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

"But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come." Matthew 3:7

For you, brothers and sisters, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea, for you suffered the same things from your own compatriots as they did from the Jews, who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out; they displease God and oppose everyone by hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. Thus they have constantly been filling up the measure of their sins; but God’s wrath has overtaken them at last. - Thessalonians 2:14-16

GOD cursed the Satanic Jews 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.

Abandoning Yemen to War Criminals

Saudi airstrikes on Yemen prison kill more than 100

The United Nations body responsible for monitoring and recording human rights abuses effectively abandoned the people of Yemen last week. In a 21-18 vote with seven abstentions, the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) refused to extend the mandate of an independent investigation into war crimes committed by all sides in Yemen. Since its establishment in 2017, the Group of Eminent Experts (GEE) had served as a limited mechanism for holding war criminals in the conflict accountable for their outrages against the civilian population. The Saudi government had fought against the establishment of an investigative group early in the war because they wanted to keep the coalition’s crimes concealed from international scrutiny. Now the Saudi government has successfully lobbied enough members of the UNHRC to shut down the investigation into the crimes that they and the other belligerents have committed against the people of Yemen. The vote showed how indifferent most of the world still is to the plight of the people of Yemen after more than six years of carnage and famine.

The Saudis have the most to gain by killing an independent investigation. It is the more than 23,000 coalition airstrikes that have been responsible for most of the civilian deaths in the fighting, and the coalition continues to bomb Yemeni civilian targets without regard for innocent life. The Yemen Data Project has tracked coalition airstrikes since 2015, and it condemned the UNHRC vote as soon as it happened: “This is terrible news for all those seeking accountability and transparency in the conflict in Yemen. This decision gives carte blanche to the conflict’s belligerents to do what they want with zero accountability, oversight or consequences.” Aid groups have likewise denounced the council’s capitulation to Saudi pressure. It was the first time since the council was created fifteen years ago that a resolution at the Human Rights Council was rejected, and by all accounts it was Saudi influence that was responsible for the outcome. The Saudi government stands out as one of the worst culprits in the war, and that is why they are so determined to bury the evidence of their crimes.

The independent investigation has documented extensive abuses and crimes by all parties to the conflict. The most recent GEE report in September found that there has been no serious effort to rein in the abuses on any side: “With Yemen experiencing an unparalleled humanitarian crisis, the Group of Eminent International and Regional Experts regrets that the conflicting parties continue to engage in serious violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law, and that third States continue to provide arms and military support to parties to the conflict, with little regard for the immense suffering caused to the people of Yemen.”

Regarding the US role in the conflict, the 2021 GEE report noted that the Biden administration had committed to ending support for Saudi coalition “offensive operations,” but the report adds, “It remains unclear what this terminology means in practical terms.” The investigators can be forgiven for not being able to discern what changes the Biden administration has made to U.S. support for the Saudi coalition. The Biden administration certainly hasn’t done much to clarify matters in the eight months since the president made that initial announcement.

The humanitarian crisis in Yemen remains dire. Voice of America reported last month: “More than 20 million Yemenis – in a population of around 30 million – need humanitarian assistance. The World Food Program says 16 million of them are “marching towards starvation,” due to a combination of conflict and a crippling economic crisis.” These conditions have been created by the warring parties, and they have created them by using starvation as a weapon. Half the population of Yemen is being slowly marched towards death. The GEE report states that “the dire humanitarian situation in Yemen could be substantially mitigated if parties to the conflict began to respect and comply with their obligations under international law,” but clearly that will not happen unless there is substantial pressure on the belligerents to do so.

The GEE released a statement after the vote to end its mandate, imploring, “The people of Yemen should not be forgotten; the people of Yemen must not be silenced.” Unfortunately, the decision to end the monitoring of war crimes is typical of the international response to Yemen’s war and humanitarian crisis. The people of Yemen are ignored as much as they are because there is no one that can credibly speak for the majority of Yemenis, and they remain trapped in a war that is waged upon them by states and armed groups that thrive on the mayhem.

The Saudi government made an intense effort to kill the UN investigation into war crimes so that they and their allies could continue killing innocent Yemenis with impunity. The very least that the US can do under the circumstances is to stop enabling their ability to wage war on the people of Yemen. That means at a minimum that the US needs to cut off all military assistance to the Saudi government and any other coalition government still involved in the conflict.

The lack of international support for credible, independent investigations into war crimes in Yemen is a serious blow, but it is not the end of the effort to hold war criminals to account. There are still human rights groups doing the essential work of documenting crimes committed against the people of Yemen. Mwatana for Human Rights is one outstanding example of an organization that seeks to hold all parties to the conflict accountable for their violations of international law. Their work will be more vital than ever now that the Human Rights Council has given up on the country.

Daniel Larison is a contributing editor and weekly columnist for Antiwar.com and maintains his own site at Eunomia. He is former senior editor at The American Conservative. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, World Politics Review, Politico Magazine, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and was a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Twitter.

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A face-off over Nord Stream 2

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Kremlin announced that President Vladimir Putin will deliver a major speech on October 13, 2021 on global energy issues

The Russian President Vladimir Putin will be delivering “an informative and very important speech and then take part in a plenary discussion” on Wednesday in Moscow at the Russian Energy Week, an international forum on the global energy sector. 

Expectations are running high in the energy circles in Europe and in America. Europe is experiencing an energy crisis with burgeoning demand and limited supply triggering a squeeze on gas prices. Last Wednesday, Putin stepped in offering to increase Russia’s gas supplies to Europe. 

The issue has huge geopolitical implications. Putin’s offer dramatically brought to the fore that Europe is highly dependent on energy supplies from Russia. Of course, nearly 90% of the bloc’s supplies are imported, with Russia one of the primary sources of imports along with Norway. Russia accounted for over 43% of all extra-EU gas imports in 2020.  

To be sure, the recent surge in natural gas prices — and commodities such as oil and coal more generally — is by no reckoning Russia’s creation. Several factors are fuelling the price surge — spurt in demand as economies get back to business and consumers return to pre-pandemic activities; inability of producers to hike output after having suffered heavy business losses through 2020′s unprecedented downturn; depletion of European gas inventory due to the colder and prolonged winter of 2020; inadequacies of the renewable energy industry; rush for natural gas while moving away from coal-fired plants due to the carbon offsets that are pricey; continuing decline in Europe’s gas production and so on. 

In fact, Europe is not the only place facing shortage in supplies. Asian demand is also jumping. In some cases, cargoes are bypassing Europe for Asia, where they get better prices! 

Paradoxically, Russia has been ready to negotiate new long-term contracts for gas sales. But Europe preferred to reduce the share of long-term deals in natural gas trade and move instead to the spot market (where prices have today surged to record highs.) Putin said last week at a meeting with Russian officials, 

“The practice of our European partners has confirmed it once more that they made mistakes. We talked to the European Commission’s previous lineup, and all its activity was aimed at phasing out of so-called long-term contracts. It was aimed at transition to spot gas trade. And as it turned out, it has become obvious today, this practice is a mistake.”

In his speech tomorrow, Putin may likely reiterate his offer to increase gas supplies to Europe. But that may also entail a speedy certification of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline by Germany. Without doubt, the German certification of the controversial pipeline could help cool prices. 

But then, the battle over Nord Stream 2 also happens to be something of a proxy war between the US and Russia, with both vying to gain market share in the European region — Russia with its supply of relatively cheaper natural gas via pipelines and the US with its more expensive liquefied natural gas. 

Besides, Ukraine stands to lose as its own pipelines are bypassed by Nord Stream 2 and it will be deprived of billions of dollars as gas transit fees. Poland also opposes Nord Stream 2 fearing that the pipeline only serves to strengthen Russia’s ties with Europe. And Ukraine and Poland are the US’ key allies against Russia. 

Washington resents that Nord Stream 2 will strengthen a German-Russian energy nexus if a speedy certification for Nord Stream 2 is forthcoming while Angela Merkel is still in office as German chancellor. 

The US has long-opposed the $11 billion Nord Stream 2 project, which Russians have completed much to the annoyance of Washington, given its huge potential to bring more Russian gas to Europe via the Baltic Sea.

The US game plan is to work behind the scene to delay the certification of Nord Stream 2 until Merkel retires and then to get the EU to insist that the pipeline’s operation must be brought within the ambit of the Third Energy Package, a set of rules enacted by Brussels in 2009 designed to increase competition and transparency. 

The catch is, as things stand, it is unclear whether Russia will abide by these EU regulations that call for the unbundling of production and transmission operations. 

Now, with an energy crisis at the gates, the EU may well decide to expeditiously grant the technical and regulatory approvals so that Nord Steam 2 can forthwith enter commercial operation and greater flow of Russian gas to the European market can begin before the winter sets in, which is, by the way, expected to be particularly severe this year. 

Natural gas prices have soared by 600% so far this year and the present extreme market volatility is hitting key economic areas across Europe as well.  

The core issues for Washington are: First, the US would have liked the Nord Stream 2 to become operational in a post-Merkel Germany where Gazprom is bound tightly by the EU rules and anti-monopoly regulations. 

Second, Russia’s importance as a strategic supplier for Germany is increasing as a consequence of the German government’s 2011 decision to remove nuclear energy from its energy mix. The electricity baseload previously generated by nuclear power plants, currently provided by lignite-fired plants, is expected to be replaced by natural gas imported from Russia using the Nord Stream pipeline. 

Overall, Washington apprehends that Russia’s dominant position may strengthen further which could act as a significant constraint on the Western alliance at times of confrontation and pose a risk to allied cohesion. 

Lastly, the EU’s market-based approach and transparency and its rules for third-party access serve as a check on the exceptionalism of Germany and France within the group. This is particularly important in the post-Brexit setting. Interestingly, amidst all this, Putin had a 3-way telephone conversation on Monday with Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss the conflict in Ukraine and “other international issues”. 

This is a high-stakes face-off. Moscow can afford to sit tight and insist that certifying Nord Stream 2 will ease the energy crisis — effectively, wait until its push for fast-track certification is granted.

Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar served the Indian Foreign Service for more than 29 years. He introduces about himself thus:  “Roughly half of the 3 decades of my diplomatic career was devoted to assignments on the territories of the former Soviet Union and to Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan. Other overseas postings included South Korea, Sri Lanka, Germany, and Turkey. I write mainly on Indian foreign policy and the affairs of the Middle East, Eurasia, Central Asia, South Asia and the Asia-Pacific…”

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Afghanistan Tackles the Islamic State

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On October 8, a terrible blast struck the worshippers attending Friday noon prayers at the Gozar-e-Sayed Abad Mosque in the Khan Abad district of Bandar, the capital of Kunduz, one of Afghanistan’s largest cities in its northern belt. This is a mosque frequented by Shia Muslims, who were referred to as “our compatriots” by Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid. Forty-six people died immediately in the blast, and local officials said that many more people were injured in the incident. Not long afterward, the Islamic State in Khorasan Province, ISKP (ISIS-K), took credit for the attack on its Telegram channel. The suicide bomber was identified as Mohammed al-Uyguri by ISIS-K.

The name of the attacker raised red flags across the region. It indicated that he belonged to the Uyghur community and had a relationship with the Xinjiang region of western China, which is home to most of the world’s Uyghur population. That a Chinese extremist attacked a Shia mosque raised eyebrows in Beijing and in Tehran.

Foreign Terrorists

In June 2021, the United Nations reported on the presence of between 8,000 and 10,000 “foreign terrorist fighters” in Afghanistan. The report further stated that these fighters were mainly “from Central Asia, the north Caucasus region of the Russian Federation, Pakistan and the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region of China.” Although most of the fighters had reported an affiliation with the Taliban, “many also support Al-Qaida” and “[o]thers are allied with ISIL or have ISIL sympathies,” said the report. ISIL refers to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, whose Afghan franchise is ISIS-K.

In 2019, in Turkey, I encountered a group of Uyghur fighters from various terrorist organizations, including the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), which is now called the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP). These were hardened fighters, whose main goal was to fight “infidels”; they did not seem interested in anything other than that. The United Nations placed the ETIM on their terrorist list in 2002.

During the war on Syria, large sections of the ETIM—as the TIP—moved to the Syria-Turkey border. The TIP is now largely based in Idlib, Syria, which is the hub of various global jihadi organizations. When it became clear that the Taliban was going to take power in Afghanistan, many jihadis from Central Asia—including from China and Tajikistan—left Idlib for Afghanistan. ETIM’s leader Abdul Haq remains in Syria, where he is also a member of the Shura Council of Al Qaeda.

Worries Abound in Iran…

On October 4, four days before the attack on the mosque in Afghanistan, an Iranian delegation arrived in Afghanistan to hold talks about cross-border trade and to seek assurances that the Taliban will not permit attacks on either Afghan Shia or on Iran. Meanwhile, in Kabul, governors of two neighboring border provinces of Iran’s Khorasan Razavi (Mohammad Sadegh Motamedian) and Afghanistan’s Herat (Maulvi Abdul Qayum Rohani) agreed on facilitating more cross-border trade and ensuring that there is no cross-border violence. In another meeting that took place on October 4 with Motamedian at the Iranian border town of Taybad, Rohani’s deputy Maulvi Sher Ahmad Ammar Mohajer said that the Afghan government will “never allow individuals or foreign groups such as ISIS to use Afghan territory against the Islamic Republic of Iran.” “We (Iran and Afghanistan) have defeated the common enemy,” Maulvi Rohani said in reference to the United States.

All signs indicate some sincerity on the part of the Taliban government. On October 7, the day before the ISIS-K attack on the Shia mosque in Kunduz, Maulvi Abdul Salam Hanafi—the deputy prime minister of Afghanistan—met with a group of Shia elders to assure them that the Taliban would not allow anti-Shia activity. Nevertheless, members of the Hazara community—who are the Shia community of Afghanistan—tell me that they fear a return to the previous rule of the Taliban; during that time, documented massacres by the Taliban against the Hazara Shia community provided evidence of the Taliban’s sectarianism. This is why Iran opposed the Taliban, and why Iran has not formally recognized the current government in Kabul. However, for the past few years, the Iranians have been working with the Taliban against ISIS and ISIS-K, with Iran’s Brigadier General Esmail Qaani as the liaison to the Taliban.

…And in China

In the 1990s, the Taliban government allowed the ETIM and other Uyghur groups to operate from Afghanistan. This time, there is already evidence that they will not officially permit such activity. Earlier this year, ETIM fighters had relocated from Syria to the Badakhshan province in Afghanistan; reports suggested that the fighters had gathered in the sparsely populated Wakhan Corridor in the province, which leads to China. But in recent weeks, the Taliban security has moved them from the towns surrounding the “Afghan-Chinese border” to other parts of Afghanistan (rumors have been flying about the Taliban’s intention to extradite the ETIM—if not all the 2,000 Uyghurs in Afghanistan—to China, but these rumors are unconfirmed).

In late August, Mattia Sorbi of Italy’s La Repubblica newspaper met with Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid. This was a significant interview for the Taliban because Italy is a key partner of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Mujahid told Sorbi that China is currently assisting Afghanistan with short-term funds (including $31 million in emergency funds) and that the Taliban see the BRI as their “passport to markets around the world.” China’s long-term concession of the Mes Aynak copper mine, south of Kabul, will allow it “to come back to life and be modernized,” said Mujahid. The Taliban is keen on the BRI, he said, “which will lead to reviving the ancient Silk Road.”

The BRI runs on both sides of Afghanistan, the northern route through Tajikistan to Iran and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor running southward. The mouth of the Wakhan Corridor would be the opening of a third route, running toward Kabul and to Iran (and linking Pakistan’s agricultural goods to markets in Central Asia and Russia).

Isolation from China and Iran is not a welcome thought in Kabul. The United States is prepared to reengage with the Taliban, which could alter the equations on the ground. If the U.S. allows Kabul to access the funds in its central bank, Da Afghanistan Bank, (sitting in New York) or the IMF funds, these funds will help provide the Taliban with a lifeline. But they are not a solution for Afghanistan, which is caught as it is between China and Iran and the possibility of its connection to the new silk road.

 Vijay Prashad is an Indian historian, editor and journalist. He is a writing fellow and chief correspondent at Globetrotter. He is the director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. He is a senior non-resident fellow at Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China. He has written more than 20 books, including The Darker Nations and The Poorer Nations. His latest book is Washington Bullets, with an introduction by Evo Morales Ayma.

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Telugu States lose Godavari and Krishna

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Telugu States lose Rivers Godavari and Krishna : The Centre has usurped all the powers of the State governments over all the irrigation projects (35 on Krishna basin and 71 on Godavari) with reference to all functions.

People of Telangana agitated for more than half century against inequitable distribution of Krishna and Godavari river waters between the sub-regions of Andhra and Telangana.

As the 10 Telangana districts of undivided AP were not having legal capacity to raise a complaint against injustice in water allocation, the demand for separate State gained strength. This author has individually represented before Justice Srikrishna Committee, pointing out a constitutional necessity behind the demand for Telangana State. The former Supreme Court Judge (Srikrishna) and the Vice-Chancellor of Law University (NALSAR VC Prof Ranbir Singh) asked several questions on that point. Only a State government can raise an inter-state river water dispute as per the Constitution. It is the state alone that can invoke original jurisdiction of Supreme Court. Being a sub-region, not a State, the State is technically incapacitated from even knocking on the doors of Krishna or Godavari Water Dispute Tribunal. Not even a right to question.

The Andhra Pradesh government never took up the cause of deprivation of Telangana by upper riparian states at inter-state forum or Supreme Court. Even when the cases came up, the Andhra rulers did not instruct engineers or experts or lawyers to defend the interests of Telangana. Internally, the rivers were taken away from Telangana without catering to that region’s irrigation or even drinking needs, which goes unchallengeable at any fora. The hostility against Telangana was aggravated because engineers and media persons were predominantly belonging to Andhra region who, except a few, were not raising these issues. Those who settled in Telangana were deliberately silent, allowing the hijacking of rivers to their ancestral villages. There was no fraternity or equity that resulted in raising of emotional anger and desire to divide. Depicting the language and slang of Telangana in insulting manner in print, TV and film media added fuel to the fire. Deprivation of Telangana of equitable share in waters, jobs and funds was the sole, if not substantial, cause of the agitation which took many human lives either in police firing or suicides.

Now, the Telangana being a State since 2014, it is the legitimate expectation of people that the Telangana State will raise a demand for its due share in proportion to the geographical area of river flowing. When more than 60 per cent of Krishna flows in Telangana, why should it get less than 50 per cent of share? It is a common-sense question of equity and the issue of equality as per the Constitution under Articles 14. Right to life with water under Article 21 is also violated. The argument that you have a right to life and water is essential, but water dispute can be settled by Tribunal; hence, even if equality or living rights are affected, the SC cannot look into it is an absurd contention and absolutely against the rule of law. This is the contextual background for the demand for reallocation of the shares between all the riparian states of these two rivers. To say no to it is an arbitrary conclusion without any rationale.

Before 2014, Telangana had no locus standi to raise injustice in water shares. Now what happened? Delhi orders the States to give total control of rivers to Delhi and wait with a begging bowl for water. Andhra Pradesh happily agreed to it, while Telangana formally opposed. Ministry of Jal Shakti (Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation) issued a notification from New Delhi on the July 15, 2021 with number: S.O. 2842 (E), which has serious implications for two Telugu States – Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

Seven years after their constitution, the Centre decided their ‘jurisdiction,’ which, according to them, means transferring of the operation of all projects including hydel generation. It is not just transferring the controls but entire asset – lock stock and barrel – being divested from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and vesting them in Union, through the nomenclature of River Management Boards.

The notification in the name of prescribing the jurisdiction of the Krishna and Godavari River Management Boards (KRMB and GRMB) relieved the two Telugu states of all their powers and jurisdiction and handed over them to the Boards.

It attracted the criticism that the Centre has usurped all the powers of the State governments over all the irrigation projects (35 on Krishna basin and 71 on Godavari) with reference to all functions. Strangely, the Centre has imposed all liabilities arising out of functions on the States.

The notification disqualifies the engineers and personnel of two states from becoming chairman or any functionary in the Boards and empowers the Centre to appoint its officers only. The babus of the Centre and its engineers will really own Krishna and Godavari and act according to whims of their political bosses. Thus, it amounts to taking over of the two major rivers depriving the States totally.

States to pay

The States are directed to deposit funds Rs 400 crore each to Boards as seed money to enable them to discharge functions effectively, and the States were told to deposit required funds additionally within 15 days of the demand by the Boards.

States have to give their money, staff, assets, projects, operational powers and control over all the projects in which they invested lakhs of crores of rupees for a long time. All powers go to the Centre and all responsibilities or liabilities are thrust on the States.

The two boards will have power to give any directions to the two States for maintenance of projects and they are supposed to obey. The boards were given full authority to get their orders implemented. The notification further mandates: Everything in plant, machinery equipment and stores, besides vehicles with all assets will go to KRMB and GRMB. If any question arises as to whether the KRMB or the GRMB has jurisdiction, the decision of the Centre shall be final (Paragraph (o)); The states should try to get approvals for unapproved projects within six months. Both the State governments shall stop all the ongoing works on unapproved projects as on the date of publication. If approvals are not secured within six months, the projects shall cease to operate. All the unapproved projects will have to come to a grinding halt, even if it causes economic disaster to the State. But the Centre will not take any responsibility.

Paragraph (g) says financial liability of any contract before the date of commencement of this notification, liability arising out of any of the present and future cases filed in the Supreme Court, High Court, any other Court or Tribunal in regard to the projects or components specified in Schedule-2 shall be the responsibility of the respective State governments.

It is not that approved projects, either completed or ongoing, are left to the States. They are also being taken over and brought under the ‘jurisdiction’ of relative River Management Boards to be controlled by the officers of Jal Shakti of the central government.

On October 14, all the projects, assets and other properties will be taken over by the Centre through the Boards. It is not nationalisation of projects, but centralisation of waters of Godavari and Krishna, and depriving the two Telugu States of their rights, autonomy, authority and sovereignty over the natural rivers that flow in their states. Unfortunate.

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Courtesy: Hans News Service , 12 Oct 2021

Author Dr. Madabhushi Sridhar Acharyulu was a Professor at Nalsar University of Law in Hyderabad, former Central Information Commissioner and presently is Dean & Professor, School of Law, Mahindra University, Hyderabad.

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Iran Arrests 10 It Says Spied for Foreign Intel Agencies

TEHRAN, Iran—Iran has arrested 10 people in a southern province it says are linked to foreign intelligence services, the official IRNA news agency reported Tuesday.

The report said Iran’s intelligence agency arrested the 10 after “sophisticated and continuous” surveillance in Bushehr province. It didn’t name the countries the suspects were linked to.

The 10 worked for “regional” countries whose intelligence services acted as accomplices and proxies for the spy agencies of “hostile countries,” the news agency reported, a reference to Iran’s arch-enemy Israel and the U.S. The report said the 10 people were Iranian expatriates in the regional countries.

Bushehr is home to Iran’s sole nuclear power plant that went online in 2011 with help from Russia. In July, Iran said authorities arrested members of a group linked to Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency amid ongoing protests over water shortages in the country’s southwest.

In 2019, Iran said it arrested 17 Iranians accused of spying on the country’s nuclear and military sites for the CIA and reported that some of them had been sentenced to death.

Iran occasionally announces the detention of people it says are spying for foreign countries, including the United States and Israel.

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Policy Response Still Awaited As Himachal Pradesh Records Very Heavy Loss in Floods and Landslides

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Himachal Pradesh is a small state with a population of only about seven million people.  Hence it should be particularly worrying that at the end  of the monsoon season this year floods ( particularly flash floods), landslides and heavy rains are officially estimated to have led to a loss of as many as 461 lives, with 13 people missing.  The loss to public property has been estimated at Rs. 1161 crore or Rs.11610 million. It is more difficult to estimate the precise number of people or households whose life has been devastated by such disasters, but given the frequency with which such cases have been reported this is likely to be have been very high.

In fact the loss of lives would have been higher but for the fact that alert citizens as well as fortunate circumstances averted some big tragedies. One such case related to collapse of a vast stretch of an important road. Although this road is in Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh, it is also close to this state’s border with two other states (Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh) and also close to a famous pilgrimage site and hence attracted wider attention. On July 30 morning as much as  150 metre stretch of highway 707 in Kali Dhanak area near Paonta Sahib caved in and it was only good fortune and timely warnings given by villagers which saved the badly threatened life of over 150 commuters and passers-by. What could have been a big national tragedy in terms of loss of precious human lives was barely averted. However attention was nevertheless focused on how such a long stretch of road and hills above could crumble so swiftly, taking along electricity poles and water-pipes.

Soon it was revealed that this had been  a site of limestone mining where heavy machinery was used in a highly destructive way, leading to instability and weakening of hills. A geologist Suresh Bhardwaj who being based in Sirmaur and is very familiar with local conditions was quoted in the Tribune as stating ( report by Ambika Sharma, August 1), “A limestone mine was operational at the base of the valley till about two years ago where the use of hydraulic machinery could have weakened the hill. The problem was aggravated by the presence of clay shales whose cutting for limestone mining disturbed its surface and seepage of excess water during the rains triggered the landslide.”

The same report quoted local villagers as stating that the company working on highway widening had been dumping tons of debris along natural water drainages , contributing to such a disaster by blocking natural water flow and also harming villagers by pushing water towards agricultural fields, destroying water mills and triggering other smaller landslides as well.

On the same day newspapers of Himachal Pradesh quoted official data that 378 roads in the small state were blocked at this time, mainly by landslides, and emergency steps to rescue many stranded tourists were in progress. Earlier several migrant workers had to be rescued.

In addition several settlements have been badly endangered and steps for rehabilitation are being taken or else appeals for this are pending. The number of adversely affected people has been huge, and hardly a day passed during this monsoon season without news media reporting someone or the other who was distressed by a combination of adverse weather and high vulnerability .

In many of these landslides and floods, not just in Himachal Pradesh but in other neighboring states and regions as well, the role of man-made factors including indiscriminate mining and construction activities, blasting work, neglect of construction norms and precautions, hydro projects, diversion of rivers and deposition of rubble in them, tree-felling and reduction of green cover have been mentioned as important man-made factors and triggers.

Climate change is of course a very important factor leading to more concentrated and torrential rain. This is the wider man-made factor but this should not be used to deny the very important role of several local man-made factors as immediate solutions are likely to emerge more at this level.

More and more evidence of these man-made factors is becoming available, but policy is not responding to this evidence. In fact sometimes we read about some ill-conceived projects contributing to these avoidable disasters in newspapers, and alongside we have reports of more such projects being launched. The system somehow absorbs this criticism, without responding in terms of the policy changes indicated by this evidence.

If the authorities care to examine all such incidents carefully and bring together all the evidence, this is likely to amount to a strong indictment of the failure to correct proven and avoidable mistakes. The efforts to correct such  mistakes must increase at all levels, as the high costs of such mistakes are becoming increasingly more difficult to bear. The need is not just for specific efforts like those to be taken in landslide-prone zones, but more broadly also for overall more ecologically protective policy. More and more livelihoods should be promoted in ecologically protective activities and not in destructive ones.

It is important to note that drinking water shortages continued to be reported even in monsoon months. There have been reported cases of small water sources being ravaged for sand and gravel mining. Rivers which are supposed to be the source for ambitious drinking and domestic  water schemes in bigger cities are also being ravaged by ecologically destructive activities at the same time.

Such concerns are very high in ecologically highly sensitive areas like Kinnaur and Lahul-Spiti. Big infrastructure and hydel projects are being used to showcase development here without bothering about their impact on fragile ecology. However it is encouraging to know that in such threatened areas more people are now coming forward to demand corrective actions.

Bharat Dogra is Honorary Convener, Campaign to Protect Earth Now. His recent books include Protecting Earth for Children and Planet in Peril.

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Workers in Yangtze Delta Protest Lower Wages Caused by China’s Power Cuts

The impact of state-enforced power cuts in parts of China is becoming evident with one example being worker unrest. Worker protests have broken out in a major city in the country’s east coast economic center the Yangtze Delta, due to lower wages and shortened work hours caused by power restrictions put on factories.

In the delta city of Suzhou in Jiangsu Province, workers protested at Wujiang Jingyuan Computer Factory on Oct. 10 and Oct. 11. Nearby roads were blocked and both local police and riot police showed up at the scene.

“Yesterday, the workers went to the factory to protest,” Li Xing (alias), a worker at the factory, told Chinese language Epoch Times on Oct. 11.

“I didn’t go but I heard that there were more than 800 people there. Today I am at the scene and there are more than 1,000 people,” Li said.

“The basic salary in the factory is about 2,000 yuan ($310) a month, and the rest of our salary is provided by the labor service company that hired us,” Li said. “The workers are all on hourly wages. Now I can’t even get to work 160 hours per month.”

According to Li, the labor service company notified the workers that if they do less than 160 hours a month, they will lower their hourly wages.

“Because of the power rationing, the factory has given workers days off; one day work and off the next day,” Li said.

“Today is already Oct.11, and I have only had 40 hours of work for this month so far. If this continues, how can it be possible to have 160 hours of work a month? The labor service company cannot cut our salary because of power cuts!”

On Oct. 11, Li said that thousands of workers gathered at the Wujiang Computer Factory, some of whom arrived at 1 am or 2 am.

“It was very chaotic at the scene. Workers contracted by various labor service companies were all there. Riot police and local police came,” Li said.

“Nobody from any of the companies showed up. The police said they would pass on our request to the companies. The entrances to the factory were blocked and no more people could get in,” Li said.

The Epoch Times obtained a video (see below) showing the scene of the protest at the factory.

On Oct. 11, the Jiangsu authorities implemented power rationing for the greater Suzhou area, Kunshan, and other areas of the Yangtze Delta.

Factory production was earlier suspended from Sept. 26 to Sept. 30. Add on top of that a seven-day holiday for the Oct. 1 National Day, local companies had unprecedentedly stopped production for 11 days.

Jiang Xiaolei (alias), an employee of a labor service company in Kunshan, told The Epoch Times on Oct. 11 that the company had not recruited workers for several days.

“We are affected by the power rationing, there is less work, so fewer people are recruited,” he said.

Jiang said that Wujiang Jingyuan Computer mainly produces accessories such as routers, mobile phone fittings, and items for Apple computers. He has previously recruited for the company but not during the past two months.

“The situation for those formally employed workers with the factory can be a little better with paid leave but there is nothing for hourly workers,” Jiang said. “And usually there are no formally employed workers at all in small factories such as Wujiang.”

The state’s power cuts in coastal provinces and cities such as Jiangsu and Guangdong have impacted migrant workers the most. Migrant workers are typically paid hourly without social welfare or benefits.

Hong Ning and Lin Cenxin contributed to the report.

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Criticism of France’s Neo-colonial Policies in Africa is on the Rise

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The Africa-France Summit was held in Montpellier, France, on  October 8, and for the first time since 1973 no African heads of state themselves were invited to the summit. Instead, Paris’s current relations with African states were discussed with businessmen, artists, and social activists.

As a result, the summit organizers did not manage to circumvent the political trend of relations between France and African states. Considering the Élysée Palace’s foreign policy of recent years leading to mass demonstrations in many African states, with locals demanding that the French leave the mainland, the summit’s main theme was the anti-French sentiment sweeping Africa. In particular, it was noted that Chad, Mali, and the Central African Republic are the most active in criticizing the policy of Paris.

Located in the Sahel part of Africa, Chad has a special historical relationship with France, as acknowledged by Paris. In its capital, N’Djamena is the headquarters for the French-led Combined Forces of Operation Barkhane. This operation is led in cooperation with five countries, Mali, Chad, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, and Niger, against the Islamist terrorist groups. But this French presence in Chad has come under increasing criticism in the country. Residents of N’Djamena denounce too much interference in the country’s internal affairs and much-accentuated paternalism. Anti-French sentiment became very strong after the death of President Idriss Déby in April and the establishment of interim military authorities in the country led by Déby’s son. Franceis accused of supporting the military’s seizure of power, which residents say was confirmed by French President Macron’s presence at President Idriss Déby’s funeral and the new head of the military junta. Since then, French flags have been burned at every demonstration against the current Chadian military authorities in protest of the policies of neocolonialism. The country’s inhabitants have denounced the interference of the Fifth Republic in the state’s internal affairs and accused it of attempting a shadowy takeover of power.

A similar rise in anti-French sentiment has been taking place recently in Mali. Residents blame the former metropolis for the failure of Operation Barkhane, saying France has not only failed to eliminate the militants but has reinforced them with arms and food. However, despite the apparent defeat, President Macron refuses to acknowledge that in all the years of their presence in the country, the Fifth Republic’s troops have failed to deal with the threat of extremism and ensure the safety of residents. Moreover, the French President tries to justify the military presence in Mali, notably in his interview on Radio France Inter regarding the completion of Operation Barkhane and the withdrawal of the military contingent from that African country. However, the French President did not voice the fact in this interview that during the years of presence in Mali, the foreign military contingent was not only unable to defeat radical groups but instead strengthened them significantly. Nor did the politician tell reporters how France had repeatedly threatened the authorities of the African republic with the withdrawal of troops, which turned into a mere manipulation and an attempt to keep control of the unruly state.

In early October, the interim Prime Minister of Mali, Choguel Kokalla Maïga pointed out France’s links to terrorists, saying official Bamako had evidence to that effect, and that terrorist groups on Malian territory were financed from abroad. In particular, according to the prime minister, French troops created an enclave in Kidal and handed it over to a movement formed with representatives of Ansar al-Din. This movement cooperates with the international terrorist organization Al-Qaeda (both formations are banned in the Russian Federation).

Therefore, it is not surprising that the spokesman for Mali’s M5-RFP party, Emile Bittar said on RFI radio that the Elysée Palace, which seeks to demonstrate its right to dictate political will to African states and unceremoniously invade their territory, is a disguised enemy for Mali and its representatives must leave the country immediately.

The willingness of the people of the Central African Republic to rally together to fight French neo-colonial pressure is reported by Le Potentiel Centrafricain. Moreover, staff members of Radio Lengo Songo stated that France and Western countries are trying to derail the upcoming national dialogue in the Central African Republic through controlled media like RFI, Figaro, AFP, Le Monde, France 24.

According to CAR Presidential spokesperson Albert Yaloke-Mokpem the former metropolis has deliberately “let its media off the leash” to discredit the Central African Republic along with its new partners, especially from Russia and Rwanda. The people of CAR are now seeing the benefits of the army’s close cooperation with Russian specialists, as FACA fighters managed to quickly level the threat posed by the militants and bring peace back to the country. Mokpem recalled how biased the Western media manipulated the crisis in late 2012 and early 2016 when President Faustin-Archange Touadéra took office.

The recent processes on the African continent and the rise of anti-French sentiment show that the former colonies have long been independent states not interested in unilaterally satisfying the appetites of foreign actors. France has lost influence not only in Africa but elsewhere as well. Regarding the earlier anti-terrorist Operation Barkhane declared by Paris, which ultimately failed without reducing the terrorist threat on the continent, the inhabitants of Africa have justifiable questions both for the French President and the French themselves: where did the considerable money for it go and to whom did it go?

The failures on African soil have certainly hit France’s position on the world stage and President Emmanuel Macron’s rating, which has only multiplied the years of foreign policy mistakes of the former metropolis. The head of the Fifth Republic pursues a neo-colonial strategy that is unsustainable in today’s realities. One of the main problems of Macron’s policy lies in the historically dismissive attitude of the collective West and European elites towards Africans. Meanwhile, they should not forget that the position of people of Chad, Mali, and the CAR has shown that the former colonies have long been independent states not interested in unilaterally satisfying the appetites of foreign actors.

Vladimir Danilov, political observer, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

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Fan unrest as Hungary draws at England; Poland walks off

Crowd trouble marred World Cup qualifiers as Hungary fans clashed with police during a 1-1 draw against England at Wembley Stadium and Poland’s players walked off in Albania after bottles were hurled in another Group I match on Tuesday.

Karol Świderski had just scored for Poland in the 77th minute when he was struck by a bottle thrown from the stands. It led to the game being suspended for around 20 minutes before Poland returned to the field and held on to win 1-0.

Euro 2020 finalist England is now three points clear of Poland, with games against Albania and San Marino remaining next month in the pursuit of automatic qualification for the World Cup in Qatar next year.

The disorder in London happened around kickoff after England players taking a knee had been booed by the visiting fans.

“Officers entered the stand to arrest a spectator for a racially aggravated public order offence following comments made towards a steward,” the Metropolitan Police said in a statement. “As the officers made the arrest, minor disorder broke out involving other spectators.”

Police were seen wielding batons to hold back the visiting fans. The remainder of the game passed off largely peacefully.

Luke Shaw’s foul on Loic Nego led to Roland Sallai putting Hungary ahead from the penalty spot in the 24th minute.

England equalised in the 37th when John Stones turned in a free-kick from Manchester City teammate Phil Foden.

England coach Gareth Southgate even took captain Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling off with 15 minutes to go for Jordan Henderson and Tammy Abraham.

But England couldn’t produce a winner, dropping points in a home qualifier for the first time since a draw against Ukraine in September 2012.

“Disappointing performance,” Southgate said. “Full credit to Hungary. I thought they caused us a tactical problem and I don’t think we played at the level we needed to play.

“We’ll go away and think about the balance of the team but individually we can do better as well. We shouldn’t just judge things on one game, right across the board we weren’t sharp with our play, gave the ball away.”

Disorder by Hungary fans — including racism — during the home match against England in Budapest last month led to Hungary having to play Saturday’s game against Albania in an empty stadium.

FIFA put Hungary on probation with the threat of another game being played without fans if there was further disorder at games.

England defender Tyrone Mings said he hopes “the punishment this time fits what happened.”

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1,000 Summoned as Possible Jurors in Arbery Slaying Trial

SAVANNAH, Ga.—Court officials preparing for the trial of three men charged with chasing and killing Ahmaud Arbery mailed jury duty notices to 1,000 people, a huge number that illustrates the challenge the judge and attorneys face in finding impartial jurors for a case that sparked a national outcry.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in coastal Georgia in the murder trial of Greg and Travis McMichael, a white father and son who armed themselves and pursued Arbery in a pickup truck after spotting the 25-year-old Black man running in their neighborhood.

Also standing trial is William “Roddie” Bryan, a neighbor who joined the chase on Feb. 23, 2020, and took cellphone video of Travis McMichael shooting Arbery at close range with a shotgun.

Attorneys hope to try the case in Glynn County, where Arbery and the three defendants lived within 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) of each other, despite the overwhelming attention it has received. Jury pool members will face a barrage of questions by lawyers to determine if they are capable of fairly deciding the case based on evidence presented in court.

“So many people either know the defendants or the victim or know something about it,” Glynn County Superior Court Clerk Ronald Adams said by phone Tuesday. “You really don’t want to come up short on the number of qualified jurors that you have.”

Adams said 1,000 people in Glynn County were mailed a jury summons specifically for the trial in Arbery’s killing. That means notices went to roughly one out of every 85 residents in the county, home to the port city of Brunswick and surrounding island vacation getaways south of Savannah.

Adams said it’s the largest number he’s issued in more than four years as court clerk, and that most cases require just 100 to 150 jury duty notices.

A total of 600 people are being told to report Monday morning to a courthouse annex building. Adams said an additional 400 will be on standby to show up Oct. 25 if there are not enough qualified jurors in the first batch.

Ultimately, the judge needs to seat a final jury of 12 people, plus four alternate jurors ready to fill in for jury members who get sick or otherwise must be dismissed during the trial. To get there, Adams said, could take two weeks or longer.

Defense attorneys say the three defendants committed no crimes. Greg McMichael told police they thought Arbery was a burglar after he had been recorded by security cameras inside a neighboring home under construction. He said his son shot Arbery in self-defense after Arbery attacked with his fists.

Prosecutors say Arbery was merely out jogging when he was killed. Investigators in the case have said Arbery was unarmed and they found no evidence he had stolen anything from the construction site.

How much jury pool members already know about the case, and whether they have already formed opinions about the defendants’ guilt or innocence, will largely determine who gets dismissed and who ends up on the final jury.

Potential jurors were mailed and asked to fill out a three-page questionnaire asking whether they have followed the case in the news or on social media and what they already know about it. They will be asked more questions by the lawyers at the courthouse, both in groups and individually.

“It’s about whether they’ve already prejudged the case, have they already made up their minds even a little bit,” said Page Pate, an Atlanta trial attorney who’s not involved in the case. “It’s not just the saturation of news coverage. When something like this happens in a smaller town, it’s what are people saying at work? What are they saying when you go to church?”

Having hundreds of people in the jury pool, Pate said, should be “more than enough” to seat a final jury for the trial.

By Russ Bynum

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WANNSEE – JEWISH NAZIS

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According to the official story – 

‘In January 1942, the Wannsee conference took place in a mansion on the shore of the Wannsee, a lake on the outskirts of Berlin.

‘The 15 men who met at Wannsee – most of them were qualified lawyers, and eight of them held academic doctorates.


Reinhard Heydrich, ‘the mastermind of the Holocaust’, is believed to have been Jewish. Walter Schellenberg in his Memoirs (p. 207) writes: “Canaris told me after Heydrich’s death that he possessed proof of Heydrich’s Jewish ancestry.”

According to the official story – 

‘The 15 men met at the invitation of Reinhard Heydrich

‘They discussed the extermination of the Jews.

According to the official story – 
‘We only know about what was discussed at Wannsee because of one set of the minutes taken by Adolf Eichmann.

‘The minutes were found in March 1947 by a Jew called Robert Kempner.’After Nuremberg, Kempner split his time between the United States and Germany where he represented Jewish clients in restitution cases against Germany.

‘He also appeared as an expert witness at the trial of ‘Adolf Eichmann‘ in Jerusalem in 1961.[4]


On the left, we see Himmler, and on the right we see his body double. Reportedly, Himmler had Jewish roots. Himmler’s grandparents were Johan Himmler and Agathe Kien. Himmler’s SS cooperated with the Haganah, the Zionist underground military organization in British-run Palestine.Himmler neice, Catharine Himmler, married an Israeli


Site of the Nazis’ Wannsee Conference, 1942. 

The official story is most likely wrong.

‘The Wannsee Conference, in Berlin, in 1942, was a meeting of certain top Nazis.

The “Final Solution of the Jewish Question”

‘They discussed how to get certain Jews to emigrate.

The 15 participants included Dr. Alfred Meyer, Erich Neumann and a number of other Nazis who may have had Jewish heritage.

“Nowhere in the minutes of the Wannsee Conference is there any explicit reference to a policy to exterminate the Jews.”

“Russia, America and Britain, collaborated together at Nuremberg to fabricate the horror-illusion, which would enable the US/UK to gain the post-war moral high ground, even after incinerating the German cities with two million tons of bombs.

“People were loath to believe that such a thing could have happened – until maybe after Iraq, when we saw how British-American intelligence had fabricated the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) lie without a tremor of conscience.

“Only then, I suggest, does it start to dawn upon the world that the notion of big human gas chambers was the original WMD hoax.”

– Dr. Nicholas Kollerstrom Breaking the Spell — The Holocaust, Myth & Reality


Eichman, who was apparently Jewish, was allowed to retire to Paraguay.

Brabantian 29 June 2019 at 15:14 writes:

7 Jewish Holocaust revisionists / doubters / denialists.

Some of them assaulted and threatened with murder by other Jews.

(1) Jewish Ron Unz (born 1961) with his popular California-based Unz Review, quite shocked people with his article saying:

“I think it far more likely than not that the standard Holocaust narrative is at least substantially false, and quite possibly, almost entirely so”.

Unz added more generally regarding wars, deaths under communism etc, that, in his view, “The inescapable conclusion is that in per capita terms Jews were the greatest mass-murderers of the twentieth century”

Holocaust Denial, by Ron Unz – The Unz Review

(2) Jewish Joseph Ginzburg (1908-90) aka Joseph G. Burg, entered Poland and Germany with the Russian army, interviewing Auschwitz and other camp surivors.

Ginzburg (aka Burg) said the Holocaust story, was a Zionist deception scheme.

West Germany conducted book-burnings of this Jew’s books

Testimony of Joseph G. Burg

Josef Burg – Jewish Holocaust Denier Visited Death Camps 

(3) Jewish Roger Guy Dommergue (1924-2013), full name Roger Guy Dommergue Polacco de Menasce, was a French holocaust sceptic.

Jewish Prof. Roger Dommergue Demolished the Holocaust and …

(4) Jewish Bobby Fischer (1943-2008), anti-Zionist chess master, said, “They made up the Holocaust. I exposed the Holocaust as never having happened. The Jews are liars.”

Vindication of Bobby Fischer

(5) Jewish Jacob Cohen (born 1944), his earliest childhood in Morocco, denies the Holocaust and argues it only became a big affair some many years after WW2 was over

(6) Jewish Nathanael Kapner (born 1950), a convert to Orthodox Christianity making anti-Zionist ‘Real Jew News’ postings & videos, says, “The Holocaust tale is a huge HOAX”

Jewish Scholar Refutes The Holocaust | Real Jew News

(7) Jewish David Christopher Cole (born 1968), aka ‘David Stein’, made a 1992 video saying the Auschwitz story was significantly fake.

He was physically attacked, and money was offered for anyone who would kill him … leading him to live for a while under an alternate name until he was ‘doxxed’ for the holocaust revisionism.

Now, Cole seems to have shifted views, writing polemics against Ron Unz above … Here is the 1992 video:

Some of the Holocaust material is fake, as you see below.

The Nazis were bad. But they were put into power by the same cabal that did 9 11.


Nazi concentration camp

The International Red Cross reported in 1946 that of registered Jewish camp inmates no more than 300,000 could have died. 


Ernst Hanfstaengl (left)

“The man who discovered Hitler and advanced his career in Germany was Ernst Hanfstaengl.”

“For much of the 1920s, Hanfstaengl introduced Hitler to Munich high-society and helped polish his image.

“He also helped to finance the publication of Hitler’s Mein Kampf, and the NSDAP’s official newspaper.

“Hitler was the godfather of Hanfstaengl’s son Egon.

“Hanfstaengl composed both Brownshirt and Hitler Youth marches patterned after his Harvard football songs and, he later claimed, devised the chant “Sieg Heil”.”

Hanfstaengl fell out of Hitler’s favour after 1933, and he eventually moved to the USA.

Adolph Hitler: Agent of the Round Table – David Livingstone


Hanfstaengl (left)

Ernst Hanfstaengl’s mother was Katharine Wilhelmina Heine, who had American ‘Jewish’ ancestry.

Ernst Hanfstaengl “had key links to the Round Table conspirators … a front for the Zionist aims of the Rothschild banking family.”

Adolph Hitler: Agent of the Round Table – David Livingstone

“The Round Table were responsible for orchestrating World War I.”

Adolph Hitler: Agent of the Round Table – David Livingstone

“The Zionist Round Table conspirators … created the Nazis … in order to create the worldwide condemnation against anti-Semitism necessary to justify the creation and on-going support for the establishment of state of Israel after WWII.”

Adolph Hitler: Agent of the Round Table – David Livingstone

Ernst Hanfstaengl attended Harvard University.

Ernst Hanfstaengl  became acquainted with the Round Table and Franklin and Theodore Roosevelt.

The Round Table was created by Lord Nathaniel Rothschild.

Adolph Hitler: Agent of the Round Table – David Livingstone

(There is said to be a cousinhood which includes the Rothschild, Rockefeller, Oppenheimer, Goldsmid, Sassoon, Warburg, Samuel, Franklin, Stern, Cohen, Schiff, Morgan, Montefiore/Carvajal, and Lazard families. MONTEFIORE FAMILY)


The Bankers financed Hitler.

According to British Prime Minister David Lloyd George, “The Treaty of Versailles was hijacked by Jewish international financiers to create the necessary economic, social, and political and conditions necessary for Hitler to exploit.”[10]

Allen Dulles was a key agent of the British and American plot to finance Hitler.

“After Hitler lost a popular election to von Hindenburg in 1932, thirty-nine business leaders sent a petition to von Hindenburg urging that Hitler be appointed chancellor of Germany.

Allen Dulles had long-standing business ties to German industrial giants such as I G Farben and Krupp steel. After World War II, Dulles worked hard to save and recruit many Nazi war criminals.

“This deal to bring Hitler into the government was formulated at the home of banker Baron Kurt von Schroeder on January 4, 1933, where Schacht and John Foster Dulles and his brother Allen agreed to coordinate all trade between Germany and America in a syndicate of 150 firms set up by the Harrimans.[12

“As partners in the firm of Sullivan and Cromwell, Allen and John Foster represented the giant German chemical firm IG Farben, led by Rockefeller partners the Warburgs, which was indispensable to the German war effort.

“Beginning in 1933, Max Warburg served directly under Hjalmar Schacht on the board of the Reichsbank during the Nazi regime, before emigrating to the US in 1938.”

Adolph Hitler: Agent of the Round Table – David Livingstone

Left – Hitler’s Jewish controller, Eric Hanussen, born Hermann Steinschneider

Erik Hanussen, born Hermann Steinschneider, was a Jewish occultist.

‘He instructed Adolf Hitler in performance and the achievement of dramatic effect.’

He enjoyed the company of Germany’s  elite, becoming close with members of Ernst Rohm’s Brownshirts (SA).

‘He was a supporter of the Nazis despite his Jewish ancestry, which was an open secret.’

Hanussen was close to certain important Nazi officials, to whom he had lent money.



According to Dr. Walter C. Langer, a psychoanalyst, who prepared a psychological profile of Hitler for the Office of Strategic Services in 1943:

“During the early 1920s Hitler took regular lessons in mass psychology from Hanussen][5] who was  a practicing astrologer”

In 1931 Hanussen began publishing an occult journal, Hanussen Magazin. [6]

Hanussen owned a mansion which became known as “The Palace of the Occult”.

Hanussen predicted the Reichstag fire.

It is claimed that Hanussen hypnotized Marinus van der Lubbe, who was blamed for causing the fire.[12]

Hanussen disappeared in mysterious circumstances in 1933.

The controllers of Hitler are the same Robber Barons who control today’s top politicians.

Fred C. Koch built a large oil refinery in Hamburg for the Nazi regime. Hitler paid tribute to Henry Ford in his biography and kept a portrait of him in his office.

The Nazis loved the Zionists.

Himmler’s neice, Catharine Himmler, married an Israeli .


The boy-loving Hitler was easy to control.

Himmler founded the SS Witches Division.

Hitler’s obsession with the occult

“Central to the Nazis’ mystical beliefs was the idea that white ‘Aryan’ man was not descended from the apes, as were other inferior races…

“Jesus Christ was a White ‘Aryan’ … as were the Knights Templar and the Cathars, who held the mysteries of ancient Thule in the Holy Grail.

“The white Supermen were locked in a struggle for mastery with the ape-like ‘Tschandala’ or ‘monstrous humanoids’ — Jews, Slavs, blacks and ‘mongrel breeds’.

Hitler’s obsession with the occult


Hitler liked boys.

The Vril Society counted many of Hitler’s henchmen as members, including Himmler, Bormann, and Hess…

The Vril Society was noted for it’s use of orgies to summon up occult energies…

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“The darkest side of the Vril was their propensity for sacrificing young children,” says Michael Fitzgerald, author of Stormtroopers of Satan. “They would stab them in the chest and cut their throats.”

“Bormann was an avowed Satanist, says Michael Fitzgerald. “Bormann, together with Rosenberg and Himmler, wanted to destroy Christianity and replace it with a truly occult religion of their own making. And along with the Thule Society, they created a political party that would try and do just that.”


Lynching of an innocent black kid in the USA.

Lawrence Birken, Assistant Professor of History at Ball State University (Indiana), has written about Hitler as an ‘Enlightenment Intellectual.’

The Journal of Historical Review: Volume 16 (1996-7) / Hitler as Philosophe: Remnants of the Enlightenment in National Socialism, by Lawrence Birken. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 1995.

1. “It should be obvious,” writes Birken, “that Hitler possessed a ‘classical’ theory of race.”

Hitler liked the American idea of segregation.

Hitler admired the USA’s pro-White racial policies, its restrictions on non-White immigration, and its adoption of eugenics measures.

2. According to Birken, “Hitler’s economic ideas were… closer to Marx than to … Keynes.”

3. Hitler opposed birth control.

4. Hitler opposed Christianity.

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Dutch royals can enter same-sex marriage and not give up throne, Prime Minister says

The Dutch monarch can marry someone of the same sex without giving up the throne, the Prime Minister has said.

In a written answer to questions from parliamentarians, Prime Minister Mark Rutte wrote on Tuesday that “the Cabinet does not see that an heir or the King would have to abdicate the throne if he/she wished to marry a person of the same sex.”

Dutch royal weddings need the approval of parliament.

The questions arose following the publication of a book over the summer on the heir to the throne, “Amalia, Duty Calls”.

Princess Amalia is the eldest child of King Willem-Alexander and will turn 18 on December 7. She graduated high school in June and announced she plans to take a gap year before attending university.

She has also turned down the €1.6 million annual allowance she was entitled to upon reaching 18, stating in a letter to Rutte earlier this year that she finds it “uncomfortable (to receive the money) as long as I do not do anything for it in return, and while other students have a much tougher time of it, particularly in this period of coronavirus.”

In his letter to parliamentarians, Rutte did not answer definitively on the question of succession in the case of a same-sex marriage on whether a child born following a sperm donation or via a surrogate mother can be named “legitimate heir.”

“Modern family law offers much scope for civil life to establish or have established family law relationships,” Rutte wrote.

“There is a fundamental tension with the closed system of succession in the Constitution, which aims precisely to establish on objective and unambiguous grounds who will inherit the kingship.

It is not appropriate to anticipate now such a consideration of the succession,” he went on, adding: “This depends too much on the facts and circumstances of the specific case, which, as can be seen with hindsight in the case of the family law, are not the same as in the case of the succession.”

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Matt Amodio’s History-Making Run on TV’s ‘Jeopardy!’ Ends

NEW YORK—All good things must come to an end and Matt Amodio’s historic run on “Jeopardy!” did just that on Monday’s show, leaving the Yale doctoral student with 38 wins and more than $1.5 million in prize money.

Amodio failed to answer the Final Jeopardy! clue correctly and came third on Monday’s show, his streak cut short by new champion Jonathan Fisher, an actor originally from Coral Gables, Florida.

Amodio finished No. 2 on the all-time consecutive wins list behind only Ken Jennings with 74 wins. He won a total of $1,518,601, which puts him third on the all-time non-tournament cash winnings list behind James Holzhauer ($2,462,216) and Jennings ($2,520,700).

“l know going into every bar trivia game that I play that I’m going to come in with a little intimidation factor. But also, I just like the badge that it represents. As somebody who prioritizes knowledge and knowing things, this is really a good one to have following me everywhere,” Amodio, a fifth-year computer science Ph.D. student at Yale University, said in a statement.

He became known for starting all of his questions with “What’s…” instead of using suitable alternatives such as “Who is…,” an unorthodox approach that made some longtime viewers groan.

But it was within the quiz show’s rules and, as Amodio explained, helped him limit any “unnecessary moving parts” that might undermine his effectiveness.

What became known as the “Amodio Rodeo” proved a welcome distraction for the quiz show and its producer Sony Pictures Television, which saw its effort to replace its late and beloved host Alex Trebek founder.

Sony turned to guest hosts Mayim Bialik and Jennings after its original pick for the job, “Jeopardy!” executive producer Mike Richards, exited the show following the disclosure of his past disparaging podcasts remarks.

Sony has said it was resuming its search for a permanent host.

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Beaten Wilder Has No Plans to Retire, Says Trainer

Deontay Wilder during the WBC heavyweight world championship fight at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nev., on Oct. 9, 2021. (Steve Marcus/Reuters)

Deontay Wilder has no plans to retire, the American boxer’s trainer Malik Scott said, after he was knocked out by Briton Tyson Fury in their WBC heavyweight world championship fight on Saturday.

Fury (31–0–1) weathered the early storm to outbox Wilder and landed the decisive blow in the 11th round to close out their trilogy and remain the undefeated lineal champion.

“Deontay has set his family financially secure so he doesn’t have to fight to make a living,” Scott told iFL TV.

“But retiring is not in his plans at all and not something we’ve discussed.”

Scott said Wilder (42–2–1) deserved to have more high-level fights and be involved in main events.

“Deontay was great on Saturday, but Fury was even greater—it was a great night of boxing for the heavyweight division,” he added.

“You have to give Fury credit for having a good chin and getting up. Fury is a legend, one of the best in the heavyweight division in any era, and it’s the same about Deontay.”

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Kashmiris Being Used As Pawns? 

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So, communal strategy is apparently being tried once again on the Kashmir-front. Kashmir is clearly viewed as one of those political cards which right-winged, extremist parties can bank upon to whip up communal frenzy particularly when the going seems fairly dismal in other areas. Recent developments, Covid-impact, farmers’ protest and Lakhimpur-case among several others have not helped the party heading the central and Uttar Pradesh governments gain a favourable image at various levels. Notwithstanding all the noise made about Indian media acting as pawns and puppets of ruling politicians, coverage earned by rival parties on these issues has probably proved fairly taxing for the former. Added to this is the failure of this party to forge ahead in West Bengal assembly polls.

Unfortunately, Kashmir-issue falls in the bracket of those sensitive as well as controversial issues over which communal frenzy can be aroused among sections in other parts of the country. Muslims represent a majority of population in Jammu & Kashmir. There still prevails the trend to easily tag Pakistan-label with Indian Muslims, which is more enhanced about Kashmiri Muslims. Fake “news” being circulated gives importance to Kashmiri Muslims’ soft approach towards Pakistan. Sadly, a rudimentary survey indicates that quite a number of Indians take such “news” fairly seriously.

Clearly, the trend to easily label them as militants cannot be sidelined. Though secular Indians’ have generally not taken long to raise their voice against communal atrocities committed against minorities in other parts of the country, a rather subdued approach is visible regarding bias exercised against Kashmiris in general (Muslims and Pandits). Surprisingly, hardly any action is visible from Muslim organisations and groups from rest of the country.

The preceding attitude is apparently based on caution and perhaps fear linked with Pakistan-tag associated with Kashmiri Muslims. Little importance is given to deliberating upon its actual prevalence and questioning the same. The bitter truth that Kashmiri Muslims have been as hard hit by militants as non-Muslims needs to be seriously pondered over. The decision of a few Muslims to take to “militancy” does not imply that each Kashmiri and/or Muslim in other parts of country as well as world should be viewed as a terrorist. In fact, it is erroneous to link any person with terrorism simply on account of religion or the group he/she pursues. Describing the entire Hindu, Sikh or any other religious community as terrorists/communal activists only if certain members of these groups engage in such activities is as erroneous as is the trend to generally hold a biased approach along this line towards Muslims.

Besides, why should any criminal be believed for what he/she claims, including the attempt made to justify his/her criminal activity in the name of religion? In addition, it is indeed ironical that the so-called militants are described as militants and also shot down in “encounters” even prior to their being judicially viewed as militants. Of course, the country’s defence and security demand forces to be extra-alert and also active regarding possible as well as actual threats from militancy. So, it may not be appropriate to deliberate on such moves.

Indian Kashmiris may not have been subject to bullets from militants as well as forces in “encounters” if there did not prevail diplomatic controversy over the global status of their geographical terrain. It is fairly pathetic that diplomatic lapses and/or deliberate moves of certain involved parties lead to suffering of people who are hardly a party to these. At times, their sufferings lead to deliberation on whether they are being used as pawns for no fault of theirs.

The preceding point may be viewed from another angle, with reference to Indian Kashmiri Muslims. Over the decades, increasing number of Kashmiri Muslims have given the Indian civil services examinations. Quite a few coaching centres are being run by successful Muslims to promote other Kashmiri Muslims in this venture. There are reports of their moving to other parts of India for higher education, jobs and also promote their business. These are just a few indicators. Statistically, there are no reports of Kashmiri Muslims choosing to cross the border for similar purposes. Yes, reports of a minor percentage being influenced by terrorism and taking to militancy cannot be ignored. However, infiltration of militants from across the border cannot be ignored. From what angle are Indian Kashmiri Muslims to be blamed for increase in militancy in the state?

Little importance is given to young Indian Kashmiri Muslims’ achievements as Indian representatives in the field of sports, their success in administrative examinations and other areas. And barely any to sufferings they face.

Of late, Kashmir-militancy has hit headlines again. It is possible, loss of rhetoric to silence farmers’ protest, subdue anger over Lakhimpur-Kheri case, failure to check economic woes as well as negative impact of Covid-phase have served as strong political reasons to try and turn attention to Kashmir-front. Ayodhya-card can no longer be politically cashed on as effectively as it used to be earlier. But, as recent developments indicate, certain right-winged politicians are still hopeful of making electoral use of their Kashmir-card tagged with anti-Pak label. The close linkage of timing of key elections and militancy in this area stands out a little too markedly to be ignored. Who cares if Kashmiris are being used as pawns in the process!

Nilofar Suhrawardy is a senior journalist and writer with specialization in communication studies and nuclear diplomacy. She has come out with several books. These include:– Modi’s Victory, A Lesson for the Congress…? (2019); Arab Spring, Not Just a Mirage! (2019), Image and Substance, Modi’s First Year in Office (2015) and Ayodhya Without the Communal Stamp, In the Name of Indian Secularism (2006).

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Slain Reporter’s Father Takes on Facebook Over Violent Video

WASHINGTON—The family of a slain journalist is asking the Federal Trade Commission to take action against Facebook for failing to remove online footage of her shooting death.

Andy Parker said Tuesday the company is violating its own terms of service in hosting videos on Facebook and its sibling service Instagram that glorify violence.

His daughter, TV news reporter Alison Parker, and cameraman Adam Ward were killed by a former co-worker while reporting for Roanoke, Virginia’s WDBJ-TV in August 2015. Video footage of the shooting—some of which was taken by the gunman—repeatedly resurfaces on Facebook and Instagram despite assurances from top executives that it will be removed, says a complaint filed Tuesday by Parker and attorneys with the Georgetown Law Civil Rights Clinic.

“The reality is that Facebook and Instagram put the onus on victims and their families to do the policing of graphic content—requiring them to relive their worst moments over and over to curb the proliferation of these videos,” says the complaint.

The complaint says Facebook is engaging in deceptive trade practices by violating its own terms of service and misrepresenting the safety of the platform and how hard it is for users to get harmful and traumatic content removed.

Facebook didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

Andy Parker said during a press conference announcing the FTC complaint that he also wants to see action from Congress, echoing some of the calls made last week by whistleblower and former Facebook employee Frances Haugen, who has accused the company of harming children, inciting political violence, and fueling misinformation.

“Alison’s murder, shared on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, is just one of the egregious practices that are undermining the fabric of our society,” Parker said.

Parker said he agreed with Haugen on the need for Congress to impose new curbs on the long-standing legal protections for speech posted on social media platforms.

Republican and Democratic lawmakers have called for stripping away some of the protections granted by a 25-year-old law—in a provision known as Section 230—that shields internet companies from liability for what users post. In her Senate testimony last week, Haugen urged lawmakers to remove the protections in cases where dominant content driven by computer algorithms favors massive engagement by users over public safety.

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Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen appears before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee during a hearing entitled “Protecting Kids Online: Testimony from a Facebook Whistleblower” at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington on Oct. 5, 2021. (Matt McClain/Pool via Getty Images)

Parker previously worked with the Georgetown law clinic to file a similar FTC complaint last year against Google and its YouTube service. The FTC declined to comment on the latest filing and doesn’t typically disclose whether or not it has decided to investigate a complaint. Parker said he hoped that new FTC leaders appointed by President Joe Biden would take the complaints more seriously.

Attorneys and advocates working with Parker, who said he’s never watched the videos of his daughter’s killing, detailed on Tuesday the extent to which they’ve tried to take those videos down, including appeals to Facebook’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg.

Advocates for the Coalition for a Safer Web said they created their own software with the ability to find the videos, but some of the videos reported to Facebook earlier this month were still up just before the group filed its FTC complaint.

“Facebook wants the public to self-police. They want you to report, they want me to report. They want me to watch the videos and report them,” Andy Parker said. “And even when you do report it, they ignore you.”

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DHS Chief Orders ICE to End Mass Raids of Workplaces of Suspected Illegal Aliens

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas issued a memo Tuesday ordering immigration and border agents to stop raids and arrests at workplaces of suspected illegal aliens.

“The deployment of mass worksite operations, sometimes resulting in the simultaneous arrest of hundreds of workers, was not focused on the most pernicious aspect of our country’s unauthorized employment challenge: exploitative employers,” Mayorkas said in the three-page memo (pdf). “These highly visible operations misallocated enforcement resources while chilling, and even serving as a tool of retaliation for, worker cooperation in workplace standards investigations.”

The memo is directed at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Troy, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. It calls the agencies to shift their focus toward “unscrupulous employers who exploit the vulnerability of undocumented workers.”

Such employers are paying substandard wages, imposing unsafe working conditions, and facilitating human trafficking and child exploitation, Mayorkas wrote. The substandard wages create an unfair labor market and drive down costs unfairly, harming people seeking a job and disadvantaging other law-abiding employers, he added.

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A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent in Hawthorne, Calif., on March 1, 2020. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Mayorkas is directing a review of current immigration enforcement policies, which he said should “facilitate the important work of the Department of Labor and other government agencies to enforce wage protections, workplace safety, labor rights, and other laws and standards.”

In particular, the policies should “[r]educe the demand for illegal employment by delivering more severe consequences to exploitative employers and their agents” and “[i]ncrease the willingness of workers to report violations of law by exploitative employers and cooperate in employment and labor standards investigations.”

The policies should also “[b]roaden and deepen mechanisms” for different departments to coordinate together, including between the DHS, the Justice Department, the Labor Department, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, and state labor agencies, according to the memo.

Mayorkas said that revised or new immigration policies should include plans to offer protections—including from deportation—to illegal aliens who “[cooperate] with law enforcement in the investigation and prosecution of unscrupulous employers.”

The three agencies have 60 days from the memo to submit their “plans and recommendations” in response to Mayorkas’s directives.

The new memo comes just two weeks after Mayorkas issued a separate memo laying out guidelines advising that being in the country illegally is not by itself enough reason to arrest somebody, and that only the illegal aliens who pose a threat to national security, public safety, or border security should be targeted.

The United States is experiencing record-setting levels of illegal immigration. According to data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, there were 208,887 apprehensions related to border crossings in August.

Since taking office, Biden reversed a number of policies from the Trump administration over the border and immigration, including pausing and ultimately suspending border wall construction; stopping President Donald Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” order for arrivals before Jan. 1; and pulling back on using Title 42 emergency powers amid the COVID-19 pandemic by exempting illegal immigrant children and many family units from being expelled under the policy.

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Heroes or Parasites: Europe’s Self-serving Politics on Refugees

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Language is politics and politics is power. This is why the misuse of language is particularly disturbing, especially when the innocent and vulnerable pay the price.

The wars in Syria, Libya, Afghanistan and other Middle Eastern, Asian and African countries in recent years have resulted in one of the greatest humanitarian catastrophes, arguably unseen since World War II. Instead of developing a unified global strategy that places the welfare of the refugees of these conflicts as a top priority, many countries ignored them altogether, blamed them for their own misery and, at times, treated them as if they were criminals and outlaws.

But this is not always the case. At the start of the Syrian war, support for Syrian refugees was considered a moral calling, championed by countries across the world, from the Middle East to Europe and even beyond. Though often rhetoric was not matched by action, helping the refugees was seen, theoretically, as a political stance against the Syrian government.

Back then, Afghans did not factor in the Western political discourse on refugees. In fact, they were rarely seen as refugees. Why? Because, until August 15 – when the Taliban entered the capital, Kabul – most of those fleeing Afghanistan were seen according to a different classification: migrants, illegal immigrants, illegal aliens, and so on. Worse, at times they were depicted as parasites taking advantage of international sympathy for refugees, in general, and Syrians, in particular.

The lesson here is that Afghans fleeing their war-torn and US-occupied country were of little political use to their potential host countries. As soon as Afghanistan fell to the Taliban, and the US, along with its NATO allies, were forced to leave the country, the language immediately shifted, because then, the refugees served a political purpose.

For example, Italian Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese was one of the first to advocate the need for European support for Afghan refugees. She told a ‘European Union forum on the protection of Afghans’, on October 8, that Italy will work with its allies to ensure fleeing Afghans can reach Italy via third countries.

The hypocrisy here is palpable. Italy, like other European countries, has done its utmost to block refugees from arriving at its shores. Its policies have included the prevention of refugee boats stranded in the Mediterranean Sea from reaching Italian territorial waters; the funding and the establishment of refugee camps in Libya – often depicted as ‘concentration camps’ – to host refugees who are ‘caught’ trying to escape to Europe; and, finally, the prosecution of Italian humanitarian workers and even elected officials who dared lend a hand to refugees.

The latest victim of the Italian authorities’ campaign to crackdown on refugees and asylum-seekers was Domenico Lucano, the former mayor of Riace in the Southern Italian region of Calabria, who was sentenced by the Italian Court of Locri to over 13 years in prison for “irregularities in managing asylum seekers”. The verdict also included a fine of €500,000 to pay back funds received from the EU and the Italian government.

What are these “irregularities”?

“Many migrants in Riace have obtained municipal jobs while Lucano was Mayor. Abandoned buildings in the area had been restored with European funds to provide housing for immigrants,” Euronews reported.

The decision was particularly pleasing to the far-right Lega Party. Lega’s head, Matteo Salvini, was the Interior Minister of Italy from 2018-19. During his time in office, many had conveniently blamed him for Italy’s outrageous anti-immigrants’ policy. Naturally, the news of Lucano’s sentencing was welcomed by Lega and Salvini.

However, only rhetoric has changed since Italy’s new Interior Minister, Lamorgese, has taken office. True, the anti-refugee language was far less populist and certainly less racist – especially if compared to Salvini’s offensive language of the past. The unfriendly policies towards the refugees remained in effect.

It matters little to desperate refugees crossing to Europe in their thousands whether Italy’s policies are shaped by Lamorgese or Salvini. What matters to them is their ability to reach safer shores. Sadly, many of them do not.

A disturbing report issued by the European Commission, on September 30, showed the staggering impact of Europe’s political hostility towards refugees. More than 20,000 migrants have died by drowning while attempting to cross the Mediterranean on their way to Europe.

“Since the beginning of 2021, a total of 1,369 migrants have died in the Mediterranean”, the report also indicated. In fact, many of those died during the West-championed international frenzy to ‘save’ the Afghans from the Taliban.

Since Afghan refugees represent a sizable portion of worldwide refugees, especially those attempting to cross to Europe, it is safe to assume that many of those who have perished in the Mediterranean were also Afghans. But why is Europe welcoming some Afghans while allowing others to die?

Political language is not coined at random. There is a reason why we call those fleeing in search for safety ‘refugees’, or ‘illegal immigrants’, ‘illegal aliens’, ‘undocumented’, ‘dissidents’, and so on. In fact, the last term, ‘dissidents’, is the most political of all. In the US, for example, Cubans fleeing their country are almost always political ‘dissidents’, as the phrase itself represents a direct indictment of the Cuban Communist government. Haitians, on the other hand, are not political ‘dissidents’. They are hardly ‘refugees’, as they are often portrayed as ‘illegal aliens’.

This kind of language is used in the media and by politicians as a matter of course. The same fleeing refugee could change status more than once over the duration of his escape. Syrians were once welcomed in their thousands. Now, they are perceived to be political burdens to their host countries. Afghans are valued or devalued, depending on who is in charge of the country. Those fleeing or escaping the US occupation were rarely welcomed; those escaping the Taliban rule are perceived as heroes, needing solidarity.

However, while we are busy manipulating language, there are thousands who are stranded at sea and hundreds of thousands languishing in refugee camps worldwide. They are only welcomed if they serve as political capital. Otherwise, they remain a ‘problem’ to be dealt with – violently, if necessary.

 Ramzy Baroud is a journalist and the Editor of The Palestine Chronicle. He is the author of five books. His latest is “These Chains Will Be Broken: Palestinian Stories of Struggle and Defiance in Israeli Prisons” (Clarity Press). Dr. Baroud is a Non-resident Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA) and also at the Afro-Middle East Center (AMEC). His website is www.ramzybaroud.net

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Defying Texas Governor, Southwest, American Airlines Stand by Biden’s Vaccine Mandate

American Airlines and Southwest Airlines announced on Tuesday that they would follow President Joe Biden’s executive order requiring that employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 8, defying Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order blocking mandates by any entity in the state.

The companies, both based in Texas, argued that Biden’s mandate supersedes Abbott’s, which was issued on Oct. 11. The Republican governor said in a statement upon issuing his executive order (pdf) that the COVID-19 vaccine “should remain voluntary and never forced.”

Southwest Airlines said in a statement that it “would be expected to comply with the President’s Order to remain compliant as a federal contractor.”

American Airlines meanwhile said that although it was reviewing Abbott’s order, “this does not change anything” for the company. “We believe the federal vaccine mandate supersedes any conflicting state laws,” the carrier added.

The carriers are among the state’s largest employers.

U.S.-based employees for both carriers have been asked to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19, the disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, by Nov. 24.

Despite the carriers’ latest announcements, Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly told CNBC on Tuesday that he has “never been in favor of corporations imposing that kind of a mandate,” adding that the company only imposed one because of Biden’s executive order.

“But the executive order from President Biden mandates that all federal employees and then all federal contractors, which covers all the major airlines, have to have a [vaccine] mandate” in place by Dec. 8, Kelly said.

“My goal, obviously, is that no one loses their job. The objective here, obviously, is to improve health and safety, not for people to lose their jobs,” Kelly added.

The Epoch Times has contacted Abbott’s office, Southwest Airlines, and American Airlines for comment.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki has accused Abbott of “putting politics ahead of health” with his executive order on Monday.

“It’s not based on what is in the interest of the people you are governing,” she told reporters in Washington. “We’re going to continue to implement the law—which the president of the United States has the ability, the authority, the legal authority to do—and we are going to continue to work to get more people vaccinated, to get out of this pandemic.”

Abbott has called Biden’s executive order “an assault on private businesses” and previously said that the state is working to halt “this power grab.” More than a dozen states have resisted the president’s mandate.

“No entity in Texas can compel receipt of a COVID-19 vaccination by any individual, including an employee or consumer,” the governor said in his executive order on Monday.

“In yet another instance of federal overreach, the Biden Administration is now bullying many private entities into imposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates, causing workforce disruptions that threaten Texas’s continued recovery from the COVID-19 disaster,” the order reads.

“Countless Texans fear losing their livelihoods because they object to receiving a COVID-19 vaccination for reasons of personal conscience, based on a religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19.”

Abbott intends to put his order before a special session of the state House and Senate, which would pave the way for the legislature to enshrine it into law.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican, told The Epoch Times that he hopes the legislature passes a law to ensure that employees can make their own health decisions and cannot be discriminated against, or lose their job as a result.

“When you’re affecting people’s ability to ever work again and taking away their livelihood, that’s a pretty big impact … and something that should be a personal decision, not some company or government telling them what to do, because those companies don’t have to live with the long-term consequences of that decision. So that seems wrong and unfair to me. 

Charlotte Cuthbertson contributed to this report.

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The United States Must Rejoin the Global Biodiversity Conservation Community 

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Snow geese, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico. After spending the winter in New Mexico, the snow geese go to the Arctic (Alaska, Nunavut, Siberia) for nesting and rearing their young. (Photo: Subhankar Banerjee, 1998).

After a long stretch of public inattention, biodiversity conservation is a hot topic again, as if we had suddenly been jolted into awareness that our survival as a species, too, depends on the flourishing of all the other nonhuman beings who inhabit this Earth. Articles and op-eds are now filling print and online spaces. This, of course, is very encouraging, but no one is speaking about the elephant in the room or, rather, not in the room: the United States federal government is missing from the global biodiversity conservation community.

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is moving full speed ahead on the creation of a post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework that is expected to be finalized and adopted at the UN Biodiversity Conference COP15, scheduled to take place, in-person, in Kunming, China, next year. The first part of the negotiations started on Monday, with meetings to take place virtually through Friday of this week. The United States, however, is not at the table helping to shape that Framework as an official member. Why?

Check the “List of Parties” page on the CBD website, and you’ll find a long, numbered list of nation states, 196 in total. But there are also two unnumbered entries at the very bottom: the “Holy See” and then, dead last, “United States of America.” The U.S. did sign the agreement in 1993, a year after the CBD was established at the historic 1992 UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, but never ratified it. Hence the ignominious bottom-of-the-pile spot it occupies today. And not only is the U.S. not a party to the Convention on Biological Diversity, it hasn’t joined the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) either.

This is embarrassing. More importantly, it is also sad.

It is sad because the United States was the first country in the world to establish a federal agency for biodiversity conservation, the first to establish a national wildlife refuge, the first to establish a transnational migratory species conservation treaty, the first to help steer a hemispheric treaty to protect wild animals and plants across the Americas, and the first to establish a legal framework to protect species that are in peril. One cringes to see the United States now hunkered on that last, unnumbered spot on the “List of Parties” committed to biological diversity. To understand our current disgrace, a quick look back might prove helpful.

A brief history of U.S. leadership in biodiversity conservation

At the turn of the twentieth century, alarmed by decades of industrial-scale massacres of wild birds to support the demands in the cities for plumes for the fashion industry and wild meat for game markets, the U.S. federal government and conservation advocates took action. In 1896, the Division of Biological Survey was established within the U.S. Department of Agriculture, with a mandate to study the nation’s birds and other wildlife. Five years later, President Theodore Roosevelt established the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge on the ancestral lands of the Miccosukee Tribe along Florida’s Atlantic coast. This action provided the foundation of a conservation system that today comprises more than 150 million acres with nearly 570 national wildlife refuges strewn across the nation, including the imperiled Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which harbors a vibrant biological nursery of global significance.

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Buff-breasted sandpiper courtship display, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. Born in the Arctic tundra, these sandpipers spend the winter in the Pampas grasslands of Argentina and other places in South America (Photo: Subhankar Banerjee, 2002).

In 1905, the Division of Biological Survey was renamed the Bureau of Biological Survey. The same year saw the creation of the National Association of Audubon Societies for the Protection of Wild Birds and Animals. Five years later, the Bureau of Biological Survey published a 100-page report by one of its ornithologists, Wells W. Cooke’s “Distribution and Migration of North American Shorebirds.” Cooke’s report, not the kind one would expect from a government scientist, is a curious but effective mix of scientific facts and passionate appeals for conservation. In the end, the efforts of the Bureau of Biological Survey and the grassroots campaigns organized by members of the Audubon Society were successful: in 1916, the United States and Great Britain (representing Canada) signed a treaty to protect migratory birds. Two years later, the U.S. Congress passed the landmark Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) of 1918.

In 1940, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service emerged from a fusion of the Bureau of Biological Survey and the Bureau of Fisheries and was placed within the Department of the Interior. The same year, at a gathering in Washington, DC, the United States and other nations across the Americas drafted and adopted the Convention on Nature Protection and Wildlife Preservation in the Western Hemisphere. Initially signed by 18 nations, with four more to follow in later years, the hemispheric treaty aimed to protect all wild animals and plants across the Americas.

In 1962, Silent Spring by Rachel Carson, a former biologist and writer with the Fish and Wildlife Service, brought critical attention to industrial chemicals that threaten the survival of birds and animals. Carson’s bestselling book marked a turning point and a watershed moment for species conservation, which now was about so much more than protecting land and water. The worldwide campaign for environmental justice had begun.

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Remembering Rachel Carson at the Edge of the Sea: sea star mass die-off, Olympic National Park, Washington. (Photo: Subhankar Banerjee, 2015).

In 1966, catalyzed in part by Carson’s writing, the U.S. Congress passed the Endangered Species Preservation Act. Three years later, the Act was expanded and renamed the Endangered Species Conservation Act of 1969, which in turn became the basis for the 1973 Endangered Species Act. It is widely recognized that the Endangered Species Act and its precursors have inspired other nations to establish similar frameworks for species conservation. In 1973, the United States also convened a conference in Washington, DC, during which eighty nations agreed on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Thus, from the early twentieth century through 1973, the United States federal government spearheaded many historic species conservation initiatives, in conversation and cooperation with other nations, which led to binational, hemispheric, and international treaties to protect wild animals and plants with whom we share this Earth.

And then the story changed, and not for the better.

The U.S. abandons its role in global biodiversity conservation

In recent decades, the U.S. federal government, growing more and more isolationist, has abandoned its role in the global conservation about biodiversity. Yet the biodiversity crisis, which includes the extinction of species and rapid decline of populations, has not abated. It is just as severe, just as consequential, and just as difficult to mitigate as the climate crisis. Both are intensifying, and both are caused by human action (and, exacerbated by inaction).

On September 29, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced that the agency is proposing to remove 23 species from the Endangered Species list and preparing to declare those species extinct, a sad awakening. Nearly 3 billion birds have died in the U.S. since 1970, with a 53% decline in populations for grassland birds and 37% decline for shorebirds. What is not so widely known, however, is that the United States ranks #7 globally in terms of the number of threatened species, with 1,851 species currently in peril in the U.S., according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

While the “America the Beautiful” conservation initiative of the Biden-Harris administration is certainly admirable, we can no longer afford to limit our efforts to what is happening within our boundaries. The United States must immediately end its isolationist approach and rejoin the global biodiversity conservation community.

If there is one lesson we have learned from the no-end-in-sight coronavirus pandemic, it is this: there must be cooperation among nations and with the United Nations. The climate crisis requires that we work together, and so does biodiversity.

The three turning points of modern biodiversity conservation

As I see it, modern biodiversity conservation has three distinct turning points. The first two are marked not so much by the severity of the biodiversity crisis observed at the time but rather by the significant actions that conservation advocates and governments took to mitigate the loss of nonhuman lives. The first turn—the dawn of modern biodiversity conversation—happened at the turn of the twentieth century and remained focused primarily on protection of land and water and banned the massacre of wild birds for commercial purposes. The second turning point, the publication of Silent Spring in 1962, redirecting our attention to the impact of industrial chemicals on the biodiversity crisis, warned us that destroying the web of life would mean destroying ourselves, which provided a foundation for environmental justice.

We have now reached a third turning point. What makes this moment so distinctive, again, is not so much the intensifying biodiversity crisis itself and its drivers, including massive habitat loss and climate change, which are very concerning of course, but rather the promise of a new model of biodiversity conservation.

The most spirited, and most acrimonious, global debates are being triggered by different approaches to biodiversity conservation. While western ecologists dream about setting aside “protected areas” (e.g. the Harvard entomologist E. O. Wilson’s “Half-Earth” project), many Indigenous human rights activists and their allies denounce that approach as “fortress conservation” and illuminate its cruel history: the evictions of Indigenous and marginalized peoples from their homelands, the criminalization of their traditions, the destruction of their food security, the severing of sacred relations they enjoy with their nonhuman kin, and the extrajudicial murders of defenders of the environment and ancestral lands. These activists and human rights institutions now demand a new, rights-based approach to biodiversity conservation.

In August, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment issued a policy brief, “Human rights-based approaches to conserving biodiversity: equitable, effective and imperative,” which

offers a thoughtful critique of the “fortress conservation” model. In light of this significant brief, it is imperative that the United States rejoin the UN Human Rights Council, from which the country withdrew three years ago.

We have a historic opportunity to turn a corner in the global biodiversity conversation and to develop a more just model that, while it takes what it can from western science, doesn’t slight the voices of those who have been stewards of their environments for centuries.

Environmental organizations like Defenders of Wildlife in the United States are stepping up to meet this third turning point. As I write, Defenders is facilitating a national bi-lingual (English / Spanish) student letter campaign calling on President Biden to establish a National Biodiversity Strategy and a whole-of-government approach to mitigate the biodiversity crisis. Each nation that is a Party to the Convention on Biological Diversity develops a national biodiversity strategy. The youth-led letter campaign, then, is also, laying a foundation for the U.S. to ratify the Convention on Biological Diversity.

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National Biodiversity Strategy Student Letter Banner. (Illustration: Alexandria Zuniga de Dóchas, 2021).

We should all be supporting these efforts and, the Biden administration should take heed of them and not only act but also build on them. Right now, the U.S. is uniquely positioned to reclaim its leadership role in biodiversity conservation, with Madame Secretary Deb Haaland, the first Indigenous cabinet secretary, at the helm of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Hailing from Pueblo of Laguna in New Mexico, Secretary Haaland cares deeply about biodiversity conservation, and environmental equity and justice. Occupying such an influential post, she can aid President Biden and provide the necessary leadership to bring the United States back into the global biodiversity conservation community. At the same time, she may also act as a bridge builder between the two models of biodiversity conservation: the rights-based approach to conservation of Indigenous activists and the protected area model proposed by western ecologists.

Three decades ago this month, the first National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit was held in Washington, DC. At that gathering, the participants drafted and adopted the “Principles of Environmental Justice”. I foresee that before long there will be a similar but expanded gathering where the participants would draft and adopt a “Principles of Multispecies Justice” to mitigate the intensifying biodiversity crisis—a set of principles to protect our nonhuman relatives and also the relations the Indigenous and other ecosystem peoples have built with their nonhuman kin.

In summary, to advance a more just biodiversity conservation agenda at this third turning point, at a minimum, four actions need to be taken, three by the United States government and one by the global community. The United States needs to ratify the Convention on Biological Diversity; needs to join the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals; and needs to rejoin the UN Human Rights Council. And the global community, with the U.S. included, need to come together and draft and adopt a Principles of Multispecies Justice, which could then shape a more just Global Biodiversity Framework. The process that the UN Convention on Biological Diversity has so far followed, to develop the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework draft, appears to have been largely top-down and rushed and adopted a “conservation as usual” model. The CBD needs to slow down and make a “dramatic departure” from its current path and expand its model of biodiversity conservation to also include rights-based approaches (and, not merely as token for the sake of inclusion but as equal to the other approaches), as has been urged by the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment in the recent policy brief.

This is truly an auspicious moment for biodiversity conservation. Madame Secretary Haaland, please don’t miss this opportunity.

Subhankar Banerjee is editor of Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point and co-editor of Routledge Companion to Contemporary Art, Visual Culture, and Climate Change. Subhankar wrote the Foreword for the forthcoming book, Audubon at Sea, and one of his photographs taken at an Indigenous Gwich’in hunting camp in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is the back-cover of the forthcoming book, Picture Ecology. He is the Lannan Foundation Endowed Chair and a professor of Art & Ecology at the University of New Mexico where he serves as the founding director of both the UNM Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities and the Species in Peril project.

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Queensland Reinstates Travel for State Border Zone Bubble

The Queensland government on Wednesday eased travel restrictions to and from New South Wales (NSW) border communities regardless of COVID-19 cases.

“This will mean Queenslanders travelling to, and residents of, Bourke Shire, City of Broken Hill, Kyogle, Lismore City, Richmond Valley, and the unincorporated Far West will be able to cross the border for more reasons,” a Queensland Health statement read.

The move comes as at least 70 to 80 percent of residents in most of the NSW border zone local government areas (LGA) are fully vaccinated with two doses.

Queensland Health has said that any resident who has had at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose can cross into Queensland or the border zone for work, education, volunteering, caregiving, health care, or essential shopping.

The move also comes despite some border NSW LGAs recording new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday.

Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young also revealed Queensland Health had modelled reopening at 80 percent and said that state hospitals would be “stretched” but would be able to cope with the increased demand.

Federal Employment Minister Stuart Robert called on the state Queensland government to set a target for reopening the border, so people and businesses could plan around it.

He warned that a lack of any clear target was making it hard to drive up vaccinations in Queensland, with only 53.35 percent of eligible people fully vaccinated and 70.59 percent having had one dose.

“We see in NSW and Victoria, we see very high vaccine rates because there’s a plan, there’s certainty that the citizens of those states know exactly what’s going to happen when certain rates are reached,” Robert told Nine’s Today program.

“And that’s our plea to the Queensland premier, let us know, let Queenslanders know what happens at 80 percent.

“Let Queenslanders plan for Christmas, because right now we live minute by minute and press conference to press conference.”

NSW and Victoria are in the midst of severe COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns, with the premiers of both states only promising “freedoms” to residents once vaccination targets are achieved.

This is a different scenario from Queensland, which is not under stay-at-home orders but whose state borders are closed.

Meanwhile, 389 people have started a trial of home quarantine in Queensland with hopes a successful test run can allow thousands of Queenslanders currently stuck interstate to get home.

The government has said that if successful, the trial will be opened up to other Queensland residents.

Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said the trial, which is only open to people who fly into Queensland, could possibly be extended to those who are driving into the state.

“Look, it is no doubt that this is very tight; it is a trial; as Jeannette Young said, we want to see how this goes,” he said.

“We are quite confident that people will do the right thing, and if we can prove that this system works effectively, I am sure we can review what restrictions really need to be in place and which ones can be eased.”

Queensland recorded no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and four overseas-acquired infections in hotel quarantine on Wednesday.

AAP contributed to this report.

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Keep Section 230 But Amend It to Force Big Tech to be Transparent: Kalev Leetaru

Big Tech and other social media companies should be required by Congress to publish dataset collections that would enable people to see clearly what principles guide their moderation policies, Kalev Leetaru says.

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is being scrutinized by members of both parties, with proposals ranging from removing it altogether to keeping it in place with no changes.

The section largely shields technology platforms from repercussions for their own actions and content posted by others. As the role of the platforms becomes larger and larger in everyday life, and as they crack down on a number of users—primarily conservatives—a public debate has ensued on what to do about moderation and censorship.

Many people agree on one thing: something needs to change, Leetaru, a media fellow at the RealClear Media Group and a former senior fellow at the George Washington University Center for Cyber & Homeland Security, said on The Epoch Times’ “American Thought Leaders.” But pinpointing what changes are needed is tough because “we really don’t necessarily know what the problems are,” he added.

“It’s kind of like a doctor: they know their patient is ill but you can’t treat the patient until you know specifically what diseases they have,” he said.

In one case earlier this year, posts mentioning Memphis were taken down by Twitter. Users were told they were violating Twitter’s terms of service. The company soon issued a statement blaming an artificial intelligence algorithm.

“How exactly did that AI algorithm come to see Memphis as being a bad term? We have no idea. Was that a human being who typed in a keyword? Was that some machine learning algorithm that looks for things going viral and makes its own decisions?” Leetaru said.

Another example, he added, was the public spat between Facebook and a whistleblower who worked for the platform. Frances Haugen, the former worker, claimed the company was harming children and stoking division through its products. Her testimony sparked calls for action from both Republicans and Democrats.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg later disputed the allegations.

“The problem is that at this point we don’t have the data, we can’t answer who’s right,” Leetaru said.

The longtime data researcher is proposing a large boost in transparency for tech platforms, which could be added to Section 230.

Leetaru laid out the proposal in a 79-page working paper obtained by The Epoch Times prior to its public release on Oct. 13.

Among the recommended changes: forcing social media platforms to publish a dataset collection concerning their moderation activities; clarifying that platforms cannot experiment on users, especially children; requiring that the platforms outline their policies clearly and equally enforce them; and compelling the companies to “clearly document in plain English the rationale behind each enforcement action.”

“The root of all of this is the fact that we gave up as the society and told these private companies to figure it out themselves,” Leetaru alleged. “And we’re not happy with the result. But that’s because at the end of the day, you’re never going to have a set of private companies that are going to be able to come up with rules for all of us. And I think we need transparency to really be able to understand, what are these rules?”

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Two parties: Two countries

We have a two-party political system, one that evolves with time, people, and circumstance.

Democrats were, for many years, a party that fought against civil rights for African Americans where they were denied them in the American South under the racist Jim Crow system. When I was a boy, back in the 1950s and ‘60s, the Democrats from the South were known as Dixiecrats. Frankly, I never understood the basis for those bizarre alliances between northern Democrats like Hubert Humphrey, known for his vigorous advocacy for civil rights in his home state and town, Minneapolis, Minnesota, as well as the country, and southern Democrats like John Stennis or James Eastland, both ardent opponents of civil rights for African Americans.

Then, of course, came Nixon’s 1968 presidential campaign Southern Strategy, actually first attempted in 1964 by Barry Goldwater. This slowly converted white Southerners who were against civil rights for all, against women’s equal rights, against a federal role in most things, and in favor of politicizing and furthering the agenda white evangelicals. Southern Democrats, aka Dixiecrats, chose more and more to become Republicans.

Now, in light of the voter suppression, gerrymandering, and partisan control over the erstwhile nonpartisan election officiating, Republicans are increasingly a party identified as anti-democracy, pro-autocracy. This is the logical conclusion of this long process, one that in truth resulted in the American Civil War more than 150 years ago. 

Arguably, the greatest mistake ever made by any president was Lincoln’s decision to go to war rather than allow the Confederacy to simply secede. Through many available measures, the Confederacy, if it were its own sovereign nation-state, could have far more peacefully been convinced to abolish slavery on its own. How?

·       The world could have been convinced to refrain from purchasing any products from the American South and refrain from selling them any. This sort of practice was part of the successful British abolitionist movement that economically pressured its own government to outlaw slavery. It is widely acknowledged that slavery was not nearly as profitable as exploitation of wage workers in the rapidly industrializing nations.

·       Various parties—the federal government, state governments in the North, civil society organizations devoted to abolition (there were many), or even wealthy individuals—could have engaged in what was known as compensated emancipation, that is, basically buying slaves and freeing them. This is part of how the entire British empire ended slavery across its world without firing a shot. Lincoln himself supported it but it did not enter into pre-Civil War law.

In my field of Conflict Transformation, one of the things we study is the lingering effects of a conflict. How that conflict was resolved is key. If it’s done peacefully, very little legacy of resentment persists. If it’s done destructively, there is often a burning desire for revenge, often handed down inside the defeated tribe, nation, or people. It is the collective version of the passive aggressive individual problem with being harmed and humiliated. 

This is the core, now, of the Republican Party, which more accurately could now be called the Autocracy Party or the Anti-Democracy Party. Can we heal this? I believe so, given honest effort and compassion, two qualities crucial for our future as a country, and as a free people. It will require digging deeply into our spirit of forgiveness and trauma-informed empathy and digging out of the all-too-human wish for payback and retaliation.

Good luck to us.

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California Mom Arrested for Allegedly Hosting Teen Sex Parties

A 47-year-old mom from California has been arrested and charged with multiple counts of child abuse and sexual assault for allegedly hosting a series of drunken sex parties for underage teenagers.

District Attorney Jeff Rosen said in a statement:

It took a lot of brave children to come forward and to untangle this deeply disturbing case. As a parent, I’m shocked. As the DA, I’m determined to hold those adults who endanger children fully accountable to the law and our community.

According to court documents, Shannon O’Connor routinely supplied her 15-year-old son and his friends with “excessive amounts of alcohol” to the point that minors “would vomit, be unable to stand, and fall unconscious.” O’Connor would also supply the teens with a steady stream of condoms and would occasionally encourage boys to have sex with unconscious girls. She has been booked in Idaho and will soon be extradited to California where she faces 39 criminal counts, according to the New York Post.

O’Connor’s crimes allegedly occurred over a period of eight months in 2020 and 2021, a scheme she kept secret through acts of intimidation, often threatening to spread rumors about any of the kids if they were to come forward or tell authorities. From the Santa Clara District Attorney’s office:

At one party at her home, O’Connor handed a underaged teenager a condom and pushed him into a room with an intoxicated minor.

During a New Year’s Eve party at her home with about five 14-year-olds, the defendant watched and laughed as a drunk teen sexually battered a young girl in bed.

In another case, the defendant brought one drunk teen into a bedroom at her home where an intoxicated 14-year-old girl was lying in the bed. After she was assaulted, the girl said to the defendant: “Why did you leave me in there with him?  Like why did you like do that?  Like you knew like what he was going to do me.”

Other times, O’Connor would invite teens over to her home via Snapchat where they would often drink alcohol that she provided.

In one particularly harrowing incident, O’Connor allegedly allowed an intoxicated minor to drive her SUV in the high school parking lot while two other teens held on in the back. One fell off, hit his head on the concrete, and temporarily laid unconscious.

As an administrative assistant for Aruba Networks, O’Connor also allegedly made up to $120,000 in fraudulent charges on her company credit card.

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Van Jones: Biden Has Stepped on a Rake and Fallen Down the Stairs, Dems Currently ‘Looking over the Edge of a Cliff’

On Tuesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Cuomo Primetime,” CNN Political Commentator and former Obama administration official Van Jones stated that President Joe Biden is doing good things, but he made claims about furthering his agenda, “then he steps on a rake and then he slips on a banana peel and then he falls down the stairs with some marbles and now people are looking at him in a negative light.” And people aren’t seeing “strong Joe Biden leadership that I think people were expecting,” and “the honeymoon’s over.” Jones also said that “right now, the Democratic Party is looking over the edge of a cliff,” and if this time next year, “cases are up, gas prices are up, you still can’t pull the legislative win, we’re in very deep trouble.”

Jones said, “I think that right now, the honeymoon’s over. There was a moment where it’s like, goodbye, Trump, hello, vaccines. We’re so glad to see you, Joe Biden. That’s kind of how this year started. And then he actually got stuff done. Don’t forget, you got 200 million Americans who are vaccinated right now. You got $1 trillion that he was able to move out into the economy with the rescue plan. He’s dealing with the coup attempt well. His Department of Justice is going after voter suppression. He’s doing a lot of good stuff. The problem is that he put himself in a position where he made big, bold claims about the rest of the agenda. … And then he steps on a rake and then he slips on a banana peel and then he falls down the stairs with some marbles and now people are looking at him in a negative light.”

He continued, “Now, can they recover? Yes, they can recover. If, at the — this time next year, if gas prices have come down, if cases are going down, jobs going up, you’re going to be in a different situation. But right now, the Democratic Party is looking over the edge of a cliff, and there’s a lot of fear and concern. And you’re not seeing that strong Joe Biden leadership that I think people were expecting, to get stuff done, to get the next round of stuff done.”

Jones further stated that another major legislative win for Biden “has to happen. Again, the gas prices this time next year have to be going back down, jobs have to be going back up. He can get there, but right now, you’ve got a major problem. Because the victory that he promised us this summer has been held up, and it’s his own party holding it up because of our internal divisions.” And Biden’s “not getting credit for the great stuff that he’s done. Because he promised more and hasn’t delivered yet. And so, I’m worried. At the same time, I do fundamentally think that we’re going to be in a better place with regard to COVID this time next year. … If you’d stop with Delta, if you don’t wind up with an Omega variant, I think this time next year, cases are down, the gas prices are down, jobs are up, and he’s got some real legislative wins. But if any of those four go the wrong way, if cases are up, gas prices are up, you still can’t pull the legislative win, we’re in very deep trouble.”

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Honor Indigenous Communities Leading The Way On Climate Justice

Above photo: Joey Montoya, Indigenous Rising Media.

As the legacy of colonialism destroys our environment, Indigenous Peoples are at the forefront of fighting back.

When Christopher Columbus landed on Turtle Island, which we now call North America, he brought with him a goal of making profit — of taking from the land and people to create commerce. Today, approximately 526 years later, that same pillaging continues to drive our planet further into the climate crisis and lead us into ecological collapse. Instead of honoring the violent colonization Columbus represents, we should use this day to call for truth and reconciliation — and honor the Indigenous communities at the forefront of efforts to heal the long-lasting environmental harm Columbus and his ilk have wrought.

Settler colonialism has exacerbated climate change and made Indigenous communities sacrifice zones to this crisis. As we honor the truth of how this country was founded and continues to exploit Indigenous lands and territories, we must also recognize that climate change disproportionately impacts the Indigenous and Native peoples who are least responsible for this crisis.

Climate change is just another symptom of colonization. First, our lands were stolen from us or we were forcibly moved from our original territories and placed into reservations. Then, those stolen lands were turned into toxic places for resource extraction. In Navajo Nation, you have uranium mining and coal plants that continue to cause disease. In Oklahoma, near Ponca territory, you have fracking that has disturbed the earth so deeply that earthquakes are happening more often and stronger. In California and Washington, home to dozens of tribes, dams have destroyed salmon runs to the point that salmon no longer exist in rivers. So, beyond destroying the ecological balance of these places, these projects and industries also pollute and emit carbon into the atmosphere, therefore contributing to climate change. Not only are Indigenous Peoples bearing the brunt of climate change, but it’s through the colonization of our lands and of our people that climate change is being exacerbated

We have to recognize that restoring relationships between non-native and native peoples goes beyond just replacing the name of a day on the calendar: It means really acknowledging how colonization has and continues to impact native and indigenous peoples, especially when it comes to climate change. And it requires acknowledging that Indigenous communities are promoting and creating the most innovative and the most efficient solutions to the climate and ecological crisis we are in.

At this time, governments and corporations are looking to the carbon market system as the best solution to climate change, so they are creating mechanisms such as carbon pricing, carbon trading, carbon taxes and REDD+. However, these false solutions only allow big polluters to continue to extract and pollute by buying credits to become carbon neutral.”

This past September, California Governor Jerry Brown hosted the Global Climate Action Summit, where he and his Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force promoted these carbon market systems. In response, Indigenous Peoples from across the world also convened in San Francisco for the Solidarity to Solutions Week of Action, to demand an end to climate capitalism — and an investment in real solutions, starting with keeping oil in the ground.

To continue the momentum that was started to resist these false solutions, the Indigenous Environmental Network, where I work, and its allies from across the world have launched the #SkyProtector campaign. Just as there are #WaterProtectors who defend water from pipelines and the fossil fuel industry, we are now seeing a rise of #SkyProtectors who are protecting the climate from false solutions. To drive that emerging movement, IEN and the Climate Justice Alliance have created a Carbon Pricing Report to educate Indigenous communities about the carbon market system and how it impacts us.

For Indigenous communities, education and making the language around climate change accessible are critical to building our movement for climate justice. Many of our communities are rural and have limited access to wifi and technology. Therefore when it comes to carbon markets, or helping communities understand how the changes they are seeing in their territories are connected to decisions being made by governments, we need people who are able to meet communities where they are at. That is why Indigenous Climate Action is a leader in climate justice work with Indigenous communities. Founded only three years ago, ICA is Canada’s premier Indigenous-led climate justice organization that prioritizes Indigenous knowledge as the true solution to climate change. Through training camps in rural communities, toolkits designed to make information accessible to many generations and a forthcoming podcast, ICA is building a climate justice framework that centers and affirms Indigenous knowledge.

At its core, Indigenous Peoples Day is about truth and reconciliation, which is a process of restorative justice to reveal and confront the wrongdoings of a government and to take action to heal relations between oppressors and the oppressed. Across the world, countries like South Africa, Chile, and Canada have undergone truth and reconciliation processes. While these processes are nowhere near perfect or complete, they exist. Until very recently, the United States has failed to initiate a real process of truth and reconciliation between the U.S. Government and Indigenous or Native Peoples. In 2012, the first ever government-sanctioned truth and reconciliation commission was developed in Maine to listen to testimonies of Indigenous peoples who were forced into foster care by U.S. government agents. This story is explored in the groundbreaking film, Dawnland.

While our so-called leaders continue to ignore Indigenous rights, continue to break treaties, and continue to drive us into further ecological collapse, we the people can take initiative to understand how colonization continues and how we can build right relationship with Native and Indigenous Peoples. And we need only to look at the most urgent issue of our time, climate change, to see how colonization is still playing out, who is impacted the most and who is bringing the true solutions to the table. 

Jade Begay, Diné and Tesuque Pueblo, is a multimedia artist and documentary filmmaker. Jade is the Communications and Digital Director at the Indigenous Environmental Network.

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Build Back Better Legislation

New Keynesianism or Neoliberal Public Relations Stunt?

Some provisions of Biden’s “Build Back Better” legislation benefit the masses of Black people, but this legislation is a bare minimum effort to blunt some of the sharpest contradictions of the system while attempting to maintain the neoliberal order.  

For more than a week the country has been caught up in the ongoing melodrama of the “Build Back Better” (BBB) legislation, the Democrat Party’s “social investment” bill now languishing in the House because of the inability of the Democrats to come to an agreement. The fight is characterized by the corporate media as an intra-party struggle between the emerging “progressive/left” pole of the Party and the “center,” represented by the recalcitrant neoliberal corporate Democrats in the persons of Senators Joe Manchin from West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema from Arizona.

But the media’s tendency to reduce this struggle to a battle of personalities distorts, in a fundamental way, the real interests at play in this fight. The intra-party struggle of Democrats is a crystallization of the complex and contradictory reality of the intra-class struggle within the dominant wing of the capitalist class on the correct strategies for dealing with the ongoing and deepening capitalist crisis.

The real terms of the struggle are between the class faction that sees the need to preempt potential radical working-class rebellion by making non-threatening reforms meant to bring some psychological relief and minor material benefits to the laboring classes as some of the provisions in the BBB legislation would bring.

Another faction of the ruling class, however, is concerned with the legislation’s cost, the threat it poses to their economic interests, and a potentially dangerous shift of influence, if not power, to the laboring classes. They see expanded social-welfare spending as inflationary and providing leverage to the working class. Being militantly committed to the logic of the neoliberal project, this faction wants to hold the line on government spending, impose austerity at every level of government and is opposed to state interventions into the economy that would reduce the precarity of workers by undermining the carefully constructed labor management policy goals that have been faithfully carried over the last forty years of discipling U.S. labor and driving down its costs in the U.S.

It is imperative that the left, particularly left forces representing Black and nationally oppressed peoples, employ a materialist, class analysis as the lens and framework to inform their critique of the BBB legislation. If we fail to engage this legislation in this way, we run the risk of inadvertently helping to obfuscate the political and ideological agenda of capital, whose objective is to dissipate and manage the class struggle.

Was Build Back Better Really Intended to Be Passed in Its Entirety?

It is clear that the main focus of Joe Biden’s legislative priority was getting the infrastructure bill passed. It received bipartisan support and was able to pass in the Senate, and is being supported by a majority in the House because it represents the consensus across all elements of the capitalist class.

That consensus, however, does not exist for the BBB. Yet, there is a reason that Joe Biden, the consensus choice of the neoliberal ruling class, embraced a number of reforms during his campaign and after assuming office that cannot be understood as just the result of “pressure” from the left-pole of his party.

The fact that Biden was comfortable enough to at least pretend to be committed to a number of “liberal” policies like expanding Medicaid and investing in pre-K and child-care was precisely because an important faction of the capitalist class has arrived at the position that, if not correctly managed, the more blunt-edge elements of domestic neoliberalism were posing dangerous and potentially irreversible legitimation challenges to the entire system.

From advocating for a 70% marginal tax rate and 3% tax on every dollar over one billion in wealth to support a basic income for every “American,” and redefining the role of corporations to entities committed to serving “all of the people ,”  the Business Roundtable, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and capitalists like Warren Buffet and the CEO of BlackRock represent the tendency among the U.S.-based but transnationally-oriented capitalist class that sees redistributionist state policies and some kind of brake on the obscene economic inequality as vital to preempt serious social upheavals from workers and members of a shrinking middle-class.

The editors at the Wall Street Journal , the flagship paper of the U.S. ruling class, also argued that adjustments to what has been called neoliberalism had to be made.

But the editors of the Financial Times, the paper of choice for the international bourgeoisie, made what was a startling claim on April 4, 2020 that the era of neoliberalism was basically over :

“Radical reforms – reversing the prevailing policy direction of the last four decades – will need to be put on the table. Governments will have to accept a more active role in the economy. They must see public services as investments rather than liabilities and look for ways to make labor markets less insecure. Redistribution will again be on the agenda; the privileges of the elderly and wealthy in question. Policies until recently considered eccentric, such as basic income and wealth taxes, will have to be in the mix.”

Biden got the message and shared his thinking on how to advance a public relations approach that would offer some marginal and temporary relief without changing anything when he told his Wall Street funders :

“When you have income inequality as large as we have in the United States today, it brews and ferments political discord and basic revolution. It allows demagogues to step in and blame ‘the other’ . . . You all know in your gut what has to be done. We can disagree in the margins. But the truth of the matter is, it is all within our wheelhouse and nobody has to be punished. No one’s standard of living would change. Nothing would fundamentally change.”

Just a few months ago, what was once unthinkable, ideas that were rejected as extreme and a threat, are now subject of serious discussion, not because capitalists have suddenly experienced a Scrooge-like transformation but because they are recognizing that even the absence of a militant movement putting pressure on them, they have to have stop-gap measures to address the now glaring contradiction of neoliberal capitalism that the economic crisis in 2008 and the 2020 pandemic exposed. Therefore, there is no “radical” departure here. The consummate servant of capital, Biden, is simply carrying out the new program.

However, what is also becoming clear is that the BBB was not meant to be passed in whole. It was pure political theater meant to placate the Party’s “left-pole.” The real target is/was the infrastructure bill. The Party bosses’ plan was to draw the progressives into a deal in which they would support the infrastructure bill, accept a “framework” for the BBB that would then get whittled down and backlogged with delayed spending that would then get reduced even more when the Republicans came back into office.

The clashing of interests within the ruling class, even among some of those same elements who supported some minor ameliorative reforms and the delay in passing the BBB as a result of the progressives holding firm, suggest that the above scenario is not that far fetched.

Welcome the Change, But Recognize the Ruling Class’s Fears and Build for More Independent Power

The New York Times is correct: “The Build Back Better Act is centrism taken seriously ;  it is “an effort to fix American democracy through economic support rather than structural political change.”

So, while the left could welcome this so-called stimulus bill if it is passed in whole, we must not have any illusions. The capitalist class is clear. They are supportive of this partial Keynesianism as long as the policies do not threaten their fundamental interests or require real sacrifices for their class.

For workers, and especially Black and other colonized workers and the poor, the provision for universal pre-K and support for child-care, paid parental leave, expanded Medicaid and Medicare, free community college, new funding for public housing support, elder-care, and possibilities of new job creation as a result of public investments in green-oriented industries, are important.

However, it is equally important that we do not become cheerleaders for what the rulers understand, perhaps better than some of us, that these social reforms are meant to address some of the more glaring social contradictions produced by four decades of neoliberal policies, but with the objective to strengthen capitalism and preempt radicalism.

Biden’s mission is to restore U.S. capitalism’s profitability, ability to compete with China and to preempt domestic radicalization. By advancing reforms that blunt some of the sharpest contradictions of the system, it is believed that it will stabilize the neoliberal order while not substantially reversing the logic of labor discipline that four decades of neoliberal policies have created.

Yet, it is truly an “impossible mission.” The competing and conflicting interests among capitalist factions will continue to make it impossible for their class to support a relative “disciplining” of their fractional interests for the longer-term interests of the system. Once the “progressives” did not cave and insisted on both bills being passed together, not only did the Pelosi/Schumer/Biden plan fail, but the delay of the vote also exposed the irreconcilable interests among the ruling class.

Powerful capitalist associations like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), and Business Roundtable, as well as energy company interest groups like the American Petroleum Institute (API) are vigorously challenging the climate elements in the bill. Democratic Party representatives are also getting enormous pressure from the pharmaceutical and health insurance companies.

And the corporate media is constructing a narrative that is shifting the blame for a deal not being done unto the “progressives” as opposed to the two front persons for the neoliberal agenda, which, of course, exposes the con that those two individuals were the real holdouts.

Therefore, Biden and Democrats’ “Keynesianism” is strategic. It is designed to draw the millions of workers back to the Democratic Party that voted for Obama but went over to Trump and reversed the dangerous legitimation crisis generated by the capitalist crisis that began in 2008 and deepened with COVID in 2020 and exposed the precarious nature of the economic rebound that Trump was claiming for himself up to that moment.

The expansion of welfare state spending will do little to mitigate the profound social inequalities of the U.S. Expanded social programs cannot reverse the structural contradictions caused by stagnant wages, escalating housing costs, tendencies toward continued and deepening unemployment with automation, AI, continued offshoring, unaffordable and inadequate access to healthcare, a class-based discriminatory education funding, and a crumbling public transportation system.

The people are starting to understand that radical change is necessary. The question is what kind of change. Those of us on the left who are committed to socialism know that as long as the means of production are in the hands of a few, the wealth that is generated in the production process will continue to produce obscene levels of wealth inequality in capitalist societies that translates into the power to dominate, dehumanize, and degrade the rest of us.

So, we should accept these reforms but fight for more. Workers, in particular women workers, will benefit materially if those provisions that address child poverty, childcare, the grotesque levels of maternal and infant mortality among Black and Brown working class women. And, therefore, cannot be casually dismissed as unimportant.

But we will not give unearned praise to our class enemies. We must fight even more furiously knowing that they fear us, and that victory is ours to claim.

Ajamu Baraka is the national organizer of the Black Alliance for Peace and was the 2016 candidate for vice president on the Green Party ticket. Baraka serves on the Executive Committee of the U.S. Peace Council and leadership body of the United National Anti-War Coalition (UNAC) and the steering committee of the Black is Back Coalition. He is an editor and contributing columnist for the Black Agenda Report. He was awarded the US Peace Memorial 2019 Peace Prize and the Serena Shim award for uncompromised integrity in journalism.

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Exclusive — Federal Judge Blocks United Airlines From Imposing Employee Vaccine Mandate

A federal judge in Texas issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) against United Airlines on Wednesday, blocking the airline from imposing a vaccine mandate against any of its employees in a nationwide class-action lawsuit.

According to the judicial order, which could be the first of its kind in the country against a coronavirus vaccine mandate, United Airlines is prohibited from placing employees with religious and medical exemptions on unpaid leave until October 26 while litigation continues. The judge also prohibited the airline from denying any employee requests for religious or medical exemptions. Previously, the airline did not allow employees to apply for an exemption after August 31.

Earlier in the case, the airline agreed of its own accord to postpone its vaccine mandate until October 15 for employees with exemptions during litigation. The day before the October 8 hearing, however, United filed a partial motion to dismiss, alleging the court lacked jurisdiction over the claims in the lawsuit. In order to allow the court reasonable time to respond to the jurisdictional challenge and to rule in the evidentiary hearing for a preliminary injunction, which was reset for Wednesday, the judge issued the TRO.

United Airlines originally told its 67,000 U.S. employees they must be vaccinated against Chinese coronavirus (or secure an exemption) by September 27 or face termination. As the airline’s vaccine mandate stands, any employees with exemptions would still be considered employed but would be placed on unpaid leave and would lose their benefits for up to six years or until the airline deems pandemic conditions safe for unvaccinated employees to return, according to the complaint.

“It is unconscionable to force any person to undergo a medical treatment that they object to as a matter of faith,” said Ken Blackwell, formerly the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission and currently with the American Constitutional Rights Union. “When so many other nations recognize that there is no medical reason for people with natural immunity to take a vaccine, it is essential that America lead the way to protect our citizens’ rights on that front also.”

The class action lawsuit, which powerhouse Washington, D.C. law firm Schaerr Jaffe filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in September, represents up to 2,000 United Airlines employees.

“The Court now concludes it is necessary to issue this Temporary Restraining Order to avoid risking irreparable injury and to maintain the status quo in this case pending the Court’s hearing and resolution of Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction,” Pittman wrote, noting that his order is not a ruling on the actual legality of the vaccine mandate.

United Airlines Imposes Temporary N95 Mask Policy for Unvaccinated Employees

The surprising judicial order comes at the end of several tumultuous weeks for the company. 

United Airlines instituted a potentially dangerous respirator mask mandate for unvaccinated employees just days after several employees filed the lawsuit alleging discrimination by the company concerning reasonable accommodations for religious and medical exemptions. 

According to an internal memo obtained by Breitbart News, the airline has temporarily mandated that unvaccinated employees wear N-95 or KN95 respirator masks at all times, effective October 2, as it waits for “the outcome of the litigation” regarding its reasonable accommodation process. The company agreed to supply employees with the respirators if they could not obtain their own. 

The memo continues in part: 

…You must wear your mask at all times in all United locations, including outdoors and on aircraft (this includes for personal or business travel). You may remove your mask only when you are actively eating or drinking and you must put your mask back on in between bites and sips. To the extent possible, please only eat or drink outdoors or in rooms alone or when socially distanced from others. Failure to comply with this mask requirement is subject to disciplinary action as outlined in the mask policy in the Working Together Guidelines. 

The policy includes strict guidance such as putting the respirator back on “in between bites and sips” — a step which arguably could lead to improperly trained employees repeatedly touching their masks, an action health experts advise against. Unvaccinated employees have also reportedly been isolated and bullied since the policy went into effect, sources told Breitbart News. Anyone who breaks the respirator policy could allegedly face termination.

“It’s been tense. You have the vaccinated — especially the junior vaccinated people happy about senior unvaccinated people, meaning their seniority is going to go up,” a United employee with knowledge of the situation told Breitbart News.

Life-Saving or Law-Breaking?

The airline’s temporary respirator mandate is quite significant given the company’s alleged breach of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations in instituting it.

According to OSHA guidelines, N95 masks are considered to be air purifying negative pressure demand respirators, meaning employers requiring workers to wear them must comply with the OSHA Respiratory Protection Program. Under the program, OSHA requires employers to take several precautions to guarantee employee safety. These methods include, but are not limited to, conducting medical evaluations to determine an employee’s ability to use a respirator, conducting fit tests, providing comprehensive training, providing maintenance and care for the respirators, implementing written policies, establishing procedures, and conducting written evaluations to ensure the respiratory program is being properly followed.

Several sources familiar with the matter told Breitbart News they have not received any opportunities for medical evaluations, fit tests, or training before or since the policy was instituted — violating OSHA regulations.  When properly worn, N95s and KN95 provide better protection than regular face masks against Chinese coronavirus. However, respirators, when improperly worn or worn for too long, can cause severe side effects and potential injury.

As a result, several employees have allegedly suffered health issues and have even been badly injured, according to a United Airlines employee with knowledge of the situation (Breitbart News intentionally has kept the identities of sources and those affected by the policy anonymous to protect them from retaliation):

Several alleged injuries resulting from improper respirator use include:

  • An agent with the company allegedly fainted, which resulted in a broken clavicle, a torn rotator cuff, and a torn meniscus.
  • A flight attendant allegedly fainted and fell into a jump seat
  • A baggage handler working in extreme heat (up to 120 degrees) in an aircraft belly allegedly passed out and fell face first on a belt loader, suffering additional injuries.
  • An agent allegedly fainted while in an office. Paramedics were called and had to cut the respirator off the employee’s face.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has openly acknowledged the dangers of improper and prolonged N95 usage, though in reference to healthcare workers.

Some side effects include:

When HCWs [healthcare workers] are working longer hours without a break while continuously wearing an N95 FFR, blood CO2 levels may increase past the 1-hour mark, which could have a significant physiological effect on the wearer (Lim et al., 2006)*. Some of the known physiological effects of increased concentrations of CO2 include:

  1. Headache;
  2. Increased pressure inside the skull;
  3. Nervous system changes (e.g., increased pain threshold, reduction in cognition – altered judgement, decreased situational awareness, difficulty coordinating sensory or cognitive abilities and motor activity, decreased visual acuity, widespread activation of the sympathetic nervous system that can oppose the direct effects of CO2 on the heart and blood vessels);
  4. Increased breathing frequency;
  5. Increased “work of breathing”, which is result of breathing through a filter medium;
  6. Cardiovascular effects (e.g., diminished cardiac contractility, vasodilation of peripheral blood vessels);
  7. Reduced tolerance to lighter workloads.

Following several alleged injuries, the airline reportedly took a post-modern approach and issued a disclaimer to its staff, claiming that the N95s and KN95s are only meant to be used as masks, not as respirators, therefore absolving the company of any responsibility to provide training etc., sources familiar with the matter said.

Breitbart News reached out the the airline to ask how an N95 — scientifically — could be used not as intended by its design, but as a regular mask. The publication also subsequently asked, if that is indeed the case, why unvaccinated employees cannot simply wear normal cloth or paper face masks. Furthermore, Breitbart News asked if the airline was aware of OSHA regulations regarding respirators. United Airlines did not respond to any of these questions.

It should be noted that all throughout the height of the pandemic and before Chinese coronavirus vaccines were widely available, United Airlines employees were ordered to wear cloth face masks, which the company provided. The airline’s enforcement of N95 masks is therefore a harsher and more recent development, despite the fact that at least 90 percent of its employees are now vaccinated and reportedly protected against the virus.

Breitbart News also asked United Airlines if the company is making unvaccinated employees wear N95 and KN95 masks for hours longer than suggested by manufacturers, without trainings, fittings, or medical clearance, in order to retaliate against (and/or make uncomfortable) unvaccinated employees during pending litigation regarding reasonable accommodation to religious and medical exemptions. The company, again, did not respond to the accusation.

The Infamous Flight to Mumbai

On October 3, just one day after the company reportedly instituted its potentially dangerous respirator policy, the airline allegedly knowingly allowed a flight containing flight attendants exposed to Chinese coronavirus to travel from Newark to Mumbai, India, bringing into question the airline’s reported passion for keeping employees and passengers safe during the pandemic.

According to a voicemail left for a union called the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) and obtained exclusively by Breitbart News, at least six crew members had close contact and even shook hands with a captain who ended up testing positive for the virus before the flight. The employees were all reportedly together in a small room for longer than 15 minutes while getting tested for the virus and were allegedly unable to maintain six feet of distance between each other — a violation of company policy, which was updated on October 1 and obtained by Breitbart News.

According to a United Airlines employee familiar with the matter, a union representative responded to the voicemail saying there was nothing he could do, though he said the big concern would be if the employees were within six feet of each other for longer than 15 minutes. He then recommended exposed employees speak to an in-flight duty manager (IDFM), which is an employee of United Airlines.

The pilot was reportedly replaced before the flight, which contained at least 190 passengers, some of whom were likely unvaccinated, as the airline does not mandate vaccination for its passengers. However, the exposed crew members, all of whom were vaccinated, allegedly remained on the flight.

According to sources familiar with the situation, an in-flight supervisor told the employees not to worry because symptoms take a few days to show up. Even though one of the employees reportedly felt sick, the supervisor ultimately told them to either stay on the flight or forgo getting paid.

While the six exposed employees allegedly returned from the trip unharmed, the employees did reportedly interact with nearly 200 passengers and hotel staff once in Mumbai. Notably, India has just begun recovering from an extremely deadly Chinese coronavirus surge which set global records for infections and deaths.

Breitbart News obtained the airline’s recently updated health guidelines that say vaccinated crew members who have been exposed to someone with Chinese coronavirus may show up to work if they show no symptoms. The policy seems inconsistent with CDC reports, which found that vaccinated people are still able to carry and spread Chinese coronavirus. People who are infected can also be asymptomatic and can even spread the virus before symptoms appear, a feature of the virus that has been widely known since the beginning of the pandemic.

Breitbart News asked the airline if it understands the current science in light of its company health policies and did not receive a response. The publication also asked if the airline made Indian health officials aware of exposure and did not hear back.

In further contradiction to the airline’s claims of cleanliness, sources familiar with the matter say the company has become extremely lax. According to a source with knowledge of the matter, dirty socks and slippers, used ear plugs, and various garbage has been left behind on flights — and that was after the cleaning crews “cleaned.” 

The hypocrisy is the planes aren’t clean. They’ve gone back to rush them on, rush them off,” a source told Breitbart News, noting that the company also rarely uses anti-microbial spray between flights despite the airline’s claims of doing so. 

The “Bigger Story”

Democrats, who were formerly considered the party that championed workers’ rights, have largely touted vaccine mandates as lifesaving without acknowledging intrusions upon personal rights. President Joe Biden recently praised United Airlines for its mandate, calling measures like it life-saving.

Biden said during a speech in Illinois last week:

When you see headlines and reports of mass firings and hundreds of people losing their jobs, look at the bigger story. I’ve spoke with Scott Kirby, the CEO of United Airlines who is here today. United went from 59 percent of their employees to 99 percent of their employees (vaccinated) in less than two months after implementing the requirement.

Biden failed, however, to connect the dots and explain that United’s high vaccination rate could be the result of mass firings of unvaccinated employees.

The six United Airlines employees who are  suing the company for its “draconian” Chinese coronavirus vaccine mandate allege the company has violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by discriminating against them based on their religious and medical exemptions.

Unvaccinated employees have been allowed to continue working normally while the plaintiffs and the company gather what they need to proceed in court, and they will continue to be able to do so until October 26 due to the judge’s TRO.  Those same employees are likely the ones grappling with the airline’s temporary N95 respirator mandate.

CEO Scott Kirby has made his apparent distaste for exemptions known to employees before, which employees alleged in the lawsuit complaint.

In a video from an August 25-26 a virtual internal Flight Ops Town Hall, which Breitbart News obtained, Kirby can be heard talking about how difficult it will be for employees to obtain exemptions.

WATCH: 

One employee anonymously questioned whether employees who obtain an exemption will be place on unpaid leave, asking: “Is this really how United plans on handling this very sensitive issue?”

“I don’t think so. I, uhm, I don’t know. That is a question, I don’t know. Um, although I don’t think that’s the case,” Kirby responded, smiling.

He continued:

Um, by the way, there are going to be very few people who get through the medical and religious exemption. There’s some pretty strict rules about that. So, I would encourage any pilot that’s decided they have, all of the sudden, or any employee that has all of the sudden decided ‘I’m really religious’ um, ‘And I’m gonna say I’m gonna get…’ You know, you’re putting your job on the line. You better be very careful about that.

Breitbart News asked the airline if the internal footage shows hostility toward religious employees but did not receive a response.

President Donald Trump appointee Judge Pittman is still expected to hold a hearing in the case on Wednesday, which should last approximately six hours as lawyers from both sides present their arguments. The case is one of the largest of its kind in the United States and could arguably create a domino effect and lead to other vaccine mandate cases across the country if the judge leans in favor of the airline’s employees.

United Airlines was the first big airline to institute a vaccine mandate. Since then, bedlam has broken out as other airlines follow in its footsteps. Airline employees have protested across the country as companies fire employees by the thousands. Just this past weekend, Southwest Airlines was forced to cancel nearly 2,000 flights. The airline cited “staffing issues” and bad weather (there was no bad weather on record), though there was rumor pilots actually staged a mass protest and refused to fly just two days after the Southwest pilots union asked a federal judge to block the company’s vaccine mandate.

Notably, Breitbart News reached out to United Airlines and asked if the company wished to comment on every major accusation detailed in the article. The company did not respond to any of the more than a dozen questions by the time of publication.  

The case is Sambrano v. United Airlines, No. 4:21-cv-1074 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

Katherine Hamilton is a political reporter for Breitbart News. You can follow her on Twitter.

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City’s First Black Female Firefighter Sues over Mural Depicting Her as White

The first black female firefighter in Boynton Beach, Florida, recently filed a lawsuit against the city for a mural that appeared to depict her as white.

“Latosha Clemons’ lawsuit against Boynton Beach claims the pioneering firefighter deserves more than $100,000 after she suffered damages ‘including, but not limited to, loss of income, relocation expenses and additional living expenses as a result of relocating,’” the New York Post reported Monday.

The mural that was unveiled in 2020 before it was hastily removed, allegedly caused mental and emotional injury and “subjected her to ridicule, contempt, disgrace and/or humiliation,” her attorney, Arthur Schofield, stated in an amended complaint.

“Being depicted as white was not only a false presentation of CLEMONS, it was also a depiction which completely disrespected all that CLEMONS the first black firefighter for the CITY had accomplished, her determination, focus and hard work,” an amended complaint read.

City officials were reportedly scheduled to gather Tuesday to discuss the lawsuit and talk about how to move forward.

Clemons, who served 26 years in the department before retiring in 2020, was supposed to be included in the mural for one of the municipality’s fire stations.

The image was based on a picture of Clemons and two additional female firefighters, the outlet continued:

But when the city unveiled the mural in June 2020, Clemons and another former fire chief, who is also black, were portrayed as white. The debacle sparked swift backlash that led to the firing of the fire chief and another employee and removing the mural a day later. The fired public art manager told the Post she was pressured by the fire chief and staff to make the change, with City Hall aware of the alteration, according to the Post.

“I was like, ‘Wow. Why did this happen?’ I was hurt. I was disappointed and then I was outraged,” Clemons said last year:

City attorneys noted in a court filing the employees who modified the artwork acted “outside the scope of their employment,” according to the Post.

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Tony Dungy, Mike Tirico Blasted for Defending Jon Gruden

NBC’s Mike Tirico and Tony Dungy were both on the air Sunday night as Gruden’s controversy over racial emails ten years ago took over the discussion on Sunday Night Football.

As of Sunday night, only Gruden’s email to NFLPA President DeMaurice Smith, in which he said Smith had lips like “michellin tires,” was publicly known. However, Gruden had previously told the Wall Street Journal that he often refers to people who are liars as “rubber lipped,” and that was how he came to use that term with Smith.

That explanation seemed to work for Dungy.

“We heard Jon Gruden say he addressed this. He gave his side of it. He said that it wasn’t racial, that he was making a comment about DeMaurice Smith, and he basically attacked his character,” Dungy explained. “I will accept that and just say that it was an immature way to do it. It wasn’t the right way to do it. But it was 10 years ago. And I’m not going to chalk everything up to racism. I think we accept his apology, move forward, and move on with his team.”

Tirico, who was working with Gruden at ESPN when the email to Smith was written, defended his former broadcast partner.

“I think if I’m being honest with the audience, I should weigh in a little bit here,” Tirico said. “I was with Jon at that time — seven years as my partner on Monday Night Football. I probably know Jon better than anybody in the league on a personal level. He said it right — he was ashamed by the comments in the email. The comments in the email are wrong.

“But, my experience kind of parallels Tim Brown, who played for Jon. [Brown] said he never experienced or saw anything that would say Jon was racist in any way. That was exactly the experience I had, those seven years of traveling, three days together on the road together every week.”

Dungy and Tirico’s defense of Gruden was compromised, however, as reports of other emails written by Gruden, including misogynistic and gay slurs, became public.

In light of the new emails, Twitter users blasted Tirico and Dungy for their defense of Gruden.

In light of the newly revealed emails containing gay slurs, Dungy took to Twitter to revise his stance.

Gruden was 22-30 since returning to the sidelines as Raiders head coach in 2018. Gruden’s first head coaching job was also with the Raiders. A position he held until 2002, when he left to take over the Buccaneers.

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