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28.07.2021 - 12:35 [ Amnesty International ]

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

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

The revelations are only a tip of the iceberg.

28.07.2021 - 10:54 [ Anonymous / Haaretz ]

I Worked at Israeli Phone Hacking Firm Cellebrite. They Lied to Us

I would like to address the issue of supervising phone hacking technology that is being exported by NSO Group and Cellebrite. As a former Cellebrite employee, I can say from personal experience that the company does nothing to prevent the abuse of its products by customers. It knowingly sells products and services to users of dubious repute, belonging to autocratic regimes.

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.“

24.07.2021 - 15:08 [ Al Jazeera ]

Afghanistan imposes night curfew to curb Taliban advance

“To curb violence and limit the Taliban movements, a night curfew has been imposed in 31 provinces across the country,” except in Kabul, Panjshir and Nangarhar, the interior ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

24.07.2021 - 09:52 [ The Sydney Morning Herald ]

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

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

20.07.2021 - 20:30 [ France24 ]

Haiti’s new prime minister to be sworn in, form government

Henry, named by Moise days before the controversial president was shot dead in his home in Port-au-Prince in the early hours of July 7, will lead a cabinet of 18 officials, five of them women.

19.07.2021 - 19:07 [ USA Today ]

Official: Ariel Henry to take over as Haiti’s prime minister as Claude Joseph steps down

The Core Group is composed of ambassadors from Germany, Brazil, Canada, Spain, the U.S., France, the European Union and representatives from the United Nations and the Organization of American States.

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

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

19.07.2021 - 06:15 [ Bill Marczak / Twitter ]

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

19.07.2021 - 04:40 [ Haaretz ]

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

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

18.07.2021 - 19:11 [ Global Research ]

Thousands Protest Against Mandatory Vaccination in Greece

Protestors in Greece defend right not to vaccinate

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

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

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

18.07.2021 - 18:52 [ NewStatesman.com ]

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

(16.07.2021)

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

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

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

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

That’s not what he’s always said.

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

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

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

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

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

17.07.2021 - 17:25 [ International Committee on the Red Cross ]

Convention on the prohibition of military or any hostile use of environmental modification techniques, 10 December 1976.

Understanding relating to article II

It is the understanding of the Committee that the following examples are illustrative of phenomena that could be caused by the use of environmental modification techniques as defined in article II of the Convention: earthquakes; tsunamis; an upset in the ecological balance of a region; changes in weather patterns (clouds, precipitation, cyclones of various types and tornadic storms); changes in climate patterns; changes in ocean currents; changes in the state of the ozone layer; and changes in the state of the ionosphere.

17.07.2021 - 17:20 [ theGuardian.com ]

China plans rapid expansion of ‚weather modification‘ efforts

(3 Dec 2020)

For six decades, the communist nation has deployed military aircraft and anti-aircraft guns to lace clouds with silver iodide or liquid nitrogen to thicken water droplets to the point where they fall as snow or rain. The technology has mostly been used at a local level to alleviate droughts or clear skies ahead of major events, such as the 2008 Olympics or last October’s 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China.

15.07.2021 - 10:15 [ Donna Laframboise / nofrakkingconsensus.com ]

3 Things Scientists Need to Know About the IPCC

(01.09.2015)

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

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

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

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

12.07.2021 - 16:32 [ Saeed Ghasseminejad / Twitter ]

Zarif reports to Majlis that the Biden administration so far has agreed to lift almost all sanctions including all sectoral sanctions, IRGC FTO, supreme leader’s office … According to Zarif all banks, including CBI, will be removed from the sanction list except one.

According to Zarif Biden has agreed to annul these executive order:
13781, 13902, 13876 (Khamenei and his office), 13846 (partially), 13754, 13590, 13622, 13645, 13628

According to Zarif the Biden administration has agreed to suspend these laws:
National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012
Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act (TRA)
Iran Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act, (IFCA)
Iran Sanctions Act (ISA)

12.07.2021 - 16:29 [ Sina Azodi / Twitter ]

Iran’s FM @JZarif has submitted his 22nd report on the implementation of JCPOA to Majlis. Thread on the details of negotiations.

08.07.2021 - 18:06 [ Scott Horton / Antiwar.com ]

Another Failed 20-Year War: America vs. Somalia

Just after the September 11th attacks, the CIA and Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) – that is top tier special operations forces – went to Somalia and started hiring the very warlords who had been America’s antagonists during the infamous „Black Hawk Down“ disaster of 1993.

04.07.2021 - 20:54 [ Election Fodder / Twitter ]

What do you make of this? THE CYBER POLYGON EVENT WILL HAPPEN JULY 9TH, 2021 If the drill goes live like Event 201 did, then we may see a massive false flag cyber attack in August / September.

Consider backing up all your data to cold storage

04.07.2021 - 20:36 [ World Economic Forum / Weltwirtschaftsforum ]

Centre for Cybersecurity

Founding Partners:

Accenture, Fortinet, Palo Alto Networks, Salesforce, Saudi Aramco, Sberbank

Governments, International Organizations, Academia and Civil Society:

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Europol, FIDO Alliance, Global Cyber Alliance (GCA), International Telecommunications Union (ITU), INTERPOL, Israel National Cyber Directorate (INCD), Oman Information Technology Authority (ITA), Organization of American States (OAS), Republic of Korea National Information Resources Service (NIRS), Saudi Arabia National Cybersecurity Authority, Swiss Reporting and Analysis Centre for Information Assurance (MELANI), University of Oxford, UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)

04.07.2021 - 20:24 [ World Economic Forum / Weltwirtschaftsforum ]

How to vaccinate your organization against a cyber pandemic

(01 Jul 2020)

Everyone interested in these issues can learn more by joining the Cyber Polygon live stream on 8 July, which will feature widely acclaimed experts from international organizations and global technology corporations, among others. The most recent types of threats and the latest cybersecurity trends will be highlighted, as well as best practices in preventing and mitigating the consequences of large-scale attacks.

03.07.2021 - 09:08 [ Euronews.com ]

Belarus says it has dismantled ‚terrorist sleeper cells‘ with ties to West

He added that the cells‘ activities were coordinated via a Telegram channel dubbed „Self-defence regiments of Belarus“ which had 2,500 subscribers and belonged to a German citizen.

The cells recently tried to detonate a Russian naval communication centre located in the Belarusian town of Vileika, about 100 kilometres northwest of Minsk, according to the Belarusian leader.

01.07.2021 - 11:03 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Charged in Global Hacker-for-hire Scheme Seeks Plea Deal

While the indictment does not identify the hackers by name, five people familiar with the case say that Azari is being charged in relation to New Delhi-based BellTroX InfoTech Services, which Reuters last year reported was behind a hacking campaign that targeted lawyers, government officials, businessmen, investors and activists around the world.

Azari is charged with conspiracy to commit hacking, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft, court documents show.

01.07.2021 - 10:59 [ thePrint.in ]

Small IT firm in Delhi ran one of world’s ‘largest’ hacker-for-hire services: Reuters expose

(10.06.2021)

Citing an article in The Financial Times, which in turn cites the Citizen Lab report, Muddy Waters Research tweeted that a German payment processing company Wirecard was a client of BellTrox.

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

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

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

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

26.06.2021 - 17:41 [ Xinhuanet.com ]

Farmers‘ protest over new farm laws in India enters 8th month with fresh march

The farmers‘ protest until Saturday has lasted for seven months and so far no breakthrough has been achieved. Both the federal government and the protesting farmers have been adamant on their respective positions.

On the borders of the national capital, protesting farmers have been camping since November 26 last year.

23.06.2021 - 10:07 [ PressTV.ir ]

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

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

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

23.06.2021 - 10:01 [ Wall Street Journal ]

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

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

18.06.2021 - 10:53 [ AFP News Agency / Twitter ]

#UPDATE Britain’s Karim Khan was sworn in Wednesday as the new prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, facing huge challenges, including investigations into the Palestinian territories, Afghanistan and the Philippines

10.06.2021 - 10:50 [ MSN,com ]

Resigned to a nuclear deal revival, Gulf engages with foe Iran

Gulf officials worry that they lack the same clout with the Biden administration that they had under Trump. They lobbied to join the Vienna talks, but were rebuffed.

10.06.2021 - 10:39 [ Tass.com ]

Work on final document at talks on Iran in Vienna to resume soon – Ryabkov

There are no problems at negotiations on the Iranian nuclear deal in Vienna, and the work on the final document will resume in the near future, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on the sidelines of the international forum of experts, diplomats, and decision makers Primakov Readings in Moscow on Wednesday.

09.06.2021 - 19:27 [ Haaretz ]

Knesset Panel Confirms Swearing-in of Bennett-Lapid Gov’t Sunday Afternoon

The leaders of the eight parties that compose the new coalition won’t be able to serve in any other government that might arise during the 24th Knesset, a clause in the emerging coalition agreements stipulates.

The exact wording of the clause is currently under negotiation between the incoming prime minister, Naftali Bennett, and Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid. Its purpose is to ensure the government will not fall before the rotation between the two leaders takes place.

08.06.2021 - 15:47 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Lawmakers to Vote on New Bennett-Lapid Government on Sunday

Yamina lawmaker Nir Orbach on Tuesday told his party head, Naftali Bennett, that he intends to vote in support of the new government on Sunday’s confidence vote in the Knesset.

In recent days, Orbach has debated whether he should back the proposed Bennett-Lapid government.

07.06.2021 - 15:03 [ Haaretz ]

Knesset Speaker Set to Formally Present New Government, Moving Closer to Swearing-in

Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin is slated to announce that Yesh Atid’s Yair Lapid has succeeded in forming a coalition at the parliament’s meeting on Monday. This means that the government that Lapid has put together with Yamina’s Naftali Bennett will be sworn in by next Monday at the latest.

05.06.2021 - 10:54 [ CBC.ca ]

The House: Is it past time Canada had an Indigenous governor general?

Last month, New Zealand appointed the first Indigenous woman to serve as governor general. Dame Cindy Kiro, a well-known children’s advocate, is the third Māori to hold the post. The first, Sir Paul Reeves, was appointed in 1985.

The federal government is under enormous pressure right now to show some progress on Crown-Indigenous reconciliation — in the wake of this week’s reports on undocumented deaths at the Kamloops Indian Residential School and fresh calls for Ottawa to move faster on implementing the recommendations of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

03.06.2021 - 16:26 [ Al Jazeera ]

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

(31.05.2021)

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

02.06.2021 - 09:42 [ NLtimes.nl ]

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

(29.04.2021)

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

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

25.05.2021 - 07:01 [ CNN ]

Detained Belarusian dissident appears in video as fury mounts over ‚hijacking‘ of Ryanair flight

„The attitude of the [Interior Ministry] employees towards me has been as correct as possible and in compliance with the law,“ Protasevich says in the video, which was posted Monday evening to a pro-government social media channel.
„I continue to cooperate with the investigation and have confessed to organizing mass riots in the city of Minsk,“ he also says. His supporters believe the video was made under duress.

24.05.2021 - 08:22 [ theHill.com ]

Blinken condemns ’shocking act‘ of Belarus forcing plane carrying opposition journalist to land

Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday condemned the forced landing of a Ryanair flight by Belarus and the arrest of an opposition journalist on board, calling it a „shocking act“ that endangered the lives of U.S. citizens and everyone else on board.

In a statement, Blinked vowed that the U.S. would respond with its allies in the region, and called for the „immediate release“ of journalist Raman Protasevich, who according to reports, was detained by Belarusian security forces after the flight landed.

20.05.2021 - 13:47 [ Press TV ]

Vienna talks: Significant progress made, key issues remain unresolved

Iranian lead delegate Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said the issues that needed resolution were difficult. Araqchi said Iran is standing firm on its position that the US needs to fully lift all sanctions in a verifiable manner before Tehran can take action to come back to full compliance with the JCPOA.

Reports indicate that though the US has agreed to ease sanctions on various sectors like oil and gas, banking, shipping and insurance there are still differences on sanctioned individuals and entities including Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

20.05.2021 - 13:44 [ Haaretz ]

Iran’s Rohani Says ‚Agreement in Principle‘ Has Been Achieved in Nuke Talks

“All parties to the talks have agreed to lift all major sanctions on oil, petrochemicals, shipping, insurance, the central bank and so on,” he said.

On Wednesday, Enrique Mora, the EU official leading the talks, said that he was confident a deal would be reached as the negotiations adjourned, although European diplomats said success was not guaranteed with very difficult issues remaining.

19.05.2021 - 21:22 [ teleSUR ]

Colombia: 33 People Suffered Eye Injuries Amid Social Outbreak

Videos show agents cracking down on youths who were peacefully protesting at Portal Americas metro station. The agents threw tear gas canisters and fired bullets at the demonstrators, leaving at least 20 people injured.

According to the NGO Temblores, 33 people have suffered eye injuries since protests against President Ivan Duque broke out on April 28.

17.05.2021 - 17:06 [ teleSUR ]

Colombian Government And Strike Committee Reach No Agreements

Social organizations request that the Army and the Mobile Anti-Riot Squad (ESMAD) withdraw from the streets to put an end to police brutality.

President Ivan Duque’s administration and the Strike Committee on Sunday did not reach agreements to find a solution to the crisis that Colombia is going through. They will meet again this Monday starting at 14h00.

16.05.2021 - 18:10 [ Xinhuanet ]

Many injured as farmers, police clash in India’s Haryana

Thousands of farmers have, in the past months, been protesting against the federal government’s three new agricultural laws. They have been camping at various points along the Indian capital New Delhi’s border, refusing to back off despite COVID-19.

14.05.2021 - 19:34 [ France24 ]

Mali’s interim prime minister to form new government

Mali’s interim government is set to form a new „broad-based“ cabinet, the presidency said on Friday, amid growing criticism of the army-dominated authorities in the Sahel state.

Prime Minister Moctar Ouane resigned Friday but was immediately reappointed in order to carry out the reshuffle, according to a tweet from the office of the interim president.

14.05.2021 - 13:17 [ Portal amerika21.de ]

Protest in Kolumbien: „Euer Ausnahmezustand ist unser Normalzustand“

Jugend verlässt Verhandlung mit Regierung. Proteste schaffen neue soziale Räume. Blockaden sind Auffangstationen für Marginalisierte und Jugendliche

11.05.2021 - 07:43 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel handed Soleimani’s phone numbers to US ahead of Baghdad drone strike: report

The phones were used to trace Soleimani on his journey from Damascus to the Iraqi capital, the report clarifies.

The outlet cited a US source as saying that Soleimani swapped his phone three times in the six hours before he got on the plane bound for Baghdad.

However, with Israeli assistance, Washington’s operators were still able to trace Soleimani’s movements, with three drones shadowing his jet.

09.05.2021 - 06:31 [ UltraSurfing.com ]

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

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

04.05.2021 - 19:11 [ menafn.com ]

US dollar decreases against Iranian currency rial

Sources close to the US government stated that the restoration of the deal may permit Iran to improve its oil exports as confronting no curbs on its banking system and ports operations, adding that Washington would lift oil, banking, and ports sanctions from Iran to let Tehran resume compliance with the JCPOA.

04.05.2021 - 18:58 [ menafn.com ]

‚Parties to Iranian n-talks have reached common ground‘

Vienna, May 3 (IANS) Tehran’s senior negotiator in the ongoing Vienna talks aimed at reviving the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal said that negotiating parties have reached „common ground in many cases“, but there were still differences.

04.05.2021 - 18:54 [ EUobserver.com ]

Russia ‚optimistic‘ of new Iran nuclear deal

(03.05.2021)

Russia has said it was „optimistic“ of a new deal on Iran nuclear non-proliferation after a meeting of senior officials from China, France, Germany, Iran, Russia, the UK, the US, and the EU in Vienna on Saturday.

03.05.2021 - 23:51 [ BBC ]

Hillary Clinton warns of ‚huge consequences‘ in Afghan US troop withdrawal

Mrs Clinton said it was also important to protect the „many thousands of Afghans“ who had worked with the US and Nato during the conflict, and said a large visa programme should be set up to provide for any refugees.

03.05.2021 - 03:39 [ Center on International Cooperation (CIC) at New York University ]

The Public Cost of Private Security in Afghanistan

(9.September 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 commanders responsible for human rights abuses or involved in the illegal narcotics and black market economies.

03.05.2021 - 02:38 [ Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform / Washington Post ]

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.

30.04.2021 - 07:15 [ DutchNews.nl ]

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

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

30.04.2021 - 06:47 [ NLtimes.nl ]

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

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

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

27.04.2021 - 13:53 [ teleSUR ]

Albert Pahimi Appointed Chad’s Transitional Government PM

Former Chadian Prime Minister Albert Pahimi Padacke was appointed head of the transitional government, according to a decree signed on Monday by the president of the transitional military council (CMT), Mahamat Idriss Deby.

26.04.2021 - 20:09 [ i24news.tv ]

Maintaining Iran deal best serves Israel’s security interests, Russian envoy to Vienna talks tells i24NEWS

„We believe that the nuclear deal is extremely valuable, that it should be maintained and it will correspond with the security interests of all states in the world and in the Middle East region,“ Ulyanov said. „I would say that for sure the nuclear deal is the best guarantee available that Iran doesn’t acquire nuclear weapons, the best guarantee!“

The official had harsh words for the policies on Iran of the previous US administration, headed by the hawkish former President Donald Trump.

26.04.2021 - 19:57 [ Haaretz ]

In Leaked Tape, Iran’s Zarif Says Soleimani, Russia Tried to Sabotage Nuke Deal

Zarif also blames Soleimani for being in cahoots with Russia, which “put all its weight” behind sabotaging the nuclear deal with the U.S. and world powers, as well as allowing Russian fighter jets to fly over Iran for Syrian bombing raids, letting Russia use Iranian airliners to move military personnel and equipment, and deploying Iranian soldiers on the ground in Syria.

26.04.2021 - 19:54 [ New York Times ]

Iran’s Foreign Minister, in Leaked Tape, Says Revolutionary Guards Set Policies

The recording, of a conversation in March between Mr. Zarif and an economist named Saeed Leylaz, an ally, was not meant for publication, as the foreign minister can repeatedly be heard saying on the audio. A copy was leaked to the London-based Persian news channel Iran International, which first reported on the recording and shared it with The New York Times.

26.04.2021 - 19:51 [ IsraelHayom.com ]

‚National security adviser to present Washington with sensitive information on Iran‘

On Thursday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened a meeting to consolidate an Israeli strategy on Iran’s nuclear program given the progress being made among signatories to the deal in talks in Vienna.

According to the official, should Iran engage in serious talks on an improved accord, Israel would share its position on what such an accord should look like. The official further noted that at the meeting, Netanyahu emphasized that Israel was not a signatory to the accord and as such was not committed to it.

25.04.2021 - 18:42 [ Axios.com ]

Israeli officials will object to restoration of Iran deal in D.C. visit

(22.04.2021)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has instructed the delegation traveling to Washington, D.C. next week for strategic talks on Iran to stress their objection to a U.S. return to the 2015 nuclear deal and to refuse to discuss its contents, Israeli officials say.

20.04.2021 - 22:08 [ Haaretz ]

J Street Conference Marks ‚A New Day in Washington‘ for U.S.-Israel Relations

J Street concluded their 12th annual conference on Monday, virtually hosting nearly 5,000 activists who listened to lawmakers, experts and activists discuss the current respective political moments in Israel and the United States, as well as the current state of the U.S.-Israel relationship.

The event served as a sort of victory lap for the pro-Israel, left-wing organization, whose leadership and staff frequently reiterated how the conference marked “a new day in Washington.”

20.04.2021 - 21:54 [ Washington Post ]

Biden’s approach to North Korea is the opposite of ‘fire and fury’

(16.04.2021)

Biden set the nonconfrontational tone on North Korea at his March 25 news conference, when he was asked about Pyongyang’s short-range missile tests the previous week. He said that the United States would respond “if they choose to escalate,” but that he was ready for “diplomacy . . . conditioned upon the end result of denuclearization.”

Biden’s stance, suggesting that denuclearization was an eventual goal, not an immediate one, was repeated in a joint U.S.-Japanese-South Korean statement on April 2, which called for progress “towards denuclearization.”

20.04.2021 - 21:51 [ Weißes Haus ]

U.S.- Japan Joint Leaders’ Statement: “U.S. – JAPAN GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP FOR A NEW ERA”

(16.04.2021)

President Biden and Prime Minister Suga exchanged views on the impact of China’s actions on peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and the world, and shared their concerns over Chinese activities that are inconsistent with the international rules-based order, including the use of economic and other forms of coercion. We will continue to work with each other based on universal values and common principles. We also recognize the importance of deterrence to maintain peace and stability in the region. We oppose any unilateral attempts to change the status quo in the East China Sea.

14.04.2021 - 16:17 [ France24 ]

Haiti’s government resigns, new prime minister appointed: president

Haiti’s government has resigned and a new prime minister has been appointed, President Jovenel Moise announced on Wednesday, saying the change was aimed at tackling insecurity in the country, which is grappling with a rise in violence and ongoing political crisis.

03.04.2021 - 19:50 [ World Health Organization / Weltgesundheitsorganisation - WHO.int ]

Medical certification, ICD mortality coding, and reporting mortality associated with COVID-19, Technical note, 7 June 2020

New ICD-10 codes for COVID-19

– U07.1 COVID-19, virus identified
– U07.2 Clinically or epidemiologically diagnosed COVID-19
Probable COVID-19
Suspected COVID-19

Details of the updates to ICD-10 are available online at: https://www.who.int/classifications/icd/icd10updates/en/.

ICD-10 cause of death coding of COVID-19

Though “COVID-19” is the standard recommended terminology, certifiers may use a range of terms to describe COVID-19 as a cause of death. A list of potential terms can be found in the annex of this document. Although both categories, U07.1 (COVID-19, virus identified) and U07.2 (COVID-19, virus not identified) are suitable for cause of death coding, it is recognized that in many countries detail as to the laboratory confirmation of COVID-19 will NOT be reported on the death certificate. In the absence of this detail, it is recommended, for mortality purposes only, to code COVID-19 provisionally to U07.1 unless it is stated as “probable” or “suspected”.

31.03.2021 - 23:35 [ Haaretz ]

Outlast Bitter Rival Netanyahu or Taint the Israeli Presidency: Rivlin’s Post-election Dilemma

In the past, Rivlin has set about consulting with party leaders immediately. This time, for an unexplained reason, he will start the consultations only on Monday, just two days before the deadline. This despite the fact that the new Knesset has no fewer than 13 parties, the highest number during his presidency.

Could the timing have anything to do with the fact that Monday is also the day when Netanyahu is finally due back in court, for the first testimony from a witness for the prosecution in his criminal trial?

31.03.2021 - 19:31 [ Reuters ]

Finland withdraws COVID lockdown plan after it was deemed unconstitutional

The decision followed a statement from a constitutional law committee that deemed the proposal too vague and not in compliance with the constitution.

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

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

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

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

28.03.2021 - 23:21 [ The Guardian ]

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

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

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

28.03.2021 - 19:54 [ theGuardian.com ]

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

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

28.03.2021 - 13:56 [ The Jerusalem Post ]

Lapid meets with Abbas for coalition talks

Abbas has become somewhat of an unlikely kingmaker since his party cleared the threshold to gain four Knesset seats, which could allow him to recommend either Netanyahu or his challenger, Lapid.

27.03.2021 - 19:26 [ Brown.edu ]

The Iran Contra Affairs – Iran: Other Relevant Conflicts

The Iran-Iraq war was the main reason why Iran was so need of weapons, and thus was willing to purchase them from the U.S. and Israel. The Reagan Administration’s decision to sell arms to Iran was particularly shocking because the U.S. had publicly supported Iraq, along with Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and other small mideast nations.

27.03.2021 - 13:52 [ Yahoo.com ]

Boris Johnson sends envoy to Serum Institute for vaccine deal with India

UK prime minister Boris Johnson has sent an envoy to India to secure millions of doses of the AstraZeneca (AZN.L) COVID-19 vaccine.

Lord Eddie Lister, the PM’s Conservative peer, and international adviser David Quarrey, met with India’s foreign secretary Harsh Shringla in New Delhi on Monday.

25.03.2021 - 09:55 [ Anadolu Agency ]

Somalia: Wanted fugitive minister surrenders

Abdirashid Janan, security minister of southern Jubaland state, surrendered to the central government after an agreement with Mogadishu, Somalia National TV reported. Abdirahman Adala, Somalia’s deputy information minister, said Janan is very important for the security and stability of the Gedo region, and reached an agreement with the government.

22.03.2021 - 16:49 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris ‚will offer to SHARE millions of doses of AstraZeneca’s jab made at Dutch factory with the EU‘ as he warns a THIRD Covid wave will ‚wash up on our shores‘ from Europe

The PM is appealing to other leaders in a bid to resolve the crisis without a clash, and he spoke with continental heavyweights Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron last night to try and persuade them to soften their stance. He has also sent Lord Lister, a government ally, to India to ease tensions over the delay to a batch of five million UK-bound doses of the same vaccine.

20.03.2021 - 13:38 [ navyrecognition.com ]

Israel, Greece and Cyprus hold naval drill with a participation of France

(15.03.2021)

The Dolphin 2-class are the largest submarines to have been built in Germany since World War II. The Dolphin class boats are the most expensive single vehicles in the Israel Defense Forces.

Each Dolphin-class submarine is capable of carrying a combined total of up to 16 torpedoes and Popeye Turbo submarine-launched cruise missiles (SLCMs). The cruise missiles have a range of at least 1,500 km (930 mi) and are widely believed to be equipped with a 200 kiloton nuclear warhead containing up to 6 kilograms (13 lb) of plutonium.

19.03.2021 - 23:10 [ Haaretz ]

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

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

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

Daily Briefing in Relation to the Military Coup

Updated 14 March 2021

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

15.03.2021 - 08:45 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Netherlands joins growing list of EU nations to suspend use of AstraZeneca jab over blood clot fears as Bloc’s battle against virus falters with new lockdown in Italy and cases spiking in France with hospitals over-run

It comes as Dutch voters deliver their verdict on the country’s coronavirus response in the first of three days of voting in a snap election, weeks after a curfew prompted three nights of rioting across major cities.

The Netherlands is the fifth country to pause its roll-out, following Ireland, Denmark, Iceland and Norway. Italy and Austria stopped using one particular batch of the jab.

15.03.2021 - 08:31 [ Ruptly / Youtube ]

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

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

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

15.03.2021 - 08:29 [ USA Journalist / Youtube ]

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

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

14.03.2021 - 22:06 [ The Hill ]

Dutch police break up thousands of anti-lockdown protesters

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

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

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

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

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

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

Men In Black, Denmark was live.

(video)

14.03.2021 - 12:17 [ Inez023 / Twitter ]

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

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

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

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

11.03.2021 - 09:52 [ Communist Party of Israel ]

Israeli Jets Escort US B-52s during Mideast Flyby in Warning to Iran

Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz said on Tuesday, March 2, that Israel intends to develop a “special security arrangement” with the reactionary regimes of Arab Gulf states, who share common concerns over Iran. This comes after i24 News reported that Israel, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain have discussed expanding cooperation against their common enemies. “We will continue to confront any threat, along with our new and veteran partners, chiefly the US, so that Iran will not be able to develop nuclear capacity,” Gantz said.

09.03.2021 - 21:25 [ Reuters ]

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

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

09.03.2021 - 11:30 [ Haaretz ]

Unvaccinated Israeli Medical Students Barred From Clinical Training Programs

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

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

09.03.2021 - 10:15 [ UN.org ]

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

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

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

08.03.2021 - 18:29 [ UN Geneva / Twitter ]

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

08.03.2021 - 18:24 [ Nway Nway / Twitter ]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

08.03.2021 - 17:24 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

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

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

08.03.2021 - 09:13 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel praises Brazil for steadfast support against ICC war crimes probe

Israel’s Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi met Sunday his Brazilian counterpart in Jerusalem and thanked his country for its “steadfast position against the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) decision to launch a [war crimes] probe” against the Jewish state.

“It is a decision that harms international law and distances the possibility to advance negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians,” Ashkenazi stressed at the meeting.

07.03.2021 - 11:56 [ World Health Organization / Weltgesundheitsorganisation - WHO.int ]

Medical certification, ICD mortality coding, and reporting mortality associated with COVID-19, Technical note, 7 June 2020

New ICD-10 codes for COVID-19

– U07.1 COVID-19, virus identified
– U07.2 Clinically or epidemiologically diagnosed COVID-19
Probable COVID-19
Suspected COVID-19

Details of the updates to ICD-10 are available online at: https://www.who.int/classifications/icd/icd10updates/en/.

ICD-10 cause of death coding of COVID-19

Though “COVID-19” is the standard recommended terminology, certifiers may use a range of terms to describe COVID-19 as a cause of death. A list of potential terms can be found in the annex of this document. Although both categories, U07.1 (COVID-19, virus identified) and U07.2 (COVID-19, virus not identified) are suitable for cause of death coding, it is recognized that in many countries detail as to the laboratory confirmation of COVID-19 will NOT be reported on the death certificate. In the absence of this detail, it is recommended, for mortality purposes only, to code COVID-19 provisionally to U07.1 unless it is stated as “probable” or “suspected”.

07.03.2021 - 11:52 [ World Health Organization / Weltgesundheitsorganisation - WHO.int ]

Global surveillance for COVID-19 caused by human infection with COVID-19 virus – Interim guidance, 20 March 2020

Case and contact definitions are based on the current available information and are regularly revised as new information accumulates. Countries may need to adapt case definitions depending on their local epidemiological situation and other factors. All countries are encouraged to publish definitions used online and in regular situation reports, and to document periodic updates to definitions which may affect the interpretation of surveillance data.

Suspect case

A. A patient with acute respiratory illness (fever and at least one sign/symptom of respiratory disease, e.g., cough, shortness of breath), AND a history of travel to or residence in a location reporting community transmission of COVID-19 disease during the 14 days prior to symptom onset;

OR

B. A patient with any acute respiratory illness AND having been in contact with a confirmed or probable COVID-19 case (see definition of contact) in the last 14 days prior to symptom onset;

OR

C. A patient with severe acute respiratory illness (fever and at least one sign/symptom of respiratory disease, e.g., cough, shortness of breath; AND requiring hospitalization) AND in the absence of an alternative diagnosis that fully explains the clinical presentation.

Probable case

A. A suspect case for whom testing for the COVID-19 virus is inconclusive.

OR

B. A suspect case for whom testing could not be performed for any reason.

Confirmed case:

A person with laboratory confirmation of COVID-19 infection, irrespective of clinical signs and symptoms.

03.03.2021 - 17:51 [ Portal amerika21.de ]

Mexiko: Gemeinden blockieren weiter Arbeiten für Interozeanischen Korridor

Ein „mexikanischer Panamakanal“ soll entstehen, der den pazifischen mit dem atlantischen Ozean über Schienen verbindet. Mit dem Projekt soll die wirtschaftliche und soziale Entwicklung in der Region im Südosten des Landes vorangetrieben werden.

01.03.2021 - 08:26 [ New York Times ]

Iran Rejects Nuclear Deal Talks With U.S. Proposed by Europe

The rejection came days after President Biden ordered retaliatory strikes against Iranian-backed militias in eastern Syria.

27.02.2021 - 09:19 [ Radio Prague ]

Government declares new state of emergency

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

24.02.2021 - 12:53 [ BBC ]

Syria’s ex-intelligence officer convicted in landmark Germany case

„This trial represents the first step towards justice that the Syrian victims have truly felt,“ rights lawyer Anwar al-Bunni told the BBC from Germany, where he sought asylum.

Mr Bunni says he was arrested by Anwar Raslan in the Syrian capital Damascus and was shocked to later come face to face with him in a Berlin shop.

22.02.2021 - 06:44 [ Haaretz ]

Biden’s Diplomacy Train Is Headed Straight for Iran, With No Stop in Israel

Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei hinted at the likely response when he said that Tehran “can confidently predict that diplomatic initiatives will work well [to achieve] the desired outcome,” adding that the “diplomatic back-and-forths” are “the natural prelude to the return of all sides to commitments including the lifting of all sanctions in the near future.” If his statements reflect Tehran’s official position, then Iran evidently doesn’t intent to await the results of its presidential election in June, but is willing to begin talks now to exploit the momentum Biden has created.

22.02.2021 - 06:39 [ Javad Zarif, Foreign Minister of Islamic Republic of Iran / Twitter ]

There is a path forward, with a logical sequence: #CommitActMeet As the offending side, US must take corrective measures: -commit to JCPOA -effectively fulfill obligations Iran would reciprocate immediately by reversing its remedial measures.

20.02.2021 - 13:49 [ Enrique Mora, European Union External Action / Twitter ]

The #JCPOA at a critical moment. Intense talks with all participants and the US. I am ready to invite them to an informal meeting to discuss the way forward.

20.02.2021 - 13:46 [ New York Times ]

Biden Administration Formally Offers to Restart Nuclear Talks With Iran

While it was unclear whether the Iranians would agree to join discussions, three people familiar with the internal debate said it was likely Iran would accept. The officials said Iran would probably be more open to a meeting with the European Union, where the United States was a guest or observer, rather than direct formal talks with Washington as a participant.

18.02.2021 - 14:52 [ NPR.org ]

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

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

18.02.2021 - 14:50 [ New York Times ]

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

(17.02.2021)

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

18.02.2021 - 14:47 [ CBS News ]

Google threatens to shut down in Australia over proposed tech law

(22.01.2021)

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

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

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

(09.02.2021)

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

17.02.2021 - 16:35 [ usatodaysun.com ]

AstraZeneca expects updated COVID-19 vaccine by autumn

(14.02.2021)

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

17.02.2021 - 16:31 [ MSN.com ]

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

(12.02.2021)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

16.02.2021 - 13:08 [ France24 ]

Dutch court orders government to lift Covid curfew

The government wrongly used emergency powers to bring in the first curfew since the Nazi occupation in World War II, a judge at The Hague district court ruled.

14.02.2021 - 23:23 [ Radio Prague ]

Government declares new state of emergency

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

09.02.2021 - 12:34 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Britain could be trapped in lockdown cycles for several YEARS in fight with Covid variants – but staying in tougher measures for longer now will prevent new vaccine-resistant strains, SAGE scientists warn

Evidence suggests the Oxford University vaccine – the main weapon in Britain’s arsenal to combat the virus – does not stop people falling ill with the South African variant, which is feared to be spreading in the community already.

08.02.2021 - 16:35 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Did the Covid-19 virus really escape from a Wuhan lab?

Chan and her colleague Dr Shing Hei Zhan scrutinised the evolutions of SARS-CoV-1 (the cause of the 2003 SARS epidemic) and SARS-CoV-2 (the cause of the current pandemic) in the early months of their respective outbreaks and found that while the former mutated rapidly in early human cases, as the virus adapted to its new host, the latter did not. This implies that the virus causing Covid-19 was already well adapted to infecting human beings, a point that was also suggested by the World Health Organization in its global study on the origins of Covid-19, published in November.

There are three possible explanations for this. The first is that the virus had circulated, undetected, in people for months. The second is that the virus was already highly adept at human-to-human transmission, even while it was still in bats or other animals. The third is that it had become adapted in human cells, or humanised animals, in a laboratory.

08.02.2021 - 16:34 [ Reuters ]

New COVID-19 variant defeats plasma treatment, may reduce vaccine efficacy

(20.01.2021)

“This lineage exhibits complete escape from three classes of therapeutically relevant monoclonal antibodies,” the team of scientists from three South African universities working with the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) wrote in a paper in bioRxiv, a website that publishes scientific research prior to its being peer-reviewed and submitted to journals.

08.02.2021 - 16:16 [ DailyMaverick.co.za ]

South Africa switches to J&J’s ‘silver bullet’ as AstraZeneca vaccine falters against local variant of coronavirus

“Unfortunately, viruses mutate. Sometimes this is by accident. But often the reason is that the virus wants to become more adept to infect the host.”

This, Madhi explained, was what had happened with the South African variant as well as another variant that was first identified in the United Kingdom.

08.02.2021 - 11:26 [ CNN ]

No indictment for Netanyahu

(20. April 1997)

Netanyahu told CNN’s Walter Rodgers he was „glad that the truth came out,“ and said the entire incident was „blown out of proportion and twisted out of shape.“

„It’s politics,“ he said in an interview shortly after the attorney general released his report. „Of course there were people out to get us. But this is going nowhere. It’s done. It’s finished.“

07.02.2021 - 13:29 [ BBC ]

Myanmar coup: Tens of thousands protest for second day

Tens of thousands have protested for a second day in Myanmar’s main city, Yangon, thwarting the military’s attempt to stop anti-coup rallies by imposing an internet shutdown.

06.02.2021 - 20:19 [ i24news.tv ]

Blinken holds first phone call with Saudi Foreign Minister

After Farhan congratulated Blkinken on his senior administration appointment, Riyadh said it was eager to work with Washington to face their „common challenges,“ specifying that the Islamic Kingdom was ready to promote „security and stability“ in the Middle East.

The two men also discussed „historical and strategic relations“ between their countries, SPA added.

06.02.2021 - 20:09 [ i24news.tv ]

State Dept.: US ‚objects‘ to ICC’s decision on Palestinian situation

The United States announced Friday night that it objects to the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) decision to probe into alleged war crimes perpetrated by Israel and Hamas on Palestinian territories.

State Department spokesman Ned Price tweeted that “Israel is not a State Party to the Rome Statute. We will continue to uphold [US] President [Joe] Biden’s strong commitment to Israel and its security, including opposing actions that seek to target Israel unfairly.”

01.02.2021 - 20:30 [ Washington Post ]

Why Vaccines Might Not Be Able to Eliminate Covid-19

There’s good evidence that the shots made by Pfizer Inc.-BioNTech SE and Moderna Inc. are very effective — as much as 95% — at preventing recipients from developing Covid-19 itself. However, data haven’t been released on their ability to prevent people from developing asymptomatic infections or transmitting the virus to others. The gold standard in vaccinology is to stop infection as well as disease, providing so-called sterilizing immunity.

27.01.2021 - 19:00 [ Yahoo.com ]

DAVOS 2021: AstraZeneca CEO criticises ‚me first‘ approach to COVID

(25.01.2021)

Pascal Soriot said world leaders “could and should have been better prepared for this pandemic” and criticised what he called the “me first” attitude many have adopted in tackling the crisis.

“Globally, it’s fair to say we could and should have been better prepared for this pandemic,” AstraZeneca boss Soriot said during an appearance on a virtual panel on Monday.

26.01.2021 - 10:51 [ iamexpat.nl ]

Anti-coronavirus protests and riots across the Netherlands

The national curfew came into effect at 9pm on January 23. The first night saw the police issue over 3.600 95-euro fines for violations of the curfew. 25 people were arrested. However, the police did note that, of the people who were stopped and checked during curfew hours, 80 percent carried the necessary government forms.

On Monday, the Dutch Security Council – made up of the 25 mayors who chair security regions – will meet in Utrecht in order to discuss how the curfew will be enforced over the coming weeks.

26.01.2021 - 10:42 [ DutchNews.nl ]

Rutte calls anti-curfew violence ‘unacceptable’ but rules out calling in army

The prime minister expressed his support for police, municipal mayors and journalists who were targeted while reporting on the weekend’s violence. He said police had responded ‘adequately’ to the situation and dismissed the idea of calling in the army to enforce the curfew. We’re not taking these measures for fun,’ Rutte said. ‘We’re doing it because we’re fighting the virus and right now it’s the virus that’s taking away our freedom, and it’s because of the virus that we’re taking these rotten measures.’

26.01.2021 - 10:39 [ DutchNews.nl ]

Riot police called out across the Netherlands as trouble flares for third night

Police in Noord-Holland province said they had arrested five people who had called online for riots in Purmerend, Hoorn and Alkmaar. In Amsterdam, there were at least nine arrests after trouble erupted in the east of the city. In Gouda, the mayor also evoked his emergency powers after several cars were set on fire. There were also arrests in Geelen, in Limburg, including several minors, police said.

24.01.2021 - 16:45 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Police fine 78 revellers £200 each at illegal rave in London – while officers in Birmingham shut down huge student party, 30th birthday bash and poker night – issuing £16,000 in penalties

– Met officers broke up rave under railway arch, Hackney, in early hours of Sunday
– Bodycam shows loud music being played and a crowd of people in a small space
– It comes after Birmingham police officers issued £16k of fines after breaking up birthday party, an event inside a shop and poker night in the city on Friday night

24.01.2021 - 15:46 [ NLtimes.nl ]

Empty roads during curfew; meanwhile riots escalate in Urk

Reportedly, the youngsters took to the streets, played loud music, and drank alcohol. At least a hundred young people had gathered in the center around 9 p.m. From there, they marched through the streets chanting “dictatorship.” They were addressed by someone with a megaphone who said, “today is the first day that we let you know that we are done.” The protestors also lit fireworks with which they attacked the police.

The police struggled to bring the situation on the control and had to call in the riot control unit. What followed was a game of ‘cat and mouse’, in which the police with long batons ran through the streets and groups of protestors repeatedly managed to escape via side streets.

24.01.2021 - 15:19 [ DutchNews.nl ]

Riot police called to Urk, youngsters protest in Limburg as curfew comes into force

The first curfew in the Netherlands since the occupation during World War II began smoothly in most part of the country but riot police were drafted in to restore order on the staunchly Protestant former island of Urk after youths went on the rampage.

24.01.2021 - 15:13 [ iamexpat.nl ]

Curfew effective in the Netherlands from Saturday, January 23

Why does the Netherlands need a curfew?

The weekly report from the National Institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM) suggested that the number of coronavirus infections in the Netherlands was dropping, as they observed that the effects of the national lockdown announced on December 14 could finally be seen. However …

24.01.2021 - 06:10 [ theHindu.com ]

India clears vaccine exports to Brazil after delay

(21.01.2021)

Brazil is set to collect two million doses of Serum Institute’s (SII) Covishield vaccine, two weeks after Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi for their “urgent” clearance, sources confirmed to The Hindu.

20.01.2021 - 12:15 [ BioProcessintl.com ]

AstraZeneca: ‘Manufacturing should take lion’s share of credit for vaccine success’

Back in March, Oxford University had “a limited manufacturing and supply capacity so they needed a partner,” Srinivasan said. “We decided to immediately offer our capacity in terms of the global reach. But that was only the beginning. Then we had to establish various alliances whether public partnerships that have been governments, or with for profit organizations or CMOs [some of which can be found here, here, and here], or not for profit organizations such as The Gates Alliance, GAVI, CEPI, and other organizations.”

19.01.2021 - 17:52 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

388 people aged under 60 with ‚NO underlying health conditions‘ have died of Covid in England’s hospitals

(27.12.2020)

Just 388 people aged under 60 with no underlying health conditions have died of Covid-19 in England’s hospitals since the start of the pandemic, NHS data has showed.

The figures show that 1,979 previously healthy people died in hospitals in England after testing positive for Covid-19 between April 2 and December 23.

19.01.2021 - 17:36 [ DerbyShireTimes.co.uk ]

Derbyshire health chiefs warn that vaccines alone will not mean an end to restrictions

“We don’t know yet whether an individual can, although not becoming ill from the virus because they have been vaccinated, still catch it and spread it on to others.

19.01.2021 - 17:24 [ Standard.co.uk ]

Vaccinated Brits told not to hug kids amid fears millions will ignore Covid rules once they have jab

Asked whether people who had received the jab could hug their children, Janet Lord, director of Birmingham University’s Institute of Inflammation and Ageing, said: “I would certainly advise not to do that at the moment because as you probably know with the vaccines they take several weeks before they are maximally effective.“

19.01.2021 - 17:20 [ bestlifeonline.com ]

The COVID Vaccine May Not Protect You From This One Thing, Experts Warn

(05.12.2020)

In order to halt the spread of coronavirus completely, a vaccine would need to produce antibodies that stop the virus from replicating. „To prevent asymptomatic infection and transmission, you need what’s called sterilizing immunity,“ Greg Poland, MD, director of the Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group, explained to USA Today. While it’s possible that one or more of the vaccines could produce sterilizing immunity, it currently remains unproven.

16.01.2021 - 13:54 [ Fool.com ]

Why Palantir Stock Is Up Today

On the one hand, nothing’s really changed about Palantir’s business except that one market participant (albeit a very influential one) expressed a change in opinion on the stock.

16.01.2021 - 13:04 [ Wall Street Journal ]

The World Needs a Real Investigation Into the Origins of Covid-19

The world needs an inquiry that considers not just natural origins but the possibility that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, escaped from a laboratory. The WHO team, however, plans to build on reports by Chinese scientists rather than mount an independent investigation. Given that Chinese authorities have been slow to release information, penalized scientists and doctors who shared clinical and genomic details of the novel coronavirus, and have since demonstrated a keen interest in controlling the narrative of how the virus emerged, this is not a promising foundation for WHO’s investigation.

15.01.2021 - 11:55 [ theGuardian.com ]

China plans rapid expansion of ‚weather modification‘ efforts

For six decades, the communist nation has deployed military aircraft and anti-aircraft guns to lace clouds with silver iodide or liquid nitrogen to thicken water droplets to the point where they fall as snow or rain. The technology has mostly been used at a local level to alleviate droughts or clear skies ahead of major events, such as the 2008 Olympics or last October’s 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China.

15.01.2021 - 11:53 [ Dr Naomi Wolf / Twitter ]

Was called a ‘conspiracy theorist’ since 2017 for reporting on cloud seeding and solar geoengineering and now China will manufacture weather in a region the size of India. Threatens ‘catastrophic warming’.

Who holds IP? ⁦@BillGates
⁩, @Harvard
⁩.

15.01.2021 - 06:01 [ Thorne Geary / Twitter ]

Thousands of restaurant owners in Italy are preparing to open the doors on Friday by initiating a civil disobedience movement against Covid-19 measures. The movement grows under #ioapro (I am opening) hashtag on social media!

15.01.2021 - 05:18 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Trump Orders Military Shift to Spur Israeli-Arab Cooperation Against Iran

President Trump has ordered that the major U.S. military command for the Middle East be expanded to include Israel, in a last-minute reorganization of the American defense structure that pro-Israel groups have long advocated to encourage cooperation against Iran, U.S. officials said Thursday.

15.01.2021 - 05:15 [ Gordon Lubold, White House, national security reporter @WSJ / Twitter ]

NEW: Trump ordered the Pentagon to reorganize its command structure and put Israel in US CENTCOM, in a nod to Israel’s long wishes and another last minute policy decision it will be hard for Biden to undo.

Exclusive with @mgordonwsj and me

15.01.2021 - 04:55 [ sun-sentinel.com ]

World Health Organization team arrives in Wuhan to investigate coronavirus pandemic’s origins

They will undergo a two-week quarantine as well as a throat swab test and an antibody test for COVID-19, according to CGTN, the English-language channel of state broadcaster CCTV. They are to start working with Chinese experts via video conference while in quarantine.

The team includes virus and other experts from the United States, Australia, Germany, Japan, Britain, Russia, the Netherlands, Qatar and Vietnam.

14.01.2021 - 13:10 [ New York Times ]

Two Members of W.H.O. Team on Trail of Virus Are Denied Entry to China

But in a sign of Beijing’s continuing efforts to control the investigation, the team of scientists and W.H.O. employees almost immediately ran into obstacles. Two scientists were unable to enter China at the last minute and remained in Singapore because they tested positive for coronavirus antibodies, the W.H.O. said in a Twitter post. The Chinese authorities required the remaining 13 experts to undergo two weeks of quarantine in Wuhan, where the virus first emerged in late 2019.

14.01.2021 - 09:52 [ .LancashireTelegraph.co.uk ]

Those who have received Covid jab to be offered ‚vaccine passport‘ in new trial

The news comes depsite the Vaccines Minister, Nadhim Zahawi, ruling out immunity passports back in December, a week after suggesting it was something ministers were considering, saying: “We are not looking at immunity passports at all.”

Matt Hancock also denied plans to implement passporting last week, telling the Spectator: „It’s not an area that we’re looking at.“

14.01.2021 - 09:30 [ Public Health England / Twitter ]

Even if you’ve had your #COVID19 vaccine, it’s important that you continue to follow national restrictions. We don’t yet know if the vaccine prevents transmission – you could potentially still carry and transmit the virus to other vulnerable people, even if you are protected

14.01.2021 - 09:06 [ Spiked ]

The government is terrorising the public

The politics of fear is being used to justify another authoritarian lockdown.

13.01.2021 - 08:50 [ NationalInterest.org ]

The Russia-Israel Relationship Is Perfect Realpolitik

(March 23, 2017)

The same can be said about the relations of most Western countries with Israel—whether Germany, with its emotional attachment to Israel, or France, with its historically complicated Middle Eastern policy.

12.01.2021 - 14:28 [ New York Times ]

China’s ‘King of Vaccines,’ a partner to AstraZeneca, is plagued by scandal.

(Dec. 7, 2020)

Kangtai will be the exclusive manufacturer in mainland China for the vaccine made by AstraZeneca, and the companies could work together on deals for other countries. Kangtai is also in early trials for its own candidate.

12.01.2021 - 14:20 [ LSE.co.uk ]

UPDATE 1-Brazil’s Fiocruz says AstraZeneca vaccine ingredients may be delayed weeks

(08.01.2021)

A source with knowledge of the situation said the active
ingredient is ready to be shipped to Brazil, but is still
waiting for an export license from China, where it is produced.

11.01.2021 - 12:00 [ cgtn.com ]

WHO experts to visit China on January 14 for virus origins probe

„After consultation between the two sides, the WHO international experts team on the traceability of the novel coronavirus will visit China on January 14 to conduct joint scientific cooperation with Chinese scientists,“ according to a statement published on the NHC website on Monday.

The commission did not provide further details on the scientists‘ itinerary.

06.01.2021 - 05:53 [ theGuardian.com ]

China blocks entry to WHO team studying Covid’s origins

The WHO has been attempting to send in the team of global experts from a number of countries for some months. It has been talking with Chinese officials since July. Scientists have long said it is essential to find out how the virus jumped species into humans.

02.01.2021 - 14:59 [ news.com.au ]

Why no jab? Australia lags behind in race for vaccine

Despite assurances by Health Minister Greg Hunt that the progression of the vaccine was well under way, the Australian Government is unlikely to start immunising health workers and the elderly until at least March.

02.01.2021 - 14:56 [ SBS.com.au ]

AstraZeneca vaccine could get approval in Australia by late January

(31.12.2020)

The Australian government could grant final approval for the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine by late January, according to AstraZeneca Australia.

A spokesperson for the company told SBS World News that the federal government has indicated the vaccine could get final approval by January 31, with a roll out in March.

30.12.2020 - 11:06 [ ABC.net.au ]

Australia locks in coronavirus vaccine deal to produce Oxford University-AstraZeneca candidate if approved

(18 August 2020)

Amid rising pressure to lock in supply of a coronavirus vaccine, the Government has signed an agreement with UK-based drug company AstraZeneca to secure the potential COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University, if its trials prove successful.

30.12.2020 - 11:00 [ Sydney Morning Herald ]

AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine approved in Britain

Australia has secured 53.8 million doses of the Oxford vaccine, most of which could be manufactured locally by CSL. The federal government has also ordered 10 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, which will all have to be imported.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said on Monday he expects Australia to be „fully vaccinated“ against coronavirus by October next year.

30.12.2020 - 10:53 [ zeenews.india.com ]

COVID-19: UK approves use of AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine, all eyes on India now

The approval by UK government is a good news for India because as per sources, the government was waiting for this approval and it is expected that Indian regulators would call SEC meet soon and reconsider the data and approve AstraZeneca vaccine for its use in India.

13.12.2020 - 19:46 [ Haaretz ]

Police Spying on Israelis Online via Secret Backdoor

“This system allows authorities to follow everything someone does online, and even permits them to manipulate the website these users visit,” said ethical hacker Noam Rotem, from the CyberCyber podcast. “This system allows tracking of each and every citizen or resident of Israel. But it’s not just that; the system is built in such a way that it can also follow intentions or motivations, and not just specific people. For example, it can track everyone who visited the website of the protest movement against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and can even block the real website and change what people are seeing,” Rotem said.

12.12.2020 - 16:26 [ Reporters Without Borders ]

Iran abducts Paris-based Iranian opposition news provider

(17.10.2019)

Zam is a controversial figure who, according to some sources, was manipulated on several occasions by the Iranian intelligence services into publishing false information. But his wife, Mahsa Razani, insists that he would not have returned to Iran of his own free will. She said he set off for Baghdad on the evening of 11 October on a Royal Jordanian flight and arrived the following morning after a stopover in Amman.

06.12.2020 - 13:39 [ US Central Command ]

Saudi, UK, U.S. Naval Forces Conduct Mine Countermeasures Training

(02.12.2020)

Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF), Royal Navy and U.S. Navy forces participated in mine countermeasures (MCM) interoperability training in the Arabian Gulf, Nov. 9-12.

05.12.2020 - 15:28 [ Haaretz ]

Mossad Helped Syrian General ‚Escape and Get Asylum‘ in Austria

France issued a Europol request to locate Halabi in 2017, and 2018, Austrian police raided Halabi’s apartment but did not find him. Since then his whereabouts have not been publicly known.

02.12.2020 - 15:54 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

How did Covid REALLY spread around the world? As damning test results show antibodies were in US in December – WEEKS before China raised the alarm – growing global evidence points to a cover-up

– Blood samples unveiled this week show people in California, Oregon and Washington infected in December
– Further tests on blood taken in mid-to-late December and into early January found virus in six more states
– Italy, Brazil and France have all since found traces of the virus before China even acknowledged it existed
– Evidence has emerged in Spain and the UK suggesting that Covid-19 was around before testing was possible
– Claims the virus emerged in a market in Wuhan last winter have crumbled in the face of scientific evidence

01.12.2020 - 12:19 [ fiercepharma.com ]

AstraZeneca CEO blames trial delays, not manufacturing, for COVID-19 vaccine delivery shortfall

In fact, AZ has already produced a bulk vaccine that’s kept at freezing temperatures.

30.11.2020 - 21:59 [ theHill.com ]

Kushner going to Saudi Arabia, Qatar in last-ditch diplomatic push: report

White House adviser Jared Kushner will travel to Qatar and Saudi Arabia this week, seeking to broker more diplomatic pacts in the Middle East in the Trump administration’s final days, The Wall Street Journal reported.

28.11.2020 - 18:13 [ Remi Brulin / Twitter ]

Crazy suggestion: If a team of armed Iranian operatives had covertly entered Israel & killed its top nuclear weapons scientist, world leaders would not be „mum“

In fact, every single Western leader would have denounced it as a despicable, evil act of terrorism

28.11.2020 - 13:16 [ Haaretz ]

Trump Might Leave Scorched Earth on His Way Out. Netanyahu Is Happy to Lend Him a Lighter

The president’s frantic tweets after the news broke of top Iranian nuclear scientist’s assassination make it clear his administration gave its blessing to the Tehran attack attributed to Israel. Could this be Trump’s final frenzy?

28.11.2020 - 10:54 [ Times of Israel ]

US, world leaders mum on Fakhrizadeh killing; ex-CIA chief calls hit ‘reckless’

There were no immediate comments from the White House, Pentagon, US State Department, CIA or US President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team.

The leaders of other countries were similarly silent.

27.11.2020 - 16:36 [ ZDNetcom ]

DNS-over-HTTPS causes more problems than it solves, experts say

(06.09.2020)

The response to DoH’s anointment as a major privacy-preserving solution has been downright acid, in some cases. Critics have taken a jab at the protocol on different plains, which we’ll try to organize and categorize below:

– DoH doesn’t actually prevent ISPs user tracking
– DoH creates havoc in the enterprise sector
– DoH weakens cyber-security
– DoH helps criminals
– DoH shouldn’t be recommended to dissidents
– DoH centralizes DNS traffic at a few DoH resolvers

27.11.2020 - 16:35 [ ZDNet.com ]

Mozilla enables DOH by default for all Firefox users in the US

(25.02.2020)

Circa 2015, engineers at Cloudflare and Mozilla joined forces to create DNS-over-HTTPS, as a way to hide DNS queries using encryption.

27.11.2020 - 16:28 [ securitymagazine.com ]

Disappearing DNS: DoT and DoH, Where one Letter Makes a Great Difference

(06.02.2020)

Obviously, time will tell if DoT continues to prevail or whether DoH will start to gain ground. As mentioned at the beginning of the article there is a hot debate going on right now about the direction the Internet industry should take. Suffice to say that even nation state authorities are involved in the debate, which speaks to the level and importance of the discussion.

24.11.2020 - 18:05 [ Common Dreams ]

„Shameful and Concerning He Is Even Being Considered,“ Says AOC as Rahm Emanuel Floated for Role in Biden Cabinet

But no matter the source of the rumors and media reports, progressives are using their growing numbers in Congress to attempt to exert influence over Biden’s cabinet picks and establish that they will not quietly fall in line for nominees who are hostile to their popular policy agenda.

23.11.2020 - 19:22 [ Fox News ]

Saudi UN ambassador: Nobody ‘naive enough’ to rejoin Iran nuclear deal – including Biden administration

He added: “If there is a new deal in which Saudi Arabia is involved in the discussion and which covers the shortcomings of the previous deal, such as Iran’s hydromantic behavior in the region and the issue of the missiles and the supply of weapons to rebel groups and so forth, then we will be all for it.”

23.11.2020 - 19:16 [ Mairav Zonszein מרב זונשיין / Twitter ]

It seems pretty clear Netanyahu would want this meeting leaked, just a couple of days after calling on Biden not to rejoin JCPOA. This will be a very long two months.

23.11.2020 - 19:04 [ i24NEWS English / Twitter ]

Saudi Foreign Minister’s tweet denying the meeting with Israeli officials was rather polite and shows that Saudi Arabia is in a stage where they are preparing their own public opinion, @i24NEWS_AR ’s Ali Waked tells @benitalevin

23.11.2020 - 12:20 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Secretly Flew to Saudi Arabia, Met MBS and Pompeo, Israeli Sources Say

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Saudi Arabia and met Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Israeli sources said Monday.

Mossad chief Yossi Cohen also attended the meeting, which took place in the city of Neom, according to the sources.

22.11.2020 - 14:02 [ Progressive International / Twitter ]

Guatemala’s government slashed $25 million from healthcare and education — just days after Hurricane Eta battered its poorest communities. The people are rising up. PI member @MSICG : “We demand a Constituent Assembly. This dictatorship has failed us.”

22.11.2020 - 13:02 [ New York Times ]

Protesters in Guatemala Set Fire to Congress Building Over Spending Cuts

Thousands of protesters took to the streets in Guatemala’s capital on Saturday, setting fire to the nation’s congressional building in a show of anger over a budget bill passed this week that cut funding for health care and education.

The demonstrations in Guatemala City, which also included peaceful marches in the central plaza, rocked a nation still recovering from back-to-back hurricanes that displaced thousands of people, destroyed homes and obliterated critical infrastructure.

20.11.2020 - 03:26 [ Bloomberg ]

Poland Vows to End Street ‘Revolution’ as Police Quash Protest

Poland won’t allow women-led street protests to trigger a “revolution,” a senior government official said, after police cracked down on a demonstration for abortion rights.

Police pepper sprayed demonstrators and cudgeled them with batons late on Wednesday, drawing condemnation from opposition parties. It was an unprecedented show of force after a month of protests against a court ruling that effectively bans abortion.

19.11.2020 - 17:49 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

‚SAGE was put on a pedestal… but their models clearly didn’t reflect reality‘: Tory MP slams scientific advisers as damning documentary reveals they relied on WIKIPEDIA data and wrongly predicted virus would peak in June

– SAGE admitted early virus modelling based on figures from online encyclopedia
– Committee of scientists advising PM also had no expert on human coronavirus

19.11.2020 - 17:45 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Covid anti-vaxxers should face action for spreading false information that ‚could cost lives‘, Britain’s top counter-terror officer says

The problem of malicious propaganda potentially causing people to die after avoiding treatment should be debated, according to Britain’s top counter-terrorism officer.

Met Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said that there should be a discussion about whether society should let this happen.

He is said to be interested in the area because Islamist and far-Right groups use false Covid-19 claims to groom recruits.