Rashida Tlaib accused of anti-Semitism for reaction to Biden’s Jewish Sec of State nominee


Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., has reignited accusations of anti-Semitism in response to President-elect Biden’s nominee to become Secretary of State. 

The Biden transition team announced on Monday that Antony Blinken, the former deputy secretary of state during the Obama administration and a foreign policy adviser for Biden, was selected to head the State Department. 

Speculation of Blinken’s nomination was fueling over the weekend, which sparked a reaction from the Michigan Democrat after former Bernie Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir called Biden’s selection a “solid choice.” 

SQUAD MEMBER RASHIDA TLAIB, ACCUSED OF BEING ANTI-SEMITIC, TO SPEAK ON PANEL ABOUT ANTI=SEMITISM

“So long as he doesn’t suppress my First Amendment right to speak out against [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s racist and inhumane policies. The Palestinian people deserve equality and justice,” Tlaib wrote on Sunday night. 

Critics were puzzled by Tlaib’s tweet, many of them suggesting that the reason she invoked Israeli policy was that Blinken is Jewish. 

“Biden names a Jew to his cabinet What’s Rashida’s response?! ‘Welp, as long as that Judische pick doesn’t stop me from focusing my hatred on one country, Israel, then he’s a good Jew!’ It’s not your 1A right you’re trying to protect but your vile Jew-hatred! That’s ALL yours!” Americans Against Antisemitism founder Dov Hikind reacted.

“You can just say you’re worried because he’s Jewish…”  the Republican Jewish Coalition tweeted.

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“The subtext: Blinken is Jewish so, of course, the leading anti-Semite in Congress just wants to ensure that the all-powerful Jew won’t suppress her right to condemn other all-powerful Jews,” radio host Jason Rantz said. 

“You are absolutely free to be as antisemitic, racist, dishonest and hateful as you like Rashida,” author Chad Felix Greene wrote. 

“Would she have said this if the nominee weren’t jewish?” Tablet Magazine associate editor Naom Blum asked. 

The next day, Tlaib followed up her initial tweet condemning the Trump administration’s pro-Israel policy stance.

“Sec. Pompeo has moved to suppress BDS [Boycott, Divest, and Sanction], a peaceful protest movement protected by the 1st Amendment. I hope that Mr. Blinken and President-Elect Biden’s Administration will change course from Trump’s State Department & not target or suppress support of Palestinian human rights,” Tlaib tweeted. 

Rep. Tlaib’s office did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment. 

The outspoken “Squad” member recently raised eyebrows after it was announced she would be participating in an event called “Dismantling Anti-Semitism, Winning Justice,” which is a panel discussion featuring other Israel critics like professor Marc Lamont Hill and writer Peter Beinart. 

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Tlaib was previously criticized by House Republicans after describing the “calm feeling” she experienced when thinking about the Holocaust. However, the congresswoman said her critics were policing and “twisting” her words and defended the comments she made. 

Fox News’ Sam Dorman contributed to this report. 





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Ethiopia conflict: Tigray rebels accused of destroying airport as government issues 72-hour surrender ultimatum | World News


Rebels have attacked an airport in northeast Ethiopia, the country’s state-run media has said, having been given 72 hours to surrender by the prime minister.

Forces from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which have been battling with soldiers deployed by the central government, destroyed an airport in the ancient town of Axum, according to state-affiliated media.

Axum, which lies near the border with Eritrea, 133 miles (214km) north of the regional capital, Mekelle, is a popular tourist draw and UNESCO World Heritage site.

Its history and ruins, including fourth-century obelisks, are what give Ethiopia its claim to be one of the world’s oldest centres of Christianity.

Legend says the town was once home to the Queen of Sheba, who features in both the Bible and the Koran, and that the Ark of the Covenant was once housed in one of its churches.

News of the assault in Axum – reported by the state-affiliated Fana broadcaster – came after Ethiopia’s prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, gave rebels 72 hours to lay down their arms before federal troops attacked Mekelle.

They are currently circling the city at a range of about 30 miles, seemingly ready to strike if the demand is not met by Wednesday.

The threat from the prime minister was a cover for government forces to regroup after a series of defeats, TPLF leader Debretsion Gebremichael told Reuters news agency.

But there was no immediate response from either side to the other’s latest comments, and Reuters could not confirm their statements.

Claims by all sides are hard to verify because phone and internet communication has been taken down in Tigray, a mountainous northern zone of five million people, cutting it off from the world.

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Buses take Ethiopian refugees to a camp inside Sudan

Hundreds, possibly thousands, have been killed in fighting and air strikes that erupted on 4 November, sending about 40,000 refugees into neighbouring Sudan.

The conflict, a long-running power struggle between Addis Ababa and the region’s leaders, has spread beyond Tigray, with the TPLF firing rockets into both the neighbouring Amhara region and across the border to Eritrea.

Some rockets fired into Amhara were targeted at the city of Bahir Dar, the government has said.

The United Nations is among those calling for mediation, but to little avail.

Ethiopian refugees who fled the fighting in the Tigray region gather on the banks of a border river with Sudan
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Ethiopian refugees who fled the fighting in the Tigray region gather on the banks of a border river with Sudan
An Ethiopian fleeing the fighting in Tigray crosses the Setit River to get to Sudan
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An Ethiopian fleeing the fighting in Tigray crosses the Setit River to get to Sudan

Mr Abiy’s government has repeatedly said it is only targeting TPLF leaders and facilities to restore law and order after they rose up against federal troops. It denies hitting civilians.

Its taskforce for the Tigray conflict said in a statement: “Our women and men in uniform have shown great care to protect civilians from harm during the law enforcement operation they have carried out in Tigray so far.”

The TPLF says Mr Abiy has “invaded” its region to dominate it and is inflicting “merciless” damage on Tigrayans.

Mr Gebremichael said in a text message to Reuters on Monday: “We are people of principle and are ready to die in defence of our right to administer our region.”



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Canberra father and son accused of shooting at partygoers with nail guns granted bail


A father and son who allegedly attacked a group of people with nail guns during a party have been granted bail in the ACT Magistrates Court.

Police allege Darko Felding, 49, and Zachary Felding, 20, armed themselves with cordless nail guns and walked down the road from their McCredie Street home in Taylor to another house where a party was being held on Saturday night.

When they arrived around 11:00pm, they allegedly fired a large number of seven-centimetre nails at a group of people standing in the driveway of the home.

A 40-year-old man was allegedly shot in the head at close range.

In a statement of facts tended in court the alleged victim told police he pulled nail out himself before attempting to disarm his attacker.

The court heard, the man and the other partygoers then retreated inside before police arrived.

Police allegedly found the victim with an injury to his forehead “which was bleeding down his face”, and nails out the front of the house with blood on them.

Officers allege that when they went to the defendants’ home, Darko Felding told them there had been a verbal argument earlier in the evening and that “he had gone to sort it out”.

When told that he was under arrest for assault, the father allegedly told police:

Darko Felding: “Assault? Who did I assault?”

Police: “The guy down the road with the nail sticking out of his forehead.”

Darko Felding: “I f***ing hope he’s got a nail sticking out of his head I shot at everyone.”

Darko Felding faced the ACT Magistrates Court his morning charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, act endangering life and possess offensive weapon with intent.

He pleaded not guilty to all three charges and was released on bail. He is due to face court again in February.

Zachary Felding also faced court, charged with affray and possessing an offensive weapon.

He did not enter a plea and was released on bail to face court again next month.



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SA Police launch taskforce to investigate pizza worker accused of lying to contact tracers


South Australian police have formed a taskforce to investigate all of the information provided to the state’s coronavirus contact tracing teams.

The head of the taskforce, Assistant Commissioner Peter Harvey, said it was clear that at least one person had not told the truth.

He said Taskforce Protect was looking at numerous pieces of legislation which may have been breached, including criminal law, the Emergency Management Act or public health acts.

The taskforce was formed a few hours after it was revealed that a man lied about his job at a pizza bar, sparking the unnecessary lockdown of the entire state of South Australia.

He told contact tracers he was a kitchenhand at the Stamford Plaza medi-hotel in Adelaide’s CBD, and that he had only ordered a pizza from the Woodville Pizza Bar, not that he had also worked there.

Police are keeping watch at the Woodville Pizza Bar in Adelaide’s north-west.(ABC News: Simon Christie)

That information — now proven incorrect — led authorities to believe the state was dealing with a more contagious version of coronavirus than initially thought.

Another man worked as a security guard at both the Peppers Waymouth Hotel and the pizza bar, in Adelaide’s north-west.

South Australia’s planned six-day coronavirus lockdown will now be lifted at midnight on Saturday, after the new information was revealed on Friday morning.

There will be 20 detectives on the taskforce.

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South Australian Police Commissioner Grant Stevens and Assistant Commissioner Peter Harvey announced the taskforce.(ABC News: Mahalia Carter)

Premier Steven Marshall said police would look at “all and every avenue to throw the book at this person”.

He said the taskforce was set up to “to look at all and every aspect of the evidence that was provided and the consequences that have ensued from there”.

“… The investigation will give us exactly what the infringement was and we will throw the book at the person.”

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A man looks over deserted Henley Beach South during lockdown as exercise is once again allowed.(ABC Radio Adelaide: Malcolm Sutton)

Neither Police Commissioner Grant Stevens nor Assistant Commissioner Harvey, used the world “lie”, as the Premier had.

But Mr Harvey said police had “a very strong belief that one person has not told the truth”.

Mr Harvey said the investigation would be “thorough and fair” despite the “high emotion” involved.

He would not comment “any other behaviour that may be alleged or suspected” in relation to the owner or managers of the pizza bar, except that it would be investigated.

“I’m confident we’ll get to an answer in a fast time,” he said.

Mr Marshall said he was not sure if the man was a registered employee or whether English was his first language.

He said South Australia’s contact tracers were “better than anywhere” but the Government would look at how the lie got through.

“There’s an issue here, it will be fully investigated and we will get to the bottom of it,” he said.

ABC News has confirmed the pizza bar worker is an adult.



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Observers for Donald Trump are being accused of obstructing the vote recount in Wisconsin



Election officials in Wisconsin’s largest county have accused observers for US President Donald Trump of seeking to obstruct a recount of the presidential results, in some instances by objecting to every ballot tabulators pulled to count.

Mr Trump requested the recount in Milwaukee and Dane counties, both heavily liberal, in hopes of undoing Democrat Joe Biden’s victory by about 20,600 votes.

With no precedent for a recount reversing such a large margin, Mr Trump’s strategy is widely seen as aimed at an eventual court challenge, part of a push in key states to undo his election loss.

A steady stream of Republican complaints in Milwaukee was putting the recount far behind schedule, county clerk George Christenson said.

He said many Trump observers were breaking rules by constantly interrupting vote counters with questions and comments.

“That’s unacceptable. (Some of the Trump observers) clearly don’t know what they are doing,” he said.

At least one Trump observer was escorted out by sheriff’s deputies on Saturday after pushing an election official who had lifted her coat from an observer chair.

Another Trump observer was removed on Friday for not wearing a face mask properly as required.

Trump paid $A4.1 million, as required by state law, for the partial recount that began Friday and must conclude by 1 December.

His team is seeking to disqualify ballots where election clerks filled in missing address information on the certification envelope where the ballot is inserted, even though the practice has long been accepted in Wisconsin.

The campaign also alleges thousands of absentee ballots don’t have proper written paperwork, and that some absentee voters improperly declared themselves “indefinitely confined,” a status that allows them to receive a ballot without photo ID.

Those challenges were being rejected.

There have been at least 31 recounts in statewide elections in the US since the most famous one in Florida’s presidential election in 2000.

The recounts changed the outcome of three races. All three were decided by hundreds of votes, not thousands.



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News Corp accused of using science to promote tobacco products


More smoke and mirrors from Rupert Murdoch, as News Corp gets all “scientific” with Big Tobacco, writes Rhys Muldoon.

WITH PROFITS down, News Corp, like many media companies, has had to find new revenue streams.

Earlier in the year, News Corp lost $1.5 billion in just three months. It was so serious, Rupert Murdoch himself, as executive chairman, decided to forego his entire bonus. And those losses keep climbing.

The Australian, a newspaper that has apparently run at a loss since 2008, according to former editor Chris Mitchell, has just found a new revenue stream – Big Tobacco. News Corp has signed a deal, according to an anonymous source, that is “well into six figures”.

Unsurprisingly, the company involved is Philip Morris. This is “unsurprising” as Rupert Murdoch was on the board of Philip Morris for a mere 12 years or so. And it wasn’t all one-way traffic. Many Philip Morris executives have been on the board of News Corp.

Tobacco advertising has been virtually non-existent for many years. Gone are the days of brands like Black and White (‘5 extra smokes for blokes!’), Escort (‘Join the Escort Club!’) and Virginia Slims (“You’ve got your own cigarette now, baby!”) Now cigarette advertising has to be more discrete. And discrete it is. So discrete, one of the “articles” contains the line ‘While the best thing any smoker can do is quit tobacco and nicotine altogether…’ Sound Okay? Sure.

But it goes on:

It then goes on to berate ‘policymakers, regulators and health authorities’, asking that they listen to ‘…facts, evidence and science-based alternatives…’ You’ve probably guessed it. It’s an ad for e-cigarettes.

While the Murdoch press has regularly been accused of being “anti-science” regarding climate change, science is front and centre with these “articles”.

‘A better future starts with faith in science’ reads the first headline. It then bangs on about how amazing computers are for a while, telling us that knowledge and technology will overcome threats like malware and viruses. Then we get: ‘Australians understand this. Sometimes our politicians don’t.’

We are then informed that:

Uh-huh. We then get into the aforementioned berating of those science hating regulators.

‘Follow science to the moon’. ‘If our minds are open to advances in science, nothing is beyond us’. Thus opens another “article”.

This one is a meditation on science making the impossible possible and how so many of those darned experts got it wrong. Men like Lord Kelvin, who proclaimed: “Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.”

We then are reminded that we went to the moon.

Then the same Philip Morris sponsored research is quoted and we get into an identical argument for e-cigarettes.

We are warned:

This third and final example (don’t worry, there are plenty of others) is headlined: ‘Even car safety copped a belting.’

This one is a poem to the wonders of car safety and how the seatbelt and science have saved many, many lives. ‘In the event of a car accident, the safest place a person can be is in their car with a seatbelt attached.’ Helpful stuff.

Then we get:

And you know what comes next – more berating of government, health authorities and regulators.

This one even goes so far as to add:

All of these “articles” look like regular articles. There is a small mention in grey, stating: ‘Content produced in partnership with Philip Morris’. There is one thing noticeably absent: an author. Where there is normally a by-line, it simply says (in that soft grey) ‘Partner Content’.

It’s not often you see such unabashed praise for science in a Murdoch newspaper, but you certainly do here. It’s the best science money can buy.

Rhys Muldoon is an Independent Australia columnist, actor, writer and director. You can follow Rhys on Twitter @rhysam.

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Jack de Belin sex assault trial: Woman accused of inconsistencies


NRL star Jack de Belin sent his cousin a text message telling him “PS I broke into your apartment last night” hours after he allegedly sexually assaulted a woman at the North Wollongong townhouse, a court has heard.

Mr de Belin, 29, and Callan Sinclair, 23, are standing trial in Wollongong’s District Court where they have pleaded not guilty to five counts of aggravated sexual assault.

The pair have claimed that the then 19-year-old woman consented to sex in the Gipps Street apartment occupied by Mr de Belin’s cousin Jake Lewis.

Mr de Belin’s defence on Tuesday held up the text and claimed it as an inadequacy of the police investigation.

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Mr Lewis’ housemate Troy Martin initially told police that he heard noises in the early hours of December 9, 2018 before going back to sleep.



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Australian accused of promoting alleged $US2.5b BitConnect Ponzi scheme charged


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BitConnect was an online currency platform with a market capitalisation of $US2.5 billion. It held glitzy events around the world that showcased the benefits of investing in its platform, including large seminars in Australia. One video of a conference shows money raining from the sky as the Star Wars theme plays.

BitConnect collapsed in early 2018 wiping out that investment.

Mr Bigatton, from the southern Sydney suburb of Carss Park, is yet to enter a plea. He has been charged with four counts of making a false or misleading statement affecting market participation, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years for each charge. He has also been charged with one count of operating an unlicensed scheme and one count of providing unlicensed financial services.

ASIC alleges Mr Bigatton operated an unlicensed managed investment scheme in Australia as part of the broader BitConnect network.

“ASIC further alleges that during four seminars conducted by Mr Bigatton, he made false or misleading statements which were likely to induce investors to apply for, or acquire, interests in the BitConnect Lending Platform,” ASIC said in a statement.

The matter will return to court on February 2, 2021.

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Man accused of murder to re-appear in Goulburn court | Goulburn Post



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A man accused of murder will re-appear in court after a case conference. READ ALSO: Hume police cycle in more than $6K for charity William Luke Allan, 34, of Glenroy Road in Good Hope, was before Goulburn Local Court on November 11. Allan was accused of murder in relation to an incident that occurred at a property in Good Hope in January, 2020. CHECK OUT: Council puts hard word on owners of overgrown properties Magistrate Geraldine Beattie said a plea offer had been made and both parties would undertake extensive negotiations at an upcoming case conference. Allan will re-appear at Goulburn Local Court on December 16, 2020. READ MORE COURT AND CRIME

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