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A TV critic who has seen the first few episodes of the new "Star Wars" series "The Acolyte" said the changes to the lore will "kill" the franchise to anyone who enjoyed it before Disney took the helm.

"The Acolyte" is the first show from the franchise to be created by a woman, with showrunner Leslye Headland introducing new, major female characters into the story. The fresh, prominent female Jedi roles include actress Carrie-Anne Moss as the "most powerful Jedi in the room" who practices a form of kung fu. The character is quite obviously inspired by Moss' character in "The Matrix" franchise, with scenes in the show closely mimicking scenes that starred Keanu Reeves in 1999.

Entertainment reporter Alan Ng, who said that he had seen the first four episodes of "The Acolyte," revealed that recent changes will finally destroy the lore.
 

"The third episode of The Acolyte will finally kill Star Wars for the vast majority of Pre-Disney Star Wars Fans. Based on LucasFilm comments of late, they are OK with that," Ng wrote on X.

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The more we learn about what went on with the now former January 6 Select Committee, the worse it seems to get. The June 2022 testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson, considered a star witness by the Committee's members, all of whom were selected by then Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), has once more garnered attention. It turns out that former and potentially future President Donald Trump's Secret Service driver wanted to quickly testify to refute her testimony, though he was "rebuffed."

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Just the News is reporting that the driver was "rebuffed" for months, which has been confirmed by a transcript of the interview, as well as by Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA), who is investigating the Select Committee for the Committee on House Administration's Subcommittee on Oversight. The timing conveniently lined up with the November 2022 midterms elections, with Democrats performing far better than expected.

As the report mentioned:

The transcript of the driver’s testimony reviewed by Just the News shows his lawyer complained that his client had offered to testify in July, August and September of 2022, but was “rebuffed” by the January 6 committee led by Chairman Rep. Benny [sic] Thompson, a Democrat, and Vice Chairwoman Rep. Liz Cheney, a Republican, both fierce opponents of Trump.

“We're talking about the driver of the limousine, and the head of the entire protective detail,” Loudermilk said during a wide-ranging interview with the "Just the News, No Noise" television show. “They were brought in by the select committee to testify, but they weren't brought in until November.

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There are seven conditions that must be met for a color revolution to successfully topple a government, and it all must revolve around a national election.

The timing couldn’t be more ripe as America heads into one of the most tumultuous and important elections we’ve seen in our lifetime. Not only that, but according to Glenn Beck, we currently meet all seven conditions.

The first condition is a “semi-autocratic regime.”

“We’re not a fully autocratic regime, and that’s not what you need. You need a semi-autocratic regime,” Glenn explains.

The second condition is an “unpopular incumbent.”

As Joe Biden’s disastrous polls reflect, we can definitely check that one off on the list.

The checklist goes on, with number three being a “united and organized opposition” and number four “an ability to quickly drive home the point that voting results were falsified," which then begets number five: “media to inform people about the falsified vote.”

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Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has said he will support giving black farmers $5 billion in reparations once in office — throwing his weight behind a provision in President Biden’s American Rescue Plan that was struck down by a court as unconstitutional.

“When I’m in the White House… I’m going to get rid of those people in USDA and get that money,” Kennedy told John Boyd Jr., the founder of the National Black Farmers Association, in a recent episode of his podcast.

“That $5 billion is not money, that is an entitlement,” the 70-year-old added. “It’s money that was a loan that black farmers were entitled to way back when and was stolen from them through discrimination.”

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Israel is poised to significantly escalate its attacks on Hezbollah in the coming weeks. On Tuesday, the army's chief of staff said the country is "ready" for war, the same day fires continued to rage across northern Israel sparked by Hezbollah rockets and drones as cross-border fighting continues to intensify.

Many would argue that a third Lebanon war is inevitable. The first and second Lebanon wars, the first launched in 1982 and the second in 2006, were vastly different from each other – one became an 18-year quagmire, the other ended relatively quickly but with limited gains.

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The Department of Justice has admitted that audio recordings of President Biden's interview with special counsel Robert Hur were altered, but claim they contain 'minor differences.'

"The interview transcripts are accurate transcriptions of the words of the interview contained in the audio recording, except for minor instances such as the use of filler words (such as ‘um’ or ‘uh’) when speaking that are not always reflected on the transcripts, or when words may have been repeated when spoken (such as ‘I, I’ or ‘and, and’) but sometimes was only listed a single time in the transcripts," DOJ official Bradley Weinsheimer said in a Friday filing.

"Besides these exceedingly minor differences, based on my simultaneous review of the transcripts while listening to the audio recording, the transcripts accurately capture the words spoken during the interview on the audio recording with no material differences between the audio recording and transcripts," Weinsheimer claims.

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The Israeli occupation has signed a $3 billion agreement with the United States to acquire a third squadron of Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighter jets, the Israeli security ministry announced Tuesday.

The $3 billion deal is financed by US military aid to "Israel", the ministry said, specifically by the US Foreign Military Financing (FMF).

The agreement includes the procurement of 25 additional F-35 jets, bringing the total number of these advanced aircraft in the Israeli occupation's air force to 75. The acquisition is formalized through a Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) signed by the Israeli mission to the United States.

Deliveries of the new jets are scheduled to commence in 2028, with an expected delivery rate of three to five aircraft per year. 

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The Military-Industrial Complex Is Killing Us All

by David Vine & Theresa Arriola 

War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing. Or so the song lyrics go anyway.

But in the case of this country, war, it turns out, has been good for plenty of high-class Americans, especially our weapons makers. As TomDispatch regular David Vine and Theresa Arriola report today, the military-industrial-congressional complex (MIC) has proven to be a cash cow of the first order (though I hate to insult cows that way). In this century, the money has simply poured into it and yet, somehow, it never seems to be enough. Only recently, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell typically “ripped” President Biden’s request for $850 billion for the 2025 Pentagon budget as “inadequate” and demanded even more money for it. So, it goes — so, in fact, it has long gone.

And in a country in which the Pentagon budget and the far vaster national security budget only continue to rise, the oddest thing of all, it seems to me, is this: since the U.S. emerged victorious from World War II, no matter how much money it’s poured into the MIC or how many bases its military has established globally, in no significant war — from Korea in the early 1950s to Vietnam in the 1960s to the Afghan and Iraq wars of this century and the Global War on Terror that went with them — has this country ever (that’s right ever) emerged genuinely victorious.

Yes, the nation whose “defense” budget equals that of the next nine countries combined can’t win a war or stop pouring money into its military and the vast industrial combine that goes with it. Today, backed by an extraordinary set of original images related to the MIC that have never been published before (and can be seen in their original form here), Vine and Arriola offer a look at just what a disaster it’s proven to be for this country. ~ Tom Engelhardt

The Military-Industrial Complex Is Killing Us All

by David Vine and Theresa (Isa) Arriola

We need to talk about what bombs do in war. Bombs shred flesh. Bombs shatter bones. Bombs dismember. Bombs cause brains, lungs, and other organs to shake so violently they bleed, rupture, and cease functioning. Bombs injure. Bombs kill. Bombs destroy.

Bombs also make people rich.

When a bomb explodes, someone profits. And when someone profits, bombs claim more unseen victims. Every dollar spent on a bomb is a dollar not spent saving a life from a preventable death, a dollar not spent curing cancer, a dollar not spent educating children. That’s why, so long ago, retired five-star general and President Dwight D. Eisenhower rightly called spending on bombs and all things military a “theft.”

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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) yesterday warned that children in Gaza are living next to waste dumps and suffering from diseases and foul smell.

“Tons of solid waste are piling up across the Gaza Strip. Children and their families are living alongside waste dumps, suffering from diseases and foul smell,” the UNICEF Middle East and North Africa office stated in a post on X.

“No child should go through this, Children need an immediate ceasefire,” UNICEF MENA added in its X post.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, UN, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Israel's military operation in Gaza is a "strategic disaster," as support for the radical Palestinian movement Hamas among Gazans is actually increasing, Audrey Kurth Cronin, Director of the Carnegie Mellon Institute for Strategy and Technology, said in an op-ed for Foreign Affairs magazine.

Cronin argues that while the primary objective of Israel's operation in Gaza was to dismantle Hamas, the Israeli armed forces have merely reduced the number of Hamas fighters. According to the expert, a March 2024 opinion poll by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research showed support for Hamas among Gazans topping 50%, a 14-point rise since December 2023.

"Simply put, despite some tactical victories, the Israeli war in Gaza has been a strategic disaster," Cronin concludes. The expert attributes this situation to the conflict causing the deaths of tens of thousands of civilians, including women and children. Additionally, the increased support for Hamas is linked to Israel's restrictions on humanitarian aid to Gaza and the Israeli army's operations in the city of Rafah in southern Gaza.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Russian engineers are working tirelessly to bolster defenses against Ukrainian naval drones, also known as unmanned surface vehicles [USVs]. To achieve this, they’ve modernized the Soviet-era GShG-7.62 aviation machine gun, as reported by ANNA News. The updated machine gun is slated for installation on several warships. 

The GShG-7.62 machine gun, inspired by the Gatling gun design, features a block of four rotating barrels. It boasts an astonishing maximum firing rate of 6,000 rounds per minute. There’s also an alternate rate, allowing it to fire 3,500 rounds per minute. This impressive rate of fire is powered by an electric gas drive. 

However, such a rapid rate of fire presents challenges. After just eight seconds of continuous shooting [800 shots], the machine gun’s muzzle overheats and needs cooling. To address this, the electric gas drive was replaced with an electric one, reducing the firing rate to 300 rounds per minute. The Mash Agency detailed this modernization of the GShG-7.62.

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 by Dave DeCamp 

On Wednesday, the Mixed Migration Centre (MMC) published a report that said Saudi Arabia is still slaughtering African migrants and Yemenis at its border with Yemen nearly a year after the indiscriminate killings were revealed.

In July 2023, MMC issued a report that said Saudi border guards killed nearly 800 Ethiopian migrants and wounded about 1,700 in 2022. Human Rights Watch followed up with a similar report that said the killings could be a “crime against humanity.”

After the reports were released, The New York Times reported that the US was aware of the mass killings on the border since 2022 but kept quiet. Around the time the US learned of the massacres, the Biden administration was publicly criticizing Riyadh for OPEC oil cuts.

The MMC’s new report says that new evidence “appears to indicate that the Saudi border authorities at their southern border with Yemen are continuing to use live weapons to fire indiscriminately at Ethiopians and Yemenis crossing the border irregularly.”

A ceasefire between Saudi Arabia and Yemen’s Houthis has held well since April 2022, but Yemeni media frequently reports Saudi shelling at the border in Yemen’s northern Saada province. Yemeni citizens and African migrants are often reported killed.

The news of Saudi Arabia’s continued killings at the border comes after reports said the US is planning to resume offensive weapons sales to Riyadh. The US is also pushing a Saudi-Israeli normalization deal that would involve Washington giving Riyadh a mutual defense guarantee.

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A weapons stockpile reserve that the U.S. Defense Department uses to transfer military equipment to Israel lacks the necessary checks and balances, rigorous oversight, and transparency mechanisms needed to ensure responsible use.

Initially established after the 1973 Arab-Israeli War for emergency use, the reserve — officially referred to as the War Reserve Stockpile Allies-Israel (WRSA-I) — has evolved to include dual-use materials accessible by both U.S. and Israeli forces.

Despite this evolution, the stockpile, dispersed across multiple warehouses, lacks a public inventory and a legal framework to ensure transparent and accountable transfers of materiel. Bilateral agreements require Israel to cover storage and maintenance costs, but there’s no public policy guidance on transfers.

Significant withdrawals have been made for Israeli conflicts and U.S. military aid to Ukraine, often without public documentation. The legal basis for these transfers — Section 514 of the Foreign Assistance Act, the Arms Export Control Act, and various congressional transfer authorities — does not mandate comprehensive reporting to Congress, limiting oversight and accountability.

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In 1946 reporter John Hersey published a harrowing report from Hiroshima that followed the travails of a number of survivors of the Bomb, including those of Father Wilhelm Kleinsorge, a Jesuit missionary from Germany.

On a search for water for some of the wounded, Kleinsorge came across a group of survivors

“…about twenty men, and they were all in exactly the same nightmarish state: their faces were wholly burned, their eye-sockets were hollow, the fluid from their melted eyes had run down their cheeks. (They must have had their faces upturned when the bomb went off; perhaps they were anti-aircraft personnel) Their mouths were mere swollen, pus-covered wounds, which they could not bear to stretch enough to admit the spout of the teapot.”

Passages such as these revealed the horrors Japanese survivors endured in the aftermath of the American nuclear attack. Hersey’s Hiroshima became, in the view of essayist Roger Angell, “part of our ceaseless thinking about world wars and nuclear holocaust.”And throughout the Cold War, the idea of fighting a nuclear war was anathema to the respective leaders of the American and Soviet superpowers — a revulsion that found its ultimate expression in the pledge made by Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev and U.S. President Ronald Reagan that “a nuclear cannot be won and should never be fought.”

Yet little by little, as the Cold War has receded into memory, American and Russian leaders have torn up a series of arms control measures beginning with the U.S. withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty (2002), the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty (2019), and the Open Skies treaty (2020). For its part, in 2023 Russia unilaterally withdrew from both the Convention Armed Forces in Europe treaty and suspended participation in the landmark New START treaty.

And one of the more worrisome developments in a time which does not lack for them has been a worrying epidemic of loose talk about the use of nuclear weapons.

Tags: CHINA/TAIWAN, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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For much of the past year we had been pounding the table on two very simple facts:  not only has the US labor market been appallingly weak, with most of the jobs "gained" in 2023 and meant to signal how strong the Biden "recovery" has been, about to be revised away (as first the Philly Fed and now Bloomberg both admit), but more shockingly, all the job growth in the past few years has gone to illegal aliens.

We first pointed this out more than a year ago, and since then we have routinely repeated - again, again, and again - yet even though we made it abundantly clear what was happening...

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Israeli Ministers Call for Escalation in Gaza and Invasion of Lebanon at Provocative Flag Day March

Participants in the march chanted 'death to Arabs' and attacked Palestinians by Dave DeCamp June 5, 2024 at 4:43 pm ET Categories NewsTags Israel, Palestine

On Wednesday, Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich and Minister of National Security Itamar Ben Gvir both called for Israel to escalate in Gaza and to invade southern Lebanon, The Times of Israel reported.

The two ministers made the remarks in speeches during the provocative flag march in the Old City of Jerusalem that commemorates Jerusalem Day, a celebration of the Israeli capture of East Jerusalem during the 1967 war.

Thousands of ultra-nationalist Israelis took part in the march, which involved chants of “Death to Arabs” and attacks on Palestinians. The crowd also attacked a journalist for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

During his speech, Ben Gvir led the crowd in a chant of “victory” and said Israel could only win once it “enters all of Gaza and fights until victory.” He also said Israel needs to “go into the north and fight Hezbollah and destroy them.”

Smotrich called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to “give the order” to go to “war” with Hezbollah. “Let our heroic warriors win, restore our national honor, national pride, and security, and allow the heroic residents to return home safely,” he said.

Netanyahu on Wednesday signaled he was considering an invasion of Lebanon, saying that Israel was “prepared for a very intense operation” along the northern border.

Ben Gvir also declared on Wednesday that “his policy” was that Jews could pray at the al-Aqsa Mosque, known as Temple Mount to the Israelis, whenever they want, going against the status quo at the compound.

According to Haaretz, it marked the first time the Israeli minister in charge of security at al-Aqsa deviated from the status quo. In a radio interview, Ben Gvir said he was “pleased that Jews went to the Temple Mount and prayed there today. This is very important. My policy is very clear on this matter – Jews can go everywhere in Jerusalem and pray anywhere, and not silently. Jews prayed on the Temple Mount, that is the minister’s policy. Jews prayed on the Temple Mount, and that is good.”

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Netanyahu: Israel Prepared for ‘Very Intense’ War With Lebanon

Army Chief Halevi says Israel nearing decision on launching war by Jason Ditz June 5, 2024 at 1:44 pm ET Categories News

Yesterday it was reported that Britain had informed the Lebanese government that it should prepare for a full-scale Israeli war by mid-month. This report now appears to be confirmed as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talks up Israel’s readiness for such a war.

Following the war cabinet meeting, Netanyahu declared on Wednesday that Israel is prepared for a “very intense” operation against Lebanon, asserting that he would restore calm to the north of Israel one way or another.

For eight months, Israel and Hezbollah have been trading near daily fire across the border, and Israeli politicians have demanded a resolution as tens of thousands of civilians are being displaced by this military action.

War has been anticipated all year, but the starting point has moved closer, with Israeli Army Chief Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi reiterating that Israel is ready for an offensive, and that a decision point is at hand.

Lebanese PM Nijab Mikati claims reports of an imminent war are baseless, and that repeated media reports of Britain warning of the war are untrue. He added that he’s never been given any such warning.

Israeli airstrikes today continued to target motorcyclists across southern Lebanon, killing two riders in Naqoura with a drone attack. The slain were reported as Hezbollah members. A separate attack wounded three people, who were also identified as Hezbollah.

The United States and France have spent months trying to negotiate a settlement to prevent the war. The hope has been for both sides to cease firing and that Hezbollah relocate further north, resolving Israeli complaints about that organization’s presence right on the border.

Claire's Observation:  One has to wonder if Netanyahu and his minions are attempting to deflect public attention from Israel's genocide in Gaza (and  its continuing failure in in its destruction of Hamas) with the coming genocide in Lebanon.  Of course, the real "prize" for Israel's attempted "conquest" of this area, is the Litani River, a wonderful fresh water resource currently used by the Lebanese people, which is about 5  kilometers from the Israeli border.

Their problem is, too much has been seen, and witnessed to, courtesy of some very ballsy reporters, and very brave medical professionals attempting to keep wounded in Gaza in one piece; and once these images have been seen, cannot be unseen in the west. 

The moment the current Israeli regime began to conflate "self-defence" with "genocide", they lost both me, and a lot of other staunch Israel supporters.  No country in its right mind, in this part of the 21st century, can get away with this, and Israel's leadership should have known that they were no exception; unfortunately, however, a certain degree of hubris, coupled with a sense of "Biblical entitlement", gave them their "raison d'etre" for performing this horrific abomination, and off they went.

And to the Israeli leadership; if your point is "eliminating Hamas and Hezbollah", WHY, please, are the preponderance of your victims women and children?  Please, I'm keen to know!!

 

 

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A left-wing extremist attacked an AfD politician with a knife in Mannheim, Germany, very close to the same location where an Islamist killed a police officer last week.

A video of the incident shows the AfD’s Heinrich Koch approaching the knifeman as he carries away AfD posters which he had been tearing down.

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Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti and attorneys general from 20 other states have called for significant revisions to the American Bar Association’s (ABA)  Standards and Rules of Procedure for the Approval of Law Schools.

The attorneys general claim in a letter that ABA standards direct law school administrators to violate both the Constitution and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibit employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin.

Their demand comes in response to the Supreme Court’s 2023 decision in Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President & Fellows of Harvard College (SFFA), which ended the use of so-called affirmative action in higher education.

The rule of law cannot long survive if the organization that accredits legal education requires every American law school to ignore the Constitution and civil rights law,” Mr. Skrmetti said in a press release announcing the action.

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A new study shows that global excess death rates are continuing to soar among the Covid mRNA vaccinated, leaving so-called “experts” to claim they are “baffled” why so many people can die “despite the vaccines.”

study published Monday that analyzed statistics from ‘Our World in Data’ indicated that despite the alleged ‘savior‘ of Covid vaccines, excess deaths worldwide remain high.

“Excess mortality has remained high in the Western World for three consecutive years, despite the implementation of containment measures and COVID-19 vaccines,” the study said in the ‘Conclusion’ section.

“This raises serious concerns. Government leaders and policymakers need to thoroughly investigate underlying causes of persistent excess mortality.”

Interestingly, Monday’s study which looked at the entire global population is not the first piece of research analyzing mortality rates in recent years.

A Norwegian study published in January had also found an increase in non-Covid-related deaths.

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After a double homicide shooting earlier this week, Swedish residents in Norrköping's district of Hageby can be searched or have their vehicles searched without the need for reasonable suspicion

Swedish police have introduced the first “stop-and-frisk-zone” in the country’s history, giving officers the power to search any individual or vehicle without the need for reasonable suspicion.

The draconian measure is in response to a double shooting on Monday evening in the Hageby residential district of Norrköping, a city southwest of Stockholm. Two men were pronounced dead at the scene.

As of Wednesday, the authorities are introducing what is also known as a security zone or visitation zone in the area as officers continue to hunt for perpetrators. A man in his 20s has already been arrested on suspicion of murder.

It is understood the police are holding a press conference later on Tuesday to explain the new powers available to them after the law was passed in April this year to help crack down on rampant gang crime.

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When Bill Clinton ran for president in 1992, his campaign hired a sleazy private detective, Jack Palladino, to threaten journalists and private individuals in order to prevent voters from finding out about the horny hick’s legion of sexual conquests and sexual assaults—or “bimbo eruptions,” as campaign aide Betsey Wright charmingly put it.

The smear merchant was first hired after singer Gennifer Flowers told a tabloid she’d had a lengthy affair with Clinton. Palladino wrote a memo to the campaign, promising to impugn her “character and veracity until she is destroyed beyond all recognition.”

Clinton campaign: SOLD! (By the by, Clinton would eventually admit to having sex with Flowers.)

Then in 2008, presidential candidate John Edwards hit up a couple of well-heeled donors for more than a million dollars to hide his yearlong affair with Rielle Hunter and their resulting “love child.”

To keep Ms. Hunter happy (and hidden) throughout his run, the campaign gave her “cash, luxury hotels, private jets rides and a $20,000-a-month rental mansion in Santa Barbara, California”—as summarized by The Guardian. (Even lefty publications in the U.K. are more honest than the American media.)

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Months later, after tens of thousands of Palestinians have been murdered by Israeli Occupation Forces in Gaza amid an ongoing genocide, and after thousands in the West Bank have found themselves imprisoned or under regular attack, sympathy for those resisting their own annihilation has grown, with the conversation becoming more clear than it was in the days proceeding October 7. As videos spread by resistance factions across Gaza and Lebanon find a regular and enthusiastic audience and chants in support of those putting their lives on the line take root in protests nationwide, it is clear many have grown to accept the necessity of armed struggle in the Palestinian context, though a true consensus has yet to be achieved.

To that end, the answer to the question “Do you condemn Hamas?,” particularly for those of us on the Left as we analyze the history of Palestine and why resistance occurs in a colonial context, should have always been clear.

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Less than 48 hours after the world’s top court, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), ordered Israel to “immediately halt its military offensive and any other action” near the southernmost Gazan city of Rafah, Israel increased its deadly strikes on the already beleaguered area. Over Sunday night, Israel dropped massive bombs, including United States-made warheads, on an encampment of displaced civilians Israel had designated a “safe zone.”

At least 45 people were killed and 200 injured in the bombing and subsequent fires, most women and children. People were burnt beyond recognition and reduced to ash; in one video of the horrors, a man wordlessly held up a beheaded baby to the camera, the background ablaze.

This most recent attack is not Israel’s first defiance of the ICJ and basic human rights principles; nor, unfortunately, is it the last. Despite global outrage, Israel has continued to bombard Rafah in the days since. Indeed, over eight months, Israel has besieged and bombarded Gaza in a pattern of conduct that has amounted and continues to amount to genocide.

Genocide is among the most loaded charges one might levy. Often considered the “crime of crimes,” an aspiration to prevent genocide is in many ways foundational to the modern international legal system.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday criticized the West's delivery of long-range weapons to Ukraine, arguing Moscow could arm other countries with similar weapons to attack Western targets.

The comment — which Putin made at a rare press conference with foreign news outlets — came after several Western countries including the United States gave Ukraine the green light to strike targets inside Russia, a move Moscow has called a grave miscalculation.

"If someone thinks it is possible to supply such weapons to a warzone to attack our territory and create problems for us, why don't we have the right to supply weapons of the same class to regions of the world where there will be strikes on sensitive facilities of those [Western] countries," Putin said.

"That is, the response can be asymmetric. We will think about it," he told reporters.

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Webmaster addition: One motive to assassinate Robert Kennedy is that had he won the White House, he would have re-opened the case of the assassination of his brother John F. Kennedy and exposed all the lies. Trump presents the same threat to the Deep State.

Tags: ASSASSINATION, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, HIDDEN HISTORY
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