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After a double homicide shooting earlier this week, Swedish residents in Norrköping's district of Hageby can be searched or have their vehicles searched without the need for reasonable suspicion

Swedish police have introduced the first “stop-and-frisk-zone” in the country’s history, giving officers the power to search any individual or vehicle without the need for reasonable suspicion.

The draconian measure is in response to a double shooting on Monday evening in the Hageby residential district of Norrköping, a city southwest of Stockholm. Two men were pronounced dead at the scene.

As of Wednesday, the authorities are introducing what is also known as a security zone or visitation zone in the area as officers continue to hunt for perpetrators. A man in his 20s has already been arrested on suspicion of murder.

It is understood the police are holding a press conference later on Tuesday to explain the new powers available to them after the law was passed in April this year to help crack down on rampant gang crime.

It is the first time the law will be implemented anywhere in Sweden.

“The aim is to increase security and make it more difficult for criminals to prepare and carry out violent crimes,” a police statement read.

Monday’s double murder was the latest in a long line of serious crime fuelled by a dramatic rise in gang warfare across the Scandinavian country in recent years.

The police were alerted to a residential apartment building in the district shortly after midnight following reports of gunshots.

“I moved here a month ago. Now, I’m already looking for an apartment elsewhere,” one resident told the SVT broadcaster.

Pauline, another resident, said she was considering installing bulletproof glass in her apartment to protect her children.

“Now I’m starting to think about whether I should put protective glass on my windows. If it’s going to keep exploding, I might have to invest in bulletproof glass, both for my kids and myself,” she said.

District prevention officers have been deployed throughout the area to provide support for residents struggling with the dramatic deterioration in security throughout their neighborhood.

“It no longer seems to come completely unexpectedly, but instead a sense of resignation spreads,” one such officer, Lilli Rubino, said.

A police report published in March this year revealed some 62,000 people in Sweden are connected to criminal gangs. To put this into perspective, consider that Sweden is a small country with only 10.4 million people.

Claire's Observations:  Even the most tolerant of Swedes have "had it" with their newly-experienced "cultural enrichment", and are looking for a way out of it.  No person, in a civilized society, should even have to be thinking about having to install "bullet proof glass" in the windows, to protect themselves and the people they love.

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For the past eight years millions of people have expended billions of words speculating about exactly how the United States kills people with missiles from drones (and missiles from other sources, such as manned aircraft, targeting people identified with drones). There is good reason to believe that for each such attack there exists a video and audio record of what the drone pilots saw and what they and their colleagues said to each other as they decided to launch a missile and as they observed its results.

This is a level of documentation we rarely have with killings by domestic police officers, who are typically filmed by observers with phones, a method of documentation that excludes the leadup and the aftermath.

It’s also a level of documentation that is almost entirely denied to the public, meaning that it doesn’t actually do us much good. As far as I know we have not seen a single video or heard a single audio recording of a drone murder. The “Collateral Murder” video is a powerful record of a non-drone attack.

With drones, however, we do have one (incomplete) transcript of what was said during the hours leading up and the minutes following one particular attack. This was an attack in Afghanistan in February 2010 that killed zero fighters but numerous innocent civilians. According to survivors, 23 men, women, and children were killed. According to the U.S. military 15 or 16 were killed and 12 wounded. The U.S. military apologized and paid some $4000 to the family of each acknowledged victim.

The ACLU obtained the transcript in 2011, and it was published by the Los Angeles Times, which wrote an account of the incident, but I didn’t pay much attention until the new film, National Bird, dramatized part of it. I think it deserves a bit longer excerpt than either the Times or National Bird provided. So, here is my selection plus commentary. Feel free to read the whole thing at the links above and make of it what you may.

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by Tyler Durden

Birth rates are falling in the six most populated countries in the world, though at different speeds.

This graphic, via Visual Capitalist's Marcus Lu shows the annual births per 1,000 people in the world’s six largest countries by population.

The data is from the UN World Population Prospects (2022) and has been compiled by Our World in Data.

The Global Decline in Fertility Rates

Fertility rates are declining in most places. According to the UN, in 1990, the average number of births per woman globally was 3.2. By 2019, this had fallen to 2.5 births per woman; by 2050, it is expected to decline further to 2.2 births.

Notably, a fertility level of 2.1 births per woman is necessary to avoid a national population decline over the long run (not including net immigration).

China’s birth rate has fallen the fastest in recent years among the countries highlighted here. The country registered 7.6 annual births per 1,000 people in 2021, compared to 24.4 in 1990 and 41.0 in 1950.

This trend suggests that China could face challenges similar to those faced by Japan, which has a vast senior population and significant economic and social implications.

The U.S. registered 11.1 annual births per 1,000 people in 2021, compared to 16.7 in 1990 and 22.8 in 1950. It’s worth noting, however, that the U.S. also adds people to its population through net immigration each year, unlike some other countries in the above dataset

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has called out the US government for neglecting to even ask questions after an American journalist was tortured to death in a Ukrainian jail earlier this year.

Speaking at a press briefing on Wednesday in St Petersburg, Putin was asked whether Russian officials would help facilitate an investigation of a French journalist who was reportedly killed last month in a missile strike west of Artyomovsk (known as Bakhmut in Ukraine). He offered to help enable the probe, but he also contrasted the response to the Frenchman’s death to how the administration of US President Joe Biden reacted when American blogger Gonzalo Lira died in Ukraine earlier this year.

“They tortured an American journalist to death in a Ukrainian prison, and the US is not even asking what happened to him,” Putin said. “No one went to the trouble of asking what actually happened.”

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Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico has argued that the assassination attempt that nearly killed him last month emanated from foreign-backed politicians who refuse to accept foreign policies that prioritize Bratislava’s interests over the agendas of major Western powers.

Fico posted a video statement on Wednesday, marking his first public appearance since the May 15 shooting in which he was critically wounded. He credited medical workers with saving his life and said he expects to resume at least some of his work duties by around the end of this month or in early July.

The PM condemned efforts to downplay the assassination attempt and blame it entirely on a deranged gunman. “I forgive him and let him sort out what he did and why he did it, in his own head,” Fico said. “In the end, it is evident that he was only a messenger of evil and political hatred, which the politically unsuccessful and frustrated opposition developed in Slovakia to unmanageable proportions.”

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Today, the Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM) announced the new transnational arms embargo campaign, ‘Mask Off Maersk’, targeting Maersk, the world’s largest integrated logistics and shipping company. Organisers aim to end Maersk’s pervasive role in the transportation and supply of weapons and weapons components used by Israel in its genocide against the Palestinian people in Gaza.

Since October, the Danish shipping and logistics giant has transported over $300 million in weapons components from around the world, including Europe, to U.S. arms manufacturers. This accounts for a full quarter of known U.S. shipments to Northrup Gruman, Woodward, RTX/Raytheon, and Lockheed Martin since the beginning of the current genocide in Gaza. With 68% of weapon sales to Israel coming from the U.S., Maersk is integral to the global flow of arms that sustains the Israeli occupation forces’ current bombardment of and ground operations in Gaza.

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The UK’s Conservative party would defy any arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu if re-elected in July, British Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden has told the Jewish Chronicle. 

The British minister criticised the ICC’s decision to file for arrest warrants for Netanyahu and Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant.

On 20 May, the ICC announced that it was seeking arrest warrants for the two Israelis and for three leaders of Hamas, on the grounds of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Webmaster addition: That would make the UK an accessory after-the-fact to Israel's war crimes!

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The truth is that far from being the poor victim it likes to portray itself as, Israel is in fact the most aggressive and belligerent nation in the region, having invaded pretty much everyone it shares a border with.

The following maps show just who is wiping who off of the map!

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that the Israeli army is prepared for “an extremely powerful action” against the Lebanese Resistance movement Hezbollah.

The statement was made during Netanyahu’s visit to the northern settlement of Kiryat Shmona, which witnessed attacks by Hezbollah in recent days.

“We are prepared for an extremely powerful action in the north” against Lebanon, Netanyahu wrote on his X account along with a video message taken during his tour in the north near the borders with Lebanon.

Netanyahu also met with the Israeli army’s Brigade 769 command to discuss the operational situation along the Lebanese-Israeli border areas.

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Israel now stands in near-complete isolation, due, in part, to its genocide in Gaza but also to the courage and steadfastness of the Palestinian people, and to the global solidarity with the Palestinian cause.

If one were to argue that a top Spanish government official would someday declare that “from the river to the sea, Palestine would be free”, the suggestion itself would have seemed ludicrous.

But this is precisely how Yolanda Diaz, Spain’s Deputy Prime Minister, concluded a statement on May 23, a few days before Spain officially recognized Palestine as a state.

The Spanish recognition of Palestine, along with the Norwegian and Irish recognition, is most important.

Western Europe is finally catching up with the rest of the world regarding the significance of a strong international position in support of the Palestinian people and in rejection of Israel’s genocidal practices in occupied Palestine.

But equally important is the changing political discourse regarding both Palestine and Israel in Europe and all over the world.

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An Israeli air strike early this morning on a school-turned-shelter in central Gaza killed at least 39 people, including five children, according to local health officials, as the IDF claimed the compound was being used as a Hamas command post. 

The shocking attack, which came as Israel announced it was launching a new military campaign in central Gaza, devastated the UN-run centre in Nuseirat.

Harrowing images showed wide-eyed children standing amid piles of rubble looking up at the remains of the school. The blood of victims can be seen soaking into the concrete behind them.  

Israel's military said it took steps to reduce the risk of harm to civilians prior to the strike, but that Hamas officials were directing operations from within the compound. 

Webmaster addition: "Proof? If you are asking for proof you must be an anti-Semite!!!" --Nodding Yahoo

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One of Jeffrey Epstein‘s victims has accused award-winning psychiatrist and Hollywood movie producer Henry Jarecki of sexually assaulting and trafficking her.

In the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, the woman claims Jarecki was a close associate of Epstein’s and was a key part of the late financier’s sex trafficking operation.

The woman also claims Epstein sent her to Jarecki for mental-health treatment; however, instead of helping her, he raped her.

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The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) used munitions containing white phosphorus in at least 17 municipalities in southern Lebanon, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report.

"Human Rights Watch identified the use of white phosphorus munitions in 17 municipalities across south Lebanon since October 2023. This includes five municipalities where airburst munitions were used over populated areas," the New York-based non-governmental organization said in a press release.

According to Lebanon’s Ministry of Public Health, as of late May, exposure to white phosphorus had injured at least 173 people since October.

"Israel’s use of airburst white phosphorus munitions in populated areas indiscriminately harms civilians and has led many to leave their homes," Ramzi Kaiss, Lebanon researcher at HRW, said. He called on the Jewish state to immediately stop using white phosphorus munitions in populated areas, "especially when less-harmful alternatives are readily available

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The idea that Moscow has some kind of plan to attack NATO is a stupid attempt to maintain the West’s global hegemony by fear, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said.

Putin was asked about NATO’s preparations to defend from a Russian “invasion” at a meeting with the heads of major international news agencies on Wednesday, on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).

“Look, someone has imagined that Russia wants to attack NATO. Have you gone completely insane? Are you as thick as this table? Who came up with this nonsense, this bulls**t?” Putin said.

The Russian president suggested that the “bulls**t” was in the service of deceiving the Western public, urging them to arm themselves and send more weapons to Ukraine.

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NATO's largest naval exercise Baltic Operations 2024 (BALTOPS 24) is set to begin on Wednesday, the Polish armed forces said.

According to the Polish military, the exercise scenario involves actions against the backdrop of a conflict between fictional states, and the exercise itself is defensive in nature.

"More than 50 ships of various classes and types, 45 helicopters and aircraft, 9,000 military personnel are participating in the Baltops 24 exercise this year. The most important NATO maritime exercise in the Baltic Sea will start on Wednesday, June 5, in Klaipeda (Lithuania)," the armed forces said in a statement.

This year, representatives of all branches of the Polish armed forces will take part in the exercises, the statement read, adding that the Polish fleet is represented by ships of the 3rd Ship Flotilla and the 8th Coastal Defense Flotilla.

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A former Ukrainian deputy health minister is suspected of being involved in a criminal conspiracy to harvest human organs at hospitals, according to local media.

The criminal group also included doctors, some of whom were employed by a prestigious clinic in Kiev, the Ukrainian news outlet Strana said on Monday, citing sources in law enforcement. There are reportedly 11 suspects in the case, none of whom were named.

“Organs were harvested from incapacitated people and sold. All members of the criminal group are facing charges under three articles of the criminal code. They may be punished by up to 12 years in jail,” one source said.

Ukraine has become a hotbed for organ harvesting amid the conflict with Moscow, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova alleged in an article last year. She argued that the Ukrainian government was facilitating the illegal trade after it significantly deregulated transplantation in 2021.

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Israel is “prepared for an extremely powerful action in the north,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on June 5 during a visit to the settlement of Kiryat Shmona on the border with Lebanon, where fighting between the IDF and Hezbollah has escalated significantly in recent weeks.

“Whoever thinks that he can harm us and we will sit with our hands clasped has made a major mistake,” said Netanyahu.

Since the outbreak of the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip last October, Hezbollah and its allies began launching near-daily attacks against the IDF in support of the Hamas Movement and other armed factions in the Palestinian enclave.

Large fires broke out in several parts of northern Israel earlier this week, mainly as a result of rocket and drone attacks by Hezbollah.

“The ground burned yesterday and I am happy you put it out,” Netanyahu told firefighters, “but the ground also burned in Lebanon.”

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Webmaster addition: This could trigger war across the Middle East!

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