This Week in the World Affairs Brief

IRAN AND ISRAEL’S PRELUDE TO WAR

For over 5 years now Israel has been openly attacking Iranian fighters and proxy fighters in Syria, daring Iran to come out in open retaliation and give Israel the chance for a “shock and awe” style war—backed up by the West, of course. But Iran has not previously taken the bait because it wasn’t yet ready to go to war with Israel or the US. But after Israel’s latest provocation—an attack on Iran’s Syrian Embassy annex on April 1st that killed 7 high ranking officers in a clear violation of international law, Iran finally hit back with a barrage of 300+ aerial weapons ranging from hundreds of armed drones to ballistic and cruise missiles. Iran still isn’t ready to prosecute this war, but it is getting close, and felt it had to give a limited response this time. Only a few of the projectiles made it through Israel’s layered anti-missile defense system thanks to the help of US, British and Jordanian aircraft which shot down most of the faster and more advanced missiles. Interestingly, Iran avoided targeting cities and aimed mostly at military installations, indicating a desire to punish Israel without civilian casualties, all the while issuing warning statements about a much larger barrage if Israel chooses to retaliate and go to war with Iran. But the most interesting aspect has been the delay in the Israeli response, because of US demands on Israel not to retaliate in any major way. Israel did anyway early this morning with a limited attack (to save face with public expectations), so we’ll have to see if it is enough to cause an Iranian escalated response. This week I’ll show you why I think the US is trying to dampen down the prospect of war and how it represents a change in their globalist agenda—at least for the short term. To receive a free one-time copy of the brief along with options on how to subscribe, click on Request a Sample on the left

Also:
  • The Future of Air Warfare: Drones Vs. Anti-Missile Defenses
  • The Movement to Stop the International W.H.O. Treaty
  • The Debanking of John Eastman

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I’ve Been at NPR for 25 Years. Here’s How We Lost America’s Trust.

The Free Press

It’s true NPR has always had a liberal bent, but during most of my tenure here, an open-minded, curious culture prevailed. We were nerdy, but not knee-jerk, activist, or scolding. In recent years, however, that has changed. Today, those who listen to NPR or read its coverage online find something different: the distilled worldview of a very small segment of the U.S. population. If you are conservative, you will read this and say, duh, it’s always been this way. But it hasn’t.

NPR Scandal Should Kill Taxpayer-Funded Broadcasting

Real Clear Wire

Lest there be any doubt, NPR just proved it by suspending, without pay, the staffer who exposed the pervasive problems there. He dared to write publicly that that National Public Radio was uniformly ideological, deeply committed to its strident left-wing views, and determined to exclude any alternatives. For saying that out loud, they cut off Uri Berliner’s paycheck for five days. It’s their way of saying, “Thank you for your feedback.” Q.E.D.

Utah Students Stage Walkout To Protest 'Barking And Biting Furries' In The Classroom

ZeroHedge

Today, the progressive ideology has devolved into a bizarre form of cultism in which almost all behavior is justified as long as it is minority behavior. This includes the behaviors of the mentally unstable and deranged; such people are swiftly becoming the most popular minority on the victimhood totem pole. Nebo Middle School in Utah County has recently witnessed what might be the beginning of the end of the "anything goes" era in public schooling, with students (not just parents) protesting en masse over the disruptive inclusion of children identifying as furries and allegedly harassing other kids. Students claim that furries bark in class, bite and scratch other children while generally creating chaos.

Idaho Supreme Court Upholds Ban on Student IDs for Voting

The Epoch Times

House Bill 124 removed student IDs as acceptable proof of identity at polling places, while House Bill 340 revised the identification needed for voter registration, eliminating the option to use the last four digits of a social security number. Instead, voters must now present a current Idaho driver’s license, a U.S. passport, a tribal identification card, or a concealed weapon license.

Israel Retaliates To Iran In Oddly Toothless, Performative Response

ZeroHedge

Iran says its nuclear facilities remain unharmed: Reuters Situation in Iran's Isfahan is normal, no explosion taken place on ground: PressTV CNN: Two US oficials say Israel indicated they would not attack nuclear targets. US didn't "green light" this attack. Unconfirmed: IRGC states that Iran will target Israeli nuclear sites with counterattack. Iran Space Agency: "all that happened is a failed and humiliating attempt by Israel aviation" - via Sky News

"We Have 15,000 Samples In Wuhan ... Could Do Full Genomes Of 700 CoVs": Rand Paul Drops COVID Bombshell

ZeroHedge

Last week Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) wrote in a Tuesday op-ed that officials from 15 federal agencies "knew in 2018 that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was trying to create a coronavirus like COVID-19." These officials knew that the Chinese lab was proposing to create a COVID 19-like virus and not one of these officials revealed this scheme to the public. In fact, 15 agencies with knowledge of this project have continuously refused to release any information concerning this alarming and dangerous research.

Zelensky Angry That Israel Prioritized By West, Says Ukraine Running Out Of Missiles To Defend Airspace

ZeroHedge

On Wednesday Russian missiles slammed into the northern Ukrainian city of Chernihiv, killing at least 17 people and wounding scores more, according to local officials. The attack came during a busy time of the day in a downtown district. President Volodymyr Zelensky in the wake of the deadly strikes, which involved at least three missiles hitting targets, lashed out at the West for failing to provide more vital anti-air defenses and missiles. "This would not have happened if Ukraine had received enough air defense equipment and if the world’s determination to counter Russian terror was also sufficient," he stated.

"I Can't Go To My Son's Graduation": NY Judge Threatens Trump With Arrest

ZeroHedge

Speaking after a long day of jury selection and ground rules (with more than 50 jurors dismissed), Trump walked out of the courtroom and expressed his obvious displeasure. "As you know my son is graduating from High School, and looks like the judge will not let me go to the graduation for a son who's worked very, very hard," Trump said, adding that he was "looking forward for years to having graduation with his mother and father there," adding that the trial is a "scam" and a "political witch hunt."

20 Years Later, Abu Ghraib Torture Victims Get Their Day in Court

Common Dreams

Plaintiffs Suhail Al Shimari, Asa'ad Zuba'e, and Salah Al-Ejaili accuse CACI of conspiring to commit war crimes including torture at Abu Ghraib, where the men suffered broken bones, electric shocks, sexual abuse, extreme temperatures, and death threats at the hands of their U.S. interrogators. "This lawsuit is a critical step towards justice for these three men who will finally have their day in court. But they are the lucky few," Sarah Sanbar, an Iraq researcher at Human Rights Watch, wrote on Monday. "For the hundreds of other survivors still suffering from past abuses, their chances of justice remain slim."

Johnson, Trump Announce Election Integrity Bill to Require Proof of Citizenship to Vote

Epoch Times

Though some jurisdictions allow noncitizens to participate in local elections, it is illegal for them to vote in all state and federal elections. However, the United States’ federal voter registration form does not require documentary proof of citizenship, and states’ efforts to impose such a requirement have been challenged by the Biden administration. The new legislation, the speaker said, would establish new safeguards to ensure only citizens can vote. The provisions would require states to remove noncitizens from their voter rolls and would provide them with access to Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration databases to help them do so.

Biden Tells Bibi: US Will Not Support A Counterattack Against Iran After Hundreds Of Drones, Missiles Sent

Zerohedge

...Live visuals have shown projectiles falling on Israel. Iran is now very publicly saying the matter has "concluded": IRAN’S UN MISSION: “Iran’s military action was in response to the Zionist regime’s aggression against our diplomatic premises in Damascus. The matter can be deemed concluded. However, should the Israeli regime make another mistake, Iran’s response will be considerably more severe. It is a conflict between Iran and the rogue Israeli regime, from which the U.S. MUST STAY AWAY!” From Israel's perspective, Iran has now crossed a red line, and Netanyahu is likely to now see himself as having carte blanche to take out Iran nuclear facilities.

Gulf Allies Warn US Not To Launch Strikes On Iran From Their Territory

Zerohedge

The Arab Gulf countries are worried that the US could launch attacks on Iran from their territories or airspace. Middle East Eye (MEE) reports, "Gulf monarchies are urging the US not to use American military bases on their territories to strike in response to any potential Iranian attack on Israel," according to security sources.

'Surprising' Intensity Of Houthi Attacks Push French Warship To Exit Red Sea

The Cradle

France's Aquitaine-class FREMM frigate Alsace has turned tail from the Red Sea after running out of missiles and munitions repelling attacks from the Yemeni armed forces, according to its commander, Jerome Henry. "We didn’t necessarily expect this level of threat. There was an uninhibited violence that was quite surprising and very significant. [The Yemenis] do not hesitate to use drones that fly at water level, to explode them on commercial ships, and to fire ballistic missiles," Henry told French news outlet Le Figaro in an exclusive interview published on 11 April.

Non-English Speaking Military-Aged Venezuelan Male Attempts To Rob Bank In Ohio Using Translator App

Zerohedge

Some of these headlines include Chilean crime gangs roaming the nation on a burglary spree, targeting wealthy neighborhoods from coast to coast. Some migrants have even taken to social media to inform others about seizing homes from Americans under progressive squatting laws. Others run amuck in progressive metro areas where Soros-backed district attorneys fail to prosecute some criminals. The latest instance of the migrant invasion and escalating crime wave was a 20-year-old illegal alien from Venezuela who attempted to rob a bank in Sandusky, Ohio.

CDC Study Doesn’t ‘Debunk’ Link Between COVID-19 Vaccines and Sudden Deaths

Epoch Times

“These data do not support an association between receipt of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine and sudden cardiac death among previously healthy young persons,” the doctors wrote. The authors failed to note that a much larger, peer-reviewed study from South Korea confirmed vaccine-induced myocarditis caused eight sudden cardiac deaths (SCDs), all among people younger than 45. Myocarditis is a form of heart inflammation.

Iran Says If US 'Interferes' In Retaliation On Israel, American Bases Will Be Struck

ZeroHedge

ALERT US sends reinforcements to Middle East amid fears of Iran attack: official A large number of Iron Dome missiles were launched in the Upper Galilee after a salvo of 50 missiles was launched from Lebanon Israel's Channel 12 reports Home Front Command has sent hospitals a message in the last hour asking hospital managers to ensure staff availability. The White House has Confirmed a change in U.S. Force and Alert Posture across the Middle East, but has Refused to go into further details. Some additional reports that this may have been a Russian launch.

FISA Reauthorization Passes In House Despite GOP 'Revolt'

ZeroHedge

As noted earlier, all of the initial holdouts flipped their vote to move the bill forward this morning - after the length of reauthorization was shortened from five years to two, and an agreement to bring Rep. Warren Davidson’s (R-OH) Fourth Amendment is Not For Sale Act to the floor sometime next week in a stand-alone vote - which would require the government to obtain a warrant before purchasing information about US citizens from data brokers (but not in general).

Scandal Rocks Biden's Labor Dept For Lying About Sharing Non-Public Inflation Data With Secret Group Of Wall Street "Super Users"

ZeroHedge

In retrospect, it appears the BLS really did have something to hide, because in a follow up from both the NYT and Bloomberg, we now learn that an economist from the Bureau of Labor Statistics was corresponding on data related the monthly CPI print with major firms like JPMorgan and BlackRock, in what Bloomberg said "raised questions about equitable access to economic information."

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