This Week in the World Affairs Brief

JUDGE SHOWS EXTREME BIAS AT TRUMP TRIAL

Former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz decided to sit in on Trump’s “hush money” trial during the final few days to witness just how biased the proceedings were. He got much more than he was expecting, as judge Merchan showed his egregious bias, including actually clearing the courtroom over a facial expression he didn’t like from a key Trump witness—after prohibiting the jury from hearing key portions of his testimony. In contrast, Merchan allowed all of the testimony from Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, even after that witness admitted multiple times on the stand that he had lied. Dershowitz thought he’d “seen it all” in his 60 year long career, either teaching law students or litigating in the courtroom, but he had never seen such blatant bias, especially in such a high profile case. The only upside to all this one-sided treatment is that it gives Trump solid grounds for appeal. To receive a free one-time copy of the brief including options on how to subscribe, click on Request a Sample on thee left.

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Daily News

'Mises Caucus Just Exploded': Libertarian Party Nominates Left-Winger Chase Oliver

ZeroHedge

After seven rounds of balloting stretching over seven hours -- and coming close to nominating nobody -- the Libertarian Party gave its presidential nomination to the decidedly left-leaning Chase Oliver on Sunday night in Washington DC. The result was a devastating upset loss for the Mises Caucus. The Rothbardian, self-described "radical libertarian" group seized control of the party in 2020, but failed to push its favored but flawed candidate -- Michael Rectenwald -- across the goal line.

Gov. Newsom Signs Bill Allowing Arizona Doctors to Provide Abortions in California

The Epoch Times

Senate Bill 233, introduced by state Sen. Nancy Skinner of Oakland and Assembly Majority Leader Cecilia Aguiar-Curry of Winters, allows licensed Arizona abortion providers to come to California and provide abortions or abortion-related care to patients from Arizona who travel to the state for such procedures until near the end of this year. The measure states that licensed Arizona doctors in good standing simply need to fill out an application form with the Medical Board of California or the Osteopathic Medical Board of California to perform abortions. Provided they meet certain requirements, their approval will be granted within five business days.

US Weapons Accuracy Drops to 10 Percent in Ukraine Due to Jamming

Mish Talk

HIMARS launchers were celebrated during the first year of Russia’s invasion for their success in striking ammunition depots and command points behind enemy lines. But by the second year, “everything ended: the Russians deployed electronic warfare, disabled satellite signals, and HIMARS became completely ineffective,” a second senior Ukrainian military official said. “This ineffectiveness led to the point where a very expensive shell was used” increasingly to strike lower-priority targets.

Biden's $320M Gaza Pier Has Detached & Drifted Onto Israeli Beach

ZeroHedge

The pier has been center of controversy, given a number of land routes for aid into Gaza are possible, but have been blocked by Israel's military. Now, to mitigate that devastation amid reports of famine the US government has spent $320 million to build a pier to bypass its own beneficiary's land-route blockade. But operating it has proven tricky especially due to inclement conditions in the eastern Mediterranean.

13th Oregon County Votes To Secede And Join 'Greater Idaho'

ZeroHedge

If the group's goal comes to full fruition, Oregon would end up 62% smaller by size, but only 9% smaller by population. That math that underscores the contrast between the sparsely populated, rural eastern region and the more densely-populated coastal areas. It also highlights the eastern counties' lack of political strength in influencing statewide decisions.

Korea May 2024 Update

Strategy Page

Last year Russia bought weapons and munitions from North Korea to supply their troops in Ukraine. More orders followed and soon this was visible on satellite photos of increased activity on the Trans-Siberian railroad. The Russians later discovered that about half the North Korean artillery shells they purchased were defective, particularly due to substandard propellant and unreliable warhead explosives. Further investigation revealed that North Korean munitions had long used poor quality raw materials and sloppy production methods to produce 152mm artillery shells and various types of unguided rockets. This was apparently the result of corruption because few North Koreans believed their government would ever go to was with the more prosperous and better armed South Korea. North Korean factories produced munitions that appeared OK, but in reality, were defective. When the government ordered sales of some of the large North Korea stockpile of munitions to Russia, no one dared to speak up about how many of the shells were defective. When Russia got the North Korean shells to Ukraine and used them, they found that about half the shells were defective. Some of the shells detonated when fired, destroying the howitzer barrel and injuring members of the gun crew.

YouTube Removes 35,000 EU Videos for “Misinformation,” Enhances Content Censorship Ahead of 2024 Elections

Reclaim the Net

The overview is the usual hodgepodge of reasonable concepts, such as promoting information on how to vote or register for voting, learning about election results, etc., that quickly morph into yet another battle in the “war on disinformation.” And what better way to “support” an election (and by extension, democracy) – than to engage in another round of mass censorship?

Trump Defense Rests Without Former President Taking The Stand

Jonathan Turley

Trump's decision not to testify may have been a smart move, considering the complete debacle we saw over the past two weeks - between Judge Juan Merchan turning Trump into a free speech martyr with multiple gag orders over milquetoast public statements, and star witness Michael Cohen being "dog walked" through his lies - and finally, admitting he stole from the Trump Organization.

Israel Fuming At UN's Moment Of Silence For Iran Leader: 'What’s Next? A Moment Of Silence For Hitler?'

ZeroHedge

More details have emerge of the helicopter crash in remote far northern Iran on Sunday which killed President Ebrahim Raisi and some top officials. Iranian state media is citing a "technical failure" which caused the helicopter to crash in the site of a mountain not far from the border of Azerbaijan. Iran state media has also blamed US-led sanctions which have heavily targeted its aviation sector for years. The Bell helicopter transporting the Iranian head of state was reportedly at least 40 years old, but there was also inclement weather and heavy fog in the region over the weekend.

How Iran used Turkey's Akinci drone to find president's helicopter

Middle East Eye

The Akinci, a model produced by the Turkish drone manufacturer Baykar since 2019, can fly at altitudes of up to 40,000 feet and remain airborne for more than 24 hours, covering vast areas. “Akinci has capabilities to operate in hard terrain and foggy weather thanks to its high-altitude flight capabilities and thermal technology,” a defence industry source told MEE. “It is a very good match in this sense.”

US paused bomb shipment to Israel to signal concerns over Rafah invasion, official says

AP

The shipment was supposed to consist of 1,800 2,000-pound (900-kilogram) bombs and 1,700 500-pound (225-kilogram) bombs, according to the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive matter, with the focus of U.S. concern being the larger explosives and how they could be used in a dense urban setting. More than 1 million civilians are sheltering in Rafah after evacuating other parts of Gaza amid Israel’s war on Hamas, which came after the militant group’s deadly attack on Israel on Oct. 7.

Anti-corruption group reveals fake companies in Kharkiv fortification contracts

Voice of Ukraine

According to Mezha's findings based on open-source data, contracts were signed with companies that appear to be fictitious. Tens of millions of hryvnias were transferred to a private entrepreneur whose owner, Ihor Chaus, has a criminal record for stealing a bottle of whiskey from a supermarket and was sentenced to 100 hours of community service, said the anti-graft activist.

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