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Distraction from the Gaza genocide

Distraction from the Gaza genocide

Tariq Kenney-Shawa writes: Iran’s highly-choreographed attack achieved exactly what it intended, gaining valuable intel on Israeli, American, and regional air defense capabilities, costing Israel and its US benefactors over $1 billion in a single night, proving Israel’s dependency on the US, and further eroding Israel’s image of military invincibility. In doing so, Iran also sent a clear message that its drones and missiles could cause significantly more damage if launched without warning, while still preserving a window for de-escalation. It’s…

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Blinken is sitting on staff recommendations to sanction Israeli military units linked to killings or rapes

Blinken is sitting on staff recommendations to sanction Israeli military units linked to killings or rapes

By Brett Murphy This story was originally published by ProPublica. A special State Department panel recommended months ago that Secretary of State Antony Blinken disqualify multiple Israeli military and police units from receiving U.S. aid after reviewing allegations that they committed serious human rights abuses. But Blinken has failed to act on the proposal in the face of growing international criticism of the Israeli military’s conduct in Gaza, according to current and former State Department officials. The incidents under review…

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EU foreign affairs chief: Don’t let Iran distract from Gaza crisis

EU foreign affairs chief: Don’t let Iran distract from Gaza crisis

DPA reports: Iran’s attack on Israel on Saturday mustn’t take attention away from the humanitarian situation in Gaza, the EU’s foreign affairs chief warned on Wednesday. “The latest escalation in the Middle East must not make us forget Gaza. Palestinians have the right to humanitarian aid. Israel must guarantee access & safety for aid workers,” Josep Borrell posted on X, formerly known as Twitter. EU leaders are meeting in Brussels on Wednesday and Thursday ostensibly to discuss economic matters, but…

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Why Ukraine is losing the war with Russia

Why Ukraine is losing the war with Russia

Jamie Dettmer reports: Just ask a Ukrainian soldier if he still believes the West will stand by Kyiv “for as long as it takes.” That pledge rings hollow when it’s been four weeks since your artillery unit last had a shell to fire, as one serviceman complained from the front lines. It’s not just that Ukraine’s forces are running out of ammunition. Western delays over sending aid mean the country is dangerously short of something even harder to supply than…

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Texas hacking may be first disruption of U.S. water system by Russia

Texas hacking may be first disruption of U.S. water system by Russia

The Washington Post reports: In January, an alert citizen in Muleshoe, Tex., was driving by a park and noticed that a water tower was overflowing. Authorities soon determined the system that controlled the city’s water supply had been hacked. In two hours, tens of thousands of gallons of water had flowed into the street and drain pipes. The hackers posted a video online of the town’s water-control systems and a nearby town being manipulated, showing how they reset the controls….

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Combatting cannibalism and jailing librarians: Idaho Democrats see opportunity in extreme GOP agenda

Combatting cannibalism and jailing librarians: Idaho Democrats see opportunity in extreme GOP agenda

Politico reports: Democrat Loree Peery knows she’s a long-shot candidate for the Idaho Legislature. But when her state House representative introduced a bill in February expanding an anti-cannibalism law — action prompted by a prank video — Peery decided she had to try to oust the far-right incumbent, Heather Scott. “You can’t win if you don’t run,” Peery said, adding that Scott’s focus on irrelevant issues like cannibalism shows she isn’t a serious lawmaker. “It forces the Republicans to work,…

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Living with the enduring pain of postcolonial trauma

Living with the enduring pain of postcolonial trauma

Farah Abdessamad writes: In 1952, the 27-year-old Frantz Fanon had just published his first book, Black Skin, White Masks, his controversial and rejected doctoral thesis on the effects of racism on health. Fanon had been interning at Saint-Alban hospital in southern France when he soon noticed that medical personnel often overlooked and minimised the concern of North African patients. At that time, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia (where my father was born) were either French colonies or protectorates, and these patients…

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‘Racist by default’: AOC talks to Mehdi Hasan and Zeteo about Gaza, genocide, and media bias

‘Racist by default’: AOC talks to Mehdi Hasan and Zeteo about Gaza, genocide, and media bias

  In a launch event for Zeteo, Mehdi Hasan sits down with US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to discuss the escalating tensions between Iran and Israel, the ongoing genocide in Gaza and both sides-ism in the media. — Founded by Mehdi Hasan, Zeteo has a strong bias for the truth and an unwavering belief in the media’s responsibility to the public. Unfiltered news, bold opinions.

Poll: 74% of Israelis oppose counterstrike on Iran if it harms security alliances

Poll: 74% of Israelis oppose counterstrike on Iran if it harms security alliances

The Times of Israel reports: Nearly three-quarters of the Israeli public oppose a retaliatory strike on Iran for its massive missile attack on the country if such action would harm Israel’s security alliance with its allies, according to a poll published Tuesday. The Hebrew University survey also found that over half the public believes Israel “respond[s] positively” to the military and political demands of allies. Israel has vowed to retaliate after Iran overnight Saturday fired over 300 missiles and drones…

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Leaked NYT memo tells journalists to avoid words ‘genocide,’ ‘ethnic cleansing,’ and ‘occupied territory’

Leaked NYT memo tells journalists to avoid words ‘genocide,’ ‘ethnic cleansing,’ and ‘occupied territory’

The Intercept reports: The New York Times instructed journalists covering Israel’s war on the Gaza Strip to restrict the use of the terms “genocide” and “ethnic cleansing” and to “avoid” using the phrase “occupied territory” when describing Palestinian land, according to a copy of an internal memo obtained by The Intercept. The memo also instructs reporters not to use the word Palestine “except in very rare cases” and to steer clear of the term “refugee camps” to describe areas of…

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Russian weapons help Iran harden defenses against Israeli airstrike

Russian weapons help Iran harden defenses against Israeli airstrike

The Washington Post reports: Last March, a Russian arms maker invited a delegation of Iranians to a VIP shopping tour of its weapons factories. The 17 visitors were treated to lunches and cultural shows and, on the final day, toured a plant that makes products long coveted by Tehran: advanced Russian air defense systems for shooting down enemy planes. The factory, NPP Start, in the city of Yekaterinburg, is under U.S. sanctions for supporting Russia’s war against Ukraine. Among its…

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Russian trolls target U.S. support for Ukraine, Kremlin documents show

Russian trolls target U.S. support for Ukraine, Kremlin documents show

The Washington Post reports: When President Biden proposed an additional $24 billion in supplemental funding for Ukraine in August, Moscow spin doctors working for the Kremlin were ready to try to undermine public support for the bill, internal Kremlin documents show. In an ongoing campaign that seeks to influence congressional and other political debates to stoke anti-Ukraine sentiment, Kremlin-linked political strategists and trolls have written thousands of fabricated news articles, social media posts and comments that promote American isolationism, stir…

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The paradox that’s supercharging climate change

The paradox that’s supercharging climate change

Wired reports: No good deed goes unpunished—and that includes trying to slow climate change. By cutting greenhouse gas emissions, humanity will spew out fewer planet-cooling aerosols—small particles of pollution that act like tiny umbrellas to bounce some of the sun’s energy back into space. “Even more important than this direct reflection effect, they alter the properties of clouds,” says Øivind Hodnebrog, a climate researcher at the Center for International Climate Research in Oslo, Norway. “In essence, they make the clouds…

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Milky Way’s largest stellar black hole discovered 2,000 light years away from Earth

Milky Way’s largest stellar black hole discovered 2,000 light years away from Earth

The European Space Agency reports: Wading through the wealth of data from ESA’s Gaia mission, scientists have uncovered a ‘sleeping giant’. A large black hole, with a mass of nearly 33 times the mass of the Sun, was hiding in the constellation Aquila, less than 2000 light-years from Earth. This is the first time a black hole of stellar origin this big has been spotted within the Milky Way. So far, black holes of this type have only been observed…

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