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Biden's Education Secretary vowed to shut down the largest Christian University in the U.S.

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© Carolyn Kaster/APUS Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona
In remarks this week, U.S. Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona promised to shut down Grand Canyon University (GCU) in Arizona, the largest Christian university in the nation.

According to Fox News, Cardona made the remarks during a House Appropriations Committee hearing this month. In the hearing, Connecticut Democrat Rep. Rosa DeLauro reportedly asked Cardona how the Biden administration is working to shut down GCU, which she described as a "predatory for-profit school."

DeLauro said at the hearing:
"Last year, your Department took action against Grand Canyon University, a predatory for-profit college, over the school's failure to accurately disclose its cost to students, driving up the true cost for those students requiring for them to pay for continuation courses before they would graduate - scam courses added about $10,000 or more to the cost of education to these kids."

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Woke Exeter University threatened student with expulsion after he is overheard saying 'veganism is wrong'

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© Les WilsonRobert Ivinson, who expressed the views in a phone call to a friend, was hauled before university officials and put on a 'behavioural contract' for the rest of his studies
'It was like the Stasi has come to my door':

A philosophy student overheard through the wall of his room saying 'veganism is wrong' and 'gender fluidity is stupid' was threatened with expulsion by his university, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

Robert Ivinson said he was disciplined after a student next door in halls of residence at Exeter University heard the comments then complained he had been offensive and 'transphobic'.

Mr Ivinson, who expressed the views in a phone call to a friend, was hauled before university officials and put on a 'behavioural contract' for the rest of his studies. He was warned he could be expelled if the university thought he had done anything else wrong, and told by letter he had been found guilty of harassment.

Comment: The plague of Woke ideology is still infesting universities around the world:


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New book has detransitioners decrying 'gender-affirming care' as they return to faith, family and foundations

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Author of book The Detransition Diaries makes the case for those who feel wronged — and have returned to faith

As the Bible's decree, "God made them male and female," has become lost, even antagonistic, in a culture in which being transgender is celebrated today, the author of a new book believes the stories of young people who have detransitioned very much need to be told.

Jennifer Lahl is founder and former president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture, based in California. She revealed in an interview that she's fighting against, in her view, the lies perpetrated by segments of the medical profession and political support system that push puberty blockers as "gender-affirming" care.

Her battle takes the form of allowing the voiceless to speak about the true nature of their controversial decisions to have body-altering surgeries.

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Facebook designates Grayzone journalist Kit Klarenberg a 'dangerous individual'

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The notoriously intelligence-friendly social media network appears to have imposed a ban on posting a recent report by Kit Klarenberg, and is automatically restricting users who re-publish his work.

Multiple Facebook users have reported being banned, or having their posts censored, after sharing an investigation by The Grayzone's Kit Klarenberg into CIA and MI6 involvement in the creation of ISIS. Readers who post links to the piece on the social network find themselves frozen out of their accounts, on the apparent grounds that Facebook has classified Klarenberg as a "dangerous individual."

"I just shared this article from @Kit Klarenberg on Facebook and the post was immediately deleted," wrote Ricky Hale, the founder of popular independent left-wing outlet Council Estate Media. In a Substack article published April 5, Hale wrote that "the page was hit with restrictions and I was told I had shared a post from a dangerous individual or organisation."

Hale was only able to regain control of his Facebook page, which boasts over 44,000 fans, by removing administrative privileges from the user who shared it — which happens to be himself.

Comment: See also:


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OMG: Top advisor admits Chief of Staff Jeff Zients is the 'second most powerful person in Washington,' tells Biden what to say

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White House Chief of Staff Jeff Zients • James Okeefe, O'Keefe Media Group
In a recent undercover video released by James O'Keefe's O'Keefe Media Group, Tyler Robinson, Special Advisor to the Administrator of the US Small Business Administration, made startling claims about political influence within the Biden administration.

Robinson referred to former Facebook Board Member and White House Chief of Staff Jeff Zients as the "second most powerful person in Washington," explaining that Zients has a large amount of control over what President Joe Biden does. "Whatever [Zients] says, it's what the President says," Robinson claimed.

When asked if Zients has more power and influence than Vice President Kamala Harris, Robinson confirmed "Yeah."

Comment: One-on-one with Biden is a three-way conversation.


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Iraqi resistance forces hit Israel's Ovda air base and Eilat port in retaliation for its ongoing Gaza genocide

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The Iraqi resistance said it launched an operation against Ovda air base south of the occupied Palestinian territories on Monday.
The Islamic Resistance in Iraq has said it carried out a strike on the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel.

The Iraqi umbrella group of anti-terror groups announced in a statement published on its Telegram channel on Friday.

The Iraqi resistance said it launched an operation against Ovda air base south of the occupied Palestinian territories on Monday.

"In continuation of our path in resisting the occupation, in support of our people in Gaza, and in response to the massacres committed by the usurping entity against Palestinian civilians, including children, women and the elderly, the fighters of the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, on Monday, 15/4/2024, targeted the Zionist entity's 'Ovda' Air Base in our occupied territories with drones," said the statement.

Comment: PressTV also reports:
Iraqi resistance strikes 'vital' Israeli target in Eilat after strike on PMU base

Fighters from the Iraqi anti-terror resistance groups have launched a drone strike against a strategic target in the southernmost part of the 1948 Israeli-occupied territories in response to the attack on a military base housing a coalition of anti-terror Popular Mobilization Units (PMU).

The Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an umbrella group of anti-terror fighters, in a statement published on its Telegram channel, claimed responsibility for the attack on the "vital" site in the port of Eilat, which lies at the northern tip of the Red Sea, on Saturday morning.

It said the drone strike was carried out in continuation of the second phase of the struggle against the occupying Israeli regime, in support of Palestinians in Gaza, and in retaliation for the massacres that the usurping Zionist entity is perpetrating against ordinary people in the besieged territory.

The group noted that the strike also came in reprisal for grave violation of Iraqi sovereignty and in response to the aggression on Hashd al-Sha'abi camps.

Earlier, at least one person was killed and eight others wounded after a military base housing Hashd al-Sha'abi fighters came under an airstrike in Iraq's central province of Babylon.

Lebanon's Arabic-language al-Mayadeen television news channel reported that the "aerial assault" targeted the Calso military base south of Baghdad overnight, and hit the main entrance to the base and an office belonging to Hashd al-Sha'abi.

The report added that the attack was most likely carried out by unmanned aerial vehicles.

An unnamed Iraqi military source stated that three Iraqi military personnel had been wounded in the strike.

In a statement, Hashd al-Sha'abi said an "explosion" had inflicted "material losses" and casualties, without specifying the number of wounded.

The group confirmed that its premises on the military base had been hit and that investigators had been sent to the site.

Responding to questions from AFP, two security sources would not identify who was responsible, or say whether it had been a drone strike.

"The explosion hit equipment, weapons and vehicles," an Interior Ministry official said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Shortly after the explosion, the US military said its forces were not behind the reported strike in Iraq.

"The United States has not conducted air strikes in Iraq today," US Central Command (CENTCOM) posted on social media platform X, adding that reports that American forces had carried out a strike were "not true."

Separately, the US-led military coalition, purportedly formed to fight the Daesh terrorist group, announced in a statement that it did not participate or strike locations in Iraq.

The explosion on the Iraqi military base comes as the Islamic Resistance in Iraq vowed to proceed with its retaliatory operations until Israel stops its genocide in Gaza.

The coalition has been staging many such attacks on Israeli targets since the occupying regime launched a genocidal war on Gaza in early October.

Israel launched its atrocious onslaught against the Gaza Strip, targeting hospitals, residences, and houses of worship since Palestinian resistance movements launched a surprise attack, dubbed Operation al-Aqsa Storm, against the usurping regime on October 7.

More than 1.7 million people have been internally displaced during the war as well.
Israel may have failed in its retaliation against Iran, but its genocide in Gaza continues relatively uninterrupted, as does its massacres of Palestinians elsewhere, in addition to its continued aggression against Hezbollah in Lebanon, and its various airstrikes against sites in Syria, and Iraq. However, as noted above, it is starting to suffer ever more blowback:





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Georgia advances 'foreign agents' bill as 20,000 protest against it

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© Vano SHLAMOV / AFPGeorgia, April 2024. The ruling party suddenly reintroduced the bill earlier this month, after mass protests forced its withdrawal last year.
The Georgian parliament has advanced a controversial "foreign influence" bill through its first reading, as thousands joined a third day of anti-government protests.

The bill, first presented early in 2023 and withdrawn amid fierce public opposition, requires media and civil society groups to register as being under "foreign influence" if they get more than 20 percent of their funding from overseas.

Critics say the bill mirrors a repressive Russian law on "foreign agents" that has been used against independent news media and groups seen as being at odds with the Kremlin and will undermine Tbilisi's aspirations for closer European Union ties and, ultimately, membership.


Comment: Note Russia's FA bill was made in response, and mirrored, a US FA bill.


Comment: Scott Ritter provides insightful analysis on the situation

Dear Georgian people,

For most of the 20th Century you enjoyed peace and prosperity as part of the Soviet Union, where you lived in harmony with your Russian neighbors.

In 1991 you allowed nationalists to lead you down a path of national suicide, prematurely declaring independence from the Soviet Union, and foregoing the normalization of relations with Russia in the false pursuit of western prosperity.

The West ignored you.

In 1991-2 nationalists instigated a Civil War in South Ossetia which tore your nation apart, leading to civil conflict and ethnic cleansing.

Russia intervened as a peacekeeper.

The West ignored you.

In 1992-3 nationalists instigated a Civil War in Abkhazia which led to the loss of that territory, the deaths of tens of thousands, and more than 250,000 Georgians ethnically cleansed.

Russia offered to intervene to save Abkhazia. The Georgian government rebuked the Russian offer.

The West ignored you.

In 1993 nationalists started a Civil War that threatened to tear your nation apart.

Russia offered to intervene to save Georgia.

You accepted the Russian offer.

Georgia was saved.

The West ignored you.

In 2003 the West pushed you to overthrow your government, tempting you with promises of EU and NATO membership.

In 2003 the West had you deploy your troops to Iraq.

In 2004 the West had you deploy your troops to Afghanistan.

The Russians did nothing to you.

In 2008 Russia was engaged in active negotiations with Georgia for the return of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

The West ordered your government to stop negotiations, and instead use your army which the West had helped you build to invade South Ossetia.

You invaded, killing Russian peacekeepers in their sleep.

Russia counterattacked, destroying your army.

Russia stopped short of taking Tbilisi, which was left undefended.

The West did nothing to help you.

In 2014 the West provoked a war with Russia in Ukraine.

The West promised to stand by Ukraine forever.

The West promised Ukraine EU and NATO membership.

In 2022 Russia counterattacked.

Ukraine is being destroyed.

There is no EU membership,

There is no NATO membership.

There is only death and destruction.

In 2024 the West is trying to buy Georgian politicians in an effort to open a second front against Russia.

The West offers EU membership.

The West offers NATO membership.

Russia offers peace and co-prosperity.

Georgia, the choice is yours:

A path of peace and prosperity that leads through Moscow.

Or a path of war and total destruction that leads through Brussels.

Remember: Russia cares for you.

The West is only using you for its larger purposes.

If you choose the Brussels path, you will die.

If you choose the Moscow path, you will thrive.

Choose wisely.
From 2023: 2nd night of mass protests over foreign agent bill in Georgia, US & EU hypocritically warn against 'Kremlin-inspired law'


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Countries most at risk from a global supply chain crisis revealed in new study

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Using firm-level data from the global supply network, researchers from the Complexity Science Hub (CSH) quantified countries' exposure to production losses caused by firm defaults in other countries. According to their findings, wealthy nations are only exposed to supply chain disruptions from other high-income countries, while poor and developing nations are exposed to shocks from all countries.

"Our data comes from Standard & Poor's Capital IQ platform, which contains information on most of the world's largest and most important companies. Around 230,000 companies in 206 countries are represented in this data, which provides a good picture of the global supply chain network," explains CSH scientist Tobias Reisch.

"Data on almost 1 million corporate relationships is included, detailing the flow of goods and services between countries," adds Reisch, one of the lead authors of the study published in Nature Communications.

Simulation of economic shocks

Comment: This comes on the heels of a number of other studies, as well as governmental wargames, forecasting the possible fallout from the looming food shortages and energy supply chain crisis:


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Another one: Second Boeing whistleblower says he faced retaliation for reporting 'shortcuts'

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© Stephen Brashear/Getty ImagesA Boeing 787 Dreamliner accelerates down the runway during its first flight in December, 2009 in Everett, Wash.
Longtime Boeing engineer Sam Salehpour went public this week with alarming claims about two of the company's jets, including the 787 Dreamliner.

In a virtual meeting with reporters, Salehpour said Boeing was so eager to meet its production goals that it took "shortcuts" when it fastened together the carbon-composite fuselage of the 787. That could dramatically shorten the life of the plane, he warned, potentially causing it to break apart in mid-flight.

"I'm doing this not because I want Boeing to fail, but because I want it to succeed, and prevent crashes from happening," Salehpour said. "The truth is, Boeing can't keep going the way it is. It needs to do a little bit better, I think."

Boeing disputes Salehpour's claims, calling them "inaccurate" and saying the company is "fully confident" in the 787.

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14 troops, 4 civilians wounded in Hezbollah drone attack on Israeli northern border town

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© Social media/XThe moment a Hezbollah drone impacts the northern community of Arab al-Aramshe on April 17, 2024.
Fourteen soldiers and four civilians were wounded as an explosive drone fired from Lebanon struck a community center in the northern border town of Arab al-Aramshe on Wednesday, medics and the military said.

The victims were taken to Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya, which said that one was listed in critical condition and four others were seriously wounded. The remaining victims were moderately and lightly hurt, the hospital added.

According to the Israel Defense Forces, 14 of the victims were soldiers, including the five listed in critical and serious condition. The four civilian victims were all lightly hurt.

Hezbollah claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it targeted a building being used by the Israeli military with guided missiles and explosive-laden drones.