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09.09.2021 - 06:02 [ ]

80% immunity from Pfizer vaccine lost in 6 months: Study

The study has been posted on the pre-print server medRxiv but is yet to be published. In fact, seniors who had not previously contracted COVID-19 had substantially reduced antibodies within two weeks of receiving the second dose, researchers reported.

07.09.2021 - 20:13 [ Haaretz ]

Germany’s ‘FBI’ Bought Israeli NSO’s Spyware Despite Knowledge of Rights Abuses, Report Says

It is unclear, however, what oversight was done on the actual usage and in what context the program was used, if at all.

The report, which is likely to cause a stir in Germany, adds that lawmakers are expected to be briefed about it later this week.

07.09.2021 - 20:05 [ Singapore News Live ]

Germany admits police used controversial Pegasus spyware, Europe News & Top Stories

The German government admitted on Tuesday (Sept 7) that its federal police service used controversial Israeli spyware known as Pegasus, parliamentary sources told AFP, drawing immediate criticism from rights groups.

07.09.2021 - 19:14 [ ]

Auch Deutschland kaufte Pegasus-Spähsoftware

Das BKA soll die Software des Unternehmens NSO Group Ende 2019 beschafft haben – das berichteten „Zeit“, „Süddeutsche Zeitung“, NDR und WDR unter Berufung auf gemeinsame Recherchen. Die Beschaffung sei trotz Bedenken von Juristen in der Behörde und im Innenministerium erfolgt. Aus Parlamentskreisen hieß es, es gebe jetzt die Bestätigung, dass die umstrittene Software „in wenigen Fällen“ durch das BKA auch eingesetzt worden sei.

04.09.2021 - 16:34 [ ZDF ]

Kritik an Lokführergewerkschaft – Bahnstreik: DGB-Chef stellt sich gegen GDL

DGB-Chef Hoffmann stellt sich im Tarifstreit gegen die GDL. Die Lokführer würden Einzelinteressen gegen das Gesamtinteresse aller anderen Bahn-Beschäftigten durchsetzen, sagte er.

03.09.2021 - 21:03 [ ]

Impfdurchbrüche in Baden-Württemberg: 670 Geimpfte in einer Woche an Covid-19 erkrankt


Obwohl sie vollständig gegen das Coronavirus geimpft waren, sind laut Landesgesundheitsamt innerhalb von einer Woche 670 Menschen an Covid-19 erkrankt.

03.09.2021 - 20:45 [ ]

Corona: Drosten rechnet fest mit neuen Beschränkungen im Herbst

Auch Geimpfte können sich nicht darauf verlassen, dass sie davon ausgeschlossen bleiben

29.08.2021 - 18:09 [ Tagesschau ]

Kabul: US-Militär fliegt Luftangriff gegen IS

Das US-Militär hat nach eigenen Angaben in der afghanischen Hauptstadt Kabul einen Luftangriff durchgeführt, um eine „unmittelbare Bedrohung“ für den Flughafenbetrieb durch Terroristen abzuwenden.

24.08.2021 - 07:49 [ ]

Study: Vaccinated people can carry as much virus as others


In another dispiriting setback for the nation’s efforts to stamp out the coronavirus, scientists who studied a big COVID-19 outbreak in Massachusetts concluded that vaccinated people who got so-called breakthrough infections carried about the same amount of the coronavirus as those who did not get the shots.

23.08.2021 - 13:08 [ southpaw, writer, lawyer / Twitter ]

It took me while to understand that part of the press corps is grieving, not for the dead, but for the war.

18.08.2021 - 17:36 [ ]

Ulrich Teusch: „Ich mache mir Sorgen um den demokratischen Rechtsstaat“

Politische Angst: Das ist es, was der Journalist und Autor Ulrich Teusch zum ersten Mal in seinem Leben während der Corona-Krise verspürt hat. Und das hat seinen Grund: „Es geht in diesem Land vielfach nicht mehr mit rechtsstaatlichen Dingen zu. Wir erleben eine Krise der Verfassung, des Rechtsstaats, der Rechtsprechung, der Rechtssicherheit“, sagt Teusch im Interview mit den NachDenkSeiten.

17.08.2021 - 09:51 [ ]

Machtwechsel in Afghanistan: „Totalversagen der Bundesregierung“

Ruttig: Man hat von Anfang an auf einen verengten und falschen Kreis von Leuten gesetzt, und damit meine ich nicht in erster Linie die Präsidenten und ihre Kabinette und Berater. Sondern ich meine die Warlords, auf die man als Hauptkraft im Kampf gegen die Taliban gesetzt hat. Man hat ihnen dafür große Teile des politischen Systems überlassen und die Augen vor ihrer Korruption, Verwicklung in den Drogenhandel, Kriegsverbrechen und schlimmsten Menschenrechtsverletzungen verschlossen. Das hat das untergraben, was eine entstehende afghanische Demokratie hätte sein können.

16.08.2021 - 13:40 [ Matti Meta / Twitter ]

A German Defense Ministry spokesperson on its responsibility to get local Afghan support staff and translators out of the country: „It’s not like we forced them to cooperate with us.“ Utter moral depravity.

10.08.2021 - 10:48 [ ]

Scientists link Earth’s magnetic reversals to changes in planet’s life and climate

(April 19, 2021)

The researchers examined the rings of the tree to look for changes in the amount of carbon-14 over a period of years, Gramling explains. Carbon-14 is useful not only for dating things, but because the interaction of cosmic rays with molecules in the atmosphere produces a lot of it. And when the Earth has a weakened magnetic field, more cosmic rays hit the planet.

The scientists indeed found a large spike in carbon-14 in the tree, which they could then compare with the rock record that indicated a magnetic reversal. (…)

In addition, there is the documented rise in cave art right about 41,000-42,000 years ago, Gramling points out.

31.07.2021 - 07:09 [ ]

Brisantes RKI-Papier: Lockdown 2021/22 für Geimpfte und Ungeimpfte

Hieraus lässt sich einmal eine Neubewertung der Wirksamkeit der Corona-Impfstoffe ableiten, die überraschend ist. In den Monaten November 2020 bis Februar 2021 hatte beispielsweise die Wirksamkeit des BioNTech-Vakzins von Pfizer mit 95 Prozent angegeben. Noch weiter als die ARD ging das ZDF. Dort hieß es am 20. Februar 2021: »BioNTech-Impfstoff zu 96 Prozent wirksam«.

Wer damals nur die Überschriften gelesen hatte, musste annehmen, dass sich das – ganz oder teilweise – auch auf die Wirksamkeit bei Ansteckungen, Viruslast-Reproduktion und Übertragung beziehen würde.

31.07.2021 - 07:01 [ New York Times ]

C.D.C. Internal Report Calls Delta Variant as Contagious as Chickenpox

The Delta variant is more transmissible than the viruses that cause MERS, SARS, Ebola, the common cold, the seasonal flu and smallpox, and it is as contagious as chickenpox, according to the document, a copy of which was obtained by The New York Times.

The immediate next step for the agency is to “acknowledge the war has changed,” the document said. Its contents were first reported by The Washington Post on Thursday evening.

31.07.2021 - 06:49 [ ]

Breaking News: „Geimpfte übertragen Delta-Variante so leicht wie Ungeimpfte“

Sollte sich der Bericht bewahrheiten, wäre die gesamte Strategie der Bundesregierung, bei den Grundrechten zwischen Geimpften und Ungeimpften zu unterscheiden, für die Katz.

Wörtlich schreibt die New York Times in ihrem Beitrag – auch wenn es eine Wiederholung ist, aber die Nachricht ist so unglaublich, dass man sie geradezu wiederholen muss: „Infektionen bei geimpften Amerikanern können auch genauso übertragbar sein wie bei ungeimpften Menschen, heißt es in dem Dokument, und häufiger zu schweren Erkrankungen führen.“

29.07.2021 - 09:08 [ Nachdenkseiten ]

Die Corona-Heuchelei – In den Worten der großen Medien

Die Mediensammlung „Corona – Selbst Verstehen“ folgt einem interessanten Ansatz: Hier werden Meldungen und Artikel zur Corona-Politik ausschließlich aus großen und etablierten Medien zusammengefasst und in zum Teil entlarvender Weise miteinander kombiniert. Zudem werden auch Artikel aus der Vor-Corona-Zeit (etwa zur WHO, Bill Gates oder zur Schweinegrippe) präsentiert, was den massiven Umschwung im Tenor der Berichterstattung großer deutscher Medien seit März 2020 deutlich macht.

29.07.2021 - 08:44 [ ]

Hopes rise for herd immunity after Covid case numbers fall by half

Nearly 90 per cent of Scottish adults are estimated to have antibodies which protect against Covid-19, either through vaccination or previous infection, according to the Office for National Statistics.

29.07.2021 - 08:21 [ ]

Britain may be finally nearing the Holy Grail of herd immunity


Scientists say they are “puzzled” by the recent drop, blaming it on the heatwave, school closures, the Euros tournament ending, or a decrease in testing. It may even be the result of the “pingdemic” causing mass isolation and lowering transmission, they say, or else people are no longer being tested for fear of missing holidays.

Few straws have been left unclutched in the bid to explain the anomaly. Yet amid the bewilderment, few seem willing to consider the prospect that it is the vaccination programme which is doing most of the heavy lifting. Britain may be finally nearing the Holy Grail of herd immunity.

29.07.2021 - 07:03 [ ]

Turning the tide: Britain ‚on the cusp‘ of hitting herd immunity with 87 per cent now having antibodies against Covid plus third wave cases are falling in EVERY age group in England and infections drop for seventh day in a row to 27,734

Scientists at University College London estimate the total population’s immunity is at 87 per cent, with the current threshold for herd immunity at 93 per cent due to the contagious delta variant.

Being so close to the threshold should make it harder for the virus to transmit.

Dr David Matthews, a virologist and coronaviruses expert from the University of Bristol, told The Telegraph: ‚In terms of herd immunity – by which we mean the virus has managed to reach everybody and therefore most people will have a level of immune memory – I suspect we’re very close to it.

27.07.2021 - 04:13 [ Glenn Greenwald ]

FBI Using the Same Fear Tactic From the First War on Terror: Orchestrating its Own Terrorism Plots

Questioning the FBI’s role in 1/6 was maligned by corporate media as deranged. But only ignorance about the FBI or a desire to deceive could produce such a reaction.

26.07.2021 - 12:05 [ ZDF ]

Reporter ohne Grenzen – Pegasus „nicht nur ein israelisches Problem“

Das sagt Mihr über Software als Waffe:

„Es fehlt der politische Wille. Es gibt seit 2013 im Rahmen des Wassenaar Arrangement zu konventionellen Waffen ein Regulierungsregime, aber da ist Israel nicht Mitglied. Und das ist nicht nur ein israelisches Problem. Das ist potenziell auch ein europäisches Problem.“

26.07.2021 - 11:07 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

Is this a right-wing message or a left-wing message that I’m expressing here, or does it show the worthlessness of those labels when it comes to the dangers posed by the permanent, secret US security state?

26.07.2021 - 10:55 [ BuzzFeed ]

Watching The Watchmen


An examination of the case by BuzzFeed News also reveals that some of those informants, acting under the direction of the FBI, played a far larger role than has previously been reported. Working in secret, they did more than just passively observe and report on the actions of the suspects. Instead, they had a hand in nearly every aspect of the alleged plot, starting with its inception. The extent of their involvement raises questions as to whether there would have even been a conspiracy without them.

26.07.2021 - 10:47 [ ]

FBI helped instigate plot to kidnap Michigan Governor, framed Trump supporters as US establishment prepares for domestic war on terror

On October 8 last year, about 13 people were arrested for allegedly conspiring to abduct Michigan State Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The said arrests were made by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on suspicion that the accused were planning to overthrow the State government over strict Covid-19 rules. A news investigation by Buzzfeed news has now revealed that about 12 FBI informants were not only a part of the conspiracy but also instigated the kidnapping plot.

24.07.2021 - 03:29 [ New York Times ]

Israeli Data Suggests Possible Waning in Effectiveness of Pfizer Vaccine


The new numbers still show overwhelmingly strong protection against severe disease but diminished effectiveness against infection.

21.07.2021 - 20:12 [ ]

UK records 44,104 Covid cases in just a 4% week-on-week jump but deaths continue to rise with 73 more victims amid fears Freedom Day could be watered down in a FORTNIGHT unless hospital admissions start to slow

– SAGE has told PM he may need to roll back some curbs by end of first week of August if admissions don’t slow
– Would mark another extraordinary U-turn just three weeks after Freedom Day was given go-ahead on July 19

21.07.2021 - 05:15 [ Washington Post ]

U.S. and E.U. security officials wary of NSO links to Israeli intelligence

In interviews, several current and former officials said they presumed that the company, which was founded by former Israeli intelligence officers, provides at least some information to the government in Jerusalem about who is using its spying products and what information they’re collecting.

“It’s crazy to think that NSO wouldn’t share sensitive national security information with the government of Israel,” said one former senior U.S. national security official who has worked closely with the Israeli security services and, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to candidly describe intelligence operations

21.07.2021 - 05:07 [ Washington Post ]

The Pegasus Project | A global investigation – On the list: Ten prime ministers, three presidents and a king

Spies for centuries have trained their sights on those who shape destinies of nations: presidents, prime ministers, kings.

And in the 21st century, most of them carry smartphones.

20.07.2021 - 19:13 [ Haaretz ]

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

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

19.07.2021 - 08:07 [ ]

Spionagesoftware „Pegasus“: Darf’s ein bisschen mehr sein?

Ein Jahr zuvor, im Oktober 2017, wurde NSO schon beim Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) in Wiesbaden vorstellig. Ebenso gab es Gespräche mit dem BND und dem Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz. Mit den Cyberexperten vom bayerischen Landeskriminalamt (LKA) trafen sich die Vertreter der israelischen Firma im Jahr 2019 sogar gleich zwei Mal. Bei einer weiteren Vorführung im September 2019 im Innenministerium in München war sogar Minister Joachim Herrmann anwesend, wie ein Sprecher mitteilte.

Die deutschen Sicherheitsexperten waren sehr beeindruckt von der Technologie von NSO, berichten Teilnehmer der Produktvorführungen.

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 - 05:06 [ ]

Spähsoftware: Wie „Pegasus“ aufs Handy kommt

Sicherheitsexperten von Amnesty International fanden auf mehreren, auch aktuellen iPhones Spuren der „Pegasus“-Software, die anscheinend auf diesem Weg auf das Gerät gelangt war. Ihrer Analyse zufolge kann das Spähprogramm unter Ausnutzung des internetbasierten Dienstes iMessage aus der Ferne installiert werden. Die NSO-Kunden müssen dafür nur die Telefonnummer der Zielperson eingeben.

19.07.2021 - 04:48 [ ]

Trojaner „Pegasus“: Wie autoritäre Staaten ihre Gegner ausspähen

Gemeinsam mit der Organisation Forbidden Stories und Amnesty International haben die Journalisten einen Datensatz von mehr als 50.000 Telefonnummern ausgewertet.

Es handelt sich dabei um eine Liste von potenziellen Ausspähzielen, die von Kunden der israelischen Firma NSO Group ausgewählt wurden. NSO gehört zu den führenden Herstellern kommerzieller Spionagesoftware,

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 - 18:52 [ ]

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


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

15.07.2021 - 09:24 [ ]

Scientists link Earth’s magnetic reversals to changes in planet’s life and climate

(April 19, 2021)

The researchers examined the rings of the tree to look for changes in the amount of carbon-14 over a period of years, Gramling explains. Carbon-14 is useful not only for dating things, but because the interaction of cosmic rays with molecules in the atmosphere produces a lot of it. And when the Earth has a weakened magnetic field, more cosmic rays hit the planet.

The scientists indeed found a large spike in carbon-14 in the tree, which they could then compare with the rock record that indicated a magnetic reversal. (…)

In addition, there is the documented rise in cave art right about 41,000-42,000 years ago, Gramling points out.

15.07.2021 - 07:41 [ CNN ]

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

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

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

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

14.07.2021 - 08:29 [ ]

Is It Time to Consider ClassicPress, Alternative to WordPress?

(March 31, 2021 )

ClassicPress is under active development, has the familiar WordPress interface many longtime WordPress users know, and releases regular security updates.

In addition, they have active community forums and a Slack channel.

14.07.2021 - 06:54 [ ]

Pfizer pushes for US booster shots as WHO says greed is driving vaccine disparities

Dr Soumya Swaminathan, the chief WHO scientist, said: “At this point … there is no scientific evidence to suggest that boosters are definitely needed.”

Swaminathan said the WHO would make recommendations on booster shots “based on the science and data, not on individual companies declaring that the vaccines should now be administered as a booster dose”.

14.07.2021 - 06:48 [ ]

Dritte Auffrischungsimpfung gilt als fragwürdig: WHO wirft Impfstoff-Herstellern Gier vor

Der US-Pharmakonzern Pfizer hat am Montag eine Genehmigung für dritten Dosen seines Covid-19-Impfstoffs beantragt. Das erntete scharfe Kritik von der Weltgesundheitsorganisation (WHO). Deren Vorsitzender Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (56) warf dem Pharmamulti Gier vor. Impfstoff-Hersteller sollten weniger wohlhabende Länder bevorzugen, statt fragwürdige Auffrischungsimpfungen in reichen, bereits gut durchgeimpften Ländern anzustreben.

13.07.2021 - 13:21 [ CNN ]

Several tied to Haiti assassination plot were previously US law enforcement informants

Haitian President Jovenel Moise was killed last Wednesday in an operation that Haitian authorities say involved at least 28 people, many of them Colombian mercenaries hired through a Florida-based security company.

At least one of the men arrested in connection to the assassination by Haitian authorities previously worked as an informant for the US Drug Enforcement Administration, the DEA said in a statement in response to CNN.

09.07.2021 - 09:54 [ ]

Covidioten – Es geht wieder los

Das Herumreiten auf Inzidenzen, ohne die Anzahl der durchgeführten Tests anzugeben, war, vom wissenschaftlichen Standpunkt aus betrachtet, schon immer eine Scharlatanerie. Die Warnungen vor überfüllten Intensivstationen entpuppen sich bei näherem Hinsehen als interessengeleitete Lügen, wie nicht zuletzt der Bundesrechnungshof festgestellt hat. Und selbst die Statistik der Corona-Toten und die daraus abgeleiteten Schlussfolgerungen geraten ins Zwielicht, wie der promovierte Mathematiker Günter Eder auf den NachDenkSeiten gezeigt hat

02.07.2021 - 14:35 [ TRT World Research Centre ]

Israel carried out airstrikes against #Gaza on Friday, the third such attacks since the May ceasefire between #Israel and #Hamas. #Israelis point to „arson balloons“, #Palestinians point to the siege.

19.06.2021 - 10:59 [ ]

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.

19.06.2021 - 10:36 [ Tagesschau,de ]

Abstimmung im Iran: Hardliner Raisi gewinnt Wahl

Der scheidende Präsident Hassan Rouhani hatte bereits erklärt, dass der Sieger der Abstimmung vom Freitag klar sei. Raisi hatte die Wahl vor vier Jahren gegen den gemäßigten Rouhani noch verloren. Dieser durfte nach zwei Amtsperioden nicht mehr antreten.

18.06.2021 - 11:10 [ Haaretz ]

‚Severe Shock‘: Netanyahu Left Scorched Earth for Bennett at Prime Minister’s Office

Dozens of private diplomatic conversations with world leaders, agreements and understandings that go unmentioned in meeting minutes, the Iranian nuclear issues or strategic ties with the American government about which private conversations were held with Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump: All of these remain in Netanyahu’s notebooks and his memory, as if they were his private possession. The heads of the intelligence community who briefed Bennett know only some of these issues – what they were told.

16.06.2021 - 14:51 [ ]

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

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.

13.06.2021 - 19:44 [ Israeli Elections Live / Twitter ]

The 67 votes in favor of Mickey Levy consist not only of the 61 members of the new coalition but also the 6 members of the Joint List, which is a little surprising.

Levy gives his inaugural speech.

13.06.2021 - 15:32 [ Eylon Levy / Twitter ]

Honestly, disgusting brats. They won’t let PM designate Naftali Bennett get a word out of his mouth. #schande

13.06.2021 - 06:13 [ ]

Ursprung von Sars-CoV-2: Nach 18 Monaten immer noch im Dunkeln

Auch bei dem in der kommenden Woche in Brüssel anstehenden EU-USA-Gipfel wird eine entsprechende Erklärung dieses Inhalts erwartet. Im Entwurf der Erklärung heißt es, eine „transparente, faktengestützte und von Experten geleitete“ Untersuchung unter Leitung der WHO sei notwendig. Diese müsse „frei von Beeinflussungen“ stattfinden.

12.06.2021 - 16:01 [ Jens Berger / Nachdenkseiten ]

Eine Partei auf dem Weg zur Selbstzerstörung

Der bisherige Höhepunkt dieser traurigen Entwicklung ist ein Antrag auf ein Parteiausschlussverfahren gegen Sahra Wagenknecht, über das der SPIEGEL gestern berichtete. Man könnte glauben, einige “Genossen” hätten es darauf abgesehen, die Partei unter die 5-Prozent-Hürde zu bringen. Das ist jammerschade, denn mit der Linken verschwindet die einzige politische Kraft, die zumindest mal das Potential hatte, die Zustände in diesem Land nachhaltig zum Besseren zu verändern. Von Jens Berger.

12.06.2021 - 07:11 [ ]

Apple says it didn’t know Trump’s DOJ was asking for Democrats‘ data when it complied with subpoena

Apple on Friday said it didn’t know former President Donald Trump’s Department of Justice was subpoenaed data on Democrats when it complied with the request.
Apple said it was under a gag order not to disclose the subpoena to the affected parties.
Microsoft also acknowledged it received a similar subpoena.

11.06.2021 - 11:18 [ ]

Linkspartei: Mitglieder beantragen Wagenknecht-Ausschluss

Mehrere Mitglieder haben beim NRW-Landesverband den Ausschluss von Sahra Wagenknecht beantragt, wie die Partei Die Linke dem WDR am Donnerstag bestätigte. Zuvor hatte der Spiegel berichtet.

07.06.2021 - 13:54 [ Times of Israel ]

Top rabbis urge followers to ‘do everything’ to thwart new government


Leading national religious rabbis on Saturday night released an open letter calling for their supporters to “do everything” to ensure the so-called “change government” is thwarted.

The letter was released shortly after the director of the Shin Bet security service, in a rare statement, warned against political violence and incitement, saying that somebody could get hurt.

03.06.2021 - 16:43 [ Times of Israel ]

IDF general warns further Gaza fighting could break out

The head of the Israel Defense Forces’ Southern Command indicates he anticipates fighting to again break out in the Gaza Strip, saying that the conflict last month was only the “first stage” of a wider campaign.

“The operation ended, or at least its first stage did. The next stage will happen if we see that the security situation has changed,” Maj. Gen. Eliezer Toledano says in an on-stage interview at a conference held by Israel’s Channel 13 news.

27.05.2021 - 12:13 [ Andi Running / Twitter ]

Grundlage für Corona-Regeln: „Wir haben jetzt genau den befürchteten Verstetigungseffekt“ ‚Verfassungsrechtler aber warnen vor der Gewöhnung an eine Art Ausnahmezustand.‘

25.05.2021 - 19:31 [ Aktion Freiheit statt Angst ]

Impfausweis soll „weitere Daten“ verknüpfen?

Auch die österreichischen Datenschützer sind empört, dass die Regierung die Datenbank mit den vorgenommenen Impfungen in ein anderes Register, das Epidemiologische Meldesystem (EMS) einfügen will. Damit werden mit Corona Infizierte und gegen Corona Geimpfte in die gleiche Datenbank gepackt. Beide Informationen könnten genauso gut in getrennten Datenbanken liegen.

Doch es folgt ein weiterer Schritt: Im EMS-Register soll auch eine Verbindung mit aktuellen und historischen Daten über das Erwerbsleben, das Einkommen, etwaige Arbeitslosigkeiten, den Bildungsweg, Reha-Aufenthalte und Krankenstände einer Person hergestellt werden.

25.05.2021 - 19:04 [ ZDF ]

BIP schrumpft um 1,8 Prozent

Der zweite Corona-Lockdown hat die deutsche Wirtschaft zu Jahresbeginn ausgebremst. Der Konjunktureinbruch fiel dabei etwas stärker aus als zunächst angenommen. Das Bruttoinlandsprodukt schrumpfte im ersten Quartal 2021 um 1,8 Prozent zum Vorquartal, wie das Statistische Bundesamt am Dienstag mitteilte.

21.05.2021 - 15:16 [ ]

Pandemie: Trend zum Konformismus

Die Covid-19-Pandemie hat die Gesellschaft verändert: Die Österreicher und Österreicherinnen werden zunehmend konservativer und angepasster. Unabhängigkeit und Solidarität sind indes rückläufig, wie die Studie „Values in Crises“ zeigt.

21.05.2021 - 08:41 [ Haaretz ]

Gideon Sa’ar Mulling Power Sharing Deal With Netanyahu, Despite Election Promise


Gideon Sa’ar, head of the New Hope party, is looking into a power-sharing government with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Haaretz has learned.

Sa’ar has agreed to advance the initiative by the leader of the far-right Religious Zionism party, Betzalel Smotrich, after Naftali Bennett announced that establishing a „government of change“ headed by him and Yair Lapid was off the table.

18.05.2021 - 06:05 [ ]

Europäisches Zertifikat: EU-Gipfel bringt „Grünen Corona-Pass“ in Stellung

Die deutsche Kanzlerin Angela Merkel geht davon aus, dass der EU-Impfpass bis zum Sommer entwickelt werden kann. „Die politische Vorgabe ist, dass man das in den nächsten Monaten erreicht, ich habe ja von drei Monaten gesprochen“, sagte die Merkel nach dem EU-Videogipfel laut der Deutschen Presse-Agentur.

Ähnlich äußerte sich EU-Kommissionspräsidentin Ursula von der Leyen.

18.05.2021 - 05:48 [ ]

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

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

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

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

16.05.2021 - 18:12 [ BZ Berlin B.Z. / Twitter ]

Rund 13.000 Corona-Infektionen bei vollständig Geimpften


16.05.2021 - 15:11 [ Haaretz ]

Lapid Suggests Political Considerations Are Behind Israel’s Gaza Operation

Lapid, who has been tasked with forming a coalition after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s mandate expired, also accused Kahanist lawmaker Itamar Ben-Gvir of having a central role in the escalation in tensions that led to rioting around the country and ultimately Israel’s flare-up with Gaza. “No one would let a card-carrying lunatic like Itamar Ben-Gvir to set Jerusalem and then the entire country ablaze.”

11.05.2021 - 07:34 [ ]

Far-right lawmakers‘ visit to Sheikh Jarrah reignites clashes


Religious Zionist Party chief MK Bezalel Smotrich, who arrived at the contentious area with several members of his faction, slammed law enforcement and security forces‘ for their lax treatment against Palestinian violence and called for the formation of a stable government that can tackle the unrest.

11.05.2021 - 06:12 [ David D. Pearce / Twitter ]

Bayt al-qasid (heart of the matter): “current escalation benefits (Netanyahu). Will make it difficult for Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid to form coalition in coming days, and certainly casts pall on their efforts to obtain support of any kind from the two Arab Knesset factions.”

11.05.2021 - 05:55 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Coalition Talks: Islamist Party Freezes Negotiations in Wake of Jerusalem, Gaza Flare-up

Lapid was supposed to meet on Monday with Yamina chairman Naftali Bennett and United Arab List leader Mansour Abbas, but the latter suspended coalition negotiations and put off the meeting due to the security situation.

11.05.2021 - 05:51 [ Haaretz ]

Jerusalem Flare-up Leads to Over 100 Gaza Rockets; 22 Reported Dead in Israeli Strikes

Hamas said it fired rockets ‚in response to the enemy’s aggression in the holy city‘ ■ Nine Palestinian children reported killed ■ Home in southern Israel takes direct hit, no casualties reported

10.05.2021 - 13:36 [ ZDF ]

Trotz Corona-Pandemie – Krankenstand auf Rekordtief

Mitten in der Corona-Pandemie ist der Krankenstand unter den Beschäftigten auf ein Rekordtief gesunken. So war er laut der Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) im ersten Quartal so niedrig wie seit 13 Jahren nicht mehr.

08.05.2021 - 07:47 [ ]

England’s Covid outbreak shrinks… AGAIN: Cases HALVE in a month to 46,000, R rate falls slightly and is still below one, and fewer than 1,000 patients are now in hospital for the first time since September

Meanwhile, NHS figures show the number of infected patients in hospitals across England has dropped into three figures for the first time since the second wave spiralled out of control nine months ago. Daily admissions are now below 100.

The data follows on from promising statistics from Public Health England and a symptom-tracking app yesterday, which showed the easing of restrictions on April 12 has not triggered any spike in the disease.

06.05.2021 - 12:52 [ ntv Nachrichten / Twitter ]

Corona LIVE: Der Bundestag beschließt die Verordnung zu den Rechten für Geimpfte.

06.05.2021 - 08:42 [ ]

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

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

06.05.2021 - 06:24 [ ]

„Alles andere hätte viel Vertrauen zerstört“

Nach dem Karlsruher Nein zum Stoppen der Bundesnotbremse per Eilantrag zeigt sich die Bundesregierung erleichtert. Aus der Opposition kommt dagegen Kritik. Die FDP sieht sich in ihrem Druck auf den Bund bestätigt.

06.05.2021 - 00:37 [ ]

Karlsruhe lehnt Eilanträge ab: Ausgangsbeschränkung bleibt in Kraft

Das Gericht begründete die Ablehnung damit, dass die Folgen schwerwiegender seien, wenn jetzt ein Stopp erfolge, die Ausgangsbeschränkung später aber für verfassungsgemäß erklärt würde. Zudem sei die Geltungsdauer der angegriffenen Regelung nach derzeitiger Rechtslage zeitlich relativ eng begrenzt.

05.05.2021 - 11:55 [ ]

„NSU 2.0“-Drohschreiben: Wissler glaubt nicht an Einzeltäter

„Und gerade in diesem Fall frage ich mich, wie kommt ein 53-jähriger Mann aus Berlin an Daten, die, kurz bevor diese Drohbriefe geschrieben wurden, nachweislich abgefragt wurden an mehreren Polizeicomputern, an mehreren Revieren, in verschiedenen Bundesländern?“ Das gelte es jetzt aufzuklären.

03.05.2021 - 05:23 [ Frankfurter Allgemeine / Twitter ]

Nach fast zwanzig Jahren hat der Abzug der ausländischen Truppen aus Afghanistan offiziell begonnen. Angriffe und Anschläge mit vielen Toten überschatten ihn.


03.05.2021 - 05:17 [ Gabriele Meissner / Twitter ]

Die Nato hat die Warlords in Afghanistan gestärkt – nicht die Demokratie


02.05.2021 - 00:46 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Mossad Chief Met With Biden Amid Attempts to Prevent Return to Iran Deal

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu briefed Cohen before the meeting.

Cohen also met with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken Thursday, alongside Israel’s ambassador to Washington, in which the Israeli officials expressed „deep concern“ about Iran’s nuclear activities, according to a person familiar with the matter.

02.05.2021 - 00:22 [ ]

UK records seven Covid deaths – down 75% in a week – while cases drop seven per cent to 1,907 as UK shows no sign of post-lockdown surge

It comes after Office for National Statistics data suggested the total number of infections is lower than at any point since early September and infections have been falling constantly for five weeks.

Experts said the data ’should be celebrated‘ and were the first proof that, despite the reopening of outdoor hospitality and allowing the rule of six earlier this month, there was still ’no evidence of an increased transmission risk‘.

01.05.2021 - 07:39 [ Nachdenkseiten ]

Hannes Hofbauer: „Es ist dystopisch“

Ein Hauptcredo während der gesamten „Pandemie-Zeit“ scheint zu sein: There is no alternative, es gibt keine Alternative. Hat sich die Linke etwa irgendwie noch nachträglich in Margaret Thatcher verliebt?

Das glaub’ ich nicht. Es ist der Hang zum Autoritären, der manchen Linken eingeschrieben ist. In meiner Jugendzeit, die nun schon eine Weile zurückliegt – ich bin Jahrgang 1955 – konnte man sich an den Universitäten als Linker entweder der Kommunistischen Partei, den Trotzkisten, den Maoisten oder diversen Fachschaftslisten anschließen. Die drei ersteren waren allesamt überzeugt von einem autoritären staatlichen Führungsstil nach leninistischem Prinzip. Das wirkt kulturell nach.

01.05.2021 - 07:21 [ Nachdenkseiten ]

Corona und Justiz

Gegen einen Richter des Familiengerichts Weimar wird wegen Verdachts auf Rechtsbeugung ermittelt, seine Wohn- und Diensträume wurden durchsucht. Derweil hat die „Bundesnotbremse“ den Rechtsweg der Bürger laut Kritikern erheblich eingeengt. Und das Bundesverfassungsgericht hat fast alle Eilanträge zur Corona-Politik abgewiesen.

01.05.2021 - 05:58 [ ]

Ende der Insolvenzschutz-Regel: Droht jetzt die große Pleitewelle?

Ab Mai gilt die Insolvenzantragspflicht wieder. Das heißt: Ist ein Unternehmen zahlungsunfähig oder überschuldet, muss es innerhalb von drei Wochen einen Insolvenzantrag stellen. Sonst droht ihm eine Klage wegen Insolvenzverschleppung. Dies soll die Rechte der Gläubiger schützen.

01.05.2021 - 05:53 [ ]

Lockdown lässt Wirtschaft einbrechen

Das Bruttoinlandsprodukt (BIP) sackte von Januar bis Ende März um 1,7 Prozent ab. Das gab das Statistische Bundesamt am Vormittag bekannt. Ökonomen hatten mit einem geringeren Rückgang von 1,5 Prozent gerechnet.

28.04.2021 - 05:29 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Netanyahu is attacking Israel. Stop him – comment

Netanyahu’s refusal to appoint a justice minister is a direct assault on this nation. It is that simple.
His reasoning is also simple: Netanyahu does not want to fill the role with someone who is not subservient and willing to go along with coordinated efforts to escape his bribery trial.

26.04.2021 - 06:46 [ New York Times ]

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


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

26.04.2021 - 06:25 [ CNN ]

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

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

12.04.2021 - 10:42 [ Kai Wegner, Landesvorsitzender der @cduberlin / Twitter ]

Das Präsidium der @cduberlin ist überzeugt, dass die Menschen noch stärker @Markus_Soeder zutrauen, Deutschland gut zu führen. Darum unterstützt das Präsidium der CDU Berlin die Kandidatur von Markus Söder als gemeinsamer Kanzlerkandidat von @CDU und @CSU . (3/3)

10.04.2021 - 07:03 [ Nachdenkseiten ]

Unteilbar und die „antisemitisch konnotierten Verschwörungserzählungen“ der „Pandemieleugner*innen“

Es steht jedem Beobachter frei, die Ängste vor einem aufkommenden autoritären System im Schatten der Corona-Politik für maßlos übertrieben zu halten. Aber kann man nicht dennoch anerkennen, dass viele Menschen von eben dieser Angst auf die Straße getrieben werden? Sicher gibt es auch andere Motivationen von Demonstranten, aber diese Sorge ist ein zentrales und weiterverbreitetes Motiv. Dieses Engagement pauschal als „menschenfeindliche rechte Bewegung“ und als einen Schulterschluss mit Faschisten zu bezeichnen, ist infam. Aber diese Praxis wird gar nicht mehr hinterfragt, weil sie mit ungeheurem Medienfuror eingeführt wurde. Ebenso wie der fragwürdige Zustand, dass Fragen der Gesundheit und der Datenerhebung zu Fragen von „rechts“ und „links“ umgedeutet wurden, was als ein Meisterstück der Manipulation bezeichnet werden kann.

03.04.2021 - 19:55 [ ]

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

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

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

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

01.04.2021 - 17:31 [ ]

USA betrachten Westjordanland als von Israel „besetzt“

Die US-Regierung von Präsident Joe Biden hat klargestellt, dass sie das Westjordanland als von Israel „besetzt“ einstuft. US-Außenamtssprecher Ned Price sagte gestern (Ortszeit), im jährlichen Menschenrechtsbericht des Ministeriums werde der Begriff „Besetzung“ im „Kontext des derzeitigen Status des Westjordanlands“ genutzt. Das entspreche der „langjährigen Position früherer Regierungen beider Parteien“ in den USA.

01.04.2021 - 14:37 [ ]

„Inakzeptabel langsam“: Scharfe WHO-Kritik an EU-Impfaktion

Die Weltgesundheitsorganisation (WHO) hat die CoV-Impfkampagne in Europa als „inakzeptabel langsam“ angeprangert. Die schleppende Verteilung der Vakzine in Europa führe zu einer „Verlängerung“ der Pandemie, beklagte WHO-Europa-Direktor Hans Kluge am Donnerstag.

30.03.2021 - 16:29 [ ]

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

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

30.03.2021 - 04:11 [ New York Times ]

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

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

30.03.2021 - 04:09 [ ]

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

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

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

30.03.2021 - 04:06 [ Jacobin ]

Joe Biden Is Killing the Iran Nuclear Deal

On Friday, an anonymous US official told Reuters that “who goes first” is “not the issue” when it comes to the United States and Iran reviving their 2015 nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA). This was a remarkable statement, because if it truly doesn’t matter who goes first, then it’s fair to ask why we’re now more than two months into the Biden administration and we still haven’t seen any progress toward patching up the agreement.

25.03.2021 - 17:51 [ ]

WKÖ und ÖGB: Neue Maßnahmen „nicht praxistauglich“

Die Wirtschaftskammer Österreich (WKÖ) und der Österreichische Gewerkschaftsbund (ÖGB) kritisieren in einer gemeinsamen Erklärung die verschärften CoV-Maßnahmen für Ostösterreich. Die Maßnahmen seien aus Sozialpartner-Sicht „nicht praxistauglich“.

25.03.2021 - 17:29 [ ]

Ein Jahr Lockdown und der autoritäre Turn in der Linken

Aktuell scheint es, als würden die Debatten vom letzten Jahr noch einmal geführt. Dabei war es auch ein Jahr Diskussionsverweigerung

25.03.2021 - 11:32 [ Antony J. Blinken, US Außenministerium - ]

A Foreign Policy for the American People


What will our foreign policy mean for American workers and their families?

What do we need to do around the world to make us stronger here at home?

And what do we need to do at home to make us stronger in the world?

The answers to these questions aren’t the same as they were in 2017 or 2009. Yes, many of us serving in the Biden administration also proudly served President Obama – including President Biden. And we did a great deal of good work to restore America’s leadership in the world; to achieve hard-won diplomatic breakthroughs, like the deal that stopped Iran from producing a nuclear weapon; and to bring the world together to tackle climate change. Our foreign policy fit the moment, as any good strategy should.

24.03.2021 - 18:16 [ Sü ]

„Wir können so nicht weitermachen“

Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel (CDU) hatte am Vormittag den Ministerpräsidenten mitgeteilt, dass sie das Vorhaben zurückziehe, von Gründonnerstag bis Ostermontag dem Land eine fünftägige Ruhepause zu verordnen. Dies hatte sie ursprünglich zusammen mit der Ministerpräsidentenkonferenz (MPK) in der Nacht zum Dienstag beschlossen, dabei blieben allerdings viele Detailfragen offen – etwa die genaue Feiertagsregelung.

24.03.2021 - 12:51 [ Jonathan Shamir / Twitter ]

The Israeli Labor Party. Their former leader, Shelly Yachimovich, said on Kan 11: It is better (!) that Ibtisam Mara’ana, a Palestinian Arab woman in 7th place on their list, didn’t get a seat because she would be a problem for their potential coalition partners

24.03.2021 - 12:43 [ Ynetnews,com ]

IDF reports 20-year high in military voter turnout

Military spokesperson says 77% of eligible voters had cast their vote, while the voter turnout in the general public stood at only 67.2%;

23.03.2021 - 07:17 [ ]

BKA nutzt Emotet-Takedown als Türöffner für mehr Befugnisse und neue Gesetze

Das Bundeskriminalamt hat ein Schadsoftware-Update auf zehntausenden Windows-PCs weltweit installiert, um sie zu bereinigen. Experten kritisieren die konstruierte Rechtsgrundlage dieser brisanten Aktion. Der BKA-Präsident fordert, das Gesetz an die Praxis anzupassen.

22.03.2021 - 16:04 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election: Why Hamas Needs Netanyahu to Win

As paradoxical and perplexing as it may sound, Netanyahu, avowed enemy of Hamas, is seen by the rulers of Gaza as the best of the worst, the lesser evil in Israel’s elections this week. Indeed, in mid-February 2019, ahead of what was to become a series of four elections, a majority of leaders attending Hamas‘ Shura Council, its consultative cabinet, favored Netanyahu over all others.

22.03.2021 - 06:06 [ Bild / Twitter ]

Millionen Deutsche betroffen – Merkel will Ausgangsbeschränkungen!

22.03.2021 - 06:04 [ ]

SPD-Beschlussvorlage: Lockdown soll bis April verlängert werden

Der Entwurf muss noch mit dem Kanzleramt und den anderen Bundesländern abgestimmt werden. Kanzleramtsminister Helge Braun teilte auf Twitter mit, dass das Papier nicht aus dem Kanzleramt stammt, wie es zuvor von einige Medien berichtet worden war.

18.03.2021 - 19:45 [ Jens Zimmermann, Mitglied des Bundestages / Twitter ]

Der #Wirecard UA hat Post von der #Bundesbank bekommen. Leider wurde das Handy von Vizepräsidentin Buch „turnusgemäß“ geschreddert (oder so ähnlich) und man kann leider SMS zwischen ihr und #BaFin Direktorin Roegele zum #Leerverkaufsverbot nicht mehr nachvollziehen.


14.03.2021 - 00:23 [ ]

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

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

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

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.

06.03.2021 - 20:24 [ Sü ]

Korruptionsaffären in der Union: „Da haut es dich weg!“

Der CDU-Bundestagsabgeordnete Nikolas Löbel sagt, er habe bei der Vermittlung des Maskengeschäfts nur marktübliche Preise verlangt.

Ich komme aus dem Kopfschütteln nicht mehr raus. 250 000 Euro Provision als marktüblichen Preis zu rechtfertigen. Und das sagt ein 34-Jähriger. Löbel gibt jetzt nur seine Mitgliedschaft im Auswärtigen Ausschuss ab und meint, damit sei alles ok für ihn. Da haut es dich weg! So viel Entrückung von der Welt finden Sie in keiner Wagner-Oper.

06.03.2021 - 20:22 [ ]

Unions-Abgeordnete in der Kritik: Affäre um Schutzmasken weitet sich aus

In der Affäre um die Beschaffung von Corona-Schutzmasken hat nun auch der CDU-Abgeordnete Löbel Konsequenzen gezogen und seinen Sitz im Auswärtigen Ausschuss aufgegeben. Er hatte wie der CSU-Politiker Nüßlein eine hohe Provision erhalten.

06.03.2021 - 09:55 [ ]

US opposed to ICC probe of Israel, Kamala Harris tells Netanyahu

US Vice-President Kamala Harris, in a call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday (March 4) reaffirmed US opposition to an International Criminal Court (ICC) probe of possible war crimes in the Palestinian Territories, the White House said.

03.03.2021 - 11:02 [ CNN ]

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

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

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

03.03.2021 - 10:37 [ the Hill / Youtube ]

Krystal Ball: How Biden LOST The Left In A Single Day

Krystal Ball outlines how President Joe Biden is slowly losing the support of the left.

01.03.2021 - 08:35 [ ]

Atomabkommen: Iran lehnt Gesprächsangebot ab

Im Streit um das Atomabkommen hat der Iran einem Treffen mit den USA eine Absage erteilt. Die USA müssten zuerst alle Sanktionen aufheben. Washington reagierte „enttäuscht“, aber signalisierte weiterhin Gesprächsbereitschaft.

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 - 16:12 [ ]

UN rights chief accuses Iran of targeting minority groups

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Friday accused Iran of “persistent impunity for human rights violations” in regions including Sistan-Baluchestan.

“In Iran, an apparently coordinated campaign has been targeting minority groups since December, including in Sistan and Baluchestan, Khuzestan, and in the Kurdish provinces,” Bachelet told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

27.02.2021 - 15:44 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Estimates Ship Explosion in Gulf of Oman Was Iranian Attack

A ship owned by an Israeli firm, the MV HELIOS RAY, was hit by an explosion in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) and a maritime security firm said on Friday. The current assessment in Israel is that the explosion was a targeted attempt against an Israeli-owned ship by Iran.

26.02.2021 - 03:25 [ ZDF ]

EU-Videogipfel – Merkel: EU-Impfpass noch im Frühjahr

Die EU will bis zum Sommer einen europaweit gültigen Impfausweis einführen, um Urlaubsreisen zu ermöglichen. Wie Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel (CDU) am Donnerstag nach einer Videoschalte der Staats- und Regierungschefs sagte, benötigt die EU-Kommission „etwa drei Monate“, um die technischen Voraussetzungen für das digitale Dokument zu schaffen.

23.02.2021 - 05:02 [ Haaretz ]

Court Will Hear Witnesses in Netanyahu’s Trial Only After Israeli Election

The opening of the premier’s trial last May followed years of investigations, deliberations and legal proceedings that eventually took place during the course of three election campaigns, capped by a last-minute delay due to the coronavirus.

23.02.2021 - 04:57 [ ]

Next stage of Netanyahu’s corruption trial postponed until after elections

The court rejected a demand from the prime minister’s lawyers to dismiss the indictment by reason of Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit’s failure to formally file a written request for the probe of Netanyahu.

However, the court did condemn Mandelblit for the oversight, saying it was a „defect“ in the legal procedures.

„This is a matter of procedural defect which doesn’t concern the root of the matter,“ the court stated, as cited by Hamodia.

23.02.2021 - 04:55 [ ]

Netanjahu-Prozess: Zeugenvernehmung beginnt nach Wahl

Die Anwälte des Regierungschefs hatten Berichten zufolge auf einen Termin nach dem für den 23. März geplanten Urnengang gedrängt. Es ist die vierte Abstimmung binnen zwei Jahren.

21.02.2021 - 12:40 [ Science Magazine ]

A global environmental crisis 42,000 years ago


We find that geomagnetic field minima ~42 ka, in combination with Grand Solar Minima, caused substantial changes in atmospheric ozone concentration and circulation, driving synchronous global climate shifts that caused major environmental changes, extinction events, and transformations in the archaeological record.

21.02.2021 - 12:35 [ CNN ]

Reversal of Earth’s magnetic poles may have triggered Neanderthal extinction — and it could happen again


Some 42,000 years ago, in an event known as the Laschamp Excursion, the poles did just that for around 800 years, before swapping back — but scientists were unsure exactly how or if it impacted the world.

Now, a team of researchers from Sydney’s University of New South Wales and the South Australian Museum say the flip, along with changing solar winds, could have triggered an array of dramatic climate shifts leading to environmental change and mass extinctions.

18.02.2021 - 22:39 [ ]

Bis zu 4000 Soldaten: NATO weitet Irak-Mission aus

Die Verteidigungsminister der NATO-Mitglieder haben sich darauf geeinigt, die Irak-Mission auf bis zu 4000 Soldaten auszuweiten. Eine Entscheidung über das mögliche Ende des Einsatzes in Afghanistan wurde hingegen vertagt.

16.02.2021 - 16:46 [ ZDF ]

Klartext gegen Länder-Beschluss – Laschet: Nicht immer neue Grenzwerte erfinden

„Man kann nicht immer neue Grenzwerte erfinden, um zu verhindern, dass Leben wieder stattfindet.“

„Wir können unser ganzes Leben nicht nur an Inzidenzwerten abmessen.“ Man müsse all die anderen Schäden etwa für die Gesellschaft und die Wirtschaft genauso im Blick haben wie die Inzidenzzahlen.

16.02.2021 - 11:00 [ ]

62 percent say third political party is needed in US

Nearly two-thirds of Americans say the U.S. needs a third major political party because the GOP and Democratic Party „do such a poor job representing the American people,“ according to a new Gallup poll.

In the survey released Monday, 62 percent of Americans said the third party was needed, while 33 percent said the two existing major parties do an „adequate“ job representing the majority of Americans‘ political views.

15.02.2021 - 05:53 [ ]

Single jabs of Covid vaccine are providing 67% protection against infections, data reveals as experts say delaying second dose is ‚paying off‘

Prof Spector said that he no longer watched the Government’s daily briefings as he felt the statistics were not presented in context, particularly the death rates.

He said: ‚It’s very sad people die of anything. Yesterday around 600 people died of Covid but on a normal day in February 1,500 people die of heart disease, strokes, cancer etc or the flu.

‚This has got a lot of people extremely anxious and are petrified to leave their homes and may have problems coming out if we do not put those statistics into context.

‚People are dying of Covid but people die of other things. I would like to see less fear-mongering.‘

14.02.2021 - 22:38 [ ZDF ]

Staatsrechtler zu Corona-Krise – Augsberg: Beteiligung des Bundestags wichtig

Wichtig wäre es, wenn grundlegende Entscheidungen zur Corona-Pandemie im Bundestag diskutiert und auch dort getroffen würden, sagt Staatsrechtler Steffen Augsberg im Dlf-Interview.

09.02.2021 - 20:35 [ ]

The state is making a huge power grab, and it won’t be giving it up

Is there no end to the current misery? Seemingly not. Yet it is also a statement of fact that, as Colonel Bill Kilgore says in Apocalypse Now, “someday this war’s gonna end”.

07.02.2021 - 21:21 [ Times of Israel ]

TV: Several vaccinated elderly tested positive for COVID, but had no symptoms

Pfizer and Moderna, which produce the vaccines used in Israel, have said their shots appear to be slightly less effective in preventing the so-called South African strain of the virus, though the companies say they remain quite potent.

07.02.2021 - 21:15 [ ]

Juneau nursing home outbreak could be a model for what COVID-19 looks like after vaccine


Staff and outside experts attribute the health of these people in the face of their COVID-19 infections primarily to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Nearly 80% of the people who live and work in the facility have received at least one of the shots in the two-shot series.

07.02.2021 - 21:00 [ NDR ]

Belm: 14 geimpfte Seniorenheim-Bewohner positiv getestet

Geimpft worden sei mit dem Produkt von Biontech/Pfizer.

07.02.2021 - 15:30 [ ]

LOCKED IN: Restrictions can’t ease until NEXT YEAR due to aggressive mutant Covid strains, warns Sage

They came to their conclusions by modelling what could happen in the next few months under the vaccine rollout, presenting their findings to Sage on January 14.

Researchers at Warwick University wrote in the document, published today: “With the new aggressive covid strain, likely transmission efficacies prove insufficient to prevent further infection outbreaks across the population.

07.02.2021 - 14:54 [ ]

Coronavirus latest news: Restrictions on large gatherings likely to be in place ‚for next few years‘

Prof Spector also suggested that basic infection control measures – including physical distancing, face masks and handwashing – should remain in place as they „don’t cost really anything to do“.

„I think we need to get used to that and that will allow us to do the things we really want to do more easily and more readily,“ he said.

07.02.2021 - 14:22 [ ]

Covid ‚is a gift that keeps on giving‘: Labour shadow attorney general is caught on tape saying pandemic is GOOD for rich City lawyers – leaving Keir Starmer facing furious backlash

In a recording obtained by The Mail on Sunday, Lord Falconer can be heard introducing a Gibson Dunn ‚webinar‘ on ‚how the law has been changed by Covid‘ by saying: ‚This is a gift that keeps on giving, the law keeps on changing, keeps on getting more complicated, and is always interesting.‘

06.02.2021 - 20:19 [ ]

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 [ ]

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.”

04.02.2021 - 12:32 [ ]

U.S. signals Biden’s tough stance on Iran with new oil seizure attempt


The Achilleas’ owner, Capital Ship Management Corp., alerted U.S. authorities to the possibility that it had unknowingly taken on Iranian crude, after initially thinking it came from Iraq, Bloomberg reported last month.

Washington ordered the Liberia-flagged ship to sail to the U.S. before Biden came to power on Jan. 20, according to people familiar with the matter.

04.02.2021 - 12:27 [ Bloomberg ]

U.S. Moves to Seize Oil Shipment It Says Iran Exported Covertly


The U.S. has gone to court to seize 2 million barrels of oil that it claims came from Iran, as Joe Biden’s administration shows little sign of taking a softer line on Tehran.

The Department of Justice filed a case in a U.S. district court, seeking to seize the cargo on the Greek-owned Achilleas tanker, according to a statement on Tuesday.

04.02.2021 - 11:53 [ Newsweek ]

Biden Administration Dodges Iran Offer to Coordinate Nuclear Deal Return


„If Iran comes back into full compliance with its obligations under the JCPOA, the United States would do the same,“ State Department spokesperson Ned Price told reporters at his first press conference Tuesday, „and then we would then use that as a platform to build a longer and a stronger agreement that also addresses other areas of concern.“

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.

01.02.2021 - 09:26 [ RND / Twitter ]

Im Interview mit @aniesmann übt Norbert #WalterBorjans scharfe Kritik an Impfstoffherstellern wie #Astrazeneca, Pfizer oder Moderna. Er sei „schockiert über den Mangel an Sensibilität und Verantwortungsbewusstsein“, schimpft der SPD-Chef.

29.01.2021 - 18:24 [ ]

EU-Entschlüsselungspläne offenbar „beschlossene Sache“


Die umstrіttene Resolution des Ministerrats gegen sichere Verschlüsselung wurde im neuen Richtlinienentwurf für „hochklassige Cybersichereit“ vom 16. Dezember verankert. Da Resolutionen per se nicht bindend sind, deutet das auf ein „Fait Accompli“ hin, eine informell bereits beschlossene Sache. Von der Vorratsdatenspeicherung (bis 2006) bis zur aktuell beschlossenen Regulation gegen Terrorpropaganda (Start 2016) im Netz haben noch alle großen EU-Überwachungsvorhaben so begonnen.

28.01.2021 - 11:33 [ Jerusalem Post ]

CENTCOM chief arriving in Israel for talks with Kochavi on Iran

McKenzie’s arrival – he is scheduled to spend one day in Israel – is the first high-level visit by a top American official since Joe Biden was sworn in as president last week.

23.01.2021 - 10:39 [ ]

COVID-19: AstraZeneca to ‚cut COVID-19 vaccine delivery to EU by 60%‘

The company was expected to deliver around 80 million doses to the 27 EU countries by the end of March, an EU official told the agency.

However, it now expects that to be cut to 31 million doses due to „production problems“ at a vaccine factory in Belgium run by its partner Novasep.

23.01.2021 - 10:05 [ New York Times ]

Pfizer Will Ship Fewer Vaccine Vials to Account for ‘Extra’ Doses

After the surprise discovery of an extra dose in every vial, Pfizer executives successfully lobbied the F.D.A. to change the vaccine’s formal authorization language. The company charges by the dose.

23.01.2021 - 09:05 [ ]

Revealed: SAGE warning that says scientists are only 50% sure Kent strain is more deadly in evidence that was handed to ministers just hours before ’scaremongering‘ press conference

A SAGE warning revealing that scientists are only 50% sure the Kent strain of coronavirus could be more deadly was handed to ministers just hours before last night’s ’scare-mongering‘ press conference, it has been revealed.

Ministers were only informed about the development yesterday morning after scientists on the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag), a subcommittee of Sage, discussed the issue on Thursday.

23.01.2021 - 08:30 [ ]

US-Regierung will Taliban-Abkommen überprüfen

Die USA wollen ihr Abkommen mit den radikalislamischen Taliban in Afghanistan überprüfen. Das kündigte die neue US-Regierung gestern in Washington an. Dies habe der Sicherheitsberater Jake Sullivan seinem afghanischen Kollegen mitgeteilt.

23.01.2021 - 08:17 [ ]

Biden-Regierung will transatlantisches Bündnis stärken

Das Weiße Haus teilte gestern mit, Bidens Nationaler Sicherheitsberater Jake Sullivan habe am Vortag erste Gespräche mit dem außenpolitischen Berater der deutschen Kanzlerin Angela Merkel, Jan Hecker, dem diplomatischen Berater des französischen Präsidenten Emmanuel Macron, Emmanuel Bonne, und dem britischen Außenminister Dominic Raab geführt.

22.01.2021 - 19:08 [ ]

AstraZeneca: Liefermengen niedriger als geplant

Grund dafür sind laut AstraZeneca „reduzierte Erträge der Impfsubstanz an einem Produktionsstandort“, hieß es. Insgesamt werde man im Februar und März „mehrere zehn Millionen Dosen“ in die EU liefern.

22.01.2021 - 08:01 [ ]

Corona-Impfstoff: Pfizer liefert weniger Ampullen

Pfizer begründete das gegenüber der Nachrichtenagentur AFP mit einer Stellungnahme der EU-Arzneimittelbehörde EMA, wonach aus jedem Fläschchen bis zu sechs statt der ursprünglich kalkulierten fünf Impfdosen gezogen werden können.

„Wir halten unsere Lieferverpflichtungen gegenüber den Staaten ein“, teilte Pfizer mit. Die Bestellungen hätten „immer auf einer Gesamtzahl von Dosen beruht und nicht von Ampullen“.

22.01.2021 - 07:57 [ ]

Pfizer-Impfstoff: Schwierigkeiten bei zusätzlichen Impfdosen

Pfizer wird jedenfalls künftig weniger Ampullen ausliefern: In einer Stellungnahme gegenüber der Nachrichtenagentur AFP hieß es am Donnerstag, dass man sich bei der Auslieferung an die Bestellerländer nun an der Empfehlung der EMA orientiere. Die Bestellungen hätten „immer auf einer Gesamtzahl von Dosen beruht und nicht von Ampullen“, hieß es.

21.01.2021 - 18:23 [ ]

Travel latest news: Vaccine passports for travellers ‘unavoidable’

Vaccine passports for holidaymakers will soon be ‘unavoidable’ as more countries make Covid immunity a condition of entry, a leading travel health expert has claimed.

Dr Richard Dawood, a specialist in travel medicine at the Fleet Street Clinic in London, also suggested that tight border controls will remain in place while countries feel ‘insecure’ about the risks posed by the virus.

21.01.2021 - 18:06 [ ]

European Commission Working On Standard COVID Passports


The European Commission is exploring proposals to introduce vaccine passports, a move that will facilitate greater travel across borders within the EU. Member states will discuss the idea at a summit this week, with many already signaling their approval for a passport-style document.

21.01.2021 - 18:05 [ ]

European leaders to discuss vaccination speed and immunity passports

Amid rising infections and new strains of COVID-19, EU leaders will meet on Thursday (January 21) to discuss how best to tackle the pandemic. It comes amid continued criticism that the vaccination drive has been too sluggish.

21.01.2021 - 17:54 [ ]

Urlaubsländer fordern Reise-Impfpass

Weil die gesamte Tourismusbranche nicht nur in Deutschland, sondern europaweit mit schweren Umsatzeinbrüchen zu kämpfen hat, setzen sich erste EU-Staaten für einen einheitlichen europäischen Impfpass ein. Vor dem heutigen Corona-Gipfel der EU sagte Maltas Regierungschef Robert Abela, solche Ausweise seien ein wichtiges Instrument mit Blick auf grenzüberschreitendes Reisen.

21.01.2021 - 17:49 [ ]

Mutation verbreitet sich in Portugal

In Portugal breitet sich die ansteckendere britische Variante des Coronavirus rasch aus. Etwa 20 Prozent aller neuen Infektionsfälle gingen auf diese Variante zurück, sagte Gesundheitsministerin Marta Temido dem Sender RTP. Der Anteil könne bereits nächste Woche auf 60 Prozent steigen.

21.01.2021 - 17:43 [ WELT / Twitter ]

Corona: Merkel warnt eindringlich vor Mutation

21.01.2021 - 17:36 [ ]

Experte: Mutation „wird sich durchsetzen“

Das erläuterten Experten bei einer Pressekonferenz am Donnerstag im Gesundheitsministerium. Die britische Variante B.1.1.7 werde sich aber auch hierzulande durchsetzen. „Wir gehen davon aus, dass sie im Februar, spätestens im März die Oberhand gewinnen wird“, sagte Simulationsforscher Niki Popper. Das bedeute aber nicht, „dass die Welt untergeht“.

20.01.2021 - 11:41 [ MDR ]

Biontech/Pfizer halbiert Corona-Impfstoffmenge für Thüringen


Wie Gesundheitsministerin Heike Werner (Linke) am Dienstag mitteilte, wird der Hersteller Biontech/Pfizer in der nächsten Woche nur die Hälfte der ursprünglich geplanten Impfstoffmenge in den Freistaat liefern. Konkret sind das 11.700 Dosen.

20.01.2021 - 11:31 [ ]

Brandenburg bekommt nächste Woche 25 Prozent weniger Impfstoff

Gesundheitsministerin Ursula Nonnemacher (Grüne) erklärte, dass die Lieferreduzierung ein „schwerer Schock“ sei. „Bis Montagabend mussten wir unsere gesamte Planung anhalten“, sagte Nonnemacher am Dienstag.

Die jetzt vorliegenden Informationen zum weiteren Lieferzeitplan und Lieferumfang des Biontech/Pfizer-Impfstoffs seien nicht zufriedenstellend, sagte Nonnemacher weiter.

20.01.2021 - 11:17 [ ]

Pfizer reduziert Lieferung an Italien

Kommende Woche wird es zu einer weiteren Reduktion der Lieferung von Impfdosen durch Pfizer und Biontech kommen, kündigte der zuständige Regierungskommissar Domenico Arcuri laut Medien an. Der Pharmakonzern hatte bereits diese Woche seine Lieferungen an Italien um 29 Prozent verringert.

20.01.2021 - 11:10 [ ]

Slow vaccine rollout could make lockdown last PAST Easter as Priti Patel blames AstraZeneca and Pfizer for causing ’supply issues‘ by ‚upgrading their factories‘ – even though ’21m doses are already in UK‘ and Scotland is ’sitting on 400k‘

Priti Patel today blamed AstraZeneca and Pfizer for an alarming slowdown in the UK’s vaccine rollout – amid warnings the target of giving jabs to the 14million most vulnerable people by mid-February is now ‚very tight‘.

The Home Secretary pointed the finger at the firms after the daily rate fell for a third consecutive day, saying ‚upgrades‘ at factories and ‚reconfiguring‘ of supply chains were causing delays.

19.01.2021 - 17:36 [ ]

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 [ ]

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.“

18.01.2021 - 15:41 [ ]

NSA warns against using DoH inside enterprise networks

The NSA urges companies to host their own DoH resolvers and avoid sending DNS traffic to third-parties.

18.01.2021 - 15:40 [ National Security Agency / Pentagon ]

Adopting Encrypted DNS in Enterprise Environments

Use of the Internet relies on translating domain names (like “”) to Internet Protocoladdresses. This is the job of the Domain Name System (DNS). In the past, DNS lookups were generally unencrypted, since they have to be handled by the network to direct traffic to the right locations. DNSover Hypertext Transfer Protocol over Transport Layer Security (HTTPS), often referred to as DNS over HTTPS (DoH), encrypts DNS requests by using HTTPS to provide privacy, integrity, and “last mile” source authenticationwith a client’s DNS resolver. Itis useful to prevent eavesdropping and manipulationof DNStraffic.While DoH can help protectthe privacy of DNS requests and the integrity of responses, enterprises that use DoH will lose some of the control needed to govern DNS usage within their networksunless they allow only their chosen DoH resolver to be used.Enterprise DNS controlscan prevent numerous threat techniques used by cyber threat actors for initial access, command and control, and exfiltration.

17.01.2021 - 10:24 [ ]

Schutzschirm für Iran-Geschäfte wirkte nicht

Die von Deutschland, Frankreich und Großbritannien gegründete Gesellschaft zum Schutz des Handels mit dem Iran gegen US-Sanktionen ist weitgehend wirkungslos geblieben. Seit der Gründung vor zwei Jahren wurde nur eine einzige Transaktion über sie abgewickelt, um die Ausfuhr medizinischer Güter in den Iran zu ermöglichen. Das geht aus einer Antwort des deutschen Auswärtigen Amts auf eine Anfrage des Grünen-Bundestagsabgeordneten Omid Nouripour hervor, die der Deutschen Presse-Agentur vorliegt.

14.01.2021 - 09:52 [ ]

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

13.01.2021 - 18:12 [ ]

US Changes Vaccine Strategy, WHO Says Herd Immunity Will Not Be Achieved in 2021

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization is warning that mass vaccinations against the novel coronavirus will not produce herd immunity this year.

WHO chief scientist Dr. Soumya Swaminathan told reporters Monday that it takes time to produce and administer enough doses of a vaccine to finally stop the spread of COVID-19. Swaminathan stressed the need for countries to continue observing mitigation efforts such as mask-wearing, social distancing and hand-washing.

13.01.2021 - 17:11 [ Neeltje van Doremalen / Twitter ]

The data supports the investigation of intranasal delivery of COVID-19 vaccines. With the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines worldwide, it will be crucial to investigate whether the vaccines provide sterilizing immunity…

13.01.2021 - 17:09 [ ]

Once you and your friends are vaccinated, can you quit social distancing?

How long it takes for various countries to reach herd immunity will depend in part on how fast they can access vaccines and what share of their populations are willing to get the shot. But as mentioned above, there’s another crucial factor.

“It’s really going to come down to what we learn over the next few months about how well the vaccine prevents infection and transmission,” Murray said, adding that she doesn’t expect we’ll have an answer to that until March at the earliest.

11.01.2021 - 20:39 [ University of Cambridge / ]

Study identifies genetic changes likely to have enabled SARS-CoV-2 to jump from bats to humans

A new study, involving the University of Cambridge and led by the Pirbright Institute, has identified key genetic changes in SARS-CoV-2—the virus that causes COVID-19—that may be responsible for the jump from bats to humans, and established which animals have cellular receptors that allow the virus to enter their cells most effectively.

The genetic adaptions identified were similar to those made by SARS-CoV—which caused the 2002-2003 SARS epidemic—when it adapted from bats to infect humans.

11.01.2021 - 19:44 [ ]

People with common colds testing positive for Covid-19 may simply be asymptomatic cases, experts reveal

Trademark symptoms of seasonal flu could be mistaken for symptoms of Covid-19 if the individual tests positive for the virus, it is claimed.

More than eight in ten people who test positive for coronavirus show none of the main symptoms at the time they are tested, a major study by UCL previously revealed.

However, those who test positive when they have cold symptoms may mistake them as being a part of the virus – adding to fears that it is taking a new guise as fresh strains emerge.

06.01.2021 - 20:23 [ ]

CoV-Impfung bereits in e-Impfpass

„Die Coronavirus-Impfungen werden in Wien seit dem ersten Tag, dem 27. Dezember, im elektronischen Impfpass dokumentiert“, bestätigte der Sprecher. Der e-Impfpass wurde in Wien im Rahmen eines Pilotprojekts schon seit Oktober getestet.

01.01.2021 - 08:50 [ ]

EU still holds out on granting approval to Oxford-AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine

„Additional scientific information on issues related to quality, safety and efficacy of the vaccine is deemed necessary to support the rigour required for a conditional marketing authorisation (CMA) and this has been requested from the company,“ the EMA said in a statement. „Further information from the ongoing clinical trials is also expected from January.“

The Amsterdam-based agency earlier told AFP that it had not yet received any formal marketing authorisation and that it had set no timetable for approving the vaccine.

01.01.2021 - 08:45 [ ]

Biontech-Chef: Ende Jänner Klarheit über weitere Produktion

Zu der Frage, ob Biontech andere Hersteller zur Produktion des neuen Impfstoffes lizenzieren könne, betonte Sahin die Komplexität bei der Herstellung von mRNA-Impfstoffen. „Da kann man nicht einfach umschalten, so dass statt Aspirin oder Hustensaft plötzlich Impfstoff hergestellt wird. Der Prozess braucht jahrelange Expertise und eine entsprechende bauliche und technologische Ausstattung.“

30.12.2020 - 12:14 [ ]

AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine may have to wait for EU’s approval

The EMA’s deputy executive director Noel Wathion told Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad that the pharmaceutical company “has not even filed an application” with the European drug regulators yet.

He further said that EMA “did not even have enough to warrant a conditional marketing license.”

30.12.2020 - 11:55 [ ntv Nachrichten / Twitter ]

Wohl keine Zulassung im Januar: EMA: Astrazeneca hat noch nichts beantragt

29.12.2020 - 12:00 [ ]

EU-Entschlüsselungspläne offenbar „beschlossene Sache“

Die umstrіttene Resolution des Ministerrats gegen sichere Verschlüsselung wurde im neuen Richtlinienentwurf für „hochklassige Cybersichereit“ vom 16. Dezember verankert. Da Resolutionen per se nicht bindend sind, deutet das auf ein „Fait Accompli“ hin, eine informell bereits beschlossene Sache. Von der Vorratsdatenspeicherung (bis 2006) bis zur aktuell beschlossenen Regulation gegen Terrorpropaganda (Start 2016) im Netz haben noch alle großen EU-Überwachungsvorhaben so begonnen.

28.12.2020 - 12:00 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s High Court Judges Are Playing Dumb About the Nation-state Law

Amit knows very well that the principle of equality wasn’t omitted from the law by accident, nor is it just a coincidence that it’s impossible to find a Knesset majority for passing a Basic Law on Equality. He knows that discrimination against Arabs in Israel isn’t just a by-product of the nation-state law but its main purpose – that discrimination is the essence of the law: enshrining Jewish superiority and Arab inferiority.

So why did Amit fake intimacy with Jabareen and inquire about his feelings as if he were a guidance counselor rather than a Supreme Court justice, and as if the only change that had occurred was in the lawyer’s emotions rather than Israel’s Basic Laws?

27.12.2020 - 06:35 [ Washington Post ]

How the Iowa caucuses came ‘crashing down,’ under the watchful eye of the DNC

(Feb. 16, 2020)

The DNC ordered and paid for a security audit of the software, which was completed by NCC Group, a Britain-based cybersecurity firm. Out of the review, which also involved threat assessment conducted with the national party as well as officials in Iowa and Nevada, came directions to guard the name of the vendor, and to take the software live as late as possible to prevent it from getting into the hands of hackers, according to multiple people who participated or had knowledge of the exercises.

27.12.2020 - 06:04 [ ]

Investigator: DNC Was “Directly Involved” in Iowa Caucus App Development, Countering DNC Denial


The DNC’s meddling, which included a last-minute demand that developers of the Shadow app create a special software that would allow the DNC real-time access to the raw numbers before they went public, didn’t sit well with Zogby.

“Why would [the DNC] need to see that?” Zogby said about the DNC’s insistence on access to the raw caucus results before they went public. “Why wouldn’t you trust the state party to make the determination?”

In the transcript from the closed-session meeting held by the state party, members suggested that the DNC’s goal was to strip Iowa of its prestigious first-in-the-nation status.

24.12.2020 - 05:32 [ Leonhard Blaurock / Twitter ]

„Die Gerichte versagen zurzeit beim Grundrechtsschutz.“ „Leider spielt das Bundesverfassungsgericht eine besonders unrühmliche Rolle.“ Bejahenswerte juristische Einschätzungen von ⁦@nhaerting ⁩.

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21.12.2020 - 21:09 [ ]

Who knew what and when about Britain’s Covid mutation? PHE first discovered the fast-spreading variant in October but didn’t raise the alarm until last week – amid claims scientists held back discovery to bounce No10 into Tier Four

At the start of the month information about VUI-202012/01 was passed to the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Advisory Group (NERVTAG) committee, which advises England’s Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitty. The group first discussed the strain at a December 11 meeting and began modelling its severity on the UK’s epidemic.

Ministers were not made aware of the variant until last Monday, almost two months after its initial discovery, when they were told it was more infectious and probably behind the continued rise in cases in London and the South East.

20.12.2020 - 22:38 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz’s Party Agrees to Delay Budget Deadline to Give More Time for Deal With Netanyahu

Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s Kahol Lavan party said Sunday that it has agreed to postpone the Tuesday deadline to pass Israel’s 2020 state budget by one week, in a move that could give it more time to negotiate a deal with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud to avoid what would be a fourth election cycle in two years.

20.12.2020 - 15:08 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Agrees to Curb Justice Minister’s Powers in Deal With Netanyahu to Stave Off Election

Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz has agreed to curb Justice Minister Avi Nissenkorn’s powers, sources said, in bid to stave off election.

In return, Gantz hopes to cement the rotation agreement for the premiership with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is upheld.

20.12.2020 - 10:10 [ ]

Oxford vaccine still under review, says UK medicine agency

But Whitehall sources said that while they hoped the vaccine would be available that week, it was by no means certain, and the authorisation could be delayed until the beginning of January.

The delay has caused frustration in Whitehall and the NHS, with the vaccine taking much longer to meet approval than the Pfizer vaccine, which was rolled out in the UK last week.

20.12.2020 - 09:01 [ ZDF ]

Auslandseinsätze der Bundeswehr – Maas befürwortet Drohnen-Bewaffnung

In der aktuellen Debatte geht es darum, ob die neuen Drohnen vom Typ Heron TP, die bald von Israel an die Bundeswehr ausgeliefert werden sollen, bewaffnet werden sollen. Der SPD-Vorsitzende Norbert Walter-Borjans und Fraktionschef Rolf Mützenich hatten Anfang der Woche weiteren Diskussionsbedarf dazu angemeldet und die Bewaffnung damit erst einmal auf Eis gelegt, was bei den Koalitionspartnern von CDU und CSU für Empörung gesorgt hat.

19.12.2020 - 21:07 [ ]

‚We’re not going to be knocking on people doors on Christmas Day‘: Police officers say new Tier 4 restrictions ‚don’t make sense‘ as thousands vow to IGNORE the rules

At an emergency press conference, Boris Johnson announced a third of England, including London and swathes of the home counties, will be shifted up to the brutal new tier from midnight.

Mr Marsh told MailOnline the new rules – which close non-essential retail and ban overnight stays in infection spots – meant little, because Mr Johnson has ‚lost the good will of the people‘ over the festive period.

19.12.2020 - 20:49 [ ]

Are hospitals REALLY creaking under the strain of Covid before Christmas? NHS data shows trusts are STILL quieter than last December – with seven times fewer wards close to being full

– Average intensive care ward occupancy down to 75 per cent from 84 per cent from the same time last year
– 15,465 people in hospital with Covid in England on Wednesday compared to 18,974 on worst day in spring
– But statistics suggest the health service is, overall, coping better with its workload than it did last winter

19.12.2020 - 20:43 [ Downing Street No 10 / Regierung von Großbritannien ]

Prime Minister announces Tier 4: ‚Stay At Home‘ Alert Level in response to new COVID variant

The Prime Minister has announced tougher restrictions for large parts of South East England with a new Tier 4: ‘Stay at Home’ alert level.

The decision follows a rapid rise in infections attributed to the rapid spread of a new variant of COVID-19.

Based on preliminary modelling data, the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG) now consider that the new strain can spread significantly more quickly and could increase R by 0.4 or more. New and existing data will continue to be analysed as we learn more about the variant.

19.12.2020 - 20:38 [ ]

Exclusive: Alarming new evidence on coronavirus mutation could bring tougher restrictions

Government scientists at the Porton Down laboratory in Wiltshire have been conducting experiments on the new strain, and have confirmed ministers‘ fears about it being far more infectious than the original strain of the virus.


The meeting of ministers was expected to continue late into the night, with Whitehall sources refusing to rule out a press conference on Saturday to announce additional restrictions.

17.12.2020 - 20:37 [ Andre Meister, Investigativer Journalist @netzpolitik_org / Twitter ]

Der Geheimdienst wird auch ausgebaut. Nächstes Jahr bekommt der BND erstmals über eine Milliarde Euro Steuergeld. Im Snowden-Jahr 2013 war es noch die Hälfte. (Alle Geheimdienstskandale gehen zu Gunsten der Geheimdienste aus. Immer.)

17.12.2020 - 20:20 [ ]

BND-Gesetz: Bundesregierung beschließt Geheimdienst-Überwachung wie zu Snowden-Zeiten

Die Bundesregierung hat heute beschlossen, die Befugnisse des Bundesnachrichtendienstes erneut massiv auszuweiten. Das Kabinett hat den Gesetzentwurf zur Änderung des BND-Gesetzes angenommen, er kommt damit in den Bundestag.

Die Große Koalition hatte das aktuelle BND-Gesetz 2017 als Reaktion auf die Enthüllungen von Edward Snowden und Geheimdienst-Untersuchungsausschuss verabschiedet. Damals war unser Fazit: „Alles, was der BND macht, wird einfach legalisiert. Und sogar noch ausgeweitet.“ Im Mai hatte das Bundesverfassungsgericht das Gesetz als verfassungswidrig eingestuft und gekippt. Jetzt unternimmt die Bundesregierung einen neuen Anlauf, der wieder vor Gericht landen dürfte.