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  • Just 15 percent of Israelis would keep Netanyahu as prime minister after genocide is over

    Only 15 percent of Israelis want Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stay in his position after the war between Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas, according to a survey released Tuesday.

    The Viterbi Family Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research at the Israel Democracy Institute survey also found that 23 percent of Israelis want Benny Gantz, a member of the current emergency unity government, to be prime minister instead of Netanyahu.

    On Sunday, Netanyahu dismissed claims his country is committing a genocide in Gaza, in the wake of South Africa’s filing of a case against his country at the United Nations’s top court.

    Getting cold feet on the heinous abhorrent genocidal project of your leader? No, you’re just waiting til he’s finished the unmitigated mass murder first to pin the blame on him and wipe your conscience? Sick.

  • Maersk suspends shipping through key maritime route Red Sea ‘until further notice’

    Maersk has suspended shipping through the Red Sea and Suez Canal “until further notice” as it continues to review security following an attack on one of its vessels, as one of the world’s most important maritime trade routes has seen growing attacks on transiting ships.

    The extended suspension reflects international shipping giants’ concerns with growing attacks from Houthi rebels in the Red Sea, which they say are revenge against Israel for its military campaign in Gaza. This is one of the world’s most important maritime trade routes and prolonged attacks could disrupt the global economy.

    The Danish shipping company initially introduced a 48-hour pause in transits through the Red Sea starting Sunday in the wake of the weekend attack by Iranian-backed Houthi militants on the Maersk Hangzhou.

    The attack happened just days after Maersk had resumed sailing in the area following the establishment of a US-led international naval mission to protect commercial shipping.

    It really seems like this is one of the few actions bringing any attention to this space. Capitalism has to be disrupted for any loss of human life to be noticed, and even then it’s usually at cost to more human life. And heaven forbid the media accurately portray conditions leading to this.

  • Top Hamas Official Killed In Beirut Blast, Hezbollah Says

    An explosion in Beirut on Tuesday killed Saleh Arouri, a top official with the Palestinian militant group Hamas and three others, officials with Hamas and the Lebanese group Hezbollah said.

    Lebanon’s state-run National News Agency said the blast killed four people and was carried out by an Israeli drone. Israeli officials declined to comment.

    If Israel is behind the attack it could mark a major escalation in the Middle East conflict. Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has vowed to retaliate against any Israeli targeting of Palestinian officials in Lebanon.

    Is there seriously any doubt that Israel won’t literally just move its genocidal land grab project into Lebanon next?

  • Harvard President Claudine Gay Announces She Will Resign

    In her statement to the university community, Gay, Harvard’s first Black president, wrote that “it has been distressing to have doubt cast on my commitments to confronting hate and to upholding scholarly rigor ― two bedrock values that are fundamental to who I am ― and frightening to be subjected to personal attacks and threats fueled by racial animus.”

    The Crimson noted that Gay’s tenure has been the shortest of any Harvard president.

    Gay’s resignation follows that of Liz Magill, the University of Pennsylvania’s president, last month, shortly after a congressional hearing on campus antisemitism.

    This “any critique of our genocidal regime is antisemitic” shit has got to stop. The USA’s zionists are witch hunting to distract from the war crimes they wholeheartedly support.

  • Renowned Australian journalist John Pilger passes away at 84

    John Pilger, the renowned Australia-born investigative journalist who was a trenchant critic of the West’s “imperialist” foreign policy, has died at age 84.

    Remember Pilger through truth-telling, integrity and fearlessness; maintain the rage and critique the imperialist and colonialist agenda always. 

  • US – Australia defence research collaboration essential for AUKUS agreement

    “The Go8 will continue to work with the Department of Defence and through the Senate Standing Committee process to help Australia take advantage of the opportunities offered by AUKUS, the capabilities contained in our Go8 universities and our strong alliances”.

    “We are closely engaged with our US and UK partners to increase research collaboration and build trusted partnerships in areas of sensitive research. University research is fundamental to our ability to remain competitive in a world increasingly driven by knowledge and technology, and in which protecting national security has become paramount.”

    The overlords doing their best to steer academic capitalism further into defence and weapons work under the guise of ‘research’. Are we making bombs for genocide?

  • The Comforting Lie of Climate-Friendly Meat

    Rather than reckoning with the need for meat reduction, the FAO’s Global Roadmap for reducing the climate impacts of food systems, released on December 10 to coincide with COP 28’s “Food, Agriculture, and Water Day,” called for increased livestock productivity coupled with emissions reductions via marginal technical mitigations like feed additives and genetic modifications to cattle. Ahead of the talks, the Bezos Earth Fund committed $30 million—over half of its current tranche of climate funding—to funding research into these technologies. Much as the coal industry started hawking “clean coal” in 2008 to avoid policies promoting a phaseout, the meat industry and its defenders are now arguing for clean cows.

    The scale of global food production is hard to overstate. Food systems use half of the world’s total habitable land, contribute about a third of all greenhouse gas emissions, and are the biggest culprit in pushing us past planetary boundaries via fresh water use, biodiversity loss, and deforestation.

    How effortlessly Bezos sneaks into this.

    Right behind the bullshit of the oligarchs who sponsor this to distract from their own massive emissions – we need to stop murdering animals for our health, our climate, and for ethical behaviour.

  • Israel’s Supreme Court Overturns Key Part Of Netanyahu’s Judicial Overhaul

    In an 8-7 decision, the Supreme Court justices struck down the law because of the “severe and unprecedented harm to the core character of the State of Israel as a democratic country.”

    The justices also voted 12-3 that they had the authority to overturn so-called “Basic Laws,” major pieces of legislation that serve as a sort of constitution for Israel.

    It was a significant blow to Netanyahu and his hard-line allies, who claimed the national legislature, not the high court, should have the final word over the legality of legislation and other key decisions. The justices said the Knesset, or parliament, does not have “omnipotent” power.

    The irony that these people think there is any justice or democracy on stolen land with an actively genocidal regime at the helm is laughable. But hey let’s maintain a semblance of “democracy” because that keeps America happy to funnel weapons that direction for more murder of innocents.

    To me this is on the same level as the zionist NYT propaganda about sexual assault. A distraction to keep fence sitters happy that they’re: “supporting the genocidal actions of a democracy – it’s a democracy tho”.

    Interestingly, HuffPost is running the headline for this on the homepage as: “ISRAEL SUPREME COURT KNEECAPS BIBI POWER GRAB” but then just syndicating AP writing.