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Tucker Carlson questions Douma 'chemical attack proof' and roots for Russia on air. Off with his head, cry MSM

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson has crossed an MSM Rubicon and questioned the Douma "gas attack" fraud on air, bringing up the OPCW whistleblower. Then he "rooted for Russia" over Ukraine. Was it a "betrayal," or epic truth-trolling?

Carlson boldly went where no mainstream TV host had gone before, unpacking the explosive story of April 2018's Douma "chemical weapons attack." While the "attack" was attributed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad by an altered report from the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons, two whistleblowers within the group accused it of omitting evidence to craft a misleading narrative - a fact that has never crossed the lips of US media until Monday night.

The polarizing Fox host dismantled the official Western media narrative in a seven-minute segment that included an interview with the Guardian correspondent who personally witnessed the second whistleblower present evidence to the agency.

Star of David

Swastika defiles statue of prominent Jewish writer in Kyiv

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The monument to Sholem Aleichem in Kyiv
Vandals have painted large swastikas on a monument of the prominent Jewish author and playwright Sholem Aleichem in Kyiv just days ahead of a summit of regional Jewish leaders in Ukraine.

Worshippers at the Brodskiy Synagogue in central Kyiv found the sculpture in the morning on November 25 vandalized with a large red swastika painted on the body of the monument, which depicts Aleichem standing with a cane in one hand while doffing his hat with the other.

Foreign Minister Vadym Prystayko denounced the act in a tweet as "disgusting, appalling, and in need of prompt investigation. The perpetrator(s) must be brought to justice," he said.

The National Police of Ukraine said in a statement that a probe has been launched into what they called "hooliganism."

Sholem Aleichem, born as Solomon Naumoych Rabynovych in Ukraine in 1859, wrote his works in Yiddish. His most known and popular book was a series of short stories about Tevye the Dairyman, a pious Jewish milkman living in Tsarist Russia, upon which the musical Fiddler on the Roof was based.

Gold Seal

The lies about Assange must stop now

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Newspapers and other media in the United States, Britain and Australia have recently declared a passion for freedom of speech, especially their right to publish freely. They are worried by the "Assange effect".

It is as if the struggle of truth-tellers like Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning is now a warning to them: that the thugs who dragged Assange out of the Ecuadorian embassy in April may one day come for them.

A common refrain was echoed by the Guardian last week. The extradition of Assange, said the paper, "is not a question of how wise Mr. Assange is, still less how likable. It's not about his character, nor his judgement. It's a matter of press freedom and the public's right to know."

What the Guardian is trying to do is separate Assange from his landmark achievements, which have both profited the Guardian and exposed its own vulnerability, along with its propensity to suck up to rapacious power and smear those who reveal its double standards.

Arrow Up

China increases rare earth output to record highs, ensures dominance in trade war with US

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Rare earth mining convoy
The world's top producer of rare earths - China - has raised its annual mining quota to a record high of 132 thousand tons, the Global Times reported citing statistics from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

Rare earth metals are used in many devices that people use every day, such as computers, DVDs, rechargeable batteries, cell phones, catalytic converters, magnets, and fluorescent lighting.

Chinese data shows a 10 percent increase in rare earth production compared to last year's level.

China controls at least 85 percent of the world's rare-earth processing capacity. For a long time, the US relied on China for about 80 percent of its rare earths. The escalating trade conflict between the nations has raised concerns about the measures each side could use in their fight, including Beijing's option to restrict exports of rare earths. The measure is considered one of Beijing's nuclear options in its battle with Washington.

NPC

The bias of bias-reducing methods - bias training, bias reporting, and bias warnings do more harm than good

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Recent attempts to address bias and stereotypes - including bias training in the workplace, bias reporting hotlines on campuses, and warnings about bias and racism in movies - are not only ineffective, they make matters worse.

Bias training creates workplace tensions where they didn't exist, while also reducing employment opportunities for those it aims to protect. The encouragement of bias reporting on college campuses restricts free speech, encourages hoaxes, and "institutionalizes surveillance." Movie warnings posted by entertainment companies condescend to their viewers, treating them like bigots and racists foaming at the mouth at the prospect of seeing outdated depictions of racial and other stereotypes.

Bias Training

With revenues of approximately of $8 billion per year, the bias training industry is big business. Nevertheless, the enterprise has been considered highly ineffective, even dangerous.

The notion of implicit bias gained currency with the introduction of the Implicit Association Test that supposedly measures the prevalence of "implicit bias." But the test has failed to predict racist or other bigoted behavior. Its predictive failure has led scholars to doubt whether implicit bias can even be measured, let alone be correlated with behavior.

It is little wonder, then, that workplace bias training has produced such miserable results. Bias training has not only exacerbated workplace tensions, it has even reduced the employment opportunities of those it sought to protect. "That's right," remarks Time columnist Joanne Lipman, drawing on studies by Harvard organizational sociology professor Frank Dobbin and others; "companies that introduced diversity training would actually employ more women and black men today if they had never had diversity training at all."

Stock Down

US Fed is a 'mortician pumping formaldehyde' into economy - RT's Keiser Report

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International rating agency Moody's has issued a debt downgrade warning to the entire world due to deepening global geopolitical uncertainty and risks.

RT's Keiser Report discusses the issue, noting that despite the rising turmoil the US Federal Reserve continues with its money-printing.

"Certainly, we do have a zombie economy thanks to the never-ending parade of free money from the Fed and the growing pile of debt," says Stacy Herbert. She recalls the words of Fed Chair Jerome Powell, who said recently "the debt is growing faster than the economy."

Red Flag

Ex-lapdancer claims Prince Andrew 'motorboated blowing raspberry' on her breasts at Epstein's

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© AFP 2019 / David Parker
Prince Andrew, who has now ended up in the public's and US prosecutors' crosshairs, is alleged to have frequented paedophile Jeffrey Epstein's house. An accuser has come forward in the case, alleging he had sex with her while she was underage, something that the Duke of York has "categorically" denied.

A former lap dancer has made jaw-dropping claims that further add to Prince Andrew's struggles, saying he once "blew a raspberry" on her breasts at one of convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein's infamous parties in his £77-million New York mansion.

Speaking to the Sunday Mirror, the woman, who hasn't given her name, said she was paid by Epstein to hire girls that would meet Andrew's, as well as other guests' preferences and be curvy, "like his ex-wife Fergie".
"The Duke seemed in good spirits and was out to enjoy himself. I always thought, Andrew liked my breasts. When he started to say hello he looked at them first rather than me", the woman recalled expanding on the raspberry episode:
"He leant forward and put his face on them and blew a raspberry. I was shocked, but I laughed, thinking 'Wow what was that?'"

Magnify

US far-right blogger's South China Sea 'explosion' claims dismissed as 'fake news'

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© Roy Issa
All calm in the South China Sea, with claims by a far-right American website of an explosion involving a US submarine dismissed
A United States defence official has rebuffed online reports by a far-right American radio host and blogger of an explosion involving a US submarine in the South China Sea.

"We have seen no indication that the reports were credible," the official told the South China Morning Post in response to claims by the Hal Turner Radio Show - a far-right American political site which has previously been accused of spreading fake news and conspiracy theories - that oceanographic instruments monitoring the South China Sea had registered a significant undersea explosion.

Quoting unnamed military sources, the Turner website also said there were significant radiation readings around the area of the alleged explosion, and even posted questions on whether China had detonated a nuclear device to warn Washington following the passage of legislation in support of the ongoing anti-government protests in Hong Kong.

Brick Wall

'A day of rage': Palestinians to protest US decision on illegal Israeli settlements

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© AFP 2019 / ABBAS MOMANI
Palestinians across the West Bank and Gaza Strip will gather Tuesday to protest the US' recent announcement that it will no longer consider Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as violating international law, a Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) official announced Monday.

Last week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared that "the establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not per se inconsistent with international law." The declaration was met with censure from the international community. Both the United Nations and the EU consider Israeli settlements on Palestinian land a blatant violation of international law.


According to UN Security Council resolution 2334, "Israel's establishment of settlements in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, had no legal validity, constituting a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the vision of two States living side-by-side in peace and security, within internationally recognized borders."

Comment: Imagine having your land, your livelihood and the lives of the people you know and love taken away from you - piece by piece by horrible piece.

What would you do?

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Heart

'Treat him like any Australian citizen or journalist': Pamela Anderson pleads for Julian Assange with PM Scott Morrison

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© Reuters / Henry Nicholls
A man walks past an artwork depicting WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange on a building near Westminster Magistrates Court
Actress Pamela Anderson has called on to Australia's prime minister to pick up the phone and appeal to US President Donald Trump to free Julian Assange, warning it his extradition would set a precedent harmful to all journalists.

The Australian national, founder of whistleblower website WikiLeaks, is looking at up to 175 years in prison under the Espionage Act if he is sent over to the US. He is currently in a UK jail as doctors and supporters are sounding alarm over his health - damaged by prison conditions, solitary confinement, and years of being locked inside the Ecuadorean embassy, where he had asylum.

Anderson characterized as "psychological torture" the way Assange was extracted from the embassy and put in maximum security prison, in a personal plea to PM Scott Morrison to "save an Australian hero" from the horrifying prospect of extradition to the US.

The Sydney Morning Herald obtained a transcript of Andersons' speech that she was to deliver in the Australian Parliament House, but was unable to due to scheduling conflicts.