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Report: Iran Funding Palestinian Terrorist Attacks On Israel

Reports from various watchdog organizations monitoring foreign media have revealed that Iran is funding the Palestinian terrorist organizations attacking Israel, just a month after it was announced that President Biden intended to lift sanctions on Iran and reinstate the counterproductive Iran nuclear

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WH Press Secretary on Kerry Dealings with Iran: ‘We’re Not Going to Comment on Leaked Tapes’

“No comment” is the Biden administration’s motto, but information regarding former Secretary of State and current Biden administration cabinet member John Kerry is too big, and perhaps too treasonous, to ignore. In leaked recordings obtained by the New York Times and Iran International in London, Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif is heard saying he received intel from John Kerry.

“It was former US Foreign Secretary John Kerry who told me Israel had launched more than 200 attacks on Iranian forces in Syria,” said Zarif. The comments were made by Zarif in a March interview with an Iranian journalist. The interview was supposed to stay concealed until August when President Hassan Rouhani leaves office.

When asked about the very serious matter of a current Biden administration informing Iran about hundreds of covert Israeli attacks, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki only had this to say: “We’re not going to comment on leaked tapes.” The White House has declined any further response.

Experts and politicians are now calling for an investigation “into Kerry’s apparent decision to hand over a U.S. ally’s confidential security information to the Iranian regime” reports Foreign Desk News. Former Secretary of state Mike Pompeo who held Kerry’s position in the Trump administration told The Free Beacon, “before we cut a deal with Iran that reduces Americans’ security, it would be good to know what the arrangement, if any, may have been between these two leaders.”

In a tweet on Monday, Kerry denied all allegations: “I can tell you that this story and these allegations are unequivocally false. This never happened – either when I was Secretary of State or since.” Former U.S. ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said, “this is disgusting on many levels. Biden and Kerry have to answer for why Kerry would be tipping off Iran, the number one sponsor of terror, while stabbing one of our greatest partners, Israel, in the back.”

This is not the first time a suspicious friendly relationship between Kerry and Iran has been publicized. “In February, The Washington Times reported that Kerry and Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley met with Zarif throughout Trump’s presidency in an attempt to subvert Trump’s policy towards Iran” reports Foreign Desk News.

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U.N. Elects Iran And China To Women’s Rights Commission

On Tuesday, the United Nations voted to elect China and Iran to the Commission on the Status of Women, which is “exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.”

Iran is one of the most oppressive countries to women on Earth. According to the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report, Iran ranks 140 out of 144 countries in terms of gender parity. The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security Index ranked Iran 116 out of 153 countries because of their legal discrimination against women.

The Index explains, “legal discrimination is a significant barrier to gender equality in Iran and is among the factors pulling the index rank down to 116. According to the World Bank, there are 23 restrictions against married women in Iranian law, including in applying for a passport, traveling outside the home, choosing where to live, and being head of the household.”

In April 2019, Iran sentenced a human-rights lawyer to 148 lashes and 38 years in prison for defending women’s rights. That same year, three women were sentenced by Iran to a total of 55 years and 6 months in prison for “disrespecting compulsory hijab.”

China, who was also elected to the commission, control the number of children a woman is allowed to have, allowing two children since 2015 after only allowing one child since 1979. China also forcefully sterilizes certain ethnic and racial groups of women to suppress their population.

China, which currently is executing a genocide against Christians and Uygur Muslims, is also a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, which has the responsibility to take action against genocide and other crimes against humanity.

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Residents Need Vaccine To Evacuate Island After Volcano Erupts

On Friday, La Soufriere volcano on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent erupted, with the government evacuating residents to other islands only if they have received the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Experts said the first explosion shot an ash column 32,000 feet (10 kilometers) into the sky and that the majority of the ash was headed northeast into the Atlantic Ocean. Lightning crackled through the towering column of smoke and ash late Friday,” the Associated Press reported.

They added, “The volcano last erupted in 1979, and a previous eruption in 1902 killed some 1,600 people.”

According to Yahoo News, “People on the volcano-stricken island of St. Vincent will be evacuated to certain neighboring islands only if they’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19, the nation’s prime minister said.”

The prime minister has warned that it could be up to four months before people are allowed to return to their homes.

As of Sunday, only 11% of the population of St. Vincent had received the COVID-19 vaccine, meaning 89% of the residents would not be allowed to flee the erupting volcano.

Emergency officials on the island described the situation as a “battle zone” in a tweet on Sunday.

More than 16,000 people are in the “red zone,” which is considered “very high hazard” and is “defined by the zone of expected total destruction from pyroclastic flows, surges and mudflows and by the zone of maximum expected damage from all projectiles.”

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Report: Israel Cyberattack On Iran Severely Damages Nuke Program

Israel reportedly launched a cyberattack against Iran’s underground Natanz nuclear facility on Sunday morning, causing severe damage to Iran’s nuclear enrichment program.

“In the early hours of Sunday morning, the underground Natanz facility suffered an electrical disruption in what was widely speculated to be an Israeli cyberattack,” The Times of Israel reported. “Iran said the attack did not cause any casualties and did not cause radioactive pollution. Israel has officially refrained from commenting on the matter, and Iran has not specifically accused the Jewish state of being responsible for the incident.”

According to The Times of Israel, unnamed intelligence sources told Hebrew news outlets that Mossad, the national intelligence agency of Israel, was behind the attack, which was more severe than Iran indicated.

The attack came the day after Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, celebrated its National Nuclear Technology Day, and the day after Iranian scientists began operating more powerful centrifuges, which allow for faster uranium enrichment.

“The disruption at Natanz appears to have been designed to counter Iran’s efforts to raise pressure on the United States by amassing greater quantities of uranium and enriching it to higher levels as the two sides negotiate a return to the 2015 nuclear deal,” The Times of Israel reported.

The attack comes as President Biden plans to lift sanctions on Iran and return to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also called the Iran nuclear deal, despite warnings from the international community.

“A nuclear agreement with Iran is again on the table, but history has taught us that agreements like this with extremist regimes are worth as much as garlic peel,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday. “To our best friends I say – an agreement with Iran which paves its way to nuclear weapons that threaten us with destruction – an agreement like this will not bind us.”

The Iran nuclear deal was widely criticized as Iran used the funds acquired from the deal, estimated to be between $100 to $150 billion, to fund terrorist organizations in the Middle East. Unsurprisingly, Iran also secretly violated the nuclear deal after it was passed.

In 2019, Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, revealed that JCPOA negotiations had required Iran to destroy parts of their nuclear reactors by filling them with cement, but Iran secretly acquired replacement parts so that the functionality of the reactors would not be ultimately affected. Salehi also revealed that pictures of the reactors filled with cement had been photoshopped.

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Report: China Committing Genocide Against Christians

China is reportedly detaining Christians in “secretive” facilities and forcing them to renounce their faith through physical abuse and “mental torture,” acts which fit the international legal definition of genocide.

“A member of a Christian ‘house church’ in the southwestern province of Sichuan who asked to be identified by a pseudonym Li Yuese said he was held in a facility run by the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s United Front Work Department, working in tandem with the state security police, for 10 months after a raid on his church in 2018,” Radio Free Asia reported. “Another Christian who asked to remain anonymous told RFA that similar facilities are being used across China, not just for Protestants, but also for members of the underground Catholic church, and of the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement, a target of authorities since 1999.”

Radio Free Asia added that “Li said he was held in a windowless room for nearly 10 months, during which time he was beaten, verbally abused and ‘mentally tortured’ by staff, eventually resorting to self-harm by throwing himself against a wall.”

“One time in there, I was groggy and was trying to open my eyes but I couldn’t,” Li told Radio Free Asia. “Four or five of them grabbed me by the arms and legs and pinned me to the ground. They injected me with some drug, and brought me back to consciousness.”

According to Article 2 of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, genocide can be defined as “any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a… religious group” including “causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group.”

The United Nations states that acts constituting genocide include the “forced or coerced use of drugs.” The United Nations also lists “ethnic cleansing” as a potential form of genocide, which the United Nations Security Council Resolution 780 states can include “arbitrary arrest and confinement.”