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US Pledges $3.3 Billion in Military Aid to Israel, but Cuts Humanitarian Aid to Palestinians

The US House of Representatives passed two separate Israel related bills this week, endorsing what is being described as the largest aid package in American history and the appointment of an international tsar to monitor anti-Semitism and criticism of Israel worldwide. The military aid package of $3.3 billion will be delivered to Israel over the next year. This figure is likely to increase by an additional $550 million as a result of Congress passing a $716 billion defence bill. A further $1 billion has been set aside for the US weapons stockpiles in Israel, which Israel taps into during escalations of violence against the Palestinians and Lebanon. In 2016, the US agreed to give Israel $38 billion in military aid over 10 years.

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China’s Chilling ‘Social Credit System’ Is Straight Out of Dystopian Sci-Fi, And It’s Already Switched On

China’s “Social Credit System” – which is expected to be fully operational by 2020 – doesn’t just monitor the nation’s almost 1.4 billion citizens. It’s also designed to control and coerce them, in a gigantic social engineering experiment that some have called the “gamification of trust”.

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Over 200 feared dead after ferry sinks in Tanzania’s Lake Victoria – govt

A total of 42 people have been confirmed dead after a ferry sank in Tanzania's Lake Victoria, a government official has announced, adding that more than 200 people are actually believed to have drowned. Emergency teams were dispatched to the scene but have halted rescue operations until dawn on Friday, Ukerewe District Commissioner Colonel Lucas Magembe told Reuters.

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California Becomes First State to Regulate Plastic Straws

California became the first state in the U.S. to ban plastic straws in dine-in restaurants Thursday when Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation to that effect, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The law, which will enter into force Jan. 1, prohibits restaurants from providing straws unless a customer requests one. It covers only sit-down eateries, not fast food restaurants, delis or coffee shops.

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Has the Federal Reserve Joined the Deep State in an Attack Against Trump?

This is simply stunning. Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Jay Powell has met or called members of Congress 48 times in his first six months in office, according to a report from Bloomberg News. By contrast, his predecessor, Janet Yellen, who is a shrewd networker, had just

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Senators join activists, shareholders, and tech workers in demanding answers about face surveillance

In recent months the ACLU, Amazon shareholders, Microsoft, activists, scholars, and legislatorshave raised concerns about the use of facial recognition technologies in the United States. Today, despite a total lack of regulation, law enforcement uses face surveillance to identify and track people, private companies use the technology to authenticate customers, and employers use face recognition-driven “sentiment analysis” during the hiring process. People can be arrested, denied access to their flight, and skipped over for a job they are qualified for on the basis of algorithms that have been shown to perform poorly when evaluating dark-skinned women, as opposed to white man. Despite this crisis, we have seen very little action from Congress.

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Amid Renewed Saudi Offensive, 5.2 Million Children in Yemen Now Face Starvation

The “world’s worst humanitarian crisis” is now more dire than ever according to a new report from the U.K.-based charity Save the Children, which warns that 5.2 million children now face starvation in Yemen. The group’s warning comes as the coalition led by Saudi Arabia and supported by the U.K. and the U.S., launched a new campaign to capture the Yemeni port city of Hodeida on Tuesday. Over 90% of Yemen’s food is imported through Hodeida, prompting the charity to warn that any disruption to food and fuel supplies coming through the Hodeida port “could cause starvation on an unprecedented scale.”

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