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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday said the Gaza ceasefire proposal presented by President Biden was “incomplete” and denied the idea that Israel agreed to pursue a ceasefire.

“The claim that we agreed to a ceasefire without our conditions being met is incorrect,” Netanyahu told a group of Israeli lawmakers, according to The Times of Israel. “The proposal that Biden presented is incomplete.”

Netanyahu again reaffirmed that he wouldn’t agree to a permanent ceasefire until it achieves its goals, including the “destruction” of Hamas’s military and governing capabilities. Biden said the proposal he unveiled would lead to a permanent truce and Israeli withdrawal.

Biden framed the potential deal as an Israeli proposal, but Netanyahu said there were “gaps” between the Israeli version and what Biden presented.

Webmaster addition: This is all political theater. Biden knows Israel's genocide of Palestinians is very unpopular with voters, so he is going the motions of trying to look like he is doing something. But remember, Biden has the power of the VETO and can stop all weapons and money going to Israel. That he will not proves he is not sincere!

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky and his Western "friends" personally called all the leaders of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and asked them to come to the so-called peace summit in Switzerland, but they all refused, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Galuzin said.

"Zelensky and his Western ‘friends’ personally called all leaders of the CIS countries in a last-ditch attempt to beg them to take part in this ‘get-together.’ We know that no one agreed to this," the senior diplomat said.

According to him, Russia’s closest friends and allies from the CIS are well aware of the essence of this conference. "It has nothing to do with peace," Galuzin pointed out. "It is a hasty attempt to create an anti-Russian coalition and to present Moscow with an ultimatum, to make it appear that the world supports Zelensky's unimplementable peace formula. Such ‘get-togethers’ do not contribute to a political settlement. Their holding is pointless and a priori doomed to failure," he emphasized.

Webmaster addition: Why bother? Russia isn't invited, so all this meeting will be is Zelensky begging for more money!

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Russia strongly condemns Israeli airstrikes on the outskirts of Syria's Aleppo; these aggressive actions grossly violate Syria's sovereignty and international law, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

"Moscow strongly condemns these aggressive actions, which come in gross violation of Syria's sovereignty and basic rules of international law," the ministry stressed. "Such use of force, which in the current tense regional situation can lead to extremely dangerous consequences and trigger a large-scale armed escalation, are unacceptable," it added.

The Russian Foreign Ministry "once again urges the Israeli leadership to abandon this vicious practice fraught with uncontrolled destabilization of the situation in the entire Middle East."

After midnight on June 3, Israeli air strikes hit the outskirts of Aleppo. Many were killed and injured in the attack, and significant material damage was caused, the report said. "Earlier, on the evening of May 29, the Israeli Air Force struck a residential building in the city of Baniyas in Tartous Governorate, killing a two-year-old girl and injuring her family members along with other civilians living in the house," it added.

Tags: ISRAEL, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, SYRIA
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It's one of the most popular AI tools on the web with around 13 million users per day. 

But ChatGPT has been hit with a major outage this morning, users unable to access the app or website. 

According to DownDetector, hundreds of people globally have been affected since 8am BST. 

OpenAI, the firm behind ChatGPT, has acknowledged the outage with a statement saying: 'We are currently investigating this issue.'

People took to X (Twitter) to share their frustration at having to 'think for themselves' in the absence of the AI tool. 

Webmaster addition: It's back up now!

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET/AI
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A Biden-affiliated TikTok account's post attempting to inform people about a Donald Trump's controversy was slammed with commenters asking about inflation instead.

The fight over who influences the space took a turn this weekend after Trump joined TikTok to the tune of millions of followers on an app he once tried to get banned.

President Biden continues to try and battle back, posting a video Sunday night about the story of a former producer coming forward to claim Donald Trump used a racial slur during the filming of Season 1 of 'The Apprentice.'

In a cringe-worthy clip posted to the BidenHQ TikTok account, an unidentified female 'influencer' was seen trying to re-tell the story in a manner to shame Trump as a 'lifelong racist', and recounted other incidents. 

However, the post has gone viral for all the wrong reasons, as it was inundated with responses concerned with what seemed to be more pressing matters.

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Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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Fire rains down from the sky during Israel's latest missile attack on Gaza as the Middle Eastern conflict shows no signs of ending.

Photographs taken today show smoke and flames engulfing buildings in the Al Bureij Camp in Deir al-Balah — a city in the central Gaza strip.

Enormous explosions blasted the camp's infrastructure, as Palestinians watched on in horror as the destruction unfolded.

Some were seen running for cover after an Israeli missile hit a residential building in the camp, while thick black smoke and dust covered the area following the strike.  

It comes after Israel's military confirmed the deaths of four more hostages held in Gaza since the October 7 attack on a music festival.  

Nadav Popplewell, 51, Yoram Metzger, 80, Amiram Cooper, 84, and Chaim Peri, 79, all died several months ago while being held by Hamas in the Khan Younis area, The Times of Israel reported today.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Gaza’s Government Media Office released a statement on Monday that said over 3,500 Palestinian children under the age of five are at risk of starving to death in Gaza due to the Israeli siege.

The media office said the children are suffering from “acute malnutrition, affecting their bodies, exposing them to infectious diseases, hindering their growth, and threatening their survival.”

The statement said the children were at risk of dying due to “a severe shortage of milk and food, a lack of nutritional supplements, and the denial of vaccinations.” The media office pointed to the fact that the Rafah border crossing has been closed since May 7, and barely any aid has entered Gaza since then.

On Saturday, the Palestinian news agency Wafa reported that a 13-year-old boy died due to malnutrition. “A 13-year-old Palestinian child has died due to starvation in Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir Al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip amidst the closure of the Rafah border crossing,” the report said.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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After sentencing 75-year-old Paulette Harlow to two years in jail, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly quipped about the elderly pro-lifer’s husband’s concern that she might die in prison. Kollar-Kotelly commented that she hopes Harlow will “make an effort to remain alive” because that is a “tenet of [Harlow’s] religion,” according to LiveAction. 

On May 31, in a federal Washington, D.C. court, Kollar-Kotelly sentenced Harlow to two years in jail and 36 months of supervised release for protesting at a notorious late-term abortion clinic in Washington, D.C. with eight others.  

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
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We are right in the middle of a tsunami of shoplifting that never seems to end, and as a result major retailers are closing down locations in major cities all over the country.  A few years ago, videos of brazen shoplifters ruthlessly looting retail stores were shocking everyone, but now this sort of thing is so common that very few of us are shocked anymore.  We have come to expect that our retail stores will be regularly looted because this is who we have become as a nation.  Sadly, even many of our politicians aren’t too concerned that the impoverished masses are stealing billions of dollars worth of merchandise from our major retailers.  Like so many others, maybe they figure that those retailers won’t even miss what is being taken.  But the truth is that they do miss what is being taken, and CEOs have been complaining very loudly about it…
Tags: ECONOMY
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American journalist Scott Ritter has been prevented from visiting Russia to attend a high-profile event in a move that he claims was motivated by spite on the part of the US Department of State.

Ritter was scheduled to participate in two panel discussions at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) this week. He was stopped from boarding a Turkish Airlines flight on Monday, when US border officials seized his passport, he reported after the incident.

“They didn’t just get me. They got the Russians, and that was the purpose. They stuck it to the Russians,” the vocal critic of US government policies said on his show later in the day.

The former US Marine previously served as a senior UN inspector and was tasked with searching for weapons of mass destruction in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. He opposed the 2003 invasion of the country by the US, and has since expresseed negative opinions of many of Washington’s actions.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WHITE HOUSE
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Israel’s forced starvation has caused the deaths of two more children in central Gaza where conditions have been made worse by Israel’s closure of the Rafah crossing, further limiting aid and trapping sick and injured Palestinians.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Israel launched major airstrikes on the northern Syrian city of Aleppo in the overnight hours, which killed an Iranian military adviser, and possibly more Iranian militia members, as well as civilians.

"At approximately 12:20 AM at dawn on Monday, the Israeli enemy launched an aerial attack with missiles from a direction of southeast Aleppo, targeting a number of points in the vicinity of Aleppo city, and the army air defenses intercepted the aggression’s missiles and shot down some of them," Syrian state SANA said.

"The aggression led to the martyrdom a number of civilians, and some material losses to the property," the report added.

Hours after the initial overnight and early morning reports of the attack, Iranian state media confirmed the death of an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) officer.

"During last night’s attack by the Zionist regime on Aleppo, Saeed Abyar, one of the IRGC advisers in Syria, was martyred," confirmed Iran’s Tasnim news agency.

But there are unverified reports that many more were killed. The opposition-linked, anti-Assad war monitor Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that 16 members of pro-Iran groups were killed in the attack. The main strike location was reportedly at a copper smelting plant and weapons warehouse in the Aleppo countryside. 

Tags: IRAN, ISRAEL, SYRIA
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Even though economic conditions are still at least somewhat relatively stable, chaos is already erupting all around us. -- I can’t even imagine what things will be like once tens of millions of people feel like they have nothing left to lose.
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY
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