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by Bernard on Sun May 2nd, 2021 at 08:04:28 PM EST
by Cat on Fri May 7th, 2021 at 10:30:01 PM EST
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in spirit, if not flesh
by Cat on Sat May 8th, 2021 at 07:43:51 PM EST
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UK threatens to charge Palestine Action with terrorism
Arnott has been charged with conspiracy to commit criminal damage against property belonging to Israel's Elbit Systems in the UK and its property manager Jones Lang LaSalle.
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Palestine Action activist Richard Barnard, who is also facing multiple charges in relation to direct actions against Elbit and LaSalle, told The Electronic Intifada that he recently experienced something similar when questioned by London's Metropolitan Police.
by Cat on Sat May 8th, 2021 at 08:13:41 PM EST
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Of course all related security products "made in Israel" has a back door ...

Australian military to stop using Elbit's battle management system | JPost - May 5, 2021 |

ADM Comment: This flies in the of industry sources who note that in the past 12 months the program has failed two security related milestones and the Commonwealth enforced a stop payment point last year.

Elbit must have known that they were heading towards a decision point that was not entirely in their favour. The suddenness and nature of the cancellation however cannot be answered without calling into question the national security aspect. Back doors into such systems are well known and even expected in some cases. What has happened in this case? We may never know the exact nature of the issue at this unclassified level. The is the nature of Defence.

by Oui on Sat May 8th, 2021 at 08:53:06 PM EST
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About 90 Palestinians injured in Israeli crackdown: Live
"a day after Israeli police stormed Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque and injured 205 Palestinians"
by Cat on Sun May 9th, 2021 at 02:27:02 PM EST
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by Bernard on Tue May 11th, 2021 at 06:02:22 PM EST
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by Bernard on Thu May 13th, 2021 at 05:54:08 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri May 14th, 2021 at 01:40:50 PM EST
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Biden's U.N. honeymoon is over
The United States, isolated among the 15 members of the U.N. Security Council in closed-door discussions around issuing a statement calling for restraint on all sides, twice this week used its veto power to block agreement on the statement, diplomats from three Security Council members told POLITICO.
Jim Crow Fusion filibuster quashed
When China, Vietnam, Tunisia and several European members of the Council then proposed to move to an open debate on the issue Friday, the U.S. issued a last-minute objection Thursday, meaning the debate will not take place until at least Tuesday.
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Linda Thomas-Greenfield to cater Louisiana comfort food buffet
by Cat on Fri May 14th, 2021 at 02:10:29 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue May 18th, 2021 at 03:15:12 AM EST
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by Cat on Fri May 14th, 2021 at 02:27:14 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat May 15th, 2021 at 03:08:06 PM EST
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by Bernard on Tue May 18th, 2021 at 08:22:53 PM EST
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Israeli military accused of using media to trick Hamas
Hours later, the military issued a "clarification." There were no troops inside Gaza. But by then, several major news outlets had erroneously reported the ground offensive was under way.

"They didn't lie," said Or Heller, a veteran military correspondent on Israel's Channel 13 TV. "It was a ["]manipulation["]. It was smart and it was successful."

by Cat on Sat May 15th, 2021 at 03:23:09 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat May 15th, 2021 at 08:06:59 PM EST
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This is very unfair. How are the poor Israelis to know when this is US policy and when the opposite is the case?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat May 15th, 2021 at 08:12:37 PM EST
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Benny Gantz to Facebook and TikTok executives: You must take action
a Zoom meeting Thursday night with Facebook executives Nick Clegg, Vice President for Global Affairs and Communications; Joel Kaplan, Vice President of Global Public Policy; and Jordana Cutler, Public Policy Director, Israel & the Jewish Diaspora.

He also held a Zoom meeting with TikTok executives Cormac Keenan, Head of Trust & Safety; Theo Bertram, TikTok's Director of Government Relations and Public Policy in Europe; and Liz Kanter, Director of Government Relations and Public Policy.

by Cat on Fri May 14th, 2021 at 06:49:20 PM EST
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and that's OK!
by Cat on Fri May 14th, 2021 at 07:29:11 PM EST
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India: How COVID disaster dents Narendra Modi's well-crafted image
"'Analysts tend to rely on a traditional model of voter behavior. In India, people actually decide upfront that they like Modi and then they find different justifications to provide that support,' [Milan Vaishnav, director of the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace] added."
by Cat on Mon May 10th, 2021 at 10:23:34 PM EST
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Comparison of British, US and French colonial rule:

by Bernard on Thu May 13th, 2021 at 08:11:43 PM EST
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The runner ups are also interesting...

by Bernard on Sat May 15th, 2021 at 08:13:13 PM EST
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Sweden is runner up, so I had to go look at the data. It says on the bottom of the chart "usng data from Forbes world's billionaires list"

Checking that list, I notice the highest ranked swede is Stefan Persson owner of H&M. So the value of H&M has risen quicker then the Swedish GDP during 2021. But most H&M departments aren't in Sweden.

Next on the list are the Rausings, owners of Tetra Lavel. Their whole family moved to London some decades ago to avoid taxes. And Tetra Lavel is also a global company.

And so on. So compared to its size, Sweden has as passport holders an outsized proportion of the global ownership class, I guess?

Interesting concept, poor execution.

by fjallstrom on Sat May 15th, 2021 at 10:54:24 PM EST
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Guardian
Protasevich was flying on an intra-EU flight from Athens to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, when the plane was diverted to Minsk. According to online flight data, the plane was over Belarusian airspace when it diverted course but was closer to Vilnius than Minsk.

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Forcing the emergency landing of a European jetliner would be an extraordinary act even for Lukashenko's government, which has launched a broad crackdown on opposition leaders and independent media.

European officials reacted angrily on Sunday, as governments that have been strongly critical of Lukashenko called the grounding of an airliner a dangerous act without precedent.

Without precedent?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun May 23rd, 2021 at 04:30:42 PM EST
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Macron asks Rwanda to forgive France over 1994 genocide role
French President Emmanuel Macron has asked Rwandans to forgive France for its role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide in which about 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus died.

Speaking at the genocide memorial in Rwanda's capital Kigali, he said France had not heeded warnings of impending carnage and had for too long "valued silence over examination of the truth".

But France had not been an accomplice in the killings, Mr Macron added.

Rwanda's leader praised his speech.

President Paul Kagame said, "His words were something more valuable than an apology. They were the truth." He called it "an act of tremendous courage".

by Bernard on Thu May 27th, 2021 at 08:54:41 PM EST
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by Bernard on Fri May 28th, 2021 at 09:16:05 PM EST
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Nuclear Flashcards: US Secrets Exposed on Learning Apps
The flashcards Bellingcat discovered were publicly available as far back as 2013, and some were being used as recently as April 2021.

Bellingcat said those it had viewed appeared to have been removed after it contacted NATO and the U.S. military for comment before it published its article.

by Cat on Sat May 29th, 2021 at 10:49:48 PM EST
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The USAF is commanded by idiots and staffed by morons.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Thu Jun 3rd, 2021 at 06:09:23 PM EST
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Denmark and NSA Spying On EU Allies

German prosecutors close case on NSA spying scandal | DW - Oct. 5, 2017 |

Germany's BND spy agency relies heavily on resources and tools supplied by its American aliles. The NSA reportedly provided German agents with spying software in exchange for data sharing. Also, the BND and it domestic intelligence couterpart BfV were accused of assisting the NSA in its global surveillance programs.

by Oui on Sun May 30th, 2021 at 06:10:04 PM EST
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