Reader’s Links for June 25, 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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113 Replies to “Reader’s Links for June 25, 2021”

  1. With a few keystrokes, governor Cuomo’s daughter morphs overnight into an oppressed LGBTQ4GF150+ minority
    In addition…
    – all valid lesbians
    – Demi Lovato
    – Monkey see, monkey do – Elliott Page in swim trunks after surgery
    – New women’s athletics

  2. “TX Teacher Goes On Insane Rant Now That She Can’t Teach Critical Race Theory To Students”
    tony garcia – June 24, 2021

  3. Candy!! Free!!
    Michael Knights – like Seth Frantzman and Jonathan Spyer – spent years embedded with the Kurds and U.S. forces in Syria and Iraq. Proficient in all the languages, Ph.Ds who know combat and are neither ideologues nor lobbyists.

    Seth and Jonathan have recently published exceptional analyses from their own perspectives, but their books are NOT free.

    Accidental Allies: The US–Syrian Democratic Forces Partnership Against the Islamic State

    To some, America’s partnership with the SDF exemplified an economy-of-force effort that minimized U.S. casualties and wrested control of northeast Syria from the Islamic State. To others, it was a cautionary tale about a U.S. military hoodwinked into working with a terrorist group.

    The story of America’s military and political partnership with the Syrian Democratic Forces is a controversial one. To some, it is a shining example of an economy-of-force effort that minimized U.S. casualties, wrested control of northeast Syria from the Islamic State, and improved the area’s general political trajectory.

    To others, it is a cautionary tale of a U.S. military that was hoodwinked by a charismatic and capable partner closely tied to a U.S.-designated terrorist group, the Kurdistan Workers Party, with Washington deliberately averting its eyes from the strategic, political, and moral costs of the partnership. The subject deserves a neutral, data-led investigation that follows the facts wherever they lead.

    In this volume—copublished by The Washington Institute and I.B. Tauris—military expert Michael Knights and journalist Wladimir van Wilgenburg dive deep into the U.S. relationship with the SDF.

    The study benefited from intensive debates on sourcing, objectivity, and the need to probe uncomfortable issues. The findings cast light not only on the successes and shortcomings of this particular alliance, but also on how Washington might most profitably pursue “by, with, and through” operations with other forces in the future.

    https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/accidental-allies-us-syrian-democratic-forces-partnership-against-islamic-state

    PDF: https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/accidental-allies-us-syrian-democratic-forces-partnership-against-islamic-state

  4. As Drones Proliferate, Authoritarian Regimes Profit

    Authoritarian regimes are increasingly gaining access to the latest technology for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), leading to their increased use not only by those regimes but also by nonstate actors, including proxies and militant groups. This trend means major defense alliances like NATO will need to increase spending on counter-UAV systems, and ungoverned spaces, previously dominated by drones used by the U.S., are now contested air space. This will impact how wars are fought and the types of drones being produced globally as an arms race has kicked off for this type of weapon system….

    Drones like the ones that are increasingly threatening U.S. forces in Iraq can provide authoritarian regimes and nonstate actors with a kind of instant air force and asymmetric threat, and they recently have played key roles in conflicts in Libya, Yemen, Azerbaijan, Syria, and Iraq. Their use by nonstate actors, including proxies and militant groups, is a unique threat because of the deniability it affords state backers of these groups and because it multiplies the types of weapons these groups now have access to….

    https://newlinesinstitute.org/technology/as-drones-proliferate-authoritarian-regimes-profit/

    • “Hardline” vs. “moderate” is just a gimmick for Western consumption.
      It’s a bogus distinction, like identical soaps that differ only in advertising branding.

      The top Twisted Raghead makes all the decisions, including who runs, how he’s presented, and who ends up winning “elections”.

      The “hardline” vs. “moderate” theme doesn’t exist in publications for Arabs, Russians, Turks, or Chinese.

      • I know, this is a stunt to fool the useful idiots who think the Iranian elections mean something. Putin does the same thing although fewer people believe those elections matter.

        • Melanie Phillips uses this opportunity as a springboard to eviscerate the Western secular liberal. She, like David Horowitz, knows this critter up close and personal. A good piece of writing.

          The irrational faith in reason of the liberal intellectual

          As enemies of the West ratchet up their aggression, the more determined the Biden administration becomes to appease them. Op-ed.

          https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/308705

          • {snips from the article above}
            “Western intellectuals have been attracted to political violence from the French Revolution onwards. Even those who wouldn’t dream of taking to the barricades are noticeably tolerant of revolutionary insurrection.

            “They often romanticize it and even seem to draw from it a vicarious thrill. Among people inhabiting a desolate secular vacuum, political violence often elicits a degree of admiration for appearing to demonstrate authenticity and meaning in pursuit of idealistic causes.

            “And behind such causes lie abstract ideas, the lifeblood of the secular liberal intellectual whose faith lies in the power of reason….”
            ………………
            “Nothing can be allowed to challenge their utopian vision of the perfect—and perfectly rational—society. So they conclude that the conflict is driven by a variety of bad objective factors, such as poverty or corruption or misunderstandings, rather than by the political or religious fanaticism that actually drives it among the Iranian, Chinese and Palestinian regimes….”
            ………………
            “For intellectuals who live inside their own heads, belief in a rational utopia is as immovably set in stone as is the fanaticism of the Iranian regime.

            The irony, however, is that this worship of rationality has made liberal intellectuals irrational. They deny the evidence of their own eyes in order to declare that things are not as they are, but as they want them to be. They are hopelessly in thrall to the power of the abstract idea.”

  5. Khaled Abu Toameh:
    The US-Backed Palestinian Human Rights Violations
    Abbas Appears Emboldened by Resumption of U.S. Aid, Cracks Down on Rivals

    Since U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s visit in May to Ramallah, PA security forces have arrested or summoned dozens of Palestinians for interrogation. Many of them were accused of “insulting” Palestinian leaders on social media or expressing support for the PA’s rivals in Hamas and other Palestinian factions.

    The Palestinian human rights group Lawyers for Justice said on June 5: “The campaign of political arrests and summonses…affected many citizens of different backgrounds, including arrests based on political affiliation and arrests for exercising freedom of opinion and expression.” Some of the detainees said they were beaten and tortured in the PA’s Security Committee detention center in Jericho.

    Western diplomats and journalists raise their voices loudly when they have something damning to say about Israel. The silence of the international community and its unqualified support for the PA encourages the Palestinian leadership to step up its repressive measures against Palestinians. When Palestinians despair of any improvement in the PA leadership, they move towards Hamas and other terrorist groups.

    https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/17482/palestinians-human-rights

  6. Matti Friedman:
    Tips for Reading about Israel

    Some Western observers have formed a picture of Israel only tenuously linked to reality. The shared narrative in Western Europe and North America is largely a negative one that grows increasingly negative as the ideological landscape of the West becomes more polarized and inflamed.

    Too many mainstream journalists have abandoned old ideals such as objectivity for the idea that journalism is a tool to effect social change. Similar trends are afoot in the world of elite universities, where the goal of educating knowledgeable people is losing ground to the goal of training activists, and where Israel is presented as a potent symbol of what a right-thinking person is meant to be active against. Journalists who have become activists see their job not as helping you understand events, but as pushing you toward their conclusions. As soon as the press becomes activist, it becomes impossible to understand what’s going on.

    Israel must be compared with other countries in similar situations and not to abstract ideals like “democracy.” If someone is claiming that casualties in an Israeli operation in Gaza are “high,” that needs to be compared with similar operations, like the U.S. Marines in Fallujah, or the British in Northern Ireland. If you’re critical of open-fire orders on the Gaza fence, you should know how that works on the perimeters of U.S. military bases in Afghanistan. Most criticism of Israel doesn’t compare it with anything.

    The stories told about Israel often suggest that bringing peace is a problem Israel could solve if it wanted to, which sets up the Jews as villains, rather than as people caught up in a complex situation where no one really knows what to do.

  7. The Anti-Americanism of Anti-Israel Activists

    The problem with ignoring incitement and hate speech against specific groups or even nationalities, is that it doesn’t stop there. As we’ve seen throughout history, what starts with discrimination against one group never ends with only that group. Much has already been said about the rise of antisemitism online and in person in recent months, and it’s true that it has grown in part because of the outlandish and incendiary rhetoric on social media about both Israel and Jews.

    But one phenomenon that many in Gen Z don’t seem to fully grasp is that the same people who are obsessed with hating Israel are also hell-bent on smearing the United States as well – and not just because of the US aid to Israel as many would like to believe.

    Almost any place you see aggressive, over-the-top anti-Israel activity, you see it coupled with radical anti-American ideas as well … [W]hile the international press is normalizing these activists, a quick glance at their social media will show you not only radical support for terrorism and violence, but also vehement hatred of the United States including celebrating the burning of an American flag in Colombia and whitewashing al-Qaeda. By failing to call out radicalism, we normalize it….

    The same critics who incorrectly accuse Israel of colonialism also believe the United States is colonialist. Ironically, the United States is the only empire in history to invade a country for the purpose of assisting and then leave that territory entirely – not exactly the signature move of a colonialist empire.

    While the United States is far from flawless, it’s critical to remember that when it comes to superpowers, it sure beats China or Russia when it comes to its human rights record and commitment to justice around the world. Both Russia and China have proven time and time again their intent to “colonize” other territories (Crimea, Georgia, Tibet, etc.). The same cannot be said for the United States….

    https://www.jpost.com/opinion/the-anti-americanism-of-anti-israel-activists-opinion-671023

  8. twitter @disclosetv

    UPDATE – About half of adults infected in the new outbreak of the “Delta variant” in Israel were fully inoculated with the Pfizer mRNA vaccine (WSJ)

    https://twitter.com/disclosetv/status/1408452032848183307

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    WSJ -Delta Variant Outbreak in Israel Infects Some Vaccinated Adults

    Government reimposes indoor mask requirement in light of preliminary findings

    TEL AVIV—About half of adults infected in an outbreak of the Delta variant of Covid-19 in Israel were fully inoculated with the Pfizer Inc. vaccine, prompting the government to reimpose an indoor mask requirement and other measures to contain the highly transmissible strain.

    Preliminary findings by Israeli health officials suggest about 90% of new infections were likely caused by the Delta variant, according to Ran Balicer, who leads an expert advisory panel on Covid-19 for the government. Children under 16, most of whom haven’t been vaccinated, accounted for about half of those infected, he said.

    The government this week expanded its vaccination campaign to include all 12- to 15-year-olds after a jump in infections among schoolchildren in a town in central Israel. It has since quickly spread geographically and to other groups of the population.

    Israel is now reassessing its Covid-19 regulations after moving to open up its society and economy following multiple lockdowns last year.

    “The entrance of the Delta variant has changed the transmission dynamics,” said Prof. Balicer, who is also the chief innovation officer for Israel’s largest health-management organization, Clalit.

    The Delta variant, which first emerged in India in late 2020 and is also known as B.1.617.2, has now been detected in more than 70 countries. In the U.S., public-health experts expect it to soon become the dominant strain.

    These so-called breakthrough cases—defined as positive Covid-19 test results received at least two weeks after patients receive their final vaccine dose—are broadly expected as the Pfizer vaccine is highly effective but not 100% foolproof, according to Mr. Balicer.

    Israeli health officials are optimistic that even if the variant does spread, evidence from countries such as the U.K. indicate the vaccine will prevent a large increase in severe illness and hospitalizations that plagued the country’s health system in previous outbreaks. Israel has only recorded five severe cases in the past 10 days, Prof. Balicer said, but whether more will emerge is too early to tell.

    The number of cases in Israel is relatively low by global standards. New cases of Covid-19 rose to over 200 on Thursday from around 10 a day for most of June.

    Those exempt from the mask requirement included children under seven, people with disabilities that prevent them from wearing a mask or two workers who work regularly together. The government had canceled the indoor mask requirement 10 days ago and dropped most other preventive measures after running one of the world’s fastest vaccination campaigns. About 80% of Israelis of age 16 and above have received two doses of the vaccine that was developed by Pfizer and German partner BioNTech SE.

    Israel was an early test case for the effectiveness of the vaccine after outbreaks last year at one point gave it one of the world’s highest per-capita infection rates. Since the start of the pandemic, 840,522 of the country’s 9.3 millions citizens have been infected, of which 6,429 died.

    Israeli health officials said the highly contagious strain had likely entered the country through its main international airport, near Tel Aviv, where a system meant to vet every new arrival through testing was overloaded in recent days amid a surge in foreign travel.

    On Wednesday, the government delayed allowing foreign nationals to enter into the country for tourism from July 1 to Aug. 1 and reimposed a mask requirement inside airports.

    “Our goal at the moment, first and foremost, is to safeguard the citizens of Israel from the Delta variant that is running amok in the world,” Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Wednesday.

    Corrections & Amplifications

    About half of adults infected in an outbreak of the Delta variant of Covid-19 in Israel were fully inoculated with the Pfizer vaccine, according to a clarification by Prof. Balicer of an earlier statement. An earlier version of this article incorrectly said about half of people infected in the outbreak were fully inoculated. (Corrected on June 25)

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/vaccinated-people-account-for-half-of-new-covid-19-delta-cases-in-israeli-outbreak-11624624326

    • Tel Aviv parties with Pride, defying virus

      Thousands party in the streets of Tel Aviv at the city’s first Pride event since the Covid pandemic, with many ignoring government pleas to wear masks amid a surge in infections.

  9. breitbart.com
    Biden Nominee Pushed Population Control: American Children Are ‘Environmental Hazard’
    Robert Kraychik
    4 minutes
    Tracy Stone-Manning listens during a confirmation hearing for her to be the director of the Bureau of Land Management, during a hearing of the Senate Energy and National Resources Committee on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    AP Photo/Alex Brandon

    3:40

    Tracy Stone-Manning, President Joe Biden’s nominee to be director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), described American children as an “environmental hazard” while advocating for slowing U.S. population growth in her 1992 graduate thesis.

    The Daily Caller reported on Stone-Manning’s thesis, titled “Into the Heart of the Beast| A case for environmental advertising,” after which she was awarded a master of science degree in environmental studies. Her thesis, however, amounted to public policy recommendations for the University of Montana described as “environmental education.”

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/06/24/joe-biden-nominee-population-control-american-children-environmental-hazard/

  10. reuters – Canada puts U.S. Three Percenters militia on terror list, cites risk of violent extremism

    OTTAWA, June 25 (Reuters) – Canada officially named the U.S. right-wing militia group Three Percenters a terrorist entity on Friday, saying it posed a “significant threat” to Canadian domestic security.

    Earlier this month U.S. prosecutors obtained a conspiracy indictment against six men associated with the Three Percenters, the latest in a series of such charges arising from the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol by former President Donald Trump’s supporters.
    Canadian officials cited the Jan. 6 riot in their listing. Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said the group had an active presence in Canada and were interested in recruiting members of the police and people with military training.

    “We monitor their activities in Canada with growing concern,” he told a news conference.

    Ottawa also put leading neo-Nazi activist James Mason and British group Aryan Strikeforce on the list on Friday.

    Earlier this month a man rammed his truck into a Muslim family in the city of London, Ontario, killing four of them, in what police called a racist attack.

    “Recent events should remove any doubts about the serious threat posed by ideologically motivated violent extremism. … Intolerance and hate have no place in our society,” said Blair.

    Founded in 2008, the Three Percenters is a loosely organized anti-government group that takes its name from the idea that only 3% of American colonists took up arms against the British in the 18th-century American Revolution.

    The group’s assets can now be frozen by banks and financial institutions, and it is a crime for Canadians to knowingly deal with assets of a listed entity. Anyone belonging to such a group can be blocked from entering Canada.

    In February, Canada named the far-right Proud Boys a terrorist entity, saying it posed a “pivotal role” in the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

    https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/canada-puts-us-right-wing-three-percenters-militia-group-terror-list-2021-06-25/

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    CBC – Three Percenters, neo-Nazi group added to Canada’s terrorist list

    Banks can now freeze assets and police can charge anyone who financially supports them

    The federal government has added the Three Percenters movement to its list of terrorist entities, an anti-government group linked to a recent bomb plot in the U.S. with a known presence in Canada.

    It’s one of four entities added to the Criminal Code list of terrorist entities today.

    The Three Percenters, named after a debated theory that only three per cent of Americans took up arms and served in George Washington’s Colonial Army in the American Revolution against the British, say their main goals are to protect the right to bear arms, defend against an “overreaching government” and “push back against tyranny.”

    In explaining why they were added, Canadian officials speaking on background said they’ve gathered enough evidence to add the group to the list.

    In materials provided to reporters, the government referenced two of the group’s leaders’ role in a 2020 plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a plan which allegedly involved detonating explosives and public executions of public officials by hanging them on live television.

    Canadian officials also cited a case of a member shooting and wounding five men at a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Minnesota in 2015.

    Three Percenters are known to have chapters in Canada.

    Financial implications

    Another ideologically motivated violent extremist group, Aryan Strikeforce, was also added today.

    The U.K-founded neo-Nazi group, with contacts in Canada, aims to carry out violent activities to overthrow governments, start a race war, and eradicate ethnic minorities, said officials.

    Canada has added an American neo-Nazi named James Mason, accused of providing ideological and tactical instruction on how to operate a terrorist group to its listed entities and an affiliate of Daesh or the Islamic State in Democratic Republic of the Congo.

    A group is added to the terrorist list if Canada’s security and intelligence agencies, after an “extremely rigorous” probe, find “reasonable grounds to believe that an entity has knowingly participated in or facilitated a terrorist activity,” the government said in announcing the new designations.

    It is not necessarily a crime to be a member of these groups, but designating an organization as a terrorist entity can have serious criminal and financial consequences.

    Banks can now freeze assets and police can charge anyone who financially or materially supports such a group.

    Under Section 83 of the Criminal Code, it is an indictable offence to collect property, “provide or invite a person to provide, or make available property or financial or other related services,” to a terrorist entity.

    “Recent events should remove any doubts about the serious threat posed by ideologically motivated violent extremism,” said Public Safety Minister Bill Blair.

    “Intolerance and hate have no place in our society and the government of Canada will continue to do all we can to keep Canadians safe from all threats, including terrorism and violent extremism.”

    These additions mean there are now 77 terrorist entities listed under the Criminal Code.

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/terrorist-list-three-percenters-1.6079984

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    global news – Canada adds 3 groups, 1 person to country’s terrorist list

    ( 36 min )

  11. How China Sees It
    Pete Hoekstra
    5-6 minutes

    From the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, China has been totally uncooperative. It has evaded accountability and responsibility for its actions. It has gone beyond just hiding the facts and conducted a massive disinformation campaign. This strategy has been successful. Pictured: China’s President Xi Jinping. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

    It seems that the European Union and the United States are now calling for a renewed investigation into the origins of the coronavirus. They are “urging” China to cooperate fully and provide “complete access.” Them’s fightin’ words! The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) must be quaking in its boots — especially after President Joe Biden’s national security advisor stated that the consequences of not cooperating would be international “isolation.” This half-hearted approach will not get the job done. It’s long past the time to get serious with China, and we all know it.

    https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/17501/how-china-sees-it

  12. Hundreds of tents set up outside Hotel de Ville in Paris to protest migrant living conditions

    Migrants and activists set up more than 250 tents outside of the Hotel de Ville in Paris, to protest government inaction toward the living conditions of migrants.

    Many of the participants were families in need of shelter.

    Asylum seekers are eligible for housing in France as soon as they submit their application. However, due to a chronic housing shortage, applicants can find themselves without a roof over their heads.

    The protesters demanded an accommodation solution.

  13. Thousands march to demand vaccine jabs in South Africa

    Thousands of South African opposition activists rally in Pretoria to demand a faster coronavirus vaccination rollout in the continent’s worst-hit country.

    The far-left opposition Economic Freedom Fighters party is also pushing for the use of Chinese and Russian vaccines, warning it would stage a sit-in at the home of the regulator’s chairwoman if it did not approve the emergency use of the jabs within seven days.

    • EFF protesters ignore social distancing regulations during a march for vaccines

      Police are set to open a criminal case against the convenor of an EFF protest in Pretoria for the alleged contravention of Disaster Management Act regulations.

      The red berets gathered in Pretoria on Friday for a march to the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) under the March to Save Lives banner.

    • sky news australia – Australians ‘must know’ how many people diagnosed with COVID have been vaccinated

      Former speaker of the house Bronwyn Bishop says it’s “very important” the Australian public is told how many people being diagnosed with COVID-19 have had the vaccine.

      Her comments come amid the rapid spread of an outbreak in Sydney.

      “How many of them have had the vaccination? How sick are they?” Ms Bishop said.

      “Did the vaccinations play a part in protecting people in not getting it more seriously?

      “It’s very important for us to know.”

    • sky news australia – ‘Shocking revelations’ on gain-of-function research ‘raise questions’ about CSIRO

      Greg Hunt “is right” to order a review into gain-of-function research in Australia after the “shocking revelations” about CSIRO and Australian universities, according to the IPA’s Evan Mulholland.

      It comes after it was revealed CSIRO and Australian universities have participated in at least ten joint projects with the Wuhan Institute of virology over the last decade.

      Sharri Markson also revealed CSIRO researchers have previously undertaken research on live bats with the Wuhan institute.

      Mr Mulholland said the revelations “raise questions” about the trustworthiness of institutions like CSIRO.

      “But also, we’ve seen so many of our – particularly our media commentariat – dismiss a lot of the journalism that Sharri has done, but it has been incredible to see what she’s uncovered,” he told Sky News host Peta Credlin.

    • sky news autralia – CSIRO ‘worked with coronaviruses and bats’ with Chinese scientists

      Nationals Senator Matt Canavan says “it became clear the CSIRO has worked with coronaviruses and with bats” in gain-of-function research conducted with counterparts from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

      “Now there are credible allegations that the coronavirus that we’re still living with came from China, and it was potentially made in China and it would appear that at least if that is the case, our government agencies like the CSIRO have at least been involved in these processes,” he told Sky News host Chris Kenny.

      “There was, at least, some misleading evidence in my view given to the Senate a few weeks ago, it certainly wasn’t fulsome.

      “When we got answers back from the CSIRO on notice, it became clear that the CSIRO has worked with coronaviruses, has worked with bats, with scientists from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

      “I really think the government needs to look hard about whether this sort of research should continue.”

    • US Department of Health – COVID-19 Community Corps Virtual Event on LGBTQ+ Community and Vaccine Efforts

      Get the facts about COVID-19 vaccines and make the best decisions to protect you, your family, and your community.

    • Guterres: “Vaccinate everybody everywhere sooner rather than later”

      In a wide-ranging interview with Euronews on the pandemic, climate, migration and violence against women, UN secretary general Antonio Guterres made a case for strengthening international institutions and the multilateral framework. It’s either a breakdown or a breakthrough, he said.

    • reuters – Iran’s leader gets locally made coronavirus vaccine

      Ali Khamenei receives his first dose of a homegrown COVID-19 vaccine amid the country’s efforts to speed up vaccination rollout

    • Germany: Spahn calls for ‘necessary caution’ amid Delta variant spread

      SOT, Jens Spahn, German Health Minister (German): “It is up to us whether this variant spreads, with a large number of vaccinated people or not, and ideally with low numbers of infections. So, the starting position is good overall, let’s make sure that it stays that way. Both belong together: in a good mood in the summer but also vaccinated in the summer, with justified confidence and with the necessary caution.”

      SOT, Lother Wieler, President of Robert Koch Institute (German): “On the other hand, the Delta variant has already been mentioned. Germany has now sequenced a lot of samples, in the meantime, there are more than 1 out of 10 samples sequenced and therefore we have a very good overview, and the Delta variant is increasing below that level. We published the latest data on our website the day before yesterday, from the second week of June, because there is always a certain delay in the sequencing and the proportion was already 15 percent, but I am assuming that it will, of course, be higher today.”

      SOT, Leif Erik Sander, Head of Research group for Infection Immunology and Vaccine Research at Berlin Charite (German): “All vaccines approved in Germany offer excellent protection against all virus variants known to us, especially the latest data from Great Britain show that a complete vaccination offers almost complete protection against serious illness and hospital treatment due to COVID-19, however, and this has already been mentioned, a completed vaccination series is necessary, this means you must go to the second appointment after the first vaccination for full protection.”

    • Sen. Johnson to hold COVID vaccine safety event

      Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson plans to hold an event in Milwaukee that will question COVID-19 vaccine safety on Monday, June 28.

    • Boston Hospitals Announce COVID Vaccine Requirements For Employees

      Multiple Boston hospital networks announced there will be a future COVID vaccine requirement for their workers.

    • If you don’t want to get your COVID-19 vaccine, could your job be on the line?

      We’ve seen cases around the country where people are risking their jobs when it comes to saying no to the COVID vaccine.

    • al jazeera – Concerns rise in Chile over efficacy of Chinese-developed vaccine

      Chile has largely used Chinese-developed COVID-19 vaccines to ensure one of the highest vaccination rates in the world.
      But a recent surge in infections is causing concern that the jabs, developed by China’s Sinovac Biotech, are not as effective against some strains of the virus.

    • CBC – Feds release new guidance for fully vaccinated Canadians

      The Public Health Agency of Canada has released new guidance for fully vaccinated Canadians, but warns the delta variant could create a worse fourth wave than expected, where COVID-19 cases could exceed hospital capacity.

  14. Amid uproar, US denies change in policy recognizing Golan Heights as Israeli

    The US State Department on Friday denied that the Biden administration planned to rescind recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, after a false report sparked an uproar in Israel.

    “US policy regarding the Golan has not changed, and reports to the contrary are false,” State Department’s Near Eastern Affairs Department tweeted.

    Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said the claim that the Biden administration was walking back former president Donald Trump’s recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights was part of efforts to harm Israel’s ties to the US and undermine the new government.

    The rumor spread after a spurious report in a far-right US news site [farrr, farrr] Washington Free Beacon] was picked up by some mainstream Israeli news outlets, leading to an outcry from several politicians.

    https://www.timesofisrael.com/amid-uproar-us-denies-change-in-policy-recognizing-golan-heights-as-israeli/

    • Is the US ready to rescind Golan sovereignty recognition?

      It took only one speculative report in the Washington Free Beacon about the potential intention of the Biden administration to rescind US recognition of the Golan Heights for the Israeli media to announced it as a fact.

      Both Army Radio and Channel 12 ran headlines on the Beacon article, which was titled “Biden Admin Walks Back U.S. Recognition of Golan Heights as Israeli Territory.”

      The Beacon subhead declares, “State Department pushes back on signature Trump admin foreign policy decision.”

      Within the article itself, the Beacon explains that when “pressed on the issue by the Washington Free Beacon, a State Department official said the territory belongs to no one and control could change depending on the region’s ever-shifting dynamics.…”

      If anything, State Department quote on which the article is based appears to indicate that US President Joe Biden is not interested at this stage in nullifying a 2018 Trump administration recognition of Israeli sovereignty on the Golan Heights, particularly in light of the long ranging civil war in Syria….

      SO WHY would a US statement of support for Israel’s security interests in the Golan so quickly become a story in Israel about how the Biden administration plans to withdraw support for Israeli sovereignty there.

      The answer falls into three parts. The first speaks to the strategic significance of the mountainous range to Israel… [W]ithdrawal poses an existential threat to the Jewish state.

      Secondly, the insecurity over the Golan Heights is heightened by the international community’s refusal to recognize Israeli sovereignty there…

      Lastly, the Biden administration triggered insecurity on the Golan. From the first moment it articulated its foreign policy, it spoke of support for Israel’s retention of the Golan at this time but did not promise sovereignty recognition….

      Just last week members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee also attempted to press US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Friedman on the matter last week. HFAC includes fulltime jew-hater jihabi.

      “This is an issue the administration is still working on,” Thomas-Greenfield said. She clarified, however, that “we have not changed any of the decisions of the prior administration” and that the issue was not on the agenda at this time.

      For those with the long view in mind, her answer was hardly reassuring. Friday’s headlines might have been premature.

      But for those battling for Israeli sovereignty on the Golan, they bear a warning for a future time when such a headline might indeed be the news of the day.

      https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/is-us-ready-to-rescind-golan-sovereignty-recognition-672030
      ……
      It’s a weapon held in reserve against the Jewish State.

    • Sen. Ted Cruz Pulls Support from Israel Relations Normalization Act of 2021

      U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on Thursday after removing himself as co-sponsor from the Israel Relations Normalization Act of 2021 after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee rewrote the bill to declare it is U.S. policy to push for a Palestinian state and implement authorizations to pour money into Palestinian Authority areas:

      […]“Hours before the vote, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee radically changed the bill. The language added declared it would be ‘policy of the United States’ to create a Palestinian state and to pour millions into Palestinian areas despite ongoing Palestinian government salaries for terrorists. I offered amendments to return the bill to its original bipartisan embrace of the Abraham Accords, but they were rejected.

      “U.S. diplomats have no business telling our Israeli allies what to do with their territories, let alone pressuring them to cede sovereignty for a Palestinian state.

      “We should not be subsidizing Palestinian terrorism. I have removed myself as a co-sponsor of the rewritten Israel Relations Normalization Act of 2021, I voted against it today, and I will continue to oppose it.”

      https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/sen-ted-cruz-pulls-support-from-israel-relations-normalization-act-of-2021/2021/06/25/

    • 73 congressional Democrats to Biden: Reverse MORE of Trump’s Israel policies and call settlements ILLEGAL

      […]Among other things, the letter sent Wednesday calls for Biden to firmly consider Israeli settlements illegal and the West Bank occupied, two things the Trump administration stated that it would no longer do.

      “Make clear that the United States considers settlements to be inconsistent with international law by reissuing relevant State Department and U.S. customs guidance to that effect,” the letter states.

      It also pushes for all “relevant official U.S. documents and communications” to “once again consistently refer to the status of the West Bank and Gaza Strip as occupied.”

      https://www.jta.org/2021/06/24/politics/73-congressional-democrats-to-biden-reverse-more-of-trumps-israel-policies-and-call-settlements-illegal

    • Noah Pollak @NoahPollak
      For people who think this is just an Israel thing, it is not. Everyone in the world notices when you throw your friends under the bus and reward people who hate you. Bad and dangerous from the Biden admin.

      https://twitter.com/NoahPollak/status/1408132212541706240
      ……………………….
      The Whole World Is Watching.
      THAT’S the most important part.
      Israel will manage no matter what, but this is another gift to… Russia!

  15. MEMRI: Journalist Who Warned About Palestinian Authority’s Inept Covid Response Dies Of Covid

    ‘Abd Al-Nasser Al-Najjar, a senior Palestinian journalist and a columnist for the Al-Ayyam daily, died on June 23, 2021, at the age of 61, of covid complications after contracting the virus several months ago.[1]

    Al-Najjar, who served in the past as the head of the Palestinian Journalists Union and as a lecturer on communications at Al-Quds University, was an independent thinker who voiced critical opinions on multiple issues, including the character of Hamas’ regime in Gaza, the persecution of Christian minorities in the Arab world, the issuing of extremist fatwas that distort the tenets of Islam, and violations of press freedom in the Palestinian Authority (PA)….

    In 2020, Al-Najjar devoted two of his columns to warning about the inadequate response to the covid pandemic in the Palestinian territories. He expressed concern that the Palestinian public’s disregard of the covid restrictions, coupled with the PA’s laxity in enforcing them, would result in disaster.

    Stating that the Palestinians need “a leadership capable of making difficult decisions in real time and putting out the spreading fire,” he asked: “Are we willing to bury [our] dear ones without saying goodbye because of lack of compliance [with the guidelines] and irresponsible behavior?”

    https://www.memri.org/reports/journalist-who-warned-about-palestinian-authoritys-inept-covid-response-dies-covid

  16. Deutsche Pravda – Germany: Several people killed in Würzburg knife attack

    German police say they have arrested a suspect in the Bavarian city, and there is no longer any danger to the public.

    A motive behind the attack was not clear
    Local media and news agencies reported that three people have been killed

    https://www.dw.com/en/germany-several-people-killed-in-w%C3%BCrzburg-knife-attack/a-58052076

    https://twitter.com/ainyrockstar/status/1408469930132004868

    https://twitter.com/ainyrockstar

  17. Hours After Biden Tells Gun Owners He Has Nukes – Americans Give Joe A Constitutional Reponse
    By Adam Casalino|June 24, 2021
    Hours After Biden Tells Gun Owners He Has Nukes – Americans Give Joe A Constitutional Reponse
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    What’s Happening:

    Joe Biden really stepped in it this time. And Americans were on hand to call him out.

    You probably heard he gave a statement yesterday about America’s rising crime problem.

    Of course, he ignored the “defund police” movement–the real cause of the crisis. Instead, he railed against gun ownership.

    The increasingly troubled man criticized the 2nd Amendment itself, claiming guns aren’t enough to stop a tyrannical government.

    https://thepatriotjournal.com/hours-biden-gun-owners-nukes/?utm_source=gjwhg&utm_medium=email

  18. Joint Chiefs Demand Military Personnel Violate Enlistment Oath

    Christopher G. Adamo | Jun 25, 2021 | Commentary | 12
    Joint Chiefs Demand Military Personnel Violate Enlistment Oath

    Gen. Mark Milley

    “I (Enlistee Name) do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to the regulations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

    By these words, American Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen have for many years pledged themselves, mind and body, in selfless service to our Nation. This is a commitment that has cost enormous sacrifice, including on too many heroic occasions, their very lives. It was by such an oath, in slightly varied forms over the centuries, that Americans froze and died at Valley Forge, marched into the brutality of the cannons at Gettysburg, charged the beaches of Normandy amid German machine gun fire, braved the horrors of Southeast Asia, and gave their all in the blazing heat of Middle-Eastern deserts to confront and overcome America’s islamist enemies.

    What must be clearly understood about this oath is that the ultimate pledge is not to any person or cabal, but to the Constitution of the United States of America. It is not a vow of blind allegiance, negating any other law or premise of right and wrong, mindlessly doing the bidding of whoever claims to be in power. First and foremost, American military personnel are swearing to never willingly engage in any activity that would do harm to the Country they serve. Yet on an ever increasing basis, that is what is being demanded of those who take the oath, at the hands of the Biden cabal and its minions among the self-serving “political” class of military leaders in the Pentagon.

    The question of whether or not the Biden cabal actually represents a legitimate presidential administration, as mentioned in the oath, is of course a worthy one, especially given ol’ Joe’s latest not-so-veiled threat to deploy F-15 fighter aircraft against American civilians. Still, it is a topic for another day. However, the effort to purge military ranks of all but those who ascribe to leftist ideology, and profess total fealty to it, begs the question of just what will be the actual role and purpose of the US Military, going forward. The latest news of top US Generals embracing the venom and lunacy of “Critical Race Theory” should sound alarms across America.

    https://www.gopusa.com/joint-chiefs-demand-military-personnel-violate-enlistment-oath/

    • The drone attack on the nuke plant the other day was a local operation. Distance and payload were limited because it was a quadcopter.

      Twisted-Ragheads must be frantic, paranoia escalating. What next?

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