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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.‘

01.04.2021 - 15:54 [ Ken Pope / Twitter ]

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

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

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

(08 October 2020)

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

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

01.04.2021 - 14:20 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris says vaccine passports WILL be needed to go on holiday as he tries to face down Tory AND Labour rebellion over ‚un-British‘ plans for proof of jab to enter pubs and shops and prepares to unveil scheme next week

Boris Johnson today said there is ‚definitely going to be a world in which international travel will use vaccine passports‘ as he faces a Labour and Tory revolt over them potentially being used domestically.

01.04.2021 - 00:42 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Exclusive: Covid vaccine passports would be un-British, says Sir Keir Starmer

Sir Keir stressed that using Covid status certificates in the UK was a complex issue, adding that he would scrutinise government proposals before deciding whether to oppose them.

But he said: „My instinct is that, as the vaccine is rolled out, as the number of hospital admissions and deaths go down, there will be a British sense that we don’t actually want to go down this road.“

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

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

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

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

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

30.03.2021 - 16:29 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

More than HALF of people in England now have Covid antibodies thanks to huge vaccination drive and natural immunity – with PM facing more calls to lift restrictions NOW as lockdown-weary Brits head to beaches and parks to sizzle on hottest day of the year

One Tory MP told MailOnline the PM must bring forward the arbitrary dates in order to ‚maintain public confidence that we are getting our freedom as soon as possible‘. Steve Baker, of the Covid Recovery Group, called on No10 to ask SAGE to see whether the relaxation of restrictions could be safely brought forward.

30.03.2021 - 05:04 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

‚No one recovers until everyone recovers‘: World needs a post-Covid treaty to put nationalism aside and ensure virus stays defeated, 23 heads of state including Johnson, Merkel and Macron declare in open letter

Writing for newspapers across the world – including The Daily Telegraph – the leaders also urged a new era of solidarity in the face of ‚the biggest challenge to the global community since the 1940s‘.

The group of 24 world leaders – and the head of the World Health Organisation Dr Tedros Adhanom – called for a new international accord similar to those agreed after the war which saw countries work together for the common good.

30.03.2021 - 04:16 [ Aaron Sibarium / Twitter ]

Mask off.

30.03.2021 - 04:11 [ New York Times ]

Biden Pushes Mask Mandate as C.D.C. Director Warns of ‘Impending Doom’

The president’s comments came only hours after the C.D.C. director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, appeared to fight back tears as she pleaded with Americans to “hold on a little while longer” and continue following public health advice, like wearing masks and social distancing, to curb the virus’s spread.

30.03.2021 - 04:09 [ fox8.com ]

Biden administration reportedly working on national ‘vaccine passport’ program, raising concerns from some

Now, President Joe Biden’s administration is reportedly working with federal agencies as well as private entities to create such a thing for Americans, the Washington Post and CNN found.

According to reports, the passport would come as a scannable code that users could easily bring up on their smartphone.

28.03.2021 - 23:21 [ The Guardian ]

Give pause before you raise a glass to the prospect of a vaccine passport

… The bad news is that Johnson’s “papers for pints” plan is essentially a national ID card by stealth, one that would link our identity to our Covid status – whether we’ve been vaccinated, had a recent negative test or have antibodies.

The UK has already toyed with national ID cards. It rejected them in 2010. As Theresa May, then home secretary, explained in 2010: “This isn’t just about cost savings, it’s actually about the principle, it’s about getting the balance right between national security and civil liberties, and that’s what the new coalition government is doing.”

28.03.2021 - 19:54 [ theGuardian.com ]

Troops open fire at funeral as Myanmar mourns bloodiest day since coup

At least 114 people reported killed by security forces on Saturday during protests

28.03.2021 - 16:55 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Protesters demonstrate against vaccine coercion, green passports in Tel Aviv

Israelis protest the government’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign near HaBima Theater in Tel Aviv, Feb. 24, 2021.

28.03.2021 - 16:09 [ FRANCE 24 English / Youtube ]

Left behind? As Israel reopens, what now for those who refuse vaccines?

(26.02.2021)

#Israel​ is leading the world in #Covid​-19 #vaccination​ rates. But, as the country reopens, it now faces a new problem and one likely to soon be encountered by governments across the world: How to balance the civil liberties of those or refuse the jab with the need to protect public health?

28.03.2021 - 16:05 [ i24NEWS English / Youtube ]

Tel Aviv Residents Protest ‚Green Passport‘ Program

(24.02.2021)

28.03.2021 - 15:33 [ Russia Insight / Youtube ]

Lavrov: Russia Is Against Vaccine Passports For Traveling, It’s Contrary to Voluntary Inoculation

(02.03.2021)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov: Moscow expects that the European Union’s plans to introduce vaccine passports won’t discriminate against Russian nationals.

28.03.2021 - 15:23 [ Nikkei.com ]

Japan to join EU and China in issuing digital vaccine passport

Japan will issue digital health certificates to citizens who have been inoculated against coronavirus, joining China, the European Union and other countries that have embraced vaccine passports aimed at opening up overseas travel, Nikkei has learned.

The certificate can be managed on a mobile app and will be in line with international standards, allowing the carrier to present the proof of vaccination when boarding a plane or checking in to a hotel.

28.03.2021 - 15:19 [ Forbes ]

Hawaii: An Update On Its ‘Vaccine Passport’ Program

(24.03.2021)

There’s no official timetable, but the “hope” is for it to be launched mid-May.

But without a sense of urgency, some are beginning to question the economic feasibility of creating vaccinated programs at all.

So long as we stay the course, President Biden says most Americans will have access to the vaccine by May

27.03.2021 - 15:30 [ Matthew Dresch, Journalist @DailyMirror / Twitter ]

Police assaulted me at the Bristol protest even though I told them I was from the press. I was respectfully observing what was happening and posed no threat to any of the officers. I have muted the latter part of the video to spare you all the pain of hearing my shrill voice.

27.03.2021 - 15:28 [ theGuardian.com ]

Police under fire for ‚assault‘ of journalist at Bristol protest

Police have come under fire for their treatment of a reporter at demonstrations in Bristol on Friday night, during violent clashes between officers and protesters.

Daily Mirror journalist Matthew Dresch shared video footage that appeared to show police pushing him and hitting him with a baton as he shouted that he was a member of the press.

27.03.2021 - 14:34 [ Independent.co.uk ]

No holidaymakers arrested at airports in England despite Priti Patel’s coronavirus crackdown

On 27 January, the home secretary said going on holiday was “not a valid reason” to leave home during England’s coronavirus lockdown and added: “Anyone who does not have a valid reason for travel will be directed to return home or they will face a fine.”

The Home Office claimed that police could arrest people who remained intent on going on holiday after being stopped at an airport, saying: “Holiday travel is not allowed and police can fine anyone trying to do so, direct them to go home and, if necessary, use powers of arrest.”

27.03.2021 - 14:31 [ BBC ]

Kill the Bill: Violent protest ‚disgraceful‘, says prime minister

Home Secretary Priti Patel also criticised the disorder and the „violence being directed towards the police“.

„I’m in no doubt the silent, law-abiding majority will be appalled by the actions of this criminal minority,“ she said.

„Despite repeated warnings to disperse, it’s clear these thugs were only intent on causing trouble.

27.03.2021 - 14:12 [ Guardian News / Youtube ]

‚Kill the bill‘: hundreds take part in Bristol protest

A crowd of people gathered in Bristol on Friday evening for a third ‚kill the bill‘ demonstration within a week.
Protesters met at two parks, Castle Park and College Green, and marched through the city centre and along Park Street towards Bristol University’s buildings
Hundreds sit down outside Bristol police station in ‚kill the bill‘ protest

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

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

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

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

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

26.03.2021 - 19:19 [ Haaretz ]

Israelis Don’t Care if the State Is Spying on Them

The Irgun’s intelligence unit, known as Delek, collected information based on gossip with equal enthusiasm. A 1945 file, for example, contains details about a 50-year-old Herzliya man whose wife was said to be cheating on him with Jews and Englishmen alike. The source of the item elaborates: “He doesn’t like his youngest son because it’s whispered in Herzliya that he looks like a certain Englishman who used to court his wife.” That’s the sort of intelligence, among others, that our excellent boys came up with.

26.03.2021 - 12:00 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Covid laws are extended until SEPTEMBER: Boris sees off Tory rebellion as MPs vote 484 to 76 to KEEP draconian measures in place – despite deaths falling 33% in a week and hospitalisations plummeting

– Boris Johnson and the Government today won a crunch vote on extending coronavirus powers to September
– But the PM suffered a considerable Tory rebellion as 35 of his MPs voted against and a further 20 abstained
– Emergency powers will now be kept in place to September despite lockdown being due to end on June 21
– Rebels questioned need for ’significant draconian powers‘ after life is supposed to be back to normal

25.03.2021 - 18:33 [ BBC ]

‚Greed‘ and ‚capitalism‘ helped UK’s vaccines success, says PM

(26.03.2021)

The prime minister’s full remarks, which first appeared in the Sun newspaper, were reported to be: „The reason we have the vaccine success is because of capitalism, because of greed, my friends.“

Wales Office Minister David TC Davies, who attended the meeting, said Mr Johnson „made it absolutely clear it was a joke – a reference to the film Wall Street“.

25.03.2021 - 12:48 [ i24news.tv ]

Gulf officials warn Israel against forming gov’t with far-right candidates: report

“A right-wing policy is one thing,” the officials were quoted as saying. “But expressions against Muslims and Arabs by Members of Knesset [Israel Parliament] that are a part of [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s government will harm and sabotage the normalization between Israel and Arab countries.”

24.03.2021 - 23:05 [ Buenos Aires Times ]

Argentina pauses to reflect and remember victims of military dictatorship

On Wednesday, Argentina will pause for a public holiday to mark the Día Nacional de la Memoria por la Verdad y la Justicia („National Day of Memory for Truth and Justice“), as citizens across the country remember the victims of the brutal military dictatorship – the self-styled „Process of National Reorganisation“ – which usurped the state and government between March 24, 1976, and December 10, 1983.

22.03.2021 - 08:48 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson is urged to lift Covid lockdown a month early as MPs warn we risk ’squandering the advantages‘ of vaccines rollout by delaying moves to reopen economy

Britain risks ‘squandering the advantages of our vaccination programme’ by moving too slowly to lift the lockdown, Conservative MPs warned yesterday.

Amid signs of a gathering rebellion, a string of MPs said they were ready to vote against the Government this week when it seeks to extend Covid laws to the end of September.

22.03.2021 - 08:42 [ ITV.com ]

Three arrested after hundreds turned out to protest in Newcastle

The nationwide campaign for women’s safety follows the death of Sarah Everard. The 33-year-old marketing executive went missing while walking home from a friend’s flat in London on 3 March.

People are also protesting against the Police, Crime and Sentencing Bill. It would change how protests are policed and making some aspects of the Coronavirus Act permanent.

It comes as the UK remains in a national lockdown, which bans gatherings

22.03.2021 - 08:10 [ The Tab Bristol / Facebook ]

Bristol Bridewell police station under siege

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22.03.2021 - 07:46 [ BBC ]

What is the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill and how will it change protests?

(16.03.2021)

It will also become a crime to fail to follow restrictions the protesters „ought“ to have known about, even if they have not received a direct order from an officer.

At present, police need to prove protesters knew they had been told to move on, before they can be said to have broken the law.

The proposed law includes an offence of „intentionally or recklessly causing public nuisance“.

22.03.2021 - 07:45 [ Martin Booth / Twitter ]

Police lines have been pushed back almost to the door of the station

22.03.2021 - 07:40 [ DailyStar.co.uk ]

Bristol police station ‚under siege‘ as ‚Kill the Bill‘ rioters set fire to van

The event was dubbed „Kill the Bill“, in reference to the attempts to stop the Government’s proposed law which would give police and the Home Secretary increased powers to stop protests.

The Bill also makes a special new law to protect monuments and statues, in the wake of the toppling of the statue of Edward Colston, with the crime of damaging them punishable by up to ten years in prison.

22.03.2021 - 07:01 [ WPTV News - FL Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast / Youtube ]

Crowds pack Ocean Drive in Miami Beach after curfew

Police try to enforce a curfew in Miami Beach after crowds linger, leading to a stampede.

22.03.2021 - 06:56 [ ABC News / Youtube ]

Hundreds of people defy Miami Beach curfew orders

The city has now extended the restrictions for at least 3 weeks.

22.03.2021 - 06:52 [ Global News / Youtube ]

COVID-19: Miami Beach in Florida declares state of emergency over crowds

Miami Beach police are taking drastic measures to impose a new curfew as spring breakers overwhelmed the city …

21.03.2021 - 19:04 [ Jerry Hicks / Twitter ]

Bristol this afternoon #PoliceCrackdownBill #PoliceCrimeSentencingCourtsBill #KillTheBill #Bristol

21.03.2021 - 18:57 [ Express.co.uk ]

Bristol protests: Huge crowds gather despite lockdown rules – fury at Policing Bill

Demonstrators began gathering at Bristol’s College Green around 2pm before marching through the city.

According to Bristol Live police initially encouraged them to disperse but moved to the crowd’s edges as numbers increased.

Protestors waved ‘Kill The Bill’ placards whilst a small number had black and red anarchist flags.

21.03.2021 - 18:31 [ BBC ]

Covid-19: Record-breaking day with 873,784 vaccine doses given in UK

Meanwhile, a leading epidemiologist has predicted that people may need to wear face coverings and socially distance for several years before a return to normality.

Mary Ramsay, the head of immunisation at Public Health England, said basic measures could be in place until other countries successfully roll-out jabs.

She said people „have got used to those lower-level restrictions now, and people can live with them, and the economy can still go on with those less severe restrictions in place“.

21.03.2021 - 13:44 [ IndiaToday.in ]

UK to slow Covid vaccine rollout, PM Johnson says delay due to shipment from India’s Serum Institute

(19.03.2021)

The United Kingdom (UK) will have to slow its Covid-19 vaccine rollout in April due to a supply crunch caused by a delay in a shipment of millions of AstraZeneca vaccines from the Serum Institute of India.

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

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

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

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

21.03.2021 - 12:45 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Tory rebels accuse Boris Johnson of following ‚dates, not data‘ on lockdown easing as they argue ‚increasingly positive‘ vaccination numbers mean ‚we should be able to get back to normal more quickly‘

Mark Harper, the chairman of the Covid Recovery Group, said ‚reasonable people‘ will now be questioning why Mr Johnson does not speed up the easing of restrictions.

Meanwhile, the CRG’s Steve Baker echoed a similar sentiment as he said ‚the time has come for this dark chapter in our history to come to an end‘ amid fears of extending the Government’s draconian Covid powers.

19.03.2021 - 23:10 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu 2021: Israel’s Most Radical Government Ever Would Bring Fascism Within Reach

Victory for the pro-Netanyahu bloc might make him unstoppable, but the opposition’s impulse to depose the ruler could lead to some short-term pragmatism

18.03.2021 - 12:35 [ EU Kommission / EU Commission ]

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.

18.03.2021 - 12:04 [ Express.co.uk ]

‘Is VDL being pressured by Germany?!’ Macron aide speechless at C4 Covid vaccine probe

Channel 4 News presenter Matt Frei asked: „Is this all very political and does Ursula von der Leyen, as a German politician and member of Angela Merkel’s ruling CDU, is she now under pressure?

„Especially after the results of the regional elections on Sunday that she has to come out and take the gloves off.

„Is that what this is? Is it political?“

Ms Trillet-Lenoir replied: „I wouldn’t say so. I would say it’s a complicated explanation.

18.03.2021 - 12:00 [ Express.co.uk ]

BBC’s Katya Adler exposes why Italy ‚under pressure‘ to suspend AstraZeneca vaccine

BBC’s Katya Adler insisted that Italy felt under pressure to suspend the rollout of the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine. While speaking on Newscast, she said despite its own advisors saying not to suspend the use of the vaccine, the Italian Government decided to plough ahead with the temporary ban. She claimed this was due to mounting pressure from their citizens with concerns due to bigger European nations Germany and France suspending the vaccine.

18.03.2021 - 11:55 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Germany, France, Italy Suspend Use of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 Vaccine

(15.03.2021)

Germany, Italy, France and Spain joined the ranks of European countries that have temporarily halted use of the Covid-19 shot made by AstraZeneca PLC over blood-clot concerns, dealing another blow to the continent’s sluggish vaccination rollout and threatening the credibility of the vaccine itself.

17.03.2021 - 20:54 [ Haaretz ]

Top Court Strikes Down COVID Restrictions on Citizens‘ Entry and Departure From Israel

In a damning verdict, the judges noted that „Israel is the only democratic country in the world where the right of citizens to enter their country has been so sweepingly restricted.“

On the figure of 3,000, the judges stated that this was set by the government before they had gathered data on the number of nationals who were stuck abroad, and ordered any future restrictions to be based on updated and comprehensive facts.

17.03.2021 - 20:20 [ Haaretz ]

An Israeli Yelled ‚Bibi Go Home.‘ The Shin Bet Security Service Had Him Arrested

Yarom was shackled and taken into custody on suspicion of disturbing public order and interfering with a police officer in the line of duty. He was released three hours later subject to restrictions. The arrest was carried out even though there were no legal restrictions on protesting in the area and despite the fact that a policeman on the scene permitted protesters to stand there.

16.03.2021 - 12:14 [ Spiked ]

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

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

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

16.03.2021 - 12:10 [ BBC ]

What is the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill and how will it change protests?

It will also become a crime to fail to follow restrictions the protesters „ought“ to have known about, even if they have not received a direct order from an officer.

At present, police need to prove protesters knew they had been told to move on, before they can be said to have broken the law.

The proposed law includes an offence of „intentionally or recklessly causing public nuisance“.

16.03.2021 - 12:08 [ theGuardian.com ]

Civil liberties groups call police plans for demos an ‚assault‘ on right to protest

Among other things, the police, crime, sentencing and courts bill will give Priti Patel powers to create laws to define “serious disruption” to communities and organisations, which police can then rely on to impose conditions on protests.

The HMICFRS report, ordered by Patel following Extinction Rebellion (XR) and Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests, outlines a “need to develop” covert intelligence gathering methods and an expectation of increased use of facial recognition technology, despite a court of appeal ruling last year that its use in south Wales breached privacy rights and broke equalities law.

16.03.2021 - 11:44 [ Boris Johnson - Gov.uk ]

PM Boris Johnson: The Oxford vaccine shows why we and the world need Britain to be global

The objective of Global Britain is not to swagger or strike attitudes on the world stage. It is to use the full spectrum of our abilities, now amplified by record spending on both defence and science, to engage with and help the rest of the world. That is how we serve the British interest, and I mean the economic interest of people up and down the country. And as the vaccine programme begins to inspire a new global hope, we want to use this moment to heal, both literally and figuratively.

15.03.2021 - 10:13 [ Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) ]

Daily Briefing in Relation to the Military Coup

Updated 14 March 2021

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) honors the heroes who sacrificed their lives and liberty to fight for democracy, human rights and the end of dictatorship. AAPP also honours those heroes who sacrificed their lives today. Up until now, (126) people have been killed due to violent and arbitrary crackdowns, at least 38 today. Further casualties will be added when confirmed, casualties are drastically increasing.

15.03.2021 - 08:31 [ Ruptly / Youtube ]

Netherlands: Police use water cannon as tensions rise at The Hague anti-govt. demo

A demonstrator could be seen screaming in pain as he was bitten by a police dog. Officers made several arrests and beat one attendee with truncheons.

Protesters defied repeated requests from the police to leave the field the maximum number of allowed participants under COVID restrictions was reached.

15.03.2021 - 08:29 [ USA Journalist / Youtube ]

#Netherlands​ — About 2,000 people gathered in The Hague on Sunday to protest

About 2,000 people gathered in The Hague on Sunday to protest against the government and its tough coronavirus lockdown on the eve of the Netherlands’ general election.

14.03.2021 - 22:06 [ The Hill ]

Dutch police break up thousands of anti-lockdown protesters

Police in the Netherlands dispersed thousands of anti-lockdown protesters outside the Hague on Sunday, one day before national elections begin in the country.

14.03.2021 - 13:38 [ Haaretz ]

Leaked Voter Info and Illegal Electioneering: Inside Netanyahu’s Election Day App

The Elector app provides parties access to the huge database of eligible voters – 6.5 million Israelis. This in and of itself is still legal; every party is also permitted to augment the data to help their voter turnout efforts.

14.03.2021 - 13:08 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson faces a new Tory rebellion threat over pre-Easter vote to extend lockdown laws for another SIX MONTHS despite plans to end most restrictions in June

The legislation governing the current shutdown has to be approved again by MPs on or before March 25.

But it can only be extended for six months at a time, meaning a pre-Easter vote would extend the law until September, despite plans to come out of most lockdown rules by late June.

14.03.2021 - 12:20 [ Men In Black, Denmark / Facebook ]

Men In Black, Denmark was live.

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14.03.2021 - 12:17 [ Inez023 / Twitter ]

Big protests in Copenhagen by Men in Black. Fight against restrictions and covid laws. Every Saturday night. Find the live stream on their facebook page.

14.03.2021 - 11:14 [ inventnews9.blogspot.com ]

Black-clad anti-lockdown demonstrators march through Copenhagen after activist receives 2-yr jail term (VIDEO)

The demonstration followed the sentencing of a woman who was found guilty of inciting violence during an anti-lockdown protest in January. Speakers who addressed the crowd during Saturday’s march expressed solidarity with the woman, who received two years behind bars due to a controversial provision that allows Danish courts to double sentences if the crime is related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

14.03.2021 - 10:20 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

‚Shame on you!‘: Calls mount for Met police chief Cressida Dick to RESIGN after officers made arrests and manhandled screaming women at Sarah Everard vigil after Kate Middleton paid her respects

– Vigil turned violent amid clashes with police in Clapham Common in south London on Saturday evening
– Hundreds of people defied lockdown to gather in tribute to Sarah Everard before shocking scenes of violence
– The 33-year-old marketing executive was last seen near the common’s band stand on Wednesday, March 3
– Calls are now mounting for Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick to resign following the clashes

14.03.2021 - 00:23 [ theGuardian.com ]

Police in England ‚using Covid lockdown rules to halt any protests‘

Analysis by Netpol, the Network for Police Monitoring, reveals there have been at least nine high-profile instances of police using Covid regulations against demonstrators, including two asylum seekers protesting outside Napier barracks in Folkestone, Kent and a woman fined £500 for organising a protest after the death of a man released from police custody in Cardiff.

The human rights group Liberty said the police were too often indiscriminately using Covid rules to disperse responsible, low-risk protests, arrest people and issue extortionate fixed penalty notices to organisers regardless of the risk to public health.

14.03.2021 - 00:10 [ Deborah Hermanns / Twitter ]

Tonight in Clapham we witnessed the Met police arresting and pushing to the ground women who had come to grieve and protest the murder of our sister by one of their officers. I am shaking and furious. #ReclaimTheseStreets

14.03.2021 - 00:01 [ Charlie Haynes / Twitter ]

Several thousand people have gathered at the band stand in Clapham despite the vigil for Sarah Everard being cancelled.

13.03.2021 - 23:41 [ Zol Neveri / Twitter ]

Dresden anti-lockdown protest Some people have had enough and they are fighting back

09.03.2021 - 21:25 [ Reuters ]

Second Myanmar official dies after arrest, junta steps up media crackdown

An official from deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) died in custody after he was arrested early on Tuesday, the second party figure to die in detention in two days, as security forces broke up street protests against the military junta.

09.03.2021 - 11:30 [ Haaretz ]

Unvaccinated Israeli Medical Students Barred From Clinical Training Programs

Israeli medical students and students in other health-care professions will be banned from participating in clinical training at hospitals and clinics unless they have been vaccinated against the coronavirus, the Israeli Medical School Deans Forum announced on Sunday.

Unvaccinated students will also be prohibited from doing rounds in hospitals.

09.03.2021 - 10:15 [ UN.org ]

Myanmar: UN calls for safe release of trapped protesters in Yangon

According to Stéphane Dujarric, spokesperson for Secretary-General António Guterres, many of those trapped are women, who were peacefully marching in commemoration of International Women’s Day, on Monday.

“[The Secretary-General] is following the developments in Myanmar very closely, notably in the Sanchaung district of Yangon”, Mr. Dujarric said at a press briefing at the UN Headquarters, in New York.

08.03.2021 - 18:29 [ UN Geneva / Twitter ]

UN Envoy for #Myanmar @SchranerBurgen1 to the Security Council: „It is critical that this council is resolute and coherent in putting the security forces on notice and standing with the people of Myanmar firmly, in support of the clear November election results.“

08.03.2021 - 18:24 [ Nway Nway / Twitter ]

We are not safe everywhere, everytime. It is not war but it is as a war. Please help our country.We need Democracy and freedom.

08.03.2021 - 18:21 [ Nyein Pyae Sone / Twitter ]

Because of the protestors stuck in #SanChaung, many other townships such as #Ahlone, #Bahan, #Hledan, #yankin #KyeeMyintDaing are now going out on the streets past curfew time to defer attention from SanChaung. #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar #March8Coup

08.03.2021 - 17:44 [ Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) ]

8 March 2021 Daily Briefing, Detention and Fatality Lists in Relation to Military Coup

Today, unarmed peaceful protests were suppressed in South Okkalapa, Tamwe, Mingalar Taung Nyunt, Sanchaung, Ahlone, Insein, Tharkayta, and Thanlyin Township, Yangon Region, Taungoo, Bago Townships, Bago Region, Mandalay Township, Pyinmana Township, Naypyidaw, Myitkyina Township, Kachin State, Muse Township in Shan State, Pyapon and Labutta Townships in Ayeyarwady Region, and Dawei Township in Tanintharyi Region using sound grenades, tear-gas, water cannons, rubber bullets, and live ammunition.

Especially the case in Myitkyina Township. Two men were shot dead in the head and one woman was seriously injured in her arm. In Pyapon Township in Ayeyarwady Region, one civilian was shot dead in the abdomen and six others were injured, including two with serious injuries.

08.03.2021 - 17:24 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

Myanmar’s military carries out overnight raids, arresting those organizing protest movement

Amid the continued violent crackdown on anti-coup protesters in Myanmar,… the country’s military has been carrying out overnight raids, arresting people and even torturing them.
Security forces have reportedly arrested at least three people on charges of organizing and supporting the protest movement in Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon.
According to local media,… a ward chairman from Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party was also found dead in a military hospital on Sunday,… after being arrested in the overnight raid.

07.03.2021 - 15:12 [ Amy Franks / Twitter ]

10 weeks until my wedding day and still none the wiser what we can actually do. Feeling let down is a massive understatement. Pensive face We have suppliers that need support and guidance too, so I’m asking AGAIN, where’s the guidance? @scullyp @BorisJohnson #whataboutweddings

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

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

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

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

07.03.2021 - 13:44 [ UsForThem.co.uk ]

#NoMasksInClass : Dear Education Secretary…

By 15 February, the NHS had vaccinated the top four most at risk groups – groups that have accounted for around 88% of COVID-19 deaths and about 55% of hospitalisations. The UK’s four Chief Medical Officers say that you get “substantial protection within 2-3 weeks of vaccination”, which takes us to 8 March. So upon what evidence is your department relying in order to recommend that masks in classrooms are today necessary – rather than “nonsensical” – now that the four most vulnerable groups have “substantial ­protection”?

07.03.2021 - 13:38 [ UsforThemUK / Twitter ]

In January the Prime Minister said schools are safe. Then why are our children expected to wear masks in school all day, every day, from tomorrow ⁉️ This has to stop. Masks can harm children’s health and learning #NOMASKSINCLASS

07.03.2021 - 13:33 [ London School of Economics (LSE) ]

Shaping the post-Covid World: Moving towards wellbeing over the lifetime as the unit of analysis in policy

Professor Paul Dolan, Professor of Behavioural Science, LSE

Professor Lord Richard Layard, Emeritus Professor of Economics, LSE

Lord Gus O’Donnell, Chair of Frontier Economics and Visiting Professor, LSE

Professor Liam Delaney, Professor of Behavioural Science, LSE

Dr ChristianKrekel, Assistant professor of Behavioural Science, LSE

Dr Jet Sanders, Assistant Professorof Behavioural Science, LSE

Dr Celia Blanco-Jimenez. Fellow in Behavioural Science, LSE

Dr Kate Laffan, Fellow in Behavioural Science,University College Dublin

Dr Georgios Kavetsos,Associate Professor in Behavioural Science, QMC London

Dr Laura Kudrna, Fellow in Behavioural Science, University of Birmingh

(…)

4.5. The foregoing discussion highlighted the importance of processes as well as outcomes, and so a separate wellbeing commission should be established …

07.03.2021 - 11:28 [ Newsletter.co.uk ]

Dr Anne McCloskey: It is an alarmist distortion of the facts to say 100,000 people in the UK have died of Covid

(05.03.2021)

A new directive from the WHO to every doctor changed fundamentally how deaths were attributed. Any death, within 28 days of a positive PCR test (which Kary Mullis, the test’s inventor, and Nobel Laureate was clear should not be used as a diagnostic tool) was to be included in the Covid fatality total, regardless of the context.

Where there was no positive test, but clinical symptoms compatible with Covid 19 that is fever, shortness of breath, loss of taste and so on, likewise, attribution to the virus on the death certificate was encouraged. Autopsies ceased.

07.03.2021 - 10:43 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Vaccine passports make no sense if the Covid jabs don’t stop you spreading the virus

(12.12.2020)

If, however, a vaccine does stop you carrying the virus, then we need to ask whether we’re comfortable with the soft coercion of vaccine certificates. No one complains about needing a yellow fever certificate to travel to many countries. On the other hand, displaying one in order to visit your local pub would feel a bit Stasi.

07.03.2021 - 10:37 [ Times of Israel ]

Tel Aviv hosts its first ‘Green Pass’ concert for the vaccinated

500 people allowed into 30,000-seat capacity Bloomfield Stadium to attend a performance by Israeli pop star Ivri Lider

07.03.2021 - 10:31 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s COVID Infection Rates Are Rising – but It May Not Matter That Much Now

(02.03.2021)

Health experts say most at-risk Israelis are now vaccinated, and they expect the number of seriously ill coronavirus patients to drop

03.03.2021 - 11:08 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

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

03.03.2021 - 11:02 [ CNN ]

Biden and his top officials slammed Trump’s lack of action against Saudi Arabia, MBS in years before taking office

In the years prior to taking office, President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and many of their administration’s top officials harshly criticized President Donald Trump’s lack of action against Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the 2018 murder of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Biden is now facing criticism for not following through on campaign promises to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the killing.

01.03.2021 - 08:59 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Cyber Czar Wants Access to Private Firms‘ Computers, Content

Igal Una, who heads the cyber directorate, is promoting the legislation and has the support of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The background to the legislative push is the string of cyberattacks against Israeli companies during the past year.

27.02.2021 - 09:19 [ Radio Prague ]

Government declares new state of emergency

The lower house on Friday rejected a proposal to extend the ongoing state of emergency due to the fact that it had been called at the request of regional governors and was thereby legally questionable.

26.02.2021 - 03:40 [ 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.

25.02.2021 - 08:07 [ New York Times ]

As Israel Reopens, ‘Whoever Does Not Get Vaccinated Will Be Left Behind’

(18.02.2021)

New government and business initiatives are moving in the direction of a two-tier system for the vaccinated and unvaccinated, raising legal, moral and ethical questions.

24.02.2021 - 13:04 [ Haaretz ]

Coronavirus Live: Knesset Passes Law Allowing Disclosing Identities of Unvaccinated to Authorities

The Knesset approved in a third and final vote a law allowing disclosing personal details of Israelis who have not been vaccinated.

The information will be given to local authorities, the Education Ministry and officials in the Welfare Ministr

23.02.2021 - 11:19 [ Reuters ]

Israeli studies find Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine reduces transmission

(19.02.2021)

Findings of the pre-published study, not yet peer-reviewed, but based on a national database that is one of the world’s most advanced, were first reported by the Israeli news site Ynet late on Thursday and were obtained by Reuters on Friday.

Pfizer declined to comment and the Israeli Health Ministry did not respond to a request for comment.

23.02.2021 - 11:15 [ theGuardian.com ]

Covid: vaccinated Israelis to enjoy bars and hotels with ‘green pass’

(19.02.2021)

Israel is preparing itself to be split in half from next week, with the government creating a new privileged tier in society: the vaccinated.

23.02.2021 - 10:43 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Reopens, With More COVID Rules Relaxed: Here’s Everything You Need to Know

Green Pass venues include houses of worship, cultural events, gyms, hotels and swimming pools. To enter, those eligible to do so will be required to present valid ID and a so-called Green Pass, vaccination certificate, or official document stating they had the virus and recovered, as relevant.

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

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

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

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

23.02.2021 - 10:03 [ theSun.co.uk ]

DEADLY DATA: Plan to lift lockdown by Easter ‘was canned after Sage scientists warned it would cause 91,000 more deaths

Models predicted it would lead to nearly 60,000 Covid patients in hospital by June, compared to last month’s high of 39,000.

Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance spoke of his support for the gradual approach taken by PM Boris Johnson, saying: „The sooner you open up everything, the higher the risk of a bigger resurgence.

„The slower you do it, the better.“

23.02.2021 - 06:05 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Covid cases are UP for first time in SIX WEEKS with 10,641 new infections while deaths tumble to 178 in lowest toll since December 13 – and Britain dishes out just 150,000 vaccines in worst performance since inoculation drive started

– Department of Health figures show infections are 9 per cent up on last Monday, when 9,765 were declared
– But laboratory-confirmed coronavirus fatalities have dropped by almost a quarter, from 230 last Monday
– Britain dished out 150,000 vaccines yesterday, in worst daily toll since roll-out began to speed up last month

23.02.2021 - 06:03 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris, Whitty and Vallance dismiss Tory and business fury at ultra-cautious lockdown ‚roadmap‘ saying the country wants ‚certainty not urgency‘ – with shops, salons and drinks outside from April 12 but no foreign travel before mid-MAY or hugs until June

Social distancing rules will stay in force until June 21 at the minimum, with a government review to decide their future after that. The decision means that grandparents face months of waiting before they can hug their grandchildren – even though millions have already been vaccinated.

18.02.2021 - 14:52 [ NPR.org ]

Facebook Blocks News In Australia Over Government Plan To Force Payment To Publishers

The moves are a response to proposed legislation that would force social media platforms to pay Australian news organizations for links shared on its sites.

18.02.2021 - 14:50 [ New York Times ]

Google Is Suddenly Paying for News in Australia. What About Everywhere Else?

(17.02.2021)

Pathbreaking legislation showed that even a small nation can get the tech giant to bend.

18.02.2021 - 14:47 [ CBS News ]

Google threatens to shut down in Australia over proposed tech law

(22.01.2021)

Google has threatened to shut down its search engine in Australia if the government there passes a new law to force big tech companies to pay local news producers for use of their content. The proposed Australian legislation, known as the News Media Bargaining Code, is the first of its kind in the world, and it’s being seen as a test case of the power governments have to regulate big tech firms.

17.02.2021 - 16:45 [ Jasmine the European Cat / Twitter ]

But the Oxford/AstraZeneca team, which uses more traditional viral vector technology, says that while it can make a new formulation in days, it takes much longer to produce.

(09.02.2021)

It expects to have a vaccine designed to address the variant discovered in South Africa ready by autumn.

17.02.2021 - 16:35 [ usatodaysun.com ]

AstraZeneca expects updated COVID-19 vaccine by autumn

(14.02.2021)

The Anglo-Swedish company, which makes a vaccine developed by the University of Oxford, said it is working with the university’s scientists to adapt the shot to combat new variants.

17.02.2021 - 16:31 [ MSN.com ]

Masks and social distancing could stay until AUTUMN at earliest – sources

(12.02.2021)

SAGE member Professor John Edmunds painted a darker picture and suggested the measures could last even longer.

He told ITV’s Peston face masks could be required „probably forever“ if COVID-19 becomes endemic in the UK.

17.02.2021 - 16:22 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

New Covid vaccines could be made in 40 DAYS if they need updating to tackle mutated variants, taskforce chief says

Dr Dix added: ‚I think 40 days would be a real stretch but we would aim for something as good as that.

‚But certainly within 60 days and then, after that, we would start the manufacturing.‘

Manufacturing vaccines takes different amounts of time depending on the type of jab.

17.02.2021 - 09:58 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Bosses begin drafting ’no jab, no job‘ contracts to force staff to get vaccine despite lawyers warning they will likely be challenged in court – as ministers urge PM to bring in certificates to help open cinemas, theatres and clubs

– ‚No jab no job‘ contracts are being drafted by companies in the care home sector
– The move may mean prospective and current workers need to have jab for work
– Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said yesterday that it was ‚up to businesses‘
– The Government has so far said it has no plans to introduce a passport scheme
– Ministers have also reportedly urged Boris Johnson to consider jab certificates

17.02.2021 - 09:56 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

What WAS the point of vaccine triumph if we are doomed to endless curbs, asks Dr JOHN LEE

Despite the success of the vaccine programme, which will see all vulnerable people protected against Covid-19 in a month, it seems lockdown will largely continue until July.

Restaurants and churches possibly still closed. Travel impossible. Families forbidden to mingle indoors. The Treasury still borrowing billions to keep people on furlough. This is draining the health of our population and our economy.

15.02.2021 - 10:52 [ .i24news.tv ]

Israel advances bill to compel unvaccinated workers to test for COVID-19 every two days

Israel’s Health Ministry is formulating a legislation that will provide workplaces that receive customers the legal framework to compel employees who refuse to vaccinate against COVID-19 to test for the disease every two days, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said Monday, according to outlet Ynet.

15.02.2021 - 10:35 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Labels Unvaccinated Israelis as the New Enemy

Netanyahu has tied his fate in the election to COVID vaccinations, and suspicion arises that his proposals are influenced by personal considerations. Meanwhile, disclosing names of Israelis who have yet to get vaccinated paves way for severe infringement of privacy.

15.02.2021 - 06:09 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Ministers must never again be free to impose crippling restrictions without proper scrutiny

Drawing on the Civil Contingencies Act, measures would also need Parliamentary approval before coming into effect (unless too urgent – in which case validity would be provisional) and they would expire after no more than 30 days unless renewed, so that in the event of another pandemic, restrictions could not be imposed for months on end without proper scrutiny.

14.02.2021 - 23:23 [ Radio Prague ]

Government declares new state of emergency

Although the lower house refused to extend the state of emergency it in a vote on Thursday, the government acted in response to a request from the governors of the country’s 14 regions who argued that a state of danger would not give them adequate powers to enforce the necessary restrictions needed to keep the coronavirus epidemic in check.