Monday, July 15, 2024

Crooked Clarence and other hypocrites

Earlier tonight,  Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "Bimbo Twins Destroy Right Wing Christian Values" went up.


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I don't want to hear one more cry about 'toning down rhetoric,' not after this:


North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson (R), the party’s nominee for governor in 2024, is slated to speak at the Republican National Convention this week despite swirling controversies around his inflammatory rhetoric.

Robinson made national headlines when he called for “killing” his fellow Americans during a wild June 30th speech in a small town church. The New Republic first reported on the speech, writing:

“Some folks need killing!” Robinson, the state’s lieutenant governor, shouted during a roughly half-hour-long speech in Lake Church in the tiny town of White Lake, in the southeast corner of the state. “It’s time for somebody to say it. It’s not a matter of vengeance. It’s not a matter of being mean or spiteful. It’s a matter of necessity!”

Robinson, who was endorsed by Donald Trump ahead of the GOP primary vote, has made headlines in the past for homophobic rhetoric and for even quoting Hitler in a Facebook post about racial pride – a comment he later defended.

Notably, Robinson’s call for extrajudicial killings and his continued embrace by the national GOP comes amid heightened concerns over political violence following the assassination attempt on Trump over the weekend, in which a bullet grazed the former president’s ear.


He's speaking?  Don't say a damn word then about anyone else.  You're hypocrites.  That's all you are.  Speaking of hypocrites, Corrupt Clarence Thomas:



The corruption allegations against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas are only getting worse after a review discovered last week that the RV-loving, yacht-riding, jet-setting judge did not recuse himself from a 2004 health insurance case despite a clear conflict of interest.
In 1999, Thomas took a $267,230 loan from health insurance executive Anthony Welters to buy a motor coach, a term he will defend more vehemently than the well-being of the nation’s populace. Welters was CEO of AmeriChoice when he gave Thomas the loan. The executive claims it was just money given to a friend… who happened to serve on the Supreme Court when they met. The HMO would be acquired by UnitedHealth in 2002, where he remained an executive. While Justice Thomas recused himself from two cases involving UnitedHealth, Rolling Stone found that not only he participated in a case but he also wrote the court’s unanimous decision.
Aetna Health Inc. v. Davila, the 2004 case in question, confirmed that insurers couldn’t be held liable for malpractice when the health plan denies life-saving or medically necessary treatment. While UnitedHealth wasn’t a named party in the case, the decision had massive ramifications for the entire healthcare industry. Coincidentally, Welters extended Thomas’ loan by a decade in 2004, and it was eventually forgiven in 2008.



It was a bribe and that's why they wrote it off in 2008.  He is worse than a liar, he is worse than a crook, he's a super crook and he needs to be removed from the bench.  Immediately.


If you missed it, nepo baby AOC -- no, I'm not talking about her do nothing and performative action against Clarence -- is telling people to 'step aside for fascism' or some such nonsense.  I can't understand her because of all the war paint she wears on her face.  But that's a nepo baby.  Never should have elected the political equivalent of Paris Hilton to begin with. 

"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):

Monday, July 15, 2024.  More War Crimes targeting Palestinians, Joe Biden can't escape the narrative, and much more.


Let's get started.  On Saturday, Thomas Matthew Crooks shot at a Donald Trump at a campaign event in Pennsylvania.  Corey Comperatore was shot by Crooks and has died (Comperatore was said to have used his own body to shield his family) two others who are unnamed at present are injured.  Donald was hit in the ear and sustained a flesh wound.  Crooks was shot dead by the Secret Service. 

Bimbo Twins Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene used their powers of stupidity to immediately begin accusing the left.  They feel that words matter -- Excuse me, they suddenly feel that words matter.  When they were attacking gays, drag queens, transgender people, librarians and teachers, the two bimbos didn't feel words matter.  None of those groups has Secret Service protection but that didn't stop the bimbos from vile and disgusting statements.

They should have kept their uninformed mouths shut this time as well.  Crooks, the shooter, was a 20-year-old man who registered to vote, two years ago, as a Republican.  

You can read more, if you're interested, at CNN or at BBC (which largely uses the work of their "partner" -- their term -- CBS NEWS).

Unlike Boe-Boe and eMpTy Greene, I have a long history of not using shootings to grand stand or push through calls for this or for that or blame for this or for that.  Check the archives.  So this snapshot's probably the only time the shooting's going to be mentioned here in the next months.  We will note that the Trump campaign is now calling Donald "The Don" in a new e-mailing for a black t-shirt -- first 1,000 responders get it free! -- with a photo of a seated Donald and the words "THE DONE 2024" -- an e-mail that ends with, "Show the world where your allegiances are before this offer is sleeping with the fishes, capisce?" The sizes range all the way up to 3X -- so even Donald can fit into one if he wears it tight.

We've got an election coming up so let's focus on things that matter and not the arcane details of a dead man who shouldn't be glorified.  

Let's move to an e-mail.  FL e-mailed the public account to state that he read Ava and my "Media: Reality versus the lies the media loves to spread" yesterday and "You're ripping off MSNBC's Zeeshan Aleem's column from Friday.  He talks about narrative and suddenly you start using narrative on Friday."  This is the passage FL is referring to:

Biden is in a bind because there’s little he can do to turn the narrative around. Pollsters continue to find that his key vulnerability is the long-held perception that he’s too old for the job — and some surveys even find that voters find it more concerning than Trump’s criminal charges. Biden can do a lot to try to connect more with voters, but he can’t become younger, and, thus, he can’t do anything about his most glaring vulnerability.

Democrats are correct to worry that Biden’s weak standing in polls bodes poorly for not only his re-election prospects, but also for their prospects in elections across his entire party. That could be what pushes some lawmakers who are on the fence about to press him to step aside.


He wrote a good column.  He didn't invent the term narrative.  There are a lot of fake asses -- I'm not referring to Zeeshan -- who come along every few political cycles to tell us how to win -- they've invented some garbage idea or notion.   And a lot of saps fall for it and start reusing the new 'jargon' that they just know explains everything.

Point?  I didn't invent narrative, I don't claim to have.  But when the dumb asses online -- including Bob Somerby -- were using the latest nonsense -- "framing" -- I did make clear to Bob and others, that the media doesn't do framing, it does narrative.  I believe I repeatedly sited Don Hewitt's TELL ME  A STORY: FIFTY YEARS AND 60 MINUTES IN TELEVISION (probably just as TELL ME A STORY) and noted that even the most basic liberal arts education would include a class or two in English that would explain narrative.  

The week after the debate, the media created the narrative that they are using today.  As it was created, I objected and pushed back.  Unlike THE INEDEPENT and others who waited until it was too late.  While Ava and I did use the term yesterday, it was not our first time using the term.  It wasn't even the first time using it with regards to Joe Biden's most recent problem.  Two Sundays ago, Ava and my "Media: It's Time For Joe To Go" went up -- that's about why Joe needs to step aside because the narrative has been imposed and he can't fight it.


For those who still aren't getting it, leave politics for a moment.  Where are Ashton and Mila? 

Huh.

Where are those wacky kids who don't bathe their children?

Oh, that's right, lower profile, still doing damage control on their support for a convicted rapist and their requesting his being sentenced to a lesser term.  And that was almost a year ago.


There are people whose entire lives are spent attempting to rescue people from narratives.  Ask anyone of them if Joe can shake the narrative that he's too old and doesn't know what's going on -- and shake it within four months?  They'll tell you no.  The narrative has set in. To combat it, they'd require an intense schedule of designated activities and planned public events and that would probably only result in 60% of his former followers returning.  And that 'success' would take much longer than four months.

The only way to change the narrative about the Democratic Party presidential nominee at this point, as Ava and I wrote yesterday, is to change the presidential nominee.


Over the weekend, Bob Costas spoke to CNN about Joe Biden's need to step aside.





  The head of a leading U.S. climate action group on Friday joined nearly 20 congressional lawmakers and the growing list of Democratic Party insiders, pundits, and others who are imploring President Joe Biden to step aside and let another Democrat run against former President Donald Trump in November's election.

"For the future of our democracy and our planet, we must defeat Trump this November. If Trump wins, he will demolish President Biden's historic climate achievements, such as the Inflation Reduction Act and American Climate Corps," Sunrise Movement executive director Aru Shiney-Ajay said in a statement. "Another Trump presidency would cause catastrophic and irreversible damage to our climate."

According to Shiney-Ajay:

The Democratic Party must seriously assess whether Joe Biden can successfully convince voters and energize volunteers. After speaking with young people around the country over the last few weeks, I'm concerned that Joe Biden isn't positioned to mobilize young people and win in November.

To be very clear, regardless of who the Democratic candidate is, our plan is the same: to persuade young voters to turn out for the Democratic nominee in order to defeat Trump. With another ticket that energizes young volunteers, we could contact up to twice as many voters this fall.

"To young people: Losing this election could alter the rest of our lives. In order to fight for our generation and our future, we must vote for the Democratic nominee," Shiney-Ajay stressed. "Joe Biden's next climate legacy-defining act must be to pass the torch to a new nominee."

Trump, who has habitually called human-caused climate change a "hoax," filled his administration with officials who were criticized for being inimical to their respective agencies' stated missions. Some of his key appointees—including Rex Tillerson, his first secretary of state, and Ryan Zinke, who headed the Interior Department—were former fossil fuel executives or had track records of supporting the oil, gas, and coal industries.

The debate over Biden's future as the Democratic nominee comes as nearly 20 members of Congress have called on the president to stand down in favor of another candidate, and as poll after poll show him losing to Trump amid a glaring lack of enthusiasm for his candidacy.

"In 2020, Biden was able to energize young people to not only vote, but urge their friends, parents, and neighbors to do the same," said Shiney-Ajay. "We saw that energy at Sunrise, when our volunteers contacted 3.5 million young voters urging them to vote for Biden. Since the debate, already low enthusiasm for Biden has continued to drop."

"The stakes are too high," she added. "We can't afford to ignore the warning signs in front of us." 




Over the weekend, more War Crimes as the Israeli government continued its assault on Gaza.   THE NATIONAL notes, "The Gaza Health Ministry said at least 90 people were killed by Israeli air strikes on Al Mawasi displacement camp in the southern Gaza Strip on Saturday, updating a series of earlier tolls.The attack injured 300 others, including some in serious condition, the ministry said." Rushdi Abualouf, Tom McArthur and Lucy Clarke-Billings (BBC NEWS) report, "BBC Verify has analysed footage of the aftermath of the strike, confirming that it took place within an area shown on the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) website as a humanitarian zone."  Get it?  War Crime.  Hadeel al-Shalchi spoke with Scott Simon (NPR) about the attack, "Now Al Mawasi, like you said,  is a designated humanitarian by the Israeli military.  Thousands of displaced Palestinians are sheltering there in encampments."  ALJAZEERA reports:


The United Nations and countries across the Middle East have denounced Israel after its military attacked a designed humanitarian safe zone in Gaza, killing at least 90 Palestinians and wounding 300 others.

[. . .]

Jordan

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the attack on “displaced persons’ tents in Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip, in an area that Israel had previously classified as safe, which resulted in the death and injury of dozens of Palestinians”.

Spokesperson Sufyan Al-Qudah said Jordan called for the international community to act to bring an end to Palestinian suffering amid Israel’s repeated violations of international law.

Egypt

In a statement, Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Israel’s “ongoing violations against the rights of Palestinian citizens” add serious “complications” to achieving a ceasefire deal.

Egypt has been among the countries working to mediate such an agreement between Israel and Hamas. 

“We condemn in the strongest terms the Israeli raids on the al-Mawasi area,” the Foreign Ministry said.

[. . .]

United Nations

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was “shocked and saddened” by the Israeli air raids which killed at least 90 Palestinians.

“The [Israeli military] stated that they were targeting two senior members of Hamas,” Guterres said in a statement. “The Secretary General underlines that international humanitarian law including the principles of distinction, proportionality, and precautions in attack must be upheld at all times.”


Julia Conley (COMMON DREAMS) adds:


The United Nations' top expert on human rights in Palestine condemned the Israeli military as it resorted to a familiar excuse for the killing of nearly 100 Palestinians on Saturday in an area that had been designated as a "humanitarian zone"—just the latest massacre of dozens of people whom the Israel Defense Forces dismissed as collateral damage in attacks they claimed were targeting Hamas.

"The justification is always the same: 'targeting Palestinian militants,'" said Francesca Albanese, U.N special rapporteur on the Occupied Palestinian Territories. "When is the world going to stop this death machine?"

Albanese was referring this time to the bombardment of al-Mawasi, a coastal area west of Khan Younis where hundreds of thousands of Gaza residents have been sheltering after fleeing cities including Rafah.


And ALJAZEERA notes that Oxfam has called out the attack:


Countries that continue to supply Israel with weapons are demonstrating “abhorrent complicity” with Israel’s “heinous approach to warfare”, the humanitarian organisation Oxfam has said in response to Israel’s latest attacks on the al-Mawasi camp.

“Once again, we are witnessing the absolute disregard Israel has for Palestinian lives and for international law,” said Oxfam’s Regional Director for the Middle East, Sally Abi Khalil in a statement.

“Nowhere in Gaza is safe – we need a ceasefire now, for arms transfer to Israel to end immediately, and for Israel to be held to account for all violations of international law,” she added.


AFP notes Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, president of Brazil, has called out the slaughter stating, "The most recent bombing in the Gaza Strip, which claimed the lives of hundreds of innocent people, is unacceptable."  He is also calling on other leaders to speak out "in the face of this endless massacre."  ANADOLU AGENCY adds, "Other Latin American leaders such as Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Colombian President Gustavo Petro and Bolivian President Luis Arce have backed Lula's stance and have joined in the condemnation of the atrocities committed by Israel."  ALJAZEERA quotes Doctors Without Borders' Dr Mohammed Abu Mughaisib stating, "I have never seen a mass casualty event like [Saturday].  Every corner in the hospital was busy. Every space was occupied by the injured or bodies of the dead."   

Jessica Elgot (GUARDIAN) notes, "David Lammy is to call for an immediate ceasefire during talks with Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, on his first visit to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories as foreign secretary.  Lammy said he would push for the release of all hostages as well as an increase in aid into Gaza, announcing a new £5.5m humanitarian and medical assistance package."  THE NATIONAL quotes Lammy stating, "The death and destruction in Gaza is intolerable. This war must end now, with an immediate ceasefire, complied with by both sides. The fighting has got to stop, the hostages still cruelly detained by Hamas terrorists need to be released immediately and aid must be allowed in to reach the people of Gaza without restrictions,"  INDEPENDENT CATHOLIC NEWS notes, "On Sunday, Lammy met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah. He will meet with Israeli President Isaac Herzog on Monday."  Rainia Abu Shamala (ANADOLU AGENCY) notes another leader calling for a cease-fire, "Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan renewed his country's call on Sunday for an immediate cease-fire in the Gaza Strip and access to humanitarian aid to the besieged enclave.  Speaking during a joint press conference in Istanbul with his Turkish counterpart Hakan Fidan, bin Farhan emphasized the importance of achieving an immediate cease-fire in Gaza and delivering humanitarian aid to Palestinians suffering from dire humanitarian conditions."


CAIR issued the following:


The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned both an Israeli massacre of at least 20 Palestinian worshippers praying in the ruins of a Gaza mosque previously destroyed by Israel and a similar massacre of 15 people at a UN-run school sheltering displaced Palestinians.

In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

“What words are left to describe a world in which massacres occur daily while our own government ships the bombs to a genocidal government so that those massacres can continue. The Biden administration’s silence about the daily slaughter and support for the far-right Israeli government’s genocide is a stain on our national history that will remain for generations.

“All people of conscience must condemn the Israeli genocide, forced starvation and ethnic cleansing and demand that the Biden administration stop aiding and abetting the daily slaughter.”

Yesterday, CAIR called on President Biden to “stop enabling” the mass slaughter of Palestinian civilians after Israel killed at least 90 Palestinians and wounded hundreds in strikes on the al-Mawasi “safe zone” in Gaza.

[NOTE: Al-Mawasi, where Palestinians forced from their homes across Gaza sought shelter, was designated as a “safe humanitarian zone” by the Israeli military.]

CAIR also condemned a newly-reported decision by the Biden administration not to sanction an Israeli army unit despite evidence of gross human rights abuses it committed against Palestinian civilians, including the murder of an elderly Palestinian-American. CNN quoted a former member of the unit who said: “A lot of us probably did not see Arabs, Palestinians in particular, as someone with rights – okay, like they’re really the occupier of some of the land and they need to be moved.”

CAIR recently condemned a reported decision by the Biden administration to send Israel the 500-pound bombs for its genocide in Gaza that had previously been held back.

Israel has slaughtered almost 40,000 Palestinians in Gaza, mostly women and children. Other estimates put the total death toll at 186,000. The vast majority of Gazans have been driven from their homes.

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Sunday, the Israeli government attacked another UN school.  Australia's ABC NEWS notes, "There are reports this morning of another deadly Israeli strike in Gaza, this time on a UN school in a refugee camp."  AFP explains, "The civil defence agency in Hamas-run Gaza said Sunday that 15 people were killed by a strike on a school in Nuseirat, where the Israeli army said its air force had hit 'terrorists'."  THE NEW ARAB provides context, "Israeli warplanes on Sunday staged a fifth attack in eight days on a Gaza school sheltering war displaced, and residents said more casualties were inflicted."  XINHUA quotes the United Nations' Adnan Abu Hasna stating, "The UN agency sends the coordinates of its facilities daily to the Israeli army, yet the army insists on targeting it and the United Nations headquarters." 


Edith M Lederer (AP) has noted  United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stating that the Israeli government has required the Palestinians "to move like human pinballs across a landscape of destruction and death."  Exactly.  Is Joe Biden capable of any kind of leadership at all? How many more days is this genocide going to be allowed?  How many more months?


Gaza remains under assault. Day 283 of  the assault in the wave that began in October.  Binoy Kampmark (DISSIDENT VOICE) points out, "Bloodletting as form; murder as fashion.  The ongoing campaign in Gaza by Israel’s Defence Forces continues without stalling and restriction.  But the burgeoning number of corpses is starting to become a challenge for the propaganda outlets:  How to justify it?  Fortunately for Israel, the United States, its unqualified defender, is happy to provide cover for murder covered in the sheath of self-defence."   CNN has explained, "The Gaza Strip is 'the most dangerous place' in the world to be a child, according to the executive director of the United Nations Children's Fund."  ABC NEWS quotes UNICEF's December 9th statement, ""The Gaza Strip is the most dangerous place in the world to be a child. Scores of children are reportedly being killed and injured on a daily basis. Entire neighborhoods, where children used to play and go to school have been turned into stacks of rubble, with no life in them."  NBC NEWS notes, "Strong majorities of all voters in the U.S. disapprove of President Joe Biden’s handling of foreign policy and the Israel-Hamas war, according to the latest national NBC News poll. The erosion is most pronounced among Democrats, a majority of whom believe Israel has gone too far in its military action in Gaza."  The slaughter continues.  It has displaced over 1 million people per the US Congressional Research Service.  Jessica Corbett (COMMON DREAMS) points out, "Academics and legal experts around the world, including Holocaust scholars, have condemned the six-week Israeli assault of Gaza as genocide."   The death toll of Palestinians in Gaza is grows higher and higher.  United Nations Women noted, "More than 1.9 million people -- 85 per cent of the total population of Gaza -- have been displaced, including what UN Women estimates to be nearly 1 million women and girls. The entire population of Gaza -- roughly 2.2 million people -- are in crisis levels of acute food insecurity or worse."  ALJAZEERA notes, "At least 38,664 Palestinians have been killed and 89,097 wounded in Israel’s war on Gaza since October 7, the ministry says."  Months ago,  AP  noted, "About 4,000 people are reported missing."  February 7th, Jeremy Scahill explained on DEMOCRACY NOW! that "there’s an estimated 7,000 or 8,000 Palestinians missing, many of them in graves that are the rubble of their former home."  February 5th, the United Nations' Phillipe Lazzarini Tweeted:

  



April 11th, Sharon Zhang (TRUTHOUT) reported, "In addition to the over 34,000 Palestinians who have been counted as killed in Israel’s genocidal assault so far, there are 13,000 Palestinians in Gaza who are missing, a humanitarian aid group has estimated, either buried in rubble or mass graves or disappeared into Israeli prisons.  In a report released Thursday, Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor said that the estimate is based on initial reports and that the actual number of people missing is likely even higher."
 

As for the area itself?  Isabele Debre (AP) reveals, "Israel’s military offensive has turned much of northern Gaza into an uninhabitable moonscape. Whole neighborhoods have been erased. Homes, schools and hospitals have been blasted by airstrikes and scorched by tank fire. Some buildings are still standing, but most are battered shells."  Kieron Monks (I NEWS) reports, "More than 40 per cent of the buildings in northern Gaza have been damaged or destroyed, according to a new study of satellite imagery by US researchers Jamon Van Den Hoek from Oregon State University and Corey Scher at the City University of New York. The UN gave a figure of 45 per cent of housing destroyed or damaged across the strip in less than six weeks. The rate of destruction is among the highest of any conflict since the Second World War."




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  • Friday, July 12, 2024

    Professional loser Big Stacey Abrams has 'advice'

    Big Stacey decided to stick her nose in.  Who needs her?  Do you even remember her?  Here's Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "Baby Stacey Wants On The Ticket" from May 25, 2020.

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    Now do you remember her?

    So apparently the buffet closed or she got kicked out because she's back in public and wants us all to know that Joe Biden is the one to win.  She insists that nobody's leaving Joe's side to vote for Donald Trump.


    Huh?

    How stupid is she?  We all get this right?  Maybe not.  Ava and C.I. were talking about this Thursday night in the roundtable we did for the gina & krista round-robin.  And that's honestly not the issue.  The issue is voter turnout.  And Joe's a joke and he's not going to be able to campaign.  He needs to step aside.

    As for 'expert' Big Girl Stacey? 

    She ran for governor of Georgia in 2018.  

    How'd she do?


    She lost.

    You may need to fact check that.  She lost.  She refused to admit that forever insisting that she won and that it was rigged and blah blah blah.


    In 2020, she tried to push herself as Joe Biden's running mate but, as Isaiah's comic noted, no one wanted Big Stacey.


    She ran in 2022 for governor again.  

    How'd she do?


    She lost again.

    I'm not really getting where in the world Stacey Abrams thinks anyone believes her when she talks about 'electability.'


    But let me state the obvious:  Voter turnout is key.  If Democrats are not energized to vote in big numbers, then Democrats don't win.

    I'm surprised Stacey doesn't grasp this since she alienated Black males in Georgia guaranteeing her second loss as governor.


    Enthusiasm matters.  Young voters aren't feeling it for Joe. 

     


    "Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):

    Friday, July 12, 2024.  The biggest shock about Joe Biden's mental decline may be that he thinks he has a record to run on.

    Yesterday, not last night because he needs his sleep, Joe Biden insisted he was staying in the race for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.  Of course, he also insisted,  "I wouldn't have picked Vice President Trump to be vice president if I didn't think she was qualified to be president."  With  Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at his side, Joe wanted to tout his record which, for the record, included him introducing Zelensky as "Ladies and gentlemen, President Putin" shortly before Joe held his press conference.  There will be jokes this snapshot but, sadly, Joe introducing Zelensky as Putin is not one of them, it really happened.  Joe's mind is gone.





    I'm not in the mood to play.  Joe Biden should have announced yesterday that he was dropping out of the race for president.  He didn't, so let's help him.  He seems to think he's got a record to run on.  One in which the war in Ukraine is a plus -- that's the war that's nearing the two-and-a-half year mark and that has cost US tax payers $175,000,000,000 so far per the Council on Foreign Relations.  This is an accomplishment?

    He wants to run on his record and he's out of touch enough to believe that the GOP is just going to stand by and let him define the record however he wants with no help from them.

    How do we think that actually plays out in the real world?



    FOX NEWS ANCHOR IN BLOND WIG (male or female): Deeply disturbing news tonight as former President Donald Trump accuses sitting President Joe Biden of being derelict in his official duties.


    DONALD TRUMP: The president of the United States is entrusted with the duty of protecting all Americans and yet for 280 days five Americans have been held by the terrorist group Hamas.  And Slow Joe has done nothing.  He's talked to Netanyahu?  Let me tell you, when I was President, I didn't talk,  I did!  And I would have told Bebe to sit down and let me handle it and I would've handled it.  It wouldn't have been 280 days, it wouldn't have been two weeks.  Donald Trump gets things done!  America doesn't let terrorists win!  And we certainly don't look the other way while our fellow Americans are held hostage!  I'm not saying Joe's in bed with the terrorists and sleeping with them but it would explain why he's been so tired lately.   We see you, Sleepy Joe, we see you.  Can't rescue our hostages and can't protect the borders.


    FOX NEWS ANCHOR: And now, joining us on life support, and from his iron lung, Cal Thomas, columnist, author of 10 books and colorer of over 100 adult therapy coloring books.  Cal, what do you make of this?


    CAL THOMAS: Why, it's Jimmy Carter's malaise all over again.  Tell me, young whipper snapper, why is it that these Carters and Bidens refuse to stand up for this country over and over again.  Now I thought I'd seen it all what with them automatic toilets and male Depends that look like men's briefs but then along comes Do-Nothing Biden and we've got another Middle East hostage crisis and he doesn't do a damn thing.  Not a damn thing. 


    FOX NEWS ANCHOR: Thank you, and --


    CAL THOMAS:  And that goes for you too, you young whipper snapper!  Where have you been?  When Carter failed America, Ted Koppel went on the air every night saying it was day whatever of the American hostage crisis.  Where have you been?


    FOX NEWS ANCHOR:  Thank you.  Cal Thomas, everyone, they're wheeling him out in his iron lung, Thank you, Cal.  Peggy Noonan, columnist and GOP mystic, joins us now.  Peggy?


    PEGGY NOONAN: Yes, thank you, Fox News Prime Time anchor whose name I haven't bothered to learn because you'll be gone in two or so years -- like Tucker, Megyn and Bill before you.  But doesn't Cal look spry?  That iron lung really brings out the steel menace in his eyes.


    FOX NEWS ANCHOR: Yes, yes, it does.  But, Peggy, you're famous for your mystic skills that allow you to talk to dead Democrats and then tell the world how disappointed the dead Democrats are with the Democrats of today.  I understand you've already done one your psychic readings?


    PEGGY NOONAN: That is correct.  Just hours ago, I spoke with former president Jimmy Carter and he conveyed to me -- exclusively to me -- that he wants all Democrats to vote for Donald Trump in this election.  Mr. Carter told me that America has to hit and to hit hard and that Mr. Trump was already prepared to do that; however, his upcoming prison stint will make him even more prepared as he learns to make shivs out of femurs and the basics  of good toilet wine. Upon release, Mr. Trump will be ready to take on everything, I was told.  And Mr. Carter made clear to me that he sees Joe Biden as too soft and too lazy to lead and that this hostage crisis just makes it clear.  He said, "Peggy, I beg of you to share my message from the grave with the world before the election."



    FOX NEWS ANCHOR: Peggy, former president Carter isn't dead.


    PEGGY NOONAN:  Oh.


    FOX NEWS ANCHOR:  Moving over to FOX NEWS' own legal non-authority Jonathan Turley.  What do you make of this?


    JONATHAN TURLEY: As our blessed Supreme Court has ruled, a president can get away with anything.  And yet Joe Biden has done nothing.  Over and over.  And this goes to the party of inertia -- and I can say that because I pretend to be a Democrat when not helping right-wingers overturn LGBTQ+ rights with bogus arguments and the divine assistance of our blessed Supreme Court.  Biden refuses to act.  It's day 360 of this hostage crisis --


    FOX NEWS ANCHOR:  Day 280.


    JONATHAN TURLEY: That's what I said, day 420, and still nothing from Joe Biden.  Look it's like that Vikki Carr song said, "I've seen fire and I've seen rain but I've never seen a president cause so much pain" --


    FOX NEWS ANCHOR: Vikki Carr?


    JONATHAN TURLEY: Could have been Pat Boone.  But it's true, I've never seen a president cause so much pain.  Never.  I said never.  Ever.


    FOX NEWS ANCHOR: Thank you, Jonathan.  It's day 280 of the hostage crisis and Joe Biden's continued failure as a president, as a leader, as a man, as a wearer of shoes and someone taking in oxygen on at least a daily basis.  When we come back, Greg Gutfeld will join us with some so-so observations that we'll laugh at and pretend are humorous.  Retired Lt Gen Michael Flynn will speak to the namby-pamby nature of Joe Biden which led to this crisis and then our own legal non-authority Jonathan Turley will be back to offer a commentary about how the media's silence on this issue is outrageous and every news outlet should be called out -- except, of course, FOX NEWS.  And as the news continues to come in, there were eight hostages.  Were.  Three are dead and we can pin that on the failures of President Biden.  We must act before the other five are dead as well.  God be with us and praise Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.  Steady and strong, America, steady and strong.  We'll be right back.


    He wants to run on his record?  Jimmy Carter's record on hostages cost Carter a second term.

    The media didn't address Joe's mental decline for four years.  They also haven't really addressed his policies.  We could do the above -- and you can bet the GOP is ready to do it without humor -- on at least five other big moments from Joe's record.  

    His record argues he should go.

    There was a time when American hostages were considered a big deal by the media.


     ABC's NIGHLINE used to be a serious news magazine.  Today?  They deal with Alec Baldwin's trial, Rita Ora, THE BACHELORETTE, Jamie Foxx's health scare and other 'smart' topics as democracy hangs in the balance.




    They cared about hostages a lot more back when they were a news program.  In fact, back then, American hostages were such a big deal that they'd put any idiot on TV to talk about them, right, Joe?





    "It's not his resume that's under question," declared Kaitlin Collins (CNN) after the press conference yesterday.  But shouldn't it be his resume?   


    We can do this all day, by the way.  Explain Joe's weaknesses that will destroy him if he goes into the general election.  

    "I wouldn't have picked Vice President Trump to be vice president if I didn't think she was qualified to be president."

    This is before nightfall.  What's his excuse this time?  Missed afternoon nap? Juice and cookies?


    He needs to step away from the race and do so immediately.  His semi-coherent remarks are not sad anymore, they're becoming a joke.  

    And guess what?  At some point, the Republicans will be swinging for him and the aged fool can't even remember who serves as vice president right now.

    "The campaign hasn't even started yet," Joe insisted yesterday.


    What was the debate?  It was a campaign event.  Did he really not know that?  How out of it, is he?  The campaign has started, someone wake Joe and let him know.   



    Kyle did a strong critique last night.




    Following yesterday's disaster, US House Rep Jim Hines became the latest to call on Joe to withdraw from the race.





    + According to Biden intimate Joe Scarborough, Biden believes Obama is behind the plot to oust him. “The Biden campaign and many Democratic officials do believe that Barack Obama is quietly working behind the scenes to orchestrate this. Joe Biden is deeply resentful of his treatment under not only the Obama staff but also the way he was pushed aside for Hillary Clinton.”

    + On the day Biden announced his abortive presidential campaign in 2008, he said this about Obama: “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.” Maybe Biden had decided to steal lines from his old pal Strom Thurmond instead of Neil Kinnock in this campaign.

    + Biden’s phone-in conversations on Morning Joe resemble Nixon’s with Kissinger during the Final Days, where his paranoia, petty grievances, aphasia and megalomania are on full display.

    + Obama enjoyed an approval rating of 60% when he left office (unjustifiably robust to my mind). That’s 25 percent higher than either Biden or Trump at the end of their terms. Blaming Obama for his misfortune is a losing game. But Biden’s a loser and a sore one at that. He owes his presidency to Obama, who cleared the field for him in the Democratic primaries in 2020.

    + Scott Fitzgerald said that a true sign of genius was the ability to hold two opposing ideas in your mind at once. I’m not sure if that’s really a sign of intelligence or evidence of schizophrenia. But the Biden campaign wants you to believe that Black Democrats are firmly behind him, while at the same time blaming the plot to oust him on Obama.

    + In fact, Black Democrats aren’t firmly behind Biden, according to a new poll by The Economist…

    Should Biden step aside…

    Black voters: Yes 49%, No 34%
    Hispanic voters: Yes 56%, No 22%
    Younger voters: Yes 58%, No 20%
    Independents: Yes 60%, No 21%

    + Post-debate polling shows only 29% believe Biden has the mental capacity and physical stamina to serve for another four years. Even HRC is polling better than Biden. Stop the world, I want to get off…



    Doctors who have had to perform "a constant flow of amputations" on injured children in Gaza said Thursday that the injuries they have witnessed were consistent with the use of "fragmentation bombs" loaded with shrapnel—which Israel has used in the past and which rights groups have said are designed to cause maximum casualties.

    Volunteer doctors who have worked at European Hospital and al-Aqsa Hospital over the past three months told The Guardian that a majority of the patients they operated on were children who had wounds that were barely discernible—called "splinter injuries" by Dr. Feroze Sidhwa, a trauma surgeon from California—but caused catastrophic internal damage to the children's bodies.

    "About half of the injuries I took care of were in young kids," said Sidhwa. "Children are more vulnerable to any penetrating injury because they have smaller bodies. Their vital parts are smaller and easier to disrupt. When children have lacerated blood vessels, their blood vessels are already so small it's very hard to put them back together. The artery that feeds the leg, the femoral artery, is only the thickness of a noodle in a small child. It's very, very small. So repairing it and keeping the kid's limb attached to them is very difficult."

    The Guardian also spoke to explosives experts who reviewed pictures of the shrapnel found by medical staff and the doctors' descriptions of the tiny external wounds they treated on seriously injured children, and said the accounts were consistent with bombs the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) fits with "fragmentation sleeves" around warheads.

    Amnesty International first documented the IDF's use of fragmentation bombs in Gaza in 2009 and said the explosives "appear designed to cause maximum injury and, in some respects, seem to be a more sophisticated version of the ball-bearings or nails and bolts which armed groups often pack into crude rockets and suicide bombs."

    One weapons expert told The Guardian that Israel has claimed the weapons are more precise than large bombs designed to damage and destroy buildings.





    AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman, with Nermeen Shaikh.

    NERMEEN SHAIKH: The Washington Post is reporting Israel and Hamas have agreed to the framework for a new ceasefire and hostage deal following talks in Cairo and Doha. Washington Post columnist David Ignatius reports a senior U.S. official told him that the parties are now, quote, “negotiating details of how it will be implemented.”

    But a final deal may not be imminent. This comes as Israel intensifies its attacks on Gaza while ordering all civilians in Gaza City to leave the city despite having no safe place to go. The Israeli human rights group B’Tselem decried the evacuation order of the city as, quote, “absolute madness.”

    AMY GOODMAN: On the diplomatic front, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports Israel negotiators have returned from Doha for consultations with Israeli leaders. In Doha, the Israeli negotiators met with Egyptian, Qatari and U.S. officials. On the U.S. side, it was CIA Director William Burns. On the Israeli side, it was the head of Mossad, David Barnea.

    We’re joined now by Daniel Levy, president of the U.S./Middle East Project, former Israeli peace negotiator, joining us from London.

    Thanks so much for being with us again. Can you explain what’s at stake? What is this three-stage deal, Daniel?

    DANIEL LEVY: Yes, indeed. Good to be with you.

    So, the idea is that in the initial phase, there would be the withdrawal of the troops from large parts of Gaza, the Israeli military. You would have the release of those Israelis being held who are still alive and are not male soldiers. You would allow the real ramping up of humanitarian access — of course, that should happen anyway. And you would have Palestinian prisoners being released. And then you would move on to a second phase, where there would be a more significant Palestinian prisoner release, a full Israeli military withdrawal. The remaining soldiers would be released. And a third phase, in which bodies would be returned, and there would be the start of more consummate rehabilitation efforts.

    But those are supposed to flow one to two to three. The big question — and it’s been the question for months — is whether you can just do phase one and then continue with the destruction, with everything you’ve been reporting on for months now, 21,000 children unaccounted for, 38,000 dead in Gaza and counting, and that’s without knowing what’s under the rubble. Does that continue? Or are there serious commitments that this will be a permanent cessation of this kind of hostility?

    And here’s the rub. The document is trying to create a degree of constructive ambiguity, I think. And Hamas have said, “Look, we know there’s nothing ironclad” — I’m paraphrasing, OK? “We know there’s nothing ironclad, but we need to know, with maximum plausibility, that there is a commitment to this being a permanent cessation.” And what you have, on every occasion, is the Israeli prime minister stepping forward and saying, “Whoa! No, I am committing to continuing the war until its objectives are realized.” Those objectives are unrealizable. The military knows that. The families of the hostages know that. And therefore, he is trying to do everything to prevent a deal. And what we are seeing in the reportage is, unfortunately, still a lot of unsubstantiated optimism and, from the U.S. administration, continued deception.

    NERMEEN SHAIKH: So, Daniel, if you could talk about — I mean, there was renewed hope that a deal could be reached, after Hamas last week reportedly gave up on its initial demand that a permanent ceasefire be part of the first phase of any agreement. If you could talk about the significance of Hamas doing that, why you think that they took that step? And the fact that there’s such, I mean, increasing opposition within Israel to Netanyahu’s stance, not just from hostage families, but this latest move that he made, saying, you know, that Israel — one of the conditions should be that Israel can resume fighting until conditions are met, that people were so widely critical within Israel of Netanyahu taking that position, do you think that might make any difference in the short term?

    DANIEL LEVY: OK. So, on the Hamas side of things, I think there has been a deliberate misinterpretation of the Hamas position. The permanent ceasefire was never locked into phase one. It was always part of the transition from phase one to phase two. And there has constantly been this question of how to make that as reasonable, as likely as possible. Now, Hamas may be looking at this — I’m not privy to their internal conversations, of course. Hamas may be looking at this and saying, “We’re still here. We will be here if the Israelis resume their actions after a six-week hiatus.” We now have a situation where in order to dial down the escalation on the northern Israel-Lebanon, Israel-Hezbollah front, you very clearly need a situation to be dialed down. Maybe we can get the kind of humanitarian relief in. But all of these things will make it increasingly difficult for Israel, even if that’s what they intend, to resume these kinds of actions after six weeks, and we have a more desperate administration in the U.S. That might suggest where some additional wiggle room has been created. However, that wiggle room, I don’t think, can be sufficient enough to sustain what you mentioned in the second part of your question, which is to sustain a very vocal, very transparent and insistent Israeli forcing the issue that, no, there can be no permanent ceasefire. Netanyahu put out four conditions. One of them was any deal will allow Israel to resume fighting until all of the objectives of the war have been achieved. So, that doesn’t give you an ability to work.

    Now, what about what’s going on inside Israel, your question regarding is the pressure now at a place where Netanyahu simply has to accept this? The unfortunate answer — and I so hope I’m wrong on all of this — the unfortunate answer is no. You do have greater protest. You do have the families more mobilized. You do have a military that is more clearly saying — again, I’m paraphrasing — “If we want a chance to deal with the situation in the north, whether deescalating or having the attention span to deal militarily, then you need a ceasefire in Gaza.” The military, by the way, prefers a deal. They prefer a ceasefire deal in Gaza because they know that’s the only way they’ll get a significant cohort of the hostages out. And they know that their reservists, their troops have been on the frontline for an awfully long time and are rather exhausted. So, the military, more transparently, has said that.

    You do have the parliament going into a summer recess. And so, the hope, I think, was that Netanyahu could tell his right-wing — even more extreme than himself — coalition allies, “Guys, don’t leave me during the summer recess. There’s no urgency here. I promise you that by the time the parliament is back up to the Jewish holidays in October, I’ll be killing Palestinians just like I’ve done and just like you like me to do. We’ll be fighting a war in Gaza. In the meantime, you can have fun in the West Bank, causing provocation, causing mayhem, displacing Palestinians. Don’t rush to do anything crazy.” And they will say, “No, we’re going to bring you down.”

    And Netanyahu is looking around, and he sees that the domestic pressure inside Israel is not a threat to his current viewed stability. And, crucially, he is seeing that the U.S. administration will continue, when push comes to shove, to say, “Ah, it’s Hamas’s fault,” and they will continue to send the weapons without which Israel could not be causing this death and destruction, the 500-pound bombs released again. And he knows he has a nice little date with Congress following the invitation by the Republican and Democratic congressional leadership on the 24th of July.

    AMY GOODMAN: Daniel, let’s talk about July 24th. Yes, Netanyahu is scheduled to address a joint session of Congress on July 24th. A number of prominent Israelis, including a former head of Mossad, a former prime minister and a Nobel Prize winner have written a joint op-ed in The New York Times headlined “We Are Israelis Calling on Congress to Disinvite Netanyahu.” They argue the invitation will make a ceasefire agreement more unlikely. They write, “Netanyahu’s supporters in Israel will be emboldened by his appearance in Congress to insist that the war continue, which will further distance any deal to secure the release of the hostages, including several U.S. citizens. Giving Mr. Netanyahu the stage in Washington will all but dismiss the rage and pain of his people, as expressed in the demonstrations throughout the country. American lawmakers should not let that happen. They should ask Mr. Netanyahu to stay home.” Your response to this?

    DANIEL LEVY: I don’t like giving one-word responses, but it would be “amen.” So, if you’re looking at it from the Israeli perspective, then, absolutely, the way that the congressional leadership — but, I would argue, the way the administration — has behaved has cut off at the knees any prospect of the shift in Israel that’s necessary to end this war, that has led to the ICC and the ICJ, those international courts, taking those measures.

    By the way, if I was looking at this from the perspective of international law in general, and the perspective of the Palestinians living under these conditions, I would say, “How the hell can you invite Netanyahu?”

    But let me just say this, because you referenced that piece by Ignatius in The Washington Post, and here’s what most concerns me this morning. Ignatius is not writing as his own opinion here. He’s a consummate insider. He is being a faithful stenographer of the spin being given to him by the administration. And Ignatius writes the following, that “it would be a ringing validation of President Biden’s patient diplomacy” and “a potential valedictory moment,” if he got this ceasefire. Now, just pause. What the spin that the administration is telling us is, “Wow! We could get it through our patient diplomacy.” Can I translate the term “patient diplomacy”? “Patient diplomacy” means that after nine months, you have tens of thousands who are dead, nine out of 10 people who are displaced, starvation, humanitarian catastrophe, scholasticide. This is patient diplomacy that you should be proud of? The hostages are still there. America’s international reputation, that which was still remaining, as an upholder of international law has been thoroughly taken to the cleaners.

    And, of course, there’s the internal situation on the Democrat side. And I would simply say, because I listened to your earlier segment, that you have a real problem if you think you can sell this spin. And if you treat your voters with contempt, you do that at your own risk. And sitting here in the U.K. — and I’ve just come back from Paris — I’ll tell you what happened in our elections here. In our elections here, Labour won a stunning majority in Parliament, but lost and only received 34% in the popular vote, 6% less than Corbyn in 2017. Why? Because voters deserted Labour over Gaza. And then, in France, you saw a new left alliance come together, close the enthusiasm gap with the right. Yes, it was about keeping the extreme right out, but it was also because one of the things that new left alliance did was to come up with a credible position on Gaza. And I would simply ask the question: Is this stunning validation of your approach what you’re going to be selling people? And you still haven’t got the ceasefire. You’re still sending the weapons. You are still in violation of international law.

    NERMEEN SHAIKH: Finally, Daniel, I wanted to ask you about the position of the Israeli military, which are becoming, as you’ve pointed out, more and more public in their opposition to the war. What is the significance of that? And could that make a difference?

    DANIEL LEVY: Wow, it’s a big issue. So, what’s going on here is the military knows they have no political plan. They’re being sent on a mission that is unachievable. They have actually openly said you cannot defeat Hamas in the way Netanyahu talks about. This deradicalization agenda in Gaza, it’s for the birds. So I think what the military are saying is, “We need a different approach.”

    The problem here, in addition to, of course, what the military has been conducting in Gaza, is that these are the same guys in the military who were in charge on October 7th. And there is a fight. There is a blame game between the military leadership and Netanyahu. Was it political — 

    AMY GOODMAN: We have 20 seconds, Daniel.

    DANIEL LEVY: Was it political failure, or was it military failure? You have blame games when there is a failure. That’s what it is. And Netanyahu may replace some of this military, and that could be even more dangerous.

    AMY GOODMAN: Daniel Levy, we want to thank you for being with us, president of the U.S./Middle East Project, former Israeli peace negotiator under Israeli Prime Ministers Ehud Barak and Yitzhak Rabin.

    That does it for our show. Democracy Now! will be broadcasting live from the Milwaukee Republican convention and the Chicago Democratic convention, expanding to two hours every day.

    And we have a development director position opening to lead our fundraising efforts. You can check it out at democracynow.org. I’m Amy Goodman, with Nermeen Shaikh. Thanks so much for joining us.



    Gaza remains under assault. Day 280 of  the assault in the wave that began in October.  Binoy Kampmark (DISSIDENT VOICE) points out, "Bloodletting as form; murder as fashion.  The ongoing campaign in Gaza by Israel’s Defence Forces continues without stalling and restriction.  But the burgeoning number of corpses is starting to become a challenge for the propaganda outlets:  How to justify it?  Fortunately for Israel, the United States, its unqualified defender, is happy to provide cover for murder covered in the sheath of self-defence."   CNN has explained, "The Gaza Strip is 'the most dangerous place' in the world to be a child, according to the executive director of the United Nations Children's Fund."  ABC NEWS quotes UNICEF's December 9th statement, ""The Gaza Strip is the most dangerous place in the world to be a child. Scores of children are reportedly being killed and injured on a daily basis. Entire neighborhoods, where children used to play and go to school have been turned into stacks of rubble, with no life in them."  NBC NEWS notes, "Strong majorities of all voters in the U.S. disapprove of President Joe Biden’s handling of foreign policy and the Israel-Hamas war, according to the latest national NBC News poll. The erosion is most pronounced among Democrats, a majority of whom believe Israel has gone too far in its military action in Gaza."  The slaughter continues.  It has displaced over 1 million people per the US Congressional Research Service.  Jessica Corbett (COMMON DREAMS) points out, "Academics and legal experts around the world, including Holocaust scholars, have condemned the six-week Israeli assault of Gaza as genocide."   The death toll of Palestinians in Gaza is grows higher and higher.  United Nations Women noted, "More than 1.9 million people -- 85 per cent of the total population of Gaza -- have been displaced, including what UN Women estimates to be nearly 1 million women and girls. The entire population of Gaza -- roughly 2.2 million people -- are in crisis levels of acute food insecurity or worse."  Yesterday, THE NATIONAL noted, "At least 38,345 Palestinians have been killed and 88,295 injured in Israel's war on Gaza since October 7, the enclave's Health Ministry said on Thursday.  In the past 24 hours, 50 people were killed and 54 injured, the ministry added in a statement."  Months ago,  AP  noted, "About 4,000 people are reported missing."  February 7th, Jeremy Scahill explained on DEMOCRACY NOW! that "there’s an estimated 7,000 or 8,000 Palestinians missing, many of them in graves that are the rubble of their former home."  February 5th, the United Nations' Phillipe Lazzarini Tweeted:

      



    April 11th, Sharon Zhang (TRUTHOUT) reported, "In addition to the over 34,000 Palestinians who have been counted as killed in Israel’s genocidal assault so far, there are 13,000 Palestinians in Gaza who are missing, a humanitarian aid group has estimated, either buried in rubble or mass graves or disappeared into Israeli prisons.  In a report released Thursday, Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor said that the estimate is based on initial reports and that the actual number of people missing is likely even higher."
     

    As for the area itself?  Isabele Debre (AP) reveals, "Israel’s military offensive has turned much of northern Gaza into an uninhabitable moonscape. Whole neighborhoods have been erased. Homes, schools and hospitals have been blasted by airstrikes and scorched by tank fire. Some buildings are still standing, but most are battered shells."  Kieron Monks (I NEWS) reports, "More than 40 per cent of the buildings in northern Gaza have been damaged or destroyed, according to a new study of satellite imagery by US researchers Jamon Van Den Hoek from Oregon State University and Corey Scher at the City University of New York. The UN gave a figure of 45 per cent of housing destroyed or damaged across the strip in less than six weeks. The rate of destruction is among the highest of any conflict since the Second World War."






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