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Report: Hamas rocket hit IDF base thought to house nuclear-capable missiles on Oct 7

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© AP Photo/ Hatem Moussa
Rockets are launched by Palestinian terrorists from the Gaza Strip towards Israel, in Gaza, October 7, 2023.
Through analyzing satellite imagery, NY Times finds rocket impact on Sdot Micha Airbase caused fire to spread near facilities where sensitive weapons are believed to be stored.

A rocket launched by the Hamas terror group from the Gaza Strip on October 7 hit a sensitive Israeli Air Force base in central Israel, where some of Israel's nuclear-capable missiles are allegedly located, according to a report by The New York Times.

Citing satellite imagery, the report said that one rocket hit in the vicinity of the Sdot Micha Airbase near Beit Shemesh on the morning of October 7, as Hamas fired thousands of rockets at Israel during its onslaught on the south.

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9/11 redux: Shady stock trades on Israeli companies recorded just before Oct 7 attack

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Some stock traders knew about the Hamas attack on Israel in advance and made millions on the inside.

Some stock traders knew in advance the exact date of the Hamas attack on Israel, which occurred on October 7, and made millions of dollars from the fall in shares of Israeli companies traded locally and on Wall Street five days before the Palestinian militants invaded. This assumption was made by journalist Ido Baum in an article published in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

The conclusion that a number of stock traders in the US and Israel have insider information was made by experts from one of the world's largest open electronic repositories of scientific articles and preprints Social Science Research Network (SSRN) Robert Jackson Jr., Joshua Mitts and colleagues in an article entitled "Trading terror? Financial analysts noted that short selling of Israeli stocks surged in the days leading up to Oct. 7, far exceeding short selling during numerous other periods of crisis in the Middle East.

Our findings show that traders informed of the upcoming attacks benefited from these tragic events - experts say, suggesting that stock market players received information about the date of the attack on Israel directly from Hamas.

Comment: Big assumption. The information could just as easily come from highly-placed Israeli officials. The model:

War Whore

Israel orders Gazans to flee, bombs where it sends them

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© AP Photo/Fatima Shbair
A woman mourns her child and her husband child killed in an Israeli army bombardment of the Gaza Strip, in the hospital in Khan Younis, Tuesday Dec. 5, 2023.
Desperate residents of Khan Younis flee on foot, carrying what they can of their belongings.

On Monday (December 4) Israel ordered people out of swathes of main southern city in the Gaza Strip.

As they left, bombs fell on areas still described as safe.

Comment: War crimes, anyone?

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Arrow Up

China is 'hoarding' world's gold

China Gold
© AP/Kin Cheung
Despite China being the largest producer of gold in the world, its central bank has been at the forefront of a surge in purchases of the precious metal on the international market as it seeks to reduce its reliance on the dollar.

The east Asian nation produced 375 tonnes of gold in 2022, according to figures by the World Gold Council, an industry body, but in the first nine months of 2023, its state bank was responsible for acquiring 181 tonnes out of a total 800 tonnes purchased by central banks worldwide.

Its gold reserves are estimated to be 2,113 tonnes as of July — the fifth largest behind the Federal Reserve's 8,133 — and now comprise 4 percent of its total declared assets.

Comment: There are questions over how much the Fed actually holds.

The Chinese Central Bank has been recorded adding to its stockpile of gold for 11 consecutive months.

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'This is our Munich': Shin bet chief vows to hunt down Hamas abroad

Khaled Meshaal Ismail Haniyeh
Former Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal (L) with his successor Ismail Haniyeh.
'We will do this everywhere, in Gaza, in the West Bank, in Lebanon, in Turkey, in Qatar. It will take a few years but we will be there to do it'

Israel will hunt down Hamas in Lebanon, Turkey and Qatar even if it takes years, the head of Israel's domestic security agency Shin Bet said in a recording aired by Israel's public broadcaster Kan on Sunday.

It was unclear when Shin Bet chief Ronen Bar made the remarks or to whom.

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USS Carney responds to multiple attacks on commercial ships in Red Sea

Navy destroyer Carney
© Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Aaron Lau/Navy
The Navy destroyer Carney fires missiles to counter drone and missile fire by Houthi rebels in Yemen on Oct. 19, 2023, in the Red Sea. The ship fended off several attacks on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2023, officials said.
Commercial ships came under attack Sunday by drones and missiles in the Red Sea and the Navy destroyer Carney shot down multiple air drones during an hours-long assault claimed by Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels, officials said.

The attacks potentially mark a major escalation in a series of maritime attacks in the Mideast linked to the Israel-Hamas war as multiple vessels found themselves in the crosshairs of a single Houthi assault for the first time in the conflict.

"We also have every reason to believe that these attacks, while launched by the Houthis in Yemen, are fully enabled by Iran," U.S. Central Command said in a statement late Sunday afternoon U.S. time. "The United States will consider all appropriate responses in full coordination with its international allies and partners."

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Why are younger voters flocking to the far right in parts of Europe?

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Supporters of the Alternative for Germany party. In several European countries, support for the far right is growing fastest among younger voters, studies show.
Many young people are not xenophobic but their lives are precarious, say experts, amid crises in housing and healthcare

Lunching on a tuna sandwich in the central market of Volendam, a picturesque fishing port north of Amsterdam, Gerald, 24, was lucid about his choice in last week's Dutch election.

"I voted for Wilders, and many of my friends did too," he said. "I don't want to live with my parents forever. I want my own home, and to be able to provide for my family later on. Wilders wants to figure out the housing crisis, and make our healthcare better. Those are the most important topics for me."

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Black Magic

Cosmopolitan magazine shares steps for how to have a 'Satanic Abortion Ceremony'

Baphomet statue
© JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images
The Baphomet statue is seen in the conversion room at the Satanic Temple. The Satanic Temple opened up an abortion clinic in New Mexico.
Cosmopolitan, a popular magazine for young women, shared with readers how they could have a ritualized abortion service via an abortion facility named after Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito's mother.

Cosmopolitan explained on its Instagram page on Nov. 16 about the process of having a Satanic-themed abortion. It specifically addressed a "ceremonial" service provided at the "Samuel Alito's Mom's Satanic Abortion Clinic," named as an insult to Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.

"What's it like to have a Satanic abortion? For Jessica* [a fake name to keep the woman anonymous], a 37-year-old mother of three who received abortion medication via Samuel Alito's Mom's Satanic Clinic, 'the experience was just very supportive,'" Cosmopolitan wrote in an Instagram post. "While she's not a Satanist, Jessica decided to incorporate a few ceremonial elements into her solo abortion experience. 'Why not?' she thought. The overall messaging just clicked with her."

The post shared a series of slides elaborating on the steps of how to have a ritualized abortion ceremony as prescribed by The Satanic Temple. This included steps such as staring at one's reflection before taking an abortion pill and saying, "One's body is inviolable, subject to one's own will alone."

The ritual is later concluded by declaring, "By my body, my blood; by my will, it is done."

Comment: Well, that's creepy as.... hell. See also: Satanic Temple opens abortion clinic where patients undergo 'religious ritual' before pregnancy termination


Somalia receives free wheat from Moscow

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Somalia has taken delivery of 25,000 tons of humanitarian wheat from Russia, according to the East African nation's news agency, SONNA. A cargo ship carrying the aid arrived in the country's port of Mogadishu on Thursday.

Russia's ambassador to Somalia, Mikhail Golovanov, who arrived in Mogadishu on Saturday ahead of the delivery, handed over the free grain to Somalia's minister of maritime transport and ports, Abdullahi Ahmed Jama.

Moscow has committed to assisting Somalia in dealing with a hunger crisis caused by prolonged droughts and recent floods that affected most of the country's governorates, displacing around 250,000 people. The UN food program said last month that an estimated 4.1 million people in the country will face acute hunger by the end of the year.

Last month, Russian Agriculture Minister Dmitry Patrushev announced that two shipments of free grain had left for Burkina Faso and Somalia as part of a pledge made by President Vladimir Putin at the Russia-Africa summit in July.

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Growing number of Ukrainians want peace talks - poll

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© Getty Images / Ozge Elif Kizil; Anadolu
Ukrainians are almost evenly split on how to proceed in the conflict with Russia, local media reported on Sunday, citing a survey conducted in November by the Rating group.

According to the results of the poll, 44% of respondents said it was important to look for compromise in negotiations with Russia and that other countries should be brought into the process.

At the same time, 48% of those polled were opposed to any negotiations with Moscow, and insisted on continuing hostilities until Kiev retakes full control of the territories it has lost.

The results indicated a marked downturn in the number of Ukrainians who support prolonging the fighting with Moscow. In similar polls conducted in July and February, negotiations were backed by just 35% of respondents, while 60% were in favor of prolonging the conflict.