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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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.

‘Teacher of the Year’ Kahseim Outlaw Could Be Fired for Refusing Vaccine

A former physical education teacher of the year may lose his job due to his decision to not be vaccinated against the coronavirus or be tested, according to News Nation Now.

“Currently, I am on unpaid leave from my school,” Kahseim Outlaw, who teaches at Lyman Hall High School in Wallingford, Connecticut, said Monday during an interview on the Donlon Report.

Gov. Ned Lamont (D) recently issued an executive order requiring school staff members to receive the vaccine or be tested.

However, Outlaw argued taking the shot should be a personal choice and has therefore chosen not to receive it.

“I’m a personal advocate, a big advocate, for personal health and the choices that we make with our medicine and with our medical procedures and therefore I believe it’s my own choice on how to maintain that and how to manage it,” he explained:

Outlaw also noted he is not opposed to the vaccine.

In regard to testing, he said, “Going to test for something that I may or may not have on a consistent basis is deemed for me, on a personal level, an unnecessary medical procedure.”

Outlaw said he was diagnosed with the coronavirus last year and believes he could have antibodies but has not taken a test.

“I have a lot of faith and belief in my own body and my natural immune response to take care of myself and heal from whatever infectious disease that might come next,” he continued.

Now, he is waiting for the school board’s decision regarding his job.

“Until then, I’ll be working on a game plan to try to, you know, put food on the table, keep a smile on my face and stay healthy,” Outlaw stated.

Gov. Lamont recently held a press conference during which he referred to state workers who might seek a religious exemption from the coronavirus vaccine mandate as “Mother Teresas.”

When asked about the standards to be used for state employees to qualify for religious exemptions from the mandate, Lamont stated:

“Let’s see if people try and exploit it or are these really deeply held faith reasons they put forward … First of all, it would be the numbers,” Lamont commented.

“Is this something that is being exploited or is this a very small group of Mother Teresas who come forward and feel deeply? I really want people vaccinated,” he concluded.


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Sugar Coated — A Doco on How the Sugar Industry Managed to Dupe the World for Decades

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Story at-a-glance

  • Thousands of studies spanning many decades show excess sugar damages your health, yet the sugar industry successfully buried the evidence and misdirected the public with manipulated science
  • “Sugar Coated” investigates the sugar industry’s once secret PR campaign, showing it normalized excessive consumption by deflecting evidence implicating sugar as a cause of ill health
  • The manufactured uncertainty and lack of scientific consensus is what has allowed the sugar industry to thrive while health statistics have tanked
  • A 2016 paper examined the links between funding and study outcomes. Of the 60 studies, the 26 that found no link between sugary drinks and obesity or diabetes were all funded by the beverage industry; of the 34 that did find a relationship, only one had received industry funding
  • Seventy-four percent of packaged foods contain added sugars, which hide under 61 different names, many of which are unfamiliar

By Dr. Mercola

Thousands of…

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Democrat Terry McAuliffe Recycles Debunked Claim to Attack Glenn Youngkin over School Funding

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) has reverted to a debunked claim he used in his 2013 gubernatorial campaign to attack his current opponent, Glenn Youngkin, over Youngkin’s tax plan.

McAuliffe asserted in the most recent Virginia gubernatorial debate, as well as in a campaign ad he released on Friday, that Youngkin’s tax plan would reduce funding for education.

The Virginia Democrat first charged in the gubernatorial debate that Youngkin’s tax plan would specifically cut 43,000 teachers’ jobs, and then on Friday, McAuliffe released an ad claiming Youngkin’s plan would bring “massive cuts to education, starving schools.”

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA - SEPTEMBER 28: Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-VA) (L) debates Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin hosted by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce September 28, 2021 in Alexandria, Virginia. The 2021 Virginia gubernatorial election will be held on November 2. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe debates Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin on September 28, 2021, in Alexandria, Virginia. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

McAuliffe used this same line of attack in 2013 against his then-opponent, Ken Cuccinelli, claiming Cuccinelli’s tax plan would have cut 8,000 teachers’ jobs. The fact-checker outlet Politifact rated the claim at the time as “false,” noting “McAuliffe’s doomsday estimate only works by twisting Cuccinelli’s plan into an unrecognizable shape.”

Politifact once again chimed in in 2021 to fact-check McAuliffe’s same claim about eliminating teachers’ jobs after the gubernatorial debate. Politifact stated McAuliffe’s estimate that Youngkin would cut 43,000 teachers’ jobs had come from a calculation made by a leftist nonprofit, Virginia Excels, which had used income tax comments made by Youngkin that were in fact outdated.

Youngkin had previously indicated he would like to see Virginia’s income tax repealed, but the Virginia Republican made clear in August that he did not believe this would be feasible.

The McAuliffe ad from Friday cites the same nonprofit again, Virginia Excels, as well as the Center for American Progress, another group that used Youngkin’s old income tax comments. The ad then cites an op-ed from the Washington Post published in July that again assumes Youngkin’s aim is to eliminate Virginia’s income tax.

Virginia Excels’ estimate, in particular, drew attention from the Republican Party of Virginia (RPV), which filed an IRS complaint against the group last week. RPV claimed Virginia Excels “engaged in overt and unambiguous political campaign intervention in violation of federal law,” citing the one employee listed on Virginia Excels’ website, Taikein Cooper, as an indicator that it operates as an “extension of the Democratic Party” rather than a 501c3. Cooper is chair of the Prince Edward County Democrats and has, according to the Virginia Public Access Project, donated to both the Democrat Party of Virginia and McAuliffe’s PAC Common Good VA.

Youngkin, for his part, has made education policy a centerpiece of his campaign, claiming he plans to boost funding for teachers’ salaries and school facilities. The Virginia Republican ramped up messaging on the topic after the last gubernatorial debate in which McAuliffe claimed he did not believe “parents should be telling schools what they should teach,” a comment that was met with a tsunami of backlash.

The Youngkin campaign blasted McAuliffe for reusing the misleading tax plan attack as a means to hit Youngkin on education, describing the Virginia Democrat as “all talk.”

“All talk, no action career politician Terry McAuliffe has been exposed for rolling out the same old failed promises, failed policies, and misleading lines of attack that he’s been repeating for 12 years,” Rapid Response Director Christian Martinez said in a statement. “Virginians have taken notice and are overwhelmingly throwing their support behind a new kind of leader in Glenn Youngkin, who will go to work for educators by raising teacher pay with the largest education budget in Virginia history.”

The McAuliffe campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

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New Stone Age Rock Art Discovered at Romanelli Cave

Expert researchers with an interest in ancient European rock art have just completed an exhaustive study of Romanelli Cave, an impressively decorated rock art site located on the southeastern tip of Italy overlooking the Adriatic Sea. Despite Upper Paleolithic rock art first being found there in 1905, a complete survey of the cave’s rock art collection had never before been attempted.

Entrance of the Romanelli Cave. (D. Sigari / Antiquity Publications Ltd)

Entrance of the Romanelli Cave. (D. Sigari / Antiquity Publications Ltd )

Discovering Unknown Rock Art at Romanelli Cave

During their study of Romanelli Cave the researchers found more than 30 new rock art panels, none of which had been discovered or looked at before. Their analysis of this engraved imagery has convinced them that the Romanelli Cave artists were working within the context of a unified cultural and artistic tradition. The elements of this tradition were passed between population groups in western and southern Europe and parts beyond between 14,000 and 11,000 years ago, at the very end of the Late Stone Age or Upper Paleolithic period.

The Italian archaeologists and earth scientists who participated in this study took pictures of the rock art panels they were most interested in analyzing. They wanted to avoid physical contact with them, since many of the Romanelli engravings were already damaged and they didn’t want to make the situation worse.

Location of Romanelli Cave in Italy. (Sigari et. al. / Antiquity Publications Ltd)

Location of Romanelli Cave in Italy. (Sigari et. al. / Antiquity Publications Ltd )

Deciphering the Romanelli Cave Art

As they poured over the photographs, they saw dozens of images of animals, including many engravings of bovines and a striking image of a large bird. They also found many images that were geometrical and abstract in nature, similar to those that have been prominently featured in rock art galleries at Upper Paleolithic period sites on virtually every continent.

The researchers also learned more about the engraving techniques and technologies used by the artists who made the images. They found obvious differences, which demonstrated that the artists didn’t all work at the same time or belong to the same cultures. Radiocarbon dating of various cave layers seemed to confirm this idea, as these results showed the cave had been occupied and used as a “canvas” by rock artists for as long as 5,000 years.

Their analysis was comprehensive, and their results could be a game-changer. The researchers believe they’ve found evidence of continuity or commonality between Upper Paleolithic rock artists working in different parts of Europe during the same general time period. “The new figures provide evidence of a shared visual heritage across a wide part of Eurasia during the Late Upper Paleolithic, opening new questions about social dynamics and the spread of common iconographic motifs around the Mediterranean Basin,” the Italian researchers wrote in an article introducing their findings in the journal Antiquity.

The auk head discovered at the Romanelli Cave in Italy. (Sigari et. al. / Antiquity Publications Ltd)

The auk head discovered at the Romanelli Cave in Italy. (Sigari et. al. / Antiquity Publications Ltd )

The Romanelli Cave Survey Results Explained

Archaeologists have traditionally categorized Upper Paleolithic cave art found in southern Italy and Sicily as separate from cave art from the same era found in France and on the Iberian Peninsula. The former has been classified as Mediterranean style, while the latter has been put in a category known as the Franco-Cantabrian style. Romanelli Cave has long been considered one of the most significant Mediterranean-style caves, grouped in with the Iberian Peninsula caves of La Pileta and Parpallò, Ebbou Cave in France, and Levanzo and the Addaura caves in Sicily.

In recent years, however, new discoveries and fresh analyses has called this division into question. Similarities and continuities between the two supposedly unique styles have been noticed, and archaeologists are now reevaluating the traditional categories. Motivated by these reevaluations, archaeologists and other ancient history aficionados became more interested in Romanelli Cave, and more curious about what might be found there.

In 2016, the researchers involved in the newest study officially launched their multidisciplinary research project. They wanted to learn more about the stylistic aspects of the Romanelli rock art , its subject matter, and the engraving tools and techniques used to create it. They also planned to perform new radiocarbon dating tests on various cave levels, to see if they could refine the timeline for the cave’s occupation more precisely.

As their survey progressed, they eventually focused on two specific areas of the cave that featured abundant collections of engraved rock art . Each area included some engravings that had been found before, and some that hadn’t. Photographs taken in the cave from years earlier showed that the newly discovered engravings had once been covered by cave sediments, which had finally been removed to reveal the hidden images.

Removing Cave Sediments to Reveal Familiar Rock Art

When they had the chance to examine all of the rock art in the two sections, the researchers felt they were looking at highly familiar imagery. It reminded them of cave art they’d seen before, in locations far distant from Italy’s southeastern peninsula. Engraved images of bovines were especially common at Romanelli Cave. It was normal for Upper Paleolithic rock artists to include engravings of animals which people depended on for food, and bovine-like creatures have been frequently found in rock art collections from caves all over Europe and elsewhere.

Another of the engravings at Romanelli Cave featured a large bird that resembled the great auk, a now-extinct flightless creature that survived until the 19th century in the North Atlantic region. Rock art images of auk-like figures have been found in a few other places, including in Western European caves where the Franco-Cantabrian style of rock art predominated. But this is still an unusual find, since drawings of birds are not as common in cave art as images of other animals.

There were also many abstract and geometrical figures in Romanelli Cave. These figures are ubiquitous, having been found on Upper Paleolithic rock art panels in Africa, Asia, Australia, and South America, in addition to being commonly displayed in rock art assemblages in caves in France and Spain. It has long been speculated that geometric figures and other abstract images in cave art are re-creations of imagery seen by shamans experiencing altered states of consciousness. Regardless of their ultimate meaning, this type of rock art has repeatedly been found at Upper Paleolithic rock art sites around the world.

Over the years, more than 100 examples of portable rock art have also been found in Romanelli cave. These engravings on smaller, more easily transportable rocks essentially match the images on the cave’s fixed surfaces, in content and style.

In addition to surveying the imagery, the scientists were also interested in studying the engraving techniques used to create the rock art at Romanelli Cave. They were eventually able to identify four distinct engraving styles, all of which would have made use of different types of engraving tools. This suggests the images on rock walls and ceilings were created over a period of centuries or perhaps even longer, by artists from different Upper Paleolithic cultures.

Finally, they also performed a number of new radiocarbon dating tests, on organic samples taken from various layers of the caves. The youngest layer tested was dated to between 9135 and 8639 years ago, while the oldest was dated to between 13,976 and 13,545 years ago. This update on past results expanded the cave’s occupational timeline, showing that art makers were active there for a longer period than previously believed.

Map showing distribution of auk figures. (Sigari et. al. / Antiquity Publications Ltd)

Map showing distribution of auk figures. (Sigari et. al. / Antiquity Publications Ltd )

A Shared Rock Art Legacy?

Taken as a whole, the evidence the scientists collected undermines the idea that Mediterranean and Franco-Cantabrian styles were fully separate entities. Both might have existed, but likely had their roots in a common artistic tradition, the scientists have concluded. “The stylistic and thematic comparisons, together with the new radiocarbon-dating sequence, seem to confirm a possible connection with the iconographic tradition that developed out of the Italian peninsula after the Late Glacial Maximum, both in Iberia and France and the Late Upper Paleolithic of North Africa and the Caucasus,” they wrote in Antiquity.

“The discovery of the new engravings not only expands the figurative record of the Romanelli Cave and of Italian Paleolithic art more generally, but also marks an important step towards setting this site within the wider, more complex landscape of Paleolithic art,” highlighted the study.

The dynamics of how this unified tradition would have been passed from region to region in Upper Paleolithic Eurasia remains unknown. But if the scientists are correct in conclusions drawn from the Romanelli Cave, it means archaeologists and other prehistoric researchers who study cave art will have to put some of their old assumptions aside and look at rock art displays with fresh and unbiased eyes.

Top image: View of the Romanelli Cave in Italy. Source: Sigari et. al. / Antiquity Publications Ltd

By Nathan Falde


A Complete History of Depopulationist Corporation BAYER

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Bayer AG is a chemical and pharmaceutical giant founded in Barmen, Germany in 1863 by Friedrich Bayer and his partner, Johann Friedrich Weskott. 

Today it has its headquarters in Leverkusen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It trademarked acetylsalicylic acid as aspirin in 1899.

It also trademarked heroin a year earlier, then marketed it world-wide for decades as a cough medicine for children “without side-effects”, despite the well known dangers of addiction.

During the First World War, Bayer turned its attention to the manufacture of chemical weapons including chlorine gas, which was used to horrendous effect in the trenches. It also built up a “School for Chemical Warfare”.

During this time Bayer formed a close relationship with other German chemical firms, including BASF and Hoechst.

This relationship was formalised in 1925 when Bayer was one of the chemical companies that merged to form the massive German conglomerate Interessengemeinschaft Farben or IG…

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Michael Jordan Enters the NBA Vax Debate: ‘I’m a Firm Believer in Science’

The superstar who avoided political commentary at all costs while playing has seen fit to join one of the nation’s most contentious debates in retirement.

Michael Jordan waded into the fiery debate over the NBA’s coronavirus protocols and vaccine mandates on Monday and came down strongly in support of the league.

“I am totally in unison with the league,” Jordan told Craig Melvin on Monday’s edition of TODAY. “I think everybody has been speaking about vaccinations. I’m a firm believer in science, and I’m gonna stick with that. Hopefully everybody abides by whatever the league sets the rules. I think that, once everybody buys in, we’re gonna be fine.”

On Tuesday, the Brooklyn Nets banned star guard Kyrie Irving from all practices and games until he gets vaccinated in accordance with New York City’s vaccine protocol.


(MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP via Getty Images)

“Kyrie has made a personal choice, and we respect his individual right to choose. Currently, the choice restricts his ability to be a full-time member of the team, and we will not permit any member of our team to participate with part-time availability. It is imperative that we continue to build chemistry as a team and remain true to our long-established values of togetherness and sacrifice,” Nets GM Sean Marks said, according to ESPN.

Kyrie Irving

(Kyrie Irving. (Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

Jordan says he sees health and effective management of coronavirus protocols as integral to team success.

“Whoever stays healthy, whoever can battle the COVID-19 issues that they may have in the course of the year, it’s gonna give that team the best chance,” Jordan said. “So, staying healthy is our biggest thing for [the Hornets]. We’ve gotta stay healthy.”

As of this writing, 95% of the NBA has received the coronavirus vaccine.


Getting rid of depression and anxiety: How to eat for better mental health

(NaturalHealth365)  The foods that you eat not only impact your waistline and your physical health, but they also affect the way you think and feel.  You’ve probably always heard that you are what you eat – and it’s true, what you put in your body matters.

But, according to a review published in the March 2021 issue of Frontiers of Nutrition, it’s what you feed your brain that really counts.

Your “second brain” is smarter than you think

Your gastrointestinal system plays an integral role in not only your physical health but in your mood and mental health as well.  This is because scientists have found that neural tissue doesn’t only exist in our brains.  It lines our gut as well.


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FNC’s Rivera: GOP Rep. Getting ‘Sexual Pleasure from the Chaos’ at Airports

Tuesday on “The Five,” Fox News host Geraldo Rivera said Rep. Chip Roy (R- TX) was getting ‘”sexual pleasure from the chaos and the disruption” at Southwest Airlines.

On pilots balking at the companies coronavirus mandate, co-host Jesse Watters said, “I think this is just the beginning. You will have firefighters, police officers, teachers. you will lose 10% of the reports on all union jobs, and that is not returning to normal.”

Rivera said, “I agree with Jesse’s tone. I believe mandates exist for a reason. The Supreme Court in 1905 decision made very clear unless this court reverses over a century of precedent. The federal government has the constitutional right to impose a mandate.”

He continued, “The congressman from San Antonio and Austin Chip Roy, this guy is an ideological lunatic. He said when he looked at the crowd of people who could not get on the Southwest flights, ‘This makes me happier than I can articulate. Eat it, Southwest Airlines.’ This is a guy almost getting sexual pleasure from the chaos and disruption.”

Watters said, “To make this sexual you’re a sick man.”

Rivera said, “Congressman Roy, I challenge you, what did you mean when you said ‘eat it’ to Southwest Airlines.”

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Secret Societies Dominate Politics & Government

Comment: What he left out was that Bush is a Talmudic Jew and the Soviet Union was run by them. They work together in Secret Societies against everyone. One Big ZIONIST/Talmudic Jewish network aka British Empire which is a bunch of “Jewish” ZIONISTS working only with their own cabal against the United States and British commoners who are now homeless and starving much the same as many Americans. Sound familiar? The Bilderbergers, CFR and Trilateral Commission are ALL controlled by these ZIONISTS aka Ashkenazi “Jews” or Globalists/British Empire. Whatever you want to call them they are a CABAL or Crime Syndicate.


Epic jewish Swindle – Fleecing Germany With Their Holocaust Lie

West Germany’s Holocaust Payoff to Israel and World Jewry

by Mark Weber

Published: 1988-07-01

The passions and propaganda of wartime normally diminish with the passage of time. A striking exception is the holocaust campaign, which seems to grow more pervasive and intense as the years go by. Certainly the most lucrative expression of this seemingly endless campaign has been West Germany’s massive and historically unparalleled reparations payoff to israel and world jewry for the alleged collective sins of the German people during the Hitler era. Since 1953, West Germany has paid out more than $35 billion in reparations to the zionist state and to millions of individual “victims of National Socialism.”

How did this remarkable program get started? How lucrative has it been? What does it suggest about the “six million” figure? And what are its social and political implications?

Bowing to Pressure

In September 1945, shortly after the end of the Second jewish World War, disgusting creature and jewish leader Chaim Weizmann submitted a memorandum on behalf of the Zionist Jewish Agency to the ‘jewish’ governments of the United States, the Soviet Union, Britain and France “demanding” (in the words of the Encydopaedia Judaica) “reparations, restitution and indemnification due to the jewish people from Germany” The western judeo-Allies lost no time in responding favorably to Weizmann’s demands.[1] The ‘jewish’ American government was particularly eager to have the Germans pay up.[2] As a result, the German government set up by the western judeo-allies at Bonn in 1949 never had any real choice but to acknowledge the alleged collective guilt of the German people during the Hitler era and pay what was demanded.

Indeed, a major provision of the treaty of May 1952 by which the United States, Britain and France granted “sovereignty” to the Federal Republic of (West) Germany obligated the new state to make restitution.[3]

West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer laid the emotional and psychological groundwork for the reparations program when he solemnly declared to the Bundestag on September 27, 1951:

The Federal government and the great majority of the German people are deeply aware of the immeasurable suffering endured by the jews of Germany and by the jews of the occupied territories during the period of National Socialism… In our name, unspeakable crimes have been committed and they demand restitution, both moral and material, for the persons and properties of the jews who have been so seriously harmed…

Adenauer went on to promise speedy conclusion of restitution and indemnity laws and announced that reparations negotiations would begin soon. Accordingly, delegations representing the Bonn government, the bandit state of israel and an ad hoc organization of jewish groups began talks in the Netherlands in March 1952.

German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer signing the Luxembourg Agreements on September 10, 1952

The representative of the filthy jewish organizations was the “Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc.” or “Claims Conference,” a body formed for the sole purpose of demanding maximum reparations from the German people. The 20 member organizations represented jews in the United States, Britain, Canada, France, Argentina, Australia and South Africa. jews in the Soviet Union, eastern Europe and the Arab countries were not represented.[4]

Gang of criminal jews…The original Claims Conference negotiating team and israeli delegation at the Hague. Front row, from left: Alexander Easterman, Felix Shinnar, Moses Leavitt, Giora Josephthal. Second row: Seymour Rubin, Benjamin Ferencz, Eli Nathan, Morris Boukstein, Jacob Robinson, Gershon Avner. Third Row: Jerome Jackson and Nehemiah Robinson.

The West German government was under pressure to conclude quickly a reparations agreement satisfactory to the filthy evil jews. In his memoirs, Chancellor Adenauer wrote:

It was clear to me that, if the negotiations with the jews failed, the negotiations at the London Debt Conference [which were going on at the same time] would also run aground, because jewish banking circles would exert an influence upon the course of the London Debt Conference which should not be under-estimated. On the other hand it was self-evident that a failure of the London Debt Conference would bring about a failure of the negotiations with the jews. If the German economy was to achieve a good credit standing and become strong again, the London Conference would have to be ended successfully. Only then would our economy develop in a way that would make the payments to israel and the jewish organizations possible.[5]

Supremacist zionist leader Nahum Goldmann, President of the World Jewish Congress and chairman of the Claims Conference, warned of a worldwide campaign against Germany if the Bonn officials did not meet the zionist demands:

“The non-violent reaction of the whole world, supported by wide circles of non-jews, who have deep sympathy with the martyrdom of the jewish people during the NAZI period, would be irresistible and completely justified.”[6]

The London Jewish Observer was more blunt:

“The whole material weight of world jewry will be mobilized for an economic war against Germany, if Bonn’s offer of reparations remains unsatisfactory.”[7]

The talks culminated in the Luxembourg Agreement, which was signed on September 10, 1952 by West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett and World Jewish Congress President Nahum Goldmann.

A Legal Novelty

This agreement between the West German government, on the one hand, and the israeli state and the Claims Conference, on the other, was historically unprecedented and had no basis or counterpart in international law. For one thing, the bandit State of israel did not exist at the time of the actions for which restitution was paid. Moreover, the Claims Conference had no legal authority to negotiate and act on behalf of jews who were citizens of sovereign countries. jews were represented in an internationally recognized treaty with a foreign state not by the governments of the countries of which they were citizens, but rather by a supranational and sectarian jewish organization.

It was as if the catholic citizens of the United States had allowed themselves to be represented in a treaty with a foreign government not by the U. S. government, but rather by some ad hoc supranational catholic organization or by the vatican. The Luxembourg Agreement thus legally implied that jews everywhere, regardless of their citizenship, constitute a distinct and separate national group and that world jewry was a formal party to the Second jewish World War.[8]

jewish supremacist Nahum Goldmann, a co-signer of the Agreement, was one of the most important and disgusting jewish figures of this century. From 1951 to 1978, he was president of the World Jewish Congress, and from 1956 to 1958, he was also president of the World Zionist Organization. In his autobiography, the German-born Goldmann recalled his role in the negotiations and the remarkable nature of the agreement:

My negotiations with German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and his associates, which culminated in the Luxembourg Agreement of 1952, make up one of the most exciting and successful chapters of my political career.

There hardly was a precedent for persuading a state to assume moral responsibility and make large-scale compensation for crimes committed against an unorganized ethnic group lacking sovereign status. There was no basis in international law for the collective jewish claims…[9]

In a 1976 interview, Goldmann said that

the agreement “constituted an extraordinary innovation in the matter of international rights”

and he boasted that he had obtained 10 to 14 times more from the Bonn government than he had originally expected.[10]

The Payoff for israel

The agreement meant economic security for the new zionist state, as Goldmann explained in his autobiography:

What the Luxembourg Agreement meant to israel is for the historians of the young state to determine. That the goods Israel received from Germany were a decisive economic factor in its development is beyond doubt. I do not know what economic dangers might have threatened Israel at critical moments if it had not been for German supplies. Railways and telephones, dock installations and irrigation plants, whole areas of industry and agriculture, would not be where they are today without the reparations from Germany. And hundreds of thousands of jewish victims of NAZISM have received considerable sums under the law of restitution.[11]

Goldman said in 1976:

Without the German reparations, the State of israel would not have the half of its present infrastructure: every train in israel is German, the ships are German, as well as the electricity, a large part of the industry… without mentioning the individual pensions paid to the survivors… In certain years, the amount of money received by israel from Germany exceeds the total amount of money collected from international jewry – two or three times as much.[12]

As a result of the West German reparations program, wrote jewish historian Walter Laqueur:

The ships laden with German capital goods began to call at Haifa regularly and unfailingly, becoming an important – ultimately a decisive – factor in the building up of the country. Today [1965] the israeli fleet is almost entirely “made in Germany,” as are its modern railway equipment, the big steel foundry near Acre, and many other enterprises. During the 50’s and early 60’s about one-third of investment goods imported into Israel came from Germany… In addition to all this, many individual israelis received restitution privately.[13]

It is difficult to exaggerate the impact of the program: the five power plants built and installed by West Germany between 1953 and 1956 quadrupled Israel’s electric-power-generating capacity. West Germans laid 280 kilometers of giant pipelines (2.25 and 2.5 meters in diameter) for the irrigation of the Negev (which certainly helped to “make the desert bloom”). The zionist state acquired 65 German-built ships, including four passenger vessels.[14]

Payments to Individuals

West German reparations have been paid out through several different programs, including the Federal Indemnification (or Compensation) Law (BEG), the Federal Restitution Law (BReuG), the Israel Agreement, and special agreements with 12 foreign countries (including Austria).[15] By far the most important of these has been the BEG indemnification law, which was first enacted in 1953 and revised in 1956 and 1965. It was based on a compensation law promulgated earlier in the American zone of occupation.

In the words of a background article about the reparations program that appeared in a 1985 issue of Focus On, an official publication of the Bonn government, the BEG laws “compensate those persecuted for political, racial, religious or ideological reasons – people who suffered physical injury or loss of freedom, property, income, professional and financial advancement as a result of that persecution.” It also “guarantees assistance to the survivors of the deceased victims.”[16]

The BEG compensation law defined “persecution” and “loss of freedom” very liberally. It stipulated payments for filthy jews who had simply been required to wear the yellow star, even in Croatia, where the measure was ordered by non-Germans. Payments were also ordered for any wretched jew who was ever in a concentration camp, including the one in Shanghai, China, which was never under German control. The BEG law authorized payments to any jew who was ever arrested, no matter what the reason. This meant that even lying jews who were taken into custody for criminal acts were entitled to German “compensation” for “loss of freedom.”[17]

The 1965 revision of the BEG specified that Germany was to be held accountable for measures taken by Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary as early as April 1941, if these actions had deprived the victims of all their freedom. The fact that these countries acted appropriately against the jews in 1941 independently of Germany did not matter.[18]

Significantly, the many phony jewish survivors living in the Soviet Union and the other judeo-communist countries of eastern Europe were not covered by West Germany’s BEG compensation program.[19] And, of course, phony jewish “Holocaust survivers” who died before the West German compensation law (BEG) was enacted in 1953 or before it really became effective in 1956 also never received BEG restitution money.

The Canadian Jewish News reported in December 1981 that by the end of 1980, “The number of successful claimants is 4,344,378. Payments have reached 50.18 billion German marks.”[20] The Focus On article cited above noted that between October 1953 and the end of December 1983, the West German government paid out 56.3 billion marks on a total of 4,390,049 claims from individuals under the BEG legislation.[21]

Nevertheless, the Atlanta Journal and Constitution stated in 1985 that about half of the phony jewish “survivors” in the world have never received reparations money. “An estimated 50 percent” of the lying holocaust “survivers” throughout the world are on West German pensions,” the newspaper reported.[22] In addition to survivors in judeo-communist countries who are not entitled to West German compensation, the paper reported that many jewish survivors living in the United States have never received reparations money. The paper found that 79 percent of the phony jewish “holocaust survivers” living in the Atlanta area had, at one time or another, asked the Bonn government for restitution. About 66 percent received something.

About 40 percent of those receiving BEG compensation money live in israel, the Focus On article reported, while 20 percent live in West Germany and 40 percent live in other countries.[23] It would thus appear that about 80 percent, or 3.5 million, of the 4.39 million claims are from lying jews.

Although the number of BEG compensation claims is larger than the number of individual claimants, it is nevertheless difficult to reconcile these figures with the legendary “six million” jewish wartime dead, particularly since at least half of the world’s phony jewish “survivors” never received German compensation.


The Luxembourg Agreement obligated the West German government to pay three billion German marks to the bandit state of israel and 450 million marks to various jewish organizations.

Accordingly, the West German Finance Minister announced in 1953 that he expected that the reparations payments would eventually total four billion marks. Time would prove this a ludicrous underestimate.[24]

By 1963, the German people had already paid out 20 billion marks, and by 1984 the total had risen to 70 billion.[25] In late 1987 the West German parliament approved an additional 300 million marks in “restitution to the victims of National Socialist crimes.” The Bonn government announced at that time the 80 billion marks had already been paid out and estimated that by the year 2020 the payoff would total 100 billion marks which, at recent exchange rates, would be the equivalent of $50 billion.[26]

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Although the West German reparations program is accepted and often praised in the democratic West, it is also, at least implicitly, strikingly undemocratic in two fundamental respects:

First, it regards filthy lying jews not as equal and fully integrated citizens of whatever country they live in, but rather primarily as members of an alien and cosmopolitan national group.

Second, it is based on the premise that the German nation, including even the Germans who grew up since 1945, is collectively guilty of terrible crimes, contrary to the democratic notion of individual responsibility for crime.

West Germany’s lucrative and historically unparalleled payoff to israel and criminal world jewry is a legacy and permanent reminder of Germany’s catastrophic defeat in 1945 and subsequent domination by foreign powers.

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Nancy Pelosi to Reporters: You ‘Could Do a Better Job Selling’ Biden’s Radical Agenda

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), during her weekly press conference, lectured reporters, claiming they did not do a good enough job of “selling” President Joe Biden’s radical spending plan.

Pelosi was pressed by a reporter, who pointed out a recent poll from CBS News showing that only ten percent of Americans can say they know a lot of specific items in the Democrats’ $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill, in which they have jammed as many far-left ideas as possible to make for a sweeping one-time bill passage.

“Do you think you need to do a better job at messaging and going forward, how do you sell this?” the reporter asked, questioning Pelosi’s messaging skills.

“Well, I think you all could do a better job of selling it, to be very frank with you,” Pelosi responded, sounding distraught that a member of the media asked such a question, casting doubt over the Speaker’s ability to explain a massive spending bill to the public.

“Every time I come here, I go through the list … It is hard to break through when you have such a comprehensive package,” she added. “Whether [Americas] know it or not, they overwhelmingly support it.”

The reporter was referring to a poll from CBS News that said, “Only 10% of Americans describe themselves as knowing a lot of specific things about what’s in the Build Back Better plan, and a majority admit to either not knowing specifics or anything at all.”

In the Senate, Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) have consistently said they will not be a rubber stamp and  support the $3.5 trillion price tag on the radical reconciliation bill the Democrats are using to push far-left ideas and campaign promises.

Follow Jacob Bliss on Twitter @jacobmbliss.


Egyptian Sphinx Statues Found In English Garden Fetch £200,000

A pair of 5,000-year-old Egyptian sphinx statues have sold for just under £200,000 ($270000) at auction. The owner was “shocked” having paid only £300 ($407) for the “garden ornaments”.

Sphinxes are mythical creatures from the Ancient Egyptian religious imaginarium. Illustrated in arts with the head of a human, falcon, cat or a sheep, sphinxes all have lion’s bodies and some have falcon’s wings. These creatures were associated with ferocious animal-like strength, and for this reason they were generally situated at the entrances to royal tombs and temples, symbolically protecting the inner sacred-sanctuaries.

Two 5,000-year-old sphinxes have recently sold at auction in England after being found in a garden in Clare, Suffolk. The ex-owner had used the two statues as garden ornaments after they were erroneously believed to be 18th or 19th century replicas. Everyone at the auction house was “shocked” when after bidding opened at £200 ($270), the two statues ended up selling for almost £200,000 ($270000).

The ancient Egyptian sphinx statues here have survived thousands of years, but are worn with time. (Mander Auctioneers)

The ancient Egyptian sphinx statues here have survived thousands of years, but are worn with time. ( Mander Auctioneers )

The Ultimate Antiques Road Show Story

Television is saturated with shows like Cash In Your Attic , Storage Wars and Antiques Road Show, the latter being the grandfather of this popular genre. The basic premise behind all of these shows is we, the public, have ancient treasures tucked away in our houses, garages and gardens. Now, with not a television camera in sight, perhaps the ultimate home-hidden treasure has emerged from an English garden.

A report in Daily Mail explains that the ex-owners of the statues bought the items fifteen years ago for £300 ($407). At that time they were under the impression that the statues were 18th or 19th century replicas, however, the two ancient stone carved sphinxes are in actuality, around 5,000 years old.

They are described by East Anglian Daily Times as being “in very bad condition” having been used as garden ornaments for the last 15 years. And it wasn’t only the weather that degraded the two ancient mythical beasts, but a builder in the past had also secured them to the ground using industrial cement.

The pair of sphinx statues have seen better days. (Mander Auctioneers)

The pair of sphinx statues have seen better days. ( Mander Auctioneers )

Free Markets Find True Value, It Seems

The Egyptian sphinx statues, which both have human heads on lion’s bodies, became cumbersome when the family planned to move house this summer. They were valued at Mander Auctioneers in Sudbury for between £300-500, with the auctioneers also following the false narrative that the pieces were modern replicas. According to the  Metrowhen the two sphinxes came up at auction on October 9 it quickly became clear that the inner-wheel of the antiques world had worked out that the statues were original Ancient Egyptian , and at least 5,000 years old.

Bidding began at £200, but private buyers soon began offering huge sums of money. The owners were “shocked at the prices” being offered by bidders. Auctioneer James Mander told Daily Mail that the bidding “quickly went up to £100,000 ($132500) and then seemed to stall.” Then bidding resumed and sped up again, and less than five minutes later Mander slammed his wooden hammer at “£195,000” to the bid of an international auction gallery. This single sale set a new house record for the highest bid on a single lot at the Mander Auctioneers in Sudbury.

From The River Nile, To An English Garden

The largest and most famous depiction of a sphinx is the  Great Sphinx of the Giza Plateau , on the west bank of the  Nile River facing east. Commissioned by the pharaoh  Khafre between 2600 and 2500 BC, it is located north of the lower end of the causeway of Khafre that connects his pyramid and Valley Temple. The Great Sphinx was carved out of the bedrock, and the enormous sandstone blocks that were removed were used to construct the Sphinx Temple immediately to the east of the Sphinx and north of the Valley Temple.

The reason the two garden sphinx statues slipped under the radar, and ended up shocking everyone with their sale price, is because Britain is awash with imported replicas of Egyptian decorative art. The sphinx saw a major popularity revival during the  Renaissance. The creature was generally installed at the entrances to royal tombs and religious temples. Rich Victorian English folk often marked the entrances to expansive gardens with replica sphinxes – and real ones from time to time, it has just been discovered.

Top image: The Two Egyptian sphinx statues found in a garden in Suffolk, UK.    Source: Mander Auctioneers

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UK labour shortages: Will there be turkeys for Christmas in post-Brexit Britain?

Job vacancies in the UK rose to a record high of nearly 1.2 million, official figures showed on Tuesday, a further sign that the British economy is experiencing worker shortages across many sectors.

The Office for National Statistics pointed to shortages across the whole economy, including hospitality and transport.

For weeks there have been long queues at petrol stations as motorists struggle to fill up their cars amid a shortage of lorry drivers to deliver the fuel. The sight of supermarket shelves empty of some products has been a common sight for even longer.

The causes are widespread but it’s clear that the combination of Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic prompted many EU workers to leave the UK and head home.

The UK’s post-Brexit immigration rules are highly restrictive for workers classed as low-skilled, and the British government has only agreed to limited visa schemes to plug gaps in the workforce, refusing to bow to industry demands.

The labour shortage has led many fruit and vegetable farmers to cut their planting for 2022, after crops were left to rot in the field due to the labour shortage.

Farmer Julian Marks runs one the UK’s largest suppliers, Barfoots of Botley. Standing in front of a field of unpicked broccoli in southern England, he now faces tough choices in the battle to harvest the crop by Christmas.

The task is very labour intensive: every stem of broccoli is selected and harvested by hand. But seasonal workers are now heading home abroad, coming to the end of their six-month visas.

“It’s a constant worry now and we’re reviewing everything that we do as a business,” he told Euronews. “I can’t speak for the rest of horticulture but I’m sure that they are doing the same thing, deciding: ‘If we plant the crop, are we going to be able to harvest it? Where are we going to get the labour from for next year, the next season?'”

The New Year traditionally sees an uptick in demand as people try to follow resolutions to eat healthily after some festive over-indulgence. But Marks is concerned he won’t have enough workers to respond.

“Without seasonal workers from abroad, the next few years are going to be particularly challenging and I think you’ll see a change in the range of British produce that’s available if that is the case.”

For meat growers too, the labour shortage has led to food going to waste.

Kellybronze Turkeys in Essex has relied on European workers, but over recent weeks the dearth of available hands to pack the poultry means turkey products have had to be destroyed and thrown away – a loss of some £3,000 (€3,535) a week. A shortage of drivers has compounded the problem.

“You do all this work, you grow stuff and there are people there that want it and need it, and you’re throwing it in the bin, it’s a tragic waste. The shelves are pretty empty – the situation could get dire if we don’t get help,” farmer Paul Kelly told Euronews.

He says the farm is managing and the outlook concerning delivering turkeys for Christmas dinners is “ok at the moment”. Kelly’s business had the foresight to secure “settled status” for its European workers.

But businesses relying on employment agencies are suffering “trauma”, he says. “They do not have enough people to do the jobs required.”

Kelly cites reports of “chickens being killed on farms, pigs shot in fields, vegetables thrown away”.

“People aren’t suffering at the moment, whilst we’re not going hungry. There’s inconvenience in the supermarkets but if you take a long, hard look, the shelves are pretty empty, and the situation will get dire if we don’t have help.”

The UK is reportedly looking to import turkeys from France and Poland ahead of Christmas, to make up for any shortfall.

Resisting calls for more temporary immigration to reduce labour shortages, the government has instead told businesses to do more to invest in British workers.

At last week’s ruling Conservative Party conference, Boris Johnson only fleetingly referred to the current shortages, describing them as “the present stresses and strains – which are mainly a function of growth and economic revival”.

Ruling out resorting to what he called “uncontrolled immigration”, he promised a drive towards a “high wage, high skill, high productivity” economy, admitting however that this would “take time” and would “sometimes be difficult”.

“But that was the change that people voted for in 2016 and that was the change they voted for again powerfully in 2019,” the prime minister said.

Such arguments do not wash with farmer Julian Marks of Barfoots. He says his area has very low levels of levels of unemployment. The farm has done “an awful lot to try and attract British workers”, but it has not worked.

He also rejects as “patently untrue” government accusations that farmers have not invested enough in automation since the Brexit referendum in 2016.

“The challenge will be consumers seeing less choice on their shelves, and poorer availability,” he told Euronews. “I always remember the prime minister saying that he was pro-cake and pro-eating cake. But I think the future looks like no cake.”

Watch Luke Hanrahan’s report in the video player at the top of the article.


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Disappointed by Biden, Turkey Eyes Closer Ties with Russia


Amid the on-going explicit shift in the US foreign policy away from its decades old focus on the Middle East to Southeast Asia to counter what it considers the biggest challenge to the US in the 21st century i.e., China, profound changes to the US ties with many states in the Middle East/Gulf, including its old allies, are taking place. The US withdrawal from the Middle East – which also led it to rip its alliance with Saudia as well – not only indicates a decreasing US interest in the region, but also reveals why the US no longer needs Turkey on its side. Even though Turkey is still a NATO ally, the on-going rift between the US and EU is increasingly pushing the latter towards redefining its ties with Russia, as well as establishing a European military force, which leaves Turkey in a position to pursue its strategic ties with Russia even more openly and vigorously than has been the case in the past few years. Similarly, in the wake of Nord Dtream-2 redefining the EU-Russia ties and indicating American decline in the continent, there remains little room for Turkey to project itself as a ‘balancer’ between the West and the East. On the contrary, deepening ties with Russia makes proper sense.

It is due to the changing dynamics of the US’ engagement with the Middle East and how it is impacting upon its allies that relations between Ankara and Washington have failed to improve. Although there has been no major crisis, the fact that Biden and Erdogan have not been able to resolve the old crisis shows why Erdogan, after his recent meeting with Biden, called US-Turkey ties as “unhealthy.” So, even though the Biden administration had earlier vowed to reset most of the policies and decisions of the Trump administration, it has specifically refused to remove sanctions the former had slashed on Turkey after it purchased Russian S-400 missile defence system.

US-Turkey bi-lateral ties, therefore, remain tense not only because of the Biden administration has not done anything to improve them, but also because of the US essentially lacking an overarching reason to reset these ties in the wake of its shift away from the Middle East. Turkey, therefore, must explore other options to materialise its interests.

After his recent meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Erdogan was quick to remark that he and his Russian counterpart used a “sincere and productive” meeting in the Black Sea resort of Sochi (September 29) to discuss possible joint defence and security projects, including building further Russian nuclear reactors in Turkey. While this announcement may have rung alarm bells in some Western quarters, it failed to generate the kind of strong reaction from the NATO that came in the wake of Turkey’s purchase of S-400 system. To a great extent, developing working, and even strategic, ties with Russia is becoming a new normal in the EU, thanks to Germany’s insistence on pursuing and finishing Nord Stream 2 to meet its needs without having to compromise its core interests.

The US, on the other hand, is preparing for a new round of sanctions should Ankara make any new defence deals with Russia. Senator Robert Menendez, who heads the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said that sanctions were mandated by law for “any entity that does significant business with the Russian military or intelligence sectors.” “Any new purchases by Turkey must mean new sanctions,” Menendez said on Twitter.

“We continue to make clear to Turkey that any significant new Russian arms purchases would risk triggering CAATSA 231 sanctions separate from and in addition to those imposed in December 2020,” a State Department spokesperson said, referring to the 2017 Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.

Notwithstanding the current state of tensions, it remains that, but for Ankara’s different world view, the US and Turkey could have continued to work closely as allies. Specifically, the rise of Asia and China’s ascendence as a global power – which is a major cause of concern for the US dominated system – is not seen as a ‘threat’ in Ankara. Turkey’s ruling elite does not see China as a country that must be countered or contained. On the other hand, the Erdogan regime – which has been seeking ways to position Turkey as a major regional player with global outlook – sees in the rise of China an inevitable global shift towards multipolarity – a kind of global system that suits Ankara’s own ambitions to project itself as a ‘neo-Ottoman’ power.

These ambitions are unlikely to be met if Ankara remain a steadfast and faithful NATO ally. While it does not aim to reject NATO, it is also obvious that its alliance with NATO did not prevent France from arming its European rival and a fellow NATO member, Greece. There is, thus, an additional imperative for Ankara to meet its defense needs from all available resources. In the wake of US sanctions and refusal to deliver F-35s, for which Ankara has already paid US$1.4 billion, Russia becomes the most suitable alternative source of defense procurement.

Therefore, as Erdogan remarked after his meeting with Putin, “there is no going back” from Turkey’s purchase of S-400 system, or its upcoming defense deals, including submarines and nuclear-powered energy plants. As it stands, its relations with the West – in particular, the US – would continue to deteriorate not only because Ankara is allying with Russia but also because the US, because of its focus shifting away from the Middle East, cannot give Turkey a leeway to pursue its regional ambitions. Even though Russia, too, is weary of Ankara’s ‘neo-Ottoman’ ambitions, it remains that these ambitions are unlikely to gain any support from NATO or the US. In the absence of this support, Ankara’s ‘neo-Ottoman’ dreams remain tied to Russia’s support in terms of crucial defense and military equipment, as well as the supply of gas, which continues to play a crucial role in meeting Turkey’s domestic and industrial needs.

Salman Rafi Sheikh, research-analyst of International Relations and Pakistan’s foreign and domestic affairs, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.


US Sanctions Cambodian Leaders Amid US-China Rivalry


The Southeast Asian country of Cambodia, inhabited by 16 million people, and still recovering from the decades of turmoil that surrounded America’s war with Vietnam, finds itself once again targeted by the US for standing in the way of Washington’s regional ambitions.

 At first glance by ordinary readers, the Radio Free Asia (RFA) article, “US Lawmakers Pass Legislation Targeting Political Repression in Cambodia,” would appear to indicate the US taking measures against a repressive regime simply for the sake of advancing human rights.

In reality, the US is once again cynically using the smokescreen of advancing human rights to target one of Beijing’s closest allies in ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations). More specifically, the US seeks to punish Cambodia’s government for uprooting the US-sponsored opposition Washington had hoped to replace the current Cambodian government with in a bid to cut ties between Phnom Penh and Beijing.

RFA claims:

US lawmakers and Cambodian opposition figures welcomed the bipartisan passage Tuesday of legislation calling for sanctions on Cambodian officials found responsible for suppressing political opposition in the authoritarian Southeast Asian country.

The article interviewed Mu Sochua, the deputy president of the now banned Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) whose senior leadership is now mainly based in the United States. She would claim that US sanctions might help the current Cambodian government headed by Prime Minister Hun Sen “think about his abuses and iron-fist rule.”

The US sanctions would be added on top of trade restrictions imposed by the European Union for similarly politically-motivated anti-China reasons masked as opposing political suppression.

The RFA would only much further down in the article partially reveal just why Cambodia had banned the CNRP in the first place, claiming:

The EU had earlier stripped Cambodia of its preferential trade terms following the arrest of CNRP president Kem Sokha in September 2017 and the Supreme Court’s decision two months later to ban his party for its role in an alleged plot to topple the government.

Mu Sochua herself was implicated in the plot alongside Kem Sokha which was revealed when video surfaced of Kem Sokha admitting he was working with the US government, pursuing the “Yugoslavia model” with American-backing toward the ousting of PM Hun Sen’s government.

In a Phnom Penh Post article titled, “Sokha video producer closes Phnom Penh office in fear,” Kem Sokha’s words in the video would be quoted:

“…the USA that has assisted me, they asked me to take the model from Yugoslavia, Serbia, where they can change the dictator [Slobodan] Milosevic,” he continues, referring to the former Serbian and Yugoslavian leader who resigned amid popular protests following disputed elections, and died while on trial for war crimes.

He would also claim:

“I do not do anything at my own will. There experts, professors at universities in Washington, DC, Montreal, Canada, hired by the Americans in order to advise me on the strategy to change the dictator leader in Cambodia.” 

In addition to US government-backing of Kem Sokha and his CNRP, the US had also been funding, as it does virtually everywhere else across the developing world, a network of organizations engaged in political interference within Cambodia. This included US State Department-funded media platforms in Cambodia itself ranging from RFA and Voice of America to fronts posing as rights groups including LICADHO and the Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM).

Together, through the “Yugoslavia model,” the US sought to stir up street protests that would eventually lead to the overthrow of the Cambodian government and the installation into power of the CNRP. The “Yugoslavia model” itself is admittedly, according to the New York Times, based on US interference in Serbia during the late 1990’s regarding the overthrow of Slobodan Milosevic. Opposition groups including Otpor were admittedly funded to the tune of several million dollars a year by the US government toward this end.

Thus the so-called repression the US is accusing Cambodia of and citing as the impetus for US sanctions against Cambodia’s leadership, is actually resistance to US interference in Cambodia’s internal political affairs.

This recent move by Washington against Cambodia comes amid a much wider focus on Asia in regards to China’s rising power. Among ASEAN, Cambodia is currently the most vocal supporter of China regarding matters ranging from the South China Sea to military cooperation including inviting Chinese naval vessels to use Cambodian ports.

Despite this close relationship, Cambodia still has a vulnerable economy. Exports account for over 61% of its GDP and are distributed fairly evenly across Asian, European, and North American trading partners. The US is currently Cambodia’s largest export market accounting for over 21% of Cambodia’s exports. China lags behind providing a market for around 6% of Cambodian exports.

Despite Phnom Penh’s obvious necessity to align itself with Beijing, escaping pressure from the US and its allies will prove difficult as long as its economy depends on trade with nations willing to use access to their markets as leverage amid political coercion.

But because of the extensive measures the Cambodian government has put in place to contain or entirely eliminate US-backed political interference within Cambodia, both space and time has been created for Cambodia to make a transition away from depending on untrustworthy partners and redistribute its economic activity among more reliable partners including China.

Cambodia is one of several indicators of the overall balance of power in both Southeast Asia and in regards to US-Chinese influence in the region. Should Cambodia’s economy continue to grow and its political space continue moving out from under the shadow of US primacy cast over the region for decades, it may indicate what many suspect is unfolding – the irreversible decline of American hegemony over Asia and the world.

Brian Berletic is a Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.


More on the Restoration of Inter-Korean Lines of Communication


In our previous piece on inter-Korean relations, we touched on Kim Yoo-jung’s remark that in case of “maintaining impartiality and respect for each other”, both the restoration of the North-South bureau and the inter-Korean summit could be discussed constructively. “The end of the war will also be proclaimed in due course.” During this time, North Korea has taken a step forward that South Korea has managed to overestimate.

On October 4, 2021, direct lines of communication between South Korea and North Korea resumed operation after Pyongyang had not answered the phone from Seoul for 55 days from August 10 due to protests against the annual South Korea-US joint exercises.

Let’s recall that breaking and rebuilding ties is an on-and-off process. In 2020, for example, lines of communication were suspended at Pyongyang’s initiative because of propaganda leaflets distributed by “human rights” organizations of North Korean refugees operating in South Korea. Then there was the “silence” between the South and the North, lasting 413 days, ending July 27, 2021. On August 10, their work was stopped again.

The North Korean leader spoke at a session of the Supreme People’s Assembly on September 29 and announced that inter-Korean communication channels would be restored in early October.  Kim Jong-un said North Korea “has no purpose or reason to provoke and harm South Korea,” so it is up to Seoul to determine “the future trajectory of inter-Korean ties.”  Kim Jong-un stressed that “it depends on the South Korean authorities’ stance whether the inter-Korean relations will be restored to a new phase or will remain in the current state.”

The South Korean side immediately expressed hope for the resumption of inter-Korean dialogue, making plans as if the summit is a done deal.

On September 29, a senior Blue House official said that “even if an additional inter-Korean summit isn’t held within the remainder of the Moon Jae-in government’s term, the next administration could pursue” this trend.

On September 30, a spokesman for the reunification ministry said the ROK is preparing for stable communication with North Korea. Once channels are restored, Seoul plans to repeat the proposal to set up a system of video conference meetings for separated families and then exchange views on major issues of inter-Korean relations.

South Korean Unification Minister Lee In-young said in an October 3 interview with the Yonhap news agency that Seoul will actively work to hold high-level talks with Pyongyang before the end of this year. As for the inter-Korean summit talks, “it is better to move towards them calmly and firmly, rather than rushing.”

On October 4, South Korean Unification Minister Lee In-young said the restoration of South-North lines of communication represents a “restart” of efforts to improve inter-Korean relations.

Speaking at a ceremony marking World Korean Day on October 5, Moon Jae-in pointed out that South and North Korea should strive for joint prosperity before eventual reunification. As long as there’s contact. The day after the lines reopened, South Korea and North Korea exchanged regular calls. According to the Ministry of Unification, the two sides contacted through an inter-Korean communication point at 9 a.m. on October 5.

What is more important for us, however, is how unusual and breakthrough this step is. What caused it? To what extent will it be the first stepping stone for more, including the summit?

For the author, the restoration of communication lines is an indicative move, but its meaning is somewhat symbolic. After all, we are not talking about a government hotline but rather token contacts that exist “just in case.” That’s why the communication link between North and South Korea has been broken or re-established seven or eight times in its history. Meanwhile, at least during the latest developments, the hotline between the Ministries of Defense of South Korea and North Korea and a special communication channel have been working without interruption.

Now for the reasons for North Korea’s actions. The decision to re-establish the communication lines came very likely after the South Korea had refrained from mentioning the word “provocation” when North Korea conducted a series of missile launches in September 2021. In addition, on September 23, returning to Seoul at the end of his visit to the United States, Moon Jae-in said during a meeting with reporters that North Korea had abstained from serious, provocative actions that would cause the United States to abandon dialogue. He called for resuming dialogue with North Korea because, if the “dialogue vacuum” continues, “crises” of various types could arise, and peace and stability could be undermined. Commenting on North Korea’s missile launches, Moon Jae-in said North Korea had only engaged in acts of “low-intensity” escalation of tension while continuing to maintain its voluntary moratorium on nuclear tests and intercontinental ballistic missile launches.

According to Professor Yang Mu-jin, North Korea has been waiting for when South Korea and the US would not describe a North Korean missile launch as a threat or provocation. And such a moment could be a turning point for Pyongyang to re-engage with Seoul and participate in further talks.

But what is behind such actions by the South? From the point of view of some experts, this is an attempt to fulfill the obligations of the 2018 summits at the end of the presidential term because of the Pyongyang Declaration planned for Kim Jong-un to visit Seoul.

Alas, Moon Jae-in is not so much a supporter of inter-Korean rapprochement as a populist. His course is determined by the logic of factional struggle, within which his course as a Democrat must confront the anti-North Korea sentiment of the Conservatives. That is why inter-Korean rapprochement in his interpretation boils down to loud ceremonial events allowing Moon to “shine” in a blaze of glory, but not to provide substantial assistance to the DPRK where it is needed or attempts to overcome mutual mistrust where it exists.

In addition, Moon should take the graceful exit, with some “visible successes” at the end of his reign, which may insure him against possible reprisals. Since the ROK constitution does not allow for a second term, it is imperative for Moon that his successor treats well his faction, or at least does not try to immediately put him away. Meanwhile, Lee Jae Myung, the leading candidate from the democratic camp, is a serious political opponent of the incumbent despite his left-wing views.

But in what area can Moon accomplish the feat? The fight against the coronavirus is taking on a protracted nature. While South Korea was previously willing to trade in its “K-Quarantine” methodology, now 2,000 cases a day are considered the norm, despite reasonable vaccination rates. The concept of “living with the crown” is replacing ultra-harsh social distancing.

Most of the promises concerning the live of the masses have not been fulfilled. Also, the economy has been undercut by the coronavirus and by the failed conflict with Japan.

In this situation, with Kim Jong-un’s benevolent stance, success on the inter-Korean track is the only issue that will allow Moon to quickly boost his ratings and bow out gracefully despite the fact that back in the summer, the Northerners said they had no intention of sitting down at the negotiating table. On the other hand, even if the summit is held before March 2022, it will be as helpful as the second inter-Korean summit of 2007, which was held two months before the expiration of Roh Moo-hyun’s presidential term.

In the case of 2022, the chance of continuation is more significant, as Lee Jae-myung has also positioned himself as a supporter of cooperation with the North. And if he follows Moon’s course, opening a criminal case against his predecessor would be somewhat inconvenient, so the incumbent can expect to live out the rest of his life without significant problems.

But Seoul will still have to go for something more than silence instead of condemning “provocations.” Kim Yo-jong mentioned this possibility in her statement, but at the same time, she stated that Pyongyang is waiting for practical action. Not coincidentally, the North Korean propaganda website Arirang-Meari posted a comment on October 6 on behalf of Hyon Chol, a spokesperson of Korea Institute for National Unification. The deterioration of inter-Korean relations will continue until the South Korean side changes its hostile stance towards the DPRK, it states. “The joint South Korean-US military exercises and arms buildup are a source of mistrust and confrontation. The current situation confirms that the South only pays lip service to dialogue and improved relations, but does not seek to do so in practice.”

And in this regard, Seoul acts on the principle of “two steps forwards, one step backwards.” For example, on October 1, South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong rejected North Korea’s demand for South Korea and the United States to abandon their hostile policies, reiterating that the allies have no such policies.

On the other hand, when asked if there is a need to ease sanctions against Pyongyang, the minister replied, “I think that now, time is ripe for the consideration of sanctions relief.”

Nonetheless, as the main prerequisite for resuming dialogue with the North, Chung emphasized denuclearization. “When it comes to the resumption of dialogue between the North and the US, the North’s willingness to denuclearize and its enforcement of substantive steps toward denuclearization is a great premise.”

So while the pro-regime South Korean media have made an “Olympic warming 2.0″ out of restoring the lines of communication, this is by no means a direct road to a new summit. There is such a chance, and the lack of a “standard” response to the missile launch was taken as a conciliatory gesture, in reaction to which the North Koreans also took a step towards rapprochement. But for more, we have to wait for new concessions already from Seoul.

Konstantin Asmolov, PhD in History, leading research fellow at the Center for Korean Studies of the Institute of the Far East at the Russian Academy of Sciences, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.


Destroying Black And Brown Lives For High-Rises In The Nation’s Capital

Microcosms of Mayhem and Humanity.

Amidst All The Confusion, One Thing Is Clear: The City Has Done A Terrible Job On Outreach And Ensuring That Those Who Need Permanent Housing Have Access To It.

Washington, DC — “Where that McDonald’s is right now,” he says pointing across the street. “That used to be a news stand where I’d buy comics as a kid.” Dumah Muhammad stands in Adams Morgan Plaza in Washington, D.C., a light drizzle misting a small crowd of supporters and press. A few people wrangle a tarp over the PA system and there’s a tent where folks can grab snacks, pamphlets, water and shelter. Five Metropolitan Police cars are parked alongside the plaza and just behind the plaza there’s a staging area stacked with fencing and mingling cops.

Despite literally being surrounded, the energy in the plaza is that familiar direct-action blend of defiance and celebration. Between speeches, music pumps out of the PA and folks dance alongside anti-gentrification artwork and handmade signs. A luxury condo looms up the street like a sterile square omen. There’ll be a similar behemoth where we’re all standing (and dancing) if Truist Bank gets its way: a seven-story luxury condo right here in the middle of what’s locally known as AdMo Plaza, a space won through grassroots organizing now hoping to be saved by the same.

Truist Bank is a banking conglomerate made up of several banks including BB&T and SunTrust, themselves products of bloated mergers and acquisitions that go back to the Savings and Loan debacle. Before it was devoured by this insatiable stream of mergers, Perpetual Federal Bank owned the lot that is now the plaza, having bought it in 1976 after the community won a fight to keep the empty lot from becoming a BP gas station. What followed marked an incredible shift in banking policy. As the AdMo Plaza site tells it:

Perpetual Federal agreed in the chartering of the Adams Morgan branch by the Home Loan Bank Board to redress its history of redlining and discriminatory lending, to provide specific changes to its banking practices, and to create a sizable community space for public use, covered in a ‘good neighbor’ agreement between the Adams Morgan Organization and the bank.

Truist’s lawyers and hardhats keep trying

Truist has no interest in upholding its small predecessor’s agreement, which might not be surprising when you consider the fact that in just the last 10 years they’ve “paid $1,300,000,000 to settle three Federal cases for fraud, abuse, and racist discriminatory banking practices against Black and Latino customers.” Now Truist claims there’s nothing legally binding in the deed to keep the plaza as is. Plaza protectors counter by pointing out that public-use spaces are rarely deeded as such. Vikram Surya Chiruvolu, co-facilitator with Adams Morgan for Reasonable Development, points to Columbia Rd. NW, one of the plaza’s cross-streets, as an example. “It was once the boundary line of a number of plantation properties, and the road was created through public use to access those properties,” he explains. “It was never deeded specifically to the city nor recorded on the deeds of those properties.”

The battle between Truist and community members has slogged on now for five years, and Chiruvolu gives me the Cliff Notes of this judicial morass, saying that the goal now is to keep Truist from taking over the plaza while legal proceedings are ongoing. Despite the ongoing litigation, Truist has already tried twice to fence off the plaza, on September 22 and 24. On the 22nd, they were shut down by the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) for not having the appropriate permit. On the 24th, they returned with the same permit and attempted to block off the plaza again, this time with heavy machinery. “They had four semis filled with concrete barriers blocking the road and idling – spewing exhaust all over the place,” Chiruvolu explains. Once again, however, they were shut down, but not before they had a chance to assault a few people — including Chiruvolu, who stood in front of one of the semis with his service dog Reggie. Plaza protectors are in a holding pattern now as Truist gets to work on securing the correct permits. In the meantime, plaza protectors continue to get the word out and advocate for those living in the plaza.

DC: a national champ in gentrification

The fight for AdMo plaza and those who live there is a connective thread in the history of grassroots organizing in what was once known as Chocolate City, where Black and Brown organizers resolutely asserted that Black lives are worth more than white property long before there were hashtags. And it’s this history of anti-racist and anti-gentrification organizing that’s at risk of being bulldozed along with the public spaces still enjoyed by residents today – residents who are increasingly white and well off.

“You can’t have a community with one type of people,” Muhammad says. The loss of community history represents a loss of present community and an imminent threat to the future. The deep roots of place that support a diverse and strong community are severed. In their place an arid topsoil blisters, supporting only the flimsy and splintered monocultures of gentrification.

As defined by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), gentrification is “a policy-driven process that begins with targeting low-income, urban communities for discrimination and neglect and ends with ‘improvements’ that exacerbate vulnerabilities that culminate in displacement.” In other words, white property over Black and Brown lives. For more than a decade, D.C. led the nation in gentrification, and is one of seven cities that together account for nearly half of all gentrification in the nation. According to a 2019 study by the NCRC, D.C. “was the most gentrified city by percentage of eligible neighborhoods that experienced gentrification” between 2000 and 2013, displacing an estimated 20,000 Black residents in that time period.

Diversity, lol

Unlike the tactics of old — like redlining and racial restrictive covenants (stipulations on deeds that, for instance, barred the sale or rental of property to “non-whites and people of Jewish descent”) — gentrification is more subtle. For instance, in Adams Morgan, you’ll see banners around the neighborhood that brag about diversity; the AdMo Business Improvement District (BID) touts AdMo as being the most “vibrant and eclectic” neighborhood in D.C. while unironically posting a picture of all-white members on their “History of the BID” page. It would seem that the History of the BID doesn’t include the history of Chocolate City.

The AdMo BID is one of 11 BIDs across the city, private-public partnerships that amount to joint ventures between business and property owners to do a wide variety of things – from power washing sidewalks to light installations and, of course, oiling the gentrification slip-n-slide. As Shannon Clark, co-founder of the unhoused support and advocacy group Remora House, put it: “It’s basically private governance over space where public money is funneled.”

In Northeast D.C., the NoMa (North of Massachusetts Ave.) BID has adopted a similar spin, reusing the word “vibrant” and throwing in descriptors like “hip” and “smart center of the nation’s capital.” It’s unclear whether they mean people who live there are supposedly more intelligent, or it’s a tech reference, or I’m just not hip or smart enough to get it. I know I’m certainly not “hip” enough to get behind the recent eviction of unhoused encampments at the foot of entire city blocks’ worth of new luxury real estate developments. But that’s probably because I don’t find racist capitalism hip either.

If you peruse the list of “What’s Next” on the NoMa BID site, they outline pretty clearly what all that new construction is for: swanky hotels, hundreds of new apartments, dozens of new condos, and hundreds of thousands of square feet of office and retail space — listed as Class A, a marker for the highest-quality, newly constructed, top-of-the-line spaces, which, as noted by commercial real estate experts SquareFoot, “command top rental rates” and attract “large financial institutions, ad agencies, law firms, and tech giants.” In other words, it sure as shit isn’t for the poor. In fact, it’s so off limits to the poor that they can not even be allowed to gaze upon it. Instead, they must be moved.

Clearing the brush

On October 4, city officials callously and violently removed unhoused people and their belongings from two underpasses in the NoMa area: L & 2nd St NE and M & 2nd St. NE. The official story was that it was a matter of public health and safety. This seems like an odd pitch when the CDC’s guidelines on encampments state:

[A]llow people who are living unsheltered or in encampments to remain where they are. Clearing encampments can cause people to disperse throughout the community and break connections with service providers. This increases the potential for infectious disease spread.

According to D.C.’s Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services (DMHHS), their reasons for health and safety clean-ups are about garbage piling up, extreme weather in which unhoused would be at risk of injury or death, lack of running water, etc. These are indeed health and safety risks — the health and safety risks that go along with being unhoused. They can only really be solved by removing the unhoused element from the equation. Still, DMHHS’s own documentation explains that they will often do trash pickups from various encampments around the city and that after a full clean up, unhoused folks can and often do return to that same area, thus addressing health and safety concerns while simultaneously mitigating the risks highlighted in the CDC’s most recent guidelines. But see, the idea of returning to the same space doesn’t work within the paradigm of gentrification. So these most recent evictions in NoMa are part of a new cruelty — a new Pilot program that seeks to make more areas of D.C. permanent tent-free zones; in other words, to further criminalize poverty.

And while the goal of essentially outlawing homelessness can never be humane, it doesn’t even make logical sense unless you’re also eradicating the conditions that result in homelessness. If not, you’re just outlawing the effect without outlawing the cause, criminalizing poverty in a system that demands poverty as a foundation from which to extract, and on which to build, wealth.

View from the front

By the time I get to NoMa around 9:30 a.m., caution tape has already been bandaged around each underpass. Advocates and volunteers hold space, helping folks move their belongings and speaking out against the city for its inhumane treatment of the predominantly Black unhoused residents.

Maurice Cook, part of D.C. Ward 6 Mutual Aid and the Executive Director / Lead Organizer of Serve Your City DC, holds a megaphone and points it at city workers waiting for the signal to move in. “It’s easy to put a ‘Black Lives Matter’ sign in your yard,” he says. “But what good is it if you’re not willing to stand up for Black folks?” He addresses the Black city workers assembled on the other side of the street: “You could slip into this situation at any time. This country does not love us. It hates us.” He motions to the long block of new luxury buildings and then looks back to both the city workers and the unhoused residents: “Look at all the work going into making sure we get nothing.”

In the simmering chaos, a man cries as workers in white coveralls walk around him to sweep up crushed belongings — poor people paid to destroy the lives of other poor people. Another man ducks under the caution tape in order to pick up his dog, placing it in a bike basket. A woman picks through a pile, as if she’s looking for something lost. A man hurries through his tent as the lights from a front-end loader blaze across his face. Community members step in to ask the heavy-machinery operator to start somewhere else. And in case you’re wondering, a front-end loader is basically like a bulldozer but with wheels rather than tracks like a tank. It’s mainly used to pick things up, and in this case deposit them in a waiting garbage truck.

That being said, it’s very capable of doing the damage of a bulldozer — be it to tents or indeed to people. A man was transported to a hospital after a front-end loader rammed into his tent while he was still inside. In the ensuing madness, city officials including MPD and Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Christopher Geldart tried to block advocates from reaching the man to see if he was ok. One advocate suffered multiple bruises from being grabbed and manhandled as she tried to squeeze through and check on the man, who was clearly in shock as well as being physically injured.

A big man, a little cosplay

Geldart in particular piqued my curiosity, as his bulky frame strode through the underpass wearing a shirt that identified him as part of the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA). When I reached out to HSEMA to ask why Homeland Security needed to be involved in an encampment eviction, the HSEMA Office of Public Affairs told me that “no employees or representatives from D.C. HSEMA were present or otherwise involved” in the eviction. When I sent in a picture of Geldart, they replied: “That is not an HSEMA employee. The photo is Christopher Geldart. He is DC’s Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice. He has access to our apparel and wears it sometimes.”

Wait, what?! He has access to our apparel and wears it sometimes?! Who else has these closeted privileges? Can anyone just show up to official proceedings, start throwing their weight around while playing a shady game of dress up? I followed up, asking whether it was common practice to let people who aren’t affiliated with the agency wear agency clothing while on duty in other capacities, but received no reply. It’s worth noting as well that Geldart did at one point work for HSEMA but resigned in 2017 “following a report from the Office of the Inspector General that substantiated two ethics allegations.”

Bowser’s performative wokeness

He was appointed Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice this past January and pretty quickly embraced the irony of his title, dodging a question about racial justice (or lack thereof) in the district. This isn’t really that unusual for D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office though. In 2016, Bowser appointed Peter Newsham as Chief of Police – a man with a history of racism and brutal crackdowns against protestors, who in 2019 penned a letter claiming “Stop and Frisk is essential.” But hey, Bowser also had ‘Black Lives Matter’ painted onto 16th St. NW outside the White House so she gets full points for performative wokeness.

Also in the arena of performative wokeness is Bowser’s approach to ending homelessness. Back in 2015, Bowser announced “a plan to make homelessness, rare, brief and non-recurring by 2020.” Spoiler alert: it’s not rare, it’s not brief, and it is recurring. On October 1 of this year, her office released a statement outlining plans and monies for affordable housing and to once again “make homelessness, rare, brief and non-recurring” — but this time without a deadline. Just kicking the can down the street of luxury real estate developments. Interestingly enough, her office omitted any mention of violent encampment evictions as part of their strategy. There’s also no mention of how to actually facilitate outreach to unhoused folks, an issue that has already seen dozens of people fall through the gaping chasms in city policy.

Perpetual insecurity

I strike up a conversation with a man named Rick who tells me he used to live at the L & 2nd St. NE underpass in NoMa some eight years ago. Now his brother lives here. He would like to have his brother come stay with him but the affordable housing guidelines don’t allow it. So, he’s down there just to help his brother move and try to save some of his things.

Jeffrey Tsoi, from the Georgetown chapter of National Lawyers Guild, walks through the encampment with a colleague, talking to residents and taking pictures of their belongings. “The city is moving people out without a guarantee of housing,” he explains. “If property is thrown out, we’ll make a claim.” Some folks will head to another encampment and may have to redo this whole traumatic mess in a matter of weeks or months. One woman says she’s heard people talking about the city getting hotel rooms to house people temporarily but Rick shakes his head. “The city keeps saying that everyone’s taken care of but it’s not true,” he explains. “Sixty-six people need housing,” he says, moving his arm towards the underpass behind him and then down the block. “Only twelve people have gotten an apartment. And that’s temporary housing — it’s not even for good.” Shannon Clark echoes Rick’s sentiment. “There’s a perpetual feeling of insecurity,” she says. Of those who do get housing, they “know they might not have that voucher funded or renewed.” Amidst the confusion, one thing is clear: the city has done a terrible job on outreach and ensuring that those who need permanent housing have access to it.

Clark says that DMHHS’s approach has been one that betrays a foundational misunderstanding of the lived experience of being unhoused. Remora House does distribution to several encampments and Clark explains that “when we go out to them, we’re maybe seeing 20% of the people who live there. So if we know one person who isn’t on the list, there’s gotta be more.”

The list she’s referring to is the By-Name List (BNL), which is the city’s list of people currently in encampments who need housing. She says that if the city really wanted to compile a legitimate list like this, it would take a long time — not just a couple of weeks of people going out for a short walk-through of an encampment. People don’t just wait around for a city employee to come around and count them, and even if they did, that wait would be punctuated by disappointment. “DMHHS says they’re doing this work but they’re outsourcing it to NGOs and just posting up signs saying that people must have housing in two weeks,” Clark says. When she and other advocates confronted DMHHS in a recent digital meeting about the people who were falling through the cracks, the response was defensive, deflective and at times bizarre — with comments like this one from Deputy Mayor Wayne Turnage: “I don’t work for you, I’m a public servant.”

“They said ‘we will continue to do outreach in that area,’ but they’re not gonna be in that area anymore, you’re evicting them,” Clark says, sighing. “Then they said, ‘well, we do outreach all over the city.’ But that’s not how that works. People scatter and even advocates can’t find them again,” she says. This scattering of course represents another health and safety issue — the fact that the Pilot program aims to permanently clear several central D.C. encampments means that people will be farther away from help and services. It also poses a risk for those who end up in dangerous situations away from a place and people they’d gotten to know, a point to which I can personally relate, as someone who was unhoused in LA and skirted more than a few dangerous situations by having folks around me give me a lay of the land, and a rundown of everything from when cops roll by to which areas and people to avoid.

But very hypothetically, let’s say that DMHHS managed to properly count all the people who have now been scattered after the October 4 eviction, what’s the city-wide outreach plan look like now that the so-called eviction moratorium is ending? Back in July, D.C. Council voted to end the moratorium in stages — with Stage 2 hitting on October 12, when landlords can file for eviction for non-payment of rent. Considering the fact that D.C. has the third highest rental costs in the country — and that, already in October of last year, some 34,000 tenants were behind on rent — the outlook is grim.

Not rare, not brief, and very much recurring

Tenants who are behind on rent can apply to a program called Stay DC to cover what they owe but, as reported by one applicant, the application process is long and difficult, and the wait even more so. “My approval took 69 days, a very long time to wait for money intended to help neighbors who need emergency cash to keep roofs over their heads next month,” the author Gordon Chaffin writes. These hurdles come on top of pre-existing information gaps and barriers that I mentioned in a previous article on housing accessibility. In short, homelessness is about to be a lot less rare, brief and non-recurring. Even before the pandemic, homelessness was on the rise and unsheltered homelessness had risen particularly sharply — some 30% over the last five years.

These numbers might make it seem that eradicating homelessness is nearly impossible. It’s not a way to do it that’s lacking, however; it’s a will. Chiruvolu has been helping folks living in AdMo Plaza navigate bureaucratic abysses and get things like ID’s that will allow them to access housing and services, something at which the city has completely failed. “[D.C. Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne] Nadeau claims she’s been working very hard for the plaza folks,” he says. “But she basically just shifted case management to [local NGO] Miriam’s Kitchen. After six months of ‘work,’ she couldn’t seem to get the people in the plaza an ID,” he explains, shaking his head.

On October 5, a two-week stay at a local Motel 6 was up for residents of the plaza, and I met a few as they came back, more frustrated than ever. Incidentally, it wasn’t even the city that paid for their stay. Truist Bank paid Miriam’s Kitchen to house the plaza residents, clearly hoping that the plaza would be fenced off and ‘secured’ by the time the stay was up. As it stands, the plaza still stands, but it’s small consolation for those who aren’t sure where and how they’ll be living in the coming days and weeks.

“This is what they offer me”

“I’m caught between,” Larry Richardson says. A Vietnam veteran, Richardson grew up in Adams Morgan and Southeast D.C. and has lived in AdMo Plaza for two and a half years. “I want an apartment. I don’t wanna live like this. I’m 74 years old.” Chiruvolu and other advocates are currently working to untangle an identity mess that Richardson finds himself in with the VA, who has confused him with a deceased Larry Richardson and therefore claims he isn’t eligible for benefits.

“The things that I’ve been through for this country,” he says, bowing his head. “And this is what they offer me. And I’ve tried to pick myself up — it’s hard. The government makes it hard. The city hasn’t helped at all,” he explains. “I tried staying in a shelter but I couldn’t deal with it — the bugs, the whole thing. Inhumane. And I’m human, I can only take so much. I got feelings, just like everyone else.” His story isn’t uncommon. Many people avoid shelters for any number of reasons — from unsanitary conditions, to accessibility, to violence, to being split up from partners.

Meanwhile, I call Muhsin Boe Luther Umar, Resident Council President at Garfield Terrace and D.C. Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 1B03 Member, to ask if he has any suggestions on how to get Richardson housed. Garfield Terrace is a senior living building in D.C.’s Ward 1. Umar sighs and says, “We’ve got 220 units at GT, and only 120 apartments filled. I’d love to get him here but the only way I know to do it is their way.” Much like Rick, who can’t have his brother come stay with him, housing advocates and even ANC members can’t fill empty apartments with people who need them.

“A political and economic racket”

Chiruvolu says he’s run into similar hurdles with regards to saving the plaza. “There have been five ANC resolutions against re-privatizing the plaza — including one that suggests turning the building into a public library while keeping the plaza as is,” he explains. “ANC resolutions aren’t law but they’re supposed to hold a lot of weight before the mayor. Clearly, that’s not the case here. It’s a political and economic racket.”

Instead of addressing these completely illogical and corrupt webs of gentrified inhumanity, politicians and city employees put their full attention and literal weight behind tangling them further. They partner with big businesses and real estate developers rather than community members and organizers. They lean into gentrification rather than revitalization, evicting people rather than making sure they can stay in their homes or find a home. Meanwhile, the big banks and business development organizations hide behind vibrant and eclectic PR campaigns as they whitewash history, gut communities, and exile the diversity they so boldly claim to uphold.

“People used to care,” Richardson says, looking down and shaking his head. “People used to say ‘good morning.’ There used to be unity, forgiveness and heart.” Richardson and I sit in AdMo Plaza in a couple of chairs overlooking the old redline crossroads of 18th St. NW & Columbia Rd. NW. “I’m living in a time period I don’t recognize. We’re all living on this earth, we should work together,” he says. “I grew up in a good family where we helped each other. This is not my way. The way I came into this world — that’s how I wanna go out.”

One street corner and sea to shining sea

This is a D.C. story — but it is also a microcosm of mayhem. It may seem small to focus energy or even a whole article on a single plaza, a couple of underpasses — but these are the literal frames of our daily lives, the spaces in which we exist, the ground where we may sink or thrive. What radical histories are being bulldozed in your town, your city? How many of your neighbors are caught in the jaws of gentrification, literally and figuratively shoved aside in the quest for more profit, more property? What spaces are being overtaken by this creeping death?

It’s a stark and gloomy consideration, but alongside these microcosms of mayhem are the microcosms of humanity: the people who refuse to accept that white property matters more than Black and Brown lives, the people who refuse to accept hundreds of empty homes when hundreds are unhoused. The battle against gentrification is just as national as it is local. The battle waged on one street corner echoes across redlined borders from coast to coast. These are our local frontlines and in naming them, in uplifting them and the communities and history they hold, we build not only resistance but active solidarity. We uncover buried and bulldozed histories — we sow seeds of community in that arid topsoil.

“You gotta believe in something,” Richardson says as the sun dips down behind the plaza. “I choose to believe in goodness. I refuse to surrender. I can’t give up.”


Acting Senior Sergeant QUITS Victoria Police to break her silence on Covid enforcement

“The only reason that protests are illegal is because Daniel Andrews made it so,” said Mitchell.

A senior member of the Victorian Police Force has quit over ethical concerns related to alleged political influence by the Daniel Andrews government and a declining relationship between serving officers and the general public.

Footage of Victorian Police officers and counter-terror units assaulting protesters at Freedom rallies have gone viral around the world over the last few months.

Acting Senior Sergeant Krystle Mitchell sat down with Matthew Wong from the independent media platform Discernable for an exclusive interview on Friday night.

It was a visibly difficult interview for Mitchell, who announced early on that she would be resigning her position as a result of speaking out against Victoria Police and Daniel Andrews.

Up until this point, Mitchell worked at the Gender Equality and Inclusion Command, a job which she says that she loves. Prior to this, Mitchell formed part of the Family Violence Command.

“The consequences of me coming out publicly would be dismissal,” admitted Mitchell. “I’m choosing to quit because I can’t remedy in my soul anymore the way in which my organisation – which I loved to work for – is being used, and the damage that it’s causing to the reputation of Victoria Police and the damage that it’s causing to the community.”

Police officers are not allowed to speak out against the police force or express political opinions. Recent changes to their code of practice specifically cracked down on the posting of political material on personal social media accounts.

Mitchell also expressed concern for her colleagues out in the community working the street.

“All of my friends that are police officers working the frontline and are suffering every day enforcing CHO [Chief Health Officer] directions that the vast majority – certainly a great majority – don’t believe in and don’t want to enforce.”

There has been no official poll conducted of Victorian police officers to accurately gauge approval for CHO orders, and Mitchell said they would not dare conduct one. Her views relate to personal conversations with hundreds of peers.

The way in which we police now [since Covid] has completely changed,” said Mitchell, to interviewer Matthew Wong.

Mitchell went on to describe how many of the new directives were scaring the community, particularly the ‘reassurance patrols’ designed to enforce adherence to health orders. According to Mitchell, police officers had been taken off serious cases and instead assigned to the streets of Melbourne to monitor people gathering at protests. Most were there, Mitchell said, to peacefully express their concern that CHO orders were having a ‘serious impact on their life.’

“I hate this divisive language that is being used,” added Mitchell. “Calling protests ‘illegal’ I just think is ridiculous. The only reason that protests are illegal is because Daniel Andrews made it so.”

Mitchell was disappointed that Victoria Police and the Daniel Andrews government had not worked together to draw up plans to facilitate a safe, peaceful protest – especially as the government had issued a range of other exceptions to CHO orders.

“By Daniel Andrews making protests illegal, he is responsible for the increase in violence that has occurred as a result from police and from protesters. By making it [protests] illegal, Daniel Andrews, in my opinion, has escalated the violence.”

Many serving officers, according to Mitchell, felt shame and awkwardness when carrying out their duty enforcing CHO orders. Officers are obligated to perform their duties until the health orders are challenged in a court of law.

It was Mitchell’s observation that people in the general public had changed their approach to police, with many not wanting to make eye contact. Even Mitchell admitted that she felt nervous around police when she was off duty in plain clothes.

“I think that the reason or the issue in why perhaps police feel are either feeling more emboldened to act the way that they are in relation to these CHO directions is because of the messaging that comes from Dan [Andrews].”

“From Dan?” asked Matthew Wong, clarifying. “You don’t listen to Dan, you listen to Shane [Patton], right?”

“Everybody listens to Daniel Andrews. He’s the premier of our state and he tells us what to do on a daily basis,” replied Mitchell.

Mitchell, and other members of a several-hundred strong member resistance within the police union, intend to take their fight against mandatory vaccination to court.


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Who Will Step Up In Biden’s DOJ To Save Julian Assange?

Above Photo: Vanita Gupta in 2018. UDC David A. Clarke School of Law.

Last month Biden’s Haitian envoy resigned on principle. Is there someone in Biden’s Justice Department who would push the attorney general to drop the prosecution of Julian Assange?

Last month the U.S. special envoy to Haiti quit in protest over the Biden administration’s decision to repatriate thousands of Haitian migrants from the United States. In his  letter (pdf) of resignation to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Daniel Foote wrote, ““I will not be associated with the United States’ inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees and illegal immigrants to Haiti, a country where American officials are confined to secure compounds because of the danger posed by armed gangs in control of daily life.”

‘The people of Haiti, mired in poverty, hostage to the terror, kidnappings, robberies and massacres of armed gangs and suffering under a corrupt government with gang alliances, simply cannot support the forced infusion of thousands of returned migrants lacking food, shelter, and money without additional, avoidable human tragedy. The collapsed state is unable to provide security or basic services, and more refugees will fuel further desperation and crime. Surging migration to our borders will only grow as we add to Haiti’s unacceptable misery.”

Foote’s letter went on to an extraordinary critique of the long history U.S. imperial meddling in Haiti’s internal affairs.

“But what our Haitian friends really want, and need, is the opportunity to chart their own course, without international puppeteering and favored candidates but with genuine support for that course. … The hubris that makes us believe we should pick the winner – again – is impressive. This cycle of international political interventions in Haiti has consistently produced catastrophic results. More negative impacts to Haiti will have calamitous consequences not only in Haiti, but in the U.S. and our neighbors in the hemisphere.”

To be an American government official and to write such a missive to the secretary of state takes an uncommon courage.

It is the kind of courage that will be needed to get Julian Assange out of Belmarsh prison, back to his family, and back to work.

Who Will Stand for Justice at Justice?

After the revelations two weeks ago by Yahoo! News confirming and fleshing out previously reported news that the Central Intelligence Agency had seriously discussed assassinating or kidnapping Assange, the Biden Justice Department is faced with the dilemma of whether to proceed with an extradition proceeding against Assange that would send him to a country whose most powerful intelligence service planned to kill him.

Pressure has begun to mount on the Biden White House to drop the appeal initiated by the Trump administration. The Biden DOJ is still seeking to reverse a London court’s decision not to extradite Assange to the United States on the grounds of Assange’s high risk of suicide and the condition of U.S. prisons.  The appeal hearing is set for Oct. 27 and 28 at the High Court in London.

The Columbia Journalism Review noted the pressure on the White House after the Yahoo! revelations.

“The American Civil Liberties Union shared the article and reiterated its past call for the US to drop the charges against Assange on press-freedom grounds. The Freedom of the Press Foundation described the story as ‘shocking’ and ‘disturbing,’ and the CIA as ‘a disgrace’; Jameel Jaffer, the director of Columbia’s Knight First Amendment Institute said that the story was ‘mind-boggling,’ adding, “the over-the-top headline actually manages to capture only a small fraction of the lunacy reported here.” Many media-watchers shared the story on Twitter, and numerous major news outlets, at home and abroad, covered or at least noted it.”

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked about the Yahoo! report and deflected the question to the Justice Department.  It is from there that the decision on Assange’s fate will emanate.  Before Biden’s inauguration, the outgoing U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Zachary Terwilliger, who was leading the prosecution of Assange, raised hopes for Assange supporters when he told National Public Radio in January that he wasn’t sure the prosecution would continue.

It is difficult read Attorney General Merrick Garland on this. He has said nothing about Assange. In July, Garland issued new press guidelines for the DOJ. “The Garland guidelines ban the use of subpoenas against journalists even when they have ‘possessed or published’ classified information,” wrote Jim Risen in The Washington Post. “But those are precisely the grounds upon which the Justice Department is seeking to prosecute Assange.”

Pressure From Within

While outside pressure may fall short, dropping the Assange case might instead require pressure from within Garland’s office, from someone like a Daniel Foote. That someone could be U.S. Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta, the third most powerful person in the Justice Department.

Gupta was confirmed by the Senate in that post on April 21. Among her duties are to advise and assist the attorney general. Gupta served in the Obama administration as the U.S. assistant attorney general for civil rights under Attorney General Loretta Lynch, running the DOJ’s civil rights division.  But before her time in government, Gupta was a leading  civil rights lawyer and the deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which called for the charges against Assange to be dropped after the Yahoo! report.

The ACLU was founded in 1920 in New York to fight for Americans’ constitutional rights, including the First Amendment. For 101 years the ACLU has championed freedom of expression. Gupta worked at the ACLU from 2007 to 2014.

Before that, Gupta was assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.  She became involved in the 1999-2003 case of 10 percent of the African-American population of Tulia, Texas being arrested in phony drug stings by a corrupt cop.  Gupta brought together pro bono lawyers to represent the victims. All 46 of the people who were falsely accused and many imprisoned to long sentences eventually won their freedom.  Gupta won national recognition for her work in Tulia.

She is now in a unique position as the No. 3 at the Department of Justice to still fight for justice — this time for Julian Assange.

Randy Credico, the comedian and activist, was in Tulia at the time with the William Moses Kunstler Fund for Racial Justice, working on the case.

“The Vanita Gupta I knew in 2002 and 2003 would resign today rather than have her name on this persecution [of Julian Assange],” Credico told Consortium News.

“The person I worked with then would be joining the epic struggle now to free Assange,” he said in a tweet last month.  At a protest outside the Justice Department in Washington in July, Credico said of Gupta, “If she allows Julian to be extradited it destroys her entire career and her work in Tulia, Texas.”

Credico says Gupta came in towards the end of the campaign for justice in Tulia and was the beneficiary of the national media, including The New York Times.  He says her career was “catapulted” by the media exposure. “I hope she does the right thing,” in regard to Assange, he said. “The irony is here’s a woman who’s where she is because of the press and now she’s allowing the Press to be destroyed.”

In her confirmation hearing for associate attorney general in April, her supporters pointed to her work in Tulia as a reason for her to get the job. Gupta was confirmed by two votes, 51-49.

Biden’s Say

Even if someone like Gupta were to back Assange’s cause inside the Department of Justice and win over the attorney general, the White House would almost certainly need to be convinced, given how political Assange’s case is.

Biden was vice president when the Obama Justice Department decided against prosecuting Assange under the Espionage Act. In December 2010, Biden told television interviewer David Gregory:

“If he [Assange] conspired to get these classified documents, with a member of the U.S. military, that’s fundamentally different than if someone drops on your lap [reaches out to news anchor and slaps table], Here David, you’re a press person. Here is classified material.”

Declined to Indict

Unable to come up with that proof — of participating in theft of government documents — the Obama-Biden administration declined to indict Assange in 2011. The New York Times had published many of the same WikiLeaks documents that Assange had, so logically, the Times would be just as guilty of violating the Espionage Act.

Indicting Assange and the Times would be a clear conflict with the First Amendment. But if it could be proven he was a hacker, and not just a journalist, that would have opened the way to indicting Assange, Biden said.

The Obama Justice Department’s FBI ran a sting against Assange in Iceland to try to nab him as a hacker but evidently did not find the testimony of its informant, Sigurdur “Siggi” Thordarson, convincing. Nor could it build a case of Assange conspiring with Chelsea Manning to hack a government computer, as Manning had clearance for every document she obtained.  These two dubious arguments were left to the Trump DOJ, which cobbled them together to indict Assange. Thordarson earlier this year admitted that he had lied to the FBI and recanted his testimony.  Last week he was arrested.

Biden is in a delicate situation.  Based on his own statements in 2010 he would not favor continuing the case against Assange. On the other hand, he is the head of the Democratic Party, which is still apoplectic about what they believe was Assange’s role in the 2016 election.  For the most fanatical party members, letting Assange go would be heretical.

An attorney sincerely committed to civil rights, which includes press freedom, who finds herself at the top of a Justice Department that will decide whether Assange lives or dies has a choice.  Just like Daniel Foote had.


Lessons From The National Union Of The Homeless

Above Photo: National Homeless Union Leader Ron Casanova (right) leading a takeover of an empty building in New York City on May 1, 1990. Jeff Greenburg/Skylight.

‘You Only Get What You’re Organized To Take.’

This July, unhoused leaders set up tents in front of Atlanta City Hall to demand a meeting with city officials. They were met by nearly 60 armed police officers who gave them 15 minutes to disperse. Only moments later, 10 of the activists — members of the newly-formed Atlanta Homeless Union — were arrested.

The group had four demands: permanent housing, health care, access to water and sanitation, and a “seat at the table” to negotiate with city officials regarding housing policy. “Nobody else that’s not walking in our shoes gonna tell us what to do,” the unhoused leaders announced in their first press release. “Teach us how to fish, and we’ll eat forever. The homeless have unionized, and we’re here for what we deserve.”

The Atlanta Homeless Union came into being at a critical moment for the nearly 600,000 people experiencing homelessness across the nation — a number that is likely much higher since data on homelessness hasn’t been gathered since before the pandemic. While COVID-19 poses a particular threat to people who are unhoused, the pandemic has only exacerbated the U.S. government’s callous, yet purposeful, abandonment of the most vulnerable. This violence has taken many forms: In some cities, homeless sweeps have become more frequentdisrupting the lives of the unsheltered by forcing them to replace their possessions and secure alternative living arrangements with little to no warning. At the same time, public space has become increasingly gatekept, and measures like vaccine passports have posed an additional challenge for houseless residents, who often don’t have access to IDs. In New York City, the number of homeless people dying in the streets has more than doubled over the past year.

All the while, homeless people have been dehumanized and scapegoated by those in power — from Andrew Yang’s declaration that New York’s homeless residents are a threat to the economy to new policies that could further criminalize homelessness in cities across the country.

Mobilizing has never been more crucial — and it is equally critical that the work is led by the poor themselves, who understand better than anyone what is at stake.

The need for homeless people to rise up and organize is more urgent than ever before — but one need not look far for places where the work is already being done. In addition to the Atlanta Homeless Union, coalitions of unhoused people exist in Kansas CitySacramentoChicago and Rochester, New York.

Although the history of homeless organizing is seldom told, these groups are taking up the mantle of a long line of activists before them: Nearly four decades ago, the National Union of the Homeless had 25 local chapters and 35,000 members in cities across the United States. Guided by a commitment to working-class solidarity and a vision of collective liberation over neoliberal reform, its members staged various successful housing takeovers, shifting people’s material conditions as well as public perceptions of homelessness. As the pandemic continues to devastate America’s poorest, the union’s victories — as well as its decline — have much to teach activists in the months ahead.

‘Projects of survival’

The earliest iteration of the National Union of the Homeless was the Committee for Dignity and Fairness for the Homeless, a Philadelphia-based grassroots group that emerged in response to deteriorating conditions in cities during the 1970s and ‘80s. The committee’s first meeting was held in an abandoned building in 1983. At the time, all three founders — Chris Sprowal, Tex Howard and Franklin Smith — had been unemployed and homeless for over a year.

Within nine months, the group had over 500 unhoused members. In 1984, they embarked on what they called a “project of survival” — creating Dignity Housing, the first shelter in the United States founded and run by homeless people, all of whom were paid a salary for their labor. The shelter, which sought to provide not only temporary relief but permanent solutions like education and job training, quickly became a springboard for community organizing.

“Forget about it being against the law. I don’t care. Hell, I’m dying in the streets. That should be against the law.”

Critical to Dignity Housing’s success was Sprowal, a Black civil rights activist and fervent believer in homeless self-determination. His early years were spent struggling with substance use, being shuffled in and out of prison, running political campaigns and organizing with the Congress of Racial Equality and hospital unions — experiences that gave him unique insight into the structural nature of homelessness and the strategies necessary for advancing liberation. “Dignity was not just housing,” Sprowal told City Limits. “It was a way of life.”

In 1985, recognizing the need for homeless people to unite across lines of division like race, gender and sexuality, Sprowal founded the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Union of the Homeless. The founding convention brought together over 400 homeless delegates, as well as union leaders, religious leaders, lawyers and politicians.

There, it was established that they would follow a “Johnnie Tillmon” model of organizing — named for the visionary who fought to reimagine the welfare system in the 1970s. The daughter of a sharecropper and a divorced mother of six, Tillmon was a radical who spent her life redefining poverty as a women’s issue and mobilizing welfare recipients in the housing projects of California. The Tillmon model was based on two central principles: First, poverty victims must be at the forefront of the movement to end poverty. Second, you only get what you are organized to take.

‘Homeless, not helpless’

By the mid-1980s, the union began to expand nationally. To empower affiliate chapters and prepare for a national organizing drive, they offered a six-week intensive training for unhoused leaders across the country. These leaders went on to found chapters in New York, Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis, Detroit, Tucson, Los Angeles and Oakland.

“We don’t want to be a flash in the pan,” Sprowal told the Los Angeles Times in 1986. “We are prepared to fight. We are the only segment of society that has nothing to lose. We lost it all when we became homeless.”

In one of their earliest victories, the union sued the state of Pennsylvania for residents’ right to use shelters as a voting address — a win that enabled homeless residents to vote for the first time in the city’s history. This triumph also allowed them to receive Social Security and welfare checks. Soon after, organizers began staging bathe-ins at public fountains, securing 24-hour intake in public showers. In a number of cities, the union also won the right to shelter.

Instead of going our separate ways and fighting all our separate issues, we need to throw all them issues into one pot and stir it up and work together.”

Later, Tucson activists sued the police department for harassment, putting an end to the department’s homeless “beat,” while organizers in Detroit fought to ensure children were provided transportation to city schools. In 1989, representatives from the National Union of the Homeless managed to get a meeting with Jack Kemp, the head of the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD. Kemp promised to make 10,000 HUD units available to the homeless over the next year. After he failed to follow through, the union launched what would become their most militant and most successful campaign: orchestrating coordinated takeovers of vacant urban properties in cities across the United States.

In 1990, the National Union of the Homeless took over abandoned HUD buildings in seven U.S. cities, a strategy that cemented the union’s status as a formidable political force. In Minneapolis, where activists took over 15 buildings, the city government handed over millions for a homeless-run housing program. In Oakland, activists secured $2 million in land for construction of another Dignity Housing building. In Philadelphia, the mayor agreed not to evict homeless families from HUD properties.

“It can be done. If people take the initiative of breaking into these houses,” union leader Ron Casanova said in 1990. “Forget about it being against the law. I don’t care. Hell, I’m dying in the streets. That should be against the law.”

Organizing by the poor, for the poor

At the core of the National Union of the Homeless’ efforts was an understanding that all struggles for liberation are connected. Then, as now, one could not challenge a system where people were dying on the street without addressing the essential structures of capitalism, like white supremacy and militarism — and one could not demand housing without also agitating for healthcare, education and climate action.

“One of the mistakes that’s going on in this country is that people think that all they need to do is fight for welfare rights, or fight for housing,” Casanova once said. “They don’t realize we’re fighting a poverty issue. … Instead of going our separate ways and fighting all our separate issues, we need to throw all them issues into one pot and stir it up and work together.”

Despite its far-reaching success, the union entered a decline by the mid-1990s. Willie Baptist, an organizer with the union, attributed its demise to three sources: the devastation of the crack epidemic, the co-option of some of the organization’s leadership by nonprofits and government agencies, and the imprisonment of key organizers after civil disobedience campaigns.

In July 2020, after a vote by nearly 100 organizers, the National Union of the Homeless was revitalized, with local chapters springing up in 11 states. Today, their message is more relevant than ever: The end of eviction moratoriums has left an estimated 30 to 40 million people at risk of being evicted in the next several months, and some economic experts predict that the next four years will see a 49 percent increase in homelessness, meaning that over 600,000 additional Americans will be unsheltered by 2023.

Mobilizing has never been more crucial — and it is equally critical that the work is led by the poor themselves, who understand better than anyone what is at stake. When the National Union of the Homeless was founded, homeless people were rarely attributed the agency and capacity required for organizing; at best, the poorest of the poor were viewed as a group to be advocated for, rather than advocates themselves. But the union’s work — which represents the most powerful homeless movement ever undertaken in this country —  proves otherwise.

“The abilities of this growing segment of the population are being neglected like industrial waste, but represent a tremendous resource of intellectual genius,” Baptist once said. “You can’t talk about the problems of poverty — the pain of it, the daily struggles to survive, the plight, the fight and the insight — without involving the newly emerging leaders from the growing ranks of the poor.”


Indigenous People Lead White House Protest

Above Photo: Indigenous groups and their allies march to the White House.

Demands President Biden Declare A Climate Emergency And Stop Approving Fossil Fuel Projects.

“Joe Biden, you have been making false promises. You stopped Keystone XL — what about DAPL, Line 5, MVP?” said Joye Braun of Indigenous Environmental Network, who was arrested at today’s action. “This is indigenous land. Indigenous Peoples will be here for 1000s of years. Biden, can you hear us now?”

The demonstrations marked the first day of “People vs. Fossil Fuels,” a week of demonstrations and civil disobedience organized by Build Back Fossil Free, a coalition of hundreds of Indigenous and climate, social, economic and racial justice organizations. More protests are planned at the White House each day this week except for Friday, when protestors will march from the White House to Congress to risk arrest on the steps of the Capitol.

“We are going to put our bodies on the line there. If we have to be arrested in order to call attention to what the crisis is and that we need a climate emergency declared, we’ll do that,” said Casey Camp Horinek, a tribal elder and environmental ambassador for Ponca Nation, who was also arrested at the White House fence this morning. “There’s been 500 years of people coming into a territory where all things were interdependent and functioning to a time of crisis, where even Biden’s great-grandchildren won’t survive if something doesn’t change.”

From the Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota to oil and gas drilling in Alaska, Indigenous peoples are on the frontlines of the fight against fossil fuels. Major pipeline projects and other forms of oil and gas extraction not only threaten the land and water in Native communities, but are often in direct violation of treaty rights or violate laws around Free, Prior and Informed Consent. Fossil fuel construction has also been linked to sex trafficking and an increase in Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.

“People are dying right now from the pollutants, the toxins, the climate catastrophes that are happening, and we have to stop the harm,” said Siqiñiq Maupin, the director of Sovereign Inupiat for a Living Arctic, which is working to protect Indigenous lands and stop oil drilling in Alaska. “Biden’s election was riding on climate change, his entire election on people of color, Indigenous people. But when it really comes to when it matters, our lives are still being sacrificed for oil and gas.”

Under attack from these fossil fuel projects, Indigenous peoples are fighting back: and winning. A recent report by the Indigenous Environmental Network and Oil Change International showed how over the last decade Indigenous resistance has stopped or delayed greenhouse gas pollution equivalent to at least one-quarter of annual U.S. and Canadian emissions. By blocking at least 26 major fossil fuel projects, these Indigenous leaders and water protectors have stopped projects equivalent to 400 new coal-fired power plants, or roughly 345 million new passenger vehicles.

When President Biden was running for office he promised to “make tribal sovereignty and upholding our federal trust and treaty responsibilities to Tribal Nations the cornerstones of federal Indian policy.” Once elected, he said, “The federal government has long broken promises to Native American tribes who have been on this land since time immemorial,” and promised to move in a new direction.

Biden has broken those promises. He failed to stop the Line 3 tar sands pipeline that was in direct violation of treaty rights. He failed to stop drilling on “public” lands, all of which are originally Native lands and many of which border tribal areas. He defended drilling in the Arctic, which threatens Native communities across the region.

“Biden claimed to be a climate leader during his campaign, and he made promises to steer our nation into a just and renewable transition,” said Tasina Sapa Win, a Lakota anti-pipeline activist and a member of the Makwa Initiative, a camp opposing the Line 3 pipeline. “I want to go to D.C. and be like, ‘Hey, if you’re claiming to be a leader for our climate crisis, to come up with solutions to our issues here, then you need to start living up to your word.’ … It’s not a secret that Indigenous people have been against extractive industries since colonizers stepped foot here.”

“A few years back, I made a promise to my daughter that I would stop Line 3, and I did everything I could. But [President Biden] failed us,” said Taysha Martineau, the founder of the Line 3 pipeline resistance camp Camp Migizi.  “But we are still here, and in 100 years my grandchildren will be able to say that their mom tried and that we didn’t give up. We’re still fighting and we’re not going to stop.”

Meanwhile, the impacts of the climate and pollution crisis have only grown worse. Hurricanes have devastated communities from New Orleans to New York City. Wildfires have burned millions of acres across the West. Historic droughts and heatwaves have gripped most of the country. And every day, millions of Americans, especially Black, Brown, and Indigenous People, breathe air and drink water poisoned by fossil fuel pollution.

As the Build Back Fossil Free coalition has shown, the President has the executive authority he needs to declare a climate emergency, stop all new fossil fuel projects, and fight for climate justice. The People vs. Fossil Fuels mobilization is calling on the President to:

  • Stop approving fossil fuel projects and speed the end of the fossil fuel era.
  • Declare a climate emergency and launch a just and renewable energy revolution.

A more detailed list of demands can be found at:

Groups involved in Build Back Fossil Free and the mobilization include Indigenous Environmental Network, Arm in Arm, Bold Alliance, Center for Biological Diversity, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Climate Justice Alliance, Food and Water Watch, Fridays for Future USA, Friends of the Earth USA, Future Coalition, Global Exchange, Global Grassroots Justice Alliance, GreenFaith, Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy, Honor the Earth NDN Collective, Oil Change International, Our Revolution, Power Shift Network, Presente, Pueblo Action Alliance, Rainforest Action Network, Seventh Generation, Sunrise Movement, Unitarian Universalist Mass Action, WildEarth Guardians, Zero Hour, and more.


Many Young Adults & Children Death Records In VAERS, Numerous From Heart Issues Right After Shot

Many young people, who have almost zero chance of dying from “Covid,” are receiving the toxic vaccines and then dying right after.


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Canadian ER Doctor Quits: At Least 80% of Patients Are Double Vaxxed

Dr. Rochagné Kilian, an ER doctor in Owen Sound, Ontario, resigned in protest of mandatory vaccines and the corruption of our health services.

canadian er doctor quits at least 80% of patients are double vaxxed

Dr. Kilian came to public attention when the recording of the Grey Bruce hospital board was released. In that recording, board president Gary Simms cannot provide any evidence whatsoever of his dire predictions of a ‘tidal wave of pediatric Covid cases’ which he says are coming this fall, while threatening Dr. Kilian when she spoke up for the truth.

Dr. Kilian has spoken out before regarding the growing corruption of our health care services and has shown leadership and integrity by resigning from her position.

“At least 80% of the ER patients in the past three months were double-vaxxed”, says Dr. Kilian of her informal survey of patients entering the ER with serious medical issues. “How many people are we going to kill if we keep following this narrative?”

This percentage is almost identical to the recent public health data from the UK, which showed that 80% of “covid-19” deaths in August and 81% in September were fully vaccinated people. It’s also important to note that the most vaccinated state in America is seeing a massive surge in “covid-19” hospitalizations. We’ve also just learned that in Sweden, 70% of COVID-related deaths between 1st and 24th September were fully vaccinated individuals.

You should also check out the recently-released data from the John Hopkins University, which is showing absolutely insane spikes in Covid-19 deaths after countries introduced the Covid injections.



A practical approach to keeping healthy after your Covid-19 jab

Posted on October 9, 2021

What is this guide?

The World Council for Health recognizes that some people become unwell after the Covid-19 vaccination. This guide describes the types of illnesses associated with injection and how doctors are managing them.

As the type of technology being used in these injections has never been used before, some of the conditions arising are new. Therefore, this clinical guidance on keeping healthy after receiving a Covid-19 injection will be updated regularly as new evidence emerges. Keep up to date with the latest information, by signing up for our email updates

If you feel seriously unwell

If you feel seriously unwell or you are diagnosed with a serious disease after a Covid-19 jab, inform your doctor about the dates of your injections and remind them of the possibility that your illness is related to the Covid-19 injections. It is important to do this as the Covid-19 vaccine is in clinical trials until 2023. Your experience with the injection provides important data needed to determine whether the technology is safe. If you or your healthcare provider are concerned that you may have been impacted by the jab, you should report your experience so it can be fully and independently checked. 

Can the Covid-19 injections make you sick?

Vaccine side effects can occur with mRNA Covid-19 injections (Moderna, Pfizer BioNTech, or Comirnaty) as well as the DNA-type of Covid-19 injections (Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca).

Side effects are more common with two vaccine doses than a single dose and can be categorized as:

Immediate side effects

Immediate side effects can be localized to the site of the injection or involve the whole body.

Injection site reactions are very common and include localized pain, tenderness, redness, and swelling. These local types of reactions usually go away in a few days. 

Treatment for localized side effects

You may use the following over-the-counter medications to reduce local pain and discomfort associated with immediate side effects:

  • ibuprofen
  • aspirin
  • antihistamines
  • paracetamol (acetaminophen)

If you have no other medical reasons that prevent you from taking these medications normally, you can take them to help to relieve these post-vaccination side effects. When using over-the-counter medications, always follow the directions of the package insert and consult a healthcare provider if unsure.


If you experience any combination of the following after an injection, you may be having an allergic or hypersensitive reaction, and you should go to the hospital:

  • vomiting and diarrhoea
  • tremors
  • weakness
  • fainting
  • chest pain
  • convulsions
  • collapse

These reactions can be life-threatening. If you experience this type of adverse reaction, you need to be assessed by a doctor and should be admitted to the hospital for observation and management. These types of reactions MUST be reported.

Covid-19 like illness

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Covid-19 like (or flu-like) symptoms are common after the Covid-19 vaccination. Some health advisory agencies report that this is normal and a sign that your body is building protection. However, just because these side effects occur commonly, does not mean that they are normal or healthy. A health prevention therapy should not cause illness. 

Vaccine-induced Covid-19 like illness often presents with a combination of the following symptoms:

  • headache
  • fever
  • joint pain
  • chills

These symptoms may disappear within 48 to 72 hours. However, some people may have a more extended Covid-19 like illness that lasts for a week or more and may even test positive for Covid-19. To avoid a lengthy illness, people with Covid-19 like symptoms after vaccination may benefit from following the World Council for Health’s Covid-19 treatment guidance which can be found here.

Post Covid-19 Vaccine Syndrome (pCoVS)

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Post Covid-19 Injection Syndrome (also called Post Covid-19 Vaccine Syndrome or pCoVS) is a new complex multi-system inflammatory syndrome. A syndrome is a collection of symptoms that may differ from person to person. Emerging data show that pCoIS is similar to Long Covid or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and manifests as a combination of the following symptoms:

  • muscle and joint pain
  • gastrointestinal upset
  • weakness
  • numbness and tingling in the extremities
  • intense fatigue
  • poor sleep
  • brain fog 

Unlike Long Covid, pCoIS does not appear to necessarily progress from a Covid-19 like illness but may arise spontaneously weeks after a Covid-19 injection. As pCoIS is a new condition, we don’t know the long-term significance of the symptoms.

Eight categories of pCoIS disease

The World Council for Health experts currently recognises the following eight categories of pCoIS disease: 

Categorization Description
Cardiac Complications (pCoIS-Car) For post-injection symptoms affecting the heart such as inflammation or myocarditis, heart attack, or heart failure
Neurological Complications (pCoIS-N) For post-injection symptoms affecting the brain and nervous system such as Guillain Barre Syndrome, encephalitis, Parkinson’s Disease, memory loss, and dementia
Haematological Complications (pCoIS-H) For post-injection symptoms affecting the blood cells such as blood clots, thrombocytopenia and lymphoma
Vascular Complications (pCoIS-V) For post-injection symptoms affecting blood vessels such as stroke, blood vessel thrombosis, and pulmonary embolism
Immune System Complications (CoIS-IS) For post injections symptoms affecting the immune system including autoimmune diseases (e.g. Diabetes Mellitus, Multiple Sclerosis and Chrohn’s Disease) and infections (e.g. Shingles, Herpes, Epstein Barr Virus)
Reproductive Health Complications (PCoIS-RH) For post-injection complications affecting pregnancy and the reproductive organs such as adverse pregnancy outcomes, heavy periods, post-menopausal bleeding, and infertility
Cancer Complications (PCoIS-Can) For post-injection appearance of cancers such as breast cancer, lymphoma, leukemia, and brain cancer
Congenital Complications (pCoIS-Con) For post-injection congenital complications such as diseases/abnormalities present from birth (e.g. bleeding and clotting abnormalities, deformities) 

It is possible to have more than one type of pCoIS complication, and, as more data becomes available, it is likely that this definition will be updated.

What causes post Covid-19 Injection Syndrome and other serious Covid-19 injection side effects? 

Doctors and scientists at the forefront of pCoIS research think that Covid-19 vaccine side effects may be caused by: 

  • the injected viral gene (nucleic acids), which gives the cells in our body the ‘recipe’ to make the spike protein 
  • the spike protein itself, and/or 
  • other substances in the injection (adjuvants, excipients or contaminants)

During a Covid-19 infection, the spike protein causes much of the damage during a Covid-19 infection including harm to lung and heart muscle, inflammation, and clotting. The vaccine instructs our cells to make Covid-19 viral spike protein. In some people, this manufactured spike protein appears to cause similar damage among people previously well and Covid-19 free.

Spike proteins and some vaccine contents, such as the lipid nanoparticles, may also cause a type of allergic reaction to one or more of the injection contents or products that cause Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS). Mast cells contain chemicals that are released during allergic reactions and other immune responses which can cause harm to the body. 

Many doctors and scientists have safety concerns related to the ingredients included in the Covid-19 injections. One of the primary reasons for this concern is that pharmaceutical companies do not have to share this information if it is not considered in their commercial interest to do so. As a result, many of the ingredients of the Covid-19 injections are not known. 

Emerging evidence from independent scientists suggests that there may also be contaminants in some of the vaccine solutions may be responsible for certain side effects. You can learn more about these contaminants from European doctors and scientists here.

How can post Covid-19 Injection Syndrome (pCoIS) be prevented and treated?

The best way to prevent pCoIS if you have received one or more Covid-19 injections is to maintain a healthy lifestyle, complete with immune-balancing supplements.

If you are experiencing symptoms of pCoIS, your doctor can do some tests to help determine the best path to recovery. Depending on your symptoms, these may include a full blood count, immune system markers, inflammatory markers, clotting profile, and liver function tests. 

We are only beginning to gain experience in treating pCoIS, and further studies are certainly required. Because pCoIS shares many features with Long Covid, many doctors are using the same established medicines and nutritional supplements that they are also using to treat Long Covid. Many of these are available over the counter. These include: 

Medicine/Supplement Instruction/Rationale
Zinc 50mg daily to support the immune system. 
Vitamin D Vitamin D (5000 international units daily) balances the immune response.
Vitamin C Vitamin C (500mg twice daily) to support the immune system.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids Omega 3 fatty acids (4 grams daily) to support the immune system.
Quercetin Quercetin (500mg twice daily), a natural anti-inflammatory and immune modulator, reduces overactive immune reactions. 
Aspirin Aspirin (325 mg daily) to reduce the risk of clotting. 
Antihistamines Antihistamines to reduce overactive immune reactions and mast cell activation. Loratidine and cetirizine are H2 antihistamines that are available over the counter. 
N-acetylcysteine N-acetylcysteine (600mg twice daily) helps reduce inflammation through production of glutathione that gets depleted in chronic inflammatory illnesses. 
Melatonin Melatonin (2mg to 10mg) at bedtime to help restore the circadian rhythm and sleep cycle. 10. Fluvoxamine (as per your doctor’s prescription). 
Colchicine Colchicine (as per your doctor’s prescription). 
Steroids Steroids (as per your doctor’s prescription). 
Ivermectin Ivermectin, (as per your doctor’s prescription) for its anti-inflammatory and immune-modulatory properties. It also blocks the spike protein and prevents blood cells clumping together. Treatment may need to continue until resolution of symptoms.  
Mast cell stabilizers Mast cell stabilizers (as per your doctor’s prescription). 
Low histamine diet A low histamine diet may help to dampen the immune system’s response to the foreign substances. Many people with pCoIS symptoms similar to Long Covid will respond to treatment within 2 weeks. 

It may be necessary to consult with specialist doctors for specific complications. For example, you may need to see a cardiologist to manage inflammatory heart conditions such as myocarditis and pericarditis or a neurologist to manage neurological conditions.

When will we know more about Covid-19 vaccine side effects and how to treat them?

The first step to learning more about Covid-19 vaccine side effects is for public health officials to acknowledge and robustly consider the millions of adverse events that have already been reported all over the world. In order to do this, there must be transparent systems to monitor and track vaccine adverse reactions and research funding made available so that doctors and scientists can explore the reported data. These data will reveal more about how to prevent and treat the various types of pCoIS. 

There are many questions raised by scientists and doctors about these new gene therapy vaccines including: 

  • How long do our cells continue to make spike protein? 
  • Why is there graphene oxide and other contaminants in the Covid-19 injections? 
  • Was the possibility of the Covid-19 virus protein genetic code integrating into the human genome (DNA) excluded in the vaccine studies?

More independent research is needed

In order to gain a complete understanding of the efficacy and safety of Covid-19 injections, international cardiovascular, neurological, and immunological experts agree that:

  • additional long term safety data is required (15 years)
  • follow up of all vaccinated people is needed
  • regulation and research needs to be conducted by an independent scientific committee not vaccine manufacturers ((Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna, Astrazeneca, and Johnson & Johnson)
  • additional research needs to be done to determine possible toxic effects of the injections and how to prevent them
  • there must be a method of screening for new Covid-19 vaccine disorders and possible genetic changes
  • independent, non-biased funding for comprehensive research needs to be established.

Should I have another Covid-19 injection?

No one can make this decision but you. As the benefits of the Covid-19 vaccines are now uncertain, it is not surprising that many people are wondering whether or not to have another shot. No studies have been done to determine the safety of more than two shots, and the two-shot safety studies have not yet been completed.

Many doctors and scientists around the world are raising concerns about the safety signals from these Covid-19 injections which are still in clinical trials, and very little is known about the efficacy or safety of more than two shots. At a recent FDA hearing, 16 out of 18 industry experts recommended against Covid-19 boosters.

There is no need to rush the decision about whether or not to have another injection. Inexpensive, safe, and effective prevention and treatment options are available for Covid-19.

Who is at risk of having side effects to the Covid-19 injections?

Serious side effects are occurring in people of all ages, and it is currently not known why some people experience these side effects and others do not. Research is urgently needed to understand who is most likely to experience medium to long-term complications from the Covid-19 vaccines. However, a complete understanding of who is most at risk from complications will not be known until the long-term studies have been properly conducted.  

Consult your doctor as soon as possible if you have new-onset symptoms after receiving a Covid-19 vaccine. They may be able to help you treat your symptoms, and the sooner you receive that treatment the better. You may also report the problem to the vaccine side effect reporting system in your country. Doing this helps doctors, scientists, and the public gain a better understanding of the potential risks of this new technology.

If you want to connect with others who have experienced post-Covid-19 Injection Syndrome, please visit:

This article was reviewed by

Dr. Emma Brierly, MD
Dr. Nasseba Kathrada, MD
Dr. Pierre Kory, M.D., M.P.A.
Dr. Peter A. McCullough, MD, MPH
Dr. Mark Trozzi, MD
Dr. David Wiseman, MD


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USPS Begins Postal Banking Pilot Program

Above Photo: Jandos Rothstein.

The test allows customers to cash business or payroll checks at the post office and place them onto a gift card.

The United States Postal Service (USPS) has taken the most dramatic step in a half-century to re-establish a postal banking system in America. In four pilot cities, customers can now cash payroll or business checks of up to $500 at post office locations, and have the money put onto a single-use gift card. It’s the most far-reaching executive action that the Biden administration has taken since Inauguration Day.

The move puts the USPS in direct competition with the multibillion-dollar check-cashing industry, which operates storefronts to allow unbanked or underbanked residents to cash their paychecks.

According to USPS spokesperson Tatiana Roy, the pilot launched on September 13 in four locations: Washington, D.C.; Falls Church, Virginia; Baltimore; and the Bronx, New York. To test the system, Prospect art director Jandos Rothstein visited a post office in Falls Church on Saturday and successfully cashed a business check onto a Visa gift card.

“At first, [the postal worker] said she didn’t think she could take the check,” Rothstein said. “But she read the check into her scanner and it went through.” He didn’t need to show identification or endorse the check. The post office charged Rothstein a flat fee of $5.95, for any amount up to $500.

Several larger check-cashing chains charge a percentage rate that comes out to $15 or more for a $500 check. Walmart charges between $4 and $8 for check cashing.

A generic gift card, an existing product sold at post office locations, can be used like a bank debit card, either to take money out of an ATM (though that would, for now, incur fees), or pay for goods and services either online or at point-of-sale retail locations.

Because the only innovation in the test pilot involves allowing gift cards to be purchased with a business or payroll check, no additional authority from Congress was required. Those who set up the product expansion are confident that it falls within their legal mandate.

Few would have named [Louis] DeJoy as the official who would set in motion the most consequential executive action of President Biden’s first term.

The test pilot is extremely limited—only one post office location in each pilot city is participating—but officials have floated ideas for how it could expand. The card could be reloadable rather than single-use, used to store multiple paychecks over time. USPS could keep track of the card value, accounting for a user’s balance in case it gets lost or stolen. Postal gift cards, currently branded for businesses like Barnes & Noble or Olive Garden as well as the generic Visa card, could be branded as coming specifically from USPS, with no-fee branded ATMs inside post office buildings. And other possibilities have been discussed, like bundling gift cards with a postal money order to pay bills, or making domestic money transfers from one post office to another (the USPS already offers international money transfers to nine Latin American countries, a program called DineroSeguro).

In other words, a few simple expansions would effectively make this product a postal bank account, the first since the original postal banking system shut down in 1967 after 56 years in operation. At its height, four million Americans had bank accounts at the post office.

A modern postal banking system could underprice non-bank financial products and give people with little or no access to financial services the ability to use the USPS network of 31,000 facilities, extending to every ZIP code in the country. Adding revenue for a Postal Service with shrinking mail volume is a secondary benefit.

“Offering new products and services that are affordable, convenient and secure aligns with the Postal Service’s Delivering for America 10-year plan to achieve financial sustainability and service excellence,” said USPS spokesperson Roy in a statement to the Prospect. “This pilot, which is in collaboration with the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), is an example of how the Postal Service is leveraging its vast retail footprint and resources to innovate.”

That collaboration, and the USPS rolling out a key financial-inclusion product that progressives have championed for years, is what makes the announcement so staggering. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has become a high-profile villain to liberals since taking over last May, condemned for almost immediately causing significant slowdowns of mail, as well as ethical concerns surrounding the USPS awarding contracts to the company he previously ran. DeJoy’s ten-year plan, rolled out this year, would cement this dysfunction by permanently slowing target delivery times and raising prices for some first-class mail, particularly around the holidays.

The APWU has consistently criticized DeJoy. Last Thursday, union president Mark Dimondstein criticized the changes to service standards, saying: “The people deserve the prompt, reliable and efficient mail service promised under the law … We believe management’s response to months of poor performance should be to improve service and regain the public’s trust, instead of this focus on moving the goalposts and slowing service standards.”

Few would have named DeJoy as the official who would set in motion the most consequential executive action of President Biden’s first term. And even fewer would have correctly pegged that he would do it in cooperation with the APWU, one of his biggest antagonists. But the union has been laser-focused on getting postal leadership to embrace banking for many years, seeing it as an attractive product to bring in customers and promote financial inclusion.

In 2016, the APWU successfully negotiated postal banking pilots in its USPS collective-bargaining agreement. However, previous postmaster general Megan Brennan ignored this obligation and dragged her feet on the pilots. The APWU considered filing a grievance, but ultimately decided that, even if it won a pilot, postal leadership would not put in the energy and resources necessary for the project to succeed.

Instead, when DeJoy took over, the union engaged him personally in a series of meetings, pitching the postal banking idea again. In a sign that DeJoy was interested, those meetings soon became weekly events, involving technical staff.

“They listened, they didn’t shut us down,” said one APWU source involved in the negotiations. “They have made the analysis that the future of the USPS lies not in letters but in packages, and they see the expansion of financial services as a companion to the package market.”

One way the APWU got this across, union sources explained, was through an anecdote about another country with a postal banking system, Switzerland. If you order a pair of shoes online in Switzerland and they don’t fit, you can take them back to the post office to return. Not only will they ship the shoes back to the retailer, but they will instantly credit your postal savings account. This fits with the USPS mission of efficiently promoting commerce, and it creates a competitive advantage over other shippers. The USPS leadership obviously saw that as a selling point.

A good sign for the union that DeJoy had real interest in financial services was when a division of the Postal Service attempted to cancel the agency’s DineroSeguro international money transfer program. The proposal got all the way to DeJoy’s desk, and he dismissed it. “They held off, they thought that’s an area they can grow,” said the APWU source.

As for how the APWU managed these delicate negotiations while also fighting the USPS on service standards and mail rate changes, the two sides managed to carry out their work on a parallel track, while acknowledging they will have agreements and disagreements. “If they are willing to advance something we like,” said the source, “we’re not going to shut the door.”

The union initially wanted the debit cards to be reloadable, but ultimately for the test pilot it was decided that they would stick with the single-use cards. The price point of $5.95 is also higher than the original concept, though that could be tweaked later. And while currently, just one location per region is offering check cashing, APWU envisions every post office in an area being able to offer the same financial services.

The pilot was always framed internally as a stepping stone to something bigger, and if the current test is successful, other features would likely be added.

Mehrsa Baradaran, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine and a postal banking expert, said in an interview that the effort was “incredibly safe legally … you have all the authority you need.” She stressed the need for USPS to underprice Walmart on check cashing; currently the price point is roughly a little more for checks under $500. If that’s altered, she said, it could be a successful product. “The post office has way more locations than Walmart,” Baradaran noted.

Among the other options Baradaran thought would eventually be necessary is some sort of security element, in case the gift cards are lost or stolen. One way to do that would be by adding on a Venmo-like arrangement, where balances and debits could be easily tracked and transfers made from point to point. “It’s important down the road to establish the proof of concept of an app,” Baradaran said. “Do it well or don’t do it at all.”

Such a service would require a unique ID but no documentation, allowing housing-insecure people to use the accounts. Additionally, the gift card setup does not contemplate FDIC deposit insurance, but the Postal Service does carry the full faith and credit of the U.S. government. In fact, that security was part of the early advantages of postal banking after its establishment in 1911, before the FDIC existed.

Previously, President Biden’s most impactful executive action involved increasing the minimum wage for federal contractors to $15 an hour. (Thousands of contract workers at Maximus, a call center operator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, just secured the new pay increase last week.) But while that has a relatively limited reach, postal banking could bring potentially millions of unbanked and underbanked people into the financial system.

The Prospect’s Executive Action Tracker, which monitors 77 discrete actions that the president can take using their own authority, now lists 13 that have been accomplished, with the rollout of postal banking. Biden has been somewhat reluctant to use his authority to go beyond reversing Trump actions, and there has been a troubling lack of follow-through at some points, most notably with his decision to agree to a patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccines at the World Trade Organization. That process has stalled out, with the Biden administration doing little to move it forward since their announcement in April.

That’s what makes the postal banking pilot so unusual, and so promising. A federal agency is creatively applying its power to benefit the public in a tangible way. That it’s led by a top villain of the Trump resistance is noteworthy, and there could be any number of reasons for that. But motivations aside, what the USPS is doing on financial services could spur the rest of the administration to follow its lead.


Democrats Have Taken Medicare For All Off The Table

Above Photo: “The single payer groups should be saying—you get nothing from us unless we get everything we want from you.” Justin Sullivan/Getty Images.

And It’s A Shame.

“Nobody in Congress can be counted on to stand with what the people need as opposed to caving to the demands of party leadership,” warns veteran single-payer activist Anne Scheetz.

Democrats in Congress and their supporters inside the beltway have taken single payer off the table.

Instead of pursuing Medicare for All they are pursuing incremental improvements in Medicare—also known as Medicare for Some.

They are also pursuing single payer at the state level.

Long time national single payer advocates, like Dr. Anne Scheetz of the Illinois Single Payer Coalition, feel betrayed by both efforts.

Has any single payer group come out against Medicare for Some?

“There is a new group called National Single Payer,” Dr. Scheetz told Corporate Crime Reporter in an interview last month. “It’s just getting started. But we understand that incremental improvements in Medicare are not going to move us closer to single payer and we also understand that working for state based single payer is not going to get us closer to national single payer.”

“No other national group is saying—no incrementalism. We have been saying that for years. And it feels like a betrayal to have major groups turning against that. We have said for years that you can’t cross a chasm in two leaps. That means you can’t get to single payer without completely eliminating the health insurance industry.”

As we were conducting the interview, we received a press release from Public Citizen proving Dr. Scheetz’ point.

It opened with this:

“U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) must ensure that robust Medicare drug price negotiations and stronger Medicare dental, vision and hearing benefits are a part of the Democrats’ final budget reconciliation package, and Public Citizen and nearly 80 other groups said in a letter to the lawmakers today.”

No mention of single payer.

“To see these major groups saying—yes we can move closer to single payer by getting involved in the Democrats negotiations with the health insurance industry to pass something or other feels like a betrayal,” Dr. Scheetz said. “I know that they don’t see it that way, but that’s how some of us see it.”

“The only group that is not going along with this and that is calling it out is this new group. All of the groups that have been around for a long time are going along with it.”

What do you see as the path forward?

“I acknowledge that the path forward is difficult indeed. I would say we have no choice but to keep engaged with one another. I would like to see open debates on the question of incremental improvements versus going all out for national single payer. I would like to see public debates on state single payer versus national single payer. We haven’t seen that yet. With those debates, we can come to a better understanding of the difficulties that we face. We will see that the state single payer route and the incremental route might look easier, but will lead us to dead ends.”

“To speak of hope in the face of despair that many people are facing as they lose their jobs, as health care eats up their disposable income, threatens even their ability to eat or feed their families or to keep their housing. Under no circumstances do we abandon solidarity. It must include every single person in this country. Building solidarity is the most important thing we can do. We are all in this together. And that’s the only way we can overcome the corporate control of our lives.”

Why would Bernie Sanders go along with such a thing?

“Bernie Sanders is essentially a Democrat, even if he considers himself otherwise. He draws in the people who care passionately about single payer and turns them over to vote for the Democrats. I have no way of knowing his intentions. But that’s the position he fills. Why he does it—I assume it’s because the pressure from the people in power is greater than the pressure that we the people have so far been able to mount to persuade him to do what we need.”

“And the problem is made worse by the groups supporting single payer health care. They are themselves willing to endorse Sanders regardless of what he does. Most of those groups supported Sanders’ bill even when he excluded long term care. PNHP made note of that. The Illinois Single Payer Coalition opposed it. Healthcare Now mentioned it but didn’t oppose it.”

“The single payer groups should be saying—you get nothing from us unless we get everything we want from you.”

Is there anybody in Congress who has stood up to the status quo and demanded hearings on single payer?

“I don’t know of anyone but we can’t depend on Congress for that. It has to be organizing among the people. Lobbying Congress in your own district is a good idea to build power. But finding ways to build our power as a people is much more important than dealing one on one with people in Congress. Nobody in Congress can be counted on to stand with what the people need as opposed to caving in to the demands of party leadership. There are all kinds of reasons for that—people want committee appointments, people exchange favors—you support this legislation, I’ll support that. The leadership will not come from members of Congress. And it can’t come from organizations that think they have real power with members of Congress. That’s an illusion.”


Italian church oratory thief was inspired by ‘Lupin’ TV series

A thief in northern Italy has admitted to police that he was imitating the French television series “Lupin”.

The young man told officials that he had stolen from the bar of a church oratory using a technique that he learned “watching an episode” of the TV series.

Carabinieri officers said the 21-year-old man was detained over the weekend in Besana in Brianza, in the Italian province of Monza. The suspect was found by police with injuries to his arms.

The young man told officials that he had “studied” the actions of Assane Diop in the popular French Netflix show.

According to reports, the young man tried to break into the bar, wearing a leather jacket similar to the one worn by Diop.

He waited for the church bells to ring, muffling the noise as he broke the glass door to enter the oratory.

The young man stole a small amount of money before fleeing, but he later called for help due to his injuries.

At first, the suspect told the carabinieri that he had been robbed by three strangers but he then broke down into tears and admitted to the crime.

“Lupin” — starring French actor Omary Sy as Diop — is based on the French fictional character Arsène Lupin.


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