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Author3ed by Con Coughlin via the Gatestone Institute,

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If attempts by Western leaders to impose further sanctions against Iran in retaliation for its direct attack against Israel are to have any validity, they will need to be a great deal more effective than those implemented in recent decades.

For decades, the US and its allies have been imposing sanctions against Tehran in an attempt to restrain its malign support for terror organisations, such as Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza.

Wide-ranging sanctions have also been imposed against Tehran to curb its nuclear programme, which most Western intelligence agencies believe is ultimately aimed at fulfilling the Iranian regime's quest to acquire a nuclear weapons arsenal.

This has led to restrictions being placed on Iran's ability to access technology and material that might be used to aid its nuclear development, while a range of other economic sanctions, especially limiting Iran's ability to export oil, have been implemented.

These sanctions were strengthened even more by the US after Iranian-backed militias were accused of attacking US forces in Syria and Iraq in the wake of the October 7 attack on Israel.

The UK, too, has adopted a more robust approach to Tehran after British security officials uncovered a number of Iranian plots to kill or kidnap Iranian opposition figures residing in the UK. Seven senior members of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and one Iranian organisation were added to the UK's sanctions list in January over claims they were involved in threats to kill journalists on British soil.

Iran's direct attack against Israel earlier this month -- the first time Iran carried out such a mission since its 1979 Islamic Revolution -- has prompted Western leaders to formulate a new round of sanctions against Tehran aimed at targeting Iran's drone and missile production industries.

In a coordinated announcement made by the US, UK and Canada this week, new measures were imposed against individuals and companies that are "closely involved" in Iran's drone production.

The US Treasury announced it was "sanctioning over one dozen entities, individuals, and vessels that have played a central role in facilitating and financing the clandestine sale of Iranian unmanned aerial vehicles."

The measures will also result in two individuals facing a travel ban to the UK and an asset freeze, while four companies will be subjected to an asset freeze.

The measures are a direct response to the Iranian attack against Israel, in which more than 300 drones, missiles and ballistic missiles were fired at Israel.

Even so, the fact that the sanctions announced did not extend measures against Iran's lucrative oil industry, whose revenues are primarily responsible for keeping the mullahs in power, shows that, despite the clear and present threat Iran poses to the security of both the Middle East and the wider world, Western governments are still proving reluctant to take the measures needed to cripple the Iranian economy.

A key factor in the reluctance of Western leaders to punish Iran for its aggression is the appeasement policy the Biden administration has pursued towards Iran in recent years in the naive hope that, by going easy on Iran, the Iranian regime might be persuaded to agree to a new deal on its nuclear activities.

Claire's Observations:  Mr. Coughlin usually gets a lot  right in his analyses, but in this he misses one critical factor, and that must be stated with a megaphone;  the US's policies on Iran have thrown it into the waiting arms of both China and Russia, two countries which have mercilessly out-performed the US in terms of their military weaponry. 

This was a marvelous example of the Comedian Ron White's brilliant one-liner:" you can't fix stupid".

Just this year, a number of thoughtful articles have expressed concern about this blossoming "military bromance" between Russia and Iran:

https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2024/0124/Russia-has-long-sold-arms-to-Iran.-Now-Iran-is-returning-the-favor

https://www.stimson.org/2024/iran-and-russia-enter-a-new-level-of-military-cooperation/

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-04-26/russia-iran-military-alliance-gives-israel-cause-for-concern

Had it not been for the US and the West's collective stupidity  in the way they have handled relations with Iran, this most likely would not have happened.

Just take a look at how the US has handled relations with Saudi Arabia, after the assassination of Kashoggi, and you will see a staggering example of "dual standards" when it comes to countries in the Middle East. 

 

 

 

Tags: CHINA/TAIWAN, CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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James O’Keefe last Friday warned he was about to release the most important story of his entire career.

“I have evidence that exposes the CIA, and it’s on camera. I am working on releasing a story that I believe is the most important of my entire career,” O’Keefe said on Friday.

“Do you think it’s a coincidence that right at this moment I am subject to an endless series of attacks?” he said. “This is obviously a sophisticated information operation designed to stop me from releasing this story. I’m sure you recognize they are masters of using half-truths and innuendos to raise doubt against people who don’t deserve it. It’s meant to consume my time and energy and make me back down.”

“But I’m not going to let it work. Rest assured, nothing will stop me from releasing this story,” O’Keefe said.

O’Keefe Media Group on Wednesday released part one: Exposing the CIA: A project manager working in cyber operations told OMG’s undercover journalist that the Director of the CIA would keep information from Trump.

He also said the CIA spied on Trump’s presidency and is still monitoring him to this day.

Tags: DICTATORSHIP, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Joshua Dean, a former Spirit AeroSystems employee who raised the alarm over lax standards in the production of Boeing’s 737 MAX jet, has died following a sudden and severe illness. In March, another Boeing whistleblower was found dead in a hotel parking lot in what authorities tentatively described as a suicide.

The 737 MAX airliner has had a history of accidents, including two leading to multiple deaths. In October 2018, one of the aircraft went down in Indonesia, claiming the lives of all 189 people on board. Five months later, another Boeing 737 MAX – operated by Ethiopian Airlines – crashed soon after takeoff, killing all 157 passengers and crew. The two tragedies prompted a 20-month grounding of the airliner.

In January, a Boeing 737 MAX-9 operated by Alaska Airlines saw one of its doors and part of the fuselage break away in midair, soon after takeoff. An audit by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of Boeing and one of its key suppliers, Spirit AeroSystems, subsequently “identified non-compliance issues in Boeing’s manufacturing process control, parts handling and storage, and product control.”

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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On 23 April, a scientific paper was published in the world-renowned journal Authorea that reviewed oncogenesis and autoimmunity caused by mRNA injections.

It found that repeated mRNA injections reduce immune surveillance for cancer while at the same time inducing autoimmunity.

Oncogenesis or carcinogenesis is the process through which healthy cells become transformed into cancer cells.

Autoimmunity is an immune response resulting from a failure of our immune system to recognize our own cells and tissues as “self.”

The paper extensively reviewed the role of regulatory T cells (“Treg”) cells in the immune system, with a particular focus on the disruption of their behavior caused by the mRNA injections.

Treg cells modulate the immune system, maintain tolerance to self-antigens, and prevent autoimmune disease.

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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The Supreme Court is always making decisions that affect millions of Americans. But in recent years, it appears the cases it rules on are becoming more and more critical. The court has issued decisions that have impacted every last American.

And it doesn’t sound as if that is going to change any time soon. In recent years, the court shot down state laws that restrict Americans’ freedom. It ended a landmark ruling that legalized abortion.

But it seems some of its biggest cases could happen in the future. Challengers have sued two large blue states for restrictions they placed on law-abiding Americans. And the highest court in the land just moved a step closer to ruling on them.

From Breitbart:
The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is taking lawsuits against the Illinois “assault weapons” ban and the ban in Maryland into conference.

The conference is scheduled for May 16, at which point justices will decide whether to grant cert for the cases–Harrel v. Raoul and Bianchi v. Frosh–placing them on the SCOTUS docket…

“This could be the signal for which we have been waiting, that the Supreme Court may be ready to consider cases challenging bans on the most popular firearm in America today and their magazines.”

Tags: RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS
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Across the country, pro-Palestinian (and in many cases, pro-Hamas) protesters are occupying college campuses. In many cities, police are quickly removing encampments, and arresting agitators and students.

But the far-left movement continues, as college students support Gaza, spouting anti-Israel and antisemitic rhetoric.

At one school, protesters knocked down police barricades to get to the school’s flagpole. In one of the most egregious acts of this crisis, protesters pulled down the American flag and replaced it with the Palestinian. That’s when the school’s chancellor, flanked by an army of police, set things right.

Webmaster addition: That's odd. They didn't make a fuss when it was the LGBTQ+ flag being hoisted!

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, EDUCATION, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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The liberal judge presiding over his criminal case out of New York has required Trump to be in court every day. That seems to be an obvious attempt at derailing the work he has to do for his campaign.

But if Democrats assume Trump is going to take this lying down, they really don’t get Donald. This week, Trump got a day off from the ongoing trial. And he is wasting no time to jump back onto the campaign trail.

From Fox News:
Donald Trump is making the most of his day off from court this week.

With the judge in the former president’s first criminal trial using Wednesdays to handle other business from other cases he’s handling, Trump is heading to two crucial states that may decide the winner of his 2024 rematch with President Biden.

Trump is making campaign stops in Wisconsin and Michigan, two crucial battlegrounds he narrowly captured in his 2016 presidential election victory but where he fell short four years later as he lost his re-election bid…

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Colleges have suffered millions in damages. Students might abandon institutions of higher learning after this crisis. Despite the terrible fallout of this movement, Biden announced plans that could make this climate across America even worse.

From The Post Millennial:
The Biden administration has indicated that they are considering bringing Palestinian refugees from Gaza into the US to give these displaced persons “a permanent safe haven.” This would be the first time that the US refugee program, established in 1980, took on the project of Palestinian resettlement in large numbers in the US.

President Donald Trump has vowed to restrict any refugees coming in from Gaza and other hotbeds of terrorism. “We aren’t bringing in anyone from Gaza or Syria or Somalia or Yemen, or Libya, or anywhere else that threatens our security,” he said in an October 2023 speech.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, WHITE HOUSE
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From Fox News:
New York City Mayor Eric Adams lauded the NYPD on Wednesday after officers swept through anti-American and anti-Israel mobs at two major college campuses overnight, locking up hundreds of agitators.

He then ripped into the “despicable” academic environment that allowed the groups to fester…

“My uncle died defending this country, and these men and women put their lives on the line – and it’s despicable that schools will allow another country’s flag to fly in our country,” Adams, a former NYPD captain, told reporters.

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Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, EDUCATION, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The criminal case against Trump out of New York continues. Many have balked at the liberal judge’s treatment of the former president. He has demanded Trump attend every hearing—taking him away from the campaign trail.

Many believe this case—along with the others—is about nothing more than ruining Trump and ending his political career.

But this case might not work out as Democrats’ hope. The prosecutor’s top witness is Michael Cohen, a former Trump lawyer who went to jail for perjury. The state needs him if they wish to convict Trump. And Cohen might have just sabotaged their case.

From Fox News:
Michael Cohen, who is supposed to be a star witness in NY v. Trump, might have “torpedoed” the case before taking the stand by ranting about it on TikTok while fundraising, according to legal observers…

ABC News published an article Sunday declaring Cohen’s actions “could be a problem,” pointing out that Cohen has chimed in on former National Enquirer publisher David Pecker’s testimony, has regularly “railed against Trump,” has insisted the jury isn’t “bored” and can profit when followers shower him with gifts…

“It’s a problem for prosecutors because they chose to build a case on a witness with a track record of bad conduct and deep bias and, not surprisingly, he can’t help himself but continue to act in character,” McCarthy said.

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The Electronic Intifada on Wednesday thoroughly debunked hasbara agent Sheryl Sandberg's vile propaganda film "Screams Before Silence" which pushes the discredited "Hamas mass rape" hoax to justify Israel's war crimes in Gaza. 

Sandberg, the former Facebook COO, announced in January that she was stepping down from the board of Facebook's parent company Meta, seemingly to work full time as a propagandist for the Israel government. One has to wonder if she was pushed out because her depraved plans were too much for even Mark Zuckerberg to be associated with. 

Sandberg's deplorable film prominently features a "confession" from a Palestinian captive almost certainly extracted through torture by Israel as "evidence" and has Israeli government agents make all sorts of wild claims about "sexual torture" without producing any physical evidence. 

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The right’s unwillingness to mount a coherent defense against racist anti-white animus encourages the left to keep it up.

One of the most important but least mentioned developments over the last 10 to 12 years has been the growth in respectability of anti-white hate. …

Why has racist enmity against whites become so acceptable? There are multiple reasons, but I think the most important driver is that the grand strategy of the Democratic Party has become to exploit the growing diversity of the American electorate to construct a Coalition of the Fringes. The less you demographically resemble George Washington, Ben Franklin, or John Adams, the more likely you are to vote Democratic. Pitting the increasing margins of American society against its core has been reasonably successful for the Democrats: they’ve won a plurality of votes in seven of the last eight presidential elections.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Gaza is not the only genocide. Genocide is taking place all over Europe and in the US.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/conflict-migrant-centres-ireland-uk/5856071

All over Europe and the US governments prefer immigrant-invaders over their own citizens.

“The migrants are eligible for free accommodation, free social welfare, free medical care, food, clothes, and various other perks. Whilst at the same time that the Irish government is facilitating mass immigration there are 14,000 Irish homeless people on the streets.” And many more homeless Irish citizens are on the way. Migrants are given free accommodation in hotels and country estates throughout the land, while the Irish people are seriously struggling to make ends meet in a rigged inflationary system, with a never-ending story of sky-high rents, high taxes, inflation, and an ongoing extremely serious accommodation crisis. Many young Irish citizens are left with little option but to live with their parents or emigrate to countries such as Australia as they cannot afford to live in their own country.

Tags: GREAT BRITAIN/ UK, IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM
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Biden's Red Sea Failure Shown In One Map

by Tyler Durden
 

The US-led maritime coalition, Operation Prosperity Guardian, has been an utter failure in entirely securing critical shipping lanes in the southern Red Sea and deterring Iran-backed Houthis from attacking commercial vessels with drones and missiles near the Bab al-Mandab Strait. 

Days ago, we reported two vessels were attacked in the southern Red Sea, with one sustaining damage. 

Separate footage, timestamped April 29, shows what appears to be Houthis launching a suicide drone at a bulk carrier in the highly contested waters. The terrorist group has been targeting vessels associated with Western countries and Israel since mid-November in solidarity with Palestinians. 

We published a note 45 days ago titled "LNG Tankers Still Absent From Red Sea," and to this day, liquefied natural gas vessels with destinations in Europe and the US are absent from the critical shipping lane. This is a direct result of the Biden administration's weak foreign policy. 

Meanwhile, late last month, 16 maritime industry associations and social partners co-signed an open letter to the UN calling for urgent assistance as maritime chokepoints were seizing up. None of this should be a surprise as the world fractures into a dangerous multi-polar state. 

"If we ever have a long-term safe resolution to the Red Sea crisis, it's going to take six to 12 months before we actually have stable networks running through the Suez again," Alan Murphy, the founder of Sea-Intelligence, told Bloomberg in an interview this week.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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Jordan’s Foreign Ministry has said two Jordanian aid convoys carrying food and flour have been attacked by Israeli settlers on their way into the besieged Gaza Strip.

The convoys, one taking the Beit Hanoon crossing and another taking the Karem Abu Salem crossing into Gaza, were targeted by the settlers on Wednesday morning.

The assailants dumped some of their cargo and damaged the trucks.

The Jordanian ministry strongly condemned the assault and held the Israeli authorities fully responsible for the crime.

Jordan News Agency (Petra) reported that the “failure of the Israeli authorities to provide protection” for the convoys undermine the regime’s “claims and commitments to allowing aid to enter Gaza.”

Israeli settlers have been repeatedly blocking the humanitarian aid trucks heading to Gaza.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Warsaw has officially requested the deployment of nuclear weapons from the North Atlantic Alliance on its territory, according to Polskie Radio.

Nuclear Sharing is a NATO program that is part of the Alliance’s nuclear deterrence policy. It provides nuclear warheads to member states that do not have their own nuclear weapons. The United States controls the use of these weapons. Since November 2009, under Nuclear Sharing, American nuclear weapons have been located in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Türkiye.

Due to Russia deploying tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, Poland is interested in participating in NATO’s Nuclear Sharing program, which is part of nuclear deterrence.

Tags: EUROPE, NATO, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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We are almost five months into 2024 and Congress has yet to do one single thing that benefits the American people – but its members sure are doing a lot to uphold Jewish privilege.

A new bipartisan bill proposed by a pro-Israel Democrat and a pro-Israel Republican would create a new federal agency, of sorts, to police “antisemitism” on college campuses and universities.

Federally sanctioned “antisemitism monitors” would be deployed all across the country to surveil and spy on students, professors, and any others who dare to express opposition to Israel’s genocide in Gaza, for instance, or who in any way question Israel’s behavior or influence over American politics.

The First Amendment would no longer apply under the newly proposed bill, which is a product of Reps. Ritchie Torres (D-NY) and Mike Lawler (R-NY).

Tags: DICTATORSHIP, EDUCATION, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Israel is not stopping at wreaking havoc in Gaza as they wait for billions of U.S. dollars to be funneled into the proxy war the Biden administration has been staging. The state is also meddling directly in American politics as it now calls protesting students terrorists and wants the U.S. National Guard to attack, arrest and suppress free speech in universities across the country,

Unsurprisingly, President Joe Biden agreed with Israel and accused the students of “blatant antisemitism.” The president has been vocal about his all-out support and “loyalty” and has even publicly announced that his regime gives Israel $3.8 billion in military assistance annually. On Wednesday, Biden also signed into law a massive funding package that will provide an additional $17 billion to the country.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told US Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a meeting on Wednesday that he would not agree to a permanent ceasefire and end to Israeli operations in Gaza in exchange for a deal that would free Israeli hostages.

“He told Blinken that we are interested in reaching a deal and determined to topple Hamas,” an Israeli official told The Times of Israel.

For months, Hamas has said it would free all remaining Israeli hostages in exchange for a permanent truce, an Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, and the release of Palestinian prisoners. But Netanyahu has maintained that any ceasefire would only be temporary.

Netanyahu also told Blinken that Israel will invade the southern Gaza city of Rafah, which is packed with over 1 million civilians. “The Rafah operation does not depend on anything,” Netanyahu said, according to a statement from his office. “Prime Minister Netanyahu made this clear to Secretary Blinken.”

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Via Schiffgold.com,

Peter appeared on OAN’s Real America with Dan Ball to discuss new prospective income taxes, the latest idiotic craze in politics.

He starts by explaining why President Biden’s desired policy isn’t even an income tax:

“The worst of the capital gains tax is that Biden wants to impose a 25% tax on unrealized capital gains, which is definitely unconstitutional because it’s not an income tax. … If you haven’t realized the gain, you have no income subject to tax under the 16th amendment. It’s a property tax. You’re taxing property, and property taxes are direct taxes. They’re still bound by the rule of apportionment. They’re not exempted through the 16th amendment, so it would be unconstitutional.”

If such a tax was legal, it would still be a terrible policy, and it’d complicate the already burdensome tax code:

“It would also be economically destructive to try to force people to pay taxes on income they haven’t even received. They’d have to sell their assets. Imagine having to appraise your illiquid assets every year and then have to pay some kind of tax without having the liquidity to actually pay it. It would be an economic disaster if that were to be passed!”

Even raising corporate taxes would ultimately fall on the shoulders of everyday Americans:

“Nobody seems to understand: corporations don’t really pay taxes. They collect taxes. When you’re talking about taxing a corporation, you’re taxing the shareholders, you’re taxing the employees and the customers. So that’s the American public! One way or another, all corporate taxes are paid by the public. So if you’re raising the corporate tax, you’re raising the taxes on their employees, their shareholders, and their customers. That’s it.”

Thankfully, Peter thinks the proposed taxes are doomed to fail. He also reminds us of the government’s dishonest record with income taxes:

“It’s not gonna pass. At least we’ve got some Republicans with some sense in the House. This is just red meat to the base— the socialists that dominate the base of the democratic party. Yeah, they want to soak the rich. Remember, the only reason we have an income tax is because the government promised that it was only for the billionaires. … It was only 4% when it first started, back in 1916. So the government lied to the public, because as soon as they got the income tax passed, they started jacking up the rates.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY, TAXES
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Anti-Israel protestors across US college campuses have shaken the nation over the last weeks, systemically setting up illegal encampments and sparking questions about the money behind the demonstrations.

Organized encampments have appeared across the country's most respected universities after first showing up at Columbia in New York City. Violent clashes between protesters and police have followed at various schools including UCLA and the University of Texas at Austin.

Many have pointed fingers at a company called Crowds on Demand, which provides paid protesters as a service, accusing it of hiring left-wing agitators to manufacture the movement.

But in an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, CEO Adam Swart denied that his company has any involvement with the protests, and has actually denied requests from both sides.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, EDUCATION, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Scores of pro-Palestine encampments are being erected at universities across the country as American campuses are crippled by violent clashes at encampments of students expressing solidarity with Gaza.

Newcastle University was the latest to attract crowds pitching tents around university buildings and hoisting Palestinian flags in protest of the ruinous war in the Levant.

Leeds students also announced plans to camp 'indefinitely' outside their student union, occupying land opposite the building and pledging to remain until the university, in their view, is 'no longer complicit in the oppression of the Palestinian people'.

In Bristol, hand-painted banners were erected between tents, emblazoned with messages of defiance as students lobbied their university to cut ties with arms companies and back calls for a ceasefire as the war rages on. 

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, EDUCATION, GREAT BRITAIN/ UK, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Riot cops supported by busloads of reinforcements have smashed through barricades at UCLA's Gaza encampment after a smaller group of police was forced to retreat by pro-Palestine protesters.

LAPD officers who had been trying to hold a skirmish line dispersed earlier as they were pushed back by a wave of protesters, who far outnumbered police and were holding umbrellas and makeshift shields.

Soon after, hundreds of CHP officers were bussed to the campus as backup, cramming into a small walkway as they again attempted to breach the wall of people trying to prevent them from entering the encampment.

Hundreds of protesters, many brandishing umbrellas, shields and wearing helmets, continued to resist the police advance into the quad area on the west side of Royce Hall, attempting to push them back as they had done before.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, EDUCATION, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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As we gaze into the future of the F-35 fifth-generation fighter, we discover that the expected upgrade package, referred to as Technology Refresh 3 [TR-3], continues to undergo delays. What was initially planned for a 2023 release has already been delayed by a year. This slowdown in implementing innovations poses a significant obstacle to progress.  

Tags: WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Amid rising controversies surrounding the F-35 fifth generation fighter program, a House Armed Services Committee hearing has seen particularly significant criticisms raised against it. At the centre of discussions has been a recent Government Accountability Office audit finding that projected sustainment costs for the program had risen by 44 percent since 2018, with these rising from $1.1 trillion in 2018 to $1.58 trillion in 2023 across the fleet’s lifetime. This was on top of the planned future spending of $2 trillion acquiring 1,800 additional airframes. The report further stressed that the fighter’s particularly poor "full mission capable rate,” which is totally in a league of its own within the fleet alongside the even more problematic F-22 as by far the poorest. The report highlighted that the F-35B variant’s fully mission capable rate that year was particularly poor even among other F-35s at just 14.9 percent, with this representing the most expensive and complex variant. Very poor availability rates have been at the centre of lawmakers’ criticisms in the past, as the newly built aircraft were expected to have far better rates and less maintenance issues than worn out Cold War era F-15 and F-16 airframes many of which have served for over three decades. 

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US officials may have sent taxpayer money to fund risky research in a Chinese lab known to be carrying out bioweapon research.

Disgraced researcher Dr Peter Daszak suggested to a Congressional subcommittee that the intelligence community was aware of the coronavirus experiments carried out at the Wuhan Institute of Virology years before the pandemic - which many fear may have started the outbreak.

The government sent money to the Chinese facility despite concerns that the WIV was being by the Chinese government to manufacture bioweapons, according to Dr Daszak's testimony. 

Further, the researcher said the WIV is astonishingly still in possession of 15,000 samples of other coronaviruses that may belong to the US government through past taxpayer-funded research. 

Dr Daszak told the subcommittee: 'To the last of my knowledge, [samples] were in the freezers in Wuhan - over 15,000 of them.' 

Tags: CHINA/TAIWAN, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WMD
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JP Morgan's CEO has come under fire for claiming average Americans are in 'pretty good shape' financially, despite soaring inflation and stagnant interest rates crippling household budgets.

Jamie Dimon was blasted as 'out of touch' for the comments, made during an interview on the Wall Street Journal's podcast, The Journal.

Dimon, who is estimated to be worth around $2.1 billion according to Forbes, stated that consumers 'still have excess money from COVID'.

'The consumer's in pretty good shape right now,' Dimon told interviewer Emma Tucker. 

But his remarks were slammed online, including by one furious TikToker left in disbelief, after the head of the US' largest bank claimed Americans are 'still spending down' funds handed out during the pandemic.

Tags: ECONOMY
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