Priti Patel: Torturing the Scapegoat

29 March 2021 — Craig Murray

By Craig Murray

I frequently find myself differing with readers who find it hard to understand that I can have personal friendships with people with politics very contrary to my own. I do not believe having a different opinion to me makes you a bad person. But there are times when I look at political opponents and consider that they can only be motivated by malice. I honestly believe you have to be a psychopath to wish to inflict the kind of calculated cruelty on hapless individuals who have already suffered much, that was presaged in Priti Patel’s new proposals for dealing with asylum seekers.

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Israel election: The far-right is triumphant. The only obstacle left is Netanyahu

29 March 2021 — Jonathan Cook

Extreme religious and settler parties are a firm majority in Israel’s new parliament. Now they want a leader truly committed to their cause

Middle East Eye – 29 March 2021

As 13 parties struggle with Israel’s complex post-election maths, seeking alliances that can assure them power, the most significant outcome of the vote is easily missed. The religious fundamentalists and settler parties – Israel’s far right – won an unprecedented and clear-cut victory last week.

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29 March 2021 — Russia Observer

by Patrick Armstrong

Einstein is said to have observed that insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, and expecting a different result. What a perfect description for US foreign policy since the end of the Cold War. Two decades in Iraq and Afghanistan is not enough: keep doing it. Sanctions on Russia haven’t made any difference, keep doing them. Beijing is not the least deterred by “freedom of navigation” cruises, keep doing them. Iran won’t bend to Washington’s will, keep doing the same thing.

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COVID-19: Greed Drove Big Pharma Companies to Privatize Vaccines

29 March, 2021 — Consortium News – Common Dreams

The AstraZeneca jab was actually developed by scientists from a publicly-funded institution, writes Nick Dearden in a retort to comments by Boris Johnson.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson shows proof of getting Oxford–AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine on March 19. (Andrew Parsons, No 10 Downing Street, Flickr)

By Nick Dearden
Common Dreams

On the anniversary of the United Kingdom’s first lockdown of the coronavirus pandemic, as candles were lit in doorways and the country mourned 125,000 deaths, the prime minister was in the mood for gloating.

“The reason we have the vaccine success is because of capitalism, because of greed my friends,” Boris Johnson reportedly told Conservative MPs, before pleading “forget I said that.”

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The Vaccine Conundrum

8 March 2021 — Swiss Policy Research

Neutralizing antibody titers after vaccination, by age group (Source: Mueller et al)

How effective, and safe, are covid vaccines really?

Initial data from Israel and Scotland appeared to indicate a very high real-world effectiveness of covid vaccines, even in senior citizens. However, much of this data was heavily adjusted for various factors and was therefore not easy to interpret. Numerous reports of covid outbreaks in care homes even after the second vaccination have raised additional questions about vaccine effectiveness.

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European Group on Ethics presents biased and inaccurate report on new genetic engineering

23 March 2021 — GMWatch

Ethics of genome editing report BIAS

Report is scientifically inaccurate and skewed by anti-regulatory agenda. Report: Claire Robinson and Jonathan Matthews

The European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE), which advises the EU Commission, has published its report on New Genetic Engineering (New GE or gene editing). The report deals with New GE applications in humans, animals and plants. While the report makes thoughtful points on gene editing in humans and livestock animals, the chapter on plants is another matter. Separate analyses of the report by GMWatch and Testbiotech have found that this section lacks balance and scientific accuracy.

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You Refuse to Get Vaccinated, But Are You Ready to be an Outcast?

28 March 2021 — Summit News

By Mike Whitney

“If behavioral psychologists helped to shape the government’s strategy on mass vaccination, then in what other policies were they involved? Were these the “professionals” who conjured up the pandemic restrictions? Were the masks, the social distancing and the lockdowns all promoted by “experts” as a way to undermine normal human relations and inflict the maximum psychological pain on the American people? Was the intention to create a weak and submissive population that would willingly accept the dismantling of democratic institutions and the imposition of a new political order? These questions need to be answered.” (From the text)

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NATO Headquarters: Blinken announces last global crusade

25 March 2021 — Anti-bellum

A diary of NATO’s threat to world peace

Author: Rick Rozoff

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken’s address at North Atlantic Treaty Organization headquarters in Brussels on March 24, entitled Reaffirming and Reimagining America’s Alliances, is a landmark, a watershed articulation of the most far-ranging and perhaps the final initiative of the West to preserve and extend world domination; a crusade inaugurated by the U.S. and the thirty-member global military bloc it leads to bifurcate the world into the West and, to use the words of Zbigniew Brzezinski, its partners, vassals and tributaries on one hand and a small handful of incorrigible holdouts against the order Blinken represents on the other. The second group of countries being, if you will, the foreign policy equivalent of Neanderthals and deplorables as those terms have been employed in the American body politic over the past five years.

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Dangerous Crossroads: US-NATO vs. Russia-China in a “Hybrid War” to the Finish?

28 March 2021 — Asia Times – Global Research

Let’s start with comic relief: the “leader of the free world” has pledged to prevent China from becoming the “leading” nation on the planet. And to fulfill such an exceptional mission, his “expectation” is to run again for president in 2024. Not as a hologram. And fielding the same running mate.

This is how shingles of Indian interests in Myanmar overlap Russia and China’s

28 March 2021 — Indian Punchline

Refugees fleeing the attack by separatist Karen Liberation Army on Myanmar military outpost on Thai border, March 27, 2021

India did the right thing by dissociating from other “Quad” members to join the defence attaches of Myanmar’s neighbouring countries and attend the parade on Saturday in Naypyitaw to mark the Armed Forces Day — although pro-American proxies in the media have voiced some misplaced indignation.

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Incredible Hulk “Virus Variants” and Other COVID Science Fiction Fantasies

28 March 2021 — Global Research

In a recent episode of the High Wire, host Del Bigtree says:

We are putting immense pressure on [the coronavirus] with an underperforming vaccine that is going to turn it into a hulk. And [Dr. Bossche’s] concern is that it will become so viral and so deadly that there is nothing we can do to stop it.

I can’t help but feel Bigtree and Bossche may be big fans of I Am Legend. Both the novel and the movie are set in a post-apocalyptic America, where a mutant measles virus has wiped out most of mankind. Outside of such dystopian thrillers, however, it’s hard to find examples of such genocidal pandemics (natural or manmade).

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