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On Wednesday, the House passed a bill that prohibits the US from opening diplomatic relations with the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad and expands harsh sanctions on Syria to prevent other countries from normalizing with Syria.

The Assad Regime Anti-Normalization Act passed in a vote of 389-32, demonstrating broad bipartisan support for the economic war against Syria. Only 28 Democrats and four Republicans voted against the bill. The legislation now heads to the Senate.

The bill was introduced as a reaction to Arab countries repairing relations with the Assad government and Syria being brought back into the Arab league. Hawks in the US are opposed to Syria’s regional integration and are hoping they can prevent it using sanctions under the Caesar Act.

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On February 8, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz was in Washington on an official visit, aimed at working jointly with the United States to make “sure that Israel has what it needs to defend itself”.

If such a statement was made soon after the Al-Aqsa Flood Operation of October 7, one may cognize its logic, based on the well-known, inherent bias of both Washington and Berlin towards Israel.

The statement and the visit, however, were conducted on the 125th day of one of the bloodiest genocides in modern history.

The purpose of the visit was highlighted in a press conference by White House spokesperson John Kirby, even though, hours later, US President Joe Biden admitted that Israel has gone “over the top” in its response to the Hamas attack on October 7.

Tags: GERMANY, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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Israel Defense Forces officers brought Israeli civilians into detention centers and allowed them to watch and film Palestinian prisoners being tortured, according to survivor testimonies published this week by the Geneva-based Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor.

Prisoners held at detention centers in Zikim on the northern border of the Gaza Strip and at a site in southern Israel affiliated with Naqab Prison “told Euro-Med Monitor that the Israeli soldiers had purposefully presented them before Israeli civilians, falsely claiming that they were fighters affiliated with Palestinian armed factions and that they had taken part in the October 7 attack on Israeli towns,” the group said.

The former detainees said groups of 10-20 Israeli civilians were brought in and allowed to record torture sessions in which the men, stripped nearly naked, were beaten with metal batons, electrocuted, and had hot water poured over their heads. The ex-prisoners said some of the Israelis laughed while filming their torture.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The Navy plans to establish a second unmanned surface drone squadron in May, the head of U.S. Pacific Fleet told the West 2024 conference here Wednesday.

“This is not a contractor-owned, contractor-operated capability, but this is a uniformed capability that we’ll be able to own [and] operate unmanned capabilities that can be employed within particular spaces,” Adm. Samuel Paparo said.

The Navy created its first unit dedicated to surface drones, Unmanned Surface Vessel Division 1, in 2022.

Tags: WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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'Israel will continue to oppose the unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state,' Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said.

Webmaster addition:  Israel demands the world recognize its right to exist ... while denying that same right to others, particularly Palestine. That's where all this suffering and bloodshed comes from. If Israel would simply give to other nations that which it demands for itself, there would be peace!

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Tuesday’s explosive news — that long before the FBI launched Crossfire Hurricane on July 31, 2016, the U.S. intelligence community had asked foreign intel agencies to surveil 26 people connected to Donald Trump — raises the question of whether our intelligence community colluded with the Clinton campaign in these efforts. After all, it was then-Biden campaign adviser and now-Secretary of State Antony Blinken who “set in motion the events that led to” 51 former intel officials issuing the public statement that falsely framed the Hunter Biden’s laptop story as Russian disinformation. 

If a Biden campaign adviser conspired with some of the biggest names in the intelligence community a month before the 2020 election to bury the damaging scandal, it is no stretch to think the Hillary Clinton campaign might have sought an assist from the same folks to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

We’ve also long known the Clinton campaign funded the Steele dossier, the primary evidence used by the FBI to obtain four Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act wiretap orders against a Trump campaign associate. The Clinton campaign’s efforts to peddle the Russia-collusion hoax to the FBI and the media are likewise well-established. 

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The Department of Justice has released what appear to be damning texts and images from Hunter Biden’s iPhone that date around the time he purchased a handgun and appear to indicate he was hooked on drugs at the time.

The first son is under investigation by the DOJ for allegedly lying on the federal firearms background check form required for the purchase of guns by indicating he was not addicted to or using illegal drugs.

The Justice Department’s 10-page filing contains texts and photos from shortly before and after the gun purchase, which indicate Hunter Biden was using drugs.

“Prior to October 12, 2018 (the date of the gun purchase), the defendant took photos of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia on his phone,” the court filing said. “Also, prior to his gun purchase, the defendant routinely sent messages about purchasing drugs.”

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January 11 marks the 22nd anniversary of the founding of the prison component of the U.S. military base at Guantánamo Cuba. The U.S. military has been at Guantánamo for decades, of course, but the idea to use the isolated base as a prison where men — and in some cases boys — who had never been formally accused of a crime could be held forever, came from the office of Vice President Dick Cheney in 2002. In the intervening years, presidents and members of Congress of both parties have ignored civil rights, civil liberties and human rights to keep this abomination open. It’s up to the rest of us to demand its destruction.

Claire's Observations:  Unfortunately, to paraphrase Malcolm X, "Torture... has become as American as apple pie."  But this demand for closure of Gitmo, has to be coupled with an American governmental, and military iron-clad pledge, to never use torture again to obtain " information" which is generally non-actionable.   

One shining example of non-violent interrogation, whose work was brilliantly  effective, was that of Hans Schaarf, during World War II.   

An interrogator for the Nazis, Schaarf never used any brutality whatsoever in his interrogations of Americans or Canadians; only kindness. He intimated to the men he questioned that he already knew what their units were doing militarily.  But he would invite them out to cultural German events, and talk with them in a very low-key, gentle manner in a way to get them completely off guard.  His non-brutal, non-violent approach was so respected by the US and Allies that after the war, he was a favorite lecturer in the Western circuit about non-violent interrogation, and its value. He became an American citizen,  living in Arizona, and was a renowned potter.  

Particularly at the executive level, this country desperately needs many more Schaarfs, and far fewer Cheneys and Haspells.

 

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES
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Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis' attorney representing the DA and her lover Nathan Wade on behalf of Georgia has donated to the anti-Trump Lincoln Project.

Willis, who has been mired in controversy due to allegations surrounding her relationship with Wade and possible financial interests by prosecuting former President Donald Trump in the Georgia election case, is represented by attorney Anna Cross.

In a report from the National Pulse, donation receipts reveal that Cross donated at least $250 to the Lincoln Project, whose mission is to "protect the American Republic from Donald Trump and those who identify (publicly or privately) as MAGA supporters." Its organization calls Trump and his supporters a "clear and present danger to the Constitution."

Cross was also appointed to be a special prosecutor on the Trump RICO case. She has also consistently donated to Democrat politicians, including Sens. Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, as well as President Joe Biden, according to the outlet.   

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Where would be a good place to survive and rebuild after the upcoming nuclear war between the US and Russia?
(Putting this answer together has made me visit many excitingly conspiratorial and terrifyingly paranoid websites. It’s been a blast)

Theories of nuclear exchange vary widely (example: even a limited regional conflict could set of catastrophic global consequences under some models) . As many have noted, in the worst case scenario all human activity crashes under the “Narnia Scenario” (Always winter and never Christmas, aka Nuclear winter) but to be honest, we don’t really know what would happen. There are so many variables. (The size of the nuclear exchange, the targets, etc).

With those limitations in mind, I will do my best to sketch out a general strategy for survival. 

(Full disclaimer, I am no physicist. If nuclear war occurs and these steps do not save your life, please feel free to suggest some edits)

Tags: WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WMD
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In addition to interviewing Vladimir Putin while in Russia, Tucker Carlson visited a few places inside of Moscow to get a better sense of what living there is like. He put out a few videos illustrating how the standard of living in Russia is objectively higher than what it is in America.

He did a video showing what one of Moscow’s metro stations looks like. He noted how orderly and clean everything was.

It is in stark contrast to what you see in American cities where you run the risk of getting killed by [blacks] or drug addicts.

He also visited a grocery store and noted how cheap groceries were relative to what Americans pay for food.

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
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Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is likely headed for a crushing double-digit loss to former President Donald Trump in her home state’s upcoming Republican primary election, early polls suggest.

According to a CBS News survey of GOP voters in South Carolina last week, Trump leads by a massive margin ahead of the primary election on February 24, racking up 65 percent support to Haley’s 30 percent—a difference of 35 points. These numbers are mirrored across other polls conducted in the same time period, indicating that Haley cannot rely on a home-field advantage to bolster her struggling campaign.

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A top White House official wrote a letter to the White House Correspondents' Association informing reporters how to cover Special Counsel Robert Hur's damning classified documents report.

The report, released last Thursday, said 81-year-old President Joe Biden had 'diminished faculties' and that a jury would likely find him a 'sympathetic, well-meaning elderly man with a poor memory.' 

In the letter, White House spokesperson Ian Sams complained how headlines said Biden 'willfully retained' classified information, when the report should have said 'some' evidence was found and the evidence eventually 'refuted willful retention or diclosure.' 

Sams told reporters that he understood their jobs are 'difficult' - as was the report to get through. 

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Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE, WHITE HOUSE
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"Lawmakers and US officials" suspect the "serious national security threat" hyped by House Intel Chairman Mike Turner on Wednesday is an "attempt to shore up support" for the Israel-Ukraine foreign aid bill, CNN reports.

From CNN, "US has new intelligence on Russian nuclear capabilities in space":
 

The uproar over the new intelligence comes as a $60 billion aid package to support Ukraine in its fight against Russia has stalled in the House and former President Donald Trump has been publicly supporting GOP members who have opposed the package. Trump has also in recent days said that he would encourage Russia to "do whatever the hell they want" to NATO allies that do not meet alliance-set spending goals on their own defense.

Johnson has said that he will not bring the Senate-passed aid measure to the floor.

But Turner has publicly supported continuing to fund the Ukraine war effort. Some lawmakers and US officials privately speculated that his effort to brief lawmakers on the intelligence -- something the House Intelligence Committee voted on Tuesday night to do -- might be an attempt to shore up flagging support for Ukraine.

Webmaster addition: How does sending $60 billion to Ukraine protect the US from this hypothetical Russian threat from space? If this threat were real, shouldn't the money go to the Space Force?

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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"This is beyond military occupation, apartheid, economic exploitation, and all the rest," asserted one journalist. "There is something extremely sickening happening here."

 by Brett Wilkins Posted on February 15, 2024

Israel Defense Forces officers brought Israeli civilians into detention centers and allowed them to watch and film Palestinian prisoners being tortured, according to survivor testimonies published this week by the Geneva-based Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor.

Prisoners held at detention centers in Zikim on the northern border of the Gaza Strip and at a site in southern Israel affiliated with Naqab Prison “told Euro-Med Monitor that the Israeli soldiers had purposefully presented them before Israeli civilians, falsely claiming that they were fighters affiliated with Palestinian armed factions and that they had taken part in the October 7 attack on Israeli towns,” the group said.

The former detainees said groups of 10-20 Israeli civilians were brought in and allowed to record torture sessions in which the men, stripped nearly naked, were beaten with metal batons, electrocuted, and had hot water poured over their heads. The ex-prisoners said some of the Israelis laughed while filming their torture

Claire's Observations:  The desensitization of Israeli civilians to IDF torture of Palestinian prisoners, most probably, means more, and more debauched, torture is coming, courtesy of the Middle East's "Assassination Nation".

Tags: ASSASSINATION, CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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The US recently conducted a cyberattack against an alleged Iranian spy ship that has been operating near Djibouti, NBC News reported Thursday, citing US officials.

One US official identified the ship as the MV Behshad, which is registered as a cargo ship in Iran. The US claims the Behshad is used to provide intelligence to the Houthis, while Iran’s ambassador to the UN insisted last week that the vessel is in the Red Sea “to combat the piracy activities” and is not involved in Houthi operations.

The nature of the cyberattack on Behshad is unclear. The US officials said it was intended to disrupt the vessel’s alleged intelligence operations.

The cyberattack occurred about a week ago and was part of the US response to the drone attack that killed three members of the US Army Reserve and wounded about 40 Arizona National Guardsmen at a secretive US base in Jordan near the Syrian border. The Pentagon admitted it had no evidence Iran was involved in the Jordan attack but blamed Tehran anyway because it arms the Shia militias the US believes were responsible

Claire's Observations:  OK, please let me wrap my head around this; although the Pentagon has admitted it has zero evidence Iran was complicit in the Jordan attack, now it is starting to hit Iranian, as well as Houthi ships. 

 Folks, this may not seem like much, and particularly since the cyberattack against the Iranian ship happened last week, ( but was not reported immediately (so as not to  inflame the American public about the US government and military doing the polar opposite of "de-escalation") , this... is one hell of an escalation.   

Now, the US military IS attacking Iranian ships, part of a media "drip... drip... drip campaign that this US military is attacking Iranian ships, which is a perfectly normal adjunct to the "Assassination Nation's genocide against Gaza", and beyond.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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In a rare moment it seems that CNN has taken a step against President Biden and called up his Lie on air. CNN decided to fact check the president on three claims that he made regarding storing classified documents and used evidence to contradict the President’s claims.

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Special Counsel Jack Smith has urged the Supreme Court to allow the case concerning alleged election interference by former President Donald Trump in 2020 to proceed to trial without further delay.

This plea comes in the wake of attempts by Trump and his legal team to stall the case while the court deliberates on his claim of presidential immunity.

In a comprehensive 40-page document, Smith contended, "the public interest in a prompt trial is at its zenith where, as here, a former president is charged with conspiring to subvert the electoral process so that he could remain in office." The prosecution team emphasized that the allegations against Trump "strike at the heart of our democracy," underscoring the case's "unique national importance."

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During a hearing on Wednesday, Nathan Wade, the lover of Fulton County district attorney Fani Willis, testified about their improper relationship and its potential impact on Willis' oversight of the Georgia election interference case involving Donald Trump.

Wade admitted to using his business credit card to pay for trips that he and Willis took together, with Willis subsequently reimbursing him in cash. When questioned about the arrangement, Wade confirmed that Willis had indeed reimbursed him, clarifying that she provided him with cash to cover her share of the expenses for all the trips they embarked on together.

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It must be clear that there is no room in the country for both peoples…. If the Arabs leave it, the country will become wide and spacious for us…. The only solution is a Land of Israel…without Arabs. There is no room here for compromises… (Yosef Weitz (1890-1972) former director of the Jewish National Fund’s Land Settlement Department)

The IDF’s recent airstrikes on civilian areas in Rafah mark the beginning of the final phase of Israel’s massive ethnic cleansing project. On Monday, Israel bombed a number of locations where Palestinian refugees were huddled in tents after fleeing Israel’s onslaught in the North. Videos of the destruction appeared on a number of Twitter-sites which showed a deeply-cratered wasteland in the middle of makeshift encampments. Not surprisingly, women and children made up the bulk of the casualties with no evidence of Hamas to be found anywhere. According to a witness at the site, body parts and carnage were strewn across the landscape. This is from an article at the World Socialist Web Site:

Israel launched a massive aerial bombardment of Rafah, the southernmost city in Gaza, on Sunday night into Monday morning, killing over 100 people. As the sun came up, the world was horrified by images of the mangled bodies of children, in a chilling demonstration of what is to come in the weeks ahead.

Over the weekend, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to carry out a full-scale military onslaught against the besieged city, declaring, “Our goal … is total victory.” For the Israeli regime, “total victory” means killing as many Palestinians as possible and driving the rest from their homes. With a green light from Biden, Israel commencing Rafah massacre, World Socialist Web Site

Tags: EGYPT, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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An MSNBC legal analyst responded to the Fulton County hearing over misconduct by Soros-backed Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, prosecuting Trump’s election interference case, saying, “It’s game over for [Willis].”

“Don’t let the legalese fool you. This is epic; this is monumental. If things are going in the direction we think, Fani Willis lied to the court. It’s game over for her; she will be disqualified,” the MSNBC guest shared. “It’s a huge deal. I can’t overstate it.”

President Trump responded to this in a TRUTH Social post:

Trump: MSNBC JUST STATED GAME OVER FOR THE FAKE FANI WILLIS CASE IN GEORGIA. ANOTHER SCAM COORDINATED WITH THE BIDEN WHITE HOUSE FOR PURPOSES OF ELECTION INTERFERENCE!!!

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Russia's most significant opposition leader for the past decade, Alexei Navalny, has died in prison inside the Arctic Circle, the prison service said.

Seen as President Vladimir Putin's most vociferous critic, Navalny was serving a 19-year jail term on charges widely considered politically motivated.

He was moved to an Arctic penal colony, considered one of the toughest jails, late last year.

The prison service in the Yamalo-Nenets district said he had "felt unwell" after a walk on Friday.

He had "almost immediately lost consciousness", it said in a statement, adding that an emergency medical team had immediately been called and tried to resuscitate him but without success.

"The emergency doctors declared the prisoner dead. Cause of death is being established."

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
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