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Signs and portents: Severe storm destroys Ukraine's largest flag

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Ukraine's largest flag seen torn by the wind.
The 16-meter banner was torn in half by strong winds, officials in Kiev have said

A storm in Kiev has torn Ukraine's largest flag in half, city officials reported on Monday. The national symbol was damaged despite being lowered to half-mast in an attempt to protect it from the strong winds.

Officials in the Ukrainian capital announced on Telegram that the damaged section of the banner, which was the country's largest hanging flag, had already been removed from the mast. They promised a new flag would be raised as soon as the weather permits.

Comment: Some see more than just a storm in this incident:
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BBC under fire from Jewish staff - The Times

BBC facility
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The British state broadcaster has barred employees from attending "political" events...

Several Jewish workers at the BBC have slammed the corporation after it prohibited its journalists from joining an upcoming march against antisemitism, the Times has reported, citing producers and other staffers.

Organized by the Campaign Against Antisemitism, the rally is set for Sunday in the UK capital, where thousands are expected to turn out. However, BBC staff "working in news and current affairs" have been denied permission to attend, with higher-ups citing the broadcaster's existing guidelines for events that could be considered political or controversial, according to the Times.

Employees were critical of the decision, with one unnamed worker telling The Times:
"Racism is racism and something we should all abhor - but not when it comes to anti-Jewish racism it seems. If the BBC believes that racism is racism and not acceptable in any shape or form then going on a rally against antisemitism shouldn't be an issue."
While BBC reporters have also been barred from attending pro-Palestine marches, another source described as a "prominent BBC producer" went on to dispute the comparison, arguing:
"Antisemitism is not the same as overtly political support for Palestinians. You can object to Israeli political positions and reactions but fundamentally resurrecting antisemitic tropes and Jew hatred is a completely different matter. You would have thought that antisemitism was pretty straightforward. The world has turned on its head."

Light Sabers

2 ballistic missiles shot at US Navy as it thwarted seizure of Israel-linked cargo ship, 5 assailants captured - UPDATE: Pentagon blames Somali pirates

US destroyer USS Mason
© US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Blake Midnight/Handout via Reuters
US destroyer USS Mason
The US Central Command (CENTCOM) announced at dawn today that two ballistic missiles were launched from areas controlled by the Houthis in Yemen towards a US naval destroyer in the Gulf of Aden.

CENTCOM posted a statement on X saying: "At approximately 0141 on Nov. 27 Sanaa time, two ballistic missiles were fired from Houthi controlled areas in Yemen toward the general location of the USS MASON (DDG 87) and M/V CENTRAL PARK. The missiles landed in the Gulf of Aden approximately ten nautical miles from the ships."

"There was no damage or reported injuries from either vessel during this incident."

The statement also quoted General Michael Erik Kurilla, USCENTCOM commander saying: "Maritime domain security is essential to regional stability. We will continue to work with allies and partners to ensure the safety and security of international shipping lanes."

Comment: In the past few weeks, of the 3-4 Houthi attacks on Israeli-owned vessels, the US has successfully neutralised 1: US Navy 'monitoring' Houthi's seizure of yet another Israeli-linked vessel

UPDATE: November 27th @ 20:06 GMT

Al Jazeera reports that the Pentagon claims that Somali pirates were to blame:
The United States has said that a group of attackers who tried to seize an Israel-linked cargo ship over the weekend were probably Somali pirates rather than Houthi fighters from nearby Yemen.

Speaking on Monday, Pentagon spokesman Brigadier General Patrick Ryder noted that the US has not ruled out a Houthi connection to the attempted hijacking by five armed men over the weekend.

"We're continuing to assess, but initial indications that these five individuals are Somali," said Ryder.

"Clearly a piracy-related incident," he added.

US Navy forces thwarted the capture of the tanker Central Park over the weekend after it was boarded by armed men, who were captured after the US warship Mason arrived on the scene.

The attempted hijacking comes at a time when Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels have carried out a series of raids on ships in the region, and the US said ballistic missiles were fired from Houthi-controlled territory in the direction of US ships shortly after the attack.

The Houthis have consolidated control over large swathes of northern Yemen and emerged as a growing force in the region after a years long war with the country's government and a coalition of forces from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

While fighting in Yemen has become more subdued over the last year, the Houthis have launched several attacks on Israel amid ongoing fighting between Israel and the Palestinian armed group Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Fighting became 'more subdued' after the Houthis began bringing the war closer to home by targeting Saudi Arabia with drones.

Missile and drone attacks launched towards Israel have largely failed, but the group has seized commercial ships in the Red Sea that they say have connections to Israel.

Following one such seizure earlier this month, the US said that it was considering redesignating the Houthis as a "terrorist" organisation.

The Pentagon has said that the ballistic missiles fired over the weekend were launched in the general direction of the US ships, but that they fell into the ocean about 19km (10 nautical miles) away from the vessels and did not result in any injuries.

Yemen's government in Aden placed blame on the Houthis for the attack, but the group did not acknowledge either the missile launch or the attempted vessel seizure.

The Central Park is managed by Zodiac Maritime Ltd, a London-headquartered international ship management firm, owned by Israel's Ofer family.

Bizarro Earth

3 Palestinian students shot on university campus in Vermont, US

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Three Palestinian students aged 20 shot in Vermont, US: What to know

Three young Palestinian men have been shot near a university campus in Vermont in the US weeks after a six-year-old Palestinian-American boy was stabbed to death, raising alarms against rising Islamophobia in the country.

Critics say the media coverage and the political discourse in the US have caused anti-Arab and anti-Islam sentiment to rise amid Israel's war on Gaza which has killed nearly 15,000 Palestinians.

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


More than 2,500 NYPD officers have left the department in 2023

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The exodus combined with recruiting struggles comes as embattled New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced city-wide budget cuts, including a $132 million cut to the NYPD budget.

More cops are leaving the New York City Police Department (NYPD) in 2023, with 2,516 cops having quit the force in 2023 alone, an increase of 43% from the number that left in 2018. The number of cops who are choosing to leave before their 20-year mark - when they would be guaranteed their full pension that can be as high as 50% of their salary - has also increased.

The cops complain that they are overworked and underpaid, and many are leaving for other cities that provide better benefits and a better work-life balance. One recruiter who entices NYPD cops to leave for police forces in Florida told US media that he is busier than he has ever been. "The cops who left can't believe they ever worked there," he said.

The police union says they are working "inhumane" overtime hours, which it blames on recruiting shortages. The union has suggested more flexible hours, allowing officers to work longer shifts but fewer days.

Officers have also complained about anti-cop sentiment that has risen over the years, particularly after Minnesota cop Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd in 2020, which, along with several other high-profile instances of unarmed black people being killed or murdered by police that year led to nationwide protests.

A planned budget cut to the police force, which has not yet gone into effect, is also being blamed.

Comment: Hardly a surprise! NYC is one of the leading cities in trouble as pressure mounts and structure breaks down. Thousands of migrants invading the city without accountability or resources augment the unfolding disaster. With an absentee administration like Biden's, recourse and solutions are literally an ocean away.

Car Black

The green scam: How electric vehicles harm the environment that they're supposed to save

EV car
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Man walks past an EV car • Mumbai, India
In 2032, India will need a billion tonnes of coal, partly to charge EVs in urban areas via power generated by thermal plants...

Five Indian cities, including the capital, New Delhi, consistently rank in the world's top ten worst air-polluted cities. Vehicular emissions are significant contributors; Delhi alone has around four million cars - no wonder the government of India is promoting electric vehicles (EVs) on a large scale. While India's target is a 30% market share of EVs by 2030, the share is currently only 1.1%. Moreover, concerns exist about whether EVs are a green option if pollution is transferred from the cities to the countryside.

Around 27.4 million EVs were running on Indian roads as of July 2023, according to the 'Vahan4' portal of the Ministry of Road, Transport, and Highways. To achieve its goal of net zero by 2070 to cut down greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, India is expanding its EV market. The hope in New Delhi, for example, is that a rise in the number of green-number plate vehicles will herald a day when its air will become breathable again.

However, India's EVs depend on just the 8,738 Public Charging Stations (PCS) that are operational as of June 2023, as per the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Ministry of Power data. The number of PCS needs to increase to a minimum of 1.32 million, states the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on 'Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles,' to support the 30% market share target.

But will EVs really be emission-free?

For an EV to achieve maximum environmental benefit, the electricity used for charging must be generated from green or renewable sources.

Comment: Complexity and shear numbers are the hard reality, given the lengthy time frames and upgrades required to turn mega-populated India into a non-carbon showstopper. There is no proof these theories leading the charge to reform have relevance or benefit. Instead they expose mechanical shortfalls that increase and complicate, not lessen, ongoing problems in a densely-populated, high-consumer country.


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."

Star of David

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: