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Thousands of Pro-Palestine Protestors are Occupying the Manhattan Bridge, bringing Traffic to a halt and forcing shutdown.

1000 or more Pro Palestine protesters and activists are occupying and shutting down the Manhattan Bridge in New York City, bringing traffic to a halt as they are blocking cars and other vehicles from entering or leaving.

Protesters are demanding a permanent end to all US military aid to Israel, chanting "US out of the Middle East! End the war on Gaza."

The New York City Police Department is advising everyone to avoid the area, with mass arrests expected.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Nov 27 09:12

There has been much talk about what happens after Hamas is eliminated as a military and political force in Gaza.  Some speak of the urgency of a two-state solution. Others scoff at the very idea. The hatreds unleashed by the fighting, they argue, would make it impossible to reach such a settlement. Yet, we suggest, once Hamas is neutralized, Gaza could play a key role in finally resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Right now, there is no mood in Israel nor the Palestinian Territories for any talk about what happens next. Both the Israelis and the Palestinians have been traumatized by events.  In Israel, some brave souls continue to advance a two-state solution. But the Hamas outrages of October 7 have turned many doves into hawks. Israel’s rightward drift prior to the bloodletting has accelerated. The Palestinians’ view of Israel as a cruel and heartless occupier will now only be more pronounced. A recent poll indicates a majority of them see the conflict as targeting all Palestinians, only a minority view it as a war between Israel and Hamas.

So, the two sides have never been more at odds. Any pursuit of a post-Hamas resolution to this unending human tragedy would be something of a fool’s errand. However, that does not mean that a start can’t be made to develop the contours of a future Palestinian state in Gaza and the West Bank. The process would have to begin in Gaza because the West Bank remains contested and hugely volatile, with Jewish extremists abusing Palestinians and Hamas and Islamic Jihad cells wreaking mayhem in the territory and, occasionally, in Israel proper.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Nov 27 09:11

Six months after Nevada’s congressional delegation called for a better plan for fighting “superbug” Candida auris, the number of new cases in the southern part of the state has risen to record levels.

In October, there were 57 new clinical cases of the drug-resistant, potentially lethal fungus that can invade a person’s bloodstream, brain, heart or other organs, according to Nevada Division of Behavioral Health data. In the same month, 123 cases of colonization were reported in which individuals typically have the fungus in the folds of their skin, invisible to the eye, yet are not sick. Those people can still transmit the pathogen.

Tags: SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Nov 27 09:09

As the holiday season unfolds, a grim reality casts a shadow over American households – mounting food insecurity exacerbated by surging inflation and escalating grocery prices. Recent data from consumer surveys and analyses on food insecurity and grocery shopping behavior, as reported by Axios, paints a stark picture of the challenges faced by both citizens and food banks alike.

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Posted on: Nov 27 09:09
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Posted on: Nov 27 09:09

Big banks such as PNC Bank and JPMorgan Chase have filed to close several branch offices in multiple states amid a troubling pattern of rising branch shutdowns in recent years.

Between Nov. 12 and 18, several banks filed to close branch locations, with PNC Bank with the most filings, according to data from the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Pittsburgh-based PNC Bank filed for 19 branch closures—five in Pennsylvania, four in Illinois, three in Texas, two each in Alabama and New Jersey, and one each in Indiana, Ohio, and Florida.

JPMorgan Chase followed closely with 18 filings—three in Ohio, two each in Connecticut and South Carolina, and one each in 11 states, including New York, Illinois, Florida, and Massachusetts.

Citizens Bank came in third with eight branch closure filings—six in New York, and one each in Massachusetts and Delaware. Minneapolis-based U.S. Bank filed for seven closures—three in Tennessee and one each in Missouri, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Illinois.

Bank of America made five filings—two in New York and one each in Texas, Massachusetts, and California.

Tags: ECONOMY
Posted on: Nov 27 09:08

When the Siege of Avdiivka started, I wrote that, according to what we learned about the similar sieges of Mariupol and Bakhmut, we could expect three things:

First of all – advances will probably be slow.

The second important lesson from past sieges in this war has to do with the coverage by the MSM.

Ukrainians always win – in the MSM headlines.

All the time, it is stressed in their how horribly failing the Russians are, how they don’t have a chance, while papers sing praises for the impenetrable Ukrainian defenses.

Meanwhile, the Russians will be losing the war in the headlines but winning in the ground, until they finally take the city.

The 3rd feature is: when Russians do, a key defensive bastion like Avdiivka will be rebranded as a minor non-strategic place.

But if we dig a bit, it’s easy to find good information.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Nov 27 09:08

US actions have destroyed actually an entire array of international arms control agreements, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday.

"I do not know how historians will call this period but US actions have destroyed actually an entire array of arms control agreements, which is a fact. Hundreds and hundreds of pages have already been written about that," Russia’s top diplomat said at the Primakov Readings international forum.

The Russian foreign minister said that "the current period in world history should be treated as responsibly as possible."

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Nov 27 09:07

US President Joe Biden reportedly rejected the advice of staff to refrain from repeating unverified reports that Hamas had beheaded babies during its attack on Israel on October 7.

Some White House advisors appealed to the president to “cut a line about Hamas beheading babies because those reports were unverified”, according to a report by The Washington Post.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Nov 27 09:06

As President Joe Biden faces criticism and declining poll numbers, some within the Democratic Party, like Rep. Dean Phillips, openly express doubts about his ability to defeat Donald Trump. 

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Posted on: Nov 27 09:03

The Irish government’s swift push for anti-speech regulations, aimed at stifling criticism of their policies, raises serious concerns about the state of democratic discourse. As they tread further down the authoritarian path, they risk amplifying the very problem they seek to suppress. 

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Posted on: Nov 27 09:02

In the past quarter-century, the Euro’s trajectory has unveiled a stark absurdity, encapsulated vividly in one chart. Before adopting the Euro, the Italian Lira depreciated by a staggering 83% against the Deutsche Mark over 25 years.

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Posted on: Nov 27 09:01

In recent weeks, there has been an alarmingly small number of official voices calling for a ceasefire in Gaza.

One exception has been Francesca Albanese - the United Nation’s Special Rapporteur on the Occupied Palestinian territories. She joins us for an interview on terminology, context and the blindspots of mainstream media.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Nov 27 08:47

Communications Minister Shlomo Karhi proposes a government resolution to halt any state advertising, subscriptions or other commercial connection with the Haaretz daily newspaper, due to what he describes is the left-wing publication’s “defeatist and false propaganda” against the State of Israel during wartime.

In a letter to Cabinet Secretary Yossi Fuchs, Karhi denounces Haaretz for its editorial stance on the war and proposes that the state not enter into any new commercial agreements with the newspaper, halt all advertising in it even if it has been paid for, and block any outstanding payments from being made.

“Since the beginning of the war, my office has received numerous complaints that the Haaretz newspaper has taken a harmful line that undermines the goals of the war and weakens the military effort and societal resilience,” writes Karhi.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, DICTATORSHIP, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Nov 27 08:44

War Cabinet minister Benny Gantz warned Sunday that failure to divert all coalition discretionary funds to war needs would cause his National Unity party to vote against a proposed war budget and could lead it to “consider its next steps,” hinting he could bolt the government.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office indicated it would not accept Gantz’s demands, saying the proposal will be brought before the cabinet Monday and “answers the needs of the war.”

The cabinet was set to discuss changes to the 2023 state budget due to the needs of the conflict with Hamas in Gaza, with Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich insisting on keeping hundreds of millions of shekels in discretionary coalition money directed at their pre-war targets.

Tags: ECONOMY, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Nov 27 08:43

As a cautious calm descended on the border of south Lebanon on Saturday, the second day of a four-day ceasefire between Hamas and Israel, villages that had emptied of residents came back to life – at least briefly.

Shuttered shops reopened, cars moved through the streets and, in one border town, a family on an outing posed for photos in front of brightly coloured block letters proclaiming, “I [HEART] ODAISSEH” – the town’s name

About 55,500 Lebanese have been displaced by clashes between the Lebanese armed group Hezbollah and Israeli forces since the beginning of the war in Gaza, according to the International Organization for Migration.

The fighting has killed more than 100 people in Lebanon, including more than a dozen civilians – three of them journalists – and 12 people on the Israeli side, including four civilians.

Tags: ISRAEL, LEBANON, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Nov 27 08:42

The Walt Disney Company recently admitted that wokeness and culture wars have had major impacts across the board on the multinational entertainment and media conglomerate. Disney also warned investors that the company's wokeness presents risks to its "reputation and brands."

Last week, the Walt Disney Company filed its annual financial report with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the fiscal year that ended on Sept. 30. The report detailed the performance of the variety of its properties for the last fiscal year as well as potential future risks for the worldwide entertainment company.

The SEC filing revealed that Disney employs roughly 225,000 workers worldwide. The company notes that it has a "key human capital management objective" of "making the workplace more engaging and inclusive" and creating a more "diverse workforce."

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY, ENTERTAINMENT
Posted on: Nov 27 08:39

Some Palestinians returned to their homes in the central and northern parts of the Gaza Strip after a four-day truce came into effect.

But for many, only rubble waited where their homes once stood.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Nov 27 08:38

A new poll shows that 72% of American voters would not be willing to volunteer to fight for their country if the United States faced a major conflict.

According to Newsweek, the new poll of 1,029 likely voters in the United States, conducted by Echelon Insights, a research institute, showed that the overwhelming majority of U.S. adults would not be willing to serve in the United States military if the country faced a major war.

The Echelon Insights poll obtained by Newsweek was conducted Oct. 23-26, following the brutal Hamas terrorist attacks against Israel on Oct. 7, which have led to concerns regarding the potential for escalated conflict in the Middle East and fears that the United States could be entangled in another war.

While 72% of voters indicated that they would not be willing to volunteer to serve in the U.S. military in the face of a major conflict, 21% said they would be willing to volunteer to fight for their country. Roughly 7% of voters answered that they were not sure whether or not they would be willing to fight for the United States.

Tags: WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Nov 27 08:31

A suspect has been arrested in what police have called the “hate-motivated” shooting of three college students of Palestinian descent in the US state of Vermont.

Police in the city of Burlington arrested the 48-year-old suspect, identified as Jason J Eaton, on Sunday afternoon, according to US news reports.

The three victims, Hisham Awartani, Kinnan Abdalhamid and Tahseen Ahmed, were shot on Saturday evening near the University of Vermont’s campus. The students, who attend different universities in the US, remain hospitalised with gunshot wounds.

The students, two of whom are American citizens and the third a legal resident, were visiting Burlington to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with families.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, EDUCATION, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Nov 27 08:21

Crammed beneath a small, tattered tent, whose roof is a flimsy black blanket, Hazem Abu Ghaben’s family members sleep restlessly on torn mattresses that exude odour.

The displaced family has a spacious house in Jabalia, in northern Gaza, but they had to leave it when the Israeli army ordered 1.1 million people living in the north and Gaza city to evacuate to the south of the strip under ferocious bombardment.

In their arduous evacuation journey, with taxis nowhere in sight due to continuous air strikes, the family had to traverse over 10 kilometres amidst the chaos of bombardments, joining a sea of displaced individuals. They left behind all their belongings, carrying only a few blankets and items of clothing.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Nov 27 08:20

Hamas and Israel on Sunday engaged in a third prisoner exchange that saw another 39 Palestinians freed from Israeli detention, while 13 Israelis held in Gaza were released by Hamas.

The exchange took place for the third straight day amid a temporary four-day truce in Gaza, the first such halt of fighting since the war began on 7 October. 

Ahead of the arrival of the buses filled with the prisoners, massive crowds of Palestinians filled the streets of Ramallah in anticipation and celebration.

And once they got off the bus, the prisoners, wearing grey sweatshirts and sweatpants, were paraded throughout the city just like the group of freed prisoners were the previous night.

Many Palestinian prisoners released in the past few days have told media that their treatment under Israeli detention was brutal, and they were subject to beatings and harsh conditions.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Nov 27 08:19

Progressive commentator Ana Kasparian recently appeared on the popular right-wing podcast PBD. The interview ranged over several subjects, but her most intense debate with the two hosts was about Israel’s assault on Gaza.

Kasparian expressed horror at the civilian death toll, which she compared to historical atrocities like the Armenian genocide during and after World War I. In response, one of the hosts accused her of falling for a liberal “media narrative.” The Israeli military didn’t want to kill civilians, he told her. The problem is that Hamas uses civilians as “human shields.”

In response, Kasparian asked him if he had any kids. When he said no, she switched examples:

OK, your mother. You talked about your mother. If an armed gunman grabbed your mother [and] had a gun to her head . . . and he is confronted by the authorities . . . they just decide, you know what? We’re not going to negotiate. We’re not going to do anything. We’re just going to shoot the hell out of both of them.

And then they come to you and say, well, your mother, sorry, was a human shield. Would you accept that argument?

The host refused to engage with what he called a “random story” about his mother. But Kasparian’s point was clear.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Nov 27 08:17