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An independent non-profit that tracks political violence and political protests around the world found that 97% of campus demonstrations over the war in Gaza that have taken place in the US since mid-April have been peaceful.

An analysis of 553 US campus demonstrations nationwide between 18 April and 3 May found that fewer than 20 resulted in any serious interpersonal violence or property damage, according to statistics from the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (Acled).

Over the same period, Acled documented at least 70 instances of forceful police intervention against US campus protests, which includes the arrest of demonstrators and the use of physical dispersal tactics, including the deployment of chemical agents, batons and other kinds of physical force.

Nearly half of the campus protests that Acled categorized as violent involved protesters fighting with law enforcement during police interventions, according to the group’s data.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The UN’s Palestinian relief agency has said about 300,000 Palestinians have fled Rafah as Israeli forces continue to push further into the city.

Rafah was sheltering an estimated 1.4 million Palestinians before Israel launched an operation to capture the border crossing last Monday. The Israeli military ordered more Palestinians to evacuate parts of southeast Rafah on Saturday, and it continues to escalate in the city despite warnings from the US against a full-scale invasion.

UNRWA wrote on X that the “forced and inhumane displacement of Palestinians continues” and stressed that there is “nowhere safe to go.” Israel has suggested Palestinians go to the al-Mawasi refugee camp on Gaza’s coast, but aid groups say it doesn’t have the resources for so many people.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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On Friday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken submitted a long-awaited report to Congress that says Israel has likely used US weapons in ways that are “inconsistent” with international law but claims there’s no way to prove it. The findings won’t impact the flow of US military aid.

The report, which was issued a few days late, fulfills a new national security memorandum that requires assurances from countries receiving US military aid that the weapons won’t be used to violate US or international law. The US is supposed to cut off aid if those assurances are deemed not credible and if the country is blocking shipments of humanitarian aid.

Despite the mountain of evidence that Israel has committed war crimes in Gaza and the continued restrictions on aid, the State Department report deems the Israeli assurances “credible and reliable so as to allow the provision of defense articles … to continue.” The report also claims it received credible assurances from Ukraine, Nigeria, Colombia, Iraq, Kenya, and Somalia.

Regarding the restrictions on aid, the report says Israel “did not fully cooperate” in the first months of its onslaught in Gaza but claims there’s been a “substantial increase” in its efforts on humanitarian aid more recently. But just a few days before the report was issued, Israel captured the Rafah border crossing, the most vital channel for aid deliveries, and it remains closed.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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The General Assembly voted in favor of a resolution that says Palestine is qualified to join the UN. The US and a handful of allies were the only nations to object to the measure. To receive full membership status, Palestine must get approval from the UN Security Council, where Washington’s veto has prevented Ramallah from passing the vote.

On Friday, the General Assembly voted 143-9-25 in favor of Palestine becoming a full member. As only the UN Security Council can grant membership, Friday’s vote determined that Palestine was qualified to become a member and recommended that the UNSC take that step.

The UNSC is dominated by its five permanent members, the US, UK, France, China, and Russia. Any of those states can veto any resolution. Last month, Washington vetoed a motion that would have granted membership to Palestine.

Tags: PALESTINE, UN
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A rampage led by illegal settlers against the village of Duma last month has left a “trail of wreckage,” including approximately $1.3 million in damages, epitomizing the dire situation for Palestinians within all the Israeli occupied territories during the Gaza war.

The leaders of the Duma community told the Associated Press that the Israeli army, Israel Defense Forces (IDF), arrived shortly after the three-hour attack erupted but hardly intervened to stop the mayhem apart from shooting at Palestinians attempting to repulse the settlers as homes and cars were set ablaze.

According to the UN, this pogrom was just one of nearly 800 settler attacks launched against Palestinians living in the occupied West Bank since Israel’s war on Gaza was launched last year. The head of the Duma village council told the AP that at least 15 homes were damaged by arsonists and six villagers were wounded by Israeli gunfire.

The trail of destruction left along Duma’s main road, “highlight the village’s limited resources to clean up and rebuild, let alone defend itself from future incursions, which seem inevitable.”

Duma is no stranger to extreme settler violence. In 2015, Amiram Ben Uliel firebombed a Palestinian home killing three members of a family, including an 18-month old baby, and severely burned a four-year old child.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES
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A top FBI official is encouraging employees to continue to investigate Americans using a warrantless foreign surveillance program in an effort to justify the bureau’s spy powers, according to an internal email obtained by WIRED.

Known as Section 702, the program is controversial for having been misused by the FBI to target US protesters, journalists, and even a sitting member of Congress. US lawmakers, nevertheless, voted to extend the program in April for an additional two years, while codifying a slew of procedures that the FBI claims is working to stop the abuse.

Obtained by WIRED, an April 20 email authored by FBI deputy director Paul Abbate to employees states: “To continue to demonstrate why tools like this are essential to our mission, we need to use them, while also holding ourselves accountable for doing so properly and in compliance with legal requirements.” [Emphasis his.]

Tags: DICTATORSHIP
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Weeks after attending a pro-Palestinian demonstration, Egyptian-American student Layla Sayed received a text message from a friend drawing her attention to a website dedicated to exposing people it says promote hatred of Jews and Israel.

"I think they found you from the protest," the friend wrote.

When Sayed visited the site, called Canary Mission, she found a photo from the Oct. 16 rally at the University of Pennsylvania with red arrows pointing to her among the demonstrators. The post included her name, the two cities she lives in, details about her studies and links to her social media accounts.

Webmaster addition: Israel resorts to intimidation to stifle free speech.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Palestinian students at Tel Aviv University have said that Israeli authorities refused to grant them a permit to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the Nakba later this month. 

Students at the university told The New Arab’s Arabic-language site, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed that their application for a license to hold the commemoration was denied by the police under "false pretexts," including the claim of an "inability to protect the ceremony from extremist demonstrations".

In a statement, the Student Front at Tel Aviv University accused the "Ben-Gvir police of continuing their fascist policy and clearly supporting extremists at the expense of human rights like freedom of expression and demonstration."

The Front also criticised the university administration for its silence "in the face of fascist intimidation".

"We have been commemorating the Nakba at Tel Aviv University with the student front and movements for 11 years, and it is important for us to commemorate these decrees to remind everyone of our lost Palestinian rights, and that the Nakba continues in our displaced villages and towns, and is now continuing in Gaza and the West Bank," student Yen Nassra said.

The student added that the police’s refusal to issue them a permit is "not surprising", as Israeli police frequently attempt to stifle Palestinian voices, especially "during periods of conflict".

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, EDUCATION, ISRAEL, PALESTINE
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Biden typically directs his wisecrack at individuals who are standing near a ledge or on a balcony, though no video evidence shows anyone seeking to “jump” from their perch. He once told a person standing just a few feet in front of him not to jump. Another time, Biden told a seated individual at a restaurant not to jump.

The latest example of Biden shouting the overused joke was Wednesday after his campaign speech in Wisconsin.

Looking above with his hand blocking his eyes from the stage light, Biden glanced around the room and then leaned forward into the microphone and shouted, “Don’t jump!” Everyone in the room seemed to ignore the random comment.

“Unless Biden’s staff loads him up with drugs to keep him alert, he reverts back to his mental glitches — like licking ice cream cones, petting kids, getting lost on stage, and randomly spouting things like, ‘Don’t jump,'” Mike Davis, founder and president of the pro-Trump Article III Project, told Breitbart News. “If we get four more years of Biden, we all may need to jump.”

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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Some might fear the 2024 Election might have the same, confusing outcome as 2020. But there are key differences that will make this year’s election very different than past ones. And one of those differences could give Donald Trump a solid victory.

From Fox News:
Following the 2020 Census, the House of Representatives reapportioned congressional seats among the states, a constitutional requirement. Whenever the House of Representatives is reapportioned…

All told, Republican-leaning states gained two votes in the Electoral College and Democrat-leaning states lost two. But the real impact of the changes is much larger than a four-vote swing. The alterations make it possible for Trump to win the 2024 election with fewer states than what was required in 2020.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
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Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, SOUTH/CENTRAL AMERICA
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Tags: EUROPE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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For decades, corporate undermining of scientific consensus has eroded the scientific process worldwide. Guardrails for protecting science-informed processes, from peer review to regulatory decision making, have suffered sustained attacks, damaging public trust in the scientific enterprise and its aim to serve the public good. Government efforts to address corporate attacks have been inadequate. Researchers have cataloged corporate malfeasance that harms people’s health across diverse industries. Well-known cases, like the tobacco industry’s efforts to downplay the dangers of smoking, are representative of transnational industries, rather than unique. This contribution schematizes industry tactics to distort, delay, or distract the public from instituting measures that improve health—tactics that comprise the “disinformation playbook.” Using a United States policy lens, we outline steps the scientific community should take to shield science from corporate interference, through individual actions (by scientists, peer reviewers, and editors) and collective initiatives (by research institutions, grant organizations, professional associations, and regulatory agencies).

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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The latest alleged teacher sex scandal involves a 24-year-old instructor from Minnesota, who is reportedly "on the run." A nationwide warrant has been issued for the former teacher accused of criminal sexual conduct with an underage student in a middle school classroom.

Caitlin K. Thao, of St. Paul, was recently charged in Ramsey County District Court with third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Thao faces up to 15 years in prison as well as a fine of up to $30,000.

A nationwide warrant has been issued for Thao's arrest, according to the Star Tribune.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, EDUCATION
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Veteran OBGYN physician Dr. James Thorp called on attorneys to take on lawsuits against medical institutions that forced the experimental and “dangerous” COVID-19 injections on babies and pregnant women.

Thorp explained in a lengthy X thread that many hospitals signed “secret, unethical, and likely illegal” cooperative agreements with Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to force the Covid shots on “the most vulnerable patients,” and bringing forward lawsuits against these institutions “may result in extraordinarily large medical malpractice verdicts of $100 million or more.”

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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2:50    --- Who could have done 9/11 ?

15:35  --- Who benefits ?

16:25  --- Netanyahu says "9/11 Terror Attack was good for Israel"

18:15  --- Dancing Israelis

21:20  –- Dancing Israelis on Israeli TV --- saying that it was their job to record the attack

                 (which somehow included "Dancing on a Van" while watching the attack)  

                 ​*** Some are active in the Israeli Army

                 ​*** Some failed Polygraph questions re Tests re their surveillance activities

            --- All discussion of them was stopped 

28:11 --- The Dancers worked for Urban Moving which disappeared soon after attention

                 was paid to it.

30:30 ---  Part 3 will touch on the fact that some of the arrested/picked-up Israelis --- not

                 just The Dancers --- served in Israeli Intelligence, electronic surveillance intercept,

                 or explosive ordinance units.

Tags: 911, ISRAEL
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On Wednesday, President Joe Biden announced that he would stop sending offensive weapons to Israel “‘if they go into Rafah.” It is the most notable sign of his administration’s shift in its support for Israel’s war to date, but questions remain over how and when the president will follow through on his words.

Meanwhile, the administration paused a recent shipment of bombs to Israel, but it is not a permanent decision, and the president's claim that “they haven’t gone in Rafah yet” — despite the fact that Israel is continually striking the southern Gazan city, have tanks positioned on the periphery, and took control of the the Rafah crossing — suggests that U.S. support may otherwise continue so long as the campaign remains relatively limited.

Behind the scenes in the U.S. government, there has been a bit of turmoil.

At least four federal employees, including three from the State Department, have publicly resigned, explicitly in protest of the administration’s response to the war. This comes amid a number of stories about internal tension in the Biden administration concerning its largely unwavering rhetorical and material support for Benjamin Netanyahu’s government as it prosecutes a war that has now killed nearly 35,000 Palestinians.

In addition, hundreds of civil servants from various government agencies have signed a series of open letters calling on Biden to push for a ceasefire in Gaza and de-escalation in the wider region.

Unfortunately, one federal employee with more than 15 years of service in two government agencies told RS, “the internal messaging to staff mirrors the external messages. And that has been a source of both disappointment and deep frustration.” (Sources asked for anonymity in order to discuss internal dynamics.)

In other words, the informal 'dissent channel' doesn’t seem to be moving the needle, seven months into the war.

Claire's Observations:  That By-di-Bye, and his Bidenistas, are deaf, dumb, and blind to the Israeli genocide in Gaza, should come as utterly no surprise; it has been part of his narrative for years.  But to utterly not listen to people who understand the region's history, it's  politics, and its people , is hubris writ large on the face of this administration, and it will never be able to rid itself of the stench of Palestinian blood in time for the 2024  election, if in fact, an election is held  in November, which is still in doubt.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Sunday shouted about the Holocaust and urged Israel to "do whatever [they] have to do" to end their war in Gaza just as the US ended their war with Japan by nuking Hiroshima and Nagasaki. 

"This is Holocaust Remembrance Month, for God's sake!" Graham told NBC News' Meet the Press. "We should unequivocally support Israel!"

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Sherri Tenpenny, DO, the Ohio physician who claimed COVID vaccines can magnetize people, had her medical license reinstated last month, according to the State Medical Board of Ohio.

Tenpenny's license was suspended indefinitelyopens in a new tab or window in August 2023, but was reinstated during the April 10 board meeting, a spokesperson for the board confirmed to MedPage Today.

"Sherri Tenpenny has met the Medical Board's conditions for reinstatement, including submission of an application for reinstatement, payment of her fine, and certification of cooperation with the board's investigation to date," the spokesperson said, noting that the reinstatement is "effective upon the processing of documents."

Two board members voted no, two members abstained, and seven voted in favor of reinstating Tenpenny's license, though one member noted that her vote was "a reluctant 'yes,'" according to a recording from the board meeting.

Webmaster addition: Thousands of doctors with legitimate concerns about the Covid mRNA "vaccines" permanently lost their licenses, and this clown who pushed magnetization gets her license back?!?

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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Panama is on the verge of a dramatic change to its immigration policy that could reverberate from the dense Darien Gap jungle to the US border.

President-elect José Raúl Mulino says he will shut down a migration route used by more than 500,000 people last year.

Until now, Panama has helped speedily bus the migrants across its territory so they can continue their journey north.

Whether Mulino is able to reduce migration through a sparsely populated region with little government presence remains to be seen, experts say.

Tags: IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM, SOUTH/CENTRAL AMERICA
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California Governor Gavin Newsom was called out by a reporter after he continued to dodge questions about blowing the state's $24 billion spending on the homeless.

The Golden State's budget deficit is at least $45 billion, a shortfall so large it prompted Newsom to propose painful spending cuts impacting immigrants, kindergarteners and low-income parents seeking child care in a state often lauded for having the world's fifth-largest economy. 

California spent $24 billion tackling homelessness over five years but didn't track if the money was helping the state's growing number of unhoused people, a damning report says.

At a press conference announcing his plans, he was asked by Angela Hart of KFF Health News if he felt his administration did enough to ensure the money was well spent and if he was worried the appetite for spending was lessening based on the homelessness program.

Tags: ECONOMY, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Sde Teiman, Israel CNN  —  

At a military base that now doubles as a detention center in Israel’s Negev desert, an Israeli working at the facility snapped two photographs of a scene that he says continues to haunt him.

Rows of men in gray tracksuits are seen sitting on paper-thin mattresses, ringfenced by barbed wire. All appear blindfolded, their heads hanging heavy under the glare of floodlights.

A putrid stench filled the air and the room hummed with the men’s murmurs, the Israeli who was at the facility told CNN. Forbidden from speaking to each other, the detainees mumbled to themselves.

“We were told they were not allowed to move. They should sit upright. They’re not allowed to talk. Not allowed to peek under their blindfold.”

Guards were instructed “to scream uskot” – shut up in Arabic – and told to “pick people out that were problematic and punish them,” the source added.

A leaked photograph of the detention facility shows a blindfolded man with his arms above his head.

A leaked photograph of the detention facility shows a blindfolded man with his arms above his head.

Obtained by CNN

CNN spoke to three Israeli whistleblowers who worked at the Sde Teiman desert camp, which holds Palestinians detained during Israel’s invasion of Gaza. All spoke out at risk of legal repercussions and reprisals from groups supportive of Israel’s hardline policies in Gaza

Claire's Observations:  These people were very brave, to do this.

As thinking Americans, we understand that we have seen this before; we witnessed it  in Abu Graib, where horrible tortures were inflicted on people brought there to obtain  a bounty, many of them completely innocent of any wrong-doing

 

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, ISRAEL, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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Mass graves were found in Gaza following Israel's withdrawal. (Photo: video grab)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

More than 520 bodies were found in seven mass graves at hospitals in Gaza, the Palestinian Health Ministry in the Strip said Saturday.

“We found 80 bodies in three mass graves in the courtyards of the Al-Shifa Medical Complex and dozens more inside the hospital departments,” the ministry said in a statement.

“A virtual examination of the bodies exhumed from mass graves showed that the largest number of bodies belonged to patients who were deprived of health care,” it added.

Members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) expressed their deep concern on Friday over the discovery of mass graves in the war-torn Gaza Strip.

UNSC Calls for Investigation

In a press statement, The Council members expressed their deep concern over reports of the discovery of mass graves, in and around the Nasser and Al Shifa medical facilities in Gaza, where several hundred bodies, including women, children and older persons, were buried.

They underlined the need for accountability for violations of international law and called for investigators to be allowed unimpeded access to all locations of mass graves in Gaza to conduct immediate, independent, thorough, comprehensive, transparent and impartial investigations to establish the circumstances behind the graves.

Tags: IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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