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Democrats now control the House. Republicans picked up a couple seats in the Senate. Trump’s agenda will tread water. He will spend most of his time fending off Democrat attacks. Empty-headed ideological turf battles between the two sides of the one-sided p

The British Army is carrying out a massive test of military robots and drones

The British Army is testing out over 70 new technologies, including unmanned vehicles and surveillance drones, in a four-week experiment on one of its biggest training grounds.
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The British Army is carrying out a massive test of military robots and drones

The British Army is testing out over 70 new technologies, including unmanned vehicles and surveillance drones, in a four-week experiment on one of its biggest training grounds.

Energy-hungry Thailand eyeing Russian LNG imports

Russian companies are interested in supplying liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the Thai market, according to the Russian Energy Ministry. Moscow and Bangkok have a long track record of energy cooperation. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Energy-hungry Thailand eyeing Russian LNG imports

Russian companies are interested in supplying liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the Thai market, according to the Russian Energy Ministry. Moscow and Bangkok have a long track record of energy cooperation. Read Full Article at RT.com

Leader of France’s ‘angry police’ found dead amid troubling pattern of officer suicides

A policewoman who led a group that raised awareness about violence against French officers has been found dead, amid a wave of suicides in the country’s law enforcement community.
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Leader of France’s ‘angry police’ found dead amid troubling pattern of officer suicides

A policewoman who led a group that raised awareness about violence against French officers has been found dead, amid a wave of suicides in the country’s law enforcement community.

Russia jammed GPS during major NATO military exercise with US troops

The Russian military jammed GPS signals during a major NATO military exercise in Norway that involved thousands of US and NATO troops, the alliance said Wednesday, citing the Norwegian government. The NATO exercise, Trident Juncture, concluded Sunday and invo
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Russia jammed GPS during major NATO military exercise with US troops

The Russian military jammed GPS signals during a major NATO military exercise in Norway that involved thousands of US and NATO troops, the alliance said Wednesday, citing the Norwegian government. The NATO exercise, Trident Juncture, concluded Sunday and involved some 50,000 personnel. It was labeled the alliance's largest exercise since the Cold War. Non-NATO members Finland and Sweden also participated in the exercise.

Serial swatter off to jail for «at least 20 years»

Tyler Barriss, a serial hoaxer whose SWATting calls to 911 we've covered before, is off to jail. He'll serve at least 20 years, according to his plea deal, but won't be sentenced until January.
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Serial swatter off to jail for «at least 20 years»

Tyler Barriss, a serial hoaxer whose SWATting calls to 911 we've covered before, is off to jail. He'll serve at least 20 years, according to his plea deal, but won't be sentenced until January.

Land seizures in South Africa won’t violate Constitution... once it’s changed – Ramaphosa

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa told the European Parliament on Wednesday that his country’s land reform will faithfully adhere to the country’s constitution with respect to the rights of all its citizens. The Ramaphosa-led African National Congre
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Land seizures in South Africa won’t violate Constitution... once it’s changed – Ramaphosa

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa told the European Parliament on Wednesday that his country’s land reform will faithfully adhere to the country’s constitution with respect to the rights of all its citizens. The Ramaphosa-led African National Congress (ANC) aims to change the constitution to allow the government to expropriate land from white landowners without compensation. The land is to be distributed to the country’s landless black majority. Ramaphosa says the change in law is necessary in order to address racial disparities in ownership persisting more than two decades after the end of apartheid.

Political Crisis In Israel: Defense Minister Resigns, Slams Netanyahu For «Surrendering to Hamas»

«If Lieberman resigns, Netanyahu will dissolve the Knesset» — reportsenior Israeli government sources following a formal announcement by Lieberman confirming he has quit his post as defense minister.  Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman re
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Political Crisis In Israel: Defense Minister Resigns, Slams Netanyahu For «Surrendering to Hamas»

«If Lieberman resigns, Netanyahu will dissolve the Knesset» — reportsenior Israeli government sources following a formal announcement by Lieberman confirming he has quit his post as defense minister.  Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman resigned his post after a dramatic escalation in Gaza since Sunday's controversial Israeli special forces assassination raid on a top Hamas commander, sparking a political crisis in Israel. He made a formal announcement of his exit Wednesday during a televised news conference.

Ultra-rare ‘Pink Legacy’ diamond fetches record $50 million

An exceptionally large pink diamond – nearly 19 carats – has set a price-per-carat record after being sold for $50 million to US luxury jewelry brand Harry Winston at the Christie’s auction in Geneva. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Ultra-rare ‘Pink Legacy’ diamond fetches record $50 million

An exceptionally large pink diamond – nearly 19 carats – has set a price-per-carat record after being sold for $50 million to US luxury jewelry brand Harry Winston at the Christie’s auction in Geneva. Read Full Article at RT.com

Crude mood: Oil enters bear market, plunging most since 2015

The crude price slide accelerated this week with US futures suffering their steepest one-day loss in more than three years. Tuesday's seven-percent drop was due to ongoing worries about weakening global demand and oversupply. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Crude mood: Oil enters bear market, plunging most since 2015

The crude price slide accelerated this week with US futures suffering their steepest one-day loss in more than three years. Tuesday's seven-percent drop was due to ongoing worries about weakening global demand and oversupply. Read Full Article at RT.com

Iraq wants to barter food for desperately needed Iranian gas supplies – report

Baghdad is looking for approval from Washington to import Iranian gas and energy supplies in exchange for food items, according to two Iraqi government officials as quoted by Reuters. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Iraq wants to barter food for desperately needed Iranian gas supplies – report

Baghdad is looking for approval from Washington to import Iranian gas and energy supplies in exchange for food items, according to two Iraqi government officials as quoted by Reuters. Read Full Article at RT.com

Russia and Singapore ink $1bn worth of investment deals at ASEAN Summit

Russia’s sovereign wealth fund has signed agreements with companies from Singapore on investment projects in Russia totaling more than $1 billion. The contracts were sealed at the Russia-ASEAN Summit in Singapore. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Russia and Singapore ink $1bn worth of investment deals at ASEAN Summit

Russia’s sovereign wealth fund has signed agreements with companies from Singapore on investment projects in Russia totaling more than $1 billion. The contracts were sealed at the Russia-ASEAN Summit in Singapore. Read Full Article at RT.com

Pentagon Researchers Test 'Worst-Case Scenario' Attack on U.S. Power Grid

The team of grid operators had spent days restoring power when a digital strike took out one of two operational utility stations. The other utility was also under attack. A month had passed since all power in the region was taken down by a devastating cyberat
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Pentagon Researchers Test 'Worst-Case Scenario' Attack on U.S. Power Grid

The team of grid operators had spent days restoring power when a digital strike took out one of two operational utility stations. The other utility was also under attack. A month had passed since all power in the region was taken down by a devastating cyberattack. It had been a grueling six days restoring power across two electrical utilities and to the building deemed a critical national asset by the Secretary of Energy.

The U.S. Never Dropped As Many Bombs On Afghanistan As It Did In 2018

17 years after U.S. forces and the Northern Alliance captured Kabul, half of Afghanistan has been retaken by the Taliban and the war is dragging on. ISIS have also become increasingly active in the country and approximately 14,000 U.S. troops are still servin
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The U.S. Never Dropped As Many Bombs On Afghanistan As It Did In 2018

17 years after U.S. forces and the Northern Alliance captured Kabul, half of Afghanistan has been retaken by the Taliban and the war is dragging on. ISIS have also become increasingly active in the country and approximately 14,000 U.S. troops are still serving there in an attempt to contain a growing wave of extremism

Google’s “Smart City of Surveillance” Faces New Resistance in Toronto

The world’s most ambitious “smart city,” known as Quayside, in Toronto, has faced fierce public criticism since last fall, when the plans to build a neighborhood “from the internet up” were first revealed. Quayside represents a joint effort b
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Google’s “Smart City of Surveillance” Faces New Resistance in Toronto

The world’s most ambitious “smart city,” known as Quayside, in Toronto, has faced fierce public criticism since last fall, when the plans to build a neighborhood “from the internet up” were first revealed. Quayside represents a joint effort by the Canadian government agency Waterfront Toronto and Sidewalk Labs, which is owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc., to develop 12 acres of the valuable waterfront just southeast of downtown Toronto.

NGO Teaching Migrants to Lie to Border Guards

A group that helped over 15,000 refugees and migrants to get into Europe has been caught on tape admitting to systematically training asylum seekers to exploit screening interviews by feigning trauma and persecution.
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NGO Teaching Migrants to Lie to Border Guards

A group that helped over 15,000 refugees and migrants to get into Europe has been caught on tape admitting to systematically training asylum seekers to exploit screening interviews by feigning trauma and persecution.

Yemeni War Deaths Have Been Underestimated by 5 to 1

Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project had originally estimated that about 10,000 people had been killed in the war in Yemen, roughly the same number reported by the World Health Organization. WHO surveys are regularly cited as estimates of war death
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Yemeni War Deaths Have Been Underestimated by 5 to 1

Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project had originally estimated that about 10,000 people had been killed in the war in Yemen, roughly the same number reported by the World Health Organization. WHO surveys are regularly cited as estimates of war deaths in Yemen by UN agencies and the world’s media.  But ACLED now estimates the true number of people killed in Yemen is probably between 70,000 and 80,000.

Canada’s $1B Surveillance Project Is Delayed Because a SpaceX Rocket Exploded

The launch of a $1 billion Canadian surveillance system that will cover 90 percent of the Earth and identify objects as small as one metre across from orbit, and through cloud cover, has been delayed for a fifth time. The cause of the latest delay, accordin
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Canada’s $1B Surveillance Project Is Delayed Because a SpaceX Rocket Exploded

The launch of a $1 billion Canadian surveillance system that will cover 90 percent of the Earth and identify objects as small as one metre across from orbit, and through cloud cover, has been delayed for a fifth time. The cause of the latest delay, according to the CBC, is Elon Musk’s space exploration company SpaceX.

As the US Spent $1.5 Million a Day to “Fight” Afghan Heroin Production, Heroin Output Quadrupled

On November 5 yet another US soldier was killed by a member of Afghanistan’s military forces, as the country continues to be wracked by violence in its seventeenth year of war.
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As the US Spent $1.5 Million a Day to “Fight” Afghan Heroin Production, Heroin Output Quadrupled

On November 5 yet another US soldier was killed by a member of Afghanistan’s military forces, as the country continues to be wracked by violence in its seventeenth year of war.

Kremlin critic Navalny barred from leaving Russia over ‘surprise’ debt

Aleksey Navalny has been stopped from traveling to Strasbourg to attend a hearing at the European Court for Human Rights. He was told he was unable to leave Russia due to a debt which he says he didn’t know existed.
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Kremlin critic Navalny barred from leaving Russia over ‘surprise’ debt

Aleksey Navalny has been stopped from traveling to Strasbourg to attend a hearing at the European Court for Human Rights. He was told he was unable to leave Russia due to a debt which he says he didn’t know existed.

National facial recognition database to use loyalty rewards to identify American shoppers

For years, I have been warning people about facial recognition in retail stores, but this story might convince you to avoid retail stores altogether. A recent article in Biometric Update. com (BU) reveals that retail stores have a master plan to convince Am
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National facial recognition database to use loyalty rewards to identify American shoppers

For years, I have been warning people about facial recognition in retail stores, but this story might convince you to avoid retail stores altogether. A recent article in Biometric Update. com (BU) reveals that retail stores have a master plan to convince Americans to accept facial biometrics. BU interviewed four facial biometric company CEO's and what they revealed is frightening.

‘Completely safe’: Monsanto owner Bayer hit by new wave of lawsuits over Roundup weed killer

German chemicals and pharmaceuticals giant Bayer disclosed that lawsuits from 9,300 plaintiffs were pending at the end of October. The lawsuits allege that the company’s recently acquired weed-killing product causes cancer. Plaintiffs claim that Roundup wee
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‘Completely safe’: Monsanto owner Bayer hit by new wave of lawsuits over Roundup weed killer

German chemicals and pharmaceuticals giant Bayer disclosed that lawsuits from 9,300 plaintiffs were pending at the end of October. The lawsuits allege that the company’s recently acquired weed-killing product causes cancer. Plaintiffs claim that Roundup weed killers, which Bayer acquired in its takeover of US agrochemical firm Monsanto, made them ill and that the company knew or should have known of the risks but failed to warn adequately.

How the Bush Administration Used the 2001 Anthrax Attacks to Manufacture Consent for the Iraq War

17 years ago, less than one month after the horrific attacks on September 11, 2001, weaponized anthrax was sent through the mail in a biological attack that stunned an already traumatized nation. The first American died from anthrax infection on October 5th.
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How the Bush Administration Used the 2001 Anthrax Attacks to Manufacture Consent for the Iraq War

17 years ago, less than one month after the horrific attacks on September 11, 2001, weaponized anthrax was sent through the mail in a biological attack that stunned an already traumatized nation. The first American died from anthrax infection on October 5th. During the weeks that followed, letters sent through the US postal system containing anthrax were targeted at US media organizations and sitting US senators. In the end, five people were left dead–two US postal workers, a Florida photojournalist, a New York city hospital worker and a 95 year old widow in Connecticut. Over 22 people were hospitalized from exposure. Many dozens more tested positive for anthrax in the months that followed.

Iran’s armed forces vow to protect oil tankers against US threat

The Iranian Army has vowed to defend the country’s commercial shipping vessels from any potential threats after the US warned countries against allowing Iranian tankers into their territorial waters and ports. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Iran’s armed forces vow to protect oil tankers against US threat

The Iranian Army has vowed to defend the country’s commercial shipping vessels from any potential threats after the US warned countries against allowing Iranian tankers into their territorial waters and ports. Read Full Article at RT.com

Russia’s Rosatom to start construction of 7th power unit at Chinese nuclear power plant

The construction of a new power unit at the Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in China will begin in 2021, according to Russia’s state nuclear corporation Rosatom. It’s the biggest joint NPP project between the two nations. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Russia’s Rosatom to start construction of 7th power unit at Chinese nuclear power plant

The construction of a new power unit at the Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in China will begin in 2021, according to Russia’s state nuclear corporation Rosatom. It’s the biggest joint NPP project between the two nations. Read Full Article at RT.com

Saudis scramble to stop oil price slide

Saudi Arabia is moving quickly to halt the slide in oil prices, telegraphing a production cut intended to erase some of the re-emerging supply surplus. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Saudis scramble to stop oil price slide

Saudi Arabia is moving quickly to halt the slide in oil prices, telegraphing a production cut intended to erase some of the re-emerging supply surplus. Read Full Article at RT.com

U.S. Army Personnel to Compete in eSports to Boost Recruitment

The Army is putting together a team of video gamers from within its ranks to try to reach young Americans in the digital worlds where they spend much of their time. More than 15 years after launching “America’s Army,” a first-person shooter game aimed a
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U.S. Army Personnel to Compete in eSports to Boost Recruitment

The Army is putting together a team of video gamers from within its ranks to try to reach young Americans in the digital worlds where they spend much of their time. More than 15 years after launching “America’s Army,” a first-person shooter game aimed at enlisting real world soldiers, the Army is calling for active duty troops and reservists to compete in video gaming tournaments, or esports, in one of its latest recruiting efforts.

Off the Leash: How the UK is developing the technology to build armed autonomous drones

Military planners have a long history of taking advantage of technological developments to aid war fighting. Aircraft and computers were rapidly identified for their potential to transform warfare, and so it should come as no surprise that new combinations o
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Off the Leash: How the UK is developing the technology to build armed autonomous drones

Military planners have a long history of taking advantage of technological developments to aid war fighting. Aircraft and computers were rapidly identified for their potential to transform warfare, and so it should come as no surprise that new combinations of these technologies are of great interest to the world’s militaries. While drones have become familiar over recent years, the next technological leap – powered by advances in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and advanced computing – is likely to see the development not only of drones that are able to fly themselves and stay aloft for extended periods, but those which may also be able to select, identify, and destroy targets without human intervention.

Professor sues university for being punished after calling female transgender student 'sir'

A professor at a small public university in Ohio is suing officials at the school after he received a written rebuke for not addressing a transgender student using the preferred gender pronouns.
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Professor sues university for being punished after calling female transgender student 'sir'

A professor at a small public university in Ohio is suing officials at the school after he received a written rebuke for not addressing a transgender student using the preferred gender pronouns.

Is Russia Arming the Taliban to Avenge Loss of Ukraine?

On November 9, Russia hosted talks between Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, the members of the Taliban from its Doha, Qatar office and representatives from eleven regional states, including China, India, Iran and Pakistan. The meeting showcased Russia’s
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Is Russia Arming the Taliban to Avenge Loss of Ukraine?

On November 9, Russia hosted talks between Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, the members of the Taliban from its Doha, Qatar office and representatives from eleven regional states, including China, India, Iran and Pakistan. The meeting showcased Russia’s re-emergence as a proactive global power and its regional clout.

Health department raids parks, pours bleach on food being given to homeless

The food was going to be distributed by a group called Free Hot Soup KC. The Kansas City Star said that the food, which included home-cooked chili, foil wrapped sandwiches and vats of soup, was destroyed on Sunday, Nov. 5, during a coordinated sting at seve
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Health department raids parks, pours bleach on food being given to homeless

The food was going to be distributed by a group called Free Hot Soup KC. The Kansas City Star said that the food, which included home-cooked chili, foil wrapped sandwiches and vats of soup, was destroyed on Sunday, Nov. 5, during a coordinated sting at several parks where volunteers had gathered.

More than 50 nations, but not U.S., sign onto cybersecurity pact

French President Emmanuel Macron released a international agreement on cybersecurity principles Monday as part of the Paris Peace Forum. The original signatories included more than 50 nations, 130 private sector groups and 90 charitable groups and universitie
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More than 50 nations, but not U.S., sign onto cybersecurity pact

French President Emmanuel Macron released a international agreement on cybersecurity principles Monday as part of the Paris Peace Forum. The original signatories included more than 50 nations, 130 private sector groups and 90 charitable groups and universities, but not the United States, United Kingdom, Russia or China.

DHS-wide Biometrics Programs, Issues, Detailed in Data Mining Report to Congress

The comprehensive, legally mandated new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Privacy Office’s Data Mining Report to Congress provides detailed updates on modifications, additions, and other developments to numerous department-wide programs that involve e
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DHS-wide Biometrics Programs, Issues, Detailed in Data Mining Report to Congress

The comprehensive, legally mandated new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Privacy Office’s Data Mining Report to Congress provides detailed updates on modifications, additions, and other developments to numerous department-wide programs that involve extensive data mining of biometric information to support DHS’s mission to protect the homeland, and provides examples of its effectiveness.

Israel kills 7 during Gaza raid, Israeli officer killed

Israeli forces killed seven Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Sunday in air strikes and an undercover raid that Hamas said targeted one of its commanders and the Israeli military said left one of its officers dead, Reuters reports. The Israeli incursion an
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Israel kills 7 during Gaza raid, Israeli officer killed

Israeli forces killed seven Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Sunday in air strikes and an undercover raid that Hamas said targeted one of its commanders and the Israeli military said left one of its officers dead, Reuters reports. The Israeli incursion and air attacks drew rocket fire from the Hamas-controlled enclave, with sirens sounding in Israeli communities along the border. The military said its defences intercepted two of the launches. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage on the Israeli side of the frontier.

Facebook Fired Oculus Founder For His Political Beliefs And Pro-Trump Donations

Every so often, Silicon Valley's virtue-signaling, shadowbanning, anti-conservative media titans appear in Congress or devise a quick PR campaign to show to the world just how truly impartial they are with zero liberal bias. And every single time it backfire
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Facebook Fired Oculus Founder For His Political Beliefs And Pro-Trump Donations

Every so often, Silicon Valley's virtue-signaling, shadowbanning, anti-conservative media titans appear in Congress or devise a quick PR campaign to show to the world just how truly impartial they are with zero liberal bias. And every single time it backfires as their true ideological face quickly emerges from behind a fake, hypocritical mask. Take the case of former Facebook executive, Oculus co-founder and virtual-reality wunderkind Palmer Luckey, who was a rising star of Silicon Valley when, at the height of the 2016 presidential contest, he donated a modest $10,000 to an anti-Hillary Clinton group. His donation sparked a backlash from his colleagues, which then led to him being put on leave, and six months later he was fired. 

Noam Chomsky Warns of the Rise of ‘Judeo-Nazi Tendencies’ in Israel

Prominent Jewish intellectual Noam Chomsky has raised concerns over what he believes is the rise of “Judeo-Nazi tendencies” in Israel. Speaking to i24NEWS last week, the renowned political dissident, linguist and scholar repeated warnings given by Yesha
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Noam Chomsky Warns of the Rise of ‘Judeo-Nazi Tendencies’ in Israel

Prominent Jewish intellectual Noam Chomsky has raised concerns over what he believes is the rise of “Judeo-Nazi tendencies” in Israel. Speaking to i24NEWS last week, the renowned political dissident, linguist and scholar repeated warnings given by Yeshayahu Leibowitz, an Israeli public intellectual, biochemist and polymath, concerning the dehumanizing effect of Israel’s brutal occupation of Palestine on the victims and the oppressors.

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