Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. – John 8.44

“I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you.” Rev 3.9

“I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.” Rev. 2.9

GOD cursed the Satanists out of Jerusalem for life. Jesus arrived and focused on Jerusalem because it was the most unholy, evil, place on earth... still is today.

The Nomadic Turks (ashkeNAZIS) have been behind all the Evil in the world since Cain's children... using their News Networks to create the News, and set the stage, to blame their opponents, for everything evil they do, across the globe.



Jewish Communist Dictum:- "Accuse the enemy of those crimes you are guilty of"

1.PROBLEM 2.REACTION 3.SOLUTION.

The Elite Jews create the illness, then sell the Cure. They create Chaos & Terrorism, then sell the solution... for more control and power.

Islam and Christianity have become servants of the Jews. Acting as physical and spiritual cattle for the Jews to harvest in building their Global Satanic Kingdom.

If I converted to Buddhism, does that make me Chinese? If I converted to Hinduism, does that make me Indian? When Khazarians (Turks) converted to Judaism in 740 BC and stole the true Semite Israelite Aegean identity, did that make the counterfeit Jews Hebrew? Well, the Jew World Order seems to think so. They crucified Jesus Christ for exposing them.

The invention of the Muslim Terrorist by our Jewish Governments... to keep us in fear, and to justify raping the World, and slaughtering billions of innocent families in every country for power and control...for their 2 horned God Lucifer... which the Jews named him "Morning Star."

Every Religion Church and Mosque has been infiltrated by the Jews. How do you know? ... if your Church has not discussed the below phrases by Christ... then it has been compromised.

Israel is a person not land

Israel is a person not land

Jacob was renamed Israel. The descendants of Jacob are known as Israelites. Israel is a person not a land.
The term Israelite is the English name for the descendants of the biblical patriarch Jacob in ancient times, which is derived from the Greek Ἰσραηλῖται,[34] which was used to translate the Biblical Hebrew term b’nei yisrael, יִשְׂרָאֵל as either “sons of Israel” or “children of Israel”.[35]
The name Israel first appears in the Hebrew Bible in Genesis 32:29. It refers to the renaming of Jacob, who, according to the Bible, wrestled with an angel, who gave him a blessing and renamed him Israel because he had “striven with God and with men, and have prevailed”.

GOD cursed the Satanists out of Jerusalem for life. Jesus focused on Jerusalem because it was the most unholy, evil, place on earth… still is today.

Israel is a person not land

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Iranian police bust gang of illegal excavators

TEHRAN – A gang of illegal diggers has been arrested by the Iranian police in Arsanjan of Fars province. 

Four illegal diggers, who were trying to unearth relics in a historical site near Gohardan Mountains, north of the city, were detained in this regard, said Mohammadreza Bahmaninejad, a senior police official in charge of protecting cultural heritage, CHTN reported on Saturday. 

Some digging tools were seized from the gang, who were traced following reports by local people and cultural heritage supporters, the official added. 

He also noted that according to the cultural heritage’s set of laws and regulations, any excavation intended to obtain buried relics and monuments is prohibited and is subject to penalty.

The ancient region of Fars (also spelled Pars or Persis) was the heart of the Achaemenian Empire (550–330 BC), which was founded by Cyrus the Great and had its capital at Pasargadae. Darius I the Great moved the capital to nearby Persepolis in the late 6th or early 5th century BC.

The capital city of Shiraz is home to some of the country’s most magnificent buildings and sights. Increasingly, it draws more and more foreign and domestic sightseers flocking into this provincial capital which was the literary capital of Persia during the Zand dynasty from 1751 to 1794.

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Global Protests Target Banks Funding Line 3 Pipeline

Above photo: Activists across four continents held protests on Friday calling on banks to stop backing the Line 3 tar sands pipeline. Stop the Money Pipeline.

San Francisco – Today across 8 countries, 4 continents, and 50 U.S. cities, hundreds of climate and Indigenous rights activists are protesting 20 banks that have backed loans for Enbridge, the company constructing the Line 3 tar sands pipeline through Anishinaabe territory in Minnesota. The protests feature elaborate and artful displays such as a body mural in Seattle spelling “Defund Line 3,” a fake oil spill in New York, a large floating banner display in Chicago, a fake oil spill and giant dance party in D.C., and a street mural in San Francisco. Activists also effectively shut down branches of the 20 target banks in San Francisco, Seattle, London and others protested outside of branches in Japan, Switzerland, Sierra Leone, Costa Rica, the Holland, France and Canada.

“It [Line 3] violates Indigenous rights of the Anishinaabe people and their right to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent,” said Stop the Money Pipeline Communications Coordinator Jackie Fielder in a Friday segment on Democracy Now! Actor Mark Ruffalo and Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib both tweeted in support of the #DefundLine3 actions.

The protests are a part of Stop the Money Pipeline’s #DefundLine3 Global Day of Action and come after Enbridge secured a three-year $1.0 billion Sustainability Linked Credit Facility with CIBC, Scotiabank (Bank of Nova Scotia), Bank of Montreal (BMO Capital Markets), RBC Capital Markets and TD Securities. As of November 2020, these banks are also the biggest funders of Enbridge, having dedicated $48.45 billion to the company from 2016 to 2020 – including $9.11 billion in 2020 alone. The details of what makes the new credit facility “sustainability-linked” have not been disclosed. On May 6, a day ahead of the actions, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called on international lending agencies to stop financing major fossil fuel projects, which he said are no longer economic investments. Three tribal nations—the Red Lake Nation, White Earth Nation, and Mille Lacs Bands of Ojibwe—are suing to stop the pipeline in court, arguing that it violates their treaty rights.

According to Enbridge’s Environmental Impact Statement, Line 3 would result in an additional 193 million tons of greenhouse gas being released into the atmosphere each year. According to one study, Line 3 would result in as much additional greenhouse gas being released into the atmosphere as the building of fifty new coal-fired power plants. Already, Enbridge is investigating claims of human trafficking after state documents obtained by the Minnesota Reformer show that the Violence Intervention Project in Thief River Falls requested roughly $250 for hotel rooms for at least two women who say they were assaulted by pipeline workers. 

Key permits for the pipeline were granted to Enbridge by the Trump Administration weeks before Trump left office. Critically, the tide is turning on these destructive projects: President Biden canceled the Keystone XL pipeline on his first day in office, and Governor Whitmer of Michigan recently ordered a shutdown of Enbridge’s Line 5

The protests are part of an ongoing campaign demanding that financial institutions stop financing climate chaos and violations of Indigenous rights. More than 250 people have now been arrested for taking action to stop the construction of Line 3. Since the #DefundLine3 campaign launched in February 2021, activists have sent more than 700,000 emails and 7,000 calendar invites to bank executives, protested at bank branches in 16 states, and made more than 3,000 phone calls, demanding that financial institutions stop funding Line 3.  

The world’s biggest 60 banks have provided $3.8 trillion of financing for fossil fuel companies since the Paris climate deal in 2015, according to a report by a coalition of NGOs, even though a significant proportion of existing reserves must remain in the ground if global heating is to remain below 2C, the main Paris target.

Participating organizations are a part of the Stop the Money Pipeline coalition, a coalition of over 150 organizations focused on holding the financial backers of climate chaos accountable. www.stopthemoneypipeline.com 

Simone Senogles, Red Lake Anishinaabe Citizen, Organizer for Indigenous Environmental Network:  “No amount of greenwashing and PR can absolve these banks from violating indigenous rights and the desolation of Mother Earth. By giving credit lines to Enbridge these institutions are giving the oil company a blank check to attack Anishinaabe people, steal our lands, and further guide this planet into climate chaos. Those who financially back Enbridge are directly implicated in its crimes. To put it bluntly, blood is on their hands.”

Bill McKibben, founder 350.org. “Let’s just say it straight. These banks are trying to profit off the end of the world, and the ongoing desecration of Indigenous land. History will judge them for it, but we’re trying to speed up the process.”

Matt Remle, Lakota, Co-Founder of Mazaska Talks: “The Indian wars never ended. Instead of mining for gold, they’re drilling for oil and gas. Instead of laying railroad tracks through tribal hunting, fishing and gathering grounds, they’re laying pipelines. Wall Street financed Westward expansion and manifest destiny. Wall Street is financing violations against treaty rights and the climate crisis. Tribal opposition and calls for upholding Tribal treaty rights continues to be met with indifference and State sanctioned repression.  Settler colonization never ended. Despite this our peoples continue to resist. It would serve the broader population well to understand that our fight is their fight.”      

Moira Birss, Climate and Finance Director at Amazon Watch: “Wall Street may think it can keep profiting off disrespect for Indigenous rights and desecration of the natural world, but it needs to think again. From the Kichwa in the Amazon to the Anishinaabe in Minnesota, Indigenous peoples and their allies are ramping up resistance, and we will hold accountable the financial enablers of this destruction.”

Carroll Muffett, President, Center for International Environmental Law (Washington, DC/Geneva, Switzerland) “Against the backdrop of rising climate chaos, the continued bankrolling of Line 3 and similar oil and gas infrastructure worldwide is fueling gross and systemic violations of human rights and Indigenous Peoples’ rights at a global scale.  It’s time for the big banks to recognize that they can and will be held accountable for their complicity in those violations.”

Osprey Orielle Lake, Executive Director, Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN): “Financial institutions must be held accountable for their role in financing the destruction of the climate, the violation of Indigenous rights, escalating harms to public health during a pandemic, and increased rates of violence toward Indigenous women living near ‘man camps’ associated with pipeline construction. In solidarity with Indigenous leaders we are calling for fossil fuel divestment to protect the water and climate, and the health and survival of Indigenous communities. As multiple crises in 2021 proliferate, business as usual must not and cannot continue. Now is the time for financial institutions to align with the Paris Agreement, respect human rights, divest from Line 3 and planet-wrecking companies and instead invest in our communities, renewable energy and a regenerative economy. There is no time to lose!”

Alec Connon, Stop the Money Pipeline, Coalition Co-coordinator: “Nearly every major US bank has now promised that they will align their business with the Paris Agreement. But the fact that those exact same banks are continuing to bankroll a tar sands oil pipeline that is completely incompatible with the Paris Agreement and curtailing climate chaos shows just how hollow their promises are.”

Amara Jones- Youth Emergency Auxiliary Service-Sierra Leone: “With current carbon emission rates, we are emitting more carbon than the Earth can properly sequester. Thus, we need solutions that will help the Earth speed up its sequestration process. To restore healthy levels of CO2, we need to sequester one trillion tons of carbon dioxide.”

“Today, Londoners are standing with the water protectors and activists who have been relentlessly campaigning against Line 3.  We want to bring the voices that have been protesting this destructive pipeline to the doorsteps of these banks in London’s financial hub. Billions of dollars have been invested into Line 3 and these institutions are complicit in crushing indigenous treaty rights and the further locking in of the climate crisis. We stand in solidarity calling out these banks to DEFUND LINE 3.” Leila Mimmack, Fossil Free London 

Speaking for a coalition of Boston area organizationsMonty Neill of Extinction Rebellion said:  “We stand with the Anishinaabe people to demand that fossil fuel infrastructure stop being built on their sacred land, and that the U.S. massively cut fossil fuel use and invest in a just transition to green energy that allows Indigenous people autonomy over their energy sources. We join the Anishinaabe in fighting the banks that fund Enbridge, which is building Line 3 across Anishinaabe land.”

Climate activist Alice Arena spoke to the Boston crowd, saying “The banks like TD and Bank of America, the insurance companies like Liberty Mutual, and the stockholders of Enbridge need to have their come to Jesus moment sooner than later. They need to understand that the abuses of the land and water that have been the hallmark of Enbridge’s business model have consequences that will not stop at the border of Weymouth or on the lands of Indigenous nations. The destruction financed by TD and others will come to their doorsteps, too. It’s time to end Enbridge’s ruinous ways by removing their life blood.” Arena is a member of a group fighting against a fracked gas compressor station in Weymouth, Massachusetts, owned by Enbridge. The group is known as the Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station (FRRACS).

“The only reason that projects like Line 3 are able to be built is because banks provide the funding,” said Sherry Pollack, 350Hawaii co-founder.  “Investing in this pipeline represents the utter disregard for Indigenous rights and sovereignty, the contamination of water, and the destruction of our planet. Today, across the country and around the world, we stand in solidarity with the Indigenous-led frontline resistance for the protection of the water and our future against the fossil fuel industry.  Now we are asking the banks, whose side are you on?”

Albuquerque organizer and water protector, Anthony Shemayme, “Enbridge’s bigger proposed Line 3 pipeline is a major threat to our northern Ojibwe relatives and their cultural lifeways. We must stand in solidarity with them and all other indigenous nations facing ongoing threats to the land and water based off of greed. If we truly care for the future generations and their well-being we must all take action now!” 

About her involvement with the global day of action, Emma Hjelle, organizer with University of Minnesota Students for Climate Justice, said “Line 3 is a blatant example of how the destruction of the fossil fuel industry is propped up by big banks like Wells Fargo and Chase, who are not just complacent, but are actively investing in social and environmental harm. If not for financial partnerships with these banks, Enbridge would be unable to continue this project that has already devastated countless acres of indigenous land, and will continue to contribute to the violence of climate change.”

“As a mother, I stand with the Anishinaabe people to protect our precious air, water, land and soil for our future generations. I’m calling on banks to stop funding fossil fuel projects and instead fund renewable energy and conservation projects that help restore our earth and our communities.” Anni Hanna, New Mexico Climate Justice  

Jerome Wagner, Lead Organizer, 350 Charlotte (NC, USA) “10 years ago, over one thousand of us participated in the icon Keystone XL arrests at the White House. The intervening decade has seen its ups and downs as far as climate action is concerned. On balance, though, we have not gone far since 2011. At this time of accelerating climate chaos, tar sands if the wrong energy source. At this time of accelerating climate chaos, oil pipelines are the wrong investment. We stand shoulder to shoulder with the Protectors in Minnesota as they resist construction of the Enbridge Line 3 project. We call on Bank of America – headquartered here in Charlotte – to Defund Line 3 NOW! No more investor dollars to fossil fuel expansion. Defund Line 3 NOW.” 

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Ancient rituals, bread-making skills win cultural heritage status

Ancient rituals, bread-making skills win cultural heritage status – Tehran%20Times

TEHRAN – A total of eleven cultural elements passed down from generation to generation in Fars province have been registered in the National Intangible Cultural Heritage list.

The Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts on Saturday announced the inscriptions in a letter to the governor-general of the southern province, CHTN reported.

Three separate traditional skills of bread-making which have long been practiced across the province are among the items added to the list. 

The list also includes harvesting ritual in the city of Lar, the ceremony of reciting Shahnameh, the epic magnum opus of Persian poet Ferdowsi in Dezhkord, and the local costumes of Izadkhast. 

The skill of making halva – a kind of traditional sweet dessert as well as the talent of making Ash, a traditional slow-cooked, thick soup made with chickpeas, beans, noodles, and fresh herbs were also inscribed on the prestigious list. 

Iranian flatbread is produced by cooking fermented dough, basically made from wheat flour, yeast, and water. Several additives may be added to the wheat flour-yeast-water dough to increase the shelf life of bread and improve its sweetness, quality, or even nutritional value.

The most commonly used additives are vegetables (such as potato, onion, and spinach), fruits and nuts (such as raisins, walnuts, and peanuts), seeds (such as poppy, cumin, and sesame), salt, sugars, lipids, milk, egg, spices, and food starches.

The ancient region of Fars, also spelled Pars or Persis, was the heart of the Achaemenian Empire (550–330 BC), which was founded by Cyrus the Great and had its capital at Pasargadae. Darius I the Great moved the capital to nearby Persepolis in the late 6th or early 5th century BC.

The capital city of Shiraz is home to some of the country’s most magnificent buildings and sights. Increasingly, it draws more and more foreign and domestic sightseers flocking into this provincial capital which was the literary capital of Persia during the Zand dynasty from 1751 to 1794.

Hafezieh (mausoleum of Hafez, an illustrious 14th-century Persian poet), the UNESCO-registered Persepolis, and Sadi mausoleum are some of the most-visited sites in the province.

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Why have tensions escalated in Jerusalem?

More than 200 Palestinians and 17 Israeli officers were injured in Jerusalem on Friday.

The violence took place after thousands of worshippers gathered at Al-Aqsa mosque for their weekly Friday prayers and were met with a heavy police presence.

Israel’s police forces fired rubber bullets and grenades and made arrests.

It comes after nightly protests broke out at the start of the holy month of Ramadan over police restrictions at a popular gathering place.

The demonstrations were reignited in recent days by the threatened eviction of dozens of Palestinians from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of east Jerusalem, which is claimed by both sides in the decades-old conflict.

Sheikh Jarrah

The Sheikh Jarrah district is home to the descendants of refugees who were expelled or displaced during the 1948 Palestine war in what became known by Palestinians as the “catastrophe” (Nakba).

In 1956, 28 refugee families were given housing units in an agreement between the UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency) and the Jordan government, to help provide shelter for the families as part of a resettlement agreement. This meant that the families were to receive legal titles and ownership of the land, but this never happened and led to an ongoing legal battle.

Following the Israeli occupation of the West Bank in 1967, settlers have claimed ownership of the land, despite international law stating that they have no legal authority over the population it occupies. However, settler groups have filed several successful lawsuits to forcefully evict Palestinians from Sheikh Jarrah since 1972.

In 2002, 43 Palestinians were forced to evacuate their homes, leaving many displaced.

Six years later the Hanoun and Ghawi families were forced to leave their homes behind and in 2017 the Shamasneh family were also evicted from their home by Israeli settlers.

Recent tensions

On Sunday, the Jerusalem District Court stated that six more Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah must leave their homes despite living there for many generations.

Israel’s supreme court will be host another hearing on the issue on Monday as the country celebrates the occupation of East Jerusalem in what is known as ‘Jerusalem Day’.

The United States said it was “deeply concerned” about both the violence and the threatened evictions, and was in contact with leaders on both sides to try and de-escalate tensions.“ It is critical to avoid steps that exacerbate tensions or take us farther away from peace,” the U.S. State Department said in a statement.

The European Union also urged calm. It said the potential evictions were of “serious concern,” adding that such actions are “illegal under international humanitarian law and only serve to fuel tensions on the ground. Neighbouring Jordan, which made peace with Israel in 1994 and is the custodian of Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem, has also condemned Israel’s actions, as has the Gulf kingdom of Bahrain, which normalised relations with Israel last year in a US-brokered deal.

“We will not recognise this property as belonging to settlers. We have lived in these homes for over 60 years and we will only leave our homes when we are carried to our graves,” Saleh Diab, a resident of Sheikh Jarrah, told AJ Plus.

Political leaders, activists and social influencers have been voicing their concern and dismay regarding the current situation in Jerusalem, with the hashtag ‘#SaveSheikhJarrah’ trending on social media.

The UN, meanwhile, has said Israel’s forced evictions of Palestinians “are a potential war crime”.

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The Woke CIA PsyOp

The Woke CIA PsyOp

Abby Martin explains what’s behind the cringe ‘Humans of CIA’ recruitment ad promoting themselves as a place of ‘intersectional’ social progress.

“Recently the CIA released a video that was pretty shocking, embracing a radical inclusivity in the agency. It’s now known as the “woke CIA ad.” Ad; “I am a woman of color. I am a mom. I am a cis-gender millennial who has been diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. I am intersectional. I refuse to internalize misguided patriarchal ideas of what a woman can or should be.”

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Covid-19 vaccine patent waiver ‘not a magic bullet,’ European Council chief warns

European Council President Charles Michel has said that waiving intellectual property rights on Covid-19 vaccines won’t help poorer countries.

“We don’t think, in the short term, that it’s the magic bullet,” Michel said during a meeting of EU leaders in Porto, Portugal, adding that Brussels is ready to discuss “concrete” US proposals on intellectual property rights of vaccines.

Instead, vaccine producers should boost deliveries overseas, he said. “We encourage all the partners to facilitate the export of [vaccine] doses.”

Michel’s comments echoed those of French President Emmanuel Macron, who on Friday argued that global distribution of vaccines and not the potential relinquishing of patent rights was “the main issue” in terms of fighting the pandemic.

Also on rt.com Macron dismisses vaccine patent waiver push, blames ‘Anglo Saxons’ for blocking exports of Covid jabs, raw ingredients

Macron said that the US and UK use nearly all of the vaccines they produce to immunize their own populations, and urged “the Anglo-Saxons” to stop hindering the export of vaccines and their ingredients.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen pointed out that about a half of European-made coronavirus vaccines were shipped to nearly 90 countries, including those in the World Health Organization-backed scheme aimed at providing fair and equitable access to immunization. 

“We invite all those who engage in the debate of a waiver for IP rights also to join us to commit to be willing to export a large share of what is being produced in that region,” von der Leyen said.

US President Joe Biden previously promised to ramp up the production and export of the American-made Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines “as quickly as we can.” US Trade Representative Katherine Kai announced that the US will discuss the issue of wavering intellectual property rights on Covid-19 vaccines at the World Trade Organization. 

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Covid cancellation fears for Hungary’s festival season this summer

There is uncertainty in Hungary over which concerts and festivals will go ahead this summer, if any, amid confusion over the government’s coronavirus rules.

A representative for the prime minister’s office, Gergely Gulyas, told Euronews that it was realistic for mass events to take place only after five million vaccinations had been deployed.

But this information is not being seen as helpful because it is not possible to plan ahead and the biggest events have already been cancelled for the year.

“Some of the larger events have cancelled this year’s events, such as the Sziget Festival, the Balaton Sound or the Fezen Festival and replaced them with smaller events,” said Natalia Oszko-Jakab, co-chair of the Hungarian Tourist Programme Foundation.

“But a lot of the organisers still persevere and we hope that it will really be possible to organise festivals, at least with a certificate of protection or COVID-immunity.”

There is also uncertainty for musicians.

Szabolcs Arkosi is one of the frontmen of the band Los Orangutanes but instead of making music, he is working in a vintage clothing store.

By May each year, he usually knows his entire summer concert programme — but not this year.

“According to the organisers of the events and based on my experience from the previous years, most of the festivals are fully set up by March and the performers are selected. This year no one knows very much about it,” he said.

The Kobuci Garden is one of the most popular concert venues in Budapest but it is now empty as organisers are unable to plan ahead.

The season should have started in April and concerts would be held six days a week, which was also arranged in advance this year.

“There are a lot of scenarios but there’s nothing to adjust to, so we don’t know what the government’s intentions are,” said Gabor Kaszap, chief executive of Kobuci Kert.

“Our programme is already organised, and we’ll try to reorganise it two or three weeks in advance, to coordinate it with the bands.

“But if we don’t do this now, then when? Under what circumstance? Uncertainty is the biggest problem at the moment.”

Festival organisers hope they’ll soon be given a date when events can go ahead and told what restrictions will be in place.

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Bomb Kills At Least 25 Near Girls’ School In Afghanistan Capital

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A bomb exploded near a girl’s school in a majority Shiite district of west Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 25 people, many them young pupils between 11 and 15 years old, Afghan government spokesmen said. The Taliban condemned the attack apparently aimed at civilians, and denied any responsibility.

Ambulances were rushing to evacuate wounded from the scene of the blast near Syed Al-Shahda school, in the Shiite majority neighborhood of Dasht-e-Barchi, Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said.

Residents in the area said the explosion was deafening. One, Naser Rahimi, told The Associated Press he heard three separate explosions, although there was no official confirmation of multiple blasts. Rahimi also said he believed that the sheer power of the explosion meant the death toll would almost certainly climb.

Afghan school students are treated at a hospital after a bomb explosion near a school in west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday



Afghan school students are treated at a hospital after a bomb explosion near a school in west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, May 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

While no one has claimed responsibility for the bombing, previous brutal attacks in the same neighborhood have been claimed by the Afghan Islamic State affiliate.

The radical Sunni Muslim group has declared war on Afghanistan’s minority Shiite Muslims. Washington blamed IS for a vicious attack last year in a maternity hospital in the same area that killed pregnant women and newborn babies.

In Dasht-e-Barchi, angry crowds attacked the ambulances and even beat health workers as they tried to evacuate the wounded, Health Ministry spokesman Ghulam Dastigar Nazari said. He implored residents to cooperate and allow ambulances free access to the site.

Images circulating on social media purportedly showed bloodied school backpacks and books strewn across the street in front if the school, and smoke rising above the neighborhood.

At one nearby hospital, Associated Press journalists saw at least 20 dead bodies lined up in hallways and rooms, with dozens of wounded people and families of victims pressing through the facility.

Outside the Muhammad Ali Jinnah Hospital, dozens of people lined up to donate blood, while family members checked casualty posted lists on the walls.

Both Arian and Nazari said that at least 50 people were also wounded, and that the casualty toll could rise. The attack occurred just as the fasting day came to an end.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, and Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told reporters in a message that only the Islamic State group could be responsible for such a heinous crime. Mujahid also accused Afghanistan’s intelligence agency of being complicit with IS, although he offered no evidence.

Afghan men try to identify the dead bodies at a hospital after a bomb explosion near a school west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sat



Afghan men try to identify the dead bodies at a hospital after a bomb explosion near a school west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, May 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

The Taliban and the Afghan government have traded accusations over a series of targeted killings of civil society workers, journalists and Afghan professionals. While IS has taken responsibility for some of those killings, many have gone unclaimed.

IS has previously claimed attacks against minority Shiites in the same area, last year claiming two brutal attacks on education facilities that killed 50 people, most of them students.

Even as the IS has been degraded in Afghanistan, according to government and US officials, it has stepped-up its attacks particularly against Shiite Muslims and women workers.

Earlier the group took responsibility for the targeted killing of three women media personnel in eastern Afghanistan.

The attack comes days after the remaining 2,500 to 3,500 American troops officially began leaving the country. They will be out by Sept. 11 at the latest. The pullout comes amid a resurgent Taliban, who control or hold sway over half of Afghanistan.

The top U.S. military officer said Sunday that Afghan government forces face an uncertain future and possibly some “bad possible outcomes” against Taliban insurgents as the withdrawal accelerates in the coming weeks.

Associated Press Photographer Rahmat Gull and Kathy Gannon in Islamabad, Pakistan contributed to this report

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Domino effect: Canada announces Durban IV boycott after US, Australia

Canada will not take part in events marking the 20th anniversary of the World Conference Against Racism in Durban, known as Durban IV, because of the antisemitism and anti-Israel nature of the original event.The announcement came soon after Australia said it would not attend, and several days after the US also said it would boycott the conference.“Canada remains committed, at home and abroad, including at the UN, to advancing human rights, inclusion and combating antisemitism, islamophobia and systemic racism in all its forms,” Global Affairs Canada spokesman Grantly Franklin said.“Canada opposes initiatives at the United Nations and in other multilateral forums that unfairly single out and target Israel for criticism.‎“Canada is concerned that the Durban Process has and continues to be used to push for anti-Israel sentiment and as a forum for antisemitism. That is why we do not plan to attend or participate in events surrounding the 20th anniversary of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action,” the spokesman added.The conference is scheduled for September 22 in New York.Canadian MP Anthony Housefather tweeted that he is “very pleased” by the decision.

“The Durban process has and continues to be used to push anti-Israel sentiment and as a forum for antisemitism,” Housefather wrote. “We join our allies the US and Australia in saying a firm ‘no’ to attendance.”The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA, said it “appreciates the decision by the government of Canada not to attend Durban IV.“Since Durban II (2009), the Durban Process has been tainted by antisemitism and anti-Israel sentiment,” CIJA stated. Now that Canada has joined the US and Australia in reiterating its rejection of the Durban Process, we hope that other allies will follow suit. Racism and antisemitism should never be given any platform,”On Thursday, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his country would not participate in Durban IV.“We will not associate Australia with one-sided and contentious language that singles out Israel or an event that champions such language,” Morrison said at an event of the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce in Melbourne.“This is entirely consistent with my government’s very strong voting position on UN General Assembly resolutions, in the Human Rights Council and elsewhere. We will continue that same approach to Durban IV later this year.”The 2001 World Conference Against Racism, also known as Durban I, after the South African city in which it took place, was a hotbed of antisemitic and anti-Israel messages, and is thought to mark when anti-Israel activists began using apartheid as an accusation against Israel.An early draft of the resolution adopted at the Governmental Conference at Durban equated Zionism with racism, leading the US and Israel to withdraw from the conference. The final draft did not condemn Zionism as racist, but the Israel-Palestinian conflict is the only one listed specifically under the section on “victims of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.”The NGO Forum at Durban approved a resolution calling Israel a “racist apartheid state” and accusing it of genocide. Antisemitic materials, such as The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, were distributed at the event. Durban Conference secretary-general Mary Robinson refused to accept the document over the language, saying “there was horrible antisemitism present.”A US State Department spokesperson told The Jerusalem Post last week that it would not take part.“The United States will not attend or participate in any events commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action or the World Conference on Racism, which preceded it,” the State Department spokesperson stated on Monday. “The United States stands with Israel, and has always shared its concerns over the Durban process’s anti-Israel sentiment, use as a forum for antisemitism, and freedom of expression issues.”France is also expected to pull out, a diplomatic source said, but has not yet issued an official statement.A German foreign official said Berlin had yet to decide on the matter.Responding to a Parliamentary Question from Baroness Deech last Month, UK Minister of State for the Commonwealth and UN, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon noted “the antisemitic actions and speeches in and around” Durban III.He said the UK will consider its attendance at Durban IV in light of developments between now and September, to gauge how likely the conference is to host antisemitism again.The US did not participate in the Durban II and III follow-up conferences in 2009 and 2011, respectively, because as US president Barack Obama explained in 2009, the original conference “became a session through which folks expressed antagonism toward Israel in ways that were oftentimes completely hypocritical and counterproductive.”Israel, Canada, Italy, Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Poland also boycotted the conference. In 2011, for Durban III, the number of countries boycotting rose to 14. Source

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The Political Correctness of Hong Kong’s Tycoons

On May 4, Robin Zeng Yuqun, a new immigrant from mainland China, replaced Li Ka-shing as the richest man in Hong Kong when his net worth soared along with the company’s stock prices. In the context of Beijing’s “patriots ruling Hong Kong,” his new status attracted additional attention.

In Forbes’ real-time billionaires list, Zeng’s net worth stood at US$34.5 billion that day, surpassing Li by US$0.2 billion.

However, on May 6, Zeng’s wealth dropped to US$34.1 billion putting Li Ka-shing back on the throne as Hong Kong’s richest man.

According to Forbes, Zeng, is founder and chairman of Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL), one of the world’s largest suppliers of batteries for electric vehicles, headquartered in Ningde, Fujian Province.

With reference to Forbes’ April 6 data, Zeng’s wealth increased by more than US$6 billion in just one month.

According to a Chinese finance report, Zeng owns a 24.53 percent stake in CATL. The market boom of electric vehicles helped his wealth grow.

He gained residency in Hong Kong following the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme of Hong Kong in 2005.

Does Beijing trust tycoons in Hong Kong?

In Sept. 2010, Xi Jinping, then vice chairman of the regime, did an official tour to Ningde and asked local officials to “expand on large projects and leap on development.”

The next year, Zeng established CATL in his hometown, Ningde.

CATL was listed on the Second-board Market of the Shenzhen Stock Exchange at an initial stock price of RMB 25.14 ($3.91) on June 11, 2018. CATL’s initial market value was RMB 54.6 billion ($8.48 billion).

Before the listing, its share values were being touted by the Chinese brokers. For instance, Caitong Securities stated that CATL was expected to become a leader in power batteries in China and even the world.

At the end of 2020, the Chinese State Council launched the “New Energy Automobile Industry Development Plan (2021-2035)” to promote development of the new energy automobile industry, which raised CATL stock price once again. Based on the opening price of RMB 111.3 ($17.22) on Jan. 6, 2020 and the closing price of RMB 388.17 ($60.05) on April 30, 2021, the stock price of CATL rose by 249 percent in that time. As of April 30, CATL had a market value of RMB 904.2 billion ($139.87 billion).

At present, CATL’s Chinese market partners include electric vehicle makers such as Tesla, Geely Automobile, and NIO, as well as traditional automobile manufacturers such as FAW-Volkswagen and BMW Brilliance.

Zeng gaining the richest man in Hong Kong title was reported frequently in China and Hong Kong. However, when CATL stock price fell two days later and Li Ka-shing regained his title, the media rarely mentioned it.

Li Ka-shing’s wealth has grown steadily, with an increase of approximately US$600 million based on US$33.7 billion a month ago. However, since Beijing implemented the “Hong Kong version of the National Security Law” and passed the “Patriot Ruling Hong Kong,” Hong Kong’s tycoons have been at the forefront of public opinion.

Beijing targets Hong Kong’s real estate tycoons

On March 7, vice premier Han Zheng proposed to solve Hong Kong’s housing problem at the Two Sessions, China’s top annual political meeting. After that, a wave of struggles against landlords, similar to what occurred during the Cultural Revolution, began in Hong Kong.

Local real estate developers were heavily criticized. For instance, the Bauhinia Party blamed housing problems for the 2019 street protests, referring to the social disparity that caused social unrest that year.

Hong Kong’s Bauhinia Party is a pro-Beijing party formed in 2020 by China born pro-Beijing financial professionals.

On March 16, Bloomberg reported that the four property tycoons in Hong Kong—the Kwok Tak-seng family, the Lee Shau-kee family, the Li Ka-shing family, and the Cheng Yu-tung family—have become the scapegoats of Beijing.

In mid-April, Hong Kong began to implement the so-called electoral system reform plan passed by Beijing’s rubber stamp legislature. Among the newly added pro-Beijing patriotic groups, the influential Federation of Hong Kong Chiu Chow Community Organizations, with Li Ka-shing as the honorary president, was excluded from the election committee.

In addition, on April 27, Li Ka-shing’s Cheung Kong Asset Holdings provided the Hong Kong Stock Exchange a detailed  valuation report of its property assets, which indicated a total value of approximately HK$500 billion ($64.4 billion), considerably higher than the Cheung Kong Group’s current market value of HK$181.1 billion ($23.3 billion).

The 885-page report disclosed the Cheung Kong Holdings properties in many locations around the world. Prepared by Cushman & Wakefield, the valuation of 198 properties in China and Hong Kong exceeded HK$420 billion ($54 billion). Among them, 71 properties in mainland China were valued at HK$133.5 billion ($17.2 billion), and 127 real estate projects in Hong Kong were valued at 290.3 billion yuan ($37.4 billion).

On April 28, Hong Kong’s Apple Daily columnist Gu Rong wrote in a commentary that Cheung Kong’s voluntary release of the report was probably done for one main audience—the Communist regime.

Gu wrote that for many years, whenever Li Ka-shing’s companies sold assets in China and Hong Kong, it was considered an act of withdrawal and cash out, and the little pinks (China’s online warriors) would exclaim, “Don’t let the superman run away.”

He stated that the valuation report was meant to show the world that the assets were underestimated and more importantly, show loyalty to Beijing. “Under the premise that everything has to be politically correct at this time, owning 200 properties and hundreds of billions of assets in China and Hong Kong would ensure others its insistence to invest and develop in China and Hong Kong,” Gu wrote.

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France arrests neo-Nazi group planning violent attack

PARIS, France — Three members of a neo-Nazi group arrested in eastern France on suspicion of planning an attack on a masonic lodge have been charged, a judicial source said Saturday.

The suspects, two men aged 29 and 56 and a 53-year-old woman, were indicted on Friday evening by a Paris anti-terrorist judge on suspicion of forming a “terrorist criminal association,” the source added.

Three others also arrested on Tuesday — two men and a woman — have since been released.

Belonging to a group calling itself “Honor and Nation,” the suspects are believed to have planned a violent attack, although they were not on the verge of carrying it out, a source familiar with the investigation said.

They were arrested based on their communications, research into explosives, and scouting of the potential target.

The probe is just the latest into France’s far-right scene.

Last month anti-terror prosecutors requested a trial for nine members of a group calling itself OAS that was dismantled in 2017, suspected of targeting senior politicians or French Muslims.

Another organization suspected of planning attacks on Muslims, AFO, was taken down in 2018, the same year as still another group was believed to have been preparing an attempt on French President Emmanuel Macron’s life.

Further anti-terrorist probes relate to a neo-Nazi group suspected of targeting Jewish and Muslim places of worship and to a white supremacist who admired the perpetrator of the 2019 attack on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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Texas Man Arrested on Smuggling Charges After 41 Immigrants Found Inside Semi-Truck

A man was taken into custody on Thursday after being accused of smuggling more than three dozen illegal immigrants who were found in and around a large tractor-trailer that was stopped by local authorities near San Antonio in Texas.

Aron Bernard Griffin, 49, from Dallas was arrested on federal criminal charges that include one count of smuggling undocumented noncitizens. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement.

A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Police were notified by several concerned citizens after they saw a group of people inside the rig that Griffin was allegedly driving.

“The tractor-trailer was located at a gas station on Interstate Highway 10 East in San Antonio,” police said. “Forty-one undocumented noncitizens were found at the scene and were detained by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agents.”

Prosecutors said Griffin told federal agents that he had made an agreement with another person to pick up the illegal immigrants in Laredo and transport them to San Antonio for money.

One of the immigrants was taken to a hospital for dehydration, San Antonio Fire Department spokesperson Joe Arrington said Thursday, The Associated Press reported.

The apprehensions of people crossing, or attempting to cross, the border illegally have substantially increased in recent months.

Border Patrol agents detained more than 150,000 illegal border crossers in March, former Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Mark Morgan said—a 50,000 increase in comparison to the previous month.

A further 30,000 evaded capture, according to Morgan, who has received the provisional CBP numbers from internal sources.

“The border is wide open. … It’s not secure. Drugs are pouring in, and criminal aliens are pouring in right now,” Morgan said during a press conference along the Rio Grande on March 30.

Charlotte Cuthbertson contributed to this report.

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Handicraft courses help create jobs for inmates

Handicraft courses help create jobs for inmates – Tehran%20Times

TEHRAN – Training courses in different fields of handicraft are currently being held in prisons across Markazi province, the provincial tourism chief has said. 

On average, some 800 to 1,000 inmates are annually trained to make various handicrafts including kilim, pottery, mosaics, and cutting precious stones annually, Mostafa Marzban announced on Thursday. 

The courses aim at providing job opportunities for the prisoners after their release as well as motivating them and promoting handicraft fields as sources of income, the official added. 

Tourism ministry helps empower inmates

In October 2020, the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts signed a memorandum of understanding with the Prisons, Security, and Corrective Measures Organization to create jobs and make income for prisoners.

The MOU also aimed at implementing special educational and promotional programs, identifying talented prisoners, and improving their social status.

The deputy tourism minister Pouya Mahmoudian said that handicraft products made by prisoners have been displayed in various exhibitions, and the income generated from selling these products has been returned to the prisoners and their families.

With 14 entries, Iran ranks first globally for the number of cities and villages registered by the World Crafts Council, as China with seven entries, Chile with four, and India with three ones come next.

In January 2020, the cities of Shiraz, Malayer, and Zanjan and the village of Qassemabad were designated by the WCC- Asia Pacific Region, putting Iran’s number of world crafts cities and villages from ten to 14.

Shiraz was named a “world city of [diverse] handicrafts”. Malayer was made a global hub for woodcarving and carved-wood furniture. Zanjan gained the title of a “world city of filigree”. And Qassemabad village, which is nationally known for its traditional costumes, was also promoted to a world hub of handicrafts. Chador Shab, a kind of homemade outer-garment for women, was, however, the main subject for the WCC assessment for the village.

Iran exported $523 million worth of handicrafts during the calendar year 1398 (ended March 19, 2020). Of the figure, some $273 million worth of handicrafts were exported officially through customs, and about $250 million was earned via suitcase trade (allowed for customs-free and tax-free transfer) through various provinces, according to data provided by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts.

Ceramics, pottery vessels, handwoven cloths as well as personal ornamentations with precious and semi-precious gemstones are traditionally exported to Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany, the U.S., the UK, and other countries.

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Blast near girls’ school in Afghan capital kills at least 40

A bomb blast near a girls’ school in the Afghan capital Kabul has killed at least 40 people, many of them children, according to a government spokesman.

The explosion struck a majority Shiite district in the west of the city.

It was condemned by the Taliban, which denied any responsibility.

No other group has claimed immediate responsibility, although previous attacks have been attributed to the Afghan affiliate of the Islamic State group.

The IS faction, a radical Sunni group, has a history of brutal attacks on Afghanistan’s minority Shiite population.

Ambulances were rushing to evacuate wounded from the scene of the blast near Syed Al-Shahda school, in the Shiite majority neighborhood of Dasht-e-Barchi.

Government spokesmen said at least 50 people had been wounded in the attack.

It happened days after the remaining 2,500 to 3,500 American troops officially began leaving the country as part of a withdrawal announced by President Joe Biden.

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Major Cruise Company Suggests Skipping Florida’s Ports Because of Vaccine Passport Ban

Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line said it may avoid Florida ports because of the Sunshine State’s vaccine passport ban.

“But at the end of the day, cruise ships have motors, propellers, and rudders. And God forbid we can’t operate in the state of Florida for whatever reason, then there are other states that we do operate from. And we can operate from the Caribbean for ships that otherwise would have gone to Florida,” Norwegian President and Chief Executive Officer Frank J. Del Rio told reporters on Thursday during an earnings call for the first quarter of 2021.

He said all cruise companies want to operate in Florida because the market is “lucrative” and hoped the disputes over the vaccine passport ban can be solved.

“We hope that this hasn’t become a legal football or a political football,” he said.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis codified the prohibition of COVID-19 vaccine passports by signing Florida Senate Bill 2006 into law on May 3. He initiated the ban through an executive order in August.

The new law will be effective on July 1, 2021.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to the media about the cruise industry during a press conference at PortMiami in Miami, Florida, on April 8, 2021. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Florida Senate Bill 2006 prohibits a business entity from requiring patrons or customers to provide documentation certifying vaccination against or recovery from COVID-19. It also forbids governments and schools from requiring vaccination proof.

DeSantis, a Republican who is widely regarded as a potential 2024 presidential candidate, strongly advocated the reopening of the cruise industry and repeatedly criticized the CDC for not doing it. However, the new law may potentially create disputes between the Florida government and the cruise company as the latter intends to require all crew members and passengers to be vaccinated.

“I think everyone should be wanting to start cruising in the safest possible manner, and that’s exactly what the Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings plan does, 100 percent vaccination of both crew and passengers. For the life of me, I don’t understand 98 percent and not 100 percent,” the Norwegian CEO said during the earnings call.

The company will require full vaccination even if the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other cruise companies choose not to, he said.

The Biden administration said in March that they are not creating COVID-19 vaccine passports, but officials are working with private companies to set guidelines for the systems, which people can use to show proof they’ve been vaccinated.

COVID-19, the disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, was first reported in Wuhan City, China, back in December 2019. The outbreak became a severe global pandemic and has infected over 157 million people and caused over 3.2 million deaths since then, according to government data collected by Johns Hopkins University.

The true number of infections and deaths is believed to be inaccurate because data from the Chinese regime is highly doubtful.

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Mar-a-Lago: Trump can live full-time at club as ‘bona fide employee’, Palm Beach attorney rules

Palm Beach’s town attorney has ruled that Donald Trump is permitted to live at his Mar-a-Lago Club full-time as a “bona fide employee”.

John “Skip” Randolph had previously issued a letter to the town council recommending that they allow the former president to live at the property, despite a 1993 agreement with the city that prohibited it from being used as a residence.

Strict rules regarding how long members may stay at the club were enforced when its use was switched from a private residence to a for-profit club and resort.

However, town zoning rules permit private clubs to allow accommodation to employees and Mr Randolph is satisfied that Mr Trump fits the criteria, Palm Beach Daily News reports.

Mr Trump’s attorney, John Marion, had previously provided the town with evidence that the former president was very much involved in the running of the club.

A list of his duties comprised of: “overseeing the property, evaluating the performance of employees, suggesting improvements to the club’s operations, reviewing the club’s financials, attending events, greeting guests and recommending candidates for membership.”

The news comes as the Trump family prepares to decamp to their residence at their Bedminster, New Jersey golf club for the summer, as they do every year when the weather becomes too hot in Florida and hurricane season approaches.

Residents of Palm Beach had complained about the presence of the former president citing the rules about how long members may stay at Mar-a-Lago, but regulations regarding employees specifically mention those that are “sole proprietors” of the club.

“This guy, as he wanders the property, is like the mayor of the town of Mar-a-Lago, if you will,” Mr Marion told the council at a meeting in February.

“He’s always present, he’s ever-present. And he loves it there. And he loves the people that he sees there.”

Read more: Everything we know about Trump’s new Florida home

Mr Trump has owned Mar-a-Lago since 1985, converting it to a members’ club in 1993 when his financial woes forced him to reassess his assets. It was at that point local authorities imposed the current regulations.

The council had previously been briefed on Mr Trump’s involvement in the running of the club, and the ownership of Mar-a-Lago Club LLC, which was transferred back into his name on 25 January having been held in trust while he was president.

Mr Marion said that he understood what an imposition it was on neighbours having a sitting president regularly visit, but now things are different and the police and Secret Service presence has decreased.

If Mr Trump had to move to one of the other four properties he owns in the vicinity of the club, the disruption would be much worse, Mr Marion argued.

The Spanish colonial-revival style mansion was built by cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, with construction completed in 1927. It is the 22nd largest house in the US – the White House comes in at number 33.

On the death of Ms Post in 1973, she bequeathed the 17-acre estate to the federal government as a Winter White House for the use of presidents and visiting dignitaries. However, neither the Nixon nor Carter administrations were interested in using it.

In 1980 Mar-a-Lago was declared a National Historic Landmark and in 1981 it was returned to the Post Foundation, which listed it for sale at $20m.

Mr Trump eventually purchased the property for between $7m and $10m.

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Van Morrison’s ‘They Own the Media’ faced with antisemitism claims

Singer-songwriter Van Morrison received backlash for his newly released song “They Own the Media,” and although it does not specifically name Jews, many are calling him out for using an antisemitic trope as it runs closely in line with the QAnon conspiracies. The song is one of 28 Morrison released on May 7, in his new album “Latest Record Project,” which includes songs such as “Why Are You On Facebook,” “The Long Con,” and “Stop Bitching. Do Something.”Two-time Grammy Award winner and creator of the iconic song “Brown Eyed Girl,” Morrison had already stirred headlines in the last year for spreading a negative rhetoric towards coronavirus safety protocols. This included, according to The Forward, calling out the UK social distancing restrictions and other government instated restrictions related to the virus.This is not the first time Morrison has been accused of hiding antisemitism within his lyrics. In 2005, Morrison came under fire for his song “They Sold Me Out,” as he reportedly spun tunes of antisemitism within its lyrics as well.Many reviews of the new album mentioned that it could be an antisemitic trope.Many of the reviewers – from places like insidehook.com, Stereogum, Pitchfork and The Guardian, among others – could feel and sense the air of conspiracy and tinfoil hat theories throughout the album, as many could ascertain after just reading through the song list.Alexis Petridis, who writes for The Guardian, noted that his song Western Man has some “troubling alt-right-y stuff about how the west’s ‘rewards’ have been ‘stolen by foreigners unknown’ and we should be ‘prepared to fight,’” and added that he believes there is some conspiracy by “shadowy forces” to silence his efforts to promote his opinions, giving lyrical examples noting the fears.

“It’s MI5 this and mind-control that, secret ‘meetings in the forest,’ mainstream media lies and Kool Aid being drunk by the gallon,” Petridis wrote in her review.”Clearly the shadowy forces of the establishment need to up their game a bit,” she quipped.While the professional reviewers each noted the presence of the pro-QAnon, anti-lockdown, anti-establishment theories through his lyrics, many on social media merely had to read the song list.Tom Breihan, who writes for Stereogum, ultimately described the song as having “a title that sure seems to be an antisemitic trope.” “Maybe it’s satire. Maybe the ‘they’ of the title doesn’t refer to any specific group of people,” Breihan wrote, before saying: “But when you consider that this man just went on a months-long COVID-denial tantrum, we have every right to be suspicious about this one.”
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UAE, Bahrain pan Israel’s ‘storming’ of Al-Aqsa, amid international condemnation

The international community, including Israel’s Arab allies, condemned the Jewish state Saturday for the violence in Jerusalem a day earlier that saw 200 Palestinians and 17 Israeli police officers wounded, as well as for pending evictions of Palestinians in East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

The United Arab Emirates, which normalized relations with Israel last year and has so far had warm ties with the country, expressed “deep concern over the violence” in Jerusalem. It condemned “Israeli authorities’ storming of the Holy Al-Aqsa Mosque” as well as plans to evict East Jerusalem residents.

Abu Dhabi added that Israel must protect Palestinian rights to practice their religion. It said Israel had a “responsibility for de-escalation” and urged it to “end all attacks and practices that lead to continued tension.”

Bahrain, which also established ties with Israel last year as part of the Abraham Accords, expressed “strong condemnation” over Israel’s actions on the Temple Mount, saying it must “stop these rejected provocations against the people of Jerusalem, and work to prevent its forces from attacking worshipers in this holy month.”

The widespread clashes and riots in the Al-Aqsa compound followed prayers held there on the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli security forces after riots broke out at the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem, on May 7, 2021. (Ahmad GHARABLI / AFP)

The Gulf nation also condemned the “Israeli plan to evict the citizens of Jerusalem from their homes,” referring to the situation in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, where over 70 Palestinian residents are threatened with eviction and could be replaced by right-wing Jewish nationalists, in a legal battle being waged in Israel’s Supreme Court.

The Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem has long been one of the main flashpoints of Israeli-Palestinian friction. The holiest place in Judaism — as the site of the two biblical temples — is also home to the Muslim holy sites of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock.

Saudi Arabia, which does not have formal relations with Israel but is widely reported to share close clandestine ties with Jerusalem, also rejected plans to evict Palestinians from their homes in Jerusalem, the Kingdom’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Egypt’s Foreign Ministry said Israel “must stop all measures that violate the sanctity of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.” It added that potential evictions were a violation of international law, and reduce the chances of a two-state solution.

Turkey said it “strongly condemns the attacks by Israeli security forces against the Palestinians worshiping in Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

Israel is facing growing international scrutiny over the pending evictions, which the United Nations on Friday said could be a “war crime.”

Russia on Saturday said developments were “perceived with deep concern in Moscow. We strongly condemn attacks against civilians. It called on “all parties to refrain from any steps fraught with the escalation of violence.”

The European Union called on local leaders “to act urgently to de-escalate the current tensions,” saying “violence and incitement are unacceptable and the perpetrators on all sides must be held accountable.”

On Friday, the US urged all sides to act with restraint in Jerusalem, saying it was “critical” to restore calm amid several days of clashes in East Jerusalem.

Palestinians and left-wing activists protest against the expulsion of Palestinian families from their homes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood Sheikh Jarrah, April 16, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

“The United States is extremely concerned about ongoing confrontations in Jerusalem… which have reportedly resulted in scores of injured people,” a statement from State Department spokesman Ned Price said. “There is no excuse for violence, but such bloodshed is especially disturbing now, coming as it does on the last days of Ramadan.”

He said Washington was calling on Israeli and Palestinian officials to “act decisively to deescalate tensions and bring a halt to the violence.”

The recent tensions have raised fears of sparking a wider conflict, with the Hamas terror group in Gaza warning of renewed violence over the issue.

Israeli security forces were on high alert Saturday in preparation for fresh violence in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and along the Gaza border.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement Friday pushing back on criticism of the pending evictions and accused the Palestinian Authority and terror organizations of fanning the tensions.

On Saturday Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with top security officials to assess the situation. “We are acting responsibly to ensure law and order in Jerusalem while maintaining freedom of worship at the holy sites,” Netanyahu said in a statement.

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Former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating rights of George Floyd

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The Justice Department announced
Friday that a federal grand jury has returned indictments against the four
former Minneapolis police officers responsible for causing the death of George
Floyd. In an attempt to establish a pattern of violent behavior, the
prosecution charged Derek Chauvin with deprivation of rights in a separate
incident after he allegedly hit a teenager in the head with a flashlight and
knelt on the back of the handcuffed teen’s neck.

On May 25, 2020, Officers Tou Thao,
Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng, and Derek Chauvin were recorded on video
arresting George Floyd for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill. Despite the
fact that Floyd’s hands were cuffed behind his back, Chauvin knelt against the
back of his neck for nine minutes as several bystanders begged the officers not
to kill Floyd.

Last month, Chauvin was found
guilty on state charges of second degree murder, third degree murder, and
second degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. Thou, Lane, and Kueng
currently face state charges of aiding and abetting both second degree murder
and manslaughter in addition to the federal charges.

On Friday, the federal indictments
against the four former officers were unsealed. All four defendants were
charged with deprivation
of rights
under color of law by willfully failing to aid Floyd, who was “in
clear need of medical care.”

Kueng and Thao face another count
of deprivation of rights for willfully failing to intervene or attempt to stop
Chauvin from using unreasonable force against Floyd. Lane was not charged
because he was recorded on police body cam footage asking Chauvin twice if they
should roll Floyd on his side.
Chauvin denied both requests.

Chauvin was charged with another
count of deprivation of rights under color of law by violating Floyd’s
constitutional right to be free from the use of unreasonable force by a police
officer. Specifically, Chauvin held his left knee across Floyd’s neck, and his
right knee on Floyd’s back and arm, as Floyd lay on the ground, handcuffed and
unresisting, and kept his knees on Floyd’s neck and body even after he became
unresponsive.

According to the second
indictment
unsealed on Friday, Chauvin assaulted a 14-year-old student by
grabbing him by the throat and repeatedly striking him in the head with a
flashlight after the boy refused to get up off the floor. Although the teen was
“lying prone, handcuffed, and unresisting,” Chauvin allegedly choked him unconscious
by kneeling against the back of the boy’s neck on September 4, 2017.

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GDP versus lasting growth

In what feels like a throwback to another era, banks and big business are once again talking about ‘growth’, and economic development. Both of which amount to the same thing to the men and women of money—profit.

After over a year of utter turmoil, death, illness, heartache, social and economic lockdowns, some nations—the wealthy nations who, unlike poor countries, have been able to stock-pile vaccinations and immunize there populations, are opening up. The impact COVID has had on their coffers has been measured and, as the twisted wheels of consumerism begin to churn again, they are evaluating their short term financial prospects and working out how much richer they can become.

In the UK, the head of Barclays Bank recently announced, “The UK economy is on course for its biggest economic boom since 1948”—whoopee! In the midst of the pandemic, the bank, which is Europe’s largest financier of fossil fuels (£20bn in 2020 alone), made record profits in the first three months of 2021 of £2.4 billion, due, to quote the nauseating jargon, to “strong growth in its corporate and investment banking division and an improved mortgage book.” Lending money to ailing businesses mainly, loans that have been guaranteed by the government, so another win-win for the banks.

France and the U.S. have announced ‘growth’ (of 0.4%) in the first quarter of 2021. In UK house prices are once again increasing, announced as if that’s a good thing by greedy estate agents and ideologically-trapped politicians. German financial institutions are forecasting a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increase of 3.7% this year. China has declared GDP growth of 18.3% in the first quarter of 2021, which is the highest ever recorded. In India, where COVID is running wild due to government stupidity and a totally inadequate, criminal underfunded health care system, estimates of GDP growth for the year vary from 10.5%-13%.

All of this ‘growth’ is based on one thing, consumerism, the very same consumerism that caused and is fueling the environmental emergency, which is the greatest crisis of this or any other time. Consumerism has also imprisoned the human spirit, and led to the construction of petty little lives that revolve around the pursuit of pleasure, which is sold as happiness, and the accumulation of stuff, the vast majority of which is not needed. Discontent is maintained, desire constantly inflamed, widespread misery leading to wholesale mental health illness, guaranteed.

And so it goes on, the madness, the ideologically-rooted consumer lunacy in which a tiny number benefit enormously, while the majority struggle to survive.   

Some hoped, prayed, begged, that COVID would bring about a fundamental change in approach; perhaps a period of quiet, of enforced economic withdrawal would allow for a socio-economic re-evaluation, for an influx of common-sense. ‘Build back better’, ‘new normal’, a ‘green recovery’, all such slogans have tripped of the tongues of duplicitous politicians and corporate leaders everywhere. But now as some countries begin to relax controls, the divisive, environmentally destructive pre-COVID patterns are set to be repeated. What will it take, we ask, for substantive change to come about and socio-economic justice to be created?

We, by which I mean the vast majority of people, the masses, are not interested in GDP figures. ‘Growth’ needs to be completely re-defined, released from the narrow confines of an exploitative economic model that is obsessed with profit, is inherently cruel and destructive, and has promoted a set of values and ideals that have caused widespread illness, of people and the planet. What matters to individuals everywhere is not GDP growth, what matters, is the creation of happy, harmonious societies; societies in which governments, businesses and individuals live socially and environmentally responsible lives, where the pressure to become something, to conform to a stereotype and to achieve, is absent or diluted. 

Love as growth

At the heart of any fresh understandings around ‘growth’ must be the cultivation of social justice and trust, which, if brought about, would allow the possibility at least for peace to come into being for the first time in human history. For such a rational shift to occur, the socio-economic order needs to be re-fashioned and perennial values of goodness—cooperation, tolerance, mutual understanding, that unite people actively encouraged. Consumerism, founded on greed, fear and insatiable desire must be allowed to fall away, replaced by sustainable ways of living based sufficiency; competition (subdued somewhat during COVID) between nations, regions, states and cities must soften in light of the recognition that the various interrelated crises of the age, can only be met and overcome by united action.

Focused expressions of goodwill, as seen by community endeavors throughout the world in times of need (COVID pandemic included), unite people, helping to banish tensions and build trust; this is worthy development or growth, and is readily achieved when the habitual urge to compete is negated. 

Individual growth we could describe as the apprehension and expression of who and what we essentially are, of realizing innate potential, and contributing to the well-being of society, thereby strengthening group growth, not financial gain, success and status. And collective growth, which flows from such individual understanding, must be concerned with growth in the expression of love in our world; with the creation of peace and unity and of environmental healing, ending hunger (which could be quickly achieved if the will/love to do so existed) and compassionately responding to the refugee crisis and the global displacement of people. Love, expressed not in emotional, sentimental terms, but love as that driving force for good.

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Appalling surge of anti-Asian violence—with historic roots

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All without one historic act of vengeance on whites.

More predictable acts of copycat violence have struck Asians minding their own business: the latest an 85 year old, San Francisco woman stabbed while waiting for a bus. With no end in sight, dozens of brutal attacks, from New York and Atlanta to the Bay Area, spread the Trump contagion, demonizing the Chinese for solely causing the “Kung Flu.” What other notable dumped such noxious propaganda on gullible fans lusting for vulnerable scapegoats? Yet even manipulated Trumpers who assaulted the Capitol had more justification, symbolic and literal. At least January’s insurrection tried to impede a Congressional vote Trumpers couldn’t abide. What does knifing elderly Asians have to do with China or the COVID plague?

Across western history, and especially against Chinese, such misdirected hate crimes replay serial reigns of terror. Violence erupted a year after the Gold Rush began when newly-arrived white miners harassed, robbed and murdered Chinese newcomers, ever forced to work discarded digs. There were no legitimate courts, and the Sierra far too vast, for indictment, let alone punishment of unrecorded crimes. Racist attacks persisted for over a century — until 60 years of federal exclusion, a multitude of educational, housing and employment discrimination, and travel/immigration barriers finally fell away.

In genocidal terms, by guns, germs or territorial conquest, native populations, residents here for over 10,000 years, were the first, conspicuous targets of Anglo-Saxon domination. Alongside Indian extermination came centuries of chattel slavery, which not only imprisoned kidnapped Africans but exploited offspring in a never-ending cycle, stopped only by civil war. Hardly innocent were other New World conquerors (from Spanish conquest onward) who routinely indentured overwhelmed locals given no choice. The collective, premature death toll remains beyond reckoning.

If we judge by official racist policies, WWII Japanese internment stands as the worst (least justified) U.S. violation of citizen rights. 120,000 loyal Japanese Americans were rounded up, incarcerated and stripped of wealth (despite thousands of their soldier sons battling Japan). Beside this tragic racial legacy, in duration, range, and intensity, Chinese and Asian immigrants have overcome unique burdens, pommeled by racism and injury, even physical expulsion of peaceable residents by mobs – simply for being or looking Chinese. Despite perennial Chinatown gangs, my research, while writing a book on an extraordinary Chinese-American, Look Tin Eli, found no examples of any counter-vengeance by Asians against whites.

Because they looked, ate and worshiped differently from Anglos, and the situation worsened by the severe 1870’s depression, opportunistic politicians and labor rabble-rousers played the outsider race card to the hilt. Chinese immigrants were vilified as barbarians, a “Yellow Peril” unfit for assimilation and thus naturalization. Even before the 1882 enactment of the Chinese Exclusion Act, the first U.S. immigration ban by race and nationality, nativist governments in San Francisco and California’s statehouse plagued the Chinese with unjust laws on work, hair style and living conditions. Exclusion laws, worsened over time, had culture-crushing impacts, only ending in 1943 when FDR desperately needed China’s military alliance to defeat Japan.

The ‘peril’ that built the first railroad

And yet in the 1860s, 12,000+ Chinese workers were imported to build our most important 19th century infrastructure, the Transcontinental Railroad. Decades of poverty, famines, floods and civil disorder had driven worldwide Chinese emigration—and the four railroad tycoons resolved their labor shortage by hiring Chinese at 2/3’s the white labor wage. Untrained Chinese farmers mastered dynamite, blasting tunnels through Sierra granite and losing 1000 lives.

Afterwards, survivors cleared swamps, built canals, ditches and infrastructure that hugely enhanced the West. Despite such positives, mobs of white workers assaulted Chinese and burned out homes, blaming them for “stealing” jobs whites often shunned. And yet, unswerving Chinese bachelors in the thousands (few married, with Asian women barred) kept sending money to poorer families in China.

Thus Trump’s flood of cruel bad jokes about the “Kung Flu” displaced one potent viral pandemic (blatantly mismanaged) with an eventual, predictable violence pandemic against Asians. Fury against domestic Chinese for spreading diseases replays the racist distortion linking Asians with disease, contagion and filth. Ironically, until Trump blustered to distract from his failures, the Chinese had graduated from “barbarians” to the “model minority.” Who doubts the causal linkage between Trump’s racist cudgels and surging anti-Asian violence today?

The violence of scapegoating

Treatment of the Chinese typified a circular, self-fulfilling prophesy: biased nativists set up endless obstacles to assimilation, fixing a minority as perpetually “foreign,” thus reinforcing the original bigotry. Even birthright citizenship in California was not awarded native-born Chinese until an 1884 breakthrough; it took another 14 years before the Supreme Court confirmed the crystal clear language of the 1868 14th Amendment: all native born have full citizenship rights.

Much of this was new to me until last year when I wrote a manuscript on California-born Look Tin Eli. It was his return to San Francisco from China at 14 years-old that triggered the 1884 CA precedent. Look then became a top business leader, orchestrating the restoration of San Francisco’s Chinatown, which then influenced dozens of imitations. Bottom line: the unholy history of how we treated (and treat) Asian immigrants puts the lie to any rhetoric about America as a welcoming, special “melting pot”—let alone, a nation of integrated immigrants.

All in all, Trump’s China bashing is as crudely offensive as it is routine over some 150 years, inflaming today’s know-nothings to misperceive newcomers as noxious enemies when of course they are what make America great. There’s always the chance that appalling violence against Asian grandmas will awaken, as does Black Lives Matter and police brutality, the infamy of senseless racial profiling or assaults on innocents who “look Chinese.” If ferocity against law-abiding citizens doesn’t quality as anti-American terrorism, the term needs rethinking. First step, elect more enlightened politicians who know something about history, tolerance and the unity of human nature.

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Bill, Melinda, and the burden of grand fortune

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Old adages can often come across as trite. But a trite old adage, we always need to remember, can also speak truth. Consider, for instance, the time-worn maxim that immediately comes to mind whenever we see the awesomely affluent stumble in their personal lives. Just another reminder, we tell ourselves, that “money can’t buy happiness.”

Earlier this week, Billionaire America’s most celebrated couple, Bill and Melinda Gates, stumbled. The pair announced Monday they’re divorcing after 27 years together. Money, apparently, still can’t buy everything that really matters.

Even money by the billions upon billions. The three richest individuals in the world — Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Elon Musk — have now all turned out to be divorced men. Musk leads that parade. He’s already divorced a life-partner three times.

What’s going on here? Does this week’s latest billionaire break-up have something profound to tell us? Let’s dig a bit. And where might we start? How about here: No one — at least no one who claims to be leading a rational life — pursues wealth simply to become wealthier.

Reasonable people and societies treat wealth as simply a means to an end. Greater wealth, we believe, can improve our lot in life, help us become, in a word, happier. But ever more wealth, we also understand, doesn’t ensure us ever more happiness.

“Many very rich men are unhappy,” as the ancient Greek historian Herodotus intoned, “and many in moderate circumstances are fortunate.”

“It’s pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness,” quipped Frank McKinney Hubbard, the early 20th-century Indiana humorist, over two millennia later, “poverty and wealth have both failed.”

Few of us today would quibble with either Herodotus or Hubbard. We generally look askance at people who turn their lives into single-minded races after riches. So do most social scientists who’ve done research into what makes us happy. Their work suggests a possible social formula for happiness: If most people in a society can sit back, think about their personal situation and conclude they’re doing better than they used to be doing and about as well as most everyone else, you have the makings of a generally happy society.

The world’s wealthiest nation, the United States, doesn’t come close to fitting this profile. Average Americans today are not contentedly contemplating how nicely their personal fortunes have improved. They’re struggling to get by, to catch up to where they expected to be, and watching while other people — incredibly wealthy people — seem to be leading ever more luxurious and comfortable lives.

And what about those incredibly wealthy people? Most of us have learned not to take their luxury and comfort at face value. Every week, we thumb through the magazines at supermarket checkout counters and read about how wretchedly unhappy the personal lives of rich people can sometimes be. Even storybook couples — like Bill and Melinda Gates — can split. Their wealth cannot fix what ails them.

“Money brings some happiness,” as the playwright Neil Simon once put it. “But after a certain point it just brings more money.”

And trouble. Living with great wealth can be like living amid fun-house mirrors. Wealth distorts. You can never be sure about what you see. Is this person nodding approvingly at what I say because I have expressed a keen insight or because I might contribute to her cause? Is the smile on his face a sign of undying affection or lust for my fortune?

“After I’ve gone out with a man a few times, he starts to tell me how much he loves me,” heiress Doris Duke, worth $1.2 billion at her death in 1993, noted back in her more youthful days. “But how can I know if he really means it?”

Someone who holds great wealth, suggests philosopher Philip Slater, can never know.

“If you gain fame, power, or wealth, you won’t have any trouble finding lovers,” Slater notes, “but they will be people who love fame, power, or wealth.”

The wealthy respond to this reality in various ways. Some become angry. Others become wary of any intimate relationship. And still others respond by seeking a safe refuge. They find intimacy in their fortunes.

“Money,” as the industrialist Armand Hammer boasted, “is my first, last, and only love.”

Sports impresario Jack Kent Cooke, the real estate and media tycoon who owned four different pro sports teams, might have chuckled at that line. Over his 84 years, Cooke amassed a near-billion-dollar fortune — and four wives. He died in 1997. In his will, Cooke mentioned every wife by name and left not a penny to any of them. J. Paul Getty, 20th-century America’s Big Oil king, outdid Cooke. He divorced five times.

All relationships, not just romantic couplings, tend to be twisted by wealth. Rich people “possess and enjoy early,” as novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald famously pointed out, “and it does something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful.”

Bill and Melinda Gates, as a couple, did their best not to become hard and cynical. They devoted substantial chunks of their time to philanthropy. Now giving, of course, can certainly be a wonderful source of joy, perhaps the greatest source of joy of all, and the wealthy, by dint of their fortunes, certainly have more to give than anyone else. But the dollars the wealthy can so easily afford to give too often bring no great joy.

For the wealthy, giving can become just another burden, partially because nearly everyone they encounter expects them to give. Billionaire Larry Tisch, a one-time fixture on the Forbes 400 list of America’s richest, often complained he received “thirty requests for money a day.” That constant drumbeat of entreaties makes giving an obligation, not a source of satisfaction. If you resist that obligation, you’ll be resented. If you accept that obligation, then you start feeling resentful. You gave because you felt forced.

Over the course of a wealthy person’s lifetime, the resentments, the frustrations, the burdens add up. For George Bernard Shaw, the most acclaimed playwright of his time, the mix did not paint a pretty picture.

“You can easily find people who are ten times as rich at sixty as they were at twenty,” Shaw would note in his seventies, “but not one of them will tell you that they are ten times as happy.”

Some exceptionally rich Americans consciously set out to overcome the burdens and strains that must always come with great wealth. These affluent steel themselves against wealth’s temptations. They set out to lead normal lives. Some of them even somewhat succeed. Mitchell Fromstein, the CEO of Manpower Inc., ended the 1990s living in the same four-bedroom suburban Milwaukee home he and his wife had purchased back in the mid 1970s, before Fromstein started pulling in several million a year. He was driving a twelve-year-old Mercedes when the Wall Street Journal profiled him in 1999.

“I’m not trying to keep up with anybody,” the 71-year-old explained. “We don’t need a lot of things to be happy.”

Any wealthy person in America could follow that sort of path. But hardly any do. Why not? If enormous wealth makes for such a burden, as so many sages over the years have contended, then why do so few wealthy people ever attempt to put that burden down? America’s sociologists of wealth have an answer. Grand private fortune, they contend, may indeed poison normal human relationships. But grand private fortune also empowers, on a variety of intoxicating fronts.

Occasionally, of course, a wealthy person will resist those seductions. Back in 1999, for instance, a Michigan-based construction mogul, Bob Thompson, sold his asphalt and paving business and shared the $130-million proceeds from the sale with his 550 employees.

“What was I going to do with all that money anyway?” asked Thompson. “There is need and then there is greed. We all need certain basic comforts, and beyond that it becomes ridiculous.”

Why can’t all rich people be like that, we wonder. If we happened to become rich, we tell ourselves, we would certainly be like that. Nonsense. If we became rich, we would feel the same burdens rich people feel — and be seduced by the same pleasures. The wisest among us, people like the essayist Logan Pearsall Smith, have always understood this reality.

“To suppose, as we all suppose, that we could be rich and not behave as the rich behave,” as Smith wrote in 1931, “is like supposing that we could drink all day and keep absolutely sober.”

“I have known some drunks who were happy at times,” the philosopher Philip Slater added half a century later, “but I’ve known no one who devoted a long life to alcohol and didn’t suffer from it, and I believe the same to be true for wealth.”

Still, as George Bernard Shaw observed in the 1920s, some wealthy people do seem to be able to live lives largely trouble-free.

“Perhaps you know some well-off families who do not seem to suffer from their riches,” Shaw noted. “They do not overeat themselves; they find occupations to keep themselves in health; they do not worry about their position; they put their money into safe investments and are content with a low rate of interest; and they bring up their children to live simply and do useful work.”

In other words, concluded Shaw, the happy rich “do not live like rich people at all.” They “might therefore,” he concluded, “just as well have ordinary incomes.”

And if they did, we might all be happier.

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More than 200 Palestianians injured after clashes with Israeli police at mosque

More than 200 Palestinians have been injured during a night of clashes with Israeli police at a mosque in Jerusalem and elsewhere in the city, officials said.

Authorities said 17 officers were hurt in the unrest late on Friday, which saw violence erupt at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s third-holiest site.

The clashes broke out amid growing anger over the potential eviction of Palestinians from homes on land claimed by Jewish settlers, which has sparked alarm from the United Nations, European Union and the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Police used rubber bullets and stun grenades against Palestinians throwing rocks near the mosque, while a water cannon was used to disperse those gathering near homes under threat in east Jerusalem.

A Palestinian man prays as Israeli police gather during clashes at the compound that houses Al-Aqsa Mosque

A Palestinian man prays as Israeli police gather during clashes at the compound that houses Al-Aqsa Mosque

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One Palestinian lost an eye, two suffered serious head injuries and another two fractured jaws during the night of clashes, authorities said.

More than 100 were hospitalised with injuries, including many who had been hit with rubber-coated metal bullets, according to the Palestine Red Crescent.

The clashes came amid soaring tensions in the city at the centre of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

At the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan in mid-April, Israel blocked off a popular gathering spot where Palestinians traditionally socialise at the end of their day-long fast, in a move which sparked two weeks of clashes before Israel lifted the restrictions.

But in recent days, protests have grown over Israel’s threat to evict dozens of Palestinians who have been embroiled in a long legal battle with Israeli settlers trying to acquire property in the neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah in east Jerusalem.

Palestinians react as Israeli police fire stun grenades during clashes at the compound that houses Al-Aqsa Mosque

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After tens of thousands of Palestinians packed into the hilltop compound surrounding the Al-Aqsa mosque – known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount – on Friday for prayers, many stayed on to protest against the evictions.

Following the evening meal that breaks the Ramadan fast, clashes broke out at Al-Aqsa.

Smaller scuffles took place near Sheikh Jarrah, where numerous Palestinian families face eviction, which sits near the walled Old City’s Damascus Gate.

Police used a water cannon mounted on armoured vehicles to disperse several hundred protesters gathered near the homes of families facing potential eviction.

An Israeli police officer stands guard at the Damascus Gate to the Old City of Jerusalem after clashes at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound

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A police spokesperson said Palestinians threw rocks, fireworks and other objects towards officers, with about half of those injured needing hospital treatment.

Violence and deaths have been recorded in recent days involving Israeli military and Palestinians, with two Palestinians shot dead by troops after they opened fire on an Israeli base in the occupied West Bank.

Earlier in the week, a 16-year-old Palestinian was killed near the West Bank city of Nablus. The military said several Palestinians had thrown firebombs toward soldiers. 

On Friday, mourners also held a funeral near Bethlehem for a 60-year-old Palestinian woman who was shot while trying to stab soldiers in the West Bank earlier in May.

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New US summer camp for Orthodox Jews bars vaccinated individuals

JTA — With summer coming and COVID-19 vaccines being deemed safe for children as young as 12, some camps are talking about the possibility of a mask-free summer for vaccinated campers.

But one Jewish camp being planned for the summer is taking a different approach: barring any vaccinated camper or staff from attending at all.

Advertisements for Camp Hikon, planned for upstate New York, appeared on email listservs popular in the Orthodox Jewish community just days after a private school in Miami made news for discouraging teachers from getting the vaccine and telling children they were not to have contact with vaccinated people.

The camp’s announcement also comes as posters encouraging people not to get the COVID-19 vaccines appeared in Midwood, Brooklyn, the Orthodox neighborhood where one member of the founding team runs a natural foods store.

The developments suggest that anti-vaccination sentiment and COVID misinformation are taking new forms in Jewish communities where skepticism and non-compliance with public health regulations has been relatively high.

Flyers discouraging people from taking the COVID vaccines are seen in Midwood, a heavily Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn. (Luis Hernandez via JTA)

Camp Hikon is aiming to prepare yeshiva boys for what it calls the “political, environmental and economic” changes to come. Despite its stated interest in preparing campers for “natural disasters,” it will not allow any vaccinated campers or staff to attend.

Naftali Schwartz, the Brooklyn-based self-described “health coach” with no formal training in medicine or public health who is launching the camp, said the rule is unlikely to keep anybody away.

“Because of the kinds of demographic that I’m drawing from, most people who are coming will not have taken the vaccine,” Schwartz told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

Drawing on a debunked theory spread by the anti-vaccination movement, the camp’s website cites the “experimental nature” of the COVID-19 vaccines. According to the false theory, living in close quarters with vaccinated people could “enhance” the spread of the coronavirus. The website refers readers to a site called NutriTruth which claims vaccines are a “biological weapon,” and to a livestreamed discussion between several notable anti-vaxxers.

“We regret that we will be unable to accept campers or counselors who have already received any of these injections,” according to the website.

Schwartz said he made the rule because of “suspicious symptoms that occur to unvaccinated people who have spent a lot of time in the company of vaccinated people.”

“It’s also been reported to me from parents of my to-be campers that this is a real thing and it’s worrisome,” Schwartz said.

The idea that unvaccinated people can be harmed by spending time with people who have received the COVID vaccines is not true. Vaccinated people cannot shed particles from the vaccine that would affect someone in their vicinity.

Illustrative: An Orthodox Jewish man walks past Parcare’s health care facility, December 27, 2020, in the Willamsburg section of Brooklyn in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Other debunked theories were listed on posters that appeared this week in Midwood, a heavily Orthodox neighborhood in Brooklyn. The posters, which were unsigned, discouraged Orthodox Jews from being vaccinated due to potential risks to fertility (another debunked theory), among other reasons.

“Many, many Rabbonim who have thoroughly researched the COVID vaccine are urgently saying NOT to take it,” one flyer read, using the Yiddish word for rabbis.

The flyer included a link to an online pamphlet with the names of rabbis who have allegedly come out against the coronavirus vaccines. It also promoted medications for the treatment of COVID such as hydroxychloroquine that studies have shown to be ineffective. The medication had been promoted by Dr. Vladimir Zelenko, an Orthodox physician who, until last summer, worked in the Hasidic enclave of Kiryas Joel and whose treatment protocol was promoted by Donald Trump when he was US president.

The online pamphlet claimed that people did not die because of the coronavirus. “They died either from lack of proper treatment of corona, or from other neglect or improper treatment at the hospital,” the pamphlet said.

Anti-vaccine sentiment is persistent in pockets of the Orthodox Jewish community, which suffered from an outbreak of measles in 2019 after a child who had traveled to Israel spread the disease among other unvaccinated children in Brooklyn and upstate New York. The outbreak was brought under control after New York City’s health department imposed fines on parents who refused to vaccinate their children and threatened to close religious schools that allowed unvaccinated children to attend. New York State ended nonmedical exemptions to vaccination requirements in schools, leading to an increase in vaccinations.

According to COVID vaccination data from the New York City Department of Health, only 18 percent of residents in Borough Park are fully vaccinated, with 28% partially vaccinated. In Midwood, only 22% of residents are fully vaccinated and 30% partially vaccinated. By comparison, among residents of the Upper West Side’s 10024 zip code, one of the more highly vaccinated areas of the city, 54% of residents are fully vaccinated and 65% are partially vaccinated.

Whether Camp Hikon actually gets off the ground remains to be seen. So far, no children are signed up and Schwartz has yet to obtain a permit to operate the camp.

Illustrative: Children play on a sidewalk in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood, Thursday, June 4, 2020 in New York during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

But he has a clear vision of what will happen there. Masks will not be encouraged at the camp; as to how the camp would fight the spread of COVID-19, campers would be treated “with an abundance of vitamin D and other prophylaxis,” according to the website.

The camp appears to combine survivalist training with Torah study. The primary goal of the camp, Schwartz said, is to prepare campers for a future in which political instability, economic instability and unusual weather events could create supply chain issues that would interfere with everyday life. Campers will build their own shelters, according to the website, and the camp plans to provide special footwear intended for survival settings.

“We’re catering to a demographic of families that are awake, who understand that the years in the future will not be similar to years in the past,” Schwartz said.

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Melinda Gates was upset and uncomfortable after she and Bill Gates met with Jeffrey Epstein

Melinda Gates was upset and uncomfortable after she and Bill Gates met with Jeffrey Epstein, The Daily Beast reports

Erin Snodgrass
Thu, May 6, 2021, 10:04 PM·4 min read

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  • A meeting between the Gateses and Jeffrey Epstein in 2013 reportedly left Melinda Gates upset.
  • The Daily Beast reported Thursday that she warned her husband about his relationship with Epstein.
  • The New York Times had reported that Bill Gates and Epstein met several times from 2011 to 2013.
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A meeting between Bill and Melinda Gates and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in 2013 left Melinda upset at the relationship between her husband and the financier, as reported by The Daily Beast on Thursday.
Sources told the outlet that her soon-to-be ex-husband’s friendship with Epstein – who had already pleaded guilty to soliciting an underage girl in 2008 when the two struck up a relationship in 2011 -“still haunts” Melinda, according to The Beast.
According to the outlet, the couple met with Epstein in New York City at his Upper East Side mansion in September 2013. Sources told The Beast that soon after the meeting, Melinda told friends of her discomfort during the encounter. Several people close to the couple told The Beast she was “furious” over her husband’s relationship with Epstein.
Gates’ ties to Epstein were first reported by The New York Times in late 2019 following Epstein’s death by suicide in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York, where he was being held pre-trial. Epstein had been charged with multiple counts related to sex trafficking underage women in July of 2019.
Gates was among many several high-profile figures who faced backlash over ties to Epstein following the sex offender’s July 2019 arrest, but among the billionaires, politicians, and royals who parlayed with Epstein, Gates was rare in that he began his relationship with the financier after Epstein had already been convicted of sex crimes, according to The Times.
The Times reported that Gates and Epstein met multiple times from 2011 to 2013. In 2013, Gates rode on Epstein’s private jet from New Jersey to Palm Beach, Florida, according to the outlet, though Gates had previously denied he’d ever traveled with Epstein in a 2019 interview with The Wall Street Journal.

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Roger Daltrey: The ‘Woke’ Generation is Creating a Miserable World

The Who legend Roger Daltrey says the ‘woke’ generation is creating a miserable world that serves to stifle the kind of creative freedom he enjoyed in the 60s.

roger daltrey the ‘woke’ generation is creating a miserable world

The iconic frontman made the comments during a recent appearance on Zane Lowe’s Apple Music 1 podcast.

“I don’t know, we might get somewhere because it’s becoming so absurd now with AI, all the tricks it can do, and the woke generation,” said Daltrey.

“It’s terrifying, the miserable world they’re going to create for themselves. I mean, anyone who’s lived a life and you see what they’re doing, you just know that it’s a route to nowhere,” he added.

The singer noted how he was lucky to have lived through an era where freedom of speech was encouraged, not silenced.

“Especially when you’ve lived through the periods of a life that we’ve had the privilege to. I mean, we’ve had the golden era. There’s no doubt about that,” he said.

Daltrey also slammed the negative impact that social media has had on the world, saying it has undermined truth.

“It’s just getting harder to disseminate the truth. It’s almost like, now we should turn the whole thing off. Go back to newsprint, go back to word of mouth and start to read books again,” he said.

While Daltrey’s comments may not be mind-blowing, any celebrity speaking out against the mob that has cannibalized culture is something to be applauded.

Once again, this only tends to happen with older celebrities who have already passed their peak of fame and entered icon status. They are beyond cancellation.

For any up and coming celebrity, or even one who is at the top of their game, to question ‘generation woke’ is career suicide.

Which makes it all the more ludicrous to continue to see identitarians, notably the LGBT movement, continue to claim they are ‘fighting oppression’ when their mantras are echoed by every cultural institution, media outlet and corporate entity in the west, while anyone who utters a whimper of dissent is swiftly cancelled.

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440 arrests made over Capitol riot but FBI still hunting for ‘worst of the worst’

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has arrested approximately 440 people over alleged involvement in the Capitolriots on 6 January, but they are still searching for “the worst of the worst”.

According to a number of media reports, the Department of Justice (DOJ) confirmed that 440 people had been arrested as of Thursday. The Independent has reached out to the DOJ to confirm the statistic.

Despite the steady announcement of charges against those allegedly involved in the insurrection one law enforcement official told NBC News that they’re “not done rounding up the worst of the worst.”

The FBI has continually asked for the public’s assistance in identifying individuals who they have accused of a variety of offenses including assault of police officers, destruction of government property, and obstruction of justice.

Pro-Trump rioters breached the Capitol following a “Save America” rally attended by the former president on the day in an attempt to overturn the 2020 election as lawmakers gathered to certify the results.

In a number of cases, social media posts have often led to the identification and arrest of suspects, with one New York man having even been located following a post bragging about his involvement on a dating app.

One man from Kentucky was arrested earlier this month after facial recognition to identify him from his girlfriend’s Instagram while another Texas suspect was turned in to investigators by his own son.

The agency has continued to release found footage and hundreds of photographs of people of interest in the hopes it will lead to their identification. Many rioters filmed and posted accounts of the insurrection on social media.

Five people died during the violence, including one Capitol police officer. In total more than 130 police officers were injured, NBC News reported.

“We have deployed our full investigative resources and are working closely with our federal, state, and local partners to aggressively pursue those involved in these criminal activities,” the FBI says.

Federal prosecutors said in a court filing on Thursday that “the investigation continues and the government expects that at least one hundred additional individuals will be charged,” Reuters reported.

Federal investigators have also focused their search on right-wing extremists militia groups, with more than 40 members of Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys having been arrested and charged so far, the outlet reported.

NBC News said that arrests had been made from people in all US states bar six and that men outnumbered women by seven to one with an average age of 39.

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‘Taking’ the Vaccine

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‘Taking’ the Vaccine

This man made his appointment at the local CVS to get his “free” vaccine – and instead of taking it in his arm, he took his vial of the vaccine and walked it out the door – in order to overnight samples of it to reputable labs and to doctors who have electron microscopes!

He has reportedly done this with more than one of the evil competing formulations and is now awaiting the results.
He is a modern-day hero!

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The Humiliation of China: Western drug lords, Opium Wars and Xi Jinping strategy to avoid it happening again (DRUGS TRADE IS PART OF ILLUMINATI’S War on Humanity!)

Jinping strategy to avoid it happening again

The Humiliation of China: The 98th Regiment of Foot at the attack on Chin-Kiang-Foo, 21 July 1842.

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Herland Report: The total humiliation of China: As tensions are escalating between China and the West, allegations are that China is committing “genocide and crimes against humanity” in its Xinjiang province, which China denies, the trade war continues to new levels.

Western nations have reportedly imposed the harshest sanctions for decades, in an effort to help the Uighur Muslim tribes in northwest China.

On the backdrop of the ongoing trade war, it is well worth reading up on the West’s hundred years of humiliation of China (read it below), which is basically what the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping is saying will not happen again.

Time will show whether he will succeed, but the Chinese seem to have carefully forged a long term strategy to avoid being subjected to another hundred years of humiliation, and seem bent on not accepting accept a repeat of the Opium wars. This was when Western drug lords produced a system that led to the total humiliation and subjugation of China.

With the ongoing geopolitical shift to the East, the United States sadly seems to be in its own years of humiliation, drug abuse, division and economic crisis, the Opium China story is worth revisiting on several levels.

On the backdrop of Xi Jinping’s stance, let us go through how the “hundred years of humiliation of China” happened historically. Read the remarkable and horrifying story below, writes historian of comparative religions, author and founder of The Herland Report.

(Feature photo: The 98th Regiment of Foot at the attack on Chin-Kiang-Foo, 21 July 1842. Source: Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection)

Humiliation of China: Two poor Chinese opium smokers. Gouache painting on rice-paper. Credit: Wellcome Library. 
Humiliation of China: During the Opium wars, Western drug lords produced a system that led to the total humiliation and subjugation of China. Here, two poor Chinese opium smokers. Gouache painting on rice-paper. Credit: Wellcome Library, London. 

The Jardine-Matheson Corporation: The most successful Opium traders in China

The Humiliation of China: In 1803, an East Indiaman trade ship came sailing into the Chinese Canton port. Among its passengers were William Jardine, a surgeon hailing from a poor Scottish family. Jardine had taken up the job as doctor on British trading ships headed for China, serving under the British East India Company (EIC), but soon found himself participating directly in trading various commodities.

In 1817, after years of experience, he left the EIC to join a private enterprise that specialized in one particular commodity – opium poppies. This was an extremely valuable commodity Jardine and his counterparts saw a major potential in China for.

There was only one problem: China had banned the drug. This was in context of other trade difficulties in China at the time.

Since the 1600s, China was ruled by the Qing dynasty. The dynasty had a policy echoing that of the Tokugawa Japanese – total lockdown of the country and ban on international trade. In the late 18th century, Western powers were determined to open up the country and eventually managed to persuade the Emperor to allow trade partnerships with the West under the condition that all trade was to be made via Canton (modern day Guangzhou). This became known as the “Canton System”, a method for the Chinese to accurately monitor the trade by tying it through just one location.

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It did not take long before Canton was filled with British, Portuguese, French, Dutch and U.S traders, all seeking to reap fortunes off the enormous economic potential of China. China had a total population of around 400 million at the time, and was one of the most exciting growth markets, despite its uncooperative regulatory system.

Particularly lucrative was Chinese tea leaves and porcelain. However, the British had a problem: the Chinese wanted to be paid in silver, as opposed to any barter exchange. This could risk draining the Empire of silver.

Meanwhile, the British East India Company discovered a valuable new commodity: opium. Having annexed Calcutta, an opium-rich region, they realized the great commercial value of the drug for both medicine and recreational use.

The Portuguese had tried to sell opium into China before via Macao, but the detrimental social effects of the drug were immediately noticed and the Chinese soon banned the buying and selling of opium on Chinese soil.

It was here William Jardine and the other merchants exploited a legal loophole. Instead of docking in Canton, they anchored their opium-loaded trade ships outside the port, and then contracted Chinese smugglers to load the contraband and bring it onshore to distribute it. These Chinese partners were known as the Hong traders.

They paid in silver, which was then used by the same British merchants to buy tea, musk, porcelain and other goods to sell in Europe. Needless to say, this was an extremely lucrative business.

William Jardine had deep knowledge of the entire supply chain, having observed it for years as a doctor. In the new private enterprise, he quickly excelled as one of the top traders. In 1824, the chief executive of the enterprise went home to Britain after the company fell into disarray, and handed control over to Jardine and another crafty Scotsman called James Matheson.

Jardine and Matheson now inherited a range of ships and assets. They founded their own business, called Jardine-Matheson Corporation, as a vehicle for their trade.

This became an iconic duo. Together, they grew a sophisticated network of opium procurers in India, cunning sailors and a vast pool of Hong traders, or smugglers.

It did not take long before William Jardine and James Matheson became the de facto drug lords – the most successful opium traders in all of China.

Jardine, who now was enormously wealthy, cultivated an aura of authority around him. Very few were allowed to see him, and only a selected few had the privilege of exchanging words with him. He soon became known in China as the great Tai Pan – meaning “Big Shot” or “Chief Executive”. Others nicknamed him The Iron Headed Old Rat.

The Humiliation of China: Left: William Jardine. Right: James Matheson.
Left: William Jardine. Right: James Matheson. Jardine and Matheson now inherited a range of ships and assets. They founded their own business, called Jardine-Matheson Corporation, as a vehicle for their trade.

The Humiliation of China: The opium drug spread at lightening speed across China, and soon had almost the entire country addicted. Opium dens were opened along the entire coast, and millions were now filling up its rooms, desperate to satisfy their uncontrolled addiction. Even within the government bureaucracy there were opium addicts.

This numbed the entire country and caused catastrophic economic consequences: agricultural productivity collapsed as farmers stayed inside to enjoy their “high”, or sleep. Shops began to close, except the opium dens, of course.

The addiction was especially prevalent along the Chinese coastline – the most economically concentrated region. On top of this, the country was being drained of silver, as the metal flooded out to the Hong traders to pay for the imports. In 1839, the Qing Emperor’s very own son died of overdose.

The Humiliation of China: The great Qing-China High Commissioner Lin Zexu.
The Humiliation of China: The great Qing-China High Commissioner Lin Zexu. Lin first sent a desperate plea to Queen Victoria, asking her to explain to why her citizens had returned friendly trade with such cynical malpractice in the hunt for profit. The letter “got lost” in the mail and never reached the Queen.

China’s High Commissioner, Lin Zexu took action to eliminate the appalling Opium trade

The Humiliation of China: Witnessing this development with deep disgust, China’s High Commissioner, Lin Zexu, decided to act before this epidemic could cripple the entire country.

Chinese Commissioner Lin first sent a desperate plea to Queen Victoria, asking her to explain to why her citizens had returned friendly trade with such cynical malpractice in the hunt for profit. He wrote:

“…How can foreigners return injury for the benefit they have received by sending this poison to harm their benefactors? They may not intend to harm others on purpose, but the fact remains that they are so obsessed with material gain that they have no concern whatever for the harm they can cause to others. Have they no conscience? I have heard that you strictly prohibit opium in your own country, indicating unmistakably that you know how harmful opium is. You do not wish opium to harm your own country, but you choose to bring that harm to other countries such as China. Why?

The products that originate from China are all useful items. They are good for food and other purposes and are easy to sell. Has China produced one item that is harmful to foreign countries?

For instance, tea and rhubarb are so important to foreigners’ livelihood that they have to consume them every day. Were China to concern herself only with her own advantage without showing any regard for other people’s welfare, how could foreigners continue to live?

As months accumulate and years pass by, the poison they have produced increases in its wicked intensity, and its repugnant odour reaches as high as the sky. Heaven is furious with anger, and all the gods are moaning with pain! It is hereby suggested that you destroy and plow under all of these opium plants and grow food crops instead, while issuing an order to punish severely anyone who dares to plant opium poppies again.

A murderer of one person is subject to the death sentence; just imagine how many people opium has killed! This is the rationale behind the new law which says that any foreigner who brings opium to China will be sentenced to death by hanging or beheading. Our purpose is to eliminate this poison once and for all and to the benefit of all mankind.”

The Humiliation of China: Commissioner Lin and the Destruction of the Opium in 1839. 
The Humiliation of China: Commissioner Lin and the Destruction of the Opium in 1839.  Lin’s forces arrested thousands of Chinese opium dealers and confiscating and destroying the drug wherever he could find it. He arrested 1700 opium traffickers, confiscated 70 000 opium pipes, boarded opium-laden ships to confiscate the cargo, and ultimately forced merchants to hand in 2.6 million pounds of opium. Source: MIT, 2020

However, his letter received no response – sources indicate it was “lost in transit”, and never arrived to the Queen. Thus, Lin Zexu began his war on drugs. “If the traffic in opium were not stopped a few decades from now we shall not only be without soldiers to resist the enemy, but also in want of silver to provide an army,” he had explained.

Lin’s forces arrested thousands of Chinese opium dealers and confiscating and destroying the drug wherever he could find it. He arrested 1700 opium traffickers, confiscated 70 000 opium pipes, boarded opium-laden ships to confiscate the cargo, and ultimately forced merchants to hand in 2.6 million pounds of opium.

Having campaigned across the country, he moved on the port of Canton. Lin’s army besieged the foreign quarter of the port and cut off their water and food supply, demanding that Western traders gave up all their opium stocks. Lin’s men also beat on drums all night to deprive the Westerners of sleep.

Lin Zexu cooperated with Sir Charles Elliot who was appalled by the drug industry in China

The Humiliation of China: In the midst of all this, Lin received cooperation from the British Trade Superintendent, Sir Charles Elliot. Sir Elliot had been governor in numerous countries across the world, but was deeply repulsed by what he witnessed in China.

The Humiliation of China: Sir Charles Elliot
The Humiliation of China: Lin cooperated with the British Trade Superintendent, Sir Charles Elliot (pictured above). Sir Elliot had been governor in numerous countries across the world, but was deeply repulsed by the drug industry that he witnessed in China.

While he disliked Lin’s aggressive approach, he also considered the trade as dishonourable, and feared it could lead to open war with China.

Risking his own career and personal safety, Sir Elliot halted incoming British opium ships and confiscated the drug, then handed it over to Commissioner Lin, who immediately destroyed it all.

It did not take long before Elliot had an angry mob of Hong traders at his doorstep, demanding compensation for their incalculable financial loss.

To calm them, Elliot promised the smugglers that they, and British merchants, would be compensated by the British government.

In effect, Commissioner Lin and Sir Elliot jointly outlawed all opium trade in China. Lin proceeded to make the trade of opium punishable by death.

It seemed that the drug empire of Jardine and Matheson was at risk of collapse – but the two had spotted a weakness in Elliot’s plan.

They knew that Elliot had no authority to compel the British state to compensate the Hong smugglers – and they were right. The British Parliament flatly dismissed Elliot’s request to compensate the Hong smugglers. Defending his actions, Elliot wrote the following to the British Foreign Secretary:

“No man entertains a deeper detestation of the disgrace and sin of this forced traffic on the coast of China. I have steadily discountenanced it by all the lawful means in my power, and at the total sacrifice of my private comfort in the society in which I have lived for some years past.”

With the inability of Elliot to do anything about the matter, the Hong traders now turned to the great Tai Pan – Jardine – for a solution. It was now very clear what Jardine and Matheson needed: they needed a war. The Tai Pan had flirted with the idea of war before, and he had finally found its right moment.

The two drug lords appeared for the British Parliament, with both men entering politics to lobby the government to send armed forces to China and coerce Lin to reverse his actions.

It was China that had to compensate the Hong smugglers and British merchants, he argued. After all, it was Lin who had destroyed the commercial merchandise – not the British.

The first Opium War, the treaty of Nanking and Humiliation of China

The Humiliation of China: In early Autumn 1839, news of further escalation between Lin and British ships reached London. 60 British ships had been left starved outside Kowloon, leading to a skirmish between the traders and Chinese soldiers.

Knowing China better than anyone, Jardine now presented detailed plans and logistical calculations of how the British military could easily crush the Chinese and force them to submission. By the promise of an easy war, British Foreign Secretary Lord Palmerston gave his vote – in late Autumn of 1839, the British Empire declared war on China.

They sent the trained military of the East India Company and the Imperial Navy to bombard and raid along the Chinese coast. Chinese soldiers were untrained and poorly equipped, using matchlock guns, bows and swords against the British steam-powered machine. Some Chinese soldiers were said to be weakened by their opium addiction – the very drug they fought against.

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With the help of Jardine’s intel, the British swiftly defeated the Chinese. By 1841, Qing China was at the mercy of the Empire.

This became known as the First Opium War and resulted in the Treaty of Nanking. It laid out a set of demands, most of which came from the Tai Pan and his colleagues.

  1. Full compensation of any commercial losses by British merchants following Lin’s actions, to be paid in silver. This includes full payment of war reparations for the cost incurred on the British Empire. Both these sums totaled 21 million dollars, to be paid within 3 years and incurred interest upon any delays.
  2. Ending the Canton System and opening four new Chinese ports to international merchants…
    1. Xiamen
    2. Fuzhou
    3. Ningbo
    4. Shanghai

…where British merchants could trade with whomever they liked, at pre-determined tariffs.

  1. Ceding an island, at British preference, to the British Crown.
The Humiliation of China: The signing and sealing of the Treaty of Nanking. Source: Painted by Captain John Platt 1856, (Brown University)
The Humiliation of China: The signing and sealing of the Treaty of Nanking. Source: Painted by Captain John Platt 1856, (Brown University)

The Humiliation of China: For the last point, Tai Pan Jardine had already picked out the island he wanted. He and Matheson had smuggled opium on the island before and were well familiar with it – it was Hong Kong.

And so, Hong Kong became the new seat of the great Tai Pan who now continued to rule his drug empire unopposed.

This was a deeply humiliating treaty. Lin Zexu was held responsible for the disgrace of such a defeat, and was exiled to Xinjiang.

Sir Elliot became the first official administrator of Hong Kong, but was removed from his position shortly after, accused of disobedience and excessive leniency.

In response to the accusation that he had “cared too much for the Chinese”, he wrote the following to the British Foreign Secretary: “But I submit that it has been caring more for lasting British honour and substantial British interests, to protect friendly and helpful people, and to return the confidence of the great trading population of the Southern Provinces, with which it is our chief purpose to cultivate more intimate, social and commercial relations.”

The Humiliation of China: Chinese addicted to opium in the 18th Century. Source:  何輝生中國人服食鴉片圖
The Humiliation of China: Chinese addicted to opium in the 18th Century. Source:  何輝生中國人服食鴉片圖

The Tai Pan would go on to invest heavily in warehouses and accommodation for employees on Hong Kong, and the population of the tiny island doubled already within a year – however, by then, Jardine had already been struck by cancer. He died in 1843, leaving all his riches behind.

His partner in crime, Matheson, moved home the following year, buying the Isle of Lewis and building his own castle there. Those who lived in the Isle were evicted and moved en-masse to Canada. Matheson later became the Governor of the Bank of England. He left the Jardine-Matheson Corp empire to his nephews to manage.

In the following decades, Chinese opium imports would grow exponentially (from 1,400 tons in 1839 to 6,500 tons in 1880). Consequently, opium addiction became an epidemic in China, causing huge social unrest, infighting, civil wars and economic decline – ultimately leading to the weakening of the Qing government.

The Humiliation of China: Opium imports into China 1650-1880. Source: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
The Humiliation of China: Opium imports into China 1650-1880. Source: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

The Treaty of Nanking in 1841 marks the beginning of The Century of Humiliation – a dark epoch in Chinese history where the “Celestrial Kingdom” was torn a part by foreign, imperialist powers and plagued by ethnic clashes, religious unrest and rebellions, often linked to the opium trade.

For instance, there was the Second Opium War in the 1850s, which culminated with the full legalisation of opium in China in 1858. Followingly, there was the Taiping Rebellion, caused partially by a disdain for the opium calamity.

The Taiping rebels seized almost 1/3 of China before they were crushed by government forces, supported by British and French troops. Weak and exposed, China was plagued by foreign interventions and civil wars for decades.

It was not until the rise of Mao Zedong that China finally rid itself of opium. Mao shut China from the global economy, put addicts in forced rehabilitation and executed opium dealers, often without trial. After Mao, the Chinese statesman Deng Xiaoping took effective control. Under his leadership, China once again opened its borders for international trade – but now with a determination to never again be the weak party.

In 1997, the last official foreign foothold in China ended, as Hong Kong was ceded back to China. However, the region is still reaping the consequences of what started almost two centuries ago when Jardine, the Tai Pan, came sailing into the port of Canton.

Comment: Drug trade run by illuminati Criminals….see the book Dope, Inc. by LaRouchepub.com for details on this British ZIONIST Dope forced upon China.

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