"Free people can say “no”. Free people can refuse demands for their money, time, and children. Slaves cannot. There is no freedom without the freedom to say “no”. If someone demands that you do something and you can say “no” and refuse to do it, then you are a free human being. If you can be forced to do something or surrender something that you do not wish to, then you are a slave. No other test need be applied" -- Michael Rivero

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by Tyler Durden
Friday, May 24, 2024 - 09:00 PM

A preliminary report produced by Iran's military has found no evidence of criminal activity or foreign interference in last Sunday's helicopter crash that ki

How does this end? With Hamas holding firm and fighting back in Gaza, Israel faces only bad options


The Israeli military said Thursday that its troops continued operating in Gaza’s southern city of Rafah, in central Gaza and in Jabaliya.


Updated 7:10 AM CDT, May 23, 2024 


Israeli forces kill dozens of Palestinians in strikes across Gaza Strip

The attacks come as Israeli ground forces push farther into the overcrowded southern city of Rafah.

Palestinians sit by the rubble of a family house that was hit overnight in an Israeli bombardment in the Tal as-Sultan neighbourhood of Rafah in southern Gaza [AFP]

James W. Carden 

Last Sunday, a helicopter carrying Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, and six others crashed in the mountains of Iran’s East Azerbaijan province. 

Rumors of alleged sabotage echo from Russia. In just two days, in fact, the Sputnik International website, which is financed directly by the Moscow government and therefore represents a privileged mirror on the thoughts and visions of the Kremlin, has published three articles in which the hypothesis of the fatal accident due to bad weather conditions is strongly questioned.

Iran has put on display 162 Achaemenid-era clay tablets that were repatriated from the US last year following a judicial saga.

The tablets, inscribed in Elamite and Aramaic languages, were showcased during a ceremony at the National Museum of Iran on Saturday, on the occasion of International Museum Day.

Senior officials from the region’s various resistance groups have met in the Iranian capital with senior commanders of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

The meeting took place in Tehran on Wednesday with the IRGC’s Chief Commander, Major General Hossein Salami and Commander of the Corps’ Quds Force, Brigadier General Esmail Qa'ani in attendance.

Amidst all the sadness and grief over the loss of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, let’s take a moment to showcase the critical path he helped forge toward a new global order. 

In the nearly three years since Raisi ascended to the Iranian presidency, Eurasian integration and the drive toward multipolarity have become fundamentally conducted by three major actors: Russia, China, and Iran. 

Which, by no accident, are the three top “existential threats” to the hegemonic power.