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"The Rockefellers and their allies have, for at least fifty years, been carefully following a plan to use their economic power to gain political control of first America, and then the rest of the world. Do I mean conspiracy? Yes, I do. I am convinced there is such a plot, international in scope, generations old in planning, and incredibly evil in intent." -- Congressman Larry P. McDonald, November 1975, from the introduction to a book titled The Rockefeller File.

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Feb 26 08:51

Switzerland REJECTS AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, citing lack of sufficient data to prove effectiveness

The main medical regulator of Switzerland has rejected the Oxford-AstraZeneca Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine. According to the regulator, there is a lack of available trial data to prove that the vaccine is safe to use.

“With regard to the AstraZeneca vaccine, the data submitted and analyzed so far are not yet sufficient to permit authorization,” said the Swiss Agency for Therapeutic Products (SwissMedic) in a statement released on Wednesday, Feb. 3.

“To obtain more information about safety, efficacy and quality, additional data from new studies are needed.”

Feb 26 08:49

Former Border Patrol Chief Calls Biden Out On His ‘Kids In Cages’ LIES And Sounds Alarm On The Immense Damage His Immigration Policies Are Doing

The Biden administration’s unbelievably lax immigration policies have resulted in a surge of immigrants at the border, which has led to the U.S. having to utilize more detention facilities. You know, the facilities that Biden and the Democrats cried about for the last 4 years, calling them “cages”.

Feb 26 08:47

Scientists: Vaccination Before Every Vacation May Be Needed

Scientists at Oxford University have suggested that people may need to have a coronavirus vaccination not once, not twice, but EVERY time they want to travel out of their home country.

The scientists published a report in the Royal Society Journal last week that acknowledged there is little data on how efficient or long lasting the current vaccines are, and so it is likely that countries will require a recent vaccination.

Having endless vaccinations when there is no indication of how effective they are, or what long term side effects there may be sounds absolutely mental, but that is what is being suggested.

Feb 26 08:42

Illinois' Latest Use Of Taxpayer Money As Anti-Republican Political Club

Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs and a group of 29 other state financial officials recently sent letters to six of the nation’s largest private sector money managers in a transparently partisan attempt to bully them out of supporting Republicans.

The effort is a misuse of the power that adheres to managing billions of dollars of taxpayer money and sets a dangerous precedent that might well invite retaliation in the same form by Republicans holding similar offices or from a Republican successor to Frerichs. It’s an attempt by incumbent officeholders to control much of the money that controls politics.

Unfortunately, the effort got no scrutiny and only a few articles in the national media, including these in The Washington Post and Bloomberg.

Frerichs oversees the investment of some $35 billion of Illinoisan’s money. Together with the other treasurers, public fiduciaries and pension trustees who signed the letter, over a trillion dollars of public money is represented.


Feb 26 08:42

Biden bombs Syria border crossing and 'kills 22' Iran-backed militia fighters in retaliation to rocket attacks that injured American troops and killed a contractor in Iraq

The United States on Thursday carried out an airstrike in Syria that reportedly killed 22 Iran-backed fighters in an apparent response to rocket attacks against US targets in Iraq that injured American troops and killed a contractor.

Feb 26 08:42

COOKED Inside the abandoned rotting Thomas Cook planes that were so mouldy they had to be torn apart

THREE jets were so mouldy and decayed after Thomas Cook's demise they are being broken up for parts.

The planes were abandoned in a corner of Manchester Airport after the airline went bust and plans to sell or lease the ageing aircraft had to be shelved.

Feb 26 08:41

Oil And Debt: Why Our Financial System Is Unsustainable

How much energy, water and food will the "money" created out of thin air in the future buy?

Finance is often cloaked in arcane terminology and math, but the one dynamic that governs the future is actually very simple.

Here it is: all debt is borrowed against future supplies of affordable hydrocarbons (oil, coal and natural gas). Since global economic activity is ultimately dependent on a continued abundance of affordable energy, it follows that all money borrowed against future income is actually being borrowed against future supplies of affordable energy.

Many people believe that alternative "green" energy will soon replace most or all hydrocarbon energy sources, but the chart below shows why this belief is not realistic: all the "renewable" energy sources are about 3% of all energy consumed, with hydropower providing another few percent.

Feb 26 08:41

Merkel begs Germans to take the vaccine but refuses to take it herself


Feb 26 08:40

Texas Grid Operator Warns Of Defaults As Credit Crisis Develops 

The Texas energy crisis has morphed from a power grid failure to a humanitarian emergency to a credit crisis as billions of dollars in power bills come due.

According to FT, electricity retailers, municipal utilities, and power generation companies were purchasing wholesale energy during the crisis when rates surged to a cap of $9,000 a megawatt-hour last week, owe a whopping $50 billion.

ERCOT, the state's grid operator, warns that some market participants have yet to post collateral to cover some of the bills as defaults begin.

Kenan Ogelman, ERCOT's vice-president of commercial operations, said market participants who buy power from them have to post collateral as a down payment on energy purchases. He said some entities have "failed to deliver it."

"Defaults are possible, and some have already happened," Ogelman warned.

Feb 26 08:39

6,500 ASIAN WORKERS DIED BUILDING FIFA WORLD CUP 2022 STADIUMS IN QATAR

Deaths of more than 6,500 South Asian workers has been reported in Qatar building stadiums for the FIFA World Cup 2022 from 2011 to 2020. An average of 12 migrant workers died each week in 2011 to 2020. The sources suggest slack safety protocols surrounding construction of stadiums and infrastructure in Qatar were the reason for these deaths.
Qatar was awarded the FIFA World Cup 2022 hosting in 2010 and death of migrant workers has been reported since then.

An average of 12 migrant workers died each week in 2011 to 2020. The sources suggest slack safety protocols surrounding construction of stadiums and infrastructure in Qatar were the reason for these deaths.

These migrant workers were from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and India. Government data from these countries reported 5,927 deaths and the Pakistan Embassy in Qatar further reported 824 deaths.

Feb 26 08:39

SUPREME COURT ROLLS BACK ANOTHER HORRIBLE QUALIFIED IMMUNITY DECISION BY THE FIFTH CIRCUIT

The Supreme Court has done a lot over the years to shield law enforcement officers from accountability. It has redefined the contours of the qualified immunity defense to make it all but impossible for plaintiffs to succeed. Appeals Courts have been hamstrung by Supreme Court precedent, forced to pretty much ignore the egregious rights violations in front of them in favor of dusting off old decisions to see if any officer violated someone’s rights in exactly this way prior to this case.

Since law enforcement officers are apparently unable to exercise judgment on their own, the courts often grant forgiveness to these poor single-cell organisms who couldn’t have possibly known that, say, locking a prisoner in a feces-covered cell for days violated the prisoner’s rights. And that’s the conclusion the Fifth Circuit Appeals Court reached December 2019 in Taylor v. Riojas.

Feb 26 08:33

Wreckage of TWA Flight 800 from New York to Paris will be DESTROYED 25 years after the doomed plane exploded mid-air and plunged into the Atlantic Ocean killing all 230 people on board

The wreckage of TWA Flight 800 from New York to Paris is due to be destroyed 25 years after the doomed plane exploded mid-air and plunged into the Atlantic Ocean killing all 230 people on board.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on Monday announced its decision to decommission and destroy the reconstructed Boeing 747 aircraft as the lease is set to expire on the Virginia warehouse where it is stored.

TWA Flight 800 sent shockwaves around the globe when it blew up in the air just off the coast of Long Island around 10 minutes after it took off from John F. Kennedy International Airport on July 17 1996.

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Feb 26 08:29

FRY FREEDOM First couple to be released from 10-day quarantine at £1,750 ‘prison’ hotel celebrate by going straight to McDonald’s

THE first couple released from 10 days quarantine at a £1,750 'prison' hotel celebrated by going straight to McDonald's.

Wagner Araujo, 43, and his wife Elaine, 40, emerged jubilant from the Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel near Heathrow Airport just after midnight.

Feb 26 08:28

Mr. Potato Head to Become “Gender Neutral” to Allow Kids to Create “Same-Sex Families”

Toy giant Hasbro has announced that Mr. Potato Head will become gender neutral ‘Potato Head’ in order to encourage kids to create “same sex families.”

Yes, really.

The company is dropping “Mr.” from the name in a move “designed to break away from traditional gender norms, particularly when it comes to creating Potato Head families,” according to Fast Company.

The change will help children “create same-sex families or single-parent families” as Hasbro seeks to lean away from representing the “traditional family structure.”

Feb 26 08:27

NEW BILL WILL BAN GRAND THEFT AUTO, OTHER 'VIOLENT' VIDEO GAMES TO PREVENT CARJACKINGS

Because so many politicians need a boogeyman to blame every time something bad happens, often times, entirely benign things get political targets painted on them for eradication. Since government’s toolbox to solve problems is usually limited to prohibition and force, when a tragedy takes place, once-legal activities are blamed then banned and those bans are upheld with the threat of police violence.

Sadly, this has been the modus operandi of the state for centuries — despite the fact that it almost never works. Unfortunately, repeated failure of prohibition has not ceased to prevent future politicians from thinking that their next ban will work. Such is the case in Illinois

State Rep. Marcus Evans has recently placed the next government scapegoat on the chopping block. This time the state’s target is on video games.


Feb 26 08:26

CENSORSHIP GONE BONKERS - 'BE A GOOD CITIZEN!'

Be a good citizen!

Do not amplify narratives that are aligned with the Russian government.

Do not undermine faith in the NATO alliance and its stability.

Do not amplify narratives that are aligned with the Russian government.

Do not undermine faith in the NATO alliance and its stability.

Do not amplify narratives that are aligned with the Russian government.

Do not undermine faith in the NATO alliance and its stability.

Do not amplify narratives that are aligned with the Russian government.

Do not undermine faith in the NATO alliance and its stability.

Do not amplify narratives that are aligned with the Russian government.

Do not undermine faith in the NATO alliance and its stability.

Do not amplify narratives that are aligned with the Russian government.

Do not undermine faith in the NATO alliance and its stability.

Do not amplify narratives that are aligned with the Russian government.

Feb 26 08:25

FACEBOOK ALGORITHM ACCUSES 81-YEAR-OLD GRANDMOTHER OF “HATE SPEECH” OVER KNITTED PIGS COMMENT

Facebook’s algorithm flagged an 81-year-old grandmother’s comments about knitted pigs as an example of “hate speech” and threatened her with a permanent ban.

Yes, really.

After losing her husband last year, Rita Rich-Mulcahy, a retired teacher who lives in Australia, created the Facebook page to share with the world her love of knitting and raise money for The Smith Family charity, which helps disadvantaged children.

After posting a picture of her own knitted pigs, Rich-Mulcahy referred to them as “white pigs” and “high-viz pigs,” resulting in the threat to terminate her account over “hate speech.”

Feb 26 08:25

WE'VE TEMPORARILY LIMITED SOME OF YOUR ACCOUNT FEATURES

These days, this is not much of an event but... it finally happened to us here at Blacklisted News. We have been put in Twitter time out for being a bad user. We may be back, but it's not trending in a good direction at the moment.

The only thing shocking about this, is that it did not happen sooner.

This event spurred me to pen some personal thoughts on Social Media itself and the peoples fight against the silicon valley controllers.

Unlike many that have been banned from one social media platform or the other, we are not going to ask you to boycott Twitter. We will continue to use the social media platform to distribute Blacklisted News as long as they allow it. When we are permanently banned for some random post, deemed to dangerous for their users, it is time to say goodbye. When enough people say goodbye for one reason or another, the Twitters of the world vanish. Think it can't happen? Perhaps you are too young to remember AOL chat rooms or MySpace.

Feb 26 08:23

Male Infertility Threatening ‘Future of Human Race,’ Says Author of New Book

Scientists are witnessing an alarming trend: Men’s sperm counts are down, testosterone levels have plunged and erectile dysfunction is increasing. Male infertility is on the rise — and exposure to synthetic chemicals known as phthalates could be to blame, according to fertility scientist Shanna Swan, Ph.D., author of the new book, “Count Down: How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race.”

Citing Swan’s book, the New York Post reported that the global fertility rate has dropped 50% between 1960 and 2016, with the U.S. birth rate 16% below where it needs to be to sustain the population.


Feb 26 08:23

AFRICAN GOVERNMENTS ARE CRUSHING OPPOSITION USING ISRAELI SPYWARE

As internet penetration and smartphone usage increases across Africa, digital spaces have become increasingly important for organising political uprisings and opposition movements. In response, several of the continent’s regimes have shut down the internet or blocked social media apps. To sidestep the economic costs and global criticism that these online shutdowns incur, governments have turned to digital surveillance technology as a shrewder way to crush all opposition.

Feb 26 08:22

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Feb 26 08:22

GOOGLE'S ERIC SCHMIDT & THE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

In late January, the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI), or the AI Commission, released a draft of their upcoming report to Congress, rejecting calls to ban AI-powered autonomous weapons, characterized by critics as “killer robots”. While the AI Commission did briefly address privacy and civil liberties concerns, they ultimately called on Congress to double AI research and funding annually up to $32 billion a year by 2026. The report also failed to note clear conflicts of interest between the Commission’s Chairman, and former Google CEO, Eric Schmidt.

Opponents of the advancing AI-powered surveillance and police states include privacy advocates concerned about a future where law enforcement are wearing glasses equipped with facial recognition software powered by secret AI algorithms.

Feb 26 08:22

Mitch McConnell says he WOULD support Donald Trump if he wins party nomination in 2024 - despite ex-president calling him 'unsmiling hack'

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday night he would 'absolutely' back former President Donald Trump in the 2024 presidential race if he was the nominee of the Republican Party.


Feb 26 08:21

British Ship Hit by Explosion in Gulf of Oman, UKMTO Says

The incident occurred at 20:40 GMT on Thursday, the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) said without providing further details.

A ship was hit by an explosion in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, the UKMTO said on Friday.

"Investigations are ongoing. Vessel and crew are safe...Vessels transiting the area are advised to exercise caution," the notice reads.
The UKMTO did not give details on the possible cause of the explosion.

Feb 26 08:20

Lavrov: Russia Has Information that US Plans to Stay in Syria Forever, Destroy the Country

During its first month in office, the Biden administration did not reverse its predecessor's policy of keeping troops deployed in northeastern Syria to "keep the oil". On Thursday, the White House approved airstrikes against the bases of Baghdad-allied Iraqi militia groups in eastern Syria following attacks on US and coalition forces in Iraq.

Moscow has evidence of US plans to keep forces deployed in Syria indefinitely, and will ask Washington about this directly, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said.

"We have recently received different information from various sources. We cannot confirm it for now, and want to ask the Americans about this directly. Supposedly, they are making the decision to never leave Syria, even to the point of destroying this country," Lavrov said, speaking to reporters at a press conference alongside Afghani Foreign Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar on Friday.

Feb 26 08:20

Fauci says life IS returning to normal and wants to let vaccinated people socialize: US reports less than 15k deaths in a week for first time in 2021 and hospitalizations drop to lowest point since November 4

Dr Anthony Fauci has revealed that there have been 'very serious discussions' between the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about allowing people who have received their full course of COVID-19 vaccinations to socialize together.



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Feb 26 08:17

Twitter will allow users to charge followers to see premium posts in their Super Follows feature and enable newsletters through Twitter Revue as the company seeks to find more ways to make money

Twitter is introducing a new feature which will allow users to charge for exclusive material not available to ordinary followers.

Feb 26 08:17

Israel, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE Reportedly Mull Joint Defence Alliance

Recently, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel would “do everything” to prevent Tehran from getting hold of nuclear weapons.

Israel is in talks with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates to establish a four-nation defence alliance, i24NEWS reported.

Although Israel doesn’t have official diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia, it has had ties with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates since they signed the Abraham Accords normalisation deal.

Feb 26 08:17

Wage war: Biden blasted for picking a fight in Syria, letting minimum wage slide at home

Progressives are feeling shafted by Joe Biden, after the president shied away from fighting the Senate for a minimum wage hike, but launched missiles at Syria.

The Democrats’ proposed $15 national minimum wage increase cannot be included in President Biden's $1.9 trillion Covid-19 stimulus bill, Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough ruled on Thursday. MacDonough, a Democrat who serves as a referee of sorts in the upper house, declared that the bill does not fall under budget rules, and as such cannot be passed with a simple majority, unlike the rest of the stimulus package.


Feb 26 08:16

Myanmar riot police fire at crowd to disperse protesters, as military tries to reimpose rule after coup (VIDEO)

Witnesses have reported Myanmar riot police firing guns and stun grenades at protesters, dispersing crowds and setting up road blocks as the military tries to secure control after a coup removed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Footage earlier on Friday showed protesters and police in a standoff, as authorities attempted to disperse individuals who had gathered in the cities of Hledan, Mandalay, and Yangon to oppose military rule in the country.

Feb 26 08:15

Caitlin Johnstone: US bombs Syria and ridiculously claims self defense

On orders of President Biden, the United States has launched an airstrike on a facility in Syria. As of this writing the exact number of killed and injured is unknown, with early reports claiming “a handful” of people were killed.

Rather than doing anything remotely resembling journalism, the Western mass media have opted instead to uncritically repeat what they’ve been told about the airstrike by US officials, which is the same as just publishing Pentagon press releases.

Feb 26 08:15

Maths lecturer is left baffled by his seven-year-old daughter's geometry homework and turns to Twitter for help - so can YOU work out if it's true or false?

Dr Kit Yates shares his seven-year-old daughter's maths homework to Twitter
The question asked students whether a semi-circle had 'two right angles' or not
The maths lecturer, from Oxford, admitted that he was stumped by the problem

Feb 26 08:15

Short-sellers lose another $2 BILLION on GameStop as independent traders take on Wall Street again

Those betting on GameStop stock’s price decline, or short-sellers, lost around $1.9 billion in just two days as the Reddit crowd’s favorite “meme stock” renewed its enormous rally.

Shares of the video game retailer skyrocketed over 100 percent on Wednesday, with the enormous volatility even prompting trading halts. The sudden rally brought $664 million in mark-to-market losses for investors betting against GameStop, according to financial analytics firm S3 Partners.

The frenzied buying continued on Thursday, with GameStop stock surging as high as 84 percent in intraday trading and closing with 19 percent gains. Thursday’s intraday moves booked another $1.19 billion in losses for short-sellers, S3 Partners’ calculations show.



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Feb 26 08:14

RED SKY AT NIGHT Britain is lit up by stunning red skies before snow set to return at Easter

RUBY red skies glowed above the UK as the country is set for a white Easter with forecasters warning more snow is on the way.

Weather charts show a 270-mile 'snow bomb' is on course to hit parts of Britain next month - after an 18C warm spell.

Feb 26 08:13

‘The war machine is back’: Biden reminded of previous criticism of Trump’s ‘escalation’ in Syria after he orders new strike

President Joe Biden drew praise from hawks and accusations of hypocrisy from critics after he authorized a reprisal airstrike on Syria, claiming that by bombing “Iran-backed militia” infrastructure, he is deescalating tensions.

The Biden administration, which has publicly stated its intention to return to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and back away from its predecessor’s war-mongering approach, has been panned for seemingly following in Donald Trump’s footsteps on Thursday with an airstrike on Syria.

Feb 26 08:11

Human guinea pigs for Big Pharma and rotten states. The sickening experiments fuelling vaccine scepticism among people of colour

There’s much talk in the news of a low take-up in Covid vaccinations among people of colour in the US, UK, Africa and beyond. But it’s a scepticism born of horrific and shameful acts by governments and Big Pharma.

Well done, world. Less than a year into a global pandemic we now have quite the menu of vaccines to choose from, with hundreds of millions of doses already administered (albeit with around 75 percent of those jabs in just 10 countries).

The rapid development of the drugs has been hailed as one of the few successes of an otherwise – let’s be kind – clumsy global response to the coronavirus. Under-fire governments who supported this development, usually through large pharmaceutical companies or ‘Big Pharma’, have gladly welcomed such rare praise.

But there is still a hitch. For vaccines to work, enough people have to take them and, putting aside the inequitable distribution, the biggest hurdle here is scepticism.

Feb 26 08:10

EXCLUSIVE: Amid ‘political repression,’ Ukraine becoming American ‘colony’ in Europe, says sanctioned opposition leader Medvedchuk

A few weeks ago, Viktor Medvedchuk was celebrating as his party, Ukraine’s largest opposition bloc, topped a nationwide opinion poll. Now, he’s facing charges of funding terrorism that could land him behind bars for over a decade.

In an exclusive interview with RT, the MP and chairman of Opposition Platform — For Life, which advocates better ties with Moscow, insisted that the allegations were a tool of political persecution.

According to him, they are part of a wider pattern of repression linked to Kiev’s recent moves to shut down Russian-language media that has been critical of President Volodymyr Zelensky’s government. The embattled administration has seen its approval ratings nosedive amid worsening economic woes and a chaotic response to the Covid-19 pandemic.


Feb 26 08:09

Crises go unresolved, but for Team Biden, virtue signaling is top priority as it WOKIFIES Washington’s lexicon

History is written by the victors, as Winston Churchill said, and President Joe Biden's administration is busy not only fictionalizing the past, but also changing the language of government to revise reality in real time.

Other priorities – such as providing promised economic relief from the Covid-19 pandemic or otherwise doing anything that actually helps anyone on Main Street – haven't gone so well, but fear not: The White House website finally has the decency to inquire about your preferred pronouns on its contact form.

Feb 26 08:08

Will Guantanamo ever close or is America just waiting for the remaining 40 prisoners to die one by one?

A new movie, ‘The Mauritanian’, has put the controversial prison back in the spotlight by highlighting the inhumane and unlawful treatment meted out to the inmates of Gitmo. Will it spur Joe Biden to finally do the right thing?

After a while, some things that at first seemed shocking and disturbing somehow become normalised and melt into the background. Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp is a prime example.

Apart from military geeks, hardly anyone has paid attention recently to the controversial prison at the US Naval Base in Cuba, itself a bizarre hangover dating back to the Spanish-American War of 1898. Even after the 1959 revolution that saw the communist Fidel Castro seize power, and a deeply hostile America cut diplomatic relations and sought to overthrow him, Washington has still been shelling out a yearly lease of around $4,000 for the indefinite use of 45 square miles of Cuban territory.

Feb 26 08:08

Why Black Lives REALLY Matter: Corporate America is fueling race war to deflect attention from massive wealth inequality

Racial strife in the US today is not a ‘grassroots phenomenon’ born out of exasperated relations between blacks and whites. It is a manufactured crisis being foisted upon the public at a time when populist ideas are in the air.

Ask the average person on Main Street to describe the biggest news story of 2020 and the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests will probably take a close second place just behind the Covid-19 pandemic. That answer, however, is more of a reflection of the US media’s unmatched power for shaping the public narrative than an honest assessment of the real problems confronting Americans. Indeed, far more worrisome than racial tensions, and a virus with a 99.75 percent survival rate, is the colossal transfer of wealth to the golden 0.01 percent.

Feb 26 08:07

One martyred, four wounded as US attacks anti-terror forces on Iraq-Syria border: Press TV

One person has lost his life and four others have been wounded in the US military’s air raid against positions of resistance forces operating against terror groups on the Iraqi-Syrian border, an informed source tells Press TV.

The casualties were caused in the early hours of Friday, as the American airstrike targeted facilities used by forces of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) — better known as Hashd al-Sha’abi — at a border point in eastern Syria, where the resistance group has been fighting remnants of the Takfiri Daesh terror group in coordination with the governments in both Arab countries.

In a statement issued after the assault, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the raid had been “deliberate” and meant to “de-escalate the overall situation in both eastern Syria and Iraq.”


Feb 26 08:06

Yemenis stage nationwide protests against Saudi blockade

Tens of thousands of people have staged rallies across Yemen in protest at the all-out Saudi blockade and closure of Sana’a International Airport, which have made it impossible for food and medical supplies to reach the poor in the war-torn country.

Protesters took to the streets in the Damt district of the southern Yemeni province of Dhale on Friday morning in a rally entitled “The Siege of the Coalition of Aggression is Killing Yemeni People.”

They chanted slogans against the United States and the Israeli regime for supporting the Saudi blockade of war-wracked Yemen.

Elsewhere in the southeastern province of Dhamar, Yemeni demonstrators marched on the United Nations office, urging the world body to intervene and lift the brutal siege.

People in Sha’ara area of the mountainous northwestern province of Sa’ada also censured the suffering of the Yemeni people as a result of the tight Saudi-led aerial and naval blockade.

Feb 26 08:06

Biden and Jen Psaki are accused of hypocrisy after old tweets slamming Trump's Middle East air strikes resurface following Syria bombing raid that 'killed 22'

Joe Biden and his press chief have been accused of hypocrisy after old tweets slamming the Trump administration's Middle East air strikes resurfaced following last night's bombing raid on Syria.

The US dropped seven 500-pound precision-guided bombs in a Biden-directed bombardment that reportedly killed 22 Iran-backed militants smuggling weapons at a border crossing with Iraq.

That ferocity of the attack has drawn accusations of double standards because Biden previously referred to Donald Trump as 'erratic' and 'impulsive' for threatening to bomb Iran, while press secretary Jen Psaki questioned the legality of attacking Syria.

Feb 26 08:05

Texas woman files $1BILLION lawsuit against power firm after she was hit with an 'exorbitant' $9,000 electricity bill during devastating winter storm

A Texas woman has filed a $1billion lawsuit against electricity retailer Griddy Energy after she was hit with an 'exorbitant' $9,000 electricity bill during last week's devastating storm that left millions without power.

Lisa Khoury, from Mount Belvieu, claimed that her electricity bill soared from around $200 a month to $9,340 during the storm, according to the class-action lawsuit.

The complaint, which was filed on her behalf in Harris County on Monday, has accused Griddy Energy of overcharging around 29,000 customers 'knowing consumers would be harmed'.

Feb 26 08:04

Boeing had been trying to strengthen 777 engine covers for two YEARS before fan blade snapped off United Airlines flight and broke through the casing leaving debris scattered over Denver suburbs

Boeing had been working to strengthen engine covers on the 777 for two years before the United Airlines flight last weekend where a cowling broke apart over Denver, according to a report Thursday.

The aerospace giant was working with the Federal Aviation Administration to strengthen protective engine covers following similar problems on earlier flights preceding Saturday's emergency landing, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Investigators have attributed Saturday's mid-air incident in Denver to a fan blade that broke off soon after takeoff due to metal fatigue and apparently breached the engine cowling.


Feb 26 08:03

Democrats Rebuke Rand Paul for Defending Children from Transgender Knife

Democrat senators rebuked Sen. Rand Paul, M.D., (R-KY) for questioning a medical nominee about the safety and wisdom of trying to change children’s sex via surgery and drugs.

Democrats — and their media allies — ignored the substance and science of Paul’s questions to Rachel Levine, a man living as a woman who has been nominated by President Joe Biden for a top job at the Department of Health and Human Services.

“It is really critical to me that our nominees be treated with respect and that our questions focus on their qualifications and the work ahead of us, rather than on ideological and harmful misrepresentations like those we hear from Senator Paul earlier,” committee chairwoman Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) told transgender nominee Rachel Levine. “So thank you again for your response,” she added.

Feb 26 07:56

Honduran president says U.S. probe of his alleged drug ties could scuttle cooperation with Washington

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez said on Wednesday that allegations by U.S. prosecutors of his involvement with organized crime could affect cooperation with Washington in fighting drug trafficking.

U.S. prosecutors, in a federal court filing in New York on Feb. 5, said Hernandez used Honduran law enforcement (here) and military officials to protect drug traffickers as part of a plan “to use drug trafficking to help assert power and control in Honduras.”

U.S. prosecutors have said Hernandez accepted a million-dollar bribe (here) from Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who was convicted in 2019 and is serving a life sentence in a U.S. prison.

Hernandez has denied the allegations and he has not been charged with a crime.

Feb 26 07:55

Protester jailed in Belarus for 10 years as U.N. warns of 'human rights crisis'

A Belarusian court sentenced an anti-government protester to 10 years in prison on Thursday, media and activists said, on charges that the opposition says were trumped up as part of a crackdown to keep President Alexander Lukashenko in power.

Aliaksandr Kardziukou was convicted of attempted murder for attacking security forces who were trying to disperse nationwide protests that erupted last August following a contested election that extended Lukashenko’s rule since 1994.

Kardziukou denied wrongdoing, according to local media reports, saying he was confronted by two plain clothes security forces who pulled a gun on him in the city of Brest and killed another protester, Henadz Shutau, as they tried to escape.

Shutau, who died after being shot in the back of the head, was convicted of attacking security officials while the man who shot him was recognised as the victim in the case.

Feb 26 07:54

KKL-JNF board advances controversial $11.5 million purchase of West Bank land

In a contentious vote that passed Thursday by the slimmest of margins, the Jewish National Fund’s board of directors advanced the controversial allocation of NIS 38 million ($11.58 million) in order to purchase lands in the West Bank.

The board of Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) will meet once again after the March 23 election to determine its policies beyond the Green Line and rule on whether to give final approval for the purchase itself.

Left-leaning groups represented on the KKL-JNF board, which includes international Jewish organizations and representatives from Israeli political parties, had been optimistic that they would be able to quash the measure, according to the Haaretz daily.



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Feb 26 07:52

Pictured: ‘Mass grave holding hundreds of bodies from Ethiopian massacre’ at ancient town that is home to Ark of the Covenant

A report showing satellite images allegedly of mass graves holding hundreds bodies from a massacre in an ancient Ethiopian town that is home to the Ark of the Covenant has been released.

Feb 26 07:52

Heating the Planet Through a New Cold War

It began with fire. It ended with ice. In between, there were the storms and floods. And the extremity of it all should have caught anyone’s attention.

First, of course, there was that burning season that set staggering records across California— four million acres incinerated, double the previous high — Oregon, and Washington. Those devastating burns spread as far east as Colorado at a moment when the Southwest may well have entered a climate-change-induced “megadrought.”

Then, of course, there was that Atlantic hurricane season: a record fifth-straight above-normal season with 30 named storms stretching across two alphabets, 12 of which “landed” with often devastating effect in this country. Let’s not forget those floods either, one of which set a record in Michigan.

Feb 26 07:52

Orthodox Jews party in Brooklyn for Purim: Men ignore social distancing to drink in the streets and children dress up in colorful costumes to celebrate sacred festival

Jewish people living in Brooklyn dressed up to celebrate the festival of Purim on Thursday night.

Feb 26 07:52

50,000+ Petition Delivered to Facebook. “Not to Include ‘Zionist’ in Is Hate Speech Policy”

From Menlo Park to Dublin, Johannesburg to Tel Aviv-Yaffo, activists in 17 cities across the globe delivered petitions with over 54,000 signatures to Facebook corporate offices today. The petitions call on the social media giant to not include “Zionist” in its hate speech policy, as Facebook is currently considering. The COVID-safe petition delivery in New York City was live-streamed on Facebook, during a virtual petition delivery event.

Signed by leading human rights activists, academics and artists, the petition calls on Facebook to ensure that any amendments to its hate speech policy keep all people safe – and connected.


Feb 26 07:51

Tensions Between US and Saudi Arabia on the Rise

oe Biden’s ideological commitment to Western liberal values promised to recover old US alliances, which were threatened by Trump’s nationalism – as in the European case. However, the rigid defense of these same values can apparently also hinder important points of American foreign policy, destroying other historic alliances, mainly in the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia, a historical representative of Western interests in the Middle East, remains uncertain about the future of its relations with the US, considering the rise of Biden. So far, Saudi officials have received no contact from the new American president. Not only that: Washington has already stated that it will not make a call to Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and that any matter needing dialogue will be dealt directly with King Salman.

Feb 26 07:49

White House snubs Ted Cruz by saying he’s not welcome on Air Force One for Joe Biden’s trip to Texas because of ‘COVID restrictions’

The White House trolled Senator Ted Cruz on Thursday, saying he wasn't welcome on Air Force One when President Joe Biden travels to Texas because of coronavirus restrictions.

Feb 26 07:49

New York health chief doubles down on Cuomo's claims that COVID was taken into nursing homes by STAFF and defends policy which forced facilities to accept infected patients from hospitals before officials covered up death toll

New York health chief Howard Zucker has doubled down on Andrew Cuomo's claims that COVID-19 was taken into nursing homes by staff, rather than infected patients who sent back to facilities from hospitals under a controversial order from the governor.

Feb 26 07:47

Russian diplomats are forced to leave North Korea on foot while pushing their luggage on a rail trolley after Kim Jong Un closed border to fight Covid

A group of Russian diplomats and their family members returned to Russia from North Korea on a hand-pushed rail trolley on Thursday because of COVID-19 restrictions in the country, Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a Facebook post.



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Feb 26 07:46

Goldman Sachs CEO slams working from home as an 'aberration' and says it will not become the 'new normal' but just 10% of his global workforce are back in the office

Goldman Sachs CEO has slammed working from home as an 'aberration' and said it is not the 'new normal' as he revealed the company is not likely to be offering it as a permanent option.

Feb 26 07:45

No more ultra-cold! FDA says Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine can be shipped and stored at REGULAR freezer temperatures instead of -76ºF in a move to ease rollout

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved storage and transportation of COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc and German partner BioNTech SE at standard freezer temperatures for up to two weeks instead of ultra-cold conditions.

Feb 26 07:42

Mexico to Ban Glyphosate, GM Corn Presidential Decree Comes Despite Intense Pressure from Industry, U.S. Authorities

Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador quietly rocked the agribusiness world with his New Year’s Eve decree to phase out use of the herbicide glyphosate and the cultivation of genetically modified corn. His administration sent an even stronger aftershock two weeks later, clarifying that the government would also phase out GM corn imports in three years and the ban would include not just corn for human consumption but yellow corn destined primarily for livestock. Under NAFTA, the United States has seen a 400% increase in corn exports to Mexico, the vast majority genetically modified yellow dent corn.

The bold policy moves fulfill a campaign promise by Mexico’s populist president, whose agricultural policies have begun to favor Mexican producers, particularly small-scale farmers, and protect consumers alarmed by the rise of obesity and chronic diseases associated with high-fat, high-sugar processed foods.

Feb 26 07:42

US Brings Israel into CENTCOM, The US Military’s Command in the Middle East

he move formalizes regular military exercises among the US, Israel and Arab states, which is “crucial for developing effective theater missile defenses, as well as boosting readiness and interoperability in cyber, counterterrorism, special operations, and maritime security.”

Though the move will take some time to go into effect, the Pentagon’s recent decision to relocate Israel to the area of responsibility (AOR) of the US military’s Central Command (CENTCOM, which operates in the Middle East) is a direct operational reflection of the Abraham Accords, in which Israel normalized relations with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, with Saudi support.

The head of CENTCOM, General Kenneth F. McKenzie, recently told the Middle East Institute,

“We do a lot of business with Israel now just as a practical matter of fact because their threats generally emanate from the east. In a certain way, this is just a natural recognition of that at the operational level.”

Feb 26 07:41

Nearly 800 Organizations and Individuals in the U.S. Demand the Biden Administration End Its Support for the Brutal Moïse Regime in Haiti

Today, February 24, 72 organizations and 700 individuals published an open letter calling for the Biden administration to end its illegal and destructive intervention in Haiti. While Joe Biden and the Democrats condemned the Trump forces for not respecting the results of the U.S. election, they are supporting Jovenel Moïse’s refusal to leave office after his term as president ended on February 7, 2021. Moïse has unleashed violent gangs, the police and the military against protesters who are demanding that he respect the Constitution and step down.

Feb 26 07:40

Biden Opens America’s Southern Border

United States Rep. Linda Sánchez just introduced the most radical piece of immigration legislation in American history. On February 18, she presented the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 to Congress, which seeks to reward illegal aliens at the expense of American citizens. The bill would erase the line between illegal and legal immigration, grant unending amnesty for illegal aliens, return previously deported aliens to the United States, provide tax-payer funded lawyers to aliens facing deportation, encourage asylum fraud, increase legal immigration, and give expensive foreign-aid packages to Central American nations.

Feb 26 07:39

Biden Re-Starts Obama’s War in Syria

Well, now we know why congressional Democrats want China Joe to relinquish control of the nuclear codes. – Four years of peace was just too much for Democrat voters and our corrupt news media to stand, so they did everything they could to ensure that life-long warmonger China Joe Biden was installed into the presidency. Last night, the fruits of their votes and constant propaganda operation against peacemaker Donald J. Trump paid off with the bombing of sites in Syria without any prior notice to congress or the American people, and, at least as of this writing early Friday morning, no White House or presidential statement afterwards attempting to justify this unilateral action.

None. Zip, Zero, Nada.

A Pentagon spokesman did issue a statement, but so far from our sock puppet president, bupkis.

Feb 26 07:38

The Biden administration’s dangerous and racist BREATHE Act

I just caught up with Y.G. Nyghtstorm’s discussion of the BREATHE Act, the centerpiece of BLM’s hard pressure on the American political scene. It’s ostensibly about limiting police brutality, but it actually pushes a comprehensive social agenda. This agenda will not only be hugely damaging to civil society but it’s also terribly racist in its approach to the Black community.

The BREATHE Act, obviously, is a reference to the fact that George Floyd couldn’t breathe while in police custody. The Act ignores the fact that Floyd’s problem wasn’t that the police suffocated him (they acted in complete accordance with guidelines for dealing with people suffering from drug-induced excited delirium) but that he was rapidly dying from a self-induced fentanyl overdose. Instead, as Nyghtstorm explains, “While it’s been presented as a civil rights bill to address police brutality, the BREATHE Act would actually impose a new, 21st-century segregation on society.”

Feb 26 07:32

President Biden Speaks With Saudi Arabia’s King Salman

President Biden spoke with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Thursday ahead of the release of a US intelligence report on the 2018 killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi that is expected to pin the killing on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known as MBS.

US officials have told media outlets that the report is a declassified version of an intelligence assessment that says MBS ordered Khashoggi’s murder that took place in the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul. Saudi Arabia denies that MBS directed the hit.

The Biden administration has said it will reevaluate the US-Saudi relationship. So far, the only real policy change has been an announcement that the US is ending all support for Saudi Arabia’s “offensive” operations in Yemen. But President Biden made it clear that military support will continue if it can be framed as defensive.

Feb 26 07:32

MBS: Why the world may be stuck with the ‘CEO of Saudi Inc’

As the United States prepares to release a declassified version of its intelligence report on the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi by a Saudi hit squad, the world’s focus is on the role the kingdom’s de facto leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, allegedly played in the assassination.

MBS, as he is known, has become increasingly powerful amid his father’s continuing health battles and the political shakeups he has presided over within his own family. In 2020, Wall Street Journal reporters Bradley Hope and Justin Scheck published Blood and Oil: Mohammed Bin Salman’s Ruthless Quest for Global Power in an effort to pull back the curtain on a man who is likely to shape Saudi and regional politics for decades to come.

Feb 26 07:31

US Sends Another Warship Through Taiwan Strait

A US warship sailed through the sensitive Taiwan Strait on Wednesday, the second such passage under the Biden administration. The US Navy’s Seventh Fleet said the guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur made the provocative maneuver.

Beijing denounced the provocation. “The move artificially creates risk factors in the Taiwan Strait, deliberately undermines regional peace and stability, we are firmly opposed to this,” a spokesperson for China’s People’s Liberation Army said.

Earlier this month, the USS John McCain, another guided-missile destroyer, steamed through the Taiwan Strait. After sailing through the Strait, the McCain conducted what the US calls a Freedom of Navigation Operation (FONOP) near the Chinese-claimed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea.

Feb 26 07:30

U.S/NATO “Humanitarian” Rape of Libya

“Today, the government of Libya announced the death of Muammar Qaddafi. This marks the end of a long and painful chapter for the people of Libya, who now have the opportunity to determine their own destiny in a new and democratic Libya.”
–Barack Obama, 20 October 2011; his “Mission Accomplished” speech

Feb 26 07:29

China-US relations: ‘let’s fix our own national messes before competing with Beijing’, says former diplomat

Former US diplomat Chas Freeman urged Washington to focus on making “serious repairs” at home to effectively compete with China, as US President Joe Biden’s administration reviews US policy towards China amid increasingly strained relations.

Freeman is a well-known China hand who was the principal interpreter for Richard Nixon during the 1972 China trip that paved the way for normalised diplomatic relations.

In an online address to the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs this month he argued that the US needed to avoid defining its China policy as a fight against authoritarianism and to focus instead on renewing its competitive capacity given its “unprecedented state of domestic disarray and demoralisation”.

Feb 26 07:28

Republicans introduce bill opposing lifting Iran sanctions

Republican Senator Tom Cotton and more than 40 other lawmakers have introduced bicameral legislation that opposes the lifting of sanctions on Iran, highlighting partisan disapproval of President Joe Biden's calls to return to the 2015 nuclear deal.

The resolution, which was led by Cotton in the Senate and Congressman Mike Gallagher in the House, "rejects and opposes the reapplication of sanctions relief, including the use of waivers, de-listing individuals or entities".

It also opposes reversing the finding that Iran is a jurisdiction of "primary money laundering" and reversing a ban that keeps Iran from accessing the US financial system.

Feb 26 07:28

Afghans—Not American Troops—Must Fix Afghanistan’s Problems

In a recent press conference, Pentagon officials signaled hesitation on the part of the United States to adhere to last year’s peace deal with the Taliban, blaming the group for Afghanistan’s recent streak of violence and saying such actions jeopardized the planned U.S. troop withdrawal. At the bottom, this signals a continued belief in Washington that Afghanistan’s internal state of affairs can justify a U.S. troop presence.

Given the failure of the U.S. war effort, however, this belief deserves closer scrutiny. Should Americans choose how other nations are governed?

For much of the foreign policy community in Washington, the answer is obviously yes. But, upon closer inspection, this “nation-building” argument fails to hold water. It follows that President Joe Biden should stay the course with the peace deal and meet the May 1 deadline of withdrawing all U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

Feb 26 07:27

Washington Helped ‘Liberate’ Egypt. Today It’s An Authoritarian Dystopia

Adecade ago, the Egyptian people rose up against the Hosni Mubarak dictatorship. The so-called Arab Spring seemed to offer a bright future. Egypt went on to hold its first free election, elevating Mohammed Morsi to the presidency.

Alas, Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, overplayed his hand. Lacking control of the military, police, and bureaucracy, he failed to conciliate liberals, secularists, and religious minorities. In July 2013, barely two years after the Egyptian people freed themselves from one tyranny, they found themselves crushed by another, a military regime run by army commander General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and financed by Saudi Arabia.

Feb 26 07:26

Scientists Discover 'All-Natural' COVID Treatment That Can Prevent 'Cytokine Storm' In Severe Patients

A team of scientists from Israel and Iceland has published a new report showing that an extraction of spirulina algae has the potential to reduce the severity of COVID-19 in advanced cases.

The research, first published in a peer-reviewed journal called Marine Biotechnology, found that an extract of photosynthetically manipulated Spirulina is 70% effective in inhibiting the release of the cytokine TNF-a, a small signaling protein used by the immune system.

According to the Jerusalem Post, the research was conducted in a MIGAL laboratory in northern Israel with algae grown and cultivated in Iceland by the Israeli company VAXA. VAXA received funding from the European Union to explore and develop "natural" treatments for coronavirus.

Feb 26 07:25

Are Large Cap Tech Stocks In Big Trouble?

Feb 26 07:25

Day of reckoning for the Viking raider: Billionaire embroiled in Icesave collapse that cost British savers £4bn to finally face court

It has been more than a decade since 300,000 British savers lost £4billion in the blockbuster collapse of Icesave.

Feb 26 07:23

Boeing had been trying to strengthen 777 engine covers for two YEARS before fan blade snapped off United Airlines flight and broke through the casing leaving debris scattered over Denver suburbs

Aerospace giant was said to be working with the FAA to strengthen the covers
Investigators have attributed Saturday's incident in Denver to a fan blade that broke off due to metal fatigue and apparently breached the engine cover

Feb 26 07:22

See Mars up-close! NASA Perseverance's high resolution panorama reveals rocks that have been eroded by Martian winds for billions of years and structures that may have been formed by ancient volcanoes

NASA shared Perseverance's first high resolution panorama, revealing intricate and interesting details
The scene was captured by the rover's powerful Mast Camera that NASA programmed with 5,000 commands

Feb 26 07:19

Record low number of foreign crooks are being kicked out of UK after deportations slumped by 34% last year, figures reveal

Just 3,374 were booted out - a third fewer than 2019 and lowest figure for decade
The Home Office has struggled amid coronavirus-related travel restrictions

Feb 26 07:19

Coalition Plans To Expand Giant ISIS Prison In Syria

The U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition is funding a dramatic expansion of a large detention facility in northeastern Syria, a move that may reduce the chance of breakouts but which signals that no better way is in sight to deal with captured foreign and local militants.

The effort will double in size the current facility at Hasakah, a series of three converted school buildings that holds roughly 5,000 prisoners, according to British Army Maj. Gen. Kevin Copsey, the coalition’s deputy commander for strategy.

The makeshift prisons are operated by America’s Kurdish partners, the coalition-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF. The international coalition has over the years offered funding and support to harden their security. A British Ministry of Defense spokesperson confirmed that the U.K. is funding the Hasakah effort, which Copsey called “quite a significant expansion.” Once completed, the now-crowded and crumbling facility will meet Red Cross standards, Copsey said.

Feb 26 07:18

Myanmar police fire into air to disperse protests as Suu Kyi's lawyer says access denied

Police dispersed protesters in Myanmar's two biggest cities on Friday, firing stun grenades, rubber bullets and guns into the air, witnesses said, as the challenge to the army's bid to re-impose its rule showed no sign of slackening.

a group of people riding on the back of a truck: Riot police officers get on a police vehicle during a rally against the military coup, in Yangon© Reuters/STRINGER Riot police officers get on a police vehicle during a rally against the military coup, in Yangon
At least one person was wounded in the protests in the main city of Yangon, a witness said, and several people were hurt in the second city of Mandalay.

Police were not immediately available for comment.

The Southeast Asian country has been in crisis since the army seized power on Feb. 1 and detained government leader Aung San Suu Kyi and much of her party leadership after the military complained of fraud in a November election her party won. The election commission said the vote was fair.

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Yeah, and we are still being told our last election was fair!

Feb 26 07:18

New report by Israeli NGOs evaluates impact of military invasions of Palestinian homes on families’ mental health

“It happens nearly every night. Without warning, without a search warrant, without a court order. While you are sleeping peacefully, a Palestinian family is woken up abruptly.

“Their children are gathered in a room, afraid, trying to understand why they were suddenly yanked out of bed by masked soldiers who are now standing in the middle of their living room, photographing them, opening their drawers, speaking to them in broken Arabic.

“When the soldiers leave the house, they leave behind much more than a mess in the living room. The Palestinian family is left with trauma: with fear of what the next night will bring, children who wet their beds, and a feeling of being unsafe in their own home, of a loss of control. Every such invasion shatters the most basic premise of being a parent – the knowledge that they can protect their children.”

Feb 26 07:17

'I hope they do!' Elon Musk responds to rumors the SEC will probe his tweets promoting Dogecoin and says an investigation would be 'awesome'

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said he welcomes a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into his tweets promoting the 'joke' cryptocurrency Dogecoin.

Feb 26 07:17

Kandahar Police Accused of Torture, Sexual Assault

A young man from the southern province of Kandahar has accused the police in the province of beating him, forcing him to make a confession, and sexually assaulting him. Others interviewed by TOLOnews also claimed they were abused by the Kandahar police department.

The young man said that the police forced him to confess to a robbery and then sexually assaulted him.

The victim is now in Kabul to demand justice.

Meanwhile, another man said he was tortured while in police custody and his teeth were broken and now he cannot hear properly.

Police in Kandahar have denied these allegations.

Feb 26 07:16

India, Pakistan militaries agree to stop cross-border firing in rare joint statement

The militaries of India and Pakistan said in a rare joint statement on Thursday that they had agreed to observe a ceasefire along the disputed border in Kashmir, having exchanged fire hundreds of times in recent months.

The nuclear-armed neighbours signed a ceasefire agreement along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Kashmir region in 2003, but the truce has frayed in recent years, and there have been mounting casualties among villagers living close to the de facto border.

“Both sides agreed for strict observance of all agreements, understandings and cease firing along the Line of Control and all other sectors with effect from midnight 24/25 Feb 2021,” the joint statement said.

Feb 26 07:16

Amnesty says Eritrean troops killed hundreds of Ethiopian civilians in Axum

Eritrean soldiers killed hundreds of civilians in Ethiopia’s ancient town of Axum between Nov. 28 and 29, rights group Amnesty International said on Friday, one of several mass killings reported during a conflict that erupted nearly four months ago in the northern region of Tigray.

“Over an approximately 24-hour period, on 28-29 November 2020, Eritrean troops operating in the Ethiopian city of Axum killed many hundreds of civilians,” Amnesty said, citing 41 witnesses.

The rights group said that the mass execution of civilians by Eritrean troops may amount to crimes against humanity.

The Ethiopian government’s emergency task force for the Tigray said on Thursday that investigations into violence in Axum were underway.

Feb 26 07:15

Costco will raise its minimum wage to $16 an hour - more than Amazon and Target - in the hope employees will stay with the company for longer

Costco Wholesale Corp is raising the minimum wage for its hourly staff to $16 from next week, a dollar more than what its competitors Amazon.com Inc and Target Corp pay per hour.

Feb 26 07:15

Hunger-striking Ethiopia politicians ‘deteriorating’ in jail

Lawyers representing jailed Ethiopian opposition politicians say they are concerned for the lives of their clients, whose hunger strike has gone on for nearly a month and drawn international attention as they protest their treatment by the government.

“Four of them have continued with their hunger strike and their health is deteriorating quickly,” lawyer Tokuma Daba told The Associated Press news agency, saying he last visited them on Monday. “Our concern now is for their lives. We are told by medics that they need a sophisticated medical treatment, which is lacking now. It is really concerning.”

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