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Palestinian family faces eviction because their property used to belong to Jewish owners 140 years ago

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Suad Abu Rmouz holding a written summons by Israeli forces. December 28, 2018.
To them, our house is number 65 and we just don't exist. But we're not numbers, we're real people, with real history. I can name back to five of my ancestors in Silwan. The so-called custodian can't name even one".

For two weeks now, the Abu Rumouz family of the Palestinian town of Silwan in east Jerusalem, have been living with a new anguish. They could be evicted from their home at any moment. Earlier in January, the family learned about a 2016 Israeli court order of eviction from their house in Batan Al Hawa neighborhood in Silwan. The family discovered the court order by accident, when one of its members, 39-year-old Nizam Abu Rumouz went to the Israeli court to check some legal paperwork. He then received the order letter, issued 5 years ago.

According to the court, the property upon which the Abu Rumouz family's house stands today, used to belong to Yemenite Jews in 1881, reason for which, according to the Israel law, any Jew, with an acceptance of the descendants of the former Jewish owners, can claim the property at any time. The claimer in this case is the Ateret Cohanim organization. An Israeli settler organization, dedicated to conquer Palestinian neighborhoods of east Jerusalem, one house at the time, using Israeli law.



FBI whines that social media's deplatforming of 'extremists' makes it harder to spy on Americans

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Protesters on Capitol Hill
Law enforcement is complaining about social media platforms' full-frontal assault on American political dissidents' freedom of speech, crying that removing so-called 'extremists' from the internet makes it harder to spy on them.

A former FBI profiler recently took to NBC to complain that while Big Tech restricting Americans' ability to freely communicate was all well and good, it was making it harder for the US intelligence apparatus to properly snoop on every aspect of these people's lives.

FBI alum Clint Van Zandt complained that a 70-year-old man involved in the raid on the Capitol earlier this month was totally unknown to the bureau, showing up with a truck full of Molotov cocktails, a rifle, and some "improvised grenades" unheralded by any sort of presence on social media.

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Feds ask travel companies (hotels, car rentals, bus companies) to ID suspected Capitol rioters

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The War on Terror has officially crossed the line by using the Capitol riot to destroy what little is left of our civil liberties.

Bloomberg News reported that the House Oversight Committee has asked travel companies to help law enforcement ID suspected Capitol rioters.
"The committee sent letters to hotel chains, bus lines, car rental companies and online travel agents, asking them to retain all records regarding reservations and services for the entire month of January for potential use, if necessary, in future law enforcement or Congressional investigations."
When the Feds openly ask travel companies to help them ID suspected rioters EVERYONE'S privacy is at risk.

As Forbes noted, the Feds sent letters to more than two dozen travel companies, including nine bus companies.

Comment: Don't miss: The New Domestic War on Terror is Coming


Antifa agitators smash windows of Portland Democratic Party headquarters, attack police officer, and flip over car

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Leftist agitators rioted in the streets of Portland Wednesday night, smashing windows at the Democratic Party headquarters.

Hundreds of people associated with the leftist organization antifa gathered around 2 p.m. Wednesday, two hours after President Biden's inauguration ceremony, and marched to the Democratic Party headquarters and began smashing windows, according to KOIN 6 News.

"To those gathered near the Democratic Party of Oregon Portland Headquarters: Members of this group have been observed damaging the building," the Portland Police Bureau tweeted. "Anyone who is involved in criminal behavior including: vandalism and graffittiing is subject to arrest or citation."

Comment: More carnage in Portland and Seattle; from RT:
Left-wing rioters have gathered in Seattle and Portland to burn flags, break windows, and destroy property just hours after Democrat President Joe Biden was inaugurated. Their right-wing counterparts, however, were absent.

Groups of black-clad Antifa rioters took to the streets in Portland and Seattle, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake as they protested against the inauguration of President Joe Biden along with their usual targets, law enforcement and racism.

In Seattle, demonstrators set multiple American flags on fire as they blocked traffic and defaced property on Wednesday night.

Photos posted by the Seattle Police Department and others on the ground showed extensive graffiti and broken glass at several locations.

At least two of the rioters were arrested for property damage and assault.

Meanwhile, over 100 rioters descended on Portland, wreaking havoc and destroying property just a few hours after Biden's inauguration ceremony. The so-called "J20 Protest" was advertised as an anti-Biden, anti-police event also aimed at supporting indigenous people's rights, according to local ABC affiliate KATU.

The group targeted the Democratic Party of Oregon building for special destruction, breaking windows, spray painting graffiti (including "anarchy" symbols and a "F**k Biden"), and overturning dumpsters. Some held signs with slogans including "We are ungovernable," "A new world from the ashes," and "We don't want Biden - we want revenge."

Portland police told local media they arrested eight people on charges including rioting, reckless burning, possession of a destructive device, and criminal mischief. There were at least two other post-inauguration protests scheduled for Wednesday.

Despite widespread hype about Trump supporters plotting to overtake state capitals on Wednesday, however, law enforcement agencies detailed to the Oregon Capitol building reportedly encountered more journalists than angry conservatives.


Amazon offers to help Biden administration with vaccine effort after sitting on the sidelines for a month

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Amazon offered to help the Biden administration on Wednesday, shortly after President Joe Biden was sworn into office, with efforts to distribute the coronavirus vaccine, a proposal that the tech giant had not submitted to the Trump administration in the month since the vaccine was approved for public use.

"As you begin your work leading the country out of COVID-19 crisis, Amazon stands ready to assist you in reaching your goal of vaccinating 100 million Americans in the first 100 days of your administration," Dave Clark, Amazon's senior vice president of world-wide operations, wrote in a letter to Biden, according to Axios.

"We are prepared to leverage our operations, information technology, and communications capabilities and expertise to assist your administration's vaccination efforts. Our scale allows us to make a meaningful impact immediately in the fight against COVID-19, and we stand ready to assist you in this effort," said Clark.

Comment: More from RT:
'Where were you a month ago?' With Trump gone, Amazon greets Biden with offer to help speed up distribution of Covid-19 vaccines
21 Jan, 2021 00:45


While many Americans cheered the offer, knowing Amazon's prowess as a global leader in distribution, the timing struck some as agonizing after watching US Covid-19 deaths spike above 4,000 a day earlier this month. The nation's accumulated death toll from the virus topped 400,000 on Tuesday.

Trump and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos have feuded since at least 2015, and Amazon political donors favor Democrats over Republicans by a wide margin. Just as US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi admittedly stalled Covid-19 relief legislation to avoid letting Trump look good - and just as Pfizer was accused of delaying news of its positive vaccine trial results until after Trump lost the November 3 election - Amazon may have had political reasons for timing its offer to Biden's inauguration, social media users suggested.

Author and comedian Tim Young said Amazon was silent for weeks after US vaccinations began in mid-December, "because 'Orange Man bad' was more important than caring for fellow Americans."

A Twitter user known as RBPundit alleged that Amazon worked with the Trump administration task force on vaccine distribution to sort out the details of its plans to help, then waited for Biden's inauguration to announce its offer.

In its letter to Biden, the online retailer reiterated a request to move its 800,000 US employees up the priority list as early vaccine recipients and said it has made arrangements with a healthcare provider to administer inoculation shots to those workers on-site, at all of its facilities. "We are committed to assisting your administration's vaccination efforts as we work together to protect our employees and continue to provide essential services during the pandemic," Clark said.

While campaigning, Biden warned of a "dark winter" with a horrific rate of Covid-19 deaths, which he blamed on Trump. With Biden now installed as president, Amazon's offer to accelerate the vaccine rollout may be just part of a change in political tone around the virus.

"All of a sudden, Amazon offers their facilities for the vaccine," podcast host Brian Craig tweeted. "You will see Covid-19 disappear almost overnight. Just watch."


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Food strangeness happening around the world

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Record demand from China for corn and wheat, Argentina suspends all wheat exports after stopping all corn exports a month ago. Russia begins a 50 Euro tax per ton on wheat exports as Tyson foods fines $221 million for chicken price fixing. Fish farm theft in Australia with the EU unable to find any soft wheat to export, crop losses becoming more visible.

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Covid lockdowns leave one third of US small businesses (& almost HALF minority-owned businesses) unable to pay rent

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A third of American small business owners were unable to pay rent this month, a recent survey has found. Women and minority-owned businesses were hit particularly hard, and more sectors than ever are coming up short.

Fully one third of American small business owners were unable to pay rent for January, according to the survey published on Wednesday by Alignable showing the devastating economic impact of Covid-19 pandemic shutdowns has yet to be fully realized.

The financial strife wasn't evenly distributed - almost half of minority small business owners were unable to pay, and 35 percent of women small business owners couldn't make ends meet.

Worst hit among the 10 sectors tracked by the survey were restaurants and bars - a whopping 57 percent of which failed to make rent for January. Yoga studios, retail stores, massage and beauty salons, and gyms were among the other markets most severely hit. The economic fallout has broadened significantly since November, when only beauty salons, restaurants and bars had a rent delinquency rate of over 40 percent.

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Judge says Amazon won't have to restore Parler web service

Amazon won't be forced to immediately restore web service to Parler after a federal judge ruled Thursday against a plea to reinstate the fast-growing social media app, which is favored by followers of former President Donald Trump.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein in Seattle said she wasn't dismissing Parler's "substantive underlying claims" against Amazon, but said it had fallen short in demonstrating the need for an injunction forcing it back online.

Amazon kicked Parler off its web-hosting service on Jan. 11. In court filings, it said the suspension was a "last resort" to block Parler from harboring violent plans to disrupt the presidential transition.

The Seattle tech giant said Parler had shown an "unwillingness and inability" to remove a slew of dangerous posts that called for the rape, torture and assassination of politicians, tech executives and many others.

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UK says Big Tech is "manipulating lives" launches investigation into its algorithms

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Yet another probe into Big Tech's suspected foul practices that might be harming users and consumers has been initiated - this time in the UK, by the country's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

The investigation is rather narrowly focused on the way algorithms employed by Google, Facebook and Amazon work, and the way they may influence - or, as the announcement put it, "potentially manipulate" - the way people shop, work, live, and even think, in terms of current events.

The controversy is old news to those who've been paying attention to it - for example, it's been a good while since anybody's seen organically ranked, instead of algorithmically sorted and personally-targeted search results in Google. But it's now coming to the fore in a series of regulatory initiatives in different countries, likely spooked by the sheer amount of unaccountable power these giants obviously wield even in their country of origin.

The UK investigation will look into different ways these companies potentially manipulate the lives of UK residents: Google and Facebook, for instance, are suspected of rigging their feeds in a way that determines what news their users see.

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Biden inauguration draws dystopian fiction comparisons: Lady Gaga outfit gives off 'Hunger Games' vibe

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(L) A replica Mockingjay pin; (R) Lady Gaga sings the national anthem during the inauguration of Joe Biden in Washington, DC, January 20, 2021.
President Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony has triggered countless comparisons to 'The Hunger Games,' as viewers found eerie parallels to the sci-fi flick, whose dystopian themes are a far cry from the new POTUS' "unity" message.

While pop star Lady Gaga helped to kick off Biden's swearing-in on Wednesday afternoon with a performance of the national anthem, observers appeared more enthralled with her oversized broach. Netizens immediately likened the pin to the iconic 'Mockingjay' of Hunger Games fame - the symbol of the film's fictitious rebellion against the despotic 'Capitol.'

Comment: Many viewers noted the creepy parallel: