Reader’s Links for July 7, 2020

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97 Replies to “Reader’s Links for July 7, 2020”

  1. if you want to avoid sad news, refrain from looking at the numbers of people shot this. past holday weekend. Is it possible that instead of crashing cars, violent people stayed home to shoot? Were car cras hes down?

  2. 5. Highway robbers may be crucified or alternate hand and foot cut off”. Qur’an 5:33

    Black Lives Matter idiots should read the Qur’an and get a sense of who they are cozying up to.

  3. Explosion Outside Tehran Kills Two, Damages Factory, Iranian Media Says (sputniknews, Jul 7, 2020)

    “The explosion follows a string of similar incidents across the country in recent days, including a gas explosion at a Tehran clinic on June 30 which killed at least 19 people, an explosion at a nuclear enrichment facility in central Iran on July 2, and a fire at a power station in southwestern Iran on July 4.

    An explosion rocked a factory outside Tehran early Tuesday morning, with two people killed and three others injured, Iran’s Islamic Republic News Agency has reported.

    The blast was said to have taken place at the Oxijen plant in Baqershahr, and industrial zone about 23 km south of Iran’s capital, with local administrator Amin Babaei saying the explosion was caused by “workers being negligent whilst filling oxygen tanks.”

    “The explosion…was so powerful that the walls of the Saipapress factory nearby were also totally destroyed,” Babaei added.

    The blast reportedly took place just after 3 am local time, with firefighters arriving on the scene shortly after the fire began, preventing it from spreading to nearby factories.

    Also on Tuesday, authorities in Ahvaz, southwestern Iran reported that a gas explosion had taken place in a sewing workshop, with five women injured and taken to hospital. The explosion followed a blast in a residential area of Ahvaz last week which injured two.

    String of Blasts Across Iran
    The pair of incidents are the latest in a string of blasts across the country in recent days.

    On July 4, a fire broke out at a power plant in Ahvaz, resulting in temporary partial power outages in the city. The same day, a chlorine gas leak took place at the Karoon petrochemicals plant near the port of Bandar Imam Khomeini, 60 km south of Ahvaz. 70 people were treated for chlorine inhalation following that incident.

    On July 2, an explosion caused a major fire at the Natanz uranium-enrichment plant in central Iran, with media speculating that the incident was a deliberate act of sabotage.

    Before that, on June 30, a gas explosion took place at a medical clinic in northern Tehran, killing at least 19 people.

    On June 25, a major gas storage facility went up in flames outside Tehran near a military facility. No casualties were reported in that blast.”

  4. Long-Term Goal Behind Kuwait’s Expat Bill Is Kuwaitisation of its Population – Former Indian Envoy (sputniknews, Jul 7, 2020)—former-indian-envoy/

    “The pandemic has ravaged economies across globe. The Gulf states, which are also bogged down by the economic impact of low oil prices, is the second-largest migration corridor for India in the world. With Kuwait’s expat bill set to cap foreign population in the country, is an anti-expat narrative in the offing in the Gulf?

    Kuwait’s National Assembly on Monday approved an expat quota bill to cap the foreign population in the country at 65 percent instead of 70 percent; the bill stipulates that the Indian population in the Gulf nation shall not exceed 15 percent.

    Talking about the policy, which has the potential to jeopardise the livelihood of nearly 800,000 Indians residing in Kuwait, Zikr-ur-Rahman, former Indian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, tells Sputnik that though the decision has been induced by the pandemic at the moment, the long term goal of the policy is the ‘kuwaitisation’ of the population in the nation.

    “The idea is that the Kuwaitis should be in the majority. They should not be less than what they are today – 30 percent. Whether they succeed or not we will come to know only after 5-10 years,” the former ambassador said, adding that the bill will first target the illegal migrants in the country rather than the bonafide ones.

    The Indian community constitutes the largest expatriate force in Kuwait, at 1.45 million out of total foreign population of 3 million. The country’s total population is 4.3 million.

    Larger Implication in the Gulf Region
    As many of the people brought back to India under the country’s repatriation scheme are from the Gulf region, the question arises whether more Gulf countries are likely to enact a similar policy in response to declining oil production and the cost of energy, which is upsetting the economy in the region and costing jobs.

    Speaking on this, Rehman said he doesn’t foresee it because such legislation has been enacted in the past in Gulf countries from time to time. Nevertheless, he did not rule out the possibility of Gulf countries curbing the number of those illegally residing in the country in the future.

    “This legislation has been brought by a number of countries from time to time in the past. It is called Saudisation (Saudi Arabia) or Omanisation (Oman). These countries need skilled people and Indians are known to deliver. However, the illegal population has posed a major challenge to these countries, especially while containing the pandemic.”

    According to the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, out of nearly 31 million non-resident Indians (NRIs), an estimated 8.5 million are working in the Persian Gulf. Also, Indians account for 30 percent of the expatriate workforce in the Gulf region.

    Rehman pointed out that if the Gulf countries start deporting Indian nationals who make up a major workforce in the region, the infrastructure in those countries would collapse.

    Blue Collar Jobs to Be Hit
    India’s Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla has also responded to Kuwait’s new bill targeting foreign nationals in the country. He mentioned that although a lot of Indian citizens have already been returning to India due to the shutting down of industries that supported the economy in Kuwait, he believed it was “a temporary phenomenon”.

    “We do see this as a temporary phenomenon as the price of petroleum is gradually going up; demand for energy is increasing, therefore, they will once again require the expertise that our expatriate community is providing.”
    The minister stated that Kuwait’s policy applies more to the blue collar workers such as welders and masons and added that these are the people whom the government will re-train and re-skill to put them in areas where such skills are required.

    The major impact of Kuwait’s policy will be seen on the blue collar workers in the region, as there has already been a drop in the number of people migrating to Gulf region for such jobs.

    In the Indian state of Kerala, where the economy is powered by remittances from abroad as it generates among the most migrants of any state in India, has seen a 90 percent drop in the number of people migrating to the Gulf region for blue-collar jobs.

    However, despite the drop in Indian migration to the region, remittances from the Gulf grew by over 14 percent in 2018 to $78.6 billion. This was largely due to labourers climbing the social ladder and raising in the number of higher-income white-collar professionals.

    Similarly, Saudi Arabia, home to 3.2 million Indians who are mostly employed in blue collar jobs, in 2018 barred foreign nationals from engaging in 12 occupations to save these jobs for its nationals.

    India features as the world’s top recipient of remittances, a bulk of which comes from Gulf nations such as Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Indians working abroad sent nearly $83 billion back home in 2019 and the World Bank has predicted that these remittances are likely to decline by 23 percent due to COVID-19.”

  5. Houthis Say Saudi Coalition Launched Over 60 Airstrikes on Yemeni Land in Past 24 Hours (sputniknews, Jul 7, 2020)

    “The Saudi-led coalition has carried out over 60 intensive airstrikes on the positions of the Shia rebel Houthi movement in four western Yemeni provinces over the past 24 hours, the Houthi-controlled Al Masirah broadcaster reported.

    The coalition’s air force hit the province of Marib with 52 airstrikes, the broadcaster reported. Out of the total, 41 air raids were launched on the districts of Majzar and Medghal in Marib’s northwest, and nine — on the district of Al Abdiyah in its south, the movement said.

    According to the Houthi rebels, the Arab coalition also conducted two air raids on Marib’s district of Sirwah.

    Two Yemeni provinces that share border with Saudi Arabia – Al Jawf and Saada – were subjected to at least five airstrikes, the movement added.

    Meanwhile, the province of Al Bayda was hit by four airstrikes on the northern district of Nateh in its north, according to the group.

    Since Sunday, intensive clashes have been taking place between the group and armed forces loyal to the Yemeni government in the western province of Al Hudaydah. At least five Houthis were killed and dozens injured.

    Yemen has been engulfed in an armed conflict between the government forces, led by President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi, and the Houthi rebels for several years now. The Arab alliance led by Saudi Arabia has been carrying out airstrikes against the Houthis at Hadi’s request since March 2015.”

  6. CBC – No COVID-19 cases in B.C. linked to Black Lives Matter protests

    B.C. health officials say no COVID-19 cases in B.C. have links to last month’s Black Lives Matter protests.

    • Group of ‘100 people’ destroy statue of former Ethiopian leader Haile Selassie in Wimbledon park

      A mob of up to 100 people have torn down a statue of Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie in South London.

      The statue, which stood in Cannizaro Park, Wimbledon, was pulled down on Tuesday, June 30 at around 5pm.

      It is believed to be connected to recent unrest in Ethiopia stemming from the killing of beloved singer Hachalu Hundessa.

      Hundessa sung about the rights of the East African country’s Oromo ethnic group and was a prominent figure within the 2018 anti-government protests.

      According to the Met Police, no arrests have been made but investigations are underway.[…]


      Immigrant ARRESTED in connection of vandalizing Haile Selassie statue in London!

      • I rather doubt that they would have destroyed a Statue of the Marxist Butcher Mengistu.
        I’m sorry to have to say this, but the old Celtic tried and tested Method should be applied here;
        “Never forgive your (ideological) Enemy, because a Enemy forgiven is a Enemy that will have to be fought over and over again and if you want to survive and live in peace. You HAVE to Destroy them.”

  7. Live Coronavirus latest news: Five million people locked down for six weeks as cases surge in Melbourne (telegraph, Jul 7, 2020)

    “More than five million residents of Melbourne will be locked down for six weeks after Covid-19 cases surged in Australia’s second-biggest city, authorities announced today….

    French bus driver attacked over face mask stance is declared brain dead

    A bus driver in France was declared brain dead on Monday after being attacked for refusing to let passengers on board without face masks, in line with rules imposed to combat coronavirus.

    A police source in Bayonne, near the ritzy Atlantic resort of Biarritz in south-western France, said five people were now in custody over the incident on Sunday evening.

    The source said the driver, in his fifties, tried to prevent a man who was not wearing a face mask from boarding the bus with his dog.

    The driver also asked four other passengers, who had already mounted the bus without masks, to get off…”

  8. ‘Racist Drivel’: Conservative MP Cancels His BBC Licence over Racism Against White Women (breitbart, Jul 7, 2020)

    “Conservative MP Ben Bradley said that he has cancelled his BBC licence in reaction to a recent podcast on “white privilege” and “Karens”, which he described as racist towards white women.

    In a promotional clip for BBC Sound’s No Country for Young Women podcast, the presenter, British Pakistani comedian Sadia Azmat, asked her two guests — both white women — ‘Chicken Shop Date’ Youtuber Amelia Dimoldenberg and feminist historian Dr Charlotte Riley from Southampton University: “How can white women not be Karens?”

    Dimoldenberg replied: “Don’t be so loud. Stop shouting and stop attacking black voices. Instead, you should be uplifting them,”

    Dr Riley added: “Get out of the way, basically.”

    In response to the clip, the Member of Parliament for Mansfield Ben Bradley said: “BBC spending £100m on diversity and this junk (which honestly is racist! Would not be acceptable the other way around!) whilst at the same time ditching regional news in order to save £25m.”

    “Absolute joke. Cancelling my TV license [sic]. I don’t need to pay for this,” he declared.

    The BBC deleted the clip from social media, and said that it was not featured in the podcast itself, with a spokesman saying: “The episode itself is an in-depth and broad discussion on racism, class, feminism and stereotypes.”

    In the podcast, Dr Charlotte Riley admitted that she is a radical feminist, saying: “I want my feminism to be like violent and radical.”

    “If I’m gonna be a feminist I want it to be revolutionary and I want it to be inclusive of trans people then I want it to be inclusive of people of colour and I wanted to think about class and you know, I know I don’t want, like, a tote bag with feminists on it, although I do have, like, always have loads of tote bags with ‘feminist’ on it, obviously,” Dr Riley went on.

    The conversation on so-called ‘Karens’ — the meme of middle-aged white women who demand to “speak to the manager” — went into how white women use their “privilege” to power over minorities, giving the example of the white woman who called the cops on a black man in Central Park in May….”

  9. Dutch police arrest 6 men, uncover makeshift torture chamber (abcnews, Jul 7, 2020)

    “Dutch police arrested six men after discovering sea containers that had been converted into a makeshift prison and sound-proofed “torture chamber” complete with a dentist’s chair, tools including pliers and scalpels and handcuffs, a high ranking officer announced Tuesday.

    Authorities said police conducted the raid before the torture chamber could be used and alerted potential victims, who went into hiding.

    The grisly discovery was made last month by officers investigating leads generated by data from encrypted phones used by criminals that were cracked recently by French police. Detectives in Britain and the Netherlands have already arrested hundreds of suspects based on the encrypted messages.

    Tuesday’s announcement gave a chilling insight into the increasingly violent Dutch criminal underworld, which is involved in the large scale production and trafficking of drugs.

    Dutch police said last week that their investigations, code-named 26Lemont, based on millions of messages from the EncroChat phones, had led to the arrest of more than 100 suspects and seizure of more than 8,000 kilograms (17,600 pounds) of cocaine and 1,200 kilograms (2,600 pounds) of crystal meth as well as the dismantling of 19 synthetic drugs labs and seizure of dozens of firearms.

    On June 22, Dutch national police force officers arrested six men on suspicion of crimes including preparing kidnappings and serious assault. Detectives also discovered the seven converted sea containers in a warehouse in Wouwse Plantage, a small village in the southwestern Netherlands, close to the border with Belgium, according to a statement released Tuesday.

    They were tipped off by messages from an EncroChat phone including photos of the container and dentist’s chair with belts attached to the arm and foot supports. The messages called the warehouse the “treatment room” and the “ebi,” a reference to a top security Dutch prison. The messages also reaveled identities of potential victims, who were warned and went into hiding, police said.

    Video released by the police showed a heavily armed arrest team blasting open a door at the warehouse and discovering the improvised prison. Another armed team detained a suspect in Rotterdam.

    “Six of the containers were intended as cells in which people could be tied up and one container was intended as a torture chamber,” Andy Kraag, head of the police’s National Investigation Service, said in a video released by police, adding that the police operation “prevented a number of violent crimes.”

    A search of the containers uncovered bags containing tools including hedge cutters, scalpels and pliers. The tools “were likely intended to torture victims or at least put them under pressure,” the police statement said.

    In searches of other properties, including what police described as a base for the criminals near the port city of Rotterdam, officers found police uniforms and body armor, stolen vehicles, 25 firearms and drugs.

    A court in Amsterdam ordered the six suspects held for 90 days as investigations continue.

    “This is a great result of the 26Lemont investigation,” Kraag said. “And, take it from me, many more results will follow.””

  10. Suicide bombing, attack in Afghanistan kill 7 policemen (abcnews, Jul 7, 2020)

    “A suicide car bomber targeted an Afghan police convoy in eastern Nangarhar province on Tuesday morning, killing four officers, including a police commander, a local official said. Three other officers were killed in an attack in the country’s south.

    The suicide bombing, which struck at a market in the district of Khewa, also wounded 11 people — nine civilians and two members of the security forces, according to Attahullah Khogyani, the spokesman for the provincial governor.

    He identified the slain commander as Mir Zaman; the other three officers were Zaman’s bodyguards.

    No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but both the Taliban and the Islamic State group are active in eastern Afghanistan, especially in Nangarhar.

    Afghanistan has seen a recent spike in violence, with most attacks claimed by the local IS affiliate…”

  11. Turkey raids ship carrying 276 migrants; 8 smugglers held (abcnews, Jul 7, 2020)

    “Turkish authorities on Tuesday foiled an attempt to smuggle 276 migrants to Europe on board a ship, and detained eight suspected smugglers, Turkey’s state-run news agency reported.

    Acting on a tipoff, police and coast guard teams carried out an operation on the ship that docked near the coast of Narlidere, close to the Aegean coastal city of Izmir, Anadolu Agency reported. The boat was preparing to sail with the 276 migrants, including 46 women and 59 children, on board.

    The migrants were from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Syria, Somalia and Iran, the report said.

    It wasn’t immediately known where the ship’s destination was. But Turkey, which hosts about 3.7 million Syrian refugees, is a main crossing point for migrants trying to reach Europe via Greek islands across from Turkey’s Aegean coast. Others also try to sneak into Greece across a river along the border.

    Tuesday’s incident comes as a search mission is underway in eastern Turkey for the wreck of a boat that sank in a lake on June 27, with dozens of migrants believed trapped inside.

    So far, authorities have recovered 11 bodies. Five suspected smugglers have been detained in connection with the tragedy.”

  12. UN Investigator Rules US Killing of Soleimani ‘Unlawful’, Implies That It Constitutes ‘Act of War’ (sputniknews, Jul 7, 2020)

    “Last week, Iranian authorities issued an arrest warrant against US President Donald Trump and 35 other persons over the drone strike assassination of Revolutionary Guards Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad on January 3. Interpol indicated that it would not honour any Iranian extradition request over the Soleimani case.

    The January killing of Qasem Soleimani was illegal, and the US has failed to provide the international community with sufficient evidence regarding any imminent threat to its security supposedly posed by the Iranian commander, Agnes Callamard, UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary executions has concluded.

    In a report, Callamard found that Soleimani’s killing was “the first known incident in which a State invoked self-defence as a justification for an attack against the State-actor, in the territory of another state, thus implicating the prohibition on the use of force in Article 2(4) of the UN Charter.”

    The rapporteur determined that Soleimani’s assassination was “directed not only at Iran but also Iraq,” and by killing him on the country’s soil without first receiving Baghdad’s consent meant that the US had “violated” the nation’s territorial integrity.

    Furthermore, suggesting that the justifications presented by the US for the general’s killing, and those presented by Iran in its retaliatory missile strikes on US bases in Iraq, were unlawful, Callamard warned that these actions weakened the legal justifications for military action.

    “Were the blurring of these lines to be allowed, States could support the legality of their acts by cherry-picking justifications from different legal spheres…The application of a ‘first shot’ theory to the targeted killing of a State actor translates into the real legal possibility that ALL soldiers, anywhere in the world, could constitute a legal target,” she warned.
    According to Callamard, the technological capabilities of modern drones, combined with the logic used by the United States with its ‘war on terror’ approach to conflict over the past two decades, highlight “the real risks that the expansion of the ‘war on terror’ doctrine poses to international peace.”

    “In other words, the targeted killing of General Soleimani, coming in the wake of 20 years of distortions of international law, and repeated massive violations of humanitarian law, is not just a slippery slope. It is a cliff,” she wrote.

    The rapporteur stressed that Soleimani and the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces commander killed with him had a military status, were not killed in a setting of an armed conflict, and were thus “unlawful” targets. “It is hard to imagine that a similar strike against a Western military leader would not be considered as an act of war, potentially leading to intense action, political, military and otherwise, against the State launching the strike,” she noted.

    Ultimately, Callamard argues that Soleimani’s assassination raises at least three issues “which are difficult if not impossible to reconcile with the aforementioned standards guiding the use of force,” including “i) the planning inherent to a drone strike indicating premeditation and the absence of considering alternative options (except calling off the strike); ii) the absence of evidence that the target presented an imminent or even actual threat to life…iii) the killing of 9 other persons in addition to that of General Soleimani, who individually have not been identified and assessed as presenting imminent threats. Five of these were civilians of Iraq, a US partner.”

    In the rapporteur’s determination, Soleimani’s assassination is thus considered an “arbitrary killing” by the US.

    Callamard is expected to present her findings to the Human Rights Council on Thursday, with the body then expected to debate what action to pursue in light of the information.

    The United States quit the UN body in 2018, citing the agency’s “chronic bias against Israel.” Last month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lashed out at the HRC as a “haven for dictators and the democracies that indulge them” after the body moved to investigate allegations of systemic racism and discrimination against black people around the world, including the United States, in the wake of the George Floyd protests.

    ranian authorities approved a measure to ask Interpol to put US President Donald Trump on its international red notice of wanted persons over Soleimani’s killing. However, an Interpol spokesperson said the agency would not agree to any Iranian request if one was made, citing a prohibition for undertaking “any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character.”

    Soleimani was killed at Baghdad’s international airport on January 3 by a missile launched by a US drone, with senior Iraqi Shia militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis killed alongside him. The assassination led to a serious escalation of tensions between Washington and Tehran, and on January 8 Iran rained missiles down on two US bases in Iraq, causing traumatic brain injuries to more than 100 US troops.”

  13. DAILY MAIL Donald Trump was a victim of ‘child abuse’ at the hands of his father, who ’caused him terror that would scar him for life’, President’s niece will claim in her explosive memoir about her family

    Donald Trump suffered ‘child abuse’ at the hands of his father Fred Trump Sr, the President’s niece Mary Trump will claim in her explosive memoir
    She will write that ‘love meant nothing’ to Fred Sr and he only wanted obedience which Donald was forced to give him
    The book claims Fred Sr ’caused [Donald] terror’ and he ‘suffered deprivations that would scar him for life’
    Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man is now being released two weeks early
    It will now come out on July 14 instead of July 28 due to ‘high demand and extraordinary interest’ which has pushed it to No. 1 on the Amazon best seller list
    The memoir is the subject of a legal dispute between Mary and the Trump family
    A hearing is scheduled for Thursday before a judge in Dutchess County, north of New York

  14. Henry Ford Study Shows Hydroxychloroquine Treatment Lowers COVID-19 Death Rate

    Henry Ford Health System Chief Academic Officer and neurosurgeon Dr. Steven Kalkanis discusses the new Henry Ford study that found hydroxychloroquine lowered the mortality rate in hospitalized COVID-19 patients when treated early.

  15. Dressed the part, ‘Panther’ group came straight from central casting

    It’s hard to stand out when you are in a sea of thousands of frustrated, sign-waving protesters. But in marches and demonstrations over the past week in Atlanta, Decatur and even Cumming, a small knot of charismatic young people kept getting photographed.

    They said they were Black Panthers, and they looked the part with all-black attire and black berets adorned with a cat-head patch. Their leader was a tall, thin black woman armed with an assault rifle and a determined look. Photos of the group popped up in local news outlets, including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, but also in the British tabloid press.

    “Armed female Black Panther leads her comrades including a white recruit on a march through Georgia,” The Daily Mail wrote in an online story about the June 3 demonstration Decatur. The story featured several dramatic photos and embedded Instagram posts.It is easy to see why the group attracted attention. In a moment of fury over police shootings of black people, the group was perfectly cast. Maybe too perfect.

    Within a few days, an activist on Twitter sussed out that the group was comprised of models and actors from Atlanta’s film and entertainment industries. A Twitter user who goes by Wolf The Red identified them from their Instagram accounts where he found the group modeling haute couture or publicizing their film credits, but “zero prior demonstrations. No posts with guns. No calls to action.”

    The AJC reached out to members of the group, including Whitney Oni, the striking woman who drew so much attention. Oni, an Atlanta-based graphic designer and model, said the recent protests were not her first time taking to the streets.

    “I started back with the Trayvon Martin case,” she said, referring to the 2012 shooting death of the Florida teenager by a neighborhood watch coordinator in a gated community.

    After the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers last month, Oni said she believed it was “important to use my voice.”

    And to dress the part.

    “The outfits? We just pulled inspiration from (the Black Panthers),” she said. “It was mostly black and leather — pleather. Some of us are vegans, vegetarians.”

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  16. The Marxist/Leninists/Nazis are having Germany in a iron grip again it seems.
    Controversial professor Homburg: Uni Hannover announces new vacancy
    In the Corona crisis, Stefan Homburg caused a lot of criticism through his comparison with the beginning of Nazi rule in 1933.
    Leading Figures at Leibniz University in Hanover were not happy with the role of the economist.
    Now the position is advertised again.
    Why remains unclear for now.
    Also, Amazon deletes Song from Chris Ares “Fremdbestimmt” (Determined by Others or Foreign Ruled) after the Documentary Book by Thorsten Schulte about the real heavy discrepancies we learned in School about the role of Germany in WWI and WWII and the “stories” we heard from our Great Grandparents and Grandparents that lead to those Wars.

  17. FBI Opens a New China-Related Counterintelligence Case Almost Every 10 Hours, Director Wray Says (sputniknews, Jul 7, 2020)

    “Last month, the US domestic intelligence agency added to its laundry list of allegations against Beijing, accusing the Chinese ambassador and another diplomat of working to recruit American scientists in an effort to get access to advanced US research and technology.

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation is opening a new China-related counterintelligence investigation approximately once every 10 hours, with nearly half of the agency’s roughly 5,000 active counterintelligence cases related to the Asian nation, FBI Director Christopher Wray has said.

    Speaking at an event hosted by the Hudson Institute, a Washington-based think tank, on Tuesday, Wray made a number of China-related allegations, accusing Beijing of spying on “huge numbers” of Americans via hack attacks and listing off a series of alleged economic espionage cases by Chinese interests against the US.

    “These cases were among more than a thousand investigations the FBI into China’s actual and attempted theft of American technology, and that’s not even talking about the more than a thousand other ongoing counterintelligence investigations of other kinds related to China,” he said. “We’re conducting these kinds of investigations in all 56 of our field offices, and over the past decade we’ve seen economic espionage cases with a link to China increase by approximately 1300 percent,” he added.

    “At this very moment, China is working to compromise American health care organizations, pharmaceutical companies, and academic institutions conducting essential COVID-19 research,” Wray alleged.

    “China is engaged in a whole of state effort to become the world’s only superpower by any means necessary,” the director suggested, accusing Beijing of a range of crimes from cyber intrusions and the corruption of US officials to “outright physical theft” of everything from “military equipment to wind turbines, to rice and corn seeds.”

    Wray also charged China with engaging in a “highly sophisticated malign foreign influence campaign” against US officials and journalists whose methods “include bribery, blackmail, and covert deals,” as well as economic pressures.

    “I will note that the pandemic has unfortunately not stopped any of this. In fact, we’ve heard from federal, state and even local officials that Chinese diplomats are aggressively urging support for China’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis,” the FBI director said.

    Wray also went after Chinese tech giant Huawei, claiming that the company would provide Americans’ data to Chinese Communist Party officials if it were allowed to establish its internet infrastructure on US soil.

    Claims Part of a Broader US-China Spat

    The FBI chief’s comments follow the US Federal Communications Commission’s designation of Huawei and ZTE as national security threats to the United States last week, despite the companies’ repeated denial of any wrongdoing.

    The tech dispute is part of a much broader conflict between the US and China on issues ranging from trade to geopolitical and military tensions over the South China Sea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, as well as back-and-forth allegations by both sides regarding the nature and origins of the coronavirus pandemic and how to handle it. In mid-May, President Trump indicated that the US could cut off diplomatic relations with China entirely over the coronavirus crisis and shave half a trillion dollars of the US’s trade deficit.

    China has long dismissed claims made by US officials about its economic, research and business practices, and accused Washington of seeking to restrict fair competition against Chinese companies. In late June, The Wall Street Journal reported that Beijing had “quietly” warned Washington that its purchases under the phase one trade agreement would stop if the Trump administration crossed “red lines” and meddled in areas that the Chinese government considers “off limits.””

  18. Russian FSB Detains Daesh Supporter Who Planned Terrorist Attack in Astrakhan Region (sputniknews, Jul 7, 2020)

    “A sympathizer of the Daesh* terrorist group, who planned a terrorist attack in the Astrakhan region, has been detained, a spokesman for the regional department of the Federal Security Service (FSB) said on Tuesday.

    “During the urgent investigative [FSB] operation, the local man was detained at his place of residence in Astrakhan,” the spokesman said.

    According to the FSB, a young man in his 30s swore allegiance to Daesh and planned “an armed attack on administrative buildings.”

    The FSB also seized weapons, ammunition, grenades and extremist literature from the detainee.

    A criminal case was opened under articles related to terrorism and participation in a terrorist organization.

    *Daesh (also known as IS/ISIS/ISIL/Islamic State) is a terrorist group banned in Russia.”

  19. DAILY MAIL – Brazil’s President Bolsonaro – who has consistently dismissed his country’s soaring coronavirus pandemic – tells reporters he has tested POSITIVE… then takes his mask OFF

    Bolsonaro said in a TV interview that his fourth coronavirus test was positive
    He has repeatedly played down the virus and mingled with crowds of supporters
    The country has suffered 1.6million confirmed cases and 65,000 related deaths

    Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro today revealed he has tested positive for coronavirus – but dismissively removed his mask as he told reporters he felt ‘perfectly well’.

    Bolsonaro, who has repeatedly played down the severity of the virus and mingled with crowds of supporters in spite of social distancing rules, said his fourth coronavirus test had come back positive but insisted he had only mild symptoms.

    ‘I’m well, normal. I even want to take a walk around here, but I can’t due to medical recommendations,’ the 65-year-old told reporters outside the presidential palace in Brasilia.

    He also revealed he has been taking hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug championed by Donald Trump with unproven effectiveness against Covid-19.

    The president told supporters yesterday that he had been tested at a hospital and that an X-ray showed his lungs were ‘clean’.


  20. “Executive Order on Building and Rebuilding Monuments to American Heroes” The White House Issued on: July 3, 2020

    Samuel Blumenfeld, an American Hero, should be the first statue that greets you as you enter the park. Why? Because if you can’t read you cannot learn more about these heroes. Samuel Blumenfeld’s work is the keystone.

    Sec. 2 – Task Force includes the NEA?

    “Sam Blumenfeld NEA Trojan Horse In American Education”
    federalexpression – February 3, 2012

    • CBC – Face masks are now mandatory in Toronto and Ottawa

      People in the two cities are now required to wear face masks when they are in enclosed public spaces.

      Montreal’s mayor is promising to have a mandatory face mask law by the end of this month.

      • CBC – Mandatory masks meet little resistance in Toronto, Ottawa

        There was minimal resistance in Toronto and Ottawa as the cities joined some smaller Ontario communities in making it mandatory to wear a mask in public indoor places.

    • CNN – Model projects 200k US Covid-19 deaths unless masks are worn

      Dr. Christopher Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, explains why a new model has projected that more than 200,000 Americans will die from Covid-19 by November if masks are not universally used.

    • Two million masks to be sent to Wisconsin schools

      Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers announced that more than 2 million masks will be sent to public schools.

      Evers says he doesn’t think he has the authority to order everyone in his state to wear masks

    • CBC – Scientists call on WHO to update guidance on airborne transmission of coronavirus

      A group of 239 scientists from around the world say there is enough evidence that the coronavirus can spread by airborne transmission and urged the World Health Organization to revise its guidelines, but there is debate within the scientific community.

  21. Officer fatally shoots armed man at Milwaukee VA Medical Center

    Multiple police agencies were called to the scene of a shooting at the VA Medical Center in Milwaukee.


    Multiple police agencies were called to the scene of a shooting at the VA Medical Center in Milwaukee.

    The initial call came into police shortly about 8:40 p.m. Monday.

    A VA Medical Center official said a suspect attempted to walk into the VA Medical Center with a shotgun.

    He was confronted by officers outside the east entrance.

    Police instructed the suspect to drop his weapon, but said he did not comply.

    That’s when the man threaten the officers, according to officials.

    Officers fired multiple rounds and shot the suspect.

    He was taken to the emergency room and pronounced dead.

    No other injuries were reported.

    The suspect’s name has not been released.

  22. Atlanta Armed ‘Black Panther’ Marchers Were Actors Dressed in Costumes

    They said they were Black Panthers, and they looked the part with all-black attire and black berets adorned with a cat-head patch. Their leader was a tall, thin black woman armed with an assault rifle and a determined look. Photos of the group popped up in local news outlets, including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, but also in the British tabloid press.

    “Armed female Black Panther leads her comrades including a white recruit on a march through Georgia,” The Daily Mail wrote in an online story about the June 3 demonstration Decatur. The story featured several dramatic photos and embedded Instagram posts.

    It is easy to see why the group attracted attention. In a moment of fury over police shootings of black people, the group was perfectly cast. Maybe too perfect.

    Within a few days, an activist on Twitter sussed out that the group was comprised of models and actors from Atlanta’s film and entertainment industries. A Twitter user who goes by Wolf The Red identified them from their Instagram accounts where he found the group modeling haute couture or publicizing their film credits, but “zero prior demonstrations. No posts with guns. No calls to action.”

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  23. Georgia Governor Authorizes Natl. Guard After Deadly Weekend; Atlanta Mayor Objects

    ATLANTA (AP) — The mayor of Atlanta said Tuesday that she doesn’t agree with the Georgia governor’s order to mobilize the National Guard in her city as a surge in violence became a political talking point.

    Gov. Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency on Monday and authorized the activation of up to 1,000 Guard troops after a weekend of gun violence in Atlanta left five people dead, including an 8-year-old girl.

    The Guard troops will provide support at sites including the Capitol and governor’s mansion, freeing up state law enforcement resources to patrol other areas, according to a statement from Kemp’s office. There was no visible presence of Guard troops at either site Tuesday morning.

    “Peaceful protests were hijacked by criminals with a dangerous, destructive agenda. Now, innocent Georgians are being targeted, shot, and left for dead,” the Republican governor said.

  24. Dangerous streets: Police search for driver who struck woman at Indiana protest

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Police in a southern Indiana city are searching for two people who were in a car that struck a woman, knocking her unconscious, and dragged a man during a protest to demand arrests after a group of white men were caught on video assaulting a Black man at a nearby lake.

    Police officers responded to the collision around 9:30 p.m. Monday near the Monroe County Courthouse in downtown Bloomington, Police Cpt. Ryan Pedigo said in an email Tuesday.

    A male passenger got out of a red Toyota car and went to move an electric scooter that had been left in the road near the protest site, Pedigo said. A 29-year-old woman approached the car as if to stop it moving forward, placing her hands on the hood, he said.

    The driver accelerated into the woman, launching her onto the hood. At that point, a 35-year-old man grabbed the driver’s side of the car and held on as the vehicle continued to accelerate. Both were eventually flung to the ground and the car fled the scene, Pedigo said.

  25. The war on cops will mostly harm minoriti

    Videos on TV and the internet show a trend of white left-wing activists shouting at black law enforcement officers. They call them “traitors,” “sellouts,” and “Uncle Tom.” “You should know better,” said a white activist in the face of a black cop last week.

    It is just the latest in a disgusting attack on the police — a movement few Americans could have imagined just two months ago.

    Anti-American leftists, under the guise of defending minorities, want local politicians to defund police and even close departments. More rational voices are calling for reasonable reforms to ensure better outcomes. (See today’s “Perspective” features).

    Incredibly, elected officials are capitulating to those clamoring for no cops. The Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously last week to eliminate the police department in a city nearly the size of Colorado Springs, which serves as the hub for a metropolitan area of 3.6 million residents. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio cut $1 billion from the city’s police budget.

  26. CNN – Trump administration begins formal withdrawal from World Health Organization

    The Trump administration has notified Congress and the United Nations that the United States is formally withdrawing from the World Health Organization, multiple officials tell CNN, a move that comes amid a rising number of coronavirus cases throughout the Americas in the last week alone.

    Sen. Robert Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee tweeted the news Tuesday.

    “Congress received notification that POTUS officially withdrew the U.S. from the WHO
    in the midst of a pandemic. To call Trump’s response to COVID chaotic & incoherent doesn’t do it justice. This won’t protect American lives or interests—it leaves Americans sick & America alone,” he wrote.

    A State Department official confirmed that “the United States’ notice of withdrawal, effective July 6, 2021, has been submitted to the UN Secretary-General, who is the depository for the WHO.”

    The letter addressed to the UN is very short, around three sentences, a source briefed on the correspondence told CNN, and it will trigger a one-year withdrawal timeline.

    However, this source also cautioned that they cannot confirm they saw the final version of the letter.

    Despite alleging that the World Health Organization “enabled” the Chinese government’s sweeping cover-up of the coronavirus pandemic’s origins, House Republicans ultimately disagreed with the administration’s decision to withdraw from the WHO in a report released last month outlining the findings of a months-long investigation into the virus’ origins.

    Trump initially announced his intention to withdraw from WHO in May and has consistently accused the organization of aiding China in covering up the origins of the virus. He has also claimed that if the WHO had acted appropriately, he could have instituted a travel ban on people coming from China sooner.

    While the move is likely to prompt bipartisan backlash, the decision can be reversed if Trump loses the presidential election in November, a point that was reiterated by a UN diplomat Tuesday.

    “Whatever is done now can be reversed in the year to come, because it will not be final,” the UN diplomat said, pointing to how long the process of withdrawal will take.

    Trump’s decision to permanently terminate the US relationship with the WHO follows a years-long pattern of railing against global organizations, with the President claiming that the US is being taken advantage of. The President has questioned US funding to the United Nations and NATO, withdrawn from the Paris climate accord and repeatedly criticized the World Trade Organization.

    But health experts, US lawmakers and world leaders have expressed concern over defunding the organization amid a pandemic.

    After Trump’s announcement in May, a WHO spokesperson told CNN, “We have no comment to offer at this point.”


    Trump administration moves to formally withdraw US from WHO

    […]The move was cheered by conservatives who had accused the WHO of harboring pro-China bias and argued the global body was not a productive use of funds.

    Critics of the WHO have pointed to its initial assertion that the coronavirus could not be spread via human-to-human transmission, and Trump has harped on the organization’s opposition to travel bans after he imposed one on China.

    Trump and his allies have also lashed out at the WHO for failing to stop early warning signs of the outbreak.

    China first alerted the WHO to the presence of a cluster of atypical pneumonia in the city of Wuhan on Dec. 31 after the WHO picked up reports through its epidemic intelligence system. But there is evidence to indicate the virus was circulating in Wuhan as early as mid-November.

    The United States contributes upwards of $400 million annually to the WHO — making it the group’s largest contributor — and public health experts have warned that a suspension of funds would severely damage the organization.

    The timing of the administration’s decision has drawn intense scrutiny and is likely to spur questions about U.S. involvement in global efforts to develop a coronavirus vaccine.

    “This decision is irresponsible, reckless, and utterly incomprehensible. Withdrawing from the @WHO in the midst of the greatest public health crisis of our lifetime is a self-destructive move. More Americans will be hurt by this careless choice,” Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) tweeted.

  27. Just Say ‘No’ to the Revolution

    It’s our turn to #Resist.
    July 7, 2020
    Mark Tapson

    As the militantly ignorant shock troops of a new Cultural Revolution rampage across the United States of America in an orgy of statue-toppling, cop-killing, and flag-burning, they continue to be met with a stunning lack of resistance. President Trump’s stirring Independence Day speech aside, the country’s leaders are worse than useless: Democrat politicians support the chaos, and Republican politicians generally are too feckless to take action. Conservative citizens are too law-abiding to fight fire with fire, and so the mob, stoked by the activist news media and facing no consequences for their anarchy, tears down America unopposed.

    Instead of resistance, a wave of self-flagellating public apologies and corporate appeasement has swept through guilt-ridden, white America, which has simply rolled over for the violent revolutionaries of the Black Lives Matter racial extortion racket. One notable recent example of Americans embracing their own humiliation before the rabid mob: the country music band Lady Antebellum has chosen to rename itself “Lady A,” because the band members found themselves “regretful and embarrassed” by the word antebellum and its purported “associations” with the Civil War and slavery. Of course, the band didn’t pick the original name to honor slavery, but simply as a nod to the Southern antebellum-style home “where we took our first photos.” But innocuous explanations aren’t sufficient anymore, because the totalitarian left has booby-trapped the cultural landscape into a minefield of ultra-heightened racial sensitivity.

  28. NFL, NBA, BLM

    Welcome to the NFL’s anthem antics — while the NBA promotes Black Lives Matter on the court.
    July 7, 2020
    Lloyd Billingsley

    “NFL to play Black national anthem ‘Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing’ before ‘Star Spangled Banner’ at Week 1 games,” headlined a July 2 story from CBS Sports. That drew pushback from Sen. Ted Cruz, who wondered, “How many national anthems do we have? Is there an Hispanic national anthem? An Asian-American national anthem? This is asinine. We are ONE America. E Pluribus Unum.” The Texas Republican was on to the implication.

    Since “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” is not the national anthem of the United States of America, there must be a black nation that needs an anthem of its own. This was the view of the group that founded the hate-America left.

    The Communist Party USA, an overwhelmingly white party controlled by an all-white Soviet dictatorship, held that blacks were not real Americans. As Paul D’Amato noted in the International Socialist Review, “In 1928, the Comintern declared that Blacks in the U.S. constituted a nation, and they called for ‘self-determination in the Black Belt.’ The Black Belt was a swath of territory cutting through the South known for its rich, dark soil, in which rural Blacks at that time were concentrated in large numbers.”

    The Comintern is the Communist International, founded by the Soviet Union to control the national Communist parties. In “Communism’s African-American Soviet Republic,” Paul Kengor charted how in 1930 the Comintern called for a Soviet-directed and controlled “Negro Republic” among America’s Southern states. Professor Kengor also found that the current Revolutionary Communist Party calls for black Americans to unite into a separate, autonomous republic in “the southern part of the former imperialist United States of America.” The decision would be made by “a special vote in which only African-Americans would be eligible to participate.”

  29. Horrific video shows dad shot dead in Bronx while holding 6-year-old daughter’s hand
    By LU Staff July 7, 2020

    You want to keep telling us that the problem that plagues blacks in the inner city is police brutality? Try telling that to the 6-year-old daughter of Anthony Robinson of Brooklyn. He was holding his little girl’s hand as the two crossed a street in the Bronx when a car pulled up to them. Shots fired from front passenger seat dropped the 29-year-old Robinson, who died of his injuries. The child, for her part, ran up the block in horror. No doubt this traumatic scene will play over and over in her mind for the remainder of her life.

  30. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp To Deploy 1,000 National Guard Troops To Atlanta After Democrat Mayor Keisha Bottoms Fails To Stop Violence

    Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp on Monday authorized up to 1,000 National Guard troops to be deployed to Atlanta after the city’s mayor, Democrat Keisha Lance Bottoms, failed to stop the escalating violence in her city.

    “Peaceful protests were hijacked by criminals with a dangerous, destructive agenda. Now, innocent Georgians are being targeted, shot, and left for dead,” Kemp said in a statement. “This lawlessness must be stopped and order restored in our capital city. I have declared a State of Emergency and called up the Georgia Guard because the safety of our citizens comes first. This measure will allow troops to protect state property and dispatch state law enforcement officers to patrol our streets. Enough with the tough talk. We must protect the lives and livelihoods of all Georgians.”

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