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Israeli-American Naama Issachar is facing a seven-year prison sentence in Russia for smuggling less than 10 grams of marijuana. But the circumstances surrounding the case have pointed to trumped up charges and a clear perversion of justice in receiving such a harsh sentence for something that could not have done harm.
When the drugs were found in her luggage, she was immediately detained. But she was only on a layover, returning from India to Israel, and had no opportunity to get to her checked luggage that contained the drugs. During her appeal hearing today, she said she didn’t know the papers she was forced to sign were a confession as she was not provided a translator and does not speak Russian.
Issachar was sentenced to over seven years in prison for allegedly trying to smuggle less than 10 grams of cannabis, though she was only in Russia on a stopover on the way from India to Israel and did not have access to the luggage in which the drugs were found. Her lawyers have said the sentence is much harsher than the usual charges for such a small amount of narcotics.
“I didn’t know that I signed a confession,” Issachar said, explaining that when she was asked to sign the confession, there was no translator present and she didn’t understand it.
Issachar spoke from inside a glass box and was not permitted to communicate with her mother and sister who attended the trial.
It’s hard for Americans to fathom such harsh treatment for such a mild offense, but Russia has become increasingly strict with foreign nationals in recent years, hearkening back to the days of the Soviet Union in which paranoia reigned.
Washington DC hasn’t been involved yet, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has promised to bring her home. Negotiations are ongoing, which doesn’t bode well for her appeal. Russia tends to hold its negotiating cards tightly. If they believe they can get something out of it, they are unlikely to lose the card by allowing a judge to overturn the conviction.
The story has been closely tracked as major news in Israel, but American mainstream media has barely touched the story. Meanwhile, Russian courts continue to be obtuse on the subject, acting less like a civilized society and more like an oppressive regime.
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Will America-First News Outlets Make it to 2023?
Things are looking grim for conservative and populist news sites.
There’s something happening behind the scenes at several popular conservative news outlets. 2021 was bad, but 2022 is proving to be disastrous for news sites that aren’t “playing ball” with the corporate media narrative. It’s being said that advertisers are cracking down, forcing some of the biggest ad networks like Google and Yahoo to pull their inventory from conservative outlets. This has had two major effects. First, it has cooled most conservative outlets from discussing “taboo” topics like Pandemic Panic Theater, voter fraud, or The Great Reset. Second, it has isolated those ad networks that aren’t playing ball.
Certain topics are anathema for most ad networks. Speaking out against vaccines or vaccine mandates is a certain path to being demonetized. Highlighting voter fraud in the 2020 and future elections is another instant advertising death penalty. Throw in truthful stories about climate change hysteria, Critical Race Theory, and the border crisis and it’s easy to understand how difficult it is for America-First news outlets to spread the facts, share conservative opinions, and still pay the bills.
Without naming names, I have been told of several news outlets who have been forced to either consolidate with larger organizations or who have backed down on covering certain topics out of fear of being “canceled” by the ad networks. I get it. This is a business for many of us and it’s not very profitable. Those of us who do this for a living are often barely squeaking by, so loss of additional revenue can often mean being forced to make cuts. That means not being able to cover the topics properly. Its a Catch-22: Tell the truth and lose the money necessary to keep telling the truth, or avoid the truth and make enough money to survive. Those who have chosen survival simply aren’t able to spread the truth properly.
We will never avoid the truth. The Lord will provide if it is His will. Our job is simply to share the facts, spread the Gospel, and educate as many Americans as possible while exposing the forces of evil.
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