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A former United States ambassador has been sentenced to 15 years behind bars after admitting he worked as a secret agent for Cuba.

Manuel Rocha admitted guilt to federal charges on Friday. The former U.S. ambassador to Bolivia worked as a covert foreign agent for Cuba, was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Rocha, 73, entered a guilty plea to one count of conspiring to defraud the United States and act as an agent of a foreign government in Miami. In addition, he entered a guilty plea to operating without notifying the US government as an unauthorized agent of a foreign government.

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Iran has launched a wave of drones toward Israel, after American officials warned that hundreds of drones and missiles could rain down on the Jewish state over the weekend.

Iran accused Israel of carrying out an airstrike on its consulate in the Syrian capital of Damascus earlier this month. The strike killed seven officers of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force, including two high-ranking generals. Israel stuck to its usual policy of silence on extraterritorial assassinations, but is widely believed to have been behind the attack.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed to deal Israel a “slap in the face” in response, and American officials warned on Friday that Tehran could be gearing up for a massive drone and missile strike on Israeli soil in the following 24 to 48 hours. 

The Iranian response appeared to begin at midday on Saturday when IRGC commandos seized an Israeli-linked container ship in the Strait of Hormuz. 

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Al Jazeera reports: The president and CEO of American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) says the organization has resumed operations in Gaza because the “needs were so great”.

ANERA ceased operations in Gaza after the killings of the World Central Kitchen aid workers last week.

“We’ve worked hard over the past week, 10 days, to get some assurances, which we feel we have gotten for really the protection of aid workers and humanitarian work that should be there all the time in a conflict,” Sean Carroll told Al Jazeera.

He added that reports of a UNICEF vehicle being targeted by an Israeli attack on Thursday triggered more concerns over whether it was safe to return to Gaza.

“The truth is, it’s not really safe to go back to work, but our staff wants to,” he said.

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Illegal Immigration Costs American Households Hundreds Of Billions Annually

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by Tyler Durden
Saturday, Apr 13, 2024 - 10:20 PM

Authored by Chadwick Hagan via The Epoch Times,

Illegal immigration weighs heavily on the wallets of hardworking American taxpayers - to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars annually.

Still, the Biden administration turns a blind eye to these fiscal strains, neglecting the toll on our economy, the structural integrity of our nation, and the safety of our citizens.

Estimates suggest that illegal immigrants cost each household about $1,000, adding up to more than $120 billion a year.

Sources such as Newsweek hint that the true cost may be even higher, possibly reaching $150 billion annually, an amount shared by both federal and state governments. In all actuality, the financial impact could be much worse.

The situation continues to deteriorate by the day. Just this past December, Border Patrol recorded 249,785 arrests along the Mexican border, a 31 percent spike from November 2023 and a 13 percent surge from the December 2022 record.

Since President Joe Biden’s inauguration and the adoption of his open borders approach, more than 7.2 million illegal immigrants have streamed into the United States through the southern border, a number surpassing the population of 36 states.

Some estimate that number to be nearer to 10 million. The lawlessness makes it impossible to keep an accurate count.

The repercussions of illegal immigration cast long shadows over various aspects of our society, from heightened crime rates to suppressed wages to the depletion of taxpayer resources. Public services face strain, with illegal immigrants accessing emergency health care, enrolling their children in public schools, and tapping into social welfare programs. Some argue their willingness to accept lower wages drives down earnings, leading to reduced tax revenues and increased reliance on social welfare programs among low-wage workers, citizens, and legal residents alike. Even our property tax is paying for illegal immigrants. This generational problem demands pragmatic consideration and competent leadership.

To exacerbate matters, if illegal immigrants operate solely within cash transactions, much of their income goes undocumented.

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Neocon John Podhoretz on Tuesday labeled Tucker Carlson "Anti Semite filth" for doing an interview highlighting Israel's persecutions of Christians. 

Christians are regularly spat on by Orthodox Jews in Israel in accordance with "ancient Jewish customs."

Last year, two influential members of Israel's Knesset introduced a bill to outlaw teaching the Gospel and sentence violators to prison. 

It was already illegal for Christians to proselytize Israeli minors but the new bill sought to "ban any and all efforts to tell people about Jesus." 

The bill was pulled after mass backlash from Christians in America but the sponsor of the bill merely said he wouldn't move forward with it "at this stage."

Podhoretz labeled Rep Thomas Massie (R-KY) a "piece of anti-Semitic filth" in February for announcing he would vote against a bill to give $14 billion in aid to Israel.

Zionists have declared in the wake of October 7th that you are "anti-Semitic" if you:

- Support a ceasefire
- Support the First Amendment
- Oppose the mass slaughter of children
- Oppose ethnic cleansing and genocide
- Report on Zionist academics committing plagiarism in their dissertations
- Don't believe everyone has seen video of Hamas committing mass rape and beheading babies
- Don't believe Hamas baked a baby in an oven
- Quote congressmen stating explicitly that the reason they're pushing to ban TikTok is to advance the interests of Israel
- Declare that "Christ is King"

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By John Kemp, senior energy analyst at Reuters

Portfolio investors have amassed one of the largest bullish positions in U.S. gasoline futures and options since before the coronavirus pandemic, anticipating that prices will continue climbing over the next few months.

U.S. gasoline has emerged as the most attractive part of the petroleum complex for investors betting prices will rise further this year in the run up to presidential and congressional elections in November.

Relatively low inventories, employment gains, strong household income growth and the prospect of an active hurricane season are expected to keep gasoline consumption high and inventories under pressure.

Ukraine’s drone attacks on refineries in Russia threaten to tighten the international supply situation even further and have prompted the Biden administration to warn Ukraine’s government to change its targeting.


U.S. gasoline consumption is correlated with employment and household incomes so the current rise in nonfarm jobs and wage rates are likely to underpin strong use in 2024.

Domestic consumption has been trending structurally lower since 2007 as a result of improvements in fuel economy, ethanol blending and more recently the deployment of electric and hybrid vehicles. But lower domestic use has been more than offset by strong growth in exports, mostly to Mexico and other countries in Latin America, which has kept overall refinery production trending higher.

Strong domestic consumption during the peak summer driving season is likely to cause inventories to tighten cyclically and exert upward pressure on prices in 2024.

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Crucially, the Biden White House appears to be strongly signaling to the Netanyahu government that the attack is 'done' and that the United States will not back any follow-up counterattack operations against Iran:

US President Joe Biden told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the US will not aid any Israeli counterattack on Iran, US media report, citing senior administration officials.

Axios and CNN report that message was passed during a phone call between the pair.

Axios reports that Biden told Netyanyahu the US will oppose any Israeli counterattack.

CNN reports that Biden said the US will not take part in any such counteraction.

Israel has called on a United Nations Security Council meeting to condemn the Iranian aggression, which is expected to take place late Sunday. The US administration appears to be lobbying for a status quo and for Israel to not mount a strong response. 

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France's Aquitaine-class FREMM frigate Alsace has turned tail from the Red Sea after running out of missiles and munitions repelling attacks from the Yemeni armed forces, according to its commander, Jerome Henry.

"We didn’t necessarily expect this level of threat. There was an uninhibited violence that was quite surprising and very significant. [The Yemenis] do not hesitate to use drones that fly at water level, to explode them on commercial ships, and to fire ballistic missiles," Henry told French news outlet Le Figaro in an exclusive interview published on 11 April.

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Iran is now citing Article 51 of the UN Charter for its attack. It says "the matter can be deemed concluded" - suggesting it will not launch further strikes. However, it has warned against any retaliation or any involvement by the United States. “Conducted on the strength of Article 51 of the UN Charter pertaining to legitimate defense, Iran’s military action was in response to the Zionist regime’s aggression against our diplomatic premises in Damascus," its permanent mission at the United Nations said on Twitter/X. "The matter can be deemed concluded. However, should the Israeli regime make another mistake, Iran’s response will be considerably more severe. It is a conflict between Iran and the rogue Israeli regime, from which the U.S. MUST STAY AWAY!”
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In just six days, one of the year’s best meteor showers of 2024 will begin. It will peak on the night of May 4-5.

The Eta Aquariid meteor shower, which runs from April 15 through May 27, can produce between 10 and 30 “shooting stars” per hour during that peak, and sometimes as many as 50, according to the American Meteor Society.

If you’re keen to follow up this week’s total solar eclipse with another astronmical experience, book a campsite now in a Dark Sky Place or anywhere that looks dark on a light pollution map.

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Iran has launched an attack against Israel using hundreds of suicide drones, the Jewish state has confirmed — and missiles could be next, the Islamic Republic vowed.

The dozens of drones will take two hours or more to reach Israeli air space, an expert told The Post. Officials believe they’re destined for military targets.

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Iran launched a significant drone attack on Israel on Saturday, which is expected to take hours to reach its targets, as reported by Israel's military and confirmed by Iranian state media quoting Iran's revolutionary guards. Iran's Revolutionary Guards have stated that Operation 'True Promise' is a response to Israeli actions and is part of their strategy to punish Israel for its perceived crimes. 

According to a report by Israel's Channel 12 TV, Iran has also launched cruise missiles at Israel, with a shorter flight time than a drone. 

According to two regional security sources, Jordan has positioned its air defences to intercept and destroy any Iranian drones or aircraft that breach its airspace. These sources further indicated that the army is on high alert, with radar systems actively monitoring drone movements. Jordan has also declared a state of emergency in the country.

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To understand the impact the World Health Organisation’s (“WHO’s”) proposed International Health Regulations (“IHR”) amendments will have on every person on Earth, we have to get to grips with what totalitarian rule is – because should the amendments proposed by WHO be accepted next month, the people of the world would be subjected to unadulterated totalitarianism.
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