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Lies, Lies, and More Lies

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I was eight years old when John Kennedy was murdered. I remember getting the call from my dad, telling me rather flatly, "the president is dead." We were living in Puerto Rico at the time, my dad being a US Naval officer and was stationed there. Even though I was quite young, I knew the gravity of such an event, and as these sorts of experiences typically do, the moment was etched in my memory — I remember every tiny detail.

Over the years since, I have heard many stories relating to "that moment." One in particular that stands out is a story my sister tells. While attending a high school assembly that infamous day, the American flag on its stand in the school auditorium fell over with no provocation and rolled off the stage. Everyone attending the assembly that afternoon thought it a very odd event, but had no idea it was correlated to anything happening in the world until it was announced an hour later that Kennedy was dead. The flag fell over precisely at the time he was shot. Many of these events I have heard are similarly paranormal in nature, and often are attributed to the energy generated from the enormity of an assassinated president of a great country.

If such a "comment from God" is the actual reason for these strange anomalies, I would say it was not so much due to the death of a president, but more a comment on the great lie and betrayal leveled against the American people. JFK was murdered by his own government.

The JFK "conspiracy theory" was my first foray into the world of government deceit and treachery. Although at the beginnings of my personal investigation I was not so much invested in the idea the entire government was dishonorable and malfeasant, but maybe only a few individuals were guilty of such. In fact, at the time, I wondered if JFK's assassination was instigated by some outside faction such as the American Mafia.

Whatever the reason, I became convinced that the Warren Commission was a joke (again, maybe a joke only because it was incompetently put together) and there was far more to the event than what the public was officially told.

I donned the tinfoil hat and at that moment became the proverbial conspiracy theorist.

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Israel and its allies are repurposing the goals and lies of 1948 - in Gaza in 2023

Palestinians in Gaza flee Israeli bombing
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Palestinians in Gaza flee Israeli bombing towards the south, 7 November 2023.
Israel is openly carrying out ethnic cleansing inside Gaza, driving Palestinians outside their homeland as happened in 1948. And yet, just as during the first "Nakba", Israel's lies and deceptions dominate the West's media and political narrative.

History is repeating itself - and every politician and establishment journalist is pretending they cannot see what is staring them in the face. There is a collective and wilful refusal to join the dots in Gaza, even when they point in one direction only.

There has been a consistent pattern to Israel's behaviour since its creation 75 years ago - just as there has been a consistent pattern to the "see no evil, hear no evil" response of western powers.

In 1948, in events the Palestinians call their "Nakba", or Catastrophe, 80 percent of Palestinians were ethnically cleansed from their lands in what became the self-declared Jewish state of Israel.

As Palestinians maintained at the time - and Israeli historians later confirmed from archival documents - Israel's leaders lied when they said Palestinians had fled of their own volition, on the orders of neighbouring Arab states.

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Biden rating worst ever - NBC poll

US President Joe Biden addresses the CEO summit at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Week in San Francisco, California, on November 16, 2023.
Joe Biden's approval rating has reached the lowest point of his presidency, with more than half of voters unhappy with the way he is handling the conflict between Hamas and Israel, according to an NBC News poll released on Sunday.

With less than a year to go before the 2024 presidential election, just 40% of American voters approve of the job Biden is doing in his post, compared to 57% who disapprove of his performance, the poll found. While Biden's overall approval rating dropped only 1% from September numbers, there was a seismic shift in support among voters ages 18 to 34, which plummeted from 46% to 31%.

In another low for Biden, only 33% of Americans are satisfied with his foreign policy, down from 41% in September. When it comes to the conflict between Hamas and Israel, which started in early October, only 34% approve of the way the US president is handling the crisis, while 56% disapprove. People aged 18-34 were again the most unhappy with their president on this issue, with a whopping 70% saying Biden is doing a poor job.

Comment: And it's not just the US where Biden is unpopular due to his stance on the Palestinian genocide, see also:

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Neil Oliver: The state we're in!

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Neil Oliver
Toxic masculinity, climate crisis, Net zero, 15-minute cities - it's all part of an anti-human poison being spread by the likes of the World Economic Forum, huge transnational corporations, the WHO, the Bank for International Settlements and the military industrial complex....


US, Germany 'secret plan to force Zelensky to negotiate' with Russia - BILD

While outwardly expressing full support for Ukraine, behind closed doors in Berlin and Washington plans are being hatched to force Ukraine into talks with Russia to freeze the war on its current front lines, German newspaper BILD said in a report published on Nov. 24.

Lithuania's Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis warned of this yesterday, Bloomberg reported.

The German federal government has now set itself the main goal of putting Ukraine in a "strategically good negotiating position," BILD said.

Comment: The Kiev-junta are in no position to 'negotiate' anything, and any talks would mostly involve them accepting Russia's conditions. And some analysts think that rather than enter into any agreement right away, Russia has a few more objectives of its SMO to achieve.

"The country should negotiate with Vladimir Putin's regime about its 'sovereignty and territorial integrity.' The White House and the Chancellery are coordinating on this," government sources told BILD.

Comment: Comment: In newly released footage a Zelensky aide admits that the UK sabotaged the possibility of peace deal back in 2022, and, as other analysts note, he fails to mention the 'Bucha massacre' which was one of the professed reasons for rejecting negotiations:

With the Kiev-junta having lost upwards of 500,000 troops in the West's proxy-war, more women are being seen on the frontlines:


The Evidence Israel Killed Its Own Citizens on 7 October

Israeli veteran
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An Israeli veteran has admitted his forces may have killed Israelis.
A retired Israeli army major has admitted Israel probably killed some of the 1,200 Israelis the government claims Hamas murdered on 7 October.

The confession, discovered by The Electronic Intifada, is one of the highest level confirmations to date that Israel killed many, if not most, of the civilians that died during the Palestinian offensive.

On Saturday, it was revealed that an official Israel source had concluded for the first time that Israeli fire hit at least some Israelis.

This growing body of evidence undermines the official Israeli narrative of savage Palestinian terrorists invading Israel bent on slaughtering civilians. Hamas maintains that its targets were military and that it did not intentionally kill civilians.

The Israeli officer's admission came in a series of videos about 7 October posted by Legacy Conversations, an obscure YouTube channel run by military and police veterans of South Africa's apartheid regime.

Their star guest is a South African-born man who settled in Israel aged 18 and spent 29 years in the army. He took part in the 2006 invasion of Lebanon and the 2014 invasion of Gaza.

The veteran is named as "Major Graeme," using the apparent pseudonyms "Graeme Ipp" and "Graeme I."

In a video posted only one week after 7 October, Major Graeme said that Israeli detainees in Palestinian custody were "possibly killed by Israeli airstrikes when the Israeli Air Force attacked vehicles that were returning into Gaza."

Speaking almost two weeks before the start of Israel's wider ground incursion into northern Gaza, Major Graeme explained that after the airstrikes "there was some bodies there that the special forces went and collected."


White House fears pause in fighting will let journalists see what's been happening in Gaza

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Dark clouds of Gaza hover over the White House. Sweet Dreams!
Israel and Hamas have reportedly agreed to a four-day ceasefire which will entail the release of 50 hostages held by Hamas in exchange for 150 hostages held by Israeli forces.

In an article titled "Biden admin officials see proof their strategy is working in hostage deal," Politico describes the deal as "the administration's biggest diplomatic victory of the conflict" and reports that White House officials are calling it a "vindication" of Biden's decision making. Which is an entirely inappropriate level of verbal fellatio for an achievement as minimal as not murdering children for a few days.

Tucked away many paragraphs into this report is a sentence which is getting a lot of attention on social media today saying that according to Politico's sources there has been some resistance to the pause in fighting within the administration due to fears that it will allow journalists into Gaza to report on the devastation Israel has inflicted upon the enclave.

"And there was some concern in the administration about an unintended consequence of the pause: that it would allow journalists broader access to Gaza and the opportunity to further illuminate the devastation there and turn public opinion on Israel," Politico reports.

Comment: Revelation is only a snapshot away.

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Ukraine feeling Western 'conflict fatigue' - FT

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Ukrainian soldiers inside a shelter near Artyomovsk/Bakhmut • November 17, 2023
Russia likely sees that the odds have shifted in its favor, the UK outlet has claimed...

Ukraine is "nervous" about losing Western support, after the failure of its summer counteroffensive, and urgently needs the US and the EU to double down on sending money, weapons and supplies, the editors of the Financial Times urged on Wednesday.

The editors acknowledge:
"Russian President Vladimir Putin may feel for now that the odds have shifted in his favor in his gamble that he can outlast the West. The counteroffensive that Ukraine had hoped would begin to drive out Russian troops — and convince its allies that they were backing a winner — has not produced the hoped-for breakthrough."
According to the Financial Times, Ukraine faces a series of problems. The EU can't seem to unblock its "peace facility" funding. In the US, the White House is having a hard time getting Congress to pass another aid bill. Meanwhile, the West's attention - and resources - have been diverted by the Israel-Hamas war.

However, the outlet insisted that "support for Ukraine remains solid" in both the US and the EU, though it called the possible return of Donald Trump to the White House an "alarming" prospect for this policy.

Arguing that "in wartime, perception can be as important as reality," the FT editors proposed a series of measures the West could take "to convince Ukraine of their engagement for the long term," from sending Kiev more money and weapons to a promise of EU membership.

Comment: Read on for the shopping list of military requirements as per clueless FT:

Comment: More reasons why Ukraine military subsistence is soon to be a fleeting whim of the past:
The Pentagon warned Congress in early October that it had run out of long-term funding for Kiev's military through the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative and nearly exhausted another line of funding, begging legislators to pass another aid package before they had to choose between the country's own military readiness and Ukraine's.

Republicans in Congress nevertheless removed Ukraine aid from a must-pass stopgap budget bill earlier this month to keep the federal government open through the new year. Many have signaled that supplying foreign aid to Israel for its war in Gaza and even funding domestic border security are more judicious uses of taxpayer dollars.

The same AP-NORC poll found sanctions against Russia to be the most popular of four policies for supporting Ukraine, favored by 63% of respondents. Providing weapons and accepting refugees both met with approval from 48%, while sending government funds directly to Kiev was supported by just 39%. A small but vocal faction of lawmakers in Washington have demanded accountability for the money sent to Ukraine, pointing to the country's reputation - attested to by its own residents - as a hive of corruption.

Growing disillusionment with US backing for Kiev comes as even senior Ukrainian political officials have reportedly lost faith in their leader, with a recent report claiming President Vladimir Zelensky's top aides consider his belief that Ukraine can still defeat Russia on the battlefield to be "delusional."

While Ukrainian military commander General Valery Zaluzhny told The Economist earlier this month that the conflict had reached a "stalemate," Ukrainian media outlets have attempted to spin the failed summer counteroffensive as a wildly successful psychological operation, claiming it had been a ruse to convince Moscow that Kiev was on the brink of defeat.

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin made an unannounced visit to Ukraine earlier this week to reassure Zelensky of US backing, promising to "continue to support Ukraine's sent battlefield needs and long-term defense requirements."

At the same time, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said continued funding to Ukraine was a "critical priority" for the US.
There is no return on investment from the Ukraine money pit. US taxpayers are awakening to this realization along with the looming prospects of their own financial crisis, courtesy the Biden administration.


France wants wars - Azerbaijan

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French President Emmanuel Macron • Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev
Paris, France • 2018
The ex-colonial power is up to no good in the South Caucasus, President Ilham Aliyev has claimed...

France is stuck in its colonial ways and is intent on causing instability in regions that it never previously ruled, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev claimed on Tuesday.

Speaking at an international conference on decolonization hosted by Baku, Aliyev unleashed a barrage of condemnation at Paris, including over its military contact with Azerbaijani regional rival Armenia following the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict earlier this year.

France was responsible for millions of colonialism-related deaths and is still pursuing a "neocolonialism policy" today, both in former territorial possessions and elsewhere, the Azerbaijani leader alleged.

Aliyev said:
"France destabilizes... the South Caucasus by supporting separatist tendencies and separatists. By arming Armenia, it implements a militaristic policy, encourages revanchist forces in Armenia, and prepares the ground for the start of new wars in our region."
France announced in late October that it was selling weapons to Armenia as it ramps up defense cooperation with the government of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. This month, Armenian Deputy Defense Minister Edvard Asryan visited the headquarters of the US European Command (EUCOM) to discuss how Washington and its NATO allies could help Yerevan with a military build-up.

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Israeli official admits not even trying to get American hostages released

israel hamas risoner exchane ambulances
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Israeli security forces stand next to ambulances on standby outside the helipad of Tel Aviv's Schneider Medical Centre on Nov. 24, 2023, amid preparations for the release of Israeli hostages held by Hamas.
(Note: In the original version of this article, I stated that Israel jails Palestinian women and children on "no charges," when, in fact, it jails Palestinian women on intentionally vague charges like "having contacts with hostile organisations" and then holds them and the babies they have while incarcerated indefinitely in pre-trial detention with no due process. I apologize for the error.)

The Israeli state and Hamas appear to have reached a tentative hostage exchange deal.

Via NBC News:
"Israel and Hamas have agreed to a breakthrough deal to release 50 women and children who were kidnapped and held in Gaza, a potential landmark deal that will also involve a four-day pause in fighting, the delivery of hundreds of aid trucks, and the release of 150 Palestinian women and children* held in Israeli jails."