More Than 400 Studies on the Failure of Compulsory Covid Interventions

30 November, 2021 — Brownstone Institute

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The great body of evidence (comparative research studies and high-quality pieces of evidence and reporting judged to be relevant to this analysis) shows that COVID-19 lockdowns, shelter-in-place policies, masks, school closures, and mask mandates have failed in their purpose of curbing transmission or reducing deaths. These restrictive policies were ineffective and devastating failures, causing immense harm especially to the poorer and vulnerable within societies.

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UK Crony Capitalism: They want to derail us

6 December 2021 — Goodlaw Project

This year, Good Law Project has exposed cronyism right at the heart of Government. It’s perhaps not surprising that those who benefit from these cozy arrangements are trying to derail us.

The Government has told blatant lies, threatened to refer me to my professional regulator, briefed the media against us and shoved enormous bills for legal costs our way. And they’re not the only ones trying to stop us.

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As UAE embraces Iran, fizz goes pop for Abraham Accords

3 December 2021 — Indian Punchline

Iran’s Dy Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani (C) with diplomatic adviser to UAE President Anwar Gargash (L) and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Khalifa Almara, Abu Dhabi, Nov. 16, 2021

The terrible secret about Faustian deals is that they need a Mephistopheles to nurture them. That said, Goethe’s Mephisto is very different from the crude devil of medieval legend. Goethe sketches him as a cultivated, witty, and cynical exponent of materialism and nihilism who preaches a sophisticated doctrine of philosophical negation.

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Leaked Doc Reveals Which Messengers Send the Most Data to FBI

3 December 2021 — RT International

An internal FBI report reveals how WhatsApp and iMessage happily hand over users’ data to the Feds, sometimes providing the source and destination of messages every 15 minutes.

The sensitive Federal Bureau of Investigation paper, unearthed by the transparency group Property of the People, spells out in concise yet shocking detail the Bureau’s ability to secure messaging app content and associated metadata via warrants and subpoenas — and shows that WhatsApp and Apple’s iMessage turn over the most information to authorities.

It’s a rare insight into the systematic manner in which U.S. authorities can access private information, and can only cast significant doubt on the publicly avowed positions of Apple and Facebook/Meta in respect of user privacy.

Long read: Six strikes that show the reality of drone warfare today

3 December 2021 — Drone Wars

Chris Cole

Weddings. Hospitals. Refugee camps. Aid workers. All have become the target of lethal strikes this year due to the spreading use of drones by a growing number of states.  Here we detail six particular strikes and, below, reflect on what they show about the reality of drone warfare today.

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“Summit for Democracy” – Enhancing Empire, Not Defending “Democracy”

2 December, 2021 — New Atlas

(Brian Berletic – NEO) – The very first “Summit for Democracy” will be held in early December 2021. Organized by the United States, it will include “leaders from government, civil society, and the private sector,” all unilaterally picked by the United States who, by implication, has unilaterally declared itself arbiter of which nations are deemed “democratic” and by process of counting the uninvited, those deemed “undemocratic.”

US-sponsored opposition movements in nations left uninvited took the opportunity to portray the summit as validation for some and a “slap in the face” to others.

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Dehumanisation, doublespeak and death: Countering Europe’s lack of humanity

2 December 2021 — Institute of Race Relations

The phrase ‘liquid graveyard’, often applied to the Mediterranean, is now applicable to the English Channel, where the 43 boat-related deaths in the last 18 months are the result of Europe’s increasingly militarised border regime. The latest of these avoidable deaths occurred on 24 November, when seventeen men, seven women (one pregnant) and 3 children, thought to be Iraqi or Iranian Kurds, drowned trying to cross the Channel. Each of these deaths is a tragedy to the families of those seeking safety or trying to join loved ones here. All could be avoided by a humane policy which allowed asylum seekers access to travel facilities. Cracking down on unauthorised journeys through more pushbacks, criminalisation and ‘off-shoring’, as the government proposes in the Nationality and Borders Bill, won’t stop the deaths – it will drive people into taking more dangerous journeys, costing more lives. The IRR spoke to the Morning Star about this latest tragedy and for more on the borders bill, read IRR Vice-Chair Frances Webber’s comments to the New Statesman in their analysis of plans to remove citizenship without notice.

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Black Agenda Report 1 December 2021

1 December, 2021 —  — Black Agenda Report

The Black Agenda” 
Glen Ford
Black politics are key to recognizing the most important social dynamics of the United States. Over the past forty years, no commentator has been as deeply insightful about the paradoxes and personalities of Black American public life as the late journalist and radio host Glen Ford.
In this stunning overview, Ford draws from his work for Black Agenda Report, one of the most incisive and perceptive publications of the progressive left, to examine competing struggles for class power and identity in the Black movement. 

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We Have to Stand on Our Ground, the Best Ground from Which to Reach the Stars: The Forty-Eighth Newsletter (2021)

2 December 2021 — Tricontinental

Likbez (USSR), Tatar Literacy Club, 1935.

Dear friends,

Greetings from the desk of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

Almost every single child on the planet (over 80% of them) had their education disrupted by the pandemic, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural (UNESCO) agency. Though this finding is startling, it was certainly necessary to close schools as the infectious COVID-19 virus tore through society. What has been the impact of that decision on education? In 2017 – before the pandemic – at least 840 million people had no access to electricity, which meant that, for many children, online education was impossible. A third of the global population (2.6 billion people) has no access to the internet, which – even if they had electricity – makes online education impossible. If we go deeper, we find that the rates of those who do not have access to the gadgets necessary for online learning – such as computers and smartphones – are even more dire, with two billion people lacking both. To have physical schools closed, therefore, has resulted in hundreds of millions of children around the world missing school for nearly two years.

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The ‘Missing’ Star Athlete Peng Shuai Is Not Missing At All

2 December 2021 — Moon of Alabama

The New York Times has falsely claimed that the Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai accused her former lover of sexual assault. She did not do that.

In her post on the Chinese website Weibo (English translation) Peng Shuai only lamented that the relation with her old lover had come to an end. She did not accuse him of anything that could be considered an assault. The NYT made that up.

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The epidemiological relevance of the COVID-19-vaccinated population is increasing

19 November 2021 — The Lancet

[In other words, the ‘vaccine’ don’t work as advertised! The ‘vaccinated’ are infecting those who are also ‘vaccinated’ as well as those of us who have not been ‘vaccinated’, excepting of course, all those who have already contracted the virus and/or have natual immunity. B]

Open AccessPublished: November 19, 2021DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lanepe.2021.100272

High COVID-19 vaccination rates were expected to reduce transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in populations by reducing the number of possible sources for transmission and thereby to reduce the burden of COVID-19 disease. Recent data, however, indicate that the epidemiological relevance of COVID-19 vaccinated individuals is increasing. In the UK it was described that secondary attack rates among household contacts exposed to fully vaccinated index cases was similar to household contacts exposed to unvaccinated index cases (25% for vaccinated vs 23% for unvaccinated). 12 of 31 infections in fully vaccinated household contacts (39%) arose from fully vaccinated epidemiologically linked index cases. Peak viral load did not differ by vaccination status or variant type [
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