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28.07.2021 - 06:51 [ Zero Hedge ]

Watch: Fauci, CNN, White House, Newsom, & Cuomo All Ratchet Up Attacks On Unvaccinated Americans

(27.07.2021)

Unvaccinated Americans were the talking point of the day on Monday with a slew of figures slamming those who have chosen not to take the coronavirus jabs, assigning blame to them for America ‘going backwards’, likening them to murderers, and suggesting that they are to blame for more deadly variants of the virus emerging.

17.07.2021 - 11:49 [ Express.co.uk ]

AZ jab: People may be three times more likely to get Covid symptoms than Pfizer’s – study

(16.07.2021)

THE ASTRAZENECA vaccine has given the UK a decisive edge in the vaccine race but with Freedom Day fast approaching, new SAGE figures may provide a cause for concern. According to the panel of experts advising Downing Street, those fully vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine have a three-fold risk of getting Covid symptoms if infected compared with those who got Pfizer and Moderna.

12.07.2021 - 06:37 [ Express.co.uk ]

‚Again nothing!‘ German media mocks England’s penalty defeat to Italy at Euro 2020 final

GERMANY’S leading newspapers were unable to resist mocking England after they lost on penalties to Italy in Sunday’s Euro 2020 final.

07.07.2021 - 07:01 [ DutchNews.nl ]

Three arrested after tv crime journalist Peter R de Vries is shot

He is currently spokesman for a key witness in a major gangland killing trial and had been threatened. According to some reports, he had refused to have personal security.

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

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

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

16.06.2021 - 09:33 [ i24news.tv ]

IDF chief Kohavi to make postponed Washington trip; discuss Gaza, Iran

Kohavi was initially set to meet with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, head of the US Central Command Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr., and head of the US Special Operations Command Gen. Richard D. Clark, according to The Jerusalem Post.

16.06.2021 - 09:19 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Israel strikes Hamas sites in Gaza after incendiary balloon attacks

The attacks from Gaza came in response to the controversial flag parade in Jerusalem on Tuesday that had drawn threats of action by Hamas. The overnight airstrikes gave way to calm by morning, and there were no reports of casualties on either side.

16.06.2021 - 08:21 [ Yair Wallach ‏/ Twitter ]

As the Jerusalem reporter for Haaretz confirms: nearly 100% of Palestinian demonstrations in East Jerusalem are violently dispersed by police not because they turn violent, but because of chanting or the raising of the Palestinian Flag.

16.06.2021 - 08:11 [ Tom Bateman ‏/ Twitter ]

#Israeli police beating a #Palestinian man who manages to escape – filmed by a colleague at #DamascusGate

16.06.2021 - 08:00 [ Haaretz ]

Seventeen Palestinian Protesters Arrested as Thousands Attend Jerusalem Right-wing March

Thousands of people took part in the controversial right-wing Flag March in Jerusalem on Tuesday, with police clashing with hundreds of Palestinian protesters near the Old City’s Damascus Gate as tensions with Gaza run high after last month’s fighting.

Mounted police and skunk water were used to disperse them, while at Herod’s Gate, police fired sponge-tipped bullets at protesters. Police arrested 17 Palestinian protesters.

15.06.2021 - 17:21 [ Haaretz ]

The Mossad’s International Brigade in Iran

The Mossad uses foreign citizens for its operations in Iran and elsewhere. Israeli and international media outlets have reported this in the past. We can presume these people are well paid. Iranian spokespeople call them “mercenaries.” But when the head of the Mossad himself reveals this, he reinforces the false impression that Israel’s intelligence service, which has a global reputation as one of the best and most professional, is just a gang that acts like an outsourced crime organization.

15.06.2021 - 13:27 [ Haaretz ]

Jerusalem March ‚Provocations‘ Risk Reigniting Israel-Hamas Violence, UN Warns

The march was originally scheduled for Israel’s Jerusalem Day last month. It was, however, diverted due to security concerns as clashes between police and Palestinians in the city intensified. Shortly after it began, it was dispersed due to Hamas rocket fire from Gaza toward Jerusalem, which lead to an 11-day round of fighting between Israel and Hamas.

11.06.2021 - 11:25 [ Haaretz ]

Ex-Mossad Chief Cohen Calls Cash Gift From Australian Billionaire ‚Honest Mistake‘

Cohen was asked about his relationship with Packer following a Haaretz investigation, which revealed he had received a $20,000 gift for his daughter’s wedding, though the figure cited in ‚Uvda‘ was lower.

The recently retired Mossad chief, who is a close confidant of outgoing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, also asserted that „everything was done in consultation and with the approval of the attorney general“ and that Packer wanted to give „much more.“

10.06.2021 - 09:41 [ Haaretz ]

Intel Officer Who Died in Jail Was About to Compromise ‚Big Secret,‘ Says Israeli Army Chief

According to Kochavi, the secrecy, with which the affair was handled, was important „in order to safeguard his privacy and the privacy of his family … while guarding a big secret.“

Kochavi added that the IDF managed to stop „him at the last minute,“ before he caused harm.

07.06.2021 - 14:53 [ Times of Israel ]

Likud MK says Bennett, Sa’ar like ‘suicide bombers’ facing ‘death sentence’

Asked by the anchor if she was not going too far, Golan replied, “No, and I’ll tell you why… They’re like terrorists who don’t believe in anything anymore, who go out on their suicide mission, and even if they know it’s their death sentence, they don’t care because they’re Shiites.”

05.06.2021 - 12:50 [ Wall Street Journal ]

FBI Director Compares Ransomware Challenge to 9/11

(04.06.2021)

Christopher Wray points to Russian hackers, calls for coordinated fight across U.S. society

05.06.2021 - 12:48 [ NBC News ]

‚They are hair on fire‘: Biden administration mulls cyberattacks against Russian hackers

(03.06.2021)

Although using the military to take action against criminals wouldn’t be without precedent, it’s controversial in legal circles, and any American cyber action against targets in Russia would risk retaliation.

04.06.2021 - 11:27 [ New York Times ]

Why Are We All Talking About U.F.O.s Right Now?

“There are a lot more sightings than have been made public,” John Ratcliffe, the former director of national intelligence, told Fox News in March. Quite a few of them, he said, “are difficult to explain.”

John Brennan, the former director of the C.I.A., said in a podcast last year that some of the unexplained sightings might be “some type of phenomenon that is the result of something that we don’t yet understand and that could involve some type of activity that some might say constitutes a different form of life.”

02.06.2021 - 17:17 [ .Ynetnews.com ]

Pressure grows as clock ticks on Lapid’s coalition efforts

The major remaining stumbling block was the appointment of Labor party leader Merav Michaeli to the committee to select judges, which Yamina no. 2 Ayelet Shaked was demanding in order to join the new government.

02.06.2021 - 08:03 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Coalition talks stall as Lapid has hours left to form government

Sources familiar with the details of the talks said that many outstanding issues have already been resolved, including ministerial appointments.
There is still disagreement, however, over the demands put forward by Ayelet Shaked from Yamina. She apparently asked to be given a seat on the committee for judicial appointments, a position already promised to Labor leader Merav Michaeli.

31.05.2021 - 19:08 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

‚We can’t rule anything out‘: Minister hints No10 is prepared to cave in to SAGE pressure and push back June 21 Freedom Day after scientists warned UK is ‚on a knife-edge‘ due to Indian variant outbreak

– Sources in No10 say there is now a ’50-50′ chance of June 21 being delayed in a notable shift in tone
– Professor Ravi Gupta urged ministers to push back June 21 deadline to allow more people to get vaccinated
– Cambridge University microbiologist said there were early signs the third wave of the pandemic had begun
– Professor Susan Michie echoed his comments saying Britain could see its cases rise quickly in coming weeks

31.05.2021 - 18:54 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Save us from a techno-fascist Covid dictator

Among his big ideas was to use mobile phone masts and bank data to track our movements, jinxed, he grumbled, by the human rights and data protection laws – but while proposing the greatest, most horrific invasion of our civil liberties, he also admitted that it was “crackers” that he and Boris Johnson were in such positions of power. What we needed, he said, was a “Covid dictator”. Who? Dom nominated a chap called Marc Warner, who apparently runs a data company. Dom would have given Mr Warner “as close to kingly authority as the state has legally to do stuff, and pushing the barriers of legality”. This is quite mad, and monstrous.

21.05.2021 - 08:04 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Israel-Gaza ceasefire comes into effect, ending 11 days of intensive fighting

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said Thursday night that the cabinet had unanimously approved the truce without preconditions on the recommendation of all defense officials, including IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi, Shin Bet head Nadav Argaman, Mossad Director Yossi Cohen and National Security Advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat.
The statement said that Israel’s achievements in Operation Guardian of the Walls were „unprecedented.“

12.05.2021 - 05:37 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Arab Shot Dead as Jerusalem Riots Spillover; Two Jewish Suspects Arrested

„An angry mob started to assemble, and they threw bricks and firebombs at us because we exited the house to make sure they wouldn’t come closer,“ he said. „At a certain point, when we felt like there was a real threat and the mob started getting closer to us, a few residents with handgun licenses fired in the air,“ he said.

Police suspect that one of the Jewish residents aimed his gun at the rioters rather than shooting in the air. Another resident said that there were at least four people who fired.

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.

05.05.2021 - 08:08 [ Haaretz ]

Palestinians Identify West Bank Shooter as U.S. Citizen as Manhunt Continues

The perpetrator of a drive-by shooting attack on Sunday that left three Israelis wounded is a U.S. citizen, Palestinian reports say. Residents of the West Bank town of Turmus Ayya identified the shooter, who is still on the loose, as Muntassir Shalabi.

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.

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.

30.04.2021 - 19:48 [ Ynetnews.com ]

AG launches probe into police conduct at Meron as local chief takes blame

„The Police Department for Internal Investigations will begin reviewing the events to see if there is any criminal culpability on the part of members of the police in the disaster,“ a spokesperson for Mandelblit said, adding that the police were instructed not to interview any of their members.

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 - 18:54 [ i24news.tv ]

White House: Israeli delegation will not sway Biden into abandoning Iran nuclear deal

An Israeli security delegation due to visit Washington on Monday will not change the Biden administration’s position on rejoining the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said at a press briefing on Friday.

The team of senior officials led by Mossad Director Yossi Cohen and National Security Advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat plan to express their objections to the White House, which is currently emerged in indirect negotiations with Tehran in Vienna.

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.

14.04.2021 - 13:20 [ Neil Lazarus / Twitter ]

So #Bennet meets w#Netanyahu. No surprise if will recommend him to President for PM #IsraElex4 #Israel #israelelection BB will still need Mansour 4 a majority

(04.04.2021)

14.04.2021 - 13:16 [ Haaretz ]

Bennett Says Ready to Join Right-wing Government With Netanyahu’s Likud

Yamina chairman Naftali Bennett said on Monday that he told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that his Likud party can count on his faction’s vote to form a right-wing government.

09.04.2021 - 11:35 [ Bloomberg ]

Merkel Bloc Pushing for More Central Power Over Virus Strategy

(08.04.2021)

Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to push ahead with a bid to transfer powers to impose coronavirus restrictions from the regional to the federal level, as the German leader tries to reverse the latest surge in infections threatening Europe’s biggest economy.

Germany’s current “infection protection law” doesn’t allow for “common action” to tackle the pandemic because it leaves the enforcement of restrictions to the 16 states, Norbert Roettgen, a senior member of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, said in a position paper obtained by Bloomberg.

07.04.2021 - 10:38 [ .i24news.tv ]

Israel: Netanyahu to begin coalition talks ahead of meeting with Bennett

Netanyahu to speak with right-wing and religious allies from Shas, UTJ and Religious Zionist party

07.04.2021 - 10:34 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election: Netanyahu’s Latest Win Proves There’s No Such Thing as the ‚anti-Bibi Bloc‘

Gideon Sa’ar promised Israel a ’new hope,‘ and termed replacing Netanyahu the most important national mission. But his hope lasted exactly two weeks

05.04.2021 - 15:07 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris ‚wants vaccine passports up and running by JUNE 21‘ but could fail to get legislation past Parliament as he ‚promises Tory rebels they WILL get a vote‘ and Labour says scheme is like using ‚a sledgehammer to crack a nut‘

Boris Johnson wants domestic Covid passports in place by June 21 – but faces the prospect of an embarrassing Commons defeat after promising Tory rebels a vote on their introduction.

Michael Gove is said to have made the offer to furious backbenchers appalled at the idea of forcing Britons to prove their vaccination status to enter pubs and other social hubs.

Boris Johnson wants the scheme to be up and running for June 21, when the last social distancing measures are expected to be swept away.

03.04.2021 - 00:56 [ Haaretz ]

Biden Administration Lifts Trump Sanctions on ICC Officials

The move comes nearly one month after ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced the decision to open a formal investigation into war crimes in the Palestinian Territories, which will examine both sides in the conflict

27.03.2021 - 16:22 [ Frank Stoltze, KPCC 89.3FM Public Radio / Twitter ]

Take a close look at this video. An #LAPD officer points a „less than lethal“ rifle directly at this journalist. There appears to be no immediate threat anywhere. Earlier @JamesQueallyLAT is arrested, now another reporter faces the barrel of a gun. @pressfreedom @ACLU_SoCal

27.03.2021 - 16:18 [ Kate Cagle, Anchor and reporter @SpecNews1SoCal / Twitter ]

Here is the moment @LAPDHQ escorted me out of the crowd and zip tied my hands. I’m turning back and insisting that I promised my newsroom I would protect my crew and identifying the photographers who are with me.

27.03.2021 - 16:14 [ Jonah Valdez, @sgvtribune /@socalnewsgroup / Twitter ]

This is the moment @RosenfeldReport and I were nearly kettled. Those on the other end of this line of officers, including our colleagues from the @latimes and @SpecNews1SoCal were improperly detained, zip tied and later released.

27.03.2021 - 16:07 [ LA Times ]

Reporters, legal observers cry foul after being caught up in LAPD’s mass arrests at Echo Park protest

They also accused the LAPD of issuing confusing directives and attempting to force media members into a designated observation area that would not have allowed them to see the protest or the arrests that followed.

While some detained reporters and observers were released without being arrested, others — including reporters for less-established media brands — were held for hours and then formally charged, raising additional questions about police picking and choosing which outlets to acknowledge as legitimate.

25.03.2021 - 16:54 [ i24news.tv ]

Report: Incoming lawmakers planning to legislate against Netanyahu

In turn, Likud party members have begun talks with Mansour Abbas, leader of the Islamist party Ra’am and likely kingmaker in Israel’s March 23 election, who has not ruled out supporting a Netanyahu-led government.

According to online outlet Walla, citing Likud party officials, Abbas is not in favor of passing laws aimed at targeting individuals, but their position is not yet finalized.

22.03.2021 - 08:42 [ ITV.com ]

Three arrested after hundreds turned out to protest in Newcastle

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

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

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

20.03.2021 - 22:48 [ theGuardian.com ]

Revealed: the grim list of sex abuse claims against Metropolitan police

An extraordinary catalogue of sexual misconduct allegations against Metropolitan police officers, including claims that one had sex with a rape victim and another assaulted a domestic abuse survivor, are revealed in documents obtained by the Observer.

The disclosures will intensify pressure on the Met after its officers manhandled women at last Saturday’s vigil for Sarah Everard where hundreds demanded the right to be safe on London’s streets.

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

ROADMAP FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ACTIONS BY THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION BASED ON THE COMMISSION COMMUNICATION AND THE COUNCIL RECOMMENDATION ON STRENGTHENING COOPERATION AGAINST VACCINE PREVENTABLE DISEASES

(March 2019)

Examine the feasibility of developing a common vaccination card/passport for EU citizens (that takes into account potentially different national vaccination schedules and), that is compatible with electronic immunisation information systems and recognised for use across borders, without duplicating work at national level.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

18.03.2021 - 11:55 [ Wall Street Journal ]

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

(15.03.2021)

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

14.03.2021 - 00:05 [ theGuardian.com ]

Sarah Everard: police officer arrested on suspicion of murder

(10.03.2021)

“The man is a serving Metropolitan police officer in the parliamentary and diplomatic protection command. His primary role was uniformed patrol duties of diplomatic premises.

“A woman, who is aged in her 30s, was also arrested on the evening of 9 March on suspicion of assisting an offender. She remains in custody.”

17.01.2021 - 17:35 [ John Crace / theGuardian.com ]

In these grim times we all need a saviour and right now it is Chris Whitty

(11.01.2021)

Cometh the hour, cometh the man. In these exceptionally grim times we’re all – Boris Johnson included – looking for a saviour to rise from these streets. And right now that salvation appears to be the England’s chief medical officer, Chris Whitty. Just about the only person left whom anyone can trust to tell the country the naked truth about coronavirus.

17.01.2021 - 17:15 [ Neil O'Brien / theGuardian.com ]

I’d love to ignore ‘Covid sceptics’ and their tall tales. But they make a splash and have no shame

They rubbished those who knew what they were talking about. Professors Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance were “Messrs Doom and Gloom”, “fear-mongering” and “self-serving”. That Whitty and Jonathan Van-Tam used their tiny amount of spare time to volunteer in hospitals suggests that’s not true. Now, as the death toll still rises, the same people crawl from the woodwork to demand we lift all restrictions as soon as the most vulnerable are vaccinated.

12.01.2021 - 21:07 [ Max Blumenthal / Twitter ]

“My first thought was that the Iranians had followed through on their threat to strike the Capitol” -an actual US senator

12.01.2021 - 20:50 [ Haaretz ]

Pompeo Says Al-Qaida Has New Base in Iran, Gives No Hard Evidence

With just eight days left in office for President Donald Trump, Pompeo alleged that Iran has given safe haven to Al-Qaida leaders and support for the group, despite some skepticism within the intelligence community and Congress.

On Monday, Pompeo was seen meeting with Mossad Chief Yossi Cohen, according to Politico’s White House Correspondant Meredith McGraw.

12.01.2021 - 20:43 [ MSNBC / Twitter ]

NEW: FBI and DOJ to hold 3 p.m. ET news conference on Wednesday’s storming of the US Capitol, DOJ announces.

12.01.2021 - 20:39 [ Meet the Press / Twitter ]

WATCH: House readies impeachment vote amid new briefings on Capitol security concerns. #MTPDaily @chucktodd : „Some members of Congress will be casting an impeachment vote tomorrow, while fearing for their lives.“

08.01.2021 - 07:24 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

Secret, due-process-free no-fly lists were one of the worst post-9/11 civil liberties abuses — I reported on them often. Stunning to see calls from Congress for people to be put on them revived in this climate. I hope people realize what’s happening:

08.01.2021 - 07:09 [ Newsweek ]

House Homeland Security Committee Chair Calls for Capitol Rioters to Be Put on No-Fly List

The chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security has called for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the FBI to ban those involved in Wednesday’s insurrection that breached the U.S. Capitol building from flying on airplanes.

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) issued a statement Thursday urging the agencies to add the „violent perpetrators involved in the domestic terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol“ to the no-fly list.

08.01.2021 - 06:43 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Biden Says Rioters Who Stormed Capitol Were Domestic Terrorists

President-elect says Trump supporters who attacked legislative complex were insurrectionists, not protesters.

28.12.2020 - 17:25 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Coronavirus latest news: One million vaccinations a week will not bring pandemic under control, warns Sage expert

Sir Jeremy Farrar, the director of the Wellcome Trust who advises Number 10’s advisory panel Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) said: „We’re not going to be free of this pandemic by February, this is now a human endemic infection.

28.12.2020 - 17:24 [ .oxfordmail.co.uk ]

No herd immunity through vaccine programme before summer, Sage scientist warns

Calum Semple, professor of outbreak medicine at the University of Liverpool and a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), described the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine as a “game changer” if it is approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in the coming days.

But he told BBC Breakfast…

28.12.2020 - 17:20 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

SAGE demands ALL pupils are kept home till February: Scientists demand new national lockdown for kids after Gove says only Years 11 and 13 and primary schools will return on January 4

Pressure has also been growing on Boris Johnson from within his own party to keep all pupils in school at the start the new term – but the PM has sided with SAGE scientists, who are pushing for schools, especially secondary schools to close for all of January, at least, because of the new super-strain of Covid-19, according to Politico.

Mr Johnson was reportedly told last week by SAGE, led by Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance, that a stricter lockdown is required because the one in November, where schools remained open, did not keep the ‚R‘ rate below 1, an adviser has claimed.

28.12.2020 - 09:44 [ Mirror.co.uk ]

Millions more face being placed in Tier 4 in bid to control mutant coronavirus strain

Dr Zubaida Haque, who sits on Independent Sage, has questioned why the government haven’t placed the whole country in the harshest tier of restrictions to save lives.

23.12.2020 - 07:20 [ theGuardian.com ]

Von der Leyen takes control of Brexit talks in attempt to strike deal

Von der Leyen spoke by telephone to Johnson on Monday night to discuss a way forward and further calls are expected in the next 24 hours, but the commission refused to offer details.

Barnier said as he went into a meeting with EU ambassadors: “We are really in the crucial moment. We are giving it the final push. In 10 days the UK will leave the single market and we continue to work in total transparency with the member states right now and with the parliament.”

23.12.2020 - 07:00 [ theGuardian.com ]

Brexit poses grave risks to UK health and care sector, report finds

The Nuffield Trust thinktank stated: “The perilously uncertain future facing the UK at the end of the Brexit transition period could put the UK’s health and care system at risk.”

The report said new migration rules, possible disruption to medicines and devices, an ongoing economic slowdown and barriers to science investment would hit the health sector.

20.12.2020 - 15:24 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

It felt like a meeting of horror movie scriptwriters: GLEN OWEN tells the inside story of how a libertarian PM ended up feeling he had no choice but to cancel Christmas

The grim countenances of Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance told the story before they even started talking – Christmas was off. As Boris Johnson sat in the Cabinet Room at 5pm on Friday, Whitty and Vallance appeared on the Zoom monitors and started reeling off increasingly alarming data about the new mutant strain of the coronavirus…

14.12.2020 - 23:53 [ FT.com ]

Researchers looking at new coronavirus strain, says health minister

Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer, told a press conference that London was being moved to more stringent Tier 3 restrictions because cases were surging in and around the capital — and not directly in response to the discovery of the new variant.

06.12.2020 - 12:41 [ Haaretz ]

Court Hears Netanyahu’s Request to Dismiss His Corruption Cases

The three-judge panel headed by Judge Rivka Friedman-Feldman is expected to focus in Sunday’s hearing on Netanyahu’s claim that he was protected by parliamentary immunity at the time of the filing of the indictments against him. The panel is expected to rule on the issue in the next few weeks because there is no dispute over the facts on this issue.

20.09.2020 - 12:49 [ CDC.gov ]

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) 2020 Interim Case Definition, Approved August 5, 2020

Vital Records Criteria

A death certificate that lists COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as an underlying cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death.

Comments

CSTE approved interim position statement Interim-20-ID-02 on August 5, 2020. Interim-20-ID-02 supersedes the first CSTE COVID-19 interim position statement, Interim 20-ID-01, which was approved on April 5, 2020.

This position statement, Interim-20-ID-02, updates the standardized case definition for COVID-19, including asymptomatic infections caused by SARS-CoV-2, and retains COVID-19 as a nationally notifiable condition. The updates clarify clinical, laboratory, epidemiologic linkage, and vital records criteria for case ascertainment and case classification based on the continued evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the probable case classification is updated, and a suspected case classification is added.

20.09.2020 - 12:11 [ PostAndCourier.com ]

CDC updates criteria for tracking and reporting COVID-19 cases

(15.09.2020)

however, the CDC advises against reporting out suspect cases as part of a state’s total case numbers.

04.09.2020 - 14:59 [ NPR.org ]

Suspect In Fatal Shooting Of Portland Right-Wing Protester Killed By Law Enforcement

According to The Olympian newspaper, Reinoehl was spotted as he left an apartment. The newspaper reports four officers from three different jurisdictions fired weapons at Reinoehl; witnesses said they heard 40 to 50 shots.

04.09.2020 - 14:52 [ New York Times ]

How the Fatal Shooting at a Portland Protest Unfolded

(Published Aug. 31, 2020
Updated Sept. 3, 2020)

The New York Times’s Visual Investigations unit reviewed multiple videos of the episode and surrounding events to piece together the fatal encounter between an unidentified gunman and Aaron J. Danielson, 39, who died at the scene.

27.08.2020 - 22:36 [ Cenk Uygur / Twitter ]

Anyone defending Kyle Rittenhouse by saying it’s self-defense to go into middle of protest with a weapon & start shooting be careful about your standards. Is the left-wing also allowed to do that? Walk into a Bundy protest with weapons and start shooting & claim self-defense?

27.08.2020 - 22:07 [ Christiaan Triebert / Twitter ]

At 23:19, Rittenhouse is seen in this YouTube livestream. He’s being chased into a parking lot. While he is being pursued, an unknown gunman fires the first shot into the air.

Rittenhouse turns toward the sound of the gunfire as another pursuer lunges toward him. He then fires four times with his assault rifle, and appears to shoot the man in the head.

The muzzle flash of the first shot by the unknown gunman and the smoke rising from the handgun can be seen in this video capturing the first shooting from a different angle.

27.08.2020 - 22:04 [ New York Tines ]

Tracking the Suspect in the Fatal Kenosha Shootings

Footage appears to show a teenager shooting three people during protests in Wisconsin. We tracked his movements that night.

26.08.2020 - 15:41 [ Tariq Nasheed / Twitter ]

After alleged mass shooter Kyle Rittenhouse shot several people in Kenosha, he casually walked towards police and gave them what appears to be a pre-planned hand signal. And the police didn’t lay a finger on him.

The police are working hand and hand with these terrorists groups

26.08.2020 - 15:24 [ Brendan Gutenschwager / Twitter ]

(Warning, Graphic/Violent) A crowd chases a suspected shooter down in Kenosha. He trips and falls, then turns with the gun and fires several times. Shots can be heard fired elsewhere as well, corroborating reports of multiple shooters tonight

#Kenosha #KenoshaRiots

30.06.2020 - 17:54 [ Benjamin Weinthal / Jerusalem Post ]

German intel says Iran ‚massively promotes antisemitism, Israel hatred‘

The domestic intelligence agency for the city-state of Berlin disclosed Thursday in a new report on antisemitism that Iran’s clerical regime is a leading sponsor of Jew-hatred.

23.06.2020 - 09:33 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Reading stabbings: terror suspect was on MI5 list

Questions remain over whether Saadallah should have been at large at the time of Saturday evening’s attack in a park in the Berkshire town after being released early from prison this month for minor, non-terrorist offences.

It has also emerged that Saadallah (pictured below), who it is understood had serious mental health problems, had come to the UK as an illegal immigrant in 2012 but was granted asylum in 2018.

17.06.2020 - 14:54 [ Washington Post ]

An officer was gunned down during protests. The killer was a ‘Boogaloo Boy’ using the peaceful marches as cover, feds say.

For a little over a week, the crime was a mystery. Was it tied to the protests just blocks away? Even after the suspected killer was dramatically caught in the nearby mountains eight days later, his motive was murky.

Now, federal authorities say the man, identified as Air Force Staff Sgt. Steven Carrillo, 32, was an adherent of the “Boogaloo Boys,” a growing online extremist movement that has sought to use peaceful protests against police brutality to spread fringe views and ignite a race war. Federal investigators allege that’s exactly what Carrillo was trying to do last month.

14.06.2020 - 08:15 [ WBSTV.com ]

LIVE UPDATES: Officer who shot Rayshard Brooks has been fired, police say

Atlanta Police Spokesman Carlos Campos confirmed to ABC News early Sunday morning that the officer who shot Brooks has been fired. The officer has been identified as Garrett Rolfe. The other officer, Devin Bronsan, has been placed on administrative duty.

10.06.2020 - 07:32 [ CBS News ]

George Floyd and Derek Chauvin „bumped heads“ while working at nightclub, former coworker says

The Floyd family says they believe what happened on May 25 was in part personal. Their lawyer has called for Chauvin to be charged with first-degree murder, „because we believe he knew who George Floyd was.“

„Is there any doubt in your mind that Derek Chauvin knew George Floyd?“ CBS News asked Pinney.

„No. He knew him,“ the coworker said.

08.06.2020 - 10:30 [ Fox News ]

Federal Protective Service officer killed, another injured in Oakland shooting amid George Floyd protests

(30.05.2020)

A Federal Protective Service (FPS) Officer was killed and another injured Friday in a shooting at a federal building in Oakland, Calif., amid protests and violence in the city over the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd.

„We have witnessed an outright assault on our law enforcement community last night in Oakland, California,“ Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said at a Saturday news conference. „An assassin cowardly shot two Federal Protective Service contractors as they stood watch over a protest.“

08.06.2020 - 10:08 [ SantaCruzSentinel.com ]

Man suspected of killing Sheriff’s deputy on active duty in Air Force

Police have not ruled out the possibility that others were involved.

08.06.2020 - 10:02 [ ABC7 News Bay Area / Youtube ]

32-year-old military police officer arrested on suspicion of killing Santa Cruz, California deputy

The ABC7 I-Team has new information about the suspect in the death of Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller. Here’s what we know about 32-year-old Steven Carrillo and why the FBI is investigating a possible link between the Santa Cruz and Oakland shootings.

06.06.2020 - 13:32 [ theGrayzone.com ]

FBI launches open attack on ‘foreign’ alternative media outlets challenging US foreign policy

The FBI’s first step toward intervening against dissenting views on social media took place in October 2017 with the creation of a Foreign Influence Task Force (FTIF) in the bureau’s Counterintelligence Division. Next, the FBI defined any effort by states designated by the Department of Defense as major adversaries (Russia, China, Iran and North Korea) to influence American public opinion as a threat to US national security.

In February 2020, the FBI defined that threat in much more specific terms and implied that it would act against any online media outlet that was found to fall within its ambit. At a conference on election security on February 24, David K. Porter, who identified himself as Assistant Section Chief of the Foreign Influence Task Force, defined what the FBI described as “malign foreign influence activity” as “actions by a foreign power to influence U.S. policy, distort political sentiment and public discourse.”

03.06.2020 - 20:46 [ Gothamist.com ]

The Mount Vernon Police Tapes: In Secretly Recorded Phone Calls, Officers Say Innocent People Were Framed

Bovell’s first batch of recordings landed in the lap of Thomas Drake, an investigator for the Westchester County District Attorney’s office, on February 19, 2019, according to a text message he sent Bovell. On March 4, 2019, Drake texted Bovell saying that he had listened to some of them. The whistleblower recalls being hopeful.

“I gave them that information, and I thought this is it. Something big, positive will happen,” Bovell said.

But nine months later, at a meeting with Bovell and his attorney, Joseph Murray, at the DA’s office, Drake told them that the probe had not moved forward because they had been expecting Bovell to send more recordings, according to both men.

Bovell gave them more recordings in February of this year, and they say they haven’t heard anything since.

29.05.2020 - 14:01 [ Jacob Frey, Mayor of Minneapolis / Twitter ]

If most people, particularly people of color, had done what a police officer did late Monday, they’d already be behind bars. That’s why today I’m calling on Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman to charge the arresting officer in this case.

(27.05.2020)

29.05.2020 - 13:58 [ CNN ]

The Minneapolis police officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck had 18 previous complaints against him, police department says

The former Minneapolis police officer seen in a video with his knee on George Floyd’s neck had 18 prior complaints filed against him with the Minneapolis Police Department’s Internal Affairs, according to the police department.
It’s unclear what the internal affairs complaints against the officer, Derek Chauvin, were for. MPD did not provide additional details.

29.05.2020 - 12:40 [ Courier-Journal.com ]

What we know about Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend and why charges against him were dropped

(22.05.2020)

The warrant, signed by Jefferson Circuit Judge Mary Shaw the day before police entered the home after midnight, had a „no-knock“ provision, meaning that police could enter Taylor’s house without first identifying themselves as law enforcement.

Police can seek a „no-knock“ entry if there is a reasonable suspicion that knocking would be dangerous, futile or inhibit the „effective investigation of the crime,“ LMPD’s policies state.

In this case, police have said it was necessary because „these drug traffickers have a history of attempting to destroy evidence, have cameras on the location that compromise detectives once an approach to the dwelling is made, and have a history of fleeing from law enforcement.“

29.05.2020 - 12:38 [ New York Times ]

F.B.I. to Investigate Shooting of Breonna Taylor by Louisville Police

(21.05.2020)

Louisville police officers fatally shot Breonna Taylor, 26, after midnight on March 13 at her home during a narcotics investigation. Officers knocked on the door several times and announced their presence, before forcing their way into the home, the Louisville police said. They were immediately met by gunfire, and Ms. Taylor’s boyfriend shot an officer in the leg, the police said.

29.05.2020 - 10:56 [ ]

Treatment of Memphis protester sparks calls for apology, change

Video of what happened to a young woman at the hands of a Memphis police officer quickly went viral after Wednesday night’s protest. And now city, county and state leaders are demanding action from Mayor Jim Strickland and a change in how Memphis police handle protests.

08.05.2020 - 12:15 [ Histoclips / Youtube ]

Der Reichstagsbrand und die Machtergreifung

In der Nacht vom 27. auf den 28. Februar 1933 brannte in Berlin der Deutsche Reichstag. Verantwortlich dafür gemacht wurde Marinus van der Lubbe, dessen Schuld aber bis heute nicht feststeht. Die Folgen des Brandes führten zum Ermächtigungsgesetz und schließlich zur Errichtung der Diktatur.

16.12.2019 - 21:32 [ William Webster / New York Times ]

I Headed the F.B.I. and C.I.A. There’s a Dire Threat to the Country I Love.

(today)

The privilege of being the only American in our history to serve as the director of both the F.B.I. and the C.I.A. gives me a unique perspective and a responsibility to speak out about a dire threat to the rule of law in the country I love. Order protects liberty, and liberty protects order. Today, the integrity of the institutions that protect our civil order is, tragically, under assault from too many people whose job it should be to protect them.

The rule of law is the bedrock of American democracy, the principle that protects every American from the abuse of monarchs, despots and tyrants. Every American should demand that our leaders put the rule of law above politics.

29.10.2019 - 05:53 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Goes After the Police for Seizing Advisers‘ Phones: This Is a Terror Attack on Democracy

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bashed the Israel Police Monday for confiscating the cellphones of his advisers as part of a probe into suspicions that they had harassed a state’s witness who provided testimony in one of the criminal cases against the premier.

Taking to Twitter to denounce the move, Netanyahu wrote that it was „a terror attack on Israeli democracy and the right to privacy that every citizen should enjoy.“

03.08.2019 - 11:57 [ LA Times ]

Gilroy Garlic Festival shooter killed himself, coroner says, contradicting police version of events

Legan was shot “multiple times,” Smithee said, falling to his knees and then to the ground — where “he was able to get a round off,” the chief said. The officers did not realize Legan had shot himself in the mouth with his rifle, Smithee said.

03.08.2019 - 11:55 [ Jerusalem Post ]

California festival shooter claimed to be of Iranian and Italian descent

(30.07.2019)

On Instagram, Legan had previously threatened the event, the Gilroy Garlic Festival. He had also posted antisemitic, racist and misogynous comments. Among others, he invited people to read „Might Is Right,“ an 1890 book advocating for Social Darwinism and claiming that Anglo-Saxons are a „superior race.“

02.08.2019 - 15:41 [ Bangkok Post ]

Chaos in capital as bombings stir worries

The internet was soon alight with rumours and speculation, which authorities moved quickly to dispel. For a start, they, said, no areas of the city had been closed.

As for the identity of the perpetrators, army chief Gen Apirat Kongsompong said the usual suspects were involved, without naming names.

09.06.2019 - 12:45 [ derStandard.at ]

Festgenommener im Fall des getöteten Kasseler Politikers freigelassen

Es handle es sich um einen jüngeren Mann, der in privater Beziehung zu dem 65-jährigen CDU-Politiker gestanden haben solle, berichtete die „FAZ“ unter Berufung auf Ermittlerkreise. Auf die Spur des Mannes sei die Polizei durch die umfangreiche Auswertung privater Daten des Getöteten gekommen. Dazu habe dem Vernehmen nach auch die Auswertung seines Mobiltelefons gehört, schrieb die „FAZ“ weiter.

08.06.2019 - 09:19 [ Presseportal.de ]

Polizeipräsident Uwe Jacob weist Vorwürfe zurück

(05.06.2019)

Als Polizeipräsident bin ich für die Sicherheit der Menschen in Köln mitverantwortlich und nehme diese Verantwortung sehr ernst. Wiederholt machen wir seit längerem deutlich, warum die Gegend um den Dom und den Hauptbahnhof in einem besonderen Fokus der Polizei steht. Deshalb reagieren wir mit der erforderlichen Konsequenz auf Situationen, die Menschen Angst machen und den Anschein erwecken, dass erhebliche Gefahren drohen. Nicht zuletzt, weil es auch darum geht, Gesundheit und Leben der eingesetzten Polizeibeamten zu schützen.

08.06.2019 - 09:16 [ Polizei NRW K ‏/ Twitter ]

#PolizeiNRW #Köln #Leverkusen :Aktuelle Info zur Situation am #Hauptbahnhof Köln: Wir kontrollieren verdächtige Männer in weißen Gewändern. Sie sollen laut Zeugenangaben im Laufschritt den Bahnhof betreten haben. Die Hintergründe sind noch unklar. Derzeit keine Gefahrensituation!

(04.06.2019)

21.05.2019 - 08:36 [ Zeit.de ]

Ex-Verfassungsschutzvize berät FPÖ-Innenminister Kickl

(07.03.2019)

Der ehemalige Staatssekretär im Bundesinnenministerium, Klaus-Dieter Fritsche, ist in die österreichische Politik gewechselt. Er berät als Pensionär Innenminister Herbert Kickl von der rechtskonservativen FPÖ, wie die Regierung dem NDR bestätigte. Fritsche hat demnach im Gebäude des Verfassungsschutzes in Wien ein Büro bezogen.

21.05.2019 - 08:34 [ BILD Politik / Twitter ]

*** BILDplus Inhalt *** Analyse von Hans-Georg Maaßen – „Die üblichen Verdächtigen sind nicht immer die Täter“ #Weltpolitik #Innenpolit

28.04.2019 - 09:00 [ New York Times ]

Errors Raise Questions About Sri Lankan Response to Bombing

But many officials and lawmakers have said, publicly and privately, that they doubted the president was unaware of the intelligence on an imminent threat.

In addition to being president, Mr. Sirisena also leads the Defense Ministry, which oversees the work of much of the intelligence agencies. The officials say it is impossible that he would not have been briefed on a memo about threats that others at much lower levels had heard about.

28.04.2019 - 08:56 [ FAZ_NET komplett / Twitter ]

Immer mehr Details über die Attentäter der Osteranschläge in #SriLanka kommen ans Licht. Offenbar kamen sie aus ganz unterschiedlichen Bevölkerungsschichten. Sri Lankas Präsident Sirisena vergleicht die Anschläge mit dem 11. September 2001.

(26.4.2019)

27.04.2019 - 12:27 [ business-standard.com ]

The massacre in Sri Lanka has opened doors for strongman Rajapaksa’s return

“The government from the very beginning wanted to keep the minority vote with them, so they didn’t take any action,” Rajapaksa said.

The violent attacks, the ensuing political uncertainty and an upsurge in nationalism is almost certainly going to strengthen the Rajapaksa family, according to Alan Keenan, a London-based senior Sri Lanka analyst for the International Crisis Group who has lived on and off in the country for nearly two decades.

27.04.2019 - 12:22 [ Washington Post ]

Sri Lanka’s president says intelligence lapse allowed Easter bombings to take place

(26. April 2019)

A police spokesman said Friday that police forces had raided a house in Sammanthurai, a town on the east coast, and that after a gun battle they seized an Islamic State flag, explosives and clothes they said may have belonged to some of the Easter suicide attackers. It was not immediately clear who had been inside the house or whether any occupant had been killed. Police said the clothes matched those worn in a video that the attackers posted online before the bombings.

27.04.2019 - 12:15 [ thehindubusinessline.com ]

Lanka PM Wickremesinghe, President Sirisena at loggerheads over war crime probes

(7. März 2019)

It said the government will seek an extension of the timeline of the UHRC resolution 30/1 of October 01, 2015, through a co-sponsored roll-over resolution at the ongoing 40th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

The statement stands in contrast with President Sirisena’s comments on Wednesday that he would send his own team to the UNHRC session later this month to seek a reprieve. He said the UN must allow Sri Lanka to resolve its own issues without digging into past.

27.04.2019 - 12:12 [ Asia Times ]

How Sri Lanka wards off war crimes investigators

(6. März 2019)

However, at the 30th session, the UNHRC relaxed its call for an international inquiry by opting for a hybrid court that included both international and local judges and prosecutors to conduct the probe into war crimes. At the UNHRC’s 34th Session in March 2017, the Sri Lankan government was allowed by way of Resolution 34/1 a period of two years to meet the requirements outlined in the 30/1 Resolution.

27.04.2019 - 12:09 [ Groundviews.org ]

War Crimes in Sri Lanka: Stain or slander?

(16. September 2018)

This debate has been in progress since Lanka was granted independence by the British in 1948. It involves the disfranchisement of plantation Tamils in 1948, the passing of the Official Language Bill (better known as the Sinhala Only Bill) in 1956, the 1958 riots against the Tamil community and those in 1977, the two insurrections by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (Peoples Liberation Front – JVP) which were brutally suppressed, and the 1972 and 1977 constitutions, both of which stated that Sri Lanka is a Sinhala Buddhist country. These are matters which the country’s elite have consistently downplayed.

1983 was a pivotal year in the history of post-independence Sri Lanka. It was in July of that year a pogrom against Tamils in the south and east of Sri Lanka was instigated. Their possessions and business were looted, their houses burnt, many women were raped and probably 2,000 people were killed. This resulted in an exodus of around 100,000 Tamils from the south. It is not surprising that the civil war began in earnest in its bloody aftermath. It ended only with the complete victory of the Lankan state and the annihilation of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) twenty-six years later. During the conduct of the long civil war there were countless human rights violations by both sides, with the civilian population being caught in the middle. The conduct of the last phase of the war, known as Eelam War IV,[3] came under particular scrutiny by the international community. It is this scrutiny that has angered that section of the Sinhala community that refuses to admit any fault on their own side.

27.04.2019 - 11:55 [ theHindu.com ]

Sri Lanka says ’no‘ to foreign judges in war crimes probe

(5. März 2017)

Mr. Sirisena himself addressing troops in the northern Jaffna peninsula on Sunday said he would not subject the Sri Lankan military personnel to any probe.

“I have clearly said that I am not prepared to serve charge sheets to our soldiers or to have foreign judges to try our security forces,” Mr. Sirisena said.

“It is my duty to protect the troops,” he said.

27.04.2019 - 11:53 [ sbs.com.au ]

Sri Lanka must have foreign judges in war crime investigation: HRW

(17. Februar 2017)

Sri Lanka must employ international judges and prosecutors to ensure accountability during trials of those responsible for alleged war crimes against mostly Tamils, Human Rights Watch Australia’s director Elaine Pearson told SBS News.

Ms Pearson’s call, which echoes a recommendation in a 2015 UN Human Rights Council report of the OHCHR investigation of Sri Lanka, comes as Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesingh this week visited Canberra.

27.04.2019 - 11:42 [ UN.org ]

UN urges creation of special court in Sri Lanka after new report confirms ‘horrific’ abuses

(16. September 2015)

Among the most serious crimes documented in the report are numerous unlawful killings, sexual and gender-based violence, enforced disappearances, torture, child recruitment, attacks on civilians, denial of humanitarian assistance, and violation of the rights of internally displaced persons in closed camps.

The report also documents “years of denials and cover-ups, failure to carry out prompt investigations, stalled investigations and reprisals against the family members of victims and others who have pushed for justice,” states the news release issued by the UN human rights office (OHCHR).

27.04.2019 - 11:35 [ Deutsche Welle ]

UN calls for special Sri Lanka war crimes tribunal

(16. September 2015)

In May 2009, the army recaptured the last area controlled by the LTTE, putting an end to a war that claimed the lives of up to 100,000 people, according to the UN. Nearly 40,000 of them are believed to have been killed in the last five months of the conflict.

Although the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) paper names no suspects, stating it was a „human rights investigation, not a criminal investigation,“ it does say that Tamil politicians, humanitarian workers, journalists and ordinary civilians were among the alleged victims of Sri Lankan security forces and associated paramilitaries.

27.04.2019 - 10:58 [ Greg Barton ‏/ Twitter ]

“Pres Sirisena said on Fri that top defense & police chiefs had not shared information with him about the impending attacks. He blamed PM Wickremesinghe’s gov for weakening the intelligence system by focusing on prosecution of military officers over alleged war crimes during…”

27.04.2019 - 10:55 [ Reuters ]

Fifteen dead in Sri Lanka after overnight gun battle with suspected Islamist militants

He blamed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s government for weakening the intelligence system by focusing on prosecution of military officers over alleged war crimes during a decades-long civil war with Tamil separatists that ended in 2009.

26.04.2019 - 22:31 [ theGuardian.com ]

Sri Lanka attacks: US activist wrongly identified as Sri Lankan bombing suspect

Among those listed was a woman identified as Abdul Cader Fathima Khadhiya, accompanied by a photo of a woman in a headscarf purported to be the individual wanted for questioning.

But the photo in fact showed Amara Majeed, an American Muslim whose parents are Sri Lankan immigrants and who wrote an open letter to President Donald Trump in 2015 about his rhetoric on Muslims.

26.04.2019 - 21:17 [ Reuters ]

Exclusive: Sri Lankan ex-defense chief Gotabaya says he will run for president, tackle radical Islam

Sri Lanka’s former wartime defense chief, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, said on Friday he would run for president in elections this year and would stop the spread of Islamist extremism by rebuilding the intelligence service and surveilling citizens.

26.04.2019 - 21:01 [ Bloomberg ]

Sri Lanka’s Ex-Defense Secretary Rips ‘Pure Ignorance’ of Leaders After Bombs

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, the country’s former defense secretary who helped end a brutal 26-year civil war in 2009, said in a phone interview with Bloomberg late Tuesday that voters are looking for a leader more like him in a presidential election that must be held this year.

23.04.2019 - 06:59 [ New York Times ]

‘These Attacks Could Target Catholic Churches’: The Warning That Sri Lankan Officials Failed to Heed

„Foreign intelligence has informed that Mohammed Cassim Mohamed Zaharan alias Zaharan Hashmi the leader of the National Thowheeth Jama’ath and his followers are planning suicide attacks in this country.“

23.04.2019 - 06:52 [ CNN ]

Could the Sri Lanka bombings have been stopped?

Intelligence services in India and the US told Sri Lanka of the threat in early April, officials said. One memo compiled by Sri Lankan security officials was so specific that it even gave a list of suspects. In the runup to the holiest day in the Christian calendar, the warnings seemed to increase in frequency and urgency.

But none made any difference.

23.04.2019 - 06:50 [ BBC ]

Sri Lanka attacks: Authorities face scrutiny over advance warnings

He said information passed to police included a warning from a foreign intelligence agency about possible attacks by the group, as well as names of members.

US media quote Sri Lankan officials as saying both Indian and US intelligence had warned the country about a threat in early April.

It was not clear on Monday whether Mr Sirisena had been made aware of the warnings.

23.04.2019 - 06:46 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Sri Lanka’s social media ban enters second day as authorities try to block ‚mischievous attempts to spread rumours‘ in wake of bombings

Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, YouTube, Viber, Snapchat and Facebook Messenger were all shut down in Sri Lanka after Sunday’s co-ordinated attacks.

22.04.2019 - 23:38 [ Reuters ]

Sri Lanka imposes emergency, says international network involved in attacks

The emergency law, which gives police and the military extensive powers to detain and interrogate suspects without court orders, would go into effect at midnight local time, the president’s office said.

22.04.2019 - 19:56 [ Express.co.uk ]

Sri Lanka could be hit by more explosions as US warns terrorists might strike AGAIN

The US State Department warned: “Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Sri Lanka. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, and other public areas.”

22.04.2019 - 19:53 [ Firstpost ‏/ Twitter ]

#SriLankaBlasts | Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe also acknowledged that there was prior information, but he was not informed about it.

22.04.2019 - 19:35 [ Frank Sarfeld, Award-Winning Communicator / Twitter ]

Klartext: „Mitglieder der #AfD sind in vielen Fällen Handlanger #russischer #Propaganda und der dortigen #Nachrichtendienste. Ihre Kontakte u.Beteiligungen an Aktionen muss Gegenstand der Überwachung unseres #BND sein”-@PatrickSensburg @cducsubt @dneuerer

22.04.2019 - 19:30 [ Washington Post ]

Official: Sri Lanka failed to heed warnings of attacks

International intelligence agencies warned of the attacks several times starting April 4, Senaratne said. On April 9, the defense ministry wrote to the police chief with intelligence that included the group’s name, he said. On April 11, police wrote to the heads of security of the judiciary and diplomatic security division, Senaratne said.

It was not immediately clear what action, if any, was taken in response.

22.04.2019 - 19:28 [ theGuardian.com ]

Sri Lanka authorities were warned of attacks two weeks ago, says minister

National Thowheeth Jama’ath is a newly formed group in Sri Lanka and a strong proponent of the global jihadist movement. It is known for being a virulently anti-Buddhist and has been linked to the vandalisation of Buddhist statues. Four of its members were arrested in January.

22.04.2019 - 19:19 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Is this the mastermind of Sri Lanka terrorist attacks? Suicide bombers were inspired by ISIS, say US intelligence agencies, as local media points the finger at radical Islamic cleric

The Soufan Center, a New York based group that monitors global security threats, said the Sri Lanka bombings bore all the ‚hallmarks‘ of ‚attacks by other Salafi-jihadist groups, particularly those where local groups receive foreign support.‘ (…)

It comes after Sri Lanka’s police chief issued a warning on April 11, saying a ‚foreign intelligence agency‘ had reported NTJ was planning attacks on churches and the Indian high commission.

22.04.2019 - 13:04 [ Julia Carrie Wong, Kari Paul / theGuardian.com ]

Sri Lanka’s social media blackout reflects sense that online dangers outweigh benefits

The Sri Lankan government’s decision to block all social media sites in the wake of Sunday’s deadly attacks is emblematic of just how much US-based technology companies’ failure to rein in misinformation, extremism and incitement to violence has come to outweigh the claimed benefits of social media.

22.04.2019 - 11:44 [ Harin Fernando, Minister of Telecommunications, Foreign Employment & Sports, Sri Lanka / Twitter ]

Some intelligence officers were aware of this incidence. Therefore there was a delay in action. What my father heard was also from an intelligence officer. Serious action need to be taken as to why this warning was ignored. I was in Badulla last night

22.04.2019 - 11:39 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Could the bombings in Sri Lanka have been prevented? Government minister says ‚intelligence officers were aware‘ of the possible suicide attacks 10 DAYS AGO but failed to warn police

– Bombings of churches, luxury hotels and other sites could have been prevented
– Sri Lanka officials said that ‚intelligence officers were aware‘ of possible attack
– Documents dated for April 11 were shared on Twitter by a Sri Lanka minister
– He said his father had heard of the possibility of an attack as well and had warned him not to enter popular churches
– Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardena said 13 suspects have been arrested.
– The death toll has risen overnight to 290 dead with more than 500 wounded

15.03.2019 - 19:42 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Denies Sex Tape After Iranians Hack Phone, Says There’s No Threat of Extortion

In special press conference, main Netanyahu rival calls the story ‚a political spin,‘ said no compromising data was found in phone ■ Likud petitions election committee not to allow live broadcast for fear of electioneering

15.03.2019 - 09:55 [ Alexandra Allio De Corato ‏/ Twitter ]

Israel says Iran hacked phone of ex-general Gantz whose party leads in the polls ahead of Israeli election