Friday, June 24, 2022

The Democrats’ Insurrection Circus Ignores the Real Insurrection - Robert Spencer

 

​ by Robert Spencer

The one they supported.

 


As the Democrats’ prime-time Jan. 6 circus began, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) explained “the real purpose” of their televised hearings: “convincing Americans that conservatives are to blame for the events of that day,” leading to “a repudiation of conservatism and all those who hold conservative values. Democrats want to use the violence of Jan. 6 to stigmatize conservative voices and delegitimize conservative ideals. They’ve even talked— condescendingly, of course—about treating conservatives as ‘cult’ members who need to be deprogrammed.” In service of this goal, they’re not just running a prime-time show trial, but persecuting ordinary Americans who protested that day, and ignoring, of course, the real insurrection – the one they supported.

Last Tuesday, BlazeTV host Steve Deace tweeted a harrowing message from a “January Sixther” that demonstrates how far what is happening regarding Jan. 6 really is from actual justice, and shows that it is all a dirty political game in which Democrats are victimizing decent people in order to prop up their ridiculous and baseless “insurrection” narrative.

“I am a husband and father who has zero criminal history,” this man wrote to Deace, “and I am looking at years in prison AFTER I took a plea. You may ask why would people take a plea if they are innocent? Innocent has nothing to do with this as my lawyer has told over and over again. This is payback. There are only a handful of representatives in DC that care about us. The vast majority couldn’t care less.”

The man explains: “I wasn’t violent, I didn’t break anything, I didn’t steal anything and that doesn’t matter. I lost my 6 figure income, friends, and my family is a wreck. I had the FBI in my home, I was brought before a judge in shackles. And I am a lucky one. I got to remain free till sentencing. So this is the country that I now live in. Where the powerful few can attack an elected president attempting to removing him for 4 years and where elections no longer matter.”

Indeed. Compare the reality of Jan. 6 with what happened in Washington during Donald Trump’s inauguration as president on Jan. 20, 2017. Video taken in Washington on that day “exposes a coordinated attack on the 2017 inauguration of President Donald Trump,” including footage of “anarchists preparing for violent clashes with police (10:22), violent attacks on attendees (2:08), destruction of property (9:50), and the physical premeditated blockades that succeed in preventing voters from attending the Presidential Inauguration (3:29).” Yet amid all this violence, the establishment media pretended that nothing was amiss. No one said a word about people trying to interfere with the peaceful transition of power. The Jan. 20, 2017 rioters were Leftists, and so the establishment media shared their views, and did everything they could to bury what happened on that day.

Yet if you want to talk about an insurrection, Jan. 20, 2017 was much closer to one than anything that happened on Jan. 6, 2021, especially in light of the fact that it was followed by four years of the false charges of Russian Collusion against Trump, complete with a multimillion-dollar investigation and two impeachments over nothing. The ones who really tried to interfere with the peaceful transfer of power, the ones who have been busy working to subvert and control what should be a free electoral process in the United States, are the ones who are shouting the loudest about the Jan. 6 “insurrection,” and destroying the lives of people such as the man who wrote to Steve Deace, in order to have some “insurrectionists” to point to, however poorly they fit the role they have been designated to play.

Jordan nails the real truth: “Today’s Democrat Party is a party of coastal elites who believe they are smarter and more enlightened than their fellow Americans. They set up fact-checkers and disinformation boards because they think Americans are too stupid or too busy to make up their own minds. And when their radical, top-down policies still prove to be unpopular, they move to delegitimize dissenting ideas.”

Indeed. And when the American people had the temerity to elect as president someone who wasn’t from among the approved elites, the Democrats embarked upon a campaign of lies and smears against him that still hasn’t ended, even though he is out of office and those elites are safely back in power. The Jan. 6 hysteria is part of that campaign, as was the far more serious violence of Jan. 20, 2017. You’ll hear much more about one and nothing about the other. And that should tell you all you need to know about the agenda that is being implemented here.

 

Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is author of 23 books including many bestsellers, such as The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)The Truth About Muhammad and The History of Jihad. His latest book is The Critical Qur’an. Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.

Source: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2022/06/democrats-insurrection-circus-ignores-real-robert-spencer/

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Jan. 6 panel’s Ron Johnson narrative exposes ills of one-sided hearing - John Solomon

 

​ by John Solomon

Full text messages show VP Pence team already knew about alternate electors, expected them by mail

The headlines blared Thursday morning, all but suggesting Wisconsin GOP Sen. Ron Johnson was involved in a conspiracy to force alternate electors on Vice President Mike Pence during the chaotic, violently tragic day that was Jan. 6, 2021.

"Ron Johnson tried to hand fake elector info to Mike Pence on Jan. 6, panel reveals," the Washington-based new organization Politico declared.

To be fair, that's exactly the headline the Democrat-led Jan. 6 committee fed the news media on Wednesday, releasing select text messages between Johnson’s chief of staff and one of Pence’s top aides suggesting there was a plot hatched to hand an envelope of alternate Donald Trump electors to the vice president for the state of Wisconsin.

In reality, according to the full slate of text messages and interviews with people involved, the truth is far different.

Johnson never handed any such alternate electors’ slate to Pence. Johnson’s staff got an urgent request, quickly researched it and stood down, specifically telling the senator he should not do it.

Secondly, this wasn’t a long-hatched plot, at least as it related to Johnson. The entire time of conversation in which the idea was requested, checked out and knocked down took just 70 minutes, the text messages show. And Pence's staff already knew about the alternate electors before Johnson's team even inquired, the messages show.

According to interviews, the Trump campaign and its lawyers had been working on recruiting alternate electors that would switch the vote from Democrat Joe Biden to President Trump in several battleground states during the Jan. 6 certification in Congress presided over by Pence.

Just a short while before the process began, a Trump campaign official asked a Pennsylvania congressman to help get the alternate slate to Pence.

The congressman, GOP Rep. Mike Kelly, of Pennsylvania, called a Wisconsin lawyer named James Troupis, who knew Johnson and relayed the message to the senator, who wasn't even told at first what specifically was in the envelop.

"Need to get a document on Wisconsin electors to you the VP immediately," Troupis texted Johnson. "Is there a staff person I can talk to immediately. Thanks, Jim T."

That was sent at 11:36 a.m. on Jan. 6. Johnson asked his chief of staff, Sean Riley, to find out what is going on a few minutes later.

Riley reached out to a top Pence aide, Chris Hodgson, in text messages the committee selectively released.

"Johnson needs to hand something to VPOTUS," Riley texted Hodgson.

"What is it?" the VP’s staffer inquired.

"Alternate slate of electors for MI and WI because archivists didn’t receive them," Johnson’s aide explained.

"Do not give that to him," Hodgson wrote back.

That's where the committee's media narrative ended. Except there was much more.

The ensuing text messages show Pence's staff already knew about the alternate electors and expected them to be arriving by mail. And Johnson’s staff immediately took the advice and stood down.

"He’s about to walk over to preside over the joint session," Hodgson wrote the Johnson staffer, stressing he already knew about the electors. "Those were supposed to come in through the mail."

"I can do that. Anything else?," Riley asked, clearly signaling he was standing down.

"The VP absolutely should not receive any mail that hasn’t been screened," Hodgson explained.

"Understood. Johnson understands," Riley wrote back.

A few minutes later, the senator texted back Troupis, stating he was not going to deliver any such package.

"We have been informed the VP cannot accept any unsealed mail and I cannot hand it to him," the two-term senator texted Troupis back at 12:46 p.m., exactly 70 minutes later.

While the Trump campaign's effort to recruit alternate electors, pressure the Justice Department and Pence or sued to block election results have raised legitimate questions, the facts about Johnson's brief cameo in the drama are far more nuanced.

In traditional hearings, such additional evidence that provided context to what really happened would have been made public at the same time by the minority investigative team, which would have access to the same evidence.

But this Jan. 6 committee's majority Democrats have denied Republicans the right to seat their own members and instead cherry-picked two anti-Trump Republicans, Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, as the sole opposition party members.

The dynamic has suppressed challenges and crafted just one side of the story, leading to several false narratives being offered to the public.

For instance, former NYPD Commissioner Bernie Kerik was falsely accused of attending a meeting in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 5, 2021, to plot to overthrow the election results. He did not, in fact, phone, and toll records show he was in New York.

Likewise, GOP Rep. Barry Loudermilk was accused of leading a reconnaissance mission of the Capitol the day before the riots with some of the insurrectionists, a charge that lingered in public for weeks.

But Capitol Police actually reviewed the security footage and found Loudermilk did not lead a reconnaissance mission and didn’t even set foot in the Capitol, instead taking a group of constituents on a tour and lunch in a congressional office building that involved nothing "suspicious."

The narrative about Johnson now provides a fresh example of how Democrats have controlled a storylines to wound their opponents – Johnson is a top target for Democrats in the 2022 Senate elections – without the benefit of contradictory evidence or a defense.

Just the News reached out to all the parties. Troupis’ lawyer declined comment. A spokesman for Pence said he was out of the country, Kelly’s office did not immediately respond.

Johnson’s office offered the following comment: "The senator had no involvement in the creation of an alternate slate of electors and had no foreknowledge that it was going to be delivered to our office."

The office also said: "This was a staff to staff exchange.

"His new chief of staff contacted the vice president’s office. The vice president’s office said not to give it to him and we did not. There was no further action taken."

That account matches the full suite of text messages that were not fully released by the committee.

 

John Solomon

Source: https://justthenews.com/government/jan-6-panels-ron-johnson-narrative-exposes-ills-one-sided-hearing

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The European Union’s Capitulation to the Palestinian Authority - Hugh Fitzgerald

 

​ by Hugh Fitzgerald

Member states open their pockets to the Palestinians - "without conditions."

 


Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission, on July 14 tweeted her pious hopes for the EU-Israel relationship: “EU and Israel are bound to be friends and allies. Because the history of Europe is the history of the Jewish people. Our democracy flourishes if Jewish life flourishes, too. I am committed to fighting antisemitism and fostering Jewish life in the EU.”

Of course she is. She’ll do anything she can to fight antisemitism, anything at all, except requiring that the most virulent antisemitic schoolbooks, those used by the Palestinians, that teach homicidal hatred of Jews, be revised by the PA before the EU renews its lavish aid to Ramallah. In what seemed to be a promising display of backbone, the EU froze all funds to the PA for 14 months. Yet in the end, the PA again managed to come out victorious, not changing a comma in its vicious schoolbooks, while the EU finally yielded, and began to again pour into the PA coffers hundreds of millions of dollars that the Palestinians receive as their due.

A report on the EU’s capitulation to the PA is here: “EU states vote to continue funding despite Palestinian antisemitic incitement in textbooks,” by Lahav Harkov, Jerusalem Post, June 14, 2022:

The EU on Tuesday [June 14] failed to pass a proposal to withhold about 5% of its support for the Palestinian Authority in light of antisemitic incitement from its textbooks, after 14 months of freezing funding.

The EU could not even manage to approve a mere 5% cut — laughable in its littleness — in its support for the PA, so fearful is it of the PA’s angry response, so eager to keep its approval.

Instead, the European Commission – whose president, Ursula von der Leyen, was in Israel on Tuesday – decided to pay the PA without new conditions, despite the findings of an EU-commissioned study by the Georg-Eckert Institute confirming in June 2021 that Palestinian textbooks feature antisemitism, glorification of terrorism and erase[sic] Israel.

What does it take for the EU to recognize that it is promoting antisemitism in the worst way, by allowing impressionable Palestinian children to be schooled in a culture of Jew-hating? Why doesn’t it believe the findings of its own commissioned experts at the Georg-Eckert Insitute about the antisemitism, glorification of terrorism, and erasure of Israel from the world map? Why did the EU manage to hold up funding the PA for 14 months, hoping to pressure the PA into cleaning up its textbooks, and then suddenly crumble without explanation? If a revision of the textbooks would have taken “too much time,” why could the PA not have been provided with Arabic-language schoolbooks from other Arab countries, such as Bahrain and the UAE, where the antisemitism is likely to be muted or even, we allow ourselves to believe, now that these countries have joined the Abraham Accords, entirely absent?

The European Commission approved a €224.8 million aid package for the Palestinians on Tuesday, in addition to previous contributions of €92m. to UNRWA and €25m. specifically for humanitarian aid. The EU projects it will spend €1.152 billion in financial support for the Palestinians during the three fiscal years 2021-2022, 2022-2023, and 2023-2024..

How extraordinarily generous the EU has been, and continues to be, to the Palestinians. Contributions just within this year, 2021-2022, will include 250 million euros ($261 million) that go directly to the PA, another 92 million euros ($96 million) that is sent to UNRWA, and 25 million euros ($26 million) that are allocated for “humanitarian aid.” In other words, nearly $400 million is being lavished on the Palestinians from the EU in this one fiscal year. And in the three years from 2021 and 2024, the EU projects its financial support will amount to 1.152 billion euros, or $1.2 billion.

How did such colossal sums ever come to be treated as amounts that the EU had a duty to provide the Palestinians? Where did this nonsense begin? Somehow, the Palestinians have became the most privileged of all the groups worldwide that claim to be in need. There are many billions of people much poorer than the Palestinians, the poor in sub-Saharan Africa, in South America, and in South Asia, who receive little or nothing from the EU. Think of the Indians in Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Mexico, the farmers enduring drought and famine in Haiti, Nigeria, South Sudan, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Think of the millions of wretched day laborers India, and Bangladesh. In all these countries. the level of abysmal poverty far outstrips anything the Palestinians endure. Yet no one in the EU protests this state of affairs, demanding that the money going to the Palestinians year after year ought to be redirected at those Indians in the Andes, the ragged beggars in Calcutta, the starving farmers in Ethiopia and South Sudan. In the same way, no one stops to question why it is that of the hundreds of millions of refugee groups created in the world since World War II, only one group – the Palestinians – are allowed to pass on their refugee status as an inheritable trait, so that the number of those “refugees” constantly increases, as ever more of them are born and then placed on the UNRWA rolls, to enjoy a cornucopia of benefits that no other “refugees” are provided.

Last September, Prof. Dr. Eckhardt Fuchs, director of the Georg-Eckert Institute, told the European Parliament 2021while some books follow UNESCO standards, “in other subjects they do not. Here you find incitement to hatred, antisemitic parts, and this we have said very clearly and differentiated.”

Thirty-two members of the European Parliament from several parliamentary groups called on von der Leyen in a letter this past March to set conditions for funding the Palestinian education sector.

Years of negotiations with the PA and repeated Commission pledges of ‘zero tolerance’ for antisemitism have unfortunately failed to bring about the desired change,” the letter said. “Palestinian children continue to be abused as they are being taught to hate. Asking the PA to revise these books is not an imposition but a self-evident and non-negotiable duty.”

Ursula von der Leyen, head of the European Commission, despite her own pledges to fight antisemitism, was unmoved. Her mind was made up. If the PA refused to honor its commitment to change its schoolbooks, then so be it; that was no reason for the EU to “punish” innocent Palestinians by withholding aid. Nor did she understand that raising up children in homicidal hate, teaching them to honor and emulate terrorist murderers, constitutes child abuse.

When the European Parliament reviewed the 2021 budget in April, it condemned incitement in Palestinian education and demanded that “all text books and materials supported by Union Funds which are used in schools must be in line with UNESCO standards of peace, tolerance, co-existence and non-violence.”

Just two months ago, in April, the European Parliament yet again demanded that the PA’s textbooks be revised so that they would meet UNESCO “standards of peace, tolerance, co-existence, and non-violence.” Nothing of the sort – nothing, indeed, at all – happened. Not a comma was change in those schoolbooks. And then, less than two months later, the European Commission forgot all about what the European Parliament had demanded, and committed itself to providing the PA with every bit of the aid that was supposed to have been withheld if UNESCO standards were not met.

Yet, the aid package includes €145.35m. for salaries and pensions of PA civil servants, including those who write textbooks.

Those most directly responsible for the dissemination of antisemitic hate, the writers of these textbooks, are again receiving their salaries and pensions, paid by the ever-accommodating EU.

The aid package also includes €3m. to “promote gender responsive policies and laws in the occupied Palestinian territory.”

Palestinian textbooks glorified Dalal al-Mughrabi, a Palestinian responsible for the murder of 38 Israelis, including 13 children, within the context of female empowerment, the report said, adding that there are “no further portraits of significant female figures in Palestinian history.”

When the Palestinian textbook writers had to come up with an empowered female to write about, someone whom Palestinian girls could proudly learn about and seek to emulate, they did not settle on a Palestinian artist, writer, musician, actress, or athlete, but on Dalal al-Mughrabi, the terrorist who was responsible for the murder of 38 Israelis, 13 of whom were children. This is the woman Palestinian girls are offered as a model. In fact, she is the only woman who was selected for discussion in the Palestinian schoolbooks. Her sole claim to fame is mass murder. 

Soon after the vote in April, a EU official said they do not “impose reforms to our partners,” but the PA is working on reforming its education sector.

But that remark goes against the history of the last few years, when the EU has been continually trying to “impose reforms” — that is, continually asking the PA to remove the antisemitism in its schoolbooks, and being continually stonewalled. Instead of trying harder to pressure the PA, by withholding all of its aid money, the EU every year eventually gives up trying, and even claims it is virtuous not to pressure too much: “we do not impose reforms to [sic] our partners.” Why not? Why should those who have the power to attach conditions to their largesse not do so? Surely the most justified of such conditions is to insist that the recipients of the aid stop brainwashing their children to hate, and to want to kill, Jews.

The EU does not fund textbooks, but we support the Palestinian education sector,” an EU official said. “The EU is committed to supporting high-quality education in Palestine. This is a vital contribution to ensure peaceful coexistence, tolerance and mutual understanding.” The EU seeks to “work hand in hand with the PA on this, including on the basis of the study by the Georg Eckert Institute.”

Utter nonsense and lies. The EU is committed to “supporting high-quality education” using textbooks that contain passages fit for Der Stürmer? Of course, the money the EU gives to the PA pays for textbooks. How is the money given to the PA that pays for these hate-filled texts helping “to ensure peaceful coexistence, tolerance, and mutual understanding”? There is no way to separate out the “cost of textbooks” from the larger budget; aid money is fungible. If the EU says it will pay for X, but will not pay for Y, then the PA, as recipient, can take the money it was going to use for X and apply it instead to Y. 

The EU has no tolerance for incitement to hatred, violence as a means to achieve political goals and antisemitism in all its forms,” the official added. “These principles are non-negotiable for the Commission. Any material that goes against them… has no place in textbooks or classrooms.”

Rub your eyes in disbelief. Do these fools really believe what they say? Or they think we, their worldwide audience, are even greater fools, because we will believe them? How can this EU official say with a straight face that “the EU has no tolerance for incitement to hatred, violence, and antisemitism in all its forms”? Fifteen minutes spent looking at the blood-curdling texts used in the PA schools yesterday, today, and tomorrow, would disabuse anyone of that extraordinary claim.

Daniel Schwammenthal, director of the American Jewish Committee’s Brussels-based Transatlantic Institute, said: “The EU had the historic opportunity and obligation to take a clear stand against antisemitism and incitement and for peace between Israelis and Palestinians but unfortunately decided to waste it.”

In April, it seemed that the EU was determined not to give in again, but to hew to its demand that the PA revise its textbooks if it wanted the aid tap to again be turned on. Less than two months later, the PA has not changed one jot or tittle of any of its hate-filled texts, but the EU has nonetheless opened wide the money tap. 

“This decision contradicts the EU’s core values, its declared goal of advancing a two-state solution and ignores the European Parliament’s repeated calls to end such incitement in Palestinian schoolbooks supported with EU funds,” he [Daniel Schwammenthal] said.

“The decision is simply incomprehensible given that the Commission’s very first EU Strategy on Combating Antisemitism, released just eight months ago, explicitly states that the EU must ensure that external funds are not misallocated to activities that incite hatred and violence towards Jews.”

Marcus Sheff, CEO of IMPACT-se, which studies textbooks in the Middle East, said: “The PA textbook issue is now too important to simply disappear from the agenda of the Commission and Parliament.”

“The fact is that, as of today, no improvements to the textbooks have yet been made,” he said. “On the contrary, increased levels of antisemitism in the new study cards and direct calls for violence were condemned just last month by the Parliament.”

The Palestinian textbook writers have done Hajj Amin El Husseini, and his friend Heinrich Himmler, proud. They have increased the dose of antisemitism in the “new study cards” that accompany their unrevised textbooks, used to guide students to the most important matters to study and memorize. These study cards, and the calls for violence against Jews, had both been condemned by the European Parliament just one month before the EU approved nearly $400 million in aid. No one can explain why the EU suddenly unfroze the funds for the PA that had been frozen for 14 months.

The European Parliament adopted a resolution in 2021 calling on EU funding to be conditional on removing incitement, Sheff said.

“This decision reflects the view of millions of Europeans represented by elected members of the European Parliament who clearly want to see an end to the abuse of their taxpayer money until positive changes are made,” he said. “They and their elected MEPs are not going to change their minds because Ms. Von der Leyen would like the issue to disappear.”

Fourteen months have been spent — wasted — in the struggle to get the PA to clean up the antisemitism in its textbooks. The members of the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly this April to withhold funds until those changes were made. The PA stood firm; the European Commission capitulated and emptied its pockets into the PA’s coffers. Another year, another $400 million. Perhaps someone else, morally more advanced, will take the place of that well-pleased pleaser, Ursula von der Leyen, the lady who tells us, without the slightest shame or chagrin, that she is “against all forms of antisemitism.” All we can do is hope.

 

Hugh Fitzgerald

Source: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2022/06/european-unions-capitulation-palestinian-authority-hugh-fitzgerald/

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Iranian kidnapping of Israeli diplomats and tourists in Istanbul foiled - Roman Meitav

 

​ by Roman Meitav

One of the targets, according to the report, was the former Israeli ambassador and his wife who were staying at a hotel in Istanbul.

 

 Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his Israeli counterpart Isaac Herzog review a guard of honour during a welcoming ceremony in Ankara, Turkey March 9, 2022. (photo credit: MURAT CETINMUHURDAR/PRESIDENTIAL PRESS OFFICE/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS)
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his Israeli counterpart Isaac Herzog review a guard of honour during a welcoming ceremony in Ankara, Turkey March 9, 2022.
(photo credit: MURAT CETINMUHURDAR/PRESIDENTIAL PRESS OFFICE/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS)

Just before the arrival of Foreign Minister Yair Lapid to Turkey, Turkish intelligence revealed on Thursday that it managed to thwart an Iranian attack attempted in Istanbul last Friday, Israeli media reported. 

According to intelligence reports, Iranians planned to kidnap Israeli diplomats and tourists in Istanbul. The report states that the perpetrators were already in Istanbul. One of the targets, according to the report, was the former Israeli ambassador and his wife who were staying at a hotel in the city.

Turkish intelligence and local police arrested close to ten suspects last Friday, including local collaborators, at the Sol Hotel and three other rented apartments in the Istanbul area.

Iranian intelligence members and Revolutionary Guards members impersonated students, businessmen and tourists, Turkey said that the Mossad located the Israelis who were supposed to be the target of the attack, and flew them to Israel in a private plane.

Israel’s Foreign Minister Yair Lapid had previously urged citizens in Turkey to leave “as soon as possible” over threats that Iranian operatives are actively planning to kill or abduct Israelis in Istanbul.

The stark warning had come amid the latest surge in tensions between Iran and Israel, after a string of attempted attacks on Israelis staying in Turkey.

Israel's warnings

Israel reportedly put off issuing the warning for some time in order to give Turkish authorities a chance to resolve the threat internally. Ultimately counterintelligence operations were done in cooperation between Mossad and Turkish authorities, whom Prime Minister Bennett praised this week.

“The operational efforts with the Turkish security forces have borne fruit,” Bennett said in a press briefing last week. “In recent days, in a joint Israeli-Turkish effort, we thwarted a number of terrorist attempts, and numerous terrorists were arrested on Turkish ground.”

“In recent days, in a joint Israeli-Turkish effort, we thwarted a number of terrorist attempts, and numerous terrorists were arrested on Turkish ground.”

Naftali Bennett

Previous attempts

Israeli security forces evacuated Israeli citizens from Istanbul last week, rushing them to an airport to leave the country just before they reached their hotel room, allegedly ahead of an Iranian hit squad that was intent on kidnapping or killing them.

Israel called on its nationals in Turkey to lock themselves in hotel rooms and be wary of opening the doors even for service staff and delivery people.

“I call on all Israelis in Turkey to obey the instructions of the security forces,” Defense Minister Benny Gantz said in a statement Saturday evening. “Israel is working to thwart Iranian attempts to carry out an attack, and is preparing to respond forcefully to any attack on Israeli citizens — anywhere.”

Head of intelligence "promoted"

Iran has dismissed the powerful chief of the Revolutionary Guards intelligence service, Hossein Taeb, Iran's state TV reported on Thursday, Allegedly following repeated failures to carry out operations against Israelis in Turkey.

The station gave no further details about the dismissal of Taeb who, before becoming the Guards Intelligence Chief in 2009, worked at the office of Iran's top authority Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

TV said Taeb has been appointed as an advisor to Guards Commander-in-Chief Hossein Salami.

Reuters contributed to this report. 

 

Roman Meitav

Source: https://www.jpost.com/breaking-news/article-710182

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Fed chief Powell makes Biden look like a boob - Monica Showalter

 

​ by Monica Showalter

Now that the Federal Reserve chief has weighed in, it doesn't sound quite as good as it had sounded for the cameras over the past weeks, parroted by the economically illiterate press.

So Putin didn't do it after all.

That's the uncomfortable-for-Joe-Biden verdict on inflation from Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell, in testimony to Congress yesterday.

According to Fox News:

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Wednesday appeared to contract President Biden's repeated insistence that Russia's invasion of Ukraine was the primary driver behind inflation in the U.S. 

During a Senate Banking Committee hearing, Sen. Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn., got Powell to admit that inflation was high well before Russia's Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine

Hagerty noted that in December 2021, inflation has risen to 7% — up from 1.4% in January 2021, when President Biden took office. Since Russian tanks rolled across the border of Ukraine, inflation has risen incrementally to its current level of 8.6%. 

With these statistics stated, Hagerty asked Powell if he believed the war in Ukraine was the "primary driver" of inflation as the Biden administration has tried to portray.

"No inflation was high ... certainly before the war in Ukraine broke out," Powell said. 

Hagerty noted that as recently as Sunday, Joe Biden was out shilling the claim that Russia's President Vladimir Putin was behind the monster surge in inflation seen in everything from mortgages to the price of eggs to the prices paid at the pump.

Don't point the finger at Joe Biden for this — Putin did it.

It's just such baloney.

Now that the Federal Reserve chief has weighed in, it doesn't sound quite as good as it had sounded for the cameras over the past weeks, parroted by the economically illiterate press.

Fact is, inflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon, to take part of a famous quote from economist Milton Friedman, and Joe has been at war with Friedman for decades.  "Milton Friedman isn't running the show anymore," Biden yawped.

Actually, he is, and Powell is just waking up to that cold, hard reality after making a lot of stupid statements about the claimed need to "unlearn" monetarism, even though all goods are priced in dollars, which is devaluing as $4.7 trillion gets printed and released into the system with no place to go after the initial payouts. 

Two top monetary economists, Prof. Steve Hanke and London economist John Greenwood, laid out very well how bad it's gotten in a letter to the Wall Street Journal earlier this month:

The lead paragraph of President Biden's op-ed "My Plan for Fighting Inflation" (May 31) asserts that the global economy faces an inflation problem exacerbated by Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine, high oil prices and supply-chain problems. This line of argument shows why the president's team and the experts at the Federal Reserve were unable to anticipate the inflation conundrum that their economic missteps have forced us into. It also shows why the president's plan will likely fail to allow us to exit inflation with a smooth landing.

We don't have a global inflation problem. Inflations are always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon spawned by the creation of excess money by local central banks. China, Japan and Switzerland also face elevated oil prices, supply-chain problems and fallout from the war in Ukraine, but their annual inflation rates are 2.1%, 2.5% and 2.5%, respectively. They have avoided the ravages of inflation because their central banks haven't produced excessive quantities of money.

Now Powell seems to be recognizing the problem, abandoning his "modern monetary theory" nonsense now that inflation is biting.  Biden is on the political skids because of it, and he's in the hot seat.

He's started to raise rates, which is the only thing that will begin to fix this, even as he risks recession because of it. 

Former Kansas City Fed chief Thomas Hoenig laid out that inflation is baked in the cake.  "In my view, when you expand money as aggressively as you did in 2020, you create consequences."  He says there is no easy way that he knows of to bring the inflation rate down other than rate hikes, and the Fed has been behind the curve.

All of these are the voices of economic heavyweights.  Joe Biden, by contrast, is shilling even worse nonsense than Gerald Ford's "Whip Inflation Now."

The big boys at the Fed are starting to move now, and Biden is being left in the dust, looking stupid.

Image: Screen shot from CNBC video via YouTube.

 

Monica Showalter

Source: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2022/06/fed_chief_powell_makes_biden_look_like_a_boob.html

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Former Education Sec. Betsy DeVos sounds off on rumored Biden Title IX changes: 'A bridge too far' - Cortney O'Brien

 

​ by Cortney O'Brien

Biden's rumored Title IX changes include redefining the word 'sex' to mean 'gender' and 'gender identity'

 

Former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos sounded off on the Biden administration's rumored proposals for Title IX a day ahead of the civil rights law's 50th anniversary. 

Title IX of the Education Amendments Act, signed into law by President Richard Nixon on June 23, 1972, prohibits sex discrimination in educational institutions that receive federal funding. 

"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance," the law states.   

DEVOS PROCLAIMS TITLE IX RULE CHANGE FOR CAMPUS SEX ASSAULT CASES ‘REBALANCES THE SCALES OF JUSTICE’

"It's been an important law, and one that we have to continue to protect," DeVos told Fox News Digital on Wednesday.

From left, Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., clap as tennis star Billie Jean King, founder of the Women's Sports Foundation, speaks during the Women's History Month event honoring women athletes in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Title IX in Statuary Hall in the Capitol.

From left, Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., clap as tennis star Billie Jean King, founder of the Women's Sports Foundation, speaks during the Women's History Month event honoring women athletes in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Title IX in Statuary Hall in the Capitol. (Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

However, some parents are fretting over the Biden administration's reported new draft rules, which in part include a redefining of the word "sex" to mean "gender" and "gender identity." 

DeVos, who as education secretary wrote that Title IX’s sex-based protections were sticking by the definitions of "biological sex, male or female," said the expansion of the word would be a "bridge too far."

"That they would attempt to expand the definition of biological sex through a rulemaking process, it really is a bridge too far," she said. "And I hope that, and I trust that many people will raise their voices if what is rumored to be true actually unfolds."

PARENTS RALLY AS FAIRFAX SCHOOL BOARD PUNTS CONTROVERSIAL VOTE ON CHANGES TO SEX-ED CLASSES

Parents in Fairfax, Virginia, sounded off to Fox News Digital last week before the school board voted to increase punishments for students for "misgendering" their classmates. That is, calling them by the pronoun given at birth, as opposed to students' preferred pronouns.

"What's most concerning to me is the punishments," Tyler Ohta, founder of Moms for American Values, told Fox News Digital ahead of the vote. "They are talking about potentially giving suspensions to children as young as fourth grade, and these rules will go in place for children all the way as young as kindergarten. So to hold little children culpable, responsible, for someone else's personal decision, compelling their speech at such a young age. It's a very dangerous path that we're going down, and we need to defend our free speech and our religious beliefs."

"I do think some of these developments are very concerning," DeVos agreed.

"They're also getting a ton of pushback from people who are concerned about protecting women's sports in particular, and protecting the very important due process protections that we ensured were a part of the whole Title IX requirements for how institutions must handle these issues," she added.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks during a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on budget on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 26, 2019.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks during a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on budget on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

PARENT GROUPS REACT TO BIDEN ADMIN'S UPCOMING TITLE IX CHANGES

Also in the spotlight should the Biden rules take effect are due process protections for students. As education secretary, DeVos released a rule giving students accused of sexual harassment more opportunity to defend themselves, and requiring that the harassment must be proven to have been severe and pervasive.

"Today we release a final rule that recognizes we can continue to combat sexual misconduct without abandoning our core values of fairness, presumption of innocence and due process," she said at the time.

U.S. President Joe Biden and U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona deliver remarks during an event for the 2022 National and State Teachers of the Year in the East Room of the White House on April 27, 2022, in Washington, D.C.

U.S. President Joe Biden and U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona deliver remarks during an event for the 2022 National and State Teachers of the Year in the East Room of the White House on April 27, 2022, in Washington, D.C.  (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

DeVos' guidance replaced that of the Obama administration's, which, in a 2011 Dear Colleague letter, outlined for schools how to conduct Title IX proceedings. The Obama administration required universities to investigate nearly all complaints of sexual misconduct, no matter how long ago they had allegedly occurred. It also strongly discouraged schools from "allowing the parties personally to question or cross-examine each other during the hearing."

"The rumored pieces of Biden's plans give us all great cause for concern," DeVos said, noting that Obama's "far left" efforts "destroyed many young people's lives as a result of flawed approaches."

"We went methodically through constructing a rule that very clearly sets up a framework that's fair, that's balanced, that respects the rights of both individuals in a party with an issue," she said.

First Lady Jill Biden and tennis legend Billie Jean King joined an All-American high school track athlete to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Title IX Wednesday.

Fox News' Kelly Laco contributed to this report.

 

Cortney O'Brien

Source: https://www.foxnews.com/media/former-education-sec-betsy-devos-sounds-off-biden-title-ix-changes

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Europe's Leaders Must Not Stumble Towards a New Munich - Con Coughlin

 

​ by Con Coughlin

Europe must make clear its support for Ukraine and its desire to become a member of the European Union

  • Mr Macron, in particular, has emerged as the chief European cheerleader in favour of Ukraine making concessions to Russia to end the fighting, while the leaders of Germany and Italy, which both rely heavily on Russia for their energy needs, are also said to favour Ukraine ceding territory to Moscow – a result that would only whet the appetite of other predators looking on.

  • Rather than agreeing to their demands, Mr Zelensky responded by pointedly reminding his visitors that the more weapons Ukraine receives from the West, the faster it will be able to liberate its occupied land and end the war.

  • In this context, plans by the European Union to offer membership to Kyiv represent a welcome gesture of support for the Ukrainian people, one that should provide a much needed morale boost for Ukrainian forces.

  • In what amounts to a significant geo-political shift in Europe, the European Commission has given its backing to Ukraine's bid to be given candidacy status, the first step towards achieving full EU membership.

  • The challenge for the EU now will be to make sure priority is given to processing Kyiv's application, and not allow it to become caught up in the stultifying bureaucracy of Brussels.

  • Any attempt by the EU to delay Ukraine's membership of the bloc will simply be taken as a sign by Mr Putin that Europe is not prepared to defend its allies, and encourage the Kremlin -- and others -- to launch further acts of aggression.

Plans by the European Union to offer membership to Kyiv represent a welcome gesture of support for the Ukrainian people. However, any attempt by the EU to delay Ukraine's membership will simply be taken as a sign by Putin that Europe is not prepared to defend its allies. Pictured (from left): Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz hold a press conference in Kyiv, Ukraine on June 16, 2022. (Photo by Ludovic Marin/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)

At a time when there is mounting concern that European leaders are suffering from "war fatigue" over the Ukraine conflict, the prospect of Kyiv becoming an official candidate for European Union membership constitutes a much-needed morale boost for the Ukrainian people.

With the conflict now reaching the four-month mark, the early enthusiasm demonstrated by Western leaders for supporting the Ukrainian cause has been replaced by apathy as it becomes clear that the war is likely to drag on for months to come.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson highlighted this general sense of war-weariness among European leaders after he made a surprise visit to the Ukrainian capital last weekend, and called for the West to demonstrate resolve in its support for the Ukraine cause.

"When Ukraine fatigue is setting in, it is very important to show that we are with them for the long haul and we are giving them the strategic resilience that they need," Mr Johnson said.

"The Russians are grinding forward inch by inch and it is vital for us to show what we know to be true which is that Ukraine can win and will win."

Mr Johnson's rallying cry of support for Ukraine is in stark contrast to the less-than-enthusiastic approach adopted by many other European politicians, which was clearly evident when the leaders of Germany, France and Italy made their own visit earlier this month to the Ukrainian capital.

While Mr Johnson has, rightly, been praised by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for his unstinting support for the Ukrainian cause, the same cannot be said for the leaders of other major European powers, who appear a great deal more interested in persuading the Ukrainian leader to negotiate a ceasefire with Moscow than helping him to win the war.

Thus, when French President Emmanuel Macron, together with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, took the night train to Kyiv to meet with Mr Zelensky, their thoughts were probably more focused on how they might bring the fighting to an end and getting back to doing business than helping Ukraine to achieve victory.

Mr Macron, in particular, has emerged as the chief European cheerleader in favour of Ukraine making concessions to Russia to end the fighting, while the leaders of Germany and Italy, which both rely heavily on Russia for their energy needs, are also said to favour Ukraine ceding territory to Moscow – a result that would only whet the appetite of other predators looking on.

The willingness of the three European leaders to appease the Kremlin's unprovoked act of aggression against Ukraine has certainly provoked a bitter response from prominent advocates of Ukrainian sovereignty.

As prominent Ukrainian businessman Alexander Temerko has commented, the European leaders' visit to Kyiv this month drew uncomfortable parallels with the 1938 visit to Munich by British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and his French counterpart, Édouard Daladier, to meet with Adolf Hitler, which resulted in the division of Czechoslovakia in a failed attempt to avert a second world war.

Rather than agreeing to their demands, Mr Zelensky responded by pointedly reminding his visitors that the more weapons Ukraine receives from the West, the faster it will be able to liberate its occupied land and end the war.

"Every day of delay or postponed decisions is an opportunity for the Russian military to kill Ukrainians or destroy our cities," he said. "There is a direct correlation: the more powerful weapons we receive, the faster we can liberate our people, our land."

Mr Zelensky's response sums up the growing frustration of frontline Ukrainian commanders over the failure of Western leaders to fulfil their promises to provide Ukrainian forces with the military supplies they desperately need to defeat the Russians.

The latest military analysis from the front line of the conflict suggests Russia currently outguns Ukraine's forces by a multiple of between 10-15 times.

Moreover, declarations of military support from Washington and Europe have yet to materialise on the Ukrainian front line, so that Ukrainian forces now find themselves in a desperate battle for survival in key battlegrounds in the Donbas region such as the strategically important city of Severodonetsk.

In this context, plans by the European Union to offer membership to Kyiv represent a welcome gesture of support for the Ukrainian people, one that should provide a much needed morale boost for Ukrainian forces.

In what amounts to a significant geo-political shift in Europe, the European Commission has given its backing to Ukraine's bid to be given candidacy status, the first step towards achieving full EU membership.

The decision was immediately welcomed by Mr Zelensky, who predicted Russia would be "very nervous" at the prospect of Kyiv forging closer ties with the rest of Europe. One of Russian President Vladimir Putin's main arguments for invading Ukraine back in February was that he wanted to prevent Kyiv from joining Western institutions.

Instead, he has achieved the opposite effect, with Ukraine, together with other former Soviet states like Georgia, seeking to forge closer ties with key institutions such as the EU. As Mr Zelensky commented soon after the Brussels' announcement, "We prove every day that we are already part of a united Europe."

The challenge for the EU now will be to make sure priority is given to processing Kyiv's application, and not allow it to become caught up in the stultifying bureaucracy of Brussels.

Previously, the EU has agreed to consider membership for countries in the Western Balkans, such as Albania, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. But while they continue to enjoy applicant status, years have passed with no progress being achieved towards granting them membership.

The same cannot be allowed to happen to Ukraine. Any attempt by the EU to delay Ukraine's membership of the bloc will simply be taken as a sign by Mr Putin that Europe is not prepared to defend its allies, and encourage the Kremlin -- and others -- to launch further acts of aggression.

 

Con Coughlin is the Telegraph's Defence and Foreign Affairs Editor and a Shillman Journalism Fellow at Gatestone Institute.

Source: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/18634/ukraine-russia-new-munich

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Anti-Communists Sue Netflix for Defamation - Humberto Fontova

 

​ by Humberto Fontova

Look who's in trouble now.

 


“A defamation suit against Netflix from the head of a Cuban exile organization accuses the streamer of distributing propaganda for Cuba by portraying him as a terrorist and drug trafficker in Olivier Assayas’ political spy thriller Wasp Network,” wrote the Hollywood Reporter this week.  “The Film is an obvious attempt to rewrite and whitewash history in favor of the communist Cuban regime and is factually inaccurate,” the complaint states.  “Brothers to the Rescue leader Jose Basulto alleges Netflix and Assayas falsely depicted him as a puppet of the United States and traitor to Cuba while romanticizing the criminal activity conducted by Fidel Castro’s regime.

“The defamation action is the second from a Cuban exile arguing that the movie falsely maligns Cuban exiles as terrorists and otherwise unsavory characters. Ana Martinez sued in 2020 over her character, played as a promiscuous “party girl” by Ana de Armas, in the movie.”

The film was filmed partly in Cuba itself, you see, and as the suit explains: “Cuba’s communist party requires the ‘script, storyboard or synopsis of the project’ to be submitted and expressly states that any project that paints Cuba in a negative light will be denied a permit,” the complaint reads. “Thus, filming the true and accurate story was never even a possibility.”

Of course this submission policy is standard operating procedure for Soviet-style totalitarian regimes. Problem is, many people nowadays forget that Cuba qualifies as one with bells on. The identical policy no do doubt applied to Stephen Soderbergh’s “Che.”  But nobody in Hollywood seemed to bat an eye at such interference with “artistic integrity.” In fact, “Che” leading man and producer of Benicio Del Toro publicly thanked the Stalinist Castro regime for their unstinting help with producing the film, as was revealed right here at Frontpage.

Earlier, Robert Redford was required to give a secret private screening of his now famous Motorcycle Diaries to Fidel Castro and Che Guevara’s widow before releasing the film. Only after the approval by these two Stalinists was the movie released by this adamant proponent of artistic freedom. 

Naturally a film full of malicious lies about Cuban exiles and jointly produced by KGB-tutored Stalinist apparatchiks got a rousing thumbs-up from the New York Times. “Olivier Assayas’s latest picture, “Wasp Network” (streaming on Netflix), looks like his most conventional work,” read the film review by The New York Times upon its release in 2020.  “But it also pushes this theme to a dizzying, eventually exhilarating, extreme…There are times in which “Wasp Network” feels like a John le Carré tale drenched in Miami sun, or even a serious-minded “Top Gun” variant….(the movie) is based on the nonfiction book “The Last Soldiers of the Cold War” by Fernando Morais…”            

The movie Wasp Network is based on the nonfiction book “The Last Soldiers of the Cold War” by Fernando Morais. Among the Brazilian Morais’ more noteworthy proclamations: 

“Fidel Castro was the greatest leader of the 20th Century! A blessing for the world!” How could The New York Times possibly pan a movie with such credentials?

In brief, the movie glorifies KGB-trained Cuban spies who—as the Morais book tells it—infiltrated Miami in a desperate attempt to thwart terrorism by Cuban exiles. The innocent and beneficent Castro regime had no choice, you see, considering its sole historic rationale is providing free health care, while somehow surviving a diabolical U.S. “blockade.”

In fact, Castro’s KGB-trained terrorists (members of “The Wasp Network”) were convicted by U.S. Federal jury of everything from espionage to conspiracy to commit murder, and these convictions were upheld all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Here’s what happened: 

On September 14, 1998, the FBI uncovered a Castro spy ring in Miami and arrested 10 of them. Four others managed to scoot back to Cuba. These became known as the “Wasp Network,” or “The Cuban Five” in Castroite parlance. According to the FBI’s affidavit, the 26 charges against the convicted Castro-spies championed in the movie were: 

•Gathering intelligence against the Boca Chica Air Naval Station in Key West, the McDill Air Force Base in Tampa and the headquarters of the U.S. Southern Command in Homestead, Fla. 

•Compiling the names, home addresses and medical files of the U.S. Southern Command’s top officers, along with those of hundreds of officers stationed at Boca Chica. 

•Infiltrating the headquarters of the U.S. Southern Command. 

•Sending letter bombs to Cuban-Americans. 

•Spying on McDill Air Force Base, the U.S. armed forces’ worldwide headquarters for fighting “low-intensity” conflicts. 

•Locating entry points into Florida for smuggling explosives. 

The Wasp Network also infiltrated the Cuban-exile group Brothers to the Rescue (portrayed in the movie as drug-runners and terrorists.) In fact, these Cuban exiles flew unarmed planes to rescue Cuban rafters in the Florida straits, also known as “the cemetery without crosses.” The estimates of the number of Cubans dying horribly in the “cemetery without crosses” run from 30-55,000. Brothers to The Rescue risked their lives almost daily, flying over the straits, alerting and guiding the Coast Guard to any balseros, and saving thousands of these desperate people from joining that terrible tally. (Prior to Castroism, by the way, Cuba was swamped with more immigrants per-capita than the U.S., including during the Ellis Island years.) So you can imagine how the Cuban exodus embarrasses the Castro regime and its huge network of (unregistered) propaganda agents in the U.S.

By February of 1996, Brothers to The Rescue had flown 1,800 of these humanitarian missions and helped rescue 4,200 men, women and children. That month members of the Wasp Network passed to Castro the flight plan for one of the Brothers’ humanitarian flights over the Cemetery Without Crosses. 

With this info in hand, Castro’s Top Guns jumped into their MiGs took off and valiantly blasted apart (in international air space) the lumbering and utterly defenseless Cessnas. Four members of the humanitarian flights were thus murdered in cold blood by communist spies glorified in the movies. Three of these murdered men were U.S. citizens, the other a legal U.S. resident. Again, these murdered Americans are the ones portrayed as “terrorists” by the movie hailed by The New York Times. 

In fact, the propaganda qualities of the film were blatantly obvious even to reviewers who-- unlike your humble servant—lack an anti-communist “axe to grind.” To wit:  

“It’s unusual for a Western film to present spies for Fidel Castro as the heroes. And that novelty, alas, is one of the few selling points of “Wasp Network.” (Alonso Duralde, movie reviewer for Movieline, MSNBC, Salon, The Wrap, among others.) 

 “The Cuban regime opened all the doors for us” (to shoot the movie) said Director Olivier Assayas, who lived in Havana for half a year to make the movie. “It was extraordinary because it was the first time that the Cubans opened the doors to have a filmmaker explore their contemporary political history.” (Untrue–totalitarian Cuba’s doors were opened wide for Benicio Del Toro and Steven Soderbergh to make their propaganda film “Che.”)

It must be quite an honor for director Assayas to get the enthusiastic backing and cooperation for his film of the Stalinist regime that jailed, tortured and exiled the most filmmakers in the modern history of the Western Hemisphere–and criminalized artistic freedom.

As mentioned earlier, the suit sites Stalinist Cuba’s own regulations expressly stating “that any project that paints Cuba in a negative light will be denied a permit,” to film in the country. In this case the regulation applies to a movie production company.  But those knowledgeable about Cuba who watch (usually in rage and amazement) “reporting” from Cuba by the likes of CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, etc. know it also applies to “news” networks.

 

Humberto Fontova

Source: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2022/06/anti-communists-sue-netflix-defamation-humberto-fontova/

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Zelensky: Israel must join international sanctions regime against Russia - Tovah Lazaroff


​ by Tovah Lazaroff

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky talked to students at Hebrew University during a special video address on Thursday.

 

 Zelensky delivers a video address to the TIME100 Gala 2022 crowd. (photo credit: SCREENSHOT VIA YOUTUBE)
Zelensky delivers a video address to the TIME100 Gala 2022 crowd.
(photo credit: SCREENSHOT VIA YOUTUBE)

Israel must join the international sanction regime against Russia and allow visa-free entry for refugees fleeing Moscow's aggression, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told students at Hebrew University during a special video address on Thursday. 

"Unfortunately, we have not yet seen Israel join the [international] sanctions regime," said Zelensky, whose words were translated from Ukrainian into English.

"When governments introduce sanctions against Russia, this is not about money or about business. It is about values and general security," Zelensky explained. 

"When governments introduce sanctions against Russia, this is not about money or about business. It is about values and general security."

Volodymyr Zelensky

"This is about everyone who is willing to destroy another nation [being] held accountable.

"Japan, Australia and many other countries have joined it [the sanctions regime]. Many European countries act together with us against Russian aggression," said Zelensky, who sat next to a Ukrainian flag wearing an olive-colored short sleeve shirt.

Partial understanding

"We understand that it is not a simple situation for you," Zelensky said as tactically acknowledged Israel's tenuous situation given that the Russian military is stationed near its northern border in Syria.

But the situation is no different in Poland, he said, "which is also threatened by Russia. They are providing us with essential logistical support. They hosted 2.5 million people," Zelensky said.

Luxembourg, a small country of 600,000 people have given Ukraine the equivalent of 15% of its defense budget, Zelensky said. Baltic countries have sent weapons, he added.

"We would like to also get support from your government," he told the students.

Israel has stopped the "visa-free" regime, Zelensky said adding that they did in "these days, now." 

Ireland, a country with whom Ukraine doesn't have the same historical and cultural ties that it does with Israel, "even they canceled the visa regime for Ukrainians so they could go there and preserve their lives. Japan and Canada simplified access," Zelensky said.

The Ukrainian president described the conditions that his people were escaping. Russian "occupiers" are burying people in collective graves," they are "shooting people on the streets, they are torturing people. They are raping minors, boys and girls," he charged. He similarly accused Moscow of creating camps to torture people. 

"How can you not help the victims of such aggression? I asked this question because I know that you do care," Zelensky said.

He did thank Israel for the medication it had sent to Ukraine but noted that it had not received most of the supplies it had requested from Israel.

"Please remember how much our cultures are linked, how close our ties are and what the level of understanding should be between us. 

"So why do we have this misunderstanding with some representative of the government? I do not know," Zelensky said adding that he cared 'about the future relations between our state and our people. 

"We do have a joint, great future of great people, because we have this great history and great past. We will have to look into each other's eyes for many years to come," he said.

In highlighting Israeli-Ukrainian tiess, Zelensky recalled that former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir and Jewish playwright Shalom Aleichem were all from Kyiv. Then there are sacred places such as Uman and memorials to the Ukrainian Jews who were killed by the Nazis, he said.

Zelensky's address came close to four months into Russia's invasion of his country, which has galvanized international support for his country. He noted Ukraine was on the edge of acceptance as an accession candidate to the European Union.

"Soon we will be part of that family and we have sacrificed a lot for that," he said.

In March Zelensky virtually addressed the Knesset plenum, speaking there of Israel's role as a mediator between Kyiv and Moscow. This time around, he didn't mention it.  

 

Tovah Lazaroff

Source: https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/article-710185

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