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wi65

its time, JP Morgan CEO full of:

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orlbucfan

My favorite!! +270!!

Benny

Israel bans Al Jazeera: What does it mean and what happens next?

Israel’s cabinet unanimously voted to shut down Al Jazeera in the country on Sunday, immediately ordering the closure of its offices and a ban on the company’s broadcasts.

The decision was announced by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on X. Hours later, Israel’s Communications Minister Shlomo Karhi published footage on X showing Israeli authorities – specifically inspectors from the Ministry of Communications, backed by the police – raiding the Al Jazeera office in East Jerusalem and confiscating the channel’s equipment.

he shutdown comes a month after Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, passed a law on April 1 that allowed Israel to temporarily shut down foreign media outlets — including Al Jazeera — if it deems them a threat to security.

In a previously recorded report, Al Jazeera’s Imran Khan, reporting from occupied East Jerusalem, explained the terms of the law further. Based on the law, the Al Jazeera website is banned in Israel, “including anything that has the option of entering or accessing the website, even passwords that are needed, whether they’re paid or not, and whether it’s stored on Israeli servers or outside of Israel”, Khan added.

Gaza-born activist returns to Japan to support University of Tokyo solidarity encampment
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Additionally, the Al Jazeera television channel is completely banned in Israel, he explained. Within the country, cable providers now show a message that the network is prohibited from the air, though in East Jerusalem, some people have told Al Jazeera that they could still access the channel on television as of Monday afternoon.

Khan added that the internet access provider that hosts aljazeera.net “is also in danger of being fined if they host the website”.

orlbucfan

Here’s where the 21st century high-tech is on the side of good. The world already knows what’s up here in spite of the prehistoric PTBs. The truth will continue to leak out.

Benny

Benny

Benny

Propublica is awarded a Pulitzer Gold Medal for Public Service

ProPublica’s investigation last year revealing Supreme Court justices’ beneficial relationships with billionaire donors ignited an impassioned debate about influence and ethics at the nation’s highest court. Today, we learned that this series was awarded the Pulitzer Gold Medal for Public Service, journalism’s highest honor.

This is ProPublica’s second Gold Medal in our 16 year history and seventh Pulitzer overall. The Gold Medal in Public Service is a unique prize, one that validates our conviction that a functioning democracy depends on investigative journalism to expose abuses of power and breaches of the public trust. As this series shows, with the collective might of our readers and supporters, ProPublica can hold to account the highest echelons of power, expose corruption and spur change.

Our bombshell revelations that justices had routinely accepted luxury travel and other gifts from billionaire Republican donors for decades without disclosing them led the Supreme Court to unanimously adopt the first ethics code in its 235-year history. Following ProPublica reporting, the Senate Judiciary Committee also voted to authorize subpoenas of billionaire Harlan Crow and conservative legal activist Leonard Leo as part of its ongoing effort to investigate ethics lapses by justices. In our “Friends of the Court” series, ProPublica reporters Justin Elliott, Joshua Kaplan, Alex Mierjeski, Brett Murphy and Kirsten Berg brought renewed and rigorous attention to this incredibly consequential and relatively underscrutinized branch of our democracy. Our reporting exposed the most serious ethical scandal in the modern history of the court, and it compelled new avenues for accountability. And reader support helped make that possible.

In “Friends of the Court,” our reporters were able to amass a detailed picture of decades of unreported trips by interviewing yacht workers, luxury fishing resort staff, scuba instructors and private jet pilots. “I want to express my gratitude and appreciation to all the people that spoke to us, both named and unnamed, for these stories,” Elliott said. “They all came from different walks of life and in some cases were taking risks, but they spoke to us because they believed in the public interest of these stories and the need to hold public officials accountable.”

Well deserved. I send Propublica a snack yearly for their reporting. Conducting FOIAs is a lot of work.

Benny

US Delays Sending Precision Weapons to Israel

The Biden administration has delayed the sale of thousands of precision weapons to Israel, raising questions about whether the U.S. is deliberating slowing the delivery of weapons to its top Middle East ally amid growing domestic political pressure.

The U.S. decision also comes as the administration is pushing back on Israel’s declared plan to launch an attack on the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. The White House has publicly resisted calls to limit weapons sales despite mounting criticism about the death toll and destruction within Gaza through U.S.-provided weapons.

At issue is the sale of up to 6,500 Joint Direct Attack Munitions—kits that enable unguided bombs to be steered to a target—according to officials familiar with the proposed deal. Congress first learned in January about the proposed sale, which is worth as much as $260 million, but the Biden administration since that time hasn’t moved forward with the deal.

White House National Security Council Spokesman John Kirby on Monday declined to comment on whether any arms sales to Israel had been put on hold. “Our security commitments to Israel are ironclad,” he said during the White House briefing.

The State Department is required to notify Congress when the U.S. plans to sell weapons to other countries when the deal rises above specific dollar thresholds. The State Department typically provides information to the House foreign affairs and Senate foreign relations committees ahead of those potential arms sales, followed by the formal congressional notification.

In the case of the JDAMs, however, the administration never followed up with the official notification about the sale, triggering an effective pause in the deal, according to current and former U.S. officials.

“It’s unusual, especially for Israel, especially during a war,” said a congressional official familiar with the arms sales process.

The official said, however, that they didn’t know the reason for the delay.

If the delay to the JDAMs is deliberate, it “would be the first instance since this war began where the administration took such an action on weapons we know have been used in Gaza,” said Seth Binder, an expert on U.S. arms sales with the Washington-based Middle East Democracy Center.

Since March, the Biden administration also hasn’t advanced the congressional notification process on another $1 billion in weapons deals for Israel that includes tank ammunition, military vehicles and mortar rounds, U.S. officials said.

Those potential deals included the transfer of $700 million in 120 mm tank ammunition, $500 million in tactical vehicles and less than $100 million in 120 mm mortar rounds, U.S. officials said. The sales would take months or years to be delivered.

The administration is under pressure from a growing number of Democrats in Congress to cut back weapons supplies to pressure Israel into doing more to prevent the killing of civilians in Gaza, where more than 34,000 people have died, most of them civilians, according to Palestinian health officials. The figure doesn’t specify how many were combatants.

orlbucfan

We all know the MICC calls the shots (no pun) in this joke of a country.

wi65

With the MICC and the rest of craprate America where do “We the People” fit in these days?

polarbear4
polarbear4

I’d bet anything this is p.r. as the guy said, they have enough already, or the ban ends at xxxx, or anything. this is how we roll.

Benny

Benny

la58

https://caitlinjohnstone.com.au/2024/05/06/i-oppose-israels-atrocities-in-gaza-because-im-not-a-psychopath/

I don’t oppose the butchery in Gaza because I love Hamas or hate Jews or love Islam or hate America. I don’t oppose the butchery in Gaza because I’m a lefty or a commie or an anarchist or an anti-imperialist. I oppose the butchery in Gaza because I’m not a fucking psychopath.
Caitlin Johnstone</blockquote

Opposing Israel’s butchery in Gaza is so obvious, so common sense, such a bare-minimum, fundamental-level, Being Human 101 position that if it isn’t immediately self-evident to you after learning the basic facts, your problem is much, much deeper than whatever ideology or bias or prejudice you might happen to have. There’s something wrong with you as a person.
If you support Israel’s butchery in Gaza, you’ve got much bigger problems than merely not having the correct ist or ism belief system. You’re just all fucked up inside. Your conditioning has made you into a generally shitty human being. You have deep and immensely consequential flaws in your character, and you won’t mature as a person until you heal and transcend them.
Opposing Israel’s atrocities in Gaza doesn’t make you a good person, it just makes you a normal person — and supporting Israel’s atrocities in Gaza makes you a bad person. Nobody gets any points for opposing an active genocide; that’s just the basic, bare-minimum requirement for a normal human being with a functioning empathy center in their brain. If you can’t meet that basic, bare-minimum standard, you deserve to be viewed with suspicion and disdain, and anyone in your personal life who cares about truth, morality and humanity should seriously reassess their relationship with you.


One reason the empire is losing young people is because the imperial status quo has given them no investment in it. They’ll never own property. They can’t support a family or retire. They’ve been given no reason not to want to rock the political boat. So they’re rocking it.
The only vested interest young people have left is an interest in breathable air and a livable planet, and the possibility of a future that isn’t intolerably dystopian. All of which are diametrically opposed to the interests and trajectory of the status quo politics of the western empire.
So they’re going for it. They’re beginning to see that there’s no reason for them not to plunge headlong into a push for real change, in direct opposition to the mainstream politics of our time. Like Bob Dylan said, when you got nothing you got nothing to lose.

One of the many things that’s beautiful about this particular protest movement is that these young people aren’t protesting a war that they could get drafted in or could harm their personal interests in any way. They’re opposing something cruel and evil solely out of compassion.

One Palestinian life is worth more than every college campus window in the world.

If you’re wondering why you’re suddenly seeing the word “radicalizing” a lot in mainstream politics and media, it’s because that’s the big scary boogieman the empire plans on using to justify stomping out the burgeoning antiwar movement it created with its atrocities in Gaza.

This opinion article I completely agree with!

orlbucfan

Then there’s this: