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The International Criminal Court lacks jurisdiction over Israel and should not consider it equivalent with Hamas in any way, the White House and the State Department both said Monday.

ICC chief prosecutor Karim Khan has accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant – as well as Hamas leaders Yahya Sinwar, Mohammed Diab Ibrahim al-Masri, and Ismail Haniyeh – of “war crimes and crimes against humanity” in Gaza and Israel.

“The ICC prosecutor’s application for arrest warrants against Israeli leaders is outrageous,” US President Joe Biden said in a written statement. “And let me be clear: whatever this prosecutor might imply, there is no equivalence – none – between Israel and Hamas.  We will always stand with Israel against threats to its security.”

Webmaster addition: Killing children is NOT "defense."

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky’s decision not to hold elections means his government has no legitimacy, according to Dmitry Medvedev, the head of Russia’s Security Council.

Zelensky’s five-year mandate expired on Tuesday but he has argued that the Ukrainian constitution does not allow him to call new presidential or parliamentary elections during martial law, which he declared in February 2022.

“All these manipulations with laws mean only one thing – the death of the failed state of Ukraine, its transformation into a classic failed state, to use American vocabulary,” Medvedev told TASS news agency on Monday.

The US and its allies have supported Zelensky’s efforts to stay in power because they feared “the shameful fall of his criminal regime,” Medvedev added.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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  • On May 20, the Russian Ministry of Defense recorded no case of hostilities and ceasefire violations in the Idlib region in the past 24 hours;
  • On May 20, Israeli warplanes attacked a truck in the Al-Qusayr area. Four people reportedly were killed and 17 others were wounded;
  • On May 19, unknown gunmen killed two members of a group affiliated with the SAA at the entrance of the city of Jasem.
Tags: ISRAEL, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, SYRIA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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India more than doubled its diamond imports from Russia to 728,000 carats in March from the same period a year ago amid dwindling supplies from Belgium and the United Arab Emirates, according to data from the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry. This not only reflects India’s defiance of European Union sanctions on Russia but also reaffirms the major efforts by Moscow and New Delhi to boost bilateral trade exchanges.

In search of market diversification, in one year, India increased imports of precious stones from several countries, increasing purchases from Canada to 354,000 carats compared to March of the previous year. Imports of diamonds from China increased by 2,000 carats, and shipments from Hong Kong increased by 15% over the same period.

According to the data, diamond imports from Belgium fell by 2 million carats to 2.1 million carats during the same period and from the United Arab Emirates by 900,000 carats to 7.3 million carats. The United States reduced its diamond exports to the South Asian country to 155,000 carats, Israel to 110,000 carats, Botswana to 214,000 carats and South Africa to 255,000 carats.

Tags: ECONOMY, PAKISTAN/ INDIA, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
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  • Russian strikes were reported in Odessa;
  • Russian strikes were reported in Kharkiv and its outskirts;
  • Russian strikes were reported in Kupyansk;
  • Explosions thundered in the Poltava region;
  • On May 20, the Ukrainian military targeted civilian area on the outskirts of Luhansk with French-made SCALP-EG missiles. At least five civilians were wounded;
  • At least six civilians were wounded as a result of the Ukrainian attack in Vasilyevka in the Zaporozhie region;
  • On May 19, two civilians were killed and another was wounded in the DPR. On May 20, at least two civilians were wounded by explosives dropped by Ukrainian UAVs, 6 more civilians were wounded as a result of the shelling by NATO ammunition;
  • At least 11 Ukrainian UAVs, three rockets of Olkha MLRS, US-made HARM missile were intercepted in the Belgorod region;
  • Two Ukrainian UAVs were destroyed in the Kursk region;
  • Russian forces advanced near Keramik;
  • Russian forces advanced in Vovchansk;
  • Russian forces advanced in Klischiivka;
  • Russian forces advanced in Chasov Yar;
  • Russian forces eliminated 60 servicemen, one tank, one armoured personnel carrier, three motor vehicles, one D-20 howitzer, one Gvozdika system in the Kupyansk area;
Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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In February 2024, the former Defense Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Shoigu reported to the President that the Russian military destroyed Ukrainian stronghold on the eastern bank of the Dnieper River in the Kherson region and took control of the village of Krynki. According to the Russian military official, Russian forces established their observation posts in the settlement. However, it turned out the official claims were premature.

The battles in Krynki began last year after Ukrainian counteroffensive in the Zaporozhie region failed. The Ukrainian military managed to gain a foothold in the area of the village but failed to expand the zone of their control and develop any advance in the region. As a result, the Ukrainian grouping in Krinky and reinforcement that attempted to cross the Dnieper River were pounded by Russian shelling and drone, missile strikes.

Russian President Vladimir Putin once commented on the battles in the area, confirming that the Russian army was not in a hurry to destroy the Ukrainian garrison in Krinky. Russian forces were aimed to inflict maximum damage to the enemy. Thus, the Russian military achieved the goal of the battle for Krinky. The Armed Forces of Ukraine suffered heavy losses in manpower on the Russian eastern bank.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Update(1437ET): More details have emerge of the helicopter crash in remote far northern Iran on Sunday which killed President Ebrahim Raisi and some top officials. Iranian state media is citing a "technical failure" which caused the helicopter to crash in the site of a mountain not far from the border of Azerbaijan. Iran state media has also blamed US-led sanctions which have heavily targeted its aviation sector for years. The Bell helicopter transporting the Iranian head of state was reportedly at least 40 years old, but there was also inclement weather and heavy fog in the region over the weekend.

State funerals are being planned, reportedly which will take place over three cities in as many days, which will include public processions. Heads of state allied with Iran are expected to attend, and it will be interesting to see whether Russia's Putin and China's Xi will be attending in Tehran. As for the White House, it has released the following message via John Kirby: he offered the government’s "condolences" for the death of President Raisi, but he said "we’re going to continue to stand with the Iranian people as they fight for their own civil rights and, as they should, and we’re going to continue to hold Iran accountable for all their destabilizing behavior in the region, which continues to this day."

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, IRAN, ISRAEL, UN
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The dirt that Andrey Derkach shared about Hunter’s Burisma corruption scandal made him an enemy of the American and Ukrainian governments.

Former Ukrainian MP Andrey Derkach, who’s reviled by the Biden Administration for sharing dirt about Hunter Biden’s Burisma corruption scandal with Trump’s former lawyer Rudy Giuliani ahead of the 2020 elections, just gave a very important interview to Belarus’ BelTA where be blew the whistle even louder. According to him, the $6 million bribe that was paid in cash to shut down the investigation into the First Son’s scandal eventually found its way to the Ukrainian Armed Forces and its military-intelligence agency.

Derkach claimed to have proof of the secret court order that divided these funds between those two, with the first investing its portion into building up their country’s drone army while the second financed terrorist attacks like the assassination of Darya Dugina, which he specifically mentioned in the interview. These allegations expand upon the ones that he shared earlier this year regarding the real-world impact of Hunter’s corruption scandal, which were analyzed here at the time.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WHITE HOUSE
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President Joe Biden on Monday said it was 'outrageous' that the International Criminal Court put out arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant.

Biden said there was 'no equivalence' between Israel and Hamas.  

'The ICC prosecutor’s application for arrest warrants against Israeli leaders is outrageous. And let me be clear: whatever this prosecutor might imply, there is no equivalence — none — between Israel and Hamas. We will always stand with Israel against threats to its security,' he said in a statement.

British prosecutor Karim Khan said he is seeking warrants for Netanyahu and Gallant, as well as three Hamas leaders. The ICC charges the leaders with charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in relation to the Oct. 7 attack and the war in Gaza.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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Benjamin Netanyahu has furiously condemned the International Criminal Court for 'daring to compare' Israel with 'mass murderers' after an arrest warrant was issued for both the Israeli prime minister and Hamas leaders.

British prosecutor Karim Khan announced on Monday that he is seeking warrants for Netanyahu, Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant, as well as three Hamas terror chiefs including Yahya Sinwar, the ruler in Gaza who masterminded October 7.

Israel's prime minister labelled the comparison a 'distortion of reality' and accused the prosecutor of 'callously pouring gasoline on the fires of antisemitism that are raging across the world'.

The country's Foreign Minister Israel Katz also slammed the move, calling it an 'unrestrained frontal assault' on the victims of October 7 and a 'historical disgrace that will be remembered forever'. He said he was establishing a task force to fight against the decision.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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This is the true story of how my mom survived the war to resist America's invasion. My mom was born in 1961 and she was 14 when the war ended. This is just one of millions of stories of Vietnamese people who survived decades of war against fascism, colonialism, and imperialism. Thank you for listening!

Tags: WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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A top advisor to Anthony Fauci bragged about 'how to make emails disappear' and deleting 'smoking guns' to avoid scrutiny, lawmakers investigating the origins of COVID-19 revealed Thursday.

The shocking comments were from government health official Dr. David Morens, a senior advisor to Fauci from 1998 until 2022.

Some of Morens' emails have been obtained by congressional subpoena and were read out by House Oversight Chairman James Comer in a hearing Thursday, part of lawmakers' probe into the theory that covid came from a leak in a Chinese lab.

Morens, who works at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), wrote about deleting his communications to avoid turning them over to the public under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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President Joe Biden on Monday insisted Israel was not committing genocide in Gaza after the International Criminal Court put out arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant.

And he also reassured the crowd his administration was doing everything it can to free the hostages, adding that one of them was present at his event - and then quickly correcting himself that it was not the case.

'My administration is working around the clock to free the remaining hostages just as we have freed some hostages already. Here with us today is Hersh Goldberg-Polin. He's not here. He's still being held hostage,' Biden at a Jewish American Heritage Month celebration in the White House Rose Garden.

Goldberg-Poli is a 23-year-old Israeli American who has been held hostage since Hamas attacked Israel on October 7th. 

During his remarks, Biden doubled down on his support for Israel. 

'What is happening is not genocide. We reject that,' Biden told the crowd.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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Former Republican governor of Ohio and MSNBC political analyst John Kasich suggested that President Joe Biden may not be the presidential nominee for the Democratic Party.

Pointing to polling data, Americans’ concerns on the economy and concerns regarding Biden’s cognitive health, Kasich said that there is a good chance that the party will end up choosing someone else for the election.

“I’m starting to wonder that there’s a real possibility that Joe Biden will not be the Democrat nominee,” Kasich stated.

Asked where he got the information, Kasich noted that Biden is trailing behind Trump in swing state polls.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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Today, the world is dominated by ultra-powerful governments, ultra-powerful banks and ultra-powerful corporations. -- The little guy is being absolutely crushed, but it won’t be too long before the deeply corrupt system that the ultra-wealthy have created suddenly implodes right in front of their eyes.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Maybe we should rephrase the slogan to you’ll appear to own things you don’t actually control and be happy. Does that generate the intended warm and fuzzy feeling?

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP
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The study, supported with money from the National Institutes of Health and the University of Texas, was published just a few weeks ago and looked at data from over 90 million patients across the U.S.

Tags: SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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Low vitamin D levels are linked to an increased risk of cancers, while vitamin D can attach to the vitamin D receptor (VDR) in your cells, setting off a series of signals that may affect how they grow, develop and survive.

Although increasing vitamin D levels may help to reduce cancer deaths, health officials rarely recommend optimising levels for this purpose.

Vitamin D targets cancer in multiple ways, including anticancer, antimetastatic and anti-tumorigenic effects.

Tags: SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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And so we’ve come to the point of the war in Ukraine in which the west’s ‘Knight in Shining armor’, the ‘defender of democracy’ Volodymyr Zelensky has outrun his Constitutional Presidential mandate, and is now in power only by virtue of the martial law he enacted.

That is just the most dramatic of the absolutely disheartening (for Kiev) series of developments.

To begin with, a series of videos have surfaced showing how the streets of Ukraine now are deserted, with men hiding from conscription into the army – and somehow, everyone else seemed to have stayed at home, too.

Watch: Deserted streets as the new mobilization law came into force on May 18th.

In the context of the rapidly progressing Russian Federation forces, even deep-state aligned papers like WaPo feel compelled to report on the shitshow.

They are catching up to TGP’s report on the abnormal powers held by Zelensky’s top aide Andrey Yermak. So now, they’ve come as far as writing:

“If actor and comedian Volodymyr Zelensky’s top credential when he was elected in 2019 was that he’d played a president on TV, the top qualification of his all-powerful chief of staff, Andrey Yermak, was being Zelensky’s friend.”

Ouch. 

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
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The national security of the United States will remain in perpetual jeopardy until the installed administration is out of office. Joe Biden is the laughing stock of the world as America’s enemies are ramping up the attacks.

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued an enforcement alert urging water systems to take immediate action to protect the nation’s drinking water from foreign cyberattacks.

Cyberattacks against water utilities across the country are becoming more frequent and severe, the agency announced Monday.

EPA officials warn approximately 70 percent of utilities inspected by federal officials over the last year violated standards designed to mitigate cyber threats.

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET/AI, CURRENT EVENTS
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