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18.05.2022 - 19:27 [ Matt Gubba / Nitter.net ]

If I asked governments across the globe to sign an agreement stating that if I ever decide there’s an emergency, all their powers must be handed over to me, I would rightly be viewed as a total lunatic. But that’s exactly what the WHO are doing. No thanks. #StopTheTreaty

18.05.2022 - 06:48 [ Glenn Greenwald / Nitter.net ]

Ever since Dems became the majority party in DC — controlling the WH, Exec branch agencies and both houses of Congress — they’re repeatedly abused that power to summon tech CEOs and threaten them with punishment if they don’t censor more as Dems want:

18.05.2022 - 06:40 [ Matt Gaetz / Nitter,net ]

Biden just sent hundreds of troops to Somalia in a conflict Congress hasn’t authorized. We just broke the record for border crossings. Democrats’ focus? Cable news programming. They’re more interested in silencing their opponents than doing their jobs.

18.05.2022 - 06:33 [ Congressman Matt Gaetz / Facebook ]

Progressives Silent on American Hostility in Somalia

BREAKING: Gaetz calls out „progressives“ for not opposing American hostility in Somalia

15.05.2022 - 14:14 [ Haaretz ]

Police Violence at Palestinian Journalist’s Funeral Is Israel’s Mark of Cain

This is not just about damage to Israel’s image. This is a definitive incident that revealed the full ugliness of life under Israel’s occupation. No PR in the world can repair the damage, because there is no “narrative” that justifies the Israel Police’s conduct.

This is not only about contempt for the pain and grief of the Palestinians; it is about a fundamentally wrong attitude toward the Palestinian flag. This is the flag of the Palestinian Authority – an entity established as part of a deal with Israel, a deal that among other things enshrines the security cooperation that Israel has enjoyed for almost 30 years – and it is recognized by the whole world, including Israel.

15.05.2022 - 13:44 [ Rep. Debbie Dingell, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Nitter.net ]

This is indefensible. We need a full, transparent, and independent investigation into the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh and these disturbing attacks by Israeli police on mourners. Those responsible for these actions must be held accountable.

15.05.2022 - 13:38 [ Rep. Andy Levin, Abgeordneter im US Repräsentantenhaus / nitter.net ]

Live coverage of Israeli officers attacking attendees of Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral, almost toppling the casket to the ground, disturbed me deeply. What can justify this?

(13.05.2022)

15.05.2022 - 13:18 [ theGuardian.com ]

Shireen Abu Aqleh: ‘Cold-blooded’ killing and funeral chaos leave West Bank in turmoil

World criticism mounts over the shooting of Al Jazeera journalist as dispute over chain of events grows

12.05.2022 - 16:21 [ theParadise.ng ]

EU, UK join US in Launching Online ‘Disinformation’ Policies, ‘One-World Governance’ of Social Media

These steps come as part of a broader crackdown on the “spread of disinformation” called for by the Act, requiring platforms to “flag hate speech, eliminate any kind of terrorist propaganda” and implement “frameworks to quickly take down illicit content.”

Regarding alleged “disinformation,” these platforms will be mandated to create a “crisis response mechanism” to combat the spread of such content, with the Act specifically citing the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and the “manipulation” of online content that has ensued.

12.05.2022 - 15:38 [ Daphne Keller, Stanford Cyber Policy Center / Twitter ]

I’m on NPR, warning smaller platforms that they need to start gearing up for DSA compliance and singing the praises of career civil servants in Brussels.

12.05.2022 - 15:04 [ Naomi Brockwell, Tech journalist / Twitter ]

The EU has proposed the most sophisticated mass surveillance system ever deployed outside of China & the USSR. It will mandate device-scanning, including encrypted messages.

(11.05.2022)

@matthew_d_green will dive into the details on tomorrow’s live show, 4pmEDT

12.05.2022 - 14:42 [ Reporters for Freedom of the Press ]

EU poised to impose sweeping social media regulation with Digital Services Act

The DSA, and its partner regulation, the Digital Markets Act, were introduced to the European Parliament in 2020. The European Commission said the regulations were intended to accomplish two goals: “create a safer digital space in which the fundamental rights of all users of digital services are protected” and “establish a level playing field to foster innovation, growth, and competitiveness, both in the European Single Market and globally.”

12.05.2022 - 14:22 [ status LED: blink blink blink blink / Twitter ]

Replying to @matthew_d_green The term „grooming“ is being actively used in right-wing US political speech to indicate *any* advocacy for liberal values. So the potential for this sort of surveillance project to spiral truly out of control into abject political fascism is bounded only by the imagination.

12.05.2022 - 14:05 [ Matthew Green, I teach cryptography at Johns Hopkins ]

This document is the most terrifying thing I’ve ever seen. It is proposing a new mass surveillance system that will read private text messages, not to detect CSAM, but to detect “grooming”. Read for yourself.

(May 10, 2022)

12.05.2022 - 13:59 [ ReclaimTheNet.org ]

The EU wants to scan all chat messages, using the guise of combating child abuse

The proposal states that, at the request of a government agency, “Providers of hosting services and providers of interpersonal communication services that have received a detection order shall execute it by installing and operating technologies to detect” CSAM.

We obtained a copy of the proposal for you here.

08.05.2022 - 16:36 [ WikiLeaks / Nitter.net ]

„The deck is stacked…Julian is facing over a century and a half in prison“ CIA torture whistleblower John Kiriakou [@JohnKiriakou] on #Assange extradition

Filmed by: @FordFischer

08.05.2022 - 16:20 [ New York Times ]

The Banality of Systemic Evil

(September 15, 2013)

In “Eichmann in Jerusalem,” one of the most poignant and important works of 20th-century philosophy, Hannah Arendt made an observation about what she called “the banality of evil.” One interpretation of this holds that it was not an observation about what a regular guy Adolf Eichmann seemed to be, but rather a statement about what happens when people play their “proper” roles within a system, following prescribed conduct with respect to that system, while remaining blind to the moral consequences of what the system was doing — or at least compartmentalizing and ignoring those consequences.

05.05.2022 - 20:50 [ MoroccoLatestNews.com ]

Spain / Pegasus case: Why the thesis involving Morocco is a smokescreen

The affair of espionage via the Pegasus software of the Israeli manufacturer NSO in Spain has caused a lot of ink to flow, to the point of having differences of opinion within the government and the Iberian political parties themselves. If the Spanish press seems to want to designate Morocco as guilty, this is not the opinion of several officials. What is behind this case?

01.05.2022 - 10:58 [ John Oberlin / Twitter ]

It’s like Putin is going out of his way to encourage Sweden and Finland to join NATO as rapidly as possible.

23.04.2022 - 13:27 [ Glenn Greenwald / Rumble ]

The WashPost’s Doxxing of @LibsOfTikTok Reveals Who Corporate Journalists See as Their Targets

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23.04.2022 - 13:24 [ thePostMillennial.com ]

German government funds ‚research‘ project that doxxed Libs of Tik Tok

(19.04.2022)

Brown is working on an ongoing project with support from Prototype Fund, an organization that provides financial support to Brown’s so-called „Hatespeech-Tracker.“ Protoype Fund is a project of the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Travis Robert Brown’s Hassreden-Tracker is composed of his existing tools, such as cancel-culture, which Travis uses to track, stalk, dox, and harass those he has a personal vendetta against. You can see the hundreds of lists he’s created here.

16.04.2022 - 16:03 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Olaf Scholz must choose between an energy embargo on Russia, or a moral embargo on Germany

The moral and political damage to the EU itself is becoming prohibitive. The policy is already a diplomatic trainwreck for Germany, stunned to discover that President Frank-Walter Steinmeier is a pariah – the Kurt Waldheim of our era? – so sullied by two decades as the dark lord of Kremlin collusion that Ukraine won’t have him in the country.

31.03.2022 - 19:11 [ HelpNetSecurity.com ]

TLS 1.3: Slow adoption of stronger web encryption is empowering the bad guys

(April 6, 2020)

Asymmetric encryption is used during the “handshake”, which takes place prior to any data being sent. The handshake determines which cipher suite to use for the session – in other words, the symmetric encryption type – so that both browser and server agree. The TLS 1.2 protocol took multiple round trips between client and server, while TLS 1.3 is a much smoother process that requires only one trip. This latency saving shaves milliseconds off each connection.

25.03.2022 - 22:17 [ FirstThings.com ]

The Cancellation of Russian Culture

If Germany succumbed to the Nazis, don’t listen to Beethoven; because of Mussolini, cancel Dante and Raphael; if you reject American actions in Vietnam, the Middle East, or anywhere else, no more Thoreau or Emily Dickinson. Could there be a better way to encourage national hatred than to treat a whole culture and its history as a unified whole, carrying, as if genetically, a hideous quality?

24.03.2022 - 13:41 [ Tomislav Sokol, Member of European Parliament / Twitter ]

On 10.3 a Russian made drone crashed in the center of Zagreb, about fifty meters from the dormitory where several thousand students are staying. Before entering the Republic of Croatia, the aircraft spent 43 minutes in the airspace of Romania and Hungary. This cannot be!

23.03.2022 - 20:28 [ American Citizen / Twitter ]

I fucking hate the anti-Iran nuclear deal movement. It’s a weird movement that has no real point other than „opposing Iran.“ If you start discussing that, though, you never really get any specifics. I think leaving the JCPOA helps Iran and specifically Iranian hardliners.

15.03.2022 - 14:35 [ Eitan Nechin, A writer from Israel in NY / Twitter ]

If the head of the GOP didn’t get out of the nuclear deal in ’16 and wasn’t parroting Putin’s talking points, maybe we wouldn’t be in this mess. Also, JCPOA is a good deal, Russia aside.

12.03.2022 - 17:17 [ Mostafizur Rahman / Twitter ]

After Kunduz Hospital bombing, Pentagon stated that it was not war crime. War crimes are comitted only by the ‚others‘.

09.03.2022 - 14:40 [ Tennessean.com ]

A neutral Ukraine could shatter Putin’s claims on the former Soviet republic | Opinion

(22.02.2022)

The Eurasian Economic Union is not exactly a nightly topic on Western cable news. But since its formation in 2015, it has grown into the 10th largest economy in the world. The member states are all former members of the Soviet Union, anchored by three key players: Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan.

It may not have the heart of the Soviet Union, but Putin’s new bloc has all the same resources. What’s missing in this “RUBK” cube, as author Austin Bay calls it, is the “U.” Ukraine’s addition to the EEU would transform the EEU into a major world economic power.

09.03.2022 - 14:28 [ Washington Post ]

Could Ukraine become neutral, like Switzerland? Five things to know.

One option that might allow Ukraine to survive and Europe to remain stable is armed neutrality. That might sound like a contradiction in terms — people often associate neutrality with military weakness. And Russian President Vladimir Putin talks of “neutralization” to mean creating a helpless Russian puppet or satellite government in Ukraine.

But as Austria, Sweden, Finland, Ireland and Switzerland know, armed neutrality can serve a country’s interests.

08.03.2022 - 03:08 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Bennett, Ukraine, and Putin’s Rigged Game

Conspiracy theories aside, it’s still apparent that Israel and Russia have some common interests – something that is seemingly inconceivable – and these interests are opposed to those of the United States and Iran.

In recent days, Russia has imposed conditions on its consent to a new nuclear deal with Iran. It is demanding an American promise that the sanctions that Washington has imposed on Moscow won’t apply to Russian relations with Iran.

Oh, how the wheel turns

07.03.2022 - 17:23 [ The Times / Twitter ]

Even if Zelensky were killed, the report said, Russia would have no hope of occupying Ukraine. “Even with minimum resistance from the Ukrainians we’d need over 500,000 people, not including supply and logistics workers”

07.03.2022 - 17:17 [ theTimes.co.uk ]

WAR IN UKRAINE: This war will be a total failure, FSB whistleblower says

Spies in Russia’s infamous security apparatus were kept in the dark about President Putin’s plan to invade Ukraine, according to a whistleblower who described the war as a “total failure” that could be compared only to the collapse of Nazi Germany.

A report thought to be by an analyst in the FSB, the successor agency to the KGB, said that the Russian dead could already number 10,000. The Russian defence ministry has acknowledged the deaths of only 498 of its soldiers in Ukraine.

25.02.2022 - 08:27 [ Spare No Arrows / Twitter ]

With rising risk of bank runs, facing no vote in the senate, and conservatives able to force a new debate & vote on it every week, Trudeau revokes Emergency Act. Expect more gaslighting that it was properly used and Trudeau isn’t a tyrant.

24.02.2022 - 17:48 [ gwaramedia, Kharkiv, Ukraine / Twitter ]

We found massive bot attack in Turkish language claiming “It was seen that the Russian flag was hoisted on the poles in the Kharkiv region” Why this message and in Turkish? FAKE

Kharkiv bölgesindeki direklere Rusya bayrağı çekildiği görüntülendi…

24.02.2022 - 09:42 [ Hanna Liubakova, Journalist from Minsk, Belarus / Twitter ]

Lukashenko denied the participation of the Belarusian army in „the Russian special operation in Donbas,“ as he said. However,his role was crucial in supporting Russia in launching a war against Ukraine. Russian troops came from the territory of #Belarus. It is already aggression

24.02.2022 - 09:04 [ Hanna Liubakova, Journalist from Minsk, Belarus / Twitter ]

Lukashenko, not the people, allowed Russian troops in #Belarus. He allowed these troops to cross the border with Ukraine and attack our neighbours. I am sharing the latest survey showing that the majority of Belarusians are against our country participating in a war with Ukraine

23.02.2022 - 10:20 [ Naomi Wolf ]

Thinking Like a Tyrant

Something that is slowing down many people from fully grasping what is upon us, is that they are making mistakes in their reasoning about events, because they are engaged, naturally enough, in what intelligence analysts call “mirror imaging.” That is, because most of us are decent people with basic compassion at our cores, and are not sociopaths or psychopaths, we tend to “mirror image” in assuming that others are also driven by basic human motivations such as empathy, altruism, and kindness — or even just by the basic notion that other human beings are also deserving of life, self-determination and dignity. How can such brutality be imposed on us? How could others be at the helm of such vicious policies?

But this assumption, that those currently influencing events and making certain key decisions, are “like us” — is a fatal error.

23.02.2022 - 08:58 [ Glenn Greenwald ]

The Neoliberal War on Dissent in the West

That the use of these repressive tactics render these countries and their populations subject to autocratic regimes is considered undebatable.

But when these weapons are wielded by Western governments, the precise opposite framework is imposed: describing them as despotic is no longer obligatory but virtually prohibited. That tyranny exists only in Western adversaries but never in the West itself is treated as a permanent axiom of international affairs, as if Western democracies are divinely shielded from the temptations of genuine repression. Indeed, to suggest that a Western democracy has descended to the same level of authoritarian repression as the West’s official enemies is to assert a proposition deemed intrinsically absurd or even vaguely treasonous.

21.02.2022 - 22:09 [ theGuardian.com ]

Putin’s absurd, angry spectacle will be a turning point in his long reign

This was not a politician convening his team for discussions, this was a supreme leader marshalling his minions and ensuring collective responsibility for a decision that, at minimum, will change the security architecture in Europe, and may well lead to a horrific war that consumes Ukraine.

Putin appeared genuinely angry and passionate in his speech, which he almost certainly wrote himself.

15.02.2022 - 05:29 [ Michael Fitzgibbon / Twitter ]

Technical point for my int’l friends: Trudeau is not “head-of-state,” he is “head-of-gov’t.” As a monarchy within the realm of the UK, Canada’s head-of-state is Elizabeth II, represented in-country by Governor-General Mary Simon. This explains why we have no liberty.

15.02.2022 - 04:56 [ Tucker Carlson / Twitter ]

Trudeau brings martial law to Canada.

14.02.2022 - 05:31 [ Naomi Wolf / Substack ]

Is it Time for Intellectuals to Talk about God?

I have seen bad politics all of my life and this drama unfolding around us goes beyond bad politics, which is silly and manageable and not that scary. This — this is scary, metaphysically scary. In contrast to hapless human mismanagement, this darkness has the tinge of the pure, elemental evil that underlay and gave such hideous beauty to the theatrics of Nazism; it is the same nasty glamour that surrounds Leni Riefenstahl films.

In short, I don’t think humans are smart or powerful enough to have come up with this horror all alone.

07.02.2022 - 16:47 [ Candice Malcolm / Twitter ]

Imagine if a far-right lunatic drove his car into people protesting at a BLM or cancel Canada Day or Environmentalist rally. It would be the biggest story in the world. The opposite happens, and every single legacy media journalist ignores it. You people are repulsive.

04.02.2022 - 06:50 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

The party’s over, Prime Minister – it’s time to resign

Matt Hancock did it. Allegra Stratton did it. Heck, even Priti Patel once did it, and she’s terrifying when cornered.

They’ve all said that magic phrase that makes the worries of the world, the expectation of their paymasters and the weight of public opinion suddenly lift from their slumped shoulders with a shuddering creak and an almighty groan. That phrase being something along the lines of: “I have become a distraction – and for that reason, I will be resigning with immediate effect.”

15.01.2022 - 19:24 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Our acceptance of a mass lock-in is more dangerous than any party

Let’s put aside for the moment the immediate furore over Boris Johnson’s future and the further flood of Downing Street festivity stories which may not be finished yet. We need to ask the question that must, given what has prevailed in our lives for the past two years, be most serious. How on earth did we get to a point where events and decisions which would once have been regarded as commonplace, even virtuous – an employer expressing good wishes to staff at a party, a child embracing elderly grandparents, a relative making regular visits to a dying hospital patient – became illegal?

14.01.2022 - 22:20 [ Justin Amash / Twitter ]

The Supreme Court blocked President Biden‘s OSHA mandate, which was blatantly and egregiously unconstitutional. The principle is simple: The president is not a king with the power to do whatever he wants regardless of the law and the facts.

14.01.2022 - 22:19 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

Democrats control both the House and Senate, along with the entire Executive Branch, and they *still* insist that it’s radically unfair — even fascist! — to make them approve laws through Congress before they get to impose them. „Democracy“ means: we rule by executive decree

14.01.2022 - 22:01 [ Fox News ]

MSNBC’s Joy Reid rants against Supreme Court for striking down Biden vaccine mandate: ‚Right-wing ideologues‘

MSNBC host Joy Reid was infuriated Thursday over the Supreme Court’s decision to block President Biden’s coronavirus vaccine mandate, launching a rant against what she called „right-wing ideologues“ occupying six of the court’s nine seats.

During a segment of her show „The ReidOut,“ Reid declared she no longer had faith in the court, calling it a „Christian nationalist version“ of what it used to be, and suggested the justices should each have their own „right-wing talk radio shows.“

14.01.2022 - 21:41 [ Washington Post ]

The frightening philosophy driving the Supreme Court’s new vaccine mandate rulings

At current pace, sometime in late April we will pass a grim milestone: 1 million Americans dead from covid-19. If we get lucky and the omicron wave abates, that millionth death may not come until later in the spring, or the summer. But it will come, and soon.

Keep that in mind as you consider the latest news from the Supreme Court. On Thursday, by a 6-to-3 vote along party lines (and no, I won’t pretend the justices have no relevant party affiliations), they struck down the Biden administration’s mandate that large employers were supposed to require that their employees either be vaccinated or receive regular tests for covid-19.

14.01.2022 - 21:34 [ New York Times ]

Blocking a Mandate, the Supreme Court ‘Sided With Covid-19’

To be clear, the legal resistance on display at the Supreme Court is not about vaccine efficacy or the idiosyncratic nuances of administrative law. It is to support Republican efforts everywhere to damage President Biden politically at the cost of suffering and death for millions of Americans.

Shame, shame on the Supreme Court.

14.01.2022 - 21:13 [ Fox News ]

Supreme Court saves Americans from Biden COVID vaccine mandate—but the fight is not over

As we have stated for months, the federal government doesn’t get to be your nanny, and it shouldn’t get to be your doctor. It has used this COVID-19 emergency to commandeer too many liberties that are solely afforded to sovereign states and free Americans. History has taught us that once a government takes rights from its citizens, they are almost never recovered. States must be vigilant and always ready to challenge a federal government that is growing too fast and too powerful.

14.01.2022 - 11:34 [ Senator Mike Braun / Twitter ]

BIG VICTORY FOR AMERICA AT THE SUPREME COURT

Biden’s unconstitutional vaccine mandate for private employees has been struck down, with help from our objection in the Senate which was referenced in the majority opinion.

14.01.2022 - 10:10 [ Fox News ]

Supreme Court puts an end to pandemic of the autocrat

The American work force is now safe from the unnecessary threat of its government

13.01.2022 - 09:27 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

The Tories will be buried if they ignore the real lessons behind Boris’s fall

Truss, Sunak or whoever comes next must harness the angry anti-establishment mood of centre-Right voters or be swept away by a Labour Party promising, however implausibly, that it is “time for change”. The next leader will need to make good on the promise of Brexit, not merely on its legalities. They cannot keep going with Johnson’s idiotic war on his own supporters, his green fundamentalism, profligate extravagance and gimmicky levelling-up that will achieve nothing but waste billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money.

12.01.2022 - 14:38 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

In this clip, @JakeTapper is absolutely right that counting all people in the hospital WITH COVID as being there FOR COVID is wildly misleading — especially since it applies to close to 50% — but it’s so striking how many arguments that were long taboo are now all being aired.

02.01.2022 - 16:38 [ Election Wizard / Twitter ]

Dr. Malone on the #GreatReset: „They’re proud of it. They don’t hide it. This is the vision. This is a full-on globalist totalitarian vision with the money and control…this is not about the vaccine.“

22.12.2021 - 06:31 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s Trial Is Beyond His Worst Nightmare

In recent weeks, Netanyahu has had an opportunity to look in the eye of one of those witnesses, Nir Hefetz. But, with the exception of a few hours at the start of Hefetz’s testimony, he chose not to do so. Perhaps because the testimony gave the prosecution exactly what it was looking for. Perhaps because the trial is progressing just as it would in Netanyahu’s worst nightmares.

Those statements may sound strange. Anyone following discussion of the trial on the social media sees views that range from “the trial is collapsing” (Bibi-ists) to “What’s going on there?” (the rest of the world).

19.12.2021 - 15:40 [ Glenn Greenwald ]

Led by Jeremy Corbyn, the British Left Opposes Vaccine Mandates as Anti-Worker and Repressive

Unfortunately for the liberal-left which has constructed this manipulative and coercive framework, this now requires that the term “anti-vax” be applied to one of the international left’s most beloved political figures: former Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn. They must also now apply this term of shame to the most admired left-wing members of the British Parliament along with leading trade unions in the UK. That is because the British Left — not just Corbyn and leftist MPs but also leading labor unions — have united to emphatically oppose vaccine mandates and vaccines passports on the ground that 1) it is immoral and profoundly anti-worker to fire health care front-line workers and other workers for refusing a vaccine they have not been convinced is safe and effective, and 2) persuasion is a far more effective and ethical means of administering public health policy than coercion, dictate and punishment.

15.12.2021 - 14:49 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Tory rebellion takes aim at the ‚epidemic of fear‘

What is the point of conservatism, asked one MP after another, if not to draw the line somewhere?

15.12.2021 - 04:08 [ theSun.co.uk ]

MPs are losing their marbles over Omicron…we must remain serene like the Queen

Government scientific advisers are issuing blood-curdling warnings, again, about the NHS being overwhelmed.

There is overblown talk of life-or-death decisions on desolate ­wards emptied of afflicted staff.

Of new nationwide closures and a furlough.

And politicians themselves are falling like nine-pins.

13.11.2021 - 20:25 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Billionaires Are Not Morally Qualified To Shape Human Civilization

Take Bill Gates. He spends a fortune on narrative control ranging from immense contributions to The Guardian to tens of billions of dollars in grants, and he’s committed hundreds of millions of dollars to shady political influence groups as well. He’s been influencing Covid policies around the world, from intervening against the waiving of vaccine patent restrictions to facilitating the worldwide rollout of digital vaccine passports; he’s been giving countless media interviews about Covid-19 and vaccines despite having no medical degree or indeed any qualifications at all apart from a net worth of $136 billion. This is after falsely pledging to give his immense fortune away over a decade ago; his net worth has more than doubled in that time.

13.11.2021 - 18:00 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s Ex-spin Doctor Is About to Reveal How the Corrupt System Works

The man who will take the witness stand in Jerusalem’s District Court on Tuesday is a refined embodiment of the Israeli power structure. Nir Hefetz was once the right-hand man of the country’s three dominant alpha males: former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Yedioth Ahronoth publisher Arnon Mozes and one-time tycoon Nochi Dankner.

There’s no better indicator of the judgment and moral compass of the men who presided over the nation’s government, media and economy.

01.11.2021 - 08:30 [ Donna Laframboise / nofrakkingconsensus.com ]

3 Things Scientists Need to Know About the IPCC

(01.09.2015)

The bottom line is that this is a week of naked political horse trading that goes on behind closed doors. Journalists are not allowed to witness what takes place, which is why we’ve been looking at official IPCC photos here. This is what they permit us to see.

It’s only after the diplomats have haggled over this Summary – paragraph by paragraph – that the final version gets officially released at a press conference.

The world is then told that science has spoken. But what’s just happened has nothing to do with science. Scientific truth is not determined in the dead of night by UN-level negotiations. On what planet would such an approach make scientific sense?

But the bad news doesn’t stop there. There’s actually a step in the IPCC process in which the original, lengthy report gets amended so that it conforms to the politically-negotiated Summary. I am not making this up.

30.10.2021 - 19:04 [ Glenn Greenwald / Rumble.com ]

The Mountain of Data Showing How Authoritarian Democrats Have Become

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19.10.2021 - 06:26 [ Haaretz ]

Not Without a Warrant

The bill adds another justification for searching without a warrant – if, in the police’s view, there are reasonable suspicions that evidence will be found there that will prove a serious crime has been committed, and there are also grounds for fearing that this evidence will be destroyed by the time a search warrant is obtained. The Ministerial Committee for Legislation did insist that in any such situation, the police officer entertaining this suspicion will need approval from a senior officer. But in practice, the police can always claim that a reasonable suspicion existed, even it if turns out the officer in question was wrong.

15.10.2021 - 02:38 [ Haaretz ]

It’s Official: The Netanyahu Era Is Over

Yuli Edelstein did it, big-time. He said out loud what other senior Likud politicians have been whispering to journalists “not for attribution” – that former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has no chance of being able to form a government even after the next election. Edelstein broke the fear barrier.

14.10.2021 - 11:25 [ theGrayzone.com ]

Behind NATO’s ‘cognitive warfare’: ‘Battle for your brain’ waged by Western militaries

The US-led NATO military cartel has tested novel modes of hybrid warfare against its self-declared adversaries, including economic warfare, cyber warfare, information warfare, and psychological warfare.

Now, NATO is spinning out an entirely new kind of combat it has branded cognitive warfare. Described as the “weaponization of brain sciences,” the new method involves “hacking the individual” by exploiting “the vulnerabilities of the human brain” in order to implement more sophisticated “social engineering.”

13.10.2021 - 08:10 [ the Hill ]

Texas governor opens new front on vaccine mandates

Abbott’s move is an escalation in the Republican battle against vaccine mandates, something that many public health experts view as a key tool in the fight against the pandemic, given that voluntary efforts like incentives have hit their limits. The politicization of vaccine mandates could also undermine vaccination efforts even for other diseases, some experts warn.

13.10.2021 - 07:53 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Vaccine Mandate Madness

Biden’s needless order is hurting workers and feeding polarization.

11.10.2021 - 06:24 [ Glenn Greenwald ]

The NYT’s Partisan Tale about COVID and the Unvaccinated is Rife with Sloppy Data Analysis

NOTE FROM GLENN GREENWALD: The corporate media has worked very hard to propagate the liberal-pleasing narrative that COVID has become a partisan disease due to vaccine hesitancy on the right, often ignoring the inconvenient truth that large percentages of politically diverse groups, principally African-Americans and Latinos, remain resistant to vaccination. Recent reporting from The New York Times serves to further this distorted narrative, dubbing the positive correlation between support for Donald Trump and COVID death rates “Red COVID,“ and brandishing it as evidence of a partisan pandemic. But the Times’ report misleads readers through statistical manipulation and data games, as illustrated by this meticulous analysis, presented in an Outside Voices contribution by Jeremy Beckham:

11.10.2021 - 05:49 [ Sydney Morning Herald ]

D-Day or freedom daze for Morrison: the electoral risks and opportunities in reopening

If the next federal election is decided, as it certainly could be, in NSW, and if the Coalition wins, then Monday could be the most important day in that victory. It is hard to overstate the level of excitement in the state right now. Some people are eager to reopen their business – to see customers they haven’t seen in months. Others have taken the next few days off work to enjoy the sudden freedom.

05.10.2021 - 04:13 [ Steve Kirsch ]

Have COVID vaccines killed~ 200,000 Americans?

Executive summary

1.CDC, FDA, NIH are spreading misinfo on vax vs. early treatment: Early treatment is being deliberately sabotaged
2.The data is clear: all the “experts” are wrong about vax safety
3.Our medical freedoms are being stripped away
4.Nobody prominent will challenge my conclusions with a better analysis even with large $ incentives
5.Debates → Government-driven censorship and intimidation
6.CDC and FDA won’t engage or investigate fraud.
7.Medical recommendations are now being driven by the White House
8.Vaccines don’t offer an all-cause morbidity or mortality benefit
9.Geert Vanden Bossche was right: vaccinate mid-pandemic → disaster

29.09.2021 - 10:40 [ Glenn Greenwald ]

An NBA Star and New York’s Governor Show That Liberal COVID Discourse is Devoid of Science

The view that the unvaccinated are all stupid, primitive and ignorant is getting more difficult to sustain, especially as liberal policy contradicts its own core premises.

28.09.2021 - 13:59 [ Dan Wentzel / Twitter ]

After a bleak decade, the center-left is back. The pandemic has shifted the center ground in politics leftward. I have a feeling Scholz and Biden will get along really well.

10.09.2021 - 14:53 [ Norbert Häring ]

ID2020 promoters Gates and Rockefeller Foundations funded WHO’s guideline on digital immunization passes

I have long argued that the increasingly obsessive division of people into vaccinated and unvaccinated, and the proof requirements introduced for this purpose in the form of benefits for the former and harassment of the latter, serve to pave the way for universal digital identity proofs, which people will have to provide in the near future at every turn.

10.09.2021 - 13:54 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

I’m having a hard time believing that the ACLU — just out of the blue — decided to reverse its long-time civil libertarian position *against* vaccine mandates by announcing, just days before Biden imposed them, that they now favor them. Coincidences that extreme are . . . rare.

08.09.2021 - 17:40 [ Glenn Greenwald ]

The ACLU, Prior to COVID, Denounced Mandates and Coercive Measures to Fight Pandemics

If you were surprised to see the ACLU heralding the civil liberties imperatives of „vaccine mandates” and „vaccine requirements” — whereby the government coerces adults to inject medicine into their own bodies that they do not want — the New York Times op-ed which the group promoted, written by two of its senior lawyers, was even more extreme. The article begins with this rhetorical question: “Do vaccine mandates violate civil liberties?” Noting that „some who have refused vaccination claim as much,” the ACLU lawyers say: “we disagree.” The op-ed then examines various civil liberties objections to mandates and state coercion — little things like, you know, bodily autonomy and freedom to choose — and the ACLU officials then invoke one authoritarian cliche after the next (“these rights are not absolute“) to sweep aside such civil liberties concerns:

07.09.2021 - 04:26 [ Glenn Greenwald ]

Ben Rhodes‘ Book Proves Obama Officials‘ Lies, and His Own, About Edward Snowden and Russia

The memoir of Rhodes, now appropriately an MSNBC contributor, is an incredibly self-serving homage to himself that repeatedly attempts to demonstrate his own importance and accomplishments. The passage about Rhodes’ conduct regarding Snowden is very much aligned with those goals. While repeatedly emphasizing how traumatic the Snowden revelations were for the Obama administrations, Rhodes boasts of the crucial role he played in preventing Snowden from leaving Russia as the NSA whistleblower was desperately attempting to do so — exactly the opposite of what people like Rhodes and Hillary Clinton were telling the public about Snowden.

It is really beyond words how willing these people are to lie.

31.08.2021 - 18:46 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

This is a very smart and insightful article on why groupthink is so pervasive among corporate journalists — especially those online — and why both the miserable economics and miserable culture of the media corporations where they work require conformity and herd behavior:

31.08.2021 - 18:35 [ Ross Barkan / Substack ]

The Problem With Media

This is the tragedy. The local news die-off is real and lasting. Whole regions of the country now lack reliable news. The suffering is not always obvious because it is more about absence than outright destruction. Today’s 28-year-old living in an exurb doesn’t understand how much coverage of a town meeting, a county executive’s office, or a public school they would’ve read 20 or 30 years ago. They merely see nothing and learn to live with it. Many of the remaining small newspapers hardly function at all; they are living ghosts printing wire copy.

31.08.2021 - 17:48 [ theGrayzone.com ]

Afghanistan collapse reveals Beltway media’s loyalty to permanent war state

Biden’s popular and long overdue withdrawal from Afghanistan triggered a big media meltdown that exposed its de facto merger with the military.

27.08.2021 - 17:41 [ Glenn Greenwald / Rumble ]

Permanent War Advocates Exploit the Kabul Bombing to Demand More War

Glenn Greenwald analyzes the reactions to the horrific terror attack in Kabul this morning, and debunks the propagandistic talking points used by Deep State operatives and their media allies to push the US into indefinite war.

27.08.2021 - 17:29 [ Cato Institute / Twitter ]

The War on Terror was an ill‐​defined campaign that eroded safeguards built into U.S. institutions, enhanced execute power, & gave federal agencies license to engage in torture & other crimes. “Reign of Terror” author @attackerman joins the @CatoPodcast …

27.08.2021 - 17:04 [ Matt Taibbi / Twitter ]

Chait overlooks that the negative press for Biden this week is passing through the same loophole that allowed Trump to be praised by CNN when he bombed Syria – the overriding constant in American corporate media is fealty to the Pentagon.

27.08.2021 - 16:51 [ The Post Millennial / Twitter ]

Glenn Greenwald @ggreenwald weighs in on the media’s response to the Afghanistan withdrawal: “That is the political party to which the media is most loyal when it comes to foreign affairs … it’s the military, and the CIA.”

21.08.2021 - 15:53 [ theAtlantic.com ]

This War Needed to End

The attacks of 9/11 were an enormous crime; they caused enormous human suffering. But they did not change the world. Bush’s words later that evening changed the world—when he said that he would answer this crime with a determination to “win the war against terrorism,” taking the world to war. Lee understood that danger, and her moral conscience, backed by the moral movement against war that took shape within hours of the attacks themselves, led her to stand up and reject war as an answer.

21.08.2021 - 15:35 [ Secular Talk / Twitter ]

Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan is the most brave thing any US President has done in my lifetime

change my mind

21.08.2021 - 14:51 [ Krystal Ball, Author of bestselling book: The Populist’s Guide to 2020 / Twitter ]

There are a million articles out right now with leaks from intel ghouls insisting that they tried to warn Biden that the Afghan Army would crumble immediately. This would suggest those articles should all be safely discarded as propaganda and bullshit.

18.08.2021 - 13:15 [ The Washington Post / Twitter ]

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) faced death threats, insults and hate mail after she voted against a broad authorization used to carry out the war in Afghanistan. The House vote was 240 to 1. The Senate vote was 98 to 0.

18.08.2021 - 11:40 [ Veterans for Peace ]

VFP Statement on U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Veterans For Peace has previously condemned the U.S. „forever wars“ against „terror“ and called for withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, Iraq and other places in the world. We unequivocally believe that war is not the answer to any problem and that there is no military solution in Afghanistan.

The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan was shameful and poorly executed. We have left too many behind. It was only after veteran and media outcry over leaving dedicated translators and their families, people who risked their lives for us that the U.S. decided, too late, to include them in our withdrawal. Many Afghans have been blocked by callus immigration policy and „Muslim Bans“ from seeking safety in the United States, from the destabilization in Afghanistan that the U.S. created. Caring for refugees and civilians fleeing from conflict is basic decency, and the United States fails to act with the urgency required to protect people. Casual disregard for Afghan lives continues on all levels.

18.08.2021 - 11:29 [ Council on Foreign Relations - cfr.org ]

Biden Was Right

The ineffectiveness and collapse of Afghanistan’s military and governing institutions largely substantiates Biden’s skepticism that US-led efforts to prop up the government in Kabul would ever enable it to stand on its own feet. The international community has spent nearly 20 years, many thousands of lives, and trillions of dollars to do good by Afghanistan – taking down al-Qaeda; beating back the Taliban; supporting, advising, training, and equipping the Afghan military; bolstering governing institutions; and investing in the country’s civil society.

18.08.2021 - 11:25 [ Ambassador David Robinson (Ret.) / the Hill ]

Humiliating as it may be, leaving Afghanistan is still the right decision

Biden deserves credit for facing the facts and doing the right thing. His recent predecessors either were dissuaded from taking the same step by egregiously wrong military and foreign policy advice or else blanched at being labeled the president who lost a war. Biden will take the hit, but the simple truth is that we have not so much abandoned Afghanistan as Afghanistan has abandoned us, or more precisely, never joined us in the first place.

18.08.2021 - 10:45 [ Glenn Greenwald ]

The U.S. Government Lied For Two Decades About Afghanistan

That is particularly true given how heavily the U.S. had Afghanistan under every conceivable kind of electronic surveillance for more than a decade. A significant portion of the archive provided to me by Edward Snowden detailed the extensive surveillance the NSA had imposed on all of Afghanistan. In accordance with the guidelines he required, we never published most of those documents about U.S. surveillance in Afghanistan on the ground that it could endanger people without adding to the public interest, but some of the reporting gave a glimpse into just how comprehensively monitored the country was by U.S. security services.

18.08.2021 - 10:26 [ Antiwar.com ]

Hurrah! Washington’s Pointless Sojourn in the Graveyard of Empires Is Finally Over

Then there was also the US intelligence agencies, which must have been channeling Hemingway’s very words. Just 4 days ago they estimated that Kabul could fall in 90 days and then suddenly revised the figure to 72 hours.

But nothing could top the blinky Washington careerist who now sits in the big chair at Foggy Bottom:

“If there is a significant deterioration in security … I don’t think it’s going to be something that happens from a Friday to a Monday.”

– Anthony Blinken, US secretary of state.

Alas, it surely did. And now the same medieval brutes who were originally recruited and trained by the CIA in the 1980s and who ruled Afghanistan with a bloody reign of terror from 1996-2001, in fact, were in the president’s office within hours of Ghani’s flight. Except during the interim, the Grim Reaper of War had racked-up a horrendous butchers bill …

16.08.2021 - 10:31 [ Afghan War Raw Footage / Twitter ]

I’ll say it again, there is too much misinformation about #Afganistan right now Follow @paykhar on @AfgEye for clarity, daily livestreams on the ongoing crisis

(14.08.2021)

16.08.2021 - 09:25 [ Fox News ]

Intelligence agencies‘ credibility in question amid Taliban takeover

Aug. 16, 2021 – 5:36 – Rep. Mike Waltz R-Fla., tells ‚The Next Revolution‘ that ‚the intelligence has been crystal clear‘

10.08.2021 - 09:12 [ Donna Laframboise / Youtube ]

The IPCC: Where’s the Science?

(Mar 11, 2014)

The UN’s climate panel claims to be a ’scientific body.‘ But it’s actually in the business of writing reports that rely on thousands of judgment calls. It’s time to stop pretending that fallible human judgment is ’science.‘

10.08.2021 - 08:50 [ Donna Laframboise / nofrakkingconsensus.com ]

3 Things Scientists Need to Know About the IPCC

(01.09.2015)

The bottom line is that this is a week of naked political horse trading that goes on behind closed doors. Journalists are not allowed to witness what takes place, which is why we’ve been looking at official IPCC photos here. This is what they permit us to see.

It’s only after the diplomats have haggled over this Summary – paragraph by paragraph – that the final version gets officially released at a press conference.

The world is then told that science has spoken. But what’s just happened has nothing to do with science. Scientific truth is not determined in the dead of night by UN-level negotiations. On what planet would such an approach make scientific sense?

But the bad news doesn’t stop there. There’s actually a step in the IPCC process in which the original, lengthy report gets amended so that it conforms to the politically-negotiated Summary. I am not making this up.

04.08.2021 - 12:48 [ Krystal Ball ]

Thank you @ninaturner for your fearlessness and your unrelenting commitment to truth telling. These are the qualities that make you powerful and there is no super pac that can change that.

04.08.2021 - 12:18 [ Secular Talk / Twitter ]

Nina lost for a very simple reason. In the closing stretch THIS happened: „Democratic Majority for Israel, a hybrid PAC/super PAC that has spent $1.2 million on ads supporting Brown and opposing Turner“ – & the ads viciously lied about her. The lies stuck

04.08.2021 - 07:47 [ Fox News ]

Hannity slams New York City’s vaccine passport protocol

„Nevermind medical privacy, your medical privacy, nevermind your doctor-patient confidentiality. Anyone who’s vaccinated and is allowed to attend indoor activities will soon have to share their personal, medical documents with employees at every restaurant, every bar, every sporting event, every concert and other random strangers all across New York City.“

Along with vaccine requirements, NHI Director Dr. Francis Collins told CNN that parents should wear masks with their children in their own homes, sparking outrage.

01.08.2021 - 12:00 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

MAIL ON SUNDAY COMMENT: Spare us from the mental torture of crazy travel rules

It sometimes seems as if someone wants to punish us for wanting to live normally again.

30.07.2021 - 17:08 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

I refuse to be imprisoned by an incompetent Government invoking bogus science

The „amber plus“ regime for those returning from France is on one level a trivial detail, hardly newsworthy when set against the magnificent fiasco of the British pingdemic.

Yet nothing quite so illustrates the bureaucratic incoherence of Britain’s post-vaccination policy as this lunatic quarantine rule for travellers.

Furthermore, it is slightly alarming to see the authorities deploy the coercive power of the state so breezily, in such a random fashion, and in violation of the known scientific data. Bad habits are being formed.

27.07.2021 - 04:13 [ Glenn Greenwald ]

FBI Using the Same Fear Tactic From the First War on Terror: Orchestrating its Own Terrorism Plots

Questioning the FBI’s role in 1/6 was maligned by corporate media as deranged. But only ignorance about the FBI or a desire to deceive could produce such a reaction.

26.07.2021 - 11:07 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

Is this a right-wing message or a left-wing message that I’m expressing here, or does it show the worthlessness of those labels when it comes to the dangers posed by the permanent, secret US security state?

21.07.2021 - 18:46 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s NSO and Pegasus Are a Clear and Present Danger to Democracy Around the World

After 12 years of Benjamin Netanyahu’s tenure as prime minister, in which human rights activists and Knesset members were smeared as supporters of terrorism, critical journalists deemed enemies of the people and left-wing voters as traitors, why would the Israeli public, which had grown accustomed to view dissident voices as enemies, care about what happens to journalists in Azerbaijan, India or Hungary?

19.07.2021 - 16:05 [ Jacobin ]

Were Haiti’s Capitalists Behind the Assassination of President Moïse?

(09.07.2021)

Haitian president Jovenel Moïse was assassinated this week by alleged mercenaries. In an interview with Jacobin, the English language editor of Haiti Liberté says he suspects that some of Haiti’s richest families hired the attackers to preempt a potential revolution — and possibly even trigger US military intervention.

18.07.2021 - 18:28 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

DAN HODGES: Pushmi-pullyu Boris promised us freedom… So get ready for the next lockdown

‚I hope that the roadmap is irreversible,‘ Boris told the nation on Monday. ‚We’ve always said that we hope that it will be irreversible – but in order to have an irreversible roadmap, we also said it’s got to be a cautious approach.‘

That’s not what he’s always said.

16.07.2021 - 16:18 [ off-guardian.org ]

On The Psychology Of The Conspiracy Denier

We know, without question, that politicians lie and hide their connections and that corporations routinely display utter contempt for moral norms – that corruption surrounds us.

We know that revolving doors between the corporate and political spheres, the lobbying system, corrupt regulators, the media and judiciary mean that wrongdoing is practically never brought to any semblance of genuine justice.

We know that the press makes noise about these matters occasionally but never pursues them with true vigour.

We know that in the intelligence services and law enforcement wrongdoing on a breathtaking scale is commonplace and that, again, justice is never forthcoming.

We know that governments repeatedly ignore or trample on the rights of the people, and actively abuse and mistreat the people. None of this is controversial.

So exactly what is it that conspiracy deniers refuse to acknowledge with such fervour, righteousness and condescension?

16.07.2021 - 06:10 [ aco Barnard-Naudé / DailyMaverick.co.za ]

Anarchy in the RSA: A spirit of revolt without revolution

Slavoj Žižek proposed in an article on the London riots in 2011 that such riots are not easily understandable in Marxist terms, precisely because they do not carry the signs of the emergence of a revolutionary subject. Instead, he proposes that they fit much better the Hegelian notion of “abstract negativity”, of “those outside organised social space, who can express their discontent only through ‘irrational’ outbursts of destructive violence”. Žižek believes that these forms of riot confirm the rather mundane, now commonplace assertion that we live in a post-ideological era, an era in which nothing is demanded any more, a time of “zero-degree violence”.

“Opposition to the system can no longer articulate itself in the form of a realistic alternative, or even as a utopian project,” Žižek writes, “but can only take the shape of a meaningless outburst.”

16.07.2021 - 06:00 [ DailyMaverick.co.za ]

Confessions of a dangerous mind, a ‘divinely inspired’ Zuma spy Thulani Dlomo

Shortly after taking his oath of office, Zuma signed a proclamation that bypassed Parliament and collapsed five of South Africa’s agencies into the State Security Agency (SSA).

The door was thus kicked open for the creation of an unlawful, parallel, secret security state, funded by public money — much of which remains unaccounted for — and which served Zuma’s personal and political interests for more than a decade.

16.07.2021 - 05:49 [ Jani Allan / RT.com ]

The row raging over a corrupt former president’s jailing shows that South Africa is heading down a sad and familiar path

South Africa’s highest court last week ordered the imprisonment of the country’s former president Jacob Zuma for 15 months for contempt of court. The decision stems from Zuma’s refusal to appear at a commission to answer questions about his alleged involvement in corruption during his time as president between 2009 and 2018.

On Saturday, however, the constitutional court agreed to hear Zuma’s urgent appeal on July 12 to rescind its order to sentence him to jail. If the court is gelded, the human rights so dearly won defeating apartheid will be lost.

10.07.2021 - 19:10 [ Glenn Greenwald ]

An Ugly War Among Leftist YouTubers Shows Two Common, Toxic Pathologies Plaguing U.S. Politics

While I used my social media platforms to denounce the false accusations voiced by Uygur and Kasparian against Maté, none of this would merit an article or stand-alone commentary if not for the fact that the two weapons they chose — false accusations that someone is a paid Russian agent and exploited sexual harassment accusations — have become extremely commonplace in Democratic Party politics, liberal circles and U.S. politics more broadly. It is long past time — way past time — that these tactics be rejected and scorned by everyone regardless of ideology or personality preferences.

10.07.2021 - 16:59 [ Express.co.uk ]

If Covid hadn’t been politicised, lockdown would be over, says JUDY FINNIGAN

If the scientists are so unsure that double-jabbed bodies are protected from the worst effects of Covid, ie ICU and death, then what the hell was all the fuss about when they were invented late last year?

Covid is no longer a matter of public health. It’s been politicised. Reputations have been staked. Pompous men are using you and me as pawns. It’s like Brexit. We just want to get on with our lives but the scientists and politicians don’t seem to care about that.

09.07.2021 - 18:12 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Up to 40% of ‚Covid hospital patients‘ infected with Delta variant may have been admitted for a different illness, official figures suggest

Four out of 10 patients hospitalised with the Indian Covid variant in England may have been admitted for something else, MailOnline analysis of official data suggests.

Public Health England’s fortnightly report on the ‚Delta‘ strain showed a total of 1,904 people had spent at least one night in hospital with the mutant virus by June 21.

But the agency admits 739 (39 per cent) of these patients may have gone to hospital for a different condition or injury and tested positive through routine NHS testing.

08.07.2021 - 17:01 [ Stella Moris #DropTheCharges / Twitter ]

Reports about US undertakings are grossly misleading: On any given day 80.000 prisoners in US prisons are held in solitary. Only a handful are in ADX/under SAMs. US gov also says it may change its mind if CIA says so once #Assange is in US custody.

08.07.2021 - 16:34 [ Spiked ]

Boris, don’t give in to the neurotic middle classes

Let’s be real: some people want to live in lockdown forever because they fear and loathe ordinary people.

07.07.2021 - 05:48 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

STEPHEN GLOVER: As he risks millions of people being stuck at home, Sajid Javid has made a mockery of his entire strategy

Until now, that is. Yesterday afternoon the new broom that is Mr Javid suddenly looked alarmingly like his unlamented predecessor. His announcement that self-isolation rules are going to be dropped for the double-jabbed and under-18s was of course extremely welcome.

But why on earth has this long-overdue change been deferred until August 16, which is four weeks after so-called Freedom Day on July 19?

05.07.2021 - 17:03 [ Newsweek ]

As You Celebrate Your Freedom, Remember Julian Assange | Opinion

What is it, then, that makes dissidents such a threat? Contrary to common criminals they serve a higher cause. Contrary to terrorists, they inform, empower and mobilize the people. And contrary to parliamentary oppositions, they have no stakes in corrupt institutions and practices that often feed both sides of the political aisle. Governments fear dissidents, because they cannot be owned and controlled. Some imprison, torture and execute them routinely, based on classified evidence and summary trials. Others conceal their oppression behind a veil of due process, crushing them through judicial harassment and defamation.

29.06.2021 - 11:20 [ Aaron Mate / Twitter ]

The fact that the US just bombed Syria & US troops are occupying it (along with imposing murderous sanctions) should underscore that it’s derelict for left media to avoid it — & avoid speaking out when those who do cover it are slandered for challenging the establishment line.

29.06.2021 - 10:47 [ Jimmy Dore / Twitter ]

America is terrorizing & bombing the middle east again. We’re the terrorists. We’re the Imperialists. We’re the blood thirsty murdering psychopaths. We’re the Bad guys. This is without Trump. Congrats!

28.06.2021 - 21:13 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

PM’s tone-deaf response to the Hancock saga reveals a fundamental weakness

It is never clear whether the government is following public opinion or leading it. In trying to do both, they get the worst of both worlds.

28.06.2021 - 21:08 [ DonJon / Twitter ]

23000 infections in England; 3 deaths. In Scotland, record 3000+ infections; zero deaths. We don’t protect the population from flu. We need to start seeing COVID the same way, barring variants that raise hospital admissions significantly. Bring on Freedom Day!

27.06.2021 - 15:56 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Ordinary people sacrificed everything during the pandemic – this government has laughed in our faces

I have no idea what qualifies Ms Coladangelo, a lobbyist and communications director, to be an adviser and non-executive director at the Department of Health and Social Care, other than the fact she has been pals with Hancock for years. Perhaps we know now why Hancock failed at the time of the appointment to declare his “friendship” with her. In her time of advising him, Hancock oversaw the highest death rates in Europe from Covid, so the value of this appointment was seemingly for him, not for us. The whole thing stinks. It stank even before the videos of the kiss.

22.06.2021 - 13:51 [ Express.co.uk ]

‚More like the USSR at every turn!‘ Britons chilled as EU to censor UK television content

Scheming eurocrats provoked outrage when it emerged they were drawing up plans to pull our critically-acclaimed shows like The Crown and Peaky Blinders from European streaming services. The news – which emerged in a memo sent to the EU’s 27 member states – was quickly compared to Soviet Russia which was notorious for its thought police tactics.

22.06.2021 - 13:31 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

I can no longer support this irrational lockdown

The public, which has been very understanding up to now, can be forgiven for being not just confused, but uncomprehending. A government can only govern by consent and, in my judgment, that consent is about to be withdrawn. People see a vaccination programme which has been among the most successful in the world, and they see a daily death rate mostly in single figures. If the current restrictions are not lifted on July 5 or 19, Boris Johnson will live to regret it.

16.06.2021 - 16:00 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Britain is still paying the price for the original sin of locking down

I remind you of these things not to mock the Government’s lack of foresight, but to question whether it has ever been straight with us. Suppose that back in March 2020 the Prime Minister had said that he would micro-manage our lives by law, not for at least three weeks but for at least 17 months. Would the British people would have submitted as meekly as they did? I doubt it.

16.06.2021 - 15:55 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

It doesn’t matter what you say, Prime Minister – June 21 will still be our Freedom Day

No wonder the Brothers Grim, Whitty and Vallance, looked ill at ease as they attempted to pass off hugely encouraging charts as looming calamity. Because the physical Covid numbers are now so low, they resorted to percentages instead. Hospital admissions had increased “by 50 per cent in a week”, warned the Chief Medical Officer.

A 50 per cent increase in Covid patients sounds really bad, doesn’t it? Well, it isn’t. NHS England reported 137 Covid admissions on June 12

16.06.2021 - 08:36 [ עומדים ביחד نقف معًا Standing Together / Twitter ]

The „March of Flags“ in Jerusalem isn’t a peacful protest. It is a VIOLENT SPREE, where racist settlers attack Palestinian bystanders, burst into homes, all while shouting „DEATH TO ARABS!“ The new Minister of Public Security @omerbarlev from Labor Party was WRONG to allow it

15.06.2021 - 13:34 [ Noa Landau / Haaretz ]

Israel Said No to Authoritarianism, but Risk of Populism Remains

After 12 years in power, MK Benjamin Netanyahu adopted more than a few traits of this type: He turned the members of the government and cabinet into rubber stamps and concentrated power and numerous types of authority in his office. He undermined the principle of the separation of authorities, and especially the independence of the justice system and law enforcement, he compartmentalized the executive branch, cultivated a personal and familial cult of personality, ascribed to himself superhuman qualities, quashed the political competition in Likud and became his party’s supreme leader.

14.06.2021 - 15:15 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

In Orwellian Britain, lockdown is perpetual and sickness is health

Embracing the statist doctrine of a permanent war on Covid will end badly for the Conservatives

14.06.2021 - 15:05 [ Mirror.co.uk ]

The delay to freedom is entirely Boris Johnson’s fault. Don’t let him tell you otherwise

The only reason you can’t do whatever you want is because the PM prefers to do whatever he wants, says Fleet Street Fox

14.06.2021 - 12:00 [ Haaretz.com / Twitter ]

Avigdor Lieberman has long been misjudged by both the left and the right in Israel. But without him, Benjamin Netanyahu wouldn’t be packing his bags to leave the prime minister’s residence, writes Alon Pinkas

13.06.2021 - 18:49 [ David Brinn / Jerusalem Post ]

Shameful display in Knesset ahead of new gov’t swearing-in – COMMENT

The shameful scene also revealed that indeed, it was high time for the outgoing members of the government to head to the opposition. As Lapid said, their behavior reminded him why it was so important to replace them. Their concept of democracy and free speech has been distorted beyond recognition by too much time in power.

13.06.2021 - 18:08 [ Nicholas Goldberg / LA Times ]

Column: Israel is trying to oust Bibi Netanyahu. But will he really go?

(02.06.2021)

So is this the end of the road for the man who has been the dominant Israeli political figure of his era? Is this the beginning of a sharp change in direction for Israel?

My advice? Don’t bet the house on it. And don’t count him out until you hear the prison doors clang shut behind him.

13.06.2021 - 17:03 [ Anshel Pfeffer אנשיל פפר / Twitter ]

Boring party statements now. Starting with concentrated sycophancy from Likud’s Yoav Kisch

Netanyahu does a little walkabout in the plenum, glad-handling Likudniks. Interestingly, he ignores Nir Barkat whose already launched his own unofficial Likud leadership campaign.

13.06.2021 - 15:32 [ Eylon Levy / Twitter ]

Honestly, disgusting brats. They won’t let PM designate Naftali Bennett get a word out of his mouth. #schande

08.06.2021 - 15:19 [ PeoplesParty.org ]

The CIA Has Been Taking Over for Decades—Even Former Presidents Tried to Warn Us

December 22, 1963 — exactly one month after President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated, former President Harry S. Truman published an op-ed in the Washington Post that most people, especially our perfumed ruling elite, wanted to ignore.

Truman, who signed the CIA into existence just after World War II, wrote, “I think it has become necessary to take another look at the purpose and operations of our Central Intelligence Agency—the CIA. […] For some time I have been disturbed by the way the CIA has been diverted from its original assignment. It has become an operational and at times a policy-making arm of the Government. This has led to trouble and may have compounded our difficulties in several explosive areas. …There is something about the way the CIA has been functioning that is casting a shadow over our historic position and I feel that we need to correct it.”

Not only did that adorn the pages of the Washington Post one month after JFK’s death, Truman hand wrote the first draft just one week after JFK met up with a bunch of bullets in Dallas. Sure, one may wish Harry had sent his thoughts to John a month before the President’s televised execution. Maybe he could’ve sent a singing telegram or something. But let’s at least give Truman partial credit for the belated message.

Before his death President Kennedy also held no love for the Central Intelligence Agency. Following the calamitous Bay of Pigs invasion, Kennedy said he wanted to “splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it into the winds.”

Point being, clearly Truman, who created the CIA, and Kennedy, who met a mysterious untimely end by professional killers, knew the agency had run amok.

Yet the CIA is still here, bigger and filled with more Bond villains than ever, and now they have a whole cavalcade of other intelligence agencies working with them.

04.06.2021 - 11:21 [ NBC News ]

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is on the way out. That’s cause for (a little) hope.

After an 11-day war between Israel and Hamas-run Gaza that ended with a cease-fire in late May, the new government is an almost-inspiring step back from the abyss.

30.05.2021 - 12:47 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

We can’t let them cancel Freedom Day because of another ’scariant‘

(18.05.2021)

How blissfully everyone slipped back into near-normality on Monday, and with such a huge sigh of relief. Lunch with friends in a restaurant, holding your mother’s hand without fear, tickets for a show. Small pleasures, but how sweet they taste. Just as our long hibernation felt almost at an end and we began to believe we could slough off that lockdown lassitude and banish the gnawing worm of anxiety, here comes the… Indian variant. Bwa-hah-hah-hah!

The pattern should be familiar by now

24.05.2021 - 06:23 [ i24news.tv ]

French FM warns Israel of ‚risk of apartheid‘

The official’s rhetoric echoes recent reports by the Israeli B’Tselem rights group, as well as by the Human Rights Watch (HRW) organization, both of which accused Israel of subjecting Palestinians to a multi-tiered regime of discrimination not unlike the racist system of governance that held sway in South Africa between 1948 and 1991.

21.05.2021 - 08:04 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Israel-Gaza ceasefire comes into effect, ending 11 days of intensive fighting

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said Thursday night that the cabinet had unanimously approved the truce without preconditions on the recommendation of all defense officials, including IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi, Shin Bet head Nadav Argaman, Mossad Director Yossi Cohen and National Security Advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat.
The statement said that Israel’s achievements in Operation Guardian of the Walls were „unprecedented.“

20.05.2021 - 19:51 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu and Hamas Are Working Together to Destroy My Israel

Everyone knew it at once. Some Israelis hated the idea, others saw it as a blessing in disguise. After all, even if Israel had already lost the war, even if parallel lynch mobs of Israeli Arabs and Israeli Jews were out for rival blood; even if in Israel synagogues were torched and a Muslim cemetery desecrated and sacred texts firebombed to ash, Netanyahu’s death grip on power had been rescued. By Hamas. And by the Jewish scumbag fascist supporters of terror whom Netanyahu had spent recent months coddling and courting and campaigning for.

17.05.2021 - 15:17 [ New York Times ]

For Trump, Hamas and Bibi, It Is Always Jan. 6

Like Trump, both Bibi and Hamas have kept power by inspiring and riding waves of hostility to “the other.” They turn to this tactic anytime they are in political trouble. Indeed, they each have been the other’s most valuable partner in that tactic ever since Netanyahu was first elected prime minister in 1996 — on the back of a wave of Hamas suicide bombings.

No, Hamas and Bibi don’t talk. They don’t need to. They each understand what the other needs to stay in power and consciously or unconsciously behave in ways to ensure that they deliver it.

17.05.2021 - 13:29 [ CNN ]

Palestinians deserve the same security, equality and right to a homeland as the Israelis

If history serves as a guide, however, after a ceasefire is reached, the conflict will slowly fade from the headlines, the world will go back to its business and the Palestinians will largely be forgotten — yet again. For those who sincerely want to see a just and lasting peace in the Middle East, this time must be different. The world, and especially the Biden administration, cannot look away but must engage on the question of Palestine. It’s 2021 — a homeland for Palestinian Christians and Muslims is long overdue, as is safety and equality for Palestinians.

15.05.2021 - 11:55 [ Haaretz ]

Bennett Flees to His Masochistic Comfort Zone: Under Netanyahu’s Sway

The facts are simple: Hamas is good for Netanyahu, and Netanyahu is fabulous for Hamas. He never intended to “topple” its rule. He keeps strengthening this organization, intentionally, to weaken Israel’s interlocutors in the PA.

Hamas-Gaza is a perfect exemplar of the basic concept Ehud Barak coined in his day, and which has kept the left in the political margins for the past 20 years: There is no partner for peace on the Palestinian side. This is exactly what Netanyahu wants. Hamas and Netanyahu are a long, stable, profitable romance.

15.05.2021 - 08:50 [ Ben Reiff / Times of Israel ]

OPINION: To end the violence, we must end the occupation

We reject the suggestion that it is only certain kinds of Jews of certain nationalities who abhor the violence of the occupation. Our members include rabbis, youth movement leaders, Jewish professionals and others who are deeply committed to Jewish communal life.

We come from every mainstream denomination and our conviction for justice is informed by our commitment to Judaism.

We care profoundly about our community and feel compelled to actualise the Jewish values by which we have been taught to live; values such as chesed (loving-kindness), tzedek (justice) and pikuach nefesh (the sanctity of each human life).

14.05.2021 - 04:16 [ Haaretz ]

Bennett Gave in to Pressure by Deserting Coalition Talks

But amid the pressure from the harsh state of current events, Bennett stated Thursday that a government of change was no longer on the agenda. Instead of standing in the breach during an emergency, he folded and paved the way for the worst option of all: The continued reign of the person responsible for the horrible state our country is in.

12.05.2021 - 08:53 [ Omer Katz / عُمِر كاتس / Twitter ]

Let me say it loud & clear: #Netanyahu is a narcissistic sociopath. He does not care if any of us lives or die as long as he has enough power to avoid incarceration. This escalation was carefully planned to thwart the negotiations between Mansour Abbas (United Arab List) & Lapid.

Abbas, ideologically is a part of the Muslim Brotherhood.
He cannot aid ti form a government which will involve itself in a war on his own people in #Gaza and one of the most sacred places to Islam.

Itamar Ben-Gvir, a convicted terrorist and now, shamefully, a member of the Knesset, has disclosed he told #Netanyahu that if there will be a war in #Gaza, Lapid won’t be able to form a government.
Netanyahu’s propagandists have said roughly the same, though not directly.

12.05.2021 - 08:35 [ (((Jacob The Hebrew))) / Twitter ]

It’s also important 4folks 2remember that the Israeli government led by PM Netanyahu doesn’t speak 4even half of Israeli voters & Hamas doesn’t speak 4even half of Palestinian voters. Both people are casualties in a conflict caused by divisive leaders who don’t care about them

12.05.2021 - 08:30 [ Yoav Lurie / Twitter ]

.. The current violence emboldens Hamas and bolsters Bibi Netanyahu; all to the detriment of the Israeli and Palestinian people. It’s terrible.

07.05.2021 - 12:00 [ Haaretz ]

A Change Has Started Within the anti-Netanyahu Bloc

Twenty-nine chaotic and nightmarish months, during which Israel has been dragged kicking and screaming into four elections by a cynical, unrestrained, corrupt and corrupting leader, might soon come to an end. Maybe even next week. A disgraceful, dark chapter in the country’s 73 years will end.

06.05.2021 - 22:47 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

The French people are Britain’s best ally – they can’t stand Macron either

Boris Johnson should ignore the provocations, recall the gunboats – and gamble on the slow demise of the Macron presidency

06.05.2021 - 22:32 [ Glenn Greenwald ]

Corporate News Outlets Again „Confirm“ the Same False Story, While Many Refuse to Correct it

One of the primary plagues of corporate journalism, which I have documented more times than I can count, just reared its ugly head again to deceive millions of people with fake news. When one large news outlet publishes a false story based on whispers from anonymous security state agents with the CIA or FBI, other news outlets quickly purport that they have “independently confirmed” the false story, in order to bolster its credibility (oh, it must be true since other outlets have also confirmed it).

04.05.2021 - 20:23 [ Time Magazine ]

President Biden Made the Right Choice to Withdraw from Afghanistan

We all know theoretically that “sunk costs are sunk,” but when those costs are friends and teammates, it isn’t easy to walk away. There’s no way ever to quantify the loss of over 2,200 American servicemen and women, 3,800 American contractors, and 100,000 Afghans over two decades. The stoic philosophers like Epictetus and Aurelius taught to detach without being vacuous but that isn’t always the easiest advice to follow. Like all SEALs and service members of my era, I’ve buried far too many friends. We best honor them by making a stoic and intelligent choice today, not by sacrificing and investing more in a mission no longer central to our national security.

04.05.2021 - 07:51 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

I can’t vote for any party that won’t trust us with freedom: With a heavy heart, TIM NEWARK says politicians‘ obsession with Covid lockdowns and zero carbon targets leaves him no choice

This is, I know, a shocking thing to say because democracy is a hard-won, valued right in our country, but I cannot bring myself to support any mainstream party in local elections on Thursday.

Why? Because all of them appear determined to reduce my freedoms, whether it’s the lingering restrictions of lockdown or new plans to change our very lifestyles thanks to zero carbon targets.

02.05.2021 - 00:52 [ Gleen Greenwald ]

The Left Continues to Destroy Itself and Others With Evidence-Free Destruction of Reputations

Equating accusations with proven fact is reckless and repressive. It is also standard behavior in liberal politics, whereby they ruin lives without a second thought.

21.04.2021 - 07:22 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Can we stop this lockdown inhumanity and get our lives back?

There were 250 in Westminster Abbey for Easter Day Eucharist. I know that Covid is a fiendishly clever critter, but can it really distinguish between normal congregants and mourners at a funeral? Why the harsher limit on the latter? Do those purse-lipped puritans on SAGE fear that grief might drive people to have a Covid-reckless sherry afterwards and start hugging the people they love? To borrow a favourite Prince Philip word, it’s bunkum.

08.04.2021 - 18:39 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s Shameful Speech: When Holocaust Remembrance Day Becomes a Campaign Event

For the prime minister, it’s all about him. Always. For him, Holocaust Remembrance Day is just another opportunity to make a political speech, a self-serving tirade. As a bonus encore, just to make things even more politicized, this year’s speech also included a warning to President Joe Biden on Iran.

Israel, Mr. Netanyahu declared, “will not be committed” to a new agreement with Iran, if such an agreement is reached as a result of renewed nuclear negotiations. In Mr. Netanyahu’s world, the year is always 1938, Iran is Nazi Germany, the world is intoxicated with appeasement and he is the improved reincarnation of Winston Churchill.

05.04.2021 - 15:14 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Covid passports are authoritarian, illogical, vile

The Covid passport is a revolting idea. Authoritarian. Discriminatory. Un-British. The PM will give us more details in a press conference today but it’s a mark of how far lockdown has warped our values that it’s already being hailed as a “freedom pass”. The public is all for it, of course: these are the people who call the cops when they see a queue outside a church. We’ve become so used to control that being permitted to do something that in ordinary times would be quite normal, like go to the theatre or attend a football match, is treated as a benign act of mercy by an all-loving state.

05.04.2021 - 15:10 [ Graham Brady / Telegraph.co.uk ]

Vaccine passports show the state is reaching too far into our lives

There are, though, some people who can’t take the vaccine or, like pregnant women, are advised against it.

Banning these people from concerts and football matches would be divisive and discriminatory. As we plan for the peace, we should be vigilant in defence of liberty, where the state has reached too far into our lives, we should kick it out. No government in future should have the power to tell you whether you can see your children or grandchildren, nor should it be able to force you to publish your medical records as a condition for living a normal life.

01.04.2021 - 15:54 [ Ken Pope / Twitter ]

In a dictatorship, the ‚official statistics‘ are manipulated to match the story that the dictator wants told. Enough said!

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01.04.2021 - 15:48 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Brexit: Boris Johnson’s new laws put UK on ‘very slippery slope’ to dictatorship, warn ex-Supreme Court president

(08 October 2020)

Lord Neuberger linked the new powers to the coronavirus pandemic and suggested that if the government was seen to be ignoring the law, ordinary people might also decide to reject it,

„The government understandably expects people to obey the law: but I ask rhetorically, what moral authority does the government have expecting people to obey these draconian laws, if it itself is announcing that it intends to break its obligations under international law and intends to stop people going to court to enforce their rights against the government?“ he said.

01.04.2021 - 00:28 [ Express.co.uk ]

Brexit MEP’s controversial vaccine theory – but do YOU agree with him?

Boris was elected in December 2019 on the promise of reclaiming our freedoms from Brussels, that did not give him the mandate to permanently change how our society works. The State has more power now than at anytime since the Second World War and it’s hungry for more.

That 80 seat majority that Brexiteers gifted Boris is being used to ram ever more authoritarian diktats down our throat in the name of „protecting us“.

Where is the so-called libertarian Boris? The man with famously flexible principles has abandoned the core political philosophy that powered his rise – personal responsibility.

27.03.2021 - 14:00 [ Express.co.uk ]

What’s the point of a BRILLIANT vaccine if we remain prisoners in our homes? JUDY FINNIGAN

I’m getting very tired of various scientific oddbods turning up on the news and telling us our future. This is invariably gloomy, speculating about how new variants will not allow us to have holidays abroad this summer.

The latest – unbelievably – is Professor Neil Ferguson, who was so publicly caught flouting his own lockdown advice last year by inviting his mistress over for a spot of nooky.

Shamed for a bit, he’s now back on his high horse, saying summer holidays are not for the rest of us.

24.03.2021 - 15:19 [ HelpNetSecurity.com ]

TLS 1.3: Slow adoption of stronger web encryption is empowering the bad guys

(April 6, 2020)

Asymmetric encryption is used during the “handshake”, which takes place prior to any data being sent. The handshake determines which cipher suite to use for the session – in other words, the symmetric encryption type – so that both browser and server agree. The TLS 1.2 protocol took multiple round trips between client and server, while TLS 1.3 is a much smoother process that requires only one trip. This latency saving shaves milliseconds off each connection.

Another characteristic of TLS 1.3 is that it can operate alongside DNS over HTTPS (DoH).

21.03.2021 - 13:43 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

MAIL ON SUNDAY COMMENT: The EU elite’s seething resentment at Britain’s success hurts them more than us and does no one any good

The grotesque behaviour of EU governments and leaders over the Oxford vaccine has gone beyond all limits of reason and civilised action.

First, they attacked its usefulness. Then they cast doubts on its safety. Now they seek to grab hold of supplies, and so slow down its distribution in one of the few countries that has welcomed and used it widely and effectively.

16.03.2021 - 12:14 [ Spiked ]

The free-speech crisis is not a right-wing myth

Too many on what passes for the left today are keen to dismiss the free-speech crisis in universities as a ‘right-wing myth’. They brush off the countless examples of censorship as overhyped. And they ignore concerns about the moral policing of dissenting views.

In short, they effectively deny that a free-speech crisis exists. And they do so by attacking those who are sounding the alarm. As far as these deniers are concerned, the problem is not cancel culture; it is those dishonest myth-makers who are drawing attention to it.

07.03.2021 - 15:03 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

MARY ELLEN SYNON: Why the roots of the EU’s vaccine catastrophe lie in Merkel’s shadowy past in Communist East Germany

As a young woman, Merkel was taught to believe in a Soviet system that folded 15 republics into a single state, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. In the past few months, she has sacrificed all prospects of rapid vaccination – and the lives it would save – for her own population because of her dogmatic belief in folding 27 countries into a single state called the European Union.

As Filipp Piatov, head of opinion at the German newspaper Bild, wrote last week, even in such a vital matter Merkel preferred ideology to good politics – because she was ‘so eager to demonstrate the superiority of Brussels bureaucracy to the nation state’.

06.03.2021 - 20:42 [ Haaretz ]

A State That Has Nothing to Hide Has No Reason to Fear an ICC Investigation

But no attempt to tar the investigation as antisemitic and wage a campaign against the court can serve as a substitute for Israel’s obligation to conduct its own honest investigation into the incidents that gave rise to the complaint against it, halt the kinds of actions that put it on a collision course with the international community and cooperate with the court. A state that doesn’t consider itself to be guilty has no need to fear an investigation.

03.03.2021 - 11:08 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

The mythology, that the US acts in the world to stop tyranny and punish despotism — as it ships arms and money to Saudi, Egypt, UAE, supports coups in Bolivia, etc. — is as glaringly false as it gets. Yet it remains vital for propagandizing Endless War:

03.03.2021 - 10:37 [ the Hill / Youtube ]

Krystal Ball: How Biden LOST The Left In A Single Day

Krystal Ball outlines how President Joe Biden is slowly losing the support of the left.

02.03.2021 - 21:15 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Is in Distress, and His Pre-election Media Blitz Proves It

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose moaning bellowed out of our radios Monday morning, was at his absolute worst: crude, lying, taunting, humiliating and slandering. Not something pleasant to listen to with your morning coffee.

But mostly he sounded stressed out and frustrated.

01.03.2021 - 07:20 [ Haaretz ]

Politics in the Netanyahu Era Is a Dangerous Thing, and the PM Is the Ultimate Danger

At least Trump wasn’t stalking congressional Democrats to lure them into his camp. But to agitate, bribe and rule is the life’s blood of Netanyahu’s doctrine.

Netanyahu hasn’t merely adopted a policy of divide and conquer, the essence of colonialism, but has upgraded it, including against his own people. He has succeeded in sparking disputes within and breaking down nearly every party institution that stood in his way. He identifies his rival’s weak point, applies pressure, and the rest is history.

28.02.2021 - 09:51 [ Newsweek ]

In Iraq, Joe Biden Haunted by Obama’s Foreign Policy Missteps

(26.02.2021)

The U.S. attempt to institute democracy in Iraq began with a thunderous roar nearly 18 years ago as Baghdad, already under siege by Washington’s sanctions, was bombarded by U.S. missiles in 2003. In less than a month’s time, former President George W. Bush would deliver a victory speech in front of a banner that read „Mission Accomplished.“

What exactly that mission was remains unclear to this day.

28.02.2021 - 09:41 [ Bloomberg ]

The White House Shouldn’t Get a Blank Check to Wage War

(12.02.2021)

For close to two decades, U.S. presidents have sent American troops into combat without requesting authorization from Congress. As it conducts a review of U.S. military operations around the world, the Biden administration should push to restore the legislative branch’s proper role in deciding when and where the country goes to war.

26.02.2021 - 16:50 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

US Bombs Syria And Ridiculously Claims Self Defense

The US is just taking it as a given that it has de facto jurisdiction over the nations of Syria, Iraq, and Iran, and that any attempt to interfere in its authority in the region is an unprovoked attack which must be defended against. This is completely backwards and illegitimate. Only through the most perversely warped American supremacist reality tunnels can it look valid to dictate the affairs of sovereign nations on the other side of the planet and respond with violence if anyone in those nations tries to eject them.

26.02.2021 - 16:35 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

How anyone can believe the US is hostile to Assad because he’s a “brutal dictator” — while at the same time embracing regimes in Saudi Arabia, Egypt & UAE, to say nothing of their beloved dictators over decades — is one of those enduring mysteries: a testament to US propaganda.

26.02.2021 - 15:58 [ Daniel Larison / Twitter ]

To sum up, we have to bomb targets in Syria without authorization to protect the troops that are in Iraq without authorization in order to pursue an unauthorized anti-ISIS mission that is really just an excuse to keep troops in the country for anti-Iranian reasons.

26.02.2021 - 15:49 [ Richard Medhurst / Twitter ]

Thanks for bombing my country @JoeBiden

23.02.2021 - 10:10 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

We surrendered our freedom to lockdown – the state must never hold such control over our lives again

We know that the trajectory of the virus has been indistinguishable between North Dakota (with masks and distancing in restaurants) and South Dakota (without restrictions). We know that California, which locked down and closed schools, seems to have fared worse than Florida, which did not. We can see that the picture in Belgium with its hard lockdowns has now converged with that in Sweden which famously took a voluntary approach. Similarly, the ‘second wave’ trajectory in Japan is remarkably similar to that of the UK.

I know, I know, fascinating stuff…. but let’s leave all that for the public inquiry.

15.02.2021 - 00:29 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Biden’s Iran Policy Is Just Trump’s Iran Policy With A Rainbow Flag Emoji

In a new interview with CBS Evening News, President Biden confirmed that his administration will not be lifting sanctions imposed upon Iran in order to bring Tehran to the negotiating table for the restoration of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal.

15.02.2021 - 00:22 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Democrats WANT To Lose The Midterms: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix

I’m seeing US progressive/DSA types getting more and more agitated about the sudden increase in hostility toward the Democrats from the left. What did they think was going to happen when the Dems took control of the entire government? You’re the power now, buttercup.

The problem with warning that the $2000 check scandal will lead to losses in the midterms is that Democrats are fine with losing in the midterms. You think they like having to own all their right wing bullshit for themselves? Democrats hate being exposed and vulnerable like this. They much prefer to blame their corporate cronyism, austerity policies and warmongering on an obstructionist Republican congress. They’re happy to lose the midterms. They prefer to lose the midterms.

12.02.2021 - 12:00 [ Haaretz ]

Joint List or the Worst of All Evils

In essence, the left stands on three legs: the adherence to the principle of equality among all human beings, the opposition to the state’s expropriating nature of the state on both sides of the Green Line, and the striving for a society in which capital would not dominate and profits and commodoties cease to determine the value of human beings and their lives. The linkage between them explains why the left is so shrunken, having so few options for voting.

12.02.2021 - 11:55 [ Haaretz ]

The Not-so-mysterious Death of the Israeli Left, Six Weeks to the Election. LISTEN

Labor was on the brink of extinction only a couple of weeks ago. Now it’s Meretz’s turn to signal polling distress. Why are Israel’s old parties of the left, once in power, now on life-support?

05.02.2021 - 21:32 [ Clarity / Twitter ]

The flu abruptly disappeared in March of 2020. It disappeared at about the exact same time covid-19 testing and detection ramped up. See the timing overlay below

05.02.2021 - 10:11 [ Gleen Greenwald / Twitter ]

The only hope for these networks is to convince viewers America is on the verge of civil war, an existential threat to democracy. That’s why it’s so vital to call a few hundred people at the Capitol an “insurrection” or “coup”: almost toppled earth’s most militarized country!

05.02.2021 - 10:08 [ Gleen Greenwald / Twitter ]

Here’s what is starting to happen to them now that he’s done, and why they’re desperately in search of a replacement:

02.02.2021 - 09:47 [ Spiked ]

Why we need Free Speech Champions

Free speech is the central principle of a healthy democracy. It is a vital tool for giving a voice to the voiceless, and for ensuring that everyone gets a say without being shut down. We are lucky to live in a country where we are free to criticise those in power, and where the government can be held to account by a young footballer. We must make the most of this.

29.01.2021 - 03:57 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

“The Coming War On China”  –  Watch John Pilger’s Powerfully Relevant Documentary

(March 23 2020)

“The aim of this film is to break a silence: the United States and China may well be on the road to war, and nuclear war is no longer unthinkable,” Pilger says in his 2016 documentary The Coming War on China, which you can watch free on Youtube here or on Vimeo here.

“In a few years China has become the world’s second-biggest economic power,” Pilger’s introduction continues. “The United States is the world’s biggest military power, with bases and missiles and ships covering every continent and every ocean. China is a threat to this dominance, says Washington. But who is the threat? This film is about shifting power, and great danger.”

24.01.2021 - 19:19 [ Glenn Greenwald ]

The New Domestic War on Terror is Coming

No speculation is needed. Those who wield power are demanding it. The only question is how much opposition they will encounter.

17.01.2021 - 18:36 [ Robin Monotti / Twitter ]

A very angry Italian opposition MP (@VittorioSgarbi ) backs the #IoApro (#IOpen) movement & calls for an insurrection against government restrictions on businesses, he says „Open up, & don’t worry, in the end we will make them eat their fines“.

(14.01.2021)

The revolution starts tomorrow.

17.01.2021 - 18:08 [ Dr Naomi Wolf / Twitter ]

Part 2 of my 3 part series on how NHS does not manage, own, present its own COVID data, but for-profits such as Amazon, Palantir, Transunion, Boots, Microsoft, Google and G4S do. So they can say anything, profit from ‘lockdown’ .

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15.01.2021 - 19:24 [ Michael Tracey / Twitter ]

I don’t see much of an „insurrection“ or „armed rebellion“ underway at the moment. However, I do see a massive ongoing corporate censorship purge, as well as the overt criminalization of political speech. Odd

15.01.2021 - 18:23 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Consent-Manufacturing For Patriot Act II Continues

As we discussed previously, Biden has often boasted of being the original author of the Patriot Act years before it was rapidly rolled out amid the fear and blind obsequiousness of the aftermath of 9/11. Now in the aftermath of the Capitol riot we are seeing a push to roll out new authoritarian laws around terrorism, this time taking aim at “domestic terror”, which were also in preparation prior to the event used to manufacture support for them.

In a new article for Washington Monthly titled “It’s Time for a Domestic Terrorism Law“, Bill Scher argues against left-wing critics of the coming laws like Glenn Greenwald and Jacobin‘s Luke Savage saying such “knee-jerk reactions” against potential authoritarian abuses fail to address the growing problem. He opens with the acknowledgement that “Joe Biden’s transition team was already working on a domestic terrorism law before the insurrection,” and then he just keeps on writing as though that’s not weird or suspicious in any way.

11.01.2021 - 10:04 [ Caitlin Johnstone. ]

Patriot Act 2, Censorship, And Other Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix

“We need to stop fascism so let’s give massive sweeping powers to an elite alliance of unelected authoritarians.”

“Well I’m a leftist and I haven’t been banned on social media.”

That’s because the left is politically impotent in our society. Unless this is just a hobby for you, at some point you should plan on the left becoming a threat to the oligarchs and warmongers. What do you think happens then?

Do you really think if the left actually becomes a threat to the status quo the Neera Tandens and Rachel Maddows aren’t going to suddenly discover a reason why you’re dangerous and need to be censored? The only way to be fine with censorship is to plan on never challenging power.

11.01.2021 - 09:51 [ Jesse Singal, author / Twitter ]

It’s sorta weird that Twitter does this mass banning of accounts, including, like, Red Scare, and the response from so many people is „Well they were all Nazis.“ Were they? What has Twitter revealed to you guys about the process that they are hiding from the rest of us?

11.01.2021 - 09:33 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

It was a *Democratic-controlled* House sub-committee that just a few months ago issued a lengthy report concluding that FB, Amazon, Google & Apple are *monopolies*. That means competition is impossible. Now Dems are happy that it’s used for them:

I’ve been resisting the conclusion that this is Liberals‘ 9/11 because it at first seemed hyperbolic, even though they’re using the same weapons against their critics (if you question all the new powers they want, it means you love the Terrorists).

But this is Liberals‘ 9/11.

11.01.2021 - 09:13 [ Abir Ballan, Master in Public Health| Psychology / Twitter ]

They used a tactical warfare strategy against us. ‚Divide and conquer‘. We fell for it. Now we must become aware of it and fight back. We must reunite. We must find true solidarity to save our world. To free ourselves. To regain our autonomy.

Understand the strategy of your opponent and think of your next move.

We, the people, are the only ones who know what is for our greater good. The people on top who are pulling the strings don’t know what is good for us and don’t care about what is good for us. They only care about their self-interests and what is good for them.