Author: Sharon Zhang

Sharon Zhang is a contributor for the Truthout news media. She has a vast journalistic experience in politics, climate & labour, having worked for several news outlets.

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Summary: Israeli forces dropped eight 2,000-pound bombs on Al-Mawasi, a designated “humanitarian safe zone” in Gaza, causing devastation and civilian casualties. These bombs, including U.S.-made munitions, have been condemned as war crimes by humanitarian groups. Despite some U.S. concerns, thousands of bombs have been provided to Israel, enabling deadly attacks. Reportedly, the bombings resulted in 90 deaths and over 300 injuries, intensifying the ongoing violence in Gaza. The use of powerful explosives in civilian areas has led to widespread condemnation and calls for accountability. Israel’s continued bombardment has raised concerns about the humanitarian crisis, as Israeli officials indicate a relentless…

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President Joe Biden’s claims of providing charity to Palestinians are contradicted by his administration’s support of Israel’s genocide in Gaza, resulting in at least 39,000 Palestinian deaths. Despite Biden’s mention of humanitarian aid, his actions have contributed to famine and disease in Gaza. The U.S., a major supplier of weapons to Israel, has sent billions in military assistance, including bombs, under Biden’s leadership. Biden’s comments in an interview on his support for Israel and denial of offensive weapons contradict the reality of U.S. weapons being used in attacks, killing numerous Palestinians. While Biden’s acknowledgment of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza…

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Known for his controversial history, Ohio Senator J.D. Vance has been selected by Donald Trump as his running mate for the 2024 election. Vance, who previously criticized Trump and associated with white supremacist ideas, has now aligned himself with the former president. Despite his initial opposition to Trump’s candidacy, Vance’s recent shift towards far-right extremism has raised eyebrows. Trump’s announcement comes ahead of the Republican National Conference in Milwaukee, where he is expected to officially accept the party’s nomination. Vance, a venture capitalist with limited political experience, has faced scrutiny for his ties to right-wing extremists and wealthy elites. From…

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The recent attack on the UNRWA headquarters in Gaza by Israeli forces has left the aid group’s primary facility completely destroyed, marking another violation of international humanitarian law. UNRWA Commissioner Philippe Lazzarini condemned the attack, calling it a blatant war crime that must be addressed. According to reports, Israeli forces targeted the facility during their raid on Gaza City, leaving nothing but rubble in its wake. This destructive act adds to the 190 attacks on UNRWA facilities in Gaza since October, resulting in the death of 197 workers. The ongoing bombings have rendered Gaza uninhabitable and pose a severe threat…

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Officials surprised everyone this week by announcing the upcoming permanent disconnection of the U.S. military pier in Gaza, months ahead of schedule. The Pentagon failed to re-anchor the pier this week as promised due to weather-related issues, marking another setback in the disastrous two-month project. Originally intended to deliver aid to Palestinians in Gaza, the pier has faced multiple disconnections since its installation, costing $230 million. President Joe Biden’s endorsement of the pier during his State of the Union address faced criticism from humanitarian groups, who deemed it ineffective. The U.S. military presence in Gaza has raised concerns among Palestinians,…

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Reports reveal that President Joe Biden’s campaign is facing a significant drop in support from donors, both large and small. Congressional Democratic leaders are expressing doubts about Biden’s ability to defeat Donald Trump as funding dwindles, prompting calls for Biden to consider stepping down. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has been receiving input from donors and senators regarding Biden’s candidacy. Concerns were raised during a recent Senate Democratic caucus meeting about Biden’s chances of winning the election. Although Schumer expressed his support for Biden, reports indicate a growing skepticism among Democrats about his electability, especially after a series of unfavorable…

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Republicans fought to restore some of the funding that allowed the IRS to recover over $1 billion in unpaid taxes from millionaires. With the new resources provided by the Democrats’ Inflation Reduction Act, the agency targeted wealthy individuals who owed significant amounts in taxes, collecting from 1,200 of them. This milestone marks a significant step in combating tax evasion by the wealthy, a practice that has thrived due to previous funding cuts to the IRS. Commissioner Danny Werfel emphasized the role of the funding in enhancing the agency’s capabilities to tackle tax delinquencies among high-income taxpayers. The IRS focused on…

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Israeli forces have unleashed a series of deadly strikes on schools in Gaza, resulting in the deaths of over 50 Palestinians and injuring countless others. The UN has reported that the Israeli military has significantly damaged or destroyed a majority of Gaza’s schools since October. The most recent attack occurred at a shelter for displaced people near a school in Khan Yunis, where 29 Palestinians lost their lives. This comes after airstrikes on a UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) school and a Gaza City school, resulting in additional fatalities. Video footage captured the harrowing moment when…

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Amid calls for Vice President Kamala Harris to replace President Joe Biden as the Democratic presidential nominee, Harris expressed concerns about the dire conditions in Gaza due to Israeli forces. In an interview with Joan Walsh for The Nation, Harris diverged slightly from the administration’s stance on Israel, emphasizing the importance of understanding the details of the situation. Harris acknowledged the frustrations of young pro-Palestine protesters and their emotional responses to Gaza, contrasting with Biden’s earlier condemnation of the protesters. While Harris did not wholesale endorse the protesters’ views, she recognized the underlying emotions. This comes at a time when…

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is pushing for legislation to hold former President Donald Trump accountable for his election subversion attempts. This comes after the Supreme Court’s ruling granting Trump immunity for certain acts during his presidency. Schumer criticized the decision, stating it effectively crowned Trump as above the law. Schumer emphasized that Democrats will not allow the ruling to go unchallenged, and he is working with colleagues to classify Trump’s actions as unofficial and not subject to immunity. The aim is to ensure Trump faces consequences for his role in the Capitol attack and election manipulation. Another Democrat is…

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