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RFK Jr. Calls for Federal Legalization of Marijuana; Let States Decide Own Laws



Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr., advocated on Sunday for the nationwide legalization of marijuana, saying that states should be free to set their own marijuana laws without intervention from the federal government.

Politicians have moved toward legalizing recently, even under President Barack Obama, a self-described former marijuana user, the drug was still illegal under federal law, which led to conflict with the states.

Kennedy tweeted Sunday in response to a statement by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), who is running for the Republican nomination, that he would not decriminalize marijuana at the federal level if elected president.

When he was in office, President Donald Trump, who is leading Republican prospects for re-election, voted against legalizing marijuana. Joe Biden, the president, has also refrained from legalizing.

Critics of state decriminalization laws point to rising social unrest in some of the states where marijuana use is permitted as well as the almost omnipresent odor of marijuana smoking in major cities like Los Angeles and New York.

Supporters contend that marijuana is less hazardous than alcohol, that it is not linked to violent crime, and that prohibiting it has resulted in an overrepresentation of small-scale sellers and users in prisons as well as disputes between the states and the federal government.

Conservatives in particular, who often support states’ rights to choose their own laws and support tough-on-crime policies because they believe marijuana is linked to other crimes, are perplexed by the subject.

Kennedy is taking on incumbent president Biden, reiterating an attempt made by his father, Robert F. Kennedy Sr., against then-President Lyndon Johnson, and his uncle, Ted Kennedy, against then-President Jimmy Carter.


International Criminal Court Considers Arrest Warrants for Israeli and Hamas Leaders



Israeli officials are increasingly concerned that the International Criminal Court (ICC) is preparing to issue arrest warrants for senior government officials in connection with the conflict involving Hamas, according to information from five Israeli and foreign officials.

The officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the matter, believe that the ICC is also considering arrest warrants for leaders from Hamas, the Palestinian militant group.

The potential charges against Israeli officials could include allegations of obstructing humanitarian aid delivery to the Gaza Strip and employing an overly aggressive response to Hamas-led attacks on Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is among those speculated to be named in a warrant, although the specific individuals from Hamas and the crimes involved remain unclear.

The Israeli officials did not disclose the basis of their concerns regarding potential ICC action, and the court declined to comment on the issue.

If the ICC proceeds with arrest warrants, it could be viewed internationally as a significant moral indictment, particularly against Israel, which has faced criticism for its actions in Gaza, including from U.S. President Joe Biden.

The potential impact of such warrants on Israel’s military policies is also a consideration. One official indicated that the possibility of ICC action has influenced recent Israeli decision-making.

The status of the ICC process remains unclear, with the issuance of warrants requiring approval from a panel of judges and not necessarily leading to immediate arrests or trials.

Karim Khan, the ICC’s chief prosecutor, has previously confirmed investigations into incidents during the conflict but declined to comment for this article, citing a policy against addressing media speculation.

Prime Minister Netanyahu, in response to speculation about arrest warrants, voiced opposition to any ICC intervention that he perceives as a threat to Israel’s right to self-defense.

The ICC, based in The Hague, is the world’s only permanent international court authorized to prosecute individuals for war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity. The court relies on member countries, not including Israel or the United States, to execute arrest warrants.

The conflict between Israel and Hamas, which escalated after a raid by Hamas in October, has resulted in significant casualties and damage on both sides. The ICC’s potential involvement raises complex legal and diplomatic questions amid ongoing tensions in the region.

Both Hamas and the Israeli military declined to comment on the ICC’s actions, and the Israeli defense minister’s office also refrained from making a statement.

The developments underscore the challenges of international legal accountability in complex geopolitical conflicts, emphasizing the ICC’s role in addressing alleged war crimes and promoting accountability for all parties involved.


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Owen Wilson Rejected $12 Million Role in Film Depicting O.J. Simpson as Innocent



Owen Wilson recently made headlines for turning down a lucrative $12 million offer to star in a controversial film titled The Juice, depicting O.J. Simpson as innocent of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. Directed by Joshua Newton, the film, described as a “satirical thriller,” explores various conspiracy theories surrounding Simpson’s infamous 1995 murder trial.

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Newton shared insights into the casting process, highlighting Wilson as the ideal choice for the role of Douglas McCann, an attorney who delved into the trial’s conspiracy narratives. Despite enthusiastic support from Wilson’s agent and an enticing financial offer, the actor declined the opportunity, expressing discomfort with the film’s premise. At the conclusion of a meeting in Santa Monica, Wilson candidly voiced his reservations, stating, “If you think I’m going to take the lead role in a movie about how O.J. didn’t do it, you’ve got to be kidding me.”

The film, originally titled Nicole & OJ, has since undergone production with Boris Kodjoe portraying O.J. Simpson and Charlotte Kirk as Nicole Brown Simpson. Newton aims to complete the movie by October 3, coinciding with the 29th anniversary of Simpson’s not-guilty verdict.

Wilson’s decision has sparked discussions about ethical considerations in film roles and the complexities of depicting real-life events in cinema. Despite differing opinions on the project’s premise, Wilson’s principled stance has been recognized as a testament to his commitment to personal values and artistic integrity in Hollywood.

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CIA Secret Report Reveals Warning to Russia of Terrorist Attack was Marked “Urgent” but Failed to Identify Target



US warning regarding a potential terrorist attack at a concert venue in Russia was labeled as “urgent.” However, the warning, according to Hersh’s source, did not specify Crocus City Hall as the target, despite some media reports suggesting otherwise.

The CIA allegedly provided the warning to Russian intelligence before the concert at the Crocus City Hall marking it “urgent,” meaning that the data in it “was credible and near term,” Hersh quoted the official as saying.

“The highly secret report on the attack in Moscow was prepared by the Counterterrorism Center at CIA headquarters and delivered to the terrorism division of the Russian Federal Security Service located in the old KGB building in Moscow. Separate briefings were presented in person by the FBI officer at the embassy. This is an established relationship,” the official said.

The warning, however, did not mention Crocus City Hall near Moscow and only said that an attack was being planned at some “public gathering,” according to the official.

The information provided by the official is contrary to a Washington Post report published on Tuesday claiming that Crocus City Hall was specifically identified in the warning as the target of a terrorist attack.

On March 22, several armed men broke into Crocus City Hall, a major concert venue just outside Moscow, and started shooting at people. They also started a fire in one of the auditoriums, which was full of people ahead of a concert. The attack left 695 casualties, including 144 dead, according to the latest data from the Russian Emergencies Ministry.

The four main suspects in the case — all of them citizens of Tajikistan — tried to flee the scene in a car but were detained and charged with terrorism. Russian authorities believe the perpetrators planned to flee to Ukraine, where a safe haven had been arranged for them. An investigation is underway.

Later in March, The New York Times reported, citing European and US security officials, that the US intelligence agencies did not provide the Russian side with all the information they had about the threat of a terrorist attack at Crocus City Hall in the Moscow Region out of fear that Russian authorities might learn about their intelligence sources or methods of work.

Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) Director Alexander Bortnikov also said that the information transmitted by the United States on the preparation of a terrorist attack was of a general nature, and the Russian special services responded to it.

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