Friday, June 14, 2024

H5N1 Plandemic, Biden's Offer to MbS and Other News of the Day

Happy Friday folks. Now I am off to toil in the sun on a play-pen for toddlers. 

Bird flu is rampant in animals. Humans ignore it at our own peril

(Have the finally decided on the next PLANDEMIC? This one, according to them, could just naturally transform into something that takes the world by storm. No need for bat soup stories or for framing China, China, China, CHINA, China)

from CNN  (H/T T)

Mark Naniot remembers 2022 as the summer from hell.

As the co-founder of Wild Instincts animal rescue in Wisconsin’s Northwoods, Naniot and his team spent the season sweating in gloves, gowns, smocks and masks and going through what felt like endless rounds of disinfection as they moved between the cages of the sick and injured animals they cared for.

The precautions were necessary for a trio of infectious diseases occurring with some frequency in wild animals that summer: Covid-19 was still making life difficult, and a devastating contagion called chronic wasting disease was showing up in deer in the area.

Then, there was H5N1 bird flu to contend with. “It’s highly, highly transmissible,” said Naniot, who has been involved in animal rescue for 35 years...

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Joe Biden Should Press Hold on Saudi-Israel Normalization

(This fucking horrible deal comes from MbS telling the world months ago that they will suspend all trade and potential deals with Israel until they recognize Palestinian statehood. Our sycophantic collaborators in D.C. rushed over there and dropped to their knees promising the moon and the stars to S.A. in an effort to buy them off. What does S.A. do for us? They recognize Israel. WTF does that do for us? Should be TREASON on Biden's part. U.S. lives to defend the kings of Saud? Are you fucking shitting me? They also know this will drive a wedge between the kingdom and other Muslim nations who back Palestinian statehood like Iran. This is TREASON and it is an attempt to relieve pressure on Israel that could bring an end to the genocide in Gaza. It is pathetic.)

from National Interest

Amid the horrors of the war in Gaza, a better future awaits the Middle East. A grand bargain is on offer that would establish diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel, move toward a two-state solution, and create a bulwark against Iran via a U.S.-Saudi defense treaty. 

But we are not there yet. Before normalization, the Saudis insist that Israel take “credible and irreversible” steps toward a two-state solution. The current Israeli government won’t take those steps, meaning normalization will have to wait for a more centrist government. Since the structure of the grand bargain is that nothing is agreed upon until everything is agreed upon, a deal is not at hand. That means the United States should shift focus away from its attempt to get an accord before the presidential election in November. Instead, Washington and Riyadh should lay a firm foundation for the next U.S. president to finish the deal.

To review the bidding in the grand bargain, the United States would commit to a binding defense treaty with Saudi Arabia, provide it with civilian nuclear reactors, streamlined weapons sales, and access to advanced chips for Artificial Intelligence development. Saudi Arabia would recognize Israel, limit Chinese participation in sensitive sectors such as high-tech, and sign a Safeguards Agreement and possibly the Additional Protocol with the International Atomic Energy Agency to govern the use of nuclear reactors. Israel would commit to a two-state solution (process)...

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The Shift: Bowman’s Bad Poll

from Mondoweiss

We’re less than two weeks away from the Democratic primary in New York’s 16th district and things are not looking good for Rep. Jamaal Bowman.

A new poll from Emerson College shows Bowman’s challenger, Westchester County Executive George Latimer, leading 48% to 31%.

Latimer is backed by AIPAC and the financial discrepancy is staggering. So far Bowman has spent less than $2 million on the race, while AIPAC alone has spent $13 million in support of Latimer. They’re projected to spend $25 million on the race altogether.

Bowman became a target of pro-Israel lobbying groups the moment he mounted a campaign against longtime House member and pro-Israel zealot Eliot Engel four years ago. Since ousting Engel in that upset, Bowman has remained a thorn in the lobby’s side, but things really got serious after October 7th. Not only was he one of the first Congressional members to call for a ceasefire in Gaza, he’s defended use of the phrase “For the River to the Sea”, is also one of the only politicians to call what’s happening a genocide, and has even questioned the official Israeli narrative of what happened on October 7th...

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Gaza resistance sources say fear is rising U.S. pier will be used for forced displacement of Palestinians

(Nakba Pier)

from Mondoweiss

In March 2024, U.S. President Joe Biden announced in his State of the Union address that the U.S. would be building a temporary “floating pier” on the Gaza shoreline to deliver humanitarian aid to the starving population in Gaza. “No U.S. boots will be on the ground,” he promised.

Since then, however, critics have raised concerns that the pier is not only being used for “humanitarian” purposes but is being employed for military activities that aid in the ongoing Israeli genocide in Gaza.

An intelligence source from within the resistance in Gaza, who spoke to Mondoweiss under conditions of anonymity, says there are mounting signs the U.S. pier could also be used to forcibly displace Palestinians. This would provide an alternative to the original Israeli plan of forcing Palestinians into the Sinai, which was rejected by Egypt early on in the war.

“The floating pier project is an American solution to the displacement dilemma in Gaza,” the source said. “It goes beyond both the Israeli solution of displacing Gazans into Sinai…and the Egyptian suggestion of displacing [Gazans] into the Naqab [desert].”

Instead, the source said, the U.S. pier would be used to facilitate the displacement of Gazans to Cyprus, and then eventually to Lebanon or Europe...

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How the US government uses NGOs to corrupt ‘civil society’ around the world

from RT

In the West, and beyond, pressure groups operating under the banner of “human rights non-governmental organizations” (NGOs) have become key actors in disseminating war propaganda, intimidating academics, and corrupting civil society. These outfits act as gatekeepers determining which voices should be elevated and which should be censored and canceled.

Civil society is imperative to balance the power of the state, but governments are increasingly seeking to hijack it through NGOs they fund. They can enable a loud minority to override a silent majority.

In the 1980s, the Reagan doctrine exacerbated the problem as these “human rights NGOs” were financed by the government and staffed by people with ties to intelligence agencies, to ensure civil society won’t deviate significantly from government policies...

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Israeli defence minister rejects French plan towards defusing border tensions with Lebanon

(Anyone working to resolve these conflicts is considered hostile by the corrupt leaders in Israel who are keeping the conflicts going in order to remain in power.)

from al Jazeera

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant has ruled out joining an initiative promoted by French President Emmanuel Macron in which France, the United States and Israel would form a contact group to work on defusing tensions on Israel’s border with Lebanon.

“As we fight a just war, defending our people, France has adopted hostile policies against Israel,” Gallant said in a statement. “Israel will not be a party to the trilateral framework proposed by France.”

Tensions boil in Rafah as Biden blames Hamas for Gaza truce delay

(Blame the victim. Typical bully bullshit)

from Daily Sabah

Residents reported Israeli helicopters striking Rafah on Thursday, with more violence in the southern Gazan city, while U.S. President Joe Biden referred to Hamas as the "major obstacle" to another truce.

Tensions also escalated on Israel's northern border, with Hezbollah, a Hamas ally, launching more attacks on military positions and a civilian reportedly killed in an Israeli strike in Lebanon.

Israeli ground forces have been active in Rafah since early May, despite international concerns about Palestinian civilian casualties and a ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) later that month.

Western areas of Rafah came under heavy fire on Thursday, residents said.

"There was very intense fire from warplanes, Apaches (helicopters) and quadcopters, in addition to Israeli artillery and military battleships, all of which were striking the area west of Rafah," one told Agence France-Presse (AFP)...

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Israeli polls show Netanyahu party narrowing gap behind Gantz

(According to recent polling, Hamas is gaining support among Palestinians and Bibi and Likud would lose to both Gantz and Naftali Bennett if this conflict ended today and snap elections were held tomorrow.)

from Reuters

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right wing Likud party has reduced the gap behind the centrist party of former minister Benny Gantz, who quit the wartime unity government on Sunday, two polls showed on Friday.

The polls, for the left wing Ma'ariv daily and the right wing Israel Hayom newspaper, showed Likud winning 21 seats behind the National Unity Party on 24. The Ma'ariv poll last week showed Gantz's party on 27 seats, while at the start of the year, it was regularly polling in the high 30s.
The Ma'ariv poll shows the current ruling coalition winning 52 seats in the 120-seat Knesset, against 58 for the main opposition parties, with the balance of 10 seats held by the United Arab List and the left-wing Hadash-Ta'al alliance.
The Israel Hayom poll put the coalition on 50 seats against 61 for the opposition parties and 9 for the UAL and Hadash-Ta'al.
Both polls showed a majority of voters would prefer Gantz as prime minister in a head-to-head choice with Netanyahu. However the Israel Hayom poll showed that if former prime minister Naftali Bennett were to join forces with Avigdor Liberman and Gideon Saar, two other centre right politicians from outside the Likud camp, their alliance could beat both Likud and Gantz's National Unity Party...

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Poll shows rise in support by Palestinians for armed struggle

from Reuters

Support for armed struggle as the best means to end Israeli occupation and achieve statehood rose among Palestinians while backing for the militant group Hamas also increased slightly in the last three months, according to an opinion poll.

The poll by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) showed support for armed struggle climbed by 8 percentage points to 54% of those surveyed in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Support for Hamas rose by 6 percentage points to 40%. Fatah, led by President Mahmoud Abbas, had 20% backing.
The polling was carried out some eight months since the start of the Gaza war, which began when Hamas fighters stormed communities in Israel, killing some 1,200 people and abducting another 250, according to Israeli tallies, prompting the Gaza war...

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