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BBC accused of bias by own reporters - Al Jazeera

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Protests outside BBC Scotland in a demonstration of solidarity with the Palestinian People
October 14, 2023
BBC journalists have accused the British state broadcaster of biased coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and hostilities in Gaza, Qatari state network Al Jazeera reported on Thursday.

In a 2,300-word letter cited by the Doha-based outlet, eight UK-based journalists working for the BBC accused their employer of failing to accurately report the story due to "lack of critical engagement with Israel's claims" about the conflict.

They complained that terms like "massacre" and "atrocity" were used only to describe the crimes of the Palestinian militant group Hamas. The BBC painted Hamas as "the only instigator and perpetrator of violence in the region," which is "inaccurate," it said.

Israeli and Palestinian victims were not treated equally by the BBC either, the letter claimed, stressing that "humanizing coverage of Palestinian civilians has been lacking" on its platforms.
"It is largely in the last few weeks - as civilian deaths have exponentially increased and Western countries' appetite for Israel's attacks has waned - that the BBC has made more effort to humanise Palestinian civilians.

"For many, this feels too little too late, and shows that the positions taken by governments in the UK and US have undue influence on coverage. The BBC didn't provide context on the background of the current crisis, including 75 years of occupation, the Nakba*, or the asymmetric death toll across decades."

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Israeli doctors: Hostages freed by Hamas in 'good condition'

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An International Red Cross vehicle reportedly carrying hostages released by Hamas crosses the Rafah border point in the Gaza Strip towards Egypt on November 24, 2023.
The militant group has released 24 people, both Israelis and foreign nationals, in exchange for 39 Palestinian prisoners

Israeli citizens handed over by Hamas on Friday appear to be in good health, local medics have reported. The Palestinian militant group also released ten Thai nationals and one Filipino, while Israel let 39 Palestinian prisoners go.

The swap was part of a deal reached earlier this week, under which 50 Israeli women and children were due to be exchanged for 150 Palestinian inmates. The Israeli military has also temporarily halted its operation against militants in Gaza, with the truce expected to last four days.

Comment: And yet the Zionist complain and cry fake news. One gets his comeuppance:

Meanwhile, those Palestinians welcoming home family who may have been held for decades are forbidden to show any public joy, on pain of fines and possible re-arrest:

Bizarro Earth

France: Protests & riots erupt after murder at village party by gang of youths, locals report 'anti-white' slurs during knife attack

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Around 2,000 people attended the funeral of Thomas, a teenager who was stabbed to death at a dance party in southeastern France.
Highlights: Riots broke out in the city of Romans-sur-Isère after the death of a man. 20 people have been detained, three have been injured, according to the radio station France Bleu. In October, French President Macron said there were security problems throughout France. The protesters were allegedly demanding justice for the deceased man, who was killed in a knife attack on the night of November 19. The incident occurred in the area known as the Monet quarter of the city, which is located in the south of France.

In the south of France, riots broke out in the city of Romans-sur-Isère after the death of a teenager as a result of a stabbing during the holiday, so far law enforcement officers have detained 20 people.

Comment: Footage of the rioting:

Channel News Asia reports:
Six people have been remanded in custody over the killing of a French teenager whose death at a village dance party sparked political controversy in France, prosecutors said on Sunday (Nov 26).

Last weekend a 16-year-old pupil, identified only as Thomas, was stabbed when a group of outsiders descended on a festive crowd gathered in Crepol, in the southeastern region of Drome, for a dance party in the village hall.

He died on his way to hospital. Eight others were injured.

On Tuesday, nine suspects including three minors were detained in connection with the teenager's murder.

Three are minors, the others are aged between 19 and 22.

After 96 hours in police custody, the suspects were transferred to the Valence courthouse on Saturday.

The public prosecutor's office had requested the opening of an investigation into charges including attempted murder and "murder in an organised gang."

Nine people have been placed under investigation "in accordance with the request of the public prosecutor", prosecutor Laurent de Caigny said in a statement, without providing further details.

"Six people, including two minors, were remanded in custody," he added. "Three people, including one minor, were placed under judicial supervision."

On Saturday, the prosecutor said that the motive and the details of the crime had not yet been established in full.

According to the preliminary investigation, an altercation that began inside the dance hall, possibly linked to a remark about the hairstyle of one of the suspects, continued outside. More young people arrived in one or two cars.

What were these armed 'outsiders' doing descending on a village party at 2am?

Nine witnesses reported hearing remarks aimed against "white people", said the public prosecutor.

However, de Caigny said that the investigation cannot at this stage state with certainty that the victims have been targeted on the basis of their race, ethnicity, or religion.

Most of the suspects admit to having been in Crepol, but deny having stabbed anyone.

On Wednesday, more than 6,000 people marched in the southeastern town of Romans-sur-Isere in memory of Thomas.

Around 2,000 people attended the teenager's funeral in the village of Saint-Donat-sur-l'Herbasse on Friday.

Even before the arrests, far-right politicians had been quick to blame the attack on youths from immigrant backgrounds from public housing.

"Now anti-white racism is hitting our countryside," Marion Marechal, the leading candidate for the far-right Reconquete! party of ex-presidential hopeful Eric Zemmour in next year's European elections, has claimed on X, formerly Twitter.
This occurs alongside a similar sequence of events over in Ireland: Riot breaks out in Dublin, Ireland, after Algerian migrant stabs group of children outside school

Bizarro Earth

650,000 conscription-aged men left Ukraine for Europe since February 2022 - BBC

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Approximately 650,000 Ukrainian men aged 18-60 have left Ukraine for Europe since the start of Russia's illegal invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, BBC Ukraine reported on Nov. 24.

Citing data provided by Eurostat, the official statistical record-keeping agency of the EU, the report notes over half a million male refugees are currently residing in the 27 EU member states, as well as Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and Norway, many of whom are undocumented.

In Germany, it is estimated that 100,000 unregistered individuals are residing in the country, while in Austria at least 14,000 Ukrainian men arrived using forged documents or the services of smugglers.

Comment: Russia is estimated to have taken in at least 2 million people.

Under martial law, Ukrainian men between the ages of 18-60, with some exceptions, are not allowed to leave the country because they could be called up for military service.

Comment: And so it's possible that the number that managed to escape is even higher that that, because these are the Kiev-junta's numbers. Furthermore, these are the men that successfully left either through bribes or other means of escape, but the number that wanted to leave was likely much, much higher.

And, tellingly, it wasn't just the general public, because over half of Ukrainian diplomats that left the country for official business simply never returned.

Comment: The Voice of Ukraine reports:
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees previously reported that since the start of the full-scale war, approximately 6.3 million people have fled Ukraine. BBC Ukraine, referring to an analysis of Eurostat information, writes that according to open-source data, 4.2 million Ukrainians have received temporary protections in the EU, with 18.3% (768,000) being men aged 18 to 64. BBC Ukraine reports Exxpress obtained data on men aged 18 to 60.

Previously, the BBC reported, citing data from Poland, Romania, Moldova, Hungary, and Slovakia, that between February 2022 and August 31, 2023, 19,740 men had illegally crossed the Ukrainian border.
Evidently a huge number of men do not feel that the Ukraine the Kiev-junta is overseeing is worth risking their life for. This is reasonable, because the Ukraine that they were living under for a decade and more, prior to the Western fomented escalation, was considered to be the most corrupt country in Europe, and the nefarious goings on in the country have gotten unfathomably worse since:


Another Epstein victim sues Ghislaine Maxwell

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Elizabeth Stein (L) leaves the courtroom with fellow Epstein accuser Sarah Ransome after Ghislaine Maxwell's sentencing
A self-described victim of Jeffrey Epstein's sex trafficking operation sued Epstein's estate and his partner-in-crime, convicted child sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell, on Wednesday in the Supreme Court of New York.

Elizabeth Stein, who first came forward in 2021, alleged years of abuse, stalking and manipulation by the pair that culminated in suicide attempts, multiple hospitalizations and a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Stein became part of what the suit describes as Epstein and Maxwell's "decades-long organized scheme to procure young females for their own sexual pleasure and that of their friends and acquaintances, many of them high government officials and corporate titans" between 1994 and 1997, according to the filing.


'Alive with rats': north Queensland town of Karumba overrun by plague of swimming rodents

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Thousands of rats washed up on the Karumba foreshore.
The north Queensland town of Karumba is home to saltwater crocs, brolgas and black swans and, more recently, hundreds of swimming rats.

A sea of rodents has been washing up dead on the beach in recent days, with others scurrying across the boat ramps into garden sheds and homes.

Yvonne Tunney is one of about 500 residents who lives in the small coastal town. The Gulf suburb is a fisherman's paradise known for its barramundi spoils, prawning and crabbing but recently it has become more famous for its rodent problem.

Comment: See also:

Quenelle - Golden

Russia's economy growing three times faster than Eurozone - Guardian

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GDP is forecast to expand 1.5% in 2024 against the euro area's 0.5%
Western sanctions have so far failed to halt Russia's economic growth, which is now projected to outpace that of the Eurozone, the Guardian reported on Thursday, citing investment firm Amundi.

According to the company's forecast, Russia's gross domestic product (GDP) will grow by 1.5% in 2024. In contrast, the Eurozone economy is set to expand by mere 0.5% next year, according to Amundi, Europe's largest fund manager in terms of assets.

"It means that the United States, Europe, Japan, Australia - the major developed countries - are unable to sanction a country effectively... We can deplore it, but it's a reality," Amundi CIO Vincent Mortier said at a news conference in Paris.

Comment: It's perhaps no surprise that, as the West faces total defeat with its proxy-war in Ukraine; with Winter coming amidst yet another burgeoning energy crisis; and considering the ominous economic and political situation, that the West is shamelessly and wholeheartedly backing Israel's genocide in Gaza, and their overall destabilisation campaign in the Middle East:


OpenAI researchers warned board of AI breakthrough ahead of CEO ouster

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OpenAI's reconstituted Board of Directors after Sam Altman's return
Ahead of OpenAI CEO Sam Altman's four days in exile, several staff researchers wrote a letter to the board of directors warning of a powerful artificial intelligence discovery that they said could threaten humanity, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The previously unreported letter and AI algorithm were key developments before the board's ouster of Altman, the poster child of generative AI, the two sources said. Prior to his triumphant return late Tuesday, more than 700 employees had threatened to quit and join backer Microsoft in solidarity with their fired leader.

The sources cited the letter as one factor among a longer list of grievances by the board leading to Altman's firing, among which were concerns over commercializing advances before understanding the consequences. Reuters was unable to review a copy of the letter. The staff who wrote the letter did not respond to requests for comment.


Oil Well

Shell faces trial over Nigeria oil spills

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Crude oil spilling in Nigeria
More than 13,000 people in the West African nation can bring claims against the company, a UK court has ruled...

British energy multinational Shell can be sued by thousands of Nigerians for oil spills, the High Court in London has ruled.

Earlier this year, more than 13,000 farmers and fishers from the Ogale and Bille communities in Nigeria filed claims against the oil major, seeking compensation for infringing their right to a clean environment under the Nigerian constitution.

Law firm Leigh Day, representing the plaintiffs, said on Thursday:
"If the case succeeds at trial, it will be the first time in legal history that a UK multinational will have been found to have breached a communities' right to a clean environment. Importantly, such claims have no limitation period, meaning Shell would not be able to evade liability on the grounds the communities did not bring their claims within a narrow time frame."
The court ruling was made public on Wednesday, in a case that has been ongoing for eight years.

Comment: Angola and Nigerian requests to up oil production denied:
Two African members of the OPEC+ group of oil-producing countries, Angola and Nigeria, have defied the organization's plans to cut output and demanded that their production quotas be raised.

An ensuing dispute forced OPEC+ member states to postpone a scheduled meeting at which they were expected to discuss further output cuts, a development that sent oil prices sliding. Both benchmarks, WTI and Brent, dropped dramatically on Wednesday after the meeting was delayed. As of Friday, WTI was trading at around $76.8 per barrel and Brent at roughly $81.8 per barrel.

Angola and Nigeria are each aiming for higher oil outputs, with Angola's OPEC+ governor Estevao Pedro saying that his country was "fighting" to increase production.

In recent years, the two countries were failing to meet their quotas and at OPEC+'s last meeting, in June, they were given lower production targets as part of the bloc's broad deal to limit supply into 2024.

However, the African countries now reportedly want to have their production quotas raised from those agreed levels. According to Angola's OPEC+ representative, investment was now "being made" to enable the country to raise its oil output.

The OPEC+ meeting about next year's production policy will now take place next Thursday. Several analysts polled by the news agency have predicted that the group will most likely extend or even deepen oil-supply cuts into next year.

OPEC+ members, including major producers Saudi Arabia and Russia, have pledged to cut their oil output, in a series of steps that started in late 2022. This was done in order to stabilize the global oil market, which had a volatile year due to sanctions against major oil producer Russia, and to support crude prices.


'Become other than white' - Ireland and radical Jewish activism

"Five Jews came from over sea with gifts to Tairdelbach [King of Munster], and they were sent back again over sea."

Annals of Inisfallen, 1079 A.D.

"I propose an interrogation of how the Irish nation can become other than white (Christian and settled), by privileging the voices of the racialised, and subverting state immigration, but also integration, policies."

Ronit Lentin (Israeli academic), From racial state to racist state: Ireland on the eve of the citizenship referendum, 2007.
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Tairdelbach of Munster (Turlough O'Brien 1009-86), who was, by 1079, effectively the High King of Ireland, probably holds the world record for the fastest expulsion of Jews. He dominated the Irish political scene, had crushed the Viking leadership of Dublin, and possessed "the standard of the King of the Saxons." His son had even commenced raids into Wales and the British coast. Unfortunately, we can only surmise the nuances of the 70-year-old warlord's reaction to the sudden arrival of a handful of gift-bearing Jews, because the Annals of Inisfallen are thin on detail.

The delegation almost certainly originated in Normandy, where Jews thrived under a symbiotic financial relationship with William the Conqueror. William, of course, had introduced Jews to Anglo-Saxon England thirteen years before the approach to Tairdelbach, leaving open the possibility they could have travelled directly to Ireland from one of these new Jewish enclaves in England. In any event, it is almost certain that they arrived seeking permission to settle in Ireland's urban centers, forge a relationship with the Irish elite (Tairdelbach himself), and engage in exploitative moneylending among the lower social orders. This was a pattern that had hitherto been witnessed throughout Europe.

And yet Tairdelbach's reaction was to reject the gifts and immediately expel the Jews. They would not be able to form a community in Ireland for several centuries.