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12:14 [ allisrael.com ]

Will a parliamentary override clause for Supreme Court rulings balance power or harm democracy?

Israel’s right-wing majority considers the Supreme Court’s authority “overreaching” – and the expected incoming coalition plans to pass legislation known as the “override clause” giving parliament the power to reverse rulings from the high court.

20.11.2022 - 17:56 [ Ynetnews.com ]

‚Override Law‘ would be ‘fatal blow’ to Israel’s democracy, legal experts warn

Members of the likely upcoming coalition government under Benjamin Netanyahu are said to be in favor of a proposal that would enable a 61-Knesset-member majority to overrule the Supreme Court and cancel its decisions. Netanyahu, who was initially reluctant to include the controversial override clause in coalition negotiations, agreed to do so following pressure from his allies in the ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism and Religious Zionist parties.

20.11.2022 - 16:04 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel’s national security adviser praises Iran protests

Israel’s National Security Adviser Eyal Hulata on Sunday addressed the ongoing protests in Iran during a security conference in Bahrain’s capital Manama.

Speaking directly to Iranian women in Farsi, he said that „women’s lives are important.“

20.11.2022 - 15:53 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Religious and Far-right Parties Demand Law to Legitimize Gender Segregation

In exchange for joining the coalition, the far-right Religious Zionism and United Torah Judaism parties have demanded legislation that gender separation at public events will not be considered discrimination. Likud has not yet decided whether to grant the demand.

14.11.2022 - 07:45 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s New Proposed Civics Curriculum Favors Loyalty to State Over Equal Rights

Israel’s new junior high school civics curriculum highlights Jewish aspects of Israel and the power of the government while reducing the focus on civil and human rights, the status of the Arab minority, judicial oversight, equal rights and other components of democracy.

According to sources in the Education Ministry, the curriculum, which was formulated over the past year by five members of the curriculum committee (all Jews, and three are religiously observant), is expected to serve as a basis for a new high school civics program in the future. It is pending final approval.

09.11.2022 - 07:36 [ AJ+ / Nitter ]

Democrat Wes Moore was elected governor of Maryland, becoming the state’s 1st and nation’s 3rd ever Black governor. Moore campaigned on issues like ending child poverty, and more investment in clean energy and improved public transit.

09.11.2022 - 06:08 [ theHill.com ]

Healey prevails in Massachusetts governor’s race, dealing historic win for LGBT community

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey (D) is projected to be the next governor of the state. The victory will make her one of the two first openly lesbian governors in American history, should Oregon gubernatorial candidate Tina Kotek (D) also win.

29.10.2022 - 01:21 [ UN.org ]

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Francesca Albanese

9. In recent years, a number of reputable scholars and organizations have concluded that systemic and widespread discriminatory Israeli policies and practices against the Palestinians amount to the crime of apartheid under international law. While the international community has not fully acted upon it, the concept that Israeli occupation meets the legal threshold of apartheid is gaining traction. This may help overcome a certain tendency to scrutinize Israeli violations, often individual and
decontextualized, under specific bodies of international law rather than the very system through which Israel rules over the Palestinians.

10. At the same time, if considered alone and not as part of a holistic examination of the experience of the Palestinian people as a whole, the apartheid framework presents some limitations:

(a) First, with few exceptions, the scope of recent reports on Israeli apartheid is primarily “territorial” and excludes the experience of Palestinian refugees. The recognition of Israeli apartheid must address the experience of the Palestinian people in its entirety and in their unity as a people, including those who were displaced, denationalized and dispossessed in 1947–1949 (many of whom live in the occupied Palestinian territory);

(b) Second, a focus on Israeli apartheid alone misses the inherent illegality of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem. The Israeli occupation is illegal because it has proven not to be temporary, is deliberately administered against the best interests of the occupied population and has resulted in the annexation of occupied territory, breaching most obligations imposed on the occupying Power. Its illegality also stems from its systematic violation of at least three peremptory norms of international law: the prohibition on the acquisition of territory through the use of force; the prohibition on imposing regimes of alien subjugation, domination and exploitation, including racial discrimination and apartheid; and the obligation of States to respect the right of peoples to self-determination. By the same token, Israeli occupation constitutes an unjustified use of force and an act of aggression.9 Such an occupation is unequivocally prohibited under international law and contrary to the values, purposes and principles of the United Nations as enshrined in its Charter;

(c) Third, the apartheid framework does not address the “root causes” of the web of racially discriminatory laws, orders and policies that have regulated daily life in the occupied Palestinian territory since 1967 and Israeli animus (intention) in seizing land while subjugating and displacing its indigenous people and replacing them with its nationals. This is the hallmark of settler-colonialism, and a war crime
under the Rome Statute.

11. In essence, the limitations of the apartheid framework as currently applied bypass the critical issue of the recognition of the Palestinian people’s fundamental right to determine their political, social and economic status and develop as a people, free from foreign occupation, rule and exploitation. Dismantling the Israeli apartheid in the occupied Palestinian territory in particular, while necessary, will not
automatically address the question of Israeli domination over the Palestinians, restore permanent sovereignty over the lands Israel occupies and the natural resources therein, nor, on its own, fulfil Palestinian political aspirations.

29.10.2022 - 00:58 [ Times of Israel ]

UN commission says it will investigate ‘apartheid’ charges against Israel

Israel has adamantly denied apartheid accusations, saying its Arab minority enjoys full civil rights, while most Palestinians, who live outside Israel’s sovereign territory, are subject to Palestinian Authority rule under the Oslo Accords.

It also bristles at the term “occupation” to describe its activities in the West Bank and Gaza. It views Gaza, from which it withdrew soldiers and settlers in 2005, as a hostile entity ruled by the Islamic terror group Hamas, and it considers the West Bank to be disputed territory subject to peace negotiations — which collapsed nearly a decade ago.

29.10.2022 - 00:45 [ United Nations Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory including East Jerusalem and Israel ]

Commission of Inquiry finds that the Israeli occupation is unlawful under international law

New York (20 October 2022) — There are reasonable grounds to conclude that the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory is now unlawful under international law due to its permanence and the Israeli Government’s de-facto annexation policies, according to the first report to the General Assembly issued today by the United Nations Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and Israel.

Underlining that under international humanitarian law the occupation of territory in wartime is a temporary situation and does not deprive the occupied Power of its statehood nor its sovereignty, the three-person Commission called on the General Assembly to request an urgent Advisory Opinion from the International Court of Justice on the legal consequences of Israel’s continued refusal to end its occupation of the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

“Recent statements by the Secretary-General and numerous member States have clearly indicated that any attempt at unilateral annexation of a State’s territory by another State is a violation of international law and is null and void; 143 member States including Israel last week voted in favour of a General Assembly resolution reaffirming this”, stated Navi Pillay, Chair of the Commission. “Unless universally applied, including to the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, this core principle of the United Nations Charter will become meaningless”, she added.

28.10.2022 - 23:40 [ Commondreams.org ]

Amnesty Says ICC Israel Probe Should Include ‚Crime Against Humanity of Apartheid‘

(October 25, 2022)

Calling for the International Criminal Court to open a new investigation into possible war crimes by Israeli military forces in Gaza in August, Amnesty International on Tuesday said the court must also include Israel’s illegal apartheid policies against the Occupied Palestinian Territories in its probe.

The organization’s call centered on the three-day offensive launched by Israel between August 5-8 in the Gaza Strip, with advocates saying its research suggests three specific attacks could amount to war crimes.

27.10.2022 - 02:53 [ Communist Party of Israel ]

MK Odeh: The Right’s Only Hope for Victory is To Suppress Arab Votes

The Hadash and Ta’al list led by Knesset members Ayman Odeh and Ahmed Tibi, released a new election campaign video urging the Arab public to vote in the elections in order to stop the right-wing parties’ intention to carry out a new Nakba.

24.10.2022 - 18:04 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Britain’s first non-white and Hindu prime minister takes power on Diwali: Rishi Sunak’s journey from GP’s son to multi-millionaire ‚Maharajah of the Dales‘ and then to youngest modern occupant of No10 (at the second attempt)

He will now visit the King to be appointed as the UK’s first non-white and Hindu leader. The UK’s first – and only other – minority prime minister was Benjamin Disraeli, who was Jewish, in 1874. (…)

He will become the youngest PM in the modern era to enter No 10, at the age of 42 – younger even than David Cameron in 2010 and Tony Blair in 1997.

24.10.2022 - 05:55 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Destined for Downing Street? Rishi Sunak could be named PM TODAY after Boris Johnson pulls out of Tory leadership contest and Penny Mordaunt well short of the 100 supporters she needs ahead of 2pm deadline

– Rishi Sunak, who launched his bid yesterday morning, has received public backing of more than 150 Tory MPs
– As of last night, 155 MPs said they are backing Mr Sunak, while 25 had spoken out in support of Ms Mordaunt
– A further 54 who were hoping Mr Johnson would return are yet to publicly reveal to whom they will now back
– Mr Johnson earlier said he had in fact reached the ‚very high hurdle of 102 nominations‘ as he bowed out
– Ms Mordaunt’s team, though, believe his decision to pull himself from the race will ‚propel her over the line‘

21.10.2022 - 19:10 [ Jeremy Corbyn / Twitter ]

Thanks to everyone who has written in support of my @guardian piece urging radical change. I must make one correction: it’s not about Corbynism. It’s about socialism. The fight for a kinder society is a collective struggle: we owe it to each other to win.

18.08.2022 - 03:26 [ Jacobin Magazine ]

Democratic Socialism Is About Democracy

To us, democracy is not simply a banal amalgamation of procedures, an uncontroversial set of norms and rules that everyone can get behind. It is the quite radical idea that ordinary people — not experts, not elites, not their “betters” — can rule themselves. It is the word we use to describe the flattening of steep hierarchies, the shattering of structures that confer undue wealth and power and privilege.

When democracy is on the march, it lays in its path state despots and private autocrats. It rips decision-making power away from the corporate titan, wrests the billy club out of the beat cop’s hands, divests the domineering husband of his authority. It brings the imperial power to its knees and lifts up the colonial subject, the slave, the worker.

14.08.2022 - 22:57 [ Communist Party of Israel ]

Hadash Elects First Candidates for Its List for the Knesset Elections

Hadash’s electoral platform calls for: an end to Israel’s occupation of all Palestinian territories conquered in the June 1967 war as well as the Golan Heights taken from Syria, and for achieving a just, comprehensive, and stable peace between Israel and an independent Palestinian state to be created in those same occupied Palestinian territories; the protection of workers’ rights; the development of advanced and egalitarian social services (health, education, housing, welfare, culture, and sports), and for full equality for the Arab-Palestinian national minority in Israel.

Among Hadash’s additional goals are: the eradication of ethnic discrimination in all fields; the defense of the interests of residents of disadvantaged neighborhoods and development towns; the protection of democratic freedoms in Israeli society; full equality between the sexes in all fields; the protection of the environment and environmental justice; and the eradication of all nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons in Israel and throughout the Middle East.

14.08.2022 - 22:32 [ Max Blumenthal / Nitter ]

The organized US left in its current incarnation poses little threat to entrenched power, and often functions as its shield. This is a private source of humiliation to many activists, prompting them to overcompensate by ritually abusing heretics and performative radicalism.

There is also the professional left element which reacts with open glee as the security state runs wild on MAGA, the same way many of them celebrated deaths of unvaccinated right-wing septuagenarians with Covid. The culture wars define their shared identity & trump any principle.

31.07.2022 - 18:26 [ Nadine Dorries, UK Secretary of State for @DCMS / Nitter ]

Liz will deliver. As Prime Minister, I will deliver for the British people so we can succeed like never before

31.07.2022 - 18:12 [ Nadine Dorries / DailyMail.co.uk ]

I may have gone over the top about Rishi’s clothes… But I don’t want my party to be fooled by appearances the way many of the Cabinet were, writes NADINE DORRIES

My comments were widely interpreted to be anti-aspirational and it was suggested that I was seeking revenge against the man who, while Chancellor, had been planning a coup for a very long time and who had ruthlessly and metaphorically stabbed Boris Johnson in the back.

Rishi had been plotting against the most electorally successful Prime Minister the Conservative Party has known since the days of Margaret Thatcher. His actions made Michael Gove’s betrayal of Boris Johnson during the 2016 leadership campaign appear like a rank amateur rehearsing for the role of Brutus in a village hall play.

(…)

I wanted to highlight Rishi’s misguided sartorial style in order to alert Tory members not to be taken in by appearances in the way that happened to many of us who served with the Chancellor in Cabinet. The assassin’s gleaming smile, his gentle voice and even his diminutive stature had many of us well and truly fooled.

31.07.2022 - 17:39 [ Independent.co.uk ]

MP Greg Hands says Nadine Dorries’ retweet of Sunak as ‘Brutus the backstabber’ is dangerous

MP Greg Hands has branded ‘dangerous’ a retweet by culture secretary Nadine Dorries, showing Rishi Sunak stabbing Boris Johnson in the back.

31.07.2022 - 08:10 [ fizzforbrexit / Nitter ]

… All politicians are corrupt especially nowadays. Name just one politician of ANY PARTY who has spoken out against the theft of our civil liberties and the abuse of our laws by Boris Johnson over the past 30 months? JUST COMPLICIT SILENCE!!

27.07.2022 - 18:04 [ National Council for Civil Liberties - libertyhumanrights.org.uk ]

Human Rights Act and Government accountability ‘WHAT ARE THEY SO AFRAID OF’: MPs CALL FOR PRE-LEGISLATIVE SCRUTINY FOR PROPOSED BILL OF RIGHTS

(21 Jun 2022)

Ministers of the devolved nations have also highlighted how the Government’s proposals to replace the Human Rights Act threaten to undermine the devolution settlement in Scotland and Northern Ireland, with the Good Friday Agreement put in serious risk by any changes to the Human Rights Act.

Pre-legislative scrutiny of these plans is made even more important by the divergence between the proposals and the findings of the independent panel established by the Government to review the operation of the Human Rights Act. The panel found that the HRA is operating effectively to preserve parliamentary autonomy and to protect individuals’ rights.

However, the Government’s proposed Bill of Rights ignored these findings and would be a vast and deeply consequential overhaul of human rights protections in this country.

In a letter sent on Monday 20 June 2022, the groups urged the Government to respect the principles of our parliamentary democracy and subject the proposed Bill of Rights to the pre-legislative scrutiny it clearly requires.

Liberty Director Martha Spurrier, said: “Scrapping the Human Rights Act poses a real, imminent threat to rights in the UK. It’s a blatant, unashamed power grab from a Government that wants to put those in power above the law. They are quite literally rewriting the rules in their favour so they become untouchable.

“The Human Rights Act and access to the European Convention of Human Rights has empowered people in the UK to enforce their rights in practice. It has enabled people to challenge unlawful policies, be treated with dignity by public authorities and secure justice for their loved ones.

“The Government’s plan is to weaken and undermine this, taking power away from the public to take for themselves. We all know this Government cannot be trusted to keep its word or play by the rules. We’re urging everyone to not let them get away with this looting of our rights. Speak up and make your voice hard.”

15.07.2022 - 15:29 [ PeoplesParty.org ]

Jimmy Dore is considering running for president. He could win.

(14.06.2022)

Through his show, Jimmy has consistently lead and been right on issues like RussiaGate, the chemical attack in Syria, the DNC rigging a second election against Bernie, the CARES Act bailout for Wall Street, Covid vaccine mandates and lockdowns, Bernie’s spinelessness, the Squad’s careerism, and the need for a major new populist party free of corporate money.

His #ForceTheVote campaign reshaped US politics by exposing that even progressives like AOC are quickly corrupted by the Democratic Party. The People’s Party was the only major national organization to partner with Jimmy and demand a floor vote on Medicare for All in the middle of the pandemic.

When Jimmy asked him about running on the show, Chris Hedges said the media would dredge up something he said or did, or allegedly said or did, and use it to attack him endlessly. He’s right, they would do this to any independent populist who truly challenges the corporate state, but as Ralph pointed out, we’re in a very different political and media age from when he ran in 2000.

We’ve been through two great recessions and a pandemic that were used to crush us and create super billionaires. People are working more, making less, and living worse. Faith in institutions has collapsed across society, including the major parties, the media, big business, the banks, the courts, and schools. Trust in government is at historic lows. The number of independents is at record highs. And a majority of Americans want a major new party and an independent candidate for president.

01.07.2022 - 05:31 [ FoxBusiness.com ]

Supreme Court deals Biden climate agenda serious blow with EPA decision

The 6-3 decision limits how far the executive branch can go in forcing new environmental regulations on its own.

„Capping carbon dioxide emissions at a level that will force a nationwide transition away from the use of coal to generate electricity may be a sensible ‘solution to the crisis of the day,’ But it is not plausible that Congress gave EPA the authority to adopt on its own such a regulatory scheme in Section 111(d),“ Chief Justice John Roberts said in the Court’s opinion, referencing Section 111 of the Clean Air Act.

01.07.2022 - 05:29 [ Reuters ]

U.S. Supreme Court limits federal power to curb carbon emissions

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday imposed limits on the federal government’s authority to issue sweeping regulations to reduce carbon emissions from power plants in a ruling that undermines President Joe Biden’s plans to tackle climate change and could constrain various agencies on other issues.

24.06.2022 - 21:24 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Lincoln Uni BANS ‚organ harvesting‘ Nigerian professor: Senator and wife face police probe over claims they ‚used fake passport to traffick 15-year-old boy from streets of Lagos to act as kidney donor for their sick daughter in UK‘

A consultant working in a NHS hospital refused to remove the vital organ a 15-year-old who was allegedly trafficked to London from the streets of Lagos by the former deputy president of the Nigerian Senate and his wife, a court heard.

Ike Ekweremadu, 60, and Beatrice Ekweremadu, 55, are accused of taking the homeless youngster to the UK from Nigeria to transplant his organs into their daughter who is suffering from kidney failure.

22.04.2022 - 08:41 [ China Xinhua News / Twitter ]

#JulianAssange’s experience shows that those who expose so-called „atrocities“ of other countries are „heroes,“ and those who expose scandals of the U.S. are „criminals,“ says Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin.

21.04.2022 - 18:48 [ KawsachunNews.com ]

Chilean and US authorities silent on Gonzalo Lira

Chilean-American citizen Gonzalo Lira López is still missing in Ukraine after publicly opposing the Zelensky government. The journalist, writer, filmmaker and vlogger resides in Kharkov and has not been heard of since Friday, April 15th.

Kawsachun News has been following developments and Chilean sources closely, however, there have been no official declarations from the Chilean Foreign Ministry nor the U.S. State Department or White House on matter.

21.04.2022 - 18:29 [ Heavy.com ]

Gonzalo Lira Reported Missing in Ukraine

(Apr 18, 2022)

Lira ran a YouTube channel with 143,000 subscribers, which he used to share his viewpoints on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. His social media accounts had become controversial in recent weeks. Lira’s last tweets were critical of Ukraine and multiple media outlets. In a pinned tweet, he listed journalists that he claimed were victims of the “Zelensky regime” and wrote, “If you haven’t heard from me in 12 hours or more, put my name on this list.”

21.04.2022 - 17:05 [ Max Blumenthal / Twitter ]

Under Zelensky’s watch, Ukraine’s SBU has partnered with neo-Nazis from Azov and C14 to hunt down left-wing activists This is from video posted by Azov members during the SBU’s torture & kidnapping of leftist Alexander Matjuschenko in Dnipro – targeted for his political view

21.04.2022 - 16:58 [ Max Blumenthal, Esha Krishnaswamy / Consortium News ]

Zelensky’s Hardline Internal Purge

In a March 19 executive order, Zelensky invoked martial law to ban 11 opposition parties. The outlawed parties consisted of the entire left-wing, socialist or anti-NATO spectrum in Ukraine.

They included the For Life Party, the Left Opposition, the Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine, the Socialist Party of Ukraine, Union of Left Forces, Socialists, the Party of Shariy, Ours, State, Opposition Bloc and the Volodymyr Saldo Bloc.

Openly fascist and pro-Nazi parties like the Azov National Corps were left untouched by the presidential decree, however.

“The activities of those politicians aimed at d

20.04.2022 - 20:57 [ Zarah Sultana MP / Twitter ]

Julian Assange exposed US crimes in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay. That’s why the US wants to punish him and send a message to all journalists: Expose the truth and you’ll be made to regret it. Priti Patel must stand-up for freedom of speech and refuse his extradition.

14.04.2022 - 06:12 [ CNN ]

The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2022

(March 27, 2022)

Democrats point to the pandemic and stuck supply chains for the current inflation woes, blaming corporations for pocketing profits while Americans pay the price at the pump.

14.04.2022 - 06:03 [ theHill.com ]

Will vaccine passports be biggest campaign issue of 2022?

(April 2, 2021)

A growing number of the Republican Party’s most conservative members have seized on the passport proposals and expected guidance from the White House, blasting them as an example of government overreach that would isolate Americans who choose not to get vaccinated and violate the privacy of those who do.

05.04.2022 - 20:51 [ Seán Kelly MEP, MEP Ireland South | Leader @FineGael in EP / Twitter ]

Images of the massacre of civilians in #Bucha and the Russian war crimes in Ukraine are truly heartbreaking. Along with 207 MEPs, the @FineGael Delegation is calling for an embargo on Russian energy imports, exclusion of ALL Russian banks from SWIFT + ban Russia from EU ports.

05.04.2022 - 20:29 [ Inna Sovsun, Member of #Ukraine Parliament / Twitter ]

The EU boasted of #Russia’s disconnection from SWIFT. But they shut down only 7 of 300 banks. The largest bank, Sberbank, evaded sanctions. And Gazprombank too.

This bank helped Russian Defense Ministry buy unmanned aerial vehicles & electronic reconnaissance equipment.

12.03.2022 - 16:18 [ Interfax Ukraine ]

Russian propagandists to respond in same way as those who drop bombs on innocent people – Zelensky

„War crimes are impossible without propagandists covering them up. I want to tell them one thing: you will respond in the same way as those who order bombs to be dropped on civilians,“ he said in a video statement distributed on Thursday afternoon.

„We will find all the property of propagandists and persons associated with them. We will do everything to have it seized, wherever it is. You love the rich life. Love prosperous countries. You won’t have it anymore. And this is just the beginning,“ he said, adding that „you will be prosecuted for complicity in war crimes.“

24.02.2022 - 18:25 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

Here’s what the climate is producing toward any American who is even slightly off-key or mildly questioning the unified script. If you think this is healthy, I think you ought to re-consider that.

18.02.2022 - 07:58 [ Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) ]

CCLA Will Fight Invocation of Emergencies Act in Court

(February 17, 2022)

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) announced today that it will pursue litigation to challenge the federal government’s use of the Emergencies Act.

“We have retained Ewa Krajewska of Henein Hutchison LLP to take the federal government to court. We have said all along that the federal government did not meet the high burden necessary to invoke the Emergencies Act,” said Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, Executive Director of the CCLA.

11.02.2022 - 04:28 [ Jason Kenney, Premier of Alberta / Twitter ]

If the Canada-USA trucker vaccine mandate wasn’t bad enough, now Justin Trudeau wants to bring in a mandate for truckers going between provinces. Alberta will fight this every step of the way – including in court, if we have to.

(08.02.2022)

WATCH:

11.02.2022 - 03:49 [ GlobalNews.ca ]

Ontario freezes funds from GiveSendGo trucker convoy fundraiser

Ivana Yelich said the order binding “any and all parties with possession or control over these donations” was issued Thursday afternoon. She cited a section of the Criminal Code that allows the attorney general to apply for a restraint order against any “offence-related property.”

11.02.2022 - 03:25 [ NationalObserver,com ]

Ontario and most other provinces stick with gradual approach to COVID reopening

„Just because one province is doing something doesn’t mean we’re necessarily going to do that,“ said Dr. Jazz Atwal, Manitoba’s deputy chief public health officer.

Manitoba is hoping to lift all restrictions by spring, but Atwal said the plan will be dictated by science — not the decisions of other jurisdictions or demands from protesters.

11.02.2022 - 02:49 [ MontrealGazette.com ]

COVID updates, Feb. 8: Quebec lifting most measures by March 14, will review mask mandate, vaccine passport

(Feb 08, 2022)

Legault unveils detailed reopening timeline for home gatherings, restaurants, bars, sports, working from home.

11.02.2022 - 02:43 [ MontrealGazette.com ]

Quebec Liberal MP publicly breaks with Trudeau over vaccine mandates

(Feb 08, 2022)

„I think it’s time we stopped dividing the population,“ said Joël Lightbound, seen by some as a rising star in the federal Liberal party.

11.02.2022 - 02:31 [ newsinfo.Inquirer.net ]

Canada’s Saskatchewan province lifts all Covid restrictions amid protests

(February 09, 2022)

Canada’s Saskatchewan province announced Tuesday the lifting of all Covid restrictions including wearing of masks and proof of vaccination for indoor dining — as truckers continued occupying Ottawa with similar demands.

Alberta was expected to soon follow suit — despite some pushback from doctors and nurses — while Quebec announced it would move up the loosening of restrictions.

11.02.2022 - 02:10 [ NationalPost.com ]

Alberta starts lifting COVID-19 restrictions, vaccine passport program

(Feb 08, 2022)

Premier Jason Kenney says Alberta’s vaccine passport will end almost immediately, with most other big COVID-19 health rules gone three weeks later.

11.02.2022 - 01:48 [ CNN ]

Appeals court refuses to reinstate federal employee vaccine mandate while it reviews case

(February 09, 2022)

A federal appeals court said Wednesday it would not reinstate President Joe Biden’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate for federal employees while it reviews a lower court’s order putting the requirement on hold — potentially setting the stage for the case to go to the Supreme Court.

11.02.2022 - 01:38 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Judges Weigh More Biden Vaccine-Mandate Cases After Supreme Court Rulings

(Feb. 6, 2022)

Several lower courts considering challenges to the administration’s other Covid-19 vaccine requirements.

07.02.2022 - 16:47 [ Candice Malcolm / Twitter ]

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

04.02.2022 - 09:21 [ Gisha.org/ ]

Human rights organizations in Israel condemn vicious attacks on Amnesty International

Signed,

Adalah, Breaking the Silence, B’Tselem, Combatants for Peace, Gisha, HaMoked: Center for the Defense of the Individual, Haqel: In Defence of Human Rights, Human Rights Defenders Fund, Ofek: The Israeli Center for Public Affairs, Parents Against Child Detention, Physicians for Human Rights Israel, The Public Committee Against Torture In
Israel, and Yesh Din

04.02.2022 - 09:16 [ B'Tselem ]

B’Tselem welcomes Amnesty International’s new report, calling the Israeli regime what it is: apartheid.

This is an essential step in the struggle to change this reality, towards a future where all people living here will enjoy justice, equality and respect for their human rights.

The panic sounded by Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Yair Lapid, as well as the false claims made by various Israeli “Hasbara” organizations, as if the report is an attempt to deny the State of Israel’s right to exist, reveal their stance – that a regime of Jewish supremacy is justifiable, and should be perpetuated. Yet, the demand for equality and for the protection of human rights for all, threatens only those opposed to these values. The claim that this demand causes them harm makes it abundantly clear which side they have chosen.

29.01.2022 - 17:27 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

No passport, no problem! Clubbers enjoy end of Plan B restrictions by hitting the dancefloors in England without needing Covid passes or masks for first time

– Thousands of clubbers make the most of the end of Plan B restrictions in England for wild Friday night parties

14.01.2022 - 22:20 [ Justin Amash / Twitter ]

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

14.01.2022 - 22:01 [ Fox News ]

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

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

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

14.01.2022 - 21:41 [ Washington Post ]

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

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

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

14.01.2022 - 21:34 [ New York Times ]

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

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

Shame, shame on the Supreme Court.

14.01.2022 - 21:13 [ Fox News ]

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

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

14.01.2022 - 12:05 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

England ‚WILL scrap Covid passes and WFH at the end of the month’ because they are ‚hard to justify‘ now that Omicron is subsiding — with masks on trains and in shops the only curb left

Currently, people in England need to show proof of vaccination or a negative lateral flow to enter large events and nightclubs.

A Whitehall source told the newspaper: ‚There was always a very high threshold for the policy and it looks increasingly likely in a couple of weeks that threshold won’t be met. The way cases are going it will be hard to justify renewing.‘

14.01.2022 - 11:47 [ Kevin McCarthy - RepublicanLeader.gov ]

House GOP Leaders: No More Authoritarian Mandates

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (LA-01), and House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik (NY-21) released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Biden administration’s unlawful vaccine mandate:

“President Biden’s vaccine mandates are unlawful and not based on science. They deny workers their livelihood, divide our society, and diminish liberty. They are bad policies that undermine public confidence in the vaccines and compound the President’s failure to fulfill his promise to ‘crush the virus.’

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

BIG VICTORY FOR AMERICA AT THE SUPREME COURT

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

14.01.2022 - 10:12 [ The Associated Press / Twitter ]

BREAKING: Supreme Court blocks the Biden administration’s vaccine-or-test rule for U.S. businesses, but allows a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for most health care workers.

14.01.2022 - 10:10 [ Fox News ]

Supreme Court puts an end to pandemic of the autocrat

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

09.01.2022 - 12:00 [ New York Times ]

Supreme Court’s Conservative Majority Appears Skeptical of Biden’s Virus Plan

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s conservative majority seemed to be leaning on Friday toward blocking one of the White House’s main pandemic-fighting strategies, expressing skepticism that the Biden administration has the legal power to mandate that large employers require workers to be vaccinated or to undergo frequent testing.

06.01.2022 - 09:58 [ NPR.org ]

The Supreme Court to hold a hearing on Biden’s vaccine and testing mandate

NPR’s Rachel Martin talks to Karen Harned of the National Federation of Independent Business, about its opposition to OSHA’s vaccine and testing requirements for private employers.

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hold a hearing on the Biden administration’s vaccine and testing mandate.

05.01.2022 - 10:59 [ Washington Post ]

Judge grants relief to Navy SEALs who refused coronavirus vaccine, sued Biden administration

A federal judge granted a preliminary injunction on Monday blocking the Defense Department from taking action against a group of 35 Navy sailors who had refused to get a coronavirus vaccine, raising questions on how it might shape the Pentagon’s requirement that all U.S. troops get vaccinated.

03.01.2022 - 11:04 [ IndianExpress.com ]

If you suspect being targeted with Pegasus, get in touch by January 7: Supreme Court panel

The committee constituted by the Supreme Court to look into allegations of snooping using the Pegasus spyware invited all citizens who suspected their mobile phones had been targeted to contact the panel by noon on January 7.

“The committee requests any citizen of India who has reasonable cause to suspect that his/her mobile has been compromised due to specific usage of NSO Group Israel’s Pegasus software to contact the technical committee appointed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, with reasons as to why you believe your device may have been infected with Pegasus malware, and whether you would be in a position to allow the Technical Committee to examine your device,” the three-member panel said in an advertisement in several national dailies.

03.01.2022 - 09:36 [ .healthcarefinancenews.com ]

Supreme Court to hear arguments over vaccine mandates on January 7

(23.12.2021)

About half the states in the United States, 24, have filed lawsuits against the federal vaccine mandates.

01.01.2022 - 15:01 [ NBC News ]

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts stresses need for judicial independence

The current court term is loaded with highly charged cases, including a direct assault on Roe v. Wade and challenges to the Biden administration’s efforts to impose vaccine or mask-wearing and testing requirements for large employers and health care workers to control the spread of Covid. The court will hear the pandemic-related cases in a special session January 7.

Roberts did not mention any of those factors. But he said the judiciary’s power to manage its own internal affairs „insulates courts from inappropriate political influence and is crucial to preserving public trust in its work as a separate and co-equal branch of government.“

24.12.2021 - 04:47 [ New York Times ]

Supreme Court to Hold Special Hearing on Biden Vaccine Mandates

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said on Wednesday evening that it would hold a special hearing next month to assess the legality of two initiatives at the heart of the Biden administration’s efforts to address the coronavirus in the workplace.

14.12.2021 - 23:00 [ Forbes.com ]

Appeals Court Refuses To Put Biden’s Vaccine Mandate For Healthcare Workers Back Into Effect

A federal appeals court upheld Monday a district court order that blocked the White House’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers—which paused the order in only 10 states and not nationwide—the latest in a string of recent setbacks President Joe Biden’s vaccine orders have faced in court.

14.12.2021 - 22:56 [ .marketwatch.com ]

Most employers say they won’t require vaccines if courts block Biden’s mandate

President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for businesses with 100 or more employees is in limbo since a federal appeals court halted it last month.

08.12.2021 - 19:03 [ Newsweek ]

NYC Vaccine Mandate Blocked by Judge in Blow to Bill de Blasio

Patricia Finn, an attorney who describes herself on Twitter as „The Good Health Lawyer New Yotk (sic),“ launched the legal challenge against the mayor’s mandate. She regularly espouses anti-vaccination views on her social media accounts.

In one Facebook post, Finn wrote: „Please DO NOT support lockdowns for the unvaccinated. It garners support for lockdowns and punishment for whoever these bureaucrats deem ‚dangerous‘.“

07.12.2021 - 07:25 [ Associated Press / 8newsnow.com ]

Vaccine mandates on hold: Courts put a stop to sweeping requirements — for now

Millions of health care workers across the U.S. were supposed to have their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by this coming Monday under a mandate issued by President Joe Biden’s administration. Thanks to legal challenges, they won’t have to worry about it, at least for now.

Same goes for a Jan. 4 deadline set by the administration for businesses with at least 100 employees to ensure their workers are vaccinated or tested weekly for the virus.

01.12.2021 - 13:26 [ NationalReview.com ]

Joe Biden’s Mandates Aren’t Doing So Well in Court

Yesterday and today, federal judges in Louisiana and Missouri entered injunctions against vaccine mandates for the staff of 21 types of Medicare and Medicaid health-care providers, enacted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and planned to go into effect next Monday. Monday’s ruling was by Judge Matthew Schlep of the Eastern District of Missouri (a Trump appointee), and applies to ten states (Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming), all of which were plaintiffs in the case.

19.11.2021 - 14:56 [ Ron DeSantis, 46th Governor of the great state of Florida / Twitter ]

The Florida Legislature and my administration are committed to protecting Florida jobs. Today, I signed legislation protecting the right of Floridians to earn a living and to make health decisions for themselves.

19.11.2021 - 14:51 [ CNN ]

Florida set to become first state to fine businesses over vaccine mandates, in defiance of Biden administration

(18.11.2021)

Acting mostly along party lines, the Florida House and Senate passed a package of four bills protecting workers who remain defiant against Covid-19 vaccinations. Once signed by DeSantis — which is expected in the coming days — Florida will become the first state with a law imposing fines on companies that require a Covid-19 vaccination as a condition of employment.

19.11.2021 - 06:56 [ CNBC ]

Biden administration suspends enforcement of business vaccine mandate to comply with court order

The White House previously told businesses to proceed with the implementation of the requirements.

17.11.2021 - 18:54 [ DailyWire.com ]

‘An Unconstitutional Invasion’: Republican Senators To Challenge Biden Vaccine Mandate: Report

Every Republican senator is expected to challenge the Biden Administration’s vaccine mandate via the Congressional Review Act on Wednesday.

According to a report from Fox News, the Congressional Review Act is “ the official process for Congress to eliminate an executive branch rule.”

17.11.2021 - 18:49 [ Vern Buchanan, Abgeordneter im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

BREAKING! I just helped introduce legislation to officially invalidate President Biden’s unconstitutional, job-killing vaccine mandate. This one-size-fits-all big government power grab is an invasion of privacy and will cripple businesses across the country.

13.11.2021 - 20:11 [ NPR.org ]

10 states sue Biden administration over COVID vaccine mandate for health care workers

A group of 10 states has filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration and its requirement that health care workers in the U.S. to be vaccinated against COVID-19, saying the mandate is „unconstitutional and unlawful.“

10.11.2021 - 15:57 [ theHill.com ]

Business groups sue to block Biden vaccine-or-test mandate

The American Trucking Associations, National Association of Convenience Stores, National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors and National Federation of Independent Business also joined the lawsuit, among other groups.

Many of the high-profile lawsuits up until this point had come from GOP-led states and conservative groups.

10.11.2021 - 15:55 [ BusinessInsider.com ]

More than half of US states are suing to stop Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate

(05.11.2021)

Twenty-six states cosigned four petitions, amounting to perhaps the most sweeping legal challenge to pandemic-era safety requirements since Biden took office. Three Democrat-led states are among the 26.

10.11.2021 - 06:53 [ BGR.com ]

Biden official tells businesses to ignore court order on vaccine mandate

Former FDA commissioner and Pfizer board member Dr. Scott Gottlieb shared some thoughts via his Twitter account over the weekend about a federal court temporarily pausing the implementation of the Biden vaccine mandate.

09.11.2021 - 17:03 [ New York Times ]

U.S. Urges Court Not to Block Vaccine Mandate on Employers

The Fifth Circuit panel will now decide whether to lift its decision to block the mandate or make it permanent. But it is unlikely to have the final word.

Some other legal challengers to the mandate are in different appeals court circuits, and the many pending challenges are expected to be consolidated before a randomly assigned appeals court later this month. The issue is very likely to end up before the Supreme Court.

09.11.2021 - 16:57 [ NPR.org ]

Blocked for now, Biden’s vaccine-or-test rule for workers faces uncertain future

It took just a day-and-a-half for President Biden’s vaccine-or-test rule covering 84 million workers to be blocked by a federal appeals court.

Now, the Biden administration is gearing up for a fight

08.11.2021 - 11:06 [ myFox8.com ]

‘Enough is enough:’ Pilots protest against vaccine mandates outside Charlotte-Douglas International Airport

The rally put on by the group US Freedom Flyers was organized to express their stand against the most recent vaccine requirements from the Biden administration for companies with 100 or more workers.

The requirement says workers can get vaccinated by Jan. 4 or submit to weekly COVID testing.

08.11.2021 - 10:46 [ theHill.com ]

White House facing onslaught of challenges to vaccine rules

Republicans are framing the battle over vaccination mandates as a debate over civil liberties.

A coalition of 11 states led by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt (R), who is running for Senate, argued the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) doesn’t have the authority to put in place such sweeping federal public health regulations and that the rule unconstitutionally infringes on states‘ powers.

07.11.2021 - 09:32 [ Attorney General Ken Paxton / Twitter ]

Yesterday, I sued the Biden Admin over its unlawful OSHA vax mandate. WE WON. Just this morning, citing “grave statutory and constitutional issues,” the 5th Circuit stayed the mandate. The fight is not over and I will never stop resisting this Admin’s unconstitutional overreach!

07.11.2021 - 09:24 [ FoxBusiness.com ]

Federal court of appeals issues temporary halt to Biden vaccine mandate

A federal court issued Texas a temporary victory in its lawsuit against the Biden administration’s coronavirus vaccine mandate issuing a stay on the controversial federal government regulation in Texas.

05.11.2021 - 10:00 [ Fox News ]

Republican Jack Ciattarelli refuses to concede New Jersey gubernatorial race

„The governor’s victory speech last night was premature,“ Ciattarelli said in a video message on Twitter Thursday. „No one should be declaring victory or conceding the election until every legal vote is counted.“

Murphy’s declaration of victory comes as less than one percentage point separates the two candidates in a nail-biter race, a result many analysts did not expect in what is typically a reliably blue state.

05.11.2021 - 09:36 [ Fox19.com ]

Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee sue Biden over COVID vaccine mandate

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced the lawsuit shortly after the Biden administration said Thursday morning that its vaccine rules applying to private businesses with 100 or more employees, certain health care workers and federal contractors will take effect Jan. 4.

05.11.2021 - 09:27 [ Fox News ]

Sen. Mike Lee: Biden is extorting the American people

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05.11.2021 - 09:21 [ ABC4.com ]

Sen. Mike Lee says vaccine mandates are ‘sweeping’ and ‘unconstitutional’

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4)- Senator Mike Lee continued to oppose President Biden’s vaccine mandate on the Senate floor. For the 13th straight day, Lee spoke out against any measure that provided funding for the vaccine mandate.

05.11.2021 - 09:18 [ QuorumCall / Twitter ]

Biden vaccine mandate an ‚act of barbarism,” Utah Sen. Mike Lee says

– Deseret News quorumcall.org

05.11.2021 - 09:07 [ NJ.com ]

What the hell just happened in New Jersey? How the 2021 election redefined crazy.

The governor’s race showed Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy and Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli separated by a razor-thin margin in spite of all those polls that projected a Murphy victory. (The Associated Press declared Murphy the winner Wednesday by a less-than-1-percentage-point margin, nearly 24 hours after the polls closed.)

Republicans were also poised to flip a few seats in the Democratic-controlled state Legislature, and in a shocker, they’re on the verge of booting out state Senate President Stephen Sweeney with a candidate with no political experience. But numerous races remain too close to call.

03.11.2021 - 10:38 [ The Independent / Youtube ]

Live: Republican Glenn Youngkin holds election night party in Virginia governor race

With roughly 60 per cent of the votes tallied, elections analysts are predicting the republican winning the race, a serious blow for the Democratic administration of Joe Biden.

03.11.2021 - 09:36 [ Fox News ]

Youngkin defeats McAuliffe in race for Virginia governor

McAuliffe also nationalized the race, campaigning with President Biden, Vice President Harris, former President Obama, and other top Democrats in an unsuccessful attempt to boost his fortunes.

„Alrighty Virginia, we won this thing,“ Youngkin told supporters in his victory speech a little after 1 AM Wednesday.

01.11.2021 - 10:15 [ NBC New York ]

FDNY: 2,000 Firefighters on Medical Leave in Apparent Protest of Vaccine Mandate

The FDNY said its vaccination rate for firefighters has climbed to 75% as of around 5 p.m. on Sunday. The overall vaccination rate for the department is 80%.

More than 1,000 FDNY members have applied for religious exemptions and will be able to continue on the job with weekly COVID testing in place as their respective Equal Employment Opportunity offices review the claims, a spokesperson told News 4 Friday.

30.10.2021 - 10:44 [ Youngkin for Governor ]

Youngkin Releases Closing Campaign Ad: ‘Our Moment’

“On November 2, a new day begins in Virginia”

30.10.2021 - 10:35 [ CNN ]

One number that should worry every Democrat in Virginia

Overall, 46% of likely voters approve of the job Joe Biden is doing as President, while 53% disapprove. Which isn’t terrible — although both Biden and McAuliffe would prefer if those numbers were reversed.

The problem becomes more apparent when you look at those who „strongly“ approve of Biden’s performance in office and, conversely, those who „strongly“ disapprove of how he’s done.

Biden’s strong approval number is 21%. His strong disapproval number? 44%.

30.10.2021 - 10:17 [ Google News USA ]

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30.10.2021 - 09:59 [ Foxla.com ]

LAFD’s staff shortage during fire season causing firefighters to worry

The Los Angeles City Council voted to enact a city-wide vaccination mandate, requiring all city workers to be vaccinated or file medical or religious exemptions by December 18. The deadline was extended to December 18 after a plan was approved by City Council Tuesday.

According to Escobar, 74% of LAFD members are vaccinated, including him, but if it does not change to 100% by the December 18 deadline, the department could lose 800 to 900 firefighters. He said though he is vaccinated, he believes it is morally and ethically wrong to base employment on vaccinations.

30.10.2021 - 09:06 [ One Voice With Common Sense / Youtube ]

Union Members Booed Mayor Lori Lightfoot at an annual fundraiser.

(27.10.2021)

he entire crowd booed Mayor Lori Lightfoot at an annual fundraiser.

30.10.2021 - 09:01 [ Fox News ]

Chicago Mayor Lightfoot drowned out by boos at union fundraise

(27.10.2021)

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was drowned out by boos during a union fundraiser over the weekend.

The Democratic mayor got an unwelcome reception at an annual fundraiser Sunday for Plumbers Union Local 130, the first union that endorsed her 2019 runoff election, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

30.10.2021 - 08:42 [ CBS Chicago ]

Chicago Firefighters’ Union Says City’s COVID Vaccine Mandate Has 28 Firefighters, Paramedics Sitting Out, And It Could Mean Staffing Shortages And Safety Concerns

As CBS 2’s Marie Saavedra reported, there has been a lot of attention on the fight by the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police over the city’s vaccine mandate. But the city is facing another lawsuit – brought by firefighters and workers with the Chicago Department of Water Management.

30.10.2021 - 07:56 [ Yahoo News ]

As vaccination mandate looms, New York prepares for shortage of firefighters, police

Leaders of unions representing firefighters and police officers have said the city could put more than one-third of their members on unpaid leave when enforcement of the vaccine mandate takes effect on Monday.

30.10.2021 - 07:38 [ NY Teachers for Choice ]

Organized Labor in New York Opposes COVID Vaccine Mandates

(01.08.2021)

Organized labor in NYC is 100% against vaccine mandates to keep our jobs. Now the lame-duck mayor Bill De Blasio is implementing a policy designed to coerce all city employees to get the COVID vaccine without going through collective bargaining. TEACHERS FOR CHOICE is planning legal action.

Here is a list of labor unions that oppose forced vaccination to maintain employment:

30.10.2021 - 07:07 [ CBS News ]

New York City police union sues city over COVID vaccine mandate

(October 26, 2021)

New York City’s largest police union asked a judge on Monday to temporarily halt the implementation of the vaccination mandate before it takes effect on November 1.

The Police Benevolent Association argues that the policy does not make clear potential exceptions for medical or religious reasons, and does not give unvaccinated officers sufficient time to apply for such exemptions, as those appeals must be submitted by Wednesday — one week after the mandate was announced.

30.10.2021 - 07:02 [ Deadline.com ]

NYC Firefighters And Police Officers Join Thousands In Brooklyn Bridge March Against City Vaccine Mandate

(October 25, 2021)

The policy covering some 50,000 workers comes after similar measures for health-care and education employees and takes effect on Friday afternoon. Anyone who does not comply with the mandate will be placed on unpaid leave starting next Monday, November 1. As an additional incentive, the city has offered $500 to workers who decide to get vaccinated.

Police and fire personnel joined sanitation workers, paramedics, teachers and a range of supporters in what was dubbed the “Anti-Mandate March For Choice.”

26.10.2021 - 09:51 [ Half Marathon Man / Twitter ]

This means we’re “this close” to the Biden Administration requiring COVID vaccines or tests for domestic air travel. Mark my words. It’s on the way.

26.10.2021 - 09:23 [ NBC News ]

Biden administration unveils new Covid vaccine, testing requirements for travel into U.S.

Unvaccinated U.S. citizens and long-term residents will have to present a negative Covid test taken a day before re-entering the country.

23.10.2021 - 18:36 [ theHill.com ]

GOP leaders escalate battle against COVID-19 vaccine mandates

Republicans this week escalated their battle against the Biden administration over federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates this week, calling for the president to backtrack from the requirements that they consider unconstitutional violations of American rights.

GOP officials in states including Florida, Alabama and Arizona took steps to push back on the looming requirement for businesses with more than 100 employees to require workers to be vaccinated or tested regularly.

21.10.2021 - 15:47 [ Youngkin for Governor ]

VIDEO: 7 Times McAuliffe Confirmed He Thinks Parents Should Have No Say in Their Child’s Education

FALLS CHURCH, VA – Political outsider, successful business leader, and Republican nominee for governor Glenn Youngkin’s campaign spokeswoman Macaulay Porter released the following statement regarding Terry McAuliffe’s new TV ad in which he laughably claims his comments about parents and schools are being taken “out of context.”

“Two weeks before Election Day, Terry McAuliffe is struggling to save his campaign,” said Porter. “After 3 weeks of confirming more than half a dozen times that he meant exactly what he said in the debate, McAuliffe has been ordered by panicked DC Democrats to stop spouting anti-parent screeds. But it’s too late – Terry showed us his heart. This is what he believes. His attempt to fool Virginians is pathetic, and parents know the truth because the videos don’t lie. Terry will have to answer for that in two weeks on Election Day.”

21.10.2021 - 15:40 [ Politico.com ]

Virginia is for worriers: Governor race poses real risk to Dem agenda

(16.10.2021)

Losing ground in a Virginia gubernatorial campaign once seen as a near-lock for Democrats, McAuliffe has sought to nationalize the race — calling out congressional inaction and President Joe Biden’s waning popularity as he tries to mount a return to an office he held four years ago. If McAuliffe loses, it could put a chill on Democrats’ agenda and prompt hand-wringing over whether the party failed to boost him enough in a difficult race against Republican Glenn Youngkin.

21.10.2021 - 15:24 [ Washington Post ]

The Virginia governor’s race: A first major test for Democrats in the Biden era

(October 19, 2021)

Virginia’s gubernatorial race is tightening as Election Day nears. Democrat Terry McAuliffe remains the narrow favorite, but a victory by Republican Glenn Youngkin would be felt nationwide, and could spell trouble for President Biden’s agenda ahead of next year’s midterms.

14.10.2021 - 01:12 [ Youngkin for Governor ]

Glenn Releases Statement on Northam-McAuliffe Mask Mandate for Kids

August 12, 2021

FALLS CHURCH, VA- Today, political outsider, successful business leader, and Republican nominee for governor Glenn Youngkin issued the following statement on the Virginia Department of Health’s statewide mask mandate for K-12 schools:

„With today’s student mask mandate announcement, Ralph Northam, Terry McAuliffe and Richmond liberals have made clear that they will stop at nothing to impose their will and take away parents‘ ability to decide what’s best for our kids. Make no mistake about it, this mask mandate is the first step towards returning to a full shutdown of our economy.

„We must respect parents’ right to decide what is best for their own children. If parents, teachers, and children want to wear a mask, they absolutely should do that, but there should not be a statewide school mask mandate.“

In addition to his opposition to statewide school mask mandates, Youngkin has repeatedly expressed his objection to vaccine passports and vaccine mandates

14.10.2021 - 01:05 [ Jackie DeFusco, Virginia Capitol Bureau Reporter ]

@GlennYoungkin says, if elected, he would ask the AG to challenge President Biden’s sweeping vaccine mandates and “defend Virginians.” Asked if there is any scenario where he would support a requirement, he says it’s a matter of personal choice. #VAGov

(08.10.2021)

14.10.2021 - 00:29 [ NBC Washington ]

Virginia Gubernatorial Candidates Spar on Vaccine Mandates, Education

When an educator asked if that meant requiring vaccines for school children, McAuliffe did not hesitate.

“If the CDC says these vaccinations are safe for our children than I want everybody to be vaccinated,”he said.

14.10.2021 - 00:01 [ CBS News ]

CBS News poll: Vaccine and economy fights driving tight Virginia governor’s race

On issues, this race is shaping up to be about approaches to coronavirus versus the economy. McAuliffe has the advantage on COVID-related issues, like mask and vaccine mandates. Most voters statewide support vaccine mandates for Virginia businesses, putting them at odds with Youngkin’s position.

13.10.2021 - 08:16 [ Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas ]

Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order Prohibiting Vaccine Mandates By Any Entity, Adds Issue To Special Session Agenda

October 11, 2021 | Austin, Texas | Press Release

Governor Greg Abbott today issued an executive order stating that no entity in Texas can compel receipt of a COVID-19 vaccination by any individual, including an employee or consumer, who objects to such vaccination for any reason of personal conscience, based on a religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19. Governor Abbott also sent a message to the the Chief Clerk of the House and Secretary of the Senate adding this issue as an item to the Third Special Session agenda. The executive order will be rescinded upon the passage of such legislation.

13.10.2021 - 08:13 [ ValleyCentral.com ]

‘Must always be voluntary’: Texas governor orders ban on private company vaccine mandates

The move comes as the Biden administration is set to issue rules requiring employers with more than 100 workers to be vaccinated or test weekly for the coronavirus. Several major companies, including Texas-based American Airlines and Southwest Airlines, have said they would abide by the federal mandate.

13.10.2021 - 08:10 [ the Hill ]

Texas governor opens new front on vaccine mandates

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

13.10.2021 - 07:53 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Vaccine Mandate Madness

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

12.10.2021 - 11:32 [ Fox News ]

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott bans ‚any entity‘ from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate

„The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced,“ Abbott said in a press release Monday.

Abbott’s executive order prohibits „any entity“ in the state from compelling an individual to receive a COVID-19 vaccine „who objects to such vaccination for any reason of personal conscience.“

29.09.2021 - 10:54 [ Black conservative View / Youtube ]

Orlando Magic’s Jonathan Isaac explains his COVID HESITANCY based on natural immunity and CDC data

During NBA Press conference today, Orlando Magic’s Jonathan Isaac says he isn’t getting the covid vaccine because he has natural immunity and data shows he isn’t at risk at all from covid. Well said, very educated!!

29.09.2021 - 10:40 [ Glenn Greenwald ]

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

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

28.09.2021 - 20:05 [ RNZ.co.nz ]

Mandatory vaccination order under spotlight in High Court

Ashleigh Fechney has been granted leave to appear in court on behalf of her client – a Customs worker who was dismissed from her job for refusing to get vaccinated.

Fechney said the vaccination order was an abuse of power under section 11 of the Response Act and the orders for mandatory vaccination were never an intention of the Act.

28.09.2021 - 19:41 [ NY Teachers for Choice ]

Why fully vaccinated educators must leave the AFT and UFT

The UFT teachers union in NYC and its national umbrella AFT have already decided the following:

– Vaccination every 6 months is now a “way of life” for their members
– Anyone who is ‘unvaccianted’ doesn’t deserve employment in America
– Biometric systems in schools should be implemented
– Universal masking in schools should be permanent
– Unions are not obligated to protect individual civil liberties
– Unions don’t serve their members, they serve the DNC and the Biosecurity State

To all of my fully vaccinated brothers and sisters in education I implore you to look at this list and ask yourself if this is the country, the community and the school system you want to be a part of. IF it is not, then you must LEAVE THE UFT & AFT RIGHT NOW!

28.09.2021 - 19:14 [ Leisa / Twitter ]

Support These Establishments, And Boycott the Cowards Who Comply

28.09.2021 - 19:02 [ NY Teachers for Choice ]

Multi-Cultural Plaintiffs Sue de Blasio over Vaccine Mandate

Black, Brown, Hispanic, White, Asian, female, male and immigrant plaintiffs are suing Mayor de Blasio in federal court over his forced vaccination mandate for NYC DOE employees in the case KANE vs DE BLASIO. The 10 plaintiffs include Michael Kane, William Castro, Margaret Chu, Heather Clark, Stephanie Di Capua, Robert Gladding, Nwakaego Nwaifejokwu, Ingrid Romero, Trinidad Smith, and Amaryllis Ruiz-Toro.

This is the third lawsuit filed against de Blasio’s vaccine mandate for NYC educators with a major focus on the city’s fraudulent exemption process.

28.09.2021 - 18:57 [ Left Against Lockdown NY / Twitter ]

TODAY is the day we save our #schools from the illegal #CovidVaccine mandate! #HumanRights

28.09.2021 - 18:44 [ Leisa / Twitter ]

New York Protest Against Tyrannical Vaccine Passports and Mandatory Vaccinations.

28.09.2021 - 18:39 [ Teachers4OpenSchools / Twitter ]

New York teachers are still taking to the front lines to challenge @NYCSchools @NYCMayor @DOEChancellor on their discriminatory and unscientific policy of mandatory vaccination.

17.09.2021 - 19:13 [ theHill.com ]

Clarence Thomas warns against ‚destroying our institutions,‘ defends the Supreme Court

“They think you’re for this or for that. They think you become like a politician,” he continued. “That’s a problem. You’re going to jeopardize any faith in the legal institutions.”

When asked at Thursday’s event if his Catholic faith has been at conflict with some of the legal questions that have come before the court, he responded, “that’s not the role of a judge.”

“You do your job and you go cry alone,” he added, according to The Associated Press.

17.09.2021 - 19:07 [ Politfact.com ]

Will Joe Biden’s vaccination requirements hold up in court?

The big policy that Biden has so far declined to impose is a national vaccination mandate. There’s a reason: Legal experts said that doing so would have been pretty clearly unconstitutional.

This is a „bright line,“ said Lawrence O. Gostin, faculty director of Georgetown University Law Center’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. „States can mandate vaccines for the general population. The federal government cannot.

17.09.2021 - 17:42 [ teleSUR ]

British Unions Call for Review of UK Gun Sales to Colombia

Britain’s Trades Union Congress, which is currently holding its annual congress (10-13 September), has unanimously passed a motion in support of Colombian trade unionists, protesters and activists which called on the British government ‘to review security and trade partnerships with Colombia in response to human rights abuses’.

11.09.2021 - 13:55 [ Zero Hedge ]

Biden Adviser Says President „Will Run Over“ GOP Governors Who Resist Vaccine Mandate

„The one thing I admire about this president is the fact that we are always going to put people above politics. And we’re going to fight for those who really need our help,“ Richmond told CNN in response to a question about governors resisting the mandate. „And those governors that stand in the way, I think, it was very clear from the president’s tone today that he will run over them,“ he added.

„And it is important. It’s not for political purposes. It’s to save the lives of American people. And so, we won’t let one or two individuals stand in the way. We will always err on the side of protecting the American people.“

11.09.2021 - 13:40 [ Newsweek ]

The Vaccine Mandate Assault on the Common Good

Progressives, whose various echo chambers have led them to believe COVID is a modern-day apocalypse despite a 98 to 99 percent (at least) survival rate, predictably march in lockstep against bans on vaccine mandates. (It is perhaps the only time progressives defend private enterprise against public regulation, broadly speaking.) But those on the Right have divided over the question of what role, if any, the state should play in regulating private-sector vaccine mandate promulgation and enforcement.

10.09.2021 - 20:30 [ Governor Mark Gordon / Twitter ]

I have asked the Attorney General to stand prepared to take all actions to oppose this administration’s unconstitutional overreach of executive power. It has no place in America. Not now, and not ever.

10.09.2021 - 20:28 [ cybernistas.com ]

‘We Will Fight Biden to the Gates of Hell to Protect Liberty’ – GOP Governors Prepare to Sue Biden Admin Over Unconstitutional Vax Mandate

GOP Governors are already telling their attorneys general to prepare for battle against Joe Biden’s unconstitutional vax mandate.

Joe Biden on Thursday declared war on the unvaccinated and threatened GOP governors when he announced a new federal vaccine mandate.

10.09.2021 - 20:04 [ Dr. Kelli Ward / Twitter ]

Biden declares war on freedom.

10.09.2021 - 19:48 [ uncomanor.com ]

“Dictator Biden”: Social Media ERUPTS Amid Vaccine Mandate

“What would happen if all 2.1 million federal employers refused to play ball with Dictator Biden and did not get the vaccine?” challenged conservative talk show host Candace Owens. “Can our government afford to lose 2.1 million workers in one day? Can our government afford a union strike?”

10.09.2021 - 19:39 [ Yahoo.com ]

Biden identifies his enemy: America’s unvaccinated

e big picture: The majority of U.S. sentiment may be with him. But Biden’s still taking a major political risk, and he and his team know it. He’s testing business leaders‘ resolve, putting Democrats‘ standing in swing states and districts on the line ahead of 2022’s midterm elections and tempting a tsunami of litigation over new requirements that could touch 100 million Americans.

10.09.2021 - 13:54 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

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

10.09.2021 - 13:31 [ Bloomberg ]

How a Scholz-Led Government Could Transform Germany and Europe

Social Democrat Olaf Scholz is the favorite to become Germany’s next chancellor, but he’ll need a messy three-party coalition to form a government, according to the polls.

The path to power for the SPD and its preferred partner the Green Party is complicated. It would probably involve either a more centrist alliance with the business-friendly Free Democrats, or a shift in the opposite direction in a tie-up with the anti-capitalist Left party.

10.09.2021 - 13:25 [ Bloomberg ]

Biden’s Smart Covid Plan Depends on Enforcement

The late-summer Covid-19 surge shows that simply urging Americans to get their shots wasn’t enough. A more ambitious strategy is necessary — and that includes mandates.

10.09.2021 - 10:34 [ Fox News ]

Republicans explode with fury over Biden vaccine mandate: ‚Absolutely unconstitutional‘

Republican members of Congress and state governors were appalled by news Thursday that President Joe Biden will force employers with more than 100 workers to require coronavirus vaccinations or test employees weekly, vowing to block the new policy and terming it unconstitutional.

The mandate, which is expected to affect as many as 100 million Americans in an array of jobs, including health care, directly impacts the private sector.

10.09.2021 - 10:05 [ CNN ]

Biden announces new vaccine mandates that could cover 100 million Americans

President Joe Biden on Thursday imposed stringent new vaccine rules on federal workers, large employers and health care staff in a sweeping attempt to contain the latest surge of Covid-19.
The new requirements could apply to as many as 100 million Americans — close to two-thirds of the American workforce — and amount to Biden’s strongest push yet to require vaccines for much of the country.

09.09.2021 - 15:45 [ RairFoundation.com ]

Exposed: CDC Rushed to Change Definition of ‚Vaccination‘ On Same Day Israel Study Touts Natural Immunity over Vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) quietly changed their definition of “Vaccination” on September 1st, exchanging the word “immunity” for “protection,” now that it appears that breakthrough cases can no longer be explained away as an anomaly.

The definition change occurred on the same day – September 1st – that a massive study was released demonstrating that those who had been vaccinated were “13 times more likely to be infected with the Delta variant (what has been called a “breakthrough” infection) than those with natural immunity,” as summarized at the American Conservative.

09.09.2021 - 15:27 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Vaccine passports not ruled out for pubs and restaurants suggests minister as he’s berated by fuming Tory MPs

He was lambasted by backbenchers over the „pointless policy“ and accused of starting a „needless fight“ with his own party.

Mr Zahawi defended the introduction of vaccine passports which he said would „reduce transmission and serious illness“.

Boris Johnson is already facing a major rebellion over the plans, with more than 50 Tories expected to mutiny.

09.09.2021 - 15:21 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Nicola Sturgeon’s vaccine passports plan is an ‘absolute sham’, say Tories

But the paper is expected to appear only hours before a Holyrood debate and vote on Thursday to introduce the passport scheme later this month, prompting Tory accusations that the plans were an “absolute sham”.

Scotland’s beleaguered licensed trade said they had received no details from the SNP-Green coalition government about how the scheme would operate since Ms Sturgeon unveiled it last week.

08.09.2021 - 17:40 [ Glenn Greenwald ]

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

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

27.08.2021 - 17:29 [ Cato Institute / Twitter ]

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

18.08.2021 - 09:29 [ Al Jazeera ]

Transcript of Taliban’s first news conference in Kabul

“We have expelled the foreigners and I would like to congratulate the whole nation on this.

This is pride, not only for a limited number of people. This is a proud moment for the whole nation. This kind of pride is rare when it can be achieved. The whole nation, after the whole history of the nation and therefore, on the base of this I would like to congratulate the whole nation and I would like to welcome you.

Freedom and independence seeking is a legitimate right of every nation. The Afghans also use their legitimate right after 20 years of struggle for freedom and for emancipating the country from occupation, this was our right and we achieved this right.“

15.08.2021 - 20:46 [ BBC ]

Afghanistan: Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen calls the BBC – interview in full

Suhail Shaheen called the BBC’s Yalda Hakim, live on air.

In the wide-ranging interview, she pressed him on the Taliban’s plans for the country amid concern the militants will impose strict interpretations of Sharia law, including corporal punishments and a ban on girls going to school.

06.08.2021 - 09:07 [ theSun.co.uk ]

TRIP AD-PFIZER: Covid vaccine will be required to travel ‘for ever more’ and people will not be allowed to leave without it, Shapps says

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he said: „I think double vaccination, full vaccination, is going to be a feature for ever more and most countries, probably all countries, will require full vaccination in order for you to enter.”

He also warned youngsters they will be unable to travel if they do not get jabbed.

06.08.2021 - 08:29 [ theHill.com ]

House Democrats call on Biden to close Guantánamo ‚once and for all‘

The letter was organized by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Reps. David Price (D-N.C.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn). Among the co-signers are several committee chairmen, including Foreign Affairs Chairman Gregory Meek (D-N.Y.), Armed Services Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.)

06.08.2021 - 08:22 [ CNN ]

He is one of only 39 detainees left at Guantanamo. Once tortured, prisoner’s case is a test of larger political realities at play.

His quest for freedom is forcing the Biden administration to consider whether to release the 45-year-old man whose attorneys say is severely mentally ill battling schizophrenia, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of his torture or seek to hold him indefinitely without charging him with a crime.

Al-Qahtani’s case, experts say, stands as a litmus test for whether President Joe Biden is committed to his pledge to shutter the controversial facility — an enduring symbol of the George W. Bush administration’s global „war on terror“ that persisted through the Barack Obama and Donald Trump presidencies.

04.08.2021 - 13:29 [ The People’s Party / Twitter ]

Nina’s unfortunate loss is further proof that working with the Democrats is a dead end road for folks seeking to challenge the status quo. Democrats will spend millions of dollars (at a time like this!) and pull out all the stops to undermine candidates fighting for the people.

04.08.2021 - 07:47 [ Fox News ]

Hannity slams New York City’s vaccine passport protocol

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

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

04.08.2021 - 06:58 [ Chicago Tribune ]

Chicago won’t require vaccine passports like New York for now, but ‘we’ll be watching to see how this plays out,’ health commissioner says

Dr. Allison Arwady called New York’s move “appropriate” and praised Chicago businesses who independently implemented such a practice. But New York City was a lot less resistant at the idea of a vaccine passport than Chicago has been, she said.

28.07.2021 - 12:35 [ Amnesty International ]

Joint open letter by civil society organizations and independent experts calling on states to implement an immediate moratorium on the sale, transfer and use of surveillance technology

The investigation has so far also identified at least 180 journalists in 20 countries who were selected for potential targeting with NSO spyware between 2016 to June 2021. Deeply concerning details that have emerged include evidence that family members of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi were targeted with Pegasus software before and after his murder in Istanbul on 2 October 2018 by Saudi operatives,despite repeated denials from NSO Group that its products were used to target Khashoggi or his family members.

The revelations are only a tip of the iceberg.

27.07.2021 - 07:34 [ Haaretz ]

U.S. Lawmakers Call for Punitive Measures Against Israeli NSO Over Spyware Allegations

Finally, the four House Democrats call to „investigate and assess the possible targeting of American journalists, aid works, diplomats and others’ with NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware, determine whether America’s national security was harmed, and take steps to protect all Americans, including federal employees, from the threat posed by the growing mercenary spyware industry.“