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25.07.2021 - 09:28 [ Voice of America ]

Thousands Around Globe Protest COVID-19 Shots, Lockdowns

Tens of thousands of people protested in Australia, France, Italy and Greece on Saturday, sparking clashes with police as they railed against COVID-19 measures and government sanctions against the unvaccinated aimed at prodding more people into getting their shots.

25.07.2021 - 09:17 [ Al Jazeera ]

Thousands protest amid global anger against COVID restrictions

People take to the streets in Australia, France, Italy and the UK in protests against lockdowns and vaccine pass schemes.

25.07.2021 - 09:15 [ France24.com ]

Big protests mark global anger at Covid restrictions

(video)

25.07.2021 - 09:11 [ ManchesterEveningNews.co.uk ]

Protesters chant ‘shame on you’ at police during ‚rally for freedom‘ march through city centre and Arndale

The group were holding up banners including one which read: “Don’t believe the hype”.

It is thought that the protesters had gathered under the banner of the ‘World Wide Rally For Freedom’.

Cities around the world are said to be taking part.

25.07.2021 - 08:59 [ ITV.com ]

Hundreds gather in Belfast for freedom march against Covid restrictions

Hundreds of anti mask and vaccine passport protestors have gathered in Belfast City Centre in a freedom march.

The crowd assembled outside Belfast City Hall and marched towards Botanic Gardens in the south of the city.

25.07.2021 - 08:42 [ New York Times ]

Large Covid-related protests hit France, Italy and Australia.

Over 160,000 demonstrators took to the streets in France on Saturday to protest the government’s Covid-19 health pass policy, with brief clashes between largely unmasked protesters and police officers in Paris followed by wafts of tear gas that were reminiscent of the Yellow Vest turmoil of several years ago.

Similarly, in cities across Italy, thousands of people protested the government’s requirement that, as of Aug. 6, they show a so-called green pass, an extension of the European Union’s digital Covid certificate, to enter many venues.

25.07.2021 - 08:28 [ Sydney Morning Herald ]

Australia COVID LIVE updates: NSW Police open probe into lockdown protests; federal government to buy 85m Pfizer booster doses

NSW Police have received more than 5,000 tips off and identified more than 200 people who took part in Saturday’s anti-lockdown protest in Sydney.

“Police are currently following those people up to take appropriate action,” Deputy Commissioner Mal Lanyon said on Sunday.

25.07.2021 - 06:50 [ RFI.fr ]

Anti-vaxxers, Yellow Vests, and Macron critics protest across France

Demonstrations against the health pass brought together more than 15,000 people in the south of France in the cities of Marseille, Nice and Montpellier, to cries of „Freedom, Freedom“, while protesters in Paris clashed with police.

25.07.2021 - 06:46 [ New York Times World ]

France leads Europe in making life unpleasant for the unvaccinated, prompting complaints that President Emanuel Macron is curtailing liberty

(23.07.2021)

25.07.2021 - 06:29 [ South China Morning Post ]

Thousands in Italy protest against tougher regulations to contain coronavirus

Some 3,000 people in Rome gathered to protest against what is known as the “green pass,” according to ANSA news agency. The EU’s digital coronavirus certificate is also called the green pass in Italy.

There were also demonstrations in Milan, Turin and Naples, according to Corriere della Sera newspaper.

25.07.2021 - 06:24 [ theGuardian.com ]

Italy imposes ‘green pass’ restrictions on unvaccinated people

(today)

Draghi told a press conference on Thursday that the country needed to act quickly to avoid the kind of infection levels that are being seen in the UK and elsewhere in Europe, as well as to protect the economy.

From 6 August, entry to stadiums, museums, theatres, cinemas, exhibition centres, swimming pools and gyms will only be allowed upon presentation of a “green pass”.

24.07.2021 - 09:52 [ The Sydney Morning Herald ]

Australia COVID LIVE updates: Lockdown protesters arrested as NSW and Victoria brace for more infections

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says she is disgusted by the behaviour of thousands of anti-lockdown protesters who marched through Sydney’s CBD on Saturday.

23.07.2021 - 06:41 [ Haaretz ]

‘The State’s Right’: Top Court Refuses to Rule on Israeli Sale of Spy Tech to Russia

(26.06.2021)

Israel’s defense exports, including the sale of offensive cyber technologies to foreign countries, and the policy that governs them is beyond the jurisdiction of Israeli courts, the Supreme Court ruled Sunday. The court’s justices refused to hear a petition filed by human right activists against the director of Israel’s Defense Ministry and Cellebrite, the digital forensics company, for the sale of phone-hacking tech to Russia.

22.07.2021 - 08:24 [ teleSUR ]

Colombia: New Protests Announced for August 6 in Bogota

The leaders of several Colombian unions, headed by the Central Unitaria de Trabajadores (CUT), announced for next Friday, August 6, another protest on the occasion of the 483rd anniversary of the city of Bogota, in which they will call for their demands to be met.

21.07.2021 - 19:00 [ Times of Israel ]

Knesset fights Bennett’s proposal to let IDF and NSO Group track virus patients

(31 March 2020)

Earlier in the day, in a series of tweets, Bennett had floated the idea of giving the Israel Defense Forces’ elite Unit 8200, along with NSO, access to highly personal data of Israeli citizens that had been collected by the Shin Bet security service and Health Ministry as part of an already contentious mass surveillance program.

20.07.2021 - 19:13 [ Haaretz ]

The Pegasus Project | Where Netanyahu Went, NSO Followed: How Israel Pushed Cyberweapon Sales

Investigation of potential Pegasus targets reveals: From Hungary to India and even Saudi Arabia, this is how Israel became the cyber industry’s patron and pushed spyware sales across the world,

20.07.2021 - 18:43 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

No10 refuses to rule out making people prove they are double-jabbed to get into PUBS as Tories vow to fight PM’s ‚disgusting‘ restriction on entry to nightclubs – but warn any Commons revolt will be ‚pointless‘ unless Labour opposes the move

Another senior lockdown-sceptic told MailOnline there are ‚likely‘ to be enough Tory rebels. But they stressed a revolt would be ‚pointless‘ unless Labour lines up against the measures.

‚It’s all about Keir Starmer… unless Labour go through the division lobbies in opposition it will happen,‘ the MP said.

The MP said the PM’s was using a ‚disgusting‘ tactic to pressure young people to get jabs. ‚I am profoundly disgusted that a Conservative government is manipulating the public like this… it is awful,‘ they said.

20.07.2021 - 18:34 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

‚OUR Freedom Day lasted 17 HOURS‘: Nightclub bosses blast Boris over plan for compulsory vaccine passports… in ‚another chaotic U-turn‘ a week after saying revellers would NOT need them

At a Downing Street press conference last night, Mr Johnson – who is self-isolating in Chequers after he was ‚pinged‘ by the NHS Covid app – said that proof of double-vaccination will be a ‚condition of entry‘ at clubs just hours after they reopened for the first time in 16 months.

He declined to specify which other venues will be targeted and even failed to rule out extending the scheme to other hospitality venues, including pubs. The policy is a major U-turn, with Cabinet ministers Michael Gove and Nadhim Zahawi previously denying there were plans to introduce so-called ‚Covid status certification‘ and Downing Street calling such a move ‚discriminatory‘.

19.07.2021 - 06:19 [ Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project / Twitter ]

iMessage, WhatsApp, and FaceTime are vulnerable to „zero-click exploits“ — bugs that allow hackers to commandeer a mobile phone even when the target does nothing to trigger the breach. #PegasusProject

19.07.2021 - 06:15 [ Bill Marczak / Twitter ]

(1) @AmnestyTech saw an iOS 14.6 device hacked with a zero-click iMessage exploit to install Pegasus. We at @citizenlab also saw 14.6 device hacked with a zero-click iMessage exploit to install Pegasus. All this indicates that NSO Group can break into the latest iPhones.

19.07.2021 - 04:40 [ Haaretz ]

NSO’s Pegasus: The Israeli Cyber Weapon Oppressive Regimes Used Against 180 Journalists

Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International had access to a leak of more than 50,000 records of phone numbers that NSO clients selected for surveillance. According to an analysis of these records by the group and its partners, more than 180 journalists were selected in 21 countries by at least 12 NSO clients.

18.07.2021 - 19:11 [ Global Research ]

Thousands Protest Against Mandatory Vaccination in Greece

Protestors in Greece defend right not to vaccinate

18.07.2021 - 19:00 [ Mirror.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson ‚urges everybody‘ to stick to self-isolation – hours after trying to dodge it

The Prime Minister has urged Brits to self-isolate if contacted by Test and Trace – hours after trying to wangle his way out of a period of quarantine himself.

18.07.2021 - 18:52 [ NewStatesman.com ]

The pingdemic: more than 500,000 people told to self-isolate by NHS app

(16.07.2021)

A total of 520,194 self-isolation alerts were sent in the most recent week, the highest number since the phone app’s launch.

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.

18.07.2021 - 18:04 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

‚The rules only apply to YOU‘: Social media explodes with memes at news that Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak wanted to use pilot testing scheme to avoid self-isolation before hasty U-turn

The pair were both pinged by the Test and Trace app telling them to self-isolate after Health Secretary Sajid Javid tested positive for coronavirus.

They were to use a little-known pilot scheme which allows people out of self-isolation every day they pass a lateral flow test.

However after just two-and-a-half hours of severe backlash from across the country, the pair have now performed a hasty U-turn and announced they will be isolating.

17.07.2021 - 17:54 [ New York Times ]

‘It Is All Connected’: Extreme Weather in the Age of Climate Change

(today)

The question is, how much did climate change affect this specific storm and the resulting floods?

A complete answer will have to await analyses, almost certain to be undertaken given the magnitude of the disaster, that will seek to learn if climate change made this storm more likely, and if so, by how much.

But for many scientists the trend is clear. “The answer is yes — all major weather these days is being affected by the changes in climate,” said Donald J. Wuebbles, a professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Illinois.

17.07.2021 - 11:49 [ Express.co.uk ]

AZ jab: People may be three times more likely to get Covid symptoms than Pfizer’s – study

(16.07.2021)

THE ASTRAZENECA vaccine has given the UK a decisive edge in the vaccine race but with Freedom Day fast approaching, new SAGE figures may provide a cause for concern. According to the panel of experts advising Downing Street, those fully vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine have a three-fold risk of getting Covid symptoms if infected compared with those who got Pfizer and Moderna.

16.07.2021 - 19:08 [ Portal amerika21.de ]

Nötige Stimmen für Referendum gegen „Dringlichkeitsgesetze“ in Uruguay erreicht

Trotz der Einschränkunegn aufgrund der Corona-Pandemie gelang es den Aktivist:innen, die Bevölkerung gegen die repressiven Maßnahmen der LUC-Gesetze zu mobilisieren – eine harte politische Niederlage für Präsident Lacalle Pou von der Nationalen Partei.

16.07.2021 - 17:06 [ CNN ]

We have to do something dramatic to protect the US against Covid-19, expert says

Experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci have said that local vaccine mandates could be helpful in protecting the US from further surge. And such mandates could become easier for private companies as vaccines move further along.

(…)

With so many people hesitating or resisting the vaccine and vaccination rates dropping, restrictions to work and school may be key to motivating the public to reach the necessary threshold to slow or stop the spread., experts have said.

16.07.2021 - 16:56 [ Central Intelligence Agency / JFKlancer.com ]

CIA Document 1035-960 – Concerning Criticism of the Warren Report

(01. April 1967)

1. Our Concern. From the day of President Kennedy’s assassination on, there has been speculation about the responsibility for his murder. Although this was stemmed for a time by the Warren Commission report, (which appeared at the end of September 1964), various writers have now had time to scan the Commission’s published report and documents for new pretexts for questioning, and there has been a new wave of books and articles criticizing the Commission’s findings. In most cases the critics have speculated as to the existence of some kind of conspiracy, and often they have implied that the Commission itself was involved. Presumably as a result of the increasing challenge to the Warren Commission’s report, a public opinion poll recently indicated that 46% of the American public did not think that Oswald acted alone, while more than half of those polled thought that the Commission had left some questions unresolved. Doubtless polls abroad would show similar, or possibly more adverse results.

(…)

Innuendo of such seriousness affects not only the individual concerned, but also the whole reputation of the American government. Our organization itself is directly involved: among other facts, we contributed information to the investigation. Conspiracy theories have frequently thrown suspicion on our organization, for example by falsely alleging that Lee Harvey Oswald worked for us. The aim of this dispatch is to provide material countering and discrediting the claims of the conspiracy theorists, so as to inhibit the circulation of such claims in other countries. Background information is supplied in a classified section and in a number of unclassified attachments.

3. Action. We do not recommend that discussion of the assassination question be initiated where it is not already taking place. Where discussion is active [business] addresses are requested:

a. To discuss the publicity problem with [?] and friendly elite contacts (especially politicians and editors), pointing out that the Warren Commission made as thorough an investigation as humanly possible, that the charges of the critics are without serious foundation, and that further speculative discussion only plays into the hands of the opposition. Point out also that parts of the conspiracy talk appear to be deliberately generated by Communist propagandists. Urge them to use their influence to discourage unfounded and irresponsible speculation.

b. To employ propaganda assets to [negate] and refute the attacks of the critics. Book reviews and feature articles are particularly appropriate for this purpose. The unclassified attachments to this guidance should provide useful background material for passing to assets. Our ploy should point out, as applicable, that the critics are (I) wedded to theories adopted before the evidence was in, (I) politically interested, (III) financially interested, (IV) hasty and inaccurate in their research, or (V) infatuated with their own theories.

(…)

4. In private to media discussions not directed at any particular writer, or in attacking publications which may be yet forthcoming, the following arguments should be useful:

a. No significant new evidence has emerged which the Commission did not consider. The assassination is sometimes compared (e.g., by Joachim Joesten and Bertrand Russell) with the Dreyfus case; however, unlike that case, the attack on the Warren Commission have produced no new evidence, no new culprits have been convincingly identified, and there is no agreement among the critics. (A better parallel, though an imperfect one, might be with the Reichstag fire of 1933, which some competent historians (Fritz Tobias, AJ.P. Taylor, D.C. Watt) now believe was set by Vander Lubbe on his own initiative, without acting for either Nazis or Communists; the Nazis tried to pin the blame on the Communists, but the latter have been more successful in convincing the world that the Nazis were to blame.)

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 - 06:21 [ Right2Know - r2k.org ]

R2K Statement: Stern action must be taken against the instigators!

We understand that former State Security agents and some senior ANC leaders are being investigated as possible instigators to the mayhem, as was admitted by State Security Minister Ayanda Dlodlo. The Minister also told South Africans that the intelligence services knew that something would happen, but law enforcement responses to the unrest prove or paint a completely different reality.

We know that this country’s intelligence services are in shambles because both President Ramaphosa and the minister failed to implement the recommendations of the High-Level Review Panel on the State Security Agency to clean up the spooks. We did mention that these rogue securocrats are a threat to our democracy and they must be dealt with accordingly.

16.07.2021 - 06:17 [ iol.co.za ]

Right2Know: Name and shame State Security agents involved in looting and violence

Johannesburg – Civil society organisation, Right2Know has urged President Cyril Ramaphosa and Minister of State Security Ayanda Dlodlo to name and shame some of the State Security Agency’s (SSA) agents who fuelled the violent and destructive protests in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

The campaign which initially erupted under the guise of Free Jacob Zuma campaign turned ugly when hundreds of protesters blocked national roads in KwaZulu-Natal and set alight trucks and vehicles belonging to private individuals.

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.

15.07.2021 - 15:39 [ ORF ]

Untersuchung: Frontex billigte Grundrechtsverletzungen

Die Agentur brauche eine menschenrechtliche Sorgfaltspflicht, einen Kulturwandel sowie echte Transparenz.

15.07.2021 - 07:41 [ CNN ]

‚They’re not going to f**king succeed‘: Top generals feared Trump would attempt a coup after election, according to new book

The authors explain Milley’s growing concerns that personnel moves that put Trump acolytes in positions of power at the Pentagon after the November 2020 election, including the firing of Defense Secretary Mark Esper and the resignation of Attorney General William Barr, were the sign of something sinister to come.

Milley spoke to friends, lawmakers and colleagues about the threat of a coup, and the Joint Chiefs chairman felt he had to be „on guard“ for what might come.

„They may try, but they’re not going to f**king succeed,“ Milley told his deputies, according to the authors. „You can’t do this without the military. You can’t do this without the CIA and the FBI. We’re the guys with the guns.“

13.07.2021 - 05:26 [ Mark Harper / threadreaderapp.com ]

The Commons will tomorrow be asked to vote on ‘draft Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021’ Sounds fairly innocuous, no? These are actually the Regulations to bring in compulsory vaccination – not just for care staff…

…but based on preliminary intentions I am aware of in @DHSCgovuk, this will also mandate vaccination for those eg carrying out deliveries/servicing the boilers at such care homes…

13.07.2021 - 05:20 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson urges use of Covid vaccine passports

Prime Minister says venues with large crowds will be asked to adopt certification ‘as a matter of social responsibility’

13.07.2021 - 04:58 [ Tass.com ]

Press review: Russia, EU seek mutual okays on ‘vaccine passports’ and OPEC+ impacts ruble

Top stories from the Russian press on Friday, July 9th

13.07.2021 - 04:45 [ .schengenvisainfo.com ]

EU Commission Recognises Swiss COVID-19 Vaccination Passports As Equivalent to Those Issued By EU Members

The European Commission has decided to recognise Switzerland’s EU Digital COVID-19 Vaccination Passport as equivalent to those issued throughout the EU and EEA countries, starting from today, July 9.

13.07.2021 - 04:38 [ Dr Bec Szabo / Twitter ]

In Greece Flag of Greecethey’re guided by a bio-ethics committee. Ancient Greeks would be proud.

“Greece’s bio-ethics committee had recommended compulsory shots for health workers & staff at nursing homes „as a last resort measure“ if efforts to encourage inoculation proved ineffective.”

13.07.2021 - 03:35 [ thelocal.fr ]

France to tackle fourth Covid wave with stricter border controls, health passports and compulsory vaccines

French president Emmanuel Macron has announced a package of measures to help France control a fourth wave of Covid cases, including stricter border controls, the extension of the health passport for more everyday activities and making the vaccine compulsory for all healthcare workers.

13.07.2021 - 03:31 [ Yahoo.com ]

France will require people to use a ‚health passport‘ to enter a restaurant or attraction this fall

The country will be using a „health passport“ program in which people can share a QR code or certificate with establishments to show they are vaccinated against COVID-19, recently recovered from the virus, or have had a recent negative COVID-19 test.

10.07.2021 - 17:22 [ UK Medical Freedom / Twitter ]

25 under-18s in England died from the CV19 between 3/20 and 2/21, or 1 in 481,000. In the same period, 124 children died from suicide and 268 died from trauma due to pandemic response. Lockdown “may prove a greater risk than… SARS-CoV-2 itself”

(09.07.2021)

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.

10.07.2021 - 16:47 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Coronavirus latest news: Vaccine passport plan ‚will be fourth lockdown‘ for pubs

“You would be putting door control on every pub, bar, restaurant, coffee shop, hotel, nightclub and music venue in the country [to check certificates] and that’s simply not happening at the moment,“ she told Sky News.

“You would see high levels of business failure, high levels of business closure unless there was substantive Government support.”

10.07.2021 - 08:53 [ theGuardian.com ]

Boris Johnson may tone down ‘freedom’ rhetoric amid reopening jitters

The final decision about 19 July will be taken on Monday morning, based on modelling from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) about Covid cases and pressures on the NHS.

10.07.2021 - 08:04 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Covid passports ‚WILL be compulsory in pubs‘: Ministers ‚plan to force bars, clubs and restaurants to demand proof of two jabs or negative test from autumn‘ to help tackle fourth wave of the virus

The government had decided not to enforce Covid passports now because it would discriminate against younger people who have not been able to receive their second vaccination yet, The Times reported.

There are also fears it could damage the economy with people being turned away from the struggling hospitality industry.

But ministers believe that all over 18s will have been offered both doses by September and therefore vaccine passports can be enforced in venues where social distancing is not possible.

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.

06.07.2021 - 18:23 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Merkel urged to drop all remaining Covid restrictions

Heiko Maas, the foreign minister, on Tuesday became the latest high-profile figure to join calls for restrictions to end as soon as all Germans have been offered the jab.

“If everyone in Germany has been offered the vaccine, there is no longer any legal or political justification for any restrictions,” said Mr Maas. “This can be expected by August.”

02.07.2021 - 14:34 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Up to 5million British holidaymakers could be BARRED from Europe because they were given Indian-made versions of AstraZeneca Covid jab

– EMA does not recognise the Covishield AstraZeneca vaccine produced in India
– This could cause issue for vaccinated Britons eagerly hoping to travel abroad
– Still a theoretical issue as so few European nations are on the ‚green‘ travel list

02.07.2021 - 13:47 [ Express.co.uk ]

Astrazeneca batch number check: How to check where your AZ jab was made

The EU’s passport scheme does not recognise batches of AstraZeneca that were made in India and given out in the UK.

The EU Digital Covid Certificate will allow people to travel safely across Europe by acting as a Covid passport.

01.07.2021 - 10:40 [ BBC ]

Covishield: India puts pressure on EU for vaccine pass approval

Covishield is the Indian-made version of AstraZeneca’s Vaxzevria jab, which has been authorised in the EU.

India’s Serum Institute, which is making the vaccine, is seeking emergency authorisation in the European Union for its jab.

The vaccines currently eligible for the green pass have all been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

30.06.2021 - 18:10 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

The world must learn from Australia that zero Covid is a disastrous dead end

Since the earliest of these dark days, that nation’s zero Covid approach has been widely hailed, certainly by lockdown fanatics, as the very pinnacle of success in winning the (spoiler alert: unwinnable) fight against this virus. But there are no medals to be won in this race until it’s over. The true test won’t be until Fort Knox Australia releases the shackles from its inhabitants and reopens to the rest of the world – still a far, far-off prospect.

It’s almost as if the Australian Government wants to revel in its isolation forever.

29.06.2021 - 13:10 [ Haaretz ]

‘The State’s Right’: Top Court Refuses to Rule on Israeli Sale of Spy Tech to Russia

Israel’s defense exports, including the sale of offensive cyber technologies to foreign countries, and the policy that governs them is beyond the jurisdiction of Israeli courts, the Supreme Court ruled Sunday. The court’s justices refused to hear a petition filed by human right activists against the director of Israel’s Defense Ministry and Cellebrite, the digital forensics company, for the sale of phone-hacking tech to Russia.

28.06.2021 - 21:16 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Labour accuses Boris Johnson of trying to ‚rewrite history‘ as he tries to claim he FIRED Matt Hancock: PM suggests he sacked Health Secretary as soon as he saw story of his affair (before Downing Street admits he actually resigned)

But after 80 Tory MPs told No 10 he had to go after they were deluged with complaints, Mr Hancock gave a video statement on Saturday afternoon that he had quit after he breached social distancing guidance by kissing Gina Coladangelo against his office door.

In response Mr Johnson said he was ’sorry to receive‘ Hancock’s resignation.

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 - 13:48 [ Central Intelligence Agency / JFKlancer.com ]

CIA Document 1035-960 – Concerning Criticism of the Warren Report

(01. April 1967)

1. Our Concern. From the day of President Kennedy’s assassination on, there has been speculation about the responsibility for his murder. Although this was stemmed for a time by the Warren Commission report, (which appeared at the end of September 1964), various writers have now had time to scan the Commission’s published report and documents for new pretexts for questioning, and there has been a new wave of books and articles criticizing the Commission’s findings. In most cases the critics have speculated as to the existence of some kind of conspiracy, and often they have implied that the Commission itself was involved. Presumably as a result of the increasing challenge to the Warren Commission’s report, a public opinion poll recently indicated that 46% of the American public did not think that Oswald acted alone, while more than half of those polled thought that the Commission had left some questions unresolved. Doubtless polls abroad would show similar, or possibly more adverse results.

(…)

Innuendo of such seriousness affects not only the individual concerned, but also the whole reputation of the American government. Our organization itself is directly involved: among other facts, we contributed information to the investigation. Conspiracy theories have frequently thrown suspicion on our organization, for example by falsely alleging that Lee Harvey Oswald worked for us. The aim of this dispatch is to provide material countering and discrediting the claims of the conspiracy theorists, so as to inhibit the circulation of such claims in other countries. Background information is supplied in a classified section and in a number of unclassified attachments.

3. Action. We do not recommend that discussion of the assassination question be initiated where it is not already taking place. Where discussion is active [business] addresses are requested:

a. To discuss the publicity problem with [?] and friendly elite contacts (especially politicians and editors), pointing out that the Warren Commission made as thorough an investigation as humanly possible, that the charges of the critics are without serious foundation, and that further speculative discussion only plays into the hands of the opposition. Point out also that parts of the conspiracy talk appear to be deliberately generated by Communist propagandists. Urge them to use their influence to discourage unfounded and irresponsible speculation.

b. To employ propaganda assets to [negate] and refute the attacks of the critics. Book reviews and feature articles are particularly appropriate for this purpose. The unclassified attachments to this guidance should provide useful background material for passing to assets. Our ploy should point out, as applicable, that the critics are (I) wedded to theories adopted before the evidence was in, (I) politically interested, (III) financially interested, (IV) hasty and inaccurate in their research, or (V) infatuated with their own theories.

(…)

4. In private to media discussions not directed at any particular writer, or in attacking publications which may be yet forthcoming, the following arguments should be useful:

a. No significant new evidence has emerged which the Commission did not consider. The assassination is sometimes compared (e.g., by Joachim Joesten and Bertrand Russell) with the Dreyfus case; however, unlike that case, the attack on the Warren Commission have produced no new evidence, no new culprits have been convincingly identified, and there is no agreement among the critics. (A better parallel, though an imperfect one, might be with the Reichstag fire of 1933, which some competent historians (Fritz Tobias, AJ.P. Taylor, D.C. Watt) now believe was set by Vander Lubbe on his own initiative, without acting for either Nazis or Communists; the Nazis tried to pin the blame on the Communists, but the latter have been more successful in convincing the world that the Nazis were to blame.)

27.06.2021 - 17:03 [ Haaretz ]

Death of an Abbas Opponent in Palestinian Detention Stokes Revulsion Toward His Rule

After all, the greater the loathing and repulsion for an unpopular authoritarian regime that won’t change, the more blatant that regime’s warnings and methods of deterrence. That is, Banat’s arrest and the violence were planned and calculated, but not the result: his death.

27.06.2021 - 16:59 [ Dr. Yara Hawari د. يارا هواري / Twitter ]

The Palestinian Authority which regularly hands over Palestinian activists to the Israeli regime for torture & incarceration, has now beaten an activist- Nizar Banat- to death. God knows what we did to deserve these shameful & traitorous murderers. #nizarbanat

(24.06.2021)

27.06.2021 - 16:10 [ Standard.co.uk ]

UK Covid LIVE: Sajid Javid says ‘immediate priority’ is to end Covid pandemic as soon as possible as half of under 30s get jab

Speaking to the media for the first time since becoming Health Secretary on Saturday, Mr Javid said: „I was honoured to take up this position. I also know that it comes with a huge responsibility and I will do everything I can to make sure that I deliver for this great country.

„We are still in a pandemic and I want to see that come to an end as soon as possible and that will be my most immediate priority, to see that we can return to normal as soon and as quickly as possible.“

27.06.2021 - 16:02 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Inside the plot to expose Matt Hancock’s affair: Friends talk of secret camera hidden by Chinese… or No10. In fact it was footage from his office CCTV and a whistleblower in his own department, reveals GLEN OWEN

The sting that brought down Matt Hancock was executed by a whistleblower in his department who contacted opponents of the Health Secretary’s stance on lockdown to help expose his affair, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

The footage of Mr Hancock kissing Gina Coladangelo was caught on a CCTV camera in his office on May 6, and secretly recorded by a member of his department’s staff.

After allowing a month to elapse, the whistleblower approached lockdown sceptics and asked them to help sell the incendiary footage to the media.

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.

27.06.2021 - 15:52 [ theGuardian.com ]

Hancock’s fall catapults Sajid Javid back into the heart of Conservative politics

Thirteen months ago, Dominic Cummings faced an avalanche of demands to resign after being caught in an egregious breach of the Covid lockdown regulations. Although Cummings had clearly broken rules that he had helped to draw up, and public opinion was against him, he survived – albeit for only a few months – because Boris Johnson stood behind him.

This weekend, Matt Hancock also had Johnson’s backing…

26.06.2021 - 19:22 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Live Politics latest news: Matt Hancock quits as Health Secretary

His resignation comes amid multiple Tory MPs breaking ranks and calling for the Cabinet minister to step down.

Conservative MP Duncan Baker was the first on Saturday to confirm he was calling for Mr Hancock to go, while former Cabinet minister Esther McVey said she would resign if in the same position.

Mr Hancock apologised for breaching social distancing guidance and Downing Street the matter was „closed“ on Friday.

26.06.2021 - 18:53 [ Daily Mail ]

Tens of thousands of anti lockdown protesters descend on London

Tens of thousands of anti-lockdown protestors marched in central London today calling for freedom and an end to Covid-19 lockdown regulations.

24.06.2021 - 19:46 [ US Außenministerium - State.gov ]

U.S.-Germany Dialogue on Holocaust Issues

– Our shared commitment to a regular dialogue underscores our desire to contribute to a world in which knowledge of the Holocaust is abundant, fact-based, and serves as a foundation for tackling today’s challenges, including those that lead to the normalization of hatred that can result in demonization or persecution of those perceived as “the other.”

– Jointly with Germany, we will produce strategies and tools that governments can deploy to improve education and training on the Holocaust, counter Holocaust denial and distortion, combat anti-Semitism, and ensure policymakers have a strong understanding of these issues and of their responsibility to act.

– We will support innovation in education and commemoration, joint initiatives to ensure understanding of the Holocaust remains grounded in historical fact, and training activities for stakeholders in democratic societies on Holocaust issues.
By launching this bilateral consultation, and by raising public awareness about anti-Semitism and the hatred of “the other” that paved the way for the horrific crimes of the Holocaust, we can stand together as Transatlantic partners to ensure such atrocities never again occur.

23.06.2021 - 12:23 [ Haaretz ]

Release the Transcripts of Israel’s COVID Cabinet Meetings

The Supreme Court is currently deliberating over Haaretz’s petition, drafted by attorney Tal Lieblich, to release transcripts of cabinet and ministerial committee meetings on the coronavirus. For more than a year, this battle has been wending its way through the courts. In addition to its demand that the full transcripts be released for public scrutiny, the petition seeks to mount a challenge in principle to a rule that automatically defines all ministerial meetings as classified – a rule that leads to documentation being buried in the archives for at least 30 years.

23.06.2021 - 12:19 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Irrational fear of Covid has crushed Brexit Britain’s buccaneering spirit

Five years after the Brexit vote, the pandemic response has suffocated the boosterism that was one of the driving forces behind the Leave campaign. On our own, freed of the EU straitjacket, we would flourish by demonstrating a quintessentially British can-do spirit. Instead, we are still exhorted to cower behind the national sofa by leaders terrified of what the future might bring.

23.06.2021 - 11:52 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

The government threat to YOUR free speech: Misguided Online Safety Bill will be ‚catastrophic‘ for ordinary people’s social media, says MP David Davis – with tech giants able to ban posts for being ‚harmful‘ that are perfectly legal

The Government’s new Online Safety Bill will be ‚catastrophic‘ for ordinary people’s freedom of speech, former minister David Davis warned today.

The Conservative MP said forcing social networks to take down content in Britain they deem unacceptable ’seems out of Orwell’s 1984′.

Mr Davis, 72, slammed the idea Silicon Valley firms could take down posts they think are ’not politically correct – even though it is legal‘.

23.06.2021 - 10:07 [ PressTV.ir ]

Message on websites of Iranian, regional TVs claims ‘domain seizure by US govt.’

The notice, which appeared late Tuesday on the website of English-language television news network Press TV as well as a number of other Iranian and regional news channels, cited US sanctions laws for the seizure and was accompanied by the seal of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the US Department of Commerce.

„The domain presstv.com has been seized by the United States Government in accordance with a seizure warrant…as part of a law enforcement action by the Bureau of Industry and Security, Office of Export Enforcement and Federal Bureau of Investigation,“ the message read.

23.06.2021 - 10:01 [ Wall Street Journal ]

U.S. Seizes Internet Domains Tied to Iran’s Government

The U.S. seized sites operated by government-run PressTV as well as social media channels affiliated with Iran-backed militias in Iraq. The seizures come as the Biden administration is in the midst of negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear program and follow the election of a new president who has rebuffed calls from Washington to curb its support for proxies fighting across the region.

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 - 13:48 [ HollywoodReporter.com ]

European Union Prepares to Cut Brit Film and TV Content Post Brexit

The EU is considering proposals to exclude British programs from European quotas, a move that could severely hit international sales of U.K. films and TV series to the EU.

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.

20.06.2021 - 20:13 [ theSun.co.uk ]

THE SUN ON SUNDAY SAYS: Boris Johnson must grasp the nettle and deliver the freedom we all yearn for

We clearly can’t go on like this forever.

But alarmingly, many people actually think we will.

More than a quarter of people now fear that Britain will never be completely free of anti-Covid restrictions.

The PM has told us that “freedom day” will come on July 19.

But our poll says that only eight per cent believe him.

20.06.2021 - 20:04 [ Express.co.uk ]

Sack him Boris! ‚Useless‘ Hancock told to go after claim he withheld positive vaccine news

(20.06.2021)

A study by Public Health England (PHE) was released on June 14 and concluded the vaccines offered “significant protection against hospitalisation from the delta variant”. The Health Secretary is alleged to have known about the findings on June 10 – three days before the Prime Minister ultimately decided to delay the June 21 “Freedom Day” by four weeks.

20.06.2021 - 20:01 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Exclusive: Matt Hancock kept Boris Johnson in dark over Covid vaccines success

(19.06.2021)

Matt Hancock failed to tell Boris Johnson about a major Public Health England (PHE) study showing the effectiveness of vaccines against the Indian or delta variant during a key meeting to decide whether to extend Covid restrictions, The Telegraph can disclose.

The Telegraph understands that the Health Secretary had known about the PHE data three days before the „quad“ of four senior ministers, led by the Prime Minister, met last Sunday to decide whether to postpone the planned June 21 reopening until July 19.

19.06.2021 - 11:32 [ Haaretz ]

U.S. to Withdraw Hundreds of Troops, Air Defense Systems From Across Middle East, WSJ Reports

The report, confirmed by administration officials to the paper, said that the Pentagon will withdraw around eight Patriot antimissile batteries from countries including Kuwait, Iraq, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

The U.S. will also reduce the number of fighter jet squadrons in Saudi Arabia, as well as ordering the removal of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, from the kingdom.

19.06.2021 - 10:59 [ PressTV.com ]

Ebrahim Raeisi wins presidential race by landslide, preliminary results show

Iranian Deputy Interior Minister Jamal Orf said 28.6 million Iranians participated in the election, and with around 90% of the votes counted, Raeisi garnered over 17.8 million votes, followed by Mohsen Rezaei who secured 3.3 million.

Nasser Hemmati garnered 2.4 million votes, and Amir-Hossein Ghazizadeh-Hashemi won almost one million votes.

18.06.2021 - 19:01 [ CBS News ]

Iran election likely to seat new, hardline president as nuclear deal hangs in the balance

Ebrahim Raisi, the frontrunner, is particularly controversial. Head of the country’s powerful judiciary, he led the crackdown on anti-government protesters in 2019, and he tolerates zero dissent. If elected, he would become the first Iranian president to take office with U.S.-imposed sanctions already listing him personally: He was sanctioned by the U.S. government over his involvement in a mass-execution of political prisoners almost three decades ago.

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 - 15:50 [ lbc.co.uk ]

‚Hammer blow‘: PM’s Freedom Day delay ‚devastating‘ for country

LBC has been inundated with calls from people furious at the announcement.

Last night one contributor told Iain Dale the entire political class were „utterly ruining“ the economy, hospitality and aviation industries.

Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds said in a speech today the blame lies squarely with Downing Street.

16.06.2021 - 14:51 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Facemasks forever, WFH, self-isolation and travel quarantine to stay, and MORE restrictions in winter? Leaked Step 4 Whitehall document reveals how ’new normal‘ could look even AFTER July 19 new Freedom Day – as Boris faces Commons revolt in vote tonight

– Boris Johnson is facing the prospect of a damaging revolt by dozens of MPs in crucial lockdown vote tonight
– Government all-but guaranteed victory as Labour is backing the move but opposition seems to be growing
– Leaked Whitehall document has suggested that a number of restriction will stay even after new July 19 date

15.06.2021 - 17:32 [ theSun.co.uk ]

HERD IT ALL BEFORE: Tory MPs warn Freedom Day will be delayed again and say they don’t believe PM’s assurances it will go ahead on July 19

„It seems to me we don’t know anything today that we didn’t know when the PM was telling us he was happy to move ahead on June 21.

„We’ve heard Ministers say they’re ‘pretty confident’ about lifting restrictions before and then do the opposite.

„Don’t blame the public if many weary people simply don’t believe such assurances anymore

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.

15.06.2021 - 12:00 [ NATO.int ]

NATO leaders agree NATO 2030 reform agenda, discuss Russia, China

NATO Heads of State and Government on Monday (14 June) agreed a set of proposals under the NATO 2030 banner, covering a range of issues, including the protection of critical infrastructure, promoting innovation, boosting partnerships, and making the fight against climate change an important task for NATO for the first time.

14.06.2021 - 15:19 [ Actual Interview / Youtube ]

#live Downing Street Protest | Freedom Day Debate

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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 - 15:11 [ hellofaread.com ]

Boris Johnson blasted for ‘completely unjustifiable’ June 21 Freedom Day delay by furious MPs

FURIOUS Tory MPs today mauled Boris Johnson as he prepared to announce a “completely unjustifiable” delay to Freedom Day.

The PM is facing an angry Conservative revolt over plans to slam the brakes on his roadmap, which he is expected to confirm at a somber press conference tonight.

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 - 15:02 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

How many times will it be ‚one last heave‘ until we’re free?

When the first lockdown was called, in March 2020, it was supposed to be a case of maintaining social distancing for three weeks so that we could prevent A&E units from being overwhelmed. Then it became a case of suppressing the virus until we had a vaccine. Then we had a vaccine and we were asked to lock down until it had been rolled out among vulnerable groups. That was achieved, on schedule, in the middle of February, but no, we had to stay locked down until the over-50s – who had accounted for 99 per cent of deaths – had been offered at least one jab. That target was reached in early April. But now we are being asked to wait until the entire adult population has had at least one jab….

14.06.2021 - 14:58 [ Sky News / Youtube ]

‚Freedom Day‘ is set to be delayed by the Prime Minister

Boris Johnson will plead with the nation to make „one last heave“ to freedom as he announces a delay of four weeks in lifting lockdown restrictions in England.

14.06.2021 - 11:49 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Liberman equates Israeli upheaval to French revolution

„Capturing the Prime Minister’s Residence on Balfour Street was for us like capturing the Bastille“ prison in France, Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman told his Yisrael Beytenu faction in the Knesset on Monday.

13.06.2021 - 18:30 [ Haaretz ]

Bennett-Lapid Government Set to Assume Power. But When Is Netanyahu Moving Out?

Israel, unlike many countries, lacks a detailed protocol for the transfer of power, but the Basic Law on the Government explicitly states that “the government shall be established once the Knesset has expressed confidence in it, and the ministers shall thereupon assume office.”

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.

08.06.2021 - 09:20 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Secret report by respected US government laboratory concluded in May last year that it was plausible coronavirus LEAKED from Wuhan lab – and said theory deserved further investigation

Scientists at the the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, near Berkeley, analyzed the genetic makeup of the virus to try to understand how it evolved.

They passed their May 27, 2020 findings on to the State Department in October. The five-month delay was not explained.

On January 15 the State Department published a fact sheet about COVID-19, which said that ‚circumstantial‘ evidence suggested a lab leak theory was possible.

The secret document the California lab produced was not known about until Monday, when The Wall Street Journal reported on its existence.

03.06.2021 - 16:26 [ Al Jazeera ]

Egypt’s intelligence chief holds talks with Hamas in Gaza Strip

(31.05.2021)

Khalil al-Haya spoke after meeting Abbas Kamel, who visited Gaza after meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a trip aimed at shoring up an informal ceasefire brokered by Cairo.

02.06.2021 - 09:42 [ NLtimes.nl ]

Curfew had no significant effect on hospital admissions, says acute care leader

(29.04.2021)

He also said that implementing the curfew was necessary, even if measuring the effects are statistically challenging because it was enforced along with many other measures.

„When the curfew was introduced, the calculation was that it would reduce new infections by 10 percent. If you look at the course of hospital admissions over time, we saw no effect whatsoever with the introduction of the curfew,“ Kuipers explained on Wednesday evening on the talk show Beau.

31.05.2021 - 19:08 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

‚We can’t rule anything out‘: Minister hints No10 is prepared to cave in to SAGE pressure and push back June 21 Freedom Day after scientists warned UK is ‚on a knife-edge‘ due to Indian variant outbreak

– Sources in No10 say there is now a ’50-50′ chance of June 21 being delayed in a notable shift in tone
– Professor Ravi Gupta urged ministers to push back June 21 deadline to allow more people to get vaccinated
– Cambridge University microbiologist said there were early signs the third wave of the pandemic had begun
– Professor Susan Michie echoed his comments saying Britain could see its cases rise quickly in coming weeks

31.05.2021 - 18:54 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Save us from a techno-fascist Covid dictator

Among his big ideas was to use mobile phone masts and bank data to track our movements, jinxed, he grumbled, by the human rights and data protection laws – but while proposing the greatest, most horrific invasion of our civil liberties, he also admitted that it was “crackers” that he and Boris Johnson were in such positions of power. What we needed, he said, was a “Covid dictator”. Who? Dom nominated a chap called Marc Warner, who apparently runs a data company. Dom would have given Mr Warner “as close to kingly authority as the state has legally to do stuff, and pushing the barriers of legality”. This is quite mad, and monstrous.

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

27.05.2021 - 11:49 [ NBC News ]

CDC looking into possible link between heart problem and Covid vaccines in young people

(24.05.2021)

The CDC did not respond to questions about the exact number of reports. However, NBC News identified at least 55 suspected cases nationwide.

That number includes 14 cases under investigation by the Department of Defense among members of the military, but it may be an underestimate. And some, but not all, state departments of health are tracking such cases.

27.05.2021 - 11:48 [ CNN ]

Covid-19 vaccine isn’t linked to heart problems in young people — but doctors still worry parents will be scared to vaccinate their children

(25.05.2021)

Pediatricians worry parents will misinterpret a finding by advisers to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and become scared — for no reason — to vaccinate their children against Covid-19.

25.05.2021 - 18:36 [ PressTV.com ]

Report: Jahangiri, Larijani disqualified from running in June 18 election

The report, titled “Council rejects those responsible for the status quo,” also included an image of Reformist candidate Mostafa Tajzadeh, but did not name him in the text.

20.05.2021 - 14:19 [ BBC ]

Leading conservatives Raisi and Larijani enter Iran presidential race

(15.05.2021)

Iran’s judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi and former parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani have registered to run in next month’s presidential election.

The two conservatives, who have close ties with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, are seen as the leading contenders to succeed Hassan Rouhani.

20.05.2021 - 14:11 [ AtlanticCouncil.org ]

Supreme Leader directly intervenes in Iran’s June vote

(05.05.2021)

On April 10, Khamenei told a grandson of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the late leader of the 1979 revolution, that he should not run. Hassan Khomeini, who had already chosen a well-known revolutionary catchphrase of his grandfather—”All of us together”—as his campaign slogan, had perhaps the best potential to increase turnout in the election and provide a victory to the embattled reformist-pragmatist camp.

With Khomeini out of the game, this faction convened in late April to choose alternative candidates.

18.05.2021 - 05:48 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Dawn of vaccine passports: EU set to agree this week to allow in British tourists who can prove they’ve had Covid jabs with UK and US are both tipped to join Europe’s ‚green list‘

The European Union’s new plan would see member states adopting uniform entry requirements, meaning vaccinated holidaymakers from low-risk countries – such as the UK – would be able to enter France, Spain, Italy and other hotspots.

Britain will be included on an EU expanded ‚green list‘ of permitted holiday travel on Wednesday as the bloc’s ambassadors are set to confirm a European Commission proposal lift restrictions on well-vaccinated nations, it is understood.

It will also be recommended that member states prepare digital portals allowing Britons to use the NHS app as a vaccine passport, the Daily Telegraph reports.

15.05.2021 - 09:28 [ Henriette Chacar هنريت شقر, Palestinian journo from Jaffa, deputy editor at @972mag / Twitter ]

Ibrahim Souri was documenting Israeli police activity in Ajami, Jaffa last night. An officer told him to look away. „I’m filming, is that prohibited? You want to shoot, go ahead,“ he says. „You’ve been aiming at me for an hour. Shoot, it’s all documented.“ Police then shot him.

(13.05.2021)

They fired a rubber bullet that hit his face. The name might conjure up this image of a bouncy little ball, but rubber bullets can be as big as your palm, and they are very much still bullets.

That same night, Israeli police shoot again down that same road.

„Don’t shoot, there are children there! My son is there!“ a Palestinian man yells.

„Whoever is out at this time is not a child,“ an officer replies, while another fires a stun grenade for no apparent reason.

11.05.2021 - 08:04 [ Anshel Pfeffer / Twitter ]

Oh, and not that I expect this to reassure anyone, but the IDF has already given the escalation a name: Operation Guardians of the Walls מבצע שומרי החומות

10.05.2021 - 14:01 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

What are you waiting for, Boris? UK’s Covid alert level is downgraded to THREE and PM will confirm easing of restrictions in England from Monday at 5pm briefing – but Tories and scientists demand June 21 date for ending lockdown is brought FORWARD

Boris Johnson will today declare that friends and relatives can meet and hug again for the first time in a year

09.05.2021 - 06:31 [ UltraSurfing.com ]

EU and India agree to restart trade talks at ‚landmark‘ summit

“The EU and India are opening a new important chapter in our relationship. We are the world’s two largest democracies. We are natural partners,” European Council chief Charles Michel said.

06.05.2021 - 08:42 [ WHO.int ]

WHO, Germany launch new global hub for pandemic and epidemic intelligence

The WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence is part of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme and will be a new collaboration of countries and partners worldwide, driving innovations to increase availability and linkage of diverse data; develop tools and predictive models for risk analysis; and to monitor disease control measures, community acceptance and infodemics. Critically, the WHO Hub will support the work of public health experts and policy-makers in all countries with insights so they can take rapid decisions to prevent and respond to future public health emergencies.

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 - 19:29 [ ORF ]

Verfassungsrichter in El Salvador entlassen

Die Opposition warf dem Präsidenten Nayib Bukele hingegen vor, nach der Abgeordnetenkammer nun auch die Justiz auf Regierungslinie bringen zu wollen. „Das ist ein klarer Staatsstreich – hier wird ein Verfassungsorgan zerlegt“, sagte Enrique Anaya vom Iberoamerikanischen Institut für Verfassungsrecht der Zeitung „La Prensa Grafica“.

01.05.2021 - 19:44 [ ORF ]

Brüssel: Wieder Wasserwerfer im Bois de la Cambre

Zahlreiche Menschen bewarfen die Polizei heute unter anderem mit Böllern und Flaschen, als die Einsatzkräfte den Stadtpark Bois de la Cambre räumen wollten. Wie ein dpa-Reporter berichtete, waren Hunderte Polizisten in dem Park, auch mehrere Wasserwerfer kamen zum Einsatz. Zudem setzten die Einsatzkräfte Tränengas ein.

30.04.2021 - 07:15 [ DutchNews.nl ]

Curfew was necessary but did not cut hospital admissions, IC chief says

Three months of curfew have not had any effect on the number of coronavirus-related hospital admissions in the Netherlands but the measure was needed to slow the spread of the virus, the head of the Dutch intensive care association has said. Ernst Kuipers told television talk show Beau on Wednesday evening that the curfew was an essential but ‘uncontrolled experiment’ which ‘had to be done’.

30.04.2021 - 06:47 [ NLtimes.nl ]

Curfew had no significant effect on hospital admissions, says acute care leader

He also said that implementing the curfew was necessary, even if measuring the effects are statistically challenging because it was enforced along with many other measures.

„When the curfew was introduced, the calculation was that it would reduce new infections by 10 percent. If you look at the course of hospital admissions over time, we saw no effect whatsoever with the introduction of the curfew,“ Kuipers explained on Wednesday evening on the talk show Beau.

30.04.2021 - 06:32 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel’s COVID restrictions may end in 3 weeks, deputy health minister says

The deputy minister added that from next week, those people with a „Green Pass“ – either having received both vaccines or recovered from coronavirus – would be „more or less restriction-free.“

28.04.2021 - 14:21 [ Dave deCamp / Antiwar.com ]

Blinken Warns African Countries Against Doing Business With China

The US views China’s infrastructure projects as a threat to American influence

28.04.2021 - 06:11 [ New York Times ]

Can Vaccinated People Spread the Virus? We Don’t Know, Scientists Say.

(01.04.2021)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday walked back controversial comments made by its director, Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, suggesting that people who are vaccinated against the coronavirus never become infected or transmit the virus to others.

28.04.2021 - 06:09 [ 10tv.com ]

CDC says fully vaccinated Americans can go outside without a mask

Some experts portrayed the relaxed guidance as a reward and a motivator for more people to get vaccinated — a message President Joe Biden sounded, too.

“The bottom line is clear: If you’re vaccinated, you can do more things, more safely, both outdoors as well as indoors,” Biden said.

26.04.2021 - 23:34 [ Amnesty International ]

Egypt: Nine people put to death in chilling Ramadan executions

Responding to the news that the Egyptian authorities executed nine people today, including an 82-year-old man, after a grossly unfair trial, in relation to the killing of 13 police officers during an attack on Kerdasa police station in August 2013, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Research and Advocacy Director, Philip Luther said:

26.04.2021 - 06:55 [ EU Commission / EU Kommission - ec.europa.eu ]

ROADMAP FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ACTIONS BY THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION BASED ON THE COMMISSION COMMUNICATION AND THE COUNCIL RECOMMENDATION ON STRENGTHENING COOPERATION AGAINST VACCINE PREVENTABLE DISEASES

(March 2019)

Examine the feasibility of developing a common vaccination card/passport for EU citizens (that takes into account potentially different national vaccination schedules and), that is compatible with electronic immunisation information systems and recognised for use across borders, without duplicating work at national level.

26.04.2021 - 06:46 [ New York Times ]

Can Vaccinated People Spread the Virus? We Don’t Know, Scientists Say.

(01.04.2021)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday walked back controversial comments made by its director, Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, suggesting that people who are vaccinated against the coronavirus never become infected or transmit the virus to others.

26.04.2021 - 06:25 [ CNN ]

Fully vaccinated Americans will be able to vacation in the EU this summer, European Commission president tells New York Times

Data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates about 28% of Americans are now fully vaccinated — meaning it has been two weeks since their second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or a week since their Johnson & Johnson single-shot vaccine.

25.04.2021 - 05:07 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Scientists call for an end to ALL Covid restrictions as they hit out at ‚confused and contradictory directions‘ and note vaccines cut deaths by 98%

– Experts say Covid-19 is being turned into a ‚mild disease‘ in Britain, like the flu
– In an open letter they accuse Ministers and advisers of exaggerating the threat
– The scientists called on the Government to remove all Covid restrictions in June

25.04.2021 - 05:01 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Exclusive: Scrap social distancing in June to give people control of their lives, say scientists

Mass community testing is also unnecessary, say the signatories, who favour a more targeted approach along with encouraging hand-washing and surface cleaning.

They are also urging the Government to scrap vaccine passports as Covid „no longer requires exceptional measures of control in everyday life“.

24.04.2021 - 19:13 [ Express.co.uk ]

London protest: Thousands march in fury over lockdown and vaccine passports

THOUSANDS of protestors have gathered in central London this afternoon to object to the continued lockdown measures.

24.04.2021 - 19:04 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

TV presenter Beverly Turner joins Laurence Fox and thousands of anti-vaccine passport activists as they march through London in ‚Unite for Freedom‘ protest

The protest comes amid discussions over ‚Covid-status certificates‘ being considered by ministers to help open up society, get people back into work or away on holiday despite concerns from Boris Johnson’s own MPs that they will be ‚intrusive, costly and unnecessary‘.

Earlier this month, Britain’s equalities watchdog warned the Government that vaccine passports could be unlawful, create a ‚two-tier society‘ and discriminate against migrants, ethnic minorities and the poor.

23.04.2021 - 22:00 [ Svenna Jensen / Youtube ]

Nobel Lecture by Harold Pinter

Harold Pinter’s Nobel Lecture was pre-recorded, and shown on video on 7 December 2005, in Börssalen at the Swedish Academy in Stockholm.

22.04.2021 - 20:29 [ Sky News ]

COVID-19: Coronavirus passports for foreign travel will be available ‚as soon as possible‘

A Department for Transport spokeswoman said: „We are working on a solution to enable residents to prove their COVID-19 status, including vaccination status, to other countries on the outbound leg.

„We are working on this as a priority and intend to have the solution ready as soon as possible.“

22.04.2021 - 19:31 [ Express.co.uk ]

That’s why we left! Angela Merkel admits EU must change – before demanding MORE power

„And you can also do a lot of things through coordinating policy, at intergovernmental level, but it certainly makes sense to also have European competencies for certain situations, especially pandemics.“

She continued: „Ideally, we should always have had a uniform European approach to lockdowns, shutdowns and other measures.

22.04.2021 - 19:17 [ Politico.eu ]

Merkel: EU ‘probably’ needs treaty changes, especially for health policy

„I believe that Europe needs more competencies in the area of health. This will probably also require changes to the treaties,“ Merkel said at an event organized by her center-right pan-EU political family, the European People’s Party, which discussed potential EU reforms that could also come up as part of the Conference on the Future of Europe.

22.04.2021 - 18:54 [ BBC ]

Germany Covid: MPs back new lockdown law as protest is broken up

Several parties opposed the measures inside the Bundestag.

Eight thousand anti-lockdown protesters demonstrated close to parliament.

Police broke up the demonstration at the Brandenburg Gate, complaining that many of those involved had refused to heed warnings to wear face coverings and observe social distancing rules.

21.04.2021 - 18:59 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Fury over Merkel’s lockdown laws: Police fire tear gas at protesters demonstrating against strict nationwide coronavirus rules

‚Peace, freedom, no dictatorship!‘ some protestors chanted, many waving German flags and banners which said the coronavirus lockdown undermines values enshrined in the constitution.

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.

21.04.2021 - 07:15 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Just 32 Britons have been hospitalised with coronavirus after being vaccinated, ‚extraordinary‘ findings show

— Comes as figures showed there are now just 1,973 patients with Covid-19 in UK
– Boris Johnson said he would not deviate from ‚cautious but irreversible‘ roadmap

20.04.2021 - 20:06 [ SPglobal.com ]

Volatility in store for Chad’s oil industry after president’s death

Despite its oil wealth, Chad has been facing an enormous debt burden. Global Commodity trading house Glencore is one of the largest creditors to Chad through an oil-for-cash loan. Last year, the Chadian government requested that Glencore suspend payments on its oil-for-cash loan. The oil producer now also relies on oil-for-cash loadings from Chinese creditors.

Chad holds around 1.5 billion barrels of proven oil reserves, according to BP’s Energy Outlook 2020, making it the 10th-largest oil reserve holder in Africa. Oil accounts for almost 90% of the country’s export revenues.

20.04.2021 - 20:00 [ EnergyVoice.com ]

Chad denies sale plans for export pipeline

(March 5, 2021)

SHT acquired a 25% stake in the Doba consortium from Chevron in 2014 for $1.3 billion. ExxonMobil and Malaysia’s Petronas also hold equity in the upstream and pipeline assets. Both foreign companies were considering sales in 2020, according to reports.

20.04.2021 - 19:42 [ News24.com ]

Chad: Hardline rule, poverty and oil

(April 13, 2021)

In 2003 Chad began to export oil to an Atlantic terminal through a pipeline built across neighbouring Cameroon.

20.04.2021 - 19:26 [ ForeignPolicy.com ]

Why the World Won’t Criticize Chad

(April 14, 2021)

Today, Chad is a key player in the G5 Sahel Joint Force, an alliance with Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger that enjoys international support, not only from France but from the United States and European Union too.

20.04.2021 - 19:02 [ New York Times ]

President of Chad Is Killed as Soldiers Clash With Rebels

But in 2019, when Chad asked the French force in the Sahel for help in dealing with another incursion, Paris was less discreet about the support, and obliged by launching a series of airstrikes on the rebels.

Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French foreign minister, told Parliament at the time, “France intervened militarily to prevent a coup d’état.”

20.04.2021 - 18:52 [ YakimaHerald.com ]

Military says that Chad’s president killed on battlefield

In this Monday, Aug. 28, 2017 file photo, Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno, left, poses with France’s President Emmanuel Macron, right, prior to their meeting at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, France.

20.04.2021 - 15:44 [ BBC ]

Chad’s President Idriss Déby dies after ‚clashes with rebels‘

A military council led by Mr Déby’s son, a 37-year-old four star general, will govern for the next 18 months.

17.04.2021 - 08:35 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Vaccines not lockdown are to thank for rapid drop in cases and herd immunity is now starting to take effect, top scientist says as data shows Covid cases in England fell by 34% last week

(15.04.2021)

‚With up to 60 per cent of the population vaccinated and around 5 to 10 per cent with natural immunity due to infection, we’re starting to see herd immunity take effect. This should prevent future large-scale outbreaks.‘

Professor Spector warned it was inevitable cases would pick up again as restrictions are eased over the coming months. But he said any outbreaks would be ’smaller‘ and ‚manageable‘ and among groups yet to be vaccinated.

It comes after the Prime Minister claimed the reduction in Covid infections, hospitalisations and deaths was down to lockdowns and was not achieved by the roll-out of vaccines.

17.04.2021 - 08:30 [ Sky News ]

COVID-19: Lockdown is main reason for drop in coronavirus cases and deaths – not vaccinations, says Boris Johnson

(14.04.2021)

The PM suggests the millions of jabs given over the past few months was not key to the reduction in COVID levels.

17.04.2021 - 05:57 [ ec.europa.eu ]

ROADMAP FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ACTIONS BY THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION BASED ON THE COMMISSION COMMUNICATION AND THE COUNCIL RECOMMENDATION ON STRENGTHENING COOPERATION AGAINST VACCINE PREVENTABLE DISEASES

(March 2019)

Examine the feasibility of developing a common vaccination card/passport for EU citizens (that takes into account potentially different national vaccination schedules and), that is compatible with electronic immunisation information systems and recognised for use across borders, without duplicating work at national level.

15.04.2021 - 11:39 [ UnHerd / Youtube ]

Lord Sumption: mass civil disobedience has begun

Jonathan Sumption was once the epitome of the Establishment — a brilliant barrister who represented the Government in the Hutton enquiry, Supreme Court Justice, supporter of the Remain campaign and esteemed historian of the Hundred Years’ War. But then Covid happened.

Over the past year, his unabashed criticism of lockdown policies has turned him into something of a renegade. It is development that mystifies him; as he sees it, his views have always been mainstream liberal, and it is the world around that has changed.

In the course of our conversation, the retired judge doesn’t hold back. He asserts that it is becoming morally acceptable to ignore Covid regulations, and even warns that a campaign of “civil disobedience” has already begun.

10.04.2021 - 14:12 [ New York Times ]

German lawmakers move to strengthen the government’s powers in the pandemic.

BERLIN — Germany’s government plans to ask lawmakers to grant it stronger powers in order to introduce a nationwide lockdown as the country is gripped by a third wave of the coronavirus.

The country’s approach has so far been to have the governors of Germany’s 16 states agree to any nationwide pandemic policies. But as calls from public health officials have grown stronger for a new nationwide lockdown in recent weeks, Chancellor Angela Merkel has had trouble gaining all of the governors’ support.

10.04.2021 - 14:06 [ Washington Post ]

How the pandemic turned German politics upside down

In Germany, politics is supposed to be dull. Everything about the system — its carefully calibrated federalism, support for the European Union and emphasis on coalitions and consensus — is calculated to keep public life as stable as possible. Under normal conditions it works well enough — even if it often puts outsiders to sleep.

But then came the pandemic.

10.04.2021 - 13:53 [ theGuardian.com ]

Merkel sets out plan to take control of Germany’s Covid response

Changing the law comes with considerable risk for Merkel: enshrining specific infection rates in legislation could require her government to put the law to endless ad-hoc parliamentary votes as the pandemic situation changes. A more permanent power-grab could in turn be blocked by the Bundesrat, the constitutional body through which the states participate in the legislative process.

10.04.2021 - 13:43 [ Express.co.uk ]

Merkel power-grab: German Chancellor poised to impose new restrictions as COVID cases soar

Backing the idea of the Chancellor taking control of the situation, Norbert Roettgen, who was defeated by Mr Laschet, Prime Minister of North Rhine Westphalia, in the CDU leadership contest earlier this year, said: “At the beginning of the crisis, the decision-making in the Minister-President Conference was okay.

“But it has become dysfunctional in the meantime.

10.04.2021 - 13:29 [ MajorcaDailyBulletin.com ]

Germany may close its borders on Monday

The most extreme possibility being considered is a perimeter closure of the entire country to stop tourists taking trips abroad.

10.04.2021 - 13:25 [ Irish Times ]

Merkel overrides regional autonomy to enforce centralised lockdown

On Friday Merkel administration figures insisted her move was not about calling into question Germany’s postwar federal system, which gives state considerable political autonomy. But they said the decentralised system, which allowed quick and local responses on testing a year ago, had become an impediment now to coherent infection prevention.

10.04.2021 - 11:05 [ Spiked ]

Boris Johnson: bumbling authoritarian

A year into the pandemic – and despite a world-leading vaccine rollout that is de-risking Covid more and more by the day – we are moving glacially out of lockdown. What’s more, we are told that social distancing may be here to stay for a long while yet. Even worse, the introduction of domestic vaccine passports – the transformation of Britain into a ‘papers, please’ society – now seems inevitable.

Parliament hasn’t even been guaranteed a vote on them, as Boris, doughty liberal that he is, continues to rule by decree.

09.04.2021 - 11:35 [ Bloomberg ]

Merkel Bloc Pushing for More Central Power Over Virus Strategy

(08.04.2021)

Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to push ahead with a bid to transfer powers to impose coronavirus restrictions from the regional to the federal level, as the German leader tries to reverse the latest surge in infections threatening Europe’s biggest economy.

Germany’s current “infection protection law” doesn’t allow for “common action” to tackle the pandemic because it leaves the enforcement of restrictions to the 16 states, Norbert Roettgen, a senior member of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, said in a position paper obtained by Bloomberg.

08.04.2021 - 19:02 [ Big Brother Watch ]

The Telegraph – Covid pass could be used by grandparents to screen birthday party guests

(03.04.2021)

Jake Hurfurt, head of research and investigations at Big Brother Watch, said:

“Netcompany’s chilling endorsement of segregated events and biosurveillance of our family members is a warning of the road Covid passes would lead us down.

“This contract shows that ministers misled Parliament and the public, claiming for months there were no plans for Covid passes and still claiming today that no decision has been made. This contract exposes the reality that work began on Covid certificates a long time ago.“

08.04.2021 - 18:53 [ theHill.com ]

Poll: 53 percent of voters support having ‚vaccine passports‘

Democrats were more likely than Republicans to support a vaccine passport, while independent voters were evenly split on the issue.

Roughly 70 percent of Democratic voters said the government should create such a system, while 60 percents of Republican voters said the opposite.

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.

08.04.2021 - 18:33 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Cautions Against Iran Deal at Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony

„At a time when we are moving forward, there are things that can take us backwards. The nuclear deal with Iran is on the table again,“ Netanyahu said.

„These type of deals with extremist regimes are worth nothing. To our good friends as well, I say, ‚the deal with Iran that poses an threatens our destruction will not obligate us.‘ There is only one thing that we will be committed to – deterring all those who wish to annihilate us from achieving their goal,“ the prime minister said.

08.04.2021 - 18:22 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Why ARE we still in lockdown? UK’s Covid outbreak is now in a similar position as it was in JULY as figures show cases are falling in every age group, only ONE area saw a tiny rise and 94% of over-70s now have antibodies following vaccination drive

– Study shows Britain’s cases, deaths and hospitalisations has fallen to levels as low as those seen last July
– Epidemiologist professor Tim Spector of King’s College says UK’s figures are among the lowest in Europe
– University College London modelling suggested UK could pass threshold for herd immunity next week
– Tory MPs said increasingly positive data should result in Boris Johnson speeding up exit from lockdown

06.04.2021 - 11:06 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

The PM’s caution is hard to justify

This only makes sense as a part of an incipient certification regime that would make public access to indoor events conditional on certain criteria.

06.04.2021 - 10:56 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Covid third wave ‚will NOT‘ overwhelm NHS: Government scientists‘ most likely scenario after the economy re-opens in June projects deaths will stay in double figures even with ALL restrictions lifted – as Boris faces backlash over ‚hellish demi-lockdown‘

Modelling by Imperial College London academics — involving ‚Professor Lockdown‘ Neil Ferguson — shows that coronavirus patients will take up around 5,000 beds during any future spike, far lower than the 30,000 occupied in January.

And thanks to the effects of vaccines far fewer of those patients will die, with daily deaths remaining below 100 even with cases above 50,000, according to the scenario that the scientists regard as most likely.

05.04.2021 - 23:10 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel: High Court rules movement ban during virus lockdown ‚unconstitutional‘

Israel’s High Court of Justice ruled on Sunday that the government repeatedly overstepped its authority it barred citizens from departing their homes more than one kilometer during multiple coronavirus lockdowns.

In the eight-to-one decision handed down on Sunday, the court specifically cited Israel’s second national lockdown last October, noting the government’s actions constituted a „disproportionate violation of the right to protest and were unconstitutional.“

05.04.2021 - 18:03 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Decries ‘Coup Attempt’ After First Witness Takes Stand in His Corruption Trial

(today)

“The entire proceeding against me was an abuse of the destructive power the prosecution holds,” Netanyahu said at a press conference. The prime minister referred to the hearing as a „charade,“ and went as far as accusing the state prosecution of an „attempted coup.“

„The prosecution opened this investigation against the law… and why did they do it? Because they’re on the hunt,“ Netanyahu claimed.

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.

05.04.2021 - 15:07 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris ‚wants vaccine passports up and running by JUNE 21‘ but could fail to get legislation past Parliament as he ‚promises Tory rebels they WILL get a vote‘ and Labour says scheme is like using ‚a sledgehammer to crack a nut‘

Boris Johnson wants domestic Covid passports in place by June 21 – but faces the prospect of an embarrassing Commons defeat after promising Tory rebels a vote on their introduction.

Michael Gove is said to have made the offer to furious backbenchers appalled at the idea of forcing Britons to prove their vaccination status to enter pubs and other social hubs.

Boris Johnson wants the scheme to be up and running for June 21, when the last social distancing measures are expected to be swept away.

05.04.2021 - 10:40 [ France24 ]

Vietnam’s pandemic response leader sworn in as president

Phuc was the only candidate nominated for president, as Trong — who had held the presidency since 2018 after the sudden death of his predecessor — stepped down.

04.04.2021 - 12:20 [ theGuardian.com ]

Boris Johnson to give go-ahead for trials of Covid passports

News of the trial events comes as senior Tories among a cross-party group have declared they will oppose the use of vaccine certificates, with 72 MPs signing a pledge to oppose the “divisive and discriminatory” scheme. Some have described their use as the creation of “checkpoint Britain”. A government scientific adviser has also warned that they could give people a false sense of security.

The size of the rebellion could create problems for the government, should it conclude that legislation is needed to introduce Covid passports

04.04.2021 - 12:19 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

State of fear: how ministers ‘used covert tactics’ to keep scared public at home

The same document presented a grid of 14 options for increasing compliance which included “use media to increase sense of personal threat”, a tactic which was seen as having a “high” effectiveness though spill-over effects “could be negative”.

Some Sage participants now admit to feeling “embarrassed” by such advice.

One regular Sage attendee said: “The British people have been subjected to an unevaluated psychological experiment without being told that is what’s happening.

04.04.2021 - 12:00 [ CatholicNewsAgency.com ]

Polish Catholic parish in London: Police ‘grossly exceeded powers’ in halting Good Friday service

An April 3 statement on the parish’s website said: “On Good Friday, April 2, during the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, at the moment of the Adoration of the Cross, at about 6 p.m., the police came to the door of our church. We were not allowed to finish the celebration.”

“The police officers, stating that our liturgical assembly was unlawful, ordered everyone to leave our church immediately under the threat of a fine for each of the parishioners present of £200 [around $277] or even arrest. The faithful obeyed this order without objection.”

04.04.2021 - 11:55 [ Spiked ]

Now the police are breaking up Good Friday services

It looks like something out of a tinpot tyranny. The church service was being livestreamed online. Halfway through, two cops appear and arrogantly walk to the sanctuary itself, the area around the altar. They then take over the lectern from the priest and issue a dire warning to the people who had gathered to commemorate the darkest day in the Christian faith – the trial and execution of Christ. ‘You need to go home’, an officer says. ‘Failure to comply with this direction to leave… could lead you to be fined £200 or, if you fail to give your details, to you being arrested.’

04.04.2021 - 07:56 [ Haaretz ]

Alleged Jordan Coup: Former Crown Prince Says He Is Under House Arrest

About 20 people, including associates of King Abdullah II, were arrested by Jordanian authorities Saturday on suspicion of plotting to unseat the monarch.

The Washington Post and Arabic media outlets reported earlier Saturday that among those detained was the former Crown Prince Hamzah bin Hussein, half-brother of the king, in a plot termed by the authorities „a threat to the country’s stability.“

03.04.2021 - 19:55 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

The ‚covert tactics‘ used to scare Britons into staying at home: How SAGE document called for increase in ‚perceived threat‘ of Covid using ‚hard hitting emotional messages‘

Psychologists have accused Downing Street of using ‚covert psychological strategies‘ to emphasise the threat from Covid-19 without contextualising the risks, the Telegraph reported.

It was said this created ‚a state of heightened anxiety‘, adding many people became ‚too frightened to attend hospital‘.

Experts fear Britons have been the subject of an experiment in the use of tactics which operate ‚below their level of awareness,‘ it was said.

03.04.2021 - 19:13 [ UnBoxPHD / Youtube ]

Jeremy Corbyn SPEAKING at Kill the Bill Protest

Ex-Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn Speaks out against the Governments Bill.

03.04.2021 - 19:07 [ Paul Rance / Twitter ]

Jeremy Corbyn’s speech in Parliament Square #killthebill

03.04.2021 - 18:50 [ theGuardian.com ]

‘Kill the bill’ protesters rally across England and Wales on Saturday: Demonstrations against crackdown on right to protest are organised in 25 cities including London

The police, crime, sentencing and courts bill, which passed its second reading in parliament last month, will modify existing public order legislation to make it easier for police to ban or shut down peaceful protests if they are considered too disruptive or likely to lead to disorder.

Opponents of the bill have called it an attack on the right to protest and a step towards authoritarianism.

03.04.2021 - 16:19 [ huck / Twitter ]

the crowd here in london is slowly making its way towards buckingham palace and then on to parliament.

people here are loud and energised, chanting “kill the bill”

03.04.2021 - 00:47 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election Results: Netanyahu’s Loyal Soldiers Are Slowly Losing Faith in Their Leader

Just like the people caught in traffic jams during the intermediate days of the Pesach holiday, the political convoy is stuck on its way to forming a government. The infrastructure (i.e., the system) is to blame, and so are the drivers themselves.

They turned off Waze and knowingly headed into dead ends.

02.04.2021 - 12:00 [ Big Brother Watch ]

ACCESS DENIED – The Case against a two-tier Britain under covid certification

Freedom is not a reward for compliance. Freedom is not a gift to be meted out by the state according to the performance of its policies or public institutions. Freedom is innate in each of us, and our constitution. There is a common goal for the country to be healthy, safe and free – but we cannot arrive at freedom through compulsion.

There will be strong pushes for ever-inflating controls on individuals from industries that stand to profit, whether from the growing digital infrastructure those controls rely on, or the short-term boost in consumer ‘confidence’ – but the long-term impact on the economy, equality, social cohesion and the liberties that define our country cannot be under-estimated.

It would be an irrecoverable mistake to give in to these authoritarian impulses and allow our society to be divided. We urge the Government to bring the country together rather than drive groups apart – to protect citizens, prevent discrimination and safeguard our freedoms – to reject COVID-status certification.

02.04.2021 - 11:55 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

FORTY rebel Tories including six ex-Cabinet ministers join forces with opposition MPs in bid to block ‚divisive and discriminatory‘ vaccine passports

– Unlikely alliance condemned vaccine passports as ‚divisive and discriminatory‘
– Members of coalition were organised by the pressure group Big Brother Watch
– Signed a pledge to oppose the idea if it is brought forward by ministers
– Signatories include Jeremy Corbyn, Sir Iain Duncan Smith and Esther McVey

02.04.2021 - 11:13 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Campaigners start legal action over Covid ban stopping care home residents aged over-65 from taking trips to see family and friends during pandemic

Legal action has begun against the government challenging guidance stopping care home residents taking journeys from their homes.

Pressure group John’s Campaign has started the proceedings in a pre-action letter sent to the Department of Health and Social Care.

The group – which is made up of both care home residents and their families – say that the ban on over-65s going on trips from the homes is unlawful.

02.04.2021 - 10:29 [ RedPilledPoland / Twitter ]

Anti-lockdown riots in #Brussels, #Belgium today.

Video by @RadioSavana

02.04.2021 - 10:11 [ Marina Strauß / Twitter ]

Police are using water cannons to disperse a rave happening at Brussels‘ Bois de la Cambre

02.04.2021 - 09:59 [ @Connybub / Youtube ]

A young woman was seriously injured as police stormed the Brussels park where teenagers were having a party today, running a horse straight into her, how can they justify this tyranny under the banner of Coronavirus?

02.04.2021 - 09:53 [ KreatelyOSINT / Twitter ]

Chaotic scenes in #Brussels, #Belgium today as police stormed into a park where revellers were gathered for a preplanned party in the sun

02.04.2021 - 09:42 [ Andy / Youtube ]

Surreal scene in brussels as minted police and water cannons charge youngsters celebrating.

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02.04.2021 - 09:29 [ USA Journalist / Youtube ]

Belgium, Brussels: Belgian police using water cannon, horses, riot gear and drones

Belgium, Brussels: Belgian police using water cannon, horses, riot gear and drones to disperse a gathering of young people at a park in Brussels today.

02.04.2021 - 09:26 [ Videokings / Youtube ]

Ter Kamerenbos (Brussels) changes into a war zone as riot police breakup gathering with 5000+ youth

Around 2,000 people showed up towards the end of a warm and sunny day to attend „La Boum“ (the party) in the Bois de la Cambre park, local police said, even though the organizers had revealed days earlier that their invitation on social media was a hoax. Local media put the number of people at about 5,000.

Hundreds of police, many in riot gear and some on horseback, broke up a knot of would-be revelers beside a lake in the park with back-up from water cannon trucks and tear gas.

02.04.2021 - 09:22 [ @FedShotTheBear / Twitter ]

Good on them! You’re young LIVE LIFE

02.04.2021 - 09:15 [ Reuters / Twitter ]

A post that appeared on Facebook for a giant party in a Brussels park during Belgium’s COVID-19 lockdown was intended as an April Fool’s joke but has sent police and prosecutors scrambling as nearly 20,000 people have said they plan to attend

01.04.2021 - 22:02 [ France24 ]

Belgian police clash with partiers over Covid-19 restrictions

Large crowds have been gathering in Brussels parks this week to enjoy the unusually sunny, warm weather, despite coronavirus restrictions limiting outside gatherings to four people. Brussels prosecutor’s office had said police would be deployed at the festival and that anyone breaching restrictions could be prosecuted.

01.04.2021 - 16:07 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

‚Behaving like a monarch‘: Emmanuel Macron under fire over lockdown U-turn as MPs boycott vote

Emmanuel Macron came under heavy fire on Thursday over his lockdown U-turn as opposition groups pledged to boycott a parliamentary vote on tougher restrictions saying they would not rubber-stamp the whims of “a monarch”.

01.04.2021 - 16:01 [ Spectator ]

Macron blames the British variant for French lockdown

Macron cited the so-called ‚Kent variant‘ as one of the main reasons for the lockdown, telling viewers: ‚This variant which was identified for the first time from our British neighbours at the end of last year and to a certain extent, of course, gave rise to an epidemic within the epidemic and that is greater than last spring.‘

It was just yesterday of course that Le Monde published a glowing article full of fawning quotes from Macron’s aides calling him ‚the president epidemiologist.‘