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On Wednesday, House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) expressed support for Ukraine using US-provided weapons on Russian territory, a step that would risk a major response from Russia.

Ukraine has been lobbying the US to allow the use of US-provided missile systems on Russian territory in the wake of Russia’s Kharkiv offensive, and the idea is gaining support in Congress.

A group of bipartisan members of the House sent a letter to President Biden on Monday urging him to lift any restrictions on Ukraine’s use of US weapons. “It is essential the Biden administration allows Ukraine’s military leaders to conduct a full spectrum of operations necessary to respond to Russia’s unprovoked attack on their sovereign land,” the lawmakers said.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Israel's national security minister, Itamar Ben Gvir, stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem on the day a number of European countries recognised a Palestinian state, amid the ongoing war on Gaza

Images showed Itamar Ben Gvir entering the complex flanked by heavily armed Israeli forces.

In a video taken from the courtyards of the mosque, the far-right minister said the Jerusalem site "belongs only to the state of Israel".

His visit came as Spain, Ireland and Norway announced their recognition of the state of Palestine, which in turn prompted Israel to recall its ambassadors.

Palestinians have long sought East Jerusalem, where Al-Aqsa is located, as the capital of any future state.

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The many Jewish students in the campus encampments, along with other Jews protesting the Gaza phase of the Palestinian Genocide, deserve the highest praise for many reasons.  One reason is that by their deeds they are countering what might otherwise turn into a wave of antisemitism.

The portrait of the encampments in much of the mass media and at Congressional hearings is a seething cauldron of anti-Jewish hatred and bigotry.  Joe Biden has joined the chorus, labelling the students’ actions to oppose Israel’s genocide as “antisemitic protests”! This charge is false amounting to a smear of the protests and an easy way to dismiss the them.  And it is dangerous because it de-legitimizes a movement that may help to stop a genocide.  But it is dangerous in another respect, for it increases the possibility of a real wave of antisemitic backlash.

Let’s begin with the slaughter of Gazans which is simply the latest phase of a long slow genocide of the Palestinian people which began with the Nakba of 1948, the forced expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians from their homes accompanied by a campaign of terror and atrocities.   The Nakba and the ethnic  cleansing of Palestinians from historic Palestine, aka Greater Israel, over the following 76 years, have largely been hidden from view.  In contrast, as has been widely remarked, the present massacre in Gaza is highly visible over alternative media on the internet.  The more than 35, 000 deaths, the majority of them women and children, and the bombed-out, smoking rubble that once was cities, schools, mosques, churches, hospitals and homes and even cemeteries are there for all the world to see.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Right-wing activists obstructing trucks carrying aid to Gaza are operating like militias for all intents and purposes. The permissive attitude with which their activities are being received is evidence of the deep and spreading rot in Israel under the leadership of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir and Justice Minister Bezalel Smotrich. Militia activists were filmed this week stopping Palestinian trucks in Jerusalem, demanding their drivers' licenses and even conducting searches of trucks to verify that they weren't carrying food. In one of the videos posted by Haaretz reporter Nir Hasson, militia members can be seen functioning like an IDF checkpoint on their own behalf, with police officers present in the vicinity and not disturbing them in their task.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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New footage obtained by Al Jazeera shows Israeli troops removing corpses from different locations in Gaza’s al-Shifa hospital, and loading them into trucks, following the initial Israeli raid on the Strip's biggest medical complex in November.

Al-Shifa and its surrounds have been raided at least four times since the start of the war on 7 October, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

In the video, which was filmed on 16 November, Israeli soldiers are seen placing wrapped dead bodies on stretchers after they had taken them out from the hospital's morgue, a temporary mass grave in the hospital’s courtyard, and a tent where piles of corpses were stored.

In mid-November, Israeli soldiers stormed al-Shifa, where thousands of civilians had been besieged for days, including premature babies, critically ill patients, displaced families and medical staff. 

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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As Israel's assault on Gaza continues on the ground, a parallel battle rages on social media between people and bots.

Lebanese researchers Ralph Baydoun and Michel Semaan, from research and strategic communications consulting firm InflueAnswers, decided to monitor how what seemed like “Israeli” bots have behaved on social media since October 7.

Early on, Baydoun and Semaan said, pro-Palestinian accounts dominated the social media space. Soon, they noticed, pro-Israeli comments increased vastly.

“The idea is that if a [pro-Palestinian] activist posts something, within five... 10… or 20 minutes or a day, a significant amount of [comments on their post] are now pro-Israeli,” Semaan said.

“Almost every tweet is essentially bombarded and swarmed by many accounts, all of whom follow very similar patterns, all of whom seem almost human.”

But they are not human. They are bots.

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET/AI, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Harvard University’s governing board rejected an effort from faculty Wednesday to allow a group of 13 students sanctioned due to their participation in pro-Palestine protests to receive their degrees and graduate.

The Harvard Corporation veto of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) decision, which The Harvard Crimson described as “unprecedented,” underlines tensions between the university’s faculty and administration in the wake of mass pro-Palestine protests that have roiled college campuses this year.

FAS voted Monday to recommend that the 13 sanctioned students be allowed to receive degrees and graduate despite their disciplinary violations, going against a decision from the university’s administrative board last week. The corporation’s veto of that faculty vote again bars the students from graduating.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, EDUCATION, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The Air Force has been unable to pinpoint what caused last year’s costly spike in maintenance-related aircraft mishaps, according to the service’s top leaders.

In an interview with Air Force Times, Chief of Staff Gen. David Allvin, the service’s highest-ranking officer, and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force David Flosi, its top enlisted leader, said that while attempts to find a particular culprit behind the accidents have not borne answers, the service is continuing to examine why mishaps jumped. The service is “doubling down” on managing risk at the unit level, Allvin said, while ensuring airmen’s training isn’t rushed — potentially endangering troops who misunderstand instructions or skip steps.

Tags: WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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A trove of new whistleblower documents provided to House GOP investigators reveal, among other things, that the CIA prevented federal investigators from pursuing Hollywood lawyer Kevin Morris as a witness in their investigation of Hunter Biden.

Photo: Valerie Plesch for The New York Times

Morris, a Hollywood entertainment lawyer who has 'long supported' Hunter (and why?) has loaned the First Son more than $6.5 million, according to a January letter to the House oversight committee.

We've known about the CIA connection since March, when the Chairmen of the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees, Jim Jordan (R-OH) and James Comer (R-KY) said that a whistleblower has brought them information that 'seems to corroborate our concerns' that the CIA directly interfered with DOJ and IRS investigations of Hunter Biden.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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No, this is not a joke. 

The Waterfront Partnership, led by Laurie Schwartz for nearly two decades, and Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott have announced that the water in the Inner Harbor—a long-standing industrial port city on the East Coast known for its history of industry, manufacturing, shipping, transportation, toxic pollutants, and chronic sewage spillovers—has suddenly become "swimmable and fishable."

On June 23, Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott will make the ceremonial jump into the Baltimore Harbor from a floating dock at Bond Street Wharf in Fells Point to celebrate the Waterfront Partnership's milestone of allegedly creating a harbor clean enough to swim in. 

"I know the data, I know the water is safe, and that's why I'll be jumping in the harbor," Scott said on the nonprofit's website. 

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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One month after the FBI announced it was looking into international flights New York Democratic Mayor Eric Adams took on Turkish Airlines, a top City Hall aide is reportedly now cooperating with the probe.

Rana Abbasova, whom the New York Times described as the mayor's former liaison to New York City's Turkish community, is cooperating with federal agents, according to the outlet. The investigation is centered on whether Adams' 2021 campaign conspired with the Turkish government and others to funnel money into its coffers. 

The multipronged FBI investigation partially focuses on Turkish Airlines upgrades received by Adams. In November 2023, agents raided the home of former Turkish Airlines executive and Adams mayoral transition team member Cenk Öcal. Federal agents also seized some of Adams' phones and an iPad in November.

Abbasova's cooperation reportedly began a few weeks after the FBI raided her home in early November.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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With the general election happening in just a few months, many are speculating on Trump’s plans. He has clinched the Republican nomination. Now, many are awaiting his VP running mate announcement.

Trump has promised to reveal his pick before the Republican National Convention in the summer. But there are other key roles he will need to fill, should he return to the White House.

During an event over the weekend, reporters asked Trump about a certain notable Republican. He is an icon in a major red state and just defended a leftist-led attempt at destroying his career. And Trump had this to say about his future role in the Trump administration.

From The Post Millennial:
President Donald Trump has revealed that he would consider Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for national AG if Trump wins in November.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Joe Biden received tremendous support from black voters in 2020. He even claimed that black Americans supporting Trump “ain’t black.” Despite this, it seems that Biden’s policies have done nothing to help black Americans.

He is a far cry from Barack Obama, the man he served under as vice president. While it seemed that Obama could do no wrong, black Americans have not been pleased with old Joe’s performance.

The former chief of police in Detroit recently wrote an op-ed criticizing Biden’s time in office. He did not pull any punches, pointing out the many failures of this White House. And he said Biden has done this to the black community.

From The Post Millennial:
On Sunday, a former chief of the Detroit Police Department said that the Biden administration’s policies are “devastating” the black community. In an op ed in the Detroit Free Press, James Craig said, “Whether it is ‘Bidenomics’ or the crisis at the southern border, the Biden Administration has proven that it will stop at nothing to continue its failed agendas, even if it means turning its back on the Black community.”

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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The United Nations Security Council has voted against a resolution introduced by Russia and China that would ban member states from placing weapons of any kind in outer space.

This isn't the first time these two countries have suggested such an idea. In late April, the United States and Japan introduced a resolution of their own that sought specifically to ban the deployment of weapons of mass destruction; at the time, Russia and China introduced an amendment to this resolution that had similar tones to their recent resolution that's been struck down. That Russian-Chinese amendment sought to "prevent for all time the placement of weapons in outer space, and the threat of use of force in outer space."

Tags: CHINA/TAIWAN, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, UN, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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For those hoping for a brighter financial outlook, the recent performance of retail giant Target serves as a stark wake-up call. Target’s stock, $TGT, has plummeted 8% following weaker-than-expected earnings, with a 3% revenue decline highlighting the fragility of consumer strength. CEO Brian Cornell pointed to “continued soft trends in discretionary categories” as a key factor in this downturn.

Tags: ECONOMY
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There are 500 Ukrainian soldiers in Russian captivity that Kiev is not interested in getting back, RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan said on Wednesday, making their names public.

Russia has offered to release 500 prisoners from its large cohort of captives in exchange for an equal number of Russian service members from Ukrainian captivity. Kiev has not agreed to the proposal.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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UFC fighter Bryce Mitchell (AKA Thug Nasty) introduced newborn Tucker James to the world on Wednesday, declaring he would not be vaccinating his son or sending him to public school to avoid socialist indoctrination.

“Hey, I want to show you all Tucker James,” the UFC featherweight fighter said in an Instagram post. “He’s over 12 pounds now, he’s born at 7.8 pounds. So he’s very healthy. He’s doing very good.”

“I wanted to encourage you not to vaccinate your children because I think it’s bad for their health. It could potentially kill them, give them some type of…make ’em autistic. I mean, seriously, these vaccines are poisonous. So don’t vaccinate your kids.”

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, EDUCATION
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A former Tallahassee mayoral candidate has been arrested after allegedly robbing a Dollar General store at gunpoint.

The Tallahassee Democrat has reported Whitefield Leland, 44, was arrested on several charges, including grand theft of a firearm, robbery with a gun, possession of a firearm by a felon, and resisting arrest.

On Monday, Leland allegedly entered a Dollar General in Tallahassee and demanded cash while holding a manager at gunpoint.

After leaving with the cash, police officers found Leland in a nearby woods after following a trail of cash he had dropped.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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