“The story of its ruin is simple and obvious; and, instead of inquiring why the Roman Empire was destroyed, we should rather be surprised that it had subsisted so long. The victorious legions, who, in distant wars, acquired the vices of strangers and mercenaries, first oppressed the freedom of the republic, and afterwards violated the majesty of the purple. The emperors, anxious for their personal safety and the public peace, were reduced to the base expedient of corrupting the discipline which rendered them alike formidable to their sovereign and to the enemy; the vigor of the military government was relaxed, and finally dissolved, by the partial institutions of Constantine; and the Roman world was overwhelmed by a deluge of Barbarians.” — Edward Gibbon. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Chapter 38 “General Observations on the Fall of the Roman Empire in the West”

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Gruesome new testimony details one of the worst atrocities of the year-long Sudanese civil war – the large-scale massacre of civilians as they desperately tried to flee an ethnic rampage in Darfur last summer.

Witnesses describe children, still alive, being “piled up and shot” by the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) as they attempted to escape the regional capital of El Geneina in June last year during a bout of ethnic violence in which thousands of civilians were killed.

Together, the 221 witness statements collated by Human Rights Watch offer the latest evidence that the Arab-led RSF has orchestrated a concerted 12-month campaign of ethnic cleansing against Sudan’s non-Arab Masalit tribe in West Darfur.

The United Nations and African Union should, says HRW, urgently impose an arms embargo on Sudan and deploy a mission with a robust police force to Darfur, the sprawling region in the west of the country, to protect civilians.

A HRW report published Wednesday calls for sanctions for those ultimately responsible for widespread war crimes, including the West Darfur RSF commander Abdel Rahman Joma’a Barakallah, along with the notorious commander of the RSF, Mohamed “Hemedti” Hamdan Dagalo, and his brother Abdel Raheem.

Since fighting erupted between the RSF and Sudan’s military in April 2023, more than 8 million people have fled their homes amid a humanitarian crisis that the UN warns is one of the largest in decades

Claire's Observations:  I am willing to bet that everyone  condemning this horrific genocide in Sudan, will be completely mum about the one Israel is carrying out against the Palestinians in Gaza!!!!!

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President Joe Biden called North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un the president of South Korea at a closed-door fundraiser Portola Valley, California Friday.

Biden, 81, was going after his 2024 rival, former President Donald Trump, for praising the North Korean leader after they met a handful of times during the Republican's administration. 

The president talked of Trump's pride from 'love letters from South Korean president Kim Jong Un.' 

The president of South Korea is Yoon Suk Yeol, who Biden has met a number of times - including at a White House state dinner, an official trip to South Korea and a summit at Camp David - since Yoon was elected in 2022.

Since being sworn-in, Biden has worked carefully to cultivate relationships with the leaders of South Korea and Japan to counter the rise of China

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The House GOP is drafting articles of impeachment against President Biden for threatening to temporarily halt some aid to Israel if they accelerate the humanitarian disaster in Gaza by invading Rafah.

According to our AIPAC-owned GOP leaders, America has an obligation under the Constitution or something to fund Israel's wars and supply them with arms indefinitely.

Webmaster addition: The GOP just aligned themselves with Genocide and it will cost them come November!

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...the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has launched a $500 million fundraising initiative in an effort to offset the Oscars dramatic drop in viewership - which went from nearly 44 million in 2014, to just 19.5 million in the latest ceremony, according to Statista.

Bill Kramer, the Academy’s Chief Executive, revealed in an interview with the Financial Times that the organization has already raised about $100 million, with contributions from high-profile donors like billionaire Leonard Blavatnik. The campaign is further bolstered by sponsorship agreements with renowned luxury brands, including the Dorchester Collection.

The timing of this fundraising drive is crucial as the Academy’s current broadcasting agreement with ABC, a Walt Disney-owned network, is set to expire in 2028, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the Oscars. Negotiations for renewal are expected to commence shortly, with Kramer describing the existing deal as “very healthy” and lauding the partnership with Disney as “amazing.” However, the shift towards streaming and the upheavals in the television and film industry have prompted the Academy to pursue what Kramer calls a “revenue diversification campaign.”

"No healthy company or organization should rely on one source of support to a degree that could cause concern if that support decreases," he told the outlet.

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There were fireworks at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Friday as Israel tried to fight back against a Palestinian bid to become a full UN member.

The assembly adopted a new resolution which puts the 'State of Palestine' on the pathway to future full membership in a vote of 143 to 9, with the US and Israel on the 'no' side. The resolution recognizes Palestine as "qualified to join" and the resolution text was described as essentially a global survey on the open question of full membership

The move formally recommends to the UN Security Council that it "reconsider the matter favorably." Since 2012 Palestine has been a non-member observer state. But now the General Assembly "determines that the State of Palestine…should therefore be admitted to membership" and it “recommends that the Security Council reconsider the matter favorably," according to the resolution text.

A few extra procedural rights were also granted by Friday's vote: "The General Assembly resolution adopted on Friday does give the Palestinians some additional rights and privileges from September 2024 — like a seat among the UN members in the assembly hall — but they will not be granted a vote in the body," Times of Israel writes.

Israel is of course fuming, and the below spectacle played out before the UN General Assembly, complete with an interesting prop...

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The Biden administration on Friday announced its third tranche of new aid for Ukraine since President Biden signed into effect Congress' $95 billion foreign aid package, which includes $60 billion total funding for Ukraine.

This newest authorized package is for $400 million and is to include High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, Patriot missiles, and various munitions including anti-aircraft and anti-tank ammo, and armored vehicles like Bradleys.

"It will also provide a number of coastal and riverine patrol boats, trailers, demolition munitions, high-speed anti-radiation missiles, protective gear, spare parts and other weapons and equipment," according to further details in the Associated Press. "The weapons are being sent through presidential drawdown authority, which pulls systems and munitions from existing U.S. stockpiles so they can go quickly to the war front."

Webmaster addition: The country that runs out of money first loses the war!

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  • The Israeli military orders Palestinians to further evacuate eastern Rafah as it intensifies its assault on the area in southern Gaza.
  • Health Ministry in Gaza says it has uncovered 80 bodies from three mass graves from inside a section of the al-Shifa Hospital complex in Gaza City.
  • US State Department report says Israel’s use of US-provided weapons in Gaza likely violated international humanitarian law, but Washington will continue to supply arms to Israel for now.
  • At least 34,971 people have been killed and 78,641 wounded in Israeli attacks on Gaza since October 7. The revised death toll in Israel from Hamas’s October 7 attacks stands at 1,139 with dozens of people still held captive.
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New Lines Magazine purports to be an independent media organization. Yet it constantly attacks genuine alternative media who stray from Washington’s official foreign policy line, all while employing many spooks, spies and other figures at the heart of the national security state.

Worse still, its parent organization, the New Lines Institute, has recently admitted to being directly funded by the U.S. government. MintPress News takes a closer look at this shady organization acting as Washington’s attack dog.

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The Canadian government has sweeping new powers that will allow authorities to begin rounding up and imprisoning any members of the public who have ever used “hate speech.”

In addition, police will be able to arrest anyone in Canada who they believe “might” use “hate speech” in the future.

Canada is veering dangerously close to the type of complete control over people’s thoughts and speech seen in places like North Korea.

The country’s new bill aims to censor people on the pretense of protecting others from “hate speech.”

What’s even more horrifying, however, is the fact that it is retroactive.

Under the new measures, anything that people have said in the past can now be weaponized against them.

Webmaster addition: That include this guy?

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On April 30, a mob of Zionist vigilantes descended onto UCLA’s Palestine Solidarity Encampment, besieging it and waging horrific violence against students for hours throughout the night. On May 1, UCLA called in the LAPD to clear the encampment by force, unleashing yet another brutal attack on students before the blood from the previous night had a chance to dry. On May 2, UCLA Chancellor Gene Block hosted a town hall for UCLA alumni during which he glossed over the horrific events that took place on campus under his watch.

During his webinar, to an audience of 1000 alums unable to comment, Chancellor Block described the violence of the first night as a scuffle with some “pushing and shoving.” When asked about clearing the encampment the following night, he went so far as to praise police conduct as “patient” and “professional.” He claimed that police did not cause any “serious injuries” and that they had used techniques to “minimize harm.” He told these lies with a straight face as if his audience did not have access to the internet — as if we haven’t seen countless videos of rabid agitators beating students with metal rods and planks of wood, spraying students in the face with bear mace and launching explosives and other projectiles into the encampment. As if we haven’t seen the images of students bleeding profusely after being shot in the head with rubber bullets by brutal police forces. As if we haven’t heard the screams of terror as students fought for their lives on their own campus.

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The symbol for healthcare was once a mark of a sacred space — one that, according to international humanitarian law, marked out a facility as a site to be protected in war. Now that symbol has instead become a prime target. 

The Israeli army justifies its attacks on healthcare by alleging that Hamas is operating from hospitals. However, in order for a hospital to lose its protected status under international law, it would need to be used to commit “acts harmful to the enemy.” Hamas fighters sauntering through a hospital to get a hostage treated hardly constitutes an act harmful to the enemy, nor does the strange presence of guns behind an MRI machine (surely the worst place to store a metal object), as they could easily fall under the provision of “small arms and ammunition taken from the wounded and sick…not yet handed to the proper service.” If such arms were to be found in a hospital, they would not deprive the hospital of its protected status under international law. 

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Yet again, we are hearing about possible ethics violations by Democrats running at Trump. A Georgia district attorney has been accused of various violations. Now, Judge Engoron, the infamous judge who presided over Trump’s civil case, is under investigation by the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

According to an interview from February, a real estate lawyer named Adam Leitman Bailey claimed he spoke to Engoron about the case before he made his decision. Bailey said during an interview, that he spoke with the judge when he saw him at the courthouse.

Bailey apparently asked the judge about the case, giving Engoron his opinion. The lawyer said he “really [wanted] him to get it right.” That sounds like Bailey was discussing the case with the judge outside the trial and tried to influence him. If true, that is called an “ex parte” conversation.

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Biden’s ICE is rolling out a plan to give 10,000 illegal immigrants ID cards. The agency claims that these cards are not “an official form of federal ID.” Yet the cards themselves (according to photos—see below) look as official as a driver’s license.

Biden's illegal immigrant ID cards

On top of that, Biden is eyeing the cities of Houston and Atlanta to start this program. Houston is a liberal-leaning region in a deep-red state. Atlanta is much the same in a red, swing state. It would be naive for anyone to think Biden isn’t trying to give aliens ID in two states with ID requirements and other election security measures.

Democrat activists will be able to register these migrants to vote. And they will not be able to turn them away when they have an official-looking federal ID card when they show up at the polls (and Democrats will make sure they show up at the polls during the election).

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has been called a “spoiler” in this year’s election. But the independent candidate has claimed that Joe Biden is the real “spoiler,” claiming only he can beat Donald Trump.

It seems that the moderate candidate is fighting hard to take votes away from Joe Biden.

While some of his policies are similar to Trump’s, RFK selected a liberal running mate and has recently pushed views that will be welcomed by left-leaning voters. He was recently interviewed by former ESPN anchor Sage Steele. She asked the candidate about his views on one major issue. And his answer might shock many Americans.

From Fox News:
Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. says he opposes any government restrictions on abortions, “even if it’s full term.”…

Webmaster addition: He sure lost me with that one!

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At the start of Biden’s presidency, he threw a lot of money at “green” technology. He vowed to end fossil fuels and force Americans to switch over to “renewable” fuel sources. Companies jumped at all that federal money and tax cuts, betting that the American people would gladly open up second mortgages to afford electric cars and solar panels.

Turns out, they bet on the wrong horse. Biden’s green agenda has crashed and burned, largely thanks to the recession he triggered with runaway inflation.

But one red state also gambled on Biden’s green dream. They gave an electric car company a huge break so it would build a factory and “create jobs.” But now, that company is facing a big problem. And residents are in big trouble.

From Daily Caller:
Taxpayers could be on the hook if electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Rivian fails to resume progress on its multi-billion dollar Georgia plant.

Rivian announced on March 7 that it would be pausing construction on its $5 billion manufacturing plant that is supposed to be built just east of Atlanta, Georgia, worrying lawmakers and taxpayers in the state that the plant may never be built. However, local authorities had given the company up to $1.5 billion in subsidies and tax incentives with the expectation that Rivian would bring in jobs and tax revenue.

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Many have accused Joe Biden and Democrats of waging “lawfare” at Donald Trump. That means Democrats are trying to bury Trump under one lawsuit after another. They may be trying to so tie up Trump with legal battles and cases that he cannot have time or money to run his campaign.

All to put him at a disadvantage with Joe Biden, who is the least popular president in the last 70 years.

All these suits seem to suggest one thing: Democrats don’t believe in democracy. They are using the legal system to block Americans from voting for their preferred candidate. But even if Trump wins, this scheme won’t end. Because already one leftist lawyer is sharpening his knives to attack a second Trump term.

From Breitbart:
California Attorney General Rob Bonta (D) is preparing a barrage of lawsuits in the event that former President Donald Trump wins the 2024 election, studying his agenda and planning to stop it in advance in a repeat of 2017-21…

California Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta said he and his staff have been reviewing former President Trump’s second-term agenda in detail to prepare a potential onslaught of environmental, immigration and civil rights lawsuits in the event Trump defeats President Biden.

Hmm… Democrats love democracy so much that they’d abuse the legal system to derail a lawfully elected president. Who is the enemy of democracy again?

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Far-right Israeli groups have taken extreme measures in recent day to block the passage of aid trucks bound for the besieged Gaza Strip.

On Thursday, demonstrators cut off a road near the town of Mitzpe Ramon by forming a sit-in and scattering large rocks and stones across the road to prevent aid trucks and other vehicles from passing.

“Do you find it reasonable that the state of Israel will deliver medicine, food, and fuel to terrorists who are at this very moment torturing our daughters?” one of the demonstrators said.

Drone footage showed a long line of aid trucks effectively brought to a standstill along a winding narrow mountain pathway due to the protest.

The protesters say that aid is helping Hamas, and believe that it should be blocked from entering Gaza until all Israeli captives taken to the enclave during the 7 October attack on southern Israel are freed.

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In a clear rejection of US policies and leadership in the Middle East, the UN general assembly voted overwhelmingly to back the Palestinian bid for full UN membership. The western media have mostly ignored Friday’s balloting since the widely-anticipated results represent another black eye for Washington. But the outcome of the vote is a blow to the Biden administration’s failed Gaza policy as well as a clear indication that America’s blanket support for Israel’s genocide is increasing Washington’s isolation and irrelevance.

The assembly vote was 143 to 9, which means that US diplomatic influence has eroded to the point where the White House could barely coerce 9 of their most-loyal vassal states to reject the motion. It is imperative that people fully grasp the meaning of this vote, which suggests that the so-called “Rules-Based Order” is a withering fraud that grows more anemic by the day. Additionally, the vote provides compelling evidence that the American Century is officially over and that the vast majority of the world’s nations are no longer willing to comply with Washington’s self-serving edicts.

Naturally, Israel’s envoy to the UN, Gilad Erdan, used the opportunity—not to express his remorse at being a participant in his nation’s sadistic rampage in Gaza—but to scold the other members of the assembly for acting courageously on a matter of principle. Without a trace of irony, Erdan accused the other members of “shredding the UN charter with your own hands. Yes, yes, that’s what you’re doing. Shredding the UN charter.”

What Erdan failed to mention is that Israel holds the world’s record for breaking UN resolutions and has yet to encounter an international law that it won’t break with impunity. Israel decided long-ago that its future depended on its ability to use the world’s biggest bully as its personal bodyguard thus allowing it to ignore any legal or moral restraints on its behavior.

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The West Sacramento police department is currently investigating a shooting incident that occurred near a group of teenage rowers.

The incident occurred two weeks ago on the Sacramento River during a rowing competition for teenagers.

According to KTVU, three gunshots were shot near a group of teens who were on the last stretch of their rowing competition.

A sound of three gunshots was heard in a video of the incident captured by one of the teenager’s parents.

The video also shows the bullets making three splashes near the boat.

Fred Ackerman, the parent of one of the rowers, stated, “I was pretty shocked. I think all of us were. It’s horrifying to think in this peaceful, green setting, the final push of this race—to see and hear that.”

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The Israeli military has ramped up its attacks in Rafah, southern Gaza, and hit Gaza City while crippling humanitarian aid operations across the Palestinian territory as ceasefire talks ended without a deal.

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said on Friday that 110,000 Palestinians have fled Rafah. Israeli troops were advancing in the east of the city in close combat operations and conducting air raids.

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A report from the administration of President Joe Biden has found that Israeli forces likely used United States-supplied weapons in a manner “inconsistent” with international law, but it stopped short of identifying violations that would put an end to the ongoing military aid.

In the report, released on Friday after a delay, the US State Department indicated Israel did not provide adequate information to verify whether US weapons were used in possible violations of international law during its war in Gaza.

The Biden White House had issued a national security memorandum, NSM-20, in February requiring Israel and other countries receiving military aid to provide written assurances that all US-supplied weapons were used in a manner consistent with international law.

The US would then make a decision about future military aid based on those written assurances. Friday’s report is a byproduct of that memorandum.

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Kudos to FOX News reporter Bill Melugin for going where no FOX News reporter has dared to venture before. Melugin asked the most obvious question on overy Republican voter’s mind – why should we keep voting for these cowards and liars?

In April, Speaker Mike Johnson and House Republicans voted to send another $95 billion in military aid to Ukraine, Taiwan, and Israel and NOTHNG for securing our own border with Mexico.

Webmaster addition: What we need to do is clone Donald Trump 535 times!

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The backlash was so intense, the Woke Scouts had to shut down the comments. Here’s a taste of the outrage as Americans took to the web to make their voices thunderously heard:

“How long until “scouting america” announces drag shows for kids?”

“I’m surprised they didn’t rebrand as the They/Them Scouts. What a bunch of woke clowns.”

“Groomer Scouts would be a better name.”

“You abandoned morally straight a long time ago. As a former Cubmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster the Scouts are no longer a viable option for children.”

“Congratulations you just alienated every American out there. Can’t wait for you to meet your demise.”

“As an old school Eagle Scout (1989), this is a disgusting, cowardly move. Shut the whole thing down. Embarrassing!”

“Exactly the type of BS why we pulled all our sons out of Boy Scouts years ago!”

“Unbelievable. Shame to see so many wonderful organizations catering.”

“Well I’m going to form a new organization called the real Boy scouts of America…… You’re a bunch of cowards.”

“Perhaps you should know your audience before making such a bold moronic move. See – Bud Light.”

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A new voting reform bill in Georgia, just signed by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, would require all absentee ballots to be tabulated and the results reported on Election Night.

On Monday, Kemp signed SB 189, which makes several significant changes to Georgia's election procedures. The bill removed some possible conflicts of interest between the secretary of state, the state Board of Elections, and those involved with counting ballots; compels homeless residents to list their county register's office as their mailing address; prevents voters from using a P.O. box or private mailbox service as proof of residency; and requires individuals who have voted or registered to vote in another state or district to re-register in their original district before they will be allowed to cast a ballot there, WSBTV.com reported.

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