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I wonder what the Mazars backpeddling on Trump's tax returns will do to Weisselberg.

He was the one who was submitting fake data for Trump's tax returns to Mazars. Ten years of fraud confirmed by a top accounting firm.

Trump may have a legitimate excuse to throw Weisselberg under the bus now, and Weisselberg may be looking forward to losing everything except his moustache. I wonder if this will loosen his tongue.

Navarro subpoenaed. Is he big enough to fall into DU's proverbial "big fish" category?

I know he is fishy enough.

Who has been subpoenaed so far by the Jan. 6 committee?

A pretty impressive list:


On edit: the Committee also sent a letter to Ivanka requesting her testimony "soon".

U.N. defines Holocaust denial, urges social media firms to fight it

The United Nations headquarters building is pictured though a window with the UN logo in the foreground in the Manhattan borough of New York August 15, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

The United Nations headquarters building is pictured though a window with the UN logo in the foreground in the Manhattan borough of New York August 15, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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UNITED NATIONS, Jan 20 (Reuters) - The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday agreed on a definition of denial of the Holocaust, when the Nazis killed 6 million Jews during World War Two, and urged social media companies "to take active measures" to combat antisemitism.

"The General Assembly is sending a strong and unambiguous message against the denial or the distortion of these historical facts," said Germany's U.N. Ambassador Antje Leendertse. "Ignoring historical facts increases the risk that they will be repeated."

The 193-member General Assembly adopted the resolution - drafted by Israel and Germany - without a vote. However, Iran disassociated itself.

More at the link:

Israel says it successfully tests long-range missile defense

Source: AP

Israel said Tuesday it has successfully tested a system designed to intercept ballistic missiles outside the earth’s atmosphere.

The Arrow Weapon System is part of an array of missile defenses Israel has developed in recent years to protect itself in any future conflict with archenemy Iran or regional militant groups, such as the Lebanese Hezbollah or the Palestinian Hamas in the Gaza Strip, both allies of Iran.


The system was developed by Israel Aerospace Industries, a state-run defense firm, in cooperation with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.

“This test was designed to challenge every element of the Arrow Weapon System, and it performed beautifully,” said Vice Adm. Jon Hill, director of the agency. “MDA remains committed to assisting the government of Israel in upgrading its missile defense capability against current and emerging threats.”

Read more: https://apnews.com/article/business-hamas-middle-east-israel-hezbollah-265698ba667ac67f85c3ee090158e765

I demand an apology!

Too many times I've read posts accusing Garland of doing nothing. Then, the posts accusing Garland of only going after small fish followed, the big fish being someone charged with sedition, with all sorts of insinuations following this accusation. The too often expressed reasons for basing these accusations on nothing were along the lines of "if I am wrong, I will apologize, but if I am right, we are fucked".

Well, a lot of people were wrong (and you know who you are). Ten people were just charged with seditious conspiracy. Time to apologize, folks!

But wait, there is more! I want retribution. A nickel for every time I heard "if I am wrong, I will apologize". Donated to DU.

Israel's national library sees Arabic site traffic boom

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's national library says the number of visitors to its Arabic website more than doubled last year, driven by a growing collection of digitized materials and an aggressive outreach campaign to the Arab world.

Around 650,000 users, predominantly from the Palestinian territories, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Algeria, visited the National Library of Israel's English and Arabic sites in 2021, said library spokesman Zack Rothbart.

One of the most heavily trafficked resources on the Arabic website is a newspaper archive with more than 200,000 pages of Arabic publications from Ottoman and British Mandate Palestine, said Raquel Ukeles, head of the library’s collections.

“We have been working on outreach to the Arab world, into the Arabic speaking public here in Israel for over a decade, and we have slowly built up a rich set of resources on our websites," she said. They include the digital newspaper archives, manuscripts, posters, electronic books and music, she said. They are open access, allowing scholars and curious web browsers to visit.

Interesting article in Jerusalem Post:


Iran-Hezbollah help Hamas, Islamic Jihad trounce Israel with propaganda - exclusive
Hamas and Islamic Jihad have become serious propaganda professionals who think carefully about which influence campaigns to invest in.

Iran and Hezbollah are helping Hamas and Islamic Jihad trounce Israel in the broader propaganda war, especially surrounding the Gaza war this past May, according to a report exclusively obtained by The Jerusalem Post.
The report, by Dr. Michael Barak of the The International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) of Reichman University, notes that, “One of the major areas terrorist organizations operate to influence their enemy’s public opinion is propaganda, including an increasing focus on social media.”
In recent years, the Gazan terror groups have “managed to build a body of knowledge and acquire a propaganda tool kit, in large part thanks to mentorship by pro-Iranian media outlets, some of which are controlled by Hezbollah (either in Lebanon or Gaza), or via online guidance by the latter.”
This tool kit, besides social media and propaganda techniques, has also turned Hamas and Islamic Jihad into serious propaganda professionals who think carefully about which influence campaigns to invest in, which to ignore, while constantly analyzing and learning lessons about how to maximize their impact and resources.
“The Iranian regime tries to shape public perception and opinion in the Arab world through the use of ‘soft power’ thinking that this would be best to promote its agenda. The Islamic Radios and Televisions Union (IRTVU) serves as a major channel to deploy the above “soft power,” says the report.
IRTVU was formed in Tehran in June 2007 and it “reports to the Iranian Islamic Culture and Guidance Bureau” as well as serving “as the propaganda arm of Quds Force which is an integral part of IRGC,” the report states.

In fact, in October 2020 the US imposed sanctions on IRTVU “for trying to meddle with the US elections, inter alia via dissemination of disinformation to the American public over the internet and social media to influence their voting.”
The IRTVU’s membership includes over 210 media outlets in 35 countries on five continents.

More at the link

It appears that Hamas' failure to overwhelm Israel's air defenses in the May bombardment campaign has led Iran to rethink the effectiveness of its funding of Hamas' paramilitary infrastructure and instead redirect its resources into a sustained propaganda campaign against Israel's interests worldwide.

Watching Putin teleconferencing with Biden.

He is trying to act smug and self-confident, but he is overdoing it. His hands are betraying his posture. They dance around the objects on the table in abrupt, tense and random, almost involuntary, motions.

Putin is nervous.

Palestinian killed after ramming car into West Bank checkpoint, Israel says

Source: Reuters

JERUSALEM, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian teenager who rammed a car into a military checkpoint in the occupied West Bank on Monday, seriously injuring an Israeli guard, Israel's defence ministry said.

The incident occurred at a roadblock between Israel and the central West Bank near the Palestinian city of Tulkarem.

Speaking at the weekly cabinet meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh accused Israel of "cold-blooded murder".

He gave no details of his own on what transpired at the checkpoint.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/palestinian-killed-after-ramming-car-into-west-bank-checkpoint-israeli-ministry-2021-12-06/
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