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'Israel intensifies attack on Rafah despite new ICJ order to stop immediately' - UN Special Rapporteur

Francesca Albanese
© FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via GettyUnited Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the Rights Situation in the Palestinian Territories, Francesca Albanese speaks at a press conference during a session of the UN Human Rights Council, in Geneva, on 27 March, 2024
The UN's special rapporteur on Palestine on Saturday urged member states to impose sanctions on Israel along with an arms embargo until it stops "this madness," Anadolu reports.

"Let's be clear. As the ICJ orders Israel to stop its offensive in Rafah, Israel intensifies its attacks on it," Francesca Albanese said on X.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in its latest ruling ordered Israel to immediately halt its military offensive in Rafah, a city in southern Gaza where more than 1.5 million displaced Palestinians had sought refuge.

"The news I am receiving from the people trapped therein are terrifying," she said.

Comment: Footage of the ICJ order and of the attacks that followed:






Journalist Abby Martin recently interviewed Albanese regarding her UN report:
Abby Martin is joined by Francesca Albanese, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestine, to discuss the mounting legal case against Israel, ICC issuing arrest warrants, and her UN report "The Anatomy of a Genocide" that compiled the evidence of genocide in Gaza.




Headphones

Best of the Web: Biden judicial nominee okayed secret search of journalist's emails over Ashley Biden's diary

Judge Sarah Netburn
© U.S. SenateJudge Sarah Netburn
A few years before she was nominated by Joe Biden to a lifetime judicial appointment, Judge Sarah Netburn signed off on an order that compelled Google to secretly hand over to criminal investigators information from the email account of the journalist who had obtained Ashley Biden's diary.

Netburn has been eviscerated by Republican senators for alleged partisanship during her confirmation hearings this week, chiefly for allowing a repeat sexual offender to be housed in a female prison because he said he was a woman. Senators including Texas' Ted Cruz have accused her of putting ideology over jurisprudence.

Unmentioned, however, have been her actions in 2020. Netburn as a federal magistrate judge in New York signed the order compelling Google to provide information from a Project Veritas journalist's personal email account, court records show. Project Veritas purchased the diary after a woman said she found it when she moved into a room previously occupied by Ashley Biden.

Comment: Netburn's decision to allow the illegal snooping into private correspondence regarding Ashley's diary is entirely in keeping with her politics of protecting sexual predators. She never should have been allowed on any judicial bench.




USA

Of men and myths

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"Donald Trump doesn't trust women. I do. " — "Joe Biden" on "X"

There comes a time when the rigors and exertions of being insane just aren't worth it anymore. You end up in a deadly Pareto distribution in which 80 percent of your energy gets wasted on hallucinating and the rest is barely enough to get yourself dressed, comb your purple hair, and choke down a granola bar.

Verging on a long, hot summer, the party behind "Joe Biden" looks like a 1950s horror movie, complete with lurching ghouls, evil scientists in white lab coats, and the sore beset denizens of Anytown USA screaming down the streets. Only it's the actual life of our nation now, and it looks like an awful lot of the people who live here lawfully have had enough of it.

The mysterious cabal in power knows that they must ditch the old stumblebum pretending to run for president, and time is running out to get the dastardly deed done. They are staring down a month of dread days that lead to the proposed great debate between the major party candidates, which is doomed to play like a combo of the classic horror movie endings — the unmasking of the phantom with a wooden stake driven through his heart, with Donald Trump cast as Prof Van Helsing. Can our resourceful intel blob instead maybe find a way before that to make it look like the "president" passed away peacefully in his slumber? Or perhaps it would suffice to just leak the voice recording of his interview with Special Counsel Robert Hur and allow people to compare what's in it with the already-released printed transcript.

Arrow Down

Blinken's blunders epitomize the bankruptcy of U.S. power and diplomacy

Psycho Blinken!
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As the Iranian nation mourned the tragic death of President Ebrahim Raisi this week, the United States could not even muster a respectful offer of condolence.

The U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, officially that country's top diplomat, made a crass remark that the Iranian people would be "better off". This as the Islamic Republic had declared five days of mourning for the late president whose funeral in the city of Mashhad was attended by millions of Iranians.

President Raisi was killed in a helicopter crash along with the country's much-respected Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and several other dignitaries who were also on board the aircraft. The fatal crash happened in treacherous weather over a mountainous region in northwest Iran as the president's entourage returned from a visit to Azerbaijan.

Most of the world expressed shock and grief over the loss. The UN General Assembly held a minute's silence and at the funeral, 68 nations were represented including officials from Russia and China.

The United States and Iran have been staunch adversaries for more than half a decade following the Iranian revolution in 1979. Nevertheless, it is a basic matter of diplomacy and etiquette for countries to show a token of sympathy at such a time of national mourning.

The disgraceful and cheap comments about the death of Iran's president show how inadequate Blinken is as the supposed U.S. primary diplomat. But the failure is not merely a personal matter, it epitomizes the general collapse of Washington's political quality and international standing. The United States presumes to be a world leader but it evidently has no class. Biden, the president and Blinken's boss, is a foul-mouthed crank who regularly insults other leaders with ignorant prejudice.

On Blinken's insult over the Iranian president's death, Russia's presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov expressed the disgust of many observers around the world when he said: "It is hard to believe that a diplomat — let alone a high-ranking official of a country such as the United States — would make such a clumsy remark, to say the least. In essence, it was an insult directed at an entire nation."

USA

'We're next!' US senator warns about ICC

FILE PHOTO: US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina).
© Kevin Dietsch / Getty ImagesFILE PHOTO: US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina).
A group led by Lindsey Graham has urged sanctions against The Hague-based court

If the International Criminal Court is willing to go after the Israeli leadership, it won't hesitate to go after US lawmakers, according to Senator Lindsey Graham. The South Carolina Republican has united with Democrats in calling for sanctions on the Hague court.

ICC prosecutor Karim Khan has requested arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, arguing there were "reasonable grounds to believe" that they were guilty of "war crimes and crimes against humanity" in the Gaza conflict. Khan has also sought warrants for three senior members of Hamas.

Comment:
1) The US threatened Karim Khan and he responded by letting the cat out of the bag:


If the ICC is an instrument for the West to go after people they don't like, then it can not have been an instrument to uphold justice as much as an instrument to maintain tyranny.

2) Regarding the position of US Senator:
He argued that the US needs to impose sanctions against the ICC "to not only help our friends in Israel but protect ourselves over time, "noting that the court "tried to come after our soldiers in Afghanistan, but reason prevailed."
Was it reason that prevailed or the power to influence, and dictate?

3) As a commentary to the kind of justice being promoted by the US, here is a map with estimates of how many lives have been ended by the US military interventions, and that does not count all that have become invalids, or those that were killed by proxies.
Victims of Military Aggression
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Update:
Here is a clip that shows what Senator Lindsey Graham said:


And to leave out any doubt of mishearing or misunderstanding, here is another:




USA

Blinken lobbying for strikes on Russia - NYT

FILE PHOTO: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on May 21, 2024.
© Kent Nishimura / Getty ImagesFILE PHOTO: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on May 21, 2024.
The top US diplomat wants Ukraine to be given permission to use American weapons beyond its borders

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is pushing the administration of President Joe Biden to allow Ukraine to attack targets deep inside Russia with American weapons, the New York Times reported on Thursday, referring to unnamed US officials.

The ban, according to the White House, was imposed out of concern that if US arms were used inside what Washington acknowledges as Russian territory it would trigger an escalation and potentially World War III. Blinken has been advocating for scrapping the restriction after making a "sobering" visit to Kiev earlier this month, the newspaper said, citing insider sources.

Comment:
1) The above news was published the same day as Boris Johnson and British MPs met with representatives of the Azov Brigade. See Russia reacts to UK MPs applauding Ukrainian neo-Nazis On the occasion, Johnson gave a speech in which he made recommendation similar to those promoted by Anthony Blinken:


2) Regarding
"British Foreign Secretary David Cameron, who said earlier this month that Kiev "has the right" to use weapons donated by his nation to attack targets inside Russia."
See also: UK ambassador summoned to Kremlin: Moscow threatens to strike British military facilities following Cameron's Ukraine remark


Star of David

Israel's immunity has finally cracked: The ICC goes after Netanyahu

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The recent application for arrest warrants shows that even those backed by Washington can't get away with everything

The challenge of witnessing a historic event in real time isn't to notice it. That's the easy part. What's hard is to understand its meaning for the future, which is what historic events are really all about. Recent news from the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague have confirmed that rule.

Its prosecutor, Karim Khan, has applied for arrest warrants that will make history one way or the other. The official application is a long document, but its key points can be summarized quickly. With regard to what Khan describes as "an international armed conflict between Israel and Palestine, and a non-international armed conflict between Israel and Hamas running in parallel," he accuses the senior Hamas leaders Yahya Sinwar, Mohammed Al-Masri (aka Deif), and Ismail Haniyeh of a list of crimes against humanity and war crimes: extermination, murder, hostage taking, sexual violence (including rape), torture, cruel treatment, outrages upon personal dignity, and other inhumane acts.

Skull

NATO 'preparing for war' with Russia - Orban

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban
© Getty Images / NurPhotoHungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban
Hungary is reassessing its role within the bloc as it has no wish to take part in a conflict against Moscow, the PM has said

Hungary is reevaluating its role in NATO, as it has no intention of taking part in actions that could involve member states in the Ukraine conflict and lead to a direct clash with Russia, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday.

Speaking on local Kossuth Radio, Orban stated that his country has already been relegated to the role of a non-participant within the US-led military bloc due to its stance on Ukraine, and Budapest is now working on legal ways to retain its membership but reserve the right to abstain from joining NATO operations it disagrees with.

Comment: Orban is one European leader that clearly sees there is an uptick in, or a quickening of, processes that could lead to more military conflict engagements in Europe, and trying to oppose it.
For more on the uptick, see also: Russia reacts to UK MPs applauding Ukrainian neo-Nazis.

At the moment several countries have signed bilateral agreement with Ukraine. This might be a step to allow for military engagement in Ukraine, and outside it, even without NATO being involved, just as Hungary would like it.

Doing a search for «Agreement on security cooperation and long-term support between Ukraine» on the page of the President of Ukraine gave 26 results. Going through these, without directly linking, below is a list of countries that already have concluded bilateral agreements with Ukraine and excluding mere talks about it.

1) UK: 12 January 2024 - 16:57 Agreement on Security Co-operation between the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland and Ukraine
2) Germany:16 February 2024 - 14:16 Agreement on security cooperation and long-term support between Ukraine and the Federal Republic of Germany
3) France: 16 February 2024 - 22:15 Agreement on security cooperation between Ukraine and France
4) Denmark: 23 February 2024 14:38 Agreement on security cooperation and long-term support between Ukraine and Denmark
5) Canada: 24 February 2024 - 17:05 Agreement on security cooperation between Ukraine And Canada
6) Italy: 24 February 2024 - 17:58 Agreement on security cooperation between Ukraine and Italy
7) The Netherlands: 1 March 2024 - 17:07 Agreement on security cooperation between Ukraine and the Netherlands
8) Finland: 3 April 2024 - 14:17 Agreement on security cooperation and long-term support between Ukraine and the Republic of Finland
9) Latvia: 11 April 2024 - 14:30 Agreement between Ukraine and the Republic of Latvia on long-term support and security commitments

The background for these agreements is explained on the page of the Estonian Embassy in Kiev
Posted on: 09.02.2024 "Estonia reaffirms its long-term support to Ukraine and begins signing a bilateral agreement"
Estonia affirmed its readiness to sign a bilateral agreement between Estonia and Ukraine as a follow-up to the G7's Vilnius Declaration signed last summer in support of Ukraine. "More than 30 countries have now joined the G7's Vilnius Declaration from last summer and are signing bilateral agreements. The agreement between Estonia and Ukraine covers all the areas where we are supporting Ukraine and shows our long-term commitment to continuing this support," the undersecretary explained.
The impression is that so far only intentions have been signed between Estonia and Ukraine, but it is possible that the signing of some bilateral agreements are not made public beyond the strictly necessary, or that they are signed at the level of declarations and promises, but do not progress beyond that. In the case of Estonia for instance, there is the above document expressing "readiness to sign a bilateral agreement" but so far no result when searching for the agreement. The same is the case for Romania, who fielded the largest foreign army for Hitler during WWII.
The Polish Centre for Eastern Studies published a short analysis of the then recently concluded agreement between Ukraine and the UK. They say:
The first country to start negotiations with Kyiv was the US, the UK being the second. Subsequently, 24 countries have announced their readiness to join the G7 framework. These include, among others, the Baltic and Nordic countries, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Romania, as well as the Benelux countries, Spain and Portugal. Negotiations with Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, the US, Canada, Japan, Lithuania and Romania are underway.
The provisions of the agreement entitled "cooperation in the event of future armed attack do not obligate the UK government to become directly involved in repelling Russian aggression on Kyiv's side.
There is no obligation, but that does not mean they will not choose to do so. It is on the level of ambiguity that Emmanuel Macron has talked about.


Bad Guys

UK Deputy PM urges people to stockpile 3 days' worth of food amid 'fears of prolonged power cuts, cyber attacks and floods'

Oliver Dowden
Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden (pictured) will advise people to make contingency plans
Families will today be urged to stockpile three days' worth of food and water to help build national 'resilience'.

Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden will advise people to make contingency plans for dealing with potential emergencies such as prolonged power cuts, cyber attacks and floods.

Last year, Mr Dowden said people should stock up on 'analogue capabilities', such as candles, torches and wind-up radios, to boost their 'personal resilience'.

Today he will go further by encouraging people to stock up with enough food and water to survive for three days without leaving their homes.

Comment: Over the past few years various world leaders and institutions have been sounding the alarm that a time will come where the normal functioning of life will be significantly disrupted, and we certainly do appear to be reaching an all encompassing crescendo:


Star of David

In new ruling ICJ orders Israel to halt its offensive on Rafah, Gaza

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© Eyad Baba / AFP - Getty ImagesHeavy fighting has raged around Gaza's far southern city near the border with Egypt, the last part of Gaza to face a ground invasion.
Judges at the top United Nations court order Israel to immediately halt its military assault on the southern Gaza city of Rafah.

Judges at the top United Nations court ordered Israel to halt its offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah and withdraw from the enclave, in a case brought by South Africa accusing Israel of genocide, citing "immense risk" to the Palestinian population.

Friday's decision marked the third time this year the 15-judge panel has issued preliminary orders seeking to rein in the death toll and alleviate humanitarian suffering in Gaza. While orders are legally binding, the court has no police to enforce them.

Reading out a ruling by the International Court of Justice or World Court, the body's president, Nawaf Salam, said provisional measures ordered by the court in March did not fully address the situation in the besieged Palestinian enclave now, and conditions had been met for a new emergency order.

Comment: Israel continues to thumb its nose at the world, secure in the backing of the U.S.