Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. – John 8.44

“I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you.” Rev 3.9

“I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.” Rev. 2.9

GOD cursed the Satanists out of Jerusalem for life. Jesus arrived and focused on Jerusalem because it was the most unholy, evil, place on earth... still is today.

The Nomadic Turks (ashkeNAZIS) have been behind all the Evil in the world since Cain's children... using their News Networks to create the News, and set the stage, to blame their opponents, for everything evil they do, across the globe.



Jewish Communist Dictum:- "Accuse the enemy of those crimes you are guilty of"

1.PROBLEM 2.REACTION 3.SOLUTION.

The Elite Jews create the illness, then sell the Cure. They create Chaos & Terrorism, then sell the solution... for more control and power.

Islam and Christianity have become servants of the Jews. Acting as physical and spiritual cattle for the Jews to harvest in building their Global Satanic Kingdom.

If I converted to Buddhism, does that make me Chinese? If I converted to Hinduism, does that make me Indian? When Khazarians (Turks) converted to Judaism in 740 BC and stole the true Semite Israelite Aegean identity, did that make the counterfeit Jews Hebrew? Well, the Jew World Order seems to think so. They crucified Jesus Christ for exposing them.

The invention of the Muslim Terrorist by our Jewish Governments... to keep us in fear, and to justify raping the World, and slaughtering billions of innocent families in every country for power and control...for their 2 horned God Lucifer... which the Jews named him "Morning Star."

Every Religion Church and Mosque has been infiltrated by the Jews. How do you know? ... if your Church has not discussed the below phrases by Christ... then it has been compromised.

Israel is a person not land

Israel is a person not land

Jacob was renamed Israel. The descendants of Jacob are known as Israelites. Israel is a person not a land.
The term Israelite is the English name for the descendants of the biblical patriarch Jacob in ancient times, which is derived from the Greek Ἰσραηλῖται,[34] which was used to translate the Biblical Hebrew term b’nei yisrael, יִשְׂרָאֵל as either “sons of Israel” or “children of Israel”.[35]
The name Israel first appears in the Hebrew Bible in Genesis 32:29. It refers to the renaming of Jacob, who, according to the Bible, wrestled with an angel, who gave him a blessing and renamed him Israel because he had “striven with God and with men, and have prevailed”.

GOD cursed the Satanic Edomites out of Jerusalem for life. Jesus focused on Jerusalem because it was the most unholy, evil, place on earth… still is today.

Marlon Brando a great and righteous actor made the statement. ” the only movie never made in Hollywood is the true story of the Jews” .

“For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh. But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God.” – Romans 2:28-29

“I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.” Rev. 2.9

“I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you.” Rev 3.9

Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. – John 8.44

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Hamas–Israel conflict: Relevant international law

A Factsheet

The current violence is extremely tragic. Civilians are afraid and are dying. In the face of massive physical destruction in the Gaza Strip, and mounting Palestinian fatalities—undeniably including innocent civilians—it is difficult to form views on the issue.

This fact sheet breaks down the key tenets of relevant laws of armed conflict, all distilled from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) database of Customary International Humanitarian Law (IHL), which is here.

There are many principles of IHL. The key ones discussed here are distinction and proportionality.

Distinction (ICRC description is here)

  • Military attacks should always distinguish between combatants and civilians, and between military targets and civilian objects. It is absolutely prohibited to target civilians or civilian objects.
  • The rockets coming from Gaza are deliberately aimed at civilian areas. They are also fired in volleys, often over 100 at a time, so as to overwhelm Israel’s Iron Dome anti-rocket system and thereby cause more civilian casualties and greater destruction of civilian objects.
  • Israeli attacks against targets in Gaza have included apartment buildings, which most observers would assume are civilian objects. How is Israel justified in these attacks?
    • According to the laws of armed conflict, a civilian object (including a dwelling place) will lose its immunity if it is used for military purposes (ICRC description is here).
    • When Hamas stores rockets in an apartment building, it renders that apartment building a target (subject to a few other conditions, such as proportionality (see below) and taking precautions when attacking to prevent needless civilian deaths.)
      • Israel drops leaflets, delays attacks and even phones on-the-ground Palestinians so as to avoid civilian deaths. This reduces the military effectiveness of the attack (it gives combatants warning), which is further evidence of Israel’s priorities.

Proportionality (ICRC description is here)

  • Media and other commentators offer grim fatalities tallies, or compare the physical destruction wrought in Gaza and Israel, and argue that ‘Israel is using disproportionate force’. Then they often invoke international law. There are two issues that need to be addressed here:
    • What is proportionately in the laws of armed conflict, and
    • Why is there more death and destruction in Gaza?
  • Proportionality means the force and actions used in each individual attack must be proportionate to the intended objective of that attack. In other words, use the minimum force required to achieve your objective. Moreover, an individual attack that is expected to result in civilian injuries or civilian property damage “which would be excessive in relation to the concrete and direct military advantage anticipated” is prohibited. 
    • Proportionality does not refer to the amount of deaths or destruction on each side.
    • And nor does the accidental killing of civilians automatically render an attack disproportionate.
  • Notwithstanding the legalities, it’s true that the death toll in Gaza is higher, and the physical destruction is worse. This is due to a number of factors
    • Iron Dome: Israel’s anti-rocket system tracks rockets as they’re fired, determines whether they will land in a civilian area and, if they will, shoots them out of the sky. Every single Iron Dome interceptor costs tens of thousands of dollars. Thousands have been used in the past few days. Iron Dome has intercepted 90 per cent of its targets, which has saved dozens of Israeli lives and much physical destruction
    • Bomb shelters: Because of the constant threat of rockets, Israeli homes and public spaces have bomb shelters and/or reinforced rooms, and a siren system that provides locals with as much time as possible to find shelter.
      • Depending on how far they are from Gaza, locals have from 10 seconds warning to up to a minute. This investment in physical security has saved countless lives.
    • Hamas’s use of civilian areas: As is widely known and reported on, Hamas purposefully utilises civilian areas to attack Israel.
      • The purpose is two-fold; to moderate the expected Israeli response (Israel doesn’t like attacking civilian areas, even if such attacks are legitimate) and to draw the condemnations of the world against Israel if the latter does attack and, especially, if Palestinian civilians are killed. Sociologically, a higher Palestinian death toll, even if caused by Hamas actions, will see Palestinian rally to the Hamas flag, therefore garnering more support.
    • Hamas’s misfiring of rockets: About 20 per cent of Hamas rockets have landed within Gaza. These misfired rockets have reportedly caused 17 deaths so far.
    • Lack of protective infrastructure for civilians in Gaza: Hamas has invested millions of dollars in creating reinforced tunnels throughout Gaza. However, these are only for Hamas combatants, to allow for quick movement and to attack Israeli troops, should a ground invasion occur. Hamas won’t let civilians enter them.
  • Proportionality is linked to the principle of military necessity (ICRC description here). In short, “In the case of an armed conflict the only legitimate military purpose is to weaken the military capacity of the other parties to the conflict.”
  • If people suggest Israel is using disproportionate force, you might want to ask them what Israeli response they think would be proportionate.

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Qigong: Engage the Power of Chi to Cultivate Vitality, Balance and Inner Peace – FREE 5-Day Online Event

Looking to clear out a year’s worth of stagnant energy and emotional malaise?

Would you like to boost your physical and emotional flexibility with nourishing low-impact routines? Are you eager to cultivate health and longevity from curative traditions grounded in nature and the cosmos?

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Qigong: Engage the Power of Chi to Cultivate Vitality, Balance and Inner Peace

This ancient Chinese tradition combines the word Qi, which means subtle breath or life-force energy, with “gong,” meaning cultivation or skill. By attending this 5-day event, you will embark on a journey with highly respected Qigong teachers and learn timeless techniques to calm your nervous system, address chronic illness, improve your bone health, spring-clean the energy in your organs, and much more!

Over 35 leading Qigong teachers, masters and doctors will bring you depth learning from a wide range of wisdom streams within the realm of Qigong, including Wujigong and Wuji Quan, Tai Chi and Zuowang meditation, Qigong-based sound healing, and Da Zi Ran.

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During this online Qigong event, you’ll discover:

  • That practicing Qigong can enliven, maintain, and grow your bones; build electromagnetic conductivity; and increase density
  • An embodied way to approach Zuowang meditation beyond intellectualization
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  • The yin way of using sexual energy to heal your wounds and those of your full ancestry line
  • How to transform the trauma stored in your body’s cellular memory using movement, meditation, and sound healing
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There’s never been a more pressing need to clear stagnant Qi, counter extreme physical and emotional imbalances, and release that nagging languishing feeling from your system.

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Grab your free place at this 5-day Qigong event here and get ready to discover simple practices that will help you take better energetic care of your body, mind, and emotions — generating harmony, serenity, and reconnection with yourself and nature.

You’ll be in good hands with host Sharon Smith, who’s been practicing Qigong, Tai Chi, and other Taoist spiritual and healing arts for more than 40 years, and teaching them for nearly as long.

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SIX children & 2 women killed in Israeli airstrike on crowded Gaza refugee camp – reports

An IDF air raid on a densely populated refugee camp in Gaza has killed at least eight people, the majority of them children, according to multiple reports, as Israeli warplanes continue to hammer the blockaded Palestinian enclave.

The IDF dropped at least three bombs on a three-storey home in the al-Shati refugee camp early on Saturday morning, according to a witness cited by the Times of Israel. While Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra initially put the death toll at seven, he said the figure was expected to rise, as other victims were believed to be buried in rubble. At least 15 others were injured.

“I saw the bodies of four people, including children, being rushed to the hospital. I could not endure and ran back to my home.” said the witness, Said al-Ghoul, a resident of the camp. He claimed that no warning was given before the strike.

Subsequent reports noted 8 fatalities as a rescue operation got underway, including six children and two women, many said to belong to the Abu Hatab family. Photos purporting to show the aftermath of the strike amid the rescue effort have circulated online.

Soon after the deadly strike, Hamas, the political party and militant group that governs the Gaza Strip, fired yet another volley of rockets into southern Israel in retaliation, the Times reported.

Despite putting out a steady stream of commentary throughout the offensive, the IDF has yet to acknowledge the camp bombing, instead stressing that its operations are directed at rocket launch sites and other military targets – often hidden among civilian infrastructure. It claims more than 2,000 Hamas rockets have been fired since Monday, when the latest bout of violence kicked off.

Also known as the ‘beach camp’ for its close proximity to Gaza’s Mediterranean coast, al-Shati is the territory’s third largest refugee site, home to some 86,000 residents, who are packed into just 0.3 square miles (0.5km), according to the UN. The agency claims the crowded camp is among the most densely populated areas on Earth.

One of eight official refugee camps in Gaza, al-Shati was established in 1948 after tens of thousands of Palestinians fled their homes and villages during the Israeli War for Independence, also known to Palestinians as the ‘Nakba,’ or ‘catastrophe,’ which saw some 750,000 Arabs displaced from territory that became Israel. The refugee population has since swelled to around 5.7 million worldwide, according to the UN, with over 1.3 million remaining in Gaza.

Despite repeated calls for a ceasefire from international bodies, hostilities have continued into their sixth day as of Saturday morning, seeing at least 137 Palestinians killed, including 36 children, and nearly 1,000 wounded. 

At least nine Israelis have also perished in rocket fire, among them a six-year-old girl and one IDF soldier, in addition to around 500 injured.

Hamas’ first rocket barrage on Monday night followed days of heated protests over looming evictions of Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem, prompting police crackdowns and violent clashes with security forces that left hundreds injured. IDF bombing raids started soon after, seeing hundreds of strikes on Gaza, some leveling high-rise structures, including apartment blocks and media offices. The military also claims to have struck dozens of Hamas targets and assassinated several senior officials in the organization, insisting that it takes precautions to avoid killing civilians and that the bombing is defensive.

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Newsmax host who called Israel ‘home country’ of US Jews is temporarily off air

JTA — Newsmax host Grant Stinchfield will not host his weeknight primetime show for the rest of the week after calling Israel the “home country” of American Jews, according to Business Insider.

Stinchfield made the comments in a segment Tuesday night about continuing violence in Israel and Gaza.

A spokesperson for Newsmax told Insider that Stinchfield was off the air due to a previously scheduled vacation.

“If you are Jewish and you are a Democrat and you are living in America today, how do you support an administration that turns its back on your home country?” Stinchfield said.

Stinchfield also criticized President Joe Biden for failing to speak out in support of Israel’s strikes on Gaza in retaliation for rockets launched by Hamas. Biden said Thursday that he had a “brief” conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday and said “there has not been a significant overreaction [by Israel].”

Jake Tapper, the “State of the Union” host on CNN, criticized Stinchfield’s comments in a tweet Thursday.

“I don’t belong to any political party but I am Jewish and newsflash: my home country is the United States. To suggest otherwise is bigotry,” Tapper wrote.

Stinchfield responded in a quote tweet: “Hey @jaketapper your home country appears to be Disneyland! It’s the only way to explain your delusion about @joebiden and his sympathies for the terror group Hamas. And FYI I’m half Italian and yes I refer to Italy fondly as ‘The Home Country.’”

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Anti-Israel protesters in Vienna chant about massacre of Jews

JTA — Some 2,500 protesters in Austria against Israel’s actions in Gaza chanted about a massacre of Jews during a rally Thursday, Der Standard reported.

Meanwhile, in England, an antisemitic slogan about Palestine was painted on the door of a synagogue.

Eight people in Israel have died and at least 119 in Gaza since Hamas and Israeli troops began exchanging fire Sunday.

In Vienna, Austria’s capital, a man leading chants in Arabic with a loudspeaker shouted “Jews, remember Khaybar, the army of Muhammad is returning.” Multiple demonstrators repeated the chant.

The cry relates to an event in the seventh century when Muslims massacred and expelled Jews from the town of Khaybar, located in modern-day Saudi Arabia.

In the city of Norwich, situated about 120 miles northeast of London, the words: “Kike-free Raleshne” — possibly an attempt to write Palestine — were spray-painted on the door of the local synagogue Thursday night, The Jewish Chronicle of London reported Friday.

A swastika was drawn underneath.

Local police have stepped up patrols in the area following the incident, which they are classifying as criminal damage, the paper reported.

In Germany, police stopped about 200 people on Wednesday from approaching a synagogue in Gelsenkirchen, with many in the rally shouting “shitty Jews,” and Israeli flags were burned in front of two other synagogues this week.

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Looking for Gaza victory against Hamas, Israel lost the battle for Jerusalem

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Newsom’s spending binge reshapes California recall election

A fading coronavirus crisis and an astounding windfall of tax dollars have reshuffled California’s emerging recall election, allowing Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom to talk about an end to most COVID-19 restrictions and propose billions in new spending as he looks to fend off Republicans who depict him as a foppish failure.

The governor spent much of 2020 on the defensive for whipsaw decisions during the depths of the pandemic that angered many business owners and residents. But more recently he has appeared to steady his stride with the all-but-certain election looming this fall.

This week, flush with more than $100 billion in surplus cash in his budget, he crisscrossed the state to unveil a string of proposals sure to bring smiles from many voters: $12 billion to fight homelessness; checks up to $1,100 for millions of low and middle-income earners who struggled during lockdowns; $2.7 billion to pay for all of the state’s 4-year-olds to go to kindergarten for free; and hundreds of millions to help small businesses recover from the economic downturn.

His budget released Friday was studded with initiatives favored by his progressive base, including $7.2 billion to pay off people’s outstanding rent and utility bills and $300 million to forgive traffic and other fines for lower-income residents. There also was $35 million to encourage local universal basic income programs and money to give Medicaid benefits to people 60 and older living in the country illegally.

As the virus threat diminishes, the economy rebounds and Californians return to familiar routines, Republican candidates will need to emphasize policy differences on issues like taxes and homelessness, rather than banking on lingering resentment from lockdowns and the pandemic, said Tim Rosales, a veteran GOP strategist who is sitting out the recall.

With conditions in the state improving “it’s harder and harder to maintain that level of … anger” during the worst days of the pandemic, he said, conceding Newsom is “on the right trajectory in terms of his approval ratings.”

The goal for Newsom’s team is not just surviving the recall. They are looking to position the governor for an expected 2022 re-election campaign that will kick off immediately following the recall election and, as importantly, restore his name to the national discussion about potential White House contenders.

Under a best-case scenario for the governor, a comeback story line from the recall might even help Newsom discredit the image popularized by his GOP gubernatorial rivals of a preening lightweight.

Republican businessman John Cox mocks Newsom as a “pretty boy.” Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer says the race is about “genuine versus phony.”

Faulconer rolled out his own attention-grabbing proposal Wednesday: Ending the state income tax for individuals making up to $50,000 and households up to $100,000, which could find wide appeal with voters in a state where taxes seem to go relentlessly in one direction: higher.

Newsom was elected in a 2018 landslide over Cox, but his popularity tumbled as he contended with public unrest over long-running school and businesses closures during the pandemic, fallout from a multibillion-dollar unemployment benefits scandal and embarrassment over his decision to attend a lavish birthday dinner at an exclusive restaurant in November while lecturing residents to stay home for safety.

Look for the Republicans to continue to attack his image — he remains shackled to the French Laundry debacle. In one night at that restaurant with lobbyists and friends, he managed to reinforce a trifecta of loathsome stereotypes about politicians – hypocrisy, elitism and the whiff of improper backroom deal-making. He later apologized for what he called a “bad mistake.”

While Newsom dominated the narrative of the race all week — the economy is “roaring back,” he told reporters in Los Angeles — a sudden spike in virus cases or another epic season of wildfires would test him again. And schools could also be a vulnerable flank. California badly trailed other states in getting children back into classrooms, a reality Republicans repeat at every turn.

The leading GOP candidates in the race start at a disadvantage in heavily Democratic California, where registered Democrats outnumber GOP voters by nearly 2-to-1. A Republican candidate hasn’t won a statewide race since 2006, when Arnold Schwarzenegger won re-election after gaining office in a recall election.

Newsom’s team has worked for months to tie the recall to national Republicans and supporters and operatives of former President Donald Trump, who is broadly unpopular in California outside his GOP base.

For Newsom, one of his advantages as a candidate was on vivid display this week: He used the power of his office to dominate the public stage as he made appearances in San Diego, Los Angeles, Oakland and the Central Valley, among other locations.

Cox, meanwhile, has been campaigning with a bear in a bid to attract publicity. He criticized Newsom Friday for the surge in spending: “We should be slashing taxes and making California more affordable and not ballooning the size of our government,” he said.

Reality TV personality and former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner so far has appeared more curio than contender, barely registering in recent polling. She tweeted Friday that “California should already be fully open!”

Faulconer’s biggest challenge is becoming known outside his hometown area in San Diego. He said he intends to take his campaign to communities around the state, where voters are looking for “somebody who actually has the experience … who can bring positive change and reform.”

Thad Kousser, a political science professor at the University of California, San Diego, said a lot will change by the time voters go to the polls. Will the massive investment in homelessness make a change? Will Newsom suffer another self-inflicted wound like his trip to the French Laundry?

“Right now the recall is not in the hands of the governor or its backers. This is all about the direction of the state,” he said. “What really matters is where we are in the fall.”

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Kabul School Bombing A Dreadful Reminder of Dangers Ahead

When children leave school for the day they are in a joyous mood. They are happy to be going home, and yet they have so much to tell their friends before they go. So friends cling to each other to say all their  precious important things before they separate for the day. Free of the discipline of the classroom and the watchful eye of the teacher, this can also be the time for much  teasing, apart from saying good-bye. So clearly there is much happy chatter, with children shouting  to be audible.

It was in this happy mood at a girls school in Kabul, with teenage students crowding near the exit points, that terrorists exploded their bombs to match precisely with the school leaving time. Over 70 persons, most of them girl students, died a very painful death, while nearly double this number were injured.

This attack on schoolgirls on May 8 took place in Dasht-e-Barchi area of Kabul was preceded by several violent attacks on soft targets in the same area, including places relating to sports, cultural activities and education. Last year another attack attributed to the IS had claimed almost as many lives. This time the attack has not been claimed by anyone, but all indications are towards the involvements  sectarian militant or terrorist groups.

In the middle of announcements of the final US decision to withdraw their armed forces from Afghanistan before  September 11, at the end of about 20 years, violent attacks have increased. A comparison of the violence in the first 3 months of this year revealed a significant rise in civilian victims compared to the same period of the previous year.

Moreover the specific targeting of areas like Dasht-e-Barchi is of significance as this area is inhabited predominantly by Shia Hajaras. Both in terms of ethnicity and religion they are minorities in a country where an overwhelming majority of the population consists of Sunni Muslims.  The Hajaras who number about 9 per cent of the population have faced a lot of violence at the hands of terrorists and fanatic/sectarian militant organizations in the past.

Another important aspect of the recent school bomb attack is that specifically girl students were targeted. There have been other cases of forward-looking, educated, professional women being specifically targeted by sectarian militant organizations. The killing of some women TV professionals in recent times has been widely condemned.

Earlier women in Afghanistan had enjoyed a fair degree of freedom but the years of Taliban rule ( 1996-2001) witnessed a big setback for rights of women . Education of girls and women and taking up of jobs by them declined drastically.

There are widespread apprehensions that the departure of US forces will further strengthen the hands of the Taliban and other sectarian militant organizations which already control a big part of the territory of Afghanistan. In particular girl students, professional women and ethnic/religious minorities are likely to face very difficult times and even violence. Those involved in activities not considered to be in keeping with the thinking and self-interest of these very narrow-minded militants are likely to suffer, and the school-bombing of May 8 is an indication of how ruthless and cruel such groups can get.

Future prospects will be even more dreadful if these groups capture the government at the national  level, which is of course their final aim.

There is therefore a very clear need for protecting human rights of the most vulnerable groups in Afghanistan, identified on the basis of gender, religion, ethnicity etc. but the road ahead is frankly full of many uncertainties. This much is clear that preparation at world level for such protection should start without further delay.

Bharat Dogra is a journalist and author. His recent books include Planet in Peril and Earth without Borders.


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China Lands Spacecraft On Mars In Historic First For Nation

BEIJING — China landed a spacecraft on Mars for the first time on Saturday, a technically challenging feat more difficult than a moon landing, in the latest advance for its ambitious goals in space.

Plans call for a rover to stay in the lander for a few days of diagnostic tests before rolling down a ramp to explore an icy area of Mars known as Utopia Planitia. It will join an American rover that arrived at the red planet in February.

China’s first Mars landing follows its launch last month of the main section of what will be a permanent space station and a mission that brought back rocks from the moon late last year.

“China has left a footprint on Mars for the first time, an important step for our country’s space exploration,” the official Xinhua News Agency said in announcing the landing on one of its social media accounts.

The U.S. has had nine successful landings on Mars since 1976. The Soviet Union landed on the planet in 1971, but the mission failed after the craft stopped transmitting information soon after touchdown.

A rover and a tiny helicopter from the American landing in February are currently exploring Mars. NASA expects the rover to collect its first sample in July for return to Earth in a decade.

China has landed on the moon before but landing on Mars is a much more difficult undertaking. Spacecraft must use shields for protection from the searing heat of reentry and both retro-rockets and parachutes to slow enough to prevent a crash landing. The parachutes and rockets must be deployed at precise times to land at the designated spot. Only mini-retro rockets are required for a moon landing, and parachutes alone are sufficient for returning to Earth.

Xinhua said the entry capsule entered the Mars atmosphere at an altitude of 125 kilometers (80 miles), initiating what it called “the riskiest phase of the whole mission.”

A 200 square meter (2,150 square foot) parachute was deployed and later jettisoned, and then a retro-rocket was fired to slow the speed of the craft to almost zero, Xinhua said. The craft hovered about 100 meters (330 feet) above the surface to identify obstacles before touching down on four buffer legs.

“Each step had only one chance, and the actions were closely linked. If there had been any flaw, the landing would have failed,” said Geng Yan, an official at the China National Space Administration, according to Xinhua.

Touchdown was at 7:18 a.m. Beijing time (7:18 p.m. EDT), according to the State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense. The distance between Earth and Mars caused a delay for mission control in Beijing to confirm its success.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, in a congratulatory letter to the mission team, called the landing “an important step in our country’s interplanetary exploration journey, realizing the leap from Earth-moon to the planetary system and leaving the mark of the Chinese on Mars for the first time … The motherland and people will always remember your outstanding feats!”

NASA Associate Administrator Thomas Zurbuchen tweeted his congratulations, saying, “Together with the global science community, I look forward to the important contributions this mission will make to humanity’s understanding of the Red Planet.”

China’s Mars landing was the top trending topic on Weibo, a leading social media platform, as people expressed both excitement and pride.

The Tianwen-1 spacecraft has been orbiting Mars since February, when it arrived after a 6 1/2-month journey from Earth. Xinhua described the mission as China’s first planetary exploration.

The rover, named after the Chinese god of fire Zhurong, is expected to be deployed for 90 days to search for evidence of life. About the size of a small car, it has ground-penetrating radar, a laser, and sensors to gauge the atmosphere and magnetic sphere.

China’s space program has proceeded in a more cautious manner than the U.S. and the Soviet Union during the height of their space race.

The launch of the main module for its space station in April is the first of 11 planned missions to build and provision the station and send up a three-person crew by the end of next year. While successful, the uncontrolled return to Earth of the launch rocket drew international criticism including from NASA Administrator Bill Nelson.

China has said it wants to land people on the moon and possibly build a scientific base there. No timeline has been released for such projects. A space plane is also reportedly under development.

Associated Press researcher Henry Hou, news assistant Caroline Chen and video journalist Sam McNeil contributed to this report.

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Rep. Greene’s combative behavior could spark ethics review

A year before her election to Congress, Marjorie Taylor Greene searched for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at her Capitol office, taunting the New York Democrat to “get rid of your diaper” and “talk to the American citizens,” as shown in video unearthed by CNN

“I am an American citizen. I pay your salary through the taxes that you collect from me through the IRS,” Greene says through the mail slot of a locked door. “I am a woman. I am a female business owner and I’m proud to be an American woman. And I do not support your socialist policies.”

The Georgia Republican continued: “If you want to be a big girl, you need to get rid of your diaper and come out and be able to talk to the American citizens.” Two men appear along with her in the video, also mocking Ocasio-Cortez and her staff through the mail slot.

The release of the since-deleted video, which was initially broadcast in February 2019 on Facebook Live, came the same week that Greene followed Ocasio-Cortez off the House floor, shouting that the Democrat supported “terrorists” and doesn’t “care about the American people,” as first reported by The Washington Post. She has been challenging Ocasio-Cortez to a debate on Twitter, entreaties that Ocasio-Cortez had been ignoring.

Asked Friday about the “context” of the 2019 video, Greene told reporters, “Walking around and talking to members of Congress who serve the taxpayers that, now we’ve got taxpayers aren’t even allowed to come talk to us, that’s the context.”

The incidents add to a portrait of the activist-turned-lawmaker who has shown little interest in governing, but has instead used her platform to float conspiracy theories, push Donald Trump’s false claims about a stolen 2020 election and further her own notoriety. Her combativeness toward colleagues has only grown after an unprecedented rebuke where the House stripped her of committee assignments, effectively ending her ability to shape legislation.

Another confrontation Friday involved a member of her staff.

Rep. Eric Swalwell said a staffer for Greene yelled at him to take his mask off after stepping off the House floor, an unusual of breach of decorum. Though the CDC has relaxed mask-wearing guidelines for those who have been vaccinated, many lawmakers continue to wear them, and they are still required on the House floor.

“I had a mask on as I stepped off the Floor. An aide with @mtgreenee yelled at me to take my mask off. No one should be bullied for wearing a mask,”‘ Swalwell tweeted. “So I told the bully what I thought of his order.”

On Twitter Friday, Greene said she had witnessed the confrontation and claimed, “No one yelled.”

Greene’s behavior has alarmed some members of Congress, where feelings remain raw after the deadly Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters intent on overturning the outcome of the 2020 election.

“This is a woman that’s deeply unwell and clearly needs some help,” Ocasio-Cortez told reporters Friday. “Her kind of fixation has lasted for several years now” and the “depth of that unwellness has raised concerns for other members, as well.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Greene’s behavior was “beyond the pale” and raised the possibility of an ethics investigation.

“This is beneath the dignity of a person serving in the Congress of the United States and is a cause for trauma, and fear among members, especially on the heels of an insurrection,” Pelosi said Thursday..

Yet so far, Republicans have shown little appetite for punishing Greene. They rallied around her in February after some of her past comments came to light, including her endorsement of calls to assassinate leading Democrats. That left it to Democrats, who were joined by 11 Republicans, in voting to strip her of her committee assignments.

As a congressional candidate, Greene posted a photo in 2020 of herself with a gun next to images of Ocasio-Cortez and fellow Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.

Before her election, she also supported Facebook posts that advocated violence against Democrats and the FBI. One suggested shooting Pelosi in the head. In response to a post raising the prospect of hanging former President Barack Obama, Greene responded that the “stage is being set.”

In one 2018 Facebook posts, she speculated that “lasers or blue beams of light” controlled by a left-wing cabal tied to a powerful Jewish family could have been responsible for sparking California wildfires.

And in February 2019, Greene appeared in an another online video filmed at the U.S. Capitol, arguing that Omar and Tlaib weren’t “really official” members of Congress because they didn’t take the oath of office on the Bible. Both women are Muslim.

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Ex-Iran parliament speaker registers to run for president

A former speaker of Iran’s parliament registered Saturday to run in the Islamic Republic’s upcoming presidential election, becoming the first high-profile candidate to potentially back the policies of the outgoing administration that reached Tehran s tattered nuclear deal with world powers.

The decision by Ali Larijani, long a prominent conservative voice who later allied himself with Iran’s relatively moderate President Hassan Rouhani came on the last day of registration for the June 18 election. While a panel overseen by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ultimately will approve candidates, Larijani has maintained close ties to the cleric over his decades in government.

Journalists in Tehran watched Larijani, 63, register at the Interior Ministry, which oversees elections. He waved to onlookers after completing the process, his face covered by a blue surgical mask as Iran continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic.

Larijani, a former commander in Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, previously served as the minister of culture and Islamic guidance and as the head of Iran’s state broadcaster. Under hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad he served as secretary of Iran’s powerful Supreme National Security Council for two years, and as a senior nuclear negotiator. He later became speaker of the Iranian parliament for some 12 years, stepping down in May 2020.

Larijani’s family includes prominent members of Iran’s theocracy, with his cleric brother once serving as the head of the Iranian judiciary. His father was a prominent ayatollah.

Larijani had an active role in signing a 25-year strategic agreement with China earlier this year. On Friday, as a sign of respect, Larijani reportedly asked permission to run from high-ranking clerics in the religious city of Qom.

Within Iran, candidates exist on a political spectrum that broadly includes hard-liners who want to expand Iran’s nuclear program, moderates who hold onto the status quo, and reformists who want to change the theocracy from within.

Those calling for radical change find themselves blocked from even running for office by the Guardian Council, a 12-member panel that vets and approves candidates under Khamenei’s watch.

“Like outgoing President Rouhani, Larijani is someone Khamenei trusts to represent Iran without compromising the regime’s basic tenets of religious supervision over society and independence from foreign powers,” Barbara Slavin, the director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council, wrote recently.

A clear candidate has yet to emerge within the reformists. Some have mentioned Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, though he later said he wouldn’t run after a scandal over a leaked recording in which he offered frank criticism of the Guard and the limits of the civilian government’s power.

At the same time Larijani registered, so too did Mohsen Hashemi Rafsanjani, the eldest son of the late former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. Rafsanjani, a member of Tehran’s city council, has been described as a reformist by political commentators.

Several other candidates have prominent backgrounds in the Guard, a paramilitary force answerable only to Khamenei. Hard-liners have increasingly suggested a former military commander should be president given the country’s problems, something that hasn’t happened since Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution and the purge of the armed forces that followed.

Iran’s former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also registered Wednesday. Though his attempt to run in 2017 ultimately was blocked after Khamenei criticized Ahmadinejad, this year the supreme leader has not warned him off.

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Gambrell reported from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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Let’s face it: Washington adjusts to new mask guidance

Jill Biden says finally going mask-free feels like “we’re moving forward.” A Republican senator says going unmasked “certainly helps the flow of conversation.”

But the conversation on the House floor on Friday approached sniping as lawmakers objected to being required to keep masking up until all 435 of them get their COVID-19 shots.

Across Washington the government is adjusting to new federal guidance easing up on when masks should be worn.

“So much for following the science,” Rep. Greg Murphy, R-N.C., a urologist, said after complaining that he’d have to put his mask back on after his House floor speech despite being fully vaccinated.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that fully vaccinated people — those who are two weeks past their last required dose of a COVID-19 vaccine — can stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor settings. Partially vaccinated or unvaccinated people should keep wearing masks, the guidance says.

But on Capitol Hill lawmakers have to keep wearing masks on the House floor, according to a memo from the Office of the Attending Physician, Dr. Brian Monahan.

“The present mask requirement and other guidelines remain unchanged until all Members and Floor staff are fully vaccinated,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a memo to her Democratic colleagues. “Returning the Capitol to the welcoming and safe venue that it has been requires us to not only secure it physically but to make it safe from the virus.”

Recent surveys suggest that about 1 in 4 House lawmakers are not fully vaccinated.

Lawmakers can remove their masks while on the House floor to make speeches, but must mask up after they finish. They are, however, free to resume “pre-pandemic activities” elsewhere in the House complex of office buildings and public spaces.

In the Senate, Republicans Susan Collins of Maine and Joni Ernst of Iowa were among senators who didn’t hesitate to remove their masks as soon as they heard the news. They were seen entering the Senate chamber Thursday marveling at being mask-free and calling out, “Freedom!”

Senate leadership has not commented on the updated mask guidance, which came down as Biden and a group of Republican senators discussed infrastructure in the Oval Office.

“So we all looked at each other … we took all of our masks off,” Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., told Fox News on Friday. “It felt very freeing, and we had a great discussion after that. We all felt good about it, and it certainly helps the flow of conversation.”

It was a much different scene Friday at the White House

Reporters caught up with President Joe Biden as he made an unannounced appearance on the White House driveway to pose for photos with a departing staff member. Asked if he was enjoying his first workday without a mask, Biden replied “yes” as he reentered the West Wing.

For the first time in about a year, reporters went barefaced as they questioned White House press secretary Jen Psaki at the daily briefing.

After the CDC guidance went out, Psaki said, staff were immediately notified by email that they could stop wearing masks, including in meetings with Biden. Similar guidance was issued to the White House Correspondents’ Association, which dropped its mask requirement for journalists on the premises.

Psaki said it may take a few days to put the new guidelines in place across government and figure out whether it means additional staff — many of whom have been working remotely — will be allowed onto the White House campus.

“We’re eager to get back to a version of normal, but we need a little bit of time to implement it and also to review additional steps,” Psaki said.

Some government departments didn’t need any time figuring it out.

The Pentagon announced Friday that fully vaccinated Defense Department personnel no longer need to wear masks indoors or outdoors at DOD facilities.

Updated guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services said “fully vaccinated federal employees, fully vaccinated onsite contractors and fully vaccinated visitors to federal buildings are no longer required to wear masks.”

Mask-wearing remained in force at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture as it reopened Friday. Jill Biden stopped in to greet the staff and said the relaxed mask guidance feels as though “inch by inch we’re moving forward” against the pandemic.

The Smithsonian said it would keep mask requirements in place for anyone over age 2 while it reviews the new guidance.

During a House Republican caucus leadership vote, most members didn’t wear masks, and several reporters removed them as well following guidance from the Capitol physician that said vaccinated people don’t have to wear them in the hallways.

Some Republicans addressed the issue from the House floor.

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, criticized Democrats for having argued that Republicans weren’t following the science. He said it’s Democrats who now are guilty of that.

“The House of Representatives has leadership who are claiming that we need to follow the science, refuses to do so,” Gohmert said, seeming to refer to Pelosi. “But we’re hoping we’ll eventually get people here, at least the majority, to follow the science.”

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Associated Press writers Jonathan Lemire, Lisa Mascaro, Mary Clare Jalonick, Kevin Freking and Brian Slodysko contributed to this report.

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Granholm: Normal service at gas pump likely by late Sunday

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm says the nation is “over the hump” on gas shortages following a ransomware cyberattack that forced a shutdown of the nation’s largest gasoline pipeline.

Problems peaked Thursday night, and service should return to normal in most areas by the end of the weekend, Granholm said Friday in an interview with The Associated Press.

“The good news is that … gas station outages are down about 12% from the peak” as of Friday afternoon, with about 200 stations returning to service every hour, she said. “It’s still going to work its way through the system over the next few days, but we should be back to normal fairly soon.”

A cyberattack by hackers who lock up computer systems and demand a ransom to release them hit the Colonial Pipeline on May 7. The hackers didn’t take control of pipeline operations, but the Georgia-based company shut it down to prevent malware from affecting industrial control systems.

The Colonial Pipeline stretches from Texas to New Jersey and delivers about 45% of the gasoline consumed on the East Coast. The shutdown has caused shortages at the pumps throughout the South and emptied stations in the Washington D.C., area.

President Joe Biden said U.S. officials do not believe the Russian government was involved, but said “we do have strong reason to believe that the criminals who did the attack are living in Russia.”

As Colonial reported making “substantial progress” Friday in restoring full service, two people briefed on the matter confirmed the company had paid a ransom of about $5 million.

Granholm, like other Biden administration officials, urged drivers not to panic or hoard gasoline.

“Really, the gasoline is coming,” she said. “If you take more than what you need, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy in terms of the shortages. Let’s share a little bit with our neighbors and everybody should know that it’s going to be okay in the next few days.”

Granholm’s agency is leading the federal response to the ransomware attack. She said the incident shows the vulnerability not only of U.S. infrastructure, but also personal computers. Her 86-year-old mother recently suffered a ransomware attack on her iPad, Granholm said.

“So it’s just happening everywhere,” she said. “All these cybercriminals see an opportunity in the cloud and in our connectivity. And so we all have to be very vigilant. That means we’ve got to have security systems on our devices and individually we shouldn’t be clicking on any email with attachments from people you don’t know. I mean it’s just around us.”

Biden signed an executive order on cybersecurity this week, and the Energy Department and other agencies are working to protect critical infrastructure, she said.

Much of the U.S. pipeline infrastructure, like Colonial, is privately owned. The chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which oversees interstate pipelines, said this week that the U.S. should establish mandatory cybersecurity standards for pipelines similar to those in the electricity sector.

“Simply encouraging pipelines to voluntarily adopt best practices is an inadequate response to the ever-increasing number and sophistication of malevolent cyber actors,” said FERC Chairman Richard Glick.

“We definitely have to look at it,” Granholm said Friday, adding that pipeline organizations have voluntary standards. “Even though it may be privately owned, the public uses it. So I think we have to look at that, making sure that they abide by the latest and greatest.”

John Stoody, a spokesman for the Association of Oil Pipe Lines, declined to comment on Glick’s proposal. The industry historically has opposed government mandates on cybersecurity.

The ransomware attack should play a role as Congress considers Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure proposal, Granholm said.

“Obviously pipelines should be considered part of that,” she said. “Cybersecurity should be considered part of that. Energy infrastructure, including transmission grids, should be part of that. We need to upgrade across the board, and hopefully there will be some interest in a bipartisan fashion to see an upgrade in the nation’s infrastructure.”

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IRS to the rescue? Tax audits eyed for infrastructure cash

Republicans say they won’t raise taxes on corporations. Democrats say they won’t raise taxes on people making less than $400,000 a year. So who is going to pay for the big public works boost that lawmakers and President Joe Biden say is necessary for the country?

Enter the IRS

Biden is proposing that Congress build up the depleted and often-maligned agency, saying that a more aggressive collection of unpaid taxes could help cover the cost of his multitrillion-dollar plan to boost infrastructure, families and education. More resources to boost audits of businesses, estates and the wealthy would raise $700 billion over 10 years, the White House estimates.

It’s just the latest idea emerging in the bipartisan talks over an infrastructure bill, which saw Biden huddle at the White House this week with congressional leaders and a group of Republican senators. The GOP senators, touting a $568 billion infrastructure plan of their own, said they were “encouraged” by the discussion with Biden, but all sides acknowledged that how to pay for the public works plan remains a difficult problem.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Biden brought up his IRS proposal as he met Wednesday with the top four congressional leaders.

“My understanding is it’s at least $1 trillion, it could be a trillion-and-quarter, a trillion-and-a-half dollars of illegally, unpaid taxes in the country,” Pelosi said. “Part of the answer is to beef up the IRS so they could take in those taxes, and that’s a big chunk. That could go a long way.”

She was referring to the tax gap, which is the difference between taxes paid and taxes owed. In a politically charged climate, there isn’t agreement on how big the tax gap is, let alone how much of it could be captured. But it’s a tantalizing target for lawmakers, raising the potential to raise hundreds of billions in revenue without needing to raise taxes at all.

The question is how big the tax gap really is — and how much it can realistically be closed.

The Internal Revenue Service has estimated the tax gap is $440 billion per year. But IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig stunned his audience at a recent Senate hearing when he offered a new number: about $1 trillion annually.

The old estimates don’t take into account the recent boom in income made by self-employed “gig” workers, which can be underreported, concealed offshore income and the rising use of cryptocurrency, which makes it hard for the IRS to identify taxpayers in third-party transactions, experts say.

The $1 trillion figure “is not crazy. That’s totally possible,” says Steve Wamhoff, director of federal tax policy at the left-leaning Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

But Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho, the senior Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, called it “speculation.” And he’s worried it could push the IRS toward overzealous enforcement.

“It would be detrimental if IRS efforts do not strike the appropriate balance between taxpayer responsibilities and taxpayer rights,” Crapo told Rettig in a letter this week.

The IRS has been on the losing end of congressional funding fights in recent years, taking a cut of about 20% since 2010, adjusting for inflation, even as its responsibilities have grown. Biden’s new spending proposals include an extra $80 billion over 10 years to bolster IRS audits of upper-income individuals and corporations.

But some experts say bolstered audits could fall far short of a $700 billion windfall. The Penn Wharton Budget Model, a research organization associated with the University of Pennsylvania, projects the proposed spending on IRS collection efforts would bring in about $480 billion from 2022 to 2031.

In selling its plan, the White House has emphasized what it describes as fixing a “two-tiered system of tax administration” in the U.S. While regular workers pay taxes on the wages they earn, some wealthy taxpayers find ways to maneuver around them.

Those with annual incomes under $25,000 are audited at a higher rate (0.69%) than those with incomes up to $500,000 (0.53%), according to IRS data. Taxpayers who receive the earned-income tax credit, which applies mainly to low-income workers with children, are audited at a higher rate than all but the very wealthiest filers. The audit rate for millionaires plunged from 8.4% in 2010 to 2.4% in 2019.

The IRS rejects the notion of unfair audit treatment, saying that critics have misinterpreted the data. Rettig bristled at the suggestion at the Senate hearing. High-income taxpayers “are audited more than any other taxpayer,” he said, at a rate over 8% for those earning more than $10 million.

So far, Republicans are only ruling out revisiting the 2017 tax cuts that they passed without any Democratic support. How much they are willing to boost the IRS as part of an infrastructure bill remains to be seen. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said Republicans would rather finance infrastructure through user fees such as tolls and gasoline taxes.

But after pushing the agency’s steep budget cuts over the past decade, it would be a remarkable shift for the GOP to back the kind of sustained investment in the IRS that Biden is talking about — and that experts say is necessary to narrow the tax gap.

Republican lawmakers with control over funding for the IRS have long accused it of overreaching into ordinary taxpayers’ lives. Their hostility toward the IRS exploded into outrage in 2013 during the Obama administration, when the agency admitted having targeted conservative tea party groups with heightened, often burdensome scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, wrote in his home state newspaper, the Des Moines Register, that he’s not opposed to closing the tax gap, but he has concerns about the scope of the White House’s efforts.

“Instead of promising a chicken in every pot, Biden’s plan promises an auditor at every kitchen table,” Grassley wrote.

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Intense rocket barrages disrupt southern Israel; 7 Gazans killed in IAF strikes

Cities and communities in southern Israel faced an intense barrage of rockets overnight Friday-Saturday, with several heavy waves of projectile fire targeting Ashkelon, Ashdod, Beersheba, Sderot and the surrounding areas.

The bombardment came as the Israeli military continued to strike numerous targets in the Gaza Strip since midnight, taking out rocket-launching sites, terror cells and a Hamas intelligence center, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

One of the rockets fired from Gaza in the middle of the night made a direct hit on an apartment building in Ashdod, while another landed in the Ashdod port, hitting a fuel reservoir and causing a massive explosion that sent huge flames into the night sky. No injuries were immediately reported in either incident.

Some of the rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system while others landed in open areas.

Earlier in the night, at least seven Palestinians were reported killed, including children, when an airstrike hit a three-story building in the al-Shati refugee camp in the Palestinian enclave.

Hamas, the terror group that rules the Palestinian enclave, reported the number is likely to rise as efforts to recover casualties from under the rubble of the house on the edge of al-Shati refugee camp were still ongoing. There was no immediate update from the Hamas-run Health Ministry.

There was also no immediate response from the IDF, which said earlier that it was continuing to target rocket-launching sites.

Late Friday night, the IDF released a video showing an airstrike on the office of Hamas internal security chief Tawdiq Abu Naim. The army said the building was used to run Hamas military operations.

Palestinian terrorists in Gaza have fired over 2,000 rockets toward Israel since the outbreak of fighting on Monday, according to the Israel Defense Forces. Ten Israelis, including a young child, have been killed in the rocket fire, and hundreds have been injured.

In Gaza, the toll from the fighting climbed to over 100 on Friday, including dozens of children, with 950 wounded, according to the Hamas-run health ministry. The Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror groups have confirmed 20 deaths in their ranks, though Israel says that number is much higher.

A diplomatic source familiar with efforts to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas said Friday that the sides could come to an agreement within days, amid intensive efforts to halt nearly a week of deadly conflict. The source, who spoke to The Times of Israel on condition of anonymity, said mediators had expressed cautious optimism for a halt within days.

The assessment among negotiators was based on experience brokering ceasefires to end previous rounds of violence between the sides and a “clear reading of the room,” the diplomat said.

Hamas political leader Khaled Mashaal told a Turkish news agency Friday that the Gaza terror group is ready for a ceasefire but has not received a response from Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday that Israel had no plans to relent in its attacks against Hamas in Gaza, as the military kept up its bombardment of terrorists in the Palestinian enclave and rockets rained down on Israeli cities.

“I said we would strike Hamas and other terror groups with significant blows, and we are doing so,” Netanyahu said. “Hamas leaders think they can escape from our grasp. They cannot escape. We can reach them everywhere — all of [Hamas’s] people and we will continue to do so.”

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Celebrating Our Heroes on Armed Forces Day

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Every third Saturday in May, America comes together to celebrate Armed Forces Day in honor of the brave men and women who serve in the U.S. military.

May 15, 2021 is the 71st anniversary of the establishment of Armed Forces Day. This commemorative holiday was established by President Harry Truman in 1950 following the passage of the National Security Act in 1947.

At the end of World War II and the onset of the Cold War, the United States Congress and the Truman administration recognized that an overhaul of our national security, intelligence, and defense apparatuses were needed for America to defeat the expanding threat of communism. The National Security Act established the National Security Council, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of Defense, and the Department of the Air Force. It also unified and restructured the U.S. military by moving the War Department, Navy Department, and Air Force under the direction of the new Department of Defense.

To recognize the unification of America’s forces under the National Security Act, the establishment of the joint Armed Forces Day was announced by Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson on Aug. 31, 1949. President Truman issued a Presidential Proclamation on Feb. 27, 1950 that created the first Armed Forces Day.

Truman’s Presidential Proclamation declared, “Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20, 1950, marks the first combined demonstration by America’s defense team of its progress, under the National Security Act, towards the goal of readiness for any eventuality. It is the first formal procession of preparedness by the unified forces of our land, sea, and air defense.”

The establishment of Armed Forces Day marks the modernization of the command of the U.S. military—the greatest military force in the world. Since the Continental Army was formed in 1775, the U.S. military has significantly grown and evolved to meet modern challenges. Over the past 246 years, the valiant men and women of the U.S. military have confronted the most dangerous threats to America, our freedoms, and our values. Our military men and women at home and abroad today carry on the legacy of the American heroes who won our independence from the British, defeated fascism in Europe, defied the expansion of communism, and confronted radical terrorism in the Middle East.

It is because of the dedication, hard work, and commitment of the U.S. military that America stands ready to meet any challenge. With the establishment of the Space Force as the 7th military branch in 2019, the U.S. military is equipped to continue to defend against threats to the United States that may emerge in the 21st century and beyond.

The security of our freedom, democracy, and homeland are made possible through the selfless courage, patriotism, and sacrifice of the American heroes in the U.S. armed forces. We invite you to join us in thanking the members of our U.S. military on this Armed Forces Day. May God continue to bless our American military heroes and their families.

From Gingrich360.com.

Newt Gingrich, a Republican, served as House speaker from 1995 to 1999 and ran as a presidential candidate in 2012.

Callista Louise Gingrich is a businesswoman, author, documentary film producer, and diplomat who served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See from 2017 to 2021.

Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

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Chileans choose assembly to draft a new constitution

The face of a new Chile begins taking shape this weekend as the South American country elects 155 people to draft a constitution to replace one that has governed it since being imposed during a military dictatorship.

Nearly 80% of voters in a plebiscite last year chose to draft a new charter for the nation following a year of protests, though there is much less consistent agreement over what it should contain.

Activist groups have mobilized in hopes of enshrining equality for women, protections for the environment, for Indigenous people, for or against the right to abortion. Conservatives hope to maintain a dominant private sector and rules making it hard to pass major reforms in the legislature.

Their ability to get any strong clauses may be limited, though: Two-thirds agreement is required, so any bloc that can muster a third of the votes in the constitutional convention can block any clause.

The governing center-right coalition and other conservative parties are running a single slate in the two-day voting, while the left and center-left are divided.

The document that emerges from the wrangling will go to a public vote in mid-2022. If rejected, the current constitution will remain in force.

The makeup of the body reflects a wave of revulsion against the current political system that was obvious during unrest that spread across the nation in late 2019, with a grab-bag of protests against increased taxi fares, inadequate pensions and health care, poor schools and general inequality in one of Latin America s richest nations.

Members of congress are barred from the convention and by law half of the body must consist of women — the first time any constitution has been drafted in conditions of gender parity, according to the United Nations

“I don’t believe in the current politicians. …It’s the hour for us, for all who have been fighting for a most just country, to be part of the change,” said candidate Natalia Aravena, a 26-year-old nurse who lost an eye during the the recent wave of protests.

Seventeen seats are reserved for Indigenous peoples, who are not mentioned in the existing constitution.

The left, especially, has long detested Chile’s current constitution, which was written and imposed under the 1973-1990 military dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet

That document, which created a strong presidency and guarantees protections for private property, has guided the nation through a period of overall prosperity but also of intense inequality. It also gives broad powers to security forces that civil libertarians see as excessive.

The old constitution was amended over the years, notably with the 2005 repeal of an article that had allowed appointed senators and senators for life in Congress.

The vote originally was scheduled for April, but was delayed by an upsurge of COVID-19 cases. Overall, Chile has been among the countries most successful at vaccinating its population, with nearly 60% of Chileans getting at least one dose, though most of the country’s districts remain under some sort of pandemic restrictions.

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Walmart to End Mask Requirement for Vaccinated Customers, Employees

Walmart will no longer require its customers and employees to wear masks inside stores as long as they are fully vaccinated starting next Tuesday, according to a report by the Hill.

The company’s decision comes the day after new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were announced, saying, “fully vaccinated Americans can go without masks in most settings, including indoors.”

The announcement came as a memo to employees on Friday, stating, “customers can shop without a mask effectively immediately, and associates will not need to wear a mask to work starting Tuesday.”

Walmart did not indicate how the store would be able to check if customers or its associates are fully vaccinated, according to the report. The retail chain did say they will “continue to request that non-vaccinated customers and members wear face coverings in our stores and clubs,” additionally adding, “[w]e will update the signage in our facilities to reflect this.”

The Hill reported the memo did mention “fully vaccinated” is “two weeks following the second Pfizer or Moderna dose or two weeks following the single Johnson & Johnson dose.”

Walmart has also said in their memo, the company will now “review and update guidance about mask mandates for ‘certain job codes for health and sanitation purposes’ depending on local requirements.”

The memo read:

Masks will also continue to be required by some city and state ordinances, and we will follow those requirements. There may also be local conditions, regulatory changes or laws that affect our guidance. We will be communicating with your local store, club or facility management team as regulations change so they can keep you informed.

According to the report, the retail giant also said, “employees would receive $75 as a ‘thank you’ if they got vaccinated,” adding, the employees would “need to show proof they have been vaccinated starting on Tuesday and $75 will be added to their paycheck.”

Popular grocery store chain, Trader Joe’s, also announced Friday they will no longer require customers to wear masks but suggested “customers to follow the guidance of health officials, including, as appropriate, CDC guidelines that advise customers who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear masks while shopping,” according to the report.

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Have you recently received a CV 19 VX in NZ? Please consider reporting any adverse reactions, you don’t need a Dr to do it for you

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Have you recently received a Covid 19 vaccination in New Zealand? Have you experienced a reaction to your vaccination; or developed a new medical condition in the weeks after your vaccination?
Has someone you know, received the covid 19 vaccination and passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in the weeks following the vaccination? All of these events may potentially be linked in some way with the vaccination.
In New Zealand we have a voluntary reporting system for vaccine adverse events. It is called CARM or the Centre for Adverse Reaction Monitoring. Less than 5% of all injuries and reactions are ever reported to this system.
In New Zealand the Pfizer Covid 19 vaccine has only PROVISIONAL CONSENT for use. There are still 58 provisions for which Medsafe requires further information from Pfizer. Many of these conditions relate to safety, potential adverse reactions and dangers; and vaccine purity questions. It is very important that ALL adverse reactions to this new vaccine are reported for safety monitoring.
There is no medium and long term safety data for this vaccine. Safety trials are not due to be completed for another two years.
Reporting adverse reactions is a vital part of building a clear picture of immediate and potential risks for this novel vaccine.
If YOU have a reaction after your vaccination it is also VITAL for YOU to report your reaction. If there is a longer term decline in your health, you will be expected to apply to ACC for financial support. If you have not reported your original vaccine reaction, you will be at a significant disadvantage.
YOU CAN REPORT YOUR REACTION YOURSELF ONLINE. YOU DO NOT NEED A DOCTOR TO AGREE TO DO IT FOR YOU.

Please report your Adverse reaction to CARM online at:
https://nzphvc.otago.ac.nz/reporting/

We also have a New Zealand Citizens database, created by lawyer Sue Grey, in response to her awareness of under reporting to CARM. This confidential data base builds a community wide picture of sickness, injury or deaths post Covid 19 vaccination in New Zealand. After reporting to CARM, please also complete an online report to this Citizens data base at:
www.kti.org.nz
https://kti.org.nz/?cat=27

Please help to keep other New Zealanders safe by reporting your reactions, and allowing more accurate data collection for safety monitoring.

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NZ employees are being bullied to take the jab – if you’re experiencing this, consider reporting (info supplied)

From Voices For Freedom fb page & website

(An excellent resource keeping you informed EWR)

“Another day and more emails from concerned medical professionals and students. 👩‍⚕️🧑‍⚕️👩‍⚕️🧑‍⚕️The situation described in today’s story is far from unique. Bullying and harassment appear to be rife in this industry. 🙁 We think these are tales worth sharing and if you agree, please pass them on to those in your networks – share, share, SHARE! 📨And if you or a friend has a story to tell of their experience with coercion, harassment, or injury, please get in touch. Use the subject line MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL in your email to us at: support.voicesforfreedom@protonmail.comIf you’ve had enough of the madness and fancy some sanity remember to sign up to our mailing list too.” www.voicesforfreedom.co.nz/join-us

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Israel may begin vaccinating 12- to 15-year-olds by end of May

Israel may begin vaccinating young teens aged 12 to 15 as soon as the end of this month, after the US Food and Drug Administration gave its approval this week of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children of those ages.

The Israeli Health Ministry began preparing for the vaccination drive, with Channel 13 reporting on Friday that an expert panel from the ministry held discussions with senior Pfizer officials and decided unanimously to recommend giving the jab to kids aged 12 to 15. The official approval to launch the vaccination campaign is set to be given in the next 10 days, Channel 13 reported, citing senior Health Ministry officials.

The ministry is said to be waiting for the final results of a clinical study for the vaccine and any related side effects.

On Tuesday, the ministry said that Director-General Chezy Levy was holding meetings and consultations with relevant professional bodies, representatives of health management organizations, and pediatric doctor associations to prepare for the expansion of the ongoing national vaccination drive to include those aged 12-15.

The ministry’s epidemic treatment team “will hold discussions on the matter, addressing the issue of efficacy and safety, and will submit their recommendation to the Health Ministry,” the statement said.

In addition, the ministry said it was holding talks with HMOs, which are administering the bulk of vaccine shots given to the public, to prepare to launch the campaign.

On Monday the FDA declared that the Pfizer vaccine is safe and offers strong protection for younger teens based on testing of more than 2,000 US volunteers ages 12 to 15. The study found no cases of COVID-19 among fully vaccinated adolescents compared to 18 among kids given dummy shots. More intriguing, researchers found the kids developed higher levels of virus-fighting antibodies than earlier studies measured in young adults.

The younger teens received the same vaccine dosage as adults and had the same side effects, mostly sore arms and flu-like fever, chills or aches that signal a revved-up immune system, especially after the second dose.

Israel has already purchased millions of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines in preparation for inoculating children, as well as to cover any future booster shots that may be needed.

The country’s inoculation drive, already available to anyone 16 and up, has vaccinated over half the population and is credited with being a key reason daily new coronavirus infections have dropped from thousands at the beginning of the year to just dozens.

On Thursday, there were just 30 new COVID-19 cases, according to Health Ministry figures released Friday.

The total number of active patients was given at 775, a level lower than any seen in over a year. There were 68 patients in serious condition.

Since the start of the outbreak in the country, 839,076 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and 6,379 have died of the disease.

So far, 5,094,242 Israelis have had both doses of the vaccination, and 5,430,9211 have had at least the first shot.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Sea World Stands by Dolphin Breeding

Sea World is now the only place in Australia breeding dolphins in captivity. The RSPCA says it must stop but the park says parenthood is good for its dolphins.

When a small NSW tourist park volunteered last year to stop breeding dolphins, Sea World suddenly found itself alone.

The Queensland attraction is now the only one in Australia breeding dolphins in captivity, something the RSPCA says cannot be justified and should be outlawed.

But Sea World has no plans to halt its managed breeding program, saying it makes an enormous contribution to the welfare of the dolphins it keeps.

And the Queensland government says it won’t be following NSW, which last year banned captive dolphin breeding.

It was imposed after NSW’s sole remaining operator—the Dolphin Marine Conservation Park at Coffs Harbour—said it would no longer engage in the practice.

Further breeding was never really on the cards because the park’s three remaining dolphins—all born at the park—are related. But what the ban has done is effectively end the use of dolphins for entertainment in NSW.

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Dolphin at Sea World, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia on Aug. 21. 2005. (Figaro/Wikimedia Commons)

It has long been illegal in Australia to capture wild dolphins for commercial purposes and without permission to breed, any new operator in NSW would be unable to maintain a captive population.

Sea World, on Queensland’s Gold Coast, is now entirely alone in terms of Australian captive dolphin breeding programs linked to commercial enterprise.

Every year, millions of tourists pay to visit the park which offers adrenaline-pumping rides alongside opportunities to learn about and interact with a range of animals, including its 27 dolphins.

Visitors can also watch dolphins perform in shows and pay extra to swim with them.

Without doubt, some of the dolphins now on show would not be alive had Sea World not rescued and nursed them back to health and given them a home.

Take RAAF, for example. He was found as a young calf, badly sunburnt and stranded on the high tide mark at Evans Head in NSW.

After weeks of care he recovered but could not be released because he never learned how to survive in the wild.

But Sea World also breeds the two species it keeps—the offshore bottlenose dolphin and inshore bottlenose dolphin neither of which is endangered or threatened.

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Sea World Dolphin Show in Gold Coast, Australia, on April 8, 2020. (Sheba_Also/Wikimedia Commons)

The RSPCA says given the health of wild bottlenose dolphin populations there are no grounds to continue captive breeding.

“Young dolphins should not be born and raised in an artificial environment, and be destined to live for several decades in pools and tanks where space is limited and the opportunity to express many natural behaviours is denied,” it wrote last year in a submission to a NSW parliamentary inquiry into the exhibition of cetaceans.

Wayne Phillips has been Sea World’s head of marine sciences for the past two years and says “conservation education” and animal welfare are the main reasons the park breeds dolphins.

“These animals are ambassadors for their species. We see a strong role for zoological facilities in educating the public and maintaining that connection to nature,” he told AAP.

He says Sea World’s dolphins also have richer lives thanks to breeding.

“Just like grandkids, they bring a whole zest and life to any household. We’re not going to remove something that’s positive for the animals.”

The last birth was about two years ago and reproduction is carefully managed to ensure the three-dolphin lagoon systems aren’t over populated. Generally that means keeping males and females apart, and occasionally the use of contraception.

If a pregnancy is desired, only non-related animals are paired.

Phillips also points to welfare initiatives including regular independent evaluations and continuously gathered data on key indicators such as appetite and willingness to participate in activities.

But critics say as long as Sea World has permission to breed, it has a guaranteed supply chain. Of its 27 dolphins, 19 were bred there.

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Sea World employees arrive for work in Gold Coast, Australia on June 26, 2020. (Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Animal Justice Party MP Emma Hurst was deputy chair of the NSW cetaceans inquiry and is among those demanding a Queensland ban on breeding.

She says the state government is in denial about the inevitable death of dolphin parks and fading public appetite for seeing intelligent, social animals confined in artificial environments.

“Bans on the use of cetaceans in entertainment are occurring globally, with France and Canada recently introducing bans. Queensland’s lack of action is becoming a global embarrassment,” she says.

“A dolphin born into captivity could live for up to 50 years. What will happen to a dolphin born into captivity today —in 30 or 40 years’ time—if they are no longer profitable?”

Isabella Clegg is an independent animal welfare expert Sea World pays to assess its efforts.

“From the data I’ve collected at Sea World for the past two years, I believe most of their cetaceans are in good welfare, most of the time,” she says.

Evidence suggests being able to reproduce is good for captive dolphins, she adds.

“The presence of young dolphins in the group … increases positive social behaviour in adults, gives the opportunity for females to experience very close social bonds and reduces male coercive behaviour to female.”

Clegg says the question of whether dolphins should be allowed to reproduce in captivity is an ethical one that feeds into the broader issue of whether there is public support for the continuation of dolphin facilities.

“I don’t believe that public opinion is clear (on that),” she says.

“Ultimately, the continuation of aquaria and marine parks should be debated in the same light as all zoos.

“I believe the Queensland government and others need to look at whether and how having wild animals on public display supports or does not support education and conservation of nature.”

In Queensland, Sea World’s dolphins are covered by the Exhibited Animals Act, which falls into the portfolio of Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Mark Furner.

He told AAP a ban on breeding wasn’t under consideration and the act ensures risks to animal welfare are “mitigated or minimised.”

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Hong Kong Freezes Listed Shares of Media Tycoon Jimmy Lai Under Security Law

HONG KONG—Hong Kong authorities on Friday froze assets belonging to jailed media tycoon Jimmy Lai, including all shares in his company, Next Digital—the first time a listed firm has been targeted by national security laws in the financial hub.

Also among assets targeted were the local bank accounts of three companies owned by him, Hong Kong’s Secretary for Security John Lee said in a government statement.

The statement, issued after the market close, said Lee had issued notices “in writing to freeze all the shares of Next Digital Limited held by (Jimmy) Lai Chee-ying, and the property in the local bank accounts of three companies owned by him”.

Lai was sentenced to 14 months in prison for taking part in unauthorized assemblies during pro-democracy protests in 2019.

He faces three alleged charges under a sweeping new national security law imposed by Beijing, including collusion with a foreign country.

The move against his assets was also made under the security law, which criminalizes acts including subversion, sedition, collusion with foreign forces, and secession with possible life imprisonment.

The decision by authorities to use the law’s powers for the first time to target a Hong Kong listed company could have repercussions for investor sentiment.

There have been signs of capital flight since the law was imposed last June, to foreign countries including Canada, according to government agencies, bankers, and lawyers.

Clampdown

Beijing said it imposed the law on the former British colony to restore order after months of pro-democracy, anti-China protests in 2019.

However, critics say the law has been used by China’s communist leaders to suppress freedoms and pro-democracy campaigners—scores of whom have been arrested and jailed, or have fled into exile.

The chief executive officer of Next Digital, Cheung Kim-hung, told the Apple Daily that Lai’s frozen assets had nothing to do with the bank accounts of Next Digital, and that their operations and finances would not be affected.

The firm’s employees pledged to continue to “uphold their duty and keep reporting,” in a statement posted on the Facebook page of Next Digital’s trade union.

Under Hong Kong stock exchange filings, Lai is Next Digital’s major shareholder and holds 71.26 percent of shares that were worth around HK$350 million ($45 million) based on Friday’s closing share price.

The value of the other “property” assets frozen by the authorities was not immediately clear.

Next Digital runs the Apple Daily, Hong Kong’s most influential pro-democracy newspaper that has long been a thorn in the side of Hong Kong and Chinese authorities.

Senior Hong Kong officials have recently warned Apple Daily about its coverage and have spoken of the possible introduction of a “fake news” law. Critics say this is all part of an ongoing crackdown on the city’s media.

The Taiwan arm of Apple Daily said on Friday it would stop publishing its print version, blaming declining advertising revenue and more difficult business conditions in Hong Kong linked to politics.

($1 = 7.7658 Hong Kong dollars)

By Twinnie Siu and Jessie Pang

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Let Them Eat Bugs

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Don’t mention Ivermectin; it’ll upset the vaccine rollout, by Andrew Bannister

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Ivermectin has boatloads more clinical and experimental verification for its effectiveness against Covid-19 and its safety than any of the vaccines. From Andrew Bannister at biznews.com:

What if there was a cheap drug, so old its patent had expired, so safe that it’s on the WHO’s lists of Essential and Children’s Medicines, and used in mass drug administration rollouts? What if it can be taken at home with the first signs COVID symptoms, given to those in close contact, and significantly reduce COVID disease progression and cases, and far fewer few people would need hospitalisation?

The international vaccine rollout under Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) would legally have to be halted. For an EUA to be legal, “there must be no adequate, approved and available alternative to the candidate product for diagnosing, preventing or treating the disease or condition.” The vaccines would only become legal once they passed level 4…

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Democrat Senator for Amazon’s Home State Seeks $10B Giveaway for Jeff Bezos’ Space Company

Sen. Maria Cantwell, a Democrat who represents the state of Washington where Amazon’s world headquarters is located, is pushing for NASA to reopen a competition for third-party contractors to build its next lunar lander, after Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin lost out to Elon Musk’s SpaceX in the competition for the contract last month.

Earlier this week, Sen. Cantwell proposed an amendment to the Endless Frontier Act, a bill that funds NASA’s Artemis Program, to land U.S. astronauts on the moon within the next five years.

The amendment would force NASA to reopen the competition for a lunar landing contract and allow the agency to use up to $10 billion of its budget to select a second lunar lander contractor.

This comes after Blue Origin, the space exploration company founded by Amazon co-founder Jeff Bezos, lost out to SpaceX last month.

If Sen. Cantwell’s amendment is successful, it would mean almost $10 billion in taxpayer funds could go to the company owned by Bezos, the richest man in the world. Cantwell represents the State of Washington, where Amazon is headquartered, and the tech monopoly has given her $59,000 in the 2020 election cycle alone.

Via the Verge:

A senior lawmaker proposed a controversial piece of legislation on Wednesday that directs NASA to pick a second company to build the agency’s next Moon landers — in addition to Elon Musk’s SpaceX, which was awarded a $2.9 billion NASA contract to build a lander earlier this year. The bill hasn’t passed the full Senate yet, but it marks a new front in an ongoing effort to overturn or rejig NASA’s decision. It also sets up the first political challenge for NASA’s new administrator, former Sen. Bill Nelson.

NASA’s choice of SpaceX last month to build the agency’s first lunar lander since 1972 spawned a wave of opposition from some lawmakers and the two losing companies in the running: Jeff Bezos’ space firm Blue Origin and Dynetics. Those companies lodged formal protests against NASA’s decision, triggering a procedural pause on SpaceX’s new contract. Among other things, the protests maintain that NASA should have picked two firms instead of one.

Amid a lobbying effort from Blue Origin, those calls have found their way into a NASA authorization bill, proposed as an amendment to the Endless Frontier Act by Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), chair of the Senate Commerce Committee overseeing NASA. Cantwell represents Blue Origin’s home state of Washington. Under Cantwell’s language, NASA would be required to reopen the competition within 30 days and allow it to use $10 billion of its budget to pick a second lunar lander provider.

Under the terms of last month’s agreement, SpaceX is the sole contractor for NASA’s next two flights to the moon. These flights would use Starship, the company’s reusable rocket system. Bezos’ Blue Origin has received hundreds of millions of dollars in NASA and defense grants, despite never reaching orbit with a spacecraft.

Allum Bokhari is the senior technology correspondent at Breitbart News. He is the author of #DELETED: Big Tech’s Battle to Erase the Trump Movement and Steal The Election.

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Anti-Israel protesters in Vienna chant about a massacre of Jews

Some 2,500 protesters in Austria against Israel’s actions in Gaza chanted about a massacre of Jews during a rally Thursday, Der Standard reported.
Meanwhile, in England, an antisemitic slogan about Palestine was painted on the door of a synagogue.
Eight people in Israel have died and at least 119 in Gaza since Hamas and Israeli troops began exchanging fire Sunday.
In Vienna, Austria’s capital, a man leading chants in Arabic with a loudspeaker shouted “Jews, remember Khaybar, the army of Muhammad is returning.” Multiple demonstrators repeated the chant.
The cry relates to an event in the seventh century when Muslims massacred and expelled Jews from the town of Khaybar, located in modern-day Saudi Arabia.
In the city of Norwich, situated about 120 miles northeast of London, the words: “Kike-free Raleshne” — possibly an attempt to write Palestine — were spray-painted on the door of the local synagogue Thursday night, The Jewish Chronicle of London reported Friday.
Local police have stepped up patrols in the area following the incident, which they are classifying as criminal damage, the paper reported.

In Germany, police stopped about 200 people on Wednesday from approaching a synagogue in Gelsenkirchen, with many in the rally shouting “shitty Jews,” and Israeli flags were burned in front of two other synagogues this week.

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The Age of Fear: A Graduation Message for Terrifying Times, by John W. Whitehead and Nisha Whitehead

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Some good advice, and not just for graduates, from John W. Whitehead and Nisha Whitehead at rutherford.org:

“Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.”—Hermann Goering, Nazi leader

With all that is crashing down upon us, from government-manipulated crises to the blowback arising from a society that has repeatedly prized technological expedience and mass-marketed values over self-ownership and individual sovereignty, those coming of age today are facing some of the greatest threats to freedom the world has ever witnessed.

It’s downright frightening.

Young people will find themselves overtaxed, burdened with excessive college debt, and struggling to find worthwhile employment in a debt-ridden…

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Saturday, May 15, 2021: Epoch Crossword

‘Alternatives to topsoils’, ‘Barely audible’, ‘Deviate’, ‘Odd characteristics’, ‘Chill’, ‘Indian honorific’, ‘Canola oil source’, ‘Stepson of Claudius’, ‘New Horizons, e.g.’,. ‘Company’s receivables’, and ‘Unselfishly’ are some of the clues in this crossword puzzle from the August 5, 2020 edition of The Epoch Times newspaper. Weekends will have past puzzles since the newspaper does not have new puzzles on the weekends.

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