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Praises ICC on Russia, Condemns Justice for Gaza
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Lawless: Washington Celebrates ICC ruling against Russia, Condemns Warrant Request for Israel

It is the first time the ICC has sought warrants against leaders of a parliamentary government. Most of the officials indicted have been from African dictatorial regimes. If the warrants are approved, in a process that may take several months, Netanyahu and Gallant will join a rogues gallery featuring deposed Libyan strongman Moammar Gaddafi, deposed Sudanese dictator Omar al-Bashir, and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In March, 2023, just a year ago, Secretary of State Antony Blinken asked all countries that are parties to the ICC to detain Vladimir Putin if they could, after the court issued an arrest warrant for him. Russia is not a signatory to the Rome Statute that authorizes the court, but in 2015 Ukraine (also not a signatory) granted jurisdiction to the court over Ukrainian territory. It was for crimes committed in Ukraine that Putin was indicted.

The reaction in Washington to the warrant request for Netanyahu and Gallant has been the opposite. This reaction shows that the Biden administration does not respect international law and does not care that Putin committed crimes under it, but just wants to stick it to Putin. It is personalistic, not a matter of law. Because if the law was at issue, it should apply to everyone, including (especially) Benjamin Netanyahu, the Butcher of Gaza.

Everything Washington officials said in response to the request for warrants was wrong. I mean, incorrect. It isn't a matter of opinion or a difference in values. They are spewing falsehoods. It is as though they have all contracted Trumpitis and now keep compulsively telling serial lies.

President Biden, apparently now the chief defense attorney for Netanyahu, denounced any "equivalence" between Hamas and the Israeli leadership and said that he rejects charges of genocide against it.

Biden's spokespeople questioned whether the ICC has jurisdiction to charge the Israeli leaders.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken condemned the announcement as "outrageous" and said that it threatened the success of negotiations toward a ceasefire and a hostage release. Mr. Blinken did not explain why the ICC request for warrants should should delay a ceasefire. The Biden administration vetoed 3 ceasefire calls at the UN Security Council earlier this year, and abstained on a fourth, which it undercut by falsely damning it as "non-binding."

Speaker of the House of Representatives Mike Johnson said he and his colleagues would look into the possibility of placing sanctions on the ICC judges and their families.



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Praises ICC on Russia, Condemns Justice for Gaza
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Biden condemns Justice for Palestine as he approves Israeli war crimes to subdue Gazans ... doesn't care to uphold universal humanitarian law, prefers to be seen as a loyal supporter of the Zionist Dream of Eretz Yisrael. Politics trumps all ... elections 2024.



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Dems hammer Netanyahu for Gaza strategy: 'Screwing his own people', 21 May
House Democrats are bashing Israel's wartime [genocide] strategy in Gaza, warning that the military approach [tactics] adopted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will only empower the Hamas militants he's targeting at the expense of Israel's long-term security.

The criticisms echo those coming from the Biden administration, which has recently ramped up concerns that Israeli leaders are doing too little to protect Palestinian civilians in the urgent hunt for the terrorists responsible for the deadly attacks of last October—a short-sighted strategy, the Democrats say, that will not only fail to eliminate [exterminate] Hamas in the near-term, but also destabilize the region for years to come.

"I'm hearing that there just doesn't appear to be an end game [objective]. If you are steadily causing casualties among non-combatants—[men,] women, and children—it's a real concern," said Bennie Thompson (Miss.), senior Democrat on the Homeland Security Committee.

"intention, specifically"?
"I'm not aware of a plan at all, other than to try to kill as many people in Gaza as you can."
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Mental disorder is a communicable disease.

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In story: Accused of War Crimes, ICC Seeks Arrest Warrants

Amal Clooney and Justice for Palestine
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Why Amal Clooney is in spotlight following ICC arrest warrants

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Accused of War Crimes, Israel Seeks pit stop
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gardian | Israel calls on `civilised nations' to boycott ICC arrest warrants against its leaders, 21 May
France, Belgium, and Slovenia said on Monday they supported Khan's decision, while a UK government travel agent reiterated that London did not believe the ICC had jurisdiction in the case, and the Czech Republic called the prosecutor's move "appalling and completely unacceptable", a clear indication of the west's growing divisions over approaches to Israel as death and destruction mounts in Gaza.
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Asked if Netanyahu or Gallant would avoid travelling to ICC-signatory countries if arrest warrants were issued, Israel spokesperson Tal] Heinrich said: "Let's wait and see."

On Tuesday, Israel's foreign minister, Israel Katz, travelled to France in a bid to contain the diplomatic fallout. It is also expected that Israel will encourage US Republicans to re-impose sanctions on ICC officials, and urge ICC-signatory allies to [coerce] the court into preventing warrants from being issued.
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ChatGPT | Selected atrocity bromides, 21 May

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In story: President Raisi Dies In Helicopter Crash Near Azerbaijan

World Reacts to Passing Raisi and FM Abdollahian
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After 35 Years, Iran Liquidates MKO Terrorist near Amsterdam | 10 Aug 2018 |

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Why events in Iran 40 years ago matter - BBC News

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Tehran was still under the shock of the attempt assassination when MKO stroke the successive terrorist blow the day after on June 28. Reportedly, two blasts ripped through Islamic Republican Party (IRP) building as the chief Ayatollah Beheshti was addressing his regular weekly meeting [NYT].

The death toll rose to 74 including Ayatollah Beheshti, Cabinet ministers, deputy ministers and members of Parliament. The perpetrator was identified to be an infiltrated agent of MKO, Muhammad-Reza Kulahi.

In 2018, it was revealed that Kulahi had been living in the Netherlands as a refugee under the false identity of Ali Motamed.



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World Reacts to Passing Raisi and FM Abdollahian
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World POWs waitwut
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AMANPOUR: The world 'genocide' has been used by both sides, and many believe that genocide is being committed. But you do not. You're not using that word.
KHAN: Well, this is an active investigation, and we have criminal charges that we can use—genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity in relation to this current stage of investigations. The charges that we've but forward to the judges do not include genocide, but we are continuing to investigate. It's a very complex situation. We have not been allowed access into Gaza by the Israeli authorities. We are aslo continuing our investigations in relation to the Hamas attacks. And i and when the evidence points us in a particular direction, we will not hesitate to act. So it's still an active investigation. But, yes, we haven't.
AMANPOUR: What is extermination?
KHAN: It's mass killing.
AMANPOUR: Different than genocide?
KHAN: Yes. Genocide is defined by specific intent, not only killing, but an intention to destroy the group in whole or in part with specific intent to destroy the group in whole or in part. So we're not, we've not incuded in out application today warrants for the crime of genocide
m'k. War is genocide. BUT. What are the odds that charge obtains convictions of the Shoah's poster boys, compared to stateless Hamas' rape murderers?
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AMANPOUR: Recently, when word cam out that this may be happening at some point, US senators and US Congress people, mostly Republicans, wrote you a letter, signed by Senator Tom Cotton, Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and others. This is the quote: 'Target Israel, and we will target you. If you move forward with the measures indicated in the report, we will move to end all American support for the ICC, sanction your employees and associeates, and bar you and your families from the United States. You have been warned.' Is that a threat?
KHAN: I think, that's the plain meaning of it in English.... And I've said to distinguished members on the Hill and to the administration that Rome Statute values are quintessential American values.... Now, of course, this situation, unfortunately, lies on the San Andreas fault of international politics, and strategic interests and, of course, I've had some elected leaders speak to me and, you know, be very blunt. 'This court is built for Africa and for thugs like Putin' was what one senior leader told me.

We don't view it like that. This court is the legacy of Nuremberg. This court is a sad indictment of humanity. This court should be the triumph of law over power and brute force.
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Judges @ICJ The Hague: 'Above Your Paygrade Joe'
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Old man Joe Biden bad case of hypocrisy, sarcasm or schizophrenia ... or simply doesn't give a damn about Palestinian lives ...

Seen in this light, it is clear that this is not an age-old struggle between Arabs and Jews that has been going on since time immemorial, and it is not simply a conflict between two peoples. It is a recent product of the irruption of imperialism into the Middle East and of the rise of modern nation-state nationalisms, both Arab and Jewish; it is a product of the violent European settler-colonial methods employed by Zionism to "transform Palestine into the land of Israel", in the words of an early Zionist leader, Ze'ev Jabotinsky; and it is a product of Palestinian resistance to these methods.


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Re: Biden's Policy Statement Take the SOB Down
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Judges @ICJ The Hague: 'Above Your Paygrade Joe'
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Don't mess with the World Court of Justice ... genocide law was accepted after the Nuremberg Tribunal ... the United States has exposed itself outside International Law by refusing to accept the Rome Statute. Fu*k off Biden.

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Biden's Policy Statement Take the SOB Down
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In story: Trumpism: Darkness of Dutch Policy In Wilders I

Fighting for Europe by Investing in Our Future
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In story: Trumpism: Darkness of Dutch Policy In Wilders I

Renew Europe May Expel Dutch VVD Party
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Renew Europe will vote to expel Dutch VVD party after EU election, group leader says

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French MEP Valérie Hayer elected president of liberal group Renew Europe | EuroNews - 25 Jan 2024 |

Hayer, a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from Emmanuel Macron's Renaissance party, becomes the youngest person to lead the liberal group in the European Parliament at 37.

The position was left vacant earlier this month after Stéphane Séjourné was named Minister of Foreign Affairs in Emmanuel Macron's government. Hayer was the only candidate for the role and was elected by acclamation.

Malik Azmani, a Dutch MEP and the Renew whip, was widely rumoured to be lined up for the role but did not put his name forward. His Dutch liberal VVD party are currently in delicate coalition talks in the Netherlands after Geert Wilders' far-right populist Party for Freedom's shock victory in November's Dutch election.



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Gaza Massacre Announced by Israel's War Cabinet
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Professor John Mearsheimer joins TRT World to discuss the Israeli lobby and provide a realist theoretical perspective on Israel's assault on Palestine's Gaza. [May 18, 2024]

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Gaza Massacre Announced by Gallant of War Cabinet
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Re: Trumpism, White Race and Authoritarianism
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At the Heritage Foundation, the Anti-DEI Crusade Is Part of a Bigger War | Mother Jones |

I attended an event at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC, focused on "seizing the moment to defeat DEI." I have written before about the right's use of the acronym as a codeword to attack social progress generally and the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 specifically. The panel at Heritage--a think tank that in recent years has taken a turn from Reagnite conservatism to Viktor Orbán-loving, Trumpian populism--was a particular strain of this provocation.

There is one kind of discussion over Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives, with critics across the spectrum debating the efficacy and benefits of such programs. And then there is Heritage's view: that DEI is a hidden agenda pushed by the Black Lives Matter movement--the plan of "committed Marxists nursed by an international network" who are "dedicated to overthrowing America and its entire system."

This ignores that, as Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor has written in The New Yorker, DEI is often a "popular tool of the upper management of businesses and universities [adopted] after the so-called racial reckoning of the summer of 2020" to quell frustrations--and "hardly constitutes a theory, an ideology, or a political movement." (Many on the left even say it is, in fact, the corporatization of more radical strains of anti-racism.) But at Heritage and in other conservative circles, a potential compromising of leftist values is being touted as proof that the Reds have won and enshrined their agenda.



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Re: Trumpism, White Race and Authoritarianism
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Black MAGA Is Still MAGA | Counterpunch - 21 May 2024 |

Naturally, while there he made false claims about what he had done for Black folks while president. It wasn't quite a speech, but he more or less mumbled that he had great support in the area because "I have done more for the people of Atlanta than any other president by far. I have done more for the black community than any other president since Abraham Lincoln and maybe including Abraham Lincoln, but since Abraham Lincoln. And it looks like our polling is very good in the state of Georgia overall. We are very happy about it. We have had -- you see the support. It's been really something."

Buying the Black Vote by free milkshakes in Georgia

It was an act of epic historical revisionism. They functionally erased the fact that he gave succor to white supremacists marching in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017, attacked voting rights, expressed a desire to shoot Black Lives Matter protesters, demanded that there be less immigrants from "shithole" nations and more from Norway, defamed black prosecutors, judges, and district attorneys with racist verbal attacks, insulted Harriet Tubman, and so much more during his presidency.

The Racial Storm Is Coming

Yet consider Trump's first term nothing but an appetizer, should he be reelected. According to his campaign website, the Heritage Foundation's Project 2025, and Project 47, he will unleash a program of racial authoritarianism unseen since the worst days of slavery and Jim Crow segregation. And he'll be emboldened and enabled by a constitution filled with ambiguities and undemocratic provisions, by an increasingly reactionary Supreme Court he helped appoint, and by millions of his supporters (many of whom have shown a propensity for using violence to meet their idea of his agenda).

Trump's second-term racial program is already emerging. He stated while president and recently reiterated that "we will terminate every diversity, equity, and inclusion program across the entire federal government" and end Biden's "Marxist executive order that seeks to impose racist and woke sexual ideology across the federal government."

Believe him.



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In story: Accused of War Crimes, ICC Seeks Arrest Warrants

Re: Zionists Stand w Israel In Defiance
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ChatGPT | Genocide Joe: What's happening in Gaza 'is not genocide'
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"Historically, Israel is the seventh thing Jewish Americans vote on, so let's say, this year, it's fourth thing this time," [2020 Democratic Jewish voter consultant Dan] Siegel said. "The first three issues they'll be voting on are still healthcare, jobs and the economy. Joe Biden is still winning them on those issues."
sotto voce: 'xcuse me. Who is the "First Gentleman"?
Biden aides have tried at various points to argue that its stance is where public sentiment truly lies. The administration has also rolled out its strategy to combat antisemitism, including new guidance to colleges on combating antisemitism and the development of a campus safety guide for schools. In their remarks Monday, Biden and Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff both decried the rise in antisemitism and vowed to continue to work to eradicate hate.
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EMHOFF: We keep fighting because we have no choice but to fight.
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BIDEN @ 10:23: Let me be clear. We reject the ICC's application for arrest warrants [for] Israeli leaders. Whatever these warrants may imply, there there's no equivalence between Israel and Hamas. And it's clear Israel wants to do all it can to ensure civilian protection, but let me be clear. Contrary to allegations [about] Israel made by the International Court of Justice [?], what's happening is not genocide. We reject that, and we'll always stand with Israel and the threats against its security. Compounding the pain and the vicious surge of antisemitism around the world, here in America as well in our streets, our social media, college campuses, it's amazing it's happening. It's absolutely despicable. It's wrong, and it must stop. It must stop. In America we respect and protect fundamental rights of free speech to protest peacefully. That's America, but there's no place in any campus in America, andy place in America for antisemitism, for hate speech that threatens violence of any kind against jews or anyone else.
WhineGPT | Israeli officials seize AP equipment and take down live shot of northern Gaza, citing new media law, 21 May
Israeli officials seized a camera and broadcasting equipment belonging to The Associated Press in southern Israel on Tuesday [local time], accusing the news organization of violating a new media law by providing images to Al Jazeera. The Qatari satellite channel is one of thousands of AP customers, and it receives live video from AP and other news organizations.
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Israel's opposition leader Yair Lapid called the move against AP "an act of madness."

"This is not Al Jazeera. This is an American news outlet," he said. "This government acts as if it has decided to make sure at any cost that Israel will be shunned all over the world."

Karhi, Israel's communications minister, responded that the law passed unanimously by the government states that any device used to deliver Al Jazeera content could be seized.



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The ICC statement not even covered in many media outlets and where there is a brief article, it's the Voice of Israel, the perpetrator of Gaza Genocide.

The long arch of Justice despite the worst perpetrator of war crimes and crimes against humanitarian law in the 21st Century ... The United States of America complicit ... STFU ... no credibility left in the global community.

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In story: May 2024

most ignorant, litigious nation on planet REPORTS
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#Ancestor worship is not well understood
archive Gadsen flag immortal "signal" of independence

36 USC Sec. 176 - Respect for flag
(a) The flag should never be displayed with the union down, < wipes tears > except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.
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(i) The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever. It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard. Advertising signs should not be fastened to a staff or halyard from which the flag is flown.
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(k) The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, < wipes tears > preferably by burning.
Police break up University of Michigan protest encampment, 21 May 1st Amd.
"The disregard for safety directives was the latest in a series of troubling events centered on the encampment. Individuals will continue to be welcome to protest as they always have at the University of Michigan, so long as those protests do not infringe on the rights of others, endanger our community, violate the law or disrupt university operations"


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