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Posted on: Feb 04, 2023
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
The functions of every government have propensities to command at will the liberty and property of their constituents.
There is no safe deposit for these but with the people themselves; nor can they be safe with them without information. Where the press is free, and every man able to read, all is safe." -- Thomas Jefferson
The Taliban are creating a massive CCTV network covering Afghan cities, which could repurpose a plan drawn up by the Americans before their withdrawal in 2021, an Interior Ministry spokesman told Reuters, as authorities try to replenish thousands of cameras which have already been set up in the capital Kabul. .
The Taliban government – which has publicly said it is focused on restoring security and suppressing Islamic State, which has claimed many major attacks in Afghan cities – has also discussed possible cooperation with Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei, the spokesperson said.
Preventing attacks by international militant groups – including prominent organizations such as Islamic State – is at the heart of the Taliban’s interaction with many foreign nations, including the US and China, according to the results of those meetings.
North Korea accused the United States on Tuesday of making 2023 an “extremely dangerous year,” saying its actions are trying to provoke a nuclear war and denouncing both U.S. and South Korean leaders for “hysterical remarks of confrontation” that it says are raising the temperature in the region.
Kim Song, North Korea’s U.N. ambassador, also said Washington was trying to create “the Asian version of NATO,” the military alliance that includes European nations and the United States and Canada.
Kim came out swinging in his speech to world leaders with harsher words than he brought to the same U.N. General Assembly meeting last year. Such strong language is always noteworthy from a nation developing its nuclear program — but is also hardly uncommon from Pyongyang, a government that sometimes weaponizes hyperbole in its public statements.
“Owing to the reckless and continued hysteria of nuclear showdown on the part of the U.S. and its following forces, the year 2023 has been recorded as an extremely dangerous year that the military security situation in and around the Korean peninsula was driven closer to the brink of a nuclear war,” Kim said.
Egyptian authorities have detained at least 73 campaign volunteers for a challenger to incumbent President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi in the December election, a rights group said Tuesday.
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights said the detainees were volunteers working for presidential hopeful and critic Ahmed Altantawy. The dozens of supporters face a variety of charges including joining a terrorist group — government parlance for the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood — and spreading false news. Seven of them remained in detention as of Monday, the group said.
Egypt’s chairman of the National Election Authority, Waleed Hamza, on Monday announced details of elections due by next year, saying the presidential polling would be held over three days in December. The outcome is widely anticipated to be a foregone conclusion in favor of the incumbent el-Sissi. The former defense minister has led the country since 2014 and has faced criticism from the West over his country’s human rights record and crackdown on political dissent.
Videos shown to New Prague school staff depict white people as mosquitoes and inherently biased against black people.
“Just imagine, instead of being a stupid comment, a microaggression is a mosquito bite,” one of the videos teaching about microaggressions says. It goes on to explain that some people are bitten by “mosquitoes” a lot more than others.
New Prague Superintendent Andrew Vollmuth told Alpha News a different “version of the video” than the one Alpha News provided him with “was shown to our district staff.” The only other version Alpha News could find is a non-explicit one. Vollmuth did not respond to repeated follow-up inquiries.
The video says that telling people they are well spoken, complimenting their hair, or asking when a person is going to have a baby are all microaggressions. Other microaggressions “can even kill you,” the video explains, showing a man who shot someone because “it looked like he was up to trouble.”
The Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic (Select Subcommittee) has revealed that it has received “concerning information” regarding the Central Intelligence Agency’s investigation into the origins of COVID-19.
According to information gathered by the Select Subcommittee, Dr. Anthony Fauci, then-director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, played a role in the Central Intelligence Agency’s review of the origins of COVID-19.
As the Committee relates, Dr. Fauci appears to have been escorted into Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Headquarters—without a record of entry—and participated in the analysis to “influence” the Agency’s review.
President Trump on Tuesday responded to a New York judge’s decision to rescind his business licenses as punishment in Letitia James civil lawsuit.
A New York judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss NY Attorney General Letitia James’ lawsuit against President Trump.
Judge Arthur Engoron ruled on Tuesday that Trump and Trump Org. are liable for fraud. A non-jury trial begins on October 2.
“Engoron ordered that some of Trump’s business licenses be rescinded as punishment, making it difficult or impossible for them to do business in New York, and said he would continue to have an independent monitor oversee Trump Organization operations.” – AP reported.
“If not successfully appealed, the order would strip Trump of his authority to make strategic and financial decisions over some of his key properties in the state.” – AP reported.
There is but one front in which the Ukrainian counteroffensive is being very successful: in the mainstream media.
There, the complete failure of the counteroffensive is but a minor inconvenience as they chronicle every minor skirmish as a triumph for Kiev, and every successful missile attack as ‘the beginning of the end’ for Moscow.
The reality is that there is a war of positional battles going on, a situation in which the Russian war of attrition will always be victorious, as they have more guns, tanks, ammo, manpower.
In the last few days, the Russians have continued depleting the Ukrainian infrastructure in ways that will turn the inter into a bitter experience, and also disrupting logistics in the troop and equipment accumulations of the rear.
In what came as a shock to California's most rabidly pro-LGBT extremists, Gov. Gavin Newsom has vetoed a bill that would have allowed judges to remove children from the custody of parents who oppose "gender transitions" for their own offspring.
The most wicked nation on earth right now appears to be none other than the United States of America, which is being targeted for destruction by multinational corporations like McDonald's that promote transgenderism, anti-white racism, and other perversions in their advertising.
The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) conducted a survey recently which found that 96 percent of pharmacy technicians across the country are reporting shortages of what are considered "essential" pharmaceutical drugs.
A coal-fired power plant in Kansas that was slated for closure will remain open after all to provide needed power for, wait for it: a new electric vehicle (EV) battery factory producing "clean" energy storage products.
The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland formally banned 97 elementary schools and 10 high schools with approximately 42,000 students in eight counties from participating in "radical LGBT ideology." This new policy also covers their employees, personnel, volunteers and youth.
Major brands have pulled ads from Rumble, following the video platform’s refusal to censor or demonetize actor and podcast host Russell Brand over decade-old sexual assault allegations published this month in the U.K. media.
The Republican Party of Texas unanimously passed a resolution calling on Governor Greg Abbott to convene a special legislative session to address Colony Ridge, the massive housing development north of Houston that’s become a hub for illegal immigrants.
More than 1,000 children have been reported missing in Ohio this year in what officials have described as an “extraordinary surge” in disappearing minors. The majority of the 1,072 children reported missing in the state this year have safely returned home, but officials, parents, and community leaders are concerned about the disturbing rise in reports.
The Gateway Pundit reported that police were called on Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm after an Energy Department staffer, desperate to reserve a charging plug for Granholm’s EV on a publicity stunt road-trip, blocked the charging station with a gas-powered vehicle and prevented regular Americans from accessing it.
Granholm, and some of her staffers, set out on a 4-day electric vehicle road trip through the Southeast over the summer to tout the Biden Regime’s commitment to funding electric vehicles that virtually no one wants (or can afford).
Now, Republicans on the House Oversight and Accountability Committee are probing Granholm over the trip and call to police. In a letter from Oversight Chairman James Comer (R-KY) the incident is described as a stunt “intended to draw attention to the billions of dollars the White House is pouring into green energy and clean cars.”
The American Federation for Children, which joined its political affiliates and allies to spend $9 million in the 2022 election season to back political candidates supporting school choice, is launching a super PAC called AFC Victory Fund to target state legislators who oppose school choice for students.
It’s been six years since internet service providers were granted a boon allowing them to push and pull the levers of internet speeds for any website that may not want to pay a ransom. The end to limitations of what is called net neutrality has tugged at the heartstrings of many internet advocates
According to unnamed sources who spoke to Bloomberg, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission is just about ready to announce plans to bring back net neutrality rules. It comes just a few weeks after Congress finally approved new commissioner Anna Gomez, allowing for a 3-2 Democrat majority on total FCC decision-making.
Sources reportedly briefed on planned remarks said FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel will speak on Tuesday about the agency’s role in net neutrality. There are no details yet on how the FCC plans to restore those rules on ISPs, but if the chairwoman decides to take a combative stance, it could end up being another protracted fight against the biggest internet providers AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast.
If you need a reminder, net neutrality is the idea that ISPs need to treat all data equally and that they can’t unfairly block certain content or throttle speeds to some sites. The FCC first established these rules in 2015 by classifying them as Title II under the Communications Act of 1934, meaning internet data received protections from providers using their power to discriminate against platforms. Without net neutrality, an internet provider could charge a tax to prioritize traffic to a site or throttle traffic to a destination that doesn’t pay up. In a world where consolidation has become the norm, ISPs could also simply slow traffic to a site that’s in direct competition with one of its own properties.
The Biden regime is poised to allow Israeli citizens to travel to the US without a US visa, despite Israel's escalating human rights abuses against Christians in the Holy Land and the expansion of settlements in the West Bank.
The Biden administration is poised to admit Israel this week into an exclusive club that will allow its citizens to travel to the United States without a U.S. visa despite Washington's ongoing concerns about the Israeli government’s treatment of Palestinian Americans.
U.S. officials say an announcement of Israel's entry into the Visa Waiver Program is planned for late in the week, just before the end of the federal budget year on Saturday, which is the deadline for Israel's admission without having to requalify for eligibility next year.
The Department of Homeland Security administers the program, which currently allows citizens of 40 mostly European and Asian countries to travel to the U.S. for three months without visas.
It has been clear for some time that US corporate news media have explicitly taken a side on the Ukraine War. This role includes suppressing relevant history of the lead-up to the war (FAIR.org, 3/4/22), attacking people who bring up that history as “conspiracy theorists” (FAIR.org, 5/18/22), accepting official government pronouncements at face value (FAIR.org, 12/2/22) and promoting an overly rosy picture of the conflict in order to boost morale.
For most of the war, most of the US coverage has been as pro-Ukrainian as Ukraine’s own media, now consolidated under the Zelenskyy government (FAIR.org, 5/9/23). Dire predictions sporadically appeared, but were drowned out by drumbeat coverage portraying a Ukrainian army on the cusp of victory, and the Russian army as incompetent and on the verge of collapse.
Triumphalist rhetoric soared in early 2023, as optimistic talk of a game-changing “spring offensive” dominated Ukraine coverage. Apparently delayed, the Ukrainian counteroffensive launched in June. While even US officials did not believe that it would amount to much, US media papered over these doubts in the runup to the campaign.
The U.S. has spent billions of dollars aiding Ukraine as that Eastern European nation battles against a brutal Russian invasion, but the aid has gone beyond simply assisting the embattled country with armaments. "60 Minutes" has reported that the U.S. is purchasing "seeds and fertilizer for Ukrainian farmers and covering the salaries of Ukraine's first responders — all 57,000 of them." The report also stated that the U.S. is "subsidizing small businesses."
Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. responded to the report by indicating that the U.S. should help its own. "Modest suggestion: Let’s support farmers, small businesses, and first responders in our own country instead," he tweeted.
"You don’t live in a country, you live in a tax farm for a global empire," BlazeTV host Auron MacIntyre posted.
Webmaster addition: Meanwhile, here in the US, police are being de-funded (crime is going up) and we have homeless Americans sleeping in alleys and eating out of trash dumpsters!