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

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

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

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

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

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


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.

International condemnation of Israel grows over Jerusalem violence, evictions

Israel faced growing international condemnation Sunday over the ongoing violence in Jerusalem, amid repeated clashes between police and Palestinian worshipers in Jerusalem’s Old City, as well as over the expected eviction of Palestinian families in the city’s east

In recent days, dozens of Palestinians have been wounded in clashes near the Al-Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount compound. The site is considered the holiest in Judaism and the third holiest in Islam. It has been a tinderbox for serious violence in the past.

The Jordanian and Egyptian foreign ministries both summoned Israel’s envoys on Sunday to lodge protests over the Temple Mount unrest.

Jordan’s King Abdullah II, who acts as custodian of Jerusalem’s Muslim holy sites, condemned what he called “Israeli violations and escalating practices” and urged Israel to halt its “provocations against Jerusalemites.”

Israel’s Foreign Ministry confirmed that its charge d’affairs in Amman was summoned for a dressing down over “events in Jerusalem.”

It said Sammy Abu Ghanab told Jordan that Israel is protecting freedom of religion for all religions, and is seeking to prevent harm to Jews ability to pray at the Western Wall, Kan news reported, referring to police actions on the Temple Mount Friday meant to keep stones from being thrown at Jewish worshipers below.

The four Arab nations who normalized ties with Israel last year under the Abraham Accords — the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan — also condemned the Jewish state over the weekend clashes.

Israeli security forces deploy next to the Dome of the Rock mosque amid clashes with Palestinian protesters at the Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem, on May 7, 2021 (Ahmad GHARABLI / AFP)

The Middle East quartet of envoys from the European Union, Russia, the United States and the United Nations, and Pope Francis, have all called for calm.

At the Vatican, Pope Francis said he was following the events in Jerusalem with worry and called for an end to the clashes.

“Violence only generates violence,” he told the public gathered at St. Peter’s Square.

Amid growing international calls for de-escalation, Tunisia said the UN Security Council was to hold a closed-door meeting Monday, at its request, on the violence.

Monday’s session was unlikely to result in any type of resolution or joint statement, diplomats told The Times of Israel, noting that the council’s members have entrenched and often opposing views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that make consensus-building difficult.

Ahead of the meeting, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for Israel to “cease demolitions and evictions, in line with its obligations under international humanitarian and international human rights law” and exercise “maximum restraint” in dealing with protests.

Israel’s main ally on the council, the US, also again expressed its “serious concerns.”

Washington made its concerns during a phone call between National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and his Israeli counterpart Meir Ben-Shabbat.

Israeli policemen clash with demonstrators protesting a possible eviction of local Palestinian families in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem, on May 8, 2021. (Menahem KAHANA / AFP)

Sullivan expressed Washington’s “serious concerns about the situation in Jerusalem, including violent confrontations at the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount during the last days of Ramadan,” according to a White House readout.

Without giving details, Sullivan noted recent engagement by senior US officials with Israeli and Palestinian counterparts along with key regional stakeholders in an effort to restore calm, the readout said.

Sullivan “also reiterated the United States’ serious concerns about the potential evictions of Palestinian families from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood,” the statement said.

This week has also seen fierce clashes between Israel forces and Palestinian demonstrators in East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood which has emerged as a flashpoint due to the pending eviction of several dozen Palestinian residents in favor of right-wing Jewish nationalists.

Meanwhile, demonstrations in support of Jerusalem Palestinians have taken place in several cities outside of Israel, including Ramallah, London, Istanbul and Berlin.


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Ivermectin Versus the Medical Mafia

India Health Care Workers Study shows that Ivermectin is 83% effective against Covid

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Patients win legal battles against the Medical Mafia of Covid.  Ralph Lorigo forces reluctant hospitals to treat patients who demand Ivermectin.

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GOP Governors Slash Unemployment Benefits as Businesses Plead for Workers

Expanded federal unemployment benefits that were implemented during last year’s pandemic relief efforts are ending earlier than scheduled in Arkansas, Montana, and South Carolina—and Florida is expected to follow suit as Republican governors nationwide respond to pleas from businesses to encourage Americans to return to work.

“We absolutely can put more people to work,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) told reporters during a press conference Wednesday, announcing that Floridians receiving the $300 weekly extra payments will soon have to provide proof that they’re actively looking for a job.

The Republican governor signaled that he would soon follow a similar push from other GOP states in encouraging Americans to return to work.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) has said that by the end of June his state would no longer participate in the extended weekly unemployment benefits under the Biden administration’s new $1.9 trillion stimulus plan—three months earlier than its expiration.

Earlier, the Republican governors of Montana and South Carolina announced similar plans, claiming that these benefits have discouraged people from returning to the workforce and have become a drag on the recovery.

GOP Texas lawmaker Kevin Brady meanwhile has said he expects more states will follow suit, accusing the White House of being “in denial” that many businesses are struggling to hire more people.

“Normally when you’re getting unemployment, the whole idea is that’s temporary, and you need to be looking for work to be able to get off unemployment,” DeSantis said of the matter. “It was a disaster, so we suspended those job search requirements. I think it’s pretty clear now, we have an abundance of job openings.”

“The demand is there. Businesses want to hire more people, and I think we can go in that direction very soon,” he added.

It comes as U.S. jobs growth for April was far lower than what the market had predicted. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. economy added 266,000 jobs last month versus an estimate of 1 million. The unemployment rate rose to 6.1 percent from 6 percent in March.

Nearly 40 percent of workers could make more on unemployment at the $300 level than they would earn by returning to work, according to American Action Forum, a center-right policy institute.

The economy is still 8.2 million jobs below pre-COVID levels.

Businesses and organizations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, one of the largest business lobbying groups, have called on the Biden administration to end the unemployment benefits.

It’s “clear that paying people not to work is dampening what should be a stronger jobs market,” the group said.

However, President Joe Biden, when asked by a reporter whether the enhanced unemployment benefits had had any effect on the weak job numbers, said, “No, nothing measurable.”

Democrats have said that companies aren’t offering high-enough wages or subsidized childcare programs, while some say that last month’s job report suggests that Congress needs to pass Biden’s infrastructure bills.

In an interview with CBS on Sunday, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said the expanded jobless benefits have been a “lifeline of survival” for the unemployed during the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic. The CCP virus is commonly known as the novel coronavirus.

The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Emel Akan contributed to this report.


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Joaquin Castro: GOP Under Trump Moving Toward ‘Authoritarianism,’ ‘Fascism’

Sunday on MSNBC’s “The Mehdi Hasan Show,” Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) sounded off on Texas lawmakers passing a new state voting law to shore up election integrity and the current direction of the Republican Party.

Castro emphasized that under President Donald Trump, the GOP “moved towards authoritarianism and was moving towards fascism.” He argued the GOP was now “doing everything they can to hang on to power” by passing the new election law.

“Well, in Texas and in other places, you have a Republican Party that under Donald Trump moved towards authoritarianism and was moving towards fascism, quite honestly. And these are folks that are doing everything they can to hang on to power. And the way they’re trying to hang on to power is not by being better about governing or about trying to make more convincing arguments or win over voters who disagree with them — voters that voted against them, and that’s why they lost the presidency and the Senate and the House. Their answer to hang on to power is to make it harder for the people who disagree with them to actually go out and vote. And that’s what we’re seeing in Texas, and that’s what we’re seeing across the country as you displayed.”

“The only reason they’re doing this is to harm people and to keep certain people from voting,” he added.

Host Mehdi Hasan asked Castro if he would be willing to call for a corporate boycott, as seen in Georgia after the state passed similar legislation into law.

“I don’t want to see my state hurt, but at the same time, we need people to speak up now because my fear is that’s exactly what will happen,” Castro replied.

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Israel coalition talks: Bennett demanding total control of judicial appointments committee

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As violence escalates, Israel tries to put the genie back in the bottle

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McCarthy: ‘Facebook and Twitter Are Not Bigger Than the Constitution’

During a Sunday interview with New York City WABC 770 AM radio’s “The Cats Roundtable,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) continued his push for the removal of special protections for social media giants under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

McCarthy noted that platforms such as Facebook and Twitter “are not bigger than the Constitution.” He told host John Catsimatidis that the social media giants have been “empowered” too much under Section 230, which he said “has got to stop.”

“Facebook and Twitter are not bigger than the Constitution,” McCarthy emphasized. “And what they have done should give everybody a sign here that they have [been] empowered too strong, that they think they can control what is being said. If that is the case, they should not be protected from lawsuits by Section 230 that gives them immunity. If they want to pick and choose what can be said on a platform and who can be on the platform itself –taking off the former President of the United States — Section 230 should be removed.”

He continued, “And if you have a monopoly such as Google, where anyone who searches on the web, 90% of it all goes to Google — they control what is being seen and what is being said — when they deny like a New York Post article from being posted because they don’t like what is being said in the article … this should upset every single American, regardless of what party you believe in. You believe in this Constitution, and this has got to stop.”

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Dermer suggests Israel should prioritize support of evangelicals over US Jews

Former Israeli ambassador to the US Ron Dermer suggested Sunday that Israel should prioritize the “passionate and unequivocal” support of evangelical Christians over that of American Jews, who he said are “disproportionately among our critics.”

“People have to understand that the backbone of Israel’s support in the United States is the evangelical Christians. It’s true because of numbers and also because of their passionate and unequivocal support for Israel,” Dermer said in an onstage interview at a conference organized by Makor Rishon, a news outlet affiliated with the national religious community

The interview was Dermer’s first public remarks since he ended a marathon seven-year term as Israel’s ambassador in Washington, where he became known for having the ear and “brain” of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Dermer was lauded for using that relationship to play a key role in advancing several pro-Israel decisions taken by the Trump administration. However, the premier and his ambassador were accused of undermining Israel’s traditional bipartisan support in Washington by cozying up to the Republican party where the ideological differences of opinion on Israel are minimal, while alienating Democrats — the party supported by the vast majority of American Jews and whose last president Barak Obama sparred regularly with Jerusalem on a number of key issues.

In a wide-ranging interview, the former envoy was pressed on whether Netanyahu had placed too much emphasis on evangelical Christians in the US.

Dermer dismissed the suggestion and argued that Israel actually hasn’t designated enough time in engaging with evangelical Christians.

“About 25% [of Americans] — some people think more — are evangelical Christians. Less than two percent of Americans are Jews,” he said. “So if you look just at numbers, you should be spending a lot more time doing outreach to Evangelical Christians than you would do to Jews.”

He highlighted the “passion and support” for Israel among evangelicals, claiming that Israel is one of the most important, if not the most important, issue for many of them, contrasting the religious group to American Jews who he said vote on other issues.

Dermer pointed out that it was evangelical Christian groups that have led legislative fights against the Iran nuclear deal and anti-Israel boycotts, and who have been the most supportive of former US president Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Continuing the comparison, Dermer noted that it is “very rare to hear evangelicals criticize Israel,” whereas American Jews are “disproportionately among our critics,” even while also boasting some of the Jewish state’s fiercest advocates.

Nonetheless, Dermer argued that Israel engages in outreach to American Jews “because that’s about the DNA of the state.”

“The raison d’être of the Jewish state is to build these connections with Jews throughout the Diaspora and certainly with American Jews as well. We have an obligation and a duty to strengthen that connection and we do,” he said. “I spent at least as much time doing outreach to Jews as I did with Christians.”

On the growing split between Republicans and Democrats over supporting the Israeli government, Dermer said the reasons were policy, not politically based. He maintained that he and Netanyahu would have embraced a Democratic president just as they had Trump had the former taken similar decisions relating to Israel and Iran.

“There are forces both in Israel and in the US that try and turn Israel into a political football,” he said, using an argument often leveled by Democrats against Netanyahu and Trump.

He went on to argue that had Trump been reelected, Israel would have “no question” made peace with Saudi Arabia, lamenting that the political stalemate in Israel delayed the normalization process by a year and a half.

Ron Dermer during an onstage interview at a conference organized by the Makor Rishon news outlet on May 9, 2021. (Screen capture/Facebook)

Dermer saved his most lavish praise for his former boss Netanyahu, for whom he’s worked for over three decades.

“There is no question at all that without Netanyahu, there will be a significant change in the US-Israel relationship,” the former ambassador said, arguing that the Likud leader knows better than anyone else how to articulate Israel’s case to Americans in a language they understand.

Dermer was asked about long-held rumors that Netanyahu has been grooming him as a potential successor. He said he was not looking to enter politics, adding that “I hope that the successor to Benjamin Netanyahu will be Benjamin Netanyahu” before going on to list his accomplishments as premier.

Dermer then castigated Israelis for being ungrateful to Netanyahu, who he compared to the biblical Moses and Gulliver, the protagonist in Jonathan Swift’s ‘Gulliver’s Travels.’

“We are a nation of many virtues. Gratitude is not one of them, and there are occasional days where… the people of Israel are less than grateful for the leadership of Benjamin Netanyahu,” he said.

“I remember years ago, I told him when… Israelis were particularly ungrateful, ‘What are you complaining about. Look at Moses? He does the ten plagues, he splits the sea, he goes up for 40 days and 40 nights.’ We’re a tough people to govern,” Dermer said.

“He’s been something of a Gulliver in Israel. You don’t get a Gulliver every day… but what I see happening over the past couple of years is some Lilliputians doing their best to tie Gulliver down. So I hope that Gulliver will stand up and continue to lead Israel for many, many years to come,” he said.

Netanyahu tweeted a video of his remarks.


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New South Wales to Offer Vaccinations to Those in Their 40s

Around a million people in NSW aged between 40 and 49 could get a Pfizer COVID-19 jab at the new purpose-built vaccination hub at Sydney Olympic Park within weeks.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the “exciting” development at the opening of the government-run Homebush hub on Monday.

“People aged 40 to 49 can register their interest in getting that Pfizer injection from 5 p.m. today at,” she said.

About a million people are in that age group, among the six million adults in NSW, she said.

For the first two weeks, the vaccination hub will be open to people in categories 1a and 1b – emergency and aged care workers, frontline workers and their families.

From Wednesday, anyone 50 or older can register to get the AstraZeneca vaccine at the hub from May 24.

The premier says it’s still preferable that anyone 50 or older get vaccinated by their GP who knows their medical history.

“If you don’t have a GP or don’t have access to a GP, or you find it difficult getting to them, you can book with us from 12 May and get your jab from 24th May,” she said.

NSW Health said there were no new local COVID-19 cases recorded in the 13,768 tests undertaken in the 24 hours until Sunday night.

Coronavirus restrictions imposed across Greater Sydney last Thursday will remain in place for another week, except customers in shops will no longer be obliged to wear a mask.

Chief Health Officer Dr. Kerry Chant said while it remained unclear how an infected Sydney man caught the virus last week, the only person he’s passed the virus on to so far has been his wife.

Genome sequencing confirmed he somehow caught the same strain of the virus that infected a returned US traveller.

“Unfortunately, we haven’t found that missing link,” Chant said.

“We have tested everyone in close proximity to this gentleman, (so) the contact with the infectious person must have been very fleeting.”

However, there could be undiscovered chains of transmission in the community, she added.

The NSW government expects the Homebush hub will be able to administer 30,000 COVID-19 jabs per week.

It will operate six days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in a state-of-the-art building fitted out specifically for that purpose.

Berejiklian said NSW was ramping up the effort to vaccinate as many people as soon as possible.

“We’re getting close to 700,000 but we’ve got a way to go,” she said.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard noted it was 15 months since COVID-19 had arrived in Australia.

“It’s been a war ever since. We’re fighting back and this (vaccination hub) is our headquarters for the NSW Health team,” he said.

The continuing restrictions mean that for the next week household gatherings remain capped at 20 people, masks are compulsory on public transport and in indoor venues such as theatres and aged care homes, and singing and dancing remains mostly banned.

Hospitality patrons are still not permitted to drink while standing.


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Bay Area Falun Gong Practitioners Celebrate 29th World Falun Dafa Day

SAN FRANCISCO—A truck with LED electronic billboards drives by, distinguishing itself from the rest of the city’s traffic. The colorful screens, which are mounted on three sides of the vehicle, continuously play videos of people doing slow-moving exercises. At the front, a flower-bordered sign reads: “Falun Dafa is Good.”

Dan Ngo, a local Falun Gong practitioner, owns the truck. He put a lot of effort into getting the truck ready in time for the parade to celebrate World Falun Dafa Day, which officially takes place on May 13 each year.

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Dan Ngo drives his truck in a parade to celebrate the 29th World Falun Dafa Day in San Francisco on May 8, 2021. (David Lam/The Epoch Times)

His goal is to draw attention so that more people can see what Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, is all about.

“The truck actually brings out new ideas for people to look at,” Ngo told NTD News. “The content actually gets people to actually see what it is.”

He started learning Falun Gong in 2017, initially just to please his wife. However, after he started to read the practice’s main book “Zhuan Falun” and applied its teachings, he became a better person.

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The sign in front of the truck has real flowers for the parade to celebrate the 29th World Falun Dafa Day in San Francisco on May 8, 2021. (Ilene Eng/The Epoch Times)

“I’m actually a way better father,” he said. “Everything I do, before I say anything, I actually look internally now. Business-wise, work-wise, I [look at] everybody with a different perspective… and the three words, I always remember [them] everyday.”

Falun Gong’s teachings are based on the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance. Along with doing the five sets of exercises, practitioners live a healthy life in harmony with their surrounding environment.

Leader of the Band

Abraham Thompson leads the Tian Guo Marching Band. He has been a Falun Gong practitioner for almost 20 years.

He first learned it from a friend in Santa Cruz. He bought “Zhuan Falun” and couldn’t put it down.

“I was very attracted to this book and the principles within it—to upgrade your moral character and to put Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance into your life to become a better and better person, and raise yourself spiritually. Those things really were attractive to me,” Thompson told NTD News.

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Abraham Thompson conducts the Tian Guo Marching Band in a parade to celebrate the 29th World Falun Dafa Day in San Francisco on May 8, 2021. (David Lam/The Epoch Times)

He said he always felt there was more meaning and a bigger purpose to life. When he put those principles into practice, he felt that his life improved.

“The first thing I noticed is I became more happy,” he said, “when I started becoming more truthful, when I started thinking about other people first, putting compassion into my life. When I started being more tolerant of people, I started to become more happy because I wasn’t upset by the way other people treated me. If someone did something bad to me, I would say, ‘Well, how can I improve?’ rather than asking how other people could improve.”

He also became more clear-minded and focused on what’s important to him in life.

After the persecution started in China in 1999, he wondered what he could do to tell people about Falun Gong and the truth of the practice.

The marching band was first formed in New York and they wanted to expand by creating one in San Francisco too.

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The Tian Guo Marching Band passes by Pier 39 in a parade to celebrate the 29th World Falun Dafa Day in San Francisco on May 8, 2021. (David Lam/The Epoch Times)

“Some of us local practitioners, we said, ‘Let’s pull people together and start a band,’” Thompson said. “I have experience with music from the past in percussion and so I started helping to develop the drum team. And then they needed a conductor and I was good with rhythm, and so I naturally became the conductor.”

He said he feels really positive when he marches with the whole band and sees bystanders clapping along and enjoying the music.

“That’s really at the core of us, is wanting to share the beauty of Falun Dafa with the community because we’ve all benefited so much from it. But we also want to help the people in China who are being persecuted,” he said.

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Hundreds of Bay Area Falun Gong practitioners wish their teacher, Li Hongzhi, a happy birthday at the 29th World Falun Dafa Day in San Francisco on May 8, 2021. (David Lam/The Epoch Times)

Many pedestrians stopped to watch one of the first large-scale parades since the pandemic and lockdowns started.

“The magnitude of all the people just coming together and just the peace and then the beautiful wind. I think God just kind of sent that, at the time that everyone was marching down the street. It’s just very spiritual,” Dawn, a Sacramento resident, told NTD News.

She came to the city with her family for the weekend to celebrate Mother’s Day.

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Hundreds of Bay Area Falun Gong practitioners participate in a parade in front of the Ferry Building to celebrate the 29th World Falun Dafa Day in San Francisco on May 8, 2021. (David Lam/The Epoch Times)

“This is gorgeous,” Renuka Zellars, from India, told NTD News. “I love the music… the meditation. I would like to learn more about it.”

“When I first saw it, I had goosebumps because it was so touching, so soothing—meditation. That’s what we need nowadays in this world, right? This is a great feeling. I love it,” Zellars said.

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Bay Area Falun Gong practitioners meditate in front of the Ferry Building before a parade to celebrate the 29th World Falun Dafa Day in San Francisco on May 8, 2021. (David Lam/The Epoch Times)

“It’s very beautiful and I feel like it’s very empowering, and I feel like it sends a message,” Irene Brizuela, from Silicon Valley, told NTD News. “Peaceful, like a peaceful vibe.”

“Meditation is good for the soul, especially given the year we’ve had,” Sheila Beakin, from Laguna Beach, told NTD News.


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Medina Spirit Could Lose Ky. Derby Win; Track Bans Baffert

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Medina Spirit’s victory in the Kentucky Derby is in serious jeopardy because of a failed postrace drug test, one that led Churchill Downs to suspend Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert on Sunday in the latest scandal to plague the sport.

Baffert denied all wrongdoing and promised to be fully transparent with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission during its investigation. Baffert’s barn received word Saturday that Medina Spirit had tested positive for an excessive amount of the steroid betamethasone, which is sometimes used to treat pain and inflammation in horses.

Medina Spirit’s win over Mandaloun in the Derby stands — for now.

“To be clear, if the findings are upheld, Medina Spirit’s results in the Kentucky Derby will be invalidated and Mandaloun will be declared the winner,” Churchill Downs officials said in a statement shortly after Baffert held a hastily planned morning news conference outside his barn to announce and respond to the allegations.

The track said failure to comply with the rules and medication protocols jeopardizes the safety of horses and jockeys, the sport’s integrity and the Derby’s reputation.

“Churchill Downs will not tolerate it,” the statement read. “Given the seriousness of the alleged offense, Churchill Downs will immediately suspend Bob Baffert, the trainer of Medina Spirit, from entering any horses at Churchill Downs Racetrack.”

Medina Spirit is expected to run in the Preakness on Saturday, barring some abrupt change in plans or a decision from officials at Pimlico or Maryland’s racing commission that would prevent him from entering the second jewel of the Triple Crown.

Officials from 1/ST Racing, a branding arm of the Stronach Group that owns and operates Pimlico, and the Maryland Jockey Club said Sunday they would consult with state authorities and that “any decision regarding the entry of Medina Spirit in the 146th Preakness Stakes will be made after review of the facts.” Officials rescheduled the post position draw for Tuesday afternoon, moving it back a day in light of the uncertainty.

“I got the biggest gut-punch in racing for something that I didn’t do,” Baffert said of the failed drug test. “And it’s disturbing. It’s an injustice to the horse. … I don’t know what’s going on in racing right now, but there’s something not right. I don’t feel embarrassed. I feel like I was wronged. We’re going to do our own investigation. We’re going to be transparent with the racing commission, like we’ve always been.

“He’s a great horse. He doesn’t deserve this. He ran a gallant race,” Baffert added.

The only horse to be disqualified for medication after winning the Derby is Dancer’s Image in 1968.

Medina Spirit is Baffert’s fifth horse known to have failed a drug test in just over a year. Flanked by his attorney Craig Robertson, Baffert said his barn was told that Medina Spirit was found to have 21 picograms of betamethasone — slightly more than double what the trainer said was the allowable amount — in a postrace sample.

Betamethasone is the same drug that was found in the system of Gamine, another Baffert-trained horse who finished third in the Kentucky Oaks last September. Gamine was eventually disqualified from that finish because of that test and Baffert was fined $1,500. Betamethasone is legal under Kentucky racing rules, though it must be cleared 14 days before a horse races.

“I’m not a conspiracy theorist,” Baffert said. “I know everybody is not out to get me, but there’s definitely something wrong. Why is it happening to me? You know, there’s problems in racing, but it’s not Bob Baffert.”

Mandaloun, which lost the Derby by a half-length, is not going to the Preakness. If Mandaloun is declared the Kentucky Derby winner, that would mean the Triple Crown pursuit for 2021 would end right there. It is unknown how long Kentucky officials will take to determine whether the results of the Derby should stand or will change.

If Medina Spirit is disqualified, his connections will not receive the $1.86 million winner’s share of the Derby purse money. But for bettors, anything that happens next won’t matter — those who cashed in on Medina Spirit still win, those who didn’t still lose and those who backed Mandaloun missed out on a winning ticket that would have returned more than $50 on a $2 wager.

Baffert was planning to saddle Medina Spirit and Concert Tour in the Preakness, going for a record eighth victory in that race. Except for 2020 when the races were run out of order due to the coronavirus pandemic, Baffert is undefeated with a Derby winner in the Preakness.

Last month, Baffert won an appeals case before the Arkansas Racing Commission after he had been suspended by Oaklawn Park stewards for 15 days for a pair of positive drug tests involving two of his horses that won at the track on May 2, 2020. The horses tested positive for the painkiller lidocaine, which Baffert said they were exposed to inadvertently.

But as Baffert insisted that horse racing can do better preventing doping, he also acknowledged the spotlight.

“I know I’m the most scrutinized trainer and have millions of eyes on me. But you know what? I don’t have a problem with that,” Baffert said. “The last thing I want to do is do something that would jeopardize the greatest 2 minutes in sports.”

Animal Wellness Action executive director Marty Irby said in a statement that racing authorities “should throw the book” at those found guilty of violations.

The failed drug test is just another in a long series of events shadowing the sport — and the Derby, its best known and most prestigious race — in recent years.

Maximum Security crossed the line first in the 2019 Kentucky Derby before being disqualified by Churchill Downs stewards for interference in what was an unprecedented move. Country House, which crossed the line second in that race, is now considered the winner.

In March 2020, Jason Servis — who was Maximum Security’s trainer — was part of a sweeping indictment that involved trainers, veterinarians and pharmacists in a horse doping ring. Baffert faced the doping allegations in Arkansas and Kentucky last year with Gamine, and now this.

“I’m worried about our sport,” Baffert said. “Our sport, we’ve taken a lot of hits as a sport. These are pretty serious accusations here, but we’re going to get to the bottom of it and find out. We know we didn’t do it.”


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Putin was first President in the world to publicly Announce Satanic pedophilia and rituals by Western leaders across the world..

Putin was first President in the world to publicly Announce Satanic pedophilia and rituals by Western leaders across the world.. – Brutal Proof


Comment: When Our Criminals in Charge Instigate WW3 with Russia, China and their allies they will aim to totally TAKE down the USA and everybody who is an American as they have ALL come to the conclusion that we are Incorrigible and beyond redemption.

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Beijing’s Mouthpiece Calls for Missile Strikes on Australia

Chinese Communist Party (CCP) propaganda mouthpiece The Global Times has called for Beijing to plan a missile strike targeting Australia if its military comes to the aid of Taiwan in an attack.

The message—which appeared in an op-ed published by The Global Times’ vocal Chief Editor Hu Xijin—comes after the CCP “indefinitely suspended” high-level economic talks with Australia on Thursday.

“Given that Australian hawks keep hyping or hinting that Australia will assist the U.S. military and participate in war once a military conflict breaks out in the Taiwan Straits, and the Australian media outlets have been actively promoting the sentiment,” Hu wrote. “I suggest China make a plan to impose retaliatory punishment against Australia once it militarily interferes in the cross-Straits situation.”

“The plan should include long-range strikes on the military facilities and relevant key facilities on Australian soil if it really sends its troops to China’s offshore areas and combats against the People’s Liberation Army,” he added.

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Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the Global Times, the mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party, in this undated photo. (The Epoch Times)

“China has a strong production capability, including producing additional long-range missiles with conventional warheads that target military objectives in Australia when the situation becomes highly tense.”

Hu is a vocal and often a controversial commentator on a range of issues affecting the CCP.

His comments come after the National Development and Reform Commission suspended the China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue, which came after Foreign Minister Marise Payne terminated the Belt and Road Initiative agreement signed between the Commission and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, saying they were “inconsistent with Australia’s foreign policy.”

Experts, however, argue that the cancellation of the Strategic Economic Dialogue will have little effect on Australia, especially since talks between ministers and their Chinese counterparts have been frozen since April 2020.

Further, Australian exporters are already busy pivoting away from the China market to avoid further exposure to economic coercion from Beijing.

Meanwhile, last month, Australian Home Affairs Secretary Mike Pezzullo issued a stern warning for the country to be strong and prepared, saying the “drums of war” were beating in the region.

“Today, free nations continue still to face this sorrowful challenge. In a world of perpetual tension and dread, the drums of war beat—sometimes faintly and distantly, and at other times more loudly and ever closer,” he wrote in an op-ed.

“War may well be folly, but the greater folly is to wish away the curse by refusing to give it thought and attention as if in so doing war may leave us be, forgetting us perhaps.”


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Australian Border Will Be Closed for a Long Time: Prime Minister

Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned that Australia would be closed to the rest of the world for a long time, with the Treasurer noting that the border will remain shut until at least 2022.

“I don’t see an appetite for that at the moment,” Morrison said in an interview with News Crop on Sunday. “I think what we’re seeing at the moment is the appreciation of the people that the pandemic isn’t going anywhere.”

Morrison said there are few countries in the world like Australia, whose geographic location as an island has prevented it from a serious pandemic, and caution must be used to maintain the prevention of the epidemic.

“We don’t as of yet have considerable clinical evidence that tells us transmission is preventable …  at this point in time, I think Australians want to ­ensure that the way we’re living at the moment is maintained.”

Asked about when immigrants can return, the Prime Minister answered, “I can’t tell you. I don’t know,” saying that the pandemic is now a medium-term challenge rather than a short-term one.

Morrison later said that the statements about “zero cases” were misreported in the news article and have been corrected online.

“Australia’s COVID suppression strategy has not changed to an ‘elimination’ strategy nor is ‘zero cases’ our goal as reported today,” he said in a post to Facebook.

“There will always be cases as we return Australians home from overseas. International borders will only open when it is safe to do so. We still have a long way to go, and there are still many uncertainties ahead,” Morrison said.

“Australians are living like in few countries around the world today. We will continue to do everything we can to work together prevent a third wave and roll out our vaccination programme.”

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Scott Morrison warned that Australia would be closed to the rest of the world for a long time (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Health Minister Greg Hunt said the international border is expected to open in stages. At the same time, the government negotiates for more travel bubbles with safe countries, besides the current one with New Zealand.

“Our goal is very simple, to progressively open as quickly as we can, subject to safety,” Hunt said on Sunday. “Green lanes, vaccinations, and then the potential for those that have been vaccinated to be able to travel and return in different circumstances.”

However, the opposition warned that it would take until 2023 for the Australian population to be fully vaccinated based on the current pace.

“Three weeks ago, Scott Morrison said there could be international travel and home quarantine by as early as July,” Shadow Health Minister Mark Butler told reporters on Sunday.

“This morning … he’s saying Australia will be locked down forever.”


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Farmers Sue Biden Administration Over ‘Racist’ COVID Relief Plan

A farmer plants corn in the Marvin Chapel field in Mount Airy, Maryland on May 19, 2020. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images)

A farmer plants corn in the Marvin Chapel field in Mount Airy, Maryland on May 19, 2020. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images)US NEWS

BY KATABELLA ROBERTS May 7, 2021 Updated: May 7, 2021biggersmallerPrint

A disabled white farmer has sued President Joe Biden’s administration over his COVID-19 loan forgiveness program, alleging he can’t participate because he is white.

Adam Faust, a white resident of Chilton, Calumet County in Wisconsin, is one of five Midwestern farmers who filed a lawsuit on April 6 that accuses the federal government of violating their constitutional rights, Fox 11 reported.

The other plaintiffs are farmers from Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Ohio who have direct loans with the Farm Service Agency or USDA-backed loans and are “otherwise eligible for the loan-forgiveness program in ARPA, except for the color of their skin,” according to the lawsuit.

Attorneys for the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty filed the suit on behalf of the white farmers in federal court in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

As per the lawsuit, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) provides $4 billion to forgive loans for “socially disadvantaged” farmers and ranchers.

The phrase “socially disadvantaged” includes explicit racial classifications, according to the lawsuit, which states that in order to be eligible for ARPA’s debt relief, farmers and ranchers must be black, Native American, Hispanic, Asian American, or a Pacific Islander.

It contends that other farmers—white farmers, for example—are ineligible.

“Were plaintiffs eligible for the loan forgiveness benefit, they would have the opportunity to make additional investments in their property, expand their farms, purchase equipment and supplies, and otherwise support their families and local communities,” the lawsuit states.

“Because plaintiffs are ineligible to even apply for the program solely due to their race, they have been denied the equal protection of the law and therefore suffered harm,” it adds.

The lawsuit requests that the court enter a temporary and preliminary injunction preventing defendants from applying racial classifications when determining eligibility for loan modifications and payments and to declare that the racial classifications are unconstitutional.

Faust, who is the owner of Faust Farms, branded the program racist.

“It was just out and out racist, and I really don’t think that there should be racism allowed in the federal government at any level,” he told Fox 11.

“If somebody’s green, I think they should be allowed to participate, based on their actual qualifications for the program, and not just picking an arbitrary thing like race.”

“I don’t see where they’re gonna be impacted any different than anybody else,” Faust said. “I’ve never seen any government program based solely on that. I mean, if it would’ve been against any other race, everybody would’ve been onboard and would’ve been complaining immediately!”

As per a press release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture published on April 29, the American Rescue Plan included provisions for USDA to pay up to 120 percent of loan balances, as of Jan. 1, 2021, for Farm Service Agency (FSA) Direct and Guaranteed Farm Loans and Farm Storage Facility Loans debt relief to any socially disadvantaged producer who has a qualifying loan with FSA.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture told Fox 11 that it was reviewing the lawsuit with the U.S. Department of Justice, but that the USDA plans to continue to offer loan forgiveness to “socially disadvantaged” farmers.

The Epoch Times has contacted the U.S. Department of Justice for comment.


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What It’s Like to Be a Palestinian & Uncle Sam Supports These Sadistic Crimes Against Humanity

The story is simple; in fact, it could not be more simple. A father, Yusef, played convincingly by Saleh Bakri, wakes up in the morning and takes his daughter Yasmin, played beautifully by Mariam Kanj, to buy a gift for his wife on the day of their anniversary. The gift is a surprise and the two set out happily planning to return and surprise the mother. But they are Palestinians living in Palestine and as such they are not permitted to enjoy even the simplest of pleasures.

The short trip to the store and back is filled with the indignities and humiliation that are part of a Palestinian’s daily life. These indignities are imposed on men, women, and even children. Even a father wanting to spend a special day with his daughter is denied that pleasure because Palestine is occupied and governed by a ruthless militant regime that is not only indifferent to the suffering and the feelings of Palestinians; it humiliates them and makes their life unliveable as a matter of policy.

An alternate path

Anyone who has been to Palestine has seen the checkpoints placed on roads where one part of the road, usually the wider part, provides free and easy access to Jews while Palestinians have to go through a narrow path and a checkpoint. Jews walk or drive freely and Palestinians are stopped; they must show their ID cards and quite often are randomly held for hours. Some are killed.

Humiliation, degradation and fear are built into the part of the road through which Palestinians must pass. Israeli soldiers and contractors who operate the checkpoints have long known that security is not their purpose, but rather humiliation and a show of power, such as it may be.

In “The Present,” the father and daughter leave their home, which is walking distance from the checkpoint, to go to the store. As they stand and wait, a car with Israelis drives by and the soldiers wave them through with a smile. I’ve seen and experienced this countless times as I drove through checkpoints. “Shalom, ma nishma,”  Hello, how are things, they say; and I answer back “Yofi hakol beseder,” Great, all is well.The Present two roads

Scenes from “The Present.” Credit | Native Liberty

For reasons beyond understanding, the soldier at this checkpoint decides to pull Yusef out of the line and make him sit and wait in a cage built next to the road. The young daughter has to sit outside the cage and wait as well. There are no facilities, and no one cares what happens to the Palestinians, be they children or adults.

At last they leave the checkpoint and the daughter straggles behind her father as they walk to the bus stop. Yusef turns to see why his daughter is walking so slowly and he realizes she is embarrassed and uncomfortable because she has wet her pants. Yusef cuddles his daughter and tries to comfort her in this moment of shame and discomfort. They must board the bus like that until they reach a store, where he is able to buy her new clothes and eventually the gift they had gone to buy for Yasmin’s mother.

Back pain

Anyone who has suffered from severe chronic back pain, to the point where pain medication is needed constantly, can relate to this movie. In a brilliant aside, Yusef suffers from terrible back pain. In fact, in the very first scene we see him take his meds. Then his wife asks him how his back is doing and he replies, “same as always.”

On top of the indignities, the humiliation, the constant fear of the soldiers, and the ease with which they use their weapons on Palestinians, Yusef is struggling with this constant pain. He had not anticipated that their journey would last as long as it did and therefore he did not have his meds with him when the pain hit. He says nothing but his face says it all.The Present Back Pain

Scenes from “The Present.” Credit | Native Liberty

At the store, Yusef asks why the pharmacy next door is closed — a death in the family, he is told. “Have you any painkillers?” he asks, “We did but we are sold out,” the lady at the register tells him. Now he knows the pain will remain with him and the day is not yet over.

Yusef and Yasmin proceed to purchase the gift, and return home. But on the way they must still go through the checkpoint, the same checkpoint where they had both already suffered humiliation. Now it is evening, the memories come back; the soldiers remember Yusef and harass him again for no reason; his pain, both physical and emotional, are severe and reach a boiling point.

An eerie resemblance

One of the soldiers at the checkpoint bears an eerie resemblance to a solider I had encountered once while traveling with a Palestinian friend. We were traveling in the West Bank to visit a mutual friend and a checkpoint was placed on the road for no explicable reason. The young soldier in charge was white — as in European white — with a beard. He wasn’t tall and he wore his helmet and gun in a clumsy manner. Like the soldier in the movie, he had no reason to stop us from proceeding but he had the power and the gun and so he was king.The Present IDF Soldiers

Scenes from “The Present.” Credit | Native Liberty

As these words are written, Jerusalem is burning and Israelis are in the streets calling for the killing and forced expulsion of Palestinians. In “The Present,” as throughout all of Palestine, soldiers, police officers, secret police, or Shabak agents, have the power — indeed they are instructed — to harass, humiliate, and take the lives of Palestinians in the most arbitrary fashion. Farah Nabulsi with Saleh Bakri gave the world a glimpse into a day in the life of a Palestinian. How long will the world remain indifferent?

Feature photo | A scene from the 2020 short film, “The Present.” Credit | Native Liberty

Miko Peled is MintPress News contributing writer, published author and human rights activist born in Jerusalem. His latest books are”The General’s Son. Journey of an Israeli in Palestine,” and “Injustice, the Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five.”


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Court hearings set to resume for Filipino carers, kids under deportation order

Court hearings for 39 mainly Filipino families issued with deportation orders will start in Tel Aviv on June 15, after a nearly two-year hiatus, much of it due to  COVID-19-related postponements.

“Everything stopped during coronavirus,” said a spokesman for United Children of Israel, an organization set up by Filipino mothers and their Israeli supporters to fight deportations. “Families that were arrested were bailed out. Since the last, third lockdown, most of them are reporting regularly to the office of the Population and Immigration Authority.”

Of the 39 families, most are Filipino, with others from India, Nigeria and Ghana.

The issue dominated the headlines in 2019 as immigration officials staged dawn raids on homes and video footage showed tearful and bewildered mothers and children having to pack up their belongings before being driven off to lock-ups close to Ben Gurion Airport.

הסתיים הדיון בבית הדין לעררים בשאלת גירושם של קיאן (10), קתרין (5) ואמם ג’רלדין. עורכת הדין חיה מנע, המייצגת את המשפחה,…

Posted by UCI United Children of Israel on Sunday, July 28, 2019

Schoolfriends and their parents staged multiple protests and many public figures signaled their support.

Posted by UCI United Children of Israel on Sunday, July 28, 2019

The spokesperson said that families under threat of deportation number less than 2,000 individuals, including more than 1,000 children, the oldest of whom is 16.

“We want citizenship for the kids that were born here and for their parents, who came here legally, who have really served the people of this country,” the spokesperson said.

A Filipino caretaker at a promenade in Tel Aviv. (photo credit: Moshe Shai/Flash90)

A Filipino caretaker at a promenade in Tel Aviv. (photo credit: Moshe Shai/Flash90)

As of December 2020, 55,705 foreign careworkers resided legally in Israel, according to government statistics (in Hebrew), with 13,251 doing so illegally. Of the legal ones, the main nationalities were Filipino (36%), Indian (24%) and Moldovan (13%).

From 2017 to 2019, 409 Filipinos were deported, with just 37 in 2020, the coronavirus year. During those same four years, 869 left “of their own accord.”

All of these carers were originally sought out by the Israeli authorities to look after a growing population of elderly people, who, with medical advances, are living longer. They entered the country legally, often paying massive illegal brokerage fees for the privilege.

Foreign workers who become pregnant must send their babies home or else they cannot renew their visas and face arrest if they do not leave the country of their own accord.

Many women in this position have stayed on, illegally, doing menial jobs, to give their children a better life than they would get in the Philippines.

Their children have grown up as Israelis.

Foreign workers, their children and supporters take part in a protest against the deportation of the children of Filipino workers in Tel Aviv, on August 6, 2019. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

In 2006 and 2009, the Interior Ministry threatened to deport hundreds of Israeli-born children whose Filipino parents had overstayed their work visas. A huge public outcry led to a 2010 “humanitarian decision” to allow around 1,000 school-aged children, born up to 2004, to stay. Most of these have gone on to serve in the Israeli army and to get Israeli citizenship.

Although there was no change to the law, the Interior Ministry’s Population, Immigration and Borders Authority largely honored that decision for nine years.

Mika and Maureen Velasco being arrested in August 2020 (United Children of Israel, courtesy)

Then, in spring 2019, immigration officials started notifying caregivers whose visas had run out that they were slated for deportation.


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Another mainstream interview from NZ’s ‘vaccinologist’ telling us (again) very little of any substance about the adverse reactions

“Deaths of people who had Covid vaccination ‘no cause for concern’”
says Helen Petousis-Harris …

Listen at the link:

We have here NZ’s esteemed *vaccinologist Helen Petousis-Harris who a year ago before the lockdowns told us covid was a souped up flu, then not so long ago that not a single death had occurred post vaccine, and of course with any of those so called ‘rare’ adverse reactions … there is no proof of causality (‘no proof’ being the operative words here). Now we have another brief interview. Here’s a sample of her vague statements:

We must report adverse reactions but not necessarily because the vax causes events… of course we see deaths afterwards … to establish the cause of a reaction/death there are a whole lot of processes that occur … we’re going to see lots and lots of reports … a lot of things are happening by chance … so far this vaccine is looking incredibly safe …. hmmm. Do listen to the entire interview.

So here Petousis-Harris waffles on with nothing much of substance I feel. When asked the very pertinent questions about how concerned the public should be about reporting, or how reassured we can be that the ‘expected’ deaths are being investigated we get terms like ‘a whole lot of processes’ happen. Nothing about numbers, which profession will be investigating, how, what time frame and so on. To date all we seem to hear is that the deceased are buried, with no reassuring reports (that I’ve seen yet) citing facts and figures as to why the death after the vaccine was not caused by it. We are of course expected to just believe it was not. In NZ we are told to look to our ONE source of truth… the government.

What we do hear is the media reporting quite soon after the event (and surely before the possibility of any full investigation) a firm statement that it’s all good and it wasn’t the vaccine. This came soon after two recent NZ deaths that were reported. Where are the full investigations please? Not just a brief statement from the ‘medical professionals involved’. That’s too internal for my liking. We need full independent reports. This really is becoming a case of ‘the king’s new clothes’. Far too many incidents to be written off as coincidence.

NZ will apparently not be releasing full details until July of the reporting as it occurs with the VAERS reports from the US.

And on that note please do visit the @Welcometheeagle88 video channel. He has been examining and analyzing (as best he can) the many thousands of adverse event reports in the US. Quite an eye opener. Remember, less than 1% even report so those already very high figures represent only that proportion of the public. (See our ‘news’ page, right hand column, for graphics indicating deaths & other adverse reactions to date in UK, Europe & the US. Click on those images to take you to the related article).

Note: *The term ‘vaccinologist’ “A nascent field of expertise related to the creation and deployment of vaccines; the field ‘borrows’ from epidemiology, immunology, infectious disease, pediatrics, preventive medicine, public health, virology”


Utah’s Chief Medical Examiner says proving vaccine injury as a cause of death almost never happens

The astonishing response by NZ ‘vaccine expert’ Petousis-Harris to her claim that there’s been ‘not a single death’ attributed to the new COVID vaccine

“SARS & MERS were set up to kill a lot more people” said the NZ vaccinologist … was that a Freudian slip?

Note: since google now shadow bans truth on these issues please do share our articles ‘for the greater good’. By independent social media particularly as FB basically now allows nothing of any substance about the casualties. Or share by email. And thank you to all of you who send emails of appreciation. All thankfully received & very much valued. EWR


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Arab riots challenge private Jewish ownership rights in Jerusalem

May 10, 2021 by David Singer

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Tension between Arabs and Jews in Jerusalem has reached boiling point as Arab riots erupt threatening the postponement of Court-ordered evictions of Arab squatters from Jewish-owned houses in the area known as Sheikh Jarrah.

The facts – as is usual in the Arab-Jewish conflict – are lost in a welter of Arab and international condemnation comprising wildly unsubstantiated claims of unlawful dispossession of Arabs and denial of their property and legal rights.

NGO Monitor describes the current situation as dispassionately and factually as it can:

On February 10, 2021, the Jerusalem District Court upheld an October 2020 Jerusalem Magistrate Court decision, requiring a number of Sheikh Jarrah residents to vacate properties they are living in by May 2, 2021. Following this decision, the residents appealed to the Supreme Court. The Court has given the two sides until May 6, to report if they have reached a compromise to settle out of court.

These developments have been the source of extensive NGO campaigning- particularly by the Palestinian group, Al-Haq- including submissions to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and to UN officials, alleging that the court order and the expected forcible removal represent war crimes.

Such claims and campaigns distort, obfuscate, and erase the facts of the case, as litigated over 50 years in multiple Israeli courts.

Israel’s Supreme Court in 2009 had determined:

  • The land in question “was owned by Chief Rabbi (Hacham Bashi) Avraham Ashkenazi and Chief Rabbi Meir Orbach until the War of Independence [1948], after they purchased it in 1875 from its Arab owners.”
  • Subsequently, two Jewish organizations, Va’ad Eidat HaSfaradim and Va’ad HaKlali L’Knesset Yisrael, worked to register the land with British Mandatory government in 1946.
  • The properties were registered with Israeli authorities under these two organizations’ names in 1973 and were later sold to the Nahalat Shimon organization in 2003.

The land encompassed the site of the tomb of Shimon Hatzadik – a third century BCE High Priest – also known as Simeon the Just. 

This chain of Jewish ownership and the reverence shown by Jews for one of their religious luminaries buried there – by visiting and praying at his tomb – was interrupted by certain events that happened in 1956 – after Sheikh Jarrah had been invaded and conquered in 1948 by Transjordan which expelled all the Jews living there and did not let them return to their homes or pray at Simeon’s tomb.

Sheikh Jarrah was included in the conquered territory unified with Transjordan in 1950 and renamed Jordan.

In 1956 – Jordan in cooperation with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) housed 28 families of Palestinian refugees as tenants in a compound built on the lands of the two Jewish trusts – managed after 1948 by the Jordanian “Custodian of Enemy Property.”

Jordan lost control of Sheikh Jarrah to Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War.

In 1972 the Israeli Custodian General ordered that the properties be released and registered under the ownership of the Jewish trusts and that their occupants pay rent.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry has issued a statement accusing the Palestinian Authority of “presenting a real estate dispute between private parties, as a nationalistic cause, in order to incite violence in Jerusalem,” adding that Ramallah would bear responsibility for any violence that ensued.

Jewish settlement in Sheikh Jarrah is indeed the work of private Jewish entities using legal procedures to reclaim their private property rights.

Refusing to accept the decisions of Israel’s Supreme Court is a sure recipe for disaster.

Arabs rioting and inciting violence can never replace the rule of law or help end the 100 years-old unresolved Arab-Jewish conflict.

David Singer is a Sydney lawyer and a foundation member of the International Analysts Network

Author’s note: The cartoon — commissioned exclusively for this article — is by Yaakov Kirschen aka “Dry Bones”- one of Israel’s foremost political and social commentators — whose cartoons have graced the columns of Israeli and international media publications for decades.


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WARNING: New World Health Organization Group to Plan Health and the Economy of the Entire World

WARNING: New World Health Organization Group to Plan Health and the Economy of the Entire World
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by tts-admin | May 8, 2021 | 9 comments

The World Health Organization is convening eleven “leading” figures in economics, health and development from around the world as the first members of the WHO Council on the Economics of Health For All.

This is an extremely dangerous development.

Remember the WHO played a lead role in advising globally on the lockdowns that occurred as a result of a virus, COVID-19, that is not a serious threat to over 99% of the population.

Now they appear to want to expand their authoritarian reach with a group of “experts” that are extremely radical leftists.

The chairwoman of the all-female group is Professor Mariana Mazzucato who has stated the world may be forced into “climate lockdowns

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Three reasons why inflation is rising. Two of them aren’t going away, by Simon Black


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Daughter learns to forgive but not forget mother’s involvement in cult

In early summer 1978, Ronit Plank stood inside Newark International Airport saying goodbye to her mother as she boarded a plane to India. Plank was just six years old at the time and had no idea that the moment would change her life forever.

Plank’s divorced mother claimed she was off to spend a couple of months at Indian spiritual leader Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh‘s ashram in Pune, and would be back by the end of summer to pick up Ronit and her younger sister Nava to return with them to their home in Seattle. In the meantime, the girls would stay with their father and his girlfriend in New Jersey. (Plank refrained from using her parents’ names in the book to protect their privacy.)

However, Plank’s mother did not return as promised. She stayed at the ashram, only to return after a year to the United States to care for her dying mother.

“I truly believe she returned only because her mother had cancer. I never once heard from her that she came back because of her daughters. We were never on her mind when she was there,” Plank said of her mother, who later returned to the cult.

‘When She Comes Back’ by Ronit Plank (Motina Books)

Plank, 48, begins her new memoir, “When She Comes Back,” with that fateful moment at the airport, which was to shape her relationship with her mother — and her own life — for decades to come. The book is published on May 11.

Unlike those who took an objectively curious interest in the six-episode 2018 Netflix series, “Wild Wild Country,” Plank could only watch it through a personal lens. The documentary series was about the escalating conflict between Rajneesh’s cult and the local residents of Antelope, Oregon. In the early 1980s, the cult established its new headquarters nearby and ultimately took over the town, renaming it Rajneeshpuram.

It was a story of a guru, also known as “Osho,” who captivated the minds of well-educated Westerners with an odd and exploitative combination of Eastern spirituality, capitalism, and sexual freedom. But it was also a tale of sinister criminal acts by cult leaders that included illegal wiretapping, attempted murder, and a bioterror attack on an American city.

“The draft of my book was done, but I was still working on it when ‘Wild Wild Country’ came out. Watching it was so weird. I knew I had to get the book out as soon as possible because my story was now timely and relevant,” Plank said in an interview with The Times of Israel from her home in Seattle.

Plank was among those who criticized the series for omitting critical information. This included the cult’s reported negligent behavior toward children, as well as sexual assault by cult members on women and children, and a near-prohibition against procreating. Rajneesh was against nuclear family relationships, which could tempt sannyasins (followers) to leave the cult for a more conventional and stable life.

“‘Wild Wild Country’ ignores, for instance, the sterilization and vasectomies that sannyasins were strongly encouraged to undergo because, as my mother explained to me, Bhagwan felt that children hindered enlightenment,” Plank wrote in an article for The Atlantic.

Plank also called out “Wild Wild Country” for ignoring the impact on the family members left behind by people who went off and joined the cult, some of them abandoning their children.

Ronit Plank (right) and her sister Nava with their mother on a weekend visit with her in New York. Her mother is wearing clothes in the colors worn by the Rajneesh ‘sannyasins’ (followers), and a ‘mala’ (beaded necklace) with the photo of cult leader Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. (Courtesy)

Plank’s mother claimed that she was never aware of any of the nefarious activities within the cult, especially when she returned to the cult a second time — this time to Oregon just six months before Rajneeshpuram closed down in 1985.

“She said she was living her best life there. She still maintains it wasn’t a cult and that she was not brainwashed in any way. She said she never saw anything you see in the Netflix series. She claimed to have never been in the inner circle,” Plank said.

“I truly believe she wouldn’t have left Oregon if the place had not closed,” she added.

The author attributes her mother’s attraction to Rajneesh’s cult, and to the self-actualization quasi-religion EST, to her search for love and belonging in groups. She did not get these from her family while growing up in New York, and particularly not from her mother.

Four-year-old Ronit Plank with her mother at her going-away party at the Children’s House at Kibbutz Lahav, Israel, 1976. (Courtesy)

Plank’s life could have turned out very differently had her parents remained — whether married or divorced — on Kibbutz Lahav, where they  initially started their family. It was a place that met Plank’s mother’s need for a tight-knit, supportive community.

The couple met in 1967 at a Zionist farm in New Jersey and immigrated to Israel a year later. They married in 1968, and Plank was born four years later. In “When She Comes Back,” Plank shares fond memories of her early years on the kibbutz, and of her mother’s happiness there. The fly in the ointment was her father’s affairs with European volunteers and discomfort with communal life.

Ronit Plank (right) and her sister Nava in Seattle, 1978. (Courtesy)

When Plank was four, the family left Israel for Seattle, where her father had lined up a job. But within a short time, her parents divorced and her father moved across the country to New Jersey. Overwhelmed by single parenthood and with no family and few friends nearby, Plank’s mother sought belonging among local Rajneeshees. She often brought her young daughters along to meditation sessions, leaving them to fend for themselves among the adults. Other times, she would shut herself in her bedroom, listening to tapes of the Bhagwan’s sermons.

Plank said that her mother has never really told her what her life was like at the ashram in India or at Rajneeshpuram in Oregon.

“It’s opaque. Bhagwan has been a specter hovering over my entire life. I sensed a feeling of reticence and removal in my mother when she returned that remained for many years,” Plank said.

Plank’s father was left to raise his daughters alone, save for a few years when Plank’s mother lived in New York and saw the girls on weekends. She did not show up at Plank’s bat mitzvah.

Ronit Plank (center) with her father and her sister Nava at Ronit’s bat mitzvah celebration at the Free Synagogue of Flushing, NY in 1985. (Courtesy)

“My father was nurturing. That is definitely where my sister and I learned to be good parents,” the author said.

Much of “When She Comes Back” deals with Plank’s experience growing up in a cockroach-infested apartment in Queens with her father and sister. As the eldest daughter, she became the woman of the household, taking care of chores and becoming her father’s de facto partner. It was a role she came to resent as a young teenager. She was glad when her father remarried.

“I was relieved when Judy [who is now divorced from Plank’s father] came into our life. Someone could take over so I could be a child again,” Plank said.

After Plank married and became a mother herself, she came to realize that many of her emotional issues stemmed from her past, and her relationship with her mother in particular. Much psychotherapy and introspection helped.

“My relationship with my mother has strengthened over the years, but I always felt the ground could shift at any moment,” Plank said.

Ronit Plank (Mandee Rae)

“I finally realized that my mom left because of her, and not me. I never felt I was okay just as I was. Now I accept myself more and am better at communicating with people,” she said.

It has helped that Plank feels her mother is now more present in their conversations and more willing to answer her questions.

“I have more trust that my mom won’t run away. I don’t need to be on the attack anymore,” Plank said.

In what can only been viewed as a happy ending, Plank and her mother now live close to one another in Seattle and are in regular contact. According to Plank, her mother is an excellent grandmother to her children.

Plank’s father splits his time between New York and Seattle, and the entire family gathers on Friday evenings for Shabbat dinner.

In an interesting twist, Plank’s father often reminisces about the family’s time on the kibbutz.

“There is no question that I would be a very different person had we stayed in Israel,” Plank said.


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Elon Musk Claims to Have Asperger’s Syndrome While Hosting ‘SNL’

Tesla CEO and SpaceX founder Elon Musk claimed that he has Asperger’s syndrome while hosting Saturday Night Live on Saturday.

“I’m actually making history tonight as the first person with Asperger’s to host ‘SNL’ — or at least the first to admit it,” Musk said during his monologue. “So I won’t make a lot of eye contact with the cast tonight. But don’t worry, I’m pretty good at running ‘human’ in emulation mode.”

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“I’d first like to share with you my vision for the future,” the SpaceX founder continued. “I believe in a renewable energy future. I believe that humanity must become a multiplanetary space-bearing civilization. Those seem like exciting goals, don’t they?”

Musk also joked about how people find his tweets questionable at times, and poked fun at the monotone style in which he speaks.

“Look, I know I sometimes say or post strange things, but that’s just how my brain works,” Musk said. “To anyone I’ve offended, I just want to say, I reinvented electric cars, and I’m sending people to Mars on a rocket ship. Did you think I was also going to be a chill, normal dude?”

“A lot of times, people are reduced to the dumbest thing they ever did, like, one time, I smoked weed on Joe Rogan’s podcast, and now, all the time, I hear, ‘Elon Musk, all he ever does is smoke weed on podcasts,’ like I go from podcast to podcast, lighting up joints,” Musk added.

“It happened once,” the Tesla CEO quipped. “It’s like reducing O.J. Simpson to ‘murderer.’ That was one time.”

Saturday night may have been the first time Musk has ever publicly admitted to having the mild form of autism spectrum disorder, according to a report by Associated Press.

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Brother of Bears Star Tarik Cohen Found Dead at Electrical Substation

Tyrell Cohen, twin brother of NFL star Tarik Cohen, was found dead at an electrical substation in Raleigh, North Carolina, after he reportedly entered the facility while fleeing the police.

The body of Tyrell Cohen, 25, was identified by members of the Wake County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday.

Cohen was reported missing on Saturday night after he did not return home. Tarik Cohen made several social media posts asking for help locating his brother.

According to WRAL:

Shortly after 9 a.m. Sunday, Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker stated that deputies responded to the Duke Power substation near Lead Mine and Six Forks Roads, after an employee discovered the body of a man inside the substation’s perimeter. It’s believed Cohen died of electrocution while attempting to climb some of the equipment.

The Raleigh Police Department and State Highway Patrol attempted to locate Cohen before calling off the search. It’s believed that Cohen entered the perimeter of the substation while fleeing from law enforcement.

A family member filed a missing person’s report with the Raleigh Police Department Saturday night, after Cohen failed to return home. Raleigh Police resumed the search this morning, after the report was filed. Duke Energy personnel also assisted law enforcement.

This is not the first of Tarik Cohen’s brothers to fall victim to tragedy in recent years. His younger brother, Dante, was shot and paralyzed from the waist down in 2019.


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Between the Lines: Congressional Report Finds US Sanctions to Blame for Venezuela Crisis

May 04th, 2021

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CARACAS, VENEZUELA — Venezuela was once one of the most prosperous countries in Latin America. The popular classes enjoyed major advances from the Bolivarian Revolution initiated by Hugo Chávez. Today Venezuela is experiencing an unprecedented economic crisis with severe humanitarian consequences.

The U.S. government blames the crisis on the mismanagement and corruption of the Venezuelan government headed by Nicolás Maduro. The Venezuelan government faults the U.S. and its allies for imposing sanctions, unilateral coercive measures illegal under international law.

An official U.S. Congressional Research Service report entitled “Venezuela: Background and U.S. Relations,” issued April 28, suggests the Venezuelan government has valid arguments that it is being strangled by U.S. sanctions. According to the report:

It is difficult to attribute precisely the extent of Venezuela’s economic collapse that is due to U.S. sanctions versus broad economic mismanagement. A February 2021 Government Accountability Office report asserted that ‘sanctions, particularly on the state oil company in 2019, likely contributed to the steeper decline of the Venezuelan economy.”’The Maduro government has defaulted on all its bonds, and U.S. sanctions prohibit debt restructuring with creditors.

Reverse-engineering history

The Congressional Research Service report provides a brief revision of history to fit an imperialist narrative produced to justify the hybrid war to achieve regime change in Venezuela. Hence the U.S.-backed coup in 2002, when the U.S. government welcomed a “return to democracy,” is euphemistically referred to as President Chávez’s “brief ouster from power.”

The subsequent employers’ lockout in 2002-2003, designed to economically cripple the government and cause its fall, is called an “oil workers’ strike.” The lethally violent guarimbascalculated to overthrow the elected Maduro government, are called “student-led” protests.

While in all the above instances, the U.S. role in events is rendered invisible, the report describes how “Congress has provided funding to support democratic civil society in Venezuela,” which is Washington’s duplicitous shorthand for regime-change programs.Media Completely Ignore American Secret Agent’s Trial for Terrorism in VenezuelaOne might think that a supposedly innocent American citizen on trial for terrorism inside a hostile enemy country, facing decades behind bars in Venezuela’s notorious prisons, would spark a nationwide media furor.MintPress News Alan Macleod | Feb 26

The report continues: “For more almost [sic] two decades, the U.S. has provided democracy-related assistance to Venezuelan civil society through the U.S. Agency for International Development and the National Endowment for Democracy (the former through its appropriately named Office of Transition Initiatives)…. For FY2021, the Administration requested…$200 million to support transition in Venezuela.”

In January 2019 the U.S. and its allies ceased to recognize Maduro as Venezuela’s legitimate president after then-National Assembly Leader Juan Guaidó, who had never run for national office, “announced he was willing to serve as interim president.” Guaidó’s coup attempts are euphemistically described as “high-profile but ultimately unsuccessful efforts to encourage security forces to abandon Maduro.”

Even the U.S. allies that have recognized Guaidó, “oppose military intervention in Venezuela and have expressed concerns about the humanitarian effects of broad sanctions,” according to the report, which laments: “The Venezuelan government has made it difficult for Venezuelans to obtain a valid passport and therefore legal status outside the country.” The difficulty, conveniently omitted from the report, is that when a foreign state expels the legitimate Maduro representatives and installs Guaidó’s, Caracas is left with no means of conducting normal embassy activities.

Economic crisis

Key in the hybrid war to achieve regime change in Venezuela are economic sanctions. The report forthrightly describes:

[the] multiyear economic crisis, one of the worst economic crises in the world since World War II: [Venezuela’s] economy has contracted by more than 75% since 2014, estimated as the single largest economic collapse outside of war in at least 45 years and more than twice the magnitude of the Great Depression in the U.S.

Imports — which Venezuela relies on for most consumer goods — have fallen by almost 95% since 2013. The country faces shortages of critical food and medicine.

Contrary to the official narrative that Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution is the root cause of the country’s economic woes, the report admits: “The trigger for Venezuela’s economic crisis was the crash in world oil prices in 2014.” It goes on to explain how U.S. sanctions confounded the Venezuelan government’s efforts to address this crisis:

Piecemeal efforts to address the crisis, including price controls and the creation of a new digital currency, the petro, were ineffective [because they were blocked by the U.S. government]. Some initiatives, such as restructuring debt or bringing the government budget into balance, were pledged and then abandoned [again prevented by the U.S. government sanctions].

Subsequent rounds of U.S. sanctions targeting the government, central bank, and gold sectors, as well as limiting Venezuela’s access to the U.S. financial system, likely exacerbated economic pressures in Venezuela. With private creditors unwilling and unable (due to sanctions) to purchase new Venezuelan debt, the Maduro government routinely turned to its main international financial backers — China, Russia, and more recently, Iran — but China and Russia are increasingly reluctant to extend further assistance [due to secondary sanctions].Venezuela Sanctions Feature photo

A man waits to unload bags of basic food staples provided by a government food assistance program in Caracas, April 10, 2021. Photo | AP

The sanctions are not just against Venezuela but affect other countries, amounting to a blockade:

The sanctions framework also prohibited non-U.S. entities from transacting with PdVSA [the Venezuelan state-owned oil company] in U.S. dollars and made non-U.S. entities subject to having their U.S. property blocked, should it be determined that they materially assisted PdVSA…

Under the sanctions framework, Treasury also has sanctioned numerous individuals, vessels, and companies involved in trading and shipping Venezuelan oil. This progressive application of sanctions — designed to prevent export and sale of oil produced in Venezuela — has made it more difficult, though not impossible, for PdVSA to complete petroleum sales and export transactions.

Venezuela’s dilemma: patria o muerte

The U.S. government imposes the choice on Venezuela – in the words of the Latin American revolutionary slogan – of patria o muerte (homeland or death). In the period 2017-2018 alone, some 40,000 deaths were attributed to the sanctions. And that was pre-COVID and before the most devastating sanctions fully took effect.

In a weaponization of the pandemic, the U.S. took advantage of the health vulnerability to make conditions even worse, according to the report:

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic further exacerbated the economic challenges facing the Venezuelan government… Fuel shortages, exacerbated by the end of U.S.-licensed oil for diesel swaps in the fall of 2020, reportedly have made food distribution and humanitarian aid delivery more challenging. 

Noting that “it is unclear how Venezuela’s economy can rebuild in the absence of a significant reorientation of economic policies,” the report calls for the abandonment of the Bolivarian social project and adoption of an IMF structural adjustment program, which would remove price controls on vital necessities, privatize banks, and fully open the economy to the dictates of international finance.

“The economic crisis, now exacerbated by the pandemic,” the report coldly explains, “has been devastating for its citizens, with no clear or quick resolution on the horizon in the absence of a resolution to the concurrent political crisis.” The “political crisis” is the U.S. regime-change program designed to subjugate Venezuela.

“Although sanctions do not seem to be physical warfare weapons,” the Lancet (3/18/20 as quoted by FAIR) noted, “they are just as deadly, if not more so. Jeopardizing the health of populations for political ends is not only illegal but also barbaric.”

No good deed…

The findings in the congressional report are a recommended counterpoint to those of the corporate media, such as CNN, which anguish over the dire conditions in Venezuela but obscure the major perpetrator. Ditto for leftish analysts such as Chris Gilbert, who writes: “The silent event that shook Venezuela in 2015-16 involved an abrupt return to capitalist normality. At about that time Maduro’s government decided to step back from interventions in the economy.” Left out of Gilbert’s picture is the fact that U.S. sanctions were imposed on Venezuela at precisely that time.

If the U.S. government’s propaganda is correct that the current crisis is due to Maduro’s mismanagement and corruption, then illegal and inhumane sanctions would not be needed to dislodge the “regime.” Conversely, given that the sanctions and accompanying blockade are so overwhelming, the impacts of mismanagement and corruption would be difficult to parse out. In fact, the report says, “data suggest that production declines accelerated following sanctions targeting Venezuela’s oil sector.”I Observed Venezuela’s Elections: Here’s What the US Media Got WrongRick Sterling traveled to Venezuela as part of a group of election observers and says that some in the US media have gotten the story seriously wrong.MintPress News Rick Sterling | Jan 12

The one sure conclusion is that the U.S. is punishing the Venezuelans for the good things (such as poverty reduction, documented in the report) and not the bad. Otherwise, demonstrable narco-states like Colombia and Honduras, which are guilty of manifest human rights violations, would be treated like Venezuela, and Venezuela would be the largest recipient of U.S. aid.

The Congressional Research Service report concludes:

The failure to dislodge Maduro from power demonstrated the limits of U.S. and other international efforts to prompt political change in Venezuela. Unilateral U.S. policies, such as oil sanctions, arguably worsened the humanitarian crisis in the country and caused divisions within the international coalition that once backed Guaidó.

In other words, despite inhumane sanctions by the U.S. and its allies, the Bolivarian Revolution has endured because of its popular support.

Feature photo | In this March 3, 2021 file photo, youths who cull through trash for items to resell ride on the back of a garbage truck entering the Pavia landfill on the outskirts of Barquisimeto, Venezuela. Ariana Cubillos | AP

Roger D. Harris is with the human rights organization Task Force on the Americas.

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect MintPress News editorial policy.


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Trump Suspended … Again! Big Tech Becomes Big Brother

Facebook’s Regulatory Board has upheld former President Donald Trump’s suspension but acknowledged that Facebook itself shirked its responsibility and was unclear in its rules. This is another example of Big Tech exerting its bias and meddling in politics, hiding under Section 230.

Hosted by the two-time Emmy-nominated actor and singer-songwriter Beau Davidson, The Beau Show addresses issues affecting everyone and invites conversation and critical thinking, normally unseen in mainstream media.

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Monday, May 10, 2021: Epoch Crossword

‘Infiltrator’, ‘Hot air’, ‘Imposing’, ‘Honey drinks’, ‘Many “experts”‘, ‘Vandalize’, ‘Tender spots’, ‘Vote for’, ‘Urchins’, ‘Scale notes’, ‘Hills dweller’, and ‘Women, slangily’ are some of the clues in this crossword puzzle from the May 10, 2021 edition of The Epoch Times newspaper.


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US Government Working to Aid Top Fuel Pipeline Operator After Cyberattack

The White House was working closely with top U.S. fuel pipeline operator Colonial Pipeline on Sunday to help it recover from a ransomware attack that forced the company to shut a critical fuel network supplying populous eastern states.

The attack is one of the most disruptive digital ransom schemes reported and has prompted calls from American lawmakers to strengthen protections for critical U.S. energy infrastructure from hacking attacks.

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said the pipeline fix was a top priority for the Biden administration and Washington was working to avoid more severe fuel supply disruptions by helping Colonial restart as quickly as possible its more than 5,500-mile pipeline network from Texas to New Jersey.

“It’s an all hands on deck effort right now,” Raimondo said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” program. “We are working closely with the company, state and local officials, to make sure that they get back up to normal operations as quickly as possible and there aren’t disruptions in supply.”

Colonial said on Sunday its main fuel lines remain offline but some smaller lines between terminals and delivery points are now operational. Neither Raimondo nor the company gave an estimate for a full restart date and Colonial declined further comment on Sunday.

U.S. gasoline futures jumped more than 3 percent to $2.217 a gallon, the highest since May 2018, as trading opened for the week and market participants reacted to the closure.

Colonial transports roughly 2.5 million barrels per day of gasoline and other fuels from refiners on the Gulf Coast to consumers in the mid-Atlantic and southeastern United States.

Its extensive pipeline network serves major U.S. airports, including Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson Airport, the world’s busiest by passenger traffic.

A Charlotte Douglas International Airport spokesperson said the airport had supply on-hand and was “monitoring the situation closely,” adding that the complex is supplied by another major pipeline as well as Colonial.

Retail fuel experts including the American Automobile Association said an outage lasting several days could have significant impacts on regional fuel supplies, particularly in the southeastern United States.

During previous Colonial outages, retail prices in southeastern states have risen substantially.

Offices of governors in several of the U.S. states most vulnerable to fuel shortages—including Tennessee, Georgia and Maryland – were not immediately available for comment.

Cybercriminals Suspected

While the U.S. government investigation is in the early stages, a former U.S. official and three industry sources said the hackers are suspected to be a professional cybercriminal group called DarkSide.

DarkSide is one of many ransomware gangs extorting victims while avoiding targets in post-Soviet states. The groups gain access to private networks, encrypt files using software, and often also steal data.

They demand payment to decrypt the files and increasingly ask for additional money not to publish stolen content.

In the Colonial attack, the hackers took more than 100 gigabytes of data, according to a person familiar with the incident.

As the FBI and other government agencies worked with private companies to respond, the cloud computing system the hackers used to collect the stolen data was taken offline Saturday, the person said.

Colonial’s data did not appear to have been transferred from that system anywhere else, potentially limiting the hackers’ leverage to extort or further embarrass the company.

Cybersecurity firm FireEye is among those dealing with the attack, industry sources said. FireEye declined to comment. Colonial said it was working with a “leading, third-party cybersecurity firm,” but did not name the firm.

Messages left with the DarkSide hackers were not immediately returned. The group’s dark website, where hackers regularly post data about victims, made no reference to Colonial Pipeline.

Colonial declined to comment on whether DarkSide hackers were involved in the attack, when the breach occurred or what ransom they demanded.

Biden Briefed on Hack

President Joe Biden was briefed on the cyberattack on Saturday morning, the White House said, adding that the government was working to try to help the company restore operations and prevent supply disruptions.

Senator Bill Cassidy (R-La.) who sits on the Energy Committee, said lawmakers are prepared to work more with privately held critical infrastructure companies to guard against cyberattacks.

“The implication for this, for our national security, cannot be overstated. And I promise you, this is something that Republicans and Democrats can work together on,” he said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Another fuel pipeline serving the same regions carries a third of what Colonial does. Any prolonged outage would require tankers to transport fuels from the U.S. Gulf Coast to East Coast ports.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is issuing a temporary hours of service exemption to truckers transporting refined products to 17 southern and east coast states including Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey and New York.

Complicating the fallback plans, according to one industry source familiar with the federal response, was that the ranks of fuel-truck drivers for the main road transportation companies, which could pick up some of the pipeline volume, are down by 25 percent or more because of coronavirus infections.

Oil refining companies contacted by Reuters over the weekend said their operations had not yet been impacted. Some were working to find alternative transport for customers.

The privately held, Georgia-based company is owned by CDPQ Colonial Partners L.P., IFM (US) Colonial Pipeline 2 LLC, KKR-Keats Pipeline Investors L.P., Koch Capital Investments Company LLC and Shell Midstream Operating LLC.

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One person dead in shooting at Canada’s Vancouver International Airport, police looking for suspects

Canadian police are looking for a suspect or suspects after one person was shot dead in broad daylight outside the main terminal of Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, British Columbia.

“A man was shot and killed this afternoon near the domestic departure terminal [of Vancouver International Airport]. Media availability later this evening in Richmond,” the Canadian Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) tweeted on Sunday.

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The statement followed reports of police and paramedics responding to a shooting incident at the airport. It was soon announced that the situation had been contained. 

Airport officials confirmed that the facility was “open and safe,” and that flights were operating. 

However, while the scene was pronounced no longer active, the shooting suspect or suspects have apparently managed to escape police, with reports saying they fired shots at officers as their vehicle sped away. 

Local media has been posting images of a burnt-out vehicle in Surrey, which they said was believed to be the suspects’ getaway car.

Media speculation suggested that Sunday’s incident was gang-related, with reports claiming that the shooting victim was a “gang member.” 

Gang violence has been on the rise in the Metro Vancouver area, with another highly publicized local incident described just a few posts down on the IHIT Twitter page. A 22-year-old woman named Shana Harris was shot and killed in Surrey in February, and police said in April they believed she was “the unintended victim of a targeted shooting” and not involved with a gang herself.

Canadian police have previously said there had been 15 gang-related killings across Metro Vancouver since the start of 2021.

“New groups have entered into the gang landscape that has resulted in more conflict,” Assistant Commissioner Manny Mann, chief officer of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, told media in late April.

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Utah County Censures Mitt Romney for Trump Impeachment Vote

Weber County GOP censured Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) Saturday during its convention for the senator’s vote to impeach former President Donald Trump earlier this year.

The resolution to censure Romney was passed 116-97 by the members from the Weber County GOP, according to County Party Secretary Jill Koford.

“The Weber County Republican Convention censures Mitt Romney for his votes to convict President Trump in two U.S. Senate impeachment trials,” the resolution read.

The resolution added that the impeachment had “denied the President due process, allowed falsified evidence, did not provide adequate time for an investigation.”

The impeachment “did not follow the U.S. Constitution which states a President may only be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors,” the group stated.

Weber County also added to the resolution in order to thank Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) for protecting the “due process and the US Constitution by voting against the unconstitutional charges.”

Additionally, the resolution thanks Reps. Chris Stewart (R-UT), John Curtis (R-UT), Blake Moore (R-UT), and Burgess Owens (R-UT) for “voting against the Democrats’ politically motivated articles of impeachment.”

The Washington County GOP had also voted to censure Romney in April for his votes to convict Trump in both impeachment trials, according to the DailyMail.

During the Utah GOP convention in early May, Romney was also booed by several attendees. Multiple people in attendance had also shouted out, calling Romney a “communist” and a “traitor.”

During the convention, there was also a vote to censure Romney but it failed to pass statewide 798-711, according to the DailyMail.


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