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Paperless Palestinians held hostage in Gaza by Israeli bureaucracy

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© Mohammed Al-Hajjar
An estimated 5,000 Palestinians in Gaza hold only temporary ID cards.
Khadija al-Najjar flipped through pictures of her children and grandchildren, growing more and more agitated.

Some of her children now live in Europe or North America. But Khadija, 72, cannot visit them. She does not hold and cannot obtain a Palestinian ID even to attempt to go and visit. Without one, she has no papers to allow her passage.

She is not alone. There are an estimated 5,000 Palestinians in Gaza, according to the Palestinian Authority's ministry for civil affairs office there, who share her predicament. Israel stopped distributing ID cards meant for residents of the coastal strip after 2007, when Hamas took sole control of Gaza from Fatah after winning the previous year's parliamentary elections.

Khadija and her husband, Muhammad Issa al-Najjar, live in the al-Rimal neighborhood of Gaza City. Muhammad was born in 1945 in Masmiya al-Kabira, a Palestinian village in the then-Gaza district (now on the Israeli side of the boundary) that was forcibly depopulated and largely destroyed in the Nakba of 1948.

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Two men caught with nearly $4,500 worth of illegal fireworks in New York City

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Fire marshals arrested two men in Manhattan on Saturday as the crackdown on illegal fireworks continues, CBS New York reports.

Anthony Quezada, 28, and Hugo Figueroa, 30, were busted during a surveillance operation.

Investigators caught them with approximately $4,500 worth of illegal fireworks.

Comment: Two men were also arrested on June 23rd by FDNY Fire Marshals in Staten Island for having $6,000 worth of fireworks, two more men were arrested on the 25th for having $2,800 worth of fireworks, and 10 individuals were also arrested on the 25th for having a trove of fireworks and three alligator carcasses.


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DHS admits 600,000 foreign H-1B Workers employed in American jobs

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© Associated Press/Altaf Qadri
U.S. employers keep roughly 600,000 foreign H-1B visa workers in jobs throughout the United States, according to an unprecedented report released by the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency.

The total number of resident H-1B workers has successfully been kept secret for decades, mainly because Fortune 500 companies do not want voters to recognize the massive outsourcing of jobs for themselves and their college graduate children.

But President Donald Trump has allowed his pro-reform deputies to release the data, likely to boost his June 22 reform plans.

The DHS agency studied the shifting number of H-1Bs working in 2018 and 2019. The resident population usually declines in September as the foreign workers go home or get green cards. For most of the year, the number of working H-1Bs was about 600,000, says the report, titled "H-1B Authorized-to-Work Population Estimate."

Comment: Nothing to see here but the greed of Big Business.




Airplane

Bye-bye social distancing, done in by economics: American Airlines will book flights to full capacity

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American Airlines planes are parked at Pittsburgh International Airport in Imperial, Pa. There will be no more attempt at social distancing on American Airlines flights. The airline said Friday, June 26, that it will start booking flights to full capacity next week.
American Airlines will start booking flights to full capacity next week, ending any effort to promote social distancing on its planes while the United States sets records for new reported cases of the coronavirus.

American's move matches the policy of United Airlines but contrasts sharply with rivals that limit bookings to create space between passengers to minimize the risk of contagion.

The pilots' union at American said it hopes that the airline reconsiders and instead decides to add more flights using idle planes and crews.

American said Friday that it will continue to notify customers if their flight is likely to be full, and let them change flights at no extra cost. The airline said it will also let passengers change seats on the plane if there is room and if they stay in the same cabin.

Comment: Spirit, United, and American Airlines aren't the only ones who are done with the quarantine measures:

'More idiotic rubbish': Ryanair trashes UK's 'air bridge' plan, calls for scrapping Covid-19 restrictions
Ryanair, Europe's biggest low-cost airline, has blasted the UK's plan to relax anti-coronavirus measures through establishing so-called air bridges with certain countries, calling quarantine altogether "useless."

The plan will exempt travelers from the mandatory two-week quarantine. A full list of countries is set to be unveiled by the British government next week, and it is expected to include France, Greece and Spain.

While the plan has been designed to help air carriers, hard-hit by the Covid-19 fallout and enduring travel restrictions, the industry has not been very pleased with that limited lifting of anti-coronavirus measures. Ryanair called for scrapping all the restrictions at once instead.

"The UK government's idea of "air bridges" is more idiotic rubbish from a government who can't operate a "form filling" quarantine or a track and trace system either," Ryanair told Bloomberg in a written statement.
Thousands of British families are ignoring this useless quarantine as bookings to Europe from the UK for July and August are flooding into Ryanair.
While the UK was among the last to introduce a mandatory quarantine for air travelers, the move caused a very angry reaction from airlines operating in the country. Early in June, British Airways joined forces with Ryanair and budget airline EasyJet to sue the British government. The air carriers arguing that the restrictions would have a "devastating" effect on the industry and would ultimately result in the decimation of "thousands of jobs."



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Lynching, stoning and burning: The 1919 'Red Summer' race riots that America and Britain want you to forget but which echo today

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© Getty Images/Bettmann
White children cheer outside an African-American residence that they have set on fire.
In 1919, hundreds of people were murdered in race riots across the US and UK. Men, women and children were butchered. So why is it a footnote in history? Because the media and governments don't want you to know how they reacted.

Warning: The following article contains images that may be disturbing to some readers

Comment: The suggestion in the final paragraph above that the struggle for equal rights in the early 20th century is continuing today in the form of the recent BLM protests is, perhaps, an exaggeration. Today, black Americans have achieved equal rights under the law. There are no mobs of white people hunting down blacks. If anything, there is a significant risk that the BLM protests could devolve into black or BLM mobs hunting down white people.


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DDoS attack launched from UK against Russian Election Commission site during national vote


Comment: This is what 'hacking into and attempting to subvert another country's democracy' actually looks like...


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© Sputnik / Kirill Kalinnikov
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Russia's Central Election Commission says that denial of service attacks were launched from the UK and Singapore on a website providing information on constitutional reform as the country conducts a national vote on amendments.

"Since the early morning, we have been detecting DDoS attacks on the website конституция2020.рф [constitution2020.rf]," the commission said on its official Telegram account on Sunday.

Officials did not provide further details on the issue. However, Russian cyber security specialists were apparently able to repel the cyber interference given the website has been accessible throughout the day.

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Catholic priest Father Schumacher among defenders of St Louis statue

Apotheosis of St. Louis statue
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The moon over the Apotheosis of St. Louis statue of King Louis IX of France, namesake of St. Louis, Missouri in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri.
Fr. Stephen Schumacher, a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, was among the defenders of a prominent statue of the city's namesake as protesters called for its removal Saturday.

Umar Lee, an organizer of the protests, said June 27 that the statue "is gonna come down," reported Joel Currier of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "This guy right here represents hate and we're trying to create a city of love. We're trying to create a city where Black lives matter. We're trying to create a city where there is no antisemitism or Islamophobia ... this is not a symbol of our city in 2020."

Fr. Schumacher, whose priestly ordination was in May 2019, addressed a shouting mob, attempting to inform them about St. Louis' life, saying, "St. Louis was a man who willed to use his kingship to do good for his people."

Comment:




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US university requiring both flu and COVID-19 vaccines for students to enter campus

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© Facebook
Those who believe that mandatory vaccines couldn't happen in America should really pay attention now.

Many U.S. health officials and pharmaceutical operatives are claiming that the only way for society to "return to normal" is for every person to receive a vaccination, otherwise it will take 'far longer' for humans to reach collective immunity against COVID-19. While this top-down narrative does not reflect reality, few in the media or politics seem brave enough to challenge it.

While there may be tens of billions being poured into the race for a COVID vaccine, it should be pointed out that all previous attempts at an effective coronavirus vaccine have failed, and that there is a much higher risk it will not be safe by virtue of how fast the industry and governments are moving. History shows us that rushing development will likely lead to catastrophic failure. But the pharmaceutical industry may not care because they will have already received legal immunity from the government which protects them from mass lawsuits if their experimental vaccine happens to injure or kill many people upon deployment.

The legal imperative for any mandatory vaccinations will likely come under the guise of "emergency measures" (see story below). In fact, some leading American legal bodies are now advocating for mandatory COVID vaccines on this basis, despite the fact that over 99% of the population are not at any real risk of complications from the virus.

"Some Americans may push back on the COVID-19 vaccination for religious, philosophical or personal reasons," says the report released on Thursday by the NYSBA, but, it says, "for the sake of public health, mandatory vaccinations for COVID-19 should be required in the United States as soon as it is available."

Comment: You can refuse - you just won't be able to go to school, or travel, or do any number of things people who previously considered themselves free could do.


Coffee

Barista receives over $32,000 in tips for not serving 'Karen' without a face mask

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FILE PHOTO
A barista who declined to serve a woman, who has been nicknamed 'San Diego Karen' because she was not wearing a mask, received praise from Internet users and whopping $32,000 in tips.

Lenin Gutierrez, working as a Starbucks barista in San Diego, gathered praise and $32,000 in tips when the woman, Amber Lynn Gilles, posted about him on Facebook with an aim to criticise him for not serving coffee because she was not wearing a mask.

"Meet Lenin from Starbucks who refused to serve me cause I'm not wearing a mask. Next time I will wait for cops and bring a medical exemption," she posted.

The post backfired. Many Facebook users defended Guiterrez and chided Gilles. It got over 1,00,000 reactions and comments and 50,000 shares.

Comment: This woman was understandably frustrated at the absurdity of not being able to get a cup of coffee without having to follow a rule that she has a medical exemption for. If anything, the people shaming this woman are being a bunch of Karens.


USA

'The Star-Spangled Banned': Activists say change national anthem to John Lennon's 'Imagine' (NWO)

'Imagine'
© NY Post Illustration
Can the broad stripes and bright stars make it through the perilous fight?

Amid a national reckoning over racial tropes in culture, historian Daniel E. Walker, author Kevin Powell and others are calling to "rethink ['The Star-Spangled Banner'] as the national anthem, because this is about the deep-seated legacy of slavery and white supremacy in America," Walker told Yahoo Entertainment.

The song would join a long line of cultural mainstays that are rebranding after the Black Lives Matter protests — foods such as Eskimo Pies and Aunt Jemima syrup among them.

The song was originally a poem written in September 1814, during the Battle of Baltimore, by Francis Scott Key, who owned slaves. The poem was eventually set to music and became the country's official anthem in 1931. President Herbert Hoover authorized the song, sung often at baseball games and graduation ceremonies — notably missing the third verse, which references "the hireling and slave."

Powell argues the song is still problematic — beyond being at the heart of the NFL protests kicked off in 2016 by Colin Kaepernick.

"Scott Key ... was literally born into a wealthy, slave-holding family in Maryland," Powell says. He also brings up Key's unsavory ties to President Andrew Jackson and Roger Taney, a Supreme Court justice who opposed abolition. Why not, argues Powell, replace the tune with John Lennon's "Imagine"?

Comment: 'Oh say can you see' that America is trading history for hysteria. The offending stanza evaporated many years ago and is not part of the anthem's official lyrics.
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