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Greek socialist ex-minister Valyrakis, 77, found dead at sea

Sifis Valyrakis, a former minister and resistance fighter against Greece’s 1967-74 military dictatorship who twice made daring escapes, was found dead at sea Sunday night, the coast guard has announced

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Israel's struggling Labor party chooses new leader

Israel’s Labor Party has chosen Merav Michaeli, a veteran lawmaker and former journalist, as its new leader ahead of March elections

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Israel opens embassy in UAE, expanding new relations

Israel says it has opened its embassy in the United Arab Emirates

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Burundi ruling party selects hardliner as secretary-general

Burundi’s ruling party has selected as the former president of the country’s senate to be the new secretary-general

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19 burned bodies found near Mexico-US border town

Mexican authorities say they've found 19 shot and burned bodies near a town across the Rio Grande from Texas

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Eurozone Business Activity Shrinks in January as Lockdowns Hit Services

Empty chairs and tables are pictured on the first day of the temporary closing of restaurants, as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Berlin, Germany, on Nov. 2, 2020. (Annegret Hilse/Reuters)

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Michigan County GOP Unanimously Censures Republican House Representative Over Impeachment

In this May 3, 2017, file photo, Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., left, speaks to reporters outside the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

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Beijing City Requires Mass Virus Testing for Roughly 2 Million

A Chinese girl wears a protective mask as she rides her scooter outside the gate of the Forbidden City, which remains closed to visitors, in Beijing, China, on April 19, 2020. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

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At Least 24 Shot, Five Fatally, Across Chicago Over the Weekend: Police

Chicago and Evanston police investigate a crime scene after a gunman went on a shooting spree before being killed by police during a shootout in Evanston, Ill., on Jan. 9, 2021. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

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China’s Sanctions on Former Trump Administration Officials an ‘Escalation’: Sen. Cotton

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) at a border security discussion hosted by Center for Immigration Studies in Washington on July 30, 2019. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

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CDC says severe allergic reactions to Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine are 'a rare event'

The COVID-19 vaccine made by Moderna caused very few cases of severe allergic reactions during the first three weeks of its nationwide rollout, the CDC says.

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As Mexico enters the darkest days of the COVID-19 pandemic, its vaccination plan takes a hit

Mexico's vaccination plan has been delayed after Pfizer said it would be shipping fewer doses of the shots than originally planned.

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For members of a migrant caravan, Biden's immigration plan means little right now

Biden has abandoned many of Trump's hard-line immigration policies. But none of the policy changes does much for people fleeing Central America now.

Posted 8:36pm - 23 Jan 2021

Washington gets whiplash in shift from Trump to Biden

Changes at 1600: Days don't begin and end with tweets. The press secretary hasn't lied or insulted media. Policy papers are back. The president stays on message.

Posted 1:00pm - 23 Jan 2021

Russia arrests 350 protesters demanding Alexei Navalny's release

Russian police on Saturday arrested hundreds of protesters who took to the streets in temperatures as low as minus-58degrees to demand the release of Alexei Navalny, the country's top opposition figure.

Posted 12:31pm - 23 Jan 2021
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Portugal President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa re-elected: Exit poll

Forecast says centre-right incumbent has won a second and final five-year term.

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Dutch police clash with anti-lockdown rioters in two cities

Rioters clash with police and damage properties in Netherlands capital Amsterdam and southern city of Eindhoven.

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UAE cabinet approves establishing embassy in Tel Aviv

Decision comes as Israel announces embassy opening in Abu Dhabi months after controversial normalisation of ties.

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Israeli ultra-Orthodox clash with police over school closures

The clashes came as authorities face difficulties enforcing COVID restrictions in Israel's religious communities.

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Russia accuses US of meddling, but says open to dialogue

The US condemns Moscow's crackdown on protesters, drawing a swift rebuke from President Vladimir Putin's spokesman.

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Covid: Israel vaccinates 16 to 18-year-olds ahead of exams

Israel has vaccinated more than a quarter of its population and now high school students are eligible.

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Taiwan reports large incursion by Chinese warplanes for second day

China's moves coincide with the start of the Biden administration, which has shown support for Taiwan.

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Covid-19: US tops 25 million coronavirus cases

President Joe Biden has warned things will "continue to get worse before they get better".

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US police vehicle ploughs into crowd watching 'burnouts'

Footage shows a police car apparently driving through a group at a street race in Washington state.

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Australia man missing for 18 days 'survived on mushrooms'

Search efforts had been called off for Robert Weber, but he was reportedly found by a local MP.

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Portugal’s president set for second term after Covid-hit election

An exit poll suggested that centre-right incumbent Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa captured 57-62% of the vote.

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‘Today’s youngsters are tomorrow’s shantymen’ – shanty singers welcome trend

John, a singer with the Sheringham Shantymen, said he downloaded TikTok to watch Nathan Evans’s viral video.

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Protesters told to stay away from court hearing of Colston statue accused

Police warned those planning to demonstrate during the court appearance of those accused of toppling the statue of slaver Edward Colston risk a fine.

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Trump's coming impeachment trial aggravates rift among Republicans

Trump's coming impeachment trial aggravates rift among Republicans

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Thousands join protests in Brazil calling for Bolsonaro impeachment

Cars paraded through the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and at least a dozen other cities as other protesters marched on foot.

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Ten years in, Tunisian democracy remains a work in progress

Ten years after the Arab Spring, Tunisia remains the lone success story. While its neighbors collapsed into civil war or renewed dictatorship, Tunisia has broken the mold, transitioning to democracy in 2011 and maintaining it since. Today, Tunisia’s President Kais Saied is the only head of state in the region who can claim they won a free and fair election. What explains Tunisia’s…

Posted 9:05pm - 22 Jan 2021

Biden, democracy, and Africa

President Joe Biden has committed to restoring American leadership globally. With the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, this task became immensely more challenging. For Africa, nevertheless, this will translate into an American policy that strives to respect the people and governments on the continent. Respect for democratic governance—which the president-elect has called…

Posted 6:10pm - 22 Jan 2021

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Posted 8:54pm - 21 Jan 2021

Sustainable Development Spotlight: Can President Biden reengage on US global leadership?

Posted 6:20pm - 21 Jan 2021

Facing a multitude of challenges of its own, Jordan welcomes Biden

While many Middle Eastern leaders are apprehensive about the incoming American administration, Jordan’s King Abdullah is pleased to see the end of the Trump administration and welcome Joe Biden. The Trump team virtually ignored Jordan and its interests for four years. Biden is a well-known player in the Hashemite Kingdom, but the relationship will need…

Posted 1:00pm - 21 Jan 2021
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Scientists Still Have Problems With AstraZeneca and Oxford’s Vaccine Results

On Tuesday, Oxford became the first team leading a coronavirus vaccine trial to publish its results in a peer-reviewed journal, but scientists have questions about how the trials were conducted.


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“There Was A Pandemic?” What Life Is Like In Countries Without COVID

COVID infections are low to nonexistent in several countries, where life looks practically normal. Some people even occasionally forget there’s a pandemic going on.


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Scientists Are Slamming A Report Saying Microwave Attacks Could Have Caused “Havana Syndrome” In US Diplomats

“The report does not make a coherent argument why microwaves should be involved,” one critic said.


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The Head Of Social Media For India's Ruling Party Uses Twitter To Spread Rumors And Lies. Twitter Just Applied A Warning Label To One Of His Tweets.

Critics have been asking American tech companies to apply the same standards to the rest of the world as they do to the US. It might finally be happening.


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Inside A Xinjiang Detention Camp

In a lush countryside idyll known for its horse farms and fields of yellow flowers, China built a system of total control.


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Trapped for 2 weeks, 11 workers rescued from China gold mine

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Eleven workers trapped for two weeks by an explosion inside a Chinese gold mine were brought safely to the surface on Sunday.

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Rioting youths in Dutch village torch COVID-19 testing centre

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Rioting youths protesting on the first night of a Dutch curfew torched a coronavirus testing facility and threw fireworks at police in a Dutch fishing village.

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Why the Queen let it be known she's had the COVID-19 vaccine

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Members of the Royal Family are generally reluctant to share many details of their personal health, but a decision by Queen Elizabeth to let it be known she and Prince Philip have received vaccinations to protect them against the coronavirus is likely to be welcomed by those leading U.K. efforts to fight COVID-19.

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Dutch police arrest Chinese-born Canadian national who allegedly runs multibillion-dollar drug syndicate

Dutch Police Arrest Drug Syndicate Kingpin

Dutch police said on Saturday they had arrested the alleged leader of a multibillion-dollar drug syndicate who is listed as one of the world's most-wanted fugitives and has been compared to Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

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Alexei Navalny's wife detained by police at anti-Kremlin protest in Moscow

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Russian police detained Yulia Navalnaya, the wife of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, at a protest in Moscow on Saturday, she wrote on her Instagram from inside a police van.

Posted 10:35am - 23 Jan 2021
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Argentina's New Law Legalizing Elective Abortion Takes Effect

Argentina's landmark abortion law went into effect Sunday, guaranteeing abortion up to the 14th week of pregnancy and beyond that in cases of rape or when a woman's health is at risk.

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Operation Blessing Marks First Anniversary of Philippine Volcanic Eruption by Giving Livelihood to Survivors

January 12th marked one year since the devastating Taal Volcano eruption in the Philippines. It forced tens of thousands from their homes and the evacuation cost 39 lives.  

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Trapped for 2 Weeks, 11 Workers Rescued From China Gold Mine

Eleven workers trapped for two weeks by an explosion inside a Chinese gold mine were brought safely to the surface on Sunday.

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12-Year-Old Christian Girl Rescued in Pakistan, Forced to Marry Muslim Man While in Captivity for 5 Months

A Pakistani Christian girl was rescued from a Muslim man who reportedly abducted, raped, and forced her to marry him.

Posted 8:33pm - 23 Jan 2021

UK Chief Scientist Says New Virus Variant May be More Deadly

There is some evidence that a new coronavirus variant first identified in southeast England carries a higher risk of death than the original strain, the British government’s chief scientific adviser said Friday -- though he stressed that the data is uncertain.

Posted 2:47pm - 23 Jan 2021
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Gottlieb "fairly confident" that new Brazilian virus strain is already in the U.S

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former FDA commissioner, says he is "fairly confident" that a new strain of the virus from Brazil is already in the U.S., and "we're just not detecting it yet."

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U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson warns new COVID variant is more deadly

CBS News senior foreign correspondent Elizabeth Palmer reports from London on the global impacts of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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Transcript: Anthony Fauci on "Face the Nation"

The following is a transcript of an interview with Chief Medical Adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci that aired Sunday, January 24, 2021, on "Face the Nation."

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Transcript: Deborah Birx on "Face the Nation"

The following is a transcript of an interview with former White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx that aired Sunday, January 24, 2021, on "Face the Nation."

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Fashion victims: Italian artisans try to preserve their struggling industry

With the coronavirus affecting markets around the world, Italy's fashion industry, which has long drawn on the talent and traditions of artisans, is now drawing on their creativity to survive.

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Need a lift? SpaceX launches record spacecraft in cosmic rideshare program

A veteran rocket from billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s SpaceX aerospace company launched 143 spacecraft into space on Sunday, a new record for the most spaceships deployed on a single mission, according to the company.

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'We can't wait:' Biden to push US Congress for US$1.9 trillion in COVID-19 relief

One of President Joe Biden's top economic aides on Sunday will press Democratic and Republican senators for a fresh US$1.9 trillion in coronavirus relief to help struggling Americans and avert a larger economic crisis.

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Republicans signal deep resistance to Trump Senate trial

Republican lawmakers demonstrated on Sunday (Jan 24) that Democrats will have a fight on their hands to convict Donald Trump when the Senate next month opens its first-ever impeachment trial of a former president.

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Israel bans international flights to curb COVID-19 spread

Israel will ban passenger flights in and out of the country from Monday evening for a week as it seeks to stop the spread of new coronavirus variants.

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Kremlin accuses US of meddling in affairs, but says ready to talk

President Vladimir Putin would respond in kind if the new US administration showed willingness to talk, a Kremlin spokesman said on Sunday (Jan 24), while also accusing Washington of meddling in mass protests in support of detained opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

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Russian protests: 2,600 arrested demanding Navalny’s release

Russian police arrested more than 2,600 people in nationwide protests demanding the release of Putin critic and opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

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Russian protests: 3,000 arrested demanding Navalny’s release

Russian police arrested more than 3,000 people in nationwide protests demanding the release of Putin critic and opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

Posted 8:59pm - 23 Jan 2021

Pandemic buzzkill: French entrepreneur Willem Lombe hits a wall

On the brink of adulthood, Willem Lombe’s launch into the worlds of talent agentry and e-commerce is stalled by pandemic lockdowns.

Posted 10:52pm - 22 Jan 2021

Chanting through masks: Cosima Steltner on German labor activism

Steelworker organizing, for this youth activist, requires physical presence, a challenge for how to stage effective distanced rallies in the pandemic.

Posted 10:52pm - 22 Jan 2021

Youth and responsibility: Olivia Holt on partying, voting, race

Racial tension and a massive stadium crowd in a pandemic tempered her desire to be break free for sum fun after a year of trials.

Posted 10:39pm - 22 Jan 2021
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Samsung didn’t mention Bixby once during its entire Galaxy Note 10 event

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Not once during Samsung’s Unpacked event for

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Game of Thrones creators sign $200 million Netflix deal to make exclusive shows and films

Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and DB Weiss have signed a multi-year film and

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‘Game of Thrones’ creators are heading to Netflix

Game of Thrones creators and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have been lured to

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Every Apple, Google, and Samsung phone you can buy with a headphone jack

In the not-too-distant past, you used to be able to buy a smartphone knowing that

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AMD CEO: Epyc 2 chips are the world’s fastest x86 processors

AMD CEO: Epyc 2 chips are the world’s fastest x86 processors, mounting a big challenge

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China surpasses U.S. as largest recipient of foreign direct investment during Covid pandemic

The Chinese economy brought in more foreign direct investment than any other country last year, knocking the United States from its perch atop the list.

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SpaceX launches a 'rideshare' mission carrying 143 spacecraft, a record for a single launch

Elon Musk's SpaceX launched another rocket into the record books on Sunday with the first mission of its small satellite "rideshare" program.

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Companies are racing to build digital passports for people to prove they've had the Covid vaccine

Apps could take the place of paper cards to prove you've gotten the vaccine -- but will anybody accept them? And if so, which one?

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Op-Ed: Xi is positioning China as the world's indispensable economy — and Biden's greatest challenge

Xi's underlying message is this: the U.S. may once have been "the indispensable nation," but China now has become "the indispensable economy."

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Why international stocks could outperform U.S. markets this year

China is on track to be a standout among global markets in 2021, market analysts say. Here's why international stocks could outperform U.S. markets this year.

Posted 3:38pm - 23 Jan 2021
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Some Chinese miners trapped in gold mine rescued

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She was murdered for catching an Indian priest and nun in a sex act. Three decades later, justice is served

The dead nun's slippers were scattered on the convent kitchen floor -- one near the entrance, the other by the fridge.

Posted 20 hours ago

Brexit reality: Rotting fish, lost business and red tape

Posted 5:00am - 23 Jan 2021

Canada working with the US to close travel 'loophole'

Canadian officials said Friday they are working with the Biden administration to close what they describe as a travel "loophole" and to get more symmetry with Covid-19 safety protocols between the two countries.

Posted 10:35pm - 22 Jan 2021

18-month-old baby under house arrest with Bobi Wine 'safely evacuated'

The 18-month old niece of Bobi Wine's wife has been safely evacuated from their residence, where she had been under house arrest with the Ugandan politician and his wife, Wine told CNN's Becky Anderson Friday.

Posted 10:06pm - 22 Jan 2021
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Biden to impose South Africa travel ban to combat new COVID-19 variant: sources

U.S. President Joe Biden will impose a ban on most non-U.S. citizens entering the country who have recently been in South Africa starting Saturday in a bid to contain the spread of a new variant of COVID-19, U.S. public health officials told Reuters.

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The U.S. just marked 25 million Covid-19 cases. Now it's a race between vaccines and variants

It took just over a year for the U.S. to go from one to 25 million coronavirus infections, an average of about 67,934 new infections every day.

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Israel to close airport to bring outbreak under control

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said Israel will be closing its international airport to nearly flights as the government races to bring a raging coronavirus outbreak under control.

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Trump administration had no coronavirus vaccine distribution plan

There was no distribution plan for the coronavirus vaccine set up by the Trump administration as the virus raged in its last months in office, new President Joe Biden's chief of staff, Ron Klain, said on Sunday.

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Kremlin: U.S. comments on protests support law-breaking

The spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin says the U.S. Embassy's statements about the nationwide protests, in which more than 3,500 people reportedly were arrested, interfere in the country's domestic affairs and encourage Russians to break the law.

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Xi terrified by Christianity surge in China – dictator fears '300 million-strong' uprising



XI JINPING is terrified by the rise of the Christian church in China and may be forced to share power if it grows too large.

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ISIS commander killed: SAS sniper takes out five jihadis in explosion from long range shot



FIVE ISIS terrorists were killed by an SAS sniper with one bullet from a range of over half a mile after the marksman detonated an explosive vest on one of the jihadis in Syria.

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Putin has ‘job for life’ despite Navalny protests as 'grim' plot with China exposed



VLADIMIR PUTIN has "his job for life," Chair of the Defence Select Committee Tobias Ellwood told Express.co.uk - before Moscow descended into chaos during protests in support of critic Alexei Navalny.

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CNN's 'unfair' Donald Trump coverage caused US Capitol Hill riots, claims Megyn Kelly



CNN's coverage of former President Donald Trump sparked the Capitol riots, a commentator has claimed.

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Urgent Covid vaccine investigation after person dies within hours of jab in California



A PERSON has died in a Californian hospital hours after being given a coronavirus vaccine.

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Woman, 85, who 'died' of Covid returns 9 days after family told she was buried

The grieving family of 85-year-old Rogelia Blanc received the shock of their lives when the pensioner returned to her care home in good spirits nine days after they were told she had been buried

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Miracle as 11 men dramatically rescued from gold mine after 14 days underground

They were among 22 men trapped when the entrance to the mine collapsed following an explosion  in China - one died and it is still not clear whether the other 10 underground are alive

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'Race against the clock to bring white rhinos back from the brink of extinction'

The plight of the northern white rhino is the starkest illustration of how badly things have gone wrong for the natural world but there is one last chance to change their fate, says Nada Farhoud

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Man rescued from gold mine after 14 days underground following explosion

Footage showed the moment the man was lifted out of the mine shaft, covered in a blanket with a black blindfold over his eyes

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North Korea o use Joe Biden talks as chance to advance nuclear weapons programme

Pyongyang is under international sanctions for its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes and the new US President must decide how to approach Kim Jong-un

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British Army awards contract to Elbit Systems for high-end surveillance system

The UK Ministry of Defense has announced that the British Army has invested $137 million (£102 million) in a high-end surveillance system allowing frontline soldiers to detect and engage enemy targets in seconds. According to a press release, Elbit Systems UK Ltd, a business unit of Israeli company Elbit Systems, will deliver a state-of-the-art ‘sensor to […]

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U.S. Army MQ-1C drone conducted emergency landing in Niger

The U.S. Army MQ-1C unmanned aircraft, also known as Gray Eagle, conducted an emergency landing in Niger (West Africa). In a release late Sanday, U.S. Africa Command said the remotely piloted aircraft conducted an emergency landing in the vicinity of Agadez, Niger, Jan. 23. “The aircraft experienced a mechanical malfunction while conducting a routine mission […]

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Turkey unveils hybrid main battle tank

Turkey has unveiled an upgraded version of its hybrid main battle tank which combining the hull of a Leopard 2A4 with the turret of an Altay. The latest version of the tank was displayed during the visit of the Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar to the BMC Plant. The upgraded Leopard 2A4 is equipped […]

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Posted 7:36pm - 23 Jan 2021

U.S. Navy enters Black Sea near Russia

The U.S. Navy destroyer is back in the Black Sea for the first time since last year. On Saturday, the U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Afric has announced that Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) entered the Black Sea. “The first FDNF [Forward-Deployed Naval Forces-Europe] destroyer to visit the Black Sea in 2021, #Donaldcook […]

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Posted 7:02pm - 23 Jan 2021

Myanmar orders troubled Pantsir-S1 air defense system

Russian state media reported on Friday that Myanmar’s Armed Forces has ordered a once formidable Pantsir-S1 (NATO reporting name SA-22 Greyhound) air defense system. The Russian state-run TASS news agency said the agreement was signed at a ceremony attended by Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, who is in Myanmar on an official visit, and the […]

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Posted 9:25am - 23 Jan 2021
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Coronavirus: Spain's top military chief steps down after jumping queue for COVID vaccine

Spain's top military chief has resigned after it was revealed he and other senior officers jumped the queue for a coronavirus vaccine.

Posted about 1 hour ago

From plane to train: Pilots in Switzerland grounded by COVID are redeploying as train drivers

Pilots in Switzerland are switching the cockpit for the cab as they redeploy as train drivers to keep working in the pandemic.

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New Zealand records first COVID case outside of quarantine in months

A 56-year-old woman tested positive for the virus after spending two weeks in quarantine after being in Europe.

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Eleven workers rescued from China mine after being trapped for two weeks

Eleven workers trapped for two weeks by an explosion inside a Chinese gold mine were brought safely to the surface on Sunday.

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Asian drug lord Tse Chi Lop arrested at Amsterdam airport

The alleged drug lord known as Asia's 'El Chapo' is suspected to run the Sam Gor international crime syndicate.

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Iconic US talk show host, Larry King, dies aged 87

American talk show host Larry King has died at the age of 87, Ora Media said in a statement tweeted from his account.

Posted 1:38pm - 23 Jan 2021

Inauguration Day 2021: When will Joe Biden be sworn in? And everything else you need to know

Joe Biden will officially become the 46th president of the United States today in an unconventional inaugural ceremony.

Posted 3:23pm - 20 Jan 2021

Plane reported missing in Indonesia

A plane has reported missing shortly after takeoff in Indonesia.

Posted 10:53am - 9 Jan 2021

Politicians across the world condemn Trump supporters who have stormed Capitol Hill

Politicians from across the world have spoken out against the "disgraceful scenes"taking place in Washington DC after Trump supporters have stormed the Capitol building.

Posted 11:52pm - 6 Jan 2021

Videos of 2020: We look back at the funniest videos that kept us laughing this year

This year has been a trying time for many, filled with its highs and lows.

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Israel opens embassy in United Arab Emirates after normalising ties

Israel opened an embassy in the United Arab Emirates Sunday, its foreign ministry said, in a historic move four months after the Jewish state and the Gulf country normalised ties.

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US reiterates support for Taiwan after China sends jets into island’s airspace

The U.S. has reaffirmed its support for Taiwan following China’s dispatch of warplanes near the island in an apparent attempt to intimidate its democratic government and test the resolve of the new American presidential administration.

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Sanders’ mitten-maker becomes famous after gloves steal inauguration show

Jen Ellis, a primary school teacher from Bernie Sanders’ home state of Vermont, has become something of a celebrity after the mittens she knitted became an Internet phenomenon when the leftist senator wore them at US President Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20.

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EU to force pharmaceutical companies to fulfill Covid-19 vaccine contracts

The European Union will make pharmaceutical companies respect contracts they have signed for the supply of Covid-19 vaccines, European Council President Charles Michel said on Sunday.

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France imposes new border controls in effort to curb Covid-19

New border controls went into force in France on Sunday as part of a massive effort to contain the spread of Covid-19 and avoid another nationwide lockdown.

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Some in the White House believed coronavirus was ‘a hoax,’ former Trump advisor says

Defending her tenure, Birx told CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday that she was at times censored by the Trump administration but denied ever withholding information.

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Bernie Sanders says he’s happy inauguration meme is helping raise money for charity

"So, It turns out actually to be a good thing, and not only a fun thing," Sanders said.

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Armed man arrested by Secret Service near White House, police say

Washington's Metropolitan Police Department told Global News the armed man was arrested by members of the Secret Service.

Posted 1 hours ago

Several U.S. states mull allowing concealed carry of guns without a permit

Fifteen states already allow concealed carry without a permit, and lawmakers in nine others have proposed allowing or expanding the practice.

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Canada didn’t start Keystone XL dispute — the president did, Kenney says in rebuke of Biden

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney offered new criticisms of U.S. President Joe Biden's decision to block the US$8-billion cross-border energy project on his first day in office.

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Investigation underway after man died hours after getting COVID-19 vaccine - WJW FOX 8 News Cleveland

  1. Investigation underway after man died hours after getting COVID-19 vaccine  WJW FOX 8 News Cleveland
  2. California resident dies several hours after receiving COVID-19 vaccine  Fox News
  3. SSM Health patients to begin receiving the COVID-19 vaccine  FOX 2 St. Louis
  4. Letters to the Editor - Dallas-area residents share concerns and complaints about getting the COVID-19  The Dallas Morning News
  5. Maddening experiences of older Angelenos who want a vaccine  Los Angeles Times
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Israel temporarily bans all international flights in response to new COVID-19 strains - Fox News

Israel temporarily bans all international flights in response to new COVID-19 strains  Fox NewsView Full Coverage on Google News

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Israel temporarily bans all international flights in response to new COVID-19 strains - Fox News

Israel temporarily bans all international flights in response to new COVID-19 strains  Fox NewsView Full Coverage on Google News

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Dutch COVID-19 testing facility torched during ongoing riots over curfew - New York Post

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Dutch COVID-19 testing facility torched during ongoing riots over curfew - New York Post

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Iran’s Government to Facilitate Visit of Foreign Entrepreneurs

The Iranian government is considering the facilitation of the visit to Iran of foreign entrepreneurs working with Iranian knowledge-based companies through issuance of business and technology visas.

The post Iran’s Government to Facilitate Visit of Foreign Entrepreneurs appeared first on Iran Front Page.

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Iran’s Energy Achievements Prove Failure of US Sanctions: VP

Iran’s First Vice-President Es’haq Jahangiri says the country’s achievements in the fields of oil, gas, and petrochemicals indicate the failure of cruel sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

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Iran Constructing Sci-Tech Park at iLand City

Work is underway to construct a science and technology park in the newly-established commercial and entertainment township of iLand, southwest of Tehran.

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Iran Says Has Lost All Its Trust in US, Europe

A senior Iranian diplomat says the country has completely lost its trust in the United States and Europe.

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Tehran, Yerevan Set to Boost Industrial Cooperation

Iran and Armenia have discussed promotion of their mutual cooperation in the industry sector.

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Who to Believe about Venezuela’s Election? Firsthand Observation or PBS NewsHour?

by Rick Sterling We’re pleased to repost this report by JWE board member Rick Sterling of his December election-observing visit to Venezuela. It was earlier posted at Resumen. You can ...

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Posted 4:07pm - 11 Jan 2021

Just World Ed: Our record in 2020, plans for 2021

Report by Helena Cobban, Executive President This year’s multiple crises spurred Just World Educational to develop innovative forms of programing in support of our knowledge-expanding mission. This report shares my ...

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Posted about 1 month ago

Palestine Writes Festival Celebrates Literature, Art, and Imagination

by Laura Albast We’re happy to repost this essay by Laura Albast, a writer, translator, and staff member at the Institute for Palestine Studies. It was originally published on IPS’s ...

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Posted about 1 month ago

The emotional brilliance of the Palestine Writes Festival

by Alice Rothchild We’re pleased to re-post this essay by our board member Alice Rothchild, which was originally published at Mondoweiss. This past year, the isolated loneliness of being a ...

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Gaza’s food system under stress: Our latest webinar

On December 12, Just World Ed was pleased to release three short films (1, 2, 3), commissioned from Ain Media in Gaza, in which two farmers and a food-processing plant ...

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Key developments of 1544, & notes on empires, states, and nations

In 1544 CE, most of what was happening empire-wise in the world was sort of “same-old-same-old”. So beneath the bullet points here I’ll make a quick early assessment of what emerges for me as the bigger picture. First, the bullet-points: The King/Emperor Charles V of Spain stepped up his confrontation against France’s King Francis I, … Continue reading Key developments of 1544, & notes on empires, states, and nations

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Project 500 Years: Communique #1

Last December 31, I made a “New Year’s Resolution” that for the next 500 days, each day I would write and publish something– it could be short– that would summarize the key events of one year in world history, sequentially, starting in 1520 CE. I explained some of my motivation in doing this, here. So … Continue reading Project 500 Years: Communique #1

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Key developments of 1543

In 1543 CE, of course the Spanish depradations in the “New World” continued. Back home in Seville, King Charles V may, the previous year, have signed the “New Laws” that sought to restrain the violence the conquistadores/settlers used against the indigenes But over there (here) in the Americas, the settlers and their military bosses paid … Continue reading Key developments of 1543

Posted 3:28pm - 23 Jan 2021

Key developments of 1542, and Spain’s conquista of the Americas at 50

In my 1541 post, I noted the centennial of Portugal’s introduction of the practice of European slave-raiding into sub-Saharan Africa. This year, 1542 CE, marks the first half-century of Spain/Castile’s massive empire-building project in the Americas.(See rough map of its extent in 1542, above.) This year also marked some significant stirrings of conscience among a … Continue reading Key developments of 1542, and Spain’s conquista of the Americas at 50

Posted 7:16pm - 22 Jan 2021

Key developments of 1541 (and centennial of European slave-raiding into Africa)

In 1541 CE, of course Spain’s cruelly swashbuckling conquistadores continued their depradations in the Americas– from the Mississippi River down to southern Chile. Several other world-historically interesting things were happening too: Francis Xavier, one of the founders of the Jesuit order, left Lisbon on a mission to the Portuguese East Indies. I guess each empire-building … Continue reading Key developments of 1541 (and centennial of European slave-raiding into Africa)

Posted 3:27pm - 21 Jan 2021
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Spanish Woman Who "Died" Of Covid Returns Home 10 Days Later: Report

An 85-year-old woman believed by her family to have died from the coronavirus surprised her relatives by returning to her care home nine days after they were told she had been buried, a newspaper...

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US Police Car Plows Through Crowd After Being Surrounded

A police officer surrounded by a crowd in the US state of Washington struck and injured at least one person with his car as he sought to drive away, authorities said.

Posted about 1 hour ago

Israel Opens Embassy In United Arab Emirates: Foreign Ministry

Israel opened an embassy in the United Arab Emirates Sunday, its foreign ministry said, in a historic move four months after the Jewish state and the Gulf country normalised ties.

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Coronavirus Will "Continue To Change", Says Indian-American Physician

Indian-American physician Vivek Murthy, US President Joe Biden's pick for US Surgeon General, said that the deadly COVID-19 is going to "continue to change" and the country has to be ready for it,...

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Israel Opens Embassy In UAE, Will "Advance" Relations: Foreign Ministry

Israel opened an embassy in the United Arab Emirates, its foreign ministry said Sunday, in a historic move four months after the Jewish state and the Gulf country normalised ties.

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News24.com | Covid-19: US tops 25 million cases, says Johns Hopkins University

More than 25 million Covid-19 cases have been recorded in the United States since the pandemic began, Johns Hopkins University said Sunday, just days after President Joe Biden's inauguration.

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News24.com | Trump administration had no Covid-19 vaccine distribution plan, says White House

There was no distribution plan for the coronavirus vaccine set up by the Trump administration as the virus raged in its last months in office, new President Joe Biden's chief of staff, Ron Klain, says.

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News24.com | Scottish leader accuses Boris Johnson of 'fearing democracy' over independence issue

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon accused British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday of fearing democracy when it comes to letting the Scottish people express their will on independence from the United Kingdom.

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News24.com | Covid-19: Germany puts its faith in same medication used to treat Trump

Germany will become the first European Union country to start using the same experimental antibodies treatment credited with helping Donald Trump recover from Covid-19.

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News24.com | Russia police violence under review after 3 300 protesters held - monitor

More than 3 300 protesters have been arrested at demonstrations in support of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, a monitor has reported.

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Ooni of Ife's new Queen / Prophetess Naomi Celebrates 7 years of Ministering Video




Ooni of Ife's New Queen, Prophetess Celebrates their 7 years of Ministering.

Posted over 2 years ago

German nurse admits to killing 100 patients in his care video

 



A German has admitted to killing 100 patients who were in his care. On the first day of his trial Neils Hoegel, 41, admitted he killed patients at two hospitals in the country. He told the court that the charges against him were accurate. The charges stem from his time at two hospitals in Oldenburg and Delmenhorst from 1999 to 2005. The victims were age 34 and 96. Posted by Persist

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Plane carrying 188 people crashes after take-off



A passenger plane carrying 188 people has crashed into the sea off Jakarta.

Flight JT610 lost contact with the ground 13 minutes after take-off, The Guardian report.

''It has been confirmed that it has crashed'', Yusuf Latif, a spokesman for the country's search and rescue agency said on Monday.

The jet was a Boeing 737 MAX 8, which can carry up to 200 passengers.

A search and rescue effort has been launched for the plane, which departed Jarkata about 6.20am Ipcal time on Monday.

It was scheduled to land at Pangkal Pinang atb7.20am.

Wreckage has been found near where the plane lost contact with air traffic officials on the ground. Said Mohmmad Syaugi, the head of the search and rescue agency.

Posted over 2 years ago

Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha confirmed dead




Leicester City owner and chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha has been confirmed among the dead in Saturday night helicopter crash tragedy at the King Power Stadium.

The Premier League club on Sunday officially confirmed that five people died when the helicopter lost control during take-off.

A club statement read: '' it is with the deepest regret and a collective broken heart that we confirm our chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, was among those to have tragically lost their lives on Saturday evening when a helicopter carrying him and four other people crash outside King Power Stadium. None of the five people on-board survived.

Posted over 2 years ago

EPL: Mourinho takes another swipe at Man United's board




Man Utd manager, Jose Mourinho has taken another swipe at his board, by claiming that Everton have the same 'ambition' as the Red Devil this season.

United who only spent £70M during the summer transfer window on Fred and Diogo Dalot but Mourinho was furious that his board failed to sign at least one centre back.

United's executive Vice Chairman, Ed Woodward overruled Mourinho's defensive choices and the Red Devil had a slow start to the season, leaning in tenth position of the premier league table.

Mourinho has made a number of digs at his board since the start of the season by praising West Ham's scouting network and Juventus's strength in depth.

However, the Portuguese claimed that his Sunday's opponents, Everton have the same 'ambition' as united do.

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How Biden's Keystone XL Pipeline cancellation could test US-Canada relations

To understand how President Joe Biden's move to cancel the Keystone XL Pipeline might affect the US-Canada relationship, The World's host Carol Hills spoke to Kathryn Harrison, a political scientist and environmental policy expert at The University of British Columbia in Vancouver. 

Posted 8:30pm - 22 Jan 2021

After 2020 election, first-time Latino voter worries about a divided US

Nineteen-year-old Izcan Ordaz has two asks of the new Biden administration: issue additional stimulus checks and help bring the country together.

Posted 7:45pm - 22 Jan 2021

Bahamas Plastic Movement founder wins Goldman Environmental Prize

As an island nation, the Bahamas finds itself drowning in plastic carried from far away by ocean currents, as well as from its tourism industry and domestic use. Kristal Ambrose decided to try to do something about it.

Posted 7:00pm - 22 Jan 2021

South Korea’s baby boost for married couples excludes nontraditional families

South Korea wants more couples to have babies — but not all families are equal. Same-sex marriage is banned, and there are no laws that protect the LGBTQ community from discrimination. Single mothers also face stigma.

Posted 6:45pm - 22 Jan 2021

French Polynesia’s pearl farmers combat climate change with sustainable practices

Some pearl producers in French Polynesia are implementing innovative sustainable farming practices that help ensure the oceans they work in stay healthy and thriving.

Posted 6:15pm - 22 Jan 2021
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Greece to buy 18 French Rafale fighter jets in €2.5bn deal

Greece has ordered 18 French Rafale fighter jets to upgrade its military. The aircraft will be deployed from next summer. The deal takes place as tensions remain high between Greece and Turkey over a territorial dispute in the Mediterranean. 

Posted 2 hours ago

Shock, anger as Paris teen left in coma after brutal gang attack

A 15-year-old boy is in a coma after he was severely beaten in a Paris neighbourhood last week. The incident has triggered a wave of outrage across France and abroad, with sports stars and celebrities expressing their outrage at the attack and support for the victim.

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France's Macron pledges to toughen laws on child sex abuse

President Emmanuel Macron has said France will tighten its laws to better protect children against sexual abusers. The statements follow a flurry of legal steps aimed at improving the protection of children after a high-profile incest scandal that sparked nationwide outrage.

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New lockdown ‘imminent’ as France set for preemptive strike on UK variant

Despite no signs of an explosion in new infections, France appears set to enter a third lockdown in an bid to beat the highly-contagious UK variant of the coronavirus. High-placed government sources say it is only a matter of days before President Emmanuel Macron makes the announcement. 

Posted 8 hours ago

Portugal braves lockdown to vote in presidential poll

Portuguese voters have been urged to come out to cast their ballots in Sunday's presidential election despite the coronavirus lockdown in place. The vote is widely expected to hand centre-right incumbent Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa another term.

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U.S. will work with Israel to build on regional normalization agreements: Biden national security adviser



WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Biden administration will work closely with Israel on regional security issues and to build on the country's regional normalization agreements, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan told his Israeli counterpart, according to a statement on Sunday. "They discussed opportunities to enhance the partnership over the coming months, including by building on the success of Israel's normalization arrangements with UAE, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco," according to a statement on Sullivan's call on Saturday with Israel's Meir Ben Shabbat. Sullivan also extended an ...

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Scottish nationalists lay groundwork for second independence referendum



LONDON (Reuters) - The Scottish National Party published a "Roadmap to Referendum" on Saturday, laying out plans for another vote on Scottish independence just as the United Kingdom grapples with COVID-19 and the impact of Brexit. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who would have to agree to a new referendum, argues there is no need for a new vote after independence was rejected by Scottish voters in 2014. But the SNP has said that if it wins a parliamentary majority at elections scheduled for May 6, it will pass its own bill so that a referendum can take place once the pandemic is over. It...

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Russia detained more than 3,400 Navalny supporters at mass demos



More than 3,400 people were detained when demonstrators took to the streets across Russia to demand the release of jailed dissident Alexei Navalny, civil rights activists said on Sunday. Of those, at least 1,360 were detained at the largest of Saturday's protests in the capital Moscow, activist portal OVD-Info said. Another 523 detentions were made in St Petersburg. Russia's children's rights commissioner said around 300 minors were among those taken into custody. Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in 100 cities across the length and breadth of Russia on Saturday, from the far eastern ci...

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Canada's Trans Mountain pipeline sees fortunes shine after KXL's demise



By Rod Nickel and Steve Scherer WINNIPEG/OTTAWA (Reuters) - The expansion of Canada's government-owned Trans Mountain pipeline assumes greater importance for the oil sector after the cancellation of rival Keystone XL reduced future options to carry crude, potential buyers say. Trans Mountain Corp, a government corporation, is spending C$12.6 billion ($9.9 billion) to nearly triple capacity to 890,000 barrels per day (bpd), a 14% increase from current total Canadian capacity. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government bought the 68-year-old pipeline in 2018 when previous owner Kinder Morgan fac...

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US slams Russia over human rights in sharp reversal of Trump-Putin bromance



There appears to be a new sheriff in town with regard to Russia. In response to massive protests over the imprisonment of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, in which more than 3,000 people were arrested and acts of police violence could be seen on social media, the Biden State Department was quick to pounce.

"The United States strongly condemns the use of harsh tactics against protesters and journalists this weekend in cities throughout Russia," a statement read, calling -- by name -- for the unconditional release of imprisoned opposition leader Navalny. "The United States will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our allies and partners in defense of human rights – whether in Russia or wherever they come under threat."

You can read the full statement here.

It was a sharp departure from the previous administration, in which Donald Trump groveled before Russian President Vladimir Putin for four years. Even on the rare occasions in which Trump's State Department criticized Russia -- such as when it launched its massive cyber-attack against the U.S. that was revealed in December -- Trump inevitably would undercut his own officials. He tried to blame China for that one.

President Joe Biden won't be throwing bouquets to Putin any time soon. As a Washington Post commentary recalled today, as vice president, Biden famously said he had "looked into Putin's eyes and saw no soul."

Saturday's protests were the largest in years in Russia and will undoubtedly present an early foreign-policy test for Biden, who is already being implored in the U.S. press to save Navalny.

This is from Reuters' reporting Saturday:

"Police detained more than 3,000 people and used force to break up rallies across Russia on Saturday as tens of thousands of protesters ignored extreme cold and police warnings to demand the release of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

"Navalny had called on his supporters to protest after being arrested last weekend as he returned to Russia from Germany for the first time since being poisoned with a nerve agent, he says was slipped to him by state security agents in August.

"The authorities had warned people to stay away from Saturday's demonstrations, saying they risked catching COVID-19 as well as prosecution and possible jail time for attending an unauthorised event.

"But protesters defied the ban and, in at least one case in temperatures below -50 Celsius (-58 Fahrenheit), turned out in force. Leonid Volkov, a Navalny ally, called on them to do the same next weekend to try to free Navalny from what he called "the clutches of his killers".

"In central Moscow, where Reuters reporters estimated up to 40,000 people had gathered in one of the biggest unauthorized rallies for years, police were seen roughly detaining people, bundling them into nearby vans."

On Twitter, the scenes produced sharp reactions on behalf of Navalny and the protesters from many U.S. notables:







Here are some scenes from the protests:






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Anti-lockdown protesters in Denmark burn effigy of PM, brawl with police (VIDEOS)

Preview Crowds of black-clad protesters have taken to the streets, launching fireworks, torching an effigy of Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, and clashing with cops.
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Rowdy youth torch Covid-19 testing site in Netherlands as nighttime curfew triggers unrest (VIDEOS)

Preview The Netherlands has endured its first night of curfew imposed in a bid to halt the spread of the coronavirus. The restriction was broken at multiple locations with things getting particularly hot in one town.
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Posted 5 hours ago

Orthodox Jews clash with police in Israel as some religious schools open in violation of lockdown (VIDEOS)

Preview Clashes broke out and arrests were made in three Israeli cities as police moved in to shut down yeshiva religious schools that opened for students despite the coronavirus lockdown. In Jerusalem, water cannons were also deployed.
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Korean scientists may have discovered ‘elixir of youth’ that ‘erases wrinkles’ and could even reverse brain and muscle decline

Preview Researchers have developed a rejuvenating gene therapy for human skin that has the potential to make “ageing a reversible phenomenon.” RT spoke to the lead scientist, Professor Kwang-Hyun Cho, about the astonishing breakthrough.
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Germany buys Trump-touted antibody cocktail against Covid-19 at $2,400 per dose – health minister

Preview The German government has purchased 200,000 doses of the drug which was used to treat then-President Donald Trump during his brief stint at a hospital in the wake of a positive Covid-19 test.
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19 burned bodies found near Mexican town on US border

Nineteen bodies have been found near a Mexican town on the US border which has seen a number of gang-related disputes in recent years.

Posted 2 hours ago

New Zealand records first COVID case outside of a quarantine facility in months

New Zealand has reported its first case of COVID-19 outside of a quarantine facility in more than two months.

Posted 5 hours ago

11 Chinese miners rescued after 14 days trapped underground

Eleven gold miners have been rescued a fortnight after they were trapped by an underground explosion in China, according to state media reports.

Posted 13 hours ago

Dutch police arrest alleged Asian drug syndicate kingpin

The alleged leader of an Asian drug syndicate and one of the world's most-wanted fugitives has been arrested by Dutch police.

Posted 16 hours ago

'Unacceptable' vaccine delays cause frustration across European Union

European countries are growing increasingly frustrated with delays in the delivery of COVID-19 vaccinations.

Posted 7:45pm - 23 Jan 2021
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Irregular Warfare Podcast: The Practice and Politics of Security Force Assistance

Irregular Warfare Podcast: The Practice and Politics of Security Force Assistance

An old (Nov '20) but excellent podcast with Dr. Mara Karlin, the new Principle Assitant Security of Defense for International Security Affairs. This is a good primer for anyone curious what direction U.S. engagment with allies and partners may be going over the next 4 years. 

https://mwi.usma.edu/the-practice-and-politics-of-security-force-assistance/

Riley.C.Murray Sat, 01/23/2021 - 2:18pm

Posted 7:18pm - 23 Jan 2021

USIP Publication: Global Fragility Act: A Chance to Reshape International Security Assistance?

USIP Publication: Global Fragility Act: A Chance to Reshape International Security Assistance?

By Calin Trenkov-Wermuth and Paul M. Bisca

Full Article: https://www.usip.org/publications/2021/01/global-fragility-act-chance-reshape-international-security-assistance

When the new U.S. administration gets to work, domestic priorities will be front and center on the agenda. Preventing state fragility and violent extremism abroad may seem less urgent. But implementing the Global Fragility Act (GFA)—which aims to fulfill those goals—should remain a top priority. Successfully advancing the GFA would directly benefit U.S. national security and help establish a more values-driven foreign policy. To this end, the United States should work with allies to create a global architecture for security sector assistance built on principles of aid effectiveness adapted from development financing. A U.S.-brokered international consensus on security assistance would help stabilize fragile states, prevent violence, and increase the value of dollars spent on the GFA.

Rethinking SSA that’s ‘Stuck in the Past’

The GFA marks a new approach in U.S. policy toward fragile states. It calls for all parts of the U.S. government to work out a coherent strategy and repurpose foreign assistance toward averting conflict and violent extremism. To achieve these goals, the GFA dedicates $1.15 billion over a 10-year time horizon for programs in five countries or regions. The GFA implementation strategy directs the State Department, the Department of Defense, and other agencies to promote meaningful reforms of security and justice sector institutions that increase legitimacy and reduce corruption. They should also work together to support legitimate, rights-respecting security institutions, capable of countering threats to stability, such as terrorist groups.

A shift in U.S. security sector assistance (SSA) toward advancing the good governance of armies and police is necessary. In Africa, a 2018 RAND Corporation study revealed that SSA has been highly inefficient and may have achieved the opposite of its objectives: U.S. assistance was not correlated with reductions in civil wars, terrorism, or state repression. In Afghanistan, the U.S. allocated $83 billion in security assistance since 2002, but the Afghan army and police have failed to subdue the Taliban—the group now exercises control or influence in at least half of the country. In Iraq, despite billions invested in training and equipment, local security forces disintegrated quickly in the face of the Islamic State in 2014 and remain dependent on U.S. assistance. The result is an approach to SSA that has been labeled “stuck in the past” and fails to efficiently build allies’ and partners’ capabilities.

The same problems undermine European SSA initiatives. In West Africa, these initiatives focus primarily on expensive efforts to help local security forces achieve military victory against violent extremists. This strategy may strengthen partner forces’ operational effectiveness in battle. But by neglecting security sector governance, European SSA may also make them less legitimate. France’s Operation Barkhane in Mali costs $800 million per year, dwarfing the EU’s security sector reform programs. However, Malian  forces are prone to human rights violations, and successfully staged a coup d’état in August 2020.

The GFA is thus a chance for the U.S. security assistance to break with the past. In addition to repurposing its own instruments and approach, the United States should strive to create global norms for effective security assistance. Presently, there is no common framework or forum for Washington and its allies to decide what SSA initiatives to finance; how to find out which policies work and which have failed; or simply to have a data-driven debate on obstacles to success and lessons learned. International security sector assistance thus suffers from a massive deficit in global governance. The effects are perpetual cycles of violence, instability, and state fragility—precisely the problems that the GFA seeks to address.

Riley.C.Murray Sat, 01/23/2021 - 2:12pm

Posted 7:12pm - 23 Jan 2021

Modern War Institute Article: We Don't Own the Night Anymore By Jon Tishman and Dan Schoen

Modern War Institute Article: We Don't Own the Night Anymore By Jon Tishman and Dan Schoen

By Jon Tishman and Dan Schoen

A discussion of threats to U.S. Army (and U.S. military as a whole) night operations, from everyone from near-peer adversaries to irregular actors.

Full Article: https://mwi.usma.edu/we-dont-own-the-night-anymore/

Riley.C.Murray Sat, 01/23/2021 - 2:04pm

Posted 7:04pm - 23 Jan 2021

01/23/2021 News & Commentary - National Security

01/23/2021 News & Commentary - National Security

News and Commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and Published by Riley Murray.

 

1. Opinion | China threw down the gauntlet to the Biden team on day one

2. “The President Threw Us Under the Bus”: Embedding With Pentagon Leadership in Trump’s Chaotic Last Week

3.  U.S. to resume processing thousands of stalled visas for Afghans who aided Americans

4. White House Orders Assessment on Violent Extremism in U.S.

5. Lloyd Austin, Biden's Pick for Secretary of Defense, Approved by Senate

6. Day One Message to the Force From Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III

7. New Officials Sworn-In at the Department of Defense

8. Want to Stop the Next Crisis? Teaching Cyber Citizenship Must Become a National Priority

9. Pandemic Numbers Are (Finally) Tiptoeing in the Right Direction

10. The True Power of Social Media Restrictions

11. Anger at China’s Covid-19 Response Smolders in Wuhan

12. Military and Police Investigate Members Charged in Capitol Riot

13. The Covid-19 Origin Investigation

14. China is hitting back at criticism of its vaccines with a dangerous disinformation campaign

15. Counter-Terrorism and the Rule of Law

16. Sen. Tom Cotton campaigned on his "experience as an Army Ranger"

17. Order from Chaos: The Architecture of American Renewal Comes from a Mindset of Grey-Zone Superiority — a Great Power monograph

 

 

1. Opinion | China threw down the gauntlet to the Biden team on day one

The Washington Post – by Josh Rogin - January 21, 2021

Conclusion: China’s opening salvo leaves no room for doubt: Contentious competition will be the focus of the U.S.-China relationship for the next four years. Beijing’s greatest fear is that the Biden team will be better at it than Trump.

 

2. “The President Threw Us Under the Bus”: Embedding With Pentagon Leadership in Trump’s Chaotic Last Week

A long and fascinating story about former Acting SECDEF Chris Miller.  Chris was the "man in the arena."

Vanity Fair · by Adam Ciralsky – 22 January 2021

 

3. U.S. to resume processing thousands of stalled visas for Afghans who aided Americans

The Washington Post – by Savannah George - January 21, 2021

Excerpts:

“Because this is a multistep process ...  if one step is put on hold, it’s inevitable that a bulge will form at that point in the system,” Alagesan said. She and other refugee advocates believe the backlog created by the 2020 slowdown will be felt for years to come unless the Biden administration makes dramatic changes.

All Special Immigrant Visa applicants already hold some kind of security clearance that allows them to work closely with U.S. military or government personnel but are vetted again by multiple U.S. security and intelligence agencies. Applicants are also required to sit for multiple interviews and a rigorous medical examination. In all, 14 steps are required before an applicant and his or her immediate family is cleared to travel.

As security deteriorates in many parts of Afghanistan, that wait time is putting Afghan applicants at greater risk.

 

4. White House Orders Assessment on Violent Extremism in U.S.

The New York Times · January 22, 2021

Necessary but this is also a potential minefield that could contribute to increased recruitment and radicalization if there are significant missteps.  And there needs to be a strong IO plan to accompany this and protect the action.   The majority of this "fight" is going to take place in the information domain and we will need to be able to operate effectively in that domain.

 

5. Lloyd Austin, Biden's Pick for Secretary of Defense, Approved by Senate

thetablet.org · by Bill Miller · January 21, 2021

A fairly comprehensive story about our new SECDEF.

Of course I would highlight this excerpt:

As the Vietnam War raged, patriotic attitudes prevailed in Thomasville, Austin said.

He recalled his fascination with his father’s World War II experiences, a retired postal worker, who served with the U.S. Army Air Corps in the Philippines. Another influence was an uncle who joined the U.S. Army Special Forces.

“He’d come home wearing a green beret and those airborne wings,” Austin said. “He was just really squared away. He talked to me about what he was doing, the ability to serve your country, and that sort of business. Despite the fact Vietnam was a war raging at the time, it was clear to me that one of the things that I really felt that I needed to do was to find a way to serve in the military.”

 

6. Day One Message to the Force From Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III

defense.gov - Jan. 22, 2021

I am honored to have this chance to serve again and to do so alongside you and your families. My wife, Charlene, and I know all too well the sacrifices you make to keep this country safe. That safety is job one, and I promise to work as hard as you do at it.

The way I see it, my job as Secretary of Defense is to make you more effective at doing yours. That means ensuring you have the tools, technology, weapons, and training to deter and defeat our enemies. It means establishing sound policy and strategy and assigning you clear missions. It means putting a premium on cooperation with our allies and partners. And it means living up to our core values, the same ones our fellow citizens expect of us.

Right now, of course, doing my job also means helping our country get control of the pandemic, which has killed more than 400,000 Americans. You have already come to the aid of our Nation's health care professionals. You can expect that mission to continue. But we must help the Federal Government move further and faster to eradicate the devastating effects of the coronavirus. To that end, we will also do everything we can to vaccinate and care for our workforce and to look for meaningful ways to alleviate the pressure this pandemic has exerted on you and your families.

None of us succeeds at this business alone. Defending the country requires teamwork and cooperation. It requires a certain humility, a willingness to learn, and absolute respect for one another. I know you share my devotion to these qualities.

I am proud to be back on your team.

The Day One Message to the Force memo can be found here.

 

7. New Officials Sworn-In at the Department of Defense

defense.gov

For those tracking these officials.

 

8. Want to Stop the Next Crisis? Teaching Cyber Citizenship Must Become a National Priority

 

TIME · by P.W. Singer and Michael McConnell – 22 January 2021

Excerpts:

How do we better equip the next generation of American citizens, so that they won’t suffer our generations’ fate?

Here is what the research shows. When the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace recently gathered 85 proposals made by 51 different organizations exploring what needed to be done to battle against the online forces of mis- and disinformation that contaminate and poison truth, by far the most frequently recommended policy action was to raise the digital literacy of those who consume that information.

Sometime also described as “media literacy” or “cyber citizenship,” digital literacy is about having the skills to succeed in an increasingly digital world. It is not just about being able to find information online (which is all too easy), but also to be able to analyze and evaluate it for everything from its sourcing to whether someone is trying to manipulate you or not. Or, as a RAND Corporation report on the value of such skills as an essential tool to battling misinformation or “truth decay” summed, it is about “teaching participants how to think without dictating what to think.”

And yet, the vast majority of the policy, media, and civil society have focused on remedies that do not involve this priority. Instead, we keep looking for silver bullets through rewriting the legal codes that govern social media or the software code they use to run their networks. Each approach is certainly worthy of attention.

 

9. Pandemic Numbers Are (Finally) Tiptoeing in the Right Direction

defenseone.com · by The COVID Tracking Project

Do not jinx us. Hopefully this trend will continue.

 

 

10.  The True Power of Social Media Restrictions

The National Interest · by Eric Farnsworth · January 22, 2021

A "knotty issue?"  Perhaps that is an understatement.

Finally, there is the knotty issue of which individuals specifically should be prevented from access to social media, and whether such categories won’t expand to include officials from regimes that Washington simply doesn’t like or those who may be promoting policies that may not rise to the level of criminality or crimes against humanity but rather amount to little more than differences on social issues, say, or climate change and the environment, or other areas of disagreement, no matter how intense. There must therefore be strict policies and guidelines that focus on those who are credibly accused of legally-sanctionable behavior. A presidential “finding” or Congressional action may be warranted to define the specific, narrow, and very rare instances when the social media sanction should be applied in furtherance of U.S. foreign policy goals.

The True Power of Social Media Restrictions

The way in which authoritarians use social media is somewhat akin to the manner in which Adolf Hitler used the then-emerging radio technology to appeal to the German people above the heads of the traditional media of the time. Without radio, he still might have become chancellor, but at least it would have been more difficult.

 

11. Anger at China’s Covid-19 Response Smolders in Wuhan

WSJ · by Trefor Moss

Excerpts:

“The stuff the government says in the media—I don’t believe a word of it,” he said, echoing the protests that greeted Ms. Sun, the vice premier, on her visit last year. “Personally, I think the Covid situation could still be serious.”

Mr. Zhu blames officials for the deaths of his relatives. He said they lied about the epidemic in its first weeks, putting millions of people in danger to safeguard their own careers. He expressed outrage that the government had seemingly learned nothing from the 2003 outbreak of a similar novel coronavirus known as Sars that infected over 8,000 people, mostly in China, amid an attempted government coverup.

“They still operate in exactly the same way—suppressing, blocking news, covering things up,” he said.

Anger at China’s Covid-19 Response Smolders in Wuhan

 

12. Military and Police Investigate Members Charged in Capitol Riot

WSJ · by Deepa Seetharaman, Zusha Elinson and Ben Kesling

 

13. The Covid-19 Origin Investigation

WSJ · by The Editorial Board

This needs more attention and focus in the news and within the international community and international organizations.

 

14.  China is hitting back at criticism of its vaccines with a dangerous disinformation campaign

CNN · by James Griffiths

Admit nothing, deny everything, and make counter accusations.

 

15.  Counter-Terrorism and the Rule of Law

warontherocks.com · by Deborah Pearlstein · January 22, 2021

Rule of law must prevail always.

Conclusion: "Where one can find them, such bipartisan expressions of a commitment to shared principles are essential in helping to shore up slipping confidence in governmental institutions. They enable officials to rebuild some muscle memory of what it is like to govern across partisan lines and to reinforce normative beliefs in law’s ability to constrain power. And they offer some cause for hope that when the inevitable next set of rule violations arise, there remains a rule-of-law system still able, over time, to correct itself."

 

16. Sen. Tom Cotton campaigned on his "experience as an Army Ranger"

Salon · January 23, 2021

Wow. Salon.com takes on the Ranger qualified versus US Army Ranger debate. I would not expect it from this media outlet but I guess it suits their purpose to be able to criticize Senator Cotton.

But the lesson for all of us is: don't exaggerate (and it goes without saying, don't lie) about your military service.

 

17. Order from Chaos: The Architecture of American Renewal Comes from a Mindset of Grey-Zone

https://www.greatpower.us/p/autocracy-ascends-the-cracks-of-democracy - by Molly McKew

Superiority — a Great Power monograph

I missed this when it was originally published.  Now 5 parts have been published and can be accessed at the links below.  The introduction us pasted below.

A lot to parse from this.  So can we gain "grey-zone superiority."

Excerpts:

Currently, we lack the mindset, vision, organization, or mobilization capacity to overcome these deficits — and we have lacked the leadership and political will to reorient in the right direction. We don’t even really assess them apiece — as a common failure in mobilizing our resources toward the correct set of problems. We need a unified approach to enhance resilience at home and abroad — which means we need to compete in, and have operational and intelligence capabilities in, all the grey spaces where our adversaries attack us, collect on us, infiltrate us, or can count on us being absent or flat-footed. 

At home and abroad, we are challenged along the seams — and in these grey spaces, attribution can be murky, authority for action unclear, right-sized capabilities hard to determine. Right now, the way we organize and mobilize diminishes rather than unleashes formal and informal American capabilities that would be sharp in these domains. Transforming our mindset on this entire conception of strength and power is a necessary first step toward creating the resilience that will begin to alter this terrible math where the West is strong — economically, militarily — but seems to be fractious and declining while autocracies that are systemically fragile seem to be cohesive and ascending. 

 

"Insurrection by means of guerrilla bands is the true method of warfare for all nations desirous of emancipating themselves from a foreign yoke. It is invincible, indestructible."

- Giuseppe Mazzini

 

"In such a society as ours the only possible chance for change, for mobility, for political, economic, and moral flow lies in the tactics of guerrilla warfare, in the use of fictions, of language."

- Kathy Acker

 

"Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence - true friendship is a plant of slow growth."

- George Washington

Riley.C.Murray Sat, 01/23/2021 - 1:14pm

Posted 6:14pm - 23 Jan 2021

01/23/2021 News & Commentary - Korea

01/23/2021 News & Commentary - Korea

News and Commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and Published by Riley Murray.

 

1. From the Jerusalem of the East to a Totalitarian Regime:  North Korea’s History Behind Christian Persecution

2. National Security Directive on United States Global Leadership to Strengthen the International COVID-19 Response and to Advance Global Health Security and Biological Preparedness

3. N. Korea has consistent direction, changing tactics to develop nukes: U.S. official

4. N. Korean nuclear activities pose serious threat to peace: Psaki

5.  North Korean Defectors Want Biden to Be Forceful with Kim Jong Un

6. 'No likelihood of North Korea collapse with Kim in complete control'

7. Ex-ambassador to S. Korea Sung Kim appointed acting assistant secretary of state

8. Why Does Gov't Persist in Peddling N.Korea Fantasies?

9. Singapore deal Moon wants Biden to inherit was flawed: US experts

10. North Korea sees talks as way to advance nuclear program, says US intel official

11. North Korea Directs Companies to Eliminate ‘Import Disease’ and Pursue Self-Reliance

12. North Korean Trade Officials Scramble to Import Chinese Construction Materials

13. North Korea diplomacy is only used to advance nuclear programme, says top US official

14.  Opinion | Kim Jong Un likes to provoke new U.S. presidents. Biden’s team should be prepared.

15. Post-Party Congress Clean-up in Pyongyang

16. Kim Yo Jong Stays in the Picture

 

1. From the Jerusalem of the East to a Totalitarian Regime:  North Korea’s History Behind Christian Persecution

nkhiddengulag.org – 21 January 2021

Excerpt: There are multiple reasons as to why the Kim regime would feel particularly threatened by Christianity. Along with its historically strong connection with North Korea’s enemy, America, Christianity has had a transformational effect on Korea both politically and ideologically along with the promotion of social change on the peninsula.

 

2. National Security Directive on United States Global Leadership to Strengthen the International COVID-19 Response and to Advance Global Health Security and Biological Preparedness

JANUARY 21, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES

Excerpt:

(c)  COVID-19 Sanctions Relief.  The Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury, and the Secretary of Commerce, in consultation with the Secretary of HHS and the Administrator of USAID, shall promptly review existing United States and multilateral financial and economic sanctions to evaluate whether they are unduly hindering responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, and provide recommendations to the President, through the APNSA and the COVID-19 Response Coordinator, for any changes in approach.

I am concerned about the above paragraph and what it might mean for north Korea.  It is possible that the White House could decide to lift sanctions for humanitarian reasons based on NSD-1. I recommend against that because as I have mentioned the Korean people in the north are suffering because of the deliberate policy choices Kim Jong-un has made and continues to make.  He has sufficient resources to relieve the suffering but he has prioritized resourcing the military over the welfare of the people.  He provided evidence to this effect on October 10th at the military parade for the 75th anniversary of the Korean Workers Party and during the 8th Party Congress that took place last week.  He showed us the modern military equipment he has chosen to invest in.  I would also argue that the regime is sanctioned because of its malign activity - its nuclear and missile programs, its proliferation activities, its global illicit activities, its cyber activities, and its human rights abuses and crimes against humanity.  If we lift sanctions on any of these activities we are no longer holding the regime accountable for that malign activity. I would ask anyone who advocates lifting sanctions to state which of these activities do they wish to condone?  And of course, Kim could have sanctions lifted if would simply comply with the requirements of the sanctions.  The bottom line is it is Kim who is causing the suffering of the Korean people in the north, not the US or international sanctions.

 

3. N. Korea has consistent direction, changing tactics to develop nukes: U.S. official

en.yna.co.kr · by 변덕근 · January 23, 2021

Good analysis from our National Intelligence Officer for north Korea. 

At the party congress, Kim said the country has successfully developed "tactical" and submarine-launched nuclear weapons.

"What we see in the eighth party congress readout is a strategic snapshot of what we have been seen all along," said Seiler. "It really doesn't give us, you know, extremely helpful insight into what the next provocation is, or what the timing of Kim's next diplomatic outreach reach might be, but we can see in it that the fundamentals of North Korea aren't really changing."

He also noted the North's new "tactical" nuclear weapons pose a direct threat to South Korea.

 

4. N. Korean nuclear activities pose serious threat to peace: Psaki

en.yna.co.kr · by 변덕근 · January 23, 2021

As an aside I am really enjoying the White House press briefings.

Key point: Psaki said the administration will come up with a strategy to deal with the North, but will first review available options, including diplomacy, through consultation with U.S. allies, including South Korea.

However, I do have criticism for Ms. Psaki. Her comments about the north Korean nuclear threat are of course correct; however, by making those comments we are reinforcing the legitimacy of Kim Jong-un.  He interprets those comments as the world fears him as the leader of a  nuclear power.  Obviously, we have to talk about the nuclear threats.  But whenever we do talk about the threat, we also need to balance that with comments that Kim Jong-un is the worst human rights violator in the modern era and that he denies the human rights of the Korean people in the north solely to remain in power.  and it is his pursuit of nuclear weapons that is causing the great suffering inside north Korea.  He has chosen to prioritize nuclear weapons over the welfare of the people.  Such comments will be picked up by VOA and RFA (as they conduct their mission to explain US policy to populations in information denied areas) and broadcast into north Korea for the Korean people.  It is important that the human rights message be repeated over and over again and every time we talk about the nuclear program we need to talk about the crimes against humanity Kim Jong-un is guilty of.

 

5. North Korean Defectors Want Biden to Be Forceful with Kim Jong Un

voanews.com · by Hyun Suk Kim, Yanghee Jang – 21 January 2021

We should pay attention to escapees.

 

6. 'No likelihood of North Korea collapse with Kim in complete control'

The Korea Times · January 22, 2021

By all accounts Kim is in control. But given the current conditions that could change and we must be vigilant for the indicators of potential instability.  The actions Kim is taking to ensure he remains in power could result in blowback like there has never been such blowback before.

 

7. Ex-ambassador to S. Korea Sung Kim appointed acting assistant secretary of state

en.yna.co.kr · by 변덕근 · January 22, 2021

I cannot imagine too many people more qualified than Sung Kim for EAP.

Excerpt: Still, it was not clear whether Kim would be formally nominated to become the assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific affairs, which requires Senate approval, or if he is temporarily filling the post vacated by David Stilwell, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump.

 

8. Why Does Gov't Persist in Peddling N. Korea Fantasies?

english.chosun.com

Fantasies? Simply erroneous strategic assumptions about the nature and objectives of the Kim family regime.  The Moon administration assumptions have been proven wrong time and again over the past four years.  When your assumptions are wrong you have to change your policy and strategy. 

 

9. Singapore deal Moon wants Biden to inherit was flawed: US experts

koreaherald.com · by Choi Si-young · January 22, 2021

We should look at the Singapore agreement through the lens Syd Seiler describes.  The regime uses negotiations to advance its nuclear program.  Every agreement will be less than perfect of course. We must recognize the Kim is conducting his form of political warfare and we need to conduct a superior form of it.

Here is my summary of the regime's political warfare strategy that I think was reaffirmed at the 8th Party Congress:

•Political Warfare

•Subversion, coercion, extortion

•“Blackmail diplomacy” – the use of tension, threats, and provocations to gain political and economic concessions

•Example: Kim Yo-jong threats in June – ROK anti-leaflet law in December

•Negotiate to set conditions - not to denuclearize

•Set Conditions for unification (domination to complete the revolution)

•Split ROK/US alliance

•Reduce/weaken defense of the South

•Exploit regional powers (e.g, China and Russia)

•Economics by Juche ideology – the paradox of “reform”

•Illicit activities to generate funds for regime

•Deny human rights to ensure regime survival

•Continue to exploit COVID threat to suppress dissent and crack down on 400+ markets and foreign currency use

•Priority to military and nuclear programs

•For deterrence or domination?

So when we want to tout the Singapore deal (and we should hold it up to Kim Jong-un to remind him of his commitment to denuclearize as Frank Aum recommends) we need to understand how Kim uses it to support his political warfare strategy.

 

10. North Korea sees talks as way to advance nuclear program, says US intel official

The Korea Times · January 23, 2021

The National Intelligence Officer speaks and the Korean press listens and parses every word!  

 

11. North Korea Directs Companies to Eliminate ‘Import Disease’ and Pursue Self-Reliance

rfa.org

This is why I call Kim Jong-un's policy "economics by Juche."

Some descriptions of Juche:

Han S Park. ed.  North Korea: Ideology, Politics, Economy, (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall,1996), p. 15 in which Han S. Park describes Juche as theology.  See also the Korea military news paper  “KuK Pang Ilbo” editorial on 15 MAR 99, p. 6. Chuje’s (Juche) basic concept is this:  “Man rules all things; man decides all things.”  “The Kim Il Song Chuche ideology is based on these precepts:  In ideology Chuche (autonomy); in politics, self-reliance; in economics, independence; and in National Security: self-defense.”  See also Mattes Savada, ed., North Korea: A Country Study (Washington: Federal Research Division, Library of Congress, 1994), p. 324., “Kim Il Sung’s application of Marxism-Leninism to North Korean culture and serves as a fundamental tenet of the national ideology. “Based on autonomy and self-reliance, chuch’e has been popularized since 1955 as an official guideline for independence in politics, economics, national defense and foreign policy.” 

 

12.  North Korean Trade Officials Scramble to Import Chinese Construction Materials

rfa.org

Hardly an example of self-reliance.

 

13. North Korea diplomacy is only used to advance nuclear programme, says top US official

The Guardian · January 23, 2021

Again, Syd Seiler's comments are getting a lot of press (and that is a good thing).  Every US and ROK official needs to commit these words to memory and put them in the forefront of their minds when they are developing policy and strategy toward north Korea.

Excerpts:

Sydney Seiler, the US national intelligence officer for North Korea, told the Center for Strategic and International Studies thinktank earlier that Pyongyang’s weapons development had been a consistent policy for 30 years.

“Every engagement in diplomacy has been designed to further the nuclear programme, not to find a way out … I just urge people not to let the tactical ambiguity obstruct the strategic clarity about North Korea that we have,” he said.

In my words: we must understand and deal with north Korea's political warfare strategy.

 

14.  Opinion | Kim Jong Un likes to provoke new U.S. presidents. Biden’s team should be prepared.

The Washington Post · by Editorial Board · January 22, 2021

It is interesting the Washington Post Editorial Board chooses this as the subject two days after the inauguration and when the initial focus of the Biden Administration must be on COVID-19 and the economy.  Perhaps they are Sun Tzu acolytes: "Never assume your enemy will not atack, make yourself invincible."

 

15.  Post-Party Congress Clean-up in Pyongyang

38north.org · by Martyn Williams · January 22, 2021

 

16. Kim Yo Jong Stays in the Picture

38north.org · by Martyn Williams · January 22, 2021

A key point: "The Party Congress, along with other political events during the last half of 2020, is shifting North Korean policy priorities away from foreign affairs and diplomatic engagement toward bolstering the country’s defense industry and the developing missiles and WMDs."

Not mentioned in this good analysis is her continued role in the Organization and Guidance Department (OGD) and the Propaganda and Agitation Department.  I would argue that she has more power in the OGD than she would derive from a Politburo title.

 

 

"Insurrection by means of guerrilla bands is the true method of warfare for all nations desirous of emancipating themselves from a foreign yoke. It is invincible, indestructible."

- Giuseppe Mazzini

 

"In such a society as ours the only possible chance for change, for mobility, for political, economic, and moral flow lies in the tactics of guerrilla warfare, in the use of fictions, of language."

- Kathy Acker

 

"Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence - true friendship is a plant of slow growth."

- George Washington

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Posted 6:01pm - 23 Jan 2021
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25 January 2011 marked the start of Hosni Mubarak’s fall but also moves by the military to take over

In the centre of the place where it all began, Mansour Mohammed manned a tarpaulin-covered stall on the only green grass among miles of concrete and asphalt. For 10 days he ate and slept huddled with strangers bound together by burgeoning rage and revolt all around. Enormous crowds heaved and surged – roaring their demands for change in a call that resounded through Tahrir Square in Cairo. “I’ll never forget that sound,” he said. “It was the most powerful noise I’ve ever heard. It was louder than 10 jumbo jets. It was the release of six decades of fear.”

A decade on, the launchpad of Egypt’s revolution – a seminal part of the uprisings which became known as the Arab spring – is a very different place, as is the country. The strip of grass has been concreted over and on it stands a newly erected obelisk, pointing skywards in a trenchant reminder of times of staid certainty. Traffic moves sedately around a roundabout now free of protesters or attempts at defiance. Secret police are positioned, not so secretly, nearby. There is little talk of revolution, and attempts to stir the ghosts of Tahrir Square are met with the heavy hand of the invigorated military state that entrenched itself in the revolution’s wake.

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Alexei Navalny opens a new protest season in Russia and rattles the Kremlin

A wave of protests swept across Russia on Saturday — in what appears to be the most significant challenge to Vladimir Putin’s authority in a decade. At least 100,000, likely much more, took to the streets of over a hundred towns and cities over eleven time zones, in the middle of a pandemic, in temperatures that reached minus 50, and despite credible threats and occasional reality of a violent crackdown.

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Israeli health minister says not country’s job to give vaccine to Palestinians in occupied territory

UN has previously called on Israeli government to provide jabs to those in occupied West Bank and Gaza

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Armin Laschet: The man who could replace Angela Merkel

Is Laschet what Germany, Europe and the world need right now, asks Sean O’Grady 

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Why Macron won’t say sorry for France’s colonial past in Algeria - the 2022 presidential election

Emmanuel Macron’s refusal to apologise for France’s colonial past in Algeria could have to do with heading off the far right in 2022 presidential elections, reports Peter Allen in Paris

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The world approaches 100 million cases.

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Anti-Lockdown Protesters Clash With Officers in the Netherlands

The police used tear gas, horses and water cannons to disperse anti-government demonstrators in Amsterdam and Eindhoven in the Netherlands on Sunday, who had gathered to protest a national coronavirus lockdown.

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Vaccine Producers Must Fulfill Supply Contracts, E.U. Official Says

Charles Michel, president of the European Council, said the European Union would use “all legal means” to enforce the agreements pharmaceutical companies made to supply Covid-19 vaccines.

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Britain’s Alarm Over Virus Variant Silences Foes of Lockdown

A warning that the variant could be deadlier is a powerful argument that Britain could be entering a severe new phase of the pandemic and that easing lockdown rules could be calamitous.

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Birx Describes Pattern of White House Misinformation on the Pandemic During Trump Tenure

“There were people who definitely believed that” the pandemic “was a hoax,” she said in an interview on “Face the Nation.”

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Dancing On Ice 2021 LIVE – Myleene Klass is first to be eliminated from the competition as Gemma Collins makes comeback

MYLEENE Klass has become the first celebrity skater to be booted off this year’s Dancing On Ice. The classical musician found herself in the skate off following a shaky first performance with partner Lukasz Różycki. Then, after going head-to-head with rapper Lady Leshurr and Brendyn Hatfield, all four judges voted for Myleene to be eliminated. […]

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Vladimir Putin critic Alexei Navalny’s wife ‘freed by police’ after posting selfie following arrest at protest rally

THE wife of Vladimir Putin critic Alexei Navalny has been freed after being arrested during demonstrations against the Russian leader. Yulia Navalnaya had posted a selfie of herself inside a prison van after being detained during a mass protests in support of her husband, who is himself in jail. The anti-Putin demonstrations took place across […]

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Dancing On Ice 2021 LIVE – Billie Shepherd and Myleene Klass look to avoid Skate-off as Rufus Hound misses show

DANCING On Ice will return for what is set to be another dramatic episode. And, there are 12 new celebs taking part in the skating competition. The second episode will air TONIGHT, Sunday, January 24, at 6pm. Tonight will see Olympian Colin Jackson and his partner Klabera Komin, TV personality Billie Shepherd and Mark Hanretty […]

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How can I get £1,000 one-off Universal Credit payment?

RISHI Sunak has reportedly offered to give six million people a one-off £1,000 payment. This is part of plans to fight off a rebellion over Universal Credit. How can I get the £1,000 one-off Universal Credit payment?  The details of how it could be received are unclear at this stage.  But it replaces the extra […]

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Why is Rufus Hound not on Dancing on Ice tonight?

RUFUS Hound will be absent from Dancing On Ice tonight (Sunday, January 24). The comedian and presenter had been partnered with professional dancer Robin Johnstone. Why is Rufus Hound not on Dancing on Ice tonight?  Rufus Hound will be absent from Dancing On Ice on Sunday night as he self-isolates after coming into contact with […]

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LEBANON, Pa. (AP) - Authorities say two women were found dead after a fire in a central Pennsylvania row home over the weekend.

Fire crews were dispatched shortly after 6 a.m. Saturday to the Lebanon city address, and the city fire department said two female occupants were deceased.

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Israel opens embassy in UAE, expanding new relations

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel on Sunday said it has opened its embassy in the United Arab Emirates, following through on last year’s U.S.-brokered agreement to establish full diplomatic ties with the Gulf country.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry said the embassy would be in a temporary office while a permanent location is ...

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Russia to Biden: Butt out over protests

The Kremlin reacted angrily Sunday to U.S. criticisms of its handling of nationwide protests against President Vladimir Putin, protests which so far have led to at least 3,500 detentions across the country.

The U.S. and a number of Western allies condemned the crackdown on protesters Saturday in more than 100 ...

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin speaks with counterparts in South Korea, Japan

Newly installed Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin spoke by phone over the weekend with his counterparts from South Korea and Japan, longtime allies who will be key to the U.S. path ahead in dealing with China and North Korea.

A Pentagon readout of the calls said Mr. Austin underscored the ...

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Kremlin: US comments on protests support law-breaking

MOSCOW (AP) - The spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin says the U.S. Embassy’s statements about the nationwide protests, in which more than 3,500 people reportedly were arrested, interfere in the country’s domestic affairs and encourage Russians to break the law.

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SpaceX launches 143 satellites, breaks world space record

Nearly a fortnight after Elon Musk’s Tesla entered India on January 8, his SpaceX on Sunday night broke a world space record by launching 143 satellites in quick succession, beating India’s record of deploying 104 satellites in February 2017.

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Israel on Sunday said it has opened its embassy in the United Arab Emirates, following through on last year's US-brokered agreement to establish full diplomatic ties with the Gulf country.

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Pak govt to mortgage Islamabad's biggest park to get loan

To overcome Pakistan's ailing economy, Prime Minister Imran Khan is considering mortgaging Islamabad's biggest park to get a loan of around Rs 500 billion. ​​According to a report by Dawn, the proposal to mortgage the F-9 park to get a loan of around Rs 500 billion will be included in the agenda of the next meeting of the federal cabinet, scheduled to be held on Tuesday.

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Pak ready to work with new US administration: Qureshi

Under the Trump administration, the relations between Pakistan and the US were chaotic as well as complex. "In (these) four years the world has changed, the region has changed and Pakistan has changed and you have to engage with this new Pakistan," Qureshi said while addressing a press conference in Multan.

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Germany buys same corona meds used to treat Trump

Germany will become the first European Union country to start using the same experimental antibodies treatment credited with helping Donald Trump recover from Covid-19, health minister Jens Spahn said Sunday. ​​The government has bought 200,000 doses for 400 million euros ($486 million)," Spahn told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper, working out at 2,000 euros per dose.

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33 min agoWASHINGTON - President Joe Biden will impose a ban on most non-U.S.

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Mexico's death toll from COVID-19 set to pass grim milestone of 150,000

30 min 42 sec agoMEXICO CITY - Crying outside a Mexico City cemetery, a family embraced the box th

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France probably needs new lockdown as early as February, top adviser says

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Police detain 100 in Amsterdam after protest over lockdown, curfew

36 min 17 sec agoAMSTERDAM - Dutch police used water cannon, dogs and mounted police to disperse a

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Need a lift? SpaceX launches record spacecraft in cosmic rideshare program

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Guns, Government, and Grievance: Right-Wing Extremism and the Oath Keepers

In this episode of Horns of a Dilemma, Doyle Hodges, executive editor of the Texas National Security Review, sits down with Sam Jackson, assistant professor in the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity at the University of Albany, to discuss far right-wing, antigovernment groups in the United States. In particular, Hodges and Jackson […]

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Posted 6:33pm - 22 Jan 2021

Analyzing the Climate Security Threat: Key Actions for the U.S. Intelligence Community 

President Joe Biden’s national security adviser has called climate change an urgent national security priority. Yet, as the person who recently led climate analysis across the U.S. intelligence community, I speak from experience when I say U.S. intelligence agencies are not treating it like one. The House Intelligence Committee agrees, noting in a report from […]

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Posted 8:55am - 22 Jan 2021

To Rule the Invisible Battlefield: The Electromagnetic Spectrum and Chinese Military Power

Editor’s Note: The author of this article is protected with a pseudonym. Regular readers of War on the Rocks know that we allow this in only the rarest of cases. Please see our submissions guidelines to read more about how we make these judgments.   We will show you our strategic strength, we are the […]

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Posted 8:50am - 22 Jan 2021

Counter-Terrorism and the Rule of Law 

Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from “Book Review Roundtable: Law’s Wars, Law’s Trials” from our sister publication, the Texas National Security Review. Be sure to check out the full roundtable. Richard Abel, Law’s Wars: The Fate of the Rule of Law in the U.S. “War on Terror” (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018) and Law’s […]

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Posted 8:45am - 22 Jan 2021

Six Blind Men, the Elephant, and the Defense Budget

Chris, Zack, and Melanie sit down to discuss Thomas Spoehr’s article “The Six Blind Men and the Elephant: Differing Views on the U.S. Defense Budget.” How should we assess whether the defense budget is adequate (or excessive) for its purposes? Do we ask our military to fulfill too many purposes? Will the new Congress and […]

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Syrian refugees in Lebanon are under pressure as never before. But they say Syria is still too unsafe to return.

Syrians have long struggled in Lebanon. Recent events have brought a new cascade of problems.

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From Montreal to Manchester, efforts are launched to vaccinate the homeless

The group is acutely vulnerable to the coronavirus, but getting doses into arms will require careful planning.

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Sold into Syrian servitude, Filipina workers tell of abuse, rape and imprisonment

They came to the UAE for work but say employment agencies trafficked them to Syria.

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Pandemic aftershocks overwhelm global supply lines

One year after the coronavirus pandemic first disrupted global supply chains by closing Chinese factories, fresh shipping headaches are delaying U.S. farm exports, crimping domestic manufacturing and threatening higher prices for American consumers.

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Israel, fearing virus mutations, to close its only international airport

Ben Gurion International Airport will be shuttered for at least a week as country races to vaccinate more of the population.

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Earthquake hits already devastated Indonesia

Corrugated sheets, twisted windowpanes, and concrete rubble littered streets where many buildings once stood in the city of Mamuju on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island. A shallow 6.2-magnitude earthquake rattled the island just after midnight on Friday as many people slept.

Nurwardi, manager of operations at Mamuju’s West Sulawesi General Hospital—the only clinic that survived the earthquake—said people steadily flocked to makeshift tents to receive care. “Many patients do not want to be treated inside the hospital because they’re worried about another quake,” he told the AFP news agency. “Many need surgery but we have limited resources and medicine.”

The earthquake killed at least 90 people, the majority of them in Mamuju, and nearly 300 others sustained serious injuries. Aid workers this week continued to search for survivors and try to access cut-off villages. The quake came in the wake of several other disasters in the country, including the COVID-19 pandemic.

The earthquake destroyed more than 1,000 homes and other buildings, including the governor’s office and a shopping mall in Mamuju. Thousands of people slept outdoors this week for fear of aftershocks. Nearly 30,000 displaced people moved to shelters in Mamuju and its neighboring district of Majene.

A father of three who identified himself as Robert told the Associated Press he was at Mamuju’s Mitra Manakarra hospital when the earthquake began. The rattling bed woke him up, and he pulled out the drip from his hand before running out. “I cried when I saw the hospital where I was being treated collapse with people still inside,” he said. “I could have died if I got out late.”

Didi Hamzar, the disaster agency’s director of preparedness, said rescuers have pulled at least 18 survivors from collapsed buildings. The region set up a navy hospital ship and field health centers to bolster the medical response. The International Red Cross deployed seven ambulances and first-aid teams to the region. Mark Baker, the director of disaster response with Water Mission, told me his team also sent in a mobile unit to deliver clean water to affected communities. The aid group is also assessing the needs before setting up permanent water treatment systems.

Doni Monardo, Indonesia’s disaster agency chief, said authorities would set up COVID-19 testing sites at the camps. Indonesia has recorded more than 927,000 infections and more than 26,000 deaths, the highest in Southeast Asia. Security officers patrolling with loudspeakers reminded people to observe health protocols as markets and gas stations slowly reopened this week.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo mobilized the military and police to aid the rescue and relief operations and pledged more government support during a Tuesday visit to Mamuju: “Soon the central government will rebuild, then for collapsed houses, the government will help for those that were heavily damaged.”

The archipelago nation sits on the “Ring of Fire,” an arch of fault lines in the Pacific Basin, and experiences frequent earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and tsunamis.

Other disasters have struck the country as well. On Monday, Widodo visited southern regions on Borneo island, where flooding last week killed at least 15 people and forced thousands of people to flee their homes. On Jan. 9, a deadly landslide on Java island buried about 40 people. The same day, a Sriwijaya Air jet crashed into the Java Sea, killing all 62 people on board.

“The people of Indonesia inspire the world community as an example of extraordinary resilience,” said Dr. Vlatko Uzevski, emergency response leader for the nonprofit Project HOPE, which is also responding in Sulawesi.

Associated Press/Photo by Hassene Dridi Associated Press/Photo by Hassene Dridi Police officers face demonstrators in Ettadhamen City near Tunis, Tunisia, on Tuesday.

Tunisian youths return to the streets

Young Tunisians have gathered on the streets of the capital city of Tunis and other cities since Friday, throwing Molotov cocktails at security forces and holding posters that read, “Employment is a right, not a favor.” The demonstrations began after the government imposed a nationwide coronavirus lockdown on Thursday, the 10th anniversary of the ouster of authoritarian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali during the Arab Spring. Authorities have arrested more than 600 people and deployed troops across several cities, defense ministry spokesman Mohamed Zikri said.

One-third of Tunisia’s youth remain unemployed, and the pandemic has worsened the country’s economic crisis. Tunisia has recorded more than 177,000 COVID-19 infections and more than 5,600 deaths. Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi acknowledged the growing frustration but condemned the looting and violence: “Your voice is heard, and your anger is legitimate, and it is my role and the role of the government to work to realize your demands and to make the dream of Tunisia to become true.”

Amnesty International urged security forces to refrain from using excessive force. —O.O.

Associated Press/Photo by Rahmat Gul Associated Press/Photo by Rahmat Gul The site of a gunmen attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sunday.

Violence persists in Afghanistan

Gunmen killed two women Supreme Court judges in Afghanistan last week, the latest in a string of assassinations targeting civilians. The women were driving to their office in the capital city of Kabul when gunmen riding motorcycles opened fire on their car, said Ahmad Fahim Qaweem, a spokesperson for the Supreme Court. Police launched an investigation.

Attacks in recent months have targeted government officials, activists, journalists, and prosecutors. The Taliban denied any involvement. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a November attack on Kabul University that left 22 people dead and 22 others wounded.

The latest violence came two days after the United States said the U.S. troop level in Afghanistan reduced to a record low of 2,500, a stipulation in the U.S.-brokered peace talks. —O.O.

Getty Images/Photo Alfredo Zuniga/AFP Getty Images/Photo Alfredo Zuniga/AFP Women and children displaced by attacks in northern Mozambique attend a meeting at the Centro Agrrio de Napala.

Freed captives

Defense forces in Mozambique’s terrorism-ridden northern province last week rescued 21 hostages abducted by extremists. Authorities said the insurgents captured the 15 women and six children from Matemo island and used them to transport looted goods.

One of the women, Maisha Ambasse, counted up to 30 insurgents and said they planned to take the captives to a Koranic school. Bernardino Rafael, general commander of the police force, said the defense forces knew the terrorists’ location and launched a “smart attack” to rescue the hostages.

A local rebel group called Ahlu Sunnah Wa-Jama started attacking the port town of Mocímboa da Praia in October 2017. Insurgent attacks in the oil-rich region have killed more than 1,000 civilians and displaced more than 500,000 people. On Wednesday, the United Nations called for expanded health and nutrition programs for the affected communities. —O.O.

African tales go digital

The African tradition of oral storytelling passed down to family members and communities could soon be available online. Herman Chinery-Hesse, a Ghanaian entrepreneur who established the country’s largest software company, created Afrikan Echoes to bring the continent’s tales to an international audience.

The new audiobooks app, set to launch in March, will initially feature up to 50 unpublished African tales translated to Swahili, Yoruba, and other African languages. They include Frank Karefa-Smart’s story of his time working in New York during the civil rights movement and across West Africa at the time of the diamond trade. “We would like a situation where non-Africans can listen to African stories told by Africans, in an African way,” he told CNN.O.O.

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Unrest persists in Sudan’s Darfur

Gunmen tried to enter the official residence of a provincial governor in West Darfur Wednesday night amid heightened tribal violence in the region. Security guards repelled the attack after exchanging gunfire for more than an hour. No group claimed responsibility. The fighting that began last week between Arabs and non-Arabs at a camp for displaced people has spread to the surrounding areas, killing 160 people and displacing 90,000 others.

How have authorities responded? The transitional central government deployed security forces while the regional government imposed a 24-hour curfew. In South Darfur, an additional 70 people have died in intertribal fighting since Monday. The United Nations Security Council is expected to discuss the situation in Darfur in an emergency meeting Thursday.

Dig deeper: Read my report in World Tour about the aftermath of the Sudanese coup.

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Posted 8:10am - 21 Jan 2021

Big changes underway as Biden takes office

UNITED STATES: One year ago, medical officers reported the first known case of SARS-CoV-2 in America in Snohomish County north of Seattle. And as the official death toll topped 400,000 yesterday, President-elect Joe Biden held a memorial service in Washington for victims of the novel coronavirus amid tight security for his inauguration. As he took office, Biden planned to sign executive orders rolling back President Donald Trump’s travel bans from predominantly Muslim countries, rejoining the Paris climate accord, and rescinding Trump’s expanded Mexico City policy, which prohibited U.S. aid to groups tied to abortions.

The United States and other Western nations are pressing China to allow greater access for World Health Organization investigators to caregivers, patients, and lab workers in Wuhan as part of the first on-the-ground investigation just underway. Here’s what they are looking for.

CHINA: The State Department declared that the Chinese government is committing genocide and crimes against humanity through its large-scale repression of Uighurs, a mostly Muslim minority, in Xinjiang province. Antony Blinken agreed with the declaration, telling a U.S. Senate panel on his nomination as secretary of state: “That would be my judgment, as well.”

  • Blinken seemed to carry the day with members of both parties on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in a hearing marked by conciliatory remarks over foreign crises. (Blinken is the fourth member of his family—after his wife, father, and uncle—to sit for confirmation before the panel.) He said Trump “was right” in taking a tougher approach to China: “I disagree very much with the way that he went about it in a number of areas, but the basic principle was the right one, and I think that’s actually helpful to our foreign policy.”
  • In Britain, Parliament defeated by a slim majority a bill to restrict trade with countries committing genocide. The measure passed in the House of Lords but was opposed by Conservative Party leadership under Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
  • Worth your time: This story of Uighur Gulbahar Haitiwaji.

BANGLADESH: UN officials say arson destroyed four UNICEF schools in a camp housing Rohingya refugees from Myanmar—the second fire in a week to rip through the camp, leaving thousands without shelter or belongings, but no loss of life.

Nayapara Camp, also known as Camp 16, is one of dozens housing nearly 1 million Rohingya forced out of their country in 2017. Volunteers with U.K.-based CARE helped to put out the latest fire, and U.S.-based Partners Relief delivered food packs and clothing to some of nearly 700 families, including two of its own health workers, made homeless again by the blazes.

SOUTH SUDAN will change to a new time zone by setting the clock back one hour starting Feb. 1. “The cabinet came to realize that our current time zone is not our actual zone,” said government spokesman Michael Makuei Lueth, just by doing the math. “We are in longitude 30 and the difference between Greenwich Mean Time of the UTC and the longitude is every 15 minutes is one hour. So, we are in the 30th longitude and as such we are supposed to be two hours ahead of the Greenwich Mean Time.”

INDONESIA is struggling with a string of disasters this month, after an earthquake, floods and landslides, and the crash of a Sriwijaya Air jet with 62 onboard all test its emergency response.

RUSSIA: A growing number of European lawmakers are calling for a halt to Germany’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline with Russia and sanctions over Moscow’s latest arrest of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. With international journalists in tow, Navalny was taken into custody on Sunday upon his return to Russia, five months after being poisoned and flown to Germany for treatment. From jail, he has directed a sprawling investigation published yesterday that details a secret $1 billion compound built by President Vladimir Putin on the Black Sea.

GUATEMALA: Thousands of migrants from Honduras who formed a caravan for the U.S. border have been turned away by a show of force from Guatemala. Central American authorities have cracked down under pressure from the Trump administration—even as the incoming Biden administration has announced plans to introduce sweeping immigration legislation.

HONG KONG: Climber Lai Chi-wai became the first in Hong Kong to scale more than 250 meters of a skyscraper while strapped into a wheelchair as he pulled himself up for more than 10 hours on Saturday to raise money for spinal cord patients.

I’M WATCHING the new All Creatures Great and Small … what a reprieve, and a minor miracle.

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Russia jails Navalny for 30 days

A Russian judge ordered opposition leader Alexei Navalny Monday to remain in detention for 30 days until a parole review. Authorities detained him at Sheremetyevo Airport Sunday evening as he returned from Germany, where he received treatment for a nerve agent poisoning he blames on the Kremlin. Russia’s prison service said he violated the probation terms of a suspended 2014 money laundry sentence, a claim Navalny has denied.

What happens next? Next month, a court will decide whether Navalny will serve the suspended 3½-year sentence. Russia rejected calls for his release from the United States, the European Union, and the United Nations. The Kremlin critic said Russia had issued his arrest warrant ahead of his return to discourage him from continuing his political activities in the country. He called for nationwide protests on Saturday. “Don’t come out for me, come out for yourselves and your future,” he said in a video statement.

Dig deeper: Read Mindy Belz’s report in Globe Trot on Navalny’s poisoning last year.

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Posted 7:45am - 19 Jan 2021

Uganda silences dissent during vote count

The leading opposition candidate in Uganda’s presidential election said on Friday the military had “taken control” of his home. As of Friday, Bobi Wine had received 29 percent of the vote to incumbent President Yoweri Museveni’s 62 percent, according to the country’s electoral commission. Final results are expected on Saturday. Military spokeswoman Brig. Gen. Flavia Byekwaso denied that troops forced their way into Wine’s home, saying he should appreciate their protection.

How reliable are the results? Wine, whose legal name is Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, said the Thursday vote was rigged and promised to challenge the outcome. Wine has faced arrest and intimidation since declaring his candidacy in November. Ugandan authorities cut internet access and blocked social media ahead of the vote.

Dig deeper: From the WORLD archive, read my report on Museveni’s 2016 election victory.

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