"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their Country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph." -- Thomas Paine December 23, 1776
Tens of thousands took to the streets in Mexico on Sunday to protest President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's plan to overhaul the country's electoral commission INE in what they fear would concentrate power in the hands of the government.
Lopez Obrador, who put the plan forward in April, has long criticized the country's electoral authorities, including accusing them of helping to engineer his defeats when he ran for the presidency in 2006 and 2012.
He has said that the reform would let citizens elect electoral authorities and reduce the influence of economic interests in politics. It would also cut financing for political parties and limit advertising time.
Every time a neocon/warmonger policy produces a disaster – and they always do – the neocon authors of said policy begin canvassing for someone, anyone but them, to blame.
So it was with Vietnam, which they are still fighting. It wasn’t that it was an idiotic idea to kill a million Vietnamese civilians in the name of an imaginary “domino theory” that a hammer and sickle ten thousand miles away would unleash a communist virus that would soon have us all locked down with our Little Red Books.
No, it was the fault of the millions of Americans who saw through the lies and propaganda and finally, taking to the streets, brought a political anvil down on the heads of the warmongers. Americans who dared speak for the nearly 60,000 of their own brothers and sons killed for nothing. All their fault.
Bahrain heads to the polls on Saturday with a record number of people standing in the elections despite a ban on opposition candidates running in the Gulf state's parliamentary and municipal elections.
More than 330 candidates, including 73 women, are competing to join the 40-seat council of representatives, the lower house of parliament that advises King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.
Images posted online showed Bahrainis waiting in line at polling stations across the country waiting to vote.
The elections come more than a decade after a 2011 crackdown on protesters demanding political reforms.
China is committed to stronger ties with Japan, Premier Li Keqiang told Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida in Phnom Penh on Saturday, in the first meeting of a senior Chinese leader with the Japanese prime minister sworn in last year.
Both Beijing and Tokyo were committed to strengthening political, trade and economic ties, as well as people-to-people exchanges, Li said, as the two leaders met in the Cambodian capital on the sidelines of an Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit that is also hosting leaders from the US, China, South Korea and Japan.
Mykhailo Podolyak, an advisor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, has called for attacks inside Iran as the country’s drones cause setbacks for the Ukrainian military.
On November 5, Mykhailo Podolyak, an advisor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, has advocated for military strikes on drone production sites located in Iran. President Zelensky echoed Podolyak’s belligerent rhetoric the following day, demanding Iran be “punished” for allegedly supplying drones to Russia.
Kiev adopted its hostile posture towards Tehran after claiming Russia deployed Iranian-supplied drones to strike Ukrainian civilian infrastructure throughout much of October.
Jewish settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. (Photo: via Times of Gaza TW page)
Scores of Jewish settlers, guarded by Israeli forces, broke into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Sunday, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.
The Jordan-run Islamic Waqf Department, in charge of the holy site, said that Jewish settlers entered the compound through the Moroccan Gate in groups. They performed rituals and Talmudic prayers there, under the protection of Israeli occupation forces.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said on Sunday that the United States can not stop Pakistan from purchasing Russian oil and it will be possible to do so soon.
While addressing Pakistan Muslim League-N workers in Dubai, the finance minister said during his visit to the US last month, he had a meeting with the officials of the US State Department in which the matter of oil purchase from Russia was discussed.
Dar further said that the US authorities were informed that they cannot stop Islamabad from buying oil from Moscow as the country’s neighbour India is also buying oil from them.
Dar also said that the ministry will try to purchase oil from Russia on similar terms as it has with India. “In the next few months, you will see that the government will take important steps in favour of Paki stan in this regard,” added the finance minister.
US Africa Command said Friday that it launched an airstrike in Somalia on November 9 in support of the US-backed Mogadishu-based government, marking the second known US airstrike in the country this month.
AFRICOM said that the strike was launched in a remote area of Somalia about 177 miles northeast of Mogadishu. The command said its “initial assessment” found that 17 al-Shabaab fighters were killed.
The last airstrike in Somalia reported by AFRICOM took place on November 3, and in that operation, the command said 15 al-Shabaab members were killed. In both instances, AFRICOM claimed no civilians were harmed, but the Pentagon is notorious for undercounting civilian casualties, especially in Somalia.
US President Joe Biden dashed hopes of Egypt’s rights activists, as well as the Muslim Brotherhood, by avoiding to exert pressure on Egypt’s government and president and focusing his speech at the COP27 summit on climate change without any reference to the issue of human rights.
Observers considered that Biden’s position echoes Washington’s desire to take the side of Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi against his opponents at home and abroad.
This development came as calls for protest by the Muslim Brotherhood and some activists fell flat, with small numbers of people showing up on the streets.
The Muslim Brotherhood and some opposition activists were reportedly hoping to exploit the climate summit to force the Egyptian president to make concessions on the human rights file.
Declining global fertility rates have recently been featured in the mainstream news. At the same time, the mass vaccination campaign (aka ongoing clinical trial) for the experimental COVID-19 jabs continues, carrying an extensive list of adverse reactions, including severe side effects like blood clots, changes in menstrual periods, and miscarriage. Regardless, and based on flawed data, the Biden administration’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) promotes mRNA shots during pregnancy as safe for pregnant women and their unborn children.
Moreover, as evidence continues to surface, Pfizer research documents released under a freedom of information request (FOIA) show that the jab doesn’t remain at the injection site but rather travels throughout the body concentrating in places including the brain and ovaries. Even more troubling, this biodistribution has not been adequately examined, therefore neglecting how much of the mRNA product—its spike protein, lipid nanoparticles, and PEG—crosses the placenta, thus reaching a developing baby. Remember, Pfizer and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) wanted to keep these documents hidden from all Americans for 75 years.
New details are emerging to reveal that recently imploded cryptocurrency exchange FTX was laundering tens of billions of dollars through Ukraine and funneling funds back to Democrats in the United States.
As Slay News has previously reported, FTX founder and CEO Sam Bankman-Fried was Democrats’ second largest donor during the midterm elections cycle this year, only coming behind George Soros.
Bankman-Fried gave at least $40 million to Democrat candidates and causes in the midterms.
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Last week, The Intercept published a set of leaks that drew broad interest in perhaps the most undercovered scandal inside the US government today: the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) quiet move to establish, for the first time in US history, an explicitly inward-facing domestic censorship bureau.
What The Intercept glimpsed, however, is just the tip of a much larger iceberg.
The size, scale and speed of DHS's censorship operation are vastly larger have been reported. Based on our investigation, below are seven bottom-line figures summarizing the scope of censorship carried out by DHS speech control partners, as compiled from their own reports and videos:
A laser weapon used against drones attracted wide attention at this year's Airshow China. Dubbed the killer of UAVs, the weapon can launch effective strikes on low, slow and small (LSS) targets, which refer to those that fly below an altitude of one kilometer, at speeds of around 200 kilometers per hour and have a radar cross-section smaller than one square meter.
The weapon also reminded many military fans of a similar weapon that Saudi Arabia announced at the first Arab World Defense Exhibition on March 6 it had purchased from China: the "Silent Hunter" laser air defense system.
The vehicle-based laser weapon, called the LW-30 laser defense weapon system, was unveiled by the China Space Sanjiang Group under the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC), one of China's largest missile manufacturers.