Reader’s Links for October 25, 2022

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57 Replies to “Reader’s Links for October 25, 2022”

  1. This article titles itself to be about the Chinese steel industry, but is really about the Chinese economy as a whole. Central planners are having a difficult time reconciling the reckoning of reality they have not been subjected to, ever. The artificial Keynesian propping of the world economy via debt, and the knock-on elimination of the natural business cycle, is over. Now, the anatomy of a true economic contraction will disallow the CCP to continue hiding behind illusory world demand for its products.

    • A couple of months ago it was announced that orders for shipping containers had fallen be 75%.

      Internal consumption make take most of the Chinese steel production, but their economy is still fueled by their exports to the rest of the world. If we are in an economic crisis and don’t import they can’t export.

      Once their main economic piller has been weakened they have no where to go but down. This decline will be increased as the try and maintain the econo.ic hold on the Western Nations.

      In the 1980s people were worried about the Japanese buying land and businesses in the Western Nations. Land prices in the US fell and they were forced to sell everything to get out from under their debt.

      History is repeating itself and the Chinese are facing the total collapse of their economy. They are going to be forced sell their Western assets at fire sale prices.

      It will be interesting to see what the Western Politicians do when their Chinese paychecks are no longer available.

  2. Marjorie Taylor Greene Swatted for 6th Time Last Night
    By Jim Hoft
    Published October 25, 2022 at 8:30am

    As TGP reported back in August — popular conservative Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene was swatted at her home just after 1 AM in the morning.

    “Swatting” is the action or practice of making a prank call to emergency services in an attempt to bring about the dispatch of a large number of armed police officers to a particular address

    This is a dangerous prank used by the American left against their political opponents. It is very dangerous because it could lead to a violent confrontation if the police are not aware of the situation.

    Marjorie Taylor Greene has now been swatted numerous times since August.

  3. Ukraine external financing needs could reach $5 bln a month, IMF’s Georgieva says

    Oct 25 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s external financing needs will be around $3 billion a month through 2023 in a best-case scenario, but could rise as high as $5 billion if Russian bombing becomes “even more dramatic,” IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said.

    The International Monetary Fund is working with Ukrainian authorities to help define and implement the country’s macroeconomic policies and what will be required to become a member of the European Union, as well as produce reliable financial projections, Georgieva told a conference in Berlin on Tuesday.

    She said IMF staff had met with Ukrainian authorities in Vienna last week to discuss the country’s financial needs and were working toward a fully-fledged IMF lending programme.

    Georgieva strongly endorsed Ukraine’s calls for a mechanism to coordinate financial needs and support, a message echoed by Odile Renaud-Basso, president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and other speakers.

    “We were part of the solution during the emergency phase. We are going to be a part of the solution during this recovery phase,” the IMF leader said.

    She lauded Ukrainian leaders for continuing to manage the economy in “exceptionally difficult times”. She said the international community had also stepped up with pledges of $35 billion to support the country in 2022, but it was critical to ensure that money not yet disbursed went out quickly.

    “The country is doing a really good job in making every cent – every hryvnia, I should say – count,” Georgieva said, although budget revenues remained severely constrained.

    While the best-case scenario called for $3 billion a month in 2023, those costs could easily rise to $4 billion to cover additional gas imports and rebuild infrastructure, she said. “And in a worst case scenario, if the bombing is even more dramatic … it could go to $5 billion a month.”

    But Werner Hoyer, president of the European Investment Bank, told the conference he didn’t want to “dwell on these horrifying figure scenarios” that were scaring people.

    “We should be very pragmatic and say first things first,” Hoyer said. “We need to act now. The more the economy stays resilient today, the faster will be the recovery tomorrow. The later we start, the higher the bill will be someday.”


    Ukraine Latest: Kiev Needs $17 Billion as Leaders Talk Funding

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said his government needs $17 billion in immediate financing to cover the budget gap as global leaders met in Berlin to map out the nation’s postwar reconstruction.

    German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who hosted the conference, reinforced his message about creating a “Marshall Plan” for Ukraine as delegates work to support the war-battered nation for decades to come.

    European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the EU will develop funding for around 18 billion euros ($17.7 billion) for next year, with the Ukrainian government estimating overall needs at $38 billion. Talks on the EU funding are ongoing, even as the the disbursement of loans for this year has been halted — partly because of resistance from Germany.

    On the Ground
    Russian troops shelled the Nikopol district of the Dnipropetrovsk region overnight, local authorities said on Telegram. Analysts at the US-based Institute for the Study of War said that the slower pace of Russian air, missile, and drone strikes may reflect “decreasing missile and drone stockpiles and the strikes’ limited effectiveness of accomplishing Russian strategic military goals.”
    DEUTSCHE PRAVDA – Berlin hosts talks on rebuilding Ukraine

    • europravda -Rebuilding Ukraine will be a ‘challenge for generations’, says German chancellor

      The World Bank has estimated that the cost of damage in Ukraine will be around €350 billion.

    • Progressive Caucus withdraws letter on Ukraine strategy amid blowback

      Top House progressives backed off their position questioning President Biden’s Ukraine policy on Tuesday afternoon, withdrawing a letter released Monday that perplexed and angered many Democrats.

      “The Congressional Progressive Caucus hereby withdraws its recent letter to the White House regarding Ukraine,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), the caucus chairwoman, wrote in a statement, representing a stunning shift in their call for a diplomatic push to end the Russia-Ukraine war.

      “The letter was drafted several months ago, but unfortunately was released by staff without vetting. As Chair of the Caucus, I accept responsibility for this,” Jayapal wrote. “Because of the timing, our message is being conflated by some as being equivalent to the recent statement by Republican Leader McCarthy threatening an end to aid to Ukraine if Republicans take over.”

      The Hill reported earlier on Tuesday that the letter was written over the summer and released this week without consideration of the timing two weeks ahead of midterm elections.

      Jayapal said that her caucus’ stance towards the Biden administration’s approach to the war unintentionally created the perception that they were aligned with “Republicans who seek to pull the plug on American support for President Zelensky and the Ukrainian forces.”

      “Nothing could be further from the truth,” she added. “Every war ends with diplomacy, and this one will too after Ukrainian victory. The letter sent yesterday, although restating that basic principle, has been conflated with GOP opposition to support for the Ukrainians’ just defense of their national sovereignty. As such, it is a distraction at this time and we withdraw the letter.”

      House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) was widely criticized over an interview published last week in which he said a GOP majority would not give a “blank check” to Ukraine, indicating it would instead focus on relieving economic pain at home.

      On Monday, many of the House’s top liberals signed on to an official memo written by Jayapal (D-Wash.) asking Biden to push harder for negotiations with Russia over the war that it started eight months ago.

      “We urge you to pair the military and economic support the United States has provided to Ukraine with a proactive diplomatic push, redoubling efforts to seek a realistic framework for a ceasefire,” wrote Jayapal.

      In an unusual backtrack, Jayapal and the CPC sought to clarify their request by issuing a new statement later Monday reaffirming their support for Ukraine and support for Biden’s handling of the war.

      House sources told The Hill on Tuesday that the letter was circulated in June, and the reason for its release so close to elections was unclear.

      “They waited to get about 30 and released,” one source texted. “Didn’t consider election timing.”

      House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) released a lengthy statement on Tuesday reiterating the need for continued support for Ukraine, after attending the First Parliamentary Summit of the International Crimea Platform.

      “Congress on a bipartisan and bicameral basis will not waver in our efforts to support Ukraine and hold Russia accountable,” she said. “On behalf of the Congress, I made absolutely clear that America’s support for Ukraine will continue until victory is won.”

      • Russians have not sustained significant defeats

        The Kremlin emits slippery, lawyer noises.
        Russian-Russians haven’t been doing the fighting or dying. 85% of the fighters have been Russian-Ukrainians from the separatist republics, only now officially citizens of the Russian Federation. (Not counted are the mercs: Wagner, Chechen militias, etc.)

        But Col Macgregor’s point, that the territorial losses have been strategically unimportant has been true till the last few days.
        ……”Slow start”, indeed……

        Positions that took months to attain have fallen. Temporary reversals, no doubt, but in 2-3 weeks weather shuts it all down. Beach heads of critical importance, crucial transport nodes, infrastructure essential to endure Winter.

        These are the Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts, civilian population centers – Kiev’s enemy subhumans. Their counterparts in recently “liberated” Kharkiv have been treated as collaborators. Mass torture and murder. For real.

        NOT something the Kremlin wants to advertise – after all, the Referenda! These are now citizens of the RF!
        But they’ve got family on the outside, and Elon Musk’s StarLink, so we’re sorting out a more harsh sitrep. In turn, that’s opening up the media in Russia and even Belarus. (Some, anyway.)

        The Kiev regime imposes absolute media silence. But we know this, NATO knows this. Evidence that emerges will reverse perpetrator and victim, as usual. We must remember that no flag can cover cosmic shame.

        * * *

        As of this weekend the number of casualties among Ukrainian soldiers has been confirmed:
        390,000 DEAD. Conscript meat thrown into the grinder.

        They’re being replaced by ever-increasing numbers of well-trained, well-armed Poles (mostly) and other citizens of NATO countries. They’re motivated by their own revanchist agendas, not Article 5 of the defense treaty.

        It’s a bonanza for companies selling the services of professional mercenaries. (Colombians are the best, contractors with experience in the Mideast are also popular.) Some Afghans are enlisting as volunteers, more are press-ganged. The meat battalions.

        But odd lots of mercs plug holes, they’re not a replacement for an army. That’s why Gen. Petraeus is serving as cat’s paw for the machine bent on dragging us into WW-3.

  4. You Want to Come Up? You Don’t Have to But You Can” – Biden Gets Distracted, Creeps on Little Kids Before Starting His Speech at White House Diwali Celebration — SHOCKING VIDEO
    By Jim Hoft
    Published October 25, 2022 at 10:00am

    Joe Biden celebrated Diwali with several Indian families on Monday in the White House.

    There were several little children in the audience. So you know what that means… Old Joe was on the prowl.

    Joe Biden invited some young kids in the front row to join him on stage.

    Creepy Joe asked one little boy, “You want to come up? You don’t have to but you can.”

    His handlers don’t have enough sense to put the kids out of arm’s distance from the old perp

  5. Y“A Globalist If I Ever Saw One – I Believe Conservatives Are Doomed” – Nigel Farage Blasts New UK PM Rishi Sunak (VIDEO)
    By Richard Abelson
    Published October 25, 2022 at 11:05am

    Former UKIP party leader and GB News commentator Nigel Farage blasted the new British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak as “our first former Goldman Sachs employee” and “a Globalist if I ever saw one”.

    Rishi Sunak was president of the Oxford University Investment Society before joining Goldman Sachs in 2001 as a junior manager. In 2004, he left the leading investment firm to get his MBA at Stanford, where he met his future wife, Akshata Murty, daughter of Indian billionaire Narayana Murty, founder of global IT company Infosys.

  6. Federal Lawsuit Filed to Prevent Ballot Drop Box Watchers
    By Brittany Sheehan | 9:15 AM on October 25, 2022

    On Monday, a lawsuit filed by two organizations in federal court asked a judge to prevent members of Clean Elections USA from being “within sight” of ballot drop boxes in Arizona. Plaintiffs Voto Latino and Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans represented by Elias Law Group claim that Clean Elections USA’s founder and members are intimidating voters. Though, Attorney Daniel Arrellano has not alleged violence

  7. Democrat Hypocrisy Over Violence Against Republicans Is Part of the Reason Why They’ll Lose
    By Jennifer Oliver O’Connell | 10:30 PM on October 24, 2022

    Managing Editor Jennifer Van Laar reported on the recent attack in Florida of a Rubio canvasser wearing the senator’s branded T-shirt and a DeSantis hat.

    It’s a sobering reminder that even in a Red state like Florida, Democrats who feel threatened over what will be significant losses after the November midterms, are resorting to violence to express their frustrations.

    We are now 15 days from the November 8 midterms, and in many states, early voting has already started. The polling, as well as the voting tallies, are not leaning in the Democrat’s favor:

    They know they are going to lose, and they need to deflect, blame, and cry “threats to democracy” as much as possible before then. They are even trotting out the tired line about Republicans taking away Medicare and Social Security. I cast my first vote at 18, and am now just shy of 60. For 42 years, during every midterm and presidential election cycle, I have heard some variation of this ridiculous lie. The Democrats are truly desperate, and that desperation is leading to acting out in destructive ways. While legacy media and Democrats wanted Republican candidates and Republican voters to be the precipitators of violence, we are not taking the bait. The majority of the Republican candidates have been miraculously on point, on message, and more importantly on the offensive in getting their message to the voters and pointing out the destructiveness of the Democrat agenda.

  8. Another honor crime?

    Woman reported missing in the Netherlands in June was found killed days earlier in Germany
    A 35-year-old woman reported missing in the Netherlands since 16 June was actually found dead in Germany a day earlier. The partner of the victim, Sawsan Mhamdi, was arrested on Wednesday, police said.
    The woman’s remains were burnt beyond recognition, German police previously said, adding they assumed she died as the result of a crime. She was found just after 1:30 a.m. near highway 48 under the A61 motorway.

  9. Florida’s Hispanic Voters Back DeSantis Over Crist, Support Sending Illegal Aliens To Martha’s Vineyard: Left-Wing Poll
    By Ryan Saavedra
    Oct 25, 2022

    A newly released poll has found that Latino voters in the state of Florida support Republican Governor Ron DeSantis over Democrat Charlie Crist by 7% in the state’s gubernatorial election next month.

    The Left-leaning Telemundo/LX News poll, conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy, found that Latinos supported DeSantis over Crist 51% to 44% and gave DeSantis a 56% approval rating.

    The poll also found that Latino voters supported DeSantis’ decision to send illegal aliens to liberal Martha’s Vineyard, with 50% in favor and 43% opposed.

  10. COP27 and International Climate Action: A Conversation with John Kerry

    John Kerry discusses the U.S. international climate effort ahead of COP27, the upcoming 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

    ( 74 min )

    John Kerry: No Exaggeration, Climate Crisis Is An Existential Threat

    ( 1 min 19 )

    “The climate crisis still looms largest as the issue that will change life unalterably. Now that may sound grandiose. But, it is no exaggeration. Existential means existential.”

    • Associated Press – Doctors say ‘fossil fuel addiction’ kills, starves millions

      Extreme weather from climate change triggered hunger in nearly 100 million people and increased heat deaths by 68% in vulnerable populations worldwide as the world’s “fossil fuel addiction” degrades public health each year, doctors reported in a new study.

      Worldwide the burning of coal, oil, natural gas and biomass forms air pollution that kills 1.2 million people a year, including 11,800 in the United States, according to a report Tuesday in the prestigious medical journal Lancet.

      “Our health is at the mercy of fossil fuels,” said University College of London health and climate researcher Marina Romanello, executive director of the Lancet Countdown. “We’re seeing a persistent addiction to fossil fuels that is not only amplifying the health impacts of climate change, but which is also now at this point compounding with other concurrent crises that we’re globally facing, including the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the cost-of-living crisis, energy crisis and food crisis that were triggered after the war in Ukraine.”

      In the annual Lancet Countdown, which looks at climate change and health, nearly 100 researchers across the globe highlighted 43 indicators where climate change is making people sicker or weaker, with a new look at hunger added this year.

      “And the health impacts of climate change are rapidly increasing,” Romanello said.

      In praising the report, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres put it even more bluntly than the doctors: “The climate crisis is killing us.”

      New analysis in the report blamed 98 million more cases of self-reported hunger around the world in 2020, compared to 1981-2010, on “days of extreme heat increasing in frequency and intensity due to climate change.”

      Researchers looked at 103 countries and found that 26.4% of the population experienced what scientists call “food insecurity” and in a simulated world without climate change’s effects that would have only been 22.7%, Romanello said.

      “Can I say that every bit of food insecurity is due to climate change? Of course not. But we think that in this complex web of causes, it is a very significant contributor and it’s only going to get worse,” said pediatrician Dr. Anthony Costello, Lancet Countdown co-chair and head of the University College of London’s Global Health Institute.

      Computerized epidemiology models also show an increase in annual heat related deaths from 187,000 a year from 2000 to 2004 to an annual average of 312,000 a year the last five years, Romanello said.

      When there’s a heat wave, like the record-shattering 2020 one in the Pacific Northwest or this summer’s English heat wave, emergency room doctors know when they go to the hospital “we’re in for a challenging shift,” said study co-author Dr. Renee Salas, a Boston emergency room physician and professor at the Harvard School of Public Health.

      The air pollution from burning coal, oil and gas also pollutes the air, causing about 1.2 million deaths a year worldwide from small particles in the air, the scientists and report said. The 1.2 million figure is based on “immense scientific evidence,” Harvard’s Salas said.

      “Burning gas in cars or coal in electricity plants have been found to cause asthma in children and cause heart problems,” Salas said.

      “Prescribing an inhaler isn’t going to fix the cause of an asthma attack for a young boy living next to a highway where cars are producing dangerous pollutants and climate change is driving increases in wildfire smoke, pollen and ozone pollution,” Salas said.

      Both air pollution and heat deaths are bigger problems for the elderly and the very young and especially the poor, said University of Louisville environmental health professor Natasha DeJarnett, a study co-author.

      Sacoby Wilson, a professor of environmental health at the University of Maryland who wasn’t part of the report, said the Lancet study makes sense and frames climate change’s effects on health in a powerful way.

      “People are dying now as we speak. Droughts, desertification, not having food, flooding, tsunamis,” Wilson said. “We’re seeing what happened in Pakistan. What you see happening in Nigeria. ”

      Both Wilson and emergency room physician and professor of medicine at the University of Calgary Dr. Courtney Howard, who wasn’t part of the study, said report authors are correct to call the problem an addiction to fossil fuels, similar to being addicted to harmful drugs.

      The Lancet report shows the increasing deaths from air pollution and heat yet people are “continuing in habitual behavior despite known harms,” which is the definition of addiction, Howard said. “Thus far our treatment of our fossil fuel addiction has been ineffective.”

      “This isn’t a rare cancer that we don’t have a treatment for,” Salas said. “We know the treatment we need. We just need the willpower from all of us and our leaders to make it happen.”

      CBC – Another COVID-19 winter is coming. Here’s how to prepare

      Heading into a third pandemic winter, COVID hospitalizations in Canada are up, vaccine uptake is down and new variants are circulating.

      But experts say we’re not completely in the dark, and some of the tools to get through it are already in our hands.

  11. J6 Prosecutors Redouble Retaliation and Revenge
    The U.S. attorney for D.C. says he plans to double January 6 prosecutions in the coming months. Meanwhile, tone-deaf GOP politicians prepare to feed the hand that bites them.
    By Julie Kelly

    October 24, 2022
    The sentencing of Steve Bannon, a longtime confidant of Donald Trump and harsh critic of the Joe Biden regime, wasn’t the only action at the Elijah Barrett Prettyman Courthouse in Washington, D.C. on Friday. Around the same time U.S. District Court Judge Carl Nichols announced his decision to send Bannon to prison for four months following his contempt of Congress conviction, Nichols’ colleagues were handling several cases related to the Department of Justice’s massive investigation into the events of January 6, 2021.

  12. europravda – “Blue revolution”: How farmed seaweed is good for us and the planet

    Farmed sea lettuce, called Ulva, algae, and Spirulina are all part of what is being described as a “blue revolution”.

    They all possess many health benefits and are eco-friendly to produce.

    Making them nutritious, tasty, and good for the planet.

  13. Pegida Netherlands leader Edwin Wagensveld arrested in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He tried to burn a quran:
    Edwin Wagensveld, Pegida’s foreman, could be heard insulting Islam and the prophet Muhammad during his arrest. He was arrested for “insulting the faith,” according to Rijnmond.
    “A Koran has been taken to prevent further escalation and serious disorder,” the Rotterdam police said on Twitter following the arrest. “A man has been arrested for shouting an insulting slogan.”
    Pegida announced beforehand that it would burn a Koran on the Stationsplein, which Rotterdam’s deputy mayor Robert Simons said was not allowed. Muslim umbrella organization SPIOR responded to the announcement by filing a notice of objection, while city council party Denk requested a motion to ban the demonstration. However, Wagensveld still announced on Twitter on Saturday morning that he was en route to Rotterdam to carry out the demonstration.
    It is unclear how many Pegida protesters were at the event. There were many counter-protesters, who set off a yellow smoke bomb, threw eggs, set off fireworks and chanted “Allahu Akbar,” according to Rijnmond. The counter-protesters cheered when the police announced they had taken the Koran and that it would not be burned.


  14. SAVAGE: Trump-Endorsed Kari Lake Tells Gender Confused Katie Hobbs, “Try To Milk A Bull” During One Of Her BEST Speeches Yet (VIDEO)
    By Jordan Conradson
    Published October 25, 2022 at 1:45pm

    Trump-Endorsed Arizona Gubernatorial Nominee spoke to a massive crowd at her Country Concert and Rodeo Rally featuring Senator Marsha Blackburn and country music singer John Rich on Saturday.

    During her speech, Lake called out the fake news media, Katie Hobbs’ disgusting and racist ideas, and the Democrats’ “progressive” policies, saying, “progress, my ass,” and quoting John Rich saying, “stick your progress where the sun don’t shine.”

    As The Gateway Pundit reported, John Rich’s song “Progress” was released first on TRUTH Social and Rumble, and it hit #1 on iTunes earlier this year. “It was the biggest song of the summer, thanks to TRUTH Social,” said Kari Lake.

    She then also challenged Katie Hobbs to “go out and milk a bull” because Hobbs thinks there are 47+ different genders.

  15. Lara Logan Did Nothing Wrong
    Hiding under the “conspiracy theory” label are three dozen actual scandals that Democrats want you to forget

    Emerald Robinson
    Oct 22
    The legendary journalist Lara Logan appeared on TV this week — and caused quite a stir by saying a number of obvious things.

    God believes in sovereignty, and national identity, and the sanctity of family, and all the things that we’ve lived with from the beginning of time. And he knows that the open border is Satan’s way of taking control of the world through all of these people who are his stooges and his servants.

    And they may think that they’re going to become gods. That’s what they tell us. You all know [WEF stooge Yuval Noah] Harari and all

    • Several years ago a video was posted about an Italian hermit that in the 1980s said that Donald Trump was going to lead the US back to God.

      More and more people are talking about how the policies of the Dems are Satanic and how we must return to our Christian beliefs if we are going to restore the freedom that is our brithright.

  16. Biden One Month After Declaring the Covid Pandemic is Over: Covid is Still a “Global Health Emergency” (VIDEO)
    By Cristina Laila
    Published October 25, 2022 at 3:10pm

    Joe Biden on Tuesday got his ‘updated’ Covid booster shot from his fake White House set in South Court Auditorium.

    “Update your Covid vaccine! It’s incredibly effective! The truth is, not enough people are getting it and we’ve got to change that,” said Biden

    For most Americans, one Covid shot each year will be all they need and if you get it, you are protected and if you don’t, you’re putting yourself and other people unnecessary risk,” Biden said.

    Just one shot a year. No biggie.

  17. BREAKING: Project Veritas Action Releases Undercover Video Of Mark Kelly Staffer Deceiving Independent Voters By Lying About His Radical Left Views
    By Jordan Conradson
    Published October 25, 2022 at 2:50pm

    James O’keefe and Project Veritas Action released a new undercover exposé video of a Mark Kelly staffer telling their journalist to lie to voters when canvassing doors and hide Kelly’s radical pro-abortion agenda.

    When asked to lie about Mark Kelly’s stance on abortion, the journalist asked if Mark Kelly is pro-life, and his staffer responded, “absolutely, he’s not pro-life.”

    The staffer advised the journalist to say, “Mark Kelly is pro-life but also pro-keeping the government out of our healthcare. I don’t know, something stupid like that” because ” he can’t win with just Democrat votes.”

    They even laughed as they told the journalist to invoke Mark Kelly’s wife, Gabby Gifford, a mass shooting victim in 2011, and say that Mark Kelly values life because of this tragic incident.

  18. One hole in Europe’s borders was plugged recently.

    Serbia Ends Visa-Free Regimes with Tunisia and Burundi
    After weeks of pressure from the EU, which claimed that Serbia was fuelling an increase in the number of migrants entering the bloc, the Belgrade authorities halted visa-free travel from Tunisia and Burundi.
    The EU has for several weeks been accusing Belgrade of fuelling the increase in the number of migrants entering the bloc because of Serbia’s visa-free regimes with some countries in Asia and Africa.
    With some of them, Serbia has visa-free regimes dating back to socialist Yugoslavia, but some of the visa-free regimes were granted because the countries involved decline to recognise Kosovo as an independent state.
    The main countries from which migrants are entering Serbia visa-free before attempting to enter the EU include Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Burundi and India, but also Turkey.
    Ylva Johansson, European Commissioner for Home Affairs, said on October 14 that the European Commission will not rule out suspending Serbia’s visa-waiver access to the bloc if the country does not stop irregular migration from its territory into the EU.

    There’s far more to this story:

    With Police Connections, Serbian-Syrian Translator Turned People-Smuggler
    People smuggling with the police assistance.
    A bilingual Serbian and Arabic speaker went from translating for migrants and refugees to smuggling them over borders and taking down rivals with the help of police officers on his payroll.
    Audio recordings, made secretly by a source with access to former associates of Basil and who passed them to BIRN, as well as photos and videos, reveal the extent to which his group has taken control of a large stretch of the smuggling region in his native northwestern Serbia.
    The material provides evidence of violence meted out by Basil’s group and of his collaboration with police officers, chief among them a man identified as ‘Major Deki’, Deki being the shortened form of the common male Serbian name ‘Dejan’. Thousands of euros change hands.
    migrants and refugees had accused Basil of asking them for money in exchange for elevating their names on an informal list compiled by the Commissariat of those who would be allowed entry into Hungary after its borders were closed in 2015.
    The group rents out spots on the border to other smugglers, charging a one-off fee of 20,000 euros and a further 5,000 euros per month in ‘rent’ or 200-300 euros per person smuggled over the border, according to insiders on the audio. Sources familiar with the group’s members and activities claim Basil’s lieutenant is a man called Abu Omar.
    conversation between Alen and the two smugglers {Shafik and Abu Omar}, Alen has been referred several times as a ‘boss’ to whom two other men are asking for mediation due to their conflict over carrying weapons in their divided zone of influence.
    A print screen of messages obtained by BIRN refer to at least three incidents this year, supported by videos, photos of injuries and medical reports that state the wounds were inflicted with “machetes.”
    In March, a group of Pakistani migrants who were planning to cross the border with the help of a rival smuggling group were attacked. Several suffered cuts, mainly to the head.
    According to messages obtained by BIRN, the victims reported the incident to police and showed officers pictures of Omar and his vehicle. But according to the victims, nothing came of it.
    “Basil has protection at the top of MUP [Ministry of Interior],” said an agent with Serbia’s Security Intelligence Agency, BIA, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
    A former collaborator of Basil’s group was recorded as saying a number of police officers were on his payroll; it also cited occasions when Major Deki and other officers picked Basil up from his home to accompany them in operations to arrest migrants and, often, rival smuggling groups.
    “That’s why everybody is afraid of Alen,” the person said. “No one would be scared of him if he did not have that connection with the police.”

    Serbian NGOs Cite BIRN Probes, Demanding Investigation Into People Smugglers
    Serbian NGOs referred to BIRN’s recent investigation in this field when demanding an investigation into suspected police ties to people smugglers.

    Shootings, Stabbing Reported Near Serbian Migrant Camp
    A person was reported wounded in a conflict between smuggling gangs as shots were fired near a migrant camp in northwest Serbia, known as a smuggling hub.

    Shoot-Out Among Migrants Leaves One Dead, Six Hurt In Serbia, Near Hungarian Border

    Two migrants shot dead in Serbia: police

  19. Department of Energy is mandating racial preferences through science research grants
    By LU Staff October 25, 2022

    All researchers seeking grants through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science will soon be required to submit a diversity, equity and inclusion plan to receive funding,” reports The College Fix:

    The Promoting Inclusive and Equitable Research Plan, or PIER plan, must describe activities and strategies researchers will incorporate to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in their research projects to be granted funding by the DOE’s Office of Science, the largest federal sponsor of basic research in the physical sciences in the nation.

    The office operates 28 facilities and annually funds over 28,000 researchers working on projects with the potential to “transform our understanding of nature,” as well as “advance U.S. energy, economic, and national security [interests].”

    Upon the new requirement taking effect,

  20. It Begins: New York, New England Begin Rationing Heating Oil—Before Peak Winter Has Even Hit
    By Bob Hoge | 5:00 PM on October 25, 2022

    Biden’s war on oil has consequences, and now the chickens are coming home to roost. We’ve already gotten a taste of it nationwide with persistent, sky-high gas prices. In California, we felt it this summer as our power grid was stretched to capacity by heat waves and we were subject to rolling brown-outs along with warnings not to use appliances or charge electric cars. How very First World.

  21. (Richard: Reading the full article leaves the impression that a game tit for tat has been going on for several months. The Nordstrom attacks may have been payback for earlier attacks on cables. This is implied but not stated.)

    Fiber-optic Submarine Cable near Faroe and Shetland Islands Damaged; Mediterranean Cables also Cut

    Damage to subsea communication cables near the Faroe and Shetlands Islands left much of the islands without internet access. Subsea fiber-optics cables in the south of France were also cut in what authorities call acts of sabotage.

    PUBLISHED AT: OCT 24 2022 – 08:23
    UPDATED AT: OCT 24 2022 – 08:23
    A month after the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipeline were sabotaged in a series of explosions, critical European subsea infrastructure continues to be damaged.

    Last week the SHEFA-2 undersea cable linking the Faroe Islands to mainland Scotland via the Shetland and Orkney Islands was damaged in two separate incidents leaving much of the islands without internet connection.

    In the south of France three key subsea cables connecting the city of Marseille to Lyon, Milan, and Barcelona were purposely cut, the cable’s operator reported, impacting internet connectivity worldwide.

  22. Premier Smith SLAMS WEF – again

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    Of course, WEF leader Klaus Schwab in 2017 said his organization has managed to “penetrate the cabinets” and specifically named the Trudeau Liberals.

    On Friday, Smith slammed Alberta Health Services and scoffed at the WEF while talking about changes needed in her province’s health sector.

    “I believe that Alberta Health Services is the source of a lot of the problems we have,” she said in an interview.

    “They signed some kind of a partnership with the World Economic Forum right in the middle of the pandemic,” Smith said, just days into becoming the Premier of Alberta.

    “Why in the world do we have anything to do with the World Economic Forum? That’s got to end.”

    Smith also said the scientific committee at the AHS didn’t look at all of the science. Instead, they selectively chose the studies that fit their agenda.

    “They want to make themselves permanent – I don’t think so,” Smith said.

    “I don’t want to have a scientific committee advising me that isn’t willing to look at therapeutic options in the middle of a pandemic.”

    Smith said it’s not a personal attack on anyone in particular, but that the experts failed Albertans.

    “So I’m not interested in taking any advice from them.”

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