President Volodymyr Zelensky has sounded the alarm about the prospects of Western support to the Kiev regime decreasing, telling media that Ukrainian troops might be forced into a retreat without US and NATO backing.
Ukrainian President Zelensky has drawn attention to reducing Western support as Washington’s attention is increasingly focused on the Middle East and the escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A recent stopgap funding bill signed by the POTUS contains no provisions for further assistance to Ukraine.
Zelensky's words appears to be “both symbolic and real,” as Ukraine’s “hopes of victory, that were already dim, would falter in oblivion” if the constant flow of weapons and munitions to Kiev from the West were to cease, argued Jacques Sapir, a director at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) in Paris.
"Netanyahu is done. We are getting rid of him. Israel will get rid of him and all the Jews from all over the world will get rid of him. Now 60-70% of the people in his country are protesting against Netanyahu, since he is getting both his own country and the whole world to pay a heavy price. Now everyone is sending him weapons and money, but this situation makes the countries that support him pay the price," Erdogan said, as quoted by the Anadolu news agency.
Yana Abukhadzharas, who was evacuated from the Gaza Strip to Moscow, told TASS about bombings near the Rafah checkpoint where evacuees have been crossing into of late.
"It’s very scary and dangerous out there. We saw a bomb flying and hitting a house as we sat [at the border crossing]. Ordinary people, just like you and me, are getting killed - families, children, grandparents," she said.
According to her, the Russian embassy has been trying to reach Russians, calling their local numbers, despite phones being cut off in the Palestinian enclave. While she chose to evacuate, her husband stayed behind to help his elderly parents, Abukhadzharas said. The woman and her two small kids spent 18 hours on the border, while they bordered their flight within 90 minutes upon arrival in Cairo.
The Islamic Resistance in Lebanon, Hezbollah, on Friday, carried out qualitative operations targeting gatherings of Israeli occupation soldiers in about seven sites, within the battle of the “Al-Aqsa flood” in southern Lebanon on the Palestinian border.
In successive statements this evening, Hezbollah said that its fighters targeted gatherings of the Israeli occupation soldiers in each of “ the Triangle of Al-Tayhat, the Al-Marj site, the Ramim barracks (in the occupied Lebanese village of Hounin), the Al-Malikiya site, the settlement of “Yar’oun” (the occupied Lebanese village of Salha), and the Dhairah site,” achieving direct hits.
According to Hezbollah’s statements, these operations come “in support of our steadfast Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip and in support of their brave and honorable resistance.”
Hundreds of people fled on foot Saturday after Israel’s army ordered the evacuation of Gaza’s main hospital where more than 2,000 patients, medics and displaced people were trapped by the war between Israel and Hamas.
An AFP journalist witnessed the movement, on a road leading south, but health officials in the Hamas-ruled territory said 450 patients unable to be moved remained at Al-Shifa hospital. The facility has become the focus of the war that is entering its seventh week after Hamas’s October 7 attacks on southern Israel.
Israel has been pressing military operations inside the hospital, searching for the Hamas operations center it says lies under the sprawling complex — a charge Hamas denies.
Israel has vowed to destroy Hamas in response to the October 7 attacks which Israeli officials say killed about 1,200 people, most of them civilians, and saw about 240 people taken hostage.
The army’s air and ground campaign has since killed 12,000 people, including 5,000 children, according to the Hamas government which has ruled Gaza since 2007.
The policy being pursued by Washington in Ukraine and the Middle East would bring progress and make the United States more secure, US President Joe Biden said in his article for The Washington Post.
According to Biden, against the backdrop of "so much violence and suffering - in Ukraine, Israel, [the] Gaza [Strip] and so many other places - it can be difficult to imagine that something different is possible." "We must never forget the lesson learned time and again throughout our history: Out of great tragedy and upheaval, enormous progress can come," he maintained.
Webmaster addition: BULL BISCUITS! What did you get out of Afghanistan, Joe?
The Houthis (Ansar Allah) in Yemen are about to begin attacks against Israeli ships sailing in the Red Sea and other waters in support of the Gaza Strip, the Al-Mayadeen TV reported on November 18, citing a Yemeni military official.
The unnamed official told the Lebanon-based news channel that Israeli ships will be targeted regardless of whether they are heading to “occupied Palestine” or not.
“The Yemeni armed forces are capable of targeting any Israeli ship, whether in the Red Sea or any other place that the enemy does not expect,” the official said.
The Houthis, who control much of Yemen’s Red Sea coast, are part of the so-called “Axis of Resistance” which is backed by Iran and opposes Israel. Since the outbreak of the war in Gaza, the Houthis have been launching attacks with missiles and drones against Israel.
Earlier this week, the Houthis vowed to target Israeli ships sailing close to Yemen after announcing two attacks against Israel.
On the night of November 18, Russian forces launched another wave of massive strikes on Ukrainian military and industrial facilities throughout the country. The Russian Defense Ministry reported the destruction of ammunition depots of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Kiev, Dnepropetrovsk and Zhytomyr regions.
The Russian military rarely acknowledges strikes on Ukrainian industrial facilities, which serve the need of the Ukrainian military. According to unofficial Ukrainian reports, Russian forces launched combined strikes on the facilities of the AFU in the ports of Odessa and Mykolaiv regions. Explosions thundered in the area of the airfield of Starokonstantinov in the Khmelnitsky region. More attack were reported in the Chernihiv region.
Local media reported the work of air defense in Kiev but did not reveal the target. The local officials also did not confirm any damage as a result of the Russian attack on the capital. However, according to the Russian military, they reached the ammo depot that they targeted.
Israel, the United States and Hamas have reached a tentative agreement to free dozens of women and children held hostage in Gaza in exchange for a five-day pause in fighting, the Washington Post reported on Saturday, citing people familiar with the deal.
As part of the detailed, six-page agreement, all parties would freeze combat operations for at least five days while 'an initial 50 or more hostages are released in smaller groups every 24 hours', the Post reported.
Hamas took about 240 hostages during its October 7 rampage inside Israel that killed 1,200 people. So far, just four captives have been released the war began.
It was not immediately clear how many of the 239 people believed to be in captivity in Gaza would be released under the deal. The newspaper said overhead surveillance would monitor ground movement to help police the pause, which also is intended to allow in a significant amount of humanitarian aid.
But early on Sunday morning in Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied that any such deal was in place.
North Idaho has long been home to those seeking to escape the looming collapse of America. This is a region doused in frontier spirit; a land where people openly carry guns, and where bounty hunters still operate, tracking down fugitives hoping to bolt into Canada. It is here, on rugged fringes stalked by mountain lions, bears and wolves, that the American Redoubt was born.
The Redoubt is both a prophecy and a movement: a pre-emptive response to the anarchy on the horizon. Economic meltdown, nuclear war, the lawlessness that will follow the total defunding of the police — all, its followers warn, could bring an end to American civilisation. And so they have started to prepare. First, by relocating to easily defensible ranches in the wilderness; and second, by stocking up on food, firearms and fuel. While their country teeters on the brink of bedlam, they are building a fortress.
For all the sensationalism surrounding the events of Oct. 7, when Hamas broke through the Gaza fence and seized territory in the Gaza Envelope as part of Operation Al-Aqsa Flood, there is still much that we do not know. The official Israeli death toll from the attack is estimated at 1,200 civilians, revised from an initial estimate of 1,400. Among this figure are several hundred civilians, which Israel says were killed by Hamas militants. Other testimony from survivors of Oct. 7 suggests an alternative explanation—that in its fervor to defeat Hamas, Israeli commanders may have willingly targeted and sacrificed Israeli soldiers and civilians in the crossfire. Max Blumenthal of The Grayzone joins The Chris Hedges Report for an in-depth look.
Capitol Hill staff describe the struggle of working within an institution that, to them, feels like funding the death of those who look like them in Gaza.
Muslim and Arab US Congressional staffers shared their frustration over legislators’ apparent lack of concern over a climbing death toll in Gaza in a report in US media Saturday.
“They have the same faith as us, have the same names as us, a lot of our families live in the region,” said one Capitol Hill employee. “So when we hear that dehumanizing language, it’s dehumanizing us… My life would not matter to this place if I had been born somewhere else.”
Each staffer interviewed for the article requested anonymity, fearing reprisal as critics of Israel’s month-long attack on the Gaza Strip have often faced firings and other disciplinary action from employers on Capitol Hill.
Israeli air raids have killed dozens of people, including children, in northern, central, and southern Gaza, Palestinian officials and media have said, as the besieged territory endures its 44th day of bombardment.
At least 31 people were killed in Israeli attacks on the Bureij and Nuseirat refugee camps in central Gaza, the Ministry of Health in the Hamas-governed enclave said on Sunday.
However, what about what happened before the "riots" started?
Did they happen spontaneously, or were they incited?
New video clips seem to show capitol police firing rubber bullets, tear gas grenades and stun grenades into crowds of peaceful protesters on J6 before anyone tried to enter the capitol building, possibly triggering the violence that would follow (and creating the footage that was played ad nauseum on major news networks as proof of insurrection).
Keep in mind that if such tactics had been used to incite BLM or pro-Palestinian riots there would undoubtedly be 24/7 news coverage of it.
These revelations further confirm why J6 footage was withheld from the country for so long.
It's easy to control the narrative when you have all the evidence under lock and key.