This country has been having a nationwide nervous breakdown since 9/11. A nation of people suddenly broke, the market economy goes to shit, and they’re threatened on every side by an unknown, sinister enemy. But I don't think fear is a very effective way of dealing with things—of responding to reality. Fear is just another word for ignorance.”

- Hunter S. Thompson, gonzo journalist

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US tells Israel to end its war with Hamas within a month as growing death toll in Gaza sparks concerns MikeRivero Fri, 12/08/2023 - 12:54

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has told Israeli officials he expects their war in Gaza to be brought to close within a month, sources claimed.

As the world crumbles around the edges with accelerated attacks in Gaza, military skirmishes in Syria and Iraq, a broken southern border and a US financial system threatening imminent disintegration, a majority of Americans are operating under the assumption that the 2024 election will solve all its problems. 

Some of you probably noticed that the entire media was relying on numbers from the Gaza authorities (they have some complicated way of claiming it’s the PA acting autonomously, but it’s literally Hamas – the PA has no ability to act autonomously in Gaza) for the death tolls, and maybe thought it was weird that the media wasn’t making an effort to claim that they were exaggerating the deaths.

Well, the reason the media didn’t want to touch that is that the death estimates – as we’ve said several times – were totally low-balled.

Israel-Palestine war: Israeli forces destroy central archive of Gaza city MikeRivero Fri, 12/08/2023 - 08:30

Heavy Israeli bombardment has destroyed the central archive of Gaza City, according to the Gaza municipality. 

Photos published by local media and Birzeit University in the occupied West Bank showed the building heavily damaged, with papers and documents littering the floor. 

While US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has been frantically shuttling around the Middle East trying to stop the Israeli conflict in Gaza from exploding into a regional war, the United States has also sent two aircraft-carrier strike groups, a Marine expeditionary unit and 1,200 extra troops to the Midd

Benjamin Netanyahu’s hold on his position as prime minister of Israel appears increasingly tenuous.

Many Israelis hold him and his cabinet responsible for the security failures of October 7, and he has come under heavy domestic criticism for his handling of the war on Gaza. Add to that the fact he has long been bogged down by corruption charges and criticism over plans to change the judicial system.

A bereaved father, whose 8-year-old son was shot dead by soldiers, stood this week at the entrance to his home at the border of the Jenin refugee camp and stated the simple truth: "These children will never forgive the soldiers. You're raising another generation of resistance. Now our children want Israeli children to be killed too."

The ancient Othman bin Qashqar Mosque, located in the old town of Gaza City, was bombed by Israeli warplanes on Thursday, causing casualties among people and damage to nearby homes, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

The mosque was built in the year 620 Hijra (1220 AD), and it is one of the oldest mosques and archaeological sites in the Gaza Strip. 

The Biden administration’s steadfast support of Israel in its war against Hamas in Gaza has cost him tremendous political capital internationally, according to Ian Bremmer, the CEO and founder of the Eurasia Group.

Washington’s stated unconditional backing of Israel — politically, financially, and militarily — has been a longstanding pillar of its Middle East foreign policy.