Reader’s Links for September 22, 2022

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  1. 1 hr. 11 min. A rare Elliot Waves analyst gives his market take. Silver is showing an out-performance of gold during a price decline, which is almost unheard of, portending a much stronger rebound for this metal. Overall disappointing metals behavior must be regarded in the longer time frame in order to have a proper understanding of the sector.

    • Quote from your link: “Since 2005, Dr. Papp Aykler has been editor-in-chief of the newspaper “Canadian American Hungarian”. It is the only Hungarian-language press serving the North American diaspora. The newspaper has over 2000 subscribers and thousands of followers on its Facebook page.”

      Also see:
      Welcome! Isten hozott!
      Want to discover, celebrate, and share Hungarian heritage? Opportunities are all around. Let’s get started!

    • europravda – Azovstal fighters and foreign prisoners freed in high-profile exchange deals

      Two deals saw hundreds, including Azovstal fighters and foreign nationals captured in the Donbas, released in exchange for 55 prisoners of war held by Ukraine.

    • al jazeera – These Muslim Tatars are Fighting Russian Soldiers in Ukraine

      Crimean Tatars have faced a long history of persecution and ethnic cleansing throughout the Soviet Union.

      Now, Russia is invading their homeland of Ukraine.

      Dozens of mainly Tatar Muslims have banded together to form a civilian battalion to fight against Russian troops.

      When World War II ended, roughly 218,000 Tatars were deported from the Crimean Peninsula.
      Many of them only returned home recently, just to be forced out again when Russia took control of the Peninsula south of Ukraine in 2014.

      They are now fighting to liberate all the territories occupied by the Russians so they can find a way back home to the Crimean Peninsula.

    • the american conservative – Leave Crimea Alone

      Ukraine’s recent dramatic breakthrough against Russian forces near Kharkiv has generated optimistic predictions in Kiev, Brussels, and Washington. But the Russo-Ukraine war is not over.

      Moscow’s forces, though badly embarrassed, retain an advantage in numbers if not morale. Moreover, Russian President Vladimir Putin just declared a “partial mobilization” by calling up reserves. He also promised to “use all the means at our disposal,” meaning WMDs, chemical or nuclear weapons, to defend Russia.

      Even with more U.S. arms, Kiev is unlikely to regain all lost territory absent a Russian collapse—a possibility, not reality. Finally, in extremis, Moscow could escalate further, launching general mobilization or deploying WMDs.

      Yet the exhilaration of victory appears to have expanded Ukraine’s military objectives. President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke of sending a “signal” to the Crimean people: “we know that these are our people, and it is a terrible tragedy that they have been under occupation for more than eight years. We will return there. I don’t know when exactly. But we have plans, and we will return there, because this is our land and our people.”

      There are two notable problems with such sentiments, if turned into action. The first is both extending and escalating the war for uncertain gains. With existing forces, Kiev will not find it easy to reconquer even the Donbas, including lands seized by Russian-supported separatist forces in 2014. Going after Crimea would be a much greater task, a potential leap into total war, at least in terms of Ukraine’s capabilities.

      Kiev would have to recruit and train a great deal more men than are necessary to defend against Russian attacks. And for Ukraine to succeed, abundant Western weapons would need to be forthcoming. At the same time, Moscow would not likely retreat quietly. Crimea matters because most Russians view the territory as Russian. Losing it would maximize the political impact of defeat. Putin would be at risk—much more from hardline nationalists than liberal democrats. So far he has refused to mobilize nationally or use nukes, but he might do so if threatened with the recapture of Crimea. And a successor regime on the hard right might do so to defend or reclaim the peninsula.

      Ukraine’s taking such a course would force the U.S. and Europe to either up their support, with increased risk of being dragged into active combat, or abandon Ukraine, after encouraging its aggressive course. Washington has an interest in aiding Kiev’s defense against Russian attack, but would have no comparable stake in empowering Ukraine to risk regional stability and peace by righting past historical wrongs. Zelensky and the Ukrainian people are entitled to want what they want. But that is no reason for Washington to subordinate Americans’ interests to such preferences.

      Second, there is no convincing evidence that a majority of Crimea’s roughly 2.4 million people want to be “liberated.” Russian annexation of Crimea was an illegal act, but likely reflected majority sentiment in the peninsula. In 1783 the Russian Empire annexed Crimea. It became the last stronghold of the anti-Bolshevik White Army during the Russian Civil War, and then part of the Soviet Union. In 1954 Moscow transferred the peninsula to Ukraine. That act meant little in practice and and was a product of internal Soviet politics, with Nikita Khrushchev seeking support in his maneuvering to succeed Joseph Stalin.

      In 1991, Ukraine, then headed by Boris Yeltsin, helped engineer the breakup of the USSR. What was then a Soviet republic voted for independence, taking Crimea along with it. Internal Ukrainian politics then oscillated between the U.S. and Europe (backed by western residents, many with their heritage rooted in Austro-Hungary’s Galicia), and Russia (supported by eastern residents, largely Orthodox Russian-speakers). In 2014 the US and leading European states supported a street putsch against President Viktor Yanukovych. Although notably corrupt, he had won a fair election. Mildly pro-Russian, he retained strong political support in the east.

      With the European Union seeking Kiev’s agreement on a trade agreement, Moscow made a better offer, causing Yanukovych to switch sides. The streets of Kiev were filled with angry protestors, largely from the anti-Russian opposition and backed by some violent, neo-fascist elements. The U.S. supported Yanukovych’s ouster—Victoria Nuland, assistant secretary of State for European and Eurasian affairs, visited Kiev, endorsed the protests, mingled with demonstrators, and famously spoke to the U.S. ambassador in a conversation recorded by Russian intelligence about whom Washington wanted in the new government.

      Had Moscow attempted a similar maneuver in Mexico, U.S. officials would have suffered a hysterical, violent meltdown, pontificating about the Monroe Doctrine and sanctimoniously demanding war. Russian President Vladimir Putin engineered the seizure of Crimea. Although devotion to national heritage played a role, preserving access to Moscow’s venerable naval base in Sevastopol probably was more important.

      The takeover was followed by a referendum that claimed a 95.5 percent vote in favor of switching countries. While the campaign was unfair, those results might have reflected the actual vote. Outside observers widely believed the outcome to be broadly accurate, reflecting the fact that the majority of Crimeans, many of whom are Russian speakers with families rooted in Russia, favored joining Russia.

      Although the transfer was blatantly illegal, an improper violent seizure eight years ago doesn’t justify a retaliatory violent seizure today. The current residents of Crimea should not be treated as war booty, to be moved at the victor’s will. Western nations today criticize governments that violently resist secession—witness NATO’s aggressive war against Serbia over Kosovo—and cannot easily endorse a Ukrainian military campaign to reclaim Crimea.

      Popular attitudes could have shifted, as apparently they have in the Donbas, after nearly a decade of Russian rule. However, subsequent opinion surveys suggest otherwise, though it is difficult to measure public opinion in an autocracy. Absent a showing of popular support, Kiev cannot justify destroying Crimea to save it. Of course, the disposition of Crimea would be a proper topic for peace negotiations, which could include providing for an internationally monitored referendum to determine its status.

      So far, the U.S. and European governments have responded to questions about Ukrainian war aims by saying it’s up to Kiev to decide. And that’s true—but it doesn’t mean the allies must support them. Washington’s commitment is to Ukrainian independence, not whatever the Zelensky government desires. Of course, Zelensky is free to ask for the world. Who knows, Kiev might next request the materiel necessary to seize Moscow and dissolve the Russian Federation. But the U.S. would have no obligation to back that plan, either.

      Indeed, America’s most important interests in the ongoing war are containing its effects. That is, the U.S. does not want the conflict to spread to other European states and NATO, dragging America into an unwanted and unnecessary war. Washington also desires to prevent the current fight from intensifying, with Russian resort to full mobilization and nuclear weapons, which would transform the conflict and greatly increase tensions between the West and Moscow.

      Finally, Washington and Brussels both have much at stake in maintaining a working relationship with Russia, rather than driving the Russians into an escalating military conflict with them and pushing Moscow toward a closer relationship with China. Ukraine’s expansion of its war aims undermines all these interests. All told, University of Maryland’s Joshua Shifrinson claimed, America’s limited interests “argue for bringing the conflict to a close irrespective of whether Ukraine triumphs against Moscow,” despite the criminal nature of Russia’s invasion.

      The attack on Ukraine has been a disaster for Russia. No wonder Zelensky is looking ahead to victory, and potentially reshaping the two states and their relations. But his presumption of victory is premature. Although one might hope for a Russian military and subsequent Russian political collapse, those results are no more likely than the swift victory over Ukraine initially imagined by the Kremlin. Planning the territorial divide while the battle still rages is one way to lose.

      Worse, the war has been a disaster for Ukraine. Its economy has imploded, and its government survives on foreign charity. Casualties have been high, likely in the tens of thousands. Millions of people have fled the conflict. Towns have been destroyed, cities ravaged, and war crimes committed. Prolonging the conflict for dubious territorial gain is a poor bargain. Ukraine will need its young fighters to help rebuild the country.

  2. Quote from your link: “Since 2005, Dr. Papp Aykler has been editor-in-chief of the newspaper “Canadian American Hungarian”. It is the only Hungarian-language press serving the North American diaspora. The newspaper has over 2000 subscribers and thousands of followers on its Facebook page.”

    Also see:
    Welcome! Isten hozott!
    Want to discover, celebrate, and share Hungarian heritage? Opportunities are all around. Let’s get started!

  3. europravda – How does Italy’s dual electoral system work?

    Italy’s system favours coalitions because it combines the rules of proportional representation and first-past-the-post.

    • Italiens neue Ministerpräsidentin könnte eine Frau sein – und postfaschistisch

      Italien steht kurz vor der Wahl einer neuen Regierung. Nach aktuellen Prognosen könnte die postfaschistische Partei „Fratelli d’Italia“, angeführt von Giorgia Meloni, zusammen mit der Lega-Partei die neue Regierung stellen.

      Das Bündnis würde einen Rechtsruck für Italien bedeuten.

    • DEUTSCHE PRAVDA – Rückkehr des Faschismus in Italien?

      Georgia Meloni könnte die nächste Ministerpräsidentin in Italien werden – ihre Partei “Fratelli d’Italia” hat neofaschistische Wurzeln.

      Vor allem, weil eine Gruppierung mit neofaschistischen Wurzeln die aktuellen Umfragen anführt: Die “Brüder Italiens“ mit ihrer Vorsitzenden Georgia Meloni.

      Einige Gruppen innerhalb der „Brüder Italiens“ bekennen sich offen zu Benito Mussolini, dem italienischen Führer und Verbündeten Hitlers im zweiten Weltkrieg.

      Viele Italiener scheint das aktuell nicht zu stören. Georgia Meloni reitet auf einer Welle der Popularität.

      Was würde ihr Wahlsieg bedeuten für Italien und Europa?

    • DEUTSCHE PRAVDA – Parlamentswahlen in Italien: Rechtskoalition hat die größten Chancen

      Am 25. September wird in Italien gewählt – wieder einmal.

      Nachdem im Juli 2022 nach nur 17 Monaten die Technokratenregierung von Ministerpräsident Mario Draghi gescheitert ist.

      In den Umfragen vorn: Eine Rechtskoalition aus der postfaschistischen Partei Fratelle d’Italia der Rechtspopulistin Giorgia Meloni, der Lega von Matteo Salvini und Berlusconis Forza Italia.
      „In der italienischen Politik gibt es immer wieder Überraschungen“ sagt Nino Galetti, der Leiter des Büros der Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in Rom.

      Es sei nicht klar, welche Bündnisse den Wahltag überstehen.

      Ob die Umfragen am Ende Recht behalten, sei noch offen.

  4. BOSTON, Sept 22 (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors on Thursday said they had reached an agreement to drop criminal charges filed during the Trump administration against a Massachusetts judge accused of impeding a federal immigration arrest of a defendant in her courtroom.

    Federal prosecutors said they had agreed to dismiss the obstruction charges filed against Newton District Court Judge Shelley Joseph in 2019 in exchange for the judge referring herself to a state commission tasked with investigating judicial misconduct.

    Note: so, a judge who committed judicial misconduct so egregious that she was criminally charged gets off in exchange of investigating judicial misconduct.

  5. Iranian Regime Cracks Down As Protesters Wreak Havoc Across The Country
    Posted On September 22, 2022
    At least nine people have died in clashes between protesters and Iranian security forces as demonstrations sparked by the killing of a 22-year-old woman continue to escalate across Iran, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

    Protests that erupted in at least 13 cities over the death of Mahsa Amini in custody of state morality police have grown to encompass grievances over political repression and ongoing economic crises, the AP reported. The full extent of the protests remained unclear as the regime intensified efforts to crack down on the demonstrators, including implementing internet and social blackouts.

    “Unfortunately, 17 people and police officers present at the scene of these events lost their lives,” a state-affiliated Iranian broadcaster said, according to the AP. The AP could only verify nine deaths, including three officers of the Basij, a volunteer militia that answers to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

    • Ursula von der Leyen dedicates 2022 Gates Award to European health professionals and pandemic volunteers!!!

      The Gates Foundation awarded Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission, for her contribution to maintaining peace and stability in the region.

      The ‘Goalkeepers Global Goals Awards’ were conferred in New York’s Lincoln centre on Tuesday in recognition of the work done by the “four remarkable changemakers”.

    • Gates Foundation – Goalkeepers Global Goals Awards 2022

      Join us live for this year’s presentation of the Goalkeepers Global Goals Awards as we honor some of the planet’s most important changemakers working toward a better world.

    • Global Fund Pledging Conference – UNGA

      High-Level Segment Pledge announcements (G7 members and major donors) with the participation of Ursula von der LEYEN, President of the European Commission

    • NYT – ‘Crippling’ Energy Bills Force Europe’s Factories to Go Dark

      Manufacturers are furloughing workers and shutting down lines because they can’t pay the gas and electric charges.

      The furnace, heated to 1,500 degrees Celsius, was glowing red. Workers at the Arc International glass factory loaded it with sand that slowly pooled into a molten mass. Nearby on the factory floor, machines transformed the shapeless liquid with a blast of hot air into thousands of delicate wine glasses, destined for sale to restaurants and homes worldwide.

      Nicholas Hodler, the chief executive, surveyed the assembly line, shimmering blue with natural gas flames. For years, Arc had been powered by cheap energy that helped turn the company into the world’s largest producer of glass tableware — and a vital employer in this working-class region of northern France.

      But the impact of Russia’s abrupt cutoff of gas to Europe has doused the business with new risks. Energy prices have climbed so fast that Mr. Hodler has had to rewrite business forecasts six times in two months. Recently, he put a third of Arc’s 4,500 employees on partial furlough to save money. Four of the factory’s nine furnaces will be idled; the others will be switched from natural gas to diesel, a cheaper but more polluting fuel.

      “It’s the most dramatic situation we have ever encountered,” Mr. Hodler said, shouting to be heard over the din of clinking glasses. “For energy-intensive businesses like ours, it’s crippling.”

      Arc is not alone. High energy prices are lashing European industry, forcing factories to cut production quickly and put tens of thousands of employees on furlough. The cutbacks, though expected to be temporary, are raising the risks of a painful recession in Europe. Industrial production in the euro area fell 2.3 percent in July from a year earlier, the biggest drop in more than two years.

      Makers of metal, paper, fertilizer and other products that depend on gas and electricity to transform raw materials into products from car doors to cardboard boxes have announced belt-tightening. Half of Europe’s aluminum and zinc production has been taken offline, according to Eurometaux, Europe’s metals trade association.

      Among them is Arcelor Mittal, Europe’s largest steel maker, which is idling blast furnaces in Germany. Alcoa, a global aluminum products producer, is cutting a third of production at its smelter in Norway. In the Netherlands, Nyrstar, the world’s biggest zinc producer, is pausing output until further notice.

      Even toilet paper is not immune: In Germany, Hakle, one of the largest manufacturers, announced that it had tumbled into insolvency because of a “historic energy crisis.”

      The whirlwind has unnerved the inhabitants of Arques, a town whose fortunes have been tied to glassmaking for more than a century. The modern-day Arc was founded in 1825 as the Verrerie Cristallerie d’Arques, then a small local maker of fine crystal goblets.

      Today, Arc’s operations are enormous, spanning an area nearly half the size of New York’s Central Park. Its mass is such that Arc indirectly generates another 15,000 or so jobs in the region, from cardboard factories that package its glass to transport companies ferrying its products. Arc’s other factories are in China, Dubai and New Jersey.

      “The shutdown of the furnaces is bad news,” said one worker, a 28-year veteran of the factory, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of compromising his job. “Sure, high energy prices are having an impact,” he added, “but it’s scary how fast it’s happening.”

      To some extent, the crisis is a blowback from European sanctions that were intended to punish Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine. The pain has undermined confidence at European companies and their ability to plan.

      This past week, the European Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, proposed offsetting the hit by capping revenue from low-cost electricity generators and forcing fossil fuel firms to share the profit they make from soaring energy prices.

      But the solutions may not be fast enough. Costs have already soared beyond what many manufacturers can afford. Thousands of European companies are near the end of fixed energy contracts signed when prices were cheaper, and must renew them in October at current prices. Year-ahead electricity prices, which are tied to the cost of gas, are around 1,000 euros per megawatt-hour in Germany and France, while natural gas is at record highs of around €230 per megawatt-hour.

      Eschenbach Porcelain survived Germany’s transition from communism to capitalism after 1989. But when its energy contracts run out at the end of this year, the company will face annual energy bills of €5.5 million, or roughly six times what it is paying now, said Rolf Frowein, its director.

      “That would mean we have to more than double our prices, and nobody will pay that for our cups and plates,” he said. Eschenbach, a 130-year-old company in the eastern state of Thuringia, is in talks with local politicians about a potential solution. It is one of dozens of small and midsize firms in Germany fearing they will have to close for good.

      An hour north of the Arc factory, Aluminium Dunkerque, France’s biggest aluminum producer, will furlough part of its 620-person work force and cut production by more than 20 percent as it faces a potential fourfold jump in its energy costs.

      “The time we spend dealing with energy issues been multiplied by 10,” said Guillaume de Goÿs, the chief executive. “We hope the crisis will be short-lived, but if it lasts, European industry will be in very big trouble.”

      Mr. Hodler is laboring to steer Arc away from trouble, after years of financial difficulties linked to overexpansion and, more recently, pandemic lockdowns. In December, shortly after Mr. Hodler took over in a management shake-up, Arc received an emergency €45 million loan backed by the French state and is now asking the government for additional relief from high energy bills.

      The site, which consumes as much energy as 200,000 homes, makes “arts de table,” including Luminarc dinner plates and Cristal d’Arques-branded table and barware. All told, Arc produces four million glasses a day, as well as items like candle holders for Bath & Body Works and promotional glasses for Heineken and McDonald’s.

      Doing so requires intense heat to melt sand into glass in furnaces that must stay lit 24 hours a day. In summer, Europe’s power crunch propelled Arc’s energy bill to $75 million, from 19 million euros a year ago. On top of that, consumers suddenly stopped buying items like candleholders and washing machines, for which Arc makes glass windows, sending orders plunging.

      “People are worried about their winter energy bills, and are saying, ‘I’ll wait to buy that nonessential item,’” Mr. Hodler said.

      The double-whammy sent Arc’s management team scrambling for solutions — all of them less than desirable.

      This month, 1,600 workers were asked to stay home two days a week to cut costs. And for the first time, Arc’s furnaces will switch to diesel power instead of natural gas, which is fed directly to the factory through a pipeline. The diesel will raise Arc’s carbon footprint by 30 percent, and must be delivered in huge quantities by tanker trucks.

      Even more daunting was the prospect of idling Arcs furnaces. “You can’t just shut down a glass furnace — it would destroy it,” Mr. Hodler said. “If they are powered down gently, they will survive, but then they take more than one month to be reheated.”

      Two furnaces that were planned for scheduled maintenance may now remain offline for the foreseeable future, Mr. Hodler said. Another two will be temporarily mothballed to make up for the fall in demand.

      “We don’t want to stop operations completely,” Mr. Hodler said. “But we are not going to produce if we lose money.”

      All of which has locals in Arques very worried. At Le Cristal, a cafe that is a hangout for Arc factory workers, the fate of the furnaces was all anybody talked about on a recent afternoon.

      “Arc is the lifeblood of this region,” said Valerie Harle, the owner of the cafe, which opened in 1939 and is named in honor of Georges Durand, who built the Cristallerie d’Arques from a small-time factory into an empire. “If the furnaces don’t work, neither do the employees.”

      Veronique Cognoti, a longtime resident, said locals were bracing for a domino effect. “A lot of other businesses depend on it,” she said of the factory. “Transport companies, cardboard box makers — they will all feel the blow.”

      At a nearby table, a man who spoke on the condition of anonymity said he was furloughed this month from his job at a nearby cardboard factory that makes boxes and packaging for Arc, after the glassmaker cut production.

      “With the price of energy as it is, the factory isn’t working as much as it used to, and it is already creating a chain reaction,” he said.

      He was being paid 80 percent of his salary to stay home while his factory was idled, but that had added up to €130 in lost pay. At the same time, he said, the gasoline bill to fill his small car had jumped to nearly €100, from about €50 at the beginning of the year.

      “This is going to become a much bigger problem,” he said.


      europravda – EU to prepare new sanctions against Russia following Putin’s mobilisation speech

      The European Commission president said the penalties will focus on “civilian technology as Russia moves to a full war economy.”

  6. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci admitted Wednesday that he knew the “draconian” COVID-19 policies he pushed for would lead to “collateral negative consequences” for the “economy” and “schoolchildren.”
    Fauci’s comments came during day one of The Atlantic Festival, a three-day convention put on by the media outlet The Atlantic featuring speeches and interviews from prominent members of the media, the government and political activists.
    During the event, Fauci spoke with The Atlantic editor Ross Andersen in front of a live audience about his experiences as the leading medical professional working in the federal government during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  7. Legislators Move To Ban Child Sex Changes After Explosive Report
    Posted On September 22, 2022
    Tennessee Republican state Sen. Jack Johnson and Tennessee state Republican state Rep. William Lamberth are moving to ban child sex changes in the state after a report on Vanderbilt University Medical Center sparked outrage about transgender-related procedures being performed on children.

    The two lawmakers are developing legislation that would ban child gender transitions and shut down VUMC’s pediatric transition program, according to a Daily Wire report shared by both legislators. The program reportedly gives children hormonal drugs as part of the gender transition process at as young as 13 and performs mastectomies on adolescent girls to help them present as male, according to the DW.

    “I am appalled at what Matt Walsh has uncovered at Vanderbilt Medical Center. Financial gain should never be a factor in the decision to push permanent alterations to a child’s body and life,” Johnson told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “It is imperative we protect children in Tennessee from irreversible gender medications and surgeries. I am committed to working with Matt, Leader William Lamberth and my colleagues in the General Assembly to craft a bill that will ban the gender transition procedures being done at Vanderbilt on minors.”

  8. Special invitation to join our alternative economy community called ‘Join The Lifeboat’, and why we’re doing it
    Posted On September 22, 2022
    Why and How the ‘Join The Lifeboat’ community is building an alternative economy together
    We have a plan to survive together. Get on the lifeboat.

    We have a cool story behind an even more compelling initiative that we have just launched called ‘Join The Lifeboat’ (JTL). We, at New Right Network, wanted to reach out to our audience to discuss the challenges Americans currently face. What we have in mind goes way beyond talking and in the direction of creating an alternative, mutually supportive economy.

  9. CNN

    Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi withdrew from a long-planned interview with CNN’s chief international anchor Christiane Amanpour at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday, after she declined a last-minute demand to wear a head scarf.

    Some 40 minutes after the interview was scheduled due to start and with Raisi running late, an aide told Amanpour the president had suggested that she wear a head scarf. Amanpour said that she “politely declined.”

    Amanpour, who grew up in the Iranian capital Tehran and is a fluent Farsi speaker, said that she wears a head scarf while reporting in Iran to comply with the local laws and customs, “otherwise you couldn’t operate as a journalist.” But she said that she would not cover her head to conduct an interview with an Iranian official outside a country where it is not required.

    “Here in New York, or anywhere else outside of Iran, I have never been asked by any Iranian president – and I have interviewed every single one of them since 1995 – either inside or outside of Iran, never been asked to wear a head scarf,” she said on CNN’s “New Day” program Thursday.

  10. Note: Interesting Vann Diagram between Covid, Religion of Peace and fraud charges

    U.S. Attorney Announces Federal Charges Against 47 Defendants in $250 Million Feeding Our Future Fraud Scheme
    Nonprofit Feeding Our Future and 200+ Meal Sites in Minnesota Perpetrated the Largest COVID-19 Fraud Scheme in the Nation
    The Department of Justice announced today federal criminal charges against 47 defendants for their alleged roles in a $250 million fraud scheme that exploited a federally-funded child nutrition program during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “These indictments, alleging the largest pandemic relief fraud scheme charged to date, underscore the Department of Justice’s sustained commitment to combating pandemic fraud and holding accountable those who perpetrate it,” said Attorney General Merrick B. Garland. “In partnership with agencies across government, the Justice Department will continue to bring to justice those who have exploited the pandemic for personal gain and stolen from American taxpayers.”

    “Today’s indictments describe an egregious plot to steal public funds meant to care for children in need in what amounts to the largest pandemic relief fraud scheme yet,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray. “The defendants went to great lengths to exploit a program designed to feed underserved children in Minnesota amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, fraudulently diverting millions of dollars designated for the program for their own personal gain. These charges send the message that the FBI and our law enforcement partners remain vigilant and will vigorously pursue those who attempt to enrich themselves through fraudulent means.”

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