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Henry Kissinger, American diplomat and Nobel winner, dead at 100

Henry Kissinger
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Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger attends the American Academy's award ceremony at Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin, Germany, January 21, 2020.
Henry Kissinger, a controversial Nobel Peace Prize winner and diplomatic powerhouse whose service under two presidents left an indelible mark on U.S. foreign policy, died on Wednesday at age 100, according to his geopolitical consulting firm Kissinger Associates Inc.

Kissinger died at his home in Connecticut, Kissinger Associates said.

Kissinger had been active past his centenary, attending meetings in the White House, publishing a book on leadership styles, and testifying before a Senate committee about the nuclear threat posed by North Korea. In July 2023 he made a surprise visit to Beijing to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping.

In the 1970s, he had a hand in many of the epoch-changing global events of the decade while serving as secretary of state under Republican President Richard Nixon. The German-born Jewish refugee's efforts led to the diplomatic opening of China, landmark U.S.-Soviet arms control talks, expanded ties between Israel and its Arab neighbors, and the Paris Peace Accords with North Vietnam.

Kissinger's reign as the prime architect of U.S. foreign policy waned with Nixon's resignation in 1974. Still, he continued to be a diplomatic force under President Gerald Ford and to offer strong opinions throughout the rest of his life.

While many hailed Kissinger for his brilliance and broad experience, others branded him a war criminal for his support for anti-communist dictatorships, especially in Latin America. In his latter years, his travels were circumscribed by efforts by other nations to arrest or question him about past U.S. foreign policy.



This simple move by China could demolish the EU's aggressive agenda

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President of China Xi Jinping
Visa-free travel may not seem like a big deal, but it throws a spanner in the works of the rhetoric about a "closed" and "bad-for-business" Beijing...

Last week, Beijing announced that the citizens of six EU countries - Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal - will be allowed to visit China for a 15-day period visa-free, allowing them to bypass the cumbersome process of attaining a Chinese tourist visa.

The announcement comes about a week ahead of the upcoming China-EU summit, which will bring European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel to Beijing.

Recently, von der Leyen has been engaging in increasingly hawkish rhetoric pertaining to Beijing, including making a number of complaints about what she refers to as "China's unfair trade practices," pushing for "de-risking," demanding more market access, and threatening levies over Chinese renewable energy goods. Beijing, on the other hand, has been critical of this attitude and has urged the EU to take a friendlier and more cooperative approach, touting the benefits of engagement.

Star of David

Israeli tank gunner reveals orders to fire indiscriminately into kibbutz — report


Israeli tank operator Karni
New disclosures add to the growing body of evidence indicating many Israelis who died on October 7 were killed by the Israeli military. Meanwhile, the Israeli government has muzzled captives freed from Gaza to prevent further damage to the official narrative.

Firsthand testimony by admittedly inexperienced Israeli tank operators reveals orders to open fire upon Israeli communities when Palestinian militants breached the fences encircling Gaza on October 7.

A glowing profile of an all-female tank company by Israel's N12 News network contains admissions by the 20-year-old captain — identified only as 'Karni' — that she was ordered by a "panicked" soldier to open fire on homes in the Holit kibbutz whether they contained civilians or not.

Ten Israelis were killed in Holit on October 7; no children were among the dead.

"The soldier points and tells me, 'shoot there — the terrorists are there,'" the captain recounts in the newly-released footage, noting that when she asked "are there civilians there?," her compatriot simply replied, "I don't know," and ordered her to "just shoot" a tank round into the buildings anyway.

Ultimately, she recalled, "I decided not to shoot" as "this is an Israeli community." Instead, she said, "I fired with my machine gun at a house."


Florida high school principal, other top officials reassigned for allegedly allowing trans student to play on girls volleyball team

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Florida law bars transgender females from playing on girls’ sports teams.
Top officials at a Florida high school, including the principal, have been reassigned as a county investigation looks to find whether they allowed a transgender athlete to play on the school's girls' volleyball team — a violation of Florida law.

Monarch High School principal James Cecil, assistant principal Kenneth May, athletic director Dione Hester and volleyball coach Jessica Norton were moved to "non-school sites" on Monday, according to 7 News Miami.

Additionally, Alex Burgess, a temporary athletic coach at the school, was told his services were paused until further notice.

The probe was launched to determine whether a biological male, who is transitioning or has transitioned into a female, was allowed to play for the team, sources told the outlet.


No surprise: Woke books bought for huge advances by 'inexperienced' editors hired post-George Floyd have flopped

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Woke books that were bought for huge advances by 'inexperienced' editors have flopped commercially, insiders say.

'Ideological fanatics' allowing their politics to dictate professional decisions have seen profits slump, according to industry experts.

Among the works responsible for huge losses is the once hotly anticipated memoir by the actor Elliot Page about his journey transitioning. 'Pageboy' received a $3 million advance but has sold just 68,000 copies.

Comment: Here is the full quote from Bellow:
"It just so happens that, in this case, the new generation is a generation of ideological fanatics," Bellow said.

These "fanatics" have led the industry to lose sight of its market, he added.

"People within the business who want to work on books that fall outside of the boundaries of what's publicly treated as acceptable have to be willing to deal with interpersonal discomfort, being treated as marginal, or looked on with suspicion by their colleagues," an editor at a major publishing house told me.

Bad Guys

Australia apologizes to pharma victims

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Anthony Albanese takes part in an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in San Francisco, California, November 17, 2023
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has offered a national apology to victims of thalidomide, the morning sickness drug that caused birth defects in around 100,000 babies worldwide. The apology marks the first time that the Australian government has acknowledged a role in the scandal.

"To the survivors - we apologize for the pain thalidomide has inflicted on each and every one of you each and every day. We are sorry. We are more sorry than we can say," Albanese addressed a group of survivors in parliament on Wednesday.

"This apology takes in one of the darkest chapters in Australia's medical history," he stated.

Comment: One wonders whether they will ever apologise for their tyrannical COVID policies.

Eye 1

UK to advise that schoolboys be allowed dress as girls - The Times

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UK school pupils should be able to wear uniforms of the opposite sex and choose another pronoun or name, according to upcoming official guidance, the Times reported on Monday.

The newspaper said the document is expected to be released by the British government next week.

It will reportedly recommend that children be permitted to "socially transition with the consent of their parents" but only "in limited circumstances." There will be an effective "presumption against" doing so, the Times said, citing a government source.


UK has lost track of 17,000 unregistered migrants

UK Home Office
Rishi Sunak has been accused of losing control of the UK's borders after the Home Office admitted that it does not know the whereabouts of 17,000 people whose asylum claims have been withdrawn.

Amid a stalled Rwanda deportation scheme and rising costs for housing people seeking refuge in hotels, senior civil servants in the department were told by the Conservative MP and deputy party chair Lee Anderson they "hadn't got a clue" after failing to provide answers on people seeking refuge in the UK or foreign offender removals.

His comments emerged an hour before the prime minister was accused by the Labour leader, Keir Starmer, of facing an "open revolt" from the Tories after "losing control of the borders".

Comment: The establishment's scheme of weaponised mass migration is beginning to bear fruit: Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Dublin Riot, Mass Migration, and Israel's Final Solution

Eye 2

Investigation accuses Instagram's algorithm of catering to adults that could have sordid interest in kids

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The WSJ said the child-protection group, Canadian Centre for Child Protection, ran similar tests independently and got similar results.
Instagram's algorithm serves videos to adults who might have a prurient interest in children, according to investigation

Instagram's algorithm serves videos to adults who they think might have a prurient interest in children, according to an investigation conducted by the Wall Street Journal.

The social media app, which is owned by Meta, has an algorithm that shows users Reels, or short videos on topics that they have shown an interest in, most often topics like sports, fashion, comedy or cooking.

But, the Journal looked at what the algorithm would recommend to accounts that only follow pages featuring teen and preteen influencers, such as gymnasts and cheerleaders, and found that the social media platform "served jarring doses of salacious content to those test accounts, including risqué footage of children as well as overtly sexual adult videos — and ads for some of the biggest U.S. brands."


Israeli shipping firm forced to take route with double journey time after repeated attacks on vessels

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ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. (NYSE: ZIM) announced today that it is implementing temporary proactive measures to ensure the safety of its crews, vessels, and customers' cargo by rerouting some of its vessels due to the threat to safe transit of global trade in the Arabian and Red Seas,

The Israeli shipping line says that as a result of these measures, longer transit times in the relevant ZIM services are anticipated, though every effort is being made to minimize disruptions. ZIM reaffirmed its, "Continued commitment to serve the East Mediterranean and Israeli ports. Operations to and from these ports will be maintained with the highest regard for safety protocols which are essential to safeguarding the interests of all stakeholders."

Comment: And Israel's economy was struggling even before escalating its genocide against Palestinians.

It seems that, at least for now, neither the US nor Israel is capable of countering the fallout and they'll have to suffer the consequences, however, as one analyst recently stated, these difficulties, as well as the increasing pressure from the international community, may just make them even more reckless than before: