Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu angered Palestinians and their defenders Friday after presenting a map of “The New Middle East” without Palestine during his speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Speaking to a largely empty chamber, Netanyahu – whose far-right government is widely considered the most extreme in Israeli history – showed a series of maps, including one that did not show the West Bank, East Jerusalem, or Gaza. These Palestinian territories have been illegally occupied by Israel since 1967, with the exception of Gaza – from which Israeli forces withdrew in 2005, while maintaining an economic stranglehold over the densely populated coastal strip.
According to Politico, Speaker Kevin McCarthy has backtracked on his promise to Marjorie Taylor-Greene and other conservatives to keep the Ukraine money out of the “must-pass” defense bill. Will he even be able to bring a “stop-gap” spending bill to the Floor after infuriating the rebels? Also today… Nazis in Canada? Say it ain’t so!
On COI #472, Kyle Anzalone and Connor Freeman cover the latest on the war in Ukraine, the Middle East, and Julian Assange.
Kyle breaks down a report showing Russia’s ammunition production has doubled despite the US-led sanctions blitz, Kiev’s attack on Russian ships in Crimea with Storm Shadow cruise missiles provided by the UK, this week’s meeting between North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un and Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as Australian MPs demanding the US drop their charges against Assange.
Connor discusses upcoming major US-Israeli war drills eyeing Iran, Tel Aviv’s latest bombings in Syria, US backed militias’ continuing clashes in eastern Syria, Washington’s new strategic security pact with Bahrain, plus Tehran’s prisoner swap with Washington and what it means for further diplomatic opportunities with the Islamic Republic.’
During his US visit, Ukraine President Zelensky scored a multi-million dollar bundle of cluster bombs to affix to his US supplied Abrams tanks in his war with Russia.
Over a hundred countries have signed on to the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions which prohibits manufacture, stockpiling, transfer and use of such grotesque weapons. They have a high failure rate upon detonating that end up killing unsuspecting civilians for decades afterwards. The US has not because it needs those cluster bombs to wage perpetual war round the world.
The newly formed alliance of the United States, Japan and South Korea is fueling the growing threat of widespread conflict in the Asia-Pacific region even as the three countries are trying to tout it as a step towards peace and stability. It is no coincidence that President Biden has already stated that such trilateral meetings, as well as joint military exercises, will now be held on an ongoing basis, which actually “ties” Tokyo and Seoul to Washington in military terms, since the new format of cooperation significantly expands the mutual integration of military structures and the parties’ obligations to share intelligence. Under current circumstances, there can be no doubt that the 80,000 American troops stationed in Japan and South Korea will now also remain there permanently.
At the same time, the most alarming symptom indicating the bellicose attitude of the new alliance is the systematic remilitarization of Japan. Hiding behind the potential threat from the DPRK, the state with a “pacifist” constitution has already announced its plans to double military spending over the next 5 years.