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22.11.2022 - 20:37 [ @PeaceBelgium / Twitter ]

The last time the NOPEC bill came this close to passing was in 2007, when it got approved by the House of Reps in a 345-72 vote and the Senate by 70-23, only to die after George W. Bush threatened a veto. (good relations between George W. & the Kingdom in the aftermath of 9/11)

(17.10.2022)

22.11.2022 - 20:25 [ Reuters ]

Explainer: What is NOPEC, the U.S. bill to pressure the OPEC+ oil group?

(05.10.2022)

But several attempts to pass NOPEC over more than two decades have long worried OPEC’s de facto leader Saudi Arabia, leading Riyadh to lobby hard every time a version of the bill has come up.

With the Senate Judiciary Committee passing the bill in May, it needs to pass the full Senate and House and be signed by the president to become law.

21.11.2022 - 11:23 [ @FlippinCoin / Nitter ]

3/ @TrentTelenko Furthermore, this is the only agricultural processing site in a region of 25 sq km, cursory evidence that supports an intentional targeting of Poland behind the facade of Russia’s biggest missile barrage into Ukraine so far, with the intention of a false flag???

21.11.2022 - 11:07 [ @TrentTelenko / Nitter ]

So that photo all but rules out the „nearby Ukrainian 5V55K missile launch“ narrative. The crater is too small and there is no fragmentation damage on the tractor and cart consistent with a „5Zh93“ warhead in airburst or impact modes.

12.11.2022 - 09:26 [ NewStatesman.com ]

Saudi Arabia is the biggest beneficiary of the war in Ukraine

(16 May 2022)

Cracks in the resolve began to show up immediately. Amid calls for more solar, wind and nuclear power, the UK government started to double down on domestic oil and gas production, and Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, flew to Saudi Arabia to ask the regime to increase its oil output.

11.11.2022 - 08:18 [ Worldwide Exchange / Nitter ]

„The chances of getting NOPEC passed are actually declining,“ says @rbccm Global Head of Commodity Strategy @CroftHelima. „Democrats were really driving for this. I don’t really sense a lot of Republican enthusiasm.“ #Election2022 #Midterms2022 #OPEC

11.11.2022 - 08:09 [ Reuters ]

Explainer: What is NOPEC, the U.S. bill to pressure the OPEC+ oil group?

(05.10.2022)

But several attempts to pass NOPEC over more than two decades have long worried OPEC’s de facto leader Saudi Arabia, leading Riyadh to lobby hard every time a version of the bill has come up.

With the Senate Judiciary Committee passing the bill in May, it needs to pass the full Senate and House and be signed by the president to become law.

07.11.2022 - 07:42 [ AtlanticCouncil.org ]

Riyadh crosses the Rubicon toward Russia

(October 11, 2022)

This decision stands in stark contrast to the careful, muted responses of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian President Narendra Modi to Putin’s accelerating aggression in Eastern Europe and mounting threats to unleash nuclear war on the continent. Apart from buying Russian oil (at major discounts, most recently about $25 below Brent prices), neither the Chinese nor the Indians have offered Putin much in the way of diplomatic cover, military materiel or other direct substantive support since the earliest weeks of the illegal Russian invasion.

06.11.2022 - 12:28 [ theHill.com ]

Millionaires urge Democrats to include billionaire tax in spending bill

(01.11.2021)

A group of about 250 millionaires on Monday urged top Democrats to include a proposal to tax billionaires‘ investment gains annually in their social-spending package, after the proposal was left out of a framework the White House released last week.

01.11.2022 - 10:13 [ Reuters ]

Explainer: What is NOPEC, the U.S. bill to pressure the OPEC+ oil group?

(05.10.2022)

But several attempts to pass NOPEC over more than two decades have long worried OPEC’s de facto leader Saudi Arabia, leading Riyadh to lobby hard every time a version of the bill has come up.

With the Senate Judiciary Committee passing the bill in May, it needs to pass the full Senate and House and be signed by the president to become law.

01.11.2022 - 09:57 [ Oilprice.com ]

Deep OPEC Output Cuts Upend Biden’s Attempt To Lower Oil Prices

In an effort to combat rising prices, earlier this year President Biden began the largest drawdown of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in U.S. history.
OPEC+ undid Biden’s SPR release by making deep output cuts, starting in November.
OPEC+ interests are fundamentally different than the interests of the U.S. consumer.

31.10.2022 - 07:55 [ g2.com ]

What Is DNS Security? Why It Matters for Your Business

(02.09.2022)

In 2022 and beyond, the industry and society have matured, and we’re now focusing on security suites and infrastructure unification, as well as managing cyber risks. The opportunities and driving factors of one decade do not take the place of those in the one before it.

Instead, they broaden the perspective and emphasize well-known ideas in new ways. One such example is DNS – although its roots can be traced back to 1966, DNS security must be a part of every robust cybersecurity strategy today.

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.

28.10.2022 - 17:07 [ Rep. Susan Wild, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

OPEC’s decision to slash oil production is a slap in the face to American interests. It’s time we restore the balance in this relationship. Today, @RepCindyAxne and I urged congressional leadership to bring up the NOPEC Act to crack down on the autocrats driving up PA gas prices.

(20.10.2022)

25.10.2022 - 09:59 [ New York Times ]

Why OPEC Is Cutting Oil Production (and Why There’s Not Much the U.S. Can Do About It)

(Oct. 24, 2022)

If the United States follows through on its threats, the Biden administration would be a true maverick in Middle East policy, because no other administration — Republican or Democratic — has ever retaliated against Saudi Arabia in any serious manner for its oil policies.

25.10.2022 - 09:51 [ @PeaceBelgium / Twitter ]

The last time the NOPEC bill came this close to passing was in 2007, when it got approved by the House of Reps in a 345-72 vote and the Senate by 70-23, only to die after George W. Bush threatened a veto. (good relations between George W. & the Kingdom in the aftermath of 9/11)

(17.10.2022)

25.10.2022 - 09:44 [ Reuters ]

U.S. Senate panel advances bill to rein in OPEC+ over oil output cut

(19.10.2022)

The legislation could be debated by lawmakers after the Nov. 8 midterm elections.

19.10.2022 - 15:02 [ @PeaceBelgium / Twitter ]

The last time the NOPEC bill came this close to passing was in 2007, when it got approved by the House of Reps in a 345-72 vote and the Senate by 70-23, only to die after George W. Bush threatened a veto. (good relations between George W. & the Kingdom in the aftermath of 9/11)

19.10.2022 - 14:15 [ Reuters ]

Explainer: What is NOPEC, the U.S. bill to pressure the OPEC+ oil group?

(05.10.2022)

But several attempts to pass NOPEC over more than two decades have long worried OPEC’s de facto leader Saudi Arabia, leading Riyadh to lobby hard every time a version of the bill has come up.

With the Senate Judiciary Committee passing the bill in May, it needs to pass the full Senate and House and be signed by the president to become law.

16.10.2022 - 18:34 [ MorningConsult.com ]

After OPEC+ Cuts Oil Supplies, Nearly Half of U.S. Voters Support ‘NOPEC’ Bill

(October 12, 2022)

There appears to be plenty of room for persuasion on the issue: Over a third of voters said they didn’t know or had no opinion on the topic.

16.10.2022 - 18:20 [ @JavierBlas / Nitter ]

US politicians are at it again: trying to pass the „No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels“ or NOPEC Act. But let me show you a piece of history: 21 years ago, then Senator Biden (with the late Senator Specter) wrote to President Clinton urging the White House to sue OPEC

(17 Nov 2021)

The Biden-Spetcer letter explored two ways in which the two senators thought the US government could sue the cartel, one in US federal court and another one in, be prepared for it, the International Court of Justice at the Hague. The record is here:
https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CREC-2000-03-30/pdf/CREC-2000-03-30.pdf

Another piece of trivia-history. In 2007, then Senator Biden was a ‚co-sponsor‘ of NOPEC legislation in the Senate (via an amendment). Despite co-sponsoring the amendment, Biden later „did not vote“ for it (abstention). The record is here:
https://www.congress.gov/110/crec/2007/06/14/CREC-2007-06-14.pdf

12.10.2022 - 12:50 [ theHill.com ]

Congress eyeing ‘NOPEC’ bill to take on Saudi Arabia

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) recently floated using the legislation, known as “NOPEC,” as one way to respond to the group, which includes Saudi Arabia and Russia.

Some lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have gone even further, saying that the decision by the Saudi-led group to reduce production by 2 million barrels a day is a reason to significantly shift relations with Riyadh.

12.10.2022 - 12:44 [ UpperMichigansSource.com ]

Biden vows ‘consequences’ for Saudis after OPEC+ cuts output

“There’s going to be some consequences for what they’ve done, with Russia,” Biden said. “I’m not going to get into what I’d consider and what I have in mind. But there will be — there will be consequences.”

11.10.2022 - 06:41 [ Fox News ]

Sen. Bob Menendez calls for end all cooperation with Saudi Arabia over OPEC+ oil cut

„The United States must immediately freeze all aspects of our cooperation with Saudi Arabia, including any arms sales and security cooperation beyond what is absolutely necessary to defend U.S. personnel and interests,“ wrote Menendez, who represents New Jersey and serves as the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

05.10.2022 - 17:05 [ Felix Reda / Nitter ]

EU Commissioner @YlvaJohansson claimed that AI is capable of detecting unknown depictions of sexualized violence against children with over 90% accuracy & 99% precision. My #FOIA request reveals that her statement is based on industry claims: #chatcontrol

In the process of responding to my #FOIA request, the @EU_Commission asked for my snail mail address, asked for more time to consult with colleagues, misgendered me, failed to meet the extended deadline, all to finally admit that they believed whatever numbers #Meta published.

30.09.2022 - 20:39 [ UN.org ]

Palestine calls for full UN membership and a plan to end the occupation

He called for the UN Secretary-General to elaborate an international plan….

27.09.2022 - 22:52 [ eprimefeed.com ]

Yermak: EU discusses disconnection of Gazprombank and three other Russian banks from SWIFT

“The EU is reported to be discussing the disconnection of four more Russian banks from SWIFT: Gazprombank, Alfa-Bank, Rosbank and Tinkoff Bank,” he said, without giving his sources.

Yermak pointed out that Gazprombank was paying for the export of Russian gas.

25.09.2022 - 19:45 [ Haaretz ]

Speed Up Netanyahu’s Trial

Although there is a certain logic in putting together all the corruption charges against Netanyahu, it is now clear that the decision of former Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit to do so has contributed to slowing down the process. Add to that the support by the High Court of Justice that no legal obstacle prevents Netanyahu from serving as prime minister despite his trial – the result is complete chaos.

11.09.2022 - 16:00 [ HelpNetSecurity.com ]

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

(April 6, 2020)

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

07.09.2022 - 10:01 [ IranIntl.com ]

US Ready To Return To Nuclear Deal If Iran Is Ready – White House

In response to a question about the Israel’s efforts to dissuade Washington from reviving the nuclear deal in a news briefing on Tuesday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said, „The US and its allies are equally preparing for scenarios with or without mutual return to full implementation of the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action).”

“The US president will only conclude a deal that he determines is in the national security interests of the US,“ she noted, adding that the ultimate goal is to make sure Iran never acquires nuclear weapons.

06.09.2022 - 09:17 [ Mehr News Agency ]

If sanctions lifted, Iran can meet Europe’s energy needs

Referring to the energy crisis in Europe, the Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman said that if JCPOA negotiations are successful and unilateral sanctions against the country are lifted, Iran can meet most of Europe’s needs.

02.09.2022 - 19:49 [ theGuardian.com ]

Energy price inflation: how the UK and EU could fight it

Is there international action that can be taken now?

It appears increasingly likely that some forms of coordinated international action will be taken, mirroring responses to the global financial crisis, the eurozone debt crisis and the Covid pandemic.

The former Italian prime minister Mario Draghi floated the idea of “a cartel of buyers” at a meeting with the US president, Joe Biden, in May. This would involve large oil consumers working together to negotiate prices.

02.09.2022 - 19:22 [ CNBC ]

An Iran nuclear deal revival could dramatically alter oil prices — if it happens

But so far, it seems there are a few remaining sticking points that are proving fairly difficult to resolve. The main issue of contention between the Iranian and Western camps is an ongoing investigation by the International Atomic Energy Agency — the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog — into unexplained traces of uranium found at Iranian facilities in the early 2000s. Tehran wants the investigation closed before they’ll accept any deal; the IAEA and U.S. and European governments are so far refusing.

01.09.2022 - 16:53 [ Iranintl.com ]

Iran Says Europe Needs A Nuclear Deal ‚Not To Freeze‘ This Winter

Once the deal is restored the United States will lift oil export sanctions imposed by former President Donald Trump when he withdrew from the JCPOA in 2018. It will also remove international banking restrictions also imposed as part of Trump’s ‘maximum pressure’ on Tehran.

But what Iranian media presents as ‘Europe’s freezing winter” has almost nothing to do with Tehran’s crude oil exports, except generally helping to bring down oil prices. Europe’s need to replace Russian gas is a specific issue on its own that Iran cannot help with at all.

29.08.2022 - 14:17 [ Tehran Times ]

Iran, a major oil and natural gas supplier, can help stabilize volatile market: Atlantic Council

As fuel prices skyrocket following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Iran as another major supplier of oil and natural gas is poised to play an important role, the Atlantic Council said in a commentary on March 3.

25.08.2022 - 16:31 [ CNN ]

US confirms it has sent response to EU on proposal to salvage the Iran nuclear deal

He did not provide details on the response, but it is not expected that the US will accept what Iran put forward without seeking changes and further negotiations.

24.08.2022 - 16:42 [ IranIntl.com ]

Some Politicians Delayed Revival Of Nuclear Deal – Iranian Lawmaker

Rahimi was implicitly referring to hardliners who during the presidency of Hassan Rouhani opposed the agreement his government had concluded with world powers in 2015.

The lawmaker said that opposition to the deal was driven by political motives. He retorted that some politicians “did not want the previous government to restore the agreement. They wanted to be the ones to do it.”

Rahimi, a Sunni Muslim and a two-term parliament member, told the former opponents of JCPOA that they have to answer to the people as “why they did that to their livelihood.”

13.08.2022 - 18:29 [ ifpnews.com ]

Analyst: Anti-JCPOA parties to use Rushdie attack to torpedo deal

A political analyst says pro-Israel lobbies and groups that oppose Iran’s nuclear deal with the West, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), would take advantage of the Friday night attack on anti-Islam blasphemous novelist Salman Rushdie and pin it on Iran to diminish the prospects of an agreement.

07.07.2022 - 15:44 [ NewStatesman.com ]

Boris Johnson has not resigned as prime minister

But he can, technically, be deposed as Tory leader and remain in office. He will not be removed from No 10 until he tenders his resignation as prime minister, or until he loses a vote of no confidence in the House of Commons (the last PM to lose such a vote was Labour’s Jim Callaghan in March 1979). Johnson will not, like Donald Trump, attempt to stay in power once the Tory party does select a new leader, but he has notably chosen not to tender his resignation as prime minister until it does.

30.06.2022 - 09:45 [ Wiz.io ]

Black Hat 2021: DNS loophole makes nation-state level spying as easy as registering a domain

(Aug 4, 2021)

We have no way of knowing whether the loophole has already been exploited: Anyone could have collected data undetected for over a decade.

We do know this is still an active threat vector – while two major DNS providers (Amazon and Google) have fixed the issue, others may still be vulnerable. As a result, millions of devices are potentially vulnerable.

(…)

After analyzing it, we learned it was dynamic DNS traffic from Windows machines that were querying the hijacked name server about itself. Dynamic DNS keeps DNS records automatically up to date when an IP address changes. It’s traditionally been used in large networks that host internal services, and use their own internal servers. In short, the traffic we received contained sensitive information that was never supposed to leave an organizations internal network.

The dynamic DNS traffic we “wiretapped” came from over 15,000 organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, 45 U.S. government agencies, and 85 international government agencies. The data included a wealth of valuable intel like internal and external IP addresses, computer names, employee names and office locations.

30.06.2022 - 08:55 [ HelpNetSecurity.com ]

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

(April 6, 2020)

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

08.06.2022 - 06:59 [ itweb.co.za ]

Gigamon releases 2022 TLS Trends Research based on 1.3trn network flows

Encrypt all feasible East-West traffic – The majority (65%) of East-West network traffic is now encrypted (up from 56% in 2020), leaving 35% of traffic unencrypted.

(…)

„This report seeks to provide real-world data on SSL/TLS usage,” said Bassam Khan, vice-president of product and technical marketing at Gigamon. “The findings illustrate why organisations need to rethink their decryption policies and procedures, particularly as TLS 1.3 gains further traction.”

06.06.2022 - 19:07 [ HelpNetSecurity.com ]

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

(April 6, 2020)

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

05.06.2022 - 19:07 [ theHindu.com ]

Israeli private detective used Indian hackers in job for Russian oligarchs

(May 30, 2022)

Azari is currently being held in federal prison in Brooklyn awaiting sentencing in relation to a hacking campaign tied to the defunct German financial technology company Wirecard AG , his lawyer said last month.

Reuters reported last year that Azari was accused of hiring the Indian hacking firm BellTroX on behalf of powerful clients. BellTroX, which has also been accused of hacking by cybersecurity researchers at Facebook and elsewhere, could not be reached for comment.

04.06.2022 - 13:51 [ PBS.org ]

Clinton campaign lawyer found not guilty of lying to the FBI

(May 31, 2022)

Durham has remained at work into the Biden administration. He has brought three cases so far, though the one against Sussmann is the only to have reached trial. A former FBI lawyer, Kevin Clinesmith, was given probation after pleading guilty in 2020 to altering an email related to the surveillance of an ex-Trump campaign aide, and a Russian analyst who contributed to a dossier of Democratic-funded research into ties between Russia and Trump awaits trial on charges of lying to the FBI about his sources of information.

10.05.2022 - 13:08 [ Visegrád 24 / Nitter.net ]

French President Macron will hold a telephone conversation with Hungarian PM Orban and European Commission President von der Leyen today to resolve the Russian oil embargo.

07.05.2022 - 10:41 [ Bernie's Tweets / Twitter ]

CHINA – Every dot is a vessel stacked in queues at all ports, not just Shanghai. China’s lockdown policies will cripple western supply chains, destroy businesses and weaken economies & governments. Almost like sanctions.

07.05.2022 - 10:29 [ Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture ]

Iran’s trade with Shanghai Cooperation Organization members increases to $37 billion

China, Afghanistan (which has observer SCO status), and India were the top three SCO importers of Iranian goods last year, he added.

The SCO is a transcontinental political, economic, security, and military alliance, comprising China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Iran had its full membership in the organization approved in 2021. Previously, it held observer status in the organization.

06.05.2022 - 14:59 [ ITsecuritynews.info ]

New DNS Flaw Enables ‘Nation-State Level Spying’ on Companies

(7. August 2021)

DNSaaS providers (also referred to as managed DNS providers) rent DNS to other businesses who don’t want to maintain and protect yet additional network resources on their own.

(…)

The Wiz researchers stated, “We found a simple loophole that allowed us to intercept a portion of worldwide dynamic DNS traffic going through managed DNS providers like Amazon and Google,”
“The dynamic DNS traffic we ‘wiretapped’ came from over 15,000 organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, 45 U.S. government agencies, and 85 international government agencies.”
Employee/computer identities and locations and extremely sensitive data about organizations’ infrastructure, such as Internet-exposed network equipment, were among the

05.05.2022 - 12:58 [ Yahoo.com ]

U.S. says it is now preparing for a world both with and without an Iran nuclear deal

„Because a mutual return to compliance with the JCPOA is very much an uncertain proposition, we are now preparing equally for either scenario,“ Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a briefing.

05.05.2022 - 12:41 [ Interfax.com.ua ]

Foreign Ministry: We hope that Hungary to contribute to unity in EU, including in terms of introducing embargo on oil from Russia, providing Ukraine with military assistance

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine hopes that Hungary will contribute to unity in the EU, including in terms of introducing the embargo in relation to the oil of the Russian Federation and the provision of military assistance to Ukraine, speaker of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Oleh Nikolenko said.

„We hope that Hungary will contribute to unity in the EU, including in terms of introduction of embargo on Russian oil and the provision of military assistance to Ukraine,“ Nikolenko told the Interfax-Ukraine agency on Thursday.

04.05.2022 - 14:37 [ Interfax.com.ua ]

Israeli authorities discuss possibility of supplying defense systems to Ukraine – media

Also, „there is a consensus among the relevant Israeli officials that, at least at this stage, the Ukrainian army will not receive anti-aircraft systems, modern weapons, offensive weapons.“ Instead, for the time being, it is about the supply of „defensive systems that will protect troops on the ground, personal combat equipment and warning systems that could be sent without causing a crisis with Russia,“ Haaretz writes.

01.05.2022 - 17:59 [ Matina Stevis-Gridneff, @MatinaStevis Brussels bureau chief @NYTimes / Twitter ]

EU to phase out Russia oil imports by the end of this year, but Hungary & Slovakia likely to get even longer. Our latest from the EU negotiations over the difficult oil embargo.

29.04.2022 - 21:08 [ Hackaday.com ]

DNS-over-HTTPS Is The Wrong Partial Solution

(October 21, 2019)

DoH not only encrypts the DNS request, but it also serves it to a “normal” web server rather than a DNS server, making the DNS request traffic essentially indistinguishable from normal HTTPS. This is a double-edged sword. While it protects the DNS request itself, just as DNSCrypt or DoT do, it also makes it impossible for the folks in charge of security at large firms to monitor DNS spoofing and it moves the responsibility for a critical networking function from the operating system into an application. It also doesn’t do anything to hide the IP address of the website that you just looked up — you still go to visit it, after all.

And in comparison to DoT, DoH centralizes information about your browsing in a few companies: at the moment Cloudflare, who says they will throw your data away within 24 hours, and Google, who seems intent on retaining and monetizing every detail about everything you’ve ever thought about doing.

29.04.2022 - 20:50 [ Cryptologie.net/ ]

Problems that UDP and only UDP has

(August 2018)

To Simplify, TCP is just a collection of algorithms that extend UDP to make it support in-order delivery of streams. UDP on the other hand does not care about such streams and instead sends blocks of messages (called datagrams) in whatever-order and provides no guarantee what-so-ever that you will ever receive them.

29.04.2022 - 11:48 [ James Melville / Twitter ]

The lockdown in Shanghai is causing a massive logjam in maritime cargo transportation. A fifth of the world’s containerships are currently stuck in congestion. The largest share are stuck offshore around China. The global supply chain repercussions are enormous. Cause and effect.

24.04.2022 - 09:58 [ Times of Israel ]

Russian envoy: We’ll ‘respond accordingly’ if Israel gives Ukraine defensive gear

Speaking with Russian state television, Ambassador Anatoly Viktorov noted Defense Ministry Benny Gantz’s announcement a day earlier that Israel will provide Ukraine with helmets and flak jackets.

Gantz’s office stressed the equipment will go to Ukrainian civilian rescue and medical forces, not the military.

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.

20.04.2022 - 07:55 [ New York Times ]

Europe Reluctantly Readies Russian Oil Embargo

Officials are drafting a phased import ban on Russian oil products, but the measure won’t be floated until after the second round of the French elections at the earliest.

19.04.2022 - 16:12 [ Andrei B. Sterescu, Economist @ECB / Twitter ]

2/6 Despite growing momentum behind a EU initiative to embargo Russian energy, Germany 🇩🇪 has been one of the most reticent Member States to consider a total embargo, citing heavy economic and social costs.

19.04.2022 - 13:40 [ Yahoo.com ]

An EU embargo on Russian oil in the works – French minister

„I hope that in the weeks to come we will convince our European partners to stop importing Russian oil,“ Le Maire told Europe 1 radio.

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

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

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

14.04.2022 - 04:29 [ Jim Banks / Twitter ]

Iranian MPs should know… once the GOP takes back the House we will do everything in our power to overturn Biden’s restoration of JCPOA and reimpose max pressure sanctions.

13.04.2022 - 14:38 [ EPP Group, The largest political group in the @Europarl_EN / Twitter ]

EU sanctions work and have made an impact on the Russian economy. However, we need to close the loopholes in order to cut off the financial drip for the war machine. We call on the EC to urgently extend #SWIFT sanctions to more banks from #Russia and #Belarus.

11.04.2022 - 11:10 [ Rep. Barbara Lee, Mitglied des US Repräsentantenhauses / Twitter ]

NEW: A national survey from @UMDPublicPolicy found that majorities of Democrats AND Republicans favor repealing the 2001 #AUMF. That authorization has been abused for years. It is far past time Congressional war powers be restored.

(31.03.2022)

11.04.2022 - 09:55 [ SBS.com.au ]

It’s been three years since Julian Assange was imprisoned. Advocates say it’s time to let him go

The 50-year-old Australian was dragged from London’s Ecuador Embassy on 11 April 2019 to face extradition to the United States on espionage charges over WikiLeaks‘ release of confidential US military records and diplomatic cables.

He has since been held at a high-security prison in Belmarsh, southeast of London, and last month married attorney and long-term partner Stella Moris from within the walls.

10.04.2022 - 11:24 [ anews.com.tr ]

Zelensky reiterates embargo demands for Russian oil and gas

„Ukraine does not have time to wait. Freedom does not have time to wait. When tyranny launches aggression against everything that keeps peace in Europe, action must be taken immediately. It is necessary to act in a principled fashion,“ he said.

„And the oil embargo should be the first step. At the level of all democracies, the whole civilized world. Then Russia will feel it. Then it will be an argument for them – to seek peace, to stop pointless violence.“

09.04.2022 - 07:38 [ theGuardian.com ]

Germany will stop importing Russian gas ‘very soon’, says Olaf Scholz

The German chancellor, Olaf Scholz, has said his country is doing all it can to wean itself off Russian energy, but declined to endorse a claim by Boris Johnson that it would stop importing Russian gas by the middle of 2024.

01.04.2022 - 06:41 [ Reuters ]

U.S. bars ex-spies from becoming ‚mercenaries,‘ following Reuters series

(March 16, 2022)

“We don’t want our best trained intel officers going straight into the hands of foreign governments for the sake of money,“ Castro said. „This discourages intelligence mercenaries and protects our national interest.“

The UAE spying operation, called Project Raven, hacked into Facebook and Google accounts and thousands of Apple iPhones, targeting activists that human rights groups say were later arrested and tortured

31.03.2022 - 19:21 [ tenable.force.com ]

How to check for TLS version 1.3 in Linux, Windows, and Chrome

(Dec 8, 2020)

Due to the retirement of OpenSSL v1.0.2 from support. This will result in the addition of support for TLS v1.3 and its cipher suites, as well as 37 new cipher suites for TLS v1.2. There are several performance and security enhancements in TLS v1.3 when upgraded products are at both ends of the connection.

31.03.2022 - 19:11 [ HelpNetSecurity.com ]

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

(April 6, 2020)

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

23.03.2022 - 20:28 [ American Citizen / Twitter ]

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

13.03.2022 - 11:30 [ /newsrnd.com ]

Khatibzadeh: The Vienna talks are temporarily suspended

(March 11, 2022)

In a tweet on Twitter today, Khatibzadeh said that success in the dialogue will be the main focus for all parties, and that any external factor will not affect the common will to move towards a collective agreement.

01.03.2022 - 08:50 [ Internationaler Strafgerichtshof / icc-cpi.int ]

Statement of ICC Prosecutor, Karim A.A. Khan QC, on the Situation in Ukraine: “I have decided to proceed with opening an investigation.”

Ukraine is not a State Party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court („ICC“ or the „Court“), so cannot itself refer the situation to my Office. But it has twice exercised its prerogatives to legally accept the Court’s jurisdiction over alleged crimes under the Rome Statute occurring on its territory, should the Court choose to exercise it. The first declaration lodged by the Government of Ukraine accepted ICC jurisdiction with respect to alleged crimes committed on Ukrainian territory from 21 November 2013 to 22 February 2014. The second declaration extended this time period on an open-ended basis to encompass ongoing alleged crimes committed throughout the territory of Ukraine from 20 February 2014 onwards.

I have reviewed the Office’s conclusions arising from the preliminary examination of the Situation in Ukraine, and have confirmed that there is a reasonable basis to proceed with opening an investigation.

26.02.2022 - 17:55 [ Dmytro Kuleba, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine / Twitter ]

Call with my French counterpart @JY_LeDrian . France supports banning Russia from SWIFT. I urged to immediately introduce the third package of EU sanctions to stop Russian invasion. France is also ready to supply weapons and military equipment to help Ukraine defend itself.

15.02.2022 - 16:37 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Women say they are having heavier and more painful PERIODS since getting their COVID-19 vaccines – as several claim it has also messed up their monthly cycle

(7 April 2021)

In February, officials looked at nearly 7,000 reactions reported to the agency’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).

They found that nearly 80 percent of the reactions were reported by women, making them four times more likely to report a side effect than men.

This held true whether they were receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine or the Moderna vaccine, and is despite the fact that women are less likely to fall severely ill from COVID-19 than men are.

15.02.2022 - 16:29 [ Reuters ]

EU investigates reports of menstrual disorders after mRNA COVID shots

(February 11, 2022)

The European Medicines Agency’s safety committee said on Friday it was reviewing reports of heavy menstrual bleeding and absence of menstruation from women who had received COVID vaccines from Pfizer (PFE.N)/BioNTech (22UAy.DE)and Moderna (MRNA.O).

25.01.2022 - 16:22 [ Times of Israel ]

Netanyahu expected to be called as central witness in state probe of submarine deal

On Sunday, the cabinet voted to establish the commission of inquiry into the incident, which dates back to 2012 and has become known as “Case 3000.” The submarine deal has already led to a number of indictments against several close confidants of Netanyahu, who called for the procurement, though the ex-premier has not been named as a suspect.

25.01.2022 - 15:26 [ Andrew Jacobs / Twitter ]

He’s still there because the Conservative party has no obvious credible replacement for him. I wonder if the 1922 committee already has the number of letters required for a no confidence vote but is sitting on it’s hands until the party has decided who they want to get behind?

25.01.2022 - 15:21 [ @FineLineDubai / Twitte ]

What’s the point of the Met Police investigating the No 10 Parties? Everyone knows Cressida Dick is biased in favour of Boris Johnson. We all know the truth won’t be told and justice will not be delivered. Another example of corruption & a waste of everyone’s time.

(…)

25.01.2022 - 15:17 [ nicki / Twitter ]

Partygate report to be delayed for WEEKS because of police probe: Met chief announces criminal investigation as ‚upset‘ Cabinet minister refuses to defend Boris’s birthday party (so has Cressida done PM a FAVOUR?)

24.01.2022 - 14:05 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Netanyahu’s trial delayed by a week; next hearing due on January 31

A court on Sunday accepted the prosecution’s request to extend the deadline due to corona protocols, delaying the next hearing until January 31.

17.01.2022 - 04:49 [ ABC News ]

Case against Netanyahu includes billionaire witnesses

(December 2, 2019)

By submitting his letter to parliament’s speaker, Mandelblit began an official 30-day window for Netanyahu to ask parliament for immunity. With only a minority in favor, Netanyahu’s odds of success appear slim.

But late Monday, the parliament’s legal adviser, Eyal Yinon, said that any request for immunity would have to be considered by the legislature’s “House Committee.”

The current caretaker government does not have such a committee, and it appears unlikely that it will appoint one before the Dec. 11 deadline.

That means that if Netanyahu submits an immunity request, it will likely be ruled upon only after new elections and formation of a new government that appoints a committee.

07.01.2022 - 09:30 [ Sky.com ]

COVID-19: More than 13,000 women report changes to periods after having vaccine but experts say fertility not affected

(7 July 2021)

The number of women reporting changes to their menstrual cycle linked to having a COVID vaccine has risen to 13,000.

The figure has increased from around 4,000 women last month.

26.12.2021 - 08:36 [ Standard.co.uk ]

One in 5 women in survey said menstrual cycles changed after Covid jab

(05 December 2021)

One in five women who took part in a survey said their menstrual cycles were affected after they received a covid jab, UK researchers have revealed.

However there was no evidence of the vaccine causing long-term disruption to their periods or affecting their fertility.

26.12.2021 - 08:30 [ Boston Globe ]

Researchers at Harvard, BU to study possible links between coronavirus vaccines and changes in menstruation

(September 9, 2021)

Harvard Medical School and the Boston University School of Public Health are among a group of institutions awarded funding to study potential links between coronavirus vaccinations and changes in menstruation.

Researchers at five institutions were awarded a total of $1.67 million by the National Institutes of Heath to look into the question after anecdotal reports from women earlier this year that after they were vaccinated, they saw changes, including earlier, heavier, and more painful periods.

26.12.2021 - 08:27 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Group to Research Link Between Menstrual Changes and COVID Vaccines

30.09.2021)

The medical establishment could not explain the phenomenon or associate it with the vaccination, among other things because irregular menstruation is common and influenced by many factors. It is usually not considered exceptional. However, the mounting complaints and increased concern women were showing over taking the shots due to the phenomenon, has spurred the medical community to look into the matter. Preliminary research has been published in Britain and the United States, and the U.S. government has allocated $1.67 million for research on the subject.

26.12.2021 - 08:22 [ Sky.com ]

COVID-19: More than 13,000 women report changes to periods after having vaccine but experts say fertility not affected

(7 July 2021)

The number of women reporting changes to their menstrual cycle linked to having a COVID vaccine has risen to 13,000.

The figure has increased from around 4,000 women last month.

26.12.2021 - 08:14 [ New Indian Express ]

Changes in menstrual cycle after COVID vaccine jab? Don’t worry, say doctors

(28th June 2021)

Doctors point out that there is no scientific evidence to show that vaccination can alter cycles and bleeding patterns. They, however, say it could be related to stress.

26.12.2021 - 07:59 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Women say they are having heavier and more painful PERIODS since getting their COVID-19 vaccines – as several claim it has also messed up their monthly cycle

(7 April 2021)

In February, officials looked at nearly 7,000 reactions reported to the agency’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).

They found that nearly 80 percent of the reactions were reported by women, making them four times more likely to report a side effect than men.

This held true whether they were receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine or the Moderna vaccine, and is despite the fact that women are less likely to fall severely ill from COVID-19 than men are.

26.12.2021 - 06:28 [ New York Times ]

Researchers find a higher than expected risk of myocarditis in young men after full vaccination.

(Oct. 6, 2021)

Males between 16 and 29 years of age have an increased risk of developing heart problems after receiving a second dose of coronavirus vaccines made by Pfizer-BioNtech or Moderna, according to a large new analysis published on Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The study, conducted in Israel, estimated that nearly 11 of every 100,000 males in that age group developed myocarditis, inflammation of the heart, a few days after having been fully vaccinated. That figure is higher than most earlier estimates.

26.12.2021 - 06:15 [ New York Times ]

Heart Problem More Common After Covid-19 Than After Vaccination, Study Finds

(Published Aug. 25, 2021 Updated Sept. 1, 2021)

Although the study did not break down the myocarditis risks by age or by sex, the median age of people who developed the condition after vaccination was 25, and 19 of the 21 cases were in males, the researchers reported.

In addition to myocarditis, the Pfizer vaccine was also associated with an increased risk of swollen lymph nodes, appendicitis and shingles, although all three side effects remained uncommon in the study.

21.12.2021 - 14:50 [ PharmacyTimes.com ]

FDA Grants Emergency Use Authorization for Single Test to Differentiate Between COVID-19, Flu, RSV

(October 8, 2021)

Officials with the FDA have issued an emergency use authorization for PerkinElmer’s PKamp Respiratory SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR Panel 1 assay, a single test that can detect and differentiate between SARS-CoV-2, influenza A, influenza B, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

21.12.2021 - 14:18 [ theNewAmerican.com ]

Could Contaminated COVID-19 Tests Help Spread the Virus?

(06.04.2020)

Imagine that you are not carrying the virus, but you go in for testing and leave carrying the virus.

The Telegraph report stated that it is “not clear” how the tests were contaminated.

21.12.2021 - 14:09 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Coronavirus testing effort hampered by kits contaminated with Covid-19: Traces of the virus were detected in parts due for delivery from overseas in the coming day

(30.04.2020)

One of the suppliers – the Luxembourg-based firm Eurofins – sent an email on Monday morning to government laboratories in the UK warning that a delivery of key components called “probes and primers” had been contaminated with coronavirus and would be delayed.

The firm admitted there had been “an issue” and insisted other private providers had suffered the same problem.

21.12.2021 - 14:06 [ Axios ]

Scoop: Lab for coronavirus test kits may have been contaminated

(01.03.2020)

A senior administration official added that the government also moved the manufacturing of the coronavirus tests out of the Atlanta laboratory of CDC.

The official said that the CDC engaged with a third party contractor on Feb. 20 to help manufacture the testing kits. The official added that the FDA regulator, Stenzel, visited the Atlanta laboratory on Feb. 22.

21.12.2021 - 13:49 [ New York Times ]

C.D.C. Virus Tests Were Contaminated and Poorly Designed, Agency Says

(15.12.2021)

In January 2020, the C.D.C. developed a polymerase chain reaction, or P.C.R., test for the virus. (…)

Problems emerged soon after the C.D.C. had begun shipping its test kits out to public health laboratories in early February. (…)

In mid-February, the agency acknowledged that the kits were flawed, and in April, officials at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said that poor manufacturing practices had resulted in contamination of the test kits.

The new paper
presents the results of the C.D.C.’s own internal investigation into the problems with the tests.

(…)

The investigation also confirmed that the test kits had been contaminated with synthetic fragments of the virus’s genetic material.

21.12.2021 - 13:19 [ Veterans Today ]

US CDC Retires PCR Test due to It may not be able to Distinguish Covid from Influenza Viruses

(16.12.2021)

«After December 31, 2021, CDC will withdraw the request to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of the CDC 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel, the assay first introduced in February 2020 for detection of SARS-CoV-2 only. CDC is providing this advance notice for clinical laboratories to have adequate time to select and implement one of the many FDA-authorized alternatives»

21.12.2021 - 13:17 [ needtoknow.news ]

CDC to Withdraw PCR Test Because it Cannot Distinguish Between Covid and Flu

(July 25, 2021)

The CDC quietly announced last week that it was withdrawing its request to the FDA for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of the 2019-Novel Coronavirus PCR Diagnostic Panel for detection of SARS-CoV-2 (the name for the COVID-19 virus). It now recommends laboratories adopt a method that can detect and differentiate SARS-CoV-2 from influenza viruses. The US has used the PCR test to report more than 34.4-million cases of the COVID-19 since the pandemic began and more than 610,000 deaths.

16.12.2021 - 04:47 [ BGR,com ]

Nation-state hackers are already exploiting the scary Log4j vulnerability

Security researchers recently stunned the world with the Log4Shell hack, revealing that the entire internet is scrambling to patch a vulnerability in a widely used Java utility that many companies employ in their servers. Also known as the Log4j hack, the security issue allows hackers to get into computer systems without a password.

16.12.2021 - 04:45 [ theTimeshub.in ]

Threat 10 out of 10: Hackers are already exploiting a new vulnerability on computers around the world

According to the Finacial Times, up to December 14

hackers launched more than 1.2 million attacks, which affected hundreds of thousands of users.

Attackers have almost unlimited freedom to hack. The attack was quickly and easily deployed.
They extract the information they need, add record data to the server, delete it, switch to different servers, install ransomware.
Hackers can inject malicious software onto servers, install various programs (including for mining cryptocurrencies), steal confidential data, modify information and make changes to the service interface.

16.12.2021 - 04:33 [ Wired ]

Google Warns That NSO Hacking Is On Par With Elite Nation-State Spies

“This is on par with serious nation-state capabilities,” he says. “It’s really sophisticated stuff, and when it’s wielded by an all-gas, no-brakes autocrat, it’s totally terrifying. And it just makes you wonder what else is out there being used right now that is just waiting to be discovered. If this is the kind of threat civil society is facing, it is truly an emergency.”

After years of controversy, there may be growing political will to call out private spyware developers.

13.12.2021 - 20:23 [ Times of Israel ]

Netanyahu was fraying democracy, we were saved ‘by grace of God,’ AG reported to say

(7 December 2021)

Avichai Mandelblit said to tell associates privately that the ex-PM he put on trial hoped to appoint prosecutors and judges who would protect him; ‚democracy not guaranteed‘

11.12.2021 - 06:27 [ Politico.com ]

Push to repeal Iraq war powers snags in overloaded Senate

(07.12.2021)

Tim Kaine and Todd Young were preparing to celebrate a historic victory this month: repealing two outdated war authorizations.

But the Virginina Democrat and the Indiana Republican learned this week that their legislation to scrap the 1991 and 2002 Iraq war authorizations has become a casualty of the Senate’s year-end scramble to pass the annual defense policy bill, lift the debt ceiling and approve President Joe Biden’s social spending plan.

16.11.2021 - 10:03 [ Yonah Jeremy Bob / Twitter ]

BREAKING: BIBI TRIAL: Court decides to postpone Nir Hefetz testimony to next week.

16.11.2021 - 09:30 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Arrives in Court in First Since February, but Trial Could Yet Be Delayed

Netanyahu’s defense team requested that the hearing be postponed.

15.11.2021 - 18:49 [ Haaretz ]

Key Testimony in Netanyahu Trial May Be Postponed Amid New Allegations

According to the prosecution’s statement, the new information is not directly connected to the testimony of state witness Nir Hefetz, a former aide of Netanyahu’s. In the wake of the announcement, Hefetz’s lawyers asked the Jerusalem District Court to postpone their client’s testimony scheduled for Tuesday.

06.11.2021 - 08:55 [ CNN ]

These 6 House Democrats voted against the infrastructure bill. These 13 Republicans voted for it.

A number of progressives — who have consistently called for both the infrastructure and the separate economic package, known as the Build Back Better Act, to move together — voted „no“ on the legislation.

Here are the six House Democrats who broke from their party to vote against the bill:

Rep. Jamaal Bowman of New York
Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York
Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota
Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts
Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan

27.10.2021 - 12:25 [ Bloomberg ]

China’s Curbs on Fertilizer Exports to Worsen Global Price Shock

(October 19, 2021)

Some Chinese fertilizer cargoes ready to be shipped are being held up by local authorities for additional checks or to obtain new export certificates, according to people familiar with the matter. The supplies will either end up being sold on the domestic market or face delays in being exported, said the people, who asked not to be named as they are not authorized to speak on the matter.

25.10.2021 - 08:30 [ Politico ]

‘An outrage against democracy’: JFK’s nephews urge Biden to reveal assassination records

“It’s an outrage. It’s an outrage against American democracy. We’re not supposed to have secret governments within the government,” Robert F. Kennedy Jr. told POLITICO. “How the hell is it 58 years later, and what in the world could justify not releasing these documents?”

His cousin, former Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy, said the records should be released not because of his family, but because American citizens have a right to know about “something that left such a scar in this nation’s soul that lost not only a president but a promise of a brighter future.”

25.10.2021 - 06:10 [ Fox News ]

Biden delays release of JFK assassination records, blaming COVID-19 pandemic

In 1992, Congress ruled that „all Government records concerning the assassination of President John F. Kennedy … should be eventually disclosed to enable the public to become fully informed about the history surrounding the assassination.“

The act allowed the government to postpone the release to „protect against an identifiable harm to the military defense, intelligence operations, law enforcement or the conduct of foreign relations,“ according to Biden’s memo.

25.10.2021 - 06:08 [ Slate ]

White House Once Again Delays Release of JFK Assassination Documents

The memo doesn’t actually go into detail on how the pandemic affected the review process, only noting that the national archivist had requested the delay in the release of the documents because the pandemic “has had a significant impact on the agencies” reviewing the redactions in the document.

20.10.2021 - 09:29 [ inews.co.uk ]

New Covid variant vaccine in trials to act as booster against ‘all new strains’

(10.06.2021)

Although the new vaccine variants shows considerable promise, Prof Gilbert said there was no guarantee it would be mass-produced since existing jabs are proving effective against new strains – so it may make more sense to carry on producing those rather than manufacturing different ones.

20.10.2021 - 09:24 [ Bloomberg ]

Covid Cases Are Soaring in Britain Again. Why?

The country’s full-speed approach to lifting restrictions has certainly contributed to a spike in infections. But that’s only part of the picture.

15.10.2021 - 02:38 [ Haaretz ]

It’s Official: The Netanyahu Era Is Over

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

14.10.2021 - 09:23 [ Haaretz ]

Six Months, Only One Witness: In Netanyahu’s Trial, the Wheels of Justice May Be Turning Too Slowly

The current case is just one of three that Netanyahu is facing in Jerusalem District Court on a range of corruption charges stemming from his alleged conduct as prime minister. He denies any wrongdoing.

In the case currently being heard, dubbed Case 4000, the former prime minister is charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust, arising from allegations that he traded favorable coverage from the Walla website for government regulatory concessions to Walla’s parent company, the Bezeq telecommunications firm.

02.10.2021 - 17:48 [ theGuardian.com ]

China’s Lehman Brothers moment?: Evergrande crisis rattles economy

(17.09.2021)

Although there may be some parallels, the more extreme prophecies of doom for China may be no more correct than the assumption that Beijing will simply step in and bail out Evergrande to make sure the fallout from the failure of a property giant does not spread to other areas of the Chinese economy.

01.10.2021 - 13:52 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Group to Research Link Between Menstrual Changes and COVID Vaccines

(30.09.2021)

The medical establishment could not explain the phenomenon or associate it with the vaccination, among other things because irregular menstruation is common and influenced by many factors. It is usually not considered exceptional. However, the mounting complaints and increased concern women were showing over taking the shots due to the phenomenon, has spurred the medical community to look into the matter. Preliminary research has been published in Britain and the United States, and the U.S. government has allocated $1.67 million for research on the subject.

23.09.2021 - 07:19 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Pfizer Study of Covid-19 Vaccine in Pregnant Women Delayed by Slow Enrollment

(22.09.2021)

A study led by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE evaluating their Covid-19 vaccine in expectant mothers has been complicated by slow enrollment, researchers say, delaying results that could help inform physicians about how the shots affect pregnant women and their babies.

Pfizer closed enrollment at many U.S. sites this summer, after fewer than expected numbers of subjects entered the study, researchers say

23.09.2021 - 07:10 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Thousands of women reported changes to their period after Covid jabs – and they’re finally being listened to

(17.09.2021)

It’s taken more than 30,000 women in Britain reporting disruption to their periods after Covid-19 vaccinations, but it seems they’re finally being heard.

23.09.2021 - 07:03 [ BMJ.com ]

Menstrual changes after covid-19 vaccination: A link is plausible and should be investigated

(16.09.2021)

Common side effects of covid-19 vaccination listed by the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) include a sore arm, fever, fatigue, and myalgia.1 Changes to periods and unexpected vaginal bleeding are not listed, but primary care clinicians and those working in reproductive health are increasingly approached by people who have experienced these events shortly after vaccination. More than 30 000 reports of these events had been made to MHRA’s yellow card surveillance scheme for adverse drug reactions by 2 September 2021, across all covid-19 vaccines currently offered.

23.09.2021 - 06:57 [ Observer.com ]

Thousands of Women Report Period Delays After COVID-19 Vaccination, Calling for More Research

(20.09.2021)

In the U.K. more than 30,000 women said their menstrual cycles were somewhat disrupted after getting a COVID-19 vaccine, Sky News reported last week. The changes were reported by recipients of all three available vaccines in the country: Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca.

23.09.2021 - 06:46 [ Boston Globe ]

Researchers at Harvard, BU to study possible links between coronavirus vaccines and changes in menstruation

(September 9, 2021)

Harvard Medical School and the Boston University School of Public Health are among a group of institutions awarded funding to study potential links between coronavirus vaccinations and changes in menstruation.

Researchers at five institutions were awarded a total of $1.67 million by the National Institutes of Heath to look into the question after anecdotal reports from women earlier this year that after they were vaccinated, they saw changes, including earlier, heavier, and more painful periods.

23.09.2021 - 06:40 [ Sky.com ]

COVID-19: More than 13,000 women report changes to periods after having vaccine but experts say fertility not affected

(7 July 2021)

The number of women reporting changes to their menstrual cycle linked to having a COVID vaccine has risen to 13,000.

The figure has increased from around 4,000 women last month.

23.09.2021 - 06:33 [ BBC ]

Covid vaccine: Period changes could be a short-term side effect

(13 May 2021)

At a Covid vaccine appointment, you will probably be warned of possible side effects – fever, headache, a sore arm for a day or two afterwards. Changes to the menstrual cycle will not appear on the list.

But women online around the world have started asking if early, heavy or painful periods might be an unlisted reaction to the jab.

23.09.2021 - 06:30 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Women say they are having heavier and more painful PERIODS since getting their COVID-19 vaccines – as several claim it has also messed up their monthly cycle

(7 April 2021)

In February, officials looked at nearly 7,000 reactions reported to the agency’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).

They found that nearly 80 percent of the reactions were reported by women, making them four times more likely to report a side effect than men.

This held true whether they were receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine or the Moderna vaccine, and is despite the fact that women are less likely to fall severely ill from COVID-19 than men are.

16.09.2021 - 18:52 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Netanyahu trial resumes after three-month delay

(SEPTEMBER 13, 2021)

The trial of opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu for suspected bribery, fraud and breach of trust, which was postponed due to new evidence on ex-Walla CEO’s cell phone, reopened on Monday.

09.09.2021 - 16:52 [ inews.co.uk ]

New Covid variant vaccine in trials to act as booster against ‘all new strains’

(10.06.2021)

Although the new vaccine variants shows considerable promise, Prof Gilbert said there was no guarantee it would be mass-produced since existing jabs are proving effective against new strains – so it may make more sense to carry on producing those rather than manufacturing different ones.

09.09.2021 - 16:50 [ Boris Johnson - Gov.uk ]

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

(16.03.2021)

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.

09.09.2021 - 16:48 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

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

(17.02.2021)

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.

09.09.2021 - 16:46 [ 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.

09.09.2021 - 16:44 [ the-Sun.com ]

Covid vaccines can be ‘tweaked’ to deal with new variants of virus, says Oxford prof

(30.12.2020)

Professor Andrew Pollard said it was „entirely possible“ to adapt the jab to protect people from other strains.

But he added that there is no evidence so far to suggest that the vaccines won’t work against a new mutation.

It comes as a variant in the South East has been blamed for a rise in cases, with scientists warning it’s more contagious and can spread more rapidly.

09.09.2021 - 16:42 [ BBC ]

Oxford vaccine: How did they make it so quickly?

(23 November 2020)

The virus from chimps is genetically modified so it cannot cause an infection in people. It can then be modified again to contain the genetic blueprints for whatever you want to train the immune system to attack. This target is known is an antigen.

ChAdOx1 is in essence a sophisticated, microscopic postman. All the scientists have to do is change the package.

„We drop it in and off we go,“ said Prof Gilbert.

03.09.2021 - 14:44 [ Google News USA ]

„Abbey Gate“, Congress

(search results)

03.09.2021 - 13:48 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Dominic Raab will ‚investigate‘ claims that people were told to go to airport ahead of attack

(01.09.2021)

Chris Bryant then asks about reports that British officials told people to go to the airport on the very day of the terrorist attack.

Dominic Raab says the travel advice was changed the night before the attack, and people were told not to come to the airport. The team was shifted from the Barons Hotel through to the airport to protect them.

He says he saw the report and „I need to investigate it“, but doesn’t reject the possibility.

03.09.2021 - 13:37 [ theGuardian.com ]

Afghanistan: Dominic Raab’s answers to five questions from MPs

(01.09.2021)

The foreign secretary promised he would investigate a serious allegation that British officials told Afghans to proceed to the airport’s Abbey gate on Thursday last week, despite a specific warning that Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) was preparing a terror attack that day.

Nearly 200 people were killed in a double bombing at and near the gate used for the British evacuation – but BBC’s Newsnight has reported that Afghans were sent emails earlier that day asking, in one case, if they were “at the correct gate? Abbey gate”.

01.09.2021 - 18:53 [ argusmedia.com ]

Iran nuclear talks return may be months away: Minister

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, in comments reported widely in Iranian state-owned media, said: „The other side understands that it will take two or three months for the new government in Iran to be established and be able to plan.“

Iran’s new President Ebrahim Raisi has said that his government would support any initiative that works towards the ending of US sanctions, but …

29.08.2021 - 05:40 [ NBC San Diego ]

FDA to Add Warning to Pfizer, Moderna Vax After CDC Finds ‘Likely‘ Link With Rare Heart Condition

(June 24, 2021)

Pfizer and Moderna vaccine fact sheets will soon feature a label from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning of a heart inflammation risk in adolescents and young adults after a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) safety panel determined there is a „likely association“ between the vaccines and cases of myocarditis and pericarditis in younger vaccine recipients, according to an analysis presented by the panel Wednesday.

The CDC says the findings do not change the basic recommendation that all people 12 and older should be vaccinated …

24.08.2021 - 05:45 [ CNN ]

US military gives Biden a deadline to decide on extending Afghanistan evacuations

Military advisers have told the White House that the decision must be made by Tuesday in order to have enough time to withdraw the 5,800 troops currently on the ground, as well as their equipment and weapons. If the President agrees, the military anticipates „a few more days“ of trying to evacuate as many people as possible before the drawdown of US forces begins, possibly at the end of this week.

23.08.2021 - 12:19 [ Jamaal Bowman Congressman for #NY16 / Twitter ]

President Biden made the tough and right decision to end the military occupation in Afghanistan. Blair’s language invokes tropes against Muslims, disrespects @POTUS and pretends to care about Afghans when this is really about Western Imperialism for him.

23.08.2021 - 11:55 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson will push Joe Biden to delay US withdrawal from Afghanistan

The Telegraph understands that unless Mr Biden relents, UK troops are due to start to withdraw from Kabul airport towards the end of the week as they are expected to step up efforts to evacuate as many as 6,000 people.

21.08.2021 - 15:36 [ Barack Obama / Twitter ]

VP Biden on Afghanistan: „We are leaving in 2014. Period.“

(Oct 12, 2012)

19.08.2021 - 18:45 [ RollCall.com ]

Taliban takeover seen narrowing prospects for 2001 AUMF update

And Biden’s Monday characterization of the terrorist threat has some analysts like Anderson wondering just how narrow an AUMF the administration would support, particularly if it’s one that that includes geographic limitations.

“Their logic, now the way they are describing counterterrorism operations, sounds like the last three presidential administrations who have said, ‘This is why we can’t take away the 2001 AUMF,’” said Anderson, a former attorney-adviser at the State Department.

18.08.2021 - 14:16 [ Alexander McCoy / Twitter ]

A great way for Senate Democrats who are very mad about Afghanistan to stick it to Joe Biden would be for them to repeal the 2001 AUMF!

18.08.2021 - 14:14 [ RollCall.com ]

Senators worry time running out on updating 2001 military authorization

(03.08.2021)

Should lawmakers try to force the issue of updating the 2001 AUMF by establishing an expiration date, one of their best chances would be via an amendment to the must-pass fiscal 2022 defense policy bill that both chambers will take up this fall.

18.08.2021 - 13:56 [ Politico.com ]

Adios AUMF? Democrats press Biden for help in revoking old war powers

(21.01.2021)

In a letter Thursday to Biden, five House Democrats called on the new president to quickly work with Congress to kill the 2002 authorization for the Iraq War and hone the 2001 powers for the war on terrorism. The letter — signed by chairs of the House Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Rules committees — says any replacement authority must name mission objectives, adversaries and targeted countries, as well as include a sunset clause to ensure Congress regularly revisits the war powers debate.

“Congress has been missing in action, and President Joe Biden knows that,” said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), who is spearheading the effort, in an interview.

17.08.2021 - 13:44 [ CNN ]

Audit reveals Army’s trillion-dollar accounting gaffes

(August 23, 2016)

The audit, conducted by the Defense Department’s Office of Inspector General, found that the Army erroneously made $2.8 trillion in adjustments in the third quarter of 2015 to its Army general fund – one of the main accounts used to fund the service. The error amount skyrocketed to $6.5 trillion for all of last year, the report said.

The June report, first disclosed by Reuters on Friday, found „unreliable“ data was used to prepare the financial statements, leading to the possibility that the Army’s finances were „materially misstated.“

17.08.2021 - 13:36 [ theFiscalTimes.com ]

Pentagon’s Sloppy Bookkeeping Means $6.5 Trillion Can’t Pass an Audit

(July 31, 2016)

The Defense Finance and Accounting Service, the behemoth Indianapolis-based agency that provides finance and accounting services for the Pentagon’s civilian and military members, could not provide adequate documentation for $6.5 trillion worth of year-end adjustments to Army general fund transactions and data.

(…)

A further mystery is what happened to thousands of documents that should be on file but aren’t. The IG study found that DFAS “did not document or support why the Defense Departmental Reporting System . . . removed at least 16,513 of 1.3 million records during Q3 FY 2015.

17.08.2021 - 13:33 [ Salon.com ]

The Pentagon’s dark money: Billions of federal dollars are vanishing into thin air

(May 28, 2016)

Don’t for a moment imagine that the Pentagon’s growing list of secret programs and evasive budgetary maneuvers is accidental or simply a matter of sloppy bookkeeping. Much of it is remarkably purposeful. By keeping us in the dark about how it spends our money, the Pentagon has made it virtually impossible for anyone to hold it accountable for just about anything. An entrenched bureaucracy is determined not to provide information that might be used to bring its sprawling budget — and so the institution itself — under control.

17.08.2021 - 12:53 [ Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform / Homeland Security Digital Library at NPS ]

Warlord, Inc.: Extortion and Corruption Along the U.S. Supply Chain in Afghanistan

(June 22, 2010)

To the Members of the Subcommittee:

Today I present to you a report entitled, Warlord, Inc.: Extortion and Corruption Along the U.S. Supply Chain in Afghanistan, which has been prepared by the Majority staff of the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
After a six-month investigation, the report exposes the circumstances surrounding the Department of Defense’s outsourcing of security on the supply chain in Afghanistan to questionable providers, including warlords.

The findings of this report range from sobering to shocking. In short, the Department of Defense designed a contract that put responsibility for the security of vital U.S. supplies on contractors and their unaccountable security providers. This arrangement has fueled a vast protection racket run by a shadowy network of warlords, strongmen, commanders, corrupt Afghan officials, and perhaps others.

Not only does the system run afoul of the Department’s own rules and regulations mandated by Congress, it also appears to risk undermining the U.S. strategy for achieving its goals in Afghanistan.

17.08.2021 - 12:10 [ Center on International Cooperation (CIC) at New York University ]

The Public Cost of Private Security in Afghanistan

(Sept 9, 2009)

The private security industry in Afghanistan has grown apace with demand. As of August 2009, the total number of private security personnel employed by the US Department of Defense – the largest employer of private security in the country – increased 19 percent (from 4,373 to 5,198) in response to the deployment of additional military forces. Since 2001, a range of private security providers (PSPs) has emerged, including international and national PSCs operating with or without the required Afghan licensing permits, as well as militias hired as “armed support groups” (ASG) by international military forces. Many PSPs are controlled by prominent Afghan families, including Hashmat and Ahmed Wali Karzai, brothers of President Hamid Karzai; Hamid Wardak, the son of Defense Minister Rahim Wardak; Gul Agha Shirzai, the governor of Nangarhar province; and Hajji Jan Mohammad Khan, the former governor of Uruzgan.

The use of unregistered PSCs and militia groups by the NATO International Security Assistance Force and US military contingents is widespread. Many of these PSPs serve as ready-made militias that compete with state authority and are frequently run by former military com-manders responsible for human rights abuses or involved in the illegal narcotics and black market economies. Financing armed, alternative power structures fulfills security needs in the short-term at the cost of consolidating government authority in the long-term.

(…)

Drug trafficking and other criminal activities in which commanders may be involved – and for which their militias provide security – is a lucrative source of illegal revenue that can then be used to bribe government officials and strengthen shadow structures of authority. Illicit taxation of PSPs escorting convoys and other scams on private transport and security are also an important source of funding for corrupt police and insurgents. The Kandak Amnianti Uruzgan, for example, secures protection “by paying a hefty toll to the policeman in charge of the road.” Although it is transportation and construction companies, both international and national, who are the main source of “protection” revenue, private security escorts also pay Taliban not to be attacked. According to an Afghan intelligence official, there are examples of PSPs paying as much as 60 percent of their gross profits for convoy security to the Taliban and other insurgent-cum-criminal groups for “protection.

05.08.2021 - 07:09 [ obamawhitehouse.archives.gov ]

Remarks by the President at the National Defense University

(May 23, 2013)

So I look forward to engaging Congress and the American people in efforts to refine, and ultimately repeal, the AUMF’s mandate. And I will not sign laws designed to expand this mandate further. Our systematic effort to dismantle terrorist organizations must continue. But this war, like all wars, must end. That’s what history advises. That’s what our democracy demands.

05.08.2021 - 07:02 [ ABC News ]

Obama: ‚This War, Like All Wars, Must End‘

(23. Mai 2013)

Now, the speech:

The president who dramatically expanded the CIA secret drone war, ordered a troop surge in Afghanistan and aggressively prosecuted leakers made a forceful defense of his actions and an even more forceful case for winding down the war on terrorism.

The key line: „This war, like all wars, must end. That’s what history advises. That’s what our democracy demands.“

05.08.2021 - 06:30 [ RollCall.com ]

Senators worry time running out on updating 2001 military authorization

Should lawmakers try to force the issue of updating the 2001 AUMF by establishing an expiration date, one of their best chances would be via an amendment to the must-pass fiscal 2022 defense policy bill that both chambers will take up this fall.

28.07.2021 - 08:12 [ UrduPoint.com ]

WTO Members Fail To Agree On Patent Waiver For COVID-19 Vaccines

The World Trade Organization member countries have failed to reach a consensus on a temporary waiver of intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines, WTO spokesman Keith Rockwell said on Tuesday following the General Council session. According to Okonjo-Iweala, the WTO member countries will make a decision by the 12th WTO ministerial conference, which will take place in late November-early December.

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.“

22.07.2021 - 06:25 [ Politico.com ]

GOP senators fight to preserve Biden’s war powers amid tensions with Iran

(13.07.2021)

It’s a strange dynamic for members of Congress, who have long seen presidents of both parties expand and sometimes abuse their war powers even after campaigning on ending conflicts in the Middle East. Nearly 20 years after the horrors of Sept. 11, GOP lawmakers are now in the awkward position of fighting to maintain a Democratic president’s authority to conduct military operations without congressional approval.

12.07.2021 - 17:24 [ i24news.tv ]

Netanyahu corruption trial delayed for third time

(05.07.2021)

The trial has been frozen since June 16 and will now reconvene on July 19 instead of the prior dates of July 5 or 12 for restarting witness testimony of July 5, reported The Jerusalem Post.

The court’s decision effectively means that the trial will not fully restart until October; the court’s summer recess runs from July 21 – September 1 and many of September’s hearings will be canceled due to the Jewish High Holy Days and Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles).

08.07.2021 - 16:34 [ Spiked ]

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

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

08.07.2021 - 16:28 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Coronavirus latest news: Boris Johnson says freedom is ’not too far off‘ as he defends delay to easing of self-isolation rules

People who have had both vaccines will not have to quarantine if they brush with an infected person from August 16, it was announced earlier this week, but hospitality leaders and others say this should take effect from the July 19 Freedom Day.

The Prime Minister said he understood public frustrations about continued quarantine after both jabs, adding “I know that people are obviously fed up with Covid restrictions” but that the new “test and release” approach beckons.

07.07.2021 - 05:50 [ andhravilas.net ]

Germany could lift all Covid-19 restrictions in August: FM

Berlin, July 7 – German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Tuesday said that he supported the lifting of all Covid-19 restrictions once a vaccine has been offered to everyone in the country.

When this is achieved, there is „no longer a legal or political justification for any kind of restriction,“ Maas told the German Press Agency on Tuesday, adding that he expected this to happen during August.

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

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

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

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

07.07.2021 - 05:42 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Isolation rules ‘slam the brakes’ on freedom: Isolation rules ‘slam the brakes’ on freedom

The Government has been accused of delaying „Freedom Day“ after revealing that fully vaccinated people will still have to follow self-isolation rules until August 16.

07.07.2021 - 05:39 [ Andrew Walker #FBPE #Rejoin / Twitter ]

Do ministers get issued with random crap generators?

If it were safe, why delay implementation by five weeks, if not safe presumably no one will notice, given all the extra cases about to be unleashed

07.07.2021 - 05:32 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Furious businesses accuse ministers of ‚carnage‘ that could tip them over the brink after Sajid Javid delays axing of self-isolation rules for double-jabbed and children until AUGUST 16 – dooming around 4.6m people a WEEK to house arrest

Furious businesses accused ministers of causing ‚carnage‘ that could tip them over the brink today after Sajid Javid revealed the requirement for the double-jabbed to self-isolate will not be dropped until August 16.

The Health Secretary announced the rules on what people must do when they are ‚pinged‘ for contact with an infected individual will stay in place for weeks after so-called ‚Freedom Day‘ – despite rising alarm at the chaos and misery being inflicted.

30.06.2021 - 17:59 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Gloomy SAGE adviser calls for Freedom Day to be delayed until all children are vaccinated – which could take THREE MORE months – despite hospital and death rates flatlining

The vaccine rollout is expected to drop to 150,000 first doses a day in the next few months because of shortages in the supply of Pfizer and Moderna’s jabs and because the AstraZeneca vaccine is not being given to young people.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

28.06.2021 - 12:10 [ DefenseNews.com ]

Iraq AUMF repeal vote delayed until mid-July

(25.06.2021)

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee plans to take up a bipartisan measure to repeal the 2002 and 1991 war authorizations for Iraq in mid-July, the panel’s chairman confirmed Thursday.

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., said he is working with the Biden administration to schedule a classified briefing…

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

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

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

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

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

27.06.2021 - 15:52 [ theGuardian.com ]

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

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

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

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

Live Politics latest news: Matt Hancock quits as Health Secretary

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

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

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

26.06.2021 - 13:16 [ Presstv.ir ]

US says may walk away from Vienna talks, not to remove all sanctions

Secretary of State Antony Blinken has sought to take pressure off the US by saying that it will become “very hard” to return to the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement if negotiations in Vienna continue without progress.

Washington is dragging its feet on removing sanctions despite having declared that it is ready to undo the wrongs of the former Trump administration which abandoned the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in 2018.

26.06.2021 - 13:11 [ Washington Post ]

State Dept. official says talks with Iran over reviving nuclear deal cannot last ‘indefinitely’

(24.06.2021)

Indirect U.S. negotiations with Iran over reviving the 2015 nuclear deal cannot go on “indefinitely”without success, a senior State Department official said following the completion in Vienna of a sixth round of talks.

“We’ve made progress” and “the Iranians have been serious,” the official said in a briefing for reporters Thursday. “But we do have differences, and if we can’t bridge them in the foreseeable future, we’re going to have to regroup.”

26.06.2021 - 12:50 [ justsecurity.org ]

Five Senators Threaten to Derail Repeal of 2002 AUMF: Why Their Timing and Claims Are So Wrong

Following the House’s passage – on a broadly bipartisan basis – of legislation to repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force against Iraq (2002 AUMF), five members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (a minority of the minority) are seeking to delay its companion bill’s movement out of committee and onto the Senate floor.

23.06.2021 - 12:23 [ Haaretz ]

Release the Transcripts of Israel’s COVID Cabinet Meetings

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

22.06.2021 - 14:57 [ theHill.com ]

Senate panel delays war authorization repeal after GOP push

The delay comes after five GOP senators asked for a public hearing with the secretaries of Defense and State as well as a classified briefing with those departments and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence before the panel votes on repealing 1991 and 2002 authorizations for the use of military force (AUMF).

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

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

We clearly can’t go on like this forever.

But alarmingly, many people actually think we will.

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

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

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

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

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

(20.06.2021)

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

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

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

(19.06.2021)

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

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

19.06.2021 - 11:32 [ Haaretz ]

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

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

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

19.06.2021 - 10:59 [ PressTV.com ]

Ebrahim Raeisi wins presidential race by landslide, preliminary results show

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

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

18.06.2021 - 19:01 [ CBS News ]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

16.06.2021 - 15:50 [ lbc.co.uk ]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14.06.2021 - 15:19 [ Actual Interview / Youtube ]

#live Downing Street Protest | Freedom Day Debate

(video)

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

In Orwellian Britain, lockdown is perpetual and sickness is health

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

14.06.2021 - 15:11 [ hellofaread.com ]

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

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

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

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

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

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

14.06.2021 - 15:02 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

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

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

14.06.2021 - 14:58 [ Sky News / Youtube ]

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

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

12.06.2021 - 05:46 [ BBC ]

Oxford vaccine: How did they make it so quickly?

(23 November 2020)

The virus from chimps is genetically modified so it cannot cause an infection in people. It can then be modified again to contain the genetic blueprints for whatever you want to train the immune system to attack. This target is known is an antigen.

ChAdOx1 is in essence a sophisticated, microscopic postman. All the scientists have to do is change the package.

„We drop it in and off we go,“ said Prof Gilbert.