Situation Grim After Hours-Long Search & Rescue For Iran President’s Downed Helicopter, Little Info

Situation Grim After Hours-Long Search & Rescue For Iran President’s Downed Helicopter, Little Info:

Summary: 

  • The helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, the foreign minister, and other officials went down in a remote northern region on the way back from an official visit to Azerbaijan earlier Sunday.
  • It was initially described as a “hard landing” but later was widely acknowledged as a “crash” – and as the hours pass the situation looks more grim.
  • Search and rescue has taken hours to reach the crash site, but little is known of the progress, amid bad weather conditions.
  • Foreign Ministry: “Despite adverse weather and environmental conditions, efforts by rescue teams to reach the accident site continue earnestly and with hope.”
  • Iranian population in state of ‘uncertainty’ as Supreme Leader asks for prayers for Raisi and the missing officials while assuring stability within government leadership.
  • Various countries have sent search and rescue help, including Russia and Turkey. Iran requested a night vision search and rescue helicopter from Turkey, according to Turkish disaster management agency AFAD.
  • Gulf countries express concern over crash, offer help in search.
  • ‘We hope for good news’ Iranian official tells Al Jazeera.
  • Iranian official told state TV that contact was made with one of the passengers and one of the crew members of the president’s helicopter on several occasions.
  • Press TV in follow-up cites an IRGC commander to say “Reports about contacts made by President’s companions after crash not factual.”
  • Conflicting reports: “Rescue crews haven’t yet located the crash site of the helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi,” the head of Iran’s Red Crescent Society, Pir-Hossein Koulivand, told Iranian state TV IRINN.
  • Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander-in-chief Hossein Salami has arrived at the general area of the crash
  • “We’re searching the area inch by inch, but the weather is very cold, foggy, and rainy. The rainfall is gradually turning into snowfall,” said the commander of the Iranian Army’s northwestern headquarters.
  • Heavy military presence reported in the capital of Tehran.
  • Thousands of Iranians pray for Raisi’s safe return after crash, but there are reports of others setting off fireworks.
  • Raisi had been in an aging Bell helicopter, with some reports saying it was over 40 years old.
  • US congressman gloats over Raisi crash: “Good riddance. Raisi was a murderous human rights abuser before and during his Presidency,” Rep Mike Waltz (R) wrote in a social media post.
  • Online speculation rampant over whether Israel or foreign intelligence could have been involved in a covert plot.
  • White House has been quiet but says it’s aware of the developing situation; President Biden was given a briefing.

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Weapons of Mass Migration (Epoch Times Documentary)

Weapons of Mass Migration | NEW Documentary:

Over 7.2 million illegal immigrants have entered the United States since President Joe Biden came into office. This record border crisis is not organic, behind it are official policies, heavy financing, and agreements between the U.S. government and the United Nations.
The world is watching different pieces of this unfold, with video of groups of illegal immigrants crossing into the United States, not trying to evade border patrol, but rather waiting to be arrested. What is being left out of the discussion is: Why?
This Epoch Original Documentary “Weapons of Mass Migration” exposes how the United States and United Nations work hand-in-hand to facilitate mass migration, which is being weaponized to destroy America.
Directed and hosted by Joshua Philipp, senior investigative reporter and host of EpochTV’s “Crossroads,” he sets out to investigate what is really taking place behind the border crisis and why is it being carried out.
The investigative journey takes him deep into the jungles of Panama, into the migrant camps in the mouth of the infamous Darien Gap, which is known as one of the most dangerous places in the world, through United Nations facilities, and alongside the programs being used to process and facilitate mass migration at the U.S.-Mexico border. Get ready for never-before-seen footage that reveals how the border crisis is manufactured and highly organized.
As the border crisis gets worse by the day, it is not just impacting local communities and towns near the border, but also communities far away. Immigration is the top issue that Americans are concerned about [1]. This documentary is part of the “America at a Crossroads with Joshua Philipp” investigative docu-series into the most important issues of the 2024 election.
Note: [1] “Immigration Surges to Top of Most Important Problem List”, Gallup poll February 2024

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Iranian President’s Helicopter Located As World Awaits Fate, Military Deployed To Tehran’s Streets

– Iranian President’s Helicopter Located As World Awaits Fate, Military Deployed To Tehran’s Streets:

Update(1420ET): We are getting closer to learning the fate of Iran’s President Raisi and his foreign minister and other officials aboard the helicopter which went down hours ago:

  • Iran’s president Raisi’s crashed helicopter has been found by search teams – State TV — Reuters
  • Iranian official tells State TV: Contacts have been made with one of the passengers and one of the crew members of the president’s helicopter on several occasions — Reuters

So far Iranian officials are signaling that the president is alive, but the situation remains uncertain and fluid, following widespread speculation that he could be deceased.

Iranian officials are seeking to assure the nation and the world that continuity of decision-making and government is stable and assured, amid reports of a heavy military presence on the streets of the capital Tehran.

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Ex-CDC Director Says It’s High Time To Admit ‘Significant Side Effects’ Of COVID-19 Vaccines

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Ex-CDC Director Says It’s High Time To Admit ‘Significant Side Effects’ Of COVID-19 Vaccines:

Authored by Tom Ozimek via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),

Dr. Robert Redfield, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said Thursday that many officials who tried to warn the public about potential problems with COVID-19 vaccines were pressured into silence and that it’s high time to admit that there were “significant” side effects that made people sick.

Dr. Redfield made the remarks in a May 16 interview with Chris Cuomo on NewsNation, during which he lamented the loss of public confidence in public health agencies because of a lack of transparency around the vaccines, which he said “saved a lot of lives” but also made some people “quite ill.”

Those of us that tried to suggest there may be significant side effects from vaccines … we kind of got canceled because no one wanted to talk about the potential that there was a problem from the vaccines, because they were afraid that that would cause people not to want to get vaccinated,” Dr. Redfield said.

Read moreEx-CDC Director Says It’s High Time To Admit ‘Significant Side Effects’ Of COVID-19 Vaccines

University’s COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Violates US Constitution: Court

University’s COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Violates US Constitution: Court:

Authored by Zachary Stieber via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),

A Colorado university’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate violates the U.S. Constitution, a federal court has ruled.

The Sept. 1, 2021, mandate “clearly violates the Establishment Clause and the Free Exercise Clause as interpreted by our precedents,” a majority of a U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit said in the May 7 decision.

While the mandate was later updated, the newer version also violates the Constitution, the judges said.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in 2021 required COVID-19 vaccination of all students and employees. It initially offered religious exemptions to anyone who checked a box, but later said administrators would “only recognize religious exemptions based on religious beliefs whose teachings are opposed to all immunizations.”

Officials, for instance, said that Christian Scientists would qualify for an exemption but Buddhists would not.

They also said that exemptions would only be granted to people who never received any vaccinations.

Read moreUniversity’s COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Violates US Constitution: Court

House Republicans Express Concern Over Sharp Uptick On Chinese Migrants Illegally Crossing Border

House Republicans Express Concern Over Sharp Uptick On Chinese Migrants Illegally Crossing Border

Authored by Darlene McCormick Sanchez via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),

Republicans on the House Homeland Security subcommittee expressed concern as the surge of illegal Chinese migrants hit an all-time high in April after the Biden administration relaxed vetting rules last year.

Newly released numbers show more Chinese nationals crossed the southwest border illegally this April than during all of 2022.

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Fierce Fighting Gets Closer To US-Built Gaza Pier Just As Initial Aid Rolls Off

Fierce Fighting Gets Closer To US-Built Gaza Pier Just As Initial Aid Rolls Off:

https://archive.is/1cB7B

While global coverage of the Gaza crisis has focused on the Israeli offensive in the southern city of Raffah of late, fierce battles have erupted in the north of the Strip over the last several days, especially in Jabalia, where the IDF military is in a fierce anti-insurgent style battle set amid narrow alleyways.

The city which lies 2.5 miles north of Gaza City saw a ‘return’ of Hamas fighters after the IDF months ago conquered it. It has long been deemed among the Strip’s permanent refugee camps. There are reports that Israeli armor has smashed deep into the heart of the camp and city.

Hamas also appears to have stepped-up its attacks on Israeli forces in various locations, and Al Jazeera reports at least 40 Palestinian deaths over the course of the last day.

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US State Department Issues ‘Worldwide Caution’ Alert For Americans

US State Department Issues ‘Worldwide Caution’ Alert For Americans:

Authored by Jack Phillips via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),

The U.S. Department of State on Friday issued a “worldwide caution” alert for U.S. citizens to remain alert for possible terrorist attacks or other violent actions against Americans.

In a “security alert” posted on its website, the agency said the warning was sent because of the “potential for terrorist attacks, demonstrations, or violent actions against U.S. citizens and interests.” Americans who are overseas, it added, are encouraged to use “increased caution.”

The Department of State said it is also “aware of the increased potential for foreign terrorist organization-inspired violence against” LGBT people, echoing a statement issued by the FBI and Department of Homeland Security earlier this week that terrorist groups such as ISIS could target “Pride” month-related events in June.

Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists, including Pride celebrations and venues frequented” by those individuals, the bulletin added. It did not provide any specific details about any alleged or reported terrorist plots.

Late last year, the State Department issued a similar worldwide alert for Americans following the Oct. 7, 2023, Hamas-led attack in Israel that triggered the ongoing conflict in Gaza.

About a week ago, the agency issued a statement to U.S. citizens in the Middle East, cautioning them to heed a travel advisory for Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank because of active military operations in the area.

“Terrorist groups, lone-actor terrorists and other violent extremists continue plotting possible attacks in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza,” it said. “Terrorists and violent extremists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets [or] shopping malls, and local government facilities.”

The Israel-Hamas conflict has led to a “complex situation” that could have implications for U.S. citizens’ safety, the department said, adding that the Israel Defense Forces currently has control over the Gaza side of Rafah Crossing.

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Ukraine Launched Its Largest-Ever Drone Attack On Russia While Putin Was In China

Ukraine Launched Its Largest-Ever Drone Attack On Russia While Putin Was In China:

In what appears an intentionally-timed message, Ukraine’s military launched its largest-ever drone attack on Russian territory while President Putin was visiting China where he held two days of meetings with Xi Jinping.

“Fifty-one UAVs were destroyed and intercepted over Crimea, 44 over the Krasnodar region, six over the Belgorod region and one over Kursk region,” Russia’s defense ministry announced of the Friday attack.

This means well over 100 kamikaze drones were sent across several regions, particularly around Belgorod and the Black Sea. Given the Kremlin is claiming its forces intercepted that amount, the total number of UAVs deployed across the border was likely far and above that figure, perhaps even double, as clearly some made it through anti-air defenses.

“Belgorod Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said a mother and child were killed while traveling in a car, and authorities managed to extinguish the fire at the Tuapse refinery,” as cited in Fox News. “The child was in critical condition. Doctors did everything possible to save him,” Gladkov said.

Read moreUkraine Launched Its Largest-Ever Drone Attack On Russia While Putin Was In China

Ex-NIH Director Confirms ‘No Science’ Behind 6-Foot Distancing Rules

Ex-NIH Director Confirms ‘No Science’ Behind 6-Foot Distancing Rules:

https://archive.ph/UwfUr

Newly released testimony from former NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins confirms that Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx did not base the pandemic-era six-foot social distancing rule on science, and instead were making things up as they went along.

On Thursday, Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), chairman of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic, released a transcript from Collins’ January closed-door interview, in which he’s asked about a range of issues – including the lab-leak theory and the six-foot social distancing rule.

We asked Dr. Fauci where the six feet came from and he said it kind of just appeared, is the quote,” the majority counsel on the committee told Dr. Collins, per the transcript. “Do you recall science or evidence that supported the six-feet distance?

I do not,” Collins replied.

Counsel then asked, “Is that I do not recall or I do not see any evidence supporting six feet?”

To which Collins replied “I did not see evidence, but I’m not sure I would have been shown evidence at that point.”

“Since then, it has been an awfully large topic. Have you seen any evidence since then supporting six feet?” Counsel replied.

“No,” said Collins.

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Not Just The US: Global Debt-To-GDP Ratios Are Skyrocketing

Not Just The US: Global Debt-To-GDP Ratios Are Skyrocketing:

The US national debt is so out of control that, ironically enough, even the Federal Reserve chair has expressed concern about the problem. And while America is among the top contributors, it isn’t just the US that’s spending money it doesn’t have: after briefly declining in 2023, the global debt-to-GDP ratio is again at an all-time high.

Even though interest rates are still extremely low by any free market standard, with even modestly elevated interest rates in the US, payments on servicing the debt skyrocket. This blows up the national debt balloon even bigger. With zero chance of Washington reigning in spending anywhere near enough to keep up, the interest can only be paid with even more borrowing.

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Watch: Zelensky Says ‘It’s The World’s Fault’ That Russia Is Gaining

Watch: Zelensky Says ‘It’s The World’s Fault’ That Russia Is Gaining:

In a rare personal visit of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to the battlefield, particularly to the war-ravaged country’s northeastern Kharkiv oblast, he blamed Russia’s rapid advance on “the world” for not sending enough weapons. Ukraine’s front lines in the region have been collapsing amid a major new Russian cross-border offensive.

“Brigades are not totally equipped because of the package, which we waited through for eight months,” he told ABC News during the visit. He was referencing the delayed $61 billion Ukraine aid package which was recently passed and signed into effect by President Biden.

He was specifically asked by a reporter whether he blames the United States for the military setbacks. That’s when he asserted:

It’s the world’s fault. They gave the opportunity for Putin to occupy. But now the world can help.”

But he still seemed to lash out at Washington in particular, given the short supply of US-made Patriot systems. “All we need are two Patriot systems. Russia will not be able to occupy Kharkiv if we have those,” he said.

Weeks ago a Ukrainian outlet quoted Zelensky who has been seeking to ramp up the pressure on his backers in NATO:

Read moreWatch: Zelensky Says ‘It’s The World’s Fault’ That Russia Is Gaining

Unprecedented Surge In Chinese Illegal Immigration Raises Security Concerns

Unprecedented Surge In Chinese Illegal Immigration Raises Security Concerns:

Authored by Simon Hankinson via The Epoch Times,

This is a lightly edited excerpt from Simon Hankinson’s testimony before the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Accountability at a hearing on “Security Risk: The Unprecedented Surge in Chinese Illegal Immigration,” on Thursday, May 16.

I served as a Foreign Service officer in seven countries. I have adjudicated thousands of visa applications to facilitate lawful visits, commerce, and immigration to the United States while excluding aliens who were legally inadmissible. The visa process I worked with overseas stands in total contrast to what happens at the U.S. border today.

ver the past two years, I have visited the border in Arizona, California, New York, and Texas. On those visits, I saw nationals of many countries apprehended by the Border Patrol. In San Diego last March, I watched Border Patrol dropping off dozens of aliens, including Chinese, at a bus stop to release them into the country.

Mass release of people who entered the country illegally happens nearly every day, multiple times, at multiple locations. At best, this is a mockery of U.S. immigration law and sovereignty. At worst, it is a huge national security and community safety risk. In addition to many Chinese aliens with connections to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), People’s Liberation Army (PLA), and other state entities, it is statistically probable that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is releasing people with serious criminal records.

Read moreUnprecedented Surge In Chinese Illegal Immigration Raises Security Concerns

US Sending Nuclear-Powered Carrier For ‘Higher Stakes’ Red Sea Mission

US Sending Nuclear-Powered Carrier For ‘Higher Stakes’ Red Sea Mission:

https://archive.ph/h6MkR

Since the start of the Gaza war at least 20 ships have been damaged in the Red Sea amid the ongoing Houthi campaign to punish Israel and its international backers. The US-led Operation Prosperity Guardian is something which has retreated from headlines as it has by and large proved ineffective.

US warships patrolling waters off Yemen have shot down dozens, or possibly even hundreds of drones and missiles at this point – while also at times carrying out offensive operations – but the Iran supported Houthis have remained undeterred.

The Pentagon is now readying the next step, sending the USS Harry S. Truman nuclear-powered aircraft carrier into the Red Sea. US military magazine Stripes writes of recent planning: “The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and its 6,000-some sailors have spent recent months training in the western Atlantic Ocean for that mission — a rare, pre-planned deployment expected to take the ship into a hostile environment.”

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