Reader’s Links for May 14, 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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114 Replies to “Reader’s Links for May 14, 2021”

    • I would think the Reservists are for deployment in Israel’s cities and towns that were under attack by some of their own Muslim citizenries. Calls for stabbing Jews were issued.

    • They have no choice but to move in with ground troops, the big question is how wide will it spread? Will the fighting stay in Gaza or will Hezbollah wait until the IDF is deeply engaged in Gaza and open fire from Lebanon? That will determine how wide the violence will spread, if Hezbollah comes in things are going to get real nasty.

      • You have to love the Israelis! It was a lie. They never intended to enter Gaza.
        It was a ploy to fool the enemy and get Hamas to deploy their killers in the tunnels leading to Israel. So many tunnels were wiped out while we slept.

  1. There debunking that covid vaccines cause blood clots . 28 reported today . I wish people would research academic journals estrogen mRNA blood clots . This is getting stupid now . People are dying and being injured news is reporting 28 blood clots today but it’s not the spike protein in the vaccine ? Maybe it’s our fault maybe we are responsible for producing rare kinds of blood clots and killing our selves just to say it’s a vaccine problem . Yeah that must be it , I’ thought I ran out of words to ever post again but holy shit . Pinch me

  2. Detroit now paying $50 to anyone who convinces someone to get a vaccine
    By Jack Nissen Published May 3 Coronavirus VaccineFOX 2 Detroit

    https://www.fox2detroit.com/news/detroit-now-paying-50-to-anyone-who-convinces-someone-to-get-a-vaccine

    The “Good Neighbor” program introduced last week will help boost vaccine rates in the city, the mayor said Wednesday.

    Mike Duggan is banking on the idea people will be more convinced to get a shot if their friend tells them to rather than if an expert tells them to. “Nobody wants to listen to Dr. Fauci or me or Gov. Whitmer tell them one more time to take the vaccine,” he said earlier. “But they will listen to their neighbors.”

    Under the expanded program, registered Good Neighbors can earn $50 gift cards for every Detroiter they usher through the vaccination process. From scheduling residents for their first dose appointments starting Monday, to driving them to vaccination sites.

  3. Getting vaccinated is a moral obligation’: Biden and Pope unite over vaccine rollout
    05/04/2021|2min
    President Joe Biden has adopted a strong stance on vaccinations stating in his Easter address that receiving a vaccine is a “moral obligation” in line with the view previously expressed by Pope Francis.

    “We share the sentiments of Pope Francis who said that getting vaccinated is a moral obligation,” he said.

    While wishing Americans a happy Easter the presidential couple reminded the public “the virus is not gone” but said “with faith, hope and love anything is possible”.

    https://www.skynews.com.au/details/_6246614938001

  4. Article in the American Institute for Economic Research May 13

    Canadian Doctors Are Being Censored.
    Toronto Sun
    ”Right now restrictions are severe in Canada. The public orders concerning, for example, the closures of basketball courts and golf courses in Ontario have been widely concerned by many physicians.

    Why should physicians not speak out against restrictions that they feel are harmful to the health of their patients?

    Despite undeniable suffering do to lockdowns, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario wants Ontario doctors to stay quiet”. Wrote Dr. Shawn Wheatley, a former president of the Ontario Medical Association, in a guest column in the Sun.

    When will the government order the military on the streets? Is that what we are to expect next? You will stay home, stay safe, stay shut up, show us your papers. This is the new normal, the globalist dream Build Back Better, Fear, Fear, Fear. 1933 all over again. The cowards will fall in line, their fear is a threat to all our freedom.

  5. CBC – B.C. moves to refuse driver’s license renewals for people with unpaid COVID-19 fines

    Legislation introduced Tuesday by the provincial government means people with outstanding fines for breaking COVID-19 rules will be unable to obtain or renew a driver’s or vehicle license.

  6. Hillary’s revenge? How Facebook justifies continuing its ban on Donald Trump – Liberty Unyielding
    J.E. Dyer
    6-8 minutes

    Hillary’s revenge? How Facebook justifies continuing its ban on Donald Trump

    During 2016 debate. Guardian News video

    Last week, Daniel Greenfield had a gem of an article at FrontPage in which he highlighted something few others would have unearthed: that when Facebook decided recently to keep its ban on former President Donald Trump, the Facebook Oversight Board based the decision in large part on a UN-commissioned document known as the Rabat Plan of Action.

    The Rabat Plan of Action is a detailed plan for combating “incitement,” and was put together in a series of meetings in 2011 and 2012 under of the auspices of the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, or OHCHR.

    Greenfield’s summary is a must-read, and I won’t reiterate it here but commend it to your perusal. Instead, I want to focus on a separate point related to the obvious unacceptability, which Greenfield calls out, of vaunting UN guidance over U.S. law in matters of free expression.

    https://libertyunyielding.com/2021/05/14/hillarys-revenge-how-facebook-justifies-continuing-its-ban-on-donald-trump/

  7. global news – Mixing COVID-19 vaccine doses is safe, UK study shows

    Early results from a University of Oxford study looking into the mixing of COVID-19 vaccine doses, specifically Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca, shows doing so is safe though it is still too soon to tell whether combining the doses will provided an improved immune response.

    • The View – Dr. Sanjay Gupta Shares About “Race for the Vaccine”

      ( 2 min 12 )

      He calls the COVID-19 vaccine “one of the great celebrations of medical science” and tells us about his new special, ‘Race For the Vaccine,’ that looks at how the vaccine was made.

    • reuters – The role of trust in vaccine hesitancy

      Research has highlighted disparities in Covid vaccine uptake in the UK, particularly when broken down by ethnic group.

    • 360 In-Depth – Vaccine + Kids: A guide for parents

      The FDA this week approved emergency use of the COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 12-15, and we also know you likely have questions about how the vaccine will be distributed, what scientists and researchers are saying and how this will impact school districts.

    • SA-born American entrepreneur invests R3 bln towards SA’s vaccine production ambitions

      A South African-born American biotech medical entrepreneur has announced a three billion rand investment towards catalysing South African technological know-how as it relates to vaccine development.

      Dr Patrick Soon-Shiong – who was born in Gqeberha and studied at Wits Medical School in the 70s, is the Founder of Nantworks, a network of healthcare, biotech and artificial intelligence start-ups based in California.

      He made this investment announcement during a webinar hosted by the World Health Organisation this week.

      So for many countries like South Africa, vaccine manufacturing capacity is a new frontier and collaborations like the one with Dr Soon-Shiong will be key to building and fortifying that capacity.

    • MSNBC – CDC Announcement Is A ‘Stunning’ Acknowledgement Of Vaccine Science

      ( 2 min 25 )

      Dr. Kavita Patel describes the CDC’s updated mask guidance for vaccinated people a ‘stunning’ acknowledgement of vaccine science and effectiveness.

    • CDC Director: ‘We Should Be Back To School Full-Time, 5 Days A Week’

      ( 5 min 18 )

      Commenting on new guidance that that fully vaccinated Americans no longer need to wear masks or socially distance in most places, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, tells TODAY that “we really do need to understand that this country is not uniform” and that “we need to look at our travel guidance, our school guidance, our child-care guidance, our camp guidance.”

      She cautions that while ”parents and perhaps even teachers may want to continue wearing masks to model behavior” for children, “ we really should all be back to school full time five days a week.”

    • MSNBC –Fauci: We Hope Mask Announcement Will Encourage More Vaccinations

      …Fauci also discusses when he sees all school-age children being able to get vaccinated

    • city news Toronto – AstraZeneca doses land in Canada

      Over half of Canada’s provinces won’t use AstraZeneca as a first dose.

      But the Public Health Agency is still expecting provinces to want the doses because those vaccinated in March need a second jab, and mixing vaccines isn’t yet recommended.

    • the daily caller – ‘Just A Mention Please!’: Trump Bewails Over Lack Of Credit He Received For Vaccine’s Success

      President Donald Trump asked for “Just a mention” for his role in developing the COVID-19 vaccine in record time, claiming that the vaccine was “years” ahead of schedule.

      Trump released the statement regarding his role in the development of the vaccines Friday. Trump also criticized the Biden administration for taking full credit.

      The statement came after deaths from COVID-19 fell to their lowest daily rate since April of 2020, largely attributed to vaccinations. As of Friday Morning, 119 million Americans, or around 36% of the population, were fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

      “Isn’t it incredible that because of the vaccines, which I and my Administration came up with years ahead of schedule (despite the fact that everybody, including Fauci, said would never happen), that we no longer need masks?” Trump claimed in the statement.

      Trump further claimed that, if it weren’t for the vaccines, the world would “have been in for another 1917 Spanish Flu.”

      Trump also asked for “Just a mention please!” for his role.

      “The Biden Administration had zero to do with it. All they did was continue our plan of distribution, which was working well right from the beginning!” Trump concluded.

      Trump’s statement comes as the Centers for Disease Control significantly updated guidance that now allowed anyone who has been fully vaccinated to gather indoors and outdoors without a mask.

      The former president has repeatedly given himself credit for the unprecedented speedy development of the vaccine, usually pointing to “Operation Warp Speed” as the main force behind the achievement.

      https://dailycaller.com/2021/05/14/donald-trump-covid-vaccine-just-a-mention-please-mask-mandates/
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      New Trump statement on vaccines

      https://twitter.com/disclosetv/status/1393207777028415488

      • Trump had no choice. Also, he trusted Fauci. And then Trump put Fauci on back-stage, a signal to everyone who understands optics.

        Had Trump not acted promptly, the MSM would have crucified him for the deaths. It would have been a multi-daily assault of the Trump presidency and his disregard for health and human life.

        Trump was caught between a rock and a hard place. Damn he does and damn he doesn’t.

        But he did say “the cure is worse than the disease”. Opportunistic China at work, a well-planned strategy to get rid of Trump.

    • CBC – COVID-19 infections extremely rare among fully vaccinated: B.C. data

      …..data there shows that infections are extremely rare in those who have been immunized, with fully vaccinated individuals representing only 0.2 per cent of new cases since Dec. 27, 2020.

    • zero hedge – Yankees Suffer COVID Resurgence As 8 Fully-Vaccinated Players, Staff Test Positive

      […]the Yankees have seen their starting lineup crippled (shortstop Gleyber Torres was kept out of Wednesday’s starting lineup during a game against Tampa Bay) and a number of coaches and staff sidelined due to a sudden flareup of COVID-19.

      But the surprising thing is that the Yankees have essentially required players and staff to get vaccinated, so this latest outbreak is afflicting staff and players who have already been fully vaccinated.

      The Yankees – which, like the Mets, are reportedly planning to segregate fans in to “vaccinated” and “unvaccinated” sections – have tested all players and staff at least three times since Tuesday.

      […]

      https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/yankees-suffer-covid-resurgence-8-fully-vaccinated-players-staff-test-positive

    • Associated Press – Online posts hijacked to push COVID 19 falsehoods

      From a movie prop master in Texas to a doctor in Oklahoma, people across the country have found themselves swept into the misinformation maelstrom, their online posts hijacked by anti-vaccine activists and others peddling lies about the outbreak.

    • ctv news – WHO urges rich countries to donate shots instead of vaccinating children

      The World Health Organization urged rich countries on Friday to reconsider plans to vaccinate children and instead donate COVID-19 shots to the COVAX scheme that shares them with poorer nations.

    • ctv news – ‘We know the outdoors is safe’: Bogoch on Ont. keeping outdoor activities closed

      Infectious Diseases Physician Dr. Isaac Bogoch on Ontario extending its stay-at-home order and not allowing outdoor activities as the May long weekend approaches.

      + comments on the YT page

      • New normal, Build Back Better, stay home, stay safe, shut up from Justine Trudeau, who is not normal and his ass kissing friend Nick Nanos.

        Step down, get a real leader, turn off Propaganda, CTV, CBC, Global. Start keeping a list of those who will be charged with “Crimes against Humanity”, including pollsters and the so called press.

        DO NOT VACCINATE YOUR CHILDREN.

    • CDC, FDA employees were in one of the first groups to be offered the vaccine.

      50-60% percent of employees are vaccinated according to Fauci and Marks, meaning 50-40% of employees are refusing the vaccine.

      NEW: About 40-50% of CDC, FDA employees are refusing the COVID-19 vaccine according to Fauci, Marks

      https://twitter.com/Breaking911/status/1393281939508011012

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      CDC & FDA: 40-50% Of Our Employees Are Not Vaccinated

    • ctv news – Nova Scotia Supreme Court orders a halt to anti-mask protests

      N.S. Premier Iain Rankin discusses the injunction granted by the province’s Supreme Court that is blacking planned anti-mask protests.

    • ctv news – Manitoba modelling data – Risk of hospitals being overwhelmed, cases expected to rise

      New modelling released by Manitoba show that case counts are expected to rise and there’s a risk of provincial hospitals being overwhelmed.

    • More cases of rare blood clots linked to J&J COVID vaccine

      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 13 more cases of blood clots from the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

    • Liberals defend vaccine procurement strategy

      The federal Liberals were forced to defend their ongoing efforts to procure COVID-19 vaccines for Canadians Thursday during question period.

      The Conservatives have been highly critical of the Trudeau government’s vaccine procurement strategy and used their time in the House of Commons Thursday to highlight these concerns.


    • the Jerusalem Post – IDF deception leads to massive aerial assault on Hamas’s ‘Metro’

      At midnight, the IDF Spokesperson’s English department tweeted that “IDF air and ground troops are currently attacking in the Gaza Strip.

      At about 9 pm on Thursday night, the IDF began assembling ground forces along the border with the Gaza Strip. Some armored and infantry battalions joined the artillery batteries that had been deployed days earlier to pound Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets.

      Earlier in the day, the IDF said that a ground offensive was on the table as a viable option for the continuation of Operation Guardians of the Wall. The IDF was hitting hard at Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets from the air but on the ground they would be expected to cause even more damage albeit with greater risk to the Israeli forces.

      Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made his contribution, saying Thursday that the campaign against Hamas was far from over and that more Israeli action was coming.
      At midnight, the IDF Spokesperson’s English department tweeted that “IDF air and ground troops are currently attacking in the Gaza Strip.” The foreign media jumped at the tweet, interpreting it to mean that Israel was sending ground forces into Gaza, a major escalation in the current operation and a sign that it was far from over.

      Websites of media outlets around the world, including the Washington Post and ABC, reported the incursion. “Israeli troops have entered the Gaza Strip as conflict with Palestinians escalates, Israeli military says,” was the tweet put out by the Washington Post.

      The problem was that there was no ground invasion. Yes, the IDF had deployed troops along the border but they did not cross into Gaza. What did happen was in the air where 160 aircraft had assembled for a massive bombing run over the Gaza Strip. Their target was what the IDF called Hamas’s “Metro”, an underground network of tunnels where Hamas stored its weapons and used to move throughout Gaza hidden from Israeli aircraft.

      The “Metro” had been built in the years after the 2014 war in the Gaza Strip, also known in Israel as Operation Protective Edge. It was a network of dozens of kilometers of tunnels that crisscrossed Gaza and provided safety from Israeli aerial incursions.

      According to reports, due to the deployment along the border and the news coming out in the foreign media of a ground incursion, Hamas and Islamic Jihad sent their first-line of defense into the tunnels to start taking up positions. These were the anti-tank missile teams and mortar squads meant to strike at incoming Israeli ground forces.

      What they did not know was that there was no ground offensive. Instead, once they were out of the tunnels, they were exposed to Israeli aircraft. Within minutes, the “Metro” attack went ahead.

      How many Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists were killed in the operation? That remains to be seen. IDF Spokesperson Brig.-Gen. Hidai Zilberman said on Friday morning that the military was still evaluating the consequences of the operation.

      https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/idf-deception-leads-to-massive-aerial-assault-on-hamass-metro-668182

    • Alan M. Dershowitz How To Assure Repetition of Hamas Rocket Attacks

      This article was originally published in a slightly different form in 2009. Nothing has changed.

      There is one sure-fire way of guaranteeing that Hamas will continue to employ terrorism against Israel and that other terrorist groups will increase the use of terrorism against civilians around the world. That sure-fire way is to reward the terrorists who employ this tactic and to punish their intended victims who try to fight back. This is one of the most important lessons to be learned from the recent events in Gaza, but it is not a new lesson. In 2002, in a book entitled Why Terrorism Works, I made a point that is even more relevant today than it was then:

      “The real root cause of terrorism is that it is successful — terrorists have consistently benefited from their terrorist acts. Terrorism will persist as long as it continues to work for those who use it, as long as the international community rewards it, as it has been doing for the past thirty-five years.”

      Hamas has been greatly rewarded by the international community, by human rights groups, by the media, by many academics and by millions of decent people for its indecent double war crime tactic of firing rockets at Israeli civilians from behind Palestinian human shields. Israel has been significantly punished for trying to protect its citizens from these rockets. Although Hamas suffered a significant military defeat at the hands of the IDF, it has gained a public relations bonanza. Its status in Europe has been enhanced, as it has at the United Nations and throughout the Arab street. It lost the battle on the ground in Gaza, but may have won the war in the hearts and minds of many decent, and many more indecent, people throughout the world. And it won this war with very little cost. Whether the death toll was 500-600, as Corriere della Sera suggested, or 1300 as Hamas has reported, dead civilians serve the interest of Hamas, which considers them martyrs. They do not belong on the cost side of the ledger, according to the bizarre death culture that Hamas perpetuates, but rather of the benefit side of the ledger.

      So here, in simple terms, is the twelve-step program that Hamas and the international community should follow if it truly wants to see terrorism become the primary tactic used against democracies by those with perceived grievances.

      Step 1: Use terrorism-rockets aimed at civilians, suicide bombings in pizza parlors and discothèques, bombs planted in school buses, shootings in classrooms… as widely as possible against your enemies, to the point where they have no option but respond militarily.

      Step 2: Make sure that the terrorists and their weapons, rockets, explosives… are hidden among civilians in densely populated areas.

      Step 3: When the inevitable attacks occur, employ human shields, the younger the better. Recruit them voluntarily, if possible, but commandeer them if necessary, even if they are babies or toddlers.

      Step 4: Be certain that your terrorist fighters are wearing civilian clothing. Recruit as many women and teenage youngsters as possible to become terrorists.

      Step 5: Be ready with video cameras and sympathetic journalists to videotape every single death and transmit the images as widely as possible to media outlets around the world.

      Step 6: Recycle images of dead civilians, especially children, and move them from media to media, thus multiplying the number of apparently dead civilians.

      Step 7: Be certain that sympathetic doctors and United Nations personnel overstate the number of civilians killed, counting every person under the age of 18 and every woman as a civilian, even if they are terrorists.

      Step 8: Circulate totally false reports about civilian casualties and their location by, for example, claiming that numerous civilians were killed at a United Nations school when you know none of the dead were actually inside the school. You can be confident that the media will put your exaggerated reports on Page 1 and when the truth eventually comes out, after careful investigation days or weeks later, it will be buried in the back pages.

      Step 9: Accuse the democracy of war crimes and bring cases against its leaders and soldiers in courts sympathetic to Hamas around the world. Bringing the lawsuits will create a presumption of guilt, even if the charges are dismissed months or years later.

      Step 10: Schedule various United Nations “debates” at which tyrannical dictatorships from around the world line up at the podium to condemn Israel for crimes routinely committed by these dictatorships but not by Israel.

      Step 11: Trot out the usual stable of reliable anti-Israel academics to flood newspapers and television shows with some of the worst drivel about international law, human rights and the laws of war — drivel that would earn students failing grades in any objective law school course on these subjects.

      Step 12: Make sure that Hamas understands that if it repeats its double war crime strategy, it will once again be rewarded, and if Israel fights back, it will once again be punished.

      These twelve steps are for use by terrorist groups, nations, and organizations, such as the United Nations, that seem determined to encourage terrorism.

      Now here are six steps for those democracies that would actually like to put an end to terrorist attacks against its civilians.

      Step 1: Never, under any circumstances, reward an act of terrorism or a group that employs terrorism to achieve its goals.

      Step 2: Always punish terrorists and terrorists’ groups that employ terrorism against civilians.

      Step 3: Never punish democracies that seek to prevent acts of terrorism against their civilians especially when the terrorists hide among their own civilians in order to provoke democracies into killing civilians.

      Step 4: Never allow human rights, international organizations or war crime tribunals to be hijacked by the supporters or terrorism and the enemies of democracy to punish only those who seek to protect their civilians against terrorism. This is especially true when the democracies have been patient in responding and have no reasonable alternative course other than military self-defense.

      Step 5: Never manipulate the emotions of decent people by showing only the human shields who have been killed by military self-defense actions of the democracies, without explaining that it was the terrorists who caused these deaths.

      Step 6: Make certain that the cause espoused by the terrorists is set back by every act of terrorism.

      As I wrote in 2002:

      “Not only must terrorism never be rewarded, the cause of those who employ it must be made — and must be seen to be made — worse off as a result of the terrorism than it would have been without it. The manner by which calculating terrorists define and calibrate the cost and benefits may be different from the way common criminals decide whether to rob, cheat, or bully, but society’s response must be based on similar considerations. Those who employ terrorism have their own criteria for evaluating success and failure, and in implementing the immutable principle that those who employ terrorism must be worse off for having resorted to this tactic, we must make them worse off by their own criteria.”

      The international community, by and large, has been doing the opposite. The message it has been sending has been: keep it up. It will only help your terrorist cause and hurt your democratic enemy. No wonder Hamas, and other terrorist groups, regard their war crimes tactic as a win-win for terrorism and a lose-lose for democracy.

      https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/17367/hamas-rocket-attacks

  8. Justine Trudeau delivers a message on Eid al-Fitr

    As Muslims celebrate the end of Ramadan
    The many contributions Muslims make
    Let’s find inspiration in Islam’s teachings – equality, compassion and service.

    Let’s join together against COVID-19 and Build Back Better
    Joyful Eid Mubarak

    The leader of Hibz ut-Tharir, the terrorist group, Mazin Abdul-Adhim, living in London, Ontario has a message showing the equality, compassion and service of a Muslim man living in Canada:
    It is difficult to celebrate Eid with what we are witnessing of the murder of Muslims around the globe and especially with what we have seen in Al-Quds in recent days.
    But alhamdulillah this is the best ummah brought forth to mankind. In spite of the attacks, 100k Muslims prayed Eid Salat in and around Al-Aqua, whether the Kafir occupiers liked it or not. MAY THE ZIONIST OCCUPIERS DIE IN THEIR RAGE.

    Eid Mubarak to everyone, and may Allah honor our courageous Brothers and sisters in Al-Quds and around the world, in this world and the next.

  9. Pro Palestine Protest The Netherlands ?? | Jaarbeursplein Utrecht 14/05/2021
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSJhCPAZ38A

    Utrecht dissolves demonstration ‘Free Palestine’ because people are too close to each other
    https://netherlandsnewslive.com/utrecht-dissolves-demonstration-free-palestine-because-people-are-too-close-to-each-other/154039/
    The municipality of Utrecht is calling on pro-Palestinian protesters to leave Jaarbeursplein. According to the municipality, the 500 attendees do not adhere to the corona rules and the organization of the ‘Free Palestine’ demonstration is, according to the municipality, not able to keep everyone at a distance.
    The municipality had set a maximum of 500 protesters for the anti-Israel demonstration. When that number was reached, people were called to stop coming.
    The demonstration began at 5 p.m. in response to the escalation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The demonstration would last two hours.
    Images show the protesters waving Palestinian flags and standing close to each other. A banner reads: “Justice for the Palestinians, where is the International Criminal Court?” There are many police officers on the edge of the square near Utrecht Central.
    The day before yesterday there was a pro-Palestinian demonstration at the Israeli embassy in The Hague. There an Israeli flag was taken from a mast and torn to pieces. The VVD in The Hague has asked the city council questions about this.
    “Of course you can demonstrate, especially in The Hague, but within the rules of the law and with respect for the rule of law,” said VVD party chairman De Graaf at Omroep West. “That was clearly not the case here and I do not understand why the police did not intervene.”

  10. More than 100 people arrested after ‘Free Palestine’ demonstration Utrecht
    https://netherlandsnewslive.com/more-than-100-people-arrested-after-free-palestine-demonstration-utrecht/154171/
    The ‘Free Palestine’ protest, with an estimated 500 people in attendance, was dissolved at the beginning of the evening, according to the municipality because the protesters did not adhere to the corona rules. Jaarbeursplein was then empty, but a group of protesters continued to the Lombok district.
    There too they were expelled and an emergency warrant was issued. This allowed the police to fine or arrest people who had a reasonable suspicion that they wanted to cause noise.
    A number of protesters remained in the vicinity of the mosque on the Westplein. When the riot police attempted to lock them in, some tried to flee into the mosque, but failed.

  11. China census called into question over 14m ‘mystery’ children School children in Beijing: The census figures show 14 million more children in the 0-14 age group than the underlying births for the corresponding years. © AP
    IORI KAWATE, Nikkei staff writerMay 13, 2021 03:39 JST

    BEIJING — Questions have been raised about the reliability of the latest demographic numbers out of China, with critics accusing the government of manipulating data while some officials scratch their heads over numbers that do not seem to add up.

    The National Population Census for 2020, released Tuesday, shows the country had 253.38 million children 14 and younger. Meanwhile, new births between 2006 and 2020 — the period during which these youngsters were born — total about 239 million, based on data from the National Bureau of Statistics. This gap of over 5% means slightly more than 14 million children somehow joined the 0-14 age group.

    The once-a-decade count was slammed as “the most unreliable census” by Yi Fuxian, a reproductive science researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the U.S. and a critic of China’s population control system.

    https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Society/China-census-called-into-question-over-14m-mystery-children

  12. Crazy in The Revolution am I,
    Minus a wife to crazy,
    Minus some life to crazy,
    But holding on to little ones
    Dearest to what’s left
    Dearest not the Left
    Dearest how we try
    Our eyes are cried now dry,
    Hoping then to roll on in
    To our driveway miles far behind
    A highway journey we regret
    But clocked and done and now we’re set
    To start anew with fresh hearts strong
    For the little ones must write their songs
    So find we best our hour now
    To help the young.

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