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It's no secret that Judge Juan Merchan is a partisan judge who has exhibited prejudicial behavior against Donald Trump in his Manhattan trial, but famed lawyer and law professor Alan Dershowitz had to see for himself. He attended the Trump trial on Monday and was appalled at what he saw.

Dershowitz appeared on Sean Hannity's show on Fox News Monday evening, during which he destroyed Merchan for his conduct during the testimony of Michael Cohen's former lawyer, Bob Costello. It got extremely tense at times, and Merchan even cleared the courtroom before scolding Costello over his alleged violation of decorum.

“I’d like to discuss proper decorum in my courtroom. As a witness in my courtroom, if you don’t like my rulings, you don’t say, ‘Jeez,’” Merchan reportedly told Costello. "You don't give me side eye, and you don't roll your eyes."

While the public was removed for that moment, Dershowitz, who is not involved in the case, was surprisingly allowed to remain.

"I've got to imagine in all the years you practice law, have you ever seen anything like this?" Hannity asked.

"No, I never have," Dershowitz replied. "I sat in the front row, literally just feet away from where all the action occurred. I rolled my eyes when the judge made some rulings that were absurd. Any first-year evidence student would understand that he was making biased rulings in favor of one side."

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Israel seizes Associated Press equipment

The agency’s live feed from Gaza was allegedly being used by the banned Al Jazeera
Israel seizes Associated Press equipment

Israeli authorities raided an Associated Press (AP) live position in the south of the country on Tuesday, claiming the agency was violating a new media law by allowing the live broadcast to be re-transmitted by its client, Al Jazeera.

AP claims Israeli communications ministry officials arrived at the agency's live location in the southern town of Sderot, two kilometers from Gaza and the scene of brutal fighting during the Hamas incursion last  October, on Tuesday afternoon.

They handed AP staff a document signed by Communications Minister Shlomo Karhi alleging the news agency was in violation of the country's controversial foreign broadcaster law, axed the live feed and confiscated the equipment. 

AP also revealed that it had received a verbal order from Israel on Thursday to stop the live transmission, but had refused to do so. Al Jazeera was one of AP’s many clients subscribing to the live feed.

Israel banned the Qatar-based multi-award winning news outlet earlier this month, calling its reporting on the Gaza conflict “incitement” of terrorism and vowing to seize any hardware used to deliver its content. Al Jazeera’s offices were closed on May 5 and its websites have been blocked in Israel.

In a statement, the ministry said it would “continue to take whatever enforcement action is required to limit broadcasts that harm the security of the state.”

AP’s feed from Sderot mainly showed smoke from explosions rising over northern Gaza, though Israel claims the feed put the lives of its soldiers at risk. The agency has insisted it complies with Israeli censorship rules and does not show anything that could endanger soldiers.

“The shutdown was not based on the content of the feed but rather an abusive use by the Israeli government of the country’s new foreign broadcaster law,” said Lauren Easton, the agency’s vice president of corporate communications. 

“We urge the Israeli authorities to return our equipment and enable us to reinstate our live feed immediately so we can continue to provide this important visual journalism to thousands of media outlets around the world,” she added.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government invaded Gaza last October, following a series of raids by Hamas militants on nearby Israeli military bases and villages. An estimated 1,200 Israelis were killed and another 250 taken captive in the October 7 attacks. 

Since then, Israeli military operations in Gaza have resulted in the deaths of some 35,500 Palestinians, while 79,652 have been injured, according to the enclave’s health ministry.

Claire's Observations; Apparently, telling the truth about what is really happening in Gaza, can be hazardous to one's physical (and broadcasting) health these days.  If all is well, and everything that the Israeli government is doing is NOT genocide, why would they need to shut down Al Jazeera and AP?!? Something to consider, absolutely!!!

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A protest at Emory University has descended into chaos as Georgia police officers fired rubber bullets and tasers at anti-Israel activists. 

In this, the latest explosive example of unrest on American college campuses, students and faculty members were arrested as videos showed Atlanta Police Officers and Georgia State Troopers wrestling them on the ground. A demonstrator was also seen being tasered by an officer as he lay in the grass. 

Another protest broke out at Northeastern University's Centennial Common as more than 100 pro-Palestine protestors gathered in tents with University and Boston Police standing by.   

Protests erupted in the wake of the October 7 attack on Israel by Hamas, and the ongoing retaliatory attacks on Gaza that followed. The chaotic demonstrations intensified in recent days, as school administrators call in police forces to remove encampments.

Webmaster addition: Suppressing freedom of speech so Israel can go on killing children!

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, EDUCATION, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Merrick Garland needn’t have bothered committing contempt of Congress to keep audio of Robert Hur interviewing Joe Biden from the public. Hur isn’t the only one who has witnessed the alarming extent of Biden’s senility. For example, Garland was not able to suppress Biden’s public boast that he was Vice President during Covid hysteria:

The 81-year-old Biden, who finished his eight years as Barack Obama’s veep in January 2017, suggested he was still in post at the time of the outbreak during a campaign event with the NAACP.

“When I was vice president, things were kind of bad during the pandemic and what happened was, Barack said to me, ‘Go to Detroit! Help fix it,’” Biden said.

As noted at Just the News,

During Special Counsel Robert Hur’s investigation into Biden’s handling of classified documents that stem from his vice presidency, Hur mentioned that Biden forgot when he was vice president twice.

Despite Garland’s unlawful efforts, everyone knows Biden is cognitively nonfunctional. No way would this delirious husk be allowed to roam around loose if the liberal establishment had not appointed him Leader of the Free World.

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Russia on Tuesday confirmed that its forces have kicked off tactical nuclear weapons drills in its southern military district, which is near the Ukrainian border, in what the Kremlin has described as a response to "threats" by the West.

The defense ministry (MoD) announced that the exercises aim to test the "readiness" of its "non-strategic nuclear weapons … to ensure the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the Russian state."

Illustrative image: Russian long-range strategic bomber

The MoD specified that this is in "response to provocative statements and threats by certain Western officials."

"Under the order of the commander-in-chief, a military exercise involving practice of preparation and use of tactical nuclear weapons started in the Southern military district under the supervision of the General Staff," the ministry said.

First unveiled in early May, the date and location of the exercises at that early preview phase were unknown. The Foreign Ministry had warned at the time that NATO's own "Steadfast Defender" drills are possible preparations for war with Russia.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WMD
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Average Americans are feeling more anxious about money than ever before. After enduring one financial disruption after another, it’s hard to feel positive when you don’t know what’s around the corner. Experts called it “financial shock fatigue,” – a phenomenon that helps to explain why so many people are worried about their financial security right now. U.S. workers have seen their purchasing power sharply decline in recent years while the cost of everything has ballooned. Many of them are barely staying afloat at the end of each month.

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Maybe we should rephrase the slogan to “you’ll appear to own things you don’t actually control and be happy.”

The World Economic Forum’s catchphrase you’ll own nothing and be happy was widely mocked as an eyebrow-raising vision of a “sharing economy” future without the implicit agency granted by full ownership. Renting stuff that one needed only for one-time use has long been a market, and car-sharing makes sense for urban dwellers who only need a vehicle on occasion.

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