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Israel, Hamas cease-fire deal with hostage release is in final stages

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Israeli attack on Beit Hanoun • November 21, 2023
Negotiations between Israel and Hamas for a potential cease-fire and hostage release are in their final stages, Fox News has learned.

The deal could include a potential hostage release as well as a temporary end to fighting to get humanitarian aid into the region. Israel's war cabinet was scheduled to meet at 11 a.m. ET to discuss a possible deal.

Fox News' Trey Yingst reported from Israel Tuesday afternoon:
"It does appear the final details are being discussed toward a cease-fire that would end fighting in Gaza for up to five days and include the release of some hostages.

"We understand, according to Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, that a deal is approaching. Reports indicate it would include the release of dozens of Israeli and foreign citizen hostages. The hostages are expected to be only women and children and would be exchanged for [Palestinian] prisoners being held in Israel."

Comment: Four-day break in hostilities confirmed:
Israel and Hamas have agreed to a temporary ceasefire which will begin at 7am local time on Friday, the Qatari Foreign Ministry has announced. A spokesperson for the ministry also said Hamas will release a first group of 13 hostages at 4pm on the same day.

As reported by the New York Times, the military wing of Hamas has also confirmed the four-day truce in a statement on Telegram.

Israel, meanwhile, has suggested that the ceasefire could last even longer, on condition that Palestinian militants continue to release at least ten hostages per day, according to Reuters.

The ceasefire was initially set to begin on Thursday morning, but Israel announced a delay on Wednesday, the same day the deal had been reported.

Both Israel and Hamas previously declared that they had reached an agreement for the release of 50 women and children currently being held hostage in Gaza. The deal would involve an exchange for 150 Palestinian women and children who would be freed from Israeli jails over the course of a four-day ceasefire.

That deal as well as the terms of the ceasefire were brokered with the help of Qatari, Egyptian, and American mediators.

It is believed that over 200 people, including foreign nationals, have been taken hostage by Hamas since the group's initial October 7 attack on Israeli territories near Gaza. The assault left some 1,200 Israelis dead.

A portion of Israeli victims were killed by Israel who sacrificed its own to attack Hamas. They are unfairly attributed to Hamas.

In response, Israel launched an extensive military campaign against Hamas militants in Gaza, conducting weeks of airstrikes. More than 13,000 Palestinians, including over 5,000 children, have been killed in the bombardment, according to health officials in the Hamas-controlled Palestinian enclave.
Shall we say...it's the least they could do.

Brick Wall

Ukraine 'concerned' by Western push for peace talks - security chief

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Ukraine National Security and Defense Council secretary Aleksey Danilov
The West must keep supporting Kiev if it wants to keep ruling the world, Alexey Danilov has claimed...

Kiev is worried that its Western backers are calling for peace out of an irrational fear of Russia, Aleksey Danilov, the secretary of Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council, said on Monday.

Danilov spoke via video link to the annual conference of the Halifax International Security Forum, a Washington, DC-based pressure group funded in part by the Canadian government.

Danilov, according to a transcript posted by his office, said:
"Ukraine is concerned by the fact that discussions among certain partners have intensified regarding the need for negotiations, consultations, meetings with the Russians to discuss the issues of the war in Ukraine, a ceasefire, etc."
He attributed this to a "rudimentary fear" of Russia and argued that the West should follow Ukraine's example instead, as Moscow "only understands the language of force."

Comment: Manipulation technique: Create a version of reality that is useful.

Bad Guys

Parliament speaker tells the truth: Russians have no rights in Ukraine

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The Ukrainian Verkhovnaya Rada speaker, Ruslan Stefanchuk
A people that "does not show respect" cannot have any special minority rights, Ruslan Stefanchuk has said

Ukraine is not willing to recognize its Russian population as an ethnic minority or grant it any corresponding rights, the speaker of the Ukrainian parliament, Ruslan Stefanchuk, told the state-controlled TV broadcaster on Monday. Kiev has "reached full understanding" on this issue with the EU, he claimed.

Persecution of the Russian-speaking minority in the Donbass was one of the key reasons for taking military action in Ukraine in February 2022, according to Moscow. Russia has not been alone in objecting to the treatment of ethnic minorities in the country. Budapest and Bucharest have protested that the rights of ethnic Hungarians and Romanians, respectively, have been violated as well.


Anti-woke central bank nemesis Javier Milei has won Argentina's presidential election

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Ultra-right libertarian candidate Javier Milei celebrates the results of Argentina’s primary elections, Aug. 13, 2023.
Javier Milei, the outsider libertarian candidate with radical solutions to Argentina's economic crisis, has just won Sunday's presidential runoff against Economy Minister Sergio Massa.

In a surprise outcome, Massa conceded in a speech to supporters in Buenos Aires on Sunday even before the official results were released, saying he called Milei to congratulate him on his victory.

Javier Milei, a 53-year-old far-right economist and former television pundit with no governing experience, claimed nearly 56 percent of the vote, with more than 80 percent of votes tallied. It was a stunning upset over Sergio Massa, the center-left economy minister who has struggled to resolve the country's worst economic crisis in two decades.

Comment: Like Ukraine, it appears Argentinians were so fed up with the roster of clowns that had been running the country, they seem to have decided that a real clown might be worth a shot. But, is Milei really a poison pill? Despite his veneer of outsider cred, it is perfectly possible that Milei was inserted to disrupt the progress of the BRICS, as well as open his country to massive Western depredation.

Time will tell, but the early signs are that it isn't going to be pretty. Just ask Ecuador how tying itself to the West has gone.

Eye 2

UK government blocking MP questions about Gaza-related activity at its Cyprus base

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Flight path of the RAF-operated A400M military transport aircraft which flew from the British base on Cyprus to Tel Aviv this morning
Ministry of Defence takes extraordinary step of censoring all requests for information by MPs about RAF Akrotiri on Cyprus, which Declassified has reported is facilitating arms supplies to Israel's war on Gaza.

The British government has blocked MPs asking any questions about activity at RAF Akrotiri, its vast air base on Cyprus, Declassified can reveal.

Blocking all parliamentary questions from MPs is a highly unusual move.

Government departments routinely refuse to answer specific questions about military operations for reasons of "national security", but blocking all questions by elected parliamentarians goes far beyond the usual level of Whitehall secrecy.

Comment: RAF admits to making 17 military flights to Israel since Gaza bombing began


Gaza: a pause before the storm

The US and its allies will continue backing Israel's war on Gaza after a brief truce. But as the case for 'genocide' grows stronger, the new multipolar powers will have to confront the old hegemons and their Rules-Based Chaos.
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While the world cries "Israeli genocide," the Biden White House is gushing over the upcoming Gaza truce it helped broker, as though it's actually "on the verge" of its "biggest diplomatic victory."

Behind the self-congratulatory narratives, the US administration is not remotely "wary about Netanyahu's endgame," it fully endorses it - genocide included - as agreed at the White House less than three weeks before Al-Aqsa Flood, in a 20 September meeting between Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu and Joe "The Mummy" Biden's handlers.

The US/Qatar-brokered "truce," which is supposed to go into effect this week, is not a ceasefire. It is a PR move to soften Israel's genocide and boost its morale by securing the release of a few dozen captives. Moreover, the record shows that Israel never respects ceasefires.

Predictably, what really worries the US administration is the "unintended consequence" of the truce, which will "allow journalists broader access to Gaza and the opportunity to further illuminate the devastation there and turn public opinion on Israel."

Real journalists have been working in Gaza 24/7 since October 7 - dozens of whom have been killed by the Israeli military machine in what Reporters Sans Frontieres calls "one of the deadliest tolls in a century."

These journalists have spared no effort to go all the way to "illuminate the devastation," a euphemism for the ongoing genocide, shown in all its gruesome detail for the entire world to see.

Even the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine (UNRWA), itself relentlessly attacked by Israel, revealed - somewhat meekly - that this has been "the largest displacement since 1948," an "exodus" of the Palestinian population, with the younger generation "forced to live through traumas of ancestors or parents."

As for public opinion all across the Global South/Global Majority, it "turned" long ago on Zionist extremism. But now the Global Minority - populations of the collective west - are watching raptly, horrified, and bitter that in just six weeks, social media has exposed them to what mainstream media hid for decades. There will be no turning back now that this penny has dropped.

Eye 2

Pinochet wannabe? Argentina's president-elect is not the libertarian he claims to be

Newly elected President of Argentina Javier Milei, November 19, 2023, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Newly elected President of Argentina Javier Milei, November 19, 2023, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Javier Milei says he is a freedom-loving anarcho-capitalist, but scratch him and a fascist bleeds through.

The far-right Argentine economist and so-called "libertarian" Javier Milei was elected president on Sunday night, promising to tackle inflation and take a sledgehammer to the state in the midst of an economic crisis. But his proposed policies will most likely not be a panacea for Argentina's woes and, more likely, will only harm the country more.

Before detailing Milei's particular positions, it needs to be noted upfront that Buenos Aires' economic crisis is directly attributed to former right-wing President Mauricio Macri (2015-2019), who took out a massive International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan in hopes of boosting his political cred before a tough reelection that he eventually lost. It was this massive and unpayable debt that carried on into the administration of current outgoing President Alberto Fernandez, contributing to hyperinflation. The history of Argentine economics is long and complicated (the economy is in crisis about every six years), but this latest one is directly attributed to the same sort of austerity and Western bootlicking that's on the table today.

Comment: See also:


How Netanyahu falsifies the news

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Photo taken from an Israeli bomber
We in the West think we're well informed about what's happening in Gaza. We are not. The images we see are selected. The comments we hear do not allow us to understand them. They deliberately mislead us. Any dissenting opinion is censored.

Like all wars, the one pitting the State of Israel against the Palestinian population is the subject of a media battle. The Palestinian Resistance doesn't need to tell the story of the injustice it is fighting against: you only need to look to see. Rather, it aims to magnify one or other of its components. Israel, on the other hand, has to convince people of its good faith, which after three quarters of a century of violating international law is no mean feat.


Since the attack of the Palestinian Resistance on October 7, 2023, Israel has been deploying all its resources to make us believe that the attack was carried out by Hamas jihadists and that it knew nothing about its preparation.

The role of Hamas

However, this attack was carried out by all Palestinian factions, with the exception of Fatah [1]. Until recently, Hamas defined itself as the "Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood", as stated on all its documents. As such, it fought against the secularists of Yasser Arafat's Fatah and George Habash's PFLP, then against those of President Bashar al-Assad's Syrian Arab Republic. In his eyes, they were all "enemies of God". Hamas was financed by Israel and, in Syria, its fighters were supervised by Mossad and NATO officers. However, after the Brotherhood's failure in Egypt and their defeat in Syria, Hamas split between a section loyal to the Muslim Brotherhood, led by Khaled Mechaal and still pursuing the establishment of a worldwide Caliphate, and another that refocused on the liberation of Palestine. The latter, led by Iran, renewed its ties with Syria until its leader, Khalil Hayya, was received in Damascus by President Bashar al-Assad. It also renewed its ties with the Lebanese Hezbollah, taking part in meetings in Beirut with the latter and other components of the Palestinian Resistance.

Comment: Thierry Meyssan does his research, offers compelling insights.

Star of David

Influential Israeli national security leader makes the case for genocide in Gaza

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Ret. Major General Giora Eiland
In an Op-Ed titled "Let's Not be Intimidated by the World," Israeli ret. Major General Giora Eiland argues that all Palestinians in Gaza are legitimate targets and that even a "severe epidemic" in Gaza will "bring victory closer."

Since October 7, there has been no shortage of genocidal calls from Israeli leaders, as well as clear plans, also at ministerial level, for the complete ethnic cleansing of Gaza. And while the usage of biblical euphemisms like Prime Minister Netanyahu's "Amalek" reference may appear too vague for some, even if the story suggests killing infants, on Sunday Ret. Major General Giora Eiland, former head of the National Security Council and current advisor to the Defense Minister decided to spell out genocide more explicitly.

In a Hebrew article on the printed edition of the centrist Yedioth Ahronoth titled "Let's not be intimidated by the world," Eiland clarified that the whole Gazan civilian population was a legitimate target and that even "severe epidemics in the south of the Gaza Strip will bring victory closer." His bottom line leaves no doubt as to his view:
"They are not only Hamas fighters with weapons, but also all the 'civilian' officials, including hospital administrators and school administrators, and also the entire Gaza population that enthusiastically supported Hamas and cheered on its atrocities on October 7th."
Eiland speaks against humanitarian concern and the whole principle of distinction:
"Israel is not fighting a terrorist organization but against the State of Gaza. Israel must not provide the other side with any capability that prolongs its life."
Eiland mocks the idea of "poor women" as the representation of uninvolved civilians:
"Who are the 'poor' women of Gaza? They are all the mothers, sisters or wives of Hamas murderers."

Comment: Look at the evil in his face! There are plenty more just like him.

Star of David

Israeli billions, Mossad and Houthi revenge: Why was a cargo ship seized in the Red Sea?

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This week a new 'front' in Israel's war with Gaza was opened, when Yemen's Ansar Allah movement seized an Israeli-owned cargo ship in the Red Sea. Prior to that, Brigadier General Yahya Saree had stated that the Yemenis would attack ships sailing under the country's flag and vessels that are owned or operated by Israeli companies. Saree called on all states to withdraw their citizens working on the crews of such ships.

"Avoid shipping on or handling these vessels. Inform your ships to stay away from these ships," Saree said.

The Israeli Defense Ministry called the detention of the vessel an "incident of global scale." Meanwhile, the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed Iran for the incident.