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Lead: War in The Middle East
attack on Israeli Mossad HQ in Iraq credit: andalou
War in the Middle East continues to escalate. On Monday, Iran claimed responsibility for attacks in Syria and Iraq. Iran says that they are targeting ISIS after ISIS admitted to attacks in Kerman and Rask.
“In response to the recent crimes of the terrorist groups that unjustly martyred a group of our dear compatriots in Kerman and Rask, we have identified gathering places of commanders and elements of ISIS-related to recent terrorist operations in the occupied territories of Syria and destroyed them by firing a number of ballistic missiles,” the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said.
Iran added that they are also targeting “one of the main espionage headquarters of the Zionist regime [Mossad] in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.”
The attacks were close a U.S. base but the U.S. was not a target.
An Iraqi official claims that civilians were killed in this attack, including four family members of a local businessman.
Former President Trump handily won the Iowa caucuses on Monday with the largest win margin in the history of Republican caucuses.
President Trump won 51% of voters. Even though the media told us Nikki Haley would win second place, she didn’t. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis won second place with 21% of the votes. Vivek Ramaswamy came in last with 8% of the votes and subsequently suspended his campaign. He says that he will now fully endorse President Trump and “do everything I can to make sure he is the next U.S. President."
There is speculation that he will be for Trump’s vice presidential running mate. Other contenders include former Democratic congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard who just announced a partnership with X to produce documentary style videos.
Iowa is early days in the race but Trump’s win is significant given that he did not spend as much time in the state as his competitors and still brought home such a commanding lead. The next primary will be in New Hampshire on January 23.
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Airlines are under fire for prioritizing diversity instead of safety after two airplanes made emergency landings due to equipment failure last week.
This doesn’t mean diversity is bad. This means prioritizing diversity over skill is stupid. And unsafe.
The companies and organizations facing scrutiny are United Airlines, Alaska Airlines, the FAA, Cigna Insurance, and Johns Hopkins University.
And don’t forget the Titan Sub that imploded last year was all in on diversity hires too. Before he imploded, CEO Stockton Rush admitting that he excluded “50 year-old white guys” from his company because they weren’t “inspirational” and instead hired for youth and diversity. Could an experienced 50 year-old white guy have saved his life with some better engineering?
The FAA is being called out for a diversity push that includes hiring people with “severe intellectual” disabilities, psychiatric problems and other mental and physical conditions. United Airlines' CEO says that he aims for 50% diversity for every crew and Spirit Airlines has spent a lot of energy on Pride events but less on safety clearly.
This comes after Johns Hopkins University had to apologize for an email telling everyone they are privileged if they are white, speak English, able bodied, middle aged and more.
Many of these companies say they are doing this for “stakeholder capitalism.” That is the idea that a company shouldn’t answer to the shareholders but instead to society at large. They’re trying to say that diversity hires is for the social good of us all. It’s not if we die because they’ve hired the least qualified candidates! It’s in the interest of the social good to have safe transportation systems where people survive.
Miss America is trending because the winner was crowned this weekend. She is 22-year-old Madison Marsh from Colorado, an officer of the U.S. Air Force. She is the first active duty member to win the crown.
Coco Gauff is trending for her impressive performance at the Australian Open where she showed off a new serve.
News By The Numbers
3.5 hours. That is how fast NASA’s new supersonic plane can fly from New York to London. They call it the “son of Concorde.” It’s first flight is anticipated later this year.
30%. That is the price increase on tickets to the Louvre. The famous museum hiked costs in advance of the summer Olympics, citing increased energy costs and plans to extend hours.
480 million. That is how many New Orleans-style chicken wings KFC China sells each year. They admit that they have nothing to do with New Orleans.
27%. That is how many Americans say that they believe in the American dream, according to a new poll. That “dream” is that if you work hard, you’ll get ahead.
Ukrainian President Zelensky traveled to Davos, Switzerland this week to try to regain national attention for his warmongering. He continues to re-iterate his “plan for peace” which is actually a plan for more war.
It did not seem to renew his once sky-high popularity nor did it do anything to inspire Russia’s confidence in actual peace talks. Moscow says that his “so-called ‘peace formula’ is fated to be a flop.”
That is because Zelensky’s only plan involves taking back Crimea, which voted to join Russia after being attacked by Ukraine 10 years ago and has NO interest in ever re-joining Ukraine. It also involves taking back the Donbas region, which also voted to join Russia after a decade of attacks by Ukraine. Those things are non-starters. It also involves Ukraine joining NATO for more “security.” In sum, it’s not a serious plan. It’s a joke.
The President of Switzerland says that it will work with Zelensky to organize a peace summit but Russia has not been involved in the process. Also a joke.
The European Union now says that it will do a full audit of weaponry sent to Ukraine by member states. This comes after German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that “the arms deliveries for Ukraine planned so far by the majority of EU member states are too small.”
Meanwhile, historic numbers of people are protesting in Germany and speaking out against the government’s support of war while punishing the working class.
This newsletter is written and researched by Natali Morris. Please feel free to reach Natali at [email protected] for any editorial feedback.