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27.07.2021 - 02:02 [ Bloomberg.com ]

Technology – China Crackdown Rocks Investors: ‘Everybody’s in the Crosshairs’

The crash in tutoring stocks that began late last week spread Monday across the tech sector and beyond, after authorities confirmed reports they would ban a swathe of the education industry from making profits. It’s the government’s most extreme step yet to rein in private businesses that regulators blame for exacerbating inequality, increasing financial risk and — in the case of some tech titans –- challenging Beijing’s authority.

18.07.2021 - 18:28 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

DAN HODGES: Pushmi-pullyu Boris promised us freedom… So get ready for the next lockdown

‚I hope that the roadmap is irreversible,‘ Boris told the nation on Monday. ‚We’ve always said that we hope that it will be irreversible – but in order to have an irreversible roadmap, we also said it’s got to be a cautious approach.‘

That’s not what he’s always said.

16.06.2021 - 14:51 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Facemasks forever, WFH, self-isolation and travel quarantine to stay, and MORE restrictions in winter? Leaked Step 4 Whitehall document reveals how ’new normal‘ could look even AFTER July 19 new Freedom Day – as Boris faces Commons revolt in vote tonight

– Boris Johnson is facing the prospect of a damaging revolt by dozens of MPs in crucial lockdown vote tonight
– Government all-but guaranteed victory as Labour is backing the move but opposition seems to be growing
– Leaked Whitehall document has suggested that a number of restriction will stay even after new July 19 date

02.05.2021 - 00:52 [ Gleen Greenwald ]

The Left Continues to Destroy Itself and Others With Evidence-Free Destruction of Reputations

Equating accusations with proven fact is reckless and repressive. It is also standard behavior in liberal politics, whereby they ruin lives without a second thought.

26.04.2021 - 19:57 [ Haaretz ]

In Leaked Tape, Iran’s Zarif Says Soleimani, Russia Tried to Sabotage Nuke Deal

Zarif also blames Soleimani for being in cahoots with Russia, which “put all its weight” behind sabotaging the nuclear deal with the U.S. and world powers, as well as allowing Russian fighter jets to fly over Iran for Syrian bombing raids, letting Russia use Iranian airliners to move military personnel and equipment, and deploying Iranian soldiers on the ground in Syria.

26.04.2021 - 19:54 [ New York Times ]

Iran’s Foreign Minister, in Leaked Tape, Says Revolutionary Guards Set Policies

The recording, of a conversation in March between Mr. Zarif and an economist named Saeed Leylaz, an ally, was not meant for publication, as the foreign minister can repeatedly be heard saying on the audio. A copy was leaked to the London-based Persian news channel Iran International, which first reported on the recording and shared it with The New York Times.

26.04.2021 - 19:51 [ IsraelHayom.com ]

‚National security adviser to present Washington with sensitive information on Iran‘

On Thursday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened a meeting to consolidate an Israeli strategy on Iran’s nuclear program given the progress being made among signatories to the deal in talks in Vienna.

According to the official, should Iran engage in serious talks on an improved accord, Israel would share its position on what such an accord should look like. The official further noted that at the meeting, Netanyahu emphasized that Israel was not a signatory to the accord and as such was not committed to it.

10.04.2021 - 07:55 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Liable to Concoct ‘National Emergency’ to Keep Himself in Power

The fear that should now be nesting within the breast of every Israeli is of extreme moves by Netanyahu

30.03.2021 - 23:01 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Germany BANS AstraZeneca jab for under-60s over unproven blood clot fears despite British scientists insisting there’s NO evidence it increases risks

– German health officials banned use of AstraZeneca vaccine in under-60s
– Earlier Berlin’s Charite hospital banned AZ jabs for women under the age of 55
– It comes despite authoritative rulings by experts that the jab is safe and effective
– Canada yesterday banned AZ jab for under-55s over the blood clot concerns

26.03.2021 - 20:52 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election Results: How Netanyahu Could Lure Defectors to Secure Majority

The following are ways Netanyahu and Likud can draw Knesset members from other parties to reach 61 MKs and form a new government.

15.02.2021 - 10:52 [ .i24news.tv ]

Israel advances bill to compel unvaccinated workers to test for COVID-19 every two days

Israel’s Health Ministry is formulating a legislation that will provide workplaces that receive customers the legal framework to compel employees who refuse to vaccinate against COVID-19 to test for the disease every two days, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said Monday, according to outlet Ynet.

15.02.2021 - 10:35 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Labels Unvaccinated Israelis as the New Enemy

Netanyahu has tied his fate in the election to COVID vaccinations, and suspicion arises that his proposals are influenced by personal considerations. Meanwhile, disclosing names of Israelis who have yet to get vaccinated paves way for severe infringement of privacy.

07.02.2021 - 16:20 [ Dr. Simon, PhD in Biotech / Twitter ]

8/: In Gitmo, prisoners were psychologically tortured by controlling sensory input leading to a dehumanization of the mask-wearer. Knowing that masks don’t halt the spread of the virus, we should ask ourselves why the whole world is eventually running around with that gag.

01.02.2021 - 20:30 [ Washington Post ]

Why Vaccines Might Not Be Able to Eliminate Covid-19

There’s good evidence that the shots made by Pfizer Inc.-BioNTech SE and Moderna Inc. are very effective — as much as 95% — at preventing recipients from developing Covid-19 itself. However, data haven’t been released on their ability to prevent people from developing asymptomatic infections or transmitting the virus to others. The gold standard in vaccinology is to stop infection as well as disease, providing so-called sterilizing immunity.

29.01.2021 - 09:29 [ Haaretz ]

Alliance of Israeli Arab Parties to Split Ahead of March Election

At this stage, it’s not yet clear whether Ta’al might even decide to run jointly with Hadash and Balad, which have agreed to run on a joint slate, or whether it would pursue a link-up with the United Arab List.

02.01.2021 - 06:48 [ Times of Israel ]

Netanyahu said planning to campaign hard for Arab vote in new election

In recent months, however, he appears to have formed a quiet alliance with the Joint List’s MK Mansour Abbas, to the chagrin of Abbas’s colleagues.

On Thursday during an unprecedented visit to the Arab town of Tirah to encourage vaccination, Netanyahu said he did not rule out placing an Arab lawmaker on his right-wing list.

02.01.2021 - 06:28 [ Reuters / Twitter ]

Iran has told IAEA it plans to enrich uranium to 20%, Russian envoy says

02.01.2021 - 06:26 [ Barbara Starr, CNN Pentagon correspondent / Twitter ]

Just In: Iranian maritime forces in the Persian Gulf raised readiness levels in last 48 hours: US official with latest info.

Not clear if moves are “defensive” because expect US attack, or are signals Iran preparing for operations in the Gulf against the US, official said. #Iran

02.12.2020 - 14:56 [ theGuardian.com ]

Israel moves towards fourth election with no-confidence vote

Wednesday’s vote, which is not final and requires several more readings, was largely seen as a gambit by Benny Gantz, the former head of the opposition who reluctantly joined Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition this year, to assert his authority.

In a televised speech on Tuesday night, Gantz, who serves as defence minister, accused the country’s longest-serving leader of lying and sidelining his demands, in particular, a proposed budget.

01.12.2020 - 18:48 [ Consortium News ]

PATRICK LAWRENCE: The Assassins & Iran

Any thought of Biden and his people riding into town on white horses to save the nuclear deal is strictly naïve.

01.12.2020 - 18:38 [ Financial Times ]

Reckless killing in Iran endangers Biden’s nuclear plan

The assassination ramps up Middle East tensions after months of relative calm, and risks making it far harder for Joe Biden to fulfil his pledge to open negotiations with Iran and rejoin the 2015 nuclear accord if Tehran agrees to return to full compliance with the deal. Mr Trump and Mr Netanyahu both appear bent on doing their best to scupper the US president-elect’s chances before he settles into the White House.

29.11.2020 - 20:30 [ Washington Post ]

Iran’s political establishment faces a serious test of will. So will Joe Biden.

With only a few weeks left until the incoming administration has a chance to relaunch negotiations with the Islamic Republic, Tehran’s foes — in Washington and elsewhere in the Middle East — are gearing up to do whatever they can to stop such efforts even before they begin.

In this respect, the mission to kill Fakhrizadeh was as predictable as it was foolish.

29.11.2020 - 17:38 [ New York Times ]

A Scorched Earth Strategy on Iran

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, with the support of President Trump, seems intent on scorching the earth to make it harder for any return to diplomacy under President-elect Joe Biden.

Israel and the Trump administration apparently fear that a Biden administration would seek a quick return to the nuclear agreement, which could revive Iran’s struggling economy and make it harder to contain its influence in the Middle East. Killing Mr. Fakhrizadeh makes that all the more difficult.

28.11.2020 - 22:10 [ New York Times ]

Israel’s Gamble: If Assassination Fails to Set Back Iran’s Nuclear Program, Blowing Up Deal Is Easy

The killing of Iran’s top nuclear scientist is likely to impede the country’s military ambitions. Its real purpose may have been to prevent the president-elect from resuming diplomacy with Tehran.

28.11.2020 - 18:42 [ theGuardian.com ]

Iran scientist’s assassination appears intended to undermine nuclear deal

If Mossad was indeed behind the assassination, Israel had a closing window of opportunity in which to carry it out with a green light from an American president, and there seems little doubt that Trump, seeking to play a spoiler role in his last weeks in office, would have given approval, if not active assistance. He is reported to have asked for military options in Iran, in the aftermath of his election defeat.

26.11.2020 - 00:44 [ NBC News ]

Defense lawyers rail about unfair prosecutions. Flynn’s case shows why.

(09.05.2020)

Sometimes federal agents are criticized for „creating“ a crime instead of investigating one. Sting operations are examples of crimes that are a consequence of law enforcement actions. Agents create a fictional crime to trick a suspect into attempting to join that crime, thereby creating the crime.

Similarly, Flynn’s crime of lying to government agents was the consequence of the government agents‘ investigation of Flynn. If there was no crime before Flynn’s interview, then there’s little reason to interview Flynn as part of a criminal investigation, unless the agents were looking to create a crime.

20.11.2020 - 03:04 [ theHill.com ]

Trump campaign legal fight keyed to court of public opinion

Although the campaign has little success to show in the courts, at least by any traditional measure, the flood of post-election litigation is likely a major contributor to the perception among Trump’s supporters that the vote was tainted by widespread fraud. About half of Republicans believe Trump rightfully won the election, but that it was stolen from him by widespread fraud, and nearly 7 in 10 Republicans said the election was rigged, according to a Reuters poll.

20.11.2020 - 03:01 [ Fox News ]

Giuliani presses Trump election challenge case in fiery news conference with legal team

This is a different approach than the campaign has recently taken in court, where they have primarily focused on the validity of ballots and counts without asserting fraud. While Giuliani did not present any direct evidence of a massive fraud scheme, Giuliani asserted that this is the „logical conclusion“ reached as a result of incidents he said took place in several states.

14.11.2020 - 13:47 [ Latika M Bourke / Twitter ]

„Mr Johnson showed the aides text messages that had been forwarded to Ms Symonds, who opposed Mr Cain’s appointment as chief of staff, to show they had briefed against her. He told them to get out and never return.“

14.11.2020 - 13:37 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

How ‚Princess Nut Nuts‘ gave coup de grace to Cummings: PM’s adviser is booted out of No 10 for good ‚following showdown with Boris where PM confronted him with less than flattering texts that fell into hands of fiancée Carrie Symonds‘

Dominic Cummings arrived home with bottles of alcohol last night after he was kicked out of Number 10 for good – following a dramatic was confrontation with Boris Johnson who showed him texts allegedly proving he briefed against his fiancee, Carrie Symonds.

In a tense 45-minute meeting, the Prime Minister is said to have ordered his most senior adviser to leave having shown incriminating text messages which had been forwarded to his partner. The explosive claims were denied by No10.

12.11.2020 - 15:14 [ Haaretz ]

The Electoral Math Behind Netanyahu’s Sudden Affinity for Arab Lawmakers

Last Thursday, in an interview with Radio Anas, Abbas said he wouldn’t dismiss supporting legislation to freeze Netanyahu’s trial. The choice of Matanyahu Englman as state comptroller was attributed to the “defection” of Ra’am members from the opposition ranks, in addition to Abbas’ support for canceling the vote that approved the establishment of an inquiry committee on the submarine procurements.

03.11.2020 - 15:38 [ theGrayzone.com ]

Biden and Trump compete for South Florida swing voters with anti-communist conspiracies and interventionist chest-beating

Aggressive efforts by both parties to court South Florida’s Latin American diaspora have shaped Miami’s political landscape into a paranoid, anti-communist madhouse as Election Day nears.

29.10.2020 - 05:51 [ marketscreener.com ]

EU warns not enough COVID vaccines for all in Europe until 2022

(27.10.2020)

The EU has so far secured doses of the potential vaccines being developed by AstraZeneca, Sanofi and Johnson & Johnson. It has also said it is in talks with …

20.10.2020 - 22:27 [ Nehemia Shtrasler / Haaretz ]

‚You Really Believe Netanyahu Wants the Coronavirus Pandemic to Last?‘

Let me be clear, I’m not saying that Netanyahu wants people to get sick or die. He wants the pandemic to not disappear. He does not want a return to normal. He wants the emergency period to continue, for chaos to reign, for businesses to open and close like an accordion, and for the Israeli public to cry out to the heavens: Save us, Bibi. Save us like you saved us from the dreaded nuclear threat from Iran. After all, Bibi, the world expert in sowing fear and anxiety, has no equal when it comes to spurring terrified voters to cast their ballots for Likud.

15.10.2020 - 05:20 [ RealTimBlack / Twitter ]

Nancy Pelosi slams Wolf for the high crime of asking the most basic question Americans want to know: Why not take the 1.8 Trillion Dollars? You’d think she’d be prepared to answer this fair and obvious question without damn near having an aneurysm on live tv. #StimulusNow

15.10.2020 - 05:16 [ CNN ]

Nancy Pelosi’s ridiculously over-the-top response to questions about the coronavirus stimulus

Asked if she had spoken to President Donald Trump about the possibility of a coronavirus stimulus deal, Pelosi said she doesn’t „speak to the President.“ Pressed on why not — given the suffering of people in desperate need of a stimulus deal to keep their business open or pay their bills — Pelosi responded this way: „What makes me amused if it weren’t so sad, is how you all think that you know more about the suffering of the American people than those of us who are elected by them to represent them at that table.“
Uh, OK.

11.10.2020 - 19:45 [ theGuardian.com ]

Trump’s Afghanistan withdrawal announcement takes US officials by surprise

(08.10.2020)

Multiple officials told the Associated Press they had not been informed of any such deadline and military experts said it would be impossible to withdraw all 5,000 US troops in Afghanistan and dismantle the US military headquarters by the end of the year.

They suggested the president’s claim was aimed at shifting the news cycle away from coronavirus coverage and that the Pentagon would not act on the order before the 3 November US election.

11.10.2020 - 19:40 [ theHill.com ]

Official: Pentagon has started ‚prudent planning‘ for full Afghanistan withdrawal by May

(22.09.2020)

“I’d like to make it clear that [Defense Secretary Mark Esper] has not issued orders to reduce military personnel below this 4,000 to 5,000 level in Afghanistan, although we are conducting prudent planning to withdraw to zero service members by May 2021 if conditions warrant, per the U.S.-Taliban agreement,” David Helvey, the official performing the duties of assistant secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific security affairs, told the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on National Security at a hearing.

11.10.2020 - 02:56 [ Haaretz ]

‚You Messed With the Wrong Generation‘: Tens of Thousands March Against Netanyahu Across Israel

The police came under criticism for issuing a statement implying that the Crime Minister organization, one of the protests‘ organizers, had called on protesters to arm themselves in order to confront police officers. They were forced to retract the allegation after it became clear it was fabricated.

09.10.2020 - 20:00 [ Gothamist.com ]

Zoned Coronavirus Shutdown Of Parts Of Brooklyn And Queens Is Now In Effect. Here’s What We Know

The maps were drafted in consultation with health experts including former city health commissioner and Centers for Disease Control director Dr. Tom Frieden, Dr. Noam Ross of EcoHealth Alliance, and Dr. Michael Osterholm of the University of Minnesota.

09.10.2020 - 14:00 [ CBS News ]

Former CIA Director John Brennan on ethics of intelligence, challenges to democracy

(07.10.2020)

– Recent declassifications by DNI John Ratcliffe: „I thought it was a outrageous, appalling and blatant act of politicization that he released, very selectively, some intelligence that was provided then to the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is right now engaged in, I think, a very partisan effort to try to debunk the necessary investigative efforts of the FBI that looked into Russian interference in the 2016 election.“

09.10.2020 - 13:46 [ CNN ]

Trump’s spy chief declassified unverified Russian intelligence despite concerns raised by CIA and NSA

(30.09.2020)

Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe declassified unverified Russian intelligence despite concerns being raised by the CIA and National Security Agency, according to people briefed on the matter.
Career officials in the intelligence agencies were concerned about declassifying the information because it was unverified and they believed it could reveal sources and methods. Ratcliffe overrode those concerns and sent the document to Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham on Tuesday, the people sa

07.10.2020 - 19:59 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Michael Gove puts chance of Brexit deal at 66% but warns UK will not be ‚held hostage‘

Mr Gove said the Internal Market Bill was one of several steps taken „to ensure this country is not held hostage in a negotiation process, but that we honour the vote people made in 2016 and again in 2019 to ensure we are properly independent“.

He added: „No one will be happier than me if we can conclude an agreement but we have an absolute obligation to ensure the country is ready in the event that we don’t.“

05.10.2020 - 20:55 [ New York Times ]

Cuomo Won’t Approve Closing of Businesses in 9 Hard-Hit N.Y.C. Areas

Indeed, the governor also announced that the state would take over supervision of enforcement of mask and social-distancing rules in the hot spot clusters, presumably putting the State Police in charge of New York City Police Department officers.

04.10.2020 - 17:35 [ Standard.co.uk ]

UK and EU extend Brexit talks by a month in bid to reach trade deal

Following their conversation on Saturday, the pair have tasked their chief negotiators with working “intensively” to resolve the remaining differences in the post-Brexit trade talks.

Fishing rights, state aid and governance continue to be vexed issues between the two sides as they look to ratify a new trading relationship before the transition period ends on December 31.

04.10.2020 - 08:10 [ Ben Reiff / Twitter ]

Earlier this week Netanyahu extended the lockdown regulations to include a ban on protesting further than 1km from home. While stifling the regular demonstrations at Balfour and other epicentres, protestors responded by demonstrating at every street corner across the country.

13.09.2020 - 16:41 [ Kate Hoey / Twitter ]

Not surprising that Major and Blair who were amongst the most extreme proponents of Brexit are supporting the EU position on free trade throughout the UK. I predict an even bigger majority for the Internal Market Bill tomorrow

#rightthingtodo

13.09.2020 - 16:34 [ David Frost, EU adviser to Prime Minister @BorisJohnson ]

6/7 The EU’s position is that listing is needed for Great Britain only, not Northern Ireland. So if GB were not listed, it would be automatically illegal for NI to import food products from GB.

12.09.2020 - 16:40 [ Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom / Twitter ]

Let’s make the EU take their threats off the table. And let’s get this Bill through, back up our negotiators, and protect our country

12.09.2020 - 16:33 [ Downing No 10 ]

Prime Minister’s article in the Telegraph: 12 September 2020

We decided in the Withdrawal Agreement to create a Joint Committee, in which we would thrash out the details of these new arrangements. It is here that things risk coming unstuck. We are now hearing that unless we agree to the EU’s terms, the EU will use an extreme interpretation of the Northern Ireland protocol to impose a full-scale trade border down the Irish sea. We are being told that the EU will not only impose tariffs on goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland, but that they might actually stop the transport of food products from GB to NI.

I have to say that we never seriously believed that the EU would be willing to use a Treaty, negotiated in good faith, to blockade one part of the UK, to cut it off; or that they would actually threaten to destroy the economic and territorial integrity of the UK. This was for the very good reason that any such barrier, any such tariffs or division would be completely contrary to the letter and the spirit of the Good Friday agreement. By actively undermining the Union of our country, such an interpretation would seriously endanger peace and stability in Northern Ireland. This interpretation cannot have been the real intention of those who framed the protocol (it certainly wasn’t ours) – and it is therefore vital that we close that option down.

12.09.2020 - 12:21 [ inews.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson accuses EU of seizing ‘power to carve up our country’ as he defends controversial Internal Market Bill

He wrote: “We are now hearing that, unless we agree to the EU’s terms, the EU will use an extreme interpretation of the Northern Ireland protocol to impose a full-scale trade border down the Irish Sea.

“We are being told that the EU will not only impose tariffs on goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland, but that they might actually stop the transport of food products from GB to NI.

12.09.2020 - 12:17 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson: EU a threat to integrity of the UK

PM defends decision to alter Brexit divorce deal, saying he cannot hand Brussels the ‚power to carve up our country‘

02.09.2020 - 13:12 [ Times of India ]

In change of tack, EU leaves door open to COVID vaccines purchase through WHO

The move could allow EU governments to secure vaccines from companies that are not negotiating with Brussels, such as U.S. firms Merck, Inovio and Novavax. They are all in talks with the WHO scheme, dubbed COVAX, but have so far not been reported to be involved in negotiations with the EU Commission.

02.09.2020 - 05:20 [ Lee Fang / Twitter ]

The establishment successfully smeared Bernie out of the 2016 primary w/ lies about him being a sexist w/ a “race problem.” The same tactic gets recycled w/ Alex Morse, slandered by partisans as a sex abuser. Easy to manipulate liberal voters w/ these defamatory woke tactics.

24.08.2020 - 11:32 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Offers Olive Branch to Prevent Election. But It’s Dipped in Poison

If, after all, the bill is approved, the next exit point for an election under conditions convenient for Netanyahu will be pushed back to late December. Taking that exit would mean an election in April, six months before Netanyahu is to pass the reins of power to Benny Gantz.

18.08.2020 - 07:58 [ United Steelworkers ]

What A Day: Rev. Dr. William Barber II adresses the USW (FULL)

(August 11, 2014)

Rev. Dr. William Barber II delivers a down right, electrifying, knockout and empowering speech to the delegates of the 2014 United Steelworkers Constitutional Convention.

18.08.2020 - 07:53 [ Repairers of the Breach / Youtube ]

Extremists Stole the Playbook of the Civil and Union Rights Movements

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II speaking at the United Steelworkers union convention, August 13, 2014.

17.08.2020 - 11:54 [ Max Burns / Independent.co.uk ]

AOC is becoming part of Biden’s inner circle. It’s a risky move

(29.07.2020)

In May, Biden tapped Ocasio-Cortez to lead his campaign’s Climate Task Force, alongside climate crusader and former secretary of state John Kerry.

03.08.2020 - 10:49 [ CNN ]

Birx defends herself as Pelosi accuses Trump administration of spreading disinformation on Covid-19

Politico reported Pelosi told White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin that Birx was the „worst“ and that they were in „horrible hands“ with her.
Asked on ABC’s „This Week“ whether the account was true and if she has confidence in Birx, Pelosi said, „I think the President is spreading disinformation about the virus and she is his appointee, so I don’t have confidence there, no.“

03.08.2020 - 10:46 [ Bloomberg.com ]

Pelosi Says Virus Task Force Head Birx Spreads Disinformation

“Deborah Birx is the worst. Wow, what horrible hands you’re in,” Pelosi said at the meeting, according to Politico.

A New York Times article in July on the Trump administration’s coronavirus response portrayed Birx as overly optimistic about the course of the pandemic. While voicing “tremendous respect” for Pelosi, Birx on Sunday criticized the newspaper’s reporting.

27.07.2020 - 19:59 [ theHill.com ]

Federal agents use tear gas to clear Portland protesters, police say they find Molotov cocktails

„Ammunition and destructive devices recovered by Portland Police in the area of this incident at around the same time appear to be unrelated,“ Portland police said. Police did not say whether the shooting was related to the protests.

27.07.2020 - 19:57 [ USA Today ]

Portland police detain two suspects after reported shooting near federal courthouse protest site

It remained unclear early Monday if the shooting was connected to the protest, and police said the magazines and firebomb „appear to be unrelated“ to the shooting.

21.07.2020 - 21:12 [ New York Times ]

Trump Threatens to Send Federal Law Enforcement Forces to More Cities

The president portrayed the nation’s cities as out of control. “Look at what’s going on — all run by Democrats, all run by very liberal Democrats. All run, really, by radical left,” Mr. Trump said. He added: “If Biden got in, that would be true for the country. The whole country would go to hell. And we’re not going to let it go to hell.”

Democrats said the president was the one out of control.

04.07.2020 - 13:53 [ Rev.com ]

Donald Trump Speech Transcript at Mount Rushmore 4th of July Event

One of their political weapons is cancel culture, driving people from their jobs, shaming dissenters, and demanding total submission from anyone who disagrees. This is the very definition of totalitarianism, and it is completely alien to our culture and to our values and it has absolutely no place in the United States of America.

This attack on our liberty, our magnificent liberty must be stopped and it will be stopped very quickly. We will expose this dangerous movement, protect our nation’s children from this radical assault, and preserve our beloved American way of life. In our schools, our newsrooms, even our corporate boardrooms, there is a new far-left fascism that demands absolute allegiance. If you do not speak its language, perform its rituals, recite its mantras, and follow its commandments, then you will be censored, banished, blacklisted, persecuted, and punished. It’s not going to happen to us.

04.07.2020 - 13:49 [ NPR.org ]

Trump Flouts Virus Rules, Warns Of ‚New Far-Left Fascism‘ In Speech Ahead Of July 4th

„They think the American people are weak and soft and submissive,“ he said. „But no, the American people are strong and proud, and they will not allow our country and all of its values, history and culture to be taken from them.“

In response, the crowd erupted in cheers of „USA! USA!“ and „Four more years!“

04.07.2020 - 11:42 [ Yahoo.com ]

India’s Modi rallies troops at China border, as Beijing urges caution

China’s foreign ministry said on Friday the two countries were holding talks to reduce tensions.

Spokesman Zhao Lijian, responding to a question about Modi’s visit to the border region, said both sides were in communications through diplomatic and military channels to ease the situation.

02.07.2020 - 17:40 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Is Lying Again

Netanyahu’s strategy is transparent. He doesn’t have a scrap of evidence that would support his claims about Mendelblit. If he did, he wouldn’t need the campaign of mudslinging and lies that he’s conducting.

All Netanyahu wants is to cast doubt on Mendelblit’s motives, strengthen the doubt and cultivate it, until it casts a pall on the integrity of the legal proceedings against him.

01.07.2020 - 18:01 [ Politico.com ]

Poll: Trump job approval dips as coronavirus fears rise

The new, poor numbers for the president come as his chief rival for the presidency, former Vice President Joe Biden, opens up as much as a double-digit lead in some swing states in recent polling, with Election Day only four months away.

The poll found sinking voter optimism as well, with only a quarter of voters responding that the country is headed in the right direction, while 75 percent said things had “pretty seriously” gotten off on the wrong track — a record high for the Trump presidency.

30.06.2020 - 08:56 [ CNN ]

From pandering to Putin to abusing allies and ignoring his own advisers, Trump’s phone calls alarm US officials

In hundreds of highly classified phone calls with foreign heads of state, President Donald Trump was so consistently unprepared for discussion of serious issues, so often outplayed in his conversations with powerful leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Erdogan, and so abusive to leaders of America’s principal allies, that the calls helped convince some senior US officials — including his former secretaries of state and defense, two national security advisers and his longest-serving chief of staff — that the President himself posed a danger to the national security of the United States, according to White House and intelligence officials intimately familiar with the contents of the conversations.

30.06.2020 - 08:52 [ Axios.com ]

Benjamin Netanyahu has asked American evangelical supporters to lobby in favor of annexing parts of the West Bank in an attempt to press President Trump to give Israel the green light for annexing parts of the West Bank

(29.06.2020)

Why it matters: Israeli officials say Netanyahu thinks President Trump is politically vulnerable four months before the U.S. election and that he could lose to presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. He thinks Trump needs the evangelical base to go to vote in order to have a chance at winning.

26.06.2020 - 16:12 [ i24news.tv ]

Report: Israel notifies Palestinians it will not annex Jordan Valley

A senior Palestinian official in Ramallah, unnamed in the report, said that the message was sent through Jordan following the reported meeting between Mossad chief Yossi Cohen and King Abdullah II.

26.06.2020 - 12:52 [ Electronic Frontier Foundation ]

California Agency Blocks Release of Police Use of Force and Surveillance Training, Claiming Copyright

Under a California law that went into effect on January 1, 2020, all law enforcement training materials must be “conspicuously” published on the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) website.

26.06.2020 - 09:44 [ ManchesterEveningNews.co.uk ]

RECAP: Reaction as Rebecca Long-Bailey sacked for tweeting ‚antisemitic‘ Maxine Peake interview

Salford MP Rebecca Long-Bailey has been sacked from the shadow cabinet after she tweeted a link to an interview with actress Maxine Peake.

The shadow education secretary was forced out of her job by Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, who said the interview contained an ‚antisemitic conspiracy theory‘.

25.06.2020 - 22:42 [ PBS Frontline ]

The Soldier’s Heart: Interview David Grossman

(Nov. 22, 2004)

You have statistics in your book. … Talk to me about the 2 percent statistic and what that means.

Naturally speaking, there’s 2 percent who after 60 days of continuous day-and-night combat are not driven insane. And this 2 percent keeps bubbling up. Two percent of all fighter pilots in World War II killed more than the rest put together, something along those lines. This 2 percent keeps bubbling up.

And it’s really not a percent. It’s not a yes or no. It’s a continuum. It’s the old bell-shaped curve. [At] one end of the bell-shaped curve there’s people, at the tail of it, with great capacity for violence. [At] the other end there’s people over here with no capacity for violence. And there’s most of the people right in between. But you can choose to go one way or another. Israel is a nation that has shifted their bell-shaped curve. Israel is a nation who’s chosen a warrior path.

So what’s happening in the psychology of those 2 percent?

Well, those 2 percent are people with a capacity for aggression. And then they divide into two parts. Those who have the capacity for aggression and an absence of empathy, we call those psychopaths, sociopaths, aggressive sociopaths. Those who have a capacity for aggression and empathy for their fellow citizens, we call those warriors, heroes, cops, soldiers, Marines, spec ops.

25.06.2020 - 22:28 [ MotherJones.com ]

“Are You Prepared to Kill Somebody?” A Day With One of America’s Most Popular Police Trainers

(February 2017)

Last summer, after a black man named Philando Castile was shot and killed during a traffic stop outside Minneapolis, it was revealed that two years earlier the officer, Jeronimo Yanez, had attended “The Bulletproof Warrior,” a two-day training taught by Grossman and his colleague Jim Glennon.

25.06.2020 - 22:11 [ Max Blumenthal / MondoWeiss.net ]

From Occupation to ‘Occupy’: The Israelification of American domestic security

(December 2, 2011)

Back in New York, the NYPD set up a secret “Demographics Unit” designed to spy on and monitor Muslim communities around the city. The unit was developed with input and intensive involvement by the CIA, which still refuses to name the former Middle East station chief it has posted in the senior ranks of the NYPD’s intelligence division. Since 2002, the NYPD has dispatched undercover agents known as “rakers” and “mosque crawlers” into Pakistani-American bookstores and restaurants to gauge community anger over US drone strikes inside Pakistan, and into Palestinian hookah bars and mosques to search out signs of terror recruitment and clandestine funding. “If a raker noticed a customer looking at radical literature, he might chat up the store owner and see what he could learn,” the Associated Press reported. “The bookstore, or even the customer, might get further scrutiny.”

The Israeli imprimatur on the NYPD’s Demographics Unit is unmistakable. As a former police official told the Associated Press, the Demographics Unit has attempted to “map the city’s human terrain” through a program “modeled in part on how Israeli authorities operate in the West Bank.”

25.06.2020 - 22:01 [ theIntercept.com ]

Israel Security Forces Are Training American Cops Despite History of Rights Abuses

(September 15 2017)

In the aftermath of 9/11, Israel seized on its decades-long experience as an occupying force to brand itself as a world leader in counterterrorism. U.S. law enforcement agencies took the Jewish state up on its expertise by participating in exchange programs sponsored by an array of pro-Israel groups, like the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, and the Anti-Defamation League. Over the past decade and a half, scores of top federal, state, and local police officers from dozens of departments from across the U.S. have gone to Israel to learn about its terrorism-focused policing.

Yet Israel’s policing prowess is marred by its primary purpose: occupation.

25.06.2020 - 21:41 [ Amnesty International USA ]

With Whom are Many U.S. Police Departments Training? With a Chronic Human Rights Violator – Israel

(August 25, 2016)

Baltimore law enforcement officials, along with hundreds of others from Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, California, Arizona, Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Georgia, Washington state as well as the DC Capitol police have all traveled to Israel for training. Thousands of others have received training from Israeli officials here in the U.S.

Many of these trips are taxpayer funded while others are privately funded. Since 2002, the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee’s Project Interchange and the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs have paid for police chiefs, assistant chiefs and captains to train in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT).

25.06.2020 - 21:28 [ Peoplesworld.org ]

Israeli forces trained cops in ‘restraint techniques’ at Minneapolis conference

(03.06.2020)

Neta Golan, co-founder of International Solidarity Movement (ISM), said: “When I saw the picture of killer cop Derek Chauvin murdering George Floyd by leaning in on his neck with his knee as he cried for help and other cops watched, I remembered noticing when many Israeli soldiers began using this technique of leaning in on our chest and necks when we were protesting in the West Bank sometime in 2006.

“They started twisting and breaking fingers in a particular way around the same time. It was clear they had undergone training for this. They continue to use these tactics—two of my friends have had their necks broken but luckily survived—and it is clear that they [Israel] share these methods when they train police forces abroad in ‘crowd control’ in the U.S. and other countries including Sudan and Brazil.”

25.06.2020 - 21:03 [ MPRnews.org ]

Minn. police learn from Israeli counter-terrorism conference

(June 26, 2012)

About 100 Minnesota law enforcement officers attended a counter-terrorism training conference in Minneapolis Monday.

The conference was put on by the Israeli consulate in Chicago, the FBI and Minnetonka police.

Deputy Consul Shahar Arieli said Israeli law enforcement officers shared techniques to prevent terrorist acts, such as suicide bombings.

25.06.2020 - 20:38 [ @OwenJones84 / Twitter ]

Sacking Rebecca Long-Bailey for sharing an interview in *the Independent* with one of Britain’s most celebrated actors because of a sentence uttered by Maxine Peake which the Independent initially justified with a link to an Amnesty International report is an absurd overreaction

25.06.2020 - 20:21 [ Haaretz ]

U.K. Labour Leader Sacks Education Spokeswoman for Sharing Article With ‚Antisemitic Conspiracy Theory‘

Long-Bailey had tweeted an Independent article written about British actress and anti-capitalist activist Maxine Peake writing „Maxine Peake is an absolute diamond.“

In the story, Peake alleges that „the tactics used by the police in America, kneeling on George Floyd’s neck, that was learnt from seminars with Israeli secret services.”

12.06.2020 - 06:22 [ diyatvusa / Youtube ]

Rep. Bobby Rush and Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot hold a joint press conference

(today)

12.06.2020 - 06:19 [ Chicago Tribune ]

Chicago police and city leaders defend handling of protests and looting as questions swirl over response some found lacking

(02.06.2020)

Questions came over the decision to largely seal off downtown, effectively forcing some of the protest action into outlying neighborhoods, and over what appeared at times to be an outnumbered police department’s choice to stand back as looting began.

Tribune reporters observed officers who had been deployed to hot spots to contain a situation keep their posts without engaging looters.

12.06.2020 - 06:15 [ MSNBC / Youtube ]

‘Cowards’: Rush Slams Chicago Police Caught Lounging In His Office Amid Looting | All In | MSNBC

Congressman Bobby Rush got word that his office in Chicago had been burglarized. But when he looked at the surveillance tape, he saw a group of up to 13 police officers, helping themselves to coffee, making popcorn, even napping in his office while nearby stores were being damaged and robbed amid protests. Aired on 6/11/2020.

12.06.2020 - 06:01 [ WGNTV.com ]

Video shows Chicago police ‘lounging’ in congressman’s burglarized office during looting, mayor says

Several Chicago police officers were captured on video relaxing inside the recently-burglarized office of Congressman Bobby Rush while nearby businesses were looted, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Thursday.

Surveillance video taken inside the longtime congressman’s South Side campaign office in the early hours of June 1 shows a group of officers sitting, making popcorn and in one case napping, “while small businesses on the South Side were looted and burned,” Lightfoot said.

08.06.2020 - 00:43 [ New York Times ]

De Blasio Vows for First Time to Cut Funding for the N.Y.P.D.

The mayor on Sunday declined to say precisely how much funding he planned to divert to social services from the New York Police Department, which has an annual budget of $6 billion, representing more than 6 percent of Mr. de Blasio’s proposed $90 billion budget.

06.06.2020 - 23:32 [ Seth Pollack / Twitter ]

A scary explanation from horrified ⁦@NYCMayor ⁩ staff: “Of particular concern to staffers, the source said, is that de Blasio appears to be getting all of his information about the protests from Police Commissioner Dermot Shea.”

(04.06.2020)

06.06.2020 - 23:28 [ Gothamist.com ]

More Than 400 Current And Former Members Of The De Blasio Administration Say The Mayor Is Failing At His Job

(04.06.2020)

Over 400 current and former employees in the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio have signed an open letter denouncing the mayor’s treatment of peaceful protesters and his refusal to reign in the NYPD.

The letter includes a scathing evaluation of de Blasio’s performance on criminal justice reform, despite it being one of the main commitments that drew many of these staffers to work for the administration, particularly after he made ending the misuse of stop and frisk a central theme in his 2013 mayoral campaign.

06.06.2020 - 12:10 [ New York Times ]

‘Kettling’ of Peaceful Protesters Shows Aggressive Shift by N.Y. Police

The maneuver was a law enforcement tactic called kettling. The police encircle protesters so that they have no way to exit from a park, city block or other public space, and then charge in and make arrests.

For the next 20 minutes in Downtown Brooklyn, officers swinging batons turned a demonstration that had been largely peaceful into a scene of chaos.

The kettling operations carried out by the police department after curfew have become among the most unsettling symbols of its use of force against peaceful protests, and have touched off a fierce backlash against Mayor Bill de Blasio and the police commissioner, Dermot F. Shea.

06.06.2020 - 12:09 [ fox5ny.com ]

Outrage over NYPD tactics

The NYPD is under fire for a series of actions unfolding each day as protesters continue to defy the nightly curfew.

06.06.2020 - 12:07 [ Gabriel Padua Rodriguez / Twitter ]

Fuck garcetti. For any community activist or progressive that wants to challenge him in the next primary I will phonebank, canvas and help your campaign 7 days/per week #garcettiresign

06.06.2020 - 09:38 [ David Zahniser, L.A. Times reporter / Twitter ]

„Eric, do you really believe that Los Angeles police officers are killers?“ LAPPL board member Jamie McBride said. „The same officers that provide you 24-hour security at your residence 365 days a year?“

06.06.2020 - 09:30 [ Emily Alpert Reyes, L.A.Times reporter / Twitter ]

During a contentious meeting between LAPD officers and @MRodCD7 , one officer says that if the city is going to cut, it should start by cutting protection details at council members‘ homes (see minute 15:30 or so)

06.06.2020 - 09:13 [ Kiera Feldman, Investigative reporter @latimes / Twitter ]

Homeless man in a wheelchair shot by cops during a demonstration in LA “He pleaded with police not to use force on him before being shot in the face,” the suit reads A Times review of LAPD records found that only 5% of arrests were for “looting”

06.06.2020 - 08:46 [ LA Times ]

Advocates sue LAPD over protest tactics, alleging disabled homeless man was shot in face with rubber bullets

Protests over the death of Floyd, who was killed while in Minneapolis police custody on May 25, have led to unrest that Los Angeles has not seen since the 1992 riots sparked by the acquittal of four LAPD officers in the beating Rodney King. While businesses were looted and buildings were damaged and burned in downtown, Van Nuys and the Fairfax District, activists said protests have been largely peaceful and police have focused most of their attention on arresting demonstrators instead of looters.

05.06.2020 - 06:08 [ alexis isabel / Twitter ]

wondering where all those piles of bricks being planted all over cities are coming from? look no further. this is insane.

(02.06.2020)

05.06.2020 - 05:46 [ @greg_doucette / Twitter ]

Philadelphia, PA: four cops brutalize and arrest a man Notice how one cop deliberately put the man’s hand on the baton / stick / whatever, just so he could then beat the guy for touching it

(02.06.2020)

04.06.2020 - 23:00 [ Common Dreams ]

How Endless War Contributes to Police Brutality

But one way in which Washington is directly implicated in police brutality is its contribution to the militarization of local police departments through the Pentagon’s 1033 Program and the so-called „war on terror“ more broadly. Often in concert with the war on drugs, the fight against terrorism has been used to blur the lines between the military and the police, arming ostensible peace officers with mindsets, tactics, and weapons of war.

02.06.2020 - 21:02 [ Tony McDay / Twitter ]

Cuomo is absolutely right. @NYCMayor and #NYPD, were focused on the protesters instead the organized looters using the protests as cover to create havoc.

02.06.2020 - 20:33 [ Gothamist.com ]

Live Protest Updates: Police Scanner Broadcasts Calls To Shoot And Run Over Protesters

1:40 p.m. As tens of thousands of peaceful marchers flooded New York City streets Monday evening, just before 7 p.m, NYPD officers were overheard chattering on the citywide police scanner threatening physical violence against protesters.

At around 6:20 p.m., marchers headed to the 77th Precinct in Brooklyn and had surrounded it. One person called in to describe the scene.

“There’s a group headed the 77th Precinct there’s a group, may be heading towards there please.”

Another voice responds: “Shoot those motherfuckers.”

02.06.2020 - 20:27 [ New York Daily News ]

Cuomo calls on NYPD to ‘do a better job,’ slams de Blasio as looting and unrest rock NYC

Gov. Cuomo said Tuesday the NYPD and Mayor de Blasio must “do a better job” at curbing looting and violence erupting amid civil unrest over police brutality against African-Americans.

“The police in New York City were not effective at doing their job last night. Period,” the governor said during a press briefing in Albany. “They have to do a better job.“

02.06.2020 - 11:36 [ The Hill ]

Arlington County withdraws police from DC after being ‚put in a compromising position‘

„The County is re-evaluating the agreements that allowed our officers to be put in a compromising position that endangered their health and safety, and that of the people around them, for a purpose not worthy of our mutual aid obligations,” the statement reads.

02.06.2020 - 08:27 [ Jordan Fraade / Twitter ]

I’ve seen enough reports of this from around the country that „Police are going after peaceful protestors and ignoring looters as a deliberate strategy because they want people scared and deferential“ seems like the only viable explanation

02.06.2020 - 07:47 [ Chicago Tribune ]

Chicago police and city leaders defend handling of protests and looting as questions swirl over response some found lacking

Questions came over the decision to largely seal off downtown, effectively forcing some of the protest action into outlying neighborhoods, and over what appeared at times to be an outnumbered police department’s choice to stand back as looting began.

Tribune reporters observed officers who had been deployed to hot spots to contain a situation keep their posts without engaging looters.

02.06.2020 - 07:34 [ Laura Nahmias,New York Daily News / Twitter ]

The largest police force in America and they couldn’t prevent looting on Broadway and University Place, despite the fact people vandalized and looted here the last two nights in a row? Where is the NYPD?

02.06.2020 - 07:21 [ Rachel Olding / Twitter ]

Cops running into Macy’s at Herald Square as it was being looted. Hundreds of looters and rioters here with absolutely no concerns about cops being here

02.06.2020 - 07:06 [ LA Times ]

LAPD focused on peaceful protesters while ignoring looting, business owners say

Aaron Landy watched for hours on Saturday night as people on foot and then in cars moved up and down Melrose Avenue looting stores and setting them on fire, doing wheelies in the street and tagging walls with graffiti.

All the while, not a single police cruiser rolled by, Landy said, even though officers were staged in huge numbers not far away, squaring off with protesters.

Landy’s longtime Fairfax neighborhood, it seemed to him, had been completely abandoned to lawlessness.

28.05.2020 - 14:42 [ Unicorn Riot / Twitter ]

More militarized police have reinforced the roof and perimeter of the MPD 3rd Precinct building. But they’re just kind of standing around and law enforcement clearly has given up trying to control Minneapolis right now.

28.05.2020 - 14:16 [ Libor Jany, newspaperman for the Star Tribune / Twitter ]

Many are critical of the MPD’s protest response: some, for the decision to fire marker rounds indiscriminately, others for its reluctance to intervene as businesses were looted. In some ways, it showed more restraint than other cities, where police force was more visible.

28.05.2020 - 14:14 [ Max Nesterak, reporter at @mnreformer / Twitter ]

And I got hit in the chest by a rubber bullet from police. Covered me in dust that’s been making me cough for a half hour. I’m home now.

This is the photo I took right before and then during getting hit

28.05.2020 - 13:16 [ bengarvin, photojournalist, documentary filmmaker ]

Photos from the protests outside the Minneapolis Police 3rd Precinct today. These two men were hit in the head—likely with rubber bullets (ambulances were called). Many water bottles, some rocks thrown at police who fired tear gas, flash bombs, rubber bullets. @kare11

28.05.2020 - 13:14 [ Jared Goyette, freelance journalist / Twitter ]

I got hit in the eye and then tear gassed.

I am OK, home, icing my eye. It’s swollen. It hit my nose first which helped

I wasn’t trying to put myself at risk. I wanted to document what was happening to the young man who seemed critically injured, and the people who were trying to keep him alive.

Then I got hit.

People rushed to help me and bandage my eye and face. I started to realize I wasn’t seriously injured, and they helped me up when a cloud of tear gas came our way and everyone ran.

I was leaning against a building trying to gather myself when folks starting smashing windows.

Important context: That seemed to happen as the situation escalated, the crowd’s anger rose as rubber bullets + canisters hit. It didn’t happen randomly or in isolation.

28.05.2020 - 11:50 [ weasel / Twitter ]

A crowd of people standing around a woman speaking angrily but entirely under control. Listening crowd standing still and peacefully with some chatter. Then a sudden surprise mass assault on the peaceful crowd by police using chemical weapons.

20.05.2020 - 12:41 [ the Hill ]

Graham to release report on his probe into Russia investigation before election

Graham’s timeline, which was first reported by The Hill last week, would have him releasing a report on the committee’s probe only weeks before the November election, where Trump is set to face off against former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee.

In addition to the Senate panel examining Crossfire Hurricane, the name for the FBI investigation into Russia’s 2016 election meddling and the Trump campaign, Graham has said that his investigation will also look at the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, or FISA court.

10.05.2020 - 03:54 [ New York Times ]

Obama Warns That Dropped Charges Against Flynn Put ‘Rule of Law’ at Risk

“There is no precedent that anybody can find for somebody who has been charged with perjury just getting off scot-free,” Mr. Obama said on a call with thousands of supporters who worked in his administration or campaigns.

10.05.2020 - 03:51 [ NBC News ]

Defense lawyers rail about unfair prosecutions. Flynn’s case shows why.

Sometimes federal agents are criticized for „creating“ a crime instead of investigating one. Sting operations are examples of crimes that are a consequence of law enforcement actions. Agents create a fictional crime to trick a suspect into attempting to join that crime, thereby creating the crime.

Similarly, Flynn’s crime of lying to government agents was the consequence of the government agents‘ investigation of Flynn. If there was no crime before Flynn’s interview, then there’s little reason to interview Flynn as part of a criminal investigation, unless the agents were looking to create a crime.

23.04.2020 - 17:04 [ Noel Dolan / Twitter ]

Just watched Angela Merkel’s speech to the Bundestag. She said to have debt sharing we’ll need to make changes to EU treaties and give more control of our national budgets to Europe and give more taxpayer’s money to Europe. She’s also going to try connect any deal to immigration.

23.04.2020 - 16:46 [ theGuardian.com ]

Clashes predicted over trillion-euro Covid-19 aid as EU meets online

European Union leaders are expected to clash over the size and scope of a coronavirus recovery fund as they stand on the precipice of an economic slump unparalleled since the 1930’s Great Depression.

13.03.2020 - 09:41 [ CNN ]

US conducts airstrikes against multiple Iranian-backed militia sites in Iraq

The strikes come one day after the US assessed an Iranian-backed group was responsible for a rocket attack on a base where coalition forces are located, killing two American service members and one British service member. Fox News was first to report on the strike.

04.03.2020 - 04:52 [ ABC News / Twitter ]

Joe Biden praises Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg and Beto O’Rourke — the former 2020 candidates who endorsed him: “Our campaign reflects the diversity of this party and this nation and that’s how it should be.”

abcn.ws/3cuTJqs #SuperTuesday

03.03.2020 - 09:24 [ CNN ]

Bernie Sanders faces pivotal clash as Democratic establishment joins forces against him

Bernie Sanders has spent his entire campaign saying this day would come.

Now, it’s here.

03.03.2020 - 09:06 [ The Rolling Stone ]

Operation Bernie Block Is in Full Effect

There’s a whiff of desperation to this move. It’s not hard to see why: If Sanders, who leads in the delegate count, performs well in delegate-rich states such as Texas and California, he might be unstoppable on his way to winning the nomination at the convention this summer.

That’s an unacceptable outcome to a powerful bloc of the Democratic Party. It’s why Buttigieg and Klobuchar have moved so quickly to endorse Biden. It’s why Sanders opponents started Super PAC called the Big Tent Project to run advertisements criticizing Sanders as a radical who would lose to Trump.

02.03.2020 - 19:59 [ CNN ]

Amy Klobuchar will end 2020 presidential campaign and endorse Joe Biden

Sen. Amy Klobuchar will end her presidential bid on Monday and endorse Joe Biden, a campaign aide tells CNN.
The Klobuchar campaign confirmed that the senator is flying to Dallas to join the former vice president at his rally, where she will suspend her campaign and give her endorsement on the eve of Super Tuesday.

02.03.2020 - 16:12 [ NBC News ]

Protesters force Klobuchar to cancel rally in home state of Minnesota

Activists are upset with the case of a black teen sentenced to life in prison while Klobuchar was the county’s prosecutor.

02.03.2020 - 15:51 [ CNN ]

Biden races to lock down moderates as Buttigieg exit rocks rapidly shifting Democratic race

Joe Biden is moving closer to consolidating the support of moderate Democratic voters and donors after a resounding victory in South Carolina and Pete Buttigieg’s departure from the party’s presidential race.

02.03.2020 - 15:33 [ CNN ]

Buttigieg’s exit is better for Biden than Sanders

Let’s start with the simple fact that Biden has been hovering around the 15% threshold for delegates in a number of states, including the huge Super Tuesday delegate prize of California. Biden was at 13% in a CNN/SSRS poll conducted there. Buttigieg was at 7%. If Biden gets two points of that 7%, it could make all the difference in the world to him. That alone could net Biden dozens or more of delegates.

02.03.2020 - 10:30 [ CNN ]

Buttigieg is out as Democrats march toward Super Tuesday and beyond

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders holds substantial leads in the two largest states to vote in this week’s Super Tuesday lineup of primaries, according to new CNN polls conducted by SSRS in California and Texas.

02.03.2020 - 10:25 [ theHill.com ]

Trump: Buttigieg dropping out is start of Dems ‚taking Bernie out of play‘

Trump predicted in a tweet that the majority of Buttigieg’s votes in Super Tuesday states would go to Biden, thereby hamstringing Sanders’s chances of obtaining the Democratic nomination.

„Pete Buttigieg is OUT,“ Trump wrote. „All of his SuperTuesday votes will go to Sleepy Joe Biden. Great timing. This is the REAL beginning of the Dems taking Bernie out of play – NO NOMINATION, AGAIN!“

23.02.2020 - 16:57 [ solidus / Twitter ]

Germany prepares for reprisal attacks after Muslim massacre in Hanau. Security being stepped up, authorities monitoring far-left and Islamic groups

07.02.2020 - 17:59 [ Times of Israel ]

Syria almost downed civilian plane while repelling Israeli attack, Russia says

Konashenkov denounced what he said was becoming a “typical practice” of Israel’s of using civilian aircraft as a “shield” against Syrian air defenses, apparently referring to a case in 2018, when the Syrian military shot down a Russian spy plane while responding to an Israeli strike over Syrian airspace.

Russia later declared that Israel was responsible for that incident, in which 15 crew members were killed, saying the Israeli Air Force jets used the Russian plane as cover.

24.01.2020 - 22:34 [ ABC News / Youtube ]

Senators forced to leave campaign trail for impeachment trial l ABC News

(21.01.2020)

Four Democratic senators, including Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, are on Capitol Hill for Trump’s trial as the remaining candidates in Iowa campaign ahead of the caucuses.

24.01.2020 - 22:30 [ theHill.com ]

Impeachment throws curveball in Iowa to sidelined senators

With their candidates stuck in Washington for the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, campaign staffers, organizers and surrogates for Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) are under pressure to help make closing arguments before the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 3.

The trial kicked off this week and will keep senators in session for six days a week, although it’s set to end early afternoon on Saturday, allowing the 2020 Senate candidates to travel to Iowa for the weekend.

19.01.2020 - 12:40 [ indiablooms.com ]

Erdogan says too early to talk of draft communique for Berlin peace conference on Libya

„We do not have a communique text. Let us hold the conference first and then examine the results, see what steps we can take and then discuss them. Let us see what these will be. „

19.01.2020 - 12:22 [ in-cyprus.com ]

Berlin Libya summit calls for all parties to refrain from oil hostilities

The draft also recognizes Tripoli-based state oil company NOC as the sole legitimate entity allowed to sell Libyan oil, according to the draft, which will be discussed at the summit.

06.01.2020 - 19:19 [ Haaretz ]

Israelis Hailing Trump for Killing Soleimani Forget the Destructive Consequences of Past Assassinations

The killing of Ayyash enraged Palestinians and pushed Hamas to carry out four suicide bombings within eight days, in which 59 Israelis were killed. The shock and fear that gripped Israeli public opinion turned Peres from valiant hero to impotent loser paved the way for Benjamin Netanyahu’s sensational victory in the May 1996 elections – and changed Israel forever.

03.01.2020 - 19:28 [ MSNBC ]

Trump predicted Obama would attack Iran to ‚get elected‘

In a 2011 video, Donald Trump predicted a ‚weak and ineffective‘ President Obama would attack Iran in order to win a second term. Trump followed this notion up at other points in 2011 and 2012.

03.01.2020 - 09:40 [ ConsortiumNews.com ]

Fear of a Major Mideast War

Fears of a major war in the Middle East exploded Thursday night with the U.S. assassination of arguably the second most powerful man in Iran.

03.01.2020 - 09:35 [ Washington Post ]

In major escalation, American strike kills top Iranian commander in Baghdad

A U.S. airstrike killed Iranian Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad late Thursday, the Pentagon said, a dramatic escalation of tensions between the two countries that could lead to widespread violence in the region and beyond.

30.12.2019 - 18:16 [ Ynet ]

PM congratulates Pompeo on U.S. airstrike

Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu called the United States‘ Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to congratulate him on the successful attack on Iran and its proxies in Iraq.

29.12.2019 - 12:10 [ jewishpress.com ]

IDF Chief of Staff Kochavi: ‘Sometimes War is a Solution’

„Once we have been forced to reach this situation, we will not hesitate to employ the full force of the IDF, even in the urban sphere where the enemy has chosen to act,” he said.

Israel’s aim is to deter potential enemies, he said. The “ultimate goal is to instill in our enemies the feeling of despair and doubt in their ability to achieve their aggressive aims.”

29.12.2019 - 12:06 [ Jerusalem Post ]

IDF preparing for confrontation with Iran – Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi

Lt.-Gen. Kochavi acknowledges in public for the first time that Israel has struck Iranian targets in Iraq.

26.12.2019 - 22:47 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Should Not Be Allowed to Start a War With Iran to Save Himself

The prime minister needs a win in the next elections, and initiating a major conflict with Iran may be his only hope to convince Israelis that there is no alternative to his leadership

26.12.2019 - 19:19 [ Spiked ]

In 2020, we need to fight the new thoughtpolice

In the United States, there is a growing industry of consultants who advise organisations about how to rid themselves of their supposed ‘white-supremacy culture’. According to these zealots, some of the attitudes and behaviours associated with white-supremacy culture include ‘individualism’, ‘a sense of urgency’ and ‘perfectionism’.

In other words, those who take their work too seriously may be tainted by white supremacy. Thinking logically is basically thinking white.

24.12.2019 - 15:51 [ theHill.com ]

Obama talks up Warren behind closed doors to wealthy donors

Last week, more than 200 lower- and mid-level Obama staffers who worked on his presidential campaigns and in his administration threw their support behind Warren.

23.12.2019 - 12:01 [ Daily Beast ]

Trump Privately Tells Confidants That ‘Socialism’ Won’t Be ‘So Easy’ to Beat in 2020

(09.09.2019)

That Trump has been conceding that socialism could be politically potent didn’t catch Sanders’ campaign by surprise.

“One of the reasons I feel so strongly about Bernie’s ability to beat Trump is because we know that the Democratic nominee will have to credibly explain that Trump betrayed the working class with false promises and that he does not put forward real solutions to help struggling people,” said Faiz Shakir, Sanders’ 2020 campaign manager. “Bernie can and will do that successfully.

21.12.2019 - 10:45 [ New York Times ]

Syria Says Possible Drone Attacks Hit 3 Oil, Gas Facilities

Near-simultaneous attacks believed to have been carried out by drones hit three government-run oil and gas installations in central Syria, state TV and the Oil Ministry said Saturday.

No one claimed responsibility for the attacks, which targeted the Homs oil refinery — one of only two in the country — as well as two natural gas facilities in different parts of Homs province.

15.12.2019 - 12:48 [ NBC News ]

Trump admin intends to announce withdrawal of about 4,000 troops from Afghanistan

The Trump administration intends to announce the drawdown of about 4,000 troops from Afghanistan as early next week, according to three current and former U.S. officials. The withdrawal will leave between 8,000 and 9,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, the officials said.

10.12.2019 - 20:04 [ Politicshome.com ]

Dad of London Bridge victim says Boris Johnson ‘didn’t see tragedy, he saw opportunity’

The father of one of the London Bridge terror attack victims has accused Boris Johnson of using his son’s death as „an opportunity to score some points in the election“.

10.12.2019 - 19:54 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

General Election 2019: Jeremy Corbyn victory would bring ‚Hamas-backing, IRA-supporting‘ prime minister, says Boris Johnson

A victory for Jeremy Corbyn on Thursday would see the UK led by a „Hamas-backing, IRA-supporting, anti-Semitism condoning appeaser of the Kremlin,“ Boris Johnson has declared.

08.12.2019 - 10:58 [ CNN ]

North Korea’s UN ambassador says denuclearization is off the table in talks with US

In the statement, the ambassador, Kim Song, said the United States‘ pursuit of „sustained and substantial dialogue“ was a „time-saving trick“ to benefit a „domestic political agenda.“
„We do not need to have lengthy talks with the US now and the denuclearization is already gone out of the negotiation table,“ he said.

08.12.2019 - 10:49 [ LA Times ]

North Korea says it has carried out testing at long-range rocket launch site

The U.N. bans North Korea from launching satellites because it is considered a forbidden test of long-range missile technology.

After repeated failures, North Korea successfully put a satellite into orbit for the first time in 2012 in a launch from the same site. North Korea had another successful satellite launch in 2016.

25.11.2019 - 06:11 [ i24news.tv ]

Netanyahu ‚confirms‘ Iran is planning new attacks in Middle East

Incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he can „confirm“ Iran is planning new attacks in the region, vowing Israel will do everything to push back against its expanding militant influence.

Netanyahu made the comments during his visit with Defense Minister Naftali Bennett to the northern border with Syria.

20.11.2019 - 06:20 [ i24news.tv ]

Netanyahu green-lights advance of Jordan Valley annexation bill

The bill was put forth two weeks ago by Likud lawmaker Sharren Haskel, who said “the bill has the prime minister’s full backing,” The Jerusalem Post reported.

In light of the US announcement on Monday to shift its position on West Bank settlements, the Knesset (Israeli parliament) member requested to fast-track her bill, aiming to pass it next week.

14.11.2019 - 09:30 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Exploits Gaza Flare-up to Blast Joint List and Isolate Israeli Arabs

The prime minister’s assault kills minority government option and undercuts Joint List efforts to ally with the Jewish center-left

13.11.2019 - 09:17 [ Haaretz ]

Amid Gaza Escalation, Netanyahu-Gantz ‚Crisis Government‘ Closer Than Ever

Until now, it seemed the entire political system was fumbling all the way to another election, and that perhaps this was our new system of government – elections and yet more elections, devoid of either victory or significance. But on Tuesday, Israelis woke up to a historic moment. A “crisis government” led by Netanyahu, with the participation of Benny Gantz and his Kahol Lavan party, now seems like the most probable outcome.

13.11.2019 - 09:11 [ Haaretz ]

Gaza Escalation Makes Minority Government in Israel a Distant Prospect

We’ve gotten used to the racist aroma that wafts from the written and oral statements of Israel’s prime minister about the Arab minority. The same goes for the naked cynicism of the man who is willing to kiss the feet of racist messianic politicians, Kahanists, xenophobes and persecutors of children, just so they’ll support his government. But it wouldn’t be too much to expect for him to calm down his campaign, knowing that in a few short hours, hundreds of missiles would rain down on people in the Gaza border communities and points north.

02.11.2019 - 09:12 [ theHill.com ]

Pelosi: ‚I’m not a big fan of Medicare for All‘

The comments come on the same day that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), one of the party’s leading presidential contenders, released her Medicare for All plan, saying it would not directly raise taxes on the middle class.

Pelosi, though, raised concerns about the price tag of such a proposal, as well as the notion of eliminating private insurance, which she noted that some people like.

26.10.2019 - 11:04 [ bywire.news ]

BREAKING: EU agrees to UK Brexit delay decision but refuses to set length – citing Britain’s election indecision

The European Union agreed to London’s request for a Brexit deadline extension on Friday but set no new departure date, giving Britain’s divided parliament time to decide on Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s call for a snap election.

21.10.2019 - 07:23 [ Tulsi Gabbard, candidate for President / Twitter ]

Hillary & her gang of rich, powerful elite are going after me to send a msg to YOU: “Shut up, toe the line, or be destroyed.” But we, the people, will NOT be silenced. Join me in taking our Democratic Party back & leading a govt of, by & for the people!

21.10.2019 - 07:19 [ Newsweek ]

Tulsi Gabbard Says Clinton Attacked Her for Supporting Sanders in 2016, Calls for ‚New Democratic Party‘

„If they can falsely portray me as a traitor then they can do it to anyone,“ Gabbard continued. „And in fact, that’s exactly the message that they want to get across to you. That if you stand up against Hillary and the party power brokers, if you stand up to the rich and powerful elite and the war machine they will destroy you and discredit your message.“

10.10.2019 - 18:16 [ Ban Ki Moon / Sicherheitsrat der Vereinten Nationen ]

Report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force for the period from 4 September to 19 November 2014

(1.12.2014)

5. In view of the heavy fighting, which was approaching close to the UNDOF headquarters at Camp Faouar and the mission’s positions in the central part of the area of separation, the Force Commander briefed both parties early in September on the Force’s plans to relocate its personnel and assets should the Nusra Front or other extremist fighters who posed a clear threat to the mission endanger the safety and security of the United Nations personnel. It should be noted here that from information posted on social media as well as in the course of its efforts to secure the release of the peacekeepers, the United Nations learned that its personnel had been taken and held by members of the Nusra Front. There were indications that the Nusra Front intended to detain additional UNDOF personnel and take from UNDOF more weapons and vehicles as opportunities arose. (…)

12. Crossing of the ceasefire line by civilians, primarily shepherds, was observed on an almost daily basis. On 24 October, United Nations observation post 73 observed 12 IDF soldiers who detained one civilian between the Alpha line and the Israeli technical fence south-east of the observation post and subsequently took him away. IDF informed UNDOF that they released the person within one hour at the same location. On 27 October, position 80 observed two IDF soldiers east of the technical fence returning from the direction of the Alpha line towards the technical fence. UNDOF observed IDF opening the technical fence gate and letting two individuals pass from the Bravo to the Alpha side. Following the evacuation of UNDOF personnel from position 85 on 28 August, UNDOF sporadically observed armed members of the opposition interacting with IDF across the ceasefire line in the vicinity of United Nations position 85.

10.10.2019 - 18:15 [ UN Tribune ]

UN Peacekeepers Observe IDF Interacting With Al Nusra in Golan

(4.12.2014)

UN troops monitoring the 1974 ceasefire between Israel and Syria have witnessed interactions between members of the Israeli Defence Forces and the Al Nusra Front who have taken over a large part of the Golan Heights.

10.10.2019 - 18:05 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu to Obama: Syria Disintegration Allows for ‚Different Thinking‘ on Future of Golan Heights

(10.11.2015)

Netanyahu’s general, implied statement on the Golan Heights draws from political ideas developed by various right-wing figures over the past year, who argue that the situation in Syria and the takeover of ISIS and other Al-Qaida-affiliated groups of large portions of the country may allow Israel to receive international recognition of 1981 the annexation of the Golan Heights.

10.10.2019 - 17:56 [ Zvi Hauser / Haaretz ]

A Historic Opportunity for Israel in the Golan Heights

(03.07.2015)

Syria used to exist, but soon will no longer exist. The validity of the arrangements that defined the borders and the countries in the Middle East after World War I has expired, and the region can now expect many years of instability. In such a situation, Israel must reformulate its geostrategic interests – not only on the Syrian front – by looking far into the future, rather than deep into the past.

07.10.2019 - 20:11 [ France24.com ]

Snipers blamed for bloodshed as Iraq death toll nears 100

A government spokesperson told FRANCE 24 that a probe into the killings is under way. But so far, authorities say they have no idea who is behind them.

Click on the player above to watch the report by Simona Foltyn and Lucile Wassermann.

05.10.2019 - 18:56 [ PressTV.com ]

Iraq authorities lift curfew as normalcy returns to streets of Baghdad

A number of protesters and security personnel have been killed as a result of the provocations.

On Friday, Iraqi police said in a statement that “unidentified snipers” killed two security forces and two civilians across the capital Baghdad earlier in the day.

Arab media outlets and observes have published reports revealing that the US seeks to drive recent anti-corruption protests in Iraq into chaos in a bid to install a pro-US regime.

05.10.2019 - 18:40 [ PressTV.com ]

Iraqi forces bust terror cell plotting to assassinate Ayatollah Sistani: Report

Meanwhile, the correspondent for the Iran-based Arabic-language al-Alam television news network, Navid Behrouz, reported that the captured terrorists had planned to incite protesters to storm Ayatollah Sistani’s office.

Earlier in the day, Grand Ayatollah Sistani urged Iraqi security forces and protesters to avoid violence, expressing sorrow over some sporadic unrest that has led to several casualties.

“It is sorrowful there have been so many deaths, casualties and destruction” from clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces in recent days, he said in a letter on Friday.

05.10.2019 - 17:40 [ Brasco_Aad ‏/ Twitter ]

Iraq opens border crossing with Syria and within 48 hours mass protests broke out in Iraq. ? The economic situation in Iraq is in dire straits (like in the entire MENA region. It’s for example F U in Morocco too), but it went from 0 to 100 in nanoseconds.

(03.10.2019)

30.09.2019 - 13:40 [ Tom Kirkman, Oil Major / community.oilprice.com ]

Shocked that U.S. did not unilaterally bomb Iran, MBS says Saudi will not Shooty Shooty Iran by themselves.

This entire narrative stinks. Seems to me that Trump’s continued refusal to start a unilateral military attack against Iran (despite implied Saudi urging) has stumped MBS (Saudi Defense Minister), and the whole war scenario now seems to be de-escalating.

30.09.2019 - 13:25 [ CNBC ]

Oil will hit levels ‚we haven’t see in our lifetimes‘ if Iran isn’t stopped, Saudi Crown Prince says

„Oil supplies will be disrupted and oil prices will jump to unimaginably high numbers that we haven’t seen in our lifetimes,“ in the event of greater conflict with Iran, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told CBS 60 Minutes.
The warning comes two weeks after a drone and missile attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities that Riyadh and Washington blame on Iran.

20.09.2019 - 12:01 [ Harvard.edu ]

National & World Affairs: Tillerson’s exit interview

Early on, it was “pretty evident” to him that much of the department was outmoded, from management practices and some of the systems to IT, and there was no clear delegation of authority, as he was used to in the private sector, so he had a hard time understanding “how decisions are made, who’s got authority to make what decisions and who’s accountable,” he said.

20.09.2019 - 11:29 [ New York Times ]

Whistle-Blower Complaint Sets Off a Battle Involving Trump

(19.09.2019)

A potentially explosive complaint by a whistle-blower in the intelligence community said to involve President Trump emerged on Thursday as the latest front in a continuing oversight dispute between administration officials and House Democrats.

While the allegation remains shrouded in mystery, it involves at least one instance of Mr. Trump making an unspecified commitment to a foreign leader and includes other actions, according to interviews.

20.09.2019 - 10:54 [ theSun.co.uk ]

‘Brexit will happen’ and UK ‘can get a deal’, says EU boss Jean-Claude Juncker after Boris Johnson finally sends his plan

Jean-Claude Juncker has now claimed ‚We can have a deal‘ in the latest Brexit development.
Speaking to Sky News, he said he was prepared to get rid of the so-called backstop from a withdrawal agreement as long as „the objectives are met – all of them“.

The EU Commission president told Sky’s Sophy Ridge he’d been sent documents by the British PM outlining draft ideas for a new Brexit deal.

18.09.2019 - 17:44 [ Times of Israel ]

Netanyahu to issue press statement after meeting of right-wing factions

While not enough to form a coalition on its own, Channel 12 reports Netanyahu is hoping that Rivlin will consider the 55-seat bloc as a single party and therefore agree to task the premier with forming the next government for having a bigger faction than the standalone Blue and White party.

15.09.2019 - 08:13 [ theGuardian.com ]

Pompeo: Iran behind attack on Saudi oil facilities that will reduce kingdom’s output

On Saturday, before Pompeo’s tweet, the White House said Trump had spoken to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, “to offer his support for Saudi Arabia’s self-defense”.

14.09.2019 - 21:09 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Saudi Arabia Shuts Down About Half Its Oil Output After Drone Strikes

(14.09.2019)

Yemen’s Iranian-aligned Houthi rebels claimed credit for the attack, saying they sent 10 drones to strike at important facilities in Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich Eastern Province. The production shutdown amounts to a loss of about five million barrels a day, the people said,…

14.09.2019 - 21:04 [ Today.ng ]

Saudi, Russia call for better compliance with OPEC oil cuts

(12.09.2019)

Oil prices tumbled more than 2 per cent on Wednesday after a report that U.S. President Donald Trump was considering easing sanctions on Iran, which could boost global crude supply at a time of lingering worries about energy demand.

14.09.2019 - 20:55 [ Nayla Razzouk / Twitter ]

OPEC+ meeting starting soon here in Abu Dhabi. #OPEC SecGen Barkindo, Saudi, Russia, UAE, Venezuela holding pre-meeting now. #OOTT

(11.09.2019)

04.09.2019 - 17:11 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Almost Dragged Into War With Hezbollah Due to Operational Failure

What’s particularly worrying about this story is that the ambulance shouldn’t have been there. As part of Northern Command’s preparations, for the past several days soldiers have been using back roads that aren’t vulnerable to flat-trajectory weapons from Lebanon.

Yet for reasons still unknown, the ambulance crew, under the command of a doctor, didn’t take the safer route. Perhaps the crew made a navigational error, or perhaps it wasn’t familiar with the orders in detail. But whatever the reason, the doctor and his crew were driving on a road that was vulnerable to Hezbollah fire.

04.09.2019 - 17:05 [ Haaretz ]

The Arab World Just Handed Netanyahu Its Most Powerful Weapon

Within Israel, Netanyahu’s Arabic-speaking mouthpieces amplify the ridicule, sarcastically „calling out“ Arab leaders on social media for their „treason“ and weakness, whenever they engage in normalization.

Added to that, the role of the Mossad in setting up the back channels that lead to Israeli politicians meeting Gulf leaders – despite being part of the secret service’s brief in states where no diplomatic relations exist – gives the impression that this form of normalization is part of a black ops scheme whose real purpose is still covert.

31.08.2019 - 14:24 [ CNN ]

Israel is making the case for war, in public, against Lebanon

Israel’s military went on a propaganda offensive against Iran and Hezbollah using social media to drastically increase tensions with neighboring Lebanon hours after Benjamin Netanyahu warned the nation’s enemies, in Arabic, to „watch it.“

The Israeli prime minister was on the campaign trail ahead of elections scheduled for September 17. But the barrage of agitprop by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) represented a dramatic shift towards a warning of outright war.

31.08.2019 - 12:35 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Olmert: „Netanyahu might draw us into war for political gain“

„This aggressive pretentiousness has no purpose other than political gain, and I do not retract my words,“ he added, saying that „it is not coincidental that he made his statement by the side of Moshe Feiglin. I accuse him of possibly drawing us into war for political gain.“

„It’s unquestionably pure politics and Prime Minister Netanyahu does it unstoppably.

31.08.2019 - 11:06 [ Haaretz ]

In Deal With Far-right Leader, Netanyahu Edges Closer to Reelection. Next Up: The Kahanists

Feiglin was a serious obstacle who was in Netanyahu’s way – and he was pushed out of the way. Next in line are the Kahanist members of the Otzma Yehudit party. Negotiating with them would be more complicated for Netanyahu, because even our prime minister, who has lost all his brakes and morals over the past few years, wouldn’t think of offering Itamar Ben-Gvir a ministerial post. Or would he?

31.08.2019 - 11:04 [ Times of Israel ]

Zehut bows out of elections after Netanyahu promises Feiglin a cabinet post

Netanyahu has been putting intense pressure on several small right-wing factions to drop out of the election in September so that their votes don’t get “wasted” if they fail to clear the 3.25-percent threshold for entering the Knesset. As with Zehut, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or his political representatives have also met over the past two weeks with candidates from the extremist Otzma Yehudit and Noam parties.

29.08.2019 - 19:59 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Strikes Deal With Far-right Leader: Government Portfolio in Exchange for Dropping Election Run

According to sources from Likud, „Netanyahu is investing tremendous efforts to prevent right-wing votes from going to waste.

18.08.2019 - 22:43 [ Daily Mail ]

Die-hard Remainer Philip Hammond’s camp is blamed for leaking Project Fear 2.0 dossier as its predictions of No Deal Brexit chaos on October 31 are dismissed as ’not believable‘ and ’scaremongering‘

Former Tory former cabinet ministers Iain Duncan Smith and Owen Paterson claimed the leak of documents on ‚Operation Yellowhammer‘ was an example of the ‚establishment‘ plot to ’sow fear in people’s minds‘.

In a joint statement, they said: ‚This Operation Yellowhammer leak is the version of what the contingency executive put together. We remember attending a briefing on privy council terms which they said was not worst case but reasonable worst case. Theresa May had asked for this to be done. It was obviously Project Fear dressed up.

18.08.2019 - 11:54 [ Daily Mail ]

Project Fear 2.0? ANOTHER leaked No Deal Brexit dossier predicts fuel, food and medicine shortages, port chaos and Irish border disruption on Oct 31 as Boris Johnson vows to crash out the EU if necessary

– A secret Whitehall dossier outlines possible pandemonium in a No Deal Brexit
– Operation Yellowhammer casts a dark shadow over proposed October 31 exit
– Hard border in Ireland, fuel, medicine and food shortages are anticipated
– News comes as Boris Johnson prepares to meet EU leaders at the G7 this week

18.08.2019 - 11:49 [ Daily Mail ]

Cripes! Boris’s Brexit script is left in a pub by a ‘drunk’ official revealing the PM is primed to tackle ‘tricky’ topics of Northern Ireland, citizens’ rights and no deal

And thanks to a boozy civil servant leaving a stash of Brexit papers in a Westminster pub, The Mail on Sunday can reveal the full extent of Mr Johnson’s rigid new regime.

An eight-page document entitled ‘Core Brexit Brief’ and prepared specifically for Mr Johnson by Whitehall spin doctors and policy advisers was found abandoned in The Feathers public house, in the heart of Westminster.

16.08.2019 - 15:29 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Germany expects No Deal and will not renegotiate, says leaked briefing

The paper was prepared by civil servants for the German finance minister, Olaf Scholz, ahead of face-to-face talks with the chancellor of the exchequer, Sajid Javid, in Berlin on Friday.

07.08.2019 - 17:24 [ New York Times ]

The El Paso Shooting Revived the Free Speech Debate. Europe Has Limits.

In a broad policy speech earlier this year, the head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency, Thomas Haldenwang, called for increased patrolling of digital communication, including social media. German law permits officials to search through data in the digital sphere in the face of certain threats, including domestic terrorism.

Partly inspired by Germany’s social media hate speech law, France’s Parliament recently started debating a similar bill.