Reader’s Links on February 11, 2021

Each day at just after midnight Eastern, a post like this one is created for contributors and readers of this site to upload news links and video links on the issues that concern this site. Most notably, Islam and its effects on Classical Civilization, and various forms of leftism from Soviet era communism, to postmodernism and all the flavours of galloping statism and totalitarianism such as Nazism and Fascism which are increasingly snuffing out the classical liberalism which created our near, miraculous civilization the West has been building since the time of Socrates.

This document was written around the time this site was created, for those who wish to understand what this site is about. And while our understanding of the world and events has grown since then, the basic ideas remain sound and true to the purpose.

So please post all links, thoughts and ideas that you feel will benefit the readers of this site to the comments under this post each day. And thank you all for your contributions.

This is the new Samizdat. We must use it while we can.

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  1. Authorities Probe Rare Blood Disorder Among Some COVID-19 Vaccine Recipients
    By Zachary Stieber
    February 11, 2021 Updated: February 11, 2021
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    Federal officials are investigating after some COVID-19 vaccine recipients have developed the rare blood disorder thrombocytopenia, with at least several cases resulting in death.

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating and assessing the reported cases, an agency spokesperson told The Epoch Times via email.

    “At this time, we have not found a causal relationship,” the spokesperson said. “We will update the public as we learn more about these events.”

    The blood disorder was listed by the FDA last year as a possible adverse event outcome from getting a COVID-19 vaccine, alongside other serious adverse events such as Guillain-Barré syndrome and death.

    Several dozen case reports of post-vaccination thrombocytopenia have been submitted to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), a passive reporting system managed by the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Approximately 44.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the United States as of Feb. 10.

  2. The International Criminal Court Threatens Middle East Peace
    Richard Kemp
    9-12 minutes

    The International Criminal Court’s imperious judgement on its own authority over Israel is not only detrimental to peace, it also undermines the credibility of the court itself. Pictured: The ICC building in The Hague, Netherlands. (Image source: OSeveno/Wikimedia Commons)

  3. MI Senate Leader Says Insurrection Was “Hoax” Pushed by McConnell and Others Who Wanted a “Mess” –
    By Missy Crane February 10, 2021
    4 minutes
    What Michigan’s top leader just said is exactly how the majority of conservatives feel…

    The top leader of the Michigan Senate called out the Capitol Insurrection as a hoax.


    Mike Shirkey said in recorded comments that the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. falsely framed Trump supporters for causing a so-called “insurrection.”

    He went on to blame people like Mitch McConnell for whipping everyone into a frenzy because they wanted a “mess.”

  4. 1 in 73 ultra-Orthodox Israelis over 65 has died of COVID, report says

    One in 73 ultra-Orthodox Israelis over the age of 65 has died of COVID-19 – more than four times the number in the same cohort of the general population – according to a new report.

    The report by Shomrim, an Israeli investigative journalism nonprofit organization, found that 1.3 percent of ultra-Orthodox over 65 has died of COVID, compared to 0.27%, or 1 in 373, in the same group in the general population.

    The numbers reported by the nonprofit are slightly higher than those of the Health Ministry, which found that 1.2% of the ultra-Orthodox, or Haredi, population over 65 had died of the coronavirus.

    Shomrim attributed the disparity to the ministry’s decision not to count deaths in cities with mixed populations of ultra-Orthodox and non-Haredi toward the total for the ultra-Orthodox, which Shomrim did.

    Shomrim also noted a study by Eran Segal of the Weizmann Institute of Science finding that 1 in 100 ultra-Orthodox Israelis over 60 died of COVID, compared to 1 in 350 in the general Jewish population.

    Regardless of the disparity between the numbers, the death rate among Israel’s ultra-Orthodox makes clear the degree to which the community has been impacted by the coronavirus, even as parts of the community continue to go about their lives as usual and refuse to wear masks or socially distance.

  5. Israel becomes 10th country to join Dubai-led international trade program

    “The Abrahams Accords and Israel’s connection to Dubai enable it to become a regional and global player and open new trade routes, possibilities, and business exchange,” head of Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce says.

    Israel became the 10th country to join the Dubai-led World Logistics Passport program, Wednesday, in a move that will allow Israeli firms to expand trade to countries in the southern hemisphere.

    India, South Africa, Indonesia, Brazil, and Columbia are all members of the WLP.…
    [W]ith [Israeli] goods now able to travel through Dubai, traders could expect to save 25% on freight costs and 10% on transit time.
    The alternative alliance grows. Another expression of the reconfiguration of alliances:

    A New Alliance Rising In The East – Turkey, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, China – And Its Enemies – The U.S. and India–-turkey-azerbaijan-pakistan-china-–-and-its-enemies-–-us-and-india

  6. Young Terrorist Caught and Punished by His Arab Victims

    A young Palestinian Authority Arab boy got a taste of his own medicine this week after he was caught throwing stones at Israeli vehicles near the Jewish town of Ofra.

    The young terrorist managed to hit a vehicle in which Israeli Arabs were traveling, not realizing the occupants were the wrong kind of “Israeli” targets.

    An eyewitness said the Arab passengers got out of their vehicle, grabbed the young Palestinian Authority stone-thrower, and gave him a good beating, according to Israel’s Hebrew-language Kann News public broadcasting network news reporter Carmel Dangor.

    An Israeli army force eventually arrived at the scene and arrested the young terrorist for his actions.

  7. Houthis Bomb Civilian Airport Days After Biden Removes Terrorist Designation

    Iranian-backed Houthi militants in Yemen bombed an airport in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, just days after the Biden administration lifted the group’s terrorist designation.

    The drone strike targeted Abha International Airport in Saudi Arabia, an airport just 75 miles from the Yemeni border that is frequently targeted by the militant rebel group. The attack set one civilian plane on fire, according to the Saudis, who say they intercepted and destroyed two armed drones launched by the Houthis from across its southern border in Yemen.

    Last Friday, the Biden administration removed the terror designation placed on the Houthis by former secretary of state Mike Pompeo earlier this year. The Houthis, who control significant territory along Saudi Arabia’s border with Yemen, have called for cooperation with the terrorist group Hezbollah in future wars against Israel, and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in 2019 that Iran has sought ways to launch missiles at Israel from Houthi-controlled territory.

    Biden’s State Department said it removed the designation because it undermined humanitarian efforts in Yemen. In a press briefing Wednesday, spokesman Ned Price said Wednesday’s bombing would not change the administration’s course on lifting the terror designation.

    “We can ensure that we are not adding to the already substantial suffering of the Yemeni people,” Price said, “while we continue to hold the Houthis to account.”

    • Joe Biden is just Barack Obama’s third term in the White House – opinion

      On March 25, 2019, the US formally recognized the Golan Heights as part of Israel via a presidential proclamation. But earlier this week, in an interview with Wolf Blitzer on CNN, Blinken retreated from that stance, refusing to say outright that the Golan belongs to the Jewish state.

      While acknowledging that “control of the Golan” is important to Israel so long as the Assad regime remains in power, he added that, “Legal questions are something else and over time if the situation were to change in Syria, that’s something we look at but we are nowhere near that.”

      If Blinken is unwilling to stand by US policy vis-à-vis the Golan Heights, who is to say that the Biden administration won’t also try to walk back recognition of Jerusalem as capital of the Jewish state?

      Similarly, Biden has indicated that he will reverse Trump policies on withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal and pulling out of the UN Human Rights Council, one of the most biased, anti-Israel institutions in the entire United Nations system.

      Many of these steps herald a return to the bad old days when Israel was manhandled "PERSON-handled? by Obama for eight years.

      Of course, none of this should be surprising given the fact that Biden was right there by Obama’s side serving as his loyal vice president. But it is nonetheless disappointing and concerning. After all, if Biden can do so much damage in just under four weeks, one shudders to think what he might aim to “accomplish” in four years.

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