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Nov 22 08:03

Prosecutors and relatives of one of the alleged co-conspirators and Nazi fanatics that plotted to blow up a string of Manhattan synagogues said he is Jewish - and his grandfather is a Holocaust survivor.

Matthew Mahrer, 22, was recently arrested with Christopher Brown, 21, when the pair hatched a plan to attack members of New York's Jewish community before their scheme was foiled.

Stuart Rubenstein, Maher's grandfather a Holocaust survivor appeared shocked by the disturbing news of his grandson. He said he 'never figured he [his grandson] would get involved in something like this,' The Daily News reported. 

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA
Posted on: Nov 22 08:02

A University of Washington Medical Center professor said there should be laws preventing children from getting tattoos - despite previously signing a declaration that kids should receive sex-change treatments if they want them.

Dr. Cora Breuner, a professor and pediatrician at Seattle Children's Hospital, was commenting on a case involving Crystal Thomas, a New York woman who was arrested after allowing her 10-year-old son to get a tattoo.

Though tattoos are illegal in New York for people under 18, other states do not ban them if parents give consent.

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, CURRENT EVENTS, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Nov 22 08:02

Sen.-elect John Fetterman's wife Gisele said the 'right-wing hates women' after she was criticized for accompanying her husband to Capitol Hill for orientation last week.

'The right-wing hates women. They especially hate strong women, and I think that's what you're seeing,' Gisele Fetterman told The New Republic in an interview published Monday. 

The second lady of Pennsylvania - or 'SLOP,' as she refers to herself - stepped in when her husband suffered a stroke just days before the Pennsylvania Senate primary in May, becoming a national political figure almost overnight. 

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Nov 22 08:01

It only took them 769 days.

CBS News said Monday that it confirmed the authenticity of data from Hunter Biden’s former laptop — more than two years after The Post first revealed its contents — as the first son’s lawyer complained he didn’t “consent” to the release.

The laptop links President Biden to his son Hunter and brother Jim Biden’s foreign influence-peddling, but high-ranking former spy agency officials claimed before the 2020 election it was likely Russian disinformation and the story was censored by Twitter and Facebook.

Most news outlets ignored the laptop’s contents until recently. CBS’s report follows belated verification of the laptop in March by the Washington Post and New York Times.

CBS correspondent Catherine Herridge reported that she received a copy of Hunter Biden’s hard drive from former Delaware computer repairman John Paul Mac Isaac, and that Minnesota computer scientists led by former Secret Service computer crimes expert Mark Lanterman said the files appeared legitimate.

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET, CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Nov 22 07:55

A black ops cyber-attack launched by the U.S. and Israel on an Iranian nuclear facility unleashed malware with unforeseen consequences. The Stuxnet virus infiltrated its pre-determined target only to spread its infection outward, ultimately exposing systemic vulnerabilities that threatened the very safety of the planet. Delve deep into the burgeoning world of digital warfare in this documentary thriller from Academy Award® winning filmmaker Alex Gibney.

Webmaster addition: Very long but worth it, this documentary explores the sabotage of Iran's nuclear facilities led to a world-wide calamity!

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, IRAN, ISRAEL, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Nov 22 07:52

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)

In this file picture, new-generation Iranian centrifuges are displayed during the National Nuclear Energy Day in Tehran, Iran, on April 10, 2021. (By Reuters)

Iran has started enriching uranium to the purity level of 60% at its Fordow nuclear facility, following the recent resolution that the US and the European troika initiated at the UN nuclear agency’s Board of Governors to mount pressure on the Islamic Republic.

Tehran has informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of its decision via a letter. It described the move as a strong message to the recent anti-Iran resolution passed by the IAEA’s Board of Governors.

Iran also installed two new IR2M and IR4 cascades at the Natanz and Fordow facilities, which have now reached the stage prior to the injection of uranium gas into centrifuges. This means that Iran has practically imitated uranium enrichment by means of the new cascades, and the process will finish within the next few days.

 

Tags: IRAN
Posted on: Nov 22 07:50

This is an Audio file of a 1993 article from New Yorks only Black Daily Newspaper that exposes the ADL and explains why they have no moral authority to demand anything of Kyrie Irving. It describes the domestic spying and media smear activities they were caught and fined for doing on organizations such as the Black United Fund, NAACP, Nation of Islam etc. Why would they blame Kyrie for tweeting what Jeff Bezos" Amazon is selling.

 

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 22 07:46