"They [the media] are news-as-entertainment professionals – packaging glossy corporate content for maximum distribution and big bucks. The goal is not objective reportage. Their targets are quantifiable and highlighted in a business plan somewhere. Success is based on a simple formula: stay within parameters "understandable" to a wide audience that devours sound bites and familiar storylines on the hour, every hour.

Like trained seals whose every desire, instinct and buying pattern has been measured by corporate media's marketing department for the consumption of its advertisers, the audience demands satisfaction – and western media delivers it." -- Sharmine Narwani
 

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Are pomegranates the next brain food?

The link between diet and dementia has been well-documented, and now researchers at the University of Copenhagen and the U.S. National Institute on Aging have found that eating more pomegranates, strawberries and walnuts could help improve memory among Alzheimer’s patients.

Those foods contain a substance called urolithin A, a compound created by gut bacteria.

“Our study on mouse models with Alzheimer’s disease shows that urolithin A, which is a naturally occurring substance in pomegranates, can alleviate memory problems and other consequences of dementia,” said Vilhelm Bohr, affiliate professor at the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of Copenhagen, in a press release.

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By:  Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

mericans are screwed over people and are too insouciant to notice.

And not just on big things, such as being forced to be injected with an untested new kind of “vaccine” with unknown safety and effectiveness.

Millions of Americans were faced with the choice of being injected or losing their job and ability to pay rent or mortgage, car payments, utilities, and buy food.

The “vaccine” has caused many deaths and millions of injuries from new diseases and profusions of what previously were rare diseases among age groups not previously affected.

American babies now die from strokes and heart attacks. And the grieving parents are denied any recourse.

No one is being held responsible. And apparently Americans don’t care. How is this any different from the Zionist story of Jews being herded into gas chambers?

Americans can’t do anything about the hundreds of billions of dollars Washington sends to Ukraine to conduct Washington’s proxy war against Russia, or about the billions sent to Israel for the slaughter of Palestinians and physical destruction of Gaza, or the billions sent to Taiwan for Washington’s proxy war against China. Meanwhile homeless American veterans sleep on the streets while the Biden regime gives immigrant-invaders pre-paid debit cards and houses them in hotels.

A few Americans might wonder if the billions of dollars could be better used getting the homeless out of the public parks and tent encampments off the sidewalks. But if they write to a representative or senator about the misallocation of resources they will get back a letter explaining that “we have to stop them over there before they get over here.”

It Is Time to Remove the Debt Barrier to Economic Growth

The message is: “we are here to serve the military/security complex and Israel Lobby, the funders of our election campaigns, and to replace white Americans with the third world in the interest of diversity.

It is not the big things that Americans notice. They are not personally at risk of being sent to war, and there is no specific tax taken from them to finance Israel’s and Ukraine’s wars.

But you would think that Americans living on credit card debt would at least notice that which dramatically affects them.

Do Americans living on credit card debt comprehend that under the guise of interest charged the credit card companies are taxing their balances at rates ranging from 19.49% to 29.99% based on the credit card company’s estimate of the debtor’s credit worthiness.

In addition to the federal and state income taxes on their income and the Social Security tax and the Medicare tax on income, the credit card companies are imposing a 20-30% tax on debt that is paying for housing, transportation, food, and utilities, as incomes alone in the age of jobs offshoring are insufficient to support living standards for about 40% of the population.

I learned about modern day usury in May when my credit card bill did not show up. Perhaps it went into the spam or junk folders or fell victim to a glitch, all possibilities being joys of the digital revolution. Consequently the amount due on May 18 did not get paid until 4 days later on May 22 when an unpaid bill notice appeared in the email.

The notice told me that I am charged a late payment fee of $29 plus an interest charge of $61.54. So a 4 day late payment cost me $90.54.

The late payment notice told me that my interest rate of 19.49% is charged from the “first day of the billing period until we receive your payment in full.” In other words, the interest was not charged for the 4 late days, but for the 4 days plus the month’s billing period.

The notice also told me that if I missed a second payment, even for one day, during a 12 month period, my interest rate on my unpaid balance would jump from 19.49 to 29.99.

There you have it. This is a system for the enserfment of the American consumer.

If you are able to focus your attention, try to imagine the rapid rise of impossible indebtedness of Americans who can only make the minimum payment. The minimum payment is a tiny percentage of the balance due. For example, a balance of $4,173.66 has a minimum payment of $131.37. The minimum payment leaves a balance of $4,042.29 accumulating interest at double-digit rates.

Assuming he does not miss two payments in 12 months, his interest rate based on creditworthiness (he only makes minimal payments) is 27.49%. So, the interest on the unpaid balance adds $1,100 to his debt. And the growth in debt increases with the interest charged on the rising unpaid balance.

I remember when credit card companies made their money by the 2.5% charge to the businesses that accepted payment via credit card. Those days have vanished. Now credit card companies live extravagantly on interest on consumer credit card debt, while businesses accepting credit card payment charge their customers a fee for paying with a credit card.

As an economist I am really amazed that Keynesian economists, whose policy is based on the American consumer’s ability to spend, stood aside while such extraordinary restrictions on aggregate demand were allowed to be put in place. After paying debt service, people have nothing left to spend.

American consumer indebtedness means that consumers have no discretionary income with which to drive the economy.Their pay is below the cost of living. They live on their credit cards, and the interest payments drain their incomes, leaving them without discretionary income to spend.

There is no possible way, except by falsifying statistics, to get economic growth out of such an economy

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More than 30 years after Salt-N-Pepa implored Americans to "talk about sex, baby," the all-female hip-hop trio has overwhelmingly succeeded in the federal courts.

Republican attorneys general filed another lawsuit challenging a Biden administration nondiscrimination regulation that could override their state laws by rendering "sex" as encompassing gender identity, this time in taxpayer-funded healthcare settings.

Earlier this spring, four configurations of GOP AGs filed lawsuits against the Department of Education's Title IX regulation, which creates a presumption of male access to female locker rooms, restrooms and possibly athletic competition by equating gender identity with sex.

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Is a “Three-Theater” war scenario both feasible and desirable for the US? Some think so. American analysts within the Establishment are in fact calling for war “in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.” This is what Thomas G. Mahnken (both a Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies professor and the CEO of  the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments) is urging Washington to do, in his most recent piece.

For Mahnken, Washington is “currently involved in two wars—Ukraine’s in Europe and Israel’s in the Middle East”, while also “facing the prospect of a third over Taiwan or South Korea in East Asia.” Moreover, “all three theaters are vital to US interests, and they are all intertwined.” Deprioritizing Europe and disengaging from the Middle East can only weaken American security, he argues: “The U.S. military drawdown in the Middle East, for instance, has created a vacuum that Tehran has filled eagerly.” Of course, such reasoning can only make sense if American “security” is equated with Washington’s unipolarity.

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US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, during his recent speech at Shangri-la Dialogue (in Singapore), made it a point to stress that “despite historic clashes in Europe and the Middle East… the Indo-Pacific has remained our priority theater of operations.” According to Austin, the US is a Pacific nation (with a capital P, and with no pun intended, presumably), and added that “the US can be secure only if Asia is secure. That’s why… [we have] long maintained our presence in this region. And that’s why we continue to make the investments necessary to meet our commitments to our allies and partners.” As for the relationship with China, the Secretary was more ambiguous, claiming that “a fight with China is neither imminent nor unavoidable.”

While Lloyd Austin seems to differ from Mahnken (on emphasis), there is not necessarily a dilemma there. I’ve often described Washington’s ambitions as being all about having the cake and eating it too. Jerry Hendrix (retired Navy captain, formerly an adviser to Pentagon senior officials, and currently a senior fellow with the Sagamore Institute) has written that, in Mackinder terms (classic Geopolitics), the US has embarked on a quest for the “Heartland”, and this contradicts its true “sea power” nature. This is so because Washington, in recent times, has been “burdened” by mostly “land-based actions in Iraq and Afghanistan fought primarily by a large standing army operating far from home”

Claire's Observations:  I am keen to hear Dr. Mahnken's "vision" for how this is going to happen, in light of the fact that we don't have the troop strength; the weaponry; the manufacturing; or the money to pursue a successful confrontation with Russia,  China, and/or other Middle Eastern "actors.". 

One has to wonder; if he has kids, and  the US draft comes for his children, will he be able to get them some kind of "deferment" f, to keep them out of the front lines?!?  Also, what is his stock position in terms of companies which serve the US military/industrial complex?!?  THAT would be an interesting forensic accounting exercise, indeed!!!

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In his blockbuster Brothers, David Talbot presents convincing evidence that Robert F. Kennedy Sr. was murdered because he was about to become president—and use the power of his office to bring to justice the killers of his brother, President John F. Kennedy. So who were those killers? Michael Collins Piper’s Final Judgment makes a strong case that David Ben Gurion, the Israeli Prime Minister who resigned under pressure from JFK, and Israel’s CIA mole James Jesus Angleton, were the ringleaders. The motive: Prevent JFK from shutting down Israel’s nuclear program, and insert Israel’s asset Lyndon B. Johnson into office to oversee the 1967 land-grab war.

Anyone who doubts that Johnson was an Israeli asset needs to read Peter Hounam’s Operation Cyanide: How the Bombing of the USS Liberty Nearly Caused World War III. Hounem discovered evidence that then-President Johnson scrambled US nuclear bombers on highest-level alert more than one hour before the USS Liberty was attacked by Israel on June 13, 1967. Then when the ship miraculously stayed afloat, radioed for help, and identified its attackers as Israelis, the President of the United States issued a treasonous order: “I want that goddamn ship going to the bottom. No help. Recall the wings.”

Most Americans have no idea that Israel attempted to sink the unarmed US spy ship USS Liberty and murder its crew of 293 sailors so the attack could be falsely blamed on Egypt. Nor do they realize that the Zionists succeeded in killing 34 sailors and wounding 171. Even less do they know that the sitting US president was complicit and yearned for the death of every one of those 293 American servicemen.

Why don’t more Americans know about the USS Liberty massacre? A draconian cover-up, in which surviving sailors were told to keep quiet or bad things would happen to their families, persisted for decades. Simultaneously the mainstream media published a smattering of ludicrous assertions that the Israelis had attacked the ship by accident. Those were rare exceptions to a general blackout on the topic.

Why would the media cover up such a sensational story? That question raises an even more basic one: Who controls the media? The president who followed Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, knew, but was afraid to talk about it in public. Privately, he discussed the matter with friends and advisors like the Rev. Billy Graham, who told Nixon that powerful Jews “are friendly to me because they know that I’m friendly with Israel. But they don’t know how I really feel about what they are doing to this country.” “You must not let them know,” Nixon replied.

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A view of Imran Khan's Adiala Jail room.

Tariq Butt, Correspondent/ Reuters
 

The federal government on Thursday submitted the details of the facilities being provided to Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) founder and former prime minister Imran Khan in Adiala Jail Rawalpindi.

Imran Khan, who has been incarcerated, had told the Supreme Court during a hearing on the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) law amendments case that he was being kept in solitary confinement.

"The prison authorities do not let me meet my legal team. I am being kept in solitary confinement. I neither have any material nor a library to prepare for the case," Imran Khan had informed the apex court

Claire's Observations;  this is the Pakistani government, attempting to "sell" the current jail conditions in which the former Prime Minister, Imran Khan, finds himself, at this moment in Pakistani history. 

For his followers, who still believe in the PTI's promises and hope for a better future, this is going to go down like the proverbial lead balloon

Someone in the Pakistani government needs to reach out to a "digital fixer" who can make this NOT look like the  utter hell on earth it really is.

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Is a “Three-Theater” war scenario both feasible and desirable for the US? Some think so. American analysts within the Establishment are in fact calling for war “in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.” This is what Thomas G. Mahnken (both a Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies professor and the CEO of  the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments) is urging Washington to do, in his most recent Foreign Affairs piece.

For Mahnken, Washington is “currently involved in two wars—Ukraine’s in Europe and Israel’s in the Middle East”, while also “facing the prospect of a third over Taiwan or South Korea in East Asia.” Moreover, “all three theaters are vital to US interests, and they are all intertwined.” Deprioritizing Europe and disengaging from the Middle East can only weaken American security, he argues: “The U.S. military drawdown in the Middle East, for instance, has created a vacuum that Tehran has filled eagerly.” Of course, such reasoning can only make sense if American “security” is equated with Washington’s unipolarity.

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, during his recent speech at Shangri-la Dialogue (in Singapore), made it a point to stress that “despite historic clashes in Europe and the Middle East… the Indo-Pacific has remained our priority theater of operations.” According to Austin, the US is a Pacific nation (with a capital P, and with no pun intended, presumably), and added that “the US can be secure only if Asia is secure. That’s why… [we have] long maintained our presence in this region. And that’s why we continue to make the investments necessary to meet our commitments to our allies and partners.” As for the relationship with China, the Secretary was more ambiguous, claiming that “a fight with China is neither imminent nor unavoidable.”

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When opposing a genocide means you’re a Nazi. 

When opposing nuclear brinkmanship means you love Vladimir Putin.

When opposing the looming global conflict with China means you’re a sinister propagandist for “the CCP”.

When opposing the latest imperial escalations against the latest Official Bad Guy always means you’re an appeaser of the Bad Guy and would have opposed fighting Hitler.

When your skepticism toward government and media institutions who have an extensive record of lying and propagandizing means you’re a crazy conspiracy theorist.

When wanting to live in a society where everyone has enough means you’re an evil authoritarian with a despised ideology.

When believing it’s possible to have systems where humans aren’t killing the biosphere and waging insane wars while brandishing armageddon weapons at each other means you’re a silly little child who doesn’t understand how the real world works.

When these things are happening in your society, it means your society has gone stark raving insane. It means you are surrounded by lunatics, and ruled by madmen. 

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he suffering in Gaza: displacement, famine, and fear. [TNA]

Wounded Palestinians from Gaza, now receiving critical treatment in Iraq, recount harrowing experiences of what they described as "war crimes" committed by Israeli forces against civilians in the besieged coastal enclave.

In a display of solidarity, the Iraqi government transferred dozens of severely wounded Palestinians from the Gaza Strip to Iraq for emergency medical treatment. This move is part of the "Help Gaza" campaign and underscores Iraq's unwavering support for the Palestinian cause as Israel continues to massacre civilians in throughout the strip. 

Initially receiving treatment in Egypt, wounded Palestinians were relocated to Iraq due to overwhelmed medical facilities and limited resources. Last month, Baghdad welcomed the first group of Gaza's wounded, with the Iraqi Ministry of Health initiating treatment for 27 injured Palestinians and 42 companions at the Dar Al-Tamriz Private Hospital in the Medical City.

"As per directives from Iraq's Prime Minister and under the supervision of the Ministry of Health, we received many Palestinians who were wounded as a result of Israel's terrorist aggressions on Gaza," Dr Muhammed Kamil, head of physicians at the Dar Al-Tamriz Private Hospital, said to The New Arab.

"Some other Palestinians being treated here suffer from chronic illnesses or cancer; their treatments are disrupted in Gaza. If the Iraqi government decides to receive more wounded Palestinians, we are fully prepared to do so; this is a fraternal duty to our Palestinian brothers," Dr Kamil added. 

 

TNA spoke with some of the wounded about their experiences and what they thought of the ongoing war on Gaza.

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Reem Mohammed Abu Taha, a Palestinian child from Khan Younis, is currently receiving treatment for injuries on his legs due to an Israeli attack. [TNA]

Reem Mohammed Abu Taha, a Palestinian child from Khan Younis, is currently receiving treatment for injuries on his legs due to an Israeli attack. 

Reem's mother, who is escorting him, recounted to TNA, "Our house in Khan Yunis was hit by Israeli fighter jets. Three of my children were wounded, and my older son was martyred; 24 members of our household were martyred in the same building. Thank God, we survived the massacre. We went to Egypt for treatment, and then we were airlifted to Iraq. I thank the Iraqis for treating us and taking care of us."

The mother described the horrific brutality of the Israeli occupation forces in Gaza, including soldiers slaughtering civilians, beating people and executing them in front of their families. She also witnessed the bombing of civilian residences filled with women and children without any prior warning. She emphasised the famine in Gaza and the insufficiency of international aid, leading to infants dying of starvation.

Likewise, she called on Arab countries and the international community to act to stop Israel's genocide in Gaza. "Enough with killing innocent people; this is not a war; this is genocide of an entire nation," she said. 

Asmahan Jumaa al-Misri, a mother of six and wife of a Palestinian man from Beit Hanoun, is now receiving treatment in Baghdad for burns and injuries.

Similar to Reem's mother, Misri tearfully recounted, "I saw with my eyes how Israeli soldiers killed a little child and treated civilians very badly. I saw dogs and cats eating from the corpses of the martyrs on the streets. I saw a six-year-old girl holding her severed hand after being bombarded by Israeli tanks. A father found only one hand of his dead daughter and still praised God for that. I cannot forget those scenes."

Misri described the suffering in Gaza: displacement, famine and fear. "I saw people dying from starvation. Although the occupation can destroy our homes and raze entire cities in Gaza to the ground, they can never take our land."

Claire's Observations:  The moment Israel conflated "self defense" with "genocide", they absolutely lost me as a supporter. Somehow, Netanyahu and his regime, believe that they have an historical, Biblically-inspired "divine right" to assassinate Palestinian women and children, and some Rabbis and a former MIT professor, have been advocating complete annihilation  of the Palestinian people.

I would very politely suggest the following for the Netanyahuites and their minions;  please, be careful what you wish for, as the final moments of your "Final Solution" for the Palestinian people begins to unfold; karma... can be a real bear.

 

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After sending Wyatt a series of aggressively worded emails implicitly threatening to have him criminally prosecuted, and demanding to speak with his lawyer, the Washington Post employee relied on a series of hacked documents to “expose” what Wyatt never attempted to conceal: while beginning his journalistic career, he appeared on the Iranian news outlet Press TV several dozen times.

Incidentally, during this time, Wyatt received payment from such nefarious foreign outlets as CBS Weekend News and CBS This Morning, which correctly credited him as a journalist when airing the footage he gathered reporting from the frontlines of BLM protests. 

Since joining The Grayzone in June 2023, Wyatt has not accepted a penny from any government-backed outlet. In fact, The Grayzone imposes far stricter rules on its employees than The Washington Post, which appears to have no such prohibitions on its employees moonlighting for government backed think tanks.

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The indictment of four-star Navy Admiral Robert Burke on bribery charges late last month raised eyebrows about the extent of corruption in the Navy and beyond. The scheme was simple. Burke allegedly steered a $355,000 Pentagon contract to a small workforce training firm – described unhelpfully in the Justice Department’s description as “Company A”. Less than a year later he took a job at Company A in exchange for a $500,000 annual salary and 100,000 stock options.

The Burke indictment comes on the heels of Washington Post writer Craig Whitlock’s illuminating book on the Fat Leonard Scandal, the biggest, most embarrassing corruption scheme in the history of the U.S. Navy. In the words of his publisher, Simon Schuster, Whitlock’s book reveals “how a charismatic Malaysian defense contractor bribed scores of high-ranking military officers, defrauded the US Navy of tens of millions of dollars, and jeopardized our nation’s security.”

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U.S. regulators are moving ahead with antitrust investigations into the roles that Microsoft, OpenAI, and Nvidia play in the artificial intelligence industry, per a source familiar with the matter.

Why it matters: The broad probe shows the intensifying scrutiny of AI and regulators' concern of the technology's concentration within some of the largest companies in the world.

  • The divvying up of the cases was first reported by the New York Times.

Zoom in: The Justice Department will investigate whether AI chipmaker Nvidia's conduct has violated antitrust laws, the source said.

  • The FTC will examine OpenAI and Microsoft's conduct in regard to their AI partnership.
  • First reported by The Wall Street Journal, the FTC is investigating whether Microsoft structured its investment in Inflection AI to avoid a government antitrust review of the transaction, per a source familiar with the matter.
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President Biden celebrated the deaths of Russian soldiers in Ukraine during a speech in Normandy, France, commemorating the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

“They’ve suffered tremendous losses, Russia. The numbers are staggering — 350,000 Russian troops dead or wounded. Nearly 1 million people have left Russia because they can no longer see a future in Russia,” Biden said.

The real number of dead or wounded troops in the Ukraine war is unclear since neither side shares information about casualties. But it’s likely Ukraine has suffered more casualties since the conflict is largely an artillery war, and Ukrainian forces have been significantly outgunned.

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The men sat in rows, handcuffed and blindfolded, unable to see the Israeli soldiers who stood watch over them from the other side of a mesh fence.

They were barred from talking more loudly than a murmur, and forbidden to stand or sleep except when authorized.
A few knelt in prayer. One was being inspected by a paramedic. Another was briefly allowed to remove his handcuffs to wash himself. The hundreds of other Gazan detainees sat in silence. They were all cut off from the outside world, prevented for weeks from contacting lawyers or relatives.

This was the scene one afternoon in late May at a military hangar inside Sde Teiman, an army base in southern Israel that has become synonymous with the detention of Gazan Palestinians. Most Gazans captured since the start of the war on Oct. 7 have been brought to the site for initial interrogation, according to the Israeli military.

The military, which has not previously granted access to the media, allowed The New York Times to briefly see part of the detention facility as well as to interview its commanders and other officials, on condition of preserving their anonymity.

Once an obscure barracks, Sde Teiman is now a makeshift interrogation site and a major focus of accusations that the Israeli military has mistreated detainees, including people later determined to have no ties to Hamas or other armed groups. In interviews, former detainees described beatings and other abuse in the facility.

Claire's Observations:  There are a lot of sick people in the world who enjoy torturing others, even to the point of death; looking at these images, I would suggest that the Israeli prison system, has more than their fair share of  this kind of individual!!!

And I would like to politely remind their governmental overseers, the current regime in Tel Aviv, that torture is a war crime.

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The Department of Justice has indicted Dr. Eithan Haim, a relatively unknown surgeon, on four felony counts related to his alleged violation of a medical-records law. Dr. Haim gained notoriety last year for exposing Texas Children’s Hospital’s clandestine transgender surgeries and treatments on minors.

Dr. Haim anonymously leaked evidence of these procedures to conservative journalist Christopher Rufo. Despite announcing the program’s discontinuation in accordance with Governor Greg Abbott’s 2022 directive equating such interventions with child abuse, Texas Children’s Hospital continued its transgender program. The hospital finally ceased its trans-medical practices after a state law took effect in September 2023, banning drug and surgical “gender-affirming” interventions for minors.

National Review explains that in January, Haim disclosed his identity, aiming to protect himself from retaliation by the DOJ and the Department of Health and Human Services. Federal officials had approached Haim in June, revealing he was a potential target in a criminal investigation regarding his leaking of medical records. The prosecution claims he failed to redact sensitive patient information.

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Bridgette Crowell, a former official within the District of Columbia’s Office of Contracting and Procurement (OCP) and previously at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), pleaded guilty on Thursday for her involvement in a scheme where she manipulated government contracts for personal gain.

The 39-year-old Laurel, Maryland resident admitted to a one-count criminal Information charging her with conspiracy to commit wire and honest services fraud. Sentencing is scheduled for September 6, 2024, according to DOJ.

Joining Crowell in her corrupt endeavors, Obinna Ogbu, 52, of Silver Spring, Maryland, also entered a guilty plea for his role in the fraudulent activities, both at WMATA and OCP. Meanwhile, Ifediora Oli, another accomplice, has pled not guilty, with his case still pending before the courts.

According to court documents, Crowell began working at OCP in 2019 as a contracting specialist after serving as a contract administrator at WMATA. It was during her time at WMATA that she first met co-conspirators Ogbu and Oli.

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French President Emmanuel Macron used the occasion of D-Day memorial events in France on Thursday to make some big announcements on Ukraine. This after President Biden focused much of his speech on 'defeating Russia' - as opposed to remembrance of WWII and those who perished on the beaches of Normandy.

For the first time Macron said that there's been a specific request from the Zelensky government to send French troops to Ukrainian soil in order to train forces there, amid a growing manpower shortage and severe lag in adequate training.

"There is a challenge in capacity. That is why the Ukrainian president and his minister of defence asked all the allies -- 48 hours ago in an official letter -- saying 'we need you to train us quicker and that you do this on our soil'," Macron said in a live interview on French television, translated by AFP.

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