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West's fanatical anti-Moscow fringe is now hunting down even mainstream commentators

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T-34-85 tanks are pictured during a dress rehearsal of the annual Victory Day military parade due to mark the upcoming 76th anniversary of the victory in World War II in Moscow, Russia.
A top tactic of those intent on criticizing Russia at every opportunity is to slam more nuanced voices as 'Kremlin assets', or worse. A letter published this week might be the first signs of backlash. But why has it taken so long?

Signed by over a hundred American academics and former government officials, the appeal protests the treatment meted out to expert Matthew Rojansky, who was recently considered by the White House for a post in the US National Security Council. Having a reputation as a relative moderate when it comes to Eastern Europe policy, Rojansky attracted the ire of hardline anti-Russia activists, who took it upon themselves to launch a relentless campaign against his appointment. These included the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America lobby group, which penned an appeal to US President Joe Biden urging him to reject the candidacy.

Comment: Putin foresaw similar issues plaguing the West back in 2019: 'The Liberal ideal has started to eat itself'

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Brick Wall

In early 2021, Wuhan Lab DELETED Fauci's NIH and 'gain of function' mentions from archived web pages

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Dr. Tony Fauci
The Wuhan Institute of Virology scrubbed the U.S. National Institutes of Health as one of its research partners from its website in early 2021. The revelation comes despite Dr. Anthony Fauci insisting no relationship existed between the institutions.

Archived versions of the Wuhan lab's site also reveal a research update - "Will SARS Come Back?" - appearing to describe gain-of-function research being conducted at the institute by entities funded by Dr. Anthony Fauci's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

On March 21st, 2021, the lab's website listed six U.S.-based research partners: University of Alabama, University of North Texas, EcoHealth Alliance, Harvard University, The National Institutes of Health (NIH), the United States, and the National Wildlife Federation.

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Attention

The markets are rigged - 'A con game'

Rigged Markets
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At base, the markets are a con game where the rich and powerful employ a raft of confidence men to lure suckers into the latest mania. In this game, the suckers are the general public who are left holding the bag as the market bubble bursts while the smart money swoops in to buy up the leftover assets at pennies on the dollar. In this week's edition of The Corbett Report, James Corbett pulls back the curtain on the Wall Street casino and reveals how the house always wins the rigged games.


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Star of David

Chris Hedges: Israel, the big lie

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US and Israeli flags
Nearly all the words and phrases used by the Democrats, Republicans and the talking heads on the media to describe the unrest inside Israel and the heaviest Israeli assault against the Palestinians since the 2014 attacks on Gaza, which lasted 51 days and killed more than 2,200 Palestinians, including 551 children, are a lie.

Israel, by employing its military machine against an occupied population that does not have mechanized units, an air force, navy, missiles, heavy artillery and command-and-control, not to mention a U.S. commitment to provide a $38 billion defense aid package for Israel over the next decade, is not exercising "the right to defend itself." It is carrying out mass murder. It is a war crime.

Israel has made it clear it is ready to destroy and kill as wantonly now as it was in 2014. Israel's defense minister Benny Gantz, who was the chief of staff during the murderous assault on Gaza in 2014, has vowed that if Hamas "does not stop the violence, the strike of 2021 will be harder and more painful than that of 2014." The current attacks have already targeted several residential high rises including buildings that housed over a dozen local and international press agencies, government buildings, roads, public facilities, agricultural lands, two schools and a mosque.

I spent seven years in the Middle East as a correspondent, four of them as The New York Times Middle East Bureau Chief. I am an Arabic speaker. I lived for weeks at a time in Gaza, the world's largest open-air prison where over 2 million Palestinians exist on the edge of starvation, struggle to find clean water and endure constant Israeli terror. I have been in Gaza when it was pounded with Israeli artillery and air strikes. I have watched mothers and fathers, wailing in grief, cradling the bloodied bodies of their sons and daughters. I know the crimes of the occupation — the food shortages caused by the Israeli blockade, the stifling overcrowding, the contaminated water, the lack of health services, the near constant electrical outages due to the Israeli targeting of power plants, the crippling poverty, the endemic unemployment, the fear and the despair. I have witnessed the carnage.

Star of David

Gaza: 12-hour blackouts, water plant shut down, 14 high-rises destroyed...and COVID

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Palestinians assess the damage in Northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahia
May 13, 2021
The latest on COVID:
  • 332,111 Palestinians tested positive for COVID-19; 317,464 recoveries; 3,669 deaths
  • Of those who tested positive, 197,640 live in the West Bank, 105,630 live in the Gaza Strip and 28,841 live in East Jerusalem
  • 839,059 Israelis tested positive for COVID-19; 831,888 recoveries; 6,379 deaths
*Palestinian figures are as of Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Ordinarily, we dedicate this newsletter to the latest updates around the pandemic with an emphasis on distilling data to our readers. This week, because Israel is engaged in the most intense escalation across the occupied Palestinian territory in seven years, we're shifting gears but still using our same approach.

Before we step away from COVID-19, let's run down the numbers we do have. According to the UN's humanitarian coordinator, OCHA, laboratory tests, and vaccinations have "drastically reduced" over the past few days. Although we have not been able to confirm it at the time of publication, we suspect that testing and vaccinations have completely shut down. The Palestinian Ministry of Health has not updated its number of new cases since Tuesday, and the World Health Organization's live dashboard shows May 9, 2021, as the most recent date of statistics.

As a result, we have only a couple of days' worth of new confirmed cases at our disposal to analyze, and we suspect those numbers (1,500 new cases for this week) only reflect changes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and data from Gaza over the weekend before this escalation mounted.

Comment: As the horrific news from Gaza continues, we find both condemnation and support for the ongoing slaughter and destruction.

14/5/2021 12:25: With Israel on a rampage, Putin and Merkel comment on the Gaza crisis, as the US blocks UN Security Council actions:
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Friday that the current escalation between Israel and Palestine poses a direct threat to Russia's security. Holding a meeting with the Russian Security Council, Putin suggested discussing the situation in Jerusalem and Gaza Strip prior to the agreed agenda.
"I would like to ask my colleagues to comment on the current situation in the Middle East, I mean the escalated Palestinian-Israeli conflict - this is happening in the immediate vicinity of our borders and directly affects our security interests."
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday issued a statement which appeared a show of strong support from Israel's operations in Gaza, which as of Thursday night has included ground troops in operations at the border and over one hundred warplanes as well as tank fire.


"Chancellor decidedly condemns the ongoing rocket attacks on Israel, these are terrorist attacks ... Nothing justifies these acts of terrorism. The rocket attacks have to be ceased immediately, the German government supports Israel's right to self-defense," a spokesperson for the Chancellor said.

"Here in Germany, people are taking to the streets to protest against Israel's policies. They can do it peacefully, this is natural in our democracy. However, those who use these protests to espouse antisemitism are abusing the right of assembly. Our democracy will not stand for antisemitic rallies," Seibert added.
14/5/2021 17:30: Netanyahu advises: "It's not over." as he vows to 'reach' Palestinian Hamas militants 'everywhere':
His words came as the violent standoff between Tel Aviv and the Gaza Strip entered its fifth day. The IDF continues to target Gaza with airstrikes that have already claimed lives of 119 Palestinians, including 27 children.
"Hamas leaders think they can escape from our grasp. They cannot escape. We can reach them everywhere - all of [Hamas's] people and we will continue to do so. They attacked our capital, they fired missiles at our cities; they are paying and will continue to pay a heavy price for that."

14/5/2021 18:58: Israeli Jews and Arabs staged joint rallies across multiple cities in Israel on Friday demanding an end to the recent spate of inter-ethnic violence between their communities:
One of the rallies, dubbed 'Jews and Arabs - Refusing to Be Enemies', took place in a square in Eilat, southern Israel, with protesters carrying signs reading "Stop," "We are Hope" and "Love Thy Neighbour as Thyself."


14/5/2021 21:19: Outraged, Turkish President Erdogan condemned Israel as a terrorist state:
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Humanity should take "swift" action to resist Israel's "aggression", Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said as Ankara reported that Turkish news agency journalists and UN-backed schools were hit by Israeli strikes in Gaza. Referring to Israel, Erdogan said:
"This terrorist state that tries to plunder a city like Jerusalem, which houses places that are holy for Muslims, Christians and Jews, has crossed all limits. It is imperative that UN Security Council takes steps to ensure peace in Jerusalem in line with decisions of the General Assembly.

"It is a duty for all of humanity to resist [Israel's] aggression against Palestinian cities and Jerusalem. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) should particularly take a 'concrete' stance on the issue.

"If we do not immediately stop Israel's aggression in Palestine and... in Jerusalem, tomorrow, everyone would be a target of this brutal mentality. Those who chose to remain silent or backed Israel 'for political and ideological reasons should know that their turn will come one day.'"
Erdogan said that he discussed the Israeli airstrikes in Gaza with the leaders of some 20 nations, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Earlier, leaders of several Western nations including Austria and Germany expressed their support for Israel's right of "self-defense." Leaders of France and the UK also earned praise from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for supporting Tel Aviv.
14/5/2021 23:22 The IDF claims it destroyed Hamas security chief's office; Israeli port city of Ashdod was hit:
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© Reuters/Mohammed Salem
Israeli strike in Gaza City, May 14, 2021
"Recently, an IDF aircraft attacked the operational office of the head of Hamas security forces in Ramel, Tawfiq Abu Naim," the military tweeted in Hebrew early on Saturday morning, deeming the building "military infrastructure" while attaching a video of the strike. It also claimed at least at least 20 senior Hamas officials have been killed.

Health officials in Gaza say 122 Palestinians, including 31 children, have perished, and at least 900 people were injured in IDF strikes, which have targeted apartment blocs and other high-rise structures, some housing media offices.

In Israel, at least seven people have been killed in Hamas rocket fire, among them a soldier and a 6-year-old girl.
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Bullseye

Senator Rand Paul not letting the Fauci-COVID-19 connection go

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Senator Rand Paul • Dr. Anthony Fauci
This interview clip speaks for itself, yet, of course, we can offer some comment. Senator Rand Paul has been in a verbal firefight with Dr Anthony Fauci for a long time, but this week the questions finally got to the matter of personal culpability for COVID, owing to the fact that Dr Fauci helped funnel US government funds to the Wuhan Virology Institute for "Gain of Function" research on coronaviruses. It is very likely that our not-so-beloved COVID-19 is one of those viruses developed by the lab.

It has many of the characteristics:
It is very tough, does not go away when the weather gets warm, it seems to threaten even those people who have received the vaccine, the vaccines themselves involve the use of technology that has never been tried before, especially not on the general population...
...and yet, Dr Fauci, who already is known for botching the American response to AIDS / HIV so many years ago, somehow manages to hold the "seat of power" regarding the American COVID-19 response, which has been utterly tragic to the country.


Comment: Senator Paul makes excellent points in this interview, beginning with his curious conversation with Dr. Fauci.


Bad Guys

Snarlin' Joe: Biden has scolded his aides in profanity-laced outbursts

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Joe Biden
President Joe Biden has reportedly scolded his aides in profanity-laced episodes and often demands hours of debate from policy experts before coming to a decision on issues, according to a report from The New York Times (NYT).

The NYT spoke with over two dozen current and former Biden associates regarding the president's demeanor and how he conducts business. According to the report, the interviews painted a picture "of a president with a short fuse, who is obsessed with getting the details right - sometimes to a fault."

"Mr. Biden is gripped by a sense of urgency that leaves him prone to flares of impatience, according to numerous people who regularly interact with him," the NYT wrote. "The president has said he expects to run for a second term, but aides say he understands the effect on his ability to advance his agenda if Republicans regain power in Congress next year."

Comment: Dedicated but frustrated president, or another symptom of mental deterioration?
When the patient begins to forget the names of their children, spouse, or primary caregivers, they are most likely entering stage 6 of dementia and will need full time care. In the sixth stage, patients are generally unaware of their surroundings, cannot recall recent events, and have skewed memories of their personal past. Caregivers and loved ones should watch for:
  • Delusional behavior
  • Obsessive behavior and symptoms
  • Anxiety, aggression, and agitation
  • Loss of willpower
Patients may begin to wander, have difficulty sleeping, and in some cases will experience hallucinations.



Info

No garden for American heroes, yes to censorship & monument destruction? Biden revokes more Trump executive orders

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Protesters attach a chain to the statue of US President Andrew Jackson in the middle of Lafayette Park in front of the White House in an attempt to pull it down, Washington, DC, US, June 22, 2020.
US President Joe Biden has revoked a number of executive orders by his predecessor Donald Trump, including those seeking to protect monuments and combat online censorship, and the one setting up a "garden of American heroes."

The White House announced on Friday that it was revoking half a dozen of Trump's orders and amending the one aimed at placing federal bureaucrats under tighter control of elected officials.

Among the orders on the chopping block were two that would have rebuilt historic monuments that Democrats and social justice activists sought to destroy and replace, as well as establish a "National Garden of American Heroes," celebrating a range of figures from first President George Washington to civil rights activist Martin Luther King.

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Vader

Weaponizing fake news? IDF misled Western media about 'Gaza invasion' to bait a deadly trap for Hamas

Gaza
© REUTERS/Baz Ratner
Israeli troops and tanks near the border with the Gaza Strip, but not actually inside - as many outlets erroneously reported, May 14, 2021.
Israeli press has suggested that the strangely worded IDF announcement about ground troops in Gaza was deliberate, causing major outlets to report fake news - and Hamas militants to go exactly where Israeli military wanted them.

Shortly after midnight on Friday, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) tweeted that "air and ground troops are currently attacking in the Gaza Strip." This led a number of outlets - such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, AFP and NPR - to report that Israeli soldiers have actually entered the Palestinian-controlled territory, from which Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants had been launching rockets over the past week. Here's the Washington Post, for example:


Comment: You can see some of the realtime reports here: IDF chiefs to approve Gaza ground invasion plans later today - spokesman


Comment: That the IDF consistently lie to achieve their nefarious objectives, and that mainstream media outlets are complicit, knowingly and not, in their wars on Palestine and elsewhere, is fairly well documented:


Caesar

Putin: West molding Ukraine into 'anti-Russia' & West turns blind eye as crackdown on opposition makes Donbass peace impossible

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Russian President Vladimir Putin
Ukraine is being manipulated by the West into a kind of anti-Russia and is becoming a serious risk for Moscow, which constantly needs to deal with issues affecting its national security, according to President Vladimir Putin.

Speaking on Friday, Putin also claimed that Ukraine's crackdown on opposition politicians means that a peaceful resolution to the unrest in Donbass is becoming increasingly unlikely.

"It is very sad, but it appears that Ukraine is slowly but surely being turned into some kind of antipode of Russia, some kind of anti-Russia," he told the country's security council, noting that their Western neighbor is being turned into a territory that constantly requires "special attention" from Moscow, "in terms of the security of Russia."

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