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The Israel hasbara machine is attempting to sanitize Naftali Bennett's "I killed many Arabs" quote

Naftali Bennett
© spokesperson of the Ministry of Economy
Naftali Bennett, new Prime Minister in Israel.
Not only did new Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett say "I've killed many Arabs in my life, and there's no problem with that," but it was actually even worse than it appears.

Israel just got its most right-wing Prime Minister ever, in the form of Naftali Bennett. We have already seen the signs that Israeli pundits were trying to sanitize his racist history, to make him a better sell than Netanyahu.

But what do you do with phrases such as "I've killed many Arabs in my life, and there's no problem with that"? I mean, that's one of the singularly most racist things he's said, it's often quoted, and it's not only racist but has a genocidal hint to it?

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Bizarro Earth

80+ students abducted in attack on Nigerian school

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Nigerian police.
Gunmen killed a police officer and kidnapped at least 80 students and five teachers from a school in the Nigerian state of Kebbi, police, residents and a teacher said.

Comment: For insight into just what is driving destabilization in the region, check out SOTT's: Western-backed Boko Haram and 'Patriotic' Militants Efforts to Counter China-Nigeria Relations

Book 2

Horowitz: 'Religious liberty' in the Supreme Court: If this is a victory, what would a loss look like?

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Three years ago, conservatives celebrated the 7-2 ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop as a victory for religious liberty. Yet, as I predicted at the time, its extremely narrow ruling mixed with implicit anti-liberty inuendo on behalf of protected groups paved the way for Jack Phillips to continue to be targeted, as he is to this very day. Well, history has repeated itself again in the Philadelphia adoption case, except this time it's after the appointment of two supposedly more conservative justices.

In Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, the Supreme Court unanimously overturned the lower court's opinion allowing the city of Philadelphia to discriminate against Catholic Social Services by denying the organization contracts for foster care placement based on their refusal to place kids into homes without a mother and father. A 9-0 victory in favor of religious liberty might sound too good to be true. And in fact, it actually is too good to be true, because this is not much of a victory as it relates to most other cases or likely even for the party in this case. It should have been a much broader 5-4 ruling with all the non-Roberts GOP appointees joining the concurrence written by Justice Alito.

Comment: See also: Supreme Court rules Philadelphia can't force Catholic agency to serve gay foster parents


Hongkongers queue to buy Apple Daily newspaper copies after editor-in-chief is arrested

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© Kin Cheung/AP
Photographers take photos of copies of Apple Daily coming off the printing press on Friday.
Public outpouring of support for tabloid after raid on offices by national security police.

Hongkongers queued at city news stands before dawn on Friday to buy the latest edition of the Apple Daily newspaper, a day after national security police arrested its editor-in-chief and four other directors.

On Thursday morning hundreds of officers from the Hong Kong police national security department raided the homes of the employees, including editor-in-chef Ryan Law, and the Apple Daily newsroom for the second time in less than a year. It froze millions of dollars in company assets.

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Eye 1

Joe Rogan savages CNN's Brian Stelter and his 'f - king terrible' show

Joe Rogan
© Youtube
"Brian Stelter's show keeps slipping and slipping and slipping in the ratings," Joe Rogan said.
Podcast king Joe Rogan has savaged CNN's Brian Stelter for being under the thumb of the White House — and losing viewers with a "f-king terrible" show.

In the latest episode of "The Joe Rogan Experience," the podcaster trashed Stelter for having complained about YouTube personalities like him getting more viewers than CNN "as if it was some horrible thing."

"They were describing it as if they're entitled to viewers," Rogan, 53, noted of a panel discussion on Stelter's "Reliable Sources" in January.

"This is because the market has spoken and your show's f — ing terrible," the UFC commentator said, not holding back any punches.

"Brian Stelter's show keeps slipping and slipping and slipping in the ratings," said Rogan, whose show has had hundreds of millions of views on YouTube and regularly leads the podcast charts.

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No Entry

Moscow hospitals to deny routine treatment to patients who refuse Covid-19 vaccines, as Kremlin warns skepticism is costing lives

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Moscow, Russia.
People waiting for planned operations and other non-urgent medical treatment in Moscow will be denied care in the Russian capital's hospitals if they have not been vaccinated against Covid-19, but are eligible to receive a jab.

The rule change, designed to protect patients, came from the city's Department of Health on Friday. Under the new measures, only those with certificates proving they have been immunized will be admitted onto wards for most types of treatment and procedures.

Comment: This doesn't bode well, and similar to other coercive techniques being used to force compliance. Who determines what is 'non-urgent'? Procedures that aren't urgent are often preventative and save lives.

Emergency care, along with anti-cancer therapy and support for those with blood diseases, "will be provided, without exception, to every resident of the city, regardless of their vaccination status," the city administration confirmed.

"A person who is in a hospital because of an injury or illness, by definition, has a weakened immune system. For such patients, coronavirus disease is especially dangerous," officials said in a statement. "Every day, patients are transferred from Moscow clinics to Covid hospitals. If a week ago there were 130 such cases per day, then yesterday it was already almost 200."


Australia: Police replace cocaine with icing sugar in hollowed-out novel, leading to drug trafficking acquittal

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© ABC Midwest and Wheatbelt: Laura Meachim
Cocaine was concealed inside a book in a parcel addressed to a suburban Adelaide unit.
An Adelaide man has been acquitted of trafficking drugs because police secretly replaced cocaine hidden in a hollowed-out novel with icing sugar before the accused collected the item.

Nathan John Ralph was charged after Australian Border Force (ABF) officers detected an "anomaly" in a parcel posted from the UK in January 2019.

The parcel was addressed to a unit owned by the accused but leased to his father on the Esplanade at Seacliff in Adelaide's south, and was intercepted by local police following a tip-off from ABF.


Questions about the FBI's role in 1/6 are mocked because the FBI shapes liberal corporate media

Chris Cuomo

CNN, June 16, 2021, with scandal-plagued anchor Chris Cuomo and disgraced former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe
The axis of liberal media outlets and their allied activist groups — CNN, NBC News, The Washington Post, Media Matters — are in an angry uproar over a recent report questioning the foreknowledge and involvement of the FBI in the January 6 Capitol riot. As soon as that new report was published on Monday, a consensus instantly emerged in these liberal media precincts that this is an unhinged, ignorant and insane conspiracy theory that deserves no consideration.

The original report, published by Revolver News and then amplified by Fox News' Tucker Carlson, documented ample evidence of FBI infiltration of the three key groups at the center of the 1/6 investigation — the Oath Keepers, the Proud Boys, and the Three Percenters — and noted how many alleged riot leaders from these groups have not yet been indicted. While low-level protesters have been aggressively charged with major felonies and held without bail, many of the alleged plot leaders have thus far been shielded from charges.

The implications of these facts are obvious. It seems extremely likely that the FBI had numerous ways to know of any organized plots regarding the January 6 riot (just as the U.S. intelligence community, by its own admission, had ample advanced clues of the 9/11 attack but, according to their excuse, tragically failed to "connect the dots"). There is no doubt that the FBI has infiltrated at least some if not all of these groups — which it has been warning for years pose a grave national security threat — with informants and/or undercover spies. It is known that Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio has served as an FBI informant in the past, and the disrupted 2020 plot by Three Percenters members to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) was shaped and driven by what The Wall Street Journal reported were the FBI's "undercover agents and confidential informants."


Politically motivated academics have forsaken science on 'whiteness' as they steer America towards civil strife

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© REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Demonstrators burn U.S. flags during a Black Lives Matter protest on the Fourth of July Holiday in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., July 4, 2020
If white supremacy and 'systemic racism' were genuine problems, America would not be a major destination for migrant flows as it now is.

A disturbing trend has gained a foothold in the United States as members of the academic community are espousing virulent views on race that seem more guided by political prejudices and affiliations than any solid scientific research. The consequences of this misguided research, much of which casts hateful aspersions on white people, could lead to unthinkable disaster down the road.

"Into whatsoever houses I enter, I will enter to help the sick, and I will abstain from all intentional wrong-doing and harm, especially from abusing the bodies of man or woman, bond or free." - Hippocratic Oath.

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Israeli officer charged in killing of autistic Palestinian

Mural Hallaq
© AP/Maya Alleruzzo
Mural depicting Eyad Hallaq on separation barrier • West Bank town of Bethlehem
Israeli prosecutors on Thursday charged a border police officer with reckless manslaughter in the deadly shooting of an autistic Palestinian man in Jerusalem's Old City last year.

The indictment came just over a year after the shooting of Eyad Hallaq, whose family has criticized Israel's investigation into the killing and called for much tougher charges. The shooting has drawn comparisons to the police killing of George Floyd in the United States.

Rights groups say Israel rarely holds members of its security forces accountable for the deadly shootings of Palestinians. Investigations often end with no charges or lenient sentences, and in many cases witnesses are not even summoned for questioning. The officer, who remains unidentified in the indictment submitted to the Jerusalem District Court on Thursday, was charged with reckless manslaughter, and if convicted could face up to 12 years in prison.

"We want justice for our son," Hallaq's father, Khairi, said in response to the indictment. "Why is it that when an Arab kills they say he is a murderer and when an Israeli kills they say reckless manslaughter?"

Hallaq, 32, was fatally shot just inside the Old City's Lion's Gate on May 30, 2020, as he was on his way to the special-needs institution that he attended. The officer's commander, who was also present during the incident, was not charged.

Comment: The inequity regarding Palestinians is never more pronounced than what is passed for justice in the Israeli court system.